December 2016-March 2017
Much Ado About Nothing-University of Montevallo
Part of the process for directing MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING was adapting a script that would be accessible for the audience but also remain challenging for the actors. I made cuts and adjustments to the script that were in keeping with the original intentions of William Shakespeare according to the First Folio. In addition, the setting of the production was New Orleans, 1946 and I made adaptations in the script to accommodate vernacular, gender, dialect, and geography.
December 2019-February 2020
A Midsummer Night's Dream-University of Montevallo
Part of the process for directing A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM was adapting a script that spoke to the United States in 2020 and the evolution of gender identity. Part of my consideration was Shakespeare's use of gender for non-human entities. I worked with the cast to purposefully change the gender identities of characters but also of would be accessible for the audience but also remain challenging for the actors. I made cuts, adjustments, substitutions, and adaptations to the script. One of the largest changes was the use of drag to express gender fluidity-Titania was a Drag King and Oberon was a Drag Queen.