Charise Greene — Directing

“Men on Boats” by Jaclyn Backhaus

Most recently, Charise directed Jaclyn Backhaus’ “Men on Boats” at Barnard-Columbia.
In 1869, John Wesley Powell led a group of 10 men down the Colorado River to chart its course. With only four boats, a month’s provisions, and plenty of moxie, these men risked life and limb, all in the name of Manifest Destiny. Based on Powell’s travel journals, this modern action adventure — performed by a cast of women — undertakes a comic and pointed exploration of American expansion.

“Pericles, Prince of Tyre” at Barnard/Columbia

Scenic Design by…… Robin Vest
Costume Design by…… Lacey Bookspan
Lighting Design by…… Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound Design by…… Avi Amon
Original Music by…… Alaina Ferris
Assistant Direction by…… Lauren Cannon
Stage Management by…… Daphne Liu
With a cast of 17 Barnard and Columbia students.


Incest and intrigue, pirates and prostitutes, bitter revenge and providential reunions: Shakespeare’s collaborative Pericles was popular in its day, scorned by Shakespeare’s great rival Ben Jonson, and mysteriously omitted from the 1623 collected edition of his plays. Shakespeare’s first, experimental foray into stage tragicomedy, Pericles embodies the attractions of early-modern popular theatre, and provides a uniquely challenging work for contemporary performance. We are delighted to welcome back Charise Greene, to direct Pericles in spring 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.

Shakespeare’s Pericles, directed by Charise at Barnard-Columbia