Cara Reichel

"Once Upon A Time In New Jersey" Photo Credit: Richard TermineAward winning director Cara Reichel is a theatre professional to work with! She is the Producing Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company and in 2002 she received the "Lucille Lortel Award" for Emerging Women Artists from the League of Professional Theatre Women, an organization she now serves as Vice-President of Communications. Cara's numerous directing credits include "Iron Curtain" (for which she won the 2006 Innovative Theatre Award for "Outstanding Production of a Musical" and received an IT Award nomination for "Outstanding Director"), "Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge," "Honor," "The Rockae," "The Pursuit of Persephone," "Illyria," "The Flood," and "Othello." Cara's currently represented by the new Off-Off-Broadway musical comedy "Once Upon a Time in New Jersey" at The Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street in NYC). For more on Cara, be sure to visit http://www.carareichel.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? Probably my father...he was a pastor and loved to tell stories, and so I grew up in an environment where I was frequently seeing the "behind the scenes" putting together of the Sunday morning event. I have always been very interested in the connections between religious ritual and theater performance. Even more than directing, I think he influenced me in my desire to build a theater company and supportive community of artists.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I don't think I can name just one person! Of course, there are lots of actors that I've thought it would be fantastic to work with on developing a project - great actors can bring so much into the process of creating a musical.  And, Mark Wing Davey's and Bartlett Sher's work has continued to inspire me in my career so I'd love the opportunity to be able to be up-close on one of their productions someday.

3. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Writing fiction. I actually published a children's book when I was in high school...and I still hope to come back to this someday! For now I prefer the collaborative creativity of theater-making, rather than the more solitary version of writing stories.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? No...perhaps I need to cultivate one. I do make a mean coconut cake, but people know about it.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? I end up going to Starbucks more often, frequently I get a Chai Tea Latte. However, I definitely prefer Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

6. Favorite store to shop in? I rarely have time to go shopping...but when I do I'm definitely a bargain hunter. Sometimes when I'm visiting my in-laws I really love SYMS. It's kinda like a treasure hunt. And of course there's nothing like an hour or two exploring the Drama Book Shop!

7. Favorite skin care product? Ummm...I use this organic peppermint oil shampoo which really gives your brain a kick in the mornings. Does that count?

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? Day off? What's that? When I do manage to carve out time for a "personal sabbath" I love sleeping in, taking a walk in Riverside Park, cooking dinner at home -- in the summer I really love watching the sunset while having a relaxing drink at the Hudson Beach Cafe.  Any time away from email I can get!

9. Favorite website? Aside from the two websites I try to maintain, www.ProspectTheater.org and www.CaraReichel.com-- I need to be doing more with them! -- I spend a lot of time at www.tdf.org. I also followed author Robin McKinley's blog for a while, less so lately.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

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