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DIRECTING PROJECTS

“Justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other.” 
-President Barack Obama

As a director, I am committed to crafting dramatic events that serve as a medium of exchange where individuals come together to watch, to learn, to discover, and to recognize our humanity in all its various forms. I believe that the stage is intrinsically suited to providing opportunities to recognize ourselves in each other, to care more, and to face and call out injustice everywhere it exists.

 

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992

By Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith’s solo play relives three tumultuous days of rioting in Los Angeles in the wake of the first Rodney King verdict, issued April 29, 1992, when four, white Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted of charges of assault and police brutality in connection with King’s roadside arrest and beating on March 3, 1991. Caught on video, the King assault became a national media sensation, a disturbing vision of black-white race relations, and a rallying cry for racial justice. As festering anger and frustration exploded after the verdict—once again to be captured vividly on screen—onlookers were left to wonder how far, if at all, the country had traveled since the epidemic of urban race riots in the late 1960s. 

Onyx Theatre, 2017

Kennesaw State University

Department of Theatre & Performance Studies

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IN THE RED & BROWN WATER

By Tarell Alvin McCraney

How far will fast, beautiful Oya go to make a mark in the world? This intoxicating story charts a young girl’s thrust into womanhood and her subsequent fall into the murky waters of life.

Onyx Theatre, 2016

Kennesaw State University

Department of Theatre & Performance Studies

Award:

Outstanding Director

Kennedy Center College Festival

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EVERY 28 HOUR PLAYS

The Mother's Plays

Actor’s Express in collaboration with the Atlanta University Center and the Alliance Theatre presented Every 28 Hours at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. 

Every 28 Hours is a national collaboration of theater artists that gather for one night to read works inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The arts -- through words, songs, paintings and exhibits -- have played an important role in helping people to absorb and protest. Every 28 Hours is a collection of 75 one-minute plays that will be performed across the country during the month of October.

Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 2016

Morehouse College

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BRANCHES ETCHED ACROSS THE SKY

By Addae Moon

New Works & Ideas Festival
Onyx Theatre, 2016
Kennesaw State University
Department of Theatre & Performance Studies

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DREAMGIRLS

By Henry Kreiger & Tom Eyen

A young female singing trio from Chicago get their big break at an amateur competition and begin singing backup vocals for James "Thunder" Early. However, things begin to spin out of control when their agent, Curtis Taylor, Jr., makes Deena and not Effie, the star of what will become known as "The Dreams."

Fox Theatre, 2013

Broadway By the Bay

Redwood City, CA

Awards:

Nominated for 6 Theatre Bay Area Awards Including Outstanding Direction of a Musical

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THE BLUEST EYE

Original Source Material: Toni Morrison
Theatrical Adaptation: Lydia Diamond

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye is a story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family and an innocent girl.

Pigott Theatre, 2012

Stanford University

Department of Theatre & Performance Studies

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"Angela is a brilliant artist, teacher, and scholar. She imbues her work with warmth, heart and a finely

tuned sense of civic awareness."

-Freddie Ashley,

Artistic Director Actor's Express, Atlanta, GA

  

 

BACKSTAGE PASS:

Dreamgirls Director Angela Farr Schiller

It is my absolute pleasure to bring this show to the BBBay stage and to the larger Bay Area community. Dreamgirls has not been produced locally, by a Bay Area theatre company, in more than a decade, which makes this particular theatrical event, even more special to be apart of. At the heart of this show is the universal theme that believing yourself is an inside job. I think we can all relate to this struggle at some point in our lives. Moreover, it is the journey towards ourselves, in response to the struggle to believe in our intrinsic value that makes us who we are. As Effie says to Curtis towards the end of show, “You never believed in me but I believed in me,” and that makes all the difference.

 

Images from:

The Bluest Eye

Book: Toni Morrison

Adapted for the Stage by: Lydia Diamond

Directed by: Angela Farr Schiller, PhD

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Images from:

Dreamgirls: The Musical 

Written by: Henry Kreiger & Tom Eyen

Directed by: Angela Farr Schiller, PhD

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"Dr. Schiller has directed a number of productions at KSU that were very important and inspiring, one being Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. As a cast member, I saw firsthand how she took very sensitive and controversial topics like race and police brutality and made them accessible, inclusive, and thought provoking for the cast, crew and audience members. The time I spent working on this production was the first moment I felt that I truly became a part of the KSU family."

-LaTausha Carter

Class of '19

 

Images from:

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Written by: Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by: Angela Farr Schiller, PhD

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Images from:

In the Red & Brown Water

Written by: Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by: Angela Farr Schiller, PhD

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