13
Apr

Field of Dreams

I don’t write about my family/house/personal life that much over here on the Professional Site (although if you want some homeschooling, renovation, and/or cat-related content, you’re welcome to check out my personal blog). But, as has been the reality in our current work-from-home life, that line of demarcation is blurring. Recently, we had the porch […]

3
Apr

#amdirecting (kinda)

What does a theater director do when the stage lights are dark? That’s been a tough question all year. But this past week, I finally had an opportunity to use my skills. I volunteered at a mass vaccination site, run by the Virginia Health Department. I’m not a nurse, so I couldn’t give shots, but […]

23
Feb

What can actors do?

Those who know my work well know how I feel about actors. The short version: Actors are the core of my work. I live for actors. I love actors. Actors, as a group, are hard working, collaborative, innovative, patient, kind, empathetic, generous, creative, and practical. There is no one else I would rather work with. […]

12
Dec

Midwife of Stories

I’ve been thinking a lot about the gap between what people expect of a director and what I am, when I show up in the room. I’m thinking about this especially because I recently was writing an application where I had to answer, “How do you execute your artistic vision?” and everything about that question […]

20
Nov

Zoom will have Zoom

Tomorrow night, the online production of Measure for Measure that I put together with the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will be available on their YouTube channel. You can check out the event here. I’m excited to have finally had the chance to dig into this text with actors. I think I proposed it a year […]

18
Oct

Book Report: Working on a Song

I’ve been into preordering books lately. By the time they show up, I’ve usually forgotten about them. It’s like a present from my past self. Which is to say that I had forgotten entirely about Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown by Ana├»s Mitchell, until it showed up at my doorstep. Once I […]

9
Sep

A Troubling Pattern

You know when you see something over and over again, and you just want to ask if other people see it too? That’s where I am today. During These Challenging Times, one of the things I have appreciated the most, in terms of content provided by theaters, is the honest, direct, behind-the-magic conversations that they’ve […]

29
Aug

Zooming Theater

We had the world premiere of Sperm Donor Wanted last night. It was really fun. Because we had attended various live online theater events where an actor’s mic dropped in the middle of the show or the stream cut out for somebody, we decided to pre-record the show the night before. We premiered it on […]

24
Aug

Anniversary

Today is the one-year anniversary of one of my favorite days of my whole life. We did Antony and Cleopatra at the Rose. It was the culmination of a journey I had been on since I directed my first production of that play, sixteen years earlier. Although it was a good production, it didn’t match […]