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 […]

11
Jun

Announcement: As You Like It

People I hardly know have started coming up to me and saying, “So, I hear you’re doing As You Like It at Harrisonburg High School next year,” which I guess means I can announce it! I’m excited to work with HHS students on their spring show. I’ve had a few eye rolls from snotty people […]

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 […]

24
May

Announcement: On The Verge

I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be working with the York College Theater Division this fall! I’m directing On The Verge or: The Geography of Yearning. Being invited to do a show written in my lifetime is a fun change (much as I do love Renaissance drama!), and working with a new group of collaborators […]

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, […]