Below you'll find a few samples of my work as a director along with production photos.
James and the Giant Peach
Director | Music Director | Lighting & Set Designer
The first production of the 2019-2020 Academic Season, James and the Giant Peach was an exciting project for both myself and the student actors I worked with. The production was a continuation of Lindsey Wilson College Theatre's tradition of creating Theatre for Young Audiences. This focus on young audiences helped me to shape the play into one that was visually, musically, and theatrically compelling for audiences of all ages while staying true to the magical style in which the play is written.
For the production, I was not only responsible for the direction of the play, but also the lighting, costume, sound, and set design. With all of these responsibilities in mind, I found it necessary to keep my actors focused on the art of storytelling. The text itself gives us an incredible opportunity to break theatrical convention and show the audience that we are, in fact, actors and musicians whose purpose here is to tell a fantastic story.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Director | Music Director | Lighting/Set Designer
As part of the 2019 TheatreFest! season, I served as Director of IMAGINE! Youth Theatre where I directed, music directed, and designed the lighting and set The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
The show was rehearsed in conjunction with a day camp where students were taught basic concepts of theatre, acting, and singing. This allowed for an incredible experience to involve workshop style teaching of theatre with direct application to the production of a play.
Music Director | Lighting/Set Co-Designer
As part of the 2019 TheatreFest! season, I served as Music Director for all productions. Oliver! was easily our largest production of the summer season in which I worked closely with the Producer and Director/Choreographer to bring Lionel Bart's retelling of the classic story by Charles Dickens to life.
My responsibilities for this production included music direction for the entire show, set design and construction, and lighting design and implementation. To design the show's set and lighting, I worked with TheatreFest! Artistic Director, Robert Brock, to ensure that each scene had distinct locations, moods, and the correct ability to tell the story at hand.
Music Director | Lighting & Set Co-Designer
This production was the Kentucky Premiere of the Steve Martin & Edie Brickell collaboration set in rural Appalachian North Carolina with beautiful music that reflects that very location and time period.
Another highly collaborative production, Bright Star was an incredible undertaking as it had never been produced by a college theatre. This meant that we were constantly waiting for pieces of the puzzle to become clearer as we created this world.
From the perspective of Music Director, the challenge was waiting for the music to be recorded and made available through the service that we generally use. This meant that both the cast and the director were only hearing piano versions of each song throughout the majority of the rehearsal process.
Working with the director and student designer, we were also able to accomplish something magnificent in the scaling down of a massive original concept into a much smaller and more limited space. Easily one of the most challenging productions I have ever worked on, Bright Star was also one of the most artistically rewarding.