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The idea of a directorial "concept" gets bashed a lot. Concepts muddy up the story. Stick to the text. Keep it simple. And sometimes that's true. But sometimes, bringing a transformative new concept to a show can elevate it until it becomes something entirely new, something entirely special. For example, when I directed Daddy Long Legs, a story about smitten turn-of-the-century pen pals, I didn't create a simple set with some books and a desk- I made the entire space appear to be constructed out of book pages and letters. Both characters, Jerusha and Jervis, added every new letter they received over the course of the play to the already copious collection of paper covering the walls. Every prop exchanged between the characters was made from paper, from tea cups to chocolate boxes. Jerusha and Jervis build their relationship on paper: on a mutual love for literature, over Jerusha's education to become a writer, and of course, over their continued letter correspondence- and so, then, was their shared space. The script didn't call for it, but the story did.

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"CASSANDRA Q+A,"

A SHORT FILM,

COMING SOON!

Finale to #NeverAlone

PHOTOS

Photos by Scott Ray

#NeverAlone and "Cassandra Q+A"

 

An Immersive Instagram Experience

Story by: Anna Miles, Chloe Cole, and Sabina Friedman-Seitz

Directed and Edited by Anna Miles

Scripts by Chloe Cole and Anna Miles (respectively)

Performed by Sabina Friedman-Seitz

 

Production photos by Max Herzfeldt and Miranda Clement, Publicity Photos by Chris Meissner

A Sad Tale's Best for Winter

 

A Feminist Adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

Written and Directed by Anna Miles

Workshopped with Noise Now at A Noise Within Theatre

Click here to read an excerpt from the script.

Click here to see our production pitch/press packet.

 

Photos by Chassey Bennett

Scavenged Stories: Making Something from Nothing

 

A Photo Series created for Beating of Wings: An Artist Collective exploring the boundaries and expansions of femininity, and the ways in which we craft our identities even in an absence of abundant resources; styled and directed by Anna Miles

Production photos by Regan Wong, Featuring John Shartzer and Melissa Dunham

Daddy Long Legs: The Musical

 

Book by John Caird

Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Directed by Anna Miles

Produced by Melissa Dunham

 

Production and Publicity Photos by Alaura Hernandez

It Was the Nightingale: Persephone's Play

 

Written and Directed by Anna Miles

Under the Mentorship of Lookingglass Theater Founding Member David Catlin

Click here to read an excerpt from the script.

Production Photos by Chauna Goldberg

Think of Me, Fred Weasley

 

Written and Directed by Anna Miles

Produced by Melissa Dunham

Adapted from the actual high school journals of Anna Miles and Melissa Dunham

Starring Anna Miles and Melissa Dunham with Mazie Rudolph on piano

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Click here to read an excerpt from the script.

For more info:

https://www.beatingofwingscollective.com/think-of-me-fred-weasley

Production Photos by Flordelino Lagundino

Sisterplay

 

Directed by Anna Miles

Written by Griffin Sharps

Performed by Ashley Butler

Production Photos by Chris Meissner (Divine)

                        and Carly Bracco (Phoenix Songs)

Storytelling Shows

 

Divine: Songs for a New Moon

Phoenix Songs: A Night of Rebirth and Reclamation

thanks for the scrolls!

Anna Miles

Director, Actor, Writer, Artist

Founding Artistic Director, Beating of Wings: An Artist Collective

Making Art for 30 years

Making Good Art for about 15

annajunemiles16@gmail.com