Aradhana Tiwari will serve as resident director of Mad Cow Theatre, beginning with the 2014 - 2015 season, the theater announced Tuesday.
Tiwari is a Central Florida-based artist who has guest-directed at Mad Cow since 2012. Her production of "The Road to Mecca" in 2012 was the first in Mad Cow's Zehngebot-Stonerock Theatre, the black-box venue at Mad Cow's Church Street location.
As resident director, she will teach classes and workshops and will help select the plays the theater presents, along with executive director Mitzi Maxwell. The appointment makes Tiwari the most prominent artistic official at Mad Cow, which has operated without a designated artistic director since Alan Bruun left the company in 2010.
In July, Tiwari will teach a three-day intensive workshop, Viewpoints and Creative Composition. For the 2014-15 season, she will direct "Tribes," a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional British family; "The Philadelphia Story," a 1939 romantic comedy; and a third play to be determined.
Tiwari, who has directed Mad Cow's "Other Desert Cities," "Enchanted April" and "The Light in the Piazza," is currently directing The Cockfight Play, a show about sexual identity that opens June 20.
Maxwell praised Tiwari's "ability to create a fertile environment for artists and embrace new technologies as part of her artistic palate."
"I especially love her passion for people and their stories," Maxwell said, "which will be remarkable gifts to our artists, our community and our audiences."
Tiwari has a master's degree in theater from the University of Central Florida and has directed in and around Orlando since 2004. She notably directed The Pink Ribbon Project, a 2011 program that raised money for breast-cancer research. This spring, she directed Beth Marshall Presents' "33 Variations," the critically acclaimed drama presented at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden.
She teaches acting and script analysis at Valencia College and recently directed "The Clean House" at Rollins College's Annie Russell Theatre.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun