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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.

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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

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TikTok Chekhov

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.

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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. 

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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

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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."

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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. 

All production photos by Will Hollis Snider.

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