Monday, July 23, 2018

MEET THE DIRECTORS OF CENTERSTAGE’S 2018-2019 SEASON

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The excitement continues to build around our 18/19 Season as we get to introduce our Mainstage directors! Please join us in welcoming six accomplished and talented directors, featuring one Tony Award-winner, two nationally recognized (but new to us) directors, a returning favorite, and two of our very own Baltimore Center Stage artistic leaders.

Cat on a Hot Tin RoofJudith Ivey

Judith Ivey is the recipient of the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her portrayals in Steaming and Hurlyburly, the Obie Award for The Moonshot Tape, and many others for stage and film. Acting credits include Devil’s Advocate and Designing Women and Margaret Thatcher in the Broadway production of The Audience. Directing credits include The Ladies Foursome, Chapatti, Steel Magnolias, and the world premiere of Carapace.

King of the Yees—Desdemona Chiang

Desdemona Chiang is a Seattle and San Francisco Bay Area-based director who co-founded the Seattle’s Azeotrope theater. Her directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, and others. Her many awards include the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre and the Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction.

A Wonder in My Soul—Daniel Bryant

Daniel Bryant, BCS's Artistic Producer and Community Programs Director has led the Mobile Unit through Baltimore’s underserved communities. Baltimore audiences may have seen his Mobile productions of Twelfth Night (2017/18) and Endgame (2016/17). A recording-breaking number of patrons saw his latest project: he was the assistant director for SOUL The Stax Musical. Additional directing credits include King Headley II, What I Learned in Paris, and Fall of Heaven.

Fun Home—Hana S. Sharif

Hana S. Sharif, BCS’s Associate Artistic Director may be familiar to audiences from The Christians (2017/18), Les Liasions Dangereuses (2016/17), or Pride and Prejudice (2015/16). Other directing credits include Sense & Sensibility (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Whipping Man, Gem of the Ocean, Gee’s Bend (Hartford Stage), and IFdenity (ITI World Congress). Her playwriting credits include All the Women I Used to Be, The Rise and Fall of Day, and The Sprott Cycle Trilogy.

Indecent—Eric Rosen

Eric Rosen directed the 2013/14 BCS production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other directing credits include Venice (Public), Clay (Lincoln Center) and A Christmas Story: The Musical. He is also an award winning playwright with productions around the country. He also originally produced the Pulitzer and Tony Awarding-winning play I Am My Own Wife and One Arm. He was Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre (2008-18) and was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre.

How to Catch Creation—Nataki Garrett

Nataki Garrett served as acting artistic director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Associate Artistic Director of CalArts Center for New Performance, and she is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth. Directing credits include Everybody at CalShakes, Jefferson's Garden at Ford’s Theatre, BLKS at Steppenwolf, and many others. She received an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Director and her production of Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins received the Garland Award and several Ovation Award nominations.

You can learn more about our directors on our website and see their work on stage with a Membership.There are plenty of ways to see our shows this season! Become a full season Member to see all six plays or pick your favorites with a 3-play package. Check out our Flex Pass for our most flexible option or get at $60 Go Pass Membership if you’re between 18 and 40.   

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