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A Flea in Her Ear

by Georges Feydeau, translation by David Ives

Produced by The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Collaboration with the New York University Tisch Undergraduate Drama Program

Cast:
Victor/Poche – Karthik Raj
Raymonde – Kristen Vaganos
Camille – Sam Permar
Lucienne – Ruthie Ofrasio
Dr. Finache – Hadley Phares
Tournel – Tristan Campbell
Antoinette – Isabella Pisacane
Ferraillon- Emma Hart
Olympia – Laura Holland
Eugenie – Alice Mackay
Baptiste- Athina Boutari
Don Carlos – Nathan Kastle
Rugby – Brittany Baccari
Etienne – Alex Mainolfi

Creative Team:
Costume Design – Sarah Thea
Scenic Design – Sandy Yalkin
Lighting Design – Zach Pizza
Production Manager – Ashley Nelson
Stage Manager – Audrey Marshall
Assistant Stage Manager – Gabriel Caldwell
Technical Director – Chris Orenstein

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Our Lady of 121st Street

Our Lady of 121st Street

by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Produced by The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Cast:
Victor – Jamie Taylor-Mills
Balthazar – Chris Cimperman
Father Lux – Patrick Leddy
Rooftop – Stephen McFarlane
Gale – Edan Heymann
Flip – Jason LaPenta
Inez – Raiane Cantisano
Norca – Andrea Pimentel
Edwin – Daniel Napolitano
Pinky – Jake Laurence
Marcia – Tate Kenney
Sonya – Freya Lund

Creative Team:
Costume Design – Sarah Thea
Scenic Design – Mitchell Ost
Lighting Design – Zach Pizza
Production Manager – Karen Loftus
Stage Manager – Ashley Nelson
Assistant Stage Manager – Dale Robertson
Technical Director – Jen Medina-Gray

Groovy photographs by Bailey Carr.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Produced by Stages on the Sound

Cast:
Jake Lasser – Romeo
Lucy Freyer – Juliet
Chris Callahan – Mercutio, Apothecary
Colin Asercion –  Tybalt, Paris
Mark Cooper – Servant, First Watch, Abraham
Rod Singleton –  Friar, Capulet
Liz Dailey – Nurse, Montague
Kaitlyn Schirard –  Benvolio, Lady Capulet
Tsebiyah Mishael – Balthazar, Servant
Karsten Otto – Live DJ, Prince, Peter

Creative Team:
Andreas Hager, Stage Manager
Sandy Yalkin, Set Designer
Aryna Petrashenko, Costume Designer
S. Watson, Lighting Designer
Ken Nintzel, Props Designer
Scott Barrow, Fight Choreographer
Steven Cardona, Choreographer

Thanks to Jhoch for the sweet pictures!

Romeo and Juliet played to approximately 8,000 students in the Archdiocese of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan in grades 6 to 8. It ran for four weeks in Brooklyn, Queens, and The Sheen Center Mainstage in Manhattan.

Tartuffe

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Tartuffe

by Moliere

Produced by Lafayette College Theatre

Cast:
Luis Aviles – Damis
Becky Byers – Dorine
Kristin Curley – Madame Loyal
Liza Fryman – Flipote
Rachael Hip-Flores – Madame Pernelle
Brent Knox – Laurent
Gavin Knox – Valere
Aleni Mackarey – Elmire
Matt Peters – Police Officer
Joe Rothschild – Orgon
Ethan Simmons – Cleante
Isaiah Tanenbaum – Tartuffe
Hannah Weaver – Mariane

Creative Team:
Will Lowry – Scenic Design
Kia Rogers – Lighting Design
Erin Hopwood – Costume Design
Madeline Kraft – Stage Management

Thanks to Isaiah Tanenbaum for these great pictures!

 

Hearts Like Fists

Hearts Like Fists

by Adam Szymkowicz

Produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble

Cast:
Becky Byers as Nina
Aja Houston as Sally
Rachael Hip-Flores as Jazmin
Marnie Schulenburg as Lisa
Susan Louise O’Connor as Nurse
Chinaza Uche as Peter
August Schulenburg as Dr. X
Chris Wight as Commissioner/Live DJ
Chester Poon as Ninja/ensemble
Jen Kipley as Ninja/ensemble

Creative Team:
Will Lowry, Scenic Design
Stephanie Levin, Costume Design
Kia Rogers, Lighting Design
Janie Bullard, Sound Design
Jen Kipley, Assistant Director
Jodi M. Witherell, Production Stage Manager
Technical Director, Matt Vieira
Adam Swiderski and Rocio Mendez as Fight Directors
Emily Owens, PR

Thanks to Isaiah Tanenbaum for these great pictures!

A New York Times “Critics’ Pick”

NYIT Award Nomination for Excellence in Directing

The director, Kelly O’Donnell, manages to ride herd on the proceedings, building a fine, fizzy momentum.

The New York Times

It’s goofy. It’s absurd. But it hits hard where it counts—right in the ticker.

– The Village Voice

Dog Act

Dog Act

by Liz Duffy Adams

Produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble

Cast:
Becky Byers
Liz Douglas
Lori E. Parquet
Zack Robidas
Julian Stetkevych
Chris Wight

Creative Team:
Costume Design by Lara de Bruijn
Set Design by Jason Paradine
Musical Direction by Gerard Keenan
Sound Design by Elizabeth Rhodes
Lighting Design by Kia Rogers
Stage Manager: Cat Adler-Josem

awesome pictures by Isaiah

The show’s charm lies in that insistent love of all things theatrical; if you’re susceptible to that type of puppyish enthusiasm, Dog Act will paw its way into your good graces.

– TimeOut NY

As a reviewer, I sometimes feel tired and jaded. It can seem as though everything has been said and all that’s left for theatre is different combinations of tired tropes and creaky cliches. But then I see something like Dog Act (although there really isn’t anything like Dog Act) and I am reminded of theatre’s power and beauty.

– Show Showdown

Director Kelly O’Donnell keeps things moving so briskly

– New York Magazine

Jane the Plain

Jane the Plain

by August Schulenburg

Produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble

Cast:
Becky Byers as Betty the Pretty
Sol Crespo as Lexi the Sexy
Chester Poon as Leeson the Decent
Alisha Spielmann as Jane the Plain
Isaiah Tanenbaum as Leonard the Awkward
Chinaza Uche as Scotty the Hotty

Creative Team:
Will Lowry, Scenic Design
Stephanie Levin, Costume Design
Kia Rogers, Lighting Design
Janie Bullard, Sound Design
Emily Hartford, Assistant Director
Jodi M. Witherell, Production Stage Manager
Matt Vieira, Technical Director

nifty photos by Deborah Alexander

NYIT Award Nomination for Excellence in Directing

She incorporates elements into the staging that are almost dance-like but with enough rough energy to make it seem natural. She makes the most of a simple set (five lockers and a set of bleachers, designed cleverly by Will Lowry) and finds wonderful compositions for her nimble cast.

– Theatre is Easy

Kelly O’Donnell directs Jane masterfully, balancing its fast-paced, physical sequences with slower, more intimate scenes.

– The New York Theatre Review

3Christs

3Christs

by SM DALE and BARRY ROWELL
based on The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, a psychological study by MILTON ROKEACH

Produced by Peculiar Works Project

Cast
ARTHUR AULISI
MICK HILGERS
CHRISTOPHER HURT
DARYL LATHON
CATHERINE PORTER
JENNIFER TSAY
DONALD WARFIELD

Costumes ANGELA HARNER
Lighting KIA ROGERS
Set REBECCA PHILLIPS
Sound HARRISON ADAMS
Projections LIANNE ARNOLD
Props SARA SLAGLE
Assistant Director ANNA RAHN
Lighting Consultant DAVID CASTANEDA
Technical Director MATTHEW VIEIRA
Lighting Assistant ASA LIPTON
Production Assistant TOM KELSO
Production Stage Manager HEATHER OLMSTEAD

For most of the play, [the doctor] veers from one ethically dubious stance to another. Under Kelly O’Donnell’s direction, he introduces each adjustment in protocol with the flourish of a magician.
– The New York Times

Colchester

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Colchester

by Adam Szymkowicz

A workshop, produced by Portland Center Stage (JAW Festival)

Cast:
Susan Louise O’Connor
Sharonlee Mclean
Laura Faye Smith
Danny Wolohan
Gavin Hoffman

Colchester was a workshop staged reading for Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival. Read an interview with myself and the playwright in the Oregonian here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Produced by Stages on the Sound

Cast:
Chris Herbie Holland as Puck
Rocio Mendez as Titania, Hippolyta, and Peter Quince
Matthew Schott as Bottom and Egeus
Lily Drexler as Helena, Mustardseed, and Snug
Amanda Berry as Hermia, Moth, and Starveling
Ethan Itzkow as Demetrius, Peaseblossom, and Snout
Marcus Crawford Guy as Lysander, Cobweb, and Flute
Chris Callahan as Oberon and Theseus
Isaac Haas as Fairy/Musician
Kelley Pierre as Fairy/Musician

Creative Team:
Rebecca Phillips, Scenic Design
Stephanie Levin, Costume Design
Asa Lipton, Lighting Design
Ken Nintzel, Prop Design
Karen Loftus, Production Stage Manager
Scott Barrow, Fight Director

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was performed for grades 6 through 8 in the Catholic Archdiocese of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It played for five weeks in three different venues, including The Sheen Center in Manhattan.

groovy pics by JHoch

Jacob’s House

Jacob’s House

by August Schulenburg

Produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble

Cast:
Johnna Adams
Jessica Angleskhan
Matthew Archambault
Zack Calhoon
Tiffany Clementi
Kelli Dawn-Holsopple
Bianca LaVerne Jones
Isaiah Tanenbaum
Jane Lincoln Taylor
Anthony Wills Jr.

Creative Team:
Jason Paradine, Set Design
Hannah Rose Peck, Costume Design
Kia Rogers, Lighting Design
Elizabeth Rhodes, Sound Design
Michael Eisenstein, Fight Director
Cat Adler-Josem, Assistant Director
Jodi M. Witherell, Production Stage Manager

Thanks to Isaiah Tanenbaum and
Justin Hoch for these great pictures!

Kelly O’Donnell’s savvy and fluid direction keeps the show moving effortlessly from present to past on Jason Paradine’s evocative set

– The Jewish Daily Forward

These small moments also play into the talented Kelly O’Donnell’s strengths as a visual director

– That Sounds Kul

Honey Fist

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Honey Fist

by August Schulenburg

Produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble

Cast
Matt Archambault as STU
Isaiah Tanenbaum as SAM
Chinaza Uche as SUL
Anna Rahn as RENE
Nat Cassidy as JOE
Lori E. Parquet as GRETYL

Creative Team

August Schulenburg, Playwright
Charles Murdock Lucas, Scene Designer
Will Lowry, Costume Designer
Janie Bullard, Sound Designer
Kia Rogers, Lighting Designer
Sara Slagle, Props
Jodi Witherell, Stage Manager
Matt Vieira, Technical Director
Emily Owens PR

Riding the Bull

Riding the Bull

by August Schulenburg

Produced by Theatre for the New City Cast: Elizabeth Dailey and Will Ditterline. 

That this is all done without bucking us from the saddle is due largely to the likability of the cast and Kelly O’Donnell’s intelligent direction.

– That Sounds Cool

It’s a remarkable play with a distinctive vision of America, which in this evocative, judiciously staged production boasts excellent, perfectly modulated performances

– Show Showdown

  • A Flea in Her Ear

    A Flea in Her Ear

  • Our Lady of 121st Street

    Our Lady of 121st Street

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

  • Tartuffe

    Tartuffe

  • Hearts Like Fists

    Hearts Like Fists

  • Dog Act

    Dog Act

  • Jane the Plain

    Jane the Plain

  • 3Christs

    3Christs

  • Colchester

    Colchester

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Jacob’s House

    Jacob’s House

  • Honey Fist

    Honey Fist

  • Riding the Bull

    Riding the Bull

About

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Kelly is a freelance theatre and film director, teacher, occasional performer, and co-founder of the critically-acclaimed Flux Theatre Ensemble which was recently named one of “8 Young and Mighty New York Theatre Companies” by Backstage. Select credits include Colchester by Adam Szymkowicz (Portland Center Stage, JAW), 3Christs (Peculiar Works Project), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stages on the Sound), Jane the Plain by August Schulenburg, Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz, Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams, Honey Fist, and Riding the Bull by August Schulenburg (Flux Theatre Ensemble). She has directed readings all over New York City and she has been nominated twice for Outstanding Director by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Plays that she has directed have been named “Critics’ Picks” by the New York Times, Backstage, and Theatre is Easy; and “Audience Favorite” by the Village Voice. Kelly directed four plays in 2016: A Flea in Her Ear (NYU APT Lee Strasberg School), Tartuffe (Lafayette College in Easton, PA), Romeo and Juliet (Stages on the Sound) and Our Lady of 121st Street (The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute). Kelly is currently a member of the 2015-2016 Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Observership class. Upcoming:  Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood by Adam Szymkowicz produced by Flux Theatre at The New Ohio Theater.

News

Current

Collaborating director at the 15th Annual New Dramatists PlayTime Studio, a two-week in-house retreat for five resident playwrights and their collaborators. Directing Tiny Houses by Stefanie Zadravec. Other playwrights in residence include Mia Chung, Francine Volpe, Laura Marks, and Matthew Paul Olmos.

Coming Up

Winter 2017
Directing Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood by Adam Szymkowicz at The New Ohio. Produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble.


Recent

September/October
Directed the David Ives translation of A Flea In Her Ear by Feydeau at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

September 2016

Traveled to West Virginia and Kentucky to film and interview residents of various Appalachian communities for the Catholic Committee of Appalachia’s People Pastoral. According to its website, The People Pastoral is “an open, ongoing dialogue starting in Appalachia and including its people, Earth, the church and all people of good will.”

June 2016

Directed a workshop of Beauty in My Brokenness for Chrysalis Theatre Company, an ensemble-devised piece exploring depression and the mental health system in the United States.

April/May 2016

Directed Our Lady of 121st Street by Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

March/April 2016

Directed Romeo and Juliet at Stages on the Sound, a theatre education company. The company brings professional 90-minute Shakespeare productions to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in the Archdiocese of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Plays one week in Brooklyn, two weeks in Queens, and eight performances at the Sheen Center in Manhattan.

February/March

Directed Tartuffe for the undergraduate theatre program at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Press

Below is a selection of reviews, interviews, and other miscellaneous sundries.

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“The director, Kelly O’Donnell, manages to ride herd on the proceedings, building a fine, fizzy momentum. Hurting for a laugh? These Crimefighters should save the day.” – The New York Times read full review

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“Directed by Kelly O’Donnell for the Flux Theatre Ensemble….The show shines specifically in its aggressive physicality…and the performance gets about as close to a comic book IRL as possible, with these outlandish tendencies balancing the theme’s earnestness…It’s goofy. It’s absurd. But it hits hard where it counts—right in the ticker.” – The Village Voice read full review

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“She incorporates elements into the staging that are almost dance-like but with enough rough energy to make it seem natural. She makes the most of a simple set (five lockers and a set of bleachers, designed cleverly by Will Lowry) and finds wonderful compositions for her nimble cast. – Theatre Is Easy (read full review)

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“But “3 Christs” is more tragedy than comedy, and the tragedy is Rokeach’s. Mr. Hurt does a fine job of making him both well-meaning and hubristic. For most of the play, he veers from one ethically dubious stance to another. Under Kelly O’Donnell’s direction, he introduces each adjustment in protocol with the flourish of a magician.” – The New York Times (read full review)

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“Adams and director Kelly O’Donnell, with the help of a wonderful cast and a superb creative team, bring to life an entire world, fascinating and frightening, on a small stage with limited scenery…As a reviewer, I sometimes feel tired and jaded. It can seem as though everything has been said and all that’s left for theatre is different combinations of tired tropes and creaky cliches. But then I see something like Dog Act (although there really isn’t anything like Dog Act) and I am reminded of theatre’s power and beauty.” – Show Showdown (read full review)

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“Kelly O’Donnell’s savvy and fluid direction keeps the show moving effortlessly from present to past on Jason Paradine’s evocative set, which is filled with atticlike elements: trunks, sleds, a fold-up bed; and Kia Rogers’s practical lighting achieves a neat black-and-white bleaching effect at the end.” – The Jewish Daily Forward (read full review)

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Interview with Kelly and Adam Szymkowicz in The Oregonian for Portland Center Stage JAW Festival’s reading of Colchester. Read it here.

 

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Productions


PRODUCTION
PLAYWRIGHT
PRODUCER

Upcoming: Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood
Adam Szymkowicz
The New Ohio & Flux Theatre Ensemble
A Flea In Her Ear
David Ives/Georges Feydeau
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute/NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Our Lady of 121st Street
Stephen Adly Guirgis
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, NY University
Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare
Stages on the Sound
Tartuffe
Moliere
Lafayette College
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare
Stages on the Sound
3 Christs
Barry Rowell & SM Dale
Peculiar Works Project
Jane the Plain
August Schulenburg
Flux Theatre Ensemble
*NYIT Award Nomination for Directing
Hearts Like Fists
Adam Szymkowicz
Flux Theatre Ensemble
*NY Times Critics’ Pick
*NYIT Theatre Award Nomination for Directing
Honey Fist
August Schulenburg
Flux Theatre Ensemble
Dog Act
Liz Duffy Adams
Flux Theatre Ensemble
Jacob’s House
August Schulenburg
Flux Theatre Ensemble
The Angel Eaters Trilogy, part 3
Johnna Adams
Flux Theatre Ensemble
Life is a Dream
Pedro Calderón de la Barco
Riding the Bull
August Schulenburg
Theatre for the New City
Rue
August Schulenburg
Theatre for the New City

 
 

Workshops and Readings


PRODUCTION
PLAYWRIGHT
PRODUCER

Upcoming: New Dramatists Playtime Lab
Stefanie Zadravec
New Dramatists, NYC
Colchester
Adam Szymkowicz
Portland Center Stage, Oregon
Beauty in My Brokenness
Ensemble-Devised
Chrysalis Theatre
Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood
Adam Szymkowicz
Flux Theatre, Flux Forward Play Development
Razor Wire
Derek Trumbo
Voices Inside/Out
Live Sex Therapy Show
Daniel Packard
Sundance Productions
Stop the Gun Violence Theatre Festival
Several writers
Chrysalis Theatre
Pussy Fest: The Reckoning
Several writers
Caps Lock Productions
Promised Land
Andrew P., 167577
Voices Inside/Out
Hansel and Gretyl
Mac Rogers
Flux Theatre Food:Soul
This Storm is What We Call Progress
Jason Grote
Flux Theatre Food:Soul
Masterpiece
Sheila Callaghan
The Brick
Wet, or Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitudes
Liz Duffy Adams
Flux Theatre Food:Soul

 
 

Recognition & Awards


  • Founding Creative Partner of Flux Theatre Ensemble
  • Flux Theatre Ensemble named one of “8 Young (and Mighty) NYC Theatre Companies” in 2015
  • 2015-2016 Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Observership class
  • New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Excellence in Directing for Jane the Plain by August Schulenburg
  • New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Excellence in Directing for Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz
  • Village Voice “Audience Fringe Favorite Award” for Riding the Bull by August Schulenburg
  • Three NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominations for Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams: Set design (Jason Paradine), Featured Actress (Becky Byers), and Original Music (Gerard Keenan)
  • Two NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominations for Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz: Featured Actress (Becky Byers) and Fight Choreography (Rocio Mendez & Adam Swiderski)
  • Two NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominations for Jane the Plain by August Schulenburg: Lighting Design (Kia Rogers) Sound Design (Janie Bullard)

 
Assisting/Shadowing: John Rando, workshop; Joel Zwick, shadow on Disney’s Girl Meets World in Hollywood.

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