“As much as they strive to redefine the classical, if there’s one tradition CES does maintain, it’s the tradition of taking their audience through the delightful world theater has to offer. [Shoemaker says] ‘Really what we want is for you to come away with the scope of possibility of performance on campus and a sense of fulfilment, the fulfilment of an enjoyable performance experience.'”
– Her Campus, Annie Pei
I served as the Artistic Director of the University of Chicago’s Classical Entertainment Society from spring 2011 to spring 2014 and was responsible for massive reforms of the group’s infrastructure and programming, including the establishment of a CES Festival of classically based theatre and several partnerships with community groups including the Classics Department and the Hyde Park Community Players. I produced my plays Beowulf, Tiresias, and Blood Weddin’, as well as the production of a collaborative new script Iron Bridal Feast as part of our continuing relationship with the Classics Department.
Lorca in America was a project sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events of the City of Chicago, meant to produce multiple productions of Lorca’s work and to expand upon interpretation of his writing.
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
I was the founding and artistic director of the Ta Pyra Ensemble, a Henderson, KY (my hometown) based troupe. We produced four shows in our three years of existence.
I directed all four productions with Ta Pyra: my plays A Dream Within A Dream and Upwards to the Sun, and the classics What Every Woman Knows and No Exit.
We specialized in dinner theatre.