Past Event

Directing Thesis: The Tempest

November 8, 2017 - November 11, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lenfest Center for the Arts

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
Directed by NJ Agwuna ’18

Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, plots to restore him and his daughter Miranda to their rightful place, using magic and skillful manipulation. The eponymous tempest brings Prospero's usurping brother Antonio and the complicit Alonso, King of Naples, to the island. Fusing the history of New Orleans and the magic of Shakespeare’s island, this production examines how extraordinary events can shake a community to its core.


Production Team:

General Manager: Lucia Xiaoran Zhu
Production Stage Manager: Jessica Emmanus
Set Designer: Andrew Moerdyk
Costume Designer: Avery Reed
Sound Designer: Ian Wehrle
Lighting Designer: Eric Norbury & Ethan Olsen
Dramaturg: Lucy Powis
Company Manager: Thomas Swayne
Assistant Stage Managers: Lola Bao & Lanie Liu


Featured: Olivia AbiassiJustin Michael CookeFreddie FultonGarrett GrayLuke Hofmaier*, Kyle InglemanRoger Lipson*, Emily Loewus, Amy MiyakoChris MurrayAdrienne Paquin*, Eddie PowersErin Salm*, Tiffany SmallRoberto Tolentino.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


NJ Agwuna is a freelance theater and film director hailing from central Maryland. Performing from a young age, NJ began studying theatre at REP Stage Summer Institute, where she not only learned the art of acting, but was also inspired to pursue the adventurous life of directing. She approaches theatre with curiosity and wonder believing that theatre can not only heal us but show us all the possibilities of the world the we inhabit. She has worked on a national and international scale exploring classic text, devising, and investigating new ways to explore trauma through theatre.