2020 Friday Speaker Series
Each week, Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department hosts an hour-long Zoom interview with an exciting Theatre-Maker. The interview is guided by questions generated by Cal Poly’s theatre students.
We are pleased that our Guest this week is director and choreographer: Eddie DeHais.
Eddie DeHais (they/them) is a French-American nonbinary director, choreographer, writer, and visual artist, who creates space of rigorous collaboration, radical empathy, and reckless joy to investigate the best and worst of humanity. They craft epic, transformational, sensorial experiences that strive for deep human connection between audiences and artists alike.
Eddie is a 2021 Brown-Trinity Rep MFA Directing Candidate where they have directed a queer Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, their own buffon adaptation of Macbeth, as well as multiple new works. Under their own production company, Eddie has developed and directed many works. They have worked with artists such as Anne Bogart, Annie-B Parson, Julian Boal, Claire Warden (IDI), Will Davis, Taibi Magar, and were an Assistant Director/SDCF Observer for Robert O’Hara’s Macbeth at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Seattle credits include: Director of New Works for Café Nordo (where Eddie launched Nordo's New Works Program in 2016), Founding Artistic Director of DangerSwitch! (a collaborative physical theatre ensemble that produced original action-based theatre from 2015-2018), The Intiman, Book-it Repertory, the 14/48 Projects, Annex Theatre, Café Nordo, Ghost Light Theatricals, ArtsWest, and Live Girls.
Chicago credits include assistant directing May Adrales at the Goodman and JoAnne Akalaitis at Court Theatre, as well as creating numerous devised clown pieces in theaters and bars across the city.
Eddie received their degree in Theater & Performance Studies from the University of Chicago and studied clown and physical theater at L’École Clown et Comédie Francine Côté in Montreal. eddiedehais.com.