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Meet the Faculty

Aimée K. Michel

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Aimée K. Michel

Theater
Division: Arts
Appointment: 2006

Daniel Arts Center 129
413-528-7393
amichel@simons-rock.edu

 

Education:

MFA, Tulane University, Directing, 1990
Course work towards a Master of Arts in Theatre Design, Louisiana State University, 1985-1986
BA (with honors), Louisiana State University, French, 1985
Conseil pour le Developpement du Francais en Louisiane Scholarship for Year abroad, Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France 1980-1981
Conseil pour le Developpement du Francais en Louisiane Scholarship for summer study, Jonquiere, Montreal and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Professional History:

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Artistic Director and Executive Producer, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
The Drama League of New York, NY, NY, Artistic Director and Master Directing Teacher
The Director’s Project Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY Associate Director of Apprentice/Intern Program
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA Acting Teacher and Director, Apprentice/Intern Program Playmakers
Professional Theatre for Young Audiences, Baton Rouge, LA Associate Artistic Director/Education Director
Actor’s Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA Master Teacher of Acting and Directing

Areas of Interest:

Theater Directing--I am a professional theater director and have trained and hired many young directors Shakespeare---Directing and Acting--I ran a professional theater devoted to the works of Shakespeare for ten years. Viewpoints Actor Training Theater History Theater Design Film-I am currently working on two film projects Literature Visual Arts-particularly painting as it relates to set design Theater in Education-I've developed educational theater outreach programs for middle and high school students as well as training middle and high school teachers to teach Shakespeare.

Research Interests/Professional Service:

Shakespeare is my primary theatrical interest. I am interested in directing Shakespeare's work both on stage and on film. My current projects relate to this interest. I am also interested in the development of new plays and am currently developing a play, adapting it from a novel. As Artistic Director of the theater in New Orleans I developed and directed many new plays. I am also interested in the development of theater design and teach classes that look at the relationship between directors and designers. I work with professional programs for early career directors and designers to help them enter the profession. I serve on interview panels for fellowships for young theater artists.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

  • The Berkshire Fringe Festival, Great Barrington, MA Hurricane Hotel
  • The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (SFT), New Orleans, LA A Midsummer Night's Dream (four times) Romeo and Juliet (four times) Measure for Measure Love's Labour's Lost Hamlet (three times) The Winter’s Tale Richard II Twelfth Night The Tempest Macbeth Much Ado About Nothing A House Not Meant To Stand (Tennessee Williams) Wages (a reading of a new play by a Southern writer)
  • The New Orleans Tennessee Williams Literary Festival The Lady of Larkspur Lotion Portrait of a Madonna Vieux Carre
  • Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, NY Junk Bonds
  • Berkshire Theatre Festival,Stockbridge, MA Keely and Du
  • Hollywood Court Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Love Dies Hard
  • Avalon Productions, New York, NY Slow Fugue Before Dying (reading)
  • The Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY The Glass Menagerie The Diary of Anne Frank Louisiana Stories (original work based on Kate Chopin short stories)

Awards/Grants

  • Significant grants for 7 years in a row from the National Endowment for the Arts: Shakespeare for a New Generation program for my educational outreach programs at The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
  • Consistently received grants from both the State Arts Council and the New Orleans Arts Council for the artistic activities of my theater over the ten year period when I ran it
  • Various nominations and awards over my ten year term as Artistic Director from NO Theatre Awards which include the Big Easy Awards and The Storer Boone Awards
  • Finalist and participant in The Drama League of NY’s Director's Project; Fall-Winter 1990
  • Awarded the Boris Segal Fellowship to direct at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Summer, 1990
  • CODOFIL Scholarship for study at the Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France; 1980-81
  • CODOFIL Scholarship for study in Jonquiere, Quebec; Summer, 1979