I stumbled upon a video of Director Lileana Blain-Cruz expressing her creative process on social media.  Her passion for her work and vibrant personality captured me.  Here is a bit of information on the director that you need to know.


“LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ is a Haitian and Puerto Rican director from New York City and Miami and a recent recipient of a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship.  Recent projects include Much Ado About Nothing,  Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots which premiered in the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, Project Realms an electric pop opera performed at La Sala,  and A Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic, a collaboration with choreographer Isabel Lewis and playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Dance New Amsterdam. She is the co-founder and director of the ensemble company Overhead Projector, which devises new work. She received her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she directed the opera Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, The Taming of the Shrew, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, Buffalo Maine, Cavity and lastly Fox Play as part of the Carlotta Festival of New Plays. She was one of the co-artistic directors of the 2011-2012 Yale Cabaret, where she directed Funnyhouse of a Negro, Vaska Vaska Glöm, and SALOME. She received both the Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize and the Pierre-Andre Salim Prize for her leadership and directing.  She was an Artistic Associate of The Exchange and The Orchard Project, a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and an Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage.  She is a graduate of Princeton University. Lileana recently directed a new translation of The Bakkhai at the Fisher Center of Performing Arts at Bard College and is currently working on an adaptation of the Alejandro Jodorowsky film, EL TOPO. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play WAR at the Yale Repertory Theater and Much Ado About Nothing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (via LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ).

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New York Times-For Director Lileana Blain-Cruz Things Are Going Swimmingly

The Wall Street Journal– Young Director Lileana Blain-Cruz Takes NYC Theater Scene by Strom

American Theatre– Lileana Blain-Cruz’s Fearless Dives Into the Deep End


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