Artistic Director, The Tribe of Fools
(A Project of Cultural Images Group)
Upcoming Directing Projects:
May 2-19 A Red State of Marriage, by Peter Shelburne, produced by Pauline Productions, written for and starring Jeannine Haas and Julie Waggoner
July 19-21 Much Ado About Nothing, produced by Hampshire Shakespeare Company, starring the HS Young Company
Fall 2013 Keep On Moving, a solo performance piece created with performer Carolyn Shakti Sadeh
ensemble-building and physical training are at the heart of my work. i enjoy messy, complicated scripts with vivid, energized language. i use kinesthetic response to relieve the brain of its heavy work, actions and objectives to encourage high stakes and connection, linklater voice work to deepen truthfulness. i am interested in working on projects that are vast and frightening, saying yes, admitting fear and failure, never admitting defeat, and engaging in sexy collaboration.
what i find most important, energizing, and worth pursuing in my teaching and directing work changes all the time. it's tied to where i'm at in my life at any given moment, what i'm reading and thinking about; to the experiences i have, both at the theatre and in the day-to-day; to the people i'm teaching, and those i'm learning from.
...speaking of time, it is a fascinating concept to me, and it's been a thread in my work for some time, sparked initially by a workshop i took with mary overlie. how can actors harness time, catapult it forward or sit with the audience in heavy and extended moments? and, how is time linked with vulnerability? people/actors protect themselves from being vulnerable by hurrying time - but what happens when they slow it down, stretch it out? the walls evaporate and they are laid bare.
i try to allow for a profound, even a sacred, experience of sorts, in my classes and throughout the rehearsal process, through music, movement, physical touch, inner reflection and outward connection.
i feel it is my job to offer up to actors and students a variety of thoughts, tools, and questions, and to let them do the important work of making connections and discoveries.
my great passion as a director is to do my own adaptations of classic texts which incorporate complex movement scores.