ANNABEL HEACOCK (SHE/THEY) IS A COLLABORATIVE ARTIST, DIRECTOR, PUPPET-CREATOR, DEVISER, PRODUCER, COLLAGE-MAKER, AND ADMINISTRATOR.
At present, Annabel is based in Brooklyn, New York and works at Roundabout Theatre Company as the Artistic Programs Manager. Most recently, they directed here i fall up, a new queer, haunted folk musical by Beth Golison at the New Ohio Theatre's final Ice Factory Festival, and the world premiere of As I Was, Not As I Am by August Hakvaag at WP Theater as part of the Moxie Arts NY Incubator Program.
As a director, they enjoy working on new plays and devised works that tackle otherness and the limits of ethics and morality. They love spectacle, magic, transformation, and making the impossible and unexpected appear onstage. Additional NYC credits include readings with Breaking & Entering Theater Collective and Moxie Arts NY, assisting on Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix at the NAMT Annual Festival of New Musicals and directing for 24 Hour Plays: Nationals. After graduating from Northwestern University with degrees in Theatre and Sociology, Annabel completed Studio Theatre's directing apprenticeship in Washington, D.C. Select Northwestern directing credits include an immersive production of The Visit, The Donkey Show, Carrie the Musical, and Crisis Resolution in the Middle East for the annual Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival. While at Studio, they assisted David Muse on Cock, Joanie Schultz on 2.5 Minute Ride, and Henry Godinez on George Brant's new play Tender Age.
Annabel has collaborated on a number of puppetry and toy theatre adaptations, including a recent workshop of Italo Calvino's The Distance of the Moon, a puppetry short film of Yoon Ha Lee's The Mermaid Astronaut, and an original devised fairytale called Rona. Annabel has also developed their own solo puppetry and performance work, including a ten-minute original piece called A Very Normal Hike. She is passionate about spectacle and sparking moments of wonder in public places, and has directed several free, site-specific adaptations inspired by Where the Wild Things Are, Clue, and The Little Prince at libraries, gardens, beaches, and parks.