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Featured Productions

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Produced by the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Dance

This production was done as a central part of my practice as research for my PhD dissertation. The question our process addressed was how to do a play about ongoing traumatic subject matter (a play about Death as a Global Pandemic continues to impact us all) in ways that are not just trauma informed, but healing. The play tackles questions of meanings of life, what happens when we die, and what it means that we can't take any of it with us. Done as a living memorial to lost loved ones, our production brought a lot of laughs and some cathartic tears.

10,000, A One-Woman New Play Development
by Victoria "Tori" Smith
Produced by The Lawrence Arts Center

This workshop production brought to life the first play written by actress and trans rights activist Victoria "Tori" Smith, a fellow Lawrencian and powerhouse I've known since middle school. Tori's script tells her real-life story of the journey that brought her to acknowledgement of her own identity as a Black Trans Woman - weaving together humor, drama, Shakespeare and the words of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Developed, rehearsed and filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic, this show was brought virtually to living rooms around the world. Combining my experience as a theatre director and film practitioner, we strove to bring a feeling of immediacy and presence to our virtual audiences.

In the Blood

by Suzan-Lori Parks

Produced by the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Dance

I directed this production as my practice as research project for my Master's Thesis research. Set with the backdrop of the Regan Era cartoonish a deeply offensive concept of the “welfare queen”, this play asks us all to scratch below the surface of the stereotypes and initial judgements we lay, and to understand the bigger, deeper, more complex picture. In some regards, America has changed in the last twenty years, but in many ways it hasn’t. Hundreds of thousands of people continue to experience homelessness with each passing year. When thinking about how to put up this play, we asked questions about how and why people find themselves in precarious, dangerous, violent situations. The answers are all historical. I hope that our production allows you, our beloved audience, to process this story which is both personal, and systematic.

Buss de Mark
by Alexander Johnson, Zeleca Julien, and the cast
Director and Script Consultant
Produced by I Am One TnT

Myself, the writers and a cast of queer and trans activists, performers and friends, developed this soca, calypso, dancehall, chutney, reggae musical comedy about a group of queer and trans people living, loving, surviving and doing their best to live their best lives in Trinidad and Tobago. Through a series of retreats, workshops and rehearsals, we created a show that told the stories that were personal to us. The work was widely loved and lauded by members of the LGBTQI+ community, but made many non-LGBTQI+ identifying people uncomfortable. For us, the most important thing was that we loved it, we got to play ourselves, for once, and we brought a new face to the drama featuring LGBTQI+ persons: both humorous and heartfelt.

A Midsummer Night's Dream 
by William Shakespeare
Produced by the Trinidad Theatre Workshop
Shakespeare was writing in the same time period that English was brought to the Caribbean by colonialism. This provides amazing opportunities to bring understanding and clarity to Shakespeare's words when spoken in a range of Caribbean accents. Using the concepts of the script, and bringing in the Trinidadian Carnival archetypical character types and narratives to bring the story to the audience in a relatable way that brought out the comedy, tragedy and beauty in the story. We performed for three weeks of packed houses at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop's blackbox theatre, and then took the play on tour, performing it (with a few modifications) for secondary school students.