Meet the Retreatant: Tyler Monroe

21 Jun

Tyler is joining us in the woods & it sounds like he’s going to be a lot of fun….

Tyler Monroe is a dramaturg, adaptor, and dirty, good-for-nothing liar.

He tells people that he is from Chicago… even though he spent most of his life in and around Indianapolis where he obtained a BA in Theatre from Butler University.  However in the six years before he moved to the Boston area, he worked and lived in the Windy City.  So it’s not a complete lie….

After moving to Chicago he was a company member of the fringe theatre ensemble Blank Line Collective—with whom he worked as dramaturg, creator, and/or adaptor on many productions.  Beyond that, Tyler worked as production dramaturg with Chicago companies New Leaf Theatre, Village Players Theater, Halcyon Theatre Company, and About Face Theatre.

Tyler is now half way through obtaining his MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advance Theatre Training at Harvard University.  This past season, he was dramaturg on Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom and assistant dramaturg on Steven Sater and Serj Tankian’s Prometheus Bound.

Tyler is currently working on adapting a series of Edgar Allan Poe stories (Tales of Poe) for New Rep Theatre’s “New Rep on Tour” series,and is writing a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen for the A.R.T./MXAT Institute graduate acting class of 2012.

Tyler strongly dislikes walking up a flight of stairs and ending on his left foot, has to have his glass in the exact middle of a coaster, aquatic life really freaks him out, he eats popcorn one kernel at a time, and “umbrella” is his favorite word in the English language to say… although “esplanade” is rapidly climbing the ranks.

We’ve all got our neuroses and idiosyncrasies—Tyler is just being up front about his.

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