The IRT is thrilled to welcome Benjamin Hanna as our new Associate Artistic Director! He recently made his IRT directing debut with The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, this season's Exploring Stages production for children 3-8 years old. You will be hearing a lot more from Benjamin in the future, but for now, read on to learn about our newest staff member!
What's been your favorite play to direct?
By leaps and bounds directing the world premiere of Ivy and Bean has been my favorite play to direct. The story explores the unlikely friendship and adventures of two girls and their colorful neighborhood. Bringing to life the wildly successful childrens series was a true joy.
What play do you want to direct someday?
I would love to direct any play by Chicago-based playwright Philip Dawkins.
If you were not working in the theatre, what would you be doing?
If I did not work in the theatre I think I would be an educator.
If you could eat dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Michelle Obama. I would, of course, invite Barack also.
What are you reading/watching for artistic inspiration these days?
I have been watching two series lately, Transparent and The Handmaid's Tale.
What super power do you wish you had?
I wish I could fly. I have a phobia of airplanes—I would love to just be able to fly myself.
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