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Community Connection: Theater Directing with Tammy Ostrander

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Tammy Ostrander’s interest in directing theater productions began in high school. “We had a really active theater,” says Ostrander of her high school. "We had this little weekend where we did An Evening of Drama." As a junior and senior, Ostrander directed for this event.

These days, Ostrander directs primarily at the College of St. Scholastica. "I think I do my best intellectual and creative work when I'm directing," says Ostrander who got into a regular habit of directing upon arriving at CSS. Noting that the lone person in the theater department was directing three shows a year, Ostrander offered to lend her services. "One year I directed one play and it just kept going."

When selecting a play to direct, Ostrander has a process. The play has to speak to her as a director, and not as a performer. "If I read a script and I start seeing images and I start hearing some sounds that I think will associate with it, then I know I can direct it."

Currently, Ostrander is directing Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale. The play opens at the CSS Theater later this month.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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