About Maureen

As a theatre director, I have directed in London, New York City (off-Broadway), Chicago, Munich, Vienna and Bangalore, India & a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s, The Gift Theatre: http://www.thegifttheatre.org

New plays are my passion. See WIN: Writers Innovative Network

I am very keen as to developing new work by both emerging and established international playwrights.

As a director, I like to look to unconventional elements for inspiration. With each project, I strive to deliver truth, simplicity and strong design values.

Having worked with several talented and creative artists both nationally and internationally, every engagement has helped hone my skills. My craft demands compassion, collaboration and attention to detail. I seek to inspire individuals to explore their unique talents and to fully trust in themselves as individual artists.

Unique contributions as a Director include Global PerspectiveScientific Theater, and Vision.

Professional Training

International and National Assignments. Cultural diversity has been my best training; directing performers and collaborating with design teams of various cultural backgrounds.
  • The Abingdon Theatre Company, NYC, New Scripts Evaluation
  • The School at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Award Winning Instructors include: Tina Landau: Viewpoints, Anna D. Shapiro: Scene Study, Frank Galati: Script Analysis, Rhondi Reed: Ensemble Building, Austin Pendelton: Everything Theatre.
  • Observership:  American Buffalo by David Mamet, directed by Amy Morton, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago.(duration six weeks)
  • Sanford Meisner Method: Sally Johnson, NYC., Mary-Anne Thebus, Chicago., Janet Wilson, Richmond, Virginia. (10+ years)
    New York Internships: Naked Angels and The Ensemble Studio Theatre
  • Yale Summer Cabaret, Yale University, New Haven, CT – Assistant Director

Education

Bachelor of Arts with distinction from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
Senior Thesis Published.

Pursuant of Masters in Dramaturgy

Languages

English
German (Working Knowledge)

Artistic Associations

  • SDC: Society of Directors and Choreographers, New York City. Full Member
  • Founding Member, The Gift Theatre, Chicago IL 2001-present
  • ETOPiA Productions: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

RESUME

MAUREEN PAYNE-HAHNER
www.maureenpaynehahner.com
WIN: Writers Innovative Network, Creative Director
T: +49 170 277 6750
maureen.paynehahner@gmail.com

Download resume here

SELECT PRODUCTIONS

The Crowded Hour (upcoming)
(New Play)
David Mulei NY, NY

Stubborn Things (upcoming)
(New Play)
David Mulei
Location: TBA

Winston & The Duke (upcoming)
(New Play)
Rory Fellowes
UK

Copenhagen
Michael Frayn
ETOPiA Productions, Northwestern University w/transfer
STAGE Productions
University of Chicago

Unseen (+) 
(New Play World Premiere)
Mona Mansour
The Gift Theatre,Chicago

The Tongue That Tells Me So
Bruce Seymour, Mariah Sage
Cleveland Public Theatre, Test Flight

A Victorian Eye 
Rory Fellowes
Jermyn Street Theatre, London
(New Play World Premiere)

The Lake of the Moon
(Dance Tour)
Orig. Adaptation
Bangalore, NYC & London (various venues)

QED
(Chicago Premiere)
Peter Parnell
Collaboraction Theatre, Chicago

QED 
Peter Parnell
Northwestern University, Chicago

The How and The Why
Sarah Treem
Northwestern University

Cloud 9 (+)
Caryl Churchill
The Gift Theatre

A Number 
Caryl Churchill
Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC

A Number 
Caryl Churchill
National Asian Theatre Festival, Los Angeles

Copenhagen 
Michael Frayn
Northwestern Universtiy

Copenhagen 
Michael Frayn
Max-Planck University, Munich

Copenhagen 
Michael Frayn
University of Vienna

Talk Radio (+) 
Eric Bogosian
The Gift Theatre

Sweet Phoebe 
Michael Gow
Theater Und So Fort, Munich

Dark Pony
David Mamet
Theater Und So Fort

Litko
David Mamet
Theater Und So Fort

Epilogue 
David Mamet
Theater Und So Fort

Two Conversations 
David Mamet
Theater Und So Fort

The Countess 
Gregory Murphy
Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago Premiere) i/a/w The Gift Theatre

(+) Joseph Jefferson Equity Committee Recommended (Chicago)

 

SELECT DIRECTED READINGS & NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT

“The Lake of the Moon”
Original musical adaptation, Samarthanam School for the Blind, Bangalore, India
USA & London Tour

Winston & The Duke
Jermyn Street Theatre & Umbrella Studios (London)

The Crowded Hour
Manhattan Theatre Club x 2

The Tongue That Tells Me So
Pearl Studios, NYC

Fix Me Jesus
Jermyn Street Theatre, London

SWAN/off-Broadway (short plays)
Abingdon Theatre, NYC

Benefit Challenge Series (off-Broadway) 
Abingdon Theatre, NYC

SELECT ARTISTIC AFFILIATIONS/AWARDS

  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Full Member
  • The Gift Theatre, Chicago Illinois, Founding Ensemble Member www.thegifttheatre.org (2002)
  • Joseph Jefferson Equity Award, Best Costumes, Cloud 9
  • Joseph Jefferson Equity Nomination, Best Set Design, Talk Radio
  • Literary Assistant for New Plays, The Abingdon Theatre, NY NY
  • ETOPiA, The Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Project in the Arts, Northwestern University, Chicago

EDUCATION & SELECT ASSIGNMENTS

  • Assistant Director, Yale Summer Cabaret, Yale School of Drama (2010)
  • Observership, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, Illinois: Director, Ensemble Member: Amy Morton (2011)
  • School at Steppenwolf Theatre(2001): Instructors included: Anna D. Shapiro, Frank Galati, Austin Pendleton & Rhondi Reed
  • Sanford Meisner Method (+15 years: various instructors, NYC, Chicago & Richmond, VA)
  • Internships NYC: The Ensemble Studio Theatre & Naked Angels Theatre
  • BA, Mary Baldwin College w/ Distinction – Thesis Published
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