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ARTISTIC MISSION:

I believe in the power of theatre to connect us by reflecting our humanity, allowing individuals to see themselves in the story of others. I am dedicated to facilitating truthful work that elevates diverse voices that need to be heard, and telling important stories that empower and unite us.


PROFESSIONAL DIRECTING

(Selected credits; *denotes work by a local writer)

World Premieres:

Brawler By Walt McGough*, Boston Playwrights Theatre  and Kitchen Theatre Co., Boston, MA and Ithaca, NY

A rolling world premiere, allowing the playwright to see their work with the same cast and creative team in two different communities, with time between each production to hone the text and empower the performers to play a role in the development process.

How Soft the Lining by Kirsten Greenidge*, Bad Habit Productions, Boston, MA

A Future Perfect by Ken Urban*, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Boston, MA

Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez*, Huntington Theatre Co., Boston, MA

Two Wives in India by Leslie Dillon*, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston, MA

Gary by Melinda Lopez*, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston, MA

Work Featuring D/deaf and hard of hearing artists:

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Huntington Theatre Co., Boston, MA

Funded by a foundation grant, this workshop production explored the unique challenges of translating a classic American text into American Sign Language.

Tribes by Nina Raine, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Boston, MA

Love Person by Aditi Brennan Kapil, Company One Theatre, Boston, MA

Told in four languages: English, American Sign Language, Sanskrit, and email. This production involved a year-long exploration of Deaf culture, engaging deeply with and investing in the D/deaf and Hard of Hearing Community as part of the final production.

Work Featuring Audiences Outreach and Community Engagement:

The Who and the What by Ayad Akhtar, Huntington Theatre Co., Boston, MA

This production hosted a series of talk back and panel discussions funded by the NEA that examined the current state of the Islamic faith in modern day America.

Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge*, Huntington Theatre Co., Boston, MA

Worked in conjunction with Planned Parenthood and several local high schools to create conversations around teen pregnancy, using the play as an education outreach tool.

Hindu God Trilogy by Aditi Brennan Kapil, Company One, Boston, MA

Directed 2/3 plays (Brahman/i & Chronicles of Khalki) and worked with dramaturgical staff to educate audiences on Hindu gods through blogs, discussions, and lobby displays.

You For Me For You by Mia Chung, Company One Theatre, Boston, MA

This world premiere involved close collaboration with a new playwright, including talk backs with the writer focusing on the new play process and her own experience as a Korean-American.

Othello by William Shakespeare, New Repertory Theatre - New Rep on Tour,  Eastern MA

Programmed at the eve of the first Obama administration, this work toured local high schools between the election and the inauguration and featured post-show talk backs to discuss the role of black men in our society and their relationship to power.

Regional Premieres

Ironbound by Martyna Majok, Kitchen Theatre Co., Ithaca, NY

Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown, SpeakEasy Stage Co. Boston, MA

Brahman/i by Aditi Brennan Kapil, Kitchen Theatre Co., Ithaca, NY and 1st Stage, Tysons, VA

Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, Central Square Theatre, Boston, MA

Fast Company by Carla Ching, Lyric Stage Co., Boston, MA

Appropriate by Branden Jacobs Jenkins, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Boston, MA

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Boston, MA

Matt and Ben by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl Holland, Productions, Boston, MA

2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron, New Repertory Theatre, Watertown, MA

The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris, Company One Theatre, Boston, MA

New Play Workshops

Little Row Boat, or Conjecture by Kirsten Greenidge, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH

A Guide for the Homesick by Ken Urban, Huntington Theatre Co., Boston, MA

In the Shadow of his Language by Jacob Juntunen, Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Conference, New York, NY

A Future Perfect by Ken Urban*, Huntington Theatre Co., Boston, MA

Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez*, Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA


PRODUCING HIGHLIGHTS

One Minute Play Festival at Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY - 2018

An inaugural event, created in conjunction with a nationally recognized organization that brought together 33 local writers, 41 actors and 5 directors, creating a unique evening that explored the zeitgeist of the Ithaca community and welcomed them to make a home at the Kitchen.  

Brawler co-production with Boston Playwrights Theatre & Kitchen Theatre Company - 2018

A world-premiere collaboration between two companies, designed to give the playwright space and opportunity to explore their play with the same cast in front of two different audiences. After a 3-week Boston run, the cast, director, and playwright, Walt McGough, were reunited in Ithaca to rehearse for 2 additional weeks and execute rewrites based on the Boston run and actor input.

I Was Most Alive With You at Huntington Theatre Co. by Craig Lucas - 2014 to 2016

I had the privilege of overseeing two years of workshops, culminating in a full production that united an incredible group of Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing artists to create a wholly accessible performance for ASL and English speaking audiences at every performance.

Our Town at Huntington Theatre Co. by Thornton Wilder, directed by David Cromer - 2012

A presentation of David Cromer’s MacArthur Award-winning vision using 29 local actors and pioneering a new production model, for the first time in the Huntington’s smallest venue.

Summer Play Workshops at Huntington Theatre Co. - 2012 to 2017

Created and managed a new play development project, focusing on the needs of the individual play and playwright, rather than working towards a ‘production ready’ show. These workshops also highlighted the works of local writers from the Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program.

35 Below at Huntington Theatre Co. - 2010 to 2017

Founder and chair of the 35 Below Program for young patrons. My team worked together to expand our audience base by lowering ticket prices and creating events geared towards a younger age bracket, ultimately culminating in a new board to cultivate young donors.

Emerging America Festival at Huntington Theatre Co., American Repertory Theatre and The Institute of Contemporary Art - 2009 to 2012

Brought together local and national organizations of varying sizes to create a cross-institutional/ cross-media conversation. The Festival included several world premiere productions at four different venues, as well as a series of walking tour audio plays by Boston-area playwrights, creating a unique opportunity for three major Boston arts organizations to reach a new audience.

Shirley, Vermont Festival at Huntington Theatre Co., SpeakEasy Stage, Company One - 2010

A unique partnership between three leading Boston theatre companies, where each company produced a different play by playwright Annie Baker all under a single roof. This gave our audiences a unique opportunity to experience different artistic visions and perspectives on a young writer’s work, and follow her through various phases in her development as a writer.

Their Voices Will Be Heard: A Festival of Works by Israeli and Palestinian Artists at New Repertory Theatre, Watertown, MA 2008

Rotating repertory performances of My Name is Rachel Corrie and Zohar Tirosh’s play Pieces along with new play readings, film screening, and panel discussions with the intention of creating a broader picture of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Downstairs at New Rep at New Repertory Theatre, Watertown, MA 2006 to 2008

Founding producer for the New Repertory Theatre’s Second Stage Series. Featuring three productions each season and making use of the 49 seat black box theatre.


AWARDS, GRANTS, AND OTHER HONORS

2018
Nominee, IRNE Award Best Director of a Play and Best Director of a Musical, The Who and the What, Huntington Theatre Co. and The Bridges of Madison County, SpeakEasy Stage

2017
Winner, Specific Opportunity Stipend, Community Arts Partnership, Ithaca, NY

2016
Nominee, Elliot Norton and IRNE Award, Best Production, Milk Like Sugar, Huntington Theatre Co.
Winner, Elliot Norton Award, Best Production, Come Back Little Sheba, Huntington Theatre Co.  

2015
Honoree,  Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf, for outstanding commitment to providing fully accessible theatre experiences to the Deaf, Deafblind, and hard of hearing communities

2014
Winner, Elliot Norton Award and IRNE Award, Best Production, Tribes, SpeakEasy Stage

2013
Nominee, Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production, Clybourne Park, Speakeasy Stage
Winner, Elliot Norton Award, Best Production, Our Town, Huntington Theatre Co.

2011
Honoree, Lois Roach Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Boston Theatre Community

2009
Nominee, IRNE Award Best Direction, Best Ensemble, The Pain and the Itch, Company One

2008
Nominee, Elliot Norton Award, Best Production, Gary, Boston Playwrights Theatre

2004
Faye Stone Internship Award from Boston University and the Huntington Theatre Co.
Recipient of Boston University Professional Entrance Grant to Williamstown Theatre Festival


EDUCATION

B.F.A - Theatre Arts, School of Fine Arts at Boston University (Magna Cum Laude), 2004

Directing Internship - Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2004

Directing and Administrative Fellow- Actors Center of Australia, 2003

Summer Intensive  - Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, Ireland, 2002


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Brandeis University - Adjunct Faculty in Audition Technique, 2015

Harvard University - Guest Artist for Young Playwrights Festival specializing in new play development, 2011-14

Emerson College - Guest Artists in Audition Technique and Professional Development, 2010-17

Ithaca College - Guest Artist in Audition Technique and Professional Development, 2017-18


AFFILIATIONS

SDC - Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Foundation