The goodness that was our 2014 season began with the ideas, talent, creativity and (let’s be honest) daycare-like-wrangling ability of our directors. This blog is our way of saying thank you to the people who took the creative reigns of the shows in our 2014 mainstage season.
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ALL NEW PEOPLE
Directed by Andy Bennett
NEXT TO NORMAL
Directed by Katy Helbacka
One word … DIVA!
Directed by Robert Lee
Robert brought ludicrous levels of creativity to this production, adding live music, hilarious projections, and a never-to-be-forgotten surreal dream sequence complete with oversized masks of the show’s star, Mary Fox and a 90′s medley.
He also carefully crafted his version of this smart comedy about big love, big dreams and Big Pharma. He found the right balance between satire and romance and walked the line between the humor and the heart found in Kate Fodor’s fantastic script.
Directed by Anika Thompson
Anika has, over the years, proven to be about as vital to our company as possible. She has developed a well-deserved reputation for being a true actor’s director. She digs deep into the text and works with her casts to create three-dimensional performances that are consistently among the community’s best. She also brings a strong eye to design and makes sure that every aspect of her production adds to or accentuates her vision.
And that’s all beyond the work she’s done as a costume, set and props designer, fundraiser, passionate advocate and current board president. We’re one of her biggest fans.
THINGS TO RUIN
Directed by Amber Burns and Evan Kelly
The cast of THINGS TO RUIN got spoiled on this show, getting two great directors for the price of one:
Evan has been with us from the very, very beginning. He’s worn many hats over the years, both behind the scenes and on stage, and he’s another one (like Anika) that has proven to be crucial to our continued success. He’s turned in great performances, helped us connect with the business community, built or designed tons of sets, and directed the hell out of a few shows, as well.
Amber, meanwhile, took a turn in the director’s chair for the first time with this show. She’s been a part of the Renegade family for years as an actress and choreographer, and is partly responsible for some of our most memorable musical moments. With THINGS TO RUIN, she took the next logical step and we think she’s going to have a lot of success in the future as a director.
Together, they tackled the killer songs of Joe Iconis and turned the Teatro into the coolest party in town.
Directed by Julie Ahasay
We love working with Julie Ahasay. She’s smart, passionate, creative and a wonderful person to boot. She’s game for anything, and has helped us tackle some monster shows. With GRACE, she helped turn a potentially divisive script into a powerful, heartbreaking and thought-provoking tour-de-force.
She always gets great performances from her cast, but people may not see or realize the wonderful way she works with designers and crew to develop a complete production from start to finish. We love working with Julie and can’t wait to do it again.
AND THAT’S JUST OUR 2014 DIRECTORS
We’ve been fortunate to work with an impressive roster of directors since 2008, and we want to take another second here to acknowledge each of them. Every single name on this list below has had a hand in making Renegade what it is today.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you guys.
Stones In His Pockets, The Woman In Black, Circle Mirror Transformation, Ghost Light and Grace
A New Brain, The Who’s Tommy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Spring Awakening, All New People
Things To Ruin
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Burnt Part Boys
The Search for Vainomoinen, Wonder of the World, The Sparrow, Parade, The Nutcracker, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next To Normal
Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Matt & Ben
Reefer Madness, Company, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Things To Ruin
The Wild Party
Summer and Smoke
Reasons To Be Pretty
The Pillowman (both times!), The Crane Wife, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Bug, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play, Red
A Steady Rain