Through 10-15 minute pieces featuring docudrama, clowning, Brecht, Comedia del Arte and musical theater, seven directors make their voices heard on the most important issues in the 2012 election. Featuring directors Joe Barros, Reginald Douglas, Vanessa Lancellotti, Sara Lyons, Ashley Monroe, Jonathon Musser, and Michael Rau.
July 14, 7:00pm & July 15, 5:00pm
Joe Barros is a Director, Choreographer, and the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn. New York: 59E59 Theatres: I Married Wyatt Earp (with Heather Mac Rae); Fringe NYC: The Legend of Julie Taymor (with Jennifer Barnhart); PCTF: The Empress of Sex; Gallery Players: Side Show, Reefer Madness, Little Shop of Horrors. Regional: assistant director/assistant choreographer, Arlington’s Tony Award winning Signature Theatre: Brother Russia (Eric Schaeffer, dir.; Jodi Moccia, chor.). Int’l: Fall In Love (Seoul, Korea). Film: Mangus, Petunia (Ash Christian, writer/dir.). Upcoming/In Develpment: Speargrove Presents, Hot Mess In Manhattan (Araca Project), Falsettos (FIPAP). Member: SDC. BFA: The Hartt School. www.joebarros.com
Reginald L. Douglas is the inaugural Van Lier Directing Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, one of the field’s leading centers for new play development. Selected directing credits include A Raisin in the Sun (sold out run at The Gallery Players), Old Love/New Love by Laura Brienza starring Sex and the City star Lynn Cohen (Luna Stage New Moon Series), Fold the Close by Tabetha Xavier (produced by Jed Bernstein and Above the Title Entertainment),Scared of Sarah by Laura Brienza (NYC Fringe Festival), WOOD by Paul Notice (NYU MFA Thesis), Amari’s Tomorrow by Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid (McCarter Theatre Youth Ink Festival), Marcus Gardley’s …And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (Washington, DC premiere). Reginald has assistant directed for Emily Mann, Sam Gold, Peter DuBois, Sam Buntrock, Ethan McSweeny, Daniel Beaty, Michael Unger, Jo Bonney, Lynn Nottage, Zach Braff and others, and worked at several notable theaters including Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre, where he recently served as a directing and producing assistant for Artistic Director Emily Mann’s 20th Anniversary season. A nominee for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s prestigious Gielgud and Ockrent Fellowships, Reginald serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and works at the Brooklyn Arts Council, supporting over 15,000 artists of all disciplines and backgrounds. Reginald is a proud graduate of Georgetown University. Upcoming: The Bus Test by David Myers (The Platform Group), Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards Ceremony (Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre), 48 Hours in Harlem (Harlem9).
Vanessa Lancellotti earned her BA in Theatre and English from Muhlenberg College, where she spent a semester studying physical theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte in Tuscany. Vanessa served as the Founding Artistic Director of Punch Theatre, where she directed the world premiere the skin you leave behind, Secrets, Lies and Rumors: a cabaret celebration and Betty Shamieh’s Architecture. Other recent credits include Giovanni the Fearless (AD, dir. Karen Carpenter) and Almost Adults at Manhattan Repertory Theatre (Director), Next month Vanessa will begin a directing/producing internship at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ.
Sara Lyons is a director, educator, and performer. Her work as a director has been seen at Primary Stages, Variations Theatre Group, Red Fern Theatre Company, The York Theatre, The Internationalists, Planet Connections, and others, and she has performed original work at LaMaMa, P.S. 122, The New Acting Company Theatre, and The Mobius Space (Boston). She is on the artistic staff of Project Girl Performance Collective (www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org) and is a member of the 2012 EMERGENYC Cohort at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. www.sara-lyons.com
Ashley Brooke Monroe is a director from Austin, TX. She recently returned from India where she has spent the last six months teaching elementary school drama classes. She is a proud member of the theatre ensembles Special Sauce Company and ‘terntable. Recent directing credits include: Jill Sander, Dirtballs in her Pocket (or Dressed to the Nines), Oh Baby, A Portrait of the Artist as a Huge D-Bag, Eleven Days, and After Ashley. She received a BFA in Acting and Dramaturgy from the University of Oklahoma.
J.K. Musser is a director and cinematographer from Michigan. He holds a B.A. in theatre and dance from Alma College in Michigan and is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in directing at Brooklyn College. He has also studied at the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco, and HB Studios in New York City. His professional acting and directing work has been seen on stages and screens in Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Favorite directing credits include: The Threepenny Opera, The Dishwashers, All My Sons, and Tape. Recent assistant directing credits include Diana Sands; A Certain Toughness of Spirit and A Bright Room Called Day. J.K. will direct The Gingham Dog by Lanford Wilson as his M.F.A. thesis project in March of 2013. To learn more about J.K.’s work, visit www.jkmusser.com.
Michael Rau is a theater director specializing in new plays, re-imagined classics, and opera. Since 2008 he has been working internationally in Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Greece. In New York, he has created work at PS 122, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, 59E59 and Dixon Place. Michael Rau is a recipient of a 2006 Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship, a 2007 New Play Network Directing Fellowship and a 2008 TCG National Conference Grant. His production of The Great God Brown was exhibited as part of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. He has served as an assistant for John Turturro at Classic Stage Company, Anne Bogart at the Glimmerglass Opera, Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera, and Francesca Zambello at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He was a 2011 Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, an Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is currently on the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University.