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I believe that a director should have very clear, very specific opinions about the play - and be able to articulate those to their cast and design team. This "vision" for the play should be original and inspired, and it should be crafted with along with the rest of your creative team. Designers are an incredible source of inspiration and they are generative artists in their own right. Gone are the days of hierarchical directors - I hope. I believe a director should trust their actors, designers, and crew to do their work without being micro-managed. I try to always give careful, constructive, tactful feedback to my actors - because it matters. I believe that my job is to illuminate the play - not impose some external "truth" onto the play. Essentially - I'm just supplying the perspective of the audience. I love working with playwrights and collaborating with them in the room - because their words are the whole reason we're all working. 

Current Directing Gigs Include:

  • I recently directed a badass production of "Mosque Alert" by Jamil Khoury at North Central College.
  • I am directing "Through the Elevated Line" by Novid Parsi for Silk Road Rising. I can't wait to get started on this one. Incredible script. The show opens Spring 2018.
  • I am directing "The Flick" at North Central College. The show will open in 2018. 


  • I directed a film short written (and filmed) by Wade Balsamo called "Ephemeral Presence". It's a really lovely piece of art.
Carin Silkaitis - Chicago Theatre Artist