Résumé

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directing credits

Shakespeare

Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Sing Sing Correctional Facility Ossining, NY
Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare Classical Actors Ensemble Minneapolis, MN
A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Benjamin Britten dell’Arte Opera Ensemble New York, NY
The Winter’s Tale William Shakespeare American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Richmond Shakespeare Richmond, VA
Measure for Measure William Shakespeare UMKC Grad. Acting / KC Rep Kansas City, MO
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare The Juilliard School New York, NY
The Taming of the Shrew   William Shakespeare North Shore Music Theatre Beverly, MA
As You Like It   William Shakespeare Playhouse on the Square Memphis, TN
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Otterbein College Columbus, OH
Cymbeline William Shakespeare Maine Shakespeare Festival Bangor, ME
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare S.O.S. in the Park New York, NY
Much Ado about Nothing William Shakespeare S.O.S. in the Park New York, NY

classic plays

Trifles Susan Glaspell Theatre Unbound St. Paul, MN
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller Fishkill Correctional Facility Beacon, NY
Our Town Thornton Wilder Sing Sing Correctional Facility Ossining, NY
Private Lives Noël Coward Irish Classical Theatre Buffalo, NY
The Voice of the Turtle John van Druten Westside Repertory Theatre New York, NY
Fanny’s First Play George Bernard Shaw Westside Repertory Theatre New York, NY

contemporary plays

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play Sarah Ruhl University of Minnesota, Dept of Theatre & Dance Minneapolis, MN
Poof! Lynn Nottage Theatre Unbound St. Paul, MN
Breath, Boom Kia Corthron SUNY Purchase Conservatory Purchase, NY
Becky’s New Car Steven Dietz Theatre Aspen Aspen, CO
Superior Donuts Tracy Letts Sing Sing Correctional Facility Ossining, NY
Doubt, a parable John Patrick Shanley Weathervane Theatre Whitefield, NH
Execution of Justice Emily Mann Pioneer Theatre Salt Lake City, UT
Humble Boy Charlotte Jones Royal National Theatre UK national tour
How I Learned to Drive Paula Vogel Penobscot Theatre Company Bangor, ME
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress Alan Ball Connecticut Repertory Theatre Storrs, CT
Beirut Alan Bowne Hangar Theatre Lab Company Ithaca, NY

new plays

Paterson Falls Rosemary McLaughlin Drew University Madison, NJ
Starting Over  (with Jeff Glaser) RTA Woodbourne Sing Sing Correctional Facility Ossining, NY
Fräulein Else Arthur Schnitzler
(Amy de Lucia, adapt.)
Theatre Five
The C Venue
New York, NY
Edinburgh Festival
Pieces Zohar Tirosh Blue Heron Arts Center New York, NY
The Ex David Kravitz The Turnip Festival New York, NY
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
(Jon Kimbell, adapt.)
North Shore Music Theatre Beverly, MA
China Hands Scott Stein Exiles Theatre Ltd. Coleraine, N. Ireland
Slippery Elm Kathleen Powers Women’s Project & Productions New York, NY
Post Mortem Jennifer Christman New Perspectives Theatre Co. New York, NY

 

other credits

Producing

Chair, Hospitality Committee for SDC 50th Anniversary Gala 2009

  • Recruited directors and choreographers to meet & greet every attendee; coordinated and supported celebrity presenters as well as assisted executive team.

Board of Directors, Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble 2005-Present

  • Supply substantial grant-writing, prospect research, social media, artistic and administrative consulting for Dell’Arte; ran the silent auction at most recent gala, coordinated a team to set-up the room, greet bidders, collect payment, and distribute bagged auction items

Co-producer and Director, Fräulein Else  2003 and 2006

  • Co-produced both the Edinburgh Festival and off-off-Broadway incarnations of this project with performer Amy de Lucia; dramaturged the original script development process, created a budget, booked venues, coordinated PR and marketing, selected and contracted design teams and production staff.

Participant, Commercial Theatre Institute (CTI)  2003

 

Producer & Founding Artistic Director, Some Other Shakespeare (S.O.S.) in the Park  1996-1999

  • Founded Some Other Shakespeare in the Park with two actor collaborators.  Drafted a budget, spearheaded fundraising, negotiated with the NYC Dep’t of Parks and local Community Boards to secure the required permits for productions in Bryant Park and Madison Square Park, directed productions, coordinated publicity, co-designed the productions with costumer David Zyla, shopped for clothing & props, made the curtain speeches and carted the weapons on the NYC subway system.

Teaching

Adjunct Professor, Department of Theatre, Drew University

  • Taught Show:Business and Contemporary Performance & Dramatic Criticism to undergraduate students, Fall 2013
  • Taught Contemporary Performance & Dramatic Criticism and Women in Theatre, Fall 2014

Adjunct Professor, Conservatory of Theatre Arts, SUNY Purchase  2012

  • Taught Fundamentals of Acting and Performance Practicum to undergraduate students

Facilitator, Rehabilitation Through the Arts  2009-present

  • Teach classes (including acting, directing, Shakespeare), facilitate workshops and direct full productions with a group of men incarcerated at Sing Sing and Fishkill Correctional Facilities. Facilitate dialogue, explore non-violent conflict resolution, cultivate critical thinking skills and build confidence through theatrical exploration and practice with incarcerated men. I help the men to create a sense of community in their current straitened circumstances as well as prepare to re-enter the larger community upon their release.

Coaching  1995-present

  • Coach actors, opera singers on audition materials, preparation, acting technique, text analysis.
  • Coach business professionals on presentation of self, delivery in public speaking engagements.

Master classes for opera singers, incarcerated felons, undergraduate and graduate students  1995-present

  • Have taught Shakespeare, audition technique/process, working in the theatre master classes at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, UCONN, UMKC, Univ of Utah, Otterbein College, Trinity College and NYU/Tisch Dramatic Writing Program as part of guest artist residencies

Negotiating

Negotiating committees for ANTC, off-Broadway, COST and LORT contracts

  • Served as co-chair and committee member on numerous contract negotiation committees at SDC
  • Engaged management at various contract tiers to negotiate best terms for both constituencies

Assisting

Associate Director to John Caird, Humble Boy  2003

  • Following the enormously successful West End run of Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy, John Caird asked me to serve as his Associate Director on the Manhattan Theatre Club production of the play.  He anticipated handing the play off to me: “if you write a masterpiece, you take it to the publisher and you’re done, but if you direct a masterpiece, they expect you to keep directing it again and again.  I don’t have anything new to say about this play; you’ll have to do it.”
  • I went on to direct the Royal National Theatre’s UK tour, featuring Hayley Mills, John Burgess and Bridget Forsythe.  John gave me enormous latitude to direct my own production, rather than faithfully but mechanically reproducing his work.  The tour played to 99% capacity throughout the UK and made a handsome profit.

SDC Foundation Observership  2000

  • Observed / assisted on Barry Edelstein’s Julius Caesar at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte Theatre.

Directing Assistant, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ  1998-99

  • Assistant director to eight different directors — including Emily Mann, David Leveaux, Stephen Wadsworth, Brian Kulick and Blanka Zizka – on ten productions during my time at the Tony Award-winning McCarter.
  • David Leveaux’s Electra, starring Zoë Wanamaker, Claire Bloom and Michael Cumpsty, transferred to Broadway; I cast and rehearsed the understudies for the New York production.  We received three Tony nominations, recouped the producers’ investment and earned a profit playing Greek tragedy on Broadway.

Drama League Directing Fellow, Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY  1992

 

education

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Soliloquies & Speechs, Kristin Linklater Voice Center, Orkney, Scotland 2015

 

Teaching Artist Workshop and Dropping-In Workshop, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA 2014

  • Creating ensemble, engaging community, incarcerated and student actors by exploring language, emotion, stage violence

January Intensive, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA   2014

  • Coursework in voice, movement, fight, clown, text, scene study, dropping in / standing up / feeding in
  • Studied with Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, Kevin Coleman, Andrew Borthwick-Leslie, Tony Simotes, Dave Demke, Tori Rhodes, Isobel Kirk, Kristin Wold, Michael Toomey, Jason Asprey

Certificate in Arts Administration, NYU, New York, NY 2009

  • Coursework in fundraising, grant writing, financial management, marketing, social media for non-profits, not-for-profit ethics and management

Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom − Shakespeare 2001-2002

 

M.A. with Distinction in Shakespeare, Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon, Univ. of Birmingham, UK 2002

  • Thesis: Twinned Lands: Cultural Imperialism, Cultural Anxiety and the 2002 RSC and OSF Productions of The
    Winter’s Tale
  • Studied with John Jowett, Pamela Mason, Russell Jackson

B.A. with Honors in Theatre & Dance, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1992

  • Thesis: Voices in the Struggle: Lady Gregory and Anne Devlin as Writers of Political Theatre

Department of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987-89

  • B.F.A. student in Directing. Transferred to Trinity College after two years.

Chautauqua Institution, Theatre Studio II, Chautauqua, NY 1986

  • Studied with Michael Kahn, Rebecca Guy, Deborah Hecht, Nels Hennum

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Shut up at the beginning.
– Alan Rickman on directing

You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate,
And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation…
--The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, scene i