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Drama League Directing Fellowship 2021-2022
Keenan was named one of the Drama League Fellows for 2021-2022. He joins Ryan Dobrin and Reena Dutt as New York Fellows.
“As theatre begins to open to live performances again, The Drama League is supporting and preparing directors as leaders in that effort,” said Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks. “These directors, chosen from hundreds of applicants, are phenomenally talented artists. The productions they will create, and the stories they will tell, will reverberate loudly as some of the first theatrical work of the post-pandemic era. We are honored to amplify their voices and can’t wait for everyone to experience their imaginations.”
Since its founding in 1984, The Drama League’s Directors Project has become the preeminent development program for early and mid-career theatre directors. The 350+ alumni include Rachel Chavkin, Lear deBessonet, Michael Mayer, Diane Paulus, Shakina Nayfack, Alex Timbers, Christopher Ashley, Chadwick Boseman, Pam MacKinnon, R.J. Cutler, and Lila Neugebauer.
New Ohio Producers Club 2020
Keenan has been invited to present work for the New Ohio Producers Club in November 2020. He will be premiering a new virtual work The Self-Combustion of a 30 something year old Chet; or, Icarus Tries to Catch the Sun in November. Details and tickets can be found through the New Ohio Website.
Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship
Keenan was a named a Clubbed Thumb Directing fellow for 2020/2021. The fellows undergo 4 months of weekly mentoring by Anne Kaufman, Daniel Aukin, Nigel Smith and Laurie Woolrey. The fellowship will culminate in a presentation of original work with Clubbed Thumb's Winterworks in January/February
Clubbed Thumb commissions, develops and produces funny, strange and provocative new plays by living American writers. Clubbed Thumb is a groundbreaker, with a precise curatorial vision and a remarkable track record for launching artists’ careers; and an incubator, nurturing plays, collaborations, and above all artists, through thoughtfully deployed resources, opportunities, mentorship and hospitality.
Clubbed Thumb’s plays vary in style and content, but are always 90 minutes or under. They feature substantial and challenging roles for all genders, are questioning, formally inventive, theatrical, and exhibit a sense of humor. Since its founding in 1996, the company has presented over 100 productions, and has been awarded 5 Obies, including the Ross Wetzsteon award for sustained excellence.
SAMUEL FRENCH OFF OFF BROADWAY SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL
Keenan will be directing Round by playwright Johnny G. Lloyd for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.
Branden: in his 20s, black, queer. Seth: athletic jock, white, gay, and looking for no strings attached. It's the perfect match...made online. Playwright Johnny G. Lloyd explores how the racism of everyday queer life comes in the bedroom in his work, Round.
Take your next date to the #OOBFestival to see Round on Tuesday, 8/20 at 8:30pm.
MOBY DICK: A MUSICAL RECKONING A.R.T
Keenan will be joining the creative team of Moby Dick by Dave Malloy, under the direction of Rachel Chavkin. Keenan will be acting as Second Assistant Director.
From the creative team behind A.R.T.’s 2015 production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 comes an epic musical adaptation of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel. As the egomaniacal Captain Ahab drives his crew across the seas in pursuit of the great white whale, Melville’s nineteenth-century vision of America collides head-on with the present.
December 8th-January 12 2020
American Repertory Theatre
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ART FESTIVAL
Keenan has directed and co-created Being in Time for the 2019 International Human Rights Art Festival at The Wild Project in New York City with playwrights Zizi Azah Abdul Majid and Cole Stern.
Being In Time follows Hajar and Sarah, wives of Abraham and matriarchs of Islam and Judaism, as they move from patriarchs’ time to the peaceful metropolis of 11th Century Cordoba to present post-Sept 11th NYC, questioning the nature of the world they gave birth to.
Being in Time will be showing December 11th a 7:30pm at the Wild Project. Tickets can be purchased at ihraf.org