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Directing, Michigan Playwrights Festival, and Artistic Directing at Theatre NOVA

Since Theatre Nova officially announced their season this morning, I wanted to officially announce that I’m Directing! (And producing, and artistic directing, and all the goodness….). Stay posted for audition announcements and, in a few months, submission announcements for MPF. I’m feeling very excited and fulfilled!

I will be directing "Death of a Driver" by Will Snider.

Michigan Premiere of “Death of a Driver” by Will Snider, opening May 17, 2024. Sarah is an American engineer. Kennedy is an East African driver. When Sarah moves to Kenya to build a highway, they strike up a friendship and embark on a journey to transform rural Kenya. But when a local election dispute tests their alliance, Sarah questions how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Both confront the realities of their intertwined ambitions. A bracing exploration of “doing good” abroad, the limits of understanding one another, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide. Directed by Shelby R. Seeley.

As Associate Artistic Director I’m taking on responsibility for the Michigan Playwrights Festival.


Theatre NOVA focuses on new plays and new playwrights and is dedicated to working with new and local playwrights to help them develop their craft and to offer brand new plays for audiences. We created the Michigan Playwrights Festival to nurture Michigan playwrights and to develop full-length plays for future seasons. Plays that were products of Michigan Playwrights Festivals that have received their world premieres at Theatre NOVA include Mazel Tov, John Lennon by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Resisting by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best Original Production), Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie by Linda Ramsay Detherage, Clutter by Brian Cox (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Irrational by R. MacKenzie Lewis and David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Katherine by Kim Carney (Wilde Award Nomination for Best New Script), Spin (aka Swimming While Drowning) by Emilio Rodriguez, and Bird by Kristin Hanratty.

August 21 - 25, 2024 (Individual tickets: $10, festival passes $30)

I will also be Artistic Director for "The Year Without Panto Claus".

Santa's been watching too much depressing cable news again. When he decides to pack it in and disappear, two of his elves must search the globe to rescue Christmas cheer. Arriving at some decidedly un-Christmas-y locations, they face the wrath of the Miser twins (Heat and Snow), the town's grumpy citizens, and a mysterious Russian bombshell. From the brilliant minds that brought you An Almost British Christmas and Sugar Plum Panto, this boisterous holiday show is the perfect prescription for joy and laughter.

Dec. 15, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024, Fri.@7:30pm, Sat.@3pm & 7:30pm, & Sun.@2:00 pm

(Single tickets: $30 for adults, $12 for kids 16 years and under)

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