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NEW VISIONS - SCHOOL OF DRAMA DIRECTING FESTIVAL

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Part: XIV

Peter J. Kuo
Hometown: South Pasadena, CA
Current Town: New York, NY
PETER J. KUO is a theatre director, producer, and writer. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, a theatre collective that produces Los Angeles premieres of works for Asian Americans. For Artists at Play, he directed their inaugural production of Lauren Yee's Ching Chong Chinaman (Backstage Critic's Pick), and Michael Golamco's Cowboy Versus Samurai; as well as readings of Boni Alvarez's Marabella, Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, and Donald Margulies' Dinner with Friends. He has served as a director and assistant director at South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, East West Players, HB Studios, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Play Company.

Tell me about MUTT: Let’s All Talk About Race:
It’s 2013, Obama has just been re-elected, and The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. In an attempt to win the 2016 presidential electi…

Year 2

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Part XIII

Pitr Strait

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Current Town: Brooklyn, NY

Pitr Strait is a New York-based director and teacher. After graduating from The New School's MFA program, he co-founded Torn Out Theater with Alice Mottola in 2016. Prior to his work with Torn Out, he has directed numerous works by William Shakespeare, Caryl Churchill, and Don Nigro. His film work includes directing words & actions, a short film written by Allan Staples; and co-writing the story for Alexis and Bodine Boling's feature film Movement + Location, winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Brooklyn Film Festival. Pitr's education work includes both graduate and undergraduate classes at The New School, as well as Concordia Language Villages' French immersion programs.

Tell me about  Hamlet:

Hamlet, I mean, it’s only the most famous play in the English language. It’s a terrifying thing to try and sum up, let alone produce. Obviously, there are as many different interpretations of Hamlet as ther…
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Part XII: Alex Keegan


Alex Keegan
Hometown: Manhattan
Current Town: Brooklyn
Tell me about APLOMB :
Aplomb began as an idea back in 2014 – I was curious about anxiety disorder’s rising rate of diagnosis among college students, and about creating a piece developed by an all-female ensemble. So I asked nine college seniors and recent grads to join me in embarking on an experiment in process, content creation, and product. The show tracks college senior, Hayden Daniels, who begins therapy after having a dissociative panic attack at a rave in 2015 Bushwick. Over the course of the play, Hayden starts to examine her adolescence in Iowa, and her first romantic relationship in college – aiming to understand how she’s been perceiving the world through a distorted lens. I’m fascinated always by unreliable narrators; we’ve been playing with the concept of “truth” throughout this process. What does Hayden perceive to be true, how is that sense of truth then thrown off balance? I also am fascinate…