Diane Paulus at TEDxBroadway 2014: From “The Donkey Show” to Tony-Winnin’ “Pippin”

American Repertory Theater's "The Donkey Show"

American Repertory Theater’s “The Donkey Show”

Diane Paulus likes to take theatrical risks. Like with The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream she co-produced off-Broadway, which ran from 1999-2005, or her very first production, a rock ‘n’ roll version of The Tempest. And she’s done it again, this time scoring a Tony Award for Best Director for the current Broadway revival of Pippin, which features a woman in the part of Leading Player (a role originated by Ben Vereen) and the choreography of Les 7 doigts de la main, the Canadian circus responsible for Traces.

Driven by a desire to make theater more interactive, Paulus’ unique philosophies can be traced to a small theater troupe in New York City called Project 400 Theatre Group, which she started with her husband, fellow Harvard graduate Randy Weiner. After their rockin’ Tempest, the group drummed up an R&B Phaedra and hip-hop Lohengrin.

More recently, Paulus directed Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation, and Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon) in the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History. In her production of Joseph Haydn’s opera, she added the act of stargazing with video projections from the planetarium archives streaming on the 180-degree dome. She also currently serves as the Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University.

This February, Paulus will land at TEDxBroadway 2014 to share some of the live show wisdom she’s collected over the years. Get your TEDxBroadway tickets today!

And take a peek at snippets from A.R.T.’s The Donkey Show and four-time Tony-winning Pippin, if you haven’t caught either yet:

 

 

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