Chief Joseph and the Measuring Women , by Kenn Pierson
Polyglot Productions, Seattle, WA (1995 to present)
Photo of Alice Fletcher by Jane Gay
  • Currently oversee script development process of a new docudrama adapted from the writings of early American ethnographer Alice Fletcher, the letters and historical photographs of her companion Jane Gay, and the 1879 speech of Nez Perce Chief Joseph. Research historical/current relation between whites and indigenous peoples.
  • Collaborate with playwright, actors, musicians, designers, and audio/visual technicians to create a multimedia staging of a nineteenth-century Idaho environment.
  • Producer/Director for staged reading at Daybreak Star India Cultural Center, Seattle, WA (1996)
  • Primary Negotiator for upcoming production on Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho (1997)


Josie!, by Kenn Pierson - Serpent's Tooth Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI (1993)
Photo of Alicia Hunter as Josie by
Michael Geiger
  • Directed a one-woman musical featuring a dancer, a musician, and one actor.
  • Production mounted as a dinner theatre package in an intimate 69-seat theatre at the Sheraton Inn-Ann Arbor.
  • Oversaw three-month script development period.
  • Supervised directing intern, performed the role of dancer, and provided intricate make-up design for the musician/actor.

  • Named Runner-up, Best Director of a Musical, 1993 (Ann Arbor News)
  • Actress named Best Actress of a Musical, 1993 (Ann Arbor News )
  • Production named Runner-up, Best Musical, 1993 (Ann Arbor News)

Still Life, by Emily Mann - Serpent's Tooth Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI (1992)
  • Directed award-winning production of a docudrama to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.
  • Designed minimal set with intense lighting effects in an intimate 86-seat blackbox theatre.
  • Gathered photographs and sounds of the Vietnam Conflict for a multimedia montage which received favorable mention.

  • Named Best Director of a Drama, 1992 (Ann Arbor News)
  • Production named Best Drama, 1992 (Ann Arbor News)
  • Actresses named Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress of a Drama, 1992 (Ann Arbor News)
  • Actor named Runner-up, Best Actor of a Drama, 1992 (Ann Arbor News)
Photo of Sarah Himsel as Cheryl in Still
Life by Emily Mann (Photo by Michael Geiger)

House Fire , by Frederick Kinch - Serpent's Tooth Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI (1992)
Photo of House Fire by Fred Kinch 
(Photo by Michael Geiger)
  • Directed cast of four in a contemporary dark satire on the disintegration of the American family.
  • Employed Artaudian surrealism in set and light design concepts to reflect the absurdity of familial relationships in the television age.
  • Oversaw the script's six-month development period involving actors, playwright, dramaturg, choreographer, mime artist, musicians, and designers.

The Gingham Dog, by Lanford Wilson - Serpent's Tooth Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI (1992)
Photo of Alicia Hunter in Gingham Dog by
Lanford Wilson (Photo by Michael Geiger)
  • Directed cast of four in a 1965 drama revived for its contemporary relevance concerning interracial relationships.
  • Designed and constructed a realistic 60's apartment interior, complete with period artifacts.

  • Actress named Runner-up, Best Actress of a Drama, 1992 (Ann Arbor News)
  • Actress named Runner-up, Best Supporting Actress of a Drama, 1992 (Ann Arbor News)

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman (adapted by Kenn Pierson)- Serpent's Tooth Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI (1993)
  • Oversaw the development of original script (with music) leading to the world premiere of this innovative adaptation involving one actor and one dancer.
  • Worked with sculpture as set designer to create objet dÍart set.
  • Production used as creative component of a U of Minnesota Ph.D.

  • Production named Runner-up, Best Special Production, 1991 (Ann Arbor News)
Photo of Tom Fiscella in Leaves of Grass by
Kenn Pierson (Photo by Michael Geiger)

Another Antigone, by A.R. Gurney, Jr.
Serpent's Tooth Theatre, Royal Oak, MI (1991)
Photo of Another Antigone by A.R.Guerney Jr. 
(Photo by Michael Geiger)
  • Directed cast of four in a drama produced in a 400-seat proscenium theatre.
  • Designed set and light design.

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White (adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette)
Grand Marais Playhouse, MN (1987)
  • Designed a barn interior which transformed into the county fair via pivoting panels and sliding doors.
  • Directed 15 children, ages 6 - 19.
  • Commissioned composer to write musical soundtrack, setting portions of the dialogue to music. Cast numbered 25, including additional singers.
Educating Rita, by Willy Russel - Grand Marais Playhouse, MN (1987)
  • Designed split set using elements of "storybook" expressionism.
  • Commissioned dramaturg to merge elements of screen play and stage play.
  • Designed additional music and sound effects.
Never Too Young,
compiled from company-generated material by 7th-graders
Dayton-Hudson Arts Initiative Grant Program, Minneapolis, MN (1987)
  • Participated in six-month middle school play development process culminating in a full production; script examined the lives of youth across racial, economic, and social lines.
  • Directed cast of 18 adolescents (11-14 years of age) and designed final production in a large proscenium theatre.
  • ncorporated five-piece student rock band into production.
Photo of Never Too Young by The Company,
Compiled by Kenn Pierson (Photo by Michael Geiger)
Borderline, by Peter Todd Silvern
Lakeshore Players, White Bear Lake, MN (1983)
  • Directed/designed lights and set for a small proscenium production of a new American one-act drama examining the relationship between a young black male and his elderly white female victim.
  • Commissioned composer/vocalist to develop original musical score.
Suddenly Last Summer, by Tennessee Williams
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (1981)
  • Designed split level set, and designed music and visual effects.
Juve, by Campbell Smith - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (1981)
  • Recruited cast from inner-city Detroit junior high school students for drama dealing with the lives of eight adolescents who confront a variety of obstacles as they grow up.
  • Directed/designed expressionistic playground set complete with miniature race car, monkey bars, and swing set.
  • Commissioned composer to develop original musical score and theme song.
Spratt, by Joe Weisenfeld
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (1979)
  • Designed split level set, and incorporated music and visual effects for drama dealing with the socially unacceptable relationships between the mentally impaired.
Mouse Trap by Agatha Christie
Garden City Civic Theatre, Garden City, MI (1979)
  • Directed/designed production, incorporated music, and designed sound effects.

Design Projects

Mountain Thunder : The Ballad of C. Badger Clark,
by Kenn Pierson
Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD (1985)
and Eastern Montana University, Billings MT (1989)
  • Designed lights and set for a small proscenium theatre production of this new American monodrama adapted from the poetry of South Dakota Poet Laureate Badger Clark.
  • Production consultant to playwright and director.
Photo of Darryl Patten as Badger Clark in
Mountain Thunder: The Ballad Of C. Badger Clark by Kenn Pierson
(Photo by Michael Geiger)
Chapter Two, by Neil Simon
Phipps Center for the Performing Arts, Hudson, WI (1984 )
  • Designed lights for a medium-sized proscenium theatre production in a fully computerized house.
The Spirit of St. Louie, by Kenn Pierson
Inver Hills Community College, Inver Hills, MN;
co-produced by Cricket Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (1983)
Photo of Spirit of St. Louis by Kenn
Pierson
(Photo by Michael Geiger)
  • Designed lights for a medium-sized proscenium theatre.

Stage Management Projects

The Professional Frenchman, by Mac Wellma - Brass Tacks Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (1985)
Billy Budd, by Chapman and Coxe - University of MN, Minneapolis (1985)
The Death of Bessie Smith, by Edward Albee - University of MN, Minneapolis (1984)
The Reconstruction of Dossie Rae Hemphill, by Endesha Ida Mae Holland - University of MN, Minneapolis (1984)
Starting Here, Starting Now, by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (1979)
 
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