THREE NEW DIRECTORS TAKE ON THE WORLD

 


Jessica Holt   Sara Holdren Andrej Visky

 

Jessica Holt is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. She is originally from San Francisco, California. Yale School of Drama credits include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Dead Ends. by Ryan Campbell. She also directed Have I None by Edward Bond at Yale Cabaret.

As the Co-Artistic Director of the 2014 Yale Summer Cabaret, Jessica directed Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Southwest Africa from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915. She also co-directed Summer Shorts: A Festival of New Voices.

Before coming to Yale, Jessica spent three years as the Artistic Director of the Bay One Acts (BOA) Festival, where she produced, developed, and directed new plays by local playwrights. She was also an Associate Artist at the Magic Theatre, where she directed Act 5 of Taylor Mac’s five-hour epic The Lily’s Revenge and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. While in the Bay Area, she also directed at Cutting Ball Theater (Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act), Boxcar Theatre (The Glass Menagerie), New Conservatory Theatre Center (No Bull, Dis-Connected), and Playwrights Foundation (My New Best Friend), among others. Jessica graduated from UCLA with a BA in cultural anthropology and from UC Berkeley with an MA in performance studies.

Jessica’s production of Chekhov’s The Seagull will be presented at Yale School of Drama in December 2014.

 

 

 

Sara Holdren is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama and a theatre maker from Charlottesville, Virginia. Credits include Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, the new plays Tiny Boyfriend by Phillip Howze and Have You Been There? by Emily Zemba (Yale School of Drama); and the new play A New Saint for a New World by Ryan Campbell (Yale Cabaret). At Live Arts in Charlottesville, she chaired the season programming committee for the 2011–12 season and directed her own adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Leonid Andreyev’s He Who Gets Slapped. Other favorite directing projects include Red Noses by Peter Barnes, The Tempest, Richard III, and As You Like It.

Sara has a passion for Shakespeare and for making theatre with young people. She has directed Romeo and Juliet for the young company of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, and in summer 2014, served as Assistant Program Director of the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, where she directed Hamlet. She has also served as Artistic Director of the Control Group, Yale’s only experimental theatre ensemble. Sara is a graduate of the Acting Shakespeare program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a BA in theater studies.

Sara’s thesis production of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita will be presented in October 2014 at Yale School of Drama.

 

 

 

Andrej Visky, a director and performer from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he has directed Shakespeare’s As You Like It and I’m Sorry I Brought Up God by Emily Zemba. He directed Beginners by Raymond Carver, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Love at Yale Cabaret.

Andrej is a founding member of Waiting Room Project, a theatre company devoted to experimental work. During his time with the company he directed Bánk Bán by Katona József and adapted, co-directed, and performed in Karl Wittlinger’s Do You Know the Milky Way?. His performing credits include What Have You Done For Three Years?, a devised work inspired by student life in Cluj, and Faites Vos Jeux! a show based on live improvisations.

In 2011, Andrej served as an assistant director at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, where he worked with directors from Romania and the United States. He has assisted directors Robert Woodruff, Karin Coonrod, and Mihai Mâniuţiu, and was an Assistant Lecturer in acting at Babeş-Bolyai University. Andrej holds a BFA and MFA in acting from Babeş-Bolyai University, where he is currently a PhD candidate.

In January 2015, Andrej will direct his thesis production, Molière’s Don Juan, at Yale School of Drama.

 

 

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Header Photo, left to right: Jessica Holt, Sara Holdren, and Andrej Visky. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2014.