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!
This fall Cassie got to work with director Kaitlin Hopkins to find new ways to use dance as a means of expression RENT. This included adding a Dream Roger and a Dream Mimi who conveyed through dance the subconscious of the characters. The ensemble was also woven in and out off scenes to create the environment of the East Village. Please check out Photos for more on the show.