ABOUT THE SERIES

Dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, The Process Series features professionally mounted, developmental presentations of new works in progress. The mission of the Series is to illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form, to examine the creative process, to offer audiences the opportunity to follow artists and performers as they explore and discover and by so doing to enrich the development process for artists with the ultimate goal of better art and a closer relationship between artists and audiences.

Leadership

Joseph Megel - Artistic Director, The Process Series

Joseph Megel is artist in residence in Performance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he directs The Process Series: New Works in Development. Mr. Megel has spent the last 25 years focusing on the direction and development of new works for theatre and film. He is Co-Artistic Director of StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, Associate Artistic Director of the Teatro Latino/a Series, and continues to serve as Co-Executive Director of Harland’s Creek Productions, producer of premieres of new plays, developmental producer of screenplays and readings and producer of short films. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and Theatre of N.O.T.E. and Words Across Cultures in Los Angeles.

For the past three years, Megel was a resident artist in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) where he continued his collaboration with playwright Christine Evans and digital media designer Jared Mezzocchi on You are Dead. You are Here. This piece was developed in the Process Series and premiered in New York City at HERE in June of 2013. His short film About Time is currently making the festival rounds and has been screened at

several festivals and series, including the San Antonio Film Festival and the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. It will shortly be screened at the Long Island Film Festival.

Other recent directorial credits include Boged: An Enemy of the People (an Israeli adaptation of the Ibsen play) at Theatre J/Georgetown University in Washington, DC; The Brothers Size at Manbites Dog Theatre in Durham, North Carolina; Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot and Poetic Portraits of a Revolution with the Sacrificial Poets produced by StreetSigns at The ArtsCenter; Menagerie Variations (devised from early drafts of The Glass Menagerie) at Arena Stage in D.C.; Elisabeth Lewis Corley’s adaptation of The Miser at Duke University; Derek Goldman’s adaptation of Studs Terkel’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken in Chapel Hill, NC and Washington, DC (starring David Strathairn, Theodore Bikel, and Kathleen Chalfant).

 

He directed Guillermo Reyes’s Men on the Verge of Hispanic Breakdown in its Off Broadway and Los Angeles productions, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award Off Broadway and the Ovation award in LA and Jennifer Maisel’s The Last Seder at EST West in LA, Theatre J in Washington, DC,  and The Organic Theatre in Chicago, the latter supported by a grant from the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Heather Tatreau – Producer, The Process Series

Heather Tatreau has been a dance educator since 2003. She teaches the modern dance technique and theory courses at Carolina and has received numerous grants to design interdisciplinary courses across campus. She works closely with the Ackland Art Museum, Carolina Performing Arts, and Arts Everywhere as an advocate for the inclusion of dance education in the university curriculum. She is also on the Academic Advisory Committee of the Ackland Art Museum and on the board of the North Carolina Dance Education Organization. She regularly presents at local and national conferences as a dance educator and performer.

Heather has an active career as a dancer, choreographer, and movement consultant. Since joining the faculty at UNC, she has created work for the Department of Dramatic Arts’ Kenan Theatre Company, The Process Series, and StreetSigns. Heather works with professional performers as well as students on local dance projects for Tobacco Road Dance Productions, the Chapel Hill Dance Collective, and state-wide dance festivals. She creates site-specific work, experimental dance-theater pieces, and traditional modern dances for the stage. In 2018, she received a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission for her evening-length piece Tiny Luxuries.

Heather graduated from Carolina with a BA before moving to New York City to pursue a Master’s Degree in Dance Education from New York University. While living in New York City, she trained in classic modern dance techniques as well as avant-garde performance styles and somatic disciplines. She also performed with post-modern dance pioneer, Douglas Dunn, in NYC and in Italy.

Heather lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two boys, Owen and Max.

John McGowan - Associate Director, The Process Series

John McGowan is now a fully bred Tar Heel, having taught at Carolina for over twenty years. Originally from New York, John taught at the University of Michigan, a number of schools in California, and the University of Rochester before coming to UNC. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Trento in Italy over the past ten years, and has lectured on five continents. His scholarly work has focused on the meaning and practices of democracy, as described in both political theory and literature. His most recent books are American Liberalism (2007) and Pragmatist Politics (2012), and is also on the editorial team of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2010). The winner of five teaching awards at UNC, he teaches classes on topics ranging from Victorian literature to the idea of equality. Now an avid cyclist (after having retired from basketball, running, and tennis as aging knees took their toll), John has two children, while his wife, Jane Danielewicz, is also on the faculty at UNC.

Advisory Board

  • Renée Alexander Craft – Associate Professor, Department of Communication​

  • Allen Anderson – Chair, Department of Music

  • Rachel Ash – Associate Director, Arts Everywhere Initiative

  • Vivienne Benesch – Artistic Director, Playmakers Repertory Company

  • William Arthur Brown – Associate Professor, Department of Communication

  • Elizabeth Englehardt – Chair, Department of American Studies

  • Mary Floyd-Wilson –​​Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature

  • Joseph Jordan – Director, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center

  • Mark Katz – Director, The Institute for the Arts and Humanities

  • Heidi Kim – Associate Professor, Department of English & Comparative Literature

  • Susan Klebanow – Chair (Interim), Department of Music

  • Carol McGee – Chair, Department of Art

  • David Navalinsky – Director of Undergraduate Production, Department of Dramatic Art​​

  • Patricia Parker – Chair, Department of Communication

  • David Pier – Associate Professor, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

  • Eunice Sahle – Chair, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies​​

  • Jina Valentine – Assistant Professor, Department of Art

  • Adam Versényi – Chair, Department of Dramatic Art

  • Lee Weisert – Associate Professor, Department of Music

  • Ken Weiss – Research Collaborator, Department of Music​​

The Process Series

101 E. Cameron Avenue, Rm. 105

Chapel Hill, NC   27514

uncprocessseries@gmail.com  |  (919) 843-5666

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