Evidence of Directing and Choreography

Devised Production

Unmasked

Unmasked

Most recently I devised a two part play with students at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.  The goal of this project was to create a play to bring to light a current problem within our school in order provoke positive change in the community.  Additionally, as a company we used this production to implement our revised mentorship program which emphasizes student leadership in design and production.  The result of our efforts translated into a fully realized production of part one: Unmasked.

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Part 1 – Conceiving Unmasked

funding research and developing the hunch

Part 2 – Devising Unmasked

from auditions to production

Part 3 – Response to Unmasked

audience reaction & lessons learned

Unmasked Trailer

show promotion

Production Photos


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My Process

Traditional Production

A Streetcar
Named Desire

Two actresses performing in A Streetcar Named Desire

In 2015 I directed A Streetcar Named Desire at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.  This production showcased my ability to utilize Uta Hagen’s techniques to craft the tense world of this play.  As one critic wrote: “‘I don’t want realism, I want magic!’ exclaims Blanche DuBois in the distinguished Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire. Well, Director Kristina Friedgen and The Little Theatre of Alexandria provide a lot of both with their production of the classic play. …It is not an easy feat to produce a play as epic as A Streetcar Named Desire, but Director Friedgen and her cast and designers have delivered impressive work.”

Director’s ProposalNotes from initial readingDesign Concept Aesthetics

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Conceptual Productions

Into the Woods &
The Taming of the Shrew

While I always strive to incorporate contemporary trends in our school productions, the Good Counsel Theatre Company productions of 2015-2016 required some ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, or rather, ‘into-the-black-box’ thinking.  A conflict with our usual rental made it necessary to stage our productions in non-traditional spaces. I chose to set The Taming of the Shrew in the ‘Wild West,’ but took this a step further by adding the role of a balladeer who sang modern country, folk, and bluegrass songs to help our audience connect more to the world of the play.  I created some highly conceptual staging for Into the Woods which we performed in the school’s auxiliary gymnasium and heavily incorporated physical theatre.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods ProcessInto the Woods Concept ExplanationWoods Concept Detail

Staging Diagrams

Rehearsal Footage

Production Photos

Taming of the Shrew

Rehearsal Footage

99 Problems Transition

Making ‘Gone’ Entr’acte

Production Photos


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