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I am a director of hybrid work based in NYC. Over the last 25 years, I have constructed 29 stage works, including 9 original hybrid works, 6 opera-theatre and music-theatre works, 9 reimaginings of novels and short stories and 5 classic plays. I make theatre because it forges community. I seek to create immediate, substantive…

Assembled Identity

I am currently developing this duet with Purva Bedi and Mariana Newhard for a 2018 premiere at HERE. Twin sisters discover they are clones and embark on an unexpected journey, confronting their own authenticity. Exploring ethnic ambiguity, race, genetics and eugenics, this electrifying duet uses original and found text, live cinematography, and contemporary music to explore…

Silent Voices

I recently co-created and directed Silent Voices with Dianne Berkun-Menaker and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.  It was a year long series dealing with race, gender and class. We performed multimedia concert previews at National Sawdust and FIAF (as part of Prototype festival) and premiered the full work at BAM in the Opera House. Composers included…

Bombay Rickey

  BOMBAY RICKEY is a  super fun opera cabaret about Peruvian songbird Yma Sumac that I directed for the Prototype festival. Called “the future of music” (New York Music Daily), Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, Brooklyn-based band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that…

IDIOT

IDIOT is a hybrid live art-work in response to Dostoevsky’s The Idiot which I developed with Robert Lyons. This wholly new work incorporates original text, live cinematography, gestural choreography, and contemporary music. Our central character, Myshkin, is a “completely beautiful soul” whose brief glimpses of spiritual wonder suggest a transparent, guileless way to live in…

PEER GYNT

In the fall of 2013, I workshopped a new 90-minute adaptation of Henrik’s Ibsen’s play with undergraduate and graduate students at CalArts. We started work on crafting a dynamic physical-theatre piece with video and puppetry. I am very excited to refine these ideas further in a full production down the road.

THREE SISTERS

In the fall of 2012, I developed a condensed 90-minute version of Anton Chekhov’s classic with undergraduate and graduate students at Sarah Lawrence. We created a really fun, heightened dance-theatre piece with video. I am very excited to refine these ideas further in a full production down the road.

TRADE PRACTICES

In September 2014, historic building on Governors Island was transformed into a living market in this immersive site-specific event. After a breezy ferry ride, the audience entered a fun and interactive world of booms and busts, as they followed a fictional currency company’s evolution from family business to publicly-traded corporation. Cash in hand, the audience chose how to invest their…

LUSH VALLEY

An interactive live art event, LUSH VALLEY is hatched by a creative artistic team and shaped nightly by an ever-expanding community of you. LUSH VALLEY invites audience members to abandon their spectator hats and become key players in shaping an alternative national ethos through real-time video interviews, citizenship tests, lectures, voting, and historical hallucinations. Have…

SOUNDING

A rock star swims for her life. A past resurfaces. Rock goddess Leda feels it coming, from deep down, from the ocean.  It won’t bow to her grief.  Hear it?  Lust, longing, life, chaos.  The music.  The Stranger.  SOUNDING is a new cross-disciplinary production for seven characters that pays homage to Ibsen’s LADY FROM THE…

THE POSSESSED

1991 After spending a year adapting Dostoevsky’s epic novel, THE POSSESSED, with my collaborator Robert Lyons, I began rehearsal with a 14 person cast. About a week into rehearsal when we began the process of taking exploratory work and translating it into staging, I began to instinctually feel the space for the first time as…

MAD SHADOWS

1997. My dance-theatre adaptation of Canadian novelist Marie Claire Blais’ first work, MAD SHADOWS, was centered on an intelligent but ugly girl’s relationship with her hatefully vain and shallow family and her attempt to create her own better family.  I had been exploring using a gestural vocabulary in my work since 1991. But this project,…