Playwrights debut. Joanna Settle recently directed the world premiere of Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s musical The Total Bent in a twice-extended run at The Public Theater. Other Public Theater credits include Winter Miller's In Darfur and the Finale of Suzan-Lori Park’s 365 Plays/365 Days. She also directed the world premiere of Heather Raffo’s celebrated 9 Parts of Desire at Manhattan Ensemble Theater, and for subsequent productions at theaters and art museums around the US. Settle served as the Artistic Director of Chicago’s Division 13 Productions from 1998 to 2004 and directed and adapted 15 projects including BLOOD LINE: The Oedipus/Antigone Story, two plays by Sophocles, Macbett by Ionesco, and several Samuel Beckett shorts including Cascando and Play. She served as Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound 2009 to 2012, where she directed free outdoor Shakespeare productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. Settle completed her graduate studies at The Juilliard School and holds a BA in Theater Directing and Design from Hampshire College. She has taught and guest directed at Bard College, Williams College, Juilliard, Cornell and Stanford and served as Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts from 2014 to 2016. She is currently Associate Arts Professor of Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi. 2018 premieres include Noura by Heather Raffo, Lashed but Not Leashed by Martha Graham Cracker for Under The Radar Festival at The Public Theater and an untitled new opera (composer Lembit Beecher, librettist Hannah Moscovitch) with Opera Philadelphia.
Compelling and ambitious. Heather Raffo is radiant.—Jesse Green, The New York Times
Darkly evocative and honest.—Zachary Stewart, Theatermania