Current Directing Fellows


Classical  New York  Hangar  Musical  Film/TV


Classical Directing Fellows



RAZ GOLDEN is an East Coast-based stage director of new plays and classics. Recent directing credits include regional work in the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Studio: East ot the Sun, In The Same Space, If You Want My Heart (Come and Take It), and in Pittsburgh; Guts: A New Musical (Turnaround Theatre Co.), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Scotch’n’Soda Theatre). Assistant directing credits include; Long Lost (dir. Daniel Sullivan), Emma and Max (dir. Todd Solondz), Dangerous House (dir. Saheem Ali), and Crowns (dir. Regina Taylor). He is a member of the 2018 Williamstown Directing Corps, a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow, and an alumnus of the McCarter Theatre Directing internship and City Theatre Directing Observership. BA: Carnegie Mellon University.




TAI THOMPSON is a New York City-based multidisciplinary artist. Tai has assisted on large-scale productions throughout the US includingAmparo -- an immersive walk through Cuba's revolutionary war, 3/Fifths -- a macabre carnival and cabaret set in SupremacyLand, and the site-specific history series set in historic motels across Miami -- Miami Motel Stories: Little Havana and Miami Motel Stories: MiMo. She wrote and directed the comedic one-woman play Not Quite Ripe and is currently writing Lucky, which focuses on what it really means to love and how one family's inability to successfully share it affects their community. She is a 2018 SDCF Observer assisting Timothy Douglas on The Color Purple at Portland Center Stage. She was also a 2018 inaugural NAMT Observer assisting Stephen Brackett on the new musical A.D. 16. Tai holds degrees in Studio Art and Theatre from Florida State University.




New York Directing Fellows



NJ AGWUNA is a theatre and film director. She approaches theatre with curiosity and wonder, believing that theatre can not only heal us, but show us all the possibilities of the world that we inhabit. She has worked on a national and international scale exploring classic text, developing new plays, devising, and investigating new ways to explore trauma and mental illness through theatre. Some of NJ's credits include immersive work with Third Rail Projects and Punchdrunk, Harold Pinter's One for the Road as part of the Segal Center's Re-Reading Oppression, Julius Caesar, Theatreworks USA's Freedom Train National Tour, Endangered: the ECO Musical (AD), and What She Found (won Best Drama at FRIGID). She is currently developing a new rock musical, Only Human, and is a teaching artist with Tectonic. Directing MFA: Columbia University, SDC Associate. www.njagwuna.com



CHIKA IKE is a theatre director. Recent productions include the world premieres of A Swell in the Ground, Franklinland, In the Blood, No Child...Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea, and Don’t Smoke in Bed. She has also worked with The Public Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Victory Gardens, About Face Theatre Company, Chicago Inclusion Initiative, Chicago Dramatists, Prologue Theatre Company, and the Chicago Home Theatre Festival. She has received the SDCF Gielgud Directing Fellowship, the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellowship, and Victory Garden’s Directors Initiative. She is a proud ensemble member with the Gift Theatre where she also serves as the director of the 4802 New Play Residency Program. Current and upcoming projects include Kentucky by Leah Winkler (Gift Theatre), and The Death of the Last Black Man... by Suzan-Lori Parks. www.chikavike.com




REBECCA MARZALEK-KELLY is a Brooklyn-based director and choreographer. Her work has been seen at BAM (Fisher), The Public Theater, PS122, BRIC House, The Bushwick Starr, and Terminal 5. She's directed multiple productions with the experimental company Fovea Floods. Directing highlights include Fasten and The Turn of the Screw. She assistant directed with LAByrinth Theater while in residence at The Public Theater. As a guest artist at Skidmore College, she directed Who Will Carry the Word and Let the Right One In. Most recently she was a directing observer on Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theatre, observing Rachel Chavkin. Through TCG and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she’s a three-time Leadership U(niversity) Serving the Field grant recipient. Her training includes Williamstown Theatre Festival, SITI Company Summer Intensive, SDC Foundation Observership Class, and Skidmore College. Member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.



LINDSEY HOPE PEARLMAN is a Brooklyn-based director and writer. As a director, her work has been seen at The O’Neill Theatre Center, The Flea, Goodspeed Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, The Adobe Rose Theatre, Dixon Place, and Barn Arts Collective. Her play Lucy received an EST/Sloan Commission and was performed by an international devising ensemble. Her play Viv is for Vengeance received an Honorable Mention from the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award. Her viral video "Make America Great Again" has been viewed over 20 million times on Facebook and YouTube. Assistant Director: Bandstand on Broadway (directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler - TONY Award, Best Choreography 2017). SDC Associate Member and 2-time SDC Observer. Co-Artistic Director, Up & Down Theatre Company. Graduate, London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) B.A Hamilton College. Upcoming: MacGyver the Musicalwww.lindseyhopepearlman.com



Hangar Directing Fellows



SHARIFA ELKADY is a trans Egyptian-American director from Charleston, SC. She is the artistic director and founder of Sojourner Stage Theatre Company as well as a 2018-2019 Directing Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Directing Credits include: 3:59AM: A Drag Race for Two Actors by Marco Ramirez, In The Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange, Fugue In A Nursery by Harvey Fierstein, Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, Harriet Tubman Visits A Therapist by Carolyn Gage, The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, and Same Time Same Place by Tasha Gordon-Solmon. Recent assistant directing credits include: Pipeline (Steve H. Broadnax III), A Doll's House Part 2 (Pirronne Yousefzadeh), The Corpse Washer (Mark Brokaw), The Santaland Diaries (Meredith Mcdonough), Dracula(Drew Fracher) and The Royale (Sharon Graci). She has also completed internships at Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont and Theater J in Washington, D.C. Elkady graduated cum laude from Winthrop University with a B.A. in theatre performance and a minor in sociology.



ISMAEL LARA, Jr. is a Latinx director from Southeast Texas. He champions work that aids the fight against injustice and creates a bridge between underrepresented communities and the theatrical institution. Selected Directing credits: And All the Dead Lie Down by Harrison David Rivers (Convergence-Continuum, workshop), Aunt Leaf (Cleveland Play House), The Mint Play (Cleveland Public Theatre). Selected Assistant credits: Guards at the TajMiss Bennet: Christmas at PemberleyJunkThe Chinese Lady (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), The Family Claxon (Cleveland Public Theatre, World Premiere). He has worked with San Francisco Shakespeare, Faultline Theater, TASC CLE, Ensemble Theatre, French Creek and Playwrights Local. Ismael is part of the 18/19 SDC Observership Class and will be attending Northwestern to receive his MFA in Directing beginning Fall 2019.



AMANDA McRAVEN directs and produces collaborative, feminist, socially-conscious theater and performance. Director: 16 Winters or The Bear’s Tale (American Shakespeare Center), Penelope, (California Repertory Theater), The Pliant GirlsMacbethAntigone (Fugitive Kind), Much Ado About Nothing (Manawatu Summer Shakespeare, NZ), Famine Plays (Theatre of Note), The WolvesThe Seagull (University of Virginia), She Kills MonstersBlind Mouth Singing (Cal State Long Beach), Arcadia (Cal State Northridge). Assistant Director: The Clean House (Lincoln Center Theater), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Hamlet (South Coast Repertory), The Merry Wives of WindsorRoom Service (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Red Noses (The Actors’ Gang). Fulbright Award (Community-based Theater, New Zealand), LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award (The Pliant Girls), SDC Associate, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, MFA UC Irvine. amandamcraven.com



SOPHIA WATT is the associate director at Rec Room Arts and a freelance director in Houston, Texas. Directing credits include: The Effect (Match), Oleanna, The Visit and Creatures of Habit (The Landing Theatre Company), Hedda Gabler (part of Rec Room’s artist residency), Three Sisters (University of Houston, guest artist). She has assistant directed for Theresa Rebeck at the Alley Theatre, and James Bohnen and Bill Brown at the University of Houston. She is an artistic associate with Titan Theatre Company and an alumni of Barn Arts Residency, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and SDCF observership class 2016-2018. BFA: The Hartt School. MFA: University of Houston. Sophiawatt.com



The Leo Shull Musical Directing Fellow



BEN RANDLE recently relocated to NYC, after spending 15 years in San Francisco creating original musicals and plays, as well as directing West Coast and regional premieres. For four seasons, he was Artistic Associate at New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC), San Francisco. Recent World Premieres include Plover by Ryan Fogarty (2018 Samuel French Festival), Salome, Dance for Me, an original glam rock musical he conceived and directed by trixxie carr with SF Opera's Robert Mollicone (NCTC), Sagittarius Ponderosa by MJ Kaufman (NCTC), Warplay and Into the Clear Blue Sky by JC Lee. Regional premieres include Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam and The Submission by Jeff Talbott (NCTC). Other credits include Sweeney Todd (Ray of Light Theatre), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Douglas Morrison Theatre). Ben has worked at California Shakespeare Theater, Aurora Theatre, ZSpace, and West Edge Opera. B.A.: San Francisco State University. Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow 2017-2018. Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.


Directing Fellow in Film/Television



JAKI BRADLEY is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects: Good Men Wanted, Radio Island (NY Stage and Film), 1969: The Second Man (NYTW Next Door), Breeders (NLTP, TONY Critic's Pick), and Mama Metallica (Denver Center New Play Summit). She has developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Goodspeed Musicals, Arena Stage, and Ars Nova. As an associate, she worked with Chris Ashley, Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, and Daniel Aukin. She has been a member of the Civilians R&D Group, an Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova, Drama League Artist-in-Residence, member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Her first feature film, an LGBTQ+ thriller set on Fire Island, is currently in post-production. jakibradley.com