Tuesday, October 4, 2011

University of the Arts Alumni Directing Students

Two young female directors who are alumni of the University of the Arts will work with a new generation of undergrads in October productions produced by the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. Jackson Gay will direct Top Girls from Oct 6-9. Gay graduated from the University of the Arts in 1999 with a BFA in acting. She received her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama and currently directs off- Broadway, at a variety of theaters throughout the U.S, and at new play festivals .Top Girl, which examines the price that ambitious women must pay to become “top girl”, can be seen at UArts  Caplan Studio Theater, located at 211 South Broad St, 16th floor.
 Megan Nicole O’Brien will direct two weekends of performances of High Fidelity Oct 14-16 and 20-22 at the Arts Bank Theater, located at 601 South Broad Street. A Philadelphia based director, O’Brien, co-founder and Resident Director of 11th Hour Theatre Company, was nominated for the 2011 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical.
The casts of the two productions are comprised of students in the Brind School’s BFA programs in Acting and Musical Theater. The school provides programs in scenic, costume and lighting design, directing, playwriting and all aspects of production, graduating talented artists, many of whom continue to work in the greater Philadelphia area. This year alone UArts alumni and faculty garnered 12 Barrymore Award nominations.

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