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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…

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,…

DISPOSABLE MEN

  2005. Although I had worked with media before, I first began deeply integrating media on DISPOSABLE MEN, a solo work by James Scruggs about the representation of African-American men in our culture. We used original, found, and live feed video projected onto cylindrical, fabric and flat screens as well as projecting onto the performer’s…

ORPHEUS

2004. This is an image from ORPHEUS, a music theatre show that  I directed a few years ago. ORPHEUS was a true hybrid collaboration of music, text, dance, and media. It was co-conceived by myself, the set designer and lighting designer. Once we created the concept and outline, we invited the other collaborators into a…

(RUS)H

2008. Here is an image from (RUS)H, a multimedia show I directed by James Scruggs at 3LD (while HERE was being renovated). Pictured is Lathrop Walker, Marc Bovino, Luis Vega and Dax Valdes.  (the goofy oval cropping is cause I snagged the image off the HERE site) With (RUS)H, we were wrestling with the idea…