This fall, Molly returned to Mary Baldwin University as Guest/Visiting Faculty with the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program. In August, she collaborated with Assistant Professor Doreen Bechtol to co-teach the summer term module on devising for the current MFA company, Bards Ablaze Theatre Collective. She also co-directed their devised show titled #ThursdayNext. In Fall term, Molly is co-teaching REN670 (Dramaturgy) for the M.Litt program as well, in collaboration with Dr. Kerry Cooke.
Molly appeared as a guest on The Hurly Burly Shakespeare Show at the invitation of hosts Aubrey Whitlock and Jess Hamlet to talk about First Quarto Hamlet and all the ways it is awesome. The episode is available online and is also available through iTunes, Stitcher, etc. Please listen and subscribe today!
Molly had the tremendous honor and pleasure of serving as the Assistant Director for Antigone the American Shakespeare Center's Hand of Time national touring company. This production will tour the United States throughout 2018-2019 before returning to the Blackfriars Playhouse in April 2019 to be in residence for the Spring Season. Click here to find out more about this production or to book the tour to come to your university, high school, or hometown!
After a rewarding winter in Omaha, Molly returned to the warmth of Virginia and directed Sophie Treadwell's Machinal for Mary Baldwin University's undergraduate theatre as part of the May Term intensive course in Theatrical Production.
Molly is thrilled to be working as Visiting Theatre Instructor/Artist-in-Residence at College of Saint Mary (Omaha, NE) for Spring semester, where she will be teaching devised theatre and company collaboration, through the development of a new devised performance based on "The Enchanted Bluff" by Willa Cather. For more details, see click here!
In collaboration with the Staunton Irregulars, Molly will be co-directing Paul Menzer's new play Robin Hood is Dead in the stunning outdoor theatre space at Oak Grove (Staunton, VA). She will also be performing as Seasons in this production. This performance will be part of the biennial Blackfriars Conference hosted by the American Shakespeare Center in late October.
Molly is currently Visiting/Guest Faculty at Mary Baldwin University (Staunton, VA) in the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program. She is pleased to be collaborating with assistant professor Doreen Bechtol to direct Beyond(er) for Motley Shakespeare Players, the 2017-2018 MFA company. This new devised performance draws inspiration from As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, Dr. Faustus, Knight of the Burning Pestle, and Pericles and explores the tensions and joys of being happy while we wait for happiness.
Molly is thrilled to be returning to American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp to direct Fletcher and Massinger's Sea Voyage in Session I. This will be Molly's third summer directing for camp!
Molly is excited to announce that she is the first-ever two-time recipient of the Andrew Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis at Mary Baldwin University. She is proud to receive this award for her MFA thesis titled "This Is and Is Not Cressida: Un-Writing the Un-Documented Object," which explores object-oriented ontology, feminism, and cyborg theatre through the lens of her work of #fivebodytroilus with Compass Shakespeare Ensemble.
Molly will be attending the Shakespeare Association of American annual conference in Atlanta, GA. She is part of the "Shakespeare and the Anthropocene" working group and will be presenting a paper on reciprocal performing objects and cyborg interventions into Shakespearean performance praxis. This paper grow out of her work on Quietus: A Variation on Q1 and Troilus and Cressida (images available on her "Directing Portfolio" page).
January & February 2017
Molly is currently preparing to play Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Compass Shakespeare Ensemble (the 2016-2017 MFA Company at Mary Baldwin University in conjunction with the American Shakespeare Center), directed by John Bellomo. She is also co-directing and choreographing a production of Lorca's Blood Wedding (translated by Caridad Svich) with Doreen Bechtol for Mary Baldwin University's undergraduate department.
November & December 2016
Molly is directing a five-bodied Troilus and Cressida for Compass Shakespeare Ensemble, Staunton, VA. This small-scale, 90 minute production uses an economy of actor bodies in collaboration with several key performing objects to magnify the scale of Shakespeare's epic and anti-heroic narrative
Molly travels home to New York City at the beginning of the month for an intensive First Folio workshop with Shakespeare Ensemble. She'll also spend time at NYC's Crossing the River Festival, seeing Romeo Castellucci's Julius Caesar: Spared Parts and Forced Entertainment's Tomorrow's Parties.
July & August 2016
Molly is thrilled to be directing A Midsummer Night's Dream for Session I of the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA. This one hour cut will feature the extraordinary talents of 11 teenage actors, developed over the course of their intensive three weeks of study at the ASC. Molly will also be teaching workshops in Laban and Viewpoints throughout both sessions of camp.
Molly is the proud recipient of the 2016 Andrew Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis at Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University). She received this honor for her work on her M.Litt thesis entitled "The Prosthetic Hamlet: Reciprocal Performing Objects and Cyborgs in Q1."
Thanks to generous funding from Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University), Molly will spend a week in London to observe Forced Entertainment's London premiere of Complete Works: A Tabletop Shakespeare at the Barbican Centre. She will see 24 of 26 performances as a research initiative for her practice-as-research M.Litt thesis, provisionally titled "The Prosthetic Hamlet: Reciprocal Performing Objects and Cyborgs in Q1."
January & February 2016
Molly is currently the assistant director for Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Doreen Becthol, for Mary Baldwin College's undergraduate theatre department.