Third-Year MFA Students
Susan E. Bowen is a third-year Directing MFA candidate at Northwestern University. Since moving to Chicago seven years ago from New York, Susan has directed and/or assistant directed at companies such as Jackalope Theatre, About Face Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Route 66, A Red Orchid Theatre, American Theater Company and Piven Theatre Workshop, among others. At Northwestern Susan has directed CLOUDTECTONICS by José Rivera and Mark Schultz’s EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT: ABRIEF HISTORY OF HELEN OF TROY as part of last season’s MFA Collaboration Series in the Wallis Theatre. Susan is currently collaborating with Northwestern junior Kori Alston on an adaptation of Félix Lope de Vega's Spanish Golden Age play, Fuente Ovejuna, which she will direct for the Wirtz Center Mainstage in 2017.
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Sonny Das is a Chicago-based writer, director, & dramaturg(e). He's plied these trades at the American Place Theatre, NYC; CENTERSTAGE, Baltimore; ACT, San Francisco; the Goodman, Silk Road Rising, About Face Theatre, The Feltre School, COLLABORACTION, The Strange Tree Group and is an Artistic Associate at American Theater Company (ATC). This past summer at ATC, Sonny directed the documentary musical THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY by The Civilians. While at ATC, he worked intimatelywith playwright Ayad Akhtar & director Kimberly Senior as the dramaturg(e) on the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning DISGRACED, directed for numerous festivals, assistant directed the world premieres of CELEBRITY ROW (dir. David Cromer,) WELCOME TO ARROYO’s (dir. Jaime Castaneda), and the remount of columbinus for ArtsEmerson in Boston, directed & co-written by PJ Paparelli. Sonny has also been a member of ATC’s Literary Circle since 2008. Elsewhere in Chicago, Sonny has assisted under Steve Scott (RABBIT HOLE, Goodman) Patricia Acerra (OUR ENEMIES, SilkRoad, World Premiere,) & Andrew Volkoff (BRAHMAN/I, About Face & Silk Road). Sonny’s very ﬁrst assistant directing experience was under the sagacious Wynn Handman (WONDERLAND, World Premiere) at the American Place Theatre, NYC, where he spent a year as the literary intern. Sonny has also served as dramaturgy intern at the Goodman Theatre, mentored by Tom Creamer & CENTERSTAGE Baltimore, mentored by Gavin Witt. In January 2015, Actors Theatre of Louisville produced Sonny’s satirical short, NOT ANOTHER 9/11 PLAY, as part of their prestigious short play festival, THE TENS. And yes, Sonny has worked, interned or studied at three theatre companies whose names start with American.
While at Northwestern, Sonny has been privileged to direct plays by two of America’s most interesting & challenging contemporary playwrights: Wallace Shawns’ AUNT DANAND LEMON as part of the 2015 FISK Series, and MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno in the2016 LAB Series. In the winter of 2017, Sonny will present the Stage Premiere of Simon Scardiﬁeld’s vital new transdaption of Aeschylus’ AGAMEMMNON in the Josephine Louis Theater. For the past two years, Sonny has proudly served as Co-Chair of .MASTER CLASH, Northwestern’s MFA Director/Playwright Collaboration Reading Series, and since 2005 has been an intrepid graduate of the Program at St. John's College, Annapolis.
Michael Cotey is a Chicago-based director and actor. While earning his MFA in Directing at Northwestern University, Michael has directed EQUIVOCATION and FRANKENSTEIN, and this season he will direct THE GREAT GATSBY for the Wirtz Center MainStage Series. Other directing credits include Illinois Shakespeare Festival (THE COMEDY OF ERRORS), Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (DEATHTRAP [in 2017]; BOEING BOEING [named one of the top 10 shows of 2015 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel], and THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE), First Stage (ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD and AS YOU LIKE IT), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (CEMENTVILLE), Illinois Wesleyan University (TREASURE), and Youngblood Theatre (CARTOON; THE FLU SEASON; and SPIRITS TO ENFORCE). From 2009-2013 he was the Founding Artistic Director of Youngblood, which did “terrific work that [changed] the landscape of Milwaukee Theater” (Milwaukee Magazine) and was named the Shepherd Express’ best theatre company in 2010. As an actor Michael has worked with regionally with the Milwaukee Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and in Milwaukee with Next Act, In Tandem and Youngblood. Michael has assisted prominent directors at Utah Shakespeare (Joseph Hanreddy), Steppenwolf (Hallie Gordon), Milwaukee Rep (Sean Graney), Gift Theatre (Jessica Thebus) and Northwestern (Henry Godinez). Michael graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in theatre. In 2014 he was named UWM's “Graduate of the Last Decade.”