Festival Announces 2024 Directors: Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre Edition
The Festival has proudly announced the directors for the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre and Randall L. Jones Theatre. Now, we are excited to reveal the directors for Silent Sky and The Mountaintop, which are being produced in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.
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July 12-October 5, 2024
Pfundstein is a familiar face at the Festival, having directed The Book of Will, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Merchant of Venice. She has also acted in over 30 Festival productions. Some of Pfundstein’s favorite roles performed include Mother in Ragtime, Margaret in Richard III, and Constance in King John. She has also worked for University of Utah, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre to name a few.
Pfundstein received a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University and was an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at SUU. Her professional affiliations include Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Actors’ Equity Association.
This show tells about 19th Century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. “I am thrilled to explore this inspiring story of breaking barriers and the light in all of us, with a brilliant creative team of collaborators at USF,” Pfundstein said. “I can’t wait to begin.”
July 13-October 5, 2024
“What a perfect time to re-examine and meet our heroes,” Knight said. “It is important to me that we see the familiar struggles we all face. We are facing so many questions these days: who we are, what it all means, is it worth it, will it make a difference?”
Knight is returning to direct this fictional story about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Festival, having directed The Tempest and Richard III in the past. He has directed at Resident Ensemble Players, American Shakespeare Center, and Bristol Riverside Theatre to name a few. His television credits include Blue Bloods, Chicago Med, and The Orville, while film credits include Widows, Sister Carrie, and The World Without You.
Knight boasts teaching credits from Rutgers University, Carnegie Mellon University, and DePaul University, as well as others. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Michigan, Flint, and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Delaware. His professional affiliations include Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association, and SAG-AFTRA.
“This production will examine the struggles of the pursuit for something greater than ourselves,” Knight said.”