Great Plains Theatre Conference
Mary Beth Easley is Artistic Director of the Brooklyn College Department of Theater. She has directed Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the Midwest. Her work has been featured at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Rep, The Women’s Project, and LaMama ETC, among others. At Theater de la Jeune Lune, MN, she directed Krasang Tree, an intercultural chamber-opera, developed with Cambodian poet, U Sam Oeur. She directed NYC premieres of Levy Lee Simon’s God, the Crackhouse and the Devil (LaMama), and Caseload (The Workshop Theatre). With Mr. Simon and composer-lyricist, Mark Bruckner, she created Same Train, a spoken-word musical, produced at Algonquin Theater in NYC, and featured as a main-stage production at the 2011 National Black Theater Festival. In March 2012, she directed the NYC premiere of Jeffrey Sweet’s “Court-Martial at Fort Devens” for Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre, earning an Audelco Award for Best Direction of a Dramatic Production. In the spring of 2014, she directed the premiere of William Burke’s The Food Was Terrible for the Bushwick Starr, which received a critic’s pick from Time Out.
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