2017 Directors Announced!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2017 show directors:

  • Clare Shaffer—Sister Act
  • Mason Catharini—The Full Monty
  • Darnell Patrick Morris—In The Heights

Clare Shaffer

Clare Shaffer is a professional director based in Washington, DC who works across genres and specializes in new play/musical development. She is the Associate Producer and Casting Director for Nu Sass Productions and Pallas Theatre Collective, and has had the pleasure of working with companies including Olney Theatre Center, Theater J, Mosaic, Monumental, and The Arlington Players. Favorite credits include Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show, Venus in Fur, and Man of La Mancha. Clare earned her B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Communications from UNC Chapel Hill, and studied directing at Trinity College Dublin.

For more about Clare, visit her website. For more about Sister Act, click here.


Mason Catharini is an actor, director, and founder of the AF Theatre Company at UMBC. A Maryland native and recent graduate of UMBC, he has performed extensively in the Baltimore area with Spotlighter’s Theatre, and recently understudied for Adventure Theatre’s production of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. Recent directing credits include RENT for the 50thanniversary season of Wildwood Summer Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more about The Full Monty, click here.

Darnell Patrick Morris

ASGT audiences will remember Darnell Patrick Morris as the director of …Spelling Bee (2010), Hairspray (2011), Avenue Q (2012), and Into the Woods (2013). He has been a director, choreographer, and theatre educator in the Washington, DC area for the past decade and recently founded Ovations Theatre, the DC-metro area’s newest musical theatre education and performance program for young people. His students have appeared on Broadway and on many local professional stages including Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Centre, Woolly Mammoth, and Summer Dinner Theatre. His past productions haven been honored with many awards, including the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore (Best Musical 2015: Caroline or Change at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative); Ruby Griffith Awards (Outstanding Achievement in a Musical 2013: Avenue Q at ASGT, and others); the WATCH Award (Outstanding Musical 2013: Ragtime at Kensington Arts Theatre), and BroadwayWorld.com Washington DC Awards (Best Community Theatre Production of a Musical 2013: Ragtime).

For more about In The Heights, click here.