SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

Past Festivals

Curator David Kaplan at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown. Photo by Josh Andrus

David Kaplan is Curator and co-founder of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and the author of the book Tennessee Williams in Provincetown. He is the editor of Tenn at One Hundred,  the centennial anthology on the subject of Tennessee Williams' reputation.

In 1993 he directed and designed the Russian premiere of Suddenly Last Summer in Russian at the Gorky Theater of Samara. In 2003 Mr. Kaplan directed Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale in Cantonese at the Hong Kong Repertory Theater, and in 2008 in Chicago, he staged the critically acclaimed world premiere of Williams' The Day on Which a Man Dies.

Other Williams plays he’s directed: The Dog Enchanted by the Divine ViewTalk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, Frosted Glass Coffins, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, The Traveling Companion, and The Chalky White Substance.

For decades he has staged cultural collisions of classic Western texts in unexpected languages: a Sufi King Lear in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, performed in the Uzbek language; Genet’s The Maids in Ulaan Baator, Mongolia, performed in Mongolian; A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Buryatia, performed in the Buryat language. In Russia Mr. Kaplan directed the first Russian productions of Auntie Mame and Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! Also in Russia, Macbeth.

Plays directed by Mr. Kaplan have appeared in over 40 of the 50 United States. 



Charlene A Donaghy - Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Josh AndrusCharlene A. Donaghy is the Producer of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Her plays have been produced and awarded across the United States from New York to Los Angeles, in Great Britain, and Canada.

Hansen Publishing Group publishes Charlene's collection of plays: Bones of Home and Other Plays.  Other publications include Best American Short Plays (3x), Best Ten Minute Plays 2018, 25*10-Minute Plays for Teens, and Estrogenius, a Celebration of Female Voices (2x).

Charlene is founder and Festival Director of the Warner International Playwrights Festival, and co-founder/co-producer of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting. She teaches at the University of Nebraska Omaha in the graduate program in writing for stage and screen, and also in the theatre department. Charlene has guest lectured at colleges and universities throughout the country including Tufts University and the University of Memphis. She offers individual critique and dramaturgy on play-scripts, some of which have won national acclaim for their dramatists.

Charlene is a founding member of Boston’s Proscenium Playwrights, a core member of NYC’s 9th Floor Playwrights and Actors Collective, and a member of both The Playwrights Center and The Dramatists Guild of America.


Hunter Styles - Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Stephanie CraigHunter Styles is the Communications Manager for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. He was in the first class of graduates from the Theater Major program at Georgetown University in 2008, under the mentorship of Derek Goldman. He spent the following six years in Washington, D.C. writing and directing plays, interviewing and reviewing for American Theatre magazine and DC Theatre Scene, and working as full-time staff in box office management, subscription and database management, group sales, video and marketing, and publicity at The Studio Theatre in Logan Circle and at Signature Theatre in Arlington.

Hunter also spent several years as the Artistic Director of Artists Bloc, a D.C.-focused workshop and presentation series for early-development performing arts pieces. He has written plays that have been workshopped at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival and produced by D.C.-area companies including Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, Wayward Theatre, Flying V, and Grain of Sand. He received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for co-directing the Andy Warhol musical POP! at The Studio 2ndStage in 2011. In 2013, the Capital Fringe Festival awarded him Best Drama for his play Tell-Tale and Best Dance and Physical Theater for his co-created piece A Guide to Dancing Naked, with Brynn Tucker.

Hunter has directed and assistant directed with Theater J, Rorschach Theatre, Synetic Theater, Doorway Arts Ensemble, and Georgetown and American universities. He continues to write plays but is now based in Northampton, MA, where he has spent the past few years feeding his love of arts journalism as the editor of Preview Massachusetts magazine. He also bartends, teaches creative writing, and covers local food and craft beer for Edible magazine and the alt-weekly The Valley Advocate.


Emma Palzere-Rae - Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater FestivalEmma Palzere-Rae is the Development Manager for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. She is a non-profit administrator, playwright, actor, director, and producer. She is thrilled to join the team at the Festival, where her passions for theater, Tennessee Williams, and the beach all collide.

Currently, Emma is the Interim Director for the Thames River Innovation Place (CT), and has served as the Director of Development and Communications at Safe Futures, southeastern CT’s domestic violence agency, and as the Executive Director of the Chorus of Westerly (RI). Emma has also been an adjunct professor in the Arts Administration program in the Dramatic Arts Department at the University of Connecticut.

Previously, Emma spent 15 years as part of the NYC theater community, where she began producing one-woman plays and founded the Womenkind Festival. Over its ten-year run, Womenkind presented nearly 75 different performers, mainly original works. She also held the position of Artistic Director for Plays for Living, a touring company dedicated to social change. Emma is the co-founder of The Way of the Labyrinth Playwright’s Retreat, held every June since 2015 in southeastern Connecticut.

Emma serves on the board of directors of the CT Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and East Lynne Theater Company (NJ). In 2018, Emma was honored as Woman of the Year by the Southeastern CT Women’s Network and was previously given the Women Helping Women award by the CT Shoreline Chapter of Soroptimist. She is also a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild. Emma holds a BFA in Acting with minors in Creative Writing and Speech from Emerson College, Boston.


Thomas Keith is the Literary Manager for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. He has edited over sixteen Williams titles for New Directions since 2001 and is responsible for bringing out much of Williams’ late work, including two full-length plays and three volumes of previously unpublished one-acts. Keith organizes the seminars for Tennessee Williams Institute for the PTWT Festival and his interviews with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson (2008), Lanford Wilson (2009), William Jay Smith (2010), Mitch Douglas (2012), and John Lahr (2014), are Festival highlights.

Keith began his career as an actor starring in Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, the plays of Peter Hedges, Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa E.T.C., as well as The Public, Milwaukee Rep., Great Lakes Theater Festival, INTAR, Champlain Shakespeare, P.S. 122, and Naked Angels, with directors including Tom O’Horgan, Edward Cornell, Terry Gilliam, John Vaccaro, Jeff Weiss, Sharon Ott, and Clifford Williams.

Advisor to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. of New Orleans, Keith served as dramaturg at The Sundance Institute Theater Lab, reader for the Yale Drama Prize, and Creative Producer for the Drama League-nominated Off Broadway revival of The Mutilated.

Keith has written extensively on Williams and is the co-editor of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2018. He teaches at Pace University and The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.


Ken Abert - Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater FestivalKen Abert is the Administrative Manager and head of Guest Services for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. As the Festival Administrator, Ken’s responsibilities include monitoring the Festival’s finances and providing financial reports to the Producer and Board of Directors. In addition, he works with Provincetown officials to secure the appropriate permits for the various venues. In his role with Guest Services, he is responsible for working with housing partners, greeting artists and staff when they arrive, settling them into their festival housing, and addressing any issues that arise during the Festival.

Ken moved to Provincetown in December 2013 as year-round member of the community. Before Provincetown, Ken lived in Dorchester, MA for 25 years. Ken received his Masters in Higher Education from Northeastern University. His career in Higher Education included positions at Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, and Emmanuel College, where he was in charge of the graduate school.

Ken is also a weaver and designs shawls, scarfs, and other garments using yarns that he has hand spun and hand painted. Ken’s work can be found online and at various sheep and wool festivals.


Festival Director Jef Hall-Flavin at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown. Photo by Josh AndrusJef Hall-Flavin served as the Director of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival from 2007 to 2018. During his tenure he directed three world-premiere Tennessee Williams plays: The Parade (2006/2015), Green Eyes (2008), and The Enemy: Time (2009), among many others such as The Gnädiges Fräulein (2017), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (2014), Auto-da-Fé (2012), and Eugene O’Neill’s Diff'rent (2010).

Other directing projects include Orpheus Descending in New Orleans; The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire in New Zealand; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Sons of the Prophet at Park Square Theatre in Minnesota.

As Associate Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., he assisted Michael Kahn and Bill Alexander on several productions, directed As You Like It in a co-production with the Kennedy Center, and restaged Mark Lamos’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Free-For-All, as well as the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival.

Jef developed and directed a touring production commissioned by the Guthrie Theater called The Stuff of Dreams, and was also the artistic director of Outward Spiral Theatre Company in Minneapolis from 1998 - 2003, where he directed and produced ten plays, including a critically acclaimed production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

In addition to directing, Jef has been an instructor, curriculum developer, guest lecturer at many venues, including the University of Minnesota (BFA program), Concordia University, Stages Theatre Company, Hofstra University, Hamline University, Stephens College, George Mason University, and Mayo Medical School. He is currently pursuing a research degree at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

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