Welcome

...to michelletattenbaum.com, a website which will allow you to keep track of my current and upcoming directing work as well as take a look at what I've done in the past.

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Current Projects:

White Guy on the Bus by Bruce Graham

I will be directing this thought-provoking new play at Passage Theater in Trenton, NJ.

Performances begin May 5th, 2016.

A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, the threads that tie them together tighten, catching them in a complex web of racial bias, moral ambiguity, and revenge. Bruce Graham’s fearless and incisive play takes a no-holds-barred look at hidden and not-so-hidden racism within us all.
 

Projects in Development:

Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood
book by Uma Incrocci, Erica Jensen, Kirk McGee; Lyrics by Uma Incrocci; Music by Christian Pedersen

In July, I directed a reading of this new, Off-Broadway-bound musical at the Snapple Center.


Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade
book, music, and lyrics by Cheryl Kemeny

She won't quit and she won't stay quiet! It’s the turn of the century and aging Mary Harris “Mother” Jones is on a tireless crusade for justice as she leads ragged mill children on a march to end child labor.

I directed this new musical about the labor activist Mother Jones in July 2014 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, (Best Director, Honorable Mention).

Check out the show's website, which includes recordings, videos, and more info about the show.
 

Recent Projects:

Nobody Loves You music by Gaby Alter, lyrics by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses, book by Itamar Moses

I directed the New York premiere of Nobody Loves You at Second Stage.

A romantic comedy about the search for meaningful relationships in a culture dominated by the quest for popularity. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, goes on a reality TV dating show to win back his ex, he instead finds a girl who might be the love of his life. But will she fall for him once he is seduced by the adulation of his fans?

Over the course of the show's development, I directed Nobody Loves You at the NAMT festival of New Musicals; at the Old Globe (world premiere production); in Goodspeed Musicals' Festival of New Artists; and at the Cape Cod Theatre Project.

The Old Globe production was nominated for four Craig Noel Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Director.
Nobody Loves You was the Best New Musical of 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Babyprov a web comedy I directed and co-created with Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The four episodes, about an improvisational acting class for babies, are posted at Babyprov.com. Please watch and share with your friends!