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Currently based in Bloomington, IN and Philadelphia, PA. Willing to travel.
NEWS & UPCOMING PROJECTS
~I’m honored to be back again directing for the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington! After the sold-out run of CHURCH & STATE last May, I’ve been asked to direct CHERRY DOCS by David Gow, May 9-19 2019 in the Rose Firebay at Ivy Tech.
A neo-Nazi Skinhead is charged with murder in Toronto. Legal Aid assigns him a Jewish lawyer, and they collaborate on a defense. The Skinhead is pushed beyond his prejudice, while the lawyer is forced to examine the limits of his own liberal tolerance, and the demons that might be underneath it. CHERRY DOCS is a white-hot examination of hate and how hard it is to uproot from society.
~After two years of directing for Stages Bloomington’s summer camps, I’m thrilled to direct for one of their Production classes! If you know a young person in 3rd-6th grade, they can join the cast of HONK! JR. Rehearsals start February 16, with performances April 26-28 at The Warehouse. A charming musical comedy based on the “Ugly Duckling” fable, HONK! JR. shows us how being different can be a wonderful thing.
~I had a fantastic experience returning to acting this past fall, playing Associate Pastor Joshua in THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath at Cardinal Stage. It was a powerful, thought-provoking story, and a great group of people to work with.
I could link to the reviews, but what sticks with me is the woman we heard from in the lobby after one performance. She wasn’t a person of strong faith, but she had family members who were, and after seeing our production she felt she understood them a little better.
I’m so grateful we were able to share this story with that woman, and with everyone else who came. I truly believe that theatre has the power to promote empathy better than any other art form, because the raw material of theatre is real live people, sharing the same air with the audience.
~This past Fall I taught a Saturday acting class series for Stages Bloomington. I taught three different age levels, including teaching Shakespeare to teenagers, which was a blast.
I also taught a Monday evening scene study class for Cardinal Stage. It was such a fulfilling experience to take the teaching skills I gained at Indiana University, and apply them in a new environment.
~I directed CHURCH & STATE by Jason Odell Williams for the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, May 2018, a timely political drama dealing with big issues facing our country.
Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, a Republican senator makes an off-the-cuff remark to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. As his devoutly Christian wife and his liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion, guns, and social media influence our political system is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting.