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Second Thought Theatre opens its first four-show season since 2013 with the area premiere of Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath. Laura Colleluori makes her STT directorial debut after previously serving as assistant director and dramaturg for Grounded (2017) and A Kid Like Jake (2016). This year she directs "a work of total fiction" about a woman named Hillary who is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America in an alternate universe light years away. Hillary and Clinton begins with previews on Wednesday, January 10 and runs through Saturday, February 3. All performances of Hillary and Clinton will take place at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets to Hillary and Clinton can be purchased online at 2TT.co.
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Dubbed the "millennial musical" after its successful first workshop in Los Angeles last year, A Self-Help Guide to Killing Your Boss is off to a running start on the East Coast. After a month of rehearsal, a fully staged reading of the show played to a sold-out crowd at Alchemical Studios in Manhattan. Stay tuned for updates about a full production in 2018!
Last night's gala was a huge success! Featuring a 45-minute musical theatre tribute to Steve Martin's extraordinary career, the evening showcased stars from stage and screen such as Kevin Kline, Carol Kane, Ed Helms, Lea DeLaria, Kermit the Frog, and many, many more. As Talent Manager for the event, Laura was responsible for casting, contracting, managing communication, scheduling rehearsals, and acting as the point-person on the day of the show for all performers.
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This month, Laura worked with actor Liz Ramos to bring to life a selection from Hinterkaifeck, a new play by Dante Flores. Under Laura's direction, Liz performed an excerpt from the play at the inaugural Art is Cool Salon held at Soundance Studio in Brooklyn, NY. The play is a surreal, elegiac meditation on the gruesome unsolved murder of the Gruber family on a small German farmstead in 1922. Featuring projections, puppetry, and hauntingly poetic language, Hinterkaifeck is an exciting new work that Laura hopes to continue developing this spring.
This fall, Laura will be company managing The Drama League's annual benefit gala, this year in honor of the legendary Steve Martin! Laura will work directly with the producers and creatives to cast and manage all talent for a 45-minute musical theater celebration of Mr. Martin's career.
This week, Laura returned from administrating/assistant teaching with The Drama League's inaugural Summer Professional Theatre Intensive. The students worked in New York City and in the mountains of Hawley, Massachusetts to deepen their understanding of Shakespeare as young actors and directors. Laura facilitated much of their programming and travel, and was also able to direct a piece of their final Macbeth presentation under the tutelage of Shakespeare and Company's Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer. Selections from Laura's direction of Macbeth pictured above.
Today marks the beginning of Laura's five-week residency at Nantucket's Dreamland Theatre, where she is serving as the lead teaching artist for the Dreamland Youth program. Laura will be directing a group of 9- through 14-year-olds in a new show each week, which her students will then perform for their family and friends. To learn more about the program, click here!
Laura joins her Dallas Theater Center family in celebrating their recognition at the 2017 Tony Awards! She is proud to work with a theater that consistently produces such challenging, engaging work in her hometown. Click here to listen to Kevin Moriarty, DTC's Artistic Director, speak with American Theatre's Offscript podcast, or below to watch the Theater Center accept its award!