16
Jun

Awards and Irony

This morning, my social media was buzzing with posts from friends at Pigeon Creek Shakespeare reporting their nominations for the Wilde Awards (Michigan’s professional theater awards, run by Encore Michigan). Kate Bode was nominated for “Best Performance–Bard” for her performance as Margaret in Henry VI (a role she continued in Richard III), Scott Lange for […]

15
Jun

Broadway Body Positivity

Stephanie Lexis (not somebody I know, but someone who is obviously very cool) has started a project to promote body positivity in the theater. Her Facebook page is informative, funny, and super depressing, all at the same time. I’ve been especially interested in her recent run of anonymous stories about times when people have experienced […]

2
Jun

Why “Thank you for your work”

On my recent visit to Bridget to check out the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, I noticed a phrase I think of as mostly mine popping up here and there. I overheard a stage manager say, “Thank you for your work” to an actor as she emerged from the theater door after a show. The next night, […]

24
May

Do the Next Right Thing

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think they’re very helpful for me, or the way I think about time. But I do have areas of focus each year, especially for directing. Directing goals Each year, I think about something I don’t think I do very well as a director, and I spend […]

19
May

Realtime Dramaturgy

For someone who practically never works with a dramaturg, I sure love dramaturgy. I love learning about the text, learning all of the history and backstory and background and cultural themes that contribute to the rich tapestry of the play. I haven’t thought of myself as a dramaturg, despite pretty much every dramaturg I know […]

13
May

Happy Mother’s Day, Elizabeth Woodeville

I came across this thing I wrote for Mother’s Day last year. I had largely forgotten about it, but on rereading it, I realized that my production of Richard III is completely based on these ideas. Most notably this quotation from “The Mother’s Day Proclamation,” by Julia Ward Howe: “Let [mothers] meet first, as women, […]

12
Apr

We Get Around

Now that Richard III is rolling around Michigan and I’m home, I’m finding myself explaining to people more or less daily that the show goes on without me. Most people who haven’t done much theater don’t realize that a director is very different from an orchestra conductor. I set the show up and then it […]

15
Nov

New Headshots!

This summer, everyone was posting their headshots from 10 years ago, as a funny. Haha, I thought. I’ll find mine and post it, too! Here it is: It’s a good picture! But…I was still using it. I just didn’t realize how old it was. This is pre-kids. It’s pre-gray-hairs, pre-eye-crinkles. This is definitely still how […]

3
Sep

Juliet in a box

One of my favorite things that happened on my recent Shakespeare Roadtrip ™ was that I stayed with Bridget, an actor who was in Duchess (2016), as well as this summer’s Much Ado remount. Bridget has done well for herself, working consistently at ever more prominent theaters and in better and better roles. She’s been auditioning and touring regularly. […]

27
Jul

Second Chances

Kaeleb asked me an interesting question as I was giving him a ride home from rehearsal last night: “Are there any shows that you have done before, that you wish you could go back and do again, knowing what you know now?” I surprised myself–and I think also him–by realizing that no, there aren’t. I […]