Episode 10: HWS Theatre Edition
Ahead of the opening of the 2019-20 season at the McDonald Theatre, the Colleges’ Theatre Department faculty joins President Joyce P. Jacobsen on the latest episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast.
Associate Professors Chris Hatch, Heather May and Chris Woodworth discuss The Breach (which premieres Thursday, Nov. 7); their work as actors, playwrights and directors; and their efforts to build a new era in theatre at the Colleges, engaging students, faculty, staff and local community members in a wide range of productions.
A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Hatch has extensive stage experience, acting in professional productions with companies such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Lyric Opera, among others. Hatch earned a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as a certificate from the Stage Internazionale Di Commedia Dell’Arte in Italy. Since joining the HWS faculty in 2010, he has taught a wide range of courses in the Theatre Department including a study-abroad program in Bali. Currently chair of the Theatre Department, Hatch has also directed a number of campus productions, including Twelfth Night, Boeing Boeing, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
A member of the HWS faculty since 2013, May is the founder and artistic director of Mosaic NY, a company of student actors that works to create performances that celebrate diversity, provoke dialogue, develop community and encourage the active pursuit of social justice. May is the inaugural recipient of the HWS faculty’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, has served on the Strategic Diversity Planning Committee and was a Fisher Center Research Fellow during the 2014-15 academic year. This summer, May won a critics choice award at the PortFringe Festival in Portland, Maine. She earned a B.A. with honors in theatre from Grinnell, an M.A. in drama from Washington University and a Ph.D. in theatre and drama from Indiana University.
Woodworth, who is affiliated with the Colleges’ Women’s Studies and American Studies programs, joined the HWS faculty in 2013, teaching courses exploring theatre history, African American theatre, feminist theatre and criticism. A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Woodworth holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University, an M.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. Her co-edited book, Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor, was published in 2015. Her criticism has appeared widely in national journals and her scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Theatre Symposium, Theatre History Studies and Theatre Annual, as well as several anthologies. Her extensive work as a director includes professional, community and youth theatre productions, many in the Geneva area.