Welcoming Fall 2018 Guest Artists and Visiting Faculty

The Deparment of Theater is delighted to be welcoming two remarkable Visiting Artists to the department for the Fall 2018 term: Director Miranda Haymon and Costume Designer Martin Schnellinger will be arriving on campus in September!

Guest Director and Visiting Artist Miranda Haymon will direct the Fall 2018 MainStage production of Mfoniso Udofia's powerful new play Sojourners; she will also be guest-lecturing with Professor Laurie Churba's fall term "Contemporary Practices in American Theater" Senior Seminar. A director and curator of performance originally from Boston, Haymon was the 2017/18 Directing Fellow at New York's Roundabout Theatre Company and is now an artist-in-residence with the same company. She is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Performance Director at The Hodgepodge Group, an interdisciplinary, intersectional, insurrectional performance duo. She was an Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, and received a 2018 Princess Grace Award/Honoraria in Theater. Her work has been seen at Fresh Ground Pepper, The New Ohio Theatre, The Tank, Soho Rep, The Movement Theatre Company and more. Haymon is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing.

Miranda's theatre is radically inclusive, fundamentally multi-voiced, oriented towards sparking dialogue and in direct conversation with the current American state of affairs.

Visiting Artist and Guest Designer Martin Schnellinger, meanwhile, will be teaching THEA 42: Costume Design in the fall, after which he will be the Costume Designer for our Winter 2019 MainStage musical production. Martin is a New York City-based artist; his Broadway credits include Associate Costume Designer on Finding NeverlandWaitress the Musical, and Bandstand. Other NYC designs include Doctor Faustus (Classic Stage Company), AWFUL EVENT! (Ars Nova Theatre), House Rules and ALAMAT: Stories of Philippine Gold (Ma-Yi), A Bright Room Called Day (Columbia Stages), Pains of Youth (Cake Shop Theatre), Relevance (MCC Theatre, associate), The Killer (Theatre for a New Audience, associate), and additional work with Target Margin & New York Musical Theatre Festival. Regionally, Martin has designed for Yale Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, and GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC; he also ran the costume stock at Washington National Opera.

Martin's website declares: "I was raised on a farm in Ohio. I believe in collaboration based on mutual respect and trust in each other's inherent talent. I believe in hard work. I believe in insisting that good design does not come at the cost of good humor."