Boston University Productions

In August of 2009 I packed up my life in Chicago and moved to the East coast to attend Boston University. After five years of freelancing it was a big transition, but I was excited by the prospect of emerging with an MFA in Production Management. Unfortunately that MFA was not in the cards this time around, and after a year I left the program for a variety of reasons.  Still, the experience was valuable and here are a few of the lessons I learned:

2009/2010 Season – Fall

All of my assignments for the fall semester were production management projects. Antigone was a part of the annual Fall Fringe Festival and performed in Studio 210 at the Boston University Theatre. The Hill and Hedda Gabbler rehearsed and performed simultaneously in two different spaces in the College of Fine Arts building.

Antigone, a one-act opera
Music and Lyrics by Marjorie Merryman
Directed by Jim Petosa

The Hill
By John Shea
Presented as part of the New Play Initiative
Directed by Illana Brownstein

Hedda Gabbler
By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Elle Heyman

2009/2010 Season – Spring

The spring semester brought more PM projects.  Paula Vogel’s prizewinning play How I Learned to Drive was performed in February in Studio 210, and was my first BCAP show. The Hairy Ape went up one week later in the Theatrelab@855, a multi-purpose classroom/performance space.  Ionesco’s absurd play The Chairs closed out the semester in spectacular fashion as the design team and I learned lessons about structural engineering and furniture propulsion.

How I Learned to Drive
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Tara L. Matkowsky

The Hairy Ape
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Steve Ginsburg

The Chairs
By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Jason King Jones