Presenting a selection of recent books, films, and other published work by the faculty and visiting speakers of the Hollins Summer MFA Programs in Children's Literature, Dance, Playwriting and Screenwriting.
Nicole Adkins has taught classes and workshops to students of various ages at theatres, K-12 schools, and universities. Her plays have been performed at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Hollins University, Mill Mountain Theatre, Studio Roanoke, Creative Drama Children’s Theatre in Winston-Salem, NC, SkyPilot Theatre in Los Angeles, the American International School in Guanghzou China, and other theatres, schools, and museums nationally and abroad. She has six plays published through YouthPLAYS, where she also serves as artistic associate. She collaborated with Matt Omasta of Utah State University on a book entitled Playwriting and Young Audiences: Collected Wisdom and Practical Advice from the Field (Intellect Press, 2017). Awards include the National Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman Award and recognition in the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Marilyn Hall competition. A Hollins children’s literature M.F.A. graduate, Hollins Playwright’s Lab core visiting faculty member, and part-time assistant professor at Kennesaw University, Adkins is also a member of Dramatists Guild, AATE, and TYA/USA.
Published in "What is Dramaturgy" edited by Bert Cardullo, Peter Lang: 2005, p 157-176.
Art Borreca is core visiting faculty in dramaturgy. He is also faculty at the University of Iowa where he is associate professor of dramaturgy, dramatic literature, and theatre history, cohead of the playwriting program, and head of the dramaturgy program.
Keiko Shimosato Carreiro is a collective and board member with the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. Since 1987, she has been an actor, designer, cowriter and director with the Company and has been in almost every summer show. Carreiro has performed at theatres throughout the Bay Area, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, A.C.T., The Magic Theater, The Aurora Theater, Word for Word, and Center Rep. She was nominated for The Shellie Award for Outstanding Actress in the role of Grace in The Sisters Matsumoto at Center Rep. She is an award-winning costume designer, nominated for TBA Best Costumes, Bay Area Critics Circle award, and recipient of the 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award,(American College Theater Festival). Carreiro teaches with The San Francisco Opera Guilds’ Book to Bravo and Voices for Social Justice programs and enjoys raising up the next generation of artist/activists.
Michelle LoRicco is an educator, director, and playwright who loves to create and tell stories on stage and in the classroom with people of all ages as the theatre director for Patrick Henry High School. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her M.F.A., specializing in theatre for young audiences, and she received her Bachelor’s in theatre, specializing in musical theatre, at Palm Beach Atlantic University. As a playwright, LoRicco has developed plays for The Orlando Repertory Theatre’s Writes of Spring program, and her play When Coquis Sing was produced as a part of The REP’s celebration of International Women’s Voices Day 2018. She was featured as a part of Endstation Theatre Company’s Playwright’s Initiative and was a finalist for Childplay’s WriteNow 2019 Play Festival. LoRicco was also the associate artistic director for the inaugural season of UCF’s Pegasus Playlab 2018, a play development showcase of new work by emerging playwrights.
Featuring Parks and Bonnie Metzgar. Published in American Theatre, Vol. 23 issue 9, p 26-83.
Bonnie Metzgar is a playwright, director, dramaturg, and producer who specializes in creating socially-provocative theatre works. From 2008 to 2013, Metzgar served as artistic director of About Face Theatre in Chicago, the largest theatre in the U.S. dedicated to advancing the cultural dialogue on sexuality, politics, and gender identity. Metzgar is the recipient of a 2018 MacDowell Colony fellowship, the Carl Djerassi Fellowship in Playwriting at the University of Wisconsin, a 2013 NEA commission, and she is a recent member of the Goodman Theatre’s resident Playwrights Unit. Her plays have been finalists for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival and selected for the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha. Metzgar was a founding member of the National Advisory Committee for Howlround at Arts Emerson, the cocreator of the 365 project with Suzan-Lori Parks, and associate producer at the Public Theater where she was the original producer of Joe’s Pub. In addition to being on the rotating faculty of Hollins University’s M.F.A. playwriting program, Metzgar has taught at Northwestern, SUNY Purchase, Brown, University of Chicago, Wisconsin, Yale, and DePaul. She is currently serving as director of artistic programs at Pier55. Metzgar received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Iowa and her B.A. cum laude from Brown.
Call Number: HU Gen. Coll. PN2053 .L355 2017 and E-Book
Foreword to "Essential Dramaturgy: the mindset and skillset" edited by Teresa Lang, Routledge: 2017, p viii-x.
Anne G. Morgan received the 2019 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for her leadership of Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, the American Shakespeare Center’s bold initiative to produce new work inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Current dramaturgy projects include world premieres by L M Feldman, Anchuli Felicia King, and Emma Whipday. Additionally, Morgan regularly provides dramaturgical support for ASC’s early modern plays. She was previously the literary manager and dramaturg at the O’Neill Theater Center and freelanced with NYTW, Kennedy Center/NNPN Playwrights’ Workshop, Company One, and more. She serves on the executive board of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Todd Ristau is director of the graduate program in playwriting at Hollins (M.F.A., Iowa Playwright’s Workshop). Professor Ristau’s work has been performed in theatres across the U.S. and England, including London’s West End. He founded No Shame Theatre in 1986 and oversaw its evolution into a national network of venues for new works in dozens of cities. He has an extensive theatre background, with expertise in acting, directing, and design. He worked with Mill Mountain Theatre for six years as coordinator of their second stage and as literary associate overseeing new works programming. Ristau served as the first artistic director of Studio Roanoke, a storefront theatre space dedicated to new works development in downtown Roanoke. Ristau is an active member of the Dramatists Guild, and member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America.
Published in Southern Theatre, Vol. 58 issue 1, p 6-7.
Shannon Robert received an M.F.A. in scene design from Florida State University. While at FSU, she participated in an international exchange with the Moscow Art Theatre Conservatory. Robert was director of theatre and head of design at William Carey University, where she taught scene design for 14 years. She is currently on faculty at Clemson University. She served KCACTF as Region IV design chair, regional vice chair, regional chair, and on national design committees. Robert served on the board of directors, executive committee and long-range planning committee of SETC, and was the Mississippi state representative to SETC for four years. After working in higher education, she managed the paint/craft departments of The Spoon Group Productions in NJ/NY. She has worked internationally in venues in Nairobi, Bratislava, Moscow, and Edinburgh, and has designed for Aurora Theatre, Actor’s Express, Mill Mountain Theatre, New Stage Theatre, Auburn University Theatre, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts (MTSU), Southern Arena Theatre, University of Southern Mississippi, University of West Georgia, SC Governor’s School for the Arts, The Fine Arts Center, The Peace Center, and ReelRock Productions. She was a consultant for The Saenger Theatre renovation in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for Albert and Associates Architects. Robert has worked as an evaluator, respondent, and adjudicator for a number of productions/projects and has presented several workshops and served on panels throughout the U.S. She served as the associate artistic director and scene-designer-in-residence for The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a proud member of USA 829. She received Atlanta’s 2014 Suzi Bass Award for best set design for a musical for Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre.
Published in The Montgomery Independent, August 28, 2020.
Seibel is core faculty in the New Play Performance and New Play Directing certificate programs at Hollins. He joined the theatre faculty at Auburn University Montgomery after 18 years as a freelance actor, director, and choreographer. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, he spent six seasons as a company member with Theatre Aspen, appeared Off-Broadway in Jonathon Larson’s JP Morgan Saves the Nation, originated the role of Lewis for the TV musical Passages: Lewis and Clark, and enjoyed regional contracts with the Denver Center, Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre Under The Stars, and Theatre West Virginia. Seibel sang cabaret for five years at Aspen’s Crystal Palace and danced most recently for the Montgomery Ballet. He has directed and choreographed for numerous theatre companies across the U.S. and served three years as the associate artistic director of the Brooklyn based ALAT-etc., recognized for its multicultural, multidisciplinary performance works. He has written, devised, and performed several solo and ensemble plays throughout the U.S. and Europe. A Kentucky native, he earned his B.A. in theatre from Northern Kentucky University and M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine.
With over 20 years of experience as a director, performer, creator, and producer in the worlds of theatre, print, film, television, and voice-over, Smith has always approached his work in arts organizations large and small with an eye to developing strategies to eradicate oppressive practices within the work. As an artist of color, Smith recognizes the power of experiencing one’s own history and world view manifest on stage and within administrative practices, as well as furthering connections to the stories of others. He holds a B.F.A. in performance and an M.A. in leadership/administration from Ohio University. Over the course of his career, he has performed and directed across North America at theatres such as Karamu House Theater, The Cleveland Play House, Canadian Stage, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Porte Parole Productions, and Theatre Aquarius. For the last ten years, Smith has been a mainstay in the acting company at the Stratford Festival of Canada, the largest Repertory Theatre company in North America.
Taylor is a full professor at UCLA, School of Theatre, Film, and Television and core teaching faculty with The Playwright’s Lab at Hollins. His written work includes Wedding Dance, Personal History, Hype Hero, and I Wish You Love. His directing projects have been as varied as the opera Fresh Faust at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; The Negroes Burial Ground at The Kitchen in New York City; and Ride the Rhythm in the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. Taylor received his bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Brown University. He is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a board member of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, and an associate artistic director of America-in-Play.