Caitlin Ryan O’Connell will be directing Shelley Fort in a piece for the Dragon’s Egg Presents concert at Triskelion, in Brooklyn, on September 24th, at 2 pm. Contact Marya at email@example.com for information and for tickets ($15). Do come! xo m
Caitlin Ryan O’Connell is a theatre director and teaching artist focused on creating work that reflects the immediacy of our current social, cultural, environmental, and political life. Her work attempts to excavate the collision of all the minds and bodies in the room to generate a collective story. Originally from Waterville Valley, New Hampshire she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, LCT3, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Company, and Clubbed Thumb. In 2010, she conceived and directed A World of Girls, an original play based on interviews with teenage girls from twenty-two countries worldwide. At Brown/Trinity Rep Caitlin directed Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Will Eno’s GNIT. Caitlin is a former directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has trained with the National Theater Institute, St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon McBurney’s Complicite and the NY Neofuturists. She is a teaching artist with The International Theatre and Literacy Project and works in Rwanda to devise theatre with Rwandan youth. Caitlin is an alumna of Wellesley College and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Directing class of 2016.
Daughter of a poet and dancer/choreographer, Shelley was born in Wilmington, NC. She was raised in Connecticut, Nebraska, and trained throughout the world; St. Petersburg, Russia Theater Arts Academy, the British American Drama Academy, and the National Theater Institute (Eugene O’Neill). She has a workshop of her play, Black Wings Bloom on an Ivory Sky, this fall at the National Black Theatre (NY). She is writing a feature-film with her sister, Claire, based on the marriage of their bi-racial parents, their pursuit of the American dream, and the price you pay for happiness. Her choreography and dance performances have been seen through the American College Dance Association, Brown University, and Kenyon College. New York: Blossom, Burnished By Grief (La MaMa); MiMi, Harry and The Thief (Habitat Theater Co) Regional: Mayme, Intimate Apparel (Trinity Rep); Belle, A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep); Cressida, Troilus and Cressida (Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble); TV/Film: Liberal Arts, Josh Radnor; Unicornland, Lucy Gillespie BA Kenyon College, MFA Brown/Trinity Rep www.shelleyfort.com