Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship

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.

Fellows work on new plays by Clubbed Thumb playwrights over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student performers. Then, they build on this work with workshop productions of the same plays with professional actors.

We’re pleased to introduce the 2017/18 Directing Fellows:

SARAH HUGHES directing A Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile by MJ Kaufman
Sarah is a director and producer of theater and new media. Recent: Real Talk / Kip Talk by Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center); The Object Lesson VR Short (NYTW) and Lincoln in the Bardo VR Short (The New York Times), both with Graham Sack; Afterward by McFeely Sam Goodman (Signature Theater / Columbia). With Elevator Repair Service, she assistant directed Gatz, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland. She’s worked with a wide range of artists and companies including Julia May Jonas / Nellie Tinder, Chris Tyler, Cara Scarmack, Paul Cameron Hardy, Half Straddle, Pablo Helguera, Vox Theater, The Office for Creative Research, and Superhero Clubhouse, among others. She is Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2016-17 Civilians R&D Group member, and co-teaches a class on Contemporary Theater at Dartmouth College.

TAYLOR REYNOLDS directing Plano by Will Arbery
Taylor is a New York-based theatre artist from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based company dedicated to developing and producing new works by artists of color. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Ally Theatre Company, The Atlantic Acting School, Single Carrot Theatre, NY Madness, JAG Productions, The United Solo Festival, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), Kids on Bikes by Nicole Daniels, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About by Gina Femia, An Informal Presentation…(Or, BURN) by Pascale Smith, FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan, Accidental Burlesque by Gina Femia (developed through the Audrey Residency at New Georges), People Will Talk About You Sometimes by Sarah Matusek. She is a member of Habitat Theatre’s Directors Playground and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a New Georges affiliated artist. BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

LILY RIOPELLE directing Twenty-Five to White by Xavier Galva
Lily is a director who works on new plays, musicals, and adaptations of classics. Recent directing: Lysistrata, Don’t make yourself crazy, Electra (Two Headed Rep); short plays and readings/workshops at Williamstown, EST/Youngblood, The Flea, and The Tank. Recent assisting: Assassins (Encores! Off-Center); And No More Shall We Part (Williamstown). Upcoming projects include Amanda Keating’s this movie at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and Lizzie Stern’s Let’s get ready together at The Tank. Lily is an alumna of the National Theatre Institute and of Williams College. She is a co-artistic director of Two Headed Rep (, a company that commissions emerging playwrights to create new plays in response to classics and produces the old and new plays in rep.

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

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