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Glory Kadigan
Founder/Artistic Curator and Executive Producer of Playwrights For A Cause Benefit

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ” -Margaret Mead, US anthropologist & popularizer of anthropology (1901 – 1978)

Ms. Kadigan founded Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and served as the Producing Artistic Director for six seasons. Prior to founding Planet Connections, she worked as the Artistic Director of various other theater festivals in NYC. As the Producing Artistic Director of Planet Connections, she has presented 207 productions, 75 Staged Readings, 47 films and 67 bands. Under her leadership, Planet Connections has raised over six figures for 260 different charitable organizations including Safe Horizon, City Harvest, Amnesty International and more. Although no longer the Producing Artistic Director of the entire festivity – she still serves as the Artistic Curator and Executive Producer of the renowned Playwrights For A Cause benefit.  Under “Playwrights For A Cause” she has presented world premiers by Israel Horovitz, Erik Ehn, Halley Feiffer, Wendy MacLeod, John Patrick Shanley, Winter Miller and Neil LaBute.

She is a freelance stage director and is an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, La Mama Directors and Playwriting Symposium and of The Labyrinth Theater Company’s Master Class. Ms. Kadigan is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and has been the recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award in Direction from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Among her directing credits are: St. Anne’s Soup (Israel Horovitz World Premier with Oscar Winner Melissa Leo, Obie Winner Mary Beth Hurt, Caissie Levy (Les Miserables, Murder Ballad, Hair) and Eric Abrams (All the Way) at Classic Stage Company), Breaking Philip Glass (Israel Horovitz World Premiere with David Deblinger, Donna Vivino, Abrham Makany and Imran Sheik) at NY Theatre Workshop, Her Speech (Erik Ehn World Premiere at NY Theatre Workshop), 5 Sandwiches (Michael Puzzo World Premiere with Tyler Gardella, Mateo Equality Moreno, Ed Jewett (Boardwalk Empire), Craig muMs Grant (HBO series OZ); Over the River and Through The Woods (Neil LaBute World Premier with Tony nominee Celia Keenan Bolger and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons at the Signature Theater NYC), Two Minute Warning (Neil LaBute, World Premier) at Terry Schreiber’s Gloria Maddox Theater,  Falling in Like, Pony of Love, Love at Twenty, Bad Girl (All by LaBute at Gloria Maddox Theater/Nylon Fusion), Other(s) devised with David Diamond at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore, Oil (by Marco Calvani, English Language premier), Evening with Family (by Vaclav Havel, English Language premier at the Brick), Two Rooms (by Lee Blessing at The Workshop Theatre featuring Andy Kelso star of Kinky Boots and Angela Lee Aspiras form Putnam Spelling Bee), Before (by Penny Jackson for MT Works with Peter Collier), Golem Stories (by Edward Einhorn at Chashama), The Maternal Instinct (by Monica Bauer), Orange, Hat and Grace (by Gregory Stephen Moss at The Green Theatre Collective),  Always Family (The Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row, Small Pond Productions), North of Providence (Edward Allen Baker at Altered Stages), Serenading Louie (Lanford Wilson at Stella Adler Black Box), Anomal (ATA-Off Broadway with Ehud Segev), Foursome (by Ionesco at HERE), and Empress of Sex (by Duncan Pflaster at 45 Bleecker Street Theater). Her own adaptations which she directed include: Alba (Gene Frankel Theater), Avalon (Looking Glass Theatre), The Tempest, Measure For Measure, The Snow Queen, Special Delivery, and The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Workshop Theater/MT Works, Robert Moss Theatre).

She has also directed regionally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New Jersey, Key West, and New Orleans. Regional Credits Include: The Glass Menagerie, Pippin, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Uncommon Women and Others, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in The Moon, Marigolds, Recovery and Ten Little Indians.

Abroad she has directed in London and in Edinburgh (Soccer Moms), Singapore (Others), as well as devised work in Spoleto Italy as part of La Mama, Umbria. Upcoming, she will be devising projects in London (regarding undocumented workers), and again in Singapore (environmental concerns). Ms. Kadigan is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women which works to promote the visibility of women in the arts.

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