PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST THEATRE TOPICS
I am proud to announce that my article, "Dissonant Witnessing: the 'in' and 'above' of Thou Proud Dream," has been published in the Fall 2016 edition of Theatre Topics, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
The article documents my work on Thou Proud Dream, the site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V I created with Jenni Lamb. It discusses my attempts to articulate a practicable means of transforming spectators into witnesses by considering their place both embedded in the story and standing outside of it.
Thank you to all of my mentors, who guided me through this process!!
BERNARDA ALBA OPENS AMIDST ELECTION
Thanks to everyone who came out to my production of The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca at Emerson Stage.
This production, in a fantastic translation by Caridad Svich, opened two days after the election. It sold out nearly all performances, and provided an opportunity for Emerson students to discuss their fears amidst a surprising election result. Read the write up we received in the Berkeley Beacon.
I am immensely proud of this production, and especially of the insanely talented cast who bringing incredible heart and raw power to this script. Thanks to Emerson College for this amazing opportunity!
See Pictures of the production here.
RETURNING TO EMERSON AND ELSEWHERE
I am beyond happy to announce I will be coming back to Emerson College for a third straight semester! This time I am teaching a Directed Study in directing and producing.
I am likewise happy to announce I am joining the faculty at Roxbury Community College, teaching multiple acting classes!
This winter I will also be working with the fine students at Gann Academy, and in the Spring at the North Shore YMCA, presenting our long-awaited original work on drug addiction!
More details coming soon.
FUN WITH SMALL THEATRE ALLIANCE COMPANIES
I had a great time this August teaming up with two great companies from the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston.
First, I was a director in Fresh Ink's annual Mad Dash, a 24-hour play festival featuring amazing artists from all over the area. I had the pleasure of directing Thom Dunn and Brendan Doris-Pierce's Voter's Block, a comedy about the coming election.
Then, I reunited with my old Living Room Playmakers buddy, Erin Austin, to direct a reading of her new play, Insert Heart Here. The reading was presented by Hub Theatre at Trident Cafe and Booksellers.
Here's to more collaborations down the road!!
DISCUSSING AUDIENCE RESPONSIBILITY ON HOWLROUND
My ongoing blog series for HowlRound, entitled The Audience Position, explores how tools of interactive theatre can promote social awareness and audience repsonsibility. I hope it leads to further discussions about how interactive and immersive theater can spark conversations about strengthening our communities.
Read the first post here, introducing the series.
Post #2 talks about point of view and the audience contract.
Post #3 discusses how much agency to give an audience.
Post #4 explores the power of proximity and distance.
Post #5 examines what it means to watch other audience members.
In Post #7 I share my experience trying to figure out how to get an audience to collaborate within a performance.
STONEHAM THEATRE YOUNG COMPANY
I recently worked with Stoneham Theatre's Young Company on a very successful production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. The production played at Stoneham Theatre and also toured the North Boston suburbs this May.
I am thrilled to be returning to the Young Company this July, when I will be directing Arabian Nights for Stoneham's Summer Fest.
I am excited to be working with an excellent education department and an amazing set of students.