Department of Theater: 2018-2019 Visiting Artists

Fall 2018

Miranda Haymon

Miranda Haymon: Director, Eclipsed. Miranda is directing the Fall 2018 MainStage production of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed; she is also 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.

Fall 2018

Sinan Zafar

Sinan Zafar: Sound Designer, Eclipsed. Sinan Refik Zafar is a New York based sound designer and composer. His recent work includes What the Constitution Means to Me (NYTW, Berkeley Rep, Clubbed Thumb), peerless(Yale Repertory Theater), Hamlet (Waterwell), Cry It Out (Dorset Theatre Festival), Intimate Apparel (TheatreSquared), We are Proud to Present (Yale Dramat), Detroit(TheatreSquared), Richard in 9 Poses (Clubbed Thumb), Midsummer (Tiltyard), Macbeth (d. Will Frears) and Lindsey Ferrentino’s Amy and the Orphans (Carlotta Festival of New Plays). Other regional credits include O, Fallen One (Curly Cue & Co); Blood Knot (Lounge Theatre); Woyzeck (Illyrian Players); Julius Caesar (Griot Theatre). He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. SinanZafar.com

Fall 2018

Lynnette Freeman

Lynnette R. Freeman: Dialect Coach, Eclipsed. Lynnette is a multidisciplinary artist who hails from East Cleveland, Ohio. Primarily an actress, she considers herself a storyteller who uses her chosen mediums of acting, dance, and writing to reflect and celebrate human experience. She is interested in artists roles as conduits for change through their storytelling, and her aim is to help them tell their stories. She is a graduate of Brown University with a BA in Africana Studies with a focus in Creative Writing and performance, and an MFA in Acting from the Brown/Trinity Rep Conservatory. She has studied and taught Drama and Dance at Edna Manley College of the Visual and performing arts in Jamaica, W.I.  Some previous roles include Ruth in A Raisin In The Sun (Trinity Rep & Arkansas Rep), Lena in Clybourne Park (Dorset Theatre Fest./ Barrington Stage), African Woman in Waking Up (EST: River Crossing Rivers/ One-Act Marathon); Mrs. Muller in Doubt (Music Theatre of Connecticut: CT Theatre Critics Award Nomination: Best Actress), Carmen/Helene in Luz at LaMama Theatre and Reheema Abu-Salaam in the world premiere of In A Daughter's Eyes at InterAct Theatre. She has performed repeatedly with the American Slavery Project's Unheard Voices, as well as with the New Black Fest.

Fall 2018

Paul West

Paul West: Fight Choreographer, Eclipsed. Paul is a native of Vermont who studied in California and spent years on the west coast regional theater circuit; favorite roles from that period included Alan in Picnic at the Sacramento Theatre Company and Bill in Down the Road at the Pacific Repertory Theatre. He then moved back east to NYC and later to Washington DC, where he spent three years in the role of Tony Whitcomb in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. Since returning to Vermont, Paul has appeared as Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Pentangle Arts and in A Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, and Oslo at Northern Stage.

Winter 2019

Lawrence Moten

Lawrence Moten: Set Designer, Into The Woods. Lawrence Moten is a New York City based designer working on stage, film/television, dance, and concert/festival design. Lawrence has worked both in Scenic and Costume design and finds his passion lies in creating the physical worlds for stories to come alive in. New York design credits include work with The Public’s UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL, Atlantic Acting School, The New School for Drama, Houses On The Moon, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Habitat, and Mary John Frank Productions. Regional work includes Williamstown Theatre Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, and Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival. Lawrence especially enjoys work that brings the discussion and representation of minorities and marginalized people to the center of the room. This work began as a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar in undergrad but has grown into an essential part of Lawrence’s mindset and his work. Raised in Seattle, WA and San Antonio, TX; Lawrence gained an appreciation for design, art, and music early on and decided to pursue his passion for design, earning his BFA in Theatrical Production Arts: Design from Ithaca College. He lives in Manhattan and freelances across the country. Often, he can be found with a book or guitar in his hands. 

Winter 2019

Martin Schnellinger

Martin Schnellinger: Costume Designer, Into The Woods. Martin will be teaching THEA 42: Costume Design in the fall and designing the Winter 2019 MainStage musical production of Into The Woods. 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."