Portfolio - Devising & Directing

2017

Creation:  Births of Mythology

Written and Directed by John DiDonna

Director of Puppetry:  Rebekah Lane

Performed at Valencia College

Photography by Kevin Abel

The world premiere of CREATION:  Births of Mythology was at Valencia College.  This full length theatrical production weaves together stories of creation, from the Big Bang to the Greek Titans to Adam and Eve.  I directed the design, build, and performance of puppetry.  All puppet designs and builds were completed by students at Valencia College.  Prior to this show I taught a puppet manipulation class and a puppet design class.  Designers and performers came from these classes.

2016

Finding Home

Written and Directed by Rebekah Lane

Sound Design:  Rebekah Lane

Devising Ensemble:  Rokaya Mikhailenko and Julie Snyder

Video by Seth Kubersky

This is a 10 minute performance

Finding Home was performed at Orlando's Creative City Project.  It explores the longing, invisible pull, and active search we engage in with our roots, with our families, and with our need for belonging and support.  Is home a journey or a destination?

 

Phantasmagoria VII:  The Cards The Are Dealt

Venue:  Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Directed by:  Kevin G. Becker, John Didonna, and Seth Kubersky

Puppetry Director:  Rebekah Lane

Untitled #52

Written and Directed by Rebekah Lane

Devising Ensemble:  Yakima Rich, Liam Watkins, and Kasper Cergol

Photography by Barry Kirsch; Video by Chris Ferrera

This is a 55 minute performance.

Untitled #52 is an inquiry into mindfulness, devised using the combined techniques of Viewpoints and William Forsythe's improvisational technologies.  What is mindfulness?  What does it promise that is absent from American life? Together, we explore these questions through images, sounds, and moments.  This movement performance will slow down time while you indulge in your personal interpretation of mindfulness. 

2015

Trees and Tumbleweeds

Written and Directed by Rebekah Lane

Performed by Asya Shaw and Nick Fruit

This is a 10 minute performance developed using William Foresythe's devising techniques.  it was developed in a class at Towson University, under the guidance of Naoko Maeshiba, Susan Mann, and Elizabeth Corbett.

https://youtu.be/NEb6I1KUmfQ

 

Anticipation of Flight

Written and Directed by Rebekah Lane

Performed by Rachel Thomas-Levy, Melanie Sulsar, Isabella Montoya, Zoe Irving, and Tamar-Marie Tipton 

This 20 minute performance was performed as part of the MFA first year Showcase at Towson University.

https://youtu.be/WQ4fiM9f_MY


2014

Facing the Sunset

 

Wrtten, Directed, and Performed by Rebekah Lane

This was developed as a culminating project for my first semester at Towson University.  This 20 minute peformance synthesized the fomal elements of performance construction I worked with in Fall 2014.

https://youtu.be/7MT1bNsI_sI

Home to the Moon

Written, Directed,a nd Performed by Rebekah Lane

This short performance is a workshop piece developed during my first semester at Towson University.  It is an experiment with object, scale, and shadow.

https://youtu.be/1R_uVVtJf5o

Sound and Silence

Written, Directed, and Performed by Rebekah Lane and Kevin Becker

This short workshop performance was developed to experiment with found sound, silence, and stylized movement.

https://youtu.be/1QEyTM-ROnc

Work and Play

Written, Directed, and Performed by Rebekah Lane

This short workshop performance was intended to experiment with Beckett-esq physical restrictians of the performer.  The text was improvised, but could be formally scripted if workshoped again.

https://youtu.be/QmqAGP-DVuw

2013

Words We Wear:  Pregnant Teen

Written and Directed by Rebekah Lane

Performed by Ansley Sandberg

Pregnant Teen explores the words a teenage girl in that situation might face.  The goal was to play with words in tactile ways.  Ansley Sandberg is featured in this piece.  It is her first experience as an actor. 

https://youtu.be/Ddt3ef3cpAg

The script is available here:  Pregnant .docx

 

Words We Wear: Words of my Mother

Written and Directed by Rebekah Lane

Performed by Jill Lockhart and Mary Kathryn Chambers

Words of my Mother explores the words mothers pass on to their daughters through stories, advice, and action.  The goal was to play with the fabric as though it was the connective tissue between the words.  I wanted to represent the love just as strongly as I represented the tension. The script is available here:  Words of my mother script.docx

https://youtu.be/PXbu0CYDb5I

 

39 Steps: An Improvised Spy Thriller

Orlando International Fringe Festival

Written and Directed by Rebekah Lane

Concept and Dramaturgy by Ryan Price

Produced by Ryan Price and Invisible Fresbee Productions

Original Cast: Nadia Garzon, Megan Borkes, Max Hilend, and Christian Checker

This original show pays tribute to the numerous retellings of the classic novel through the use of structured improvisation.  The script is available here:  39 Steps – An Improvised Spy Thriller Final Script.doc

https://youtu.be/wjrw72PewEY

 

2012

Bench and Chair

Developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Puppetry Conference

This is an object theatre piece.  I devised it under the guidance of Alice Bohm at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center’s Puppetry Theatre Conference.  I am puppeteering the bench.

https://youtu.be/66LumCeK7Lg

 

2010

DramaRama

Developed for the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida

Directed by Jeff Wirth

Funded by an NIH grant

I was on the develppment team for this interactive video game.  The skills involved in the final product are structured Improvisation, interactive performance, and digital puppetry

 

http://mightygirls.ist.ucf.edu/?p=94

 

2008

Rescuing Ruby Reef

Lyrics

The songs in this show help illustrate the ecosystem of the reef and reinforce vocabulary words.  The lyrics are available here:  Rescuing Ruby Reef Songs.doc