Casting Announced for DIRECTORS HAVEN

Haven has announced casting for its fifth DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company’s annual event showcasing the talents of three rising directors.

This season, Lauren Katz directs Caryl Churchill’s THIS IS A CHAIR; Aaron Mays helms Sonia Sanchez’s 2 x 2; and AJ Schwartz directs Dan Giles’ HOW YOU KISS ME IS NOT HOW I LIKE TO BE KISSED.

THIS IS A CHAIR features Catherine Dvorak, Tamsen Glaser, Lakecia Harris, Isaac Snyder, Julian “Joolz” Stroop and Diego Zozaya.

2 x 2 features Dionne Addai, Sheree Bynum, Simon Gebremedhin, Merrina Millsapp and Juwon Tyrel Perry.

HOW YOU KISS ME IS NOT HOW I LIKE TO BE KISSED features Morgan Lavenstein and Rolando Serrano.

The cast of Haven’s DIRECTORS HAVEN 2019 includes (top, l to r) Catherine DvorakTamsen GlaserLakecia HarrisIsaac SnyderJulian “Joolz” Stroop and Diego Zozaya with (bottom, l to r) Dionne AddaiSheree Bynum, Simon Gebremedhin, Merrina MillsappJuwon Tyrel Perry, Morgan Lavenstein and Rolando Serrano.

Comments Artistic Director Ian Damont Martin, “This cohort of directors is more than ready to bring their work to the Chicago community, and Haven couldn’t be more excited to facilitate and support them in this fifth year of our Directors Haven program. Each of these early-career directors have interests and visions that are specific, intelligent, and downright exciting. The pieces they have individually selected are glimpses of the kind of work we need to be seeing and making right now – work that asks us the difficult questions – work that makes space for the marginal and the marginalized. This is met with an articulated interest and commitment in intentional processes, which is becoming increasingly important at Haven.”

The three productions, which have the support of a full production team, run back-to-back in one program, October 14 – 30 at The Den Theatre. For more information visit

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