CMU School of Drama
Pittsburgh, PA; February 2014
Written and Directed by Andrea Beschel
I collaborated with and assisted directing major Andrea Beschel in proposing, writing, and producing her senior thesis production. Some of my tasks included script analysis, rehearsal support, cultural research, writing a program note, and moderating audience talkbacks.
Set in Kuwait, a journalist sets out to investigate the use and abuse of foreign Filipina workers. Based on interviews, this timely and revealing work about regional cruelty resonates across the globe.
Read my online dramaturgy casebook and program note here.
In addition to my new play dramaturgy and production dramaturgy work on Kafala, I fostered community outreach and engagement by connecting our company with the Fillipino American Association of Pittsburgh (FAAP) and the Carnegie Mellon Arab Student Organization (ASO). Members from both of these organizations provided vital experience and resources on Filipino and Kuwaiti culture for our whole company (i.e. Tagalog and Arabic translations and pronunciations, cultural conversations with the cast, costume and prop research). I also curated a post-show lobby experience, in which the FAAP and the ASO hosted cultural tables celebrating Filipino and Arab culture. (Photos by Caryl Abrams)
For more information about Andrea Beschel, click here.