Raised in Wisconsin, Cassie is a director, designer, production manager, and educator who semi-permanently resides in Cambridge. She graduated from Boston College in 2017 and has since been working as a full-time theater artist. In addition to being a freelance director and designer, she is the full-time production manager at Central Square Theater and the Associate Artistic Director of The Nora Theater Company’s That’s What She Said program. Currently, she is working on a 10-Minute play for CST’s Women and Science festival and an adaptation of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles with Arlington Catholic High School.
What’s your earliest memory of the arts?
My earliest memory of the arts is attending a production of Peter Pan with my dad in Madison, Wisconsin. He used to take me on a yearly outing to the theater, just the two of us. I remember sitting in the balcony watching Peter fly over the theater, and being so amazed at what these people got to do every day.
Do you have a favorite memory or story about MCA?
I loved everything about working on last season’s She Kills Monsters. I had the most amazing group of students, and they made it so easy to create a fun and creative atmosphere. I especially loved watching them learn all of the crazy fights in the play and how excited they were to be a part of that adventure.
How have you stayed connected to the arts this past year?
I was lucky enough to be able to be a part of Starlight Square in Cambridge this past summer/fall, which allowed me to not only create, but also to see a wide variety of arts performances from August through October. The ability to see live theater, music, and dance during this tumultuous time really reinforced my love for the arts and my hope that we will be able to persevere through anything. I’ve also used this time to dig into more books and my love of fiber crafts, which has allowed me to expand my artistic palette beyond just theater.
Who’s your favorite artist (of any form—visual arts, theater, music, dance)?
My current favorite musical artist is the band Lawrence.
Do you have a favorite musical or play?
My favorite play is How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel and my favorite musical is The Music Man.
Do you have a favorite quote about the arts or one you’d like to share?
This is not a quote explicitly about the arts, but I think it applies: “The line between the real and the imagined in a construct.”
— adrienne marie brown