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"Once Upon a Time in New Jersey" Photo: Richard Termine


Award winning director Cara Reichel is a theatre professional to work with! She is the Producing Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company and in 2002 she received the “Lucille Lortel Award” for Emerging Women Artists from the League of Professional Theatre Women, an organization she now serves as Vice-President of Communications. Cara’s numerous directing credits include “Iron Curtain” (for which she won the 2006 Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Production of a Musical” and received an IT Award nomination for “Outstanding Director”), “Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge,” “Honor,” “The Rockae,” “The Pursuit of Persephone,” “Illyria,” “The Flood,” and “Othello.” Cara’s currently represented by the new Off-Off-Broadway musical comedy “Once Upon a Time in New Jersey” at The Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street in NYC). For more on Cara, be sure to visit http://www.carareichel.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? Probably my father…he was a pastor and loved to tell stories, and so I grew up in an environment where I was frequently seeing the “behind the scenes” putting together of the Sunday morning event. I have always been very interested in the connections between religious ritual and theater performance. Even more than directing, I think he influenced me in my desire to build a theater company and supportive community of artists.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I don’t think I can name just one person! Of course, there are lots of actors that I’ve thought it would be fantastic to work with on developing a project – great actors can bring so much into the process of creating a musical.  And, Mark Wing Davey’s and Bartlett Sher’s work has continued to inspire me in my career so I’d love the opportunity to be able to be up-close on one of their productions someday.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Writing fiction. I actually published a children’s book when I was in high school…and I still hope to come back to this someday! For now I prefer the collaborative creativity of theater-making, rather than the more solitary version of writing stories.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? No…perhaps I need to cultivate one. I do make a mean coconut cake, but people know about it.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I end up going to Starbucks more often, frequently I get a Chai Tea Latte. However, I definitely prefer Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

6. Favorite store to shop in? I rarely have time to go shopping…but when I do I’m definitely a bargain hunter. Sometimes when I’m visiting my in-laws I really love SYMS. It’s kinda like a treasure hunt. And of course there’s nothing like an hour or two exploring the Drama Book Shop!

7. Favorite skin care product? Ummm…I use this organic peppermint oil shampoo which really gives your brain a kick in the mornings. Does that count?

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? Day off? What’s that? When I do manage to carve out time for a “personal sabbath” I love sleeping in, taking a walk in Riverside Park, cooking dinner at home — in the summer I really love watching the sunset while having a relaxing drink at the Hudson Beach Cafe.  Any time away from email I can get!

9. Favorite website? Aside from the two websites I try to maintain, www.ProspectTheater.org and www.CaraReichel.com— I need to be doing more with them! — I spend a lot of time at www.tdf.org. I also followed author Robin McKinley’s blog for a while, less so lately.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

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As a 2010 Sir John Gielgud Fellow finalist and 2010 Mark Ockrent Fellowship nominee, Troy Miller is a director on the rise. In his senior year of high school, everything clicked for Troy when he directed his senior class production of Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers.” After high school and college, Troy decided to attend Trinity Rep Conservatory to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing where he got to direct a production of Craig Lucas’ “The Dying Gaul” which prompted then Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis to introduce Troy to Lucas. Shortly after, Troy joined the artistic team for the Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Production of “The Light In The Piazza” working closely with Craig Lucas as his assistant.

Troy’s other directing credits include “Horatio” at the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival, “Noises Off” with Festival 56, “Blithe Spirit” at Barnstormers, assistant director to Marion McClinton on “Roar” at The New Group, “Postcards From A Dead Dog” and “Our Lady Of The Sea” at Emerging Artists. Currently, Troy is directing “Together This Time” in the New York City Fringe Festival. Playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, showtimes are August 18 at 9:30pm, August 19 at 8:15pm, August 22 at 12pm, August 23 at 1pm, August 26 at 4:30pm. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For much more on Troy and his happenings, be sure to visit http://www.troymiller.org.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? I don’t know if it was a person specifically, but the idea of telling a story was something that always appealed to me. The running joke in my family was after I saw a movie they could expect me directing the neighborhood production within a few hours starring the neighborhood kids. I loved acting and dancing but when I was directing there were no words to describe what I was feeling.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would very much like to work with Jane Krakowski. I adored her on Alley McBeal, on stage and the few times I have had the opportunity to speak with her. I think she is immensely talented and seems like she would be amazingly fun to work with.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? As odd as this may sound, it would be being in rehearsal with James Dean and a young Marlon Brando. I have always admired their work and their style as performers. The idea of having a conversation with the two of them about the craft, their life and everything in between would be amazing.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Trust. Trust the work that you have done. Trust that you have found the truth and let go.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, I can fold my legs into a pretzel without using my hands and walk on my knees.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Depends on the purpose. Sitting and talking? Then Starbucks with a Vanilla Latte. Just grab and go, much prefer Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? A combination of yoga and/or a long walk along the west side of Manhattan. Low impact.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. (American Apparel)

9. Favorite website? My own of course! Seriously though, playbill.com and texts from last night.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? The Man of Steel!


11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Don’t know the name of any of them, but I really enjoy the ones that spin you around in every possible direction. Roller coasters are also right up there.

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? What’s a day off? I don’t believe I am familiar with that concept.

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