POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Director Kim Weild is known for her inventive stagings, radical inclusion, cross cultural collaborations and theatrical explorations. She will be bringing those sensibilities to Vassar as she serves as the Drama Department’s guest director this semester.
Weild specializes in new plays, re-imagined classics, musicals and devised works that range from intimate chamber pieces to grand spectacle. In November she will direct the Vassar student production of William Congreve’s The Way of the World at the Martel Theater. The show will run November 14-16 with free admission, but reservations are required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .) Last year’s guest director was Vassar alumna Ianthe Demos, artistic director of the One Year Lease theater company (http://alums.vassar.edu/news/2012-2013/121205-demos.html)
Based in New York City, Weild has worked in nationally renowned theaters such as Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, New York Theater Workshop, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center in Virginia. Her production of Uncle Vanya was an official selection at the Prague Quadrennial. In Papingo, Greece she trains One Year Lease's Apprentice Company. She'll return there this summer to helm Aristophanes' The Birds. In 2010, she founded WeildWorks with the inaugural production Fêtes de la Nuit, which went on to be nominated for a Drama Desk Award and seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Director.
A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Weild has taught at Yale, Columbia, Barnard, Fordham, CalArts, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab West and Arizona’ State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Weild is on the faculty of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and Primary Stages Einhorn School of the Performing Arts.
Inviting guest directors is a crucial part of the educational mission of the Drama Department. “To have these artists in residence at Vassar is to bring to our students the vitality of professional standards, and the immense wealth of experience these artists have acquired over their careers,” says Gabrielle Cody, Professor and Chair of the Drama Department. “Our students benefit from these encounters by realizing that they can connect the learning they do at Vassar to the process of their work in rehearsal –with professionals.”
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