Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
a workshop production
Directed by Dana Martin
with original music by poisondarts
Listen to the music HERE
Assistant Director: Suzi Green | Stage Manager: Chloe Diaz
NLTP travelled to the Inland Empire for a workshop production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The workshop partnered emerging young artists from SoCal with members of our New Light Theater Project ensemble.
The mission was to explore ensemble-based immersive theatre, allowing the actors to create the story of Midsummer around the audience. The audience followed the actors outside the walls of Athens and into the forest, chasing the love-sick, seeing the invisible and witnessing magical mayhem.
William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. From roughly 1594 onward he was an important member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men company of theatrical players. Written records give little indication of the way in which Shakespeare’s professional life molded his artistry. All that can be deduced is that over the course of 20 years, Shakespeare wrote plays that capture the complete range of human emotion and conflict.
Dana Martin is an actor/director/teaching artist based in the Los Angeles area. Most recently, Martin produced and directed a tour of A Streetcar Named Desire (Naked Navigation Theatre Collective), partnering with women's shelters in order to facilitate conversation and prompt action regarding issues of violence against women. She co-produced- with NLTP artistic director Sarah Norris- an international educational tour of Romeo and Juliet, partering with Bottom Dog Theatre in Limerick, Ireland. Selected acting credits include Hamlet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival- Educational Tour), Divorce, First Class (Gallery Players), Night of the Iguana (Forestburgh Performing Arts Center), Intimate Apparel (Nevada Conservatory Theatre). Martin co-founded Project:Shakspeare, a theatre company dedicated to introducting young artists to classical theatre. During the academic year, Martin serves as a respondent for the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival, Region VIII. She teaches movement and ensemble work at the Art of Acting Studio, Los Angeles and Cal State University, San Bernardino. MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
About the Collaboration
The ensemble for A Midsummer Night's Dream met for a two-week immersive workshop led by Dana Martin, a professor of Theatre at California State University San Bernardino and Sarah Norris, Artistic Director of NLTP. Dana and Sarah met in graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005 and have collaborated on several projects, including touring Romeo and Juliet around western Ireland and The Glass Menagerie in upstate New York.