THIS IS OUR YOUTH by Kenneth Lonergan opened the 2018 season at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Featuring Michael Goldsmith (Dennis), John Evans Reese (Warren), and Ruby Wolf (Jessica) as three high school graduates navigating life in 1982 New York City. THIS IS OUR YOUTH was brought to life with Set Design by Edward T. Morris, Sound Design by Beth Lake, Costume Design by Caitlin Cisek, Lighting Design by Conor Mulligan.
Fight Choreography by Shams Eugene Monteiro
“Carter’s extraordinary gift here is in taking these kids to the top without ever pushing them over it. They’re self-absorbed, insecure, noisy, angry, and obnoxious—but the audience is still rooting for them to be okay in the end, a bit of a tour de force on the director’s part.”
“Carter directs Lonergan’s one-room talk-fest with physical energy and simmering power. If “This Is Our Youth” is a harbinger for the season to come, then Outer Cape theatergoers are in for a formidable ride…”
“But director Katherine M. Carter and the actors make the two young men seem like another smart variation on Vladimir and Estragon in “Waiting for Godot” — two men who fill the void of nothingness with chatter and activities that seem meaningless on the surface but serve either a dramatic or philosophical function underneath.”
Production Photos by Michael & Susan Karchmer
Westport Country Playhouse, September 2017
Laura Eason's hit landed in Westport starring Jessica Love as Olivia and Chris Ghaffari as Ethan. With set by Edward T. Morris, costumes by Caitlin Cisek, sound by Beth Lake, and lights by Alan Edwards, this fast paced romance for the digital age entertained audiences.
“In addition to the superb performances by Jessica Love and Chris Ghaffari, Katherine M. Carter's direction is at a perfect pace with Laura Eason's clever writing.”
“Katherine M. Carter’s smooth direction never lets up, keeping viewers absorbed from beginning to end.”
-Irene Backalenick, Connecticut Critics Circle (October 2017)
“Overall, the wonderful work of both the actors and the creative team make this Sex with Strangers an entirely surprising and intelligent evening of theatre.”
-Zander Opper, Talkin’ Broadway (October 2017)
"Astutely directed by Katherine M. Carter."
-Susan Granger (October 2017)
“Director Katherine Carter keeps the pace moving…”
-Ed Katz, WICC600 (October 10, 2017)
Photos by Edward T. Morris
Book by Patricia Loughrey
Music & Lyrics by Thomas Hodges
Additional Lyrics by Patricia Loughrey
SONATA 1962 was produced in the 2018 New York Musical Festival. This heartbreaking chamber musical about a mothers choice to save her daughter from homosexuality played to nearly sold out audiences. SONATA 1962 took home 3 NYMF Awards, and were nominated for 6 additional including: Best Musical, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Book, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics.
This piece was brought to life by James Dobinson (Music Direction & Additional Orchestrations), Wesley Cornwell (Set & Props), Summer Lee Jack (Costumes), Cheyenne Skyes (Lights), and Shannon Slaton (Sound). Sophia Pesetti was the Stage Manager. General Manager: Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals. Dan Renkin created the fight choreography.
The cast featured: Romelda Teron Benjamin, AnnEliza Canning-Skinner, Christina Maxwell, Erin Leigh Peck, Aaron Ramey, Lauren Yen Solito.
Production Photos by Shira Friedman
“….Sonata 1962 focuses as much on Laura's budding, forbidden romance with Sarah, and director Katherine M. Carter moves between both story lines with impressive fluidity in the show's packed 80 minutes, with Wesley Cornwell's homely-looking set intensifying the sense of intimacy…. Sonata 1962 refuses us the comfort of easy judgments.”
“SONATA 1962 at NYMF is Real, Relatable and Heart-Wrenching…this show was brilliant and moved me to tears on multiple occasions…Sonata 1962 is a must-see. It strikes an emotional chord, and can be relatable to so many, while still feeling true and real”
“Director Katherine M. Carter paces the show very well, and handles the gradual reveal of clues about the story through the performances of the actors nicely.”
New York Musical Festival
A collaboration with playwright Monet Hurst-Mendoza
Pictured: Workshop Production at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, featuring the graduating class of 2018.
Tyrell Johnson sits on Death Row for the double-murder of two undercover detectives. Mara Hernandez is a fresh-faced corrections officer, newly appointed to the night watch. Together, this unlikely pair, form an intense bond and make a pact to have a baby. Grappling with the power of identity, legacy, and sexuality in a maximum security prison, Blind Crest compels us to ask, “what is the value of a human life, and at what cost are we willing to fight for it?”
Commissioned by The Other Mirror Theatre, Drama League Rough Draft Residency (2015), The MITTEN Lab Kick-Off (Reading Presentation 2015), Magic Time Workshop at The Gym at Judson (August 2016).
By Moliére, Stella Adler Studio of Acting at New York University
Performed by the Fall 2014 Company
Designs by Joey Haws (Costumes), Grace Laubacher (Set), Jason Fok (Lighting), Iggy Hung (Sound).
Photos by Forrest Lee
Britten, Boston Opera Collaborative, 2013
Conductor: Andrew Altenbach
Design by Caitlin Cisek (Costumes), Shane Fuller (Set), Chris Bocchiaro (Lighting).
"Katherine Carter’s staging is full of imaginative touches, like the way Lady Billows’s guests are squeezed together on her too-small settee, or the suggestive look Nancy gives Sid when she says she’s come 'for a piece of best English beef'.....Boston Opera Collaborative’s free presentation at the Strand Theatre is well staged, well sung, and, best of all, well acted." -Jeffery Gantz, Boston Globe
Photos by Dan Busler
J.P. Priestley, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting at New York University
Performed by the NYU 3 Students in Spring 2015
Designs by Katherine White (Set), Caitlin Cisek (Costumes), Robert Gonyo (Sound), and Erin Jones (Lighting)
Photos by: Forest Lee
Little Orchestra Society Concerts featuring orchestra on stage, cast, soloists, and video projection. The concert mixed various forms of media to engage children of all ages.
2015-2016 Season: Mozart and Dvorak
2016-2017 Season: Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Bernstein
Photos by Rachel Shane
Conducted by James Judd, with Book by Craig Shemin.
Music by Neil Doulas Reilly, Book and Lyrics by Austin Ruffer and Maggie Herskowitz
A Theban king goes to pieces after snubbing the Greek god Dionysus and his pack of wild groupies in this alt-rock adaptation of Euripides's ripping tragedy The Bacchae
Music Production by James Dobinson and Choreography by Taylor Shubert. Designs by Ben Williams (Lighting), John Emmett O’Brien (Sound), Caitlin Cisek and Matthew Malone (Costumes)
Workshopped by The Other Mirror and presented at the Sheen Center in 2014. A closed reading was presented by The Other Mirror in 2015.
Photos by Nick Ronan
By Wendy Wasserstein, Stella Adler Studio of Acting at New York University.
Performed by the NYU 3 Students
Designs by Caitlin Cisek (Costumes), Ryan Howell (Set), Emily Auciello (Sound), and Benjamin Weill (Lighting)
Photos by Caroline Voagen Nelson
Adapted and directed by Katherine M. Carter with The Other Mirror
"The Other Mirror is the kind of theatrical company that is the lifeblood of contemporary theater. It’s young, energetic, creative and fearless, with none of the excesses that make theater irrelevant." -Paulanne Simmons, New York Theatre Wire
Designs by Julia Noulin-Mérat (Set), Caitlin Cisek (Costumes), Colleen Toole (Sound), and Benjamin Weill (Lights).
Developed at The Directors Studio, workshopped with The Other Mirror and presented at 3LD Art and Technology Center in December of 2011
By Linda Manning, presented by the Other Mirror Theatre at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2011
Winner Best Design Fringe Awards 2011
Designs by Sheryl Liu (Set), Caitlin Cisek (Costumes), Kourtney Barber (Sound), and Benjamin Weill (Lighting)
“Skillfully directing, Carter takes us on an odyssey of identity and self word, and how the stories women tell themselves can become traps that keep them from moving forward” -NYTheatre.com
“The overarching cast success parallels, a remarkable design cohesion, both of which speak for Carter’s superior abilities as a director. Particularly strong are Carter’s use of lighting and space to create wildly varying locations and to create clear transitions between” -TheatreIsEasy.com
“…It does not get much better than this well-constructed play which is directed by Katherine M. Carter with economy, vision, and sensitivity”-David Roberts
Bite the Apple was workshopped at the Directors Studio Adaptations for the Stage Lab, and developed by The Other Mirror with director Katherine M. Carter
Photos by Nick Ronan
Produced by Spiro Productions at Meadow Brook Theatre, 2013
Designs by Brian Kessler (Set), Caitlin Cisek and Cat Boss (Costumes), Sara Finney (Lighting).
“The charm of this production is that the entire play is staged as if the audience is seeing Jean Valjean’s recollections as he writes out his “last confession” – the story of his life that he leaves with his daughter Cosette and Marius at the end of the play, just before he dies. It’s a simple device, but it works amazingly well while holding true to the script. And the spare, modular set pieces designed by Brian Kessler lend themselves to this device, underscoring a memory more concerned with people – what was said and what was felt – than with the actual backdrop.” -Patty Nolan, The Examiner
This production had a remount concert production in 2014 at Avondale Performing Arts Center in Michigan.
Photos courtsey of Spiro Productions
By Eric Cobel, Pioneer Playhouse Summer 2011
Photos Courtesy of the Pioneer Playhouse
Rossini, Boston Opera Collaborative
Conductor Andrew Altenbach
Winner "Best Director" for Boston Theatre Awards 2012
Design by Caitlin Cisek (Costumes), Shane Fuller (Set), Erik Fox (Lighting).
“Boston Opera Collaborative’s Cinderella Triumphs!” -Jeffery Gantz, The Boston Globe
“A remarkable Rossini from BOC…. if opera—even grand and large-scale comic opera—is to survive, the modest yet effective approach to it offered by the Boston Opera Collaborative is a very compelling model for that survival. More than that, it can breathe new life into a form of entertainment that, though far from obsolete, is beginning to show its laugh lines.” -Boston Musical Intelligencer
“La Cenrentola casts a magic spell of delight…. Much of the credit, however, goes to director Katherine Carter, who manages to tell this beautiful story with lavish strokes and attention to detail, melding the Italian arias with a modern flair. Her ability to direct and tell this story for all ages really transcends compliments” -My Entertainment World, Brian Balduzzi
Photos coutsey of Boston Opera Collaborative