Highlights of 2022
- June 2022 - Present : World premiere of Eva Luna by Caridad Svich (adapted from the novel by Isabel Allende). Opened June 3, 2022 and running indefinitely in the repertory at Repertorio Español in NYC. For tickets visit repertorio.org (In Spanish with English subtitles)
- October 2022: Directing the second production of the opera I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, by Jorge Sosa and Cerise Lim Jacobs, at Resonance Works in Pittsburgh
- October 2022: Workshop production of Adrienne Dawes' This Bitch: Esta Sangre Quiero, adapted from Lope de Vega's El perro del hortelano, at the University of Arkansas.
- Jan/Feb 2022: Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega with original music by Julián Mesri at Princeton University (Spanish-language production)'
Highlights of 2020-2022
- Creating, directing, and producing Carla’s Quince with The Voting Project, an ensemble-devised immersive virtual theater experience to mobilize Latinx voters to the polls. We had a virtual national tour in the fall of 2020, in partnership with voting rights orgs, regional theaters, and universities. To top it off, we were nominated for a 2021 Drama League Award! Visit www.carlasquince.com.
- Joining the Center for Performance and Civic Practice as part of its new Leadership Circle, alongside 9 amazing artists/facilitators/community organizers/changemakers.
- Going back to in-person productions in the fall of 2021, with the world premiere of The Garbologists by Lindsay Joelle (Philadelphia Theatre Company) and the U.S. premiere of Kamloopa by Kim Senklip Harvey (WAM).
- Working with some incredible playwrights & composers to develop their work, including Preston Max Allen & Jessica Kahkoska, Raquel Almazan, Camilo Almonacid, Oscar A.L. Cabrera, Fernanda Coppel, Adrienne Dawes, Gina Femia, Julián Mesri, Andrew Rincón, & Noelle Viñas.
- Working with students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Brooklyn College, & the University of Arkansas as a guest director.
- Receiving the inaugural Pfaelzer Award from New York Stage and Film and joining the Drama League Directors' Council and Board of Directors.
Before March 2020...
Excerpt of HATUEY at BAM
Estefanía is directing an excerpt of the opera HATUEY: MEMORY OF FIRE by Frank London and Elise Thoron as part of the OPERA America New Works Showcase at BAM on Jan 16th!
"Spoleto Festival USA, The American Opera Project, and Music-Theatre Group present excerpts of three new North American works: Omar, by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, about a scholar living in West Africa who is captured and sold as a slave in Charleston, South Carolina; Marymere, Matthew Schickele’s folk opera about love, loyalty, and murder on the American frontier; and HATUEY: Memory of Fire, a soaring Cuban-Yiddish opera by Frank London and Elise Thoron about a love story in a Havana nightclub in 1931. Also featuring a special performance by Opera Cowgirls."
THE LA PALOMA PRISONER PROJECT Announces 2019-20 Events!
"The La Paloma Prisoner Project is Raquel Almaƶán's theatre and outreach project about the reclamation of identity by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, and sharing those stories through workshops, advocacy and community partnerships. Developed from her longstanding work with incarcerated and impacted communities, the associated play, LA PALOMA PRISONER, directed by Estefanía Fadul, will have its World Premiere at Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street between Bowery & 2nd Avenue) alongside a series of initiatives aimed at raising awareness and inciting action towards the end of global mass incarceration. The play is a New Georges Supported Production. Performances begin April 19, 2020 and run through May 9, 2020. Tickets will be available at https://www.nytw.org/show/la-paloma-prisoner/. To make an advance reservation, please visit www.lapalomaprisonerproject.com
The La Paloma Prisoner Project includes programs designed to uplift the voices and narratives of current and formerly incarcerated women-identified folx of color through arts programming, workshops in prisons, panel discussions, and other events leading up to the production's scheduled run at NYTW in April."
Read more on BroadwayWorld:
This fall, Estefanía is directing:
October 4-20: In the Time of the Butterflies by Caridad Svich (SUNY New Paltz)
December 10-15: Frontieres sans Frontieres by Phillip Howze (American Academy of Dramatic Arts)
And Nov 21-24, come see The Lost Land of Gold by 10-year-old Sophia at The 52nd Street Project!
Maybe You Should Just by Oscar A.L. Cabrera (Public Theater)
Let Night Fall on the Côte d’Azur by Christopher Gabriel Nuñez (Long Wharf)
Hotel Happy by Camilo Almonacid (Houses on the Moon)
The Latinx Voting Project (working title) is hard at work on a new devised piece created by the Ensemble!
OUR DAD IS IN ATLANTIS at the Cleveland Play House/Borderlight Theatre Festival
When two brothers are dropped off at their grandmother’s, the boys are not quite sure where he is going or when they will see him again. All they know is grandmother’s house smells like old people and they are a little afraid of her. And that dad has crossed the border to build a life in Atlantis…or wait, Atlanta? As the months go on and no word comes from dad, the boys are bounced between family members and encounter first loves, bullies, and loss. They soon find themselves at the border in search of their father and a place to call home. A funny, candid, and ultimately heartbreaking tale of separated families, growing up, and the children lost in migration.
The play was originally written in Spanish by one of Mexico’s premiere writers, Javier Malpica, and will be presented as a reading in an English translation by celebrated CubanAmerican playwright Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas.
JULY 27 @ 5PM
LA PALOMA PRISONER at Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop
Estefanía will be directing and co-producing LA PALOMA PRISONER by Raquel Almazán at Next Door@NYTW in spring 2020! Stay tuned for the community engagement program accompanying the production, kicking off in Sept 2019.
LA PALOMA PRISONER is a multi-disciplinary play about the reclamation of identity by women in the Colombian prison system. Based on the true story of a group of incarcerated women selected as beauty queen contestants at the Buen Pastor prison in Bogotá, this new play interweaves the ritualistic journey of a “parade of prisoners” within Colombia’s social, political, and spiritual history. The play centers on an infamous woman nicknamed “La Paloma” who transcendentally soars beyond physical and societal barriers to avenge the raped women of Bogotá. Her actions revolutionize the women’s lives, Bogotá’s prison society, and the world beyond its walls.
This play was developed alongside and will continue a community engagement program of panels, workshops, staged readings, and community partnerships with organizations dedicated to serving people impacted by the criminal justice system.
June: Reading of The Merchant of Venice, translated by Elise Thoron for the PLAY ON! Festival in partnership with Classic Stage Company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. More info here.
June-July: Kate Hamill’s wacky adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, VA. Tickets here.
August: Agent 355 will be in residence at Chautauqua Theatre Company, with workshop performances on the 15-18th. Tickets here.
INK'd Festival at Playwrights Realm
Estefanía is directing a workshop of Bleu Beckford-Burrell's new play Lyons' Pride at the Playwrights' Realm INK'd Festival! Staged readings on April 16 at 3p and 7p at the Ars Nova Loft.
"The Lyons household may be struggling to stay afloat, but one thing it doesn't lack is pride. A family play about love, identity and overcoming life challenges, Lyons Pride tells the story not only of what it means to be Jamaican and proud, but also the universal struggles shared by all families, immigrant or native, in America."
World Premiere of AZUL by Christina Quintana
Estefanía is thrilled to be reunited with Christina Quintana on her new play, premiering at Southern Rep in New Orleans. Performances April 1-15.
>> Times-Picayune Review "Cuban-American drama ‘Azul’ at Southern Rep is magnificent"
>> The New Orleans Advocate Review "'Azul' showcases homegrown talent "
Working internationally in Bulgaria this winter!
Estefanía is directing world premiere of THE SAME DAY by Stefan Ivanov in Sofia, Bulgaria! Opening February 15th at Sfumato Theatre.
- Directing a production of OLD FRIENDS WHO JUST MET by Amy E. Witting, commissioned for the graduating class at The Lee Strasberg Institute/NYU
- Directing a workshop of LYONS PRIDE by Bleu Beckford Burrell at The Playwrights' Realm, NYC
- Directing a workshop of RECENT UNSETTLING EVENTS by Andrea Stolowitz at Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR
Oct 3-6: Production of BIG LOVE by Charles Mee at the Atlantic Conservatory. Tickets here.
Oct 5: Reading of SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO, PART 1 by Matthew Paul Olmos at New Dramatists (part of an all-day marathon of the three plays in the SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO cycle). Reserve here.
Plus: In rehearsal for OLD FRIENDS WHO JUST MET by Amy E. Witting (Odets New Play Commission) at the Lee Strasberg Institute/NYU, and workshopping AGENT 355 by Preston Max Allen and Jessica Kakohska at Musical Theatre Factory!
PRANAYAMA by James Anthony Tyler at Juilliard Playwrights Festival
Estefanía is directing a workshop of James Anthony Tyler's new play PRANAYAMA as part of the 2018 Juilliard Playwrights Festival, going up Sept 5-8!
Christina Quintana's SCISSORING Premiering Off-Broadway
Estefanía is thrilled to be directing SCISSORING by Christina Quintana, running May 31-June 30 at INTAR!
In Scissoring, Abigail Bauer, a New Orleans native and resident, must confront the clash between the life she has created with her long term girlfriend and her career as a devoted teacher in a repressive Catholic school. Through her struggle, Abigail receives pressure from the school's shape-shifting, personified public address system and guidance from the figures of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Roosevelt's devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok.
>> BroadwayWorld Press Release
The Civilians' Findings Series and New Georges Jamboree
Catch the year-end presentations of the The Civilians' R&D Group and the New Georges Jam!
- May 13 @ 7 PM: Directing a free reading of WIFE OF A SALESMAN by Eleanor Burgess for The Civilians' R&D Findings Series. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- May 16 @ 7 PM: Directing a short excerpt of MEDITATIONS TOWARDS A MAGNETIC NORTH by Tasha Gordon-Solmon as part of the New Georges Jamboree. $10 tickets here:
Estefanía is directing the following projects in NYC:
- Sat 3/24 @ 5 PM: A reading of "i am a drop dead gorgeous, fabulous, stylish, exotic'ass gem amongst thousands of rocks" by elliot rodger by Matthew Paul Olmos at Boomerang Theatre Company. Featuring Tina Benko, Megan Branch, Eston Fung, and JJ Perez.
- Weds 4/11 & Thurs 4/12 @ 7 PM: Rokera: The Musical by Tatiana Suarez-Pico (book and lyrics) and Michelle J. Rodriguez (music and lyrics), will have work-in-progress showings at the Laguardia Performing Arts Center Rough Draft Festival. Info here.
- Thurs 4/19 - Sat 4/21: The Nature Room by Nora Sorena Casey will be produced as part of the Columbia MFA Playwrights' New Play Festival at Signature Theatre. Info here.
- Sat 4/28 @ 8PM: Atacama by Augusto Federico Amador will have a staged reading as part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival, featuring Socorro Santiago and Jose Febus. Info here.
Estefanía is directing THE MOORS by Jen Silverman at the University of Scranton!
University of Scranton Players
Upcoming this spring: collaborations with playwrights Nora Sorena Casey, Matthew Paul Olmos, Tatiana Suarez-Pico, Eleanor Burgess, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, James Tyler Anthony, and more!
This fall, Estefanía is:
- Directing AN OCTOROON by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Queens College CUNY
Dates: October 26-November 5
Location: Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
- Collaborating on various projects within the New Georges Jam and the Civilians' R&D Group, two writer/director labs
- Producing WORKSHOP!, a new theatrical event for young audiences created by artists Louisa Thompson and Modesto "Flako" Jimenez, in residence at New Victory LabWorks
Estefanía is a recipient of the 2017 National Directors Fellowship!
This fellowship is for directors focusing on new work, and is sponsored by the O'Neill Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, The National New Play Network, and the SDC Foundation. Read more here:
Estefanía named 2017 Bill Foeller Fellow at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
Estefanía will be spending the summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival as the Bill Foeller Fellow! Through the fellowship she will be assisting Rebecca Taichman on THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl, and will direct FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill and TAR AND FEATHER by Kristin Idaszak!
- April 28-May 27: Estefania is directing the world premiere of Óye Oyá at Milagro Theatre in Portland, OR! This Spanish-language musical is inspired by The Tempest and the Cuban zarzuela, and has a book by Rebecca Martínez and music by Rody Ortega. Performed with English subtitles. Tickets here.
>> Read the review in the Oregon Arts Watch
>> Interview with Estefanía in The Oregonian
In May/June, Estefanía will also be directing the following projects in NYC:
- May 19: A staged reading of BOOK OF LEONIDAS by Augusto Federico Amador as part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival. More info here.
- May 23: A workshop + staged reading of LA PALOMA PRISONER by Raquel Almazan at Hi-Arts. RSVP here.
- June 10: Readings of plays by Caridad Svich, Pia Wilson, and Stacie Lents as part of the Project Y/Women in Theatre Festival at ART/NY. Tickets available here!
Estefanía is thrilled to be reunited with the Drama League, this time as the pilot participant of its new Fellowship in TV Directing! As part of the program, Estefanía will travel to LA this fall to shadow the director on an episode of Doubt at CBS.
Other upcoming projects in the works:
- Collaborating with playwright Rebecca Martinez and composer Rody Ortega on OYE OYÁ, a new musical that will premiere at Milagro Theatre in Portland, Oregon in spring 2017
- Directing a workshop of Elisabeth Frankel's play THE GERMAN PARTY (public readings October 25 & 29th)
- Collaborations on new pieces by Fernanda Coppel, Tatiana Suarez-Pico, and Krista Knight
This summer, Estefanía is:
- Workshopping Gina Femia's new play BONES LIKE DUST at The Room at New Georges
- Directing BY THE TIDE, a short film by Níke Kadri. Check out the website here
- In residence at Barton Booth MAKE ROOM on Governor's Island, collaborating on a new devised piece with flower artist Jessika Doyel! Public showings August 13 & 14. All info on the poster to the left.
Estefania has the following projects in the works:
- May 15 @ 6 PM: Very excited to be reunited with The Upstart Creatures to direct their May "metaphysical feast"! The evening will feature a reading of Lilian Groag's THE MAGIC FIRE accompanied by a gourmet 4-course meal...all for FREE! Reservations can be made by emailing here. BYOB!
- May 19 & 21 @ 7 PM: Directing Carlos Valencia's one-act play, AMORCITO DE MALA MUERTE, at the Hispanic Federation's FUERZAFest! In Spanish only. Info here.
- May 23 @ 3 PM: Directing a reading of THE GERMAN PARTY by Elisabeth Frankel. All info on the poster to the left! Industry can reserve a seat by submitting their name and affiliation here.
- May 27 @ 7 PM: Developing ROKERA, a new musical, with playwrights Fernanda Coppel and Tatiana Suarez-Pico through a Rough Draft Residency at the Drama League. Public presentation at 7 PM.
- June 17: Directing a reading of WHEN NIGHT FALLS by Cynthia Robinson for Rising Circle Theatre Collective's PlayRISE development series. More info coming soon!
- June 19 @ 3 PM: Directing a reading of Bekah Brunstetter's THE OREGON TRAIL as part of WAM Theatre's Fresh Takes series in Stockbridge, MA. Tickets available here.
- April 8-16: Guest director for THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Caridad Svich, the spring BA mainstage at SUNY Purchase College. Performances April 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16. Get tickets here!
- April 21-29: Directing readings of thesis plays by students in Lucas Hnath's BFA class at NYU:
Star Country by Zoe Rhulen (4/21 @ 7 PM)
All Lies and Jest by Maxwell Klaussner (4/28 @ 7 PM)
You Are Glowing by Scarlett McCarthy (4/29 @ 7:30 PM)
Estefanía is in rehearsals for THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS at SUNY Purchase, as well as the following projects this month:
- March 13 @ 6 PM: Directing a reading of Cassandra Medley's new play, CIVILIANS, at The Barrow Group Theatre (312 W 36th st). To register, click here.
- March 18 @ 7 PM: Directing JACQUES COUSTEAU '76 by Max Reuben, with sound design by Alex Hawthorne, as part of Fresh Ground Pepper's SOUNDS GOOD Challenge! More info here!
Estefanía is thrilled to be directing Cassandra Medley's play CELL as part of DirectorFest, the Drama League's festival of one-acts directed by the four Directors Project fall fellows.
Dec 12, 13, 14, 15 @ 7 PM
Dec 13 @ 2 PM
TBG Theatre (312 W. 36th St)
Tickets $18 / AEA Approved Showcase
For Industry Professional Comps: email email@example.com (include Name, Performance date/time, # of tickets, Industry affiliation, and Contact email)
As part of her Drama League Fellowship, Estefanía is assisting Rachel Chavkin on Anne Washburn's transadaptation of IPHIGENIA IN AULIS at Classic Stage Company (NYC), and Brendon Fox on PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at PlayMakers Repertory Company (North Carolina).
Estefania is assisting Elise Thoron on Lemon Andersen's ToasT at the Public Theatre.
This beautiful play "ingeniously weaves major characters from black oral narratives into a gripping story about a group of inmates fighting to keep their minds free amidst the 1971 riots that rocked Attica Prison."
Catch it at the Public between April 21-May 10!
Estefania is the assistant producer on Soho Rep.'s first all-ages, site-specific project, Washeteria. Set designer Louisa Thompson has created a fantastical laundromat in a previously empty storefront in South Williamsburg as the setting for 2 short plays, each the length of a wash cycle. The whole family is welcome!
Estefania is thrilled to be a 2014-15 Van Lier Directing Fellow at Repertorio Español!
For the fellowship, Estefania will direct 2 shows in Spanish over 2 summers. First up this August is así van los fantasmas de méxico, primera parte (so go the ghosts of méxico, part 1) by Matthew Paul Olmos, translated into Spanish by Bernardo Cubria.
The play is inspired by the true story of a twenty-two year old who volunteers to replace the murdered police chief of her war-torn village in Mexico when nobody else dares to step up to the plate. This Princess Grace Award-winning play is the first of a 3-play cycle exploring the U.S./Mexico drug wars.
Performed in Spanish with simultaneous live English translations.
AROUND THE BLOCK
Estefania has teamed with four fellow alums from the 2013 LCT Directors Lab to form the collective 5D. They will be presenting a series of one-acts exploring community & identity in different neighborhoods of NYC this June, performing in a different neighborhood each time!
For the project, Estefania is developing Harlem-based playwright Christine Jean Chambers' "Underneath."
Week of February 10-15, 2014
Estefania is directing two readings this week for Pleiades Productions:
IN LOVE IN NEW YORK: FROM WHARTON AND WHITMAN TO CRAIGSLIST
at the Museum of the City of New York
EL MUNDO DEL BOLERO by Julianna Gonzalez
at Pleiades' inaugural Moveable Feast
November 8-December 1, 2012
Estefania is directing Celeste Koehler's 10-minute play A Recipe to Remember as part of PROGRAM A at this year's EstroGenius Festival