29
Aug

Much Ado About Shakespeare

All images are by Lindsey Walters, Miscellaneous Media Photography. I was lucky enough to direct Much Ado About Nothing at the American Shakespeare Center Theater Camp this summer. I had a great time! Some things about it were sort of weird, just because I’m in a very different life stage from everyone else involved (I’m a good […]

What About Dramatic Church?

I’ve written before (and at length) about how bothered I am by the fact that most church drama is terrible. The reasons are many—there is a dearth of quality scripts, plays take more time and more people and more logistics than most other artforms that we see in church, and the people who are in the […]

1
Mar

Duchess Photos

Remember that time I said I was done with Duchess-obsessed posts? Lies, lies, all lies! I meant it at the time, but then Scott Lange sent me the production photos and they are SO GOOD and I love them. Sarah Stark took them during a performance at the Dogstory Theater in Grand Rapids. I’ve added text to […]

10
Feb

When I Muse Thus…

I haven’t written as much as I would have expected about my theater work on this blog. In part, this is because it’s hard to find the right time to write about it. During the process, I have so much to say, and no one I can say it too–so many things, I fear, would […]

9
Feb

Trillil, My Hearts!

It’s pancake day, my friends. And that always makes me remember one of the best nights of my life. When I was in grad school, for complicated reasons, I moved my thesis project up by a semester. As a result, I was one of the first (maybe the first?) from my cohort to present my […]

8
Feb

What (This) Director Does

Since I returned from Michigan, I’ve been thinking a lot about what my role is as a director. This is a sign of a good production—it’s making me grow as an artist and reconsider what I value. I’m also reminded, by some of the things that happened there, of the ways that my work is appreciably […]

26
Jan

Duchess of Malfi Review (Encore Michigan)

Duchess of Malfi intrigues and delights Review published in Encore Michigan, by Marin Heinritz, 1/26/2016 Playwright John Webster, Shakespeare’s contemporary, is known for his twisted, macabre sensibility as well as his gorgeous use of language. T.S. Eliot described him as a poet “much possessed by death, and saw the skull beneath the skin.” Webster’s masterpiece, The […]

16
Aug

Jordan’s Stormy Banks

This spring, the Valley Mennonite Brethren CrossRoads Heritage Center (yes, that’s a mouthful) invited me to direct a production of Jordan’s Stormy Banks. I’d seen the play when my friend Heidi directed it three years ago, and it’s super interesting. It tells the story of Mennonite and Brethren (then called “Dunker”) pacifists during the Civil War. […]

11
Aug

Dance Like No One’s Watching

Last winter, I started taking a ballet class. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time—since I’m a theater director, expanding my movement vocabulary is an important way to keep developing in my art. Also, many of my favorite actors have a classical dance background, and I wanted to learn more about how […]