Artemisia Theatre’s Fall Festival 2014

I am excited to be a part of this wonderful festival presenting  staged readings of plays.  Each play features dominate female protagonists.  I am directing Atalanta K.O. a powerful and poetic play about a young female boxer struggling to find her place outside the violence of the ring.web_Invite_FINAL

Everything is Permitted

I am thrilled to have directed in Collaboractions’s 2013 Sketchbook Festival. I directed Chelsea Marcantel-Polaski’s Everything is Permitted. It is a beautifully complex play textually, layered beautifully by Chelsea. It was a joy to direct – complex yet with a clear story. My work was in creating staging that would illuminate the story for the audience.

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Photo Credit: Ania Sodziak
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The cast and I also worked a lot on the flow and tone of the language. As most of the language is spoken simultaneously, it was like conducting a quartet, shaping the sound and bringing out the right instrument at the right moment.

This piece was part of The Shorts: 9 Destinies track at Sketchbook which ran in May and June of 2013.

Directing for Afrikan Centered Theatre

Excerpted from The BlaQ Market: Essays & Plays from Afrikan Centered Theatre

The primary job of a director is to work wit the other artists to create a production that communicates the essence of the playwright’s story to the audience.  A director must provide a safe space where artist will give freely of themselves knowing the gift is appreciated.

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In western theatre it is often assumed that there is a standard rehearsal structure that can be applied to all plays of a genre.  In our work, we cannot make this assumption.  Each play is a different story, includes unique theatrical elements, presents different challenges for the actors and has a specific mode of storytelling.  A director needs to examine all that makes a play unique and create a rehearsal journey that will lead to a production that expresses that particular work.

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…Instinct is the stuff of art, yet so many artists shut themselves off.  They are stifled by insecure directors and at some point no longer trust their own gut.  I work with many actors who I have to coax into following their own impulses on stage.  This can me a difficult process, but it is necessary to create honest storytelling.  Theatre is about being in the moment.  It is about trusting that impulse when it comes not second-guessing  If a director wants to truly create moments of beauty on stage, they must let go and create an environment where this kind of openness is possible.