Spring Break in Costa Rica
I spent my week of Spring Break in Costa Rica. For part of the trip, I reunited with Stuart Brown, a classmate of mine at UT-Austin in the late 80s. The country is beautiful but absolutely overrun with American tourists and, consequently, a bit pricey. Still, I’m glad I got to go and was particularly happy to reunite with an old friend.
National Theatre, San Jose
by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee
Sam Houston State University
Erica Starr Theatre
February 17-20 at 8; February 20 at 2
Directed by David McTier
St. Basil’s, Moscow
I spent the two weeks after Christmas in Russia, Finland, and the Baltics, visiting famous sites, enjoying delicious food, and meeting wonderful people. Great experience, but it was SO cold. Fortunately, my Russian visa is good for three years, so hopefully I’ll get to return in more comfortable weather.
For photos of my travels, please visit my Travel: Europe page.
Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg
Men with Broken Hopes, our new English adaptation of Shaip Grabovci’s Njerëz Me Shpresa Të Thyera, ran the last week of October as the inaugural production in the Underground Performance Studio in the FAMC Creative Community in Belvin-Buchanan Hall at SHSU.
“Men with Broken Hopes” at SHSU
This fall, I am adapting and directing Shaip Grabovci’s Njërez Me Shpresa Të Thyera (“Men with Broken Hopes”) at SHSU. This is the piece I directed at the National Theatre of Kosovo during my 2012 Fulbright grant. We are calling our adaptation SHqIP, because it takes place on a U.S. troop ship coming home from Vietnam and because the play originally was written and produced in Albanian (Shqip).
Our production of SHqIP will be the first public performance in “The Underground,” the new performance studio in the FAMC Creative Community. Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday nights, October 21-24, at 7:30 p.m. Running time is appr. 95 minutes, and admission is free.
Egypt (May), Grand Canyon (July), NEH Institute in DC (July), Family Reunion in Georgia (August)
This is the speech I gave at Sam Houston State University in June 2015 as an “audition” to be considered for the TedXFulbright “Fights Worth Fighting” conference, which was held September 2015 in Los Angeles. I did not get the invitation to speak; however, I feel that I learned from the process and that my audience in Huntsville enjoyed and profited by the speech.
Transcript: McTier TEDxFulbright 2015 Audition Speech
National Awards: Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
UPDATE: Ryan Brazil’s sound design for Machinal was selected by KCACTF to represent the nation at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial.
SHSU received five KCACTF national awards for its production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal:
- Shanae’a Moore: Distinguished Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
- Ryan Brazil: Distinguished Sound Design
- Connor Toups and Liz Freese: Special Achievement in Film and Projection Design
- Eric Marsh: Distinguished Lighting Design
- David McTier: Distinguished Director of a Play
Machinal at the KCACTF Region 6 Festival
Machinal performed at the KCACTF Region 6 Festival in San Angelo on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Ryan Brazil’s sound design for Machinal won the region competition, and he will compete at the National Festival in DC this April! In Allied Design and Technologies, Meritorious Achievement Awards were given to Jenn Sullivan for her makeup design and Peter Ton for his poster design.
from the lobby display created by McTier
At the annual Fulbright conference “Dare to Act” held in DC, I presented a poster highlighting my grant experience in Kosovo two years earlier.
- July vacation in NYC. Columbus Circle.
NYC & DC Trip: 12 Productions in 12 Days
The links here connect to each show’s website and video featured online.
I also got to see/experience the James Turrell exhibit at the Guggenheim. (Video)
For photos of my time in NYC, please visit my Facebook album.
For photos of my return to the family farm in Georgia, please visit this Facebook album.