As directors we always come up against a bit of catch 22 where people haven't seen our work in order to know what we're all about, but they don't feel comfortable giving us opportunities to showcase our work because they haven't seen our work in order to know what we're all about...you see where this is going. So, here's my attempt to counter that. Also, you don't have to see my work to engage in an interpretive conversation about it. If you want to get to know me and what my work is all about, keep reading.
My parents are both psychologists. Ever since I can remember I’ve been examining why people do things, what motivates them do these things, and how that effects other people. My approach to work stems from applying these fundamental investigations to a piece of work. I crave plays and musicals with economical, exciting storytelling, that probe deeply into the motivations of human beings and the mystery of the human condition. I love to access the emotions of a given audience. I am drawn to work which makes me question something I believe or reexamine it. I find music and sound to be an integral element of any story told. Songs can conjure up an entire landscape in the mind. Images can create an entire world. I love collaborating with team members; writers, actors, designers, cinematographers, cameras, etc. to create a cohesive world.
In choosing projects it is important to me to represent female characters of all types in as many varied ways as male characters are represented. So often, even in pro-feminist media, women are flooded with “dos” and “don’ts”, prescriptions on how to live life, how to speak, what to change about yourself and your sense of self, how to dress, how to think of other women, how not to think of other women, how to speak and how not to speak — the amount of feedback is exhausting. This feedback loop is in place is because stories on stage and screen don’t portray women with the complexity of differences we actually inhabit. So bloggers and journalists are trying to fill in huge gaps with posts and articles about how women should or shouldn't be because our imaginations (those of men and women) are not equipped.
I absolutely love working with writers on new work. Developing stories and characters with a collaborator is some of the most fun hard work can be. I love telling all kinds of stories - the haunting and surreal to classic musicals to fresh new ideas. What is the most thrilling to me is the challenge of how to make a show relevant and exciting to an audience. A show that leaves them seeing something they didn't before; questioning something they accepted as reality, or smiling and feeling good about life.
What have I loved recently? INDECENT (the play) and LADY BIRD (the movie).