I’ve been honored to serve as a guest artist & mentor for the Goodman Theatre’s Alone Together summer youth theater program. The July cohort had their public presentation on Friday, July 24th, and the results were incredible.
Solo Performances by the
2021 Brooklyn College BFA Acting Cohort
In spring 2020, the BFA acting students whom I teach at Brooklyn College adapted to a distance learning environment by creating TikTok videos inspired by Chekhov’s plays. I was blown away by their creativity and fearlessness. Ensemble member Noah Firth edited footage from the videos projects together and I posted them to youtube, right here.
This project got a huge boost from playwright Jeremy O. Harris, whose TikTok Theatre Project provided an inspiration and template for the students' work. Jeremy also visited our class as a surprise special guest on the last class day.
Coming Soon: Queen of the Night
by Travis Tate
A reading produced by Aye Defy
In the early fall, I’ll team with my friend and collaborator, Travis Tate, for a workshop of their new play, Queen of the Night, produced by Aye Defy. A story of a father and son’s reconciliation after years of estrangement, Queen asks us about the ways masculinity is prescribed for Black men in particular, and how narrow notions of manhood keep parents and children from authentic connection. It also features camping, bear attacks, and the most soulful soundtrack. Also, be sure to check out Travis' stunning debut poetry collection, Maiden, available through Vegetarian Alcoholic Press.
Galactic Orphans, by Megan Tabaque
Public Reading: March 9, 7:30pm, The Yard (Herald Square)
Where: The Yard, 106 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001 (map)
When: Monday, March 9, 2020, 7:30pm
American Theatre Article
February 12, 2020
"What is it like to see Fairview, Slave Play, and What to Send Up When it Goes Down as a bi-racial couple? Antoinette Nwandu, a Black playwright, and Graham Schmidt, a white director, talk about what they brought to these plays--and what they took home."
Cambodian Rock Band, by Lauren Yee
Associate Director through June of 2020
I'm serving as Chay Yew's Associate Director on Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band at Portland Center Stage.