The Civilians' Lobby Project with Encores! Off Center: OH, THIS IS SUCCESS! created by Matt Barbot, Ilana Becker, Christina (CQ) Quintana

July, 2019

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

June, 2019

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

June, 2018

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.

UP Theater Company's reading of PRINCESS CLARA OF LOISAIDA by Matthew Barbot

January, 2019

UP Theater Company's Dead of Winter reading series presents "Princess Clara of Loisaida" by Matthew Barbot, directed by Ilana Becker. 

featuring: David Anzuelo, Jonathan Cruz, Andrea Negrete, Vanessa Pereda-Felix, and Maria Fernanda Diaz

A teenager from a struggling family is not looking for escape, but escape finds her in the form of characters from her virtual gamer world.

Revolution: The Beatles with Jeff Tyzik and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

December, 2018

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.

THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA by Greg Kotis

December, 2018

I get into the holiday spirit by directing this deliciously dark musical produced by Theater of the Apes and The Tank.

The Civilians' R&D Group

2018-2019

I return to The Civilian's R&D Group for the 2018-2019 season, joining a wildly talented and inovative cohort of directors and writers in developing investigative theatre. 

WP Theater Producers Lab

2018-2020

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.

Company of Fools / Sun Valley Center for the Arts

2017 - 2018

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. 

RUMORS with the STEVENS DRAMATIC SOCIETY

November, 2016

I have the pleasure of directing the incredibly talented and enthusiastic undergraduate  students of Stevens Institute of Technology in their student-run company's production of Neil Simon's Rumors

EMERGING LEADERS OF NY ARTS FELLOWSHIP

I'm invited to join the Emerging Leaders of NY Arts 2016-2017 Fellows 

MS. ORIENTAL at BARNARD COLLEGE

September 14 - 18, 2016

I direct a workshop production of Marisa Marquez's new play with a grant from the Asian Women Giving Circle and support from Barnard College.

AMIOS' FIRST DRAUGHTS

March 28, 2016

I direct Liz Morgan's Breaking & Entering, as part of Amios's new developmental reading series. 

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MFA WORKSHOP

February 18 - 20, 2016

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. 

NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP Mondays@3

December 14, 2015

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.

RETREAT!

September, 2015

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. 

EMPIRE TRAVEL AGENCY

August - September, 2015

I've been associate directing Woodshed Collective's Empire Travel Agency, working with an enormous and incredible team to bring this immersive, site specific adventure to the streets of New York. 

ASK A DIRECTOR

June, 2015

The visionary Hannah Wolf invites me to join her director interview blog, Ask a Director. Click on the button below to read the piece.  

 

ARGUMENT SESSIONS at ANT FEST

June 15, 2015

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!

 

R&D GROUP FINDINGS, a series of new works

May 20, 2015

I have the honor and pleasure of directing Donnetta Lavinia Grays' reading of Laid to Rest (Working Title) for the R&D Group Findings series in the Great Room at South Oxford Space. 

COLUMBIA MFA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

March 5 -7, 2015

I direct Aeneas Sagar Hemphill's new piece, A Stitch Here or There: A Sock Tragedy in One Act, at the Schapiro Theatre. 

TRUTH DARE DOUBLE DARE KISS LOVE OR TORTURE by Tori Keenan-Zelt

February 27, 2015

Tori and I continue to develop her darkly comic play that fractures time to explore passion, contradiction, identity, and loss among four teenage girls with this workshop at Dixon Place's Mainstage.

RULE OF 7x7

December 3, 2014

I direct Dan MacCabe's short Man of a Thousand for a fun evening featuring some of my favorites.

THE CIVILIANS' R&D GROUP

2014-2015

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. 

DIRECTORS LAB CHICAGO

September 14-19, 2014

I join 25 directors from around the world to explore various techniques for adaptation and divised theatre. 

MONEY SHOT at MCC

Sept. 4 - Oct. 19, 2014

I serve as Terry Kinney's associate director on the world premier of Neil LaBute's MONEY SHOT, featuring Gia Crovatin, Elizabeth Reaser, Callie Thorne, and Fred Weller. 

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.

BECKY ELIE GOT MARRIED

August 14, 2014

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.

TIMES SQUARE TANGO - post production

June 27-29, 2014

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

THIS AMERICAN LIFE Live at BAM

June 7, 2014

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. 

TRUTH DARE DOUBLE DARE KISS LOVE OR TORTURE by Tori Keenan-Zelt at the PITTSBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

May 10, 2014

a staged reading of TRUTH DARE DOUBLE DARE KISS LOVE OR TORTURE by Tori Keenan-Zelt

featuring Betsy Hogg, Rachel Sachnoff, DeAnne Stewart, and Kristie Wortman, with Steven Koernig

**Best Ensemble Award 

STILLED by Mike Mergo

March 19-23, 2014

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

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