Show Trailers, Clips & Interviews

Urinetown 

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Spring 2019

 

20 years into a drought, the oppressed poor decide to fight back against the wealthy 1% who charge them money every time they need to go to the bathroom.  

I served as both director and choreographer for this production.

Blithe Spirit 

Racine Theater Guild

Fall 2018

 

This clip (actually a link) is both an interview with two of the leads of this production and a scene from the show.  Done as an interview with a popular local morning show, the scene is done on their set with the actors in their regular clothing and as such does not use any of the actual production costuming, makeup or scenic elements.  For production photos you can click here.

Proof 

Open Door Theater

Summer 2018

 

Catherine is struggling after her father's recent death, not only with the loss but with the fear that she has not only inherited her father's brilliant mathematical mind but the mental illnesses he struggled with as well.

This production was a site specific show done on the campus of the Vermont College of Fine Arts using faculty housing as the backdrop for the family home.

Urinetown 

Lost Nation Theater

Summer 2018

 

20 years into a drought, the oppressed poor decide to fight back against the wealthy 1% who charge them money every time they need to go to the bathroom. 

 

This is a production I was cast in (as Josephine Strong); directed by Sarah Schostack and choreographed by Steven Dean Moore.

One Man Two Guvnors 

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Spring 2018

 

Richard Bean's hilarious adaptation of the 17th century Commedia Dell'Arte play A Servant of Two Masters tells the story of Francs as he desperately tries to manage the needs of two employers, win the girl of his dreams, and - for the love of God! - at some time EAT!

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Spring 2017

Forum takes comedy back to its roots by combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year-old comedies by the Roman playwright Plautus, with the infectious energy of the golden age of musicals. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave, Pseudolus, schemes to win his freedom by helping his young master win the beautiful courtesan who is betrothed to the mighty soldier Miles Gloriosus.  

I served as both director and choreographer for this production.

A Christmas Carol:

On the Air

University of Wisconsin - Parkside 
Christmas 2016
 
The timeless Dickens classic tells the tale of miserly, old Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformational journey as three ghostly visitors lead him on a trip through Christmases past, present and yet to come.  This year UW-Parkside goes back on the air, giving this beloved holiday tale new life though the charm and magic of a 1940s style live radio show.
Fun Fact: the jumping blond child in the trailer is my daughter when she was 4 :)

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Fall 2015

 

This is the trailer for Stephen Adly Guirgis's time bending, darkly comic play as it re-examines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained traitor.  Guirgis is not afraid to question everything we think we know about religion, betrayal, hope, and forgiveness. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Spring 2015

This fast-paced wildly funny and touching musical is about an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

I served as both director and choreographer for this production.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Christmas 2014

 

This is the trailer for the radio play version of the classic christmas tale.  It is christmas eve 1945 and the story of George Bailey is re-told with a small company of actors and foley artists.

 

 

The Taming of the Shrew
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Spring 2014
 
A brief interview with the director (me!) explaining the show's post WWII concept and featuring clips from rehearsal.
Metamorphoses
Troy University 
Spring 2011
 
This scene from Mary Zimmerman's Tony Award-winning play features a new twist to the show: an aerial over the pool.  Despite Orpheus' efforts to bring his wife back from Hades, Eurydice is in a world all her own.  Dancing her death to the poem written by Rainier Maria Rilke.
I served as both director and choreographer for this production.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)
Troy University 
Fall 2010
A scene from the brilliant comedy features an actor in the middle of a wacky, fast-paced version of Romeo & Juliet, going "off script." Nick skips several scenes of the play so that he can have a wildly dramatic death.
This production was so popular that it went on tour to satellite Troy campuses around the state.  This scene was shot in one of these touring productions and as such uses on props and costumes and not the production's set.
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