Director

Updates

Looking forward to sharing "SPACE" with Rupi Kaur

Rupi and I are beyond excited to be joining Week 10 of the season as residents at SPACE on Ryder Farm. We’re looking forward to continuing the work we began last summer when the brilliant Joanna Pfaelzer teamed Rupi and I up at New York Stage and Film. I’m also really looking forward to getting to spend some time with the rest of this incredible cohort (top L to R): Frankie J. Alvarez, Marty Brown, Olivia Clement, Erin Courtney, Leah C. Gardiner, Rupi Kaur, Shayan Lotfi, Michelle Moncayo and Mara Nelson-Greenberg.

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Working on designing a "Rainbow"

I am so grateful to the brilliant ladies of my For Colored Girls creative team—all women of color!!!—for the brilliance they are bringing to the design process. This image is just a little hint about the magic we’re making. So THANK YOU, Myung Hee Cho (set), Jiyoun Chang (lights), Toni-Leslie James (clothes), Martha Redbone (original music), and Megumi Katayama (sound). And, of course, the brilliant choreographer Camille A. Brown! (With a special shout out to producers Yuvika Tolani and Garlia Cornelia Jones for their support!)

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FOR COLORED GIRLS... at The Public Theater

I am honored, humbled and profoundly grateful to bring Ntozake Shange’s masterpiece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf back to The Public Theater. Zake’s choreopoem is a classic of the theatrical cannon which continues to speak to generation after generation, and I my collaborators and I can not wait to create a production that speaks to what it means to be a ‘colored girl’ in today’s world. Thank you, Oskar Eustis, and THANK YOU dear Ntozake for trusting me with your baby. I feel you with me every day and I know we will make this production all that you had hoped and imagined.

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Chita Rivera Awards

‘Tis the season for awards in NYC! I was honored to be the “plus-one” of Tony-nominee (and my fabulous collaborator) Camille A. Brown at last night’s Chita Rivera Awards. The fact that Camille was presenting the SDC Director Award to my dear friend and mentor, George C. Wolfe, made it extra special. I was also thrilled to cheer on the nominees from my production of IF PRETTY HURTS…: Raja Feather Kelly, nominated for Outstanding Choreographer, and the entire cast of the show, nominated for Outstanding Ensemble - Off-Broadway.

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Leah C. Gardiner
New Dramatists Luncheon

The annual New Dramatists luncheon is always such a treat. I love catching up with with friends, sharing all the latest news, laughs…and a glass of wine or 2…… It all began many moons ago with these two, and here we are today! Thank you George C. Wolfe, Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, and New Dramatists!

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Leah C. Gardiner
Henry VI, Pt. 1 with OSF's Play On! Festival

So excited to direct a reading of playwright Doug Langworthy’s translation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Pt. 1 for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ambitious Play On! Festival. The reading is presented in partnership with Classic Stage Company, on Friday, May 31st. Thank you to the ever-brilliant Lue Douthit, whose brainchild this extraordinary undertaking is! For full detalls about all 39 readings taking place from May 29 trough June 30, visit playonfestival.org

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Leah C. Gardiner
Up Next: World Premiere of Kevin Artigue's SHEEPDOG

During last year’s Pacific Playwright’s Festival at South Coast Rep, I had the joy of working with Kevin Artigue on his brilliant, haunting and important new play, SHEEPDOG. We’ve spent the past year workshopping the play and I’m so excited to begin rehearsals for its premiere as part of this year’s PPF! Find out more about the play and production on SCR’s website!

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Leah C. Gardiner