April 2020: My new play, MUTE: A Play for Zoom was featured in American Theatre magazine!  Recording of the live performance now lives permanently here. Enjoy! ​

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. (Photo by Ilene Berman featuring Michelle Hand, Jakob Hulten, Delaney Piggins and Michael James Reed. Also in the cast were Sophia Brown, and Keating MX.)

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!

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The Wolves at Repertory Theatre St. Louis

Currently appearing in this incredible play directed by Melissa Rain Anderson. through February 3.

The Last Cupcake at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

My new play for kids set to go on tour in St. Louis and rural Missouri.

 

In the Works Festival at Shakespeare Festival St.Louis

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.

June 2018.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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