RANDEE TRABITZ – Director
Randee most recently staged The Lightness and The Dark or How Everyone Misses Amanda: A Not So Subtle Allegory by Sigrid Gilmer for CSULA’s John Lion’s Festival and She Kills Monsters at CalTech.. She recently returned from NYC’s Dixon Place with her long-time collaborator, John Fleck and his acclaimed Blacktop Highway, (returning to L.A. at The Odyssey Theaters next Fall!) She directed a run of new works at Berlin’s English Theater in Germany, took her own version of Sophocles’ Electra to an international festival Delphi, Greece and staged a pirate musical on a Disney Cruise Ship. She’s directed many solos works with Obie-winning satiric-puppeteer Paul Zaloom, of Beekman’s World fame. Her work has been seen at regional theaters, (The Mystery of Irma Vep and Hedwig and the Angry Inch) at Actor’s Express, Atlanta and in Santa Fe, and many intimate theaters specializing on new plays with writers like: Doug Cooney, Julie Hebért, Bridget Carpenter, Jessica Goldberg, Jamie Brandli, Elizabeth Dement and Susan Merson. She worked in some big places too, like MOCA’S Geffen Contemporary (Brecht/Weill’s Happy End), California Adventure/Disneyland (Chance to Shine), Cal Plaza, The Getty (Fleck’s Dirt), the L.A. Opera (Jack and the Magic Songbird) and the Performing Arts Center in Santa Clarita (Lysistrata, Hair) and Redcat in Disney Hall (Blacktop Highway and Zaloom’s Mother of All Enemies). Her work has garnered some prizes, (LA Weekly Award, Garland and Ovation Awards, Finalist Short and Sweet Festival) and been awarded grants (CAD, Durfee and Flintridge). Randee teaches and/or directs in the Theatre Departments at CSUN, CSULA and Caltech. She has worked as a critic for the L.A. Weekly and analyzes writing and screenplays for Disney Animation. Upcoming: Stephanie Walker’s Friends With Guns at the Road this Spring.
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