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Women Directing the Show


Originally Aired: Monday, November 4, 2019

Tamilla Woodard, Garry Hynes and Leah C. Gardiner

L: photo courtesy of the guest; C: photo by Matthew Thompson; R: photo courtesy of the guest


When Rachel Chavkin accepted her Tony Award for directing Hadestown, she said, “I wish I wasn’t the only woman directing a musical on Broadway this season. This is not a pipeline issue. It is a failure of imagination by a field whose job is to imagine the way the world could be.”

On this special night of theatrical performances and conversation, Micropolis host Arun Venugopal convenes a group of esteemed female theater directors, including Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes (the upcoming Richard III, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Sixteen Wounded), Leah C. Gardiner (For Colored Girls), and Tamilla Woodard (Associate Director, Hadestown). Arun will also be joined by WNYC Theater Critic Jennifer Vanasco.

Additionally, director Rachel Flynn will be presenting music from Dust and Shadow, a new musical in development about Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper.

They’ll discuss their pathways to success, the obstacles that are standing in the way of up-and-coming directors and the way forward to a more equitable theater community.

The Spirio by Steinway & Sons is the official piano of The Greene Space.


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