THREE NEW DIRECTORS TAKE ON THE WORLD

 


Cole Lewis   Dustin Wills Katherine McGerr

 

Cole Lewis, a 2014 MFA candidate in directing at Yale School of Drama, is a director, writer, and performer from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of Brock University’s theatre program and attended the National Theatre School of Canada, where she studied playwriting. 

She is a founding member of St. Catharines’ award-winning Suitcase In Point Theatre Company (SIP), a group of like-minded artists who strive to engage and excite through collaborative play development. As an Artistic Associate of SIP for ten years, Cole worked on 23 original cabarets and directed six original productions. These include BeWearing Wolf at Harbourfront Hatch Festival in Toronto, as well as Emily Chesley at SummerWorks Festival in Toronto, and Keith Richards: A One Woman Show at Fixt Point in Toronto.
 

Other projects and productions in Canada include directing Ministry of Love, an original adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 for Theatre Rien Pantoute in Edmonton, Alberta. In Calgary she worked as a resident company of artists ensemble member at Theatre Junction, where she performed in Archaeology and assisted Artistic Director Mark Lawes throughout the season. At the National Arts Centre of Canada in Ottawa, she assistant directed the new play And All For Love

At Yale Repertory Theatre, Cole has served as Assistant Director to Sam Gold on the world premiere production of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. At Yale Cabaret, Cole has helped devise Brainsongs, or the Play about Dinosaur Farms by Gabe Levey, and directed the sold-out production of Marius Von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One She has also launched a new company, Guilty By Association, and directed its first devised piece, Ain’t Gonna Make It.  Her Yale School of Drama productions include Mexico Play by Kate Tarker and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In October at Yale School of Drama, Cole will direct her thesis production, Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit.

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Dustin Wills is a director from Austin, Texas. He is currently pursuing an MFA in directing at Yale School of Drama where he has directed Shakespeare's King Richard IIBlueberry Toast by Mary Laws, ReWilding by Martyna Majok, and an original adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Fatal Eggs. He served as Artistic Director for the 2013 Yale Summer Cabaret, where he has directed Tartuffe, The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife, Heart’s Desire, and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You.
 

After graduating from the University of Texas in 2006, Dustin split his time between Austin, Texas, and Rome, Italy, directing for the English Theatre of Rome (Ophelia, Le Falene, Cinque)Salvage Vanguard Theater (Heddatron), Texas Performing Arts (Ashes, Ashes), and Tutto Theatre Company (Black Snow). While in Rome he also worked as a tour guide for the Vatican Museums. In Austin he founded the company Paper Chairs for which he directed BaalMachinal, and the original musicals Murder Ballad Murder Mystery and Hillcountry Underbelly.

He is the 2013 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Lynn Wyatt Theatre Award. His productions have twice earned him the distinction of Best Director from the Austin Critics' Table. For the NEA-recognized organization Creative Action, Dustin developed educational touring shows for youth and created and directed numerous city-wide outreach projects.

Dustin’s production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan will be presented at Yale School of Drama in December 2013.

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Katherine McGerr is a third-year MFA candidate in directing at Yale School of Drama, where she will direct Ibsen's Hedda Gabler in the University Theatre as her thesis production in February 2014. At Yale School of Drama she has also directed Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and No More Sad Things by Hansol Jung. At Yale Cabaret she directed Christie in Love by Howard Brenton, Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit, and White Rabbit/Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour.

Katherine spent six seasons with the Chautauqua Theater Company, where she served as artistic associate and literary manager and directed workshops of An Incident by Anna Ziegler and Where Are You Going/Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. She has been the directing fellow at Shakespeare Theatre Company, artistic resident at Long Wharf Theatre, artistic coordinator at the Playwrights Realm and artistic assistant at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other directing credits include Caryl Churchill's Seagulls (Long Wharf Next Stage) and Gertrude Stein's Listen To Me (Barnard College). She has assistant-directed for Tina Landau, Ethan McSweeny, David Muse, Maria Aitken, Gordon Edelstein, Eric Ting, and Vivienne Benesch, among others. As a dramaturg, she has worked on numerous regional and New York productions, including the world premiere of Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy (script assistant) and the Broadway revival of South Pacific (research assistant).

A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Katherine grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and Bloomington, Indiana. She is a graduate of the O'Neill National Theatre Institute and Columbia University.

 

 

Visit Cole's portfolio

Visit the The Visit production page

 

Visit Dustin's portfolio

Visit the Peter Pan production page

 

Visit Katherine's portfolio

Visit the Hedda Gabler production page


Header Photo, left to right: Cole Lewis, Dustin Wills, and Katherine McGerr. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2013.