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Meet the Retreatant: Peter Staley

11 Jul

Peter Staley is an actor and dramaturg entering his senior year with the Theater Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is working towards a BA in Performance and Dramaturgy. His passions include, but are not limited to: equality, making lists, pretending to understand wine, and attempting to learn every language (at least a little bit). Peter is a lifelong resident of the Boston area, and thus has the city to thank for his exciting artistic upbringing (while most boys his age might have been seen cheering along at a Red Sox game, he was busy attending such classics as Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar). As his passion for theater and expression blossomed, he dove into the artistic community as a staff member at Saint Joseph’s Summer Theater, a local youth theater in his native town of Needham. Upon seeing just how beautiful a product can come from a group of inspired and passionate young artists, he understood at once the power and importance of the arts. As an artist, Peter endeavors use theater to discover and explore truths new and old in the fascinating world around him, and to continue asking questions through art. His education has only affirmed his understanding of the power that theater has to promote change and understanding, and has him more excited than ever to graduate into the ranks of professional Boston artists. Peter’s most recent theatrical roles include A Little Night Music (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Cabaret (Clifford Bradshaw), For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Lawrence), and dramaturg for the UMass Theatre Guild. After graduation, Peter looks forward to throwing himself into the beautiful and diverse world of Boston theater (perhaps literally, depending on the traffic).

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Meet the Retreatant: Nina Morrison

22 Jun

Nina is recent to Boston, but we sure are happy to have her. Here’s what she’s all about:

Nina Louise Morrison is a playwright, director, dramaturg, actor and teacher. She has had nine plays produced and developed, including her play Constitution about the last woman hanged in Massachusetts, starring Tony-nominated actress Xanthe Elbrick.

She holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts where she was a Shubert Grantee and a Richard Rogers Fellow. She also attended the National Theatre Institute, the New Actors Workshop and earned her BA from Oberlin College.  This year she worked as a dramaturg with Examined Man Theatre, as a director with Obehi Janice on her solo show fufu & oreos, and developed a book project with her father about teaching acting.

Nina is an adjunct professor at American International College in Springfield, where she rode out the tornados in the basement with her in-laws, the emergency radio and a bottle of wine. As the former Senior Program Associate for the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative she spent two years administering major grants for innovative theatre projects funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Nina grew up in White Plains, New York, and, having spent the last decade in Ohio, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Ithaca and Philadelphia, is thrilled to finally call Boston home.

Meet the Retreatant: Corianna Moffatt

21 Jun

Corianna is the Associate Producer & Dramaturg for Playwrights’ Commons.  She’s been working hard to help put the Retreat together, and will also participate as a dramaturg. 

Corianna Moffatt is an actor, director, playwright and dramaturg originally from Nashville, TN, currently residing and creating in Boston, MA.  As an actor she has performed the roles of Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler, and Cassandra in Agamemnon at Boston University, where she received her BFA in Theatre Arts in 2010.  She has also performed with Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Boston Actor’s Theatre.

As a dramaturg, her main interest is in new play development and devised theatrical works.  For her undergraduate thesis, she co-conceived and dramaturged Here Lies, an ensemble play inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.  She was recently an invited guest artist at BU, where she directed and developed The Last Confession of the Virgin Maria, a new play by Philip Berman, as part of the 2011 S.T.A.M.P. Festival.  She has studied Roy Hart Voice Work and Choreographic Theatre under Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise in Paris, and is working towards receiving her Roy Hart Teaching Certificate through their training center, Panthéâtre.  She is the author of two plays, Orange-Colored Sky andBête.

With Playwrights’ Commons her current projects include the creation and implementation of new programming, associate leadership of next season’s C1 Lab, co-leadership of the summer 2011 Artists’ Playground (co-hosted by Company One), and dramaturgy for the 2011 Freedom Art Retreat.