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Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York  New York  10027
United States
Columbia University School of the Arts

Directing Thesis: Machinal

by Sophie Treadwell. Directed by Isabelle Kettle '18.

A woman is trapped in a suffocating and inhuman world, her only choices defined by men. Desperate to escape, she dares to pursue increasingly reckless forms of protest. Sophie Treadwell’s extraordinary 1928 play insists on the necessity of conceiving a different future for women. 90 years later, the violence of that imagination remains provocative and radical.

Production Team:
General Manager: Bethany Sharp
Production Stage Manager: Alexis Nalbandian
Set Designer: Anna Driftmier
Costume Designer: Alexandra Soiseth
Sound Design & Composition: Felicia King
Lighting Designer: Eric Norbury
Projection Designer: Felicia King
Dance Choreographer: Amos Wolff
Dramaturg: Lucy Powis
Company Manager: Ricardo Neumann
Assistant Stage Managers: Patty Garvey, Dennis Ho

Abby Awe, Jamar Brathwaite, Elizabeth Chappel, Fang Du, Giselle Lebleu Gant, David Glover, Alexia Hartman, Thomas Lynch, Thom Niemann, Emily Oliveira, James Parenti, Mary Rising, Matt Robertson, Quinn Rol*, Samantha Simone, and Queen Neferteri Zulu*.

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Director’s Bio:
Isabelle is a New York-based director originally from London. Working with diverse source materials, her artistic goal is to unearth how gender and the body are constructed, performed, and politicised, both historically and theatrically. Previous projects include: Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone, Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber adapted by Bryony Lavery, adaptations of Shakespeare’s King Lear (Lear’s daughters) and As you Like It (Arden Creatures), as well as Chekhov’s Three Sisters (still. they keep flying). She most recently directed Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Une Éducation Manquée with Popup Opera at London’s Arcola Theatre. Isabelle is a co-founder of Footfall Theatre company.