THREE NEW DIRECTORS TAKE ON THE WORLD


Jesse Rasmussen Kevin Hourigan Elizabeth Dinkova

 

Jesse Rasmussen is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she directed Shakespeare’s Macbeth and This Land Was Made by Tori Sampson. She also directed Knives in Hens (Yale Cabaret). Jesse served as Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret’s 2016 season, co-curating a four-play season entitled Seven Deadly Sins, where she directed the Manhattan Theatre Project’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and Phaedra’s Love.

Jesse is a founding member of award-winning theatrical collective Four Larks, where her credits include Orpheus, Undine, and The Temptation of St. Antony. She has created pieces with Four Larks in the USA and Australia, with residencies including the Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), and the Getty Villa (LA).

She holds a BA from the University of Melbourne and a postgraduate diploma in Theatre Creation from The Victorian College of the Arts.

Jesse’s production of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore will be presented at Yale School of Drama in January 2017.

 

 

Kevin Hourigan is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. He is a director and actor. At Yale School of Drama, Kevin has directed The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and Tiny by Sarah B. Mantell. At Yale Cabaret, he has directed Lake Kelsey by Dylan Frederick and I’m with you in Rockland, a devised work based on Howl by Allen Ginsberg. Additional directing credits include Cenerentola at Curtis Opera Theater; Talk to me about Shame in the New York International Fringe Festival (Fringe Award) and at the Syrena Theatre in Warsaw, Poland; Sweeney Todd at the Performing Arts Institute; Invisible Plains, a staging of new musical compositions at Boston University and the Greene Gallery in New Haven; Gentlemen of Kentucky by Thomas Daniel Valls at Dixon Place; and Magellanic by A. J. Ditty at the Access Theater. As an assistant/associate director, Kevin has worked with directors Rachel Chavkin, Nicky Silver, Jackson Gay, John Jesurun, Laura Savia, and Mike Donahue. Before coming to Yale, Kevin served as the assistant director and as a collaborating writer for Randy Weiner’s immersive cirque-spectacular Queen of the Night, directed by Christine Jones. He was a member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps in 2012.

As an actor, Kevin originated the role of Andrey in Dmitry Krymov’s world premiere production of The Square Root of Three Sisters at the 2016 International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. His credits also include Adam Geist and Phaedra’s Love at Yale Summer Cabaret, and American Gothic and I’m with you in Rockland at Yale Cabaret. In New York, Hourigan appeared in Jenny Koons’s Odyssey Project and in Jean Claude van Itallie’s Confessions and Conversations at La MaMa E.T.C.

Kevin will serve as Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret’s 49th Season. His production of Blood Wedding will be presented at Yale School of Drama in October 2016.

 

Elizabeth Dinkova is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama where she has directed William Shakespeare’s Othello and Best Lesbian Erotica 1995 by Miranda Rose Hall. At Yale Cabaret, she directed Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner, the English-language premiere of Boris Yeltsin by Mickaël de Oliveira, and How We Died of Disease-Related Illness by Miranda Rose Hall. As Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret's 2016 season, Elizabeth co-curated a four-play season entitled Seven Deadly Sins, directing the debut production of Antarctica! Which Is To Say Nowhere, Miranda Rose Hall’s adaptation of Jarry’s Ubu Roi, and the North American premiere of Adam Geist by Dea Loher. Additional directing credits include a staged reading of Bull by Mike Bartlett (Studio Theater); 15’000 Gray with Machina eX (Goethe Institut Participatory Theater Festival);the devised piece Facebook in Memoriam (Source Festival, Washington, D.C.); Intertwined by Eli Todorova (Sfumato Theatre Festival); Female Kingdom by Stanislav Kostov (Small Bulgarian Theater in Seattle); King Lear, The Suede Jacket by Stanislav Stratiev, The Bacchae adapted from Euripides, The Story of a Mother adapted from Hans Christian Andersen with Jane Doerflinger, and the premiere of Kyle Giller’s The Portrait of the Idiot as a Younger Idiot (Reed College).

As an assistant director, Elizabeth has worked with directors Rebecca Taichman, David Muse, Michael Kahn, KJ Sanchez, Serge Seiden, Kim Weild, Javor Gardev, Kathleen Worley, and Indumathi Manohar. Before coming to Yale, she served as Studio Theatre’s Artistic Apprentice. She is also the former Directing Apprentice for One Year Lease, a New York-based ensemble theater company.

Elizabeth is from Sandanski, Bulgaria. She received a BA from Reed College (Phi Beta Kappa) where she double-majored in theatre and psychology and wrote her thesis on cultural translation in the theatre.

Elizabeth’s production of Bulgaria! Revolt!, co-created with and written by Miranda Rose Hall, will be presented at Yale School of Drama in December 2016.

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Photos © T. Charles Erickson, 2016.