The Civilians' Lobby Project with Encores! Off Center: OH, THIS IS SUCCESS! created by Matt Barbot, Ilana Becker, Christina (CQ) Quintana
The Lobby Project is a series of pre-performance events based around the themes of each Encores! Off-Center production. OH, THIS IS SUCCESS! was created using The Civilians’ signature investigative approach, utilizing interviews with community members from all over NYC with a variety of life experiences. It centers on themes of familial expectation, responsibility, legacy, conceptions of success and failure, and how those definitions change over time. Created by Matt Barbot, Ilana Becker and Christina (CQ) Quintana
With songs by Aya Aziz, Jacob Brandy, Jaime Lozano, and Michelle J. Rodriguez. Performed by Varín Ayala, Onyie Nwachukwu, Elise Santora, and Lauren Villegas. Directed by Ilana Becker. Music Directed by Steven Cuevas. Stage Managed by Megan Webb. Produced by Amy C. Ashton.
ARGUMENT SESSIONS: DISENFRANCHISED! a workshop production about the right to vote
ARGUMENT SESSIONS: Disenfranchised! taken from Shelby v. Holder, was produced at A.R.T/NY's Gural Theatre as part of Project Y Theatre Company's WIT Festival. Argument Sessions places audiences in the middle of our country’s most important legal battles. This ensemble-driven, court-meets-cabaret event weaves verbatim SCOTUS argument transcripts and decisions with variety theatre, stripping away the austerity of the courtroom and inviting you to party with our judicial process.
Denizen Theatre's staged reading of CANNIBALS OF MCGOWER COUNTY by Drew Larimore
A restauranteur in McGower County, Texas is forced to say goodbye to her beloved barbecue spit industry long gone and the town essentially closing its doors. Determined to seek revenge on a changing America, she decides to take matters into her own hands, but not before attempting to reconcile with her estranged daughter.
Revolution: The Beatles with Jeff Tyzik and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
I soak up a total dream of working with a large symphonic orchestra with the world premiere of Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience, presented with Schirmer Theatrical and Greenberg Artists. Jeff Tyzik orchestrates and conducts this immersive piece featuring singers as well as guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums within the larger symphonic orchestra, and never-before-seen photos and video. I have the distict joy of tying these components together to create a cohesive theatrical experience.
I have the great honor of being selected to join the WP Theater 2018-2020 Lab as a Producing Resident. The artistic heart of WP Theater, the two-year Lab residency provides rising stars in the industry with a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, rehearsal space, and most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.
I had the pleasure of serving as the Associate Artistic Director and then the Interim Artistic Director of Company of Fools/Sun Valley Center for the Arts, an SPT, TCG member theatre in beautiful and dynamic central Idaho. While there, I directed Life Sucks (with late Artistic Director John Glenn's vision in mind), Bright Half Life, Striking 12, a developmental reading of Tasha Gordon-Solmon's Pal, and a commissioned musical for young audiences by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Erato A. Kremmyda.
BREAKING & ENTERING at NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE
January 17, 2017
Following a Roundtable reading with the Lark, Liz Morgan's BREAKING & ENTERING takes another step forward with National Black Theatre's Keep Soul Alive reading series.
SEPH with FRESH GROUND PEPPER
December 12, 2016
Tori and I bring a staged reading of her play SEPH to Cloud City as the culmination of our collaboration the uniquely wonderful FGP PlayGround PlayGroup collective.
THE BABYLON LINE at LINCOLN CENTER
November, 2016 - January, 2017
I return to Licoln Center to once again serve as Terry Kinney's Associate Director -- this time on Richard Greenberg's The Babylon Line in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre.
I direct Aeneas Sagar Hemphill's The Troll King Rises, an epic play about adolescence and obsesssion in the internet age, for his second year MFA playwrighting project. We explore the experience of feeling out feminism and patriarchy as a teenager, and blurred lines of fantasy and reality.
Mondays @ 3 staged reading of Laid to Rest by Donnetta Lavinia Grays
PERSEPHONE at THE LARK
November 18, 2015
Roundtable reading of Tori Keenan-Zelt's PERSEPHONE adaptation.
CITY CENTER INSTALLATION
November, 2015 - January, 2016
I collaborate with lighting designer Michael Max Abramson and sound engineer Merritt Benton to create a dynamic, high energy Holiday Music and Light show at the center of Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesotta's City Center. We told a stories through lights with two fifteen-minute song segments of primarily non-traditional holiday songs.
I can't wait to return to my roots at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to further develop two projects - one with fellow NTI Spring '05 alum Elizabeth Seldin and another with Tori Keenan-Zelt.
This immersive bar event features arguments taken directly from US Supreme Court transcripts. Developed with The Arguers and performed within the audience, the show emerges as a full on SCOTUS spectacular. We'll have it out about our rights over drinks at Ars Nova's ANT Fest!
I direct Dan MacCabe's short Man of a Thousand for a fun evening featuring some of my favorites.
THE CIVILIANS' R&D GROUP
I am invited to become a member of The Civilians' 2014-2015 Research and Development Group. Led by R&D Coordinator EllaRose Chary and Artistic Director Steve Cosson, we meet bimonthly to develop projects through investigative techniques.
SMALL WARS with Communal Spaces: a Garden Play festival
Aug. 30 - Sept. 14
I direct a site specific staging of Madeline Chilese's new play, SMALL WARS, about the tensions between prioritizing ones' own needs and the needs of many. SMALL WARS features Nathaniel Jackson and Maia Karo, with fight direction by Brian Henderson.
I direct a staged reading of Dan Roeder's wild new play spanning over four decades. The Dixon Place Bingo Lounge staged reading features Ugo Anyanwu, Kana Hatakeyama, Nathaniel Jackson, Mallory Kinney, Diana Oh, and Deanne Stewart, with dramaturg Rachel Abrams and AD Abby Barr.
Tori Keenan-Zelt (writer), Steven Koernig (producer), and I head to Washington, DC, for the weekend to do the first round of edits with our illustrious DP and editor, Zan Gillies.
BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW as part of AROUND THE BLOCK
June 8-16, 2014
AROUND THE BLOCK is an evening of investigative and community driven theater comprised of five individual short pieces that explore five neighborhoods in New York City, co-produced by myself, Melody Erfani, Estefania Fadul, Tracy Cameron Francis, and Lana Russell.
I direct BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW, by Tori Keenan-Zelt, inspired by the 1964 Worlds Fair in Queens and developed from interviews and research. It features Mamoudou Athie, Jake Cullens, Rachel Sachnoff, and Alyssa Simon. Design by Mark Van Hare and Simon Harding, Stage Managed by Alexis Qualls
I assist Terry Kinney as he directs the short radio play HOW DO YOU SLOW THIS THING DOWN by Joshuah Bearman as part of "an evening of journalism presented as radio drama" with This American Life. Our cast includes Carolyn Baeumler, Seth Barrish, Josh Hamilton, Matt Marks, Bhavesh Patel, James Ransone, and Zakiya Young.
The evening is hosted by Ira Glass and also features pieces by Philip Glass, Lynn-Manuel Miranda, Mike Birbiglia, the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company, Stephin Merritt, and Sasheer Zamata. This is a dream job.
I direct STILLED by Mike Mergo at Theater for the New City, presented by Piper Theatre Productions.
Featuring Mike Mergo and Aaron Novak
Stage Management: Ashley Ann Prather
Scenic Design: Colin McGurk
Light Design: Daniel Winters
Sound Design: Toby Jaguar
Costume Design: Sarah Bertolozzi
Props Design: Morgan Fox
Fight Direction: Brian Henderson
General Manager/Assoc. Producer: John DeSilvestri