Current Students

M.F.A. in Directing

Natalie Novacek

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Natalie Novacek is a freelance director and artistic leader based in Austin, Texas and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her productions have garnered critical acclaim for their precise balance of humor and heart. She has worked with the Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Children’s Theatre Company, ZACH Theatre, Jungle Theater, Ten Thousand Things and Sandbox Theatre, among others. She is the producing artistic director of Loudmouth Collective, known in her hometown of Minneapolis for tackling challenging solo performance and engaging small-ensemble theatrical events (A Bright New Boise, Kitty Kitty Kitty, Fuddy Meers). Natalie’s Austin directing credits include Poor Boys’ Chorus, Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven, The Pillowman and Esperanza Rising. Natalie was a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Selection Team Directing Fellow and her production of Never Swim Alone by Daniel MacIvor was an invited production at the National XXXVII KC/ACTF. Natalie received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Cara Phipps


Cara Phipps is a director whose work focuses on new play development and production. She recently worked as a directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville for their 50th Anniversary season where she directed two devised shows, three solo performance pieces, and a ten-minute play, Grace by Eric John Meyer, with the Apprentice Company. She also developed and directed The Elevator Plays and a workshop production of Jacob Marx Rice’s Almost Happy with members of the A/I Company. A Bay Area native, Cara has developed new work with several companies including Transient Theater, The ’06 Ensemble, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, and City Lights Theatre Company. She received the 2012 FringeNYC Overall Excellence in Directing awards for her work on the world premiere of Candice Benge’s The Egg Play. Cara is a graduate of the drama program at the University of Portland currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Directing at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Hannah Wolf

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Hannah Wolf is a theatre director, dramaturg, teacher and producer originally from Juneau, Alaska. She makes new work for the stage and explores new ways of making work in the rehearsal room. Wolf has also been known to consult in screenplay development and curates the blog Ask A Director. Her work has been seen at Perseverance Theatre, Superhero Clubhouse, The Vineyard Theater, The Civilians, Culturebot, Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant, Colt Coeur, Howlround, TerraNOVA Collective, New York University (NYU), Peppercorn Theatre, Writopia Lab, The Secret City and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She received a B.A. from Western Washington University, trained at the SITI Company Intensive and is the former literary resident at The Vineyard Theater. Member: 2012 Lincoln Center Directors' Lab; 2014/15 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Fellowships: Fulbright (Bucharest, Romania). Wolf is pursuing an M.F.A. in Directing at The University of Texas at Austin.