In fall of 2019, I choreographed Pirates of Penzance at the University of Michigan. I was slated to direct and choreograph Pirates of Penzance at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in summer of 2020 but the production was delayed due to the pandemic.
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, especially in the performing arts industry. I stand behind and acknowledge the courage of everyone who has shared their stories and helped bring to light the inequities and disparities deeply rooted in our industry. I have been grateful for some time to learn, reflect, listen, and examine my own practices as well as the role I can play in making the industry a safe, supportive and inclusive space.
In summer of 2021 I was able to return to live theatre by directing and choreographing Pirates of Penzance at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. USF created an amazing experience prioritizing the work as well as everyone's safety. Every single person involved with the production was incredible and the space was filled every day with gratitude and collaboration.
I look forward to continuing to grow, learn, and work to create the world and the industry we want to live in.
Cassie had an eventful 2018/19 school year! In September she choreographed Once at the Zach Theatre in Austin. Then in the spring Cassie choreographed The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Texas State. She was thrilled to bring in Joshua Dean from 2 Ring Circus in New York to choreograph the aerial work as well as hold several masterclasses for the students. In April Cassie and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world!
Cassie was thrilled to have an opportunity to direct and choreograph this Jerry Herman classic at the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY. The show opened the theatre's brand new theatre complex and starred the incomparable Steve Hayes and Dirk Lumbard.
2017 was a year filled with great theatre and big life changes. In February Cassie served as the associate choreographer for the world premiere of The World According to Snoopy working with choreographer Adam Cates. In March she and her husband welcomed their baby boy into the world. And in the fall Cassie directed and choreographed one of her all-time favorite musicals, A Chorus Line.
This fall Cassie directed a technology and social media driven production of Legally Blonde at Texas State University. The show broke all box office records for the university. Cassie was also excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with choreographer Kiira Schmidt on this audience favorite. Check out photos for more information. Video coming soon!
This summer Cassie returned to Connecticut Repertory Theatre for another exciting season. First up, Cassie choreographed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Riley Costello, Tina Fabrique, and The Love Boat's Fred Grandy. Then Cassie got an opportunity to tackle one of her dream shows when she directed and choreographed the well-received production of West Side Story. Check out photos, videos, and reviews for more information!
In January of 2016 Cassie had the honor of presenting at the Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance conference at her alma mater, San Diego State University. The conference entitled "Musical Theatre in the Digital Age" centered on technology in arts education. Cassie, along with Lara Teeter from Webster University and David Wynen from Federation University Australia presented on "Technology and the Lost Playground." This panel focused on how technology has impacted the way we learn and process information as well as the importance for taking time to "unplug" and "reboot."
This fall Cassie got to explore the movement and rhythms of Argentina when she choreographed Evita at Texas State. In collaboration with director J. Robert Moore and student associate choreographer Ty Taylor, the production examined new ways to tell the tale of this vital, powerful woman. Please check out Photos for more on the show. Video to come soon.
This summer at CRT was full of magic and daring! Cassie started off by directing and choreographing Peter Pan starring Terrence Mann as Captain Hook and Riley Costello as Peter Pan. After flying around Neverland, she donned roller skates to choreograph Xanadu! Check out Photos, Videos, and Reviews for more information!
What an incredible experience directing and choreographing Kiss Me, Kate at Texas State University. Set and costume designer Michael Raiford created such a colorful world that everyone had a blast exploring. The production was well received winning 4 Austin Critics' Table Awards (Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, and Best Work by a Student Actor). Check out Videos, Photos, and Reviews for more information!
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