Research! Archives, libraries, historic sites, museums across Montana. Women in the gold rush era of Montana and the breaking of the American myth of white hats and nostalgic heroes. The wild west from another perspective -- two trails west, it turns out. Perserverance over perfection.
Fall 2021. Blue Stockings. Back on stage at CCM with another amazing design. I was granted the rights to Emilia only to have them pulled because of mask wearing. The pivot was worth it -- a beautiful show -- talented cast and crew. I mean, look at that set!
Fall 2020 -- CCM - University of Cincinnati was forced to cancel their season due to the pandemic. With two other colleagues, Matt Tibbs and Stirling Shelton, I moved our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Tower Park in Fort Thomas Kentucky. Exhilerating to teach outdoor theatre, exhausting to mount a production on my own, but worth it.
Fall of 2020. Hope After Hate - an adaptation of the memoir of A Boy called Moniek. Using footage from a Poland/Germany research trip, we mounted and filmed a production during the pandemic. We were all grateful to be back in the rehearsal room, even for 50 minute increments at a time for safety protocol. The show which nobody saw, was an amazing thing, but working with the Media Department, it was turned into a film and is still in the editing phase.
Summer 2020 - Pandemic. With the help of some intrepid faculty, we take on a summer project to "reimagine and reinvent" theatre for the Pandemic. Using go-pros, 360 cameras, and live-streaming, we tried, we failed, we re-invented, we plunged in again. We learned. I presented our findings to the CCM faculty and we will be utilizing some of the film and projection work to re-think our season.
The Wolves - Miami University. I was a guest artist for this amazing group of women. We got 2 wonderful performance before the pandemic shut us down. Am so proud of them and of Julia Guichard, chair of the Acting Department, who offered her talent and experience as Soccer Mom. So much courage and resilience from all involved.
I worked with Luseemedia Production Company for a documentary to be aired on Channel 9. The Who Tragedy: The Night that Changed Rock and Roll. CCM ACTING was given credit in the film
A trip to Poland and Germany for research. With his daughter, Hagit Limor, (and professional film crew pictured) we trace the trail of Moniek Lamor, a child in the Holocaust. We gain access to attics, houses, graveyards, work camps and finally, are allowed to get footage of Buchenwald concentration camp. The research with and 360 filming and drone footage will culminate in an immersive theatre experience of this remarkable story. Students from across the University of Cincinnati interned as documentarians, cinematographers, and content creators for the play and virtual experience.
Fall of 2019. Lady Windermere's Fan at CCM. The joys of Oscar Wilde -- beautiful rambling language, precise humor and heartfelt story.
Melbourne Australia - Antipodes Theatre Company. Everybody by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins. Australian debut in a staged reading.
August 2019. A "US based teaching artist" at Antipodes Theatre Company in Melbourne Australia. Thanks much to Brandon Pape, artistic director.
May - July 2019. The Tempest at Richmond Shakespeare Festival. A return to the stage as Prospero under the direction of Pat Flick. Grateful...
February - March 2019. Our Country's Good at CCM. An amazing design and wonderful work by cast and crew.
October 2018 - Eurydice at CCM. Lovely cast and amazing lighting and props designers. The cast designed make-up and we supplied vintage costumes.
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?