Director Series performances are directed by our senior undergraduate directing students and our first and second year graduate students in The John Wells Directing Program. Director Series works offer audiences opportunities to experience the visions of the next generation of leaders as well as bold new perspectives on 21st century theatre-making.
These productions partially fulfill the educational requirements of the School of Drama's BFA and MFA programs.
Director Series Times
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm
Tickets are free and will be available at the box at the box office ON THE DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
Jean Genet, translated by Bernard Frechtman
Directed by Patrick Zakem
February 18 – February 20
Two maids, one mistress, one night, and many crimes. The Maids looks at how performance can be disruptive, challenging, and ultimately subversive. The literary legacy of Jean Genet collides with the music of the Velvet Underground in this fresh look at the 1947 French classic.
Directed by Eleanor Bishop
March 18 – March 20
Steubenville examines the first rape in the U.S. to be live tweeted at a high school football party in rural Ohio in August 2012. Jane Doe pieces together clues from Instagram, Twitter and text messaging to find out what happened to her. This production tackles rape culture in America today by piecing together the clues through the prisms of documentary, musical theater, fiction and media.
Trigger warning: This show contains an account of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.
This production is supported by CMU's Survivor Support Network and CMU’s Health Services. For more information see here.
Directed by Rachel Pustejovsky
April 8 – April 10
Two years since Fiona and Guy’s son disappeared, their case is days from being declared cold. Nothing in Fiona’s life makes any sense. Her son’s kidnapper will not leave her alone. Fiona relives her painful grief as she struggles to find answers to her agonizing dilemma.