In 2020, I threw myself into filmmaking.
I’ve directed several short films during the pandemic. I’ve teamed pals old and new, directing short films by Sarah Saltwick, Drew Paryzer, Dylan Guerra, a music video for Adam Hilton, and one extremely special collab with my best friend and life partner, Antoinette Nwandu. Look for more films on this channel in the next six months. (January 2021)
Egg & Spoon Theater Collective:
New Play Development Coordinator
I've accepted a staff position with Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective to serve as their New Play Development Coordinator.
I’m proud to partner with Egg and Spoon Theater in my new role as New Play Development Coordinator. Look for updates as E&S rolls out workshop opportunities for early and mid-career BIPOC playwrights. Egg and Spoon is a dynamic young company with a very bright future, and I’m thrilled to grow with them in the years ahead. (January 2021)
NYU-Tisch Guest Director
In December, I completed my second semester as a guest director in NYU-Tisch’s Steinberg theater workshop.
I’m pleased to have finished my second semester as a guest director in NYU-Tisch’s Steinberg new play workshop, taught by instructor Rinne Groff. This course is a core element of the MFA course of study at NYU. I’ve worked with three fantastic playwrights in semester-long collaborations, helping their brand-new scripts take their first steps in development. (January 2021)
Brooklyn College BFA Acting - Promotion
I'm thrilled to expand my role at Brooklyn College as the BFA Acting program undergoes a profound transformation.
The BFA program at Brooklyn College where I teach is undergoing a radical transformation. We have new, BIPOC leadership, a mandate to decolonize our syllabi, and a diverse, outstanding faculty. We’re also supporting our students as they prepare to take on roles in television and film. Amid these transformations, I’m proud to have re-imagined the syllabus for my advanced acting workshop, and expanded my role to include Showcase Coordinator. (January 2021)
I created a website to facilitate collaboration within the Brooklyn College Community.
I’m excited to have helped create a new website. Brooklyn Backstage is a collaboration hub for the Brooklyn College community that connects artists with projects via searchable databases. This site already has over a hundred members and supports dozens of projects. Be sure to follow us on Instagram!
Brooklyn College BFA Acting Virtual Showcase
In November of 2020, I produced Brooklyn College's BFA Acting Class of 2020's Virtual Showcase.
The showcase lead-up included interviews with leaders who’re shaping the future of our industry: Victor Vazquez, Natasha Sinha, Luis Alfaro, and Greg Berlanti. Our live showcase was attended by casting directors, talent reps, and television and film professionals, who held individual meetings with each alum afterward.
This spring, I’ll return to produce the class of 2021’s showcase—this time in collaboration with students from Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. (January 2021)
UPDATE: Queen of the Night, by Travis Tate
I'm excited to work as dramaturg on Travis Tate's Queen of the Night in a developmental workshop led by director Ken-Matt Martin, produced by Dorset Theater Festival and Aye Defy.
After pitching my dear friend Travis Tate's new play, Queen of the Night, I decided to recast myself as dramaturg so there would be an opportunity for a Black director to lead the play's development and potential premiere. I wrote about the experience for Page by Page (read my article here). Travis and I also discussed how we arrived at this decision on Kevin R. Free's Reparations Show. It was a very moving conversation - watch it right here! (January 2021)
rain falls special on me, by Lane Michael Stanley
A reading produced by Aye Defy. Proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center and the Arts Administrators of Color Network.
I've teamed with playwright Lane Michael Stanley and a team of exceptional performers (Becca Blackwell, David Zayas, Keith Randolph Smith, Nate Miller, Catherine Palacios, Lana Dieterich, and Maya Quetzali Gonzalez) to direct a virtual reading of Lane's new play, rain falls special on me. The reading will take place at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and tickets are available right here.
Alone Together: A Solo Voices Project
Presented by the Goodman Theatre's
Department of Education and Community Outreach
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. (August 2020)
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. (August 2020)
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. (August 2020)
Galactic Orphans, by Megan Tabaque
Public Reading: March 9, 7:30pm, The Yard (Herald Square)
I'm excited to team up with playwright Megan Tabaque for a reading of her play, Galactic Orphans, produced by Egg and Spoon Theatre Collective.
Where: The Yard, 106 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001 (map)
When: Monday, March 9, 2020, 7:30pm. (March 2020)
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.