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D I R E C T O R S

DIANA GREEN, Artistic Director
Diana is the founder of  The Children’s Shakespeare Theater and has been its Artistic Director and visionary guru since 1999. As such she is able to put many different energies to work. She has directed over 50 full-length productions of Shakespeare’s plays with this company thus far and is thrilled to see it growing and expanding every season.

Growing up in the NYC area, Diana was fortunate enough to be exposed to Shakespeare at a very early age and attended many of Joseph Papp’s productions at the Delacorte. She would like to think that CST strives, like Papp, to make Shakespeare accessible to the uninitiated by way of modern themes and music. For instance, she has had great success with setting Measure for Measure in a Star Wars theme, designing a graffitti-covered balcony for Juliet, and using Game of Thrones music to underscore the battles in Troilus & Cressida. Diana has produced the entire history series with 8 - 14 year-olds, and a psychedelic Midsummer Night’s Dream with 40 - 70 year olds. She is a reverent student of the texts and feels that these choices are all supported by Shakespeare’s own words. She is also the fight choreographer and costume designer for the company, and has created hundreds of elaborate costumes for a multitude of eras.

Diana studied primarily at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. She took the month-long intensive for actors and directors in 2001 and it changed her life. She owes much of her creative inspiration to wonderful mentors such as Kevin Coleman and Daniela Varon. In previous incarnations, Diana was also a commercial photographer, journalist and Montessori teacher, and the experience from all of these endeavors has served her well as a director.

The most recent development at CST has been the establishing of an adult company, The Strange Bedfellows, which is a collaboration of trained actors, parents and friends of CST. This company has been a delightful adventure in bravery and inspired lunacy. In this company, Diana is also an actor and has finally gotten the chance to play some long coveted roles, including Beatrice, Paulina and most recently Feste.

Apart from theater, Diana is also a singer, a writer, a road-trip aficionado and mother to two brilliant young beings who shared the CST experience with her for many years.

 

Dan Hanchrow DAN HANCHROW, Director

Dan Hanchrow joined CST's directing staff in 2012, as an Assistant Director for the Scottish Play, and since has Directed, Assistant Directed or served in some other technical capacity in over twenty Shakespeare productions and workshops. He is also a director, actor and playwright with the Strange Bedfellows, and is the author of 'The Bloody Business of William Shakespeare'.

He has studied Shakespeare for Teachers with Shakespeare & Co., as well as classes in Playing Shakespeare, Speaking the Verse, Shakespearean Clown, and Voice, with Ben Crystal's Passion in Performance, Members of Fiasco Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, and more. Dan is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, currently working his way to Actor Combatant status.

 

JOANNE ZIPAY, Director

Joanne is Founder and Artistic Director of Judith Shakespeare Company NYC, and is on the theatre faculties at Pace University NYC, Stella Adler Conservatory/NYU, CCNY, and Collin College in TX.  She has an MFA in classical acting from the Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego, and has worked as a theatre artist for over 35 years, as an arts educator with students of all ages, and as an actor, director, dramaturg, and writer.  Her favorite job is bringing together Shakespeare and young people, as she’s done in the NYC schools with Theatre for a New Audience and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and continues to do with her own company.