Recently, American Theatre magazine launched “Role Call,” a series that puts the focus on theater professionals who “deserve a bigger national profile.” Among the playwrights, designers and performers on the list is CalArts alumna Deena Selenow (Theater MFA 13).
The magazine interviews dean of CalArts’ School of Theater Travis Preston about what makes her unique. He says that Selenow is “an outstanding artist and leader. Of course, she has incredible drive, discipline, and imagination. But the characteristics that really distinguish her for me are her dynamism, sense of humor, and taste for the bizarre. These strengths interact in ways that lend her work a delightful eccentricity.”
Selenow was recently a featured guest artist at the School of Theater, directing playwright Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, a high-octane Dungeons & Dragons comedy. She is currently working on Rachel Kauder Nalebuff’s How To Be Alone!, a play inspired by the undercurrent of loneliness below a culture of internet self-help where viewers can be instructed on how to eat alone or how to leave a voicemail.