Carrie Colton | Breakout Session
"What Women Want: Directing with a Female Perspective"
About this session: So, you've been asked to direct The Music Man, or Taming of the Shrew. Don't freak out! As women in positions of power, we have an opportunity to change the narrative and the depiction of women in both classic theatre and modern retellings. In this session you will learn and discuss issues in gender equality, and how we as women can combat the perpetuation of sexism in representation onstage.
Carrie Colton is an actor, director, choreographer and composer who is thrilled to be returning to the STATERA conference! Carrie holds a BFA in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University, and an MFA in directing from Florida State University. Carrie performed in two international tours as Eliza (My Fair Lady)and Miss Hannigan (Annie), before discovering her love for directing at the Gyeonggi English Village in South Korea. Some of her favorite directorial credits include Hairspray with the Fusion Academy of Hong Kong, Romeo and Juliet with the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Peter Pan with the Jacksonville Opera Theatre and The Tempest with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival.
A world traveler, Carrie has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, Regents College in London, and has received her 200 hour certification at Guru Mahi's Ashrum in Dharmsala, India. Carrie currently teaches as an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and is the resident choreographer for the children’s theatre CAST KIDZ, where she recently premiered her original musical The Boy of Wonder.
This year, Carrie also became the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Anniston Shakespeare Festival, whose mission is to provide free professional Shakespeare based on the belief that art is a human right.