Research Keywords

  • The creative process
  • Shakespeare
  • Political theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • New work
  • Movement
  • Dramaturgy
  • Devised theatre
  • Collaboration
  • Classics
  • Acting, Directing

Creative Research

  • Actor, Reading of THE ROBERTASSEY by Kathleen Cahill | Unitarian Church Fundraiser, Salt Lake City, UT Performance, completed 05/25/2019.
  • Actor, THE ROBERTASSEY (New Play Sounding Series Reading) Director: Penelope Caywood Actors: Joe Crnich, Olivia Custodio, Alexandra Harbold, Robert Scott Smith Reader: Valerie Kittel Stage Manager: Miranda Giles Roberta Mahoney is 40, unemployed, and taking a trip to Dublin, her father’s birthplace, with his ashes in her suitcase. Her pregnant sister Carol, talked her into it. Roberta hated her father, Hiker, an alcoholic veterinarian who loved animals – especially a pet skunk – more than his family. Roberta arrives in Dublin but her suitcase doesn’t. Her trip turns into a magical mystery tour and the lost suitcase comes to represent her life of loses –her inability to develop intimate relationships, or to find something to do in life that matters to her – all caused, she believes, by her alcoholic father who keeps appearing, carrying her suitcase and singing his old songs. She meets a woman in a second hand clothing store with a skunk’s tail, a hotel concierge who shows up wearing Roberta’s shoes, and two baggage handlers named Garth and Aemon, who insist they are different people but who look exactly alike; one of them seduces her with his “orphic songs.” Everyone in Dublin seems to be involved in Roberta’s predicament. THE ROBERTASSEY is a comedy about grief, loss and love; a comical metaphor for the process of learning how to live. As the recorded voice in the lost luggage department says: “Please continue to hold. Don’t give up. Hold on for as long as you possibly can.“ SLAC thanks the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation for their generous support of this vital program. Performance, completed 04/29/2019.
    https://www.saltlakeactingcompany.org/about/itemli...
  • Co-Creator, THE LIVE CREATURE & ETHEREAL THINGS Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory ‘the live creature and ethereal things’ is a journey of the imagination for all ages. This dance performance is inspired by the mission of the Red Fred Project, founded by Dallas Graham, which gives voice to young creatives living in extraordinary circumstances. This magical adventure transports you past the threshold of the ordinary into a world of fantastical possibilities and asks, “if you could tell a story and share it with the entire world, what story would you tell?” Guest performer Robert Scott Smith joins the Company on this curious, shapeshifting, and theatrical quest. Storytelling in both English and Spanish, ‘the live creature and ethereal things’ explores how all of our voices and stories matter, and how our intimate social connections weave the pattern of our lives and happiness. Choreography by Artistic Director Daniel Charon, storyline in collaboration with Alexandra Harbold and Robert Scott Smith of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory, and original score created by John Paul Hayward. additional support provided by Mary Jane O'Connor, the Price Family Foundation, and Zions Bank music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Curatorial/Production, completed 02/02/2019.
    https://ririewoodbury.com/performances/2018-2019-s...
  • Director, Plan-B Theatre Script-in-Hand series reading of DONNA by Jenifer Nii Company Colleen Baum, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, April Fossen, Yolanda Stange Stage Manager Cate Heiner A re-imagining of DON QUIXOTE: modern-day women find and face their own windmills – which, it turns out, warrant more than tilting. From the author of WALLACE (co-written with Debora Threedy, 2010), THE SCARLET LETTER (2012), SUFFRAGE (2013), RUFF! (2015), KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2016) and THE WEIRD PLAY (2018). Curatorial/Production, completed 10/24/2018.
    https://planbtheatre.org/scriptinhandseries/
  • Director, a public staged reading of 'At the Bottom' by Christopher Madsen A flop house in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of a large city is home to a rag-tag group of people struggling to survive from one day to the next. When a mysterious stranger comes to live there, he brings hope to the hardscrabble lives of the residents. Adapted from Russian playwright Maxim Gorky’s classic play ‘The Lower Depths’, ‘At The Bottom’ shines a light on those living at the margins who are, almost literally, invisible to the rest of society. Reimagined for the 21st century, with elements of the fantastic, the play explores the tension between pessimism and hope and asks which is better, the truth, or the comforting lie? "At the Bottom" will be produced by Pinnacle Acting Company Fall of 2019 Special Thanks to Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks, Salt Lake City Arts Council, and Utah Humanities Curatorial/Production, completed 10/15/2018.
    http://www.pinnacleactingcompany.org
  • Director, Salt Lake Acting Company's production of 'The Wolves' by Sarah DeLappe Curatorial/Production, completed 10/10/2018.
    https://saltlakeactingcompany.org/
  • Dramaturg, Pioneer Theatre Company's production of 'Oslo' by J.T. Rogers | Director Karen Azenberg Curatorial/Production, completed 09/14/2018.
    http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/2018-2019-sea...
  • Director, Pinnacle Acting Company's production of 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare June 14-16, 22-23, 29-30 at 7:30PM 2:00PM matinee on June 30 Courage Theatre, Westminster College Curatorial/Production, completed 06/30/2018.
    http://www.pinnacleactingcompany.org
  • Co-Director with Flying Bobcat Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Robert Scott Smith, the world premiere production of JUMP by Austin Archer. JUMP was a a Plan-B co-production with Flying Bobcat in partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. Curatorial/Production, completed 04/15/2018.
    https://planbtheatre.org/jump/
  • Actor, Sackerson's Late Night Play Reading: 'There's an Ocean to Swim In' by Matthew Ivan Bennett, Hosted by Sackerson and Plan-B Theatre. It's about a woman who gets pregnant before she's ready, finding yourself spiritually, and unrequited love. PLAYWRIGHT: Matthew Ivan Bennett DIRECTOR: Shawn Francis Saunders ACTORS: Eliza Shoell, Alexandra Harbold, and Robert Nelson Performance, scheduled 03/02/2018.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/147955699184283/
  • Dramaturg, Salt Lake Acting Company's Playwrights' Lab 2018 |DEATH OF A DRIVER with Playwright Will Snider, Director Kareem Fahmy, Actors Cassandra Stokes-Wiley and Patrick Ssenjovu, and Stage Manager Jennie Sant SLAC Playwrights' Lab 2018 also included: SPARKS FLY UPWARD by Eleanor Burgess Director - Tlaloc Rivas Dramaturg - Megan Monaghan Rivas Actors - Latoya Cameron, Tony Campisi, Merry Magee, Topher Rasmussen, William Richardson Stage Manager - Ash Crystal Resource Artists: Adam Booth (Storyteller) Mark Bly (Dramaturg) David Kranes (Playwright/New Play Development Guru) Camille Litalien (Movement Specialist) Shannon Robert (Scenic Design) Steffan Soule (Stage Magician) Curatorial/Production, completed 02/25/2018.
    https://saltlakeactingcompany.org/new-play-develop...
  • Actor, UtahPresents' reading of 'Molly Sweeney' by Brian Friel in partnership with the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and the Department of Theatre | Cast/credits: Molly Sweeney – Alexandra Harbold Mr. Rice – Mark Fossen Frank Sweeney – Nico Cheek-O’Donnell Reader – Gretchen Case Dramaturg – Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell Dialect Coach – Sarah Shippobotham Director – Robin Wilks-Dunn Performance, completed 02/02/2018.
    https://utahpresents.org/uncategorized/molly-sween...
  • Director, University of Utah's Department of Theatre production of 'You Never Can Tell' by George Bernard Shaw | Babcock Theatre Stage Manager Kallie Erickson Dramaturg/Assistant Director Kali Scott Set Design Halee Rasmussen Costume Design Kerstin Anderson Davis Hair and Makeup Design Amanda French Properties Design Arika Schockmel Lighting Design David Butterballs De Carolis Sound Design Gavin Yehle Choreographer Aaron Eskelson Fight Choreographer Adriana Lemke Production Dialect Coach Sarah Shippobotham with Kali Scott Assistant Stage Managers Chloe Mason, Allison Harkness Communications Maven: Josiane Dubois Producer: Gage Williams Company Lindsie Kongsore, Jesse Klick, Payton Bowen, Kalla Nielsen, Mary-Helen Pitman, Morgan Werder, PJ Volk, Louis Hillegass IV, Brandt Garber , Jake Watt, Gavin Yehle, Jacob Weitlauf Curatorial/Production, completed 11/19/2017.
    http://theatre.utah.edu/productions/you-never-can-...
  • Dramaturg, Pioneer Theatre Company's regional premiere of the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' A play by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon Director Karen Azenberg Curatorial/Production, completed 09/30/2017.
    http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/2017-2018-sea...
  • Director, Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory and Sackerson's Co-production of 'How Long Can You Stand on the Train Tracks: a game for two sisters' by Morag Shepherd | Company Merry Magee, Nicki Nixon, Shaun Saunders, Robert Scott Smith | Stage Manager Macarena Subiabre, Sound Designer Adam Day, Lighting Designer Martin C. Alcocer, Co-Producers Dave Mortensen, Alex Ungerman, Special Thanks to Gage Williams and the University of Utah Department of Theatre Curatorial/Production, completed 07/16/2017.
    https://sackerson.org/project/train-tracks
  • Actor, Salt Lake Acting Company's production of 'Hand to God' by Robert Askins | Director Christopher DuVal | Company Daniel Beecher, Alexandra Harbold*, Riley O'Toole*, Nathan Vaughn, Amy Ware* * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Performance, completed 05/14/2017.
    http://saltlakeactingcompany.org/this-season/item/...
  • Director, Plan-B Theatre Company's Script-in-hand series reading of 'The Art of Floating' by Jenny Kokai | Company: Anne Cullimore Decker, Kay Shean, Amy Ware, Benjamin Young | Stage Manager/Reader: Michael Scott Johnson | Director Alexandra Harbold Curatorial/Production, completed 02/22/2017.
    http://planbtheatre.org/scriptinhandseries/
  • Actor, Pioneer Theatre Company’s Play-by-Play reading of 'i' by Jeff Talbott Director Wes Grantom | Company Colleen Baum, Susanna Florence Risser, Todd Gearhart, Alexandra Harbold | Stage Manager John Geertsen Performance, completed 01/2017.
    http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/2016-2017-sea...
  • Actor, a staged reading of 'INFORMED CONSENT' by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Utah Presents in partnership with the University of Utah Department of Theatre and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. An electrifying new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, "Informed Consent" is a powerful examination of medical ethics and the sometimes-murky lines between privacy and research. This staged reading featuring U of U Theatre faculty suggests that we question the lengths to which we might go to save a life. Performance, completed 11/18/2016.
    https://tickets.utah.edu/uncategorized/informed-co...
  • Director, University of Utah Department of Theatre's production of SELF DEFENSE, OR DEATH OF SOME SALESMEN by Carson Kreitzer, Performing Arts Building | Studio 115, October 21-30, 2016 Curatorial/Production, completed 10/2016.
    http://theatre.utah.edu/productions/self-defense-o...
  • Dramaturg, Pioneer Theatre Company presents the regional premiere of THE LAST SHIP | Music & Lyrics by Sting | Book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey | Directed by Karen Azenberg | September 16-October 1, 2016 Curatorial/Production, completed 10/2016.
    http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/2016-2017-sea...
  • Director/Co-Deviser, the Utah Pride Center's 2016 'Sapphire Spectacular - A Sensory Experience!' presented by Mark Miller Subaru. Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory provided the entertainment for the Sapphire Spectacular gala dinner and awards presentation for the 2016 Dr. Kristen Ries Community Service Award, and the Pete Suazo Political Action Award. Curatorial/Production, completed 06/01/2016.
    https://utahpridecenter.org/event/sapphire-spectac...
  • Actor, Pygmalion Theatre Company production of REMINGTON & WEASEL by L.L. West, Director Robin Wilks-Dunn, April 22-May 7, 2016. Performance, completed 05/2016.
    http://pygmalionproductions.org/about/past-product...
  • Director, The Grand Theatre's American Classic Series production of PICNIC by William Inge, March 17-April 2, 2016. Curatorial/Production, completed 04/2016.
    http://grandtheatrecompany.com/
  • Director, the World Premiere production of CLIMBING WITH TIGERS, Adapted for the stage by Troy Deutsch, based on the book by Nathan Glad and Dallas Graham, Salt Lake Acting Company in collaboration with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory and the Red Fred Project, March 4-26, 2016. Curatorial/Production, completed 03/2016.
    http://saltlakeactingcompany.org/this-season/item/...
  • Dramaturg, Pioneer Theatre Company's production of AN INSPECTOR CALLS by J.B. Priestley, Directed by Mary Robinson, February 19-March 5, 2016. Curatorial/Production, completed 03/2016.
    http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/2015-2016-sea...
  • Director, the Utah Premiere of Nina Raine's TRIBES at Salt Lake Acting Company, October 21 – November 15, 2015. Curatorial/Production, completed 10/2015.
    http://www.saltlakeactingcompany.org/this-season/i...
  • Director, Workshop of Troy Deutsch's CLIMBING WITH TIGERS | Salt Lake Acting Company. Curatorial/Production, completed 09/2015.
    http://www.saltlakeactingcompany.org/this-season/i...
  • Director, Salt Lake Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL in the Babcock Theatre, July 9- 12 & 15-18, 2015. Curatorial/Production, completed 07/2015.
    http://www.theatre.utah.edu/event/twelfth-night/
  • Dramaturg, Pioneer Theatre Company's production of I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnick, Director Art Manke (March 20-April 4, 2015). Curatorial/Production, completed 03/2015.
    http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/2014-2015-sea...
  • Actor, Pioneer Theatre Company's Play-By-Play series reading of SLOW FOOD by Wendy MacLeod, Director Julie Kramer, March 6 and 7, 2015. Performance, completed 03/2015.
    http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/press-rel...
  • Actor, the world premiere production of TWO STORIES by Elaine Jarvik at Salt Lake Acting Company (February 4-March 1, 2015). Performance, completed 02/2015.
    http://utahculturalalliance.org/2015/01/19/two-sto...

Presentations

  • Flying Bobcat, Pecha Kucha 20x20 | Salt Lake City | Vol. 28 PechaKucha Night v28, a night co-curated with PechaKucha Night SLC and Nathan Webster, Architect/NOW-ID (and former PechaKucha Night SLC co-organizer). Presentation, Presented, 05/31/2019.
    https://www.pechakucha.com/cities/salt-lake-city/e...

Publications