Big Machine is the second musical I've directed recently about the realities of American labor, brand new from Colin Healy of Fly North Theatricals. This cast was made up of a crack professional company working alongside mentored COCA students, produced as part of the incredible COCAWrites program, led by Delaney Piggins. (Photo left by Phillip Hamer)
Proud to direct Billy Elliot at COCA, using the Professional Workshop Model-professionals working alongside apprentices alongside students of all ages. A beautiful musical about the power of community and a heroic British miners' strike.
My radio play, SHE, produced by ERA Theatre with amazing music by Joe Taylor and directed by Lucy Cashion, premiered at Off Broadway in STL. Full album available for purchase on Bandcamp here. (Graphic Design by Martin Brief.)
The film version of my play, MUTE is going to the PRESS Film Festival in Croatia (September) and the Rieti & Sabina Film Festival in Italy (November). Congrats and thanks to my collaborators for saying yes to that crazy project.
My new play, MUTE: A Play for Zoom was featured in American Theatre magazine!
In a world much like ours, there exists a video conference call. And in this call, there are academics, confusion, fire and...one hamster. An experimental theatre piece that steals rabidly from Ionesco, Beckett, real life and Chekhov. Written for performance on Zoom by Nancy Bell and directed by Lucy Cashion. Premiered on Zoom April 5, 2020.
Just began rehearsals for the English-language premiere of Wildfire by David Paquet at Upstream Theatre. It's a dark comedy exploring cookies, desire, motherhood and generational trauma. Never done anything quite like this heartbreaking little gem of a play. Opens January 24, 2019. Tickets here.
My play, The People in the Cabin, was selected for the 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference, and is currently a semi-finalist for the 2019 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.
2019 STL Theatre Circle Nominations for Into the Breeches! at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
I am thoroughly chuffed that we were nominated for six awards:
Best Production of a Comedy **WE WON, YAY!***
Best Ensemble of a Comedy***WE WON, YAY!***
Best Director of a Comedy***I WON, YAY!***
Best Actress in a Comedy (Michelle Hand)***SHE WON, YAY!***
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kari Ely)
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Gary Barker)
Many thanks to the Theatre Circle for honoring us!
The Wolves at Repertory Theatre St. Louis
Currently appearing in this incredible play directed by Melissa Rain Anderson. through February 3.
My new play for kids set to go on tour in St. Louis and rural Missouri.
My work as both a playwright and director will be featured in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' festival of contemporary work inspired by Shakespeare. I will direct George Brant's Into the Breeches!, a play about a group of women who produce a gender-bent Henriad in 1942 St. Louis. Gary Wayne Barker will direct my own play for families, A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness, inspired by Comedy of Errors. October 28-November 24 2018 at the Grandel Theatre.
The People in the Cabin at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.
My new play, The People in the Cabin was chosen for development at the incredible. Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, a dream come true.
Many thanks to Saint Louis University, who awarded me the 2018 Saint Louis University Scholarly Works Award "for your original plays and efforts to make theater accessible to people across the St. Louis region."
Blow Winds Remount June 2018
My play Blow, Winds, a contemporary community-based reimagining of King Lear produced by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis was set to open September 15, 2017. Due to civil unrest in response to the Stockley verdict, all three performances of Blow Winds were canceled. I'm happy that the cancellation of the play gave more focus to the important theatre of protest that erupted in the streets of St. Louis that weekend, and that continues to this day. Black Lives Matter. I'm happy to report that the show will be remounted in its original magnificent location on the steps of the downtown library, June 15-17, 2018.
Hurricane Colleen at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Ignite Festival, March 2018
I'm especially thrilled to be returning to the Ignite Festival a third time to work on my friend, Tammy Ryan's soulful and funny new play, directed by Seth Gordon.
STL Visionary Award
I'm extremely honored to receive the Saint Louis Visionary Award for Outstanding Arts Professional 2017.