Geoff Button

Education

  • M.F.A. Northwestern University, Theater Directing, 2014

Studying with: Joe Appelt, David H. Bell, William Brown, Amanda Dehnert, Gary Griffin, Dominic Missimi, Dan Ostling, Michael Rohd, Todd Rosenthal, Anna D. Shapiro, Jessica Thebus, Mary Zimmerman

  • B.A.  Western Michigan University, Theater Performance, 2000

Studying with: Jim Daniels, Pat Daniels, Joan Herrington, Lyda Stillwell, Von Washington, D. Terry Williams

Teaching Experience

Chicago Academy for the Arts

  • Lecturer, Theater Directing, Spring 2017
  • Lecturer, Shakespeare in Performance, Spring 2017
  • Lecturer, Scene Study, Spring 2017
  • Lecturer, Music Theater Acting 2017
  • Lecturer, Scene Study, Fall 2016
  • Lecturer, Music Theater Acting, Fall 2016
  • Lecturer, Theater Directing, Spring 2016
  • Lecturer, Theater Directing, Fall 2015
  • Lecturer, Music Theater Acting, Fall 2015

Northwestern University

  • Director, Senior Music Theater Chicago Showcase, Spring, 2014
  • Lecturer, Music Theater History, Fall, 2013
  • Lecturer, Sophomore Music Theater Techniques, Spring, 2013   
  • Director, Senior Music Theater Chicago Showcase, Spring, 2013
  • Lecturer, Non Major Music Theater Techniques, Winter, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Writing the Musical, Winter, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, New York Showcase Preparation, Winter, 2013
  • Lecturer, Directing the Musical, Fall, 2012
  • Lecturer, Sophomore Music Theater Techniques, Spring, 2012
  • Mentor, Independent Study in MT Writing, Spring, 2012
  • Director, Senior Music Theater Chicago Showcase, Spring, 2012
  • Lecturer, Directing the Musical, Winter, 2012
  • Lecturer, Auditioning Techniques, Fall, 2011
  • Lecturer, Sophomore Music Theater Techniques, Fall, 2011
  • Director, Senior Music Theater Chicago Showcase, Spring, 2011
  • Guest Lecturer, History of the Lyric Theater, Spring, 2011
  • Director, Senior Music Theater Chicago Showcase, Spring, 2010
  • Lecturer, Fundamentals of Directing, Fall, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer/T.A., History of the Lyric Theater, Winter, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer/T.A., Landmark Musical Theater Texts, Fall, 2008

National High School Institute, Theater Arts Division (Cherubs)

  • Instructor, Core Acting Faculty/Director, Summer, 2013

Saturday Scholars, Adult-Education Text Analysis Seminar

  • William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Parts One and Two, Spring, 2015
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Spring, 2014
  • Expressionism, From Morn to Midnight, The Emperor Jones, Machinal, Winter, 2014
  • Anton Chekov, Uncle Vanya, Winter, 2014
  • August Strindberg, Miss Julie, The Dance of Death, Fall, 2013
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear, Spring, 2013
  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia, Winter, 2013
  • John Millington Synge, Riders to the Sea, Playboy of the Western World, Fall, 2012
  • Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth, Summer, 2012
  • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Summer, 2012
  • Federico Garcia Lorca, Blood Wedding and Bernarda Alba, Winter, 2012
  • Euripedes and Seneca, Medea, Spring, 2012
  • Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Good Person of Szechwan, Fall, 2011
  • Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods, Winter 2011
  • John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, Winter, 2011

Educational Theater Directing

  • Cymbeline, by William Shakespeare, for the Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • Love and Information, by Caryl Churchill, for the Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • H.M.S. Pinafore, by Gilbert and Sullivan, for Lake Forest College
  • Marat/Sade, by Peter Weiss, for the NHSI Cherubs Program                                  
  • Princess Power, adapted by Geoff Button, for Northwestern University
  • Scrooge In Love (Workshop), by Larry Grossman/Kellen Blair/Duane Poole, for The American Musical Theater Project
  • Urinetown, by Mark Hollman/Greg Kotis, for North Park University
  • I Am Bradley Manning, by Sarah Gubbins, for The Theatre School at Depaul University
  • Spring Awakening, by Steven Sater/Duncan Sheik, for Northwestern University
  • The Who’s Tommy, by Pete Townsend/Des MacAnuff, for Northwestern University
  • Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner, for Northwestern University
  • Moby Dick: American Opera (Workshop), by Doug Katsaros/Mark St. Germain, for The American Musical Theater Project
  • In a Dark Dark House, by Neil LaBute, for Northwestern University
  • Sock Monkey Woyzeck, adapted by Geoff Button, for Northwestern University’s Toy Theater Festival

Related Work Experience

  • Writers Theatre, Casting Director/Assocate Producer, Winter 2017 - Present
  • The Hypocrites, Artistic Council, Fall 2014 - 2017
  • The Hypocrites, Casting Director, Winter, 2003 – Fall, 2007
  • The Hypocrites, Company Member, Fall, 2001 - Present
  • Groupon LLC., Sales Trainer, December, 2010 - September, 2011

Awards and Additional Training

  • Distinguished Alumni, Western Michigan University, 2015
  • Equity Joseph Jefferson Nomination, Best Musical, Adding Machine: A Musical, 2016
  • Equity Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Ensemble, All Our Tragic, The Hypocrites
  • TimeOut Chicago Theater Award Nominations, Best Production of a Musical and Best Director, Adding Machine: A Musical, The Hypocrites
  • Broadway World Award, Best Actor in a Play, Best Ensemble, All Our Tragic, The Hypocrites
  • Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Actor in a Play, Equus, The Hypocrites
  • Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Nomination, Best Director of a Play, True West, The Hypocrites
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater Workshop, Folio for Directors, Larry Yando, 2014

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