May - June 2018 - Another Macbeth! Directing at Richmond Shakespeare Festival. A hard working team in the beautiful Historic Gennet Record company -- a hollowed-out brick structure in the White Water Gorge. Artistic Director Patrick Flick.
Spring 2018 - Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Working with Aaron Posner and Teller (Penn and Teller) on a wonderful production full of magic, music and passion. Language directing and enjoying Chicago friends.
Winter into Summer 2018 - H2O - a play about water -- Opened at University of Cincinnati, played the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and is off to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland in August!!!! It was a privilege to associate direct this play devised and directed by Richard Hess.
Fall 2017 - Hamlet at CCM! An amazing experience with actors, designers, production staff. A dream of a process -- thank you all!
After the Shaw Festival, I was asked to write an article for the SHAW - Journal (formerly the Shaw Review) and international periodical on all things Shaw! I had the privilege of interviewing Bill Brown and Bob Scogin (ShawChicago), two Midwest directions familiar with the challenges and joys of directing George Bernard Shaw.
July 2017 - Shaw Festival - Invited Speaker at the International Shaw Society. I presented a paper: Losing Shaw -- Elitism, Dwindling Technique and the Next Generation of Theatre Goers... A mouthful to describe the kind of training needed for High Comedy.
June 2017 - Studying this summer with Chris Bayes. Commedia at the Funny School for Good Acting in New York, and then a week long workshop in Trestle Mask with Richard Crawford
Performed White Rabbit/Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. The piece is done totally cold -- in front of my new students -- Be bold, say yes, be willing to fail. Putting my reputation where my mouth is -- nerve wracking, but a fascinating day.
November 2016 - film lab - film festival -- NEGOTIATIONS. Acting in a student film here at CCM. Great job all!
October 2016 - a staged reading of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage at CCM. The MET commissioned the Opera and we were the kick-off event to the workshop. It was a rare collaboration between the Opera, Musical Theatre and Acting departments.
August 2016 - My new home! The College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati!
March 2016 - The world premiere of my play TEMPLE SPIRIT at Echo Theatre in Dallas! A great crew of people and an amazing cast. I feel so lucky to have Jeffrey Schmidt directing and designing. And the folks at Echo are top notch.
January 2016 - Directing THE SEAGULL for Bradley University. Tackling Chekhov head-on. So proud of the great cast and the focused student stage-management team.
October 2015 - A talk back at North Central College, where they are performing my play WASTELAND. Student director Sean Michael Mohler lead a passionate cast in an intense production.
October 2015 - Two weeks in Scotland at the Linklater Voice Center!!! Intensive training from Kristin Linklater. Beginning and Advanced text.
Summer 2015 - a tour of my play WASTELAND by Unmasqued Theatre Company in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. Great thanks to Ty Fanning and director Jeffrey Schmidt for tackling the play.
January 2015 - Directed Katori Hall's THE MOUNTAINTOP for Bradley University. The show was added in response to the situation in Ferguson. Wonderful work from the cast and crew -- truly a labor of love.
November 2014 - Verse Coached for PERICLES at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Working with a wonderful cast including Ben Carlson from Stratford. Director David Bell is one of my favorite people to work for -- well worth the commute!
October 2014 - An amazing time at Bates College as a Learning Associate. Meeting with playwriting students, designers and actors for the production of WASTELAND. Directed by Katalin Vecsey of Budapest.
Spending a year as Temporary Assistant Professor at Bradley University - teaching acting and Shakespeare courses as well as directing THE MOUNTAINTOP for them. We'll see if I play in Peoria!
March 2014 - Thanks to Sam Anderson at The Road Theatre in L.A. for the opportunity of a staged reading of WASTELAND. An amazing night with actors Ty Fanning and Kody Walker, with Christian Blackburn on stage directions.
March - Directing MILKY WAY AND MAIN for the Judith Karman Hospice Short Play Festival at the end of March. Proceeds for the festival go to the Judith Karman Hospice.
January 2014 - All day Movement Workshops and adjudicating at the Arkansas Thespian Festival hosted at Central Arkansas University. Spent a weekend with 1000 talented young actors. Theatre is alive and well in Arkansas high schools!
November 2013 - MILKY WAY AND MAIN, was given a first read by dedicated grad and undergraduate students at OSU. A great night and tons learned on both sides. The play is currently a one act commissioned by Troupe d'Jour for the Judith Karman Hospice Short Play Festival in January of 2014.
October 2013 - WASTELAND was written up in the October issue of Theatre Journal. The article and review called it "powerful and unsettling."
September 2013 - The Road Theatre Company in L.A. is slated for a staged reading of WASTELAND sometime in April 2014!
August 2013 - I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. I directed Beyond Therapy for their mainstage and am enjoying the very, very talented faculty! Loving the students and getting an education on this beautiful campus - Leaving Chicago for a year, sometimes I feel like Dorothy-I'm not in Kansas anymore - or am I?