Movement: A new direction

The best part of my day these days is welcoming actors to the Silk Moth Stage for rehearsals of Give Us Good. Working on a world premiere is exciting (Pam Mandigo’s script is such a gift)! Directing for this immersive, flexible, wild space gives me goosebumps. Creating with familiar and new-to-me actors is a joy. […]

Take 5 Sessions for August

Take 5 is my framework for creating anti-traumatic spaces for theater workers. So much of what we do—as directors, administrators, designers, stage managers, actors, publicists, etc, etc, etc—harms our collaborators. We couldn’t have designed a more traumatic system if we were deliberately trying to. I’m on a mission to change that. Last spring, I taught […]

5
Aug

Every Brilliant Thing at Silk Moth Stage

I’m so excited that we’re opening Every Brilliant Thing at Silk Moth Stage tomorrow! I’m producing it, and last night, I got to watch the run, including the live pre-show music by Azalea Twining. I am so thrilled with the work Katie Downing (performer) and MaryBeth Killian (director) have done on this project. For those […]

30
Jul

Merry Wives of Windsor at Quill Theatre

Can we just be honest for a minute? Doing my first play back after the pandemic shut-down was terrifying. I thought that my first show back would be a play I’ve been thinking about for a few years, at a company I have worked with a bunch, with actors I know and trust. My actual […]

20
Jun

Merry Wives program note

As we approach the last weekend of Merry Wives at Quill Theatre, I wanted to share my program note. “Why this play? Why now?” indeed. This is the Merry Wives summer. As we gather in Richmond, audiences are convening in Los Angeles, Bismarck, Atlanta, and countless other cities to experience the same slapstick romp. Shakespeare’s […]

30
May

Agecroft!

We moved our rehearsals over to Agecroft Hall and Gardens, where we’ll be performing, this past week. Even though working outdoors has been challenging (to say the least—a windstorm took out our sound tent and knocked over the walls!), it’s also an absolutely magical place. Anne Kenny-Urban, the executive director of Agecroft, took us on […]