My directing/producing career began in 2014 when I produced and directed an original musical. The show was titled All's Fair: A New Musical. I not only directed it, but I also wrote the book and lyrics.
I continued directing while I was enrolled at Elon University. I started by directing a Tennessee Williams one-act called "Portrait of a Madonna" for my Playscript Analysis and Directing classes. In 2016 I was an Assistant Director for You Can't Take it With You, while simultaneously directing my own production of Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Lillian Groag. Both of these productions were well received on campus.
Photograph by Tanya Young
In 2017 I was the Vice President of Elon's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega. I was both a writer and co-producer for Elon's 24 Hour Play Festival, produced by Alpha Psi Omega. It was during this festival that I co-wrote a one-act piece entitled: "Dawn of the War of the Planet of the Vegans" (and yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds). I was also Assistant Director for the 2018 Senior class production of Crimes of the Heart.
In the Fall of my Senior year I produced and directed a workshop of scenes from William Shakespeare's Macbeth. During this performance I showcased the results of a year's worth of Undergraduate Research, including both the original staging practices of the play as well as my personal concept for the piece. The presentation was titled "Macbeth: Then and Now".
"As You Like It" 2019
In 2019 I directed a Bare Bard styled production of As You Like It. I also performed the role of Oliver. My idea was to rehearse and perform the show in the same conditions that Shakespeare and his contemporaries were in, with very little rehearsal time and relying on stock costumes and props, and no real scenery. We also rehearsed from the First Folio script. The show was an intense, one-act, 90 minute sprint, with a reduced storyline, creative improvisation, and a ton of audience interaction. The show went incredibly well and the audience loved it!