Trifles by Susan Glaspell Twelfth Night, Sing Sing Correctional Facility William Shakespeare’s <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</em> Steven Dietz's <em>Becky's New Car</em> RTA's <em>Superior Donuts</em> William Shakespeare's <em>The Winter's Tale</em> William Shakespeare's <em>Twelth Night</em> Arthur Schnitzler's <em>Fräulein Else</em>

I make smart, thoughtful, entertaining, socially aware theatre. I am dramaturgically prepared; my tablework is thorough; my productions are powerful. My particular strength is in directing language-driven plays, from the Elizabethan to the contemporary.

In rehearsal / in production

I have spent a fair amount of my pandemic completing an MFA in Directing with an emphasis on Social Justice; I will earn my degree summa cum laude in May 2021. I have focused my research on trauma-informed and anti-racist directing practice, pedagogy, and also how the gears of systemic racism turn within both theatre and the criminal justice system. I am looking to be of service and trying to discern the path forward amidst all the dislocations — global, national, theatrical, and personal — during this time of COVID and long overdue racial reckoning.

My last theatrical acts as the world shut down in 2020 were finishing up a class at Carleton College and facilitating a workshop with Redeeming Time at MCF-Moose Lake, where my team of teaching artists and I had been working with our incarcerated ensemble. We performed for the men’s families in the visiting room on March 9, 2020, and on March 11, as the state moved to soft lockdown status, we were the last four volunteers to enter a Minnesota Correctional Facility for the duration.

My husband and I moved back to the East Coast in September 2020 because we had a pair of elderly mamas who couldn’t afford to wait out the pandemic before we showed back up to help support them; my mom died in November 2020, collateral damage to the pandemic.

I directed Much Ado about Nothing with the Guthrie BFA program at the University of Minnesota in Spring 2019. In 2018 and 2020, I taught a new women’s theatre course, which I call Top Girls, at Carleton College in Northfield, MN; I also directed Richard III for South Dakota Shakespeare. In Fall 2017, I directed Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room at the University of Minnesota. In Fall 2016, I taught Women in Theatre at UMN; this is the fifth state in which I have worked as a guest lecturer at a university.

I founded the Redeeming Time Project in Minnesota. (Woo hoo!)

Our mission is to use Shakespeare to effect positive change. We leverage the theatrical arts to enable incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults to develop social, cognitive, and life skills which they will need to reintegrate into the community.

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Between 2009-2017, I served as a facilitator, teacher and director with Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison north of New York City. In addition to collaborating with Jeff Glaser on his production of Starting Over in spring 2010, I have team-taught two directing workshops at the prison.  This spring, I have directed Tracy Letts’  Superior Donuts at Sing Sing; we performed the play for the population and for an invited civilian audience May 11,12 and 13, 2011.

Photo by Xavier Mascareñas

I invited actor Michael McKean, who created the role of Arthur at Steppenwolf and then on Broadway, to come speak to the men at Sing Sing.  You can read the article about his late April visit here and see additional photos of his visit here.  You can read the post I wrote for 2am theatre here.