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March 2020 • I'm excited to be working with Brunch Theatre Company again this spring. I'll be directing JUST A PAP, a new play by Jenna Kray about the anxiety that survivors of sexual assault face during routine, decidedly unsexy gynecological care.
February 2020 • I'm directing a workshop production of STACY & MIA, a new play that I've developed with playwright SMJ, at the Tank on February 29th and March 1st. The play, which follows a pair of college roommates who fall in and out of love in their 10x12 dorm room, will be produced by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions and will be rehearsed through a residency with the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Tickets can be found here.
November 2019 • I spent the month in New Haven, assisting director Oliver Butler on the World Premiere production of THE PLOT by Will Eno at Yale Repertory Theatre.
October 2019 • this fall, I worked as a Teaching Artist for the first time, leading a Directing Workshop for NYU Steinhardt students and later mentoring first-time directors on a short play festival at the University. I also spent October assisting Will Eno on the World Premiere production of his play THE UNDERLYING CHRIS, directed by Kenny Leon, at Second Stage.
September 2019 • This summer, I was invited to join the inaugural class of the Roundabout Directors Group, which met for the first time in late September.
August 2019 • my dear friends Nic Penn, Andrei Dolezal, and Billy Gillen invited me onto their podcast Stumblejohns. We talked all things social media, rush tickets, and COFFEE.
June & July 2019 • I spent the summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival as a Directing Intern. I directed 3 short plays and workshopped 3 full-lengths with the Apprentice Company and assisted director Jenna Worsham on the CommunityWorks production of SUMMER'S SOLDIER, a new musical by Boo Killebrew and Lucy Thurber. Take a look at some of my work here!
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
April 2019 • I partnered with Brunch Theatre Company to direct and dramaturg HALF THE STORY, a play adapted from real-life accounts from the #HalfTheStory social media platform, for their spring show BrainFood.
October 2018 • I directed the first developmental workshop of THE COMMAND CENTER, a new play by SMJ about an all-female reboot of The Power Rangers, with ANDTheatre Company.
August 2018 • I moved to New York! And, I assisted director Kathryn MacMillan on the World Premiere of UNRAVELED by Jennifer Blackmer at Theatre Row.
In Fall 2016, I self-produced, dramaturged, and directed a production of DRY LAND by Ruby Rae Spiegel at the University of Pennsylvania. At the end of the production, we made a $1,400 donation to the Philadelphia Women's Center, funding 28 abortions for women in need. You can read more about that rehearsal process here.