Theater Head Directs New Rock Musical with Tony Winners Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Brind School Director Joanna Settle collaborates with award-winning playwright on 'Family Album' at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

June 2, 2014

Joanna Settle, the newly appointed director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, is directing a new rock musical titled "Family Album" with playwright Stew and his musical partner Heidi Rodewald, the Tony Award-winning co-creators of "Passing Strange" (which was also made into a film by Spike Lee). "Family Album" will make its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Thomas Theatre on July 1 and run through August 31.

Settle, who is a graduate of the Juilliard School's directing program, also directed the Stew/Rodewald musical "The Total Bent" at the Public Theater in New York City.

Other recent productions include "Harry Clarke" by David Cale at the Warhol Museum and "Romeo and Juliet" for Shakespeare on the Sound in Connecticut. Also at the Public, she directed Winter Miller's "In Darfur," the finale of Suzan-Lori Parks's "365 Days/365 Plays" and Stephen Brown's "Future Me (SPF)." Other directorial projects included the premiere of Heather Raffo's award-winning "Nine Parts of Desire" at Manhattan Ensemble Theater, which she also restaged for the Geffen Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, MassMOCA, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage.

Above: Director Joanna Settle and Stew at the first rehearsal for the world premiere of "Family Album" at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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