Columbia University School of the Arts presents MEDEA directed by Miriam Grill
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:25 pm EST 01/04/19


Written by Euripides

Translation by Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer

Directed by Miriam Grill

Jan 23 - 26, 2019 – Columbia University School of the Arts is proud to present Miriam Grill’s (Columbia MFA Directing Candidate 2019) production of Medea.

Medea is humiliated. No husband. No homeland. Jason has betrayed her, leaving her abandoned and exiled. But if she can pull off her bloody plan before the sun rises, she’ll not only claim vengeance but also her divine birthright. If it’s a choice between silence and complicity, Medea will take the third option: she’ll raze the House of Corinth to the ground.

Told in present-day times with an international cast representing over nine countries, this highly physicalized staging of Euripides' Medea explores gender roles, citizenship, and justice in a divided world.


Ino Badnajak, Yasemin Eti, Gabriel Gurevich, John Haggerty*, Jon Haslam*, Filipe Joglar, Carla Kissane*, Rosanna Lindmarker, Neysa Lozano, Sam Muniz, Juna Shai, Katharina Schmidt, Barbara Thomas, Jayden Toledo, Casterline Villar, and Lily Wrandall.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


Producer Maryl McNally, Dramaturg Annie Wang, Co-Production Stage Managers Kait Mahoney and Emily Todt, Lighting Designer Eric Norbury, Scenic Designer Courtney Kupferschmidt, Costume Designer Summer Lee Jack, Sound Designer Chris Moscatiello, Projection Designer Taylor Stuart, Associate Director Daniel Roche,

Choreographer Katherine McClintic, Company Manager Sean Chia, and Graphic Designer Anchuli Felicia King.

Medea will run for a strictly limited engagement at The Lenfest Center for the Arts at 615 W. 129th St. Performances are January 23-26 at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee Saturday, January 26.

Tickets: $15 General Admission/ $5 Seniors/ FREE with any Student ID (enter code: “helios”).

Ticketing Info: https://lenfest.arts.columbia.edu/events/directing-thesis-medea

Director: Miriam Grill

Miriam Grill is an international director of stage, screen, and augmented reality experiences with a focus on women and global issues. Her work is often recognizable for its body-centric explorations, non-traditional staging, and striking visual elements. Recent directing credits include War with the Newts (New York Puppetry Festival), Spying in the House of Love (Columbia University), Antony and Cleopatra (Columbia University), Alphabet Kids (Alphabet Arts), and The Seagull (Columbia University). She served as a producer on acclaimed interactive installation Frankenstein AI, which premiered at Sundance in 2018, and as an acting consultant on Cirque du Soleil founding member Franco Dragone's The House of Dancing Waters in Macau. She has assisted David Korins on many Broadway shows including Annie, Motown, Sonya Vanya Masha and Spike, as well as the international tour of Chinglish and Here Lies Love at the The Public, among others.

Her love for exploring new expressions of theatre-making has previously brought her to create 我们Women, a bilingual all-female theater piece in Taiwan, that used documentary and social inquiry practices. She went on to found a university theater department at Peizheng College in China. Miriam is currently the Producing Intern at La Mama, helping to produce the Trojan Women project in Guatemala and the summer 2019 La Mama Umbria symposium in Italy.

About Columbia University School of the Arts:

The Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies at Columbia University School of the Arts presents a season of thesis acting and directing productions as well as a festival of new plays by emerging playwrights each year. The Theatre Program at the School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Stage Management, and Theatre Management & Producing. For more information about the Theatre Program, visit http://arts.columbia.edu/theatre.

For tickets and up-to-date information, please visit: https://lenfest.arts.columbia.edu/events/directing-thesis-medea

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