Portfolio: Representative Recent Work

The Arsonists

A play by Max Frisch in a translation by Alistair Beaton. Bloomsburg University at the Alvina Krause Theatre, Bloomsburg, PA, November 2017. Scenic design by Jen Varbalow, lighting design by Cecilia Durbin, costume design by Karen Anselm, properties design by Emily James, sound design by David A. Miller and Ethan Krupp.

Time Lapse of Performance of The Arsonists

Directorial Approach to The Arsonists

For each production, I create a collage or other visual response to the play as part of my initial conversation with designers. It serves as an articulation of my understanding of the world of the play and as a springboard for designer verbal and visual response. For The Arsonists, the collage was a four panel sequence, each panel was 11″ X 14″.

For Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a play that takes place “right now in the virtual reality / of a video game or suburbia” I created an electronic visual response to the play. Watch that response here.

Voice Recognition: A Virtual Theatre Festival

voice-recognition-festival-poster-w800Six professional playwrights were commissioned to write a new 10-minute play. The catch? To translate their play from the page to digital text, they could use only voice recognition software. The plays, complete with the “choices” that voice recognition makes for the playwright, were staged in concert reading format by Prof. David A. Miller, student directors and student actors from Bloomsburg University and streamed live on the BU Players Facebook page in April 2017.

Conceived and led by artistic director David A. Miller, this festival was inspired by the unpredictable, often comic and regularly absurd ways in which voice recognition alters our words. The hope is that experience offered insights into how we communicate with one another and how we create theatre in a digital age. More about the playwrights and the festival.

Innovative projects like Voice Recognition were the cornerstone of the work by The Artful Conspirators, a Brooklyn-based theatre company I founded and led from 2006 to 2013. For more about The Artful Conspirators.

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