I seek to create a sense of unity in an audience by bringing experiences to the stage that are accessible to people of all backgrounds. The complexities of interpersonal connections and the small, yet salient and oddly familiar moments they create are at the center of my work.
Lindsey is a theatre director currently working as the Directing Associate Artist at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. This year she will be directing WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW by Monica Byrne and ACTS OF CREATION by Brianna Barrett for New Stage's Unframed Series. Earlier in the New Stage season, she worked as the Assistant Director for THE SOUND OF MUSIC and THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Lindsey graduated from Clemson University in 2020 with a B.A. in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Directing as well as a B.A. Psychology. At Clemson, she directed FIVE MILE LAKE by Rachel Bonds and a staged reading of THE ALIENS by Annie Baker. During this time, she also was given the 10 minute Play Directing Award at KCACTF Region IV and worked at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, S.C as an Arts Administration Intern and Assistant Director of CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS. After graduating into the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked as an aide for a child with autism and an assistant on feature films for Netflix and Sony. As theatres began reopening in various capacities, she directed BECOME THE FLOWERS by Talia Friedenberg in a One Act Play Festival at May River Theatre in Bluffton, S.C., and WILDERNESS by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger at French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts in Hancock, N.Y. As a director, she strives to create a mirror onstage where a look, a breath, or a moment of hesitation can clearly reflect experiences that audiences can identify with. Human experience and all of its awkwardness is a joy to recreate onstage.
Stage Managing Sunset Baby at New Stage Theatre
Most recently, I made by stage managing debut with Unframed at New Stage Theatre's production of Sunset Baby. Having worked closely with many stage renegers as a director and assistant director, it was a great way to use what I had learned from them as well as gain a better idea of that perspective in the rehearsal room.
What Every Girl Should Know at New Stage Theatre
I'm very excited to get started on this show! Right now I've been able to have a table read and am eager to dive into further rehearsals after SETC.
New Stage Theatre Education Touring Productions
Along with Education Director, Xerron Mingo, I co-directed Anne & Emmett as the New Stage Theatre Education High School Touring Production.
I am enjoying acting as Hen with my fellow associates in Click Clack Moo; Cows That Type. My coworkers say that my 'empty-brain-hen-face' is hilarious and I've gotten comments from kids in the talkbacks saying they like Hen because she's silly. Though the show can be exhausting, especially when we perform it twice back to back, the process is so fun I enjoy it every time.
Additionally, I serve as the Tour Manager, which means that I make contact with the representatives from each location and send out a report after each tour. This is teaching me more about the administrative side of theatre.
Assistant Directing at New Stage Theatre
This year, I have been fortunate to Assistant Direct for Francine Reynolds on two MainStage productions at New Stage Theatre-
The Glass Menagerie and The Sound of Music.
During The Glass Menagerie, I lead understudy rehearsals and contributed notes and ideas for the main cast to Francine throughout the process.
For The Sound of Music, I worked closely with the two casts of children, making sure they understood what was happening in each scene and how to relay the energy and intentions of their lines, consistently reviewing their parts, and corralling them between rehearsal rooms.
Wilderness at French Woods
While at French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, I was able to direct Wilderness by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger with teens 14-18. This was a wonderful experience! As the play is rather heavy, I was very conscious of building a safe and supportive ensemble throughout the process and checking in with the kids.
This play also had me dive into a completely new aspect of directing - movement pieces! Wilderness has 5 movement pieces with descriptions only of what they need to portray. This freedom was both intimidating and exciting. It gave me a chance to really create something from scratch as well as to facilitate the kids in creating their own movements for certain sections-I wanted all of them to contribute creatively to the production and feel a sense of ownership in it.
Before their first performance, I lead them in warm ups, talked to them about how proud of them I was, and asked them to each share something they learned or enjoyed from the process. Many of them talked about their comfort with the ensemble, friendships they created, how they all felt like an important part of the process of creating the piece.
Directing Children's Musical Theatre at French Woods
At French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts I directed some wonderful children with a two and a half week rehearsal schedule for two hours a day. The Little Mermaid with 9-11yr olds and How to Eat Like a Child with 7-9yr olds challenged me under this time frame to learn about the kids quickly and manage rehearsal time as efficiently as possible.
Directing Become the Flowers
Theatre! After two years of pandemic setbacks, I was able to direct again in April 2022. After pitching Become the Flowers by Talia Friedenberg to May River Theatre (in Bluffton, South Carolina) for their first annual one act play festival, I was thrilled to direct this play.
I came across Become the Flowers on New Play Exchange and loved it. The play embraces the meaning behind and complicated feelings we hold for formative relationships long past. As the world is coming to an end, two exes become each other's unexpected company in the last hours of life. What are we willing to say out loud? How extreme must the situation be to say it?
With 11 days to build and rehearse and a budget of $250, I am very proud of the play that my team and I were able to put together. Check out my Portfolio to see production photos!
Harold and the Purple Crayon Cast Assistant
On my second feature film experience, I worked as the Cast Assistant on Sony's, Harold and the Purple Crayon. The cast include Zachary Levi, Lil Rel Howard, Zooey Deschanel, Tanya Reynolds, and Jemaine Clement.
February- April 2022
Uglies Director's Assistant
As my first feature film experience, I worked as the Director's Assistant on Netflix's upcoming film, Uglies. The movie is directed by McG and is based on the first book of Scott Westerfeld's bestselling series.
Summer 2021 Internship
The summer of 2021, I interned at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, GA. As an intern during their Youth Creates Program, I was both a teacher and participant working with Atlanta teens. I also helped with their 2021 Human Lights Festival; Curious Encounters by ushering and running technical elements for a few performances.
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Intro to On Set Film Production
I recently completed Georgia Film Academy's 'Intro to On Set Production' course to explore and learn about the world of filmmaking.
At the end on 202o I wrote a spoken word poem about the division in America right now. It's called American Flipside.
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Academic Aide for Child with Autism
From August 2020 to March 2021 I worked as an academic aide for a child with autism, going to school with him each day. This means that I modified curriculum, created learning activities, monitored behaviors, self monitored reactions to behavior (per Applied Behavioral Analysis), encouraged and guided positive communication, and reinforced social skills throughout the day. This allowed him to both participate in classroom activities with his fellow students and get the one-on-one teaching he needed to keep up with the class.
We CU Intro Video
For the We CU campaign, I was in charge of conceptualizing and writing the script for our introductory video. I was able to gather the help of many passionate students during the summer and still in the height of the pandemic. I'm very happy with how it turned out thanks to the help of all the campaign's video leaders who participated and some awesome students who edited and filmed extra footage. Click on the picture to see our intro video!
Founding We CU
After starting a petition for Clemson University to actively fight racism on campus, myself and two current students were reached out to by a faculty member with the idea for a grass-roots, student-led campaign for diversity and equality. As our petition mentioned that the required CU 1000 course at Clemson was extremely lacking in these areas, the faculty member thought this campaign could be a wonderful way to supplement it until necessary changes are made by administration. I became a founder of We CU with Kapreece Dorrah and TeAnna Flynn-Brown.
I am officially a 2020 graduate from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Production Studies in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre!
I had a wonderful time, as always, working with Shannon Robert as her Assistant Director. I have learned so much from her through my time at Clemson. Even though this was my last production at a a Clemson student, I hope to work with her again one day.
KCACTF Directing Award
At the 2020 regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, I participated in the 10 minute play festival. Through this program, I directed a staged reading of a new play by a young playwright- 'From Around Here' by Kelsey Waltermire. After the performances, I was given the directing award for this event.
Five Mile Lake
I proposed this play to direct for the Clemson Players' Lab Series because it focuses on connections between characters and is relatable to undergrad students. The characters in this play find themselves unsatisfied with their lives yet unsure - or, more realistically, fearful - about making a change. Five Mile Lake shows us the beauty of unexpected connections and the importance of letting them happen.