Carl Cofield on Directing
Join award-winning director and current Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Carl Cofield, for some insight into directing the classics. Previous direction with Miami New Drama includes Kemp Power’s One Night in Miami. Taking a look at Euripides’ The Bacchae, he breaks down how one can begin to reimagine these texts. How does one make these plays just as relevant for today’s theatre audiences? What can YOU, as the director, bring to the retelling of these stories? Carl will be answering this and much more.
Is a New York based director, actor and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He directed the award winning world premiere of One Night In Miami (Huffington Post best of L.A. 2013, N.A.A.C.P., L.A. Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theater and the Denver Center Theatre, for which, he received the Los Angeles N.A.A.C.P award for Best Director. Twelfth Night for Yale Rep, Radio Golf for Everyman, Disgraced for The Denver Center and Henry IV part 2 for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A Raisin In the Sun for Two River Theater Company, The Mountaintop for Cleveland Play House. NYC directing credits include: The Bacchae and Antigone for the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the 50th anniversary of Dutchman for the Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre, The Tempest, Macbeth for Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Balcony (The New School), Better Than Yellow for 48 Hours In Harlem, The Seven by Will Power at the Connelly Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for N.Y.U, 1001, for Columbia University, The Tuskegee Airman Project for CUNY York College. He assisted Molly Smith in the world premiere of Camp David by Laurence Wright at Arena Stage. He directed the reading of Camp David for President and First Lady Carter at the Carter Center retreat in Vail, Colorado. He also assisted Kent Gash on Langston In Harlem at Urban Stages.
As an actor, his work has been seen at The Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman, Actors Theater of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, The McCarter, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre and many others.
Teaching: New York University and Columbia University Education: M.F.A. Columbia