Karin Koonrod


Exercises on and around Shakespeare’s The Tempest. We will look at passages from the text in English and explore visceral responses to the play. Each participant should bring the text in his/her own language. We will also include other poets who have been inspired by The Tempest: Auden, Crane, Browning…etc…..and consider the image of the sea.


KARIN COONROD is a theater maker whose work has been seen and heard across the country and around the world. This year in New York she directed Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Public Theater, More Or Less I Am (drawn from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”) with Compagnia de’ Colombari in different locations around New York City and Aphra Behn’s The Rover at the World Financial Center. In Chicago she directed Romanian playwright Andras Visky’s Juliet. She is Founding Director of acclaimed Arden Party Theater Company in downtown New York City 1987-1997 (during which time she won an Encore Award for her direction of Roger Vitrac’s Victor Or Children Take Over) and its successor Compagnia de’ Colombari, an international company which has performed the medieval mystery plays re-imagined for the 21st century, launching a new tradition of theater in Orvieto, Italy. Past credits include Henry VI (at The Public Theater); King John, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus (with Theater for A New Audience); Everything That Rises Must Converge (from Flannery O’Connor’s stories) at New York Theatre Workshop; Othello (at Hartford Stage); Enrico IV (at ART in Cambridge). Ms. Coonrod is a lecturer at The Yale School of Drama and looks forward to directing Chuck Mee’s Perfect Wedding at The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania.


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