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Wendy McClellan

(Director) Wendy McClellan is a WP Lab member and a New York based director who has developed and directed new American plays in New York and across the country. Her world premiere credits include Deborah Stein’s Wallflower (Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston), Laurie Brook’s Brave No World (The Kennedy Center), Jennifer Maisel’s Birds (Rorschach Theatre, DC) and Goody Fucking Two-Shoes (Actors Theatre of Louisville). She recently directed Sarah Hammond’s Green Girl in SPF at The Public. Developmental work in New York includes directing the Loewe Award Workshops of two new musicals at New Dramatists:  Liz Duffy Adams and John Hodian’s The Listener of Junk City, and Runway 69 by Erin Kamler and Carson Kreitzer. Also at New Dramatists, she developed Sarah Hammond’s House on Stilts and Liz Duffy Adams’ Or. With Mabou Mines Suite she directed the workshop of Julia Pearlstein’s commedia play Rat Bastards, and with New Georges she led a workshop of Olga Humphrey’s restoration farce Cornbury, among others. As Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, she developed and directed the anthologies Neon Mirage, Uncle Sam’s Satiric Spectacular, Fast and Loose, and Trepidation Nation for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, all of which received critical acclaim, prompting Neon Mirage and Uncle Sam’s to remount at the New York International Fringe Festival. In ATL’s regular season she directed productions of Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel and Barbara Field’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. In addition to her duties as a director, Wendy was a core member of the Artistic Staff, lending a voice in season planning and Humana Festival play selection.  As Artistic Director of Oasis Theatre Company in Los Angeles, she developed and directed the world premieres of Gregory Gunter’s Rave. Bakkhai. Muthafu**. and Antigone. Tertiary. Sexxx., for which she received an LA Weekly Award nomination in Best Comedy Direction. She also developed and directed the world premiere of Leon Martell and Penka Kouneva’s musical Steel: John Henry & the Shaker, which was subsequently nominated for an Ovation Award as Best New Musical. She was co-producer of Framework: 98 and 99, a city-wide event that occasioned the first opportunity for Anne Bogart and the SITI Company to work in Los Angeles. In addition to Actors Theater of Louisville, she has held staff positions regionally at A.S.K. Theater Projects, Mark Taper Forum and Great Lakes Theater Festival, and acted as consultant for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was the recipient of the 2006 New York Coalition for Women in the Arts and Media’s Collaboration Award. Wendy is an Affiliated Artist with New Georges, a member of SSDC, and a member of the Women’s Project Directors Lab 2008-2010. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts.

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