CURRENT/UPCOMING

JAGGED LITTLE PILLAssociate Director (Broadway Fall 2019)

FREAKY FRIDAY,  Director (ACT of CT, Spring 2020)

FINDING NEVERLAND, Tour Director (Current National Tour)

 

RECENT NEWS

Directed Staged Reading of ALL NIGHTER, by Natalie Margolin, produced by Lorne Michaels (original reading with Faultline)

feat. Tessa Albertson, Molly Carden, Brenna Coates, Ismenia Mendes, Susannah Perkins

Directed Staged Reading of THE NEW GALILEOS, by Amy Berryman

produced by Mightee Shero Productions at Soho Playhouse

feat. Sharlene Cruz, Lisa Ramirez (The Convent), Constance Shulman (Orange Is the New Black), and Ginna Le Vine (Blue Bloods)

Directed Premiere production of STORMING HEAVEN the musical at West Virginia Public Theatre

book by Katy Blake and Peter Davenport, with music and lyrics by Katy Blake, Peter Davenport, Flip Anderson, and Tracey Lawrence

Directed Staged Reading of HANG MAN, by Stacy Osei-Kuffour

produced by MultiStages

feat. Daniel Abeles, McKinley Belcher III, Kelechi Ezie, Arica Himmel, Mikeah Jennings, Keilly McQuail, Alex Morf, Crystal Lucas Perry

ARCHIVES

Broadway World: Premiere Stages Announces 15th Season

Premiere Stages at Kean University has announced its 15th anniversary season, featuring four new plays that explore the power and responsibility of legacy. The season also includes a free staged reading of Ms. Berryman's Walden (June 14-16, Bauer Boucher Theatre Center), runner-up for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival. Mia Walker, who will serve as Associate Director on the upcoming Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, directs.

 

Set in the not-so-distant future, Walden imagines a world where climate change has intensified and scientists are recommending that humans colonize other planets. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to a man determined to stick it out on Earth. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance. An actor and writer originally from Seattle, Ms. Berryman recently won the LA Short Film Festival's Best Drama Award for You Are Everywhere, which she wrote, co-produced and starred in. 

Reading Presentation of ALL NIGHTER, Faultline Theatre

An Irons in the Fire Project

April 8, 2019 @ 7:00pm
The Wild Project

Written by Natalie Margolin
Directed by Mia Walker

It’s finals week at a small liberal arts college in rural Pennsylvania. A tight-knit group of roommates pull a drug-fueled all nighter to complete their final assignments. The hours pass, the pressure mounts, the Adderall flows, and we come to learn the ties that bind this group together and the reality they face that could break them apart.

Performed By

Juliana Canfield
Molly Carden
Ali Rose Dachis
Nina Grollman
Karoline Xu

Title Wave @ Bay Street, New Works Festival

May 04, 2019

Reading Presentation of WALDEN by Amy Berryman

Directed by Mia Walker

Saturday, May 4 @ 2pm

Walden is set in the not-so-distant future, when climate change has led to human colonization of other planets. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from her year-long deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to an Earth Advocate. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance.

JAGGED LITTLE PILL Broadway Fall 2019

After a successful run at A.R.T., JAGGED LITTLE PILL the new musical is set for Broadway in Fall 2019.

BROADWAYWORLD: Mia Walker Named 2018 Fellow In Television And Film By The Drama League

The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) announced today that Mia Rovegno and Mia Walker have been named this year's recipients of The Drama League's Directing Fellowship in Film and Television, which gives early- and mid-career theater directors their first opportunities to shadow on professional film and television projects. Ms. Rovegno and Ms. Walker will receive financial support, travel allowances, expert mentors, and a shadow directing assignment as part of their fellowship.

TimeOut New York: The best musicals to see at NYMF in 2017 (Part 2)

July 20, 2017

Camp Wanatachi (The Green Room @ Yotel, July 30–August 1)
A coming-of-age and coming-out story about teenage girls at a Christian summer camp, this musical—by Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us), Natalie Elizabeth Weiss (also known as Uricorntopia) and Travis Stewart—was in the 2010 Fringe Festival and had a brief run at La MaMa in 2011. This latest incarnation, a NYMF concert directed by Mia Walker and featuring a cast of young actors with Broadway credits, keeps the campfires burning.

Camp Wanatachi In Concert @ NYMF!

CAMP WANATACHI: IN CONCERT  

Book by Bekah Brunstetter & Natalie Elizabeth Weiss; Music by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss & Travis Stewart; Lyrics by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss

Directed by Mia Walker 

A New Musical about Sex, God, and Summer Camp.

CAMP WANATACHI is an electro-musical that explores two girls’ journey of sexual discovery within the unlikely setting of an all-female Christian summer camp. Spirit-soaked and hormone-charged, this “hilariously subversive piece of theater” (New York Magazine) celebrates teenage love with pulsing EDM beats and lush orchestral arrangements. “It defies all expectations of both coming-of-age tales and musicals. The result is refreshing and uplifting.” —TimeOut NY

Suitable for ages 13+

at The Green Room 42 @ YOTEL  

Jagged Little Pill Musical Coming to A.R.T. Spring 2018!

Jagged Little Pill will premiere at the A.R.T. in Spring 2018

 

Music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard
Book by Diablo Cody
Directed by Diane Paulus

Introducing nineties anthems including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand In My Pocket,” Jagged Little Pill (1995) established Canadian singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette as an alternative rock icon. Diane Paulus (Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess) directs this world premiere musical based on the groundbreaking album with a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno).

This Summer: Ophelia, a new musical at The Finger Lakes

Ophelia, a new musical @ Broadway in the Finger Lakes 

by Victoria Saxton and Ella Grace

directed by Mia Walker 

July 19-21, 2017

You think you know the story of Ophelia…but you don’t.

This folk-rock musical is a modern day adaptation of HAMLET but told entirely from Ophelia’s perspective. Set in the elite Elsinore Boarding School, deep in the forests of Denmark, the characters are teens struggling with the ecstasy and agony of first love, addiction, obsession, grief and growing up. 

BWW Photo Flash: The Encore Musical Theatre Company Goes INTO THE WILD: A New Musical, Starring Conor Ryan

April 21, 2017

Check out this production photos from Into the Wild on Broadway World Photo Flash.

All photos by Michele Anliker 

‘Into The Wild’: A soulful tragedy brought to astonishing light at Encore Musical Theatre

April 15, 2017

Encore Michigan's review of Into the Wild - click on link below to check it out!

Pittsburgh CLO's New Musicals Weekend Kicks Off This Friday

April 18, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the Next Generation New Small Musicals Weekend, which will take place April 21-23, 2017 at the Benedum Center. Niko Tsakalakos (Into the Wild) and Janet Allard(The Unknown: A Silent Musical) are teaming up with director Mia Walker to explore a new version of their show POOL BOY...

Detroit Free Press - Into the Wild feature

April 12, 2017

"When he was living in New York, Dan Cooney, a Broadway veteran performer from Michigan who co-founded Dexter’s Encore Musical Theatre Company in 2009, was tapped by former Yale School of Drama classmate Janet Allard for a couple of workshop readings and a demo recording of her brand-new musical, “Into the Wild..."

Check out the rest of this feature on Into the Wild, including interviews with the creative team -- click below!

Go, Go, Go see “Into the Wild” at Encore Musical Theatre (Review)

April 15, 2017

"Into the Wild is one of those rare experiences that will stay with you long after you’ve seen the show..."

Check out the rest of this review - click below! 

NPR Michigan Radio Interview w/ Mia Walker + Conor Ryan (Into the Wild)

April 13, 2017

Check out this Into the Wild interview with director Mia Walker and actor Conor Ryan on Stateside, Michigan Radio (NPR). 

Into the Wild, the new musical, will have its developmental premiere at The Encore Theatre in Dexter, MI. Written by Janet Allard & Niko Tsakalakos. Directed by Mia Walker.

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. 

Dates: April 14-May 7, 2017

Tickets here: http://www.theencoretheatre.org/tickets/

Samantha Joy Pearlman: The Music of Regina Spektor @ 54 Below May 5

Returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below after her sold-out performance of Duckling/Swan, Samantha Joy Pearlman celebrates the music of Regina Spektor. Summer in the City: The Music of Regina Spektor will feature material spanning her entire body of work, drawn from her studio recordings like Begin to Hope and her most recent release Remember Us to Life—even some of her obscure, unreleased demos. With this concert, Samantha hopes to pay homage to Regina’s quirky, bad-ass, Grammy-Award nominated “brilliant songcraft” (Rolling Stone).  Featuring special guests like Hamilton on Broadway’s Anthony Lee Medina, choreographer/dancer Jenn Rose, the Meraki Chamber Players and more to come. Directed by Mia Walker. Musical Direction/Orchestration by Andrew Fox. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the International Refugee Assistance Project. 

'Pippin' brings song, dance, circus to Lakeland

February 15, 2017

''Pippin'' Tour Director Mia Walker, speaking from New York City, said when the revival director, Diane Paulus, started, it was a two-year process that ...

Finding Neverland Tour Welcomes New Barrie - Playbill.com

February 03, 2017

Finding Neverland the National Tour has announced the arrival of Billy Tighe to play J.M. Barrie. 

‘Pippin’ goes to the circus in tour headed to Lexington

January 19, 2017

Check out this interview with Mia on what it was like directing the current National Tour of PIPPIN THE MUSICAL. 

Stage & Candor Interview

July 19, 2016

Check out this interview with Mia on Normativity, by Stage & Candor. 

Photo Flash: NORMATIVITY Prepares for NYMF Run; Go Inside Rehearsal with the Cast!

July 10, 2016

Broadwayworld.com shows a sneak peek into rehearsals for NORMATIVITY, opening on July 18 at The Pearl Theatre, as part of NYMF. Come check us out!

NORMATIVITY to open NYMF this summer!

A new musical by J. Jarrett. Directed by Mia Walker. 

Opens July 18, 2016 @ the Pearl Theatre.

 

High schooler Taylor's life is changed forever when she meets Emily, a fellow lesbian on a mission to literally rewrite her own story. But the two soon learn the path to a happy ending isn't easy, and it might even mean losing each other.

 

The latest musical from up and coming librettist and composer Jaime Jarrett, Normativity blends modern pop rock style music with introspective social commentary. Conceived in early 2014, Normativity aims to explore our ideas about sexuality, the world we live in, the people we're surrounded by, and the way these three factors influence the lives of LGBTQ+ teens. 

WAITRESS press day!

March 03, 2016

Press Day at WAITRESS... check out the link below for photos and videos -- a sneak peek of some of the numbers in the show ... 

WAITRESS - We have a Trailer!

February 12, 2016

Our first trailer just got released on People.com -- and now BroadwayWorld.com. Check it out! 

WAITRESS on Broadway -- Rehearsals begin!

February 08, 2016

First day of rehearsals for WAITRESS the MUSICAL on Broadway

Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles

Directed by Diane Paulus

Book by Jessie Nelson based on Adrienne Shelly's film

 

Tix online now at waitressthemusical.com

E.S.T. Youngblood Brunch - Where no Brunch has Gone Before

February 07, 2016

Directing Claire Kiechel's new short play "LIMITS"

starring Ryan Karels and Mahira Kakkar

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