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    © 2018 by BETH GARDINER

    Photo by Lloyd Mulvey

    Beth ​is a theatre maker based in New York City.  Her work focuses primarily on new plays, or on making old plays feel like new plays. She believes a life in the theatre is life of service, spent orchestrating opportunities for people to practice empathy, vulnerability, creativity and courage when they gather in a room and share stories together.

    A North Carolina native, Beth got her B.A. in Theatre from Wesleyan University and M.F.A. in Directing at UC-Irvine where she co-founded World Premiere Weekend, a festival of new work that premiered nearly forty new plays on campus in its first year.  

     

    ​In 2013 Beth co-founded Three Day Hangover, a New York City theater company that creates fresh, unexpected, immersive productions of classic plays in bars and other not-usually-theater spaces. Three Day's adaptations of work by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Molière and others have garnered the company widespread critical acclaim and a rowdy cult following. Their commissioned piece, Drunk Shakespeare, has been running off-Broadway for 5 years, been seen by over a hundred thousand people and just opened in a second iteration in Chicago.  She is also an Artistic Company member at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    

    Beth has worked as a director, dramaturg, assistant director and educator at theaters across the country, including Great River Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Utah Shakespeare, South Coast Rep, Santa Rosa Summer Rep, Fugitive Kind, Bialystock and Bloom, Milwaukee Shakespeare, The Atlantic Theater Company/NYU Training program and the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts.