Third-Year MFA Students

Gina Marie Hayes has worked previously as a director, performer, choreographer, and playwright. The founding artistic director of Red Egg Theater in Santa Cruz, CA, she also served for five years as Assistant to the Artistic Director and Intern Coordinator at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and directed Machiavelli’s The Mandrake there in 2012. Selected theater and dance work : San Jose Repertory Theater’s Emerging Artist Lab (A COUNTRY DOCTOR, adapted from Kafka), City Lights Theatre Company (ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY), UC Santa Cruz (PROMETHEUS and I DREAM OF CHANG AND ENG). At Northwestern: 4:48 PSYCHOSIS by Sarah Kane, HIT THE WALL by Ike Holter, BIG LOVE by Charles Mee.

Risher Reddick is a theater artist of many stripes with roots in Boston and Pittsburgh. He cut his teeth as an actor in New England, working with many regional theaters including Shakespeare & Company, The American Repertory Theatre, and Actors' Shakespeare Project (10 productions). From 2007-2012 Risher produced, directed, and acted in plays with his company, Orfeo Group, garnering praise from the Boston Globe and winning three Elliot Norton Awards for outstanding production. He has taught acting and Shakespeare for theatre companies across the country and has served on faculty at Emerson College and UMass Lowell. These days Risher works primarily as a director, re-imagining classics and devising new plays both in the professional and academic settings. At Northwestern he directed LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan, MELANCHOLY PLAY by Sarah Ruhl, and AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare. In 2014 he lead the devising process of a new play, HYMNS TO FUTURE TENSE, with Bricolage Production Company in Pittsburgh, and this spring he starts work on his next original piece, OUR BOY DICKEY, a devised response to Shakespeare’s Richard III. He received his BFA in acting from Boston University and is currently pursuing his MFA in directing at Northwestern University.

Hannah Todd is a third year Directing MFA candidate at Northwestern University, where she is currently directing THE TEMPEST for the Wirtz Center Mainstage, in cooperation with The Actors Gymnasium and featuring David Catlin as Prospero. She hails most recently from Washington, DC, where she is co-founder of We Happy Few Productions ( After graduating from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and completing a directing internship at Portland Stage Company in Portland, ME, Hannah headed to DC for an Artistic Fellowship at Shakespeare Theatre Company. In DC, she assistant directed at Folger Theater (ORESTES: A TRAGIC ROMP, dir. Aaron Posner), Shakespeare Theatre (TWELFTH NIGHT, dir. Alan Paul; KING LEAR, dir. Robert Falls, starring Stacy Keach) and Studio Theatre (REASONS TO BE PRETTY, dir. David Muse), and directed for Theater Alliance, the Capital Fringe Festival and the Source Festival. Hannah also adapted and directed several Shakespeare plays for the radio with Lean & Hungry Theatre/WAMU 88.5. With We Happy Few, Hannah has directed critically acclaimed productions of HAMLET, THE TEMPEST, ROMEO AND JULIET, and THE WINTER’S TALE. Since moving to Chicago, Hannah has assistant directed on two world premier productions at Northlight Theatre (SHINING LIVES, dir. Jessica Thebus and FUNNYMAN, dir. B. J. Jones), and recently adapted the two parts of HENRY IV into one play for the Back Room Shakespeare Project. At Northwestern, Hannah’s First Year Directing Project was MISS JULIE, and she directed TRUE WEST in the Wallis Theater as part of last season’s MFA Collaboration Series.