Originally from: Los Angeles
Directing since: 1987
Education: UC Santa Cruz, BA Theatre Arts; Yale School of Drama, MFA Directing; American Film Institute, graduate, Directing Workshop for Women
Personal Influences: Joanne Akalaitis, Julie Taymor, Mark Wing-Davey
Your signature work: Developed the world premiere of Lydia by Octavio Solis at Denver Center Theater Company and went on to two more productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum. Ran the Hispanic Playwrights Project at South Coast Repertory from 1996 to 2003, where I directed the world premiere of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot by José Rivera (screenwriter of “Motorcycle Diaries”) and the West Coast premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz.
Notable theatre companies you have worked with: Seattle Repertory, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, Mark Taper Forum, and The Women’s Project, just to name a few.
What kind of plays do you like to direct? I’m attracted to a wide variety of diverse styles, both comedy and drama, but I guess the common denominator would be visual, theatrical worlds, poetic language, complex psychological relationships, and emotionally moving work.
What piqued your interest to direct Arizona Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie? The challenge of doing work that has been done a million times. Getting to do Tennessee Williams for the first time and making this play accessible to a modern audience.
What would you tell someone who is interested in pursuing a directing career? Work very, very hard to figure out what is unique about you as an artist. Then do the work. A lot of it. All the time. Everywhere.
Have you ever written a play? Little ones, but I’ve written a few short screenplays and a full-length screenplay, which I hoping to produce this year. If you are interested in my screenplay, see my website: www.superchicasmovie.com.
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Juliette Carrillo
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe Street
March 25 – April 11
Set in the 1930s in a small tenement apartment in St. Louis, The Glass Menagerie weaves the Wingfield family’s lives into “a heart-stopping dance of hopes pursued and dreams betrayed.” Considered by many to be Tennessee Williams’ greatest play, It is a story of longing and love that has touched theatergoers for generations.
Tickets: 602-256-6995 or www.arizonatheatre.org