St. John’s is pleased to welcome Luc Hotaling as the new director of St. John’s Theatre.
A DC native, he attended St. Anselm’s Abbey School and then Tufts University, where he started his professional career in scenery and lighting design as the administrative director of the Tufts Children’s Theater. Although Hotaling also went on to work as a scenery and lighting designer at the Boston Ballet, the Boston Lyric Opera, Stonehill College and Boston University, he said his first love was teaching. “The Tufts Children’s Theater is what got me hooked on teaching, because that was an intensive summer camp – six hours daily – for first- through ninth-grade students who really wanted to be there.”
After earning a master’s degree in performing arts administration from New York University, Hotaling spent the last 18 years as a drama teacher and department head at the Chapin School in New York City, where he also advised the Peer Leadership Program and served on the Diversity Committee. “I’m happy to join St. John’s this year as the theatre director, and I look forward to getting settled, learning more about the program and building on what is obviously a very strong tradition,” he said. In addition to teaching theatre at St. John’s, Hotaling is also a full-time faculty member for the middle and upper school Arts Department at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD.
For his first St. John’s production, Hotaling chose The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the 2015 Tony award winner for best play based on the best-selling Mark Haddon novel. He explains, “The choice was based on a lot of things: a flexible ensemble, and I think the kind of production that some in our audience might not have seen before in the way the script plays with time and space. I think this production will also offer our cast another kind of performance opportunity and our crew some interesting ways to use video and sound within a straight play. The mix of telling a serious story and a heartbreaking story with comedy is incredibly realistic. I’d say more, but I think folks are just going to have to come and see it!”
The play opens on Dec. 5 for a three-night run in Frana Auditorium.