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Connecting with Directors Digitally
Video & Podcast Series

In Conversation, The Drama League's acclaimed series of live discussions with directors who are changing the face of theater, television, and film, has expanded to become accessible via digital video and podcast. The process of creation is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.  

#Collaboration provides a window into the unique collaborative process between a director and a playwright, designer, producer, or actor; in each episode, two artists will discuss their journey together on a project and their relationship as collaborators.

DIGITAL LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Since activities at The Drama League are shared digitally to the internet, we take this moment to acknowledge and consider the legacy of colonization embedded within the technologies, structures, and ways of thinking we use every day. We are using equipment and high speed internet not available in many Indigenous communities. Even the technologies that are central to much of the art we make leave significant carbon footprints, contributing to changing climates that disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples worldwide. We invite you to join us in acknowledging this as well as our shared responsibility: to make good of this time, and for each of us to consider our roles in reconciliation, decolonization, and allyship.
Credit and Thanks: Adrienne Wong of SpiderWebShow, Ontario, Canada, who wrote the acknowledgement upon which this is based.

 

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Just Released!

 

HowWeWorkNow: Expand the Canon
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Recorded on September 29, 2020
 
What makes a classic timeless and fresh? NOT THE GENDER OF THE PLAYWRIGHT! So why do men dominate the classical canon? Associate Artistic Director Nilan sits down with the curators and creators of EXPAND THE CANON, a timely, producable list of classic plays written by women. Mary Candler, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director, Emily Lyon, Hedgepig Ensemble Associate Artistic Director, and performer/creator, Shannon Corethin speak to why the field has forgotten women in the classical canon, and how they are implementing change now.
 
HOWWEWORKNOW, The Drama League’s acclaimed series of discussions that shape, distill, and share best practices about how the industry and craft of directing allies with active change on the ground. The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help! Click here to donate.

 

Discover the 9 plays on the list: ExpandTheCanon.com
Learn more about the company: HedgepigEnsemble.org

Learn more about Mary Candler: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-candler     
Learn more about Shannon Corenthin: https://www.shannoncorenthin.com/
Learn more about Emily Lyon: EmilyALyon.com

 

 

 
 
 
In Conversation: David Mendizabal
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Recorded on July 28, 2020
 
Visionary director and arts leader David Mendizábal joins Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks to talk about how one builds a career path that fights for social justice and heals along the way. 
 
The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help! Donate here: http://bit.ly/DLdonations
 
Learn more about David Mendizábal: http://www.davidmendizabal.com/
Learn more about The Movement Theatre Company: https://www.themovementtheatrecompany.org/
Learn more about The Sol Project: http://www.solproject.org/
 
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In Conversation: Travis Russ
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Recorded on September 17, 2020
 
How do you know a story is worth telling? Even if that story scares you? Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks talks with Travis Russ writer, director, and Artistic Director of Life Jacket Theatre about how he creates moving dramas using material that some may feel is taboo. 
 
IN CONVERSATION, The Drama League's acclaimed series of discussions with the directors changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.
 
The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help! Donate here: http://bit.ly/DLdonations
 
Learn more about Life Jacket Theatre: http://www.lifejackettheatre.org/
 
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#Collaboration: Carla's Quince
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Recorded on August 17, 2020

 
We attended the bilingual immersive quinceañera that is bringing the party and rocking the vote. Estefanía Fadul (director), Galia Backal (Associate Director), Christina Watanabe (Designer), and Camila Pérez Santiago (Carla) lets us in on how they created the most civically engaged birthday party ever that's trying to register Latinx communities across the country.
 
 
#COLLABORATION, The Drama League's new series of conversations that provide a window into the partnership process between a director and a playwright, designer, producer, or actor. In each episode, artists will discuss their journey together on a project and their relationship as collaborators. The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning collaborators from around the world.  
 

The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help! Click here to donate.

If you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here: dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resources

Learn more about Estefanía Fadul: https://www.estefaniafadul.com/   
Learn more about Galia Backal: https://www.galiabackal.com/
Learn more about Christina Watanabe: http://www.starryeyedlighting.com/
Learn more about Camila Pérez Santiago: https://www.backstage.com/u/camilaperezsantiago/
 
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#Collaboration: Rachel Gita Karp & Joseph Amodei
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Recorded on September 11, 2020
 
Do you remember your high school civics class? How about this one, what is gerrymandering? Or Mary Flanagan's critical play theory? Associate Artistic Director Nilan, sat down with two art activists who have created a show, Packing and Cracking, that gives its audience a joyfully hilarious educational lesson about gerrymandering and red-lining. Rachel Gita Karp (Director/Creator) and Joesph Amodei (Designer/Creator) lead us through their journey and work to make America civically educated again. 
 
IN CONVERSATION, The Drama League's acclaimed series of discussions with the directors changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.
 
The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help! Click here to donate.

Learn more about the show: https://www.packingandcracking.com/

Learn more about Rachel Gita Karp: https://www.rachelkarp.com/       Learn more about Joseph Amodei: https://www.jamodei.com/

Buy a ticket Packing and Cracking at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival: https://fringearts.com/event/packing-and-cracking/

 

 

 

 

 

 

HowWeWorkNow: King Lear at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
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Recorded on August 5, 2020

Keeping artists working. Keeping artists creating. Keeping artists serving their communities. Are deep concerns for theatre companies across the nation. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival embraced these challenges with curiosity, fearlessness, and innovation. Associate Artistic Director Nilan sits down with Elizabeth Carter (Director), Rebecca J. Ennals (Artistic Director), Karen Schleifer (Stage Manager), and Neal Ormond (Technical Director) to discuss how they got AEA to agree to a live digital theatre contract? Rehearsed in a completely socially distant manner? And crafted an unprecedented production of KING LEAR, creating one of the most riveting "LIVE" experiences over the internet. 

HOWWEWORKNOW, The Drama League’s acclaimed series of discussions that shape, distill, and share best practices about how the industry and craft of directing allies with active change on the ground. The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here:dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resources

San Francisco Shakespeare: www.sfshakes.org/                                   Editing services donated by:catalinmedia.com/

King Lear (now running): www.youtube.com/user/SFShakes/featured   Elizabeth Carter: www.elizabethcarterarts.com/

 

 

 

 

HowWeWorkNow: Directing in 2020 - Pandemic Edition
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Recorded on August 4, 2020

How the American Theatre returns is a burning question in debate across the nation. We are joined by an esteemed virologist, Dr. Matthew Frieman, PhD, to discuss his work on a COVID-19 vaccine. Ali Skye Bennet, Artistic Producer leads an important discussion with Dr. Frieman and our current directing fellows (Cristina Angeles, Signe V. Harriday, Taylor Haven Holt, Cait Robinson, and Emma Rosa Went). What happens next is a glimpse into the future of the work we all need to do to ensure we come back safe and strong.

HOWWEWORKNOW, The Drama League’s acclaimed series of discussions that shape, distill, and share best practices about how the industry and craft of directing allies with active change on the ground. The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here:dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resources

Novavax’s Phase 1 data: https://cnb.cx/3ibQhmT                                Editing services donated by:catalinmedia.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Conversation: Mei Ann Teo
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Recorded on July 17, 2020

The skillfully compassionate director and visionary arts leader Mei Ann Teo joins the series from her native country of Singapore. Nilan, Associate Artistic Director, moderates the discussion from Teo's thoughts on consciously decreasing harm in the workplace, the work of the auteur, her work as Producing Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, and so much more. 

 

 

 

 

 

#Collaboration: Conor McPherson and Simon Hale
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This conversation was recorded in early June 2020, in wake of the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope.

Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.com
Black Visions Collective, blackvisionsmn.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, naacpldf.org
American Civil Liberties Union, action.aclu.org/give/now

Recorded on June 12, 2020

 

We sat down with Conor McPherson (Director/Writer) and Simon Hale (Orchestration, Arrangements, and Music Direction) from Broadway's Girl From North Country to ask how McPherson blew up the traditional musical form (with the help of Hale) to create this Bob Dylan music inspired force of nature of production.
 

 

 

 

#Collaboration: Gaye Taylor Upchurch and Lauren Gunderson
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This conversation was recorded in late May 2020, prior to the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, and in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope.

Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.com
Black Visions Collective, blackvisionsmn.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, naacpldf.org
American Civil Liberties Union, action.aclu.org/give/now

Recorded on May 11, 2020

The lead creatives of Audible's The Half-Life of Marie Curie look back on what it takes to create theatre for the ear and eye. Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch (The BlamelessThe Last MatchAnimal) and playwright Lauren Gunderson (I and YouThe Book of WillNatural Shocks) walks us from play commission to production. 

 

 

 

In Conversation: Sheryl Kaller
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This conversation was recorded in late May 2020, prior to the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, and in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope. 

We recognize and stand with the following organizations:

Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.com
Black Visions Collective, blackvisionsmn.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, naacpldf.org
American Civil Liberties Union, action.aclu.org/give/now

Recorded on May 13, 2020

The incomparable director SHERYL KALLER shares her remarkable career with us on this week's episode. Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director, moderates the discussion from Kaller's thoughts on the evolution of women in the field, being a working parent in the theatre, and her work with Terrence McNally, Billy Porter, and Christopher Durang.  

 
 

 

 

 

Women of Color in Artistic Leadership: Associate Artistic Directors
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This conversation was recorded in late May 2020, prior to the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, and in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope. 

We recognize and stand with the following organizations:

Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.com
Black Visions Collective, blackvisionsmn.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, naacpldf.org
American Civil Liberties Union, action.aclu.org/give/now

Recorded on May 20, 2020

We gathered three rising stars of the field who serve our industry as both director and associate artistic director to debunk what exactly is the role of an associate artistic director? We also deep-dived into the experience of being a woman of color on the job at a historically White institution. Drama League alums Nicole A. Watson (Round House Theatre), Dawn Monique Williams (Aurora Theatre Company), and Pirronne Yousefzadeh (Geva Theatre Center) sit down with our Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks. 

 

 

 

Queering the Theatre: A Special Pride Week Event
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This conversation was recorded in late May 2020, in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope.

We recognize and stand with the following organizations:

Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.com
Black Visions Collective, blackvisionsmn.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, naacpldf.org
American Civil Liberties Union, action.aclu.org/give/now

The Drama League gathered the leaders of our nation’s top LGBTQIA+ theatre companies. The conversation that unfolded investigated why queer specific space is important in the American Theatre? How do we honor voices of the past, present, and future? Who is overlooked in our communities? How do we lead our communities and its allies towards a more equitable, authentic, diverse, and inclusive practice? And so much more! The Drama League’s Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks is joined by Megan Carney (About Face Theatre), Paul Conroy (Out Front Theatre Company), Philip Crosby (Richmond Triangle Players), John Fisher (Theatre Rhinoceros), Adam Odsess-Rubin (National Queer Theater), Michael A. Shepperd (Celebration Theatre), Harold Steward (The Theater Offensive), and Zak Stowe (Stage Q) in an unprecedented conversation about queering the American theatre. 

 

 

 

In Conversation: Lileana Blain-Cruz
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The conversation that you are about to witness was recorded on May 8, 2020, before the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and Tony McDade. We hold their families in our prayers and wish for swift justice. We've attached links in this video and in the description to point you towards ways to support Black lives. We hope to not distract from the work on the ground but ally it with light from Black artists. We feel it is important to share this conversation to spread light, leadership, and hope from one of the field's most exceptional Black voices. We hope you enjoy In Conversation with Lileana Blain-Cruz.
 
We recognize and stand with the following organizations: 
 
Black Visions Collective, https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, https://www.naacpldf.org/
American Civil Liberties Union, https://action.aclu.org/give/now
 

 

LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ has received Obie Awards for Marys Seacole at LCT3 and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead at Signature Theater. She recently directed Anatomy of a Suicide at The Atlantic Theater Company, Fefu and Her Friends at Theater for a New Audience, Girls at Yale Repertory Theater, Faust at Opera Omaha, and The House That Will Not Stand at New York Theater Workshop. Other projects include Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo at NYTW, Alice Birch's Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again at Soho Rep, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' War at LCT3 and Yale Rep, Henry IV Part 1 and Much Ado About Nothing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Bluest Eye at The Guthrie, and Actually at MTC. She was awarded a 2018 United States Artist Fellowship and the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theater Women.

 

 


#Collaboration: Michael Mayer, Christian Borle, and Jonathan Groff
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There’s holding for a laugh, and then there’s holding too long for a laugh...either way, these longtime collaborators have no problem! Tony winner Michael Mayer and the stars of his revival of Little Shop of Horrors, Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle, discuss just how delicate their numerous collaborations have been over the years. Freedom of play, creative vulnerability, audition stories, a game of rock/paper/scissors, and more are on deck for this hilarious journey into the collaborative process.

 

 

 
In Conversation: Desdemona Chiang
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DESDEMONA CHIANG is based in Seattle, Washington and Ashland, Oregon, but as one of America’s most prolific directors, her work is seen at major theaters across the country – Philadelphia, New York, Houston, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Costa Mesa, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore are just a few of her recent stops. The recipient of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, awarded to artists of exceptional ability who identify as immigrants, is just one of her many accolades: the Princess Grace Award, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, and both the Drama League New York and Film/Television Fellowships.  In this intimate interview, Ms. Chiang talks about her earliest beginnings to her present work, and her hopes for theatre’s future.

 

 

 

 
#Collaboration: Diane Paulus, Elizabeth Stanley, & Sidi Larbi Cherkauoi
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"A problem can be fun," proclaims choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, reminiscing over the creative process of creating Jagged Little Pill with director Diane Paulus and actress Elizabeth StanleyJagged Little Pill, recently nominated for a Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical, is an exhilarating original piece inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s seminal album of the same name. In Diablo Cody’s reimagining, "every moment on stage has a history.”

 
 
 
 
In Conversation: Daniel Kramer
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DANIEL KRAMER is a freelance theater and opera director. His credits include Mask of Orpheus, Jack the Ripper, War Requiem, and La Traviata (Artistic Director of English National Opera from 2016 to 2019). La Boheme and La Traviata (Theatre Basel, ENO), Sadko (Vlaamse & Bratislava Opera), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dream Play (Harvard), Tristan and Isolde (ENO), The Serpent (Brown University), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre, Golden Mask Awards), Carmen (Vlaamse Opera and Opera North), Punch & Judy (Grand Theatre Geneva and ENO – Outstanding Achievement in Opera, South Bank Award), Bluebeard’s Castle (ENO, Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre – Golden Mask Awards), Pictures from an Exhibition (Sadlers Wells and Young Vic), King Kong (Regent Theatre, Australia), Angels in America (Headlong, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith), Woyzeck (St. Ann’s Warehouse NYC), Bent (Trafalgar Studios London), Prick Up Your Ears (Comedy Theatre London), Hair, Woyzeck (Gate Theatre, Notting Hill), Through the Leaves (Southwark Playhouse & Duchess Theatre, West End). Daniel is a NYC Drama League Fellow. Education: Northwestern University, Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, International School of commedia dell’arte and Circus Space. Daniel is the former Artistic Director of English National Opera, and has been an associate at the Gate Theatre (Notting Hill), Young Vic Theatre (London), and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also been a guest artist and professor at Harvard, Brown, NYU, Northwestern, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
 
 
 
 
 
#Collaboration: Awoye Timpo & Ngozi Anyanwu
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AWOYE TIMPO’s off-Broadway directing credits include In Old Age (NYTW), Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre), The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (Playwrights Realm), and The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Company). Regionally she has directed School Girls... (Berkeley Rep), Everybody Black (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Pipeline (Studio Theatre), and Paradise Blue (Long Wharf Theatre). Additional credits include Carnaval (National Black Theater), Sister Son/ji (Billie Holiday Theatre), The Vanished (site-specific), Skeleton Crew (Chester Theatre Company), and Ndebele Funeral (59E59, Edinburgh Festival/Summerhall, and South African tour). She is a producer for CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.
 
NGOZI ANYANWU - Education: University of California, San Diego (MFA in Acting), Point Park University (BA). Playwriting: Good Grief (2016 Kilroys List, Princess Grace semi-finalist, Humanitas Award), The Homecoming Queen (2017 Kilroys List, Leah Ryan Finalist), The Book of Lucy, and NIKE, or We Don’t Need Another Hero (2017 Kilroys List). Anyanwu starred in Good Grief at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles (Spring 2017), and off-Broadway at Vineyard Theatre (Fall 2018). NIKE was recently workshopped at The New Black Fest in conjunction with The Lark, and The Strand Festival in conjunction with A.C.T and SPACE on Ryder Farm. The Homecoming Queen had its world premiere at Atlantic Theater in 2018 (sold-out run). Anyanwu has received residencies from LCT3, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The New Harmony Project, New York Stage and Film, and Page 73. She is commissioned with NYU, The Old Globe, and Atlantic Theatre, and is currently staffed on HBO Max’s limited series, “Americanah.”

 

 

 

 
In Conversation: Erica Schmidt
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ERICA SCHMIDT’s directing credits include: Mac Beth (Seattle Rep, Red Bull Theater); Richard II with Robert Sean Leonard (The Old Globe); Cyrano and All the Fine Boys at The New Group (writer and director); Turgenev’s A Month In The Country (Classic Stage Company); Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care Of Baby (Manhattan Theatre Club); Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s I Call My Brothers, and the Obie Award-winning Invasion! (both for The Play Company); co-creator/writer of Humor Abuse (Lucille Lortel Award) at MTC, Philadelphia Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Seattle Rep, and The Taper; Rent (Tokyo); Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, and Copland’s The Tender Land (all at Bard SummerScape); Carnival (Paper Mill Playhouse); Quincy Long’s People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Gary Mitchell’s Trust (The Play Company, Callaway Award nominee); As You Like It (The Public Theater/NYSF, chashama; New York International Fringe Festival Winner for Best Direction); Debbie Does Dallas (wrote the adaptation and directed Off-Broadway for The Araca Group); Spanish Girl (Second Stage). Princess Grace Award recipient 2001.

 

 

 


#Collaboration: Jenna Worsham & Ren Dara Santiago
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JENNA WORSHAM is a stage director and activist. Broadway: The Parisian Woman, Picnic, The Heidi Chronicles (Associate Director). Off-Broadway/Regional: Summer’s Soldier by Boo Killebrew (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Climb by C.A. Johnson (Cherry Lane); Agnes by Catya McMullen (59E59/Lesser America, NY Times Critics’ Pick); Belleville by Amy Herzog (Pasadena Playhouse); Carlo at the Wedding by Bryna Turner (ACT); Wonder Boi by Jacob Jarrett (NYMF); Dear by Lily Houghton (MCC); Blue Ridge by Abby Rosebrock (Williamstown); Street Children by Pia Scala-Zankel (Vertigo Theater, NY Times Critics’ Pick); Gun Country (A.R.T/New York); The First Immigrant by Martyna Majok (Williamstown); Invincible Ones by Samantha Cooper (Signature Center); Here to Be Seen (commissioned by the Brooklyn District Attorney); and The Vagina Monologues (Taconic Prison & Cherry Lane, for the Women's Prison Association). Jenna has developed new work at The Public, Labyrinth, ACT, Playwrights Horizons, The Women’s Project, MTC, EST/Youngblood, MCC, and Primary Stages, among others. She is a 2019 National Directing Fellow at The O’Neill Theater Center, as well as the recipient of a Jonathan Alper Award (MTC), two SDCF Observerships, and The Drama League/Williamstown Sagal Directing Fellowship. Jenna is the founding Artistic Director of Middle Voice at Rattlestick, and the Co-Founder of Creative Solutions at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a residency program for human rights advocates. 

 
REN DARA SANTIAGO is a Fila-Rican playwright from Yonkers and Harlem. She is the 2019-2020 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Something in the Balete Tree, a 2019 Finalist for the National Playwrights Conference, was written with the support of Gingold Theatrical Group, Clubbed Thumb, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. The Siblings Play has had development at The Cherry Lane Theatre (Mentor Project), Labyrinth Theater, MCC Theater, and Ojai Playwrights Conference. Other plays include Battle, Come to Starr Street, The Gods Play, Little Stories, Big World, and Love + Animation. She is a teaching artist with The National Theater Institute, The Young Women’s Leadership School, and the Playwriting Lab at MCC Youth Company, guest artist in Playgrounds at The Lark, member of Rising Phoenix Rep, founding member and former Artistic Producer of Middle Voice at Rattlestick, and an eternal member of The Baldwin Project by Lucy Thurber. Santiago is the proud recipient of the MCC Alumni Award and the inaugural recipient of Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award. 

 

 

 

 


In Conversation: Mortiz von Stuelpnagel
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Drama League Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks sits down with Tony-nominated director (and Drama League alum) Moritz von Stuelpnagel to discuss his approach, inspirations, and theatrical work, including the recent Broadway productions of Bernhardt/Hamlet, Present Laughter, and Hand To God.

 

MORITZ VON STUELPNAGEL is a New York based director. Broadway: Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet starring Janet McTeer (Roundabout), Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline (three Tony Award nominations including Best Revival), Robert Askins’ Hand to God (five Tony Award nominations including Best Play and Best Director). West End: Hand to God (Olivier Award nomination). Off-Broadway: Larissa Fasthorse’s The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi/Public Theater), Nick Jones’ Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (MTC), Nick Jones’ Verité (LCT3), Mike Lew’s Bike America (Ma-Yi), Nick Jones’ Trevor (Lesser America), Robert Askins’ Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Mel & El (Ars Nova), Michael Mitnick’s Spacebar (Studio 42), and Adam Szymkowicz’s My Base and Scurvy Heart (Studio 42). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and more. Moritz is the former artistic director of Studio 42, NYC’s producer of “unproducible” plays.  www.moritzvs.com 

 

 

 


In Conversation: Steven Canals
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Enjoy a never-before-seen video recording of last season’s In Conversation with Steven Canals, filmed at The Drama League Theater Center in front of a live audience. Canals is the Emmy-nominated screenwriter, producer, director, and co-creator of the FX Network’s smash television series, "Pose." 

 

Hailing from The Bronx, STEVEN CANALS is a 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program. He began his journey as a storyteller in high school, producing a documentary short about turf violence. Steven went on to earn a BA in Cinema from Binghamton University. While attending UCLA, Steven served as a Research Assistant for Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Steven was the Staff Writer on Freeform’s “Dead of Summer,” the same year his short film, "Afuera," premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival. Variety Magazine named Steven a TV Writer to Watch in 2018. His original drama series, “POSE,” co-created with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, debuted in 2018 on FX.