Clips

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Index
Clip 1: The Complete History of America (abridged)
Clips 2-4: M.F.A. Thesis production of The Crucible
Clips 5-8: Moby Dick Rehearsed


Clip #1: The Complete History of America (abridged) (2017)

Scene: an Interpretive Dance of Lincoln’s Assassination

Highlights:
-work with children of varying ages
-use of comedic timing
-audience response

Produced by Stagedoor Manor. Special thanks to Judy Garland for the vocals.


Artist Statement for The Crucible

The closing performance of my MFA Thesis production of The Crucible coincided with Trump’s 100th day in office. This process and project were politically charged from the beginning, and what began as an academic exercise became an active response from our creative team as we examined the startling similarities between the Witch Trials of 1692, McCarthyism of the 1950s, and Trump’s neo-Puritanical worldview in our modern times.

The set and costumes were designed by Professors Stephen Judd and J. Theresa Bush, and lighting design by 3rd year MFA design graduate Brownyn Teague. Undergraduate Tiffany Nabors created a from-scratch soundscape to evoke the Devil’s wilderness in Salem Village.

Our production performed in the Martha Tatum Theater, in the Theatre & Dance Building @ the University of Southern Mississippi in April 2017.


Clip #2: The Crucible (2017)

Scene: excerpt (no dialogue) from the Proctor Home (Act II).

Highlights:
-two person scene
-deep thrust staging
-integration of entrance/exit point towards end of clip

From the opening night performance of my M.F.A. Directing Thesis Production.

Original sound design built from scratch by Tiffany Nabors, integrating cast vocals which I prepared in rehearsal.


Clip #3: The Crucible (2017)

Scene: Power shift in the courtroom.

Highlights:
-use of ensemble staging
-clear visual storytelling
-power shift represented through staging
-delineation of character & character groups

From the opening night performance of my M.F.A. Directing Thesis Production.

Original sound design built from scratch by Tiffany Nabors, integrating cast vocals which I prepared in rehearsal.


Clip #4: The Crucible (2017)

Scenes: video excerpt (no sound) from across the show integrating use of “veil” in costume design

Highlights:
-sense of progression over course of show
-use of ensemble staging
-inventive use of costume/design piece
-delineation of individual character by costume

Costume Design: J. Theresa Bush


Artist Statement on Moby Dick Rehearsed

Taking a cue from Shakespeare’s King Lear, playwright Orson Welles brings Melville’s epic story to the stage. A Shakespearean company halts its Lear rehearsals to try out a new script, an adaptation of Melville’s Moby Dick. The actors are dubious of the script’s potential at first but armed with a bare stage and a few props, the Pacific Ocean roars to life as Ahab pits himself and his crew against the White Whale.

The show’s concept was rooted in the unlocking of the dramatic imagination, what Welles called the ‘theatre theatrical’. The show’s design grew from nothing to a three-dimensional support of the text over the play’s ninety minutes, transforming the audience along with it. You’ll notice the table in the downstage area kept aside for the script’s designated ‘stage manager,’ who ran the rehearsal and kept the company ‘on-script’.

Our production performed in the Hartwig Theater, in the Theatre & Dance Building @ the University of Southern Mississippi in April 2016.


Clip #5: Moby Dick Rehearsed (2016)

Scenes: excerpts showcasing integrated use of scenic design

Highlights:
-implementation of efficient collaborated design over progression of show
-multiple interpretive moments for the whale’s “whiteness”
-use of clear ensemble staging
-finale excerpts

Music: “Justin at Mr. Chin’s” by Jeff Beale, which was sampled in the production.


Clip #6: Moby Dick Rehearsed (2016)

Scene: video excerpt (no sound) of the Storm Sequence in Act I.

Highlights:
-use of physical vocabulary
-integration of simple design pieces
-use of ensemble staging

Special thanks to Movement Director Jodye Underwood.


Clip #7: Moby Dick Rehearsed (2016)

Scene: Pre-Show + “The Chapel”
Ishmael guides us to Father Mapple’s sermon in the Nantucket Chapel

Highlights:
-Pre-show look for context.
-Music direction & arrangement by C. Bradberry
-actor-led transition


Clip #8: Moby Dick Rehearsed (2016)

Scene: Act One Finale
Ahab rebels against the bully gods; Starbuck sees his fate.

Highlights:
-Actor-driven soliloquy
-Nontraditional casting of Ahab
-integration of scenic design (parachute/red drape)
-single-source lighting