David Geffen School of Drama 2022 Directors

It is our pleasure to introduce to you Alex Keegan and Christopher D. Betts, two outstanding young directors who will graduate in May from our three-year Master of Fine Arts program in Directing.

Fall 2021 - Alex Keegan

Alex Keegan is a fourth-year M.F.A. candidate from New York City at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale where she’s directed Measure for Measure, Uhuru by Gloria Majule, and Lenny’s Fast Food Kids Gang by Angie Brigette Jones; assisted Jecamiah M. Ybañez on Yell, a “documentary” of my time here by Jeremy O. Harris and Lileana Blain-Cruz on Girls by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Yale Repertory Theatre; and served as Co-Artistic Director of Yale Summer Cabaret.

Her additional directing Expats Anonymous by Rachel Chin (Yale Cabaret), Auntie Vanya by Reed Northrup (Ars Nova ANT Fest), She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen (Geva Fellowship), Tough by Margot Connolly and Selkie by Krista Knight (Williamstown), Primary by Gracie Gardner (Sanguine/IRT), Dead City by Sheila Callaghan (Brown University), and new work with MCC FreshPlay, Cherry Lane Theatre, O’Neill Theater Center YPF.

Alex created Aplomb, an ensemble-generated play about a queer college student’s experiences with anxiety disorder, developed with support from New York Theatre Workshop’s Adelphi Residency and The Habitat.

She is a member of Roundabout Directors Group, a recipient of an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project Commission, an alum of The Drama League Artist Residency, Rattlestick’s Middle Voice Company, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, Williamstown Directing Corps, Geva Directing Fellowship, and The National Theater Institute.

B.A. Brown University, where she received the Weston Award for Excellence in Directing and completed her Honors Thesis on Mental Illness’ Dramatization on the American Stage.

Alex recently directed Manning by Benjamin Benne. She is co-adapting (with Rebecca Adelsheim) and directing Sarah Waters’s Affinity, which will be staged at the School May 14–19, 2022.

Alex-Keegan.com

Fall 2021 - Christopher D. Betts

Christopher D. Betts Upcoming: Dreamgirls (The Paramount Theatre) Legally Blonde: the Musical (NYU Tisch) Recent credits: In the Southern Breeze (Off-Broadway); Dutch Kings (Off-Off Broadway); Is God Is, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, We are Proud to Present..., Fireflies, littleboy/littleman (Yale Cabaret); Spring Awakening (NYU Tisch). Other collaborations: Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors (PopArt Johannesburg/Market Theatre Lab); a series of new works with the Obie Award-winning Fire this Time Festival; the workshops of Goodnight Tyler (Kennedy Center/Alliance Theatre) and Refuge of the Damned (Long Wharf Theatre); The Cave: A Folk Opera (New York Premiere); CARRIE (2015 Broadway World Best Musical nomination) and Barbecue (Movement Director, The Public Theater).

Christopher is a fourth-year M.F.A. Candidate at David Geffen School of Drama hailing from Chicago, Illinois. At the School, he’s directed The Winter’s Tale; How Black Girls Get Over Fuckbois, Vol. 1 by Angie Brigette Jones; The Waves by Benjamin Benne; and served as Co-Artistic Director of Yale Summer Cabaret.

Prior to Yale Christopher traveled the world (with a focus on African countries) as the a recipient of The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship.

Betts is a recipient of the Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship and a two-time recipient of the SDCF Observership. He is also an artist-in-residence at Kampala International Theater Festival and Pop Art Johannesburg, and a teaching artist at The Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg. Betts is currently a professor in the Department of Undergraduate Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway and a support team member at artEquity.

B.F.A. in drama with triple honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Bachelor's Representative).

Christopher will direct Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy at Yale Repertory Theatre, March 31–April 23, 2022.

christopherdbetts.com
IG: @chris.tagram