July 12, 19, & 26, 2018
Commissioned by Phase 8 Theatre in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, this immersive theatre piece centers on three freshman art students whose experience of a semester long course unfolds over three acts and three stories of the downtown museum campus, including the third floor exhibit "A Dark Place of Dreams", featuring the work of Louise Nevelson.
Lauren Gunderson's national call to action against gun violence is a tour-de-force one-woman show that proves a wild ride with tragic laughter and raw emotion for both audience and performer. Proceeds from this performance were donated to Hubbard House Jacksonville.
May 26 - June 3, 2017
Players by the Sea's inaugural New Voices festival, the culmination of a year-long play development process, presented Madame Bonaparte, adapted from the book Wondrous Beauty by Carol Berkin.
EU Jacksonville said, "...facts were so well presented that we were enthralled by Betsy’s unlikely but true story."
October 21- November 4, 2016
WWII-set Shakespeare condensed to a heart-pumping two-hour ride. I am still approached at parties about how much people were spooked by and enjoyed this show at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre.
Photo by Caryl Butterly.
May 13 - 22, 2016
It was an honor and joy to direct this piece penned by my college playwriting professor, Laura Schellhardt, whose acerbic wit and silver tongue I envy always, and played by three tremendous actresses whom I took to an aikido class for research.
Photo by Maya Adkins.
TO THE SEA
October 21, 2015
Like the creek, sea, and river they connect to, the stories of a boy, a man, and an elder flow, shift, and interweave in this three-man, theatrical exploration of the human relationship with water commissioned by Players by the Sea and LEAP Creative.
Photo illustration by Jim Alabiso.
January 9 - 24, 2015
This Moises Kaufman interview theater piece has gone on to inform my work on historical and adapted pieces since. Directed by Dave Alan Thomas for Players by the Sea.
FROM FATHER TO SON: AN ODYSSEY
I adapted and directed Homer's classic from the point of view of his son Telemachus in order to suit the high school that commissioned.
Photo by Celeste Burns.
ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENIUM APPROACHES
March 14-29, 2014
The range of roles I got to tackle in Tony Kushner's mammoth modern classic was fabulous. Directed by Sam Fisher for Players by the Sea.
FREUD'S LAST SESSION
September 27 - 28, 2013
As director and sound designer on this project for the 5 & Dime Theatre Company, I enjoyed researching Freud and C.S. Lewis to bring their conversation to life as authentically as possible.
Photo by Mark Pariani.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
May 10 - 26, 2013
Starring in the Tennessee Williams classic as Stella was a bit surreal and a real honor. Directed by Dave Alan Thomas for Atlantic Beach Experimental Theater.
Photo by Susan Roche.
September 24, 2011
I wore many hats on this production: assistant director, actor, graphic media designer, voice over artist. Click through for photos of the ensemble as well as a projection of the fearsome, futuristic hound I designed.
Photo by Maya Adkins.
WAR PAINT: A SUMMER CAMP STORY
This original one act chronicles the night before summer camp ends: games are afoot, friendships will be tested, and hearts may be broken, all by the glow of the stars and in the beams of the flashlights. Offers colorblind and some gender flexible casting.
XOCHITL: A TALE OF A PRINCESS AND A PEA
April - May 2011
Express Children's Theatre in Houston, Texas commissioned this bilingual, one act version of The Princess and the Pea set in Mexico. Informed by the convergence of European and Native cultures, I set it in the 1700s.
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater commissioned this three-person one act to tour as a complement to their mainstage, August Wilson's Radio Golf. Developed in partnership with and directed by Brent Hazelton.