Directing Thesis: For Molly

Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program is proud to present For Molly, an original play by Ciara Ní Chuirc '21 and Tatiana Kouguell-Hoell '21, and directed by Camille Z. Hayes '21.


For Molly explores the extraordinary four-decade relationship between the poet Mary Oliver and the photographer Molly Malone Cook. Between the East Village and Provincetown, through memories and photographs, the piece offers a portrait of Mary and Molly's romance. The narrative is brought to life in the blurred lines between dream and reality. 


This project explores the following questions: Who gets to tell your love story? What are the ritualistic elements of intimacy? The production tells its own version of a true love story, not just of the artist and her muse, but artist to artist and muse to muse; two partners who couldn’t be more different but whose drive and passion for their work built a shared sensibility that lasted over forty years.


An MFA Directing Thesis virtual production available from June 24–July 3, 2021.



Stephanie Litchfield, Kathleen O'Neal, Maya T. Weed, Carolyn Rose Friedman, and Kanika Asavari Vaish.


Production Team

Playwrights Ciara Ní Chuirc ’21 and Tatiana Kouguell-Hoell ‘21

Director Camille Z. Hayes ‘21

Producer Ali Daylami

Dramaturg & Props Master Diana Fathi

Production Stage Manager Jianqiao Lu

Company Manager Dani Turner

Scenic Designer Isabel S. Nelson

Costume Designer Carla Posada

Lighting Designer Katie Whittemore

Sound Designer Matt Coggins

Director of Photography Tatiana Stolpovskaya

Intimacy and Movement Director Cristina (Cha) Ramos

Assistant Stage Manager Mia Qin (秦梦圆) and Eszter Zador

Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Online

Camille Z. Hayes '21 (Directing) explores the extraordinary four-decade relationship between the poet Mary Oliver and the photographer Molly Malone Cook in her Director's Thesis.

Read the interview online

About the Director


Camille Z. Hayes ‘21 (she/her/hers) is a theatre director, writer, and vocal coach based in New York City. She specializes in theatrical adaptations that focus on the experiences and journeys of queer women. Camille is the recipient of a Princess Grace Theatre Award, a Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership, and a Metropolitan Opera Stage Directing Fellowship. Camille is a graduate of the MFA Theater Directing program at the Columbia University School of the Arts.


About the Playwrights


Ciara Ní Chuirc '21 is an Irish writer living in New York. Her work has been produced in the Samuel Beckett Theatre and Project Arts Centre (Dublin); Theatre Exile (Philadelphia); The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC); and The Tank, Irish Arts Center, Schapiro Theater, Kraine Theater, and the Studio Theater (NYC). Her plays have been developed with Theatre Exile (Philadelphia); Fishamble Theatre Company and Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin); and Elephant Run District Theatre Company (New York).


Tatiana Kouguell-Hoell '21 is a third year MFA playwriting candidate at Columbia University. She has previously studied at Purchase College, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the University of Amsterdam and Prague Film School. Tatiana was awarded the Denis Diderot (A-I-R) Grant as an Artist-In-Residence at Chateau D’Orquevaux. Her written work and original plays have been performed at The Studio Theater, The Tank Theater and The Stella Adler Studio. She is based in New York City.