Kyle Haden, now in his fifth season as our artistic director, has directed readings of Primary User; I Can Go; Hazardous Materials; and The Luckiest People for ANPF, as well as performing in readings of Go. Please. Go.; Edward III; and Now This. He has directed various productions across the country, including the world premiere of Hazardous Materials (Creede Repertory Theatre); A Brief History of America (Hangar Theatre Company); Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale (Island Shakespeare Festival); and The Tens (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Kyle was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow, and is also a Senior Coordinating Producer with Black Lives, Black Words International Project. As an actor, he has performed at regional theaters including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (three seasons), Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Cleveland Play House, as well as various theaters in New York and Chicago. Learn more about Kyle.
Associate Artistic Director
Jackie Apodaca is a Professor of Acting and the Head of Performance at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. She has worked as an actor, director, and producer in theatre, film, and media, with companies such as the Roundabout, Denver Center, National Geographic, Summer Repertory Theatre, Elephant Theatre Company, Island Shakespeare Festival, RE:ACT, Modern Media (head of production), Venice Theatre Works (associate artistic director), and Shakespeare Santa Barbara (producing director). She was a Contributing Editor at Backstageand wrote the long-running advice column, The Working Actor. Jackie also manages the Acting Trainee Program for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. For ANPF, she directed Constellations, The Bottle Tree, and Go. Please. Go. and recently played the roles of Beth in Cold Spring, the title role in Sofonisba and Grace in #GodHatesYou. Her first book, Answers from the Working Actor, was recently published by Focal Press-Routledge. Education: BFA, UC Santa Barbara and MFA, National Theatre Conservatory. Learn more about Jackie.
Beth Kander is delighted to be back for her fifth ANPF fall festival. Recent productions include the world premieres of Hazardous Materials (Creede Repertory Theatre); and Blue (Bluegrass Community Technical College, Kentucky). The second book in her dystopian epic Original Syn was released on October 15. Playwriting adventures have included Headwaters New Play Festival (CRT), CORE Residency (American Theatre Company), Equity Library Theatre, The Kilroys List, Downstage Left, The Writer’s Room, Eudora Welty New Play Awards (New Stage Theatre), Fondren Theatre Workshop, and her favorite festival: ANPF (2016 for Hazardous Materials and 2015 for The Bottle Tree). She is a proud Stage Rights playwright and also serves as Stage Rights’ Chicago scout. Although primarily writing fiction these days, she is still penning plays and has all sorts of creative plates spinning. Education: MFA in creative writing, Mississippi University for Women; Master of Social Work degree, University of Michigan; BA, Brandeis University. Learn more about Beth.
Host Playwright Emerita
E.M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and librettist. She is a former ANPF winning playwright (Song of Extinction, ANPF 2008) and served as host playwright for eight ANPF Fall Festival seasons.
Her work has been produced around the world and published by Samuel French. She received the Steinberg Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for outstanding writing of a world premiere play, an L.A. Weekly Award for Production of the Year, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Her play Now Comes the Night was part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington DC, and was published in the anthology Best Plays from Theater Festivals 2016. Learn more about E.M. Lewis here.