CHICAGO: Goodman Theatre has named Jo Cattell as the recipient of the 2017-18 Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship. Through the fellowship, Cattell will be able to observe the artistic process at the Goodman this season. She will also have an opportunity to assist on a production at the theatre.
The fellowship was established in 2002 to honor the memory of Michael Maggio, who served as associate artistic director at the Goodman. The annual fellowship recognizes early-career Chicago directors.
“Exposure is part of an artist’s process, so it is thrilling to be gifted a year submerged in the expertise of the Goodman’s creative and production team(s), and I eagerly anticipate the many ways in which my work will be, consequently lifted,” said Cattell in a statement. “My artistry is taking me on adventures exploring different theatrical forms and how that impacts both the space we share and storytelling. Now, more than ever, it is imperative for us to create space for people to come together and share experiences.”
Cattell is currently working on An Epic Tale of Scale for Chicago Children’s Theatre with Goodman artistic associate, Henry Wishcamper. She served as associate director on Shakespeare in Love at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Tumbao at Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 1700 Theatre, and for the pilot webisode of “Don Chipotle: Origin.” Cattell is a member of the LightPoets, whose immersive show HEARTCORPS: Riders of the Storyboard, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Cattell was awarded the 3Arts Award for her work as a theatermaker in 2016.
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