2014 Theater on the Lake Co-Artistic Curators
In 2012 Theater on the Lake celebrated its 60th anniversary. To mark the occasion and in an effort to foster greater involvement with the local performing arts community, Theater on the Lake kicked off its new rotating, co-artistic curator initiative. Under the new model, one individual will serve as co-artistic curator for a two-year term together with the artistic curator from the previous season. Together they will work collaboratively in selecting the next season at Theater on the Lake. Candidate selection is representative of the city’s diverse theater artists, both in terms of discipline and artistic achievement. Each year, the artistic curators will have an opportunity to present their favorite pieces to the Theater on the Lake audience and engage in an active discussion around their choices.
Halena Kays is the artistic director of The Hypocrites, where she both performs and directs. She is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys where she created and directed the majority of their public performances, including the critically acclaimed long-running show That's Weird, Grandma. She has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction and was also a recipient of the annual 3ARTS awards.
Reginald Lawrence practices his craft under the name Shepsu Aakhu and is a playwright, scenic designer, photographer, musician and the executive director of MPAACT. As a playwright in residence with MPAACT, he has developed several critically-acclaimed works including Speaking in Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel. He is also a four-time nominee for the Joseph Jefferson citation in multiple categories and has won numerous awards as a playwright. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Theatre School at DePaul University.