Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship

We’re proud to announce the 2016/17 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellows.

In partnership with Playwrights Horizons Theater School, The Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship is a five month new play directing intensive, under the mentorship of alumni artists Anne Kauffman and Ken Rus Schmoll.

Over the course of the fall semester, three early-career directors work on new plays by Clubbed Thumb alumni playwrights with PHTS student and alumni actors. In January, the directors build on their work, directing professional actors in same plays, with a limited number of performances.

This year’s fellows are:

directing Olivia Dufault‘s The Messenger

Caitlin is a theatre director and teaching artist focused on creating work that reflects the immediacy of our current social, cultural, environmental, and political life. Her work attempts to excavate the collision of all the minds and bodies in the room to generate a collective story. Originally from Waterville Valley, New Hampshire she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, LCT3, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Company, and Clubbed Thumb. In 2010, she conceived and directed A World of Girls, an original play based on interviews with teenage girls from twenty-two countries worldwide. At Brown/Trinity Rep Caitlin directed Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Will Eno’s GNIT. Caitlin is a former directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has trained with the National Theater Institute, St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon McBurney’s Complicite and the NY Neofuturists. She is a teaching artist with The International Theatre and Literacy Project and works in Rwanda to devise theatre with Rwandan youth. Caitlin is an alumna of Wellesley College and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Directing class of 2016.

directing Jen Silverman‘s Hippos of the Eastern Enclosure

Christina is a director of new plays. Her work has been seen at Ensemble Studio Theater, Rattlestick, The Lark and Theater Breaking Through Barriers among others. She also directs web series, short films, and music videos. Recent work includes the premiere of Kate Benson’s Radium Now. BA Emerson College, MFA Brooklyn College. More information at

directing Sarah DeLappe‘s Richard in 49 Poses

LA is a New York-based director/dramaturg focused primarily on new work. He is specifically interested in the relationship among language, structure and narrative. LA has directed and developed new work at The Public, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dramatists Guild of America, Alliance Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Baltimore Center Stage, National Black Theatre, The Wild Project, Quicksilver Theatre Company, New York International Fringe Festival, The Cell, Liberation Theatre Company, Firebone Theatre, Horse Trade Theater Group and Crowded Outlet. LA is the creator and executive producer of Celebrate! with LA Williams: a multimedia docu-series that celebrates early career theatre artists. He is also the founding Artistic Director of the Black Directors Studio, a new play reading series for emerging Black directors. LA currently serves on the ENCORES! Off-Center Artist Board with Jeanine Tesori and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation and was the Kenny Leon Directing Fellow in 2009. Training includes: M.A. Emerson College, B.A. Alabama State University.

This initiative is made possible by the generous support of:
The New York Community Trust, piece by piece productions, Jody Falco & Jeffrey Steinman and The Playwrights Horizons Theater School.

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2015/16 (Left to Right):

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