Executive Artistic Director
Sidonie Garrett is the Executive Artistic Director of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival where she directed the past five season productions, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear and Twelfth Night, all awarded Best Play in Pitch Magazine’s BEST OF KC. She directed previous productions including The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet (2003, awarded Best Play by Pitch Magazine), Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, King Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor , King Richard III, Macbeth, rotating repertory productions of Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Sidonie directed the collaboration project, The Merchant of Venice, presented by the Jewish Community Center and Johnson County Community College, the first HASF indoor production.
Prior to joining the Festival, Sidonie worked as a freelance director. Her first projects were with her producing partner Jan Rogge and their company, Ground Zero Productions. Her experience working with new plays took her to New York City, where she directed the off-Broadway production of Thanatos. Sidonie also assistant directed the off-Broadway premiere of the interactive Aunt Chooch’s Birthday Party. Locally she’s directed at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Coterie Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, UMKC, The J, and Fourth Wall Productions. She directed a Script-In-Hand reading of Much Ado About Nothing as part of the First Folio exhibition at the KC Public Library, eight plays in the first KC One Minute Play Festival, and a staged reading of Rights of Passage as part of the KC Rep’s OriginKC new play festival. For HASF, she has directed collaborations with the Bach Aria Soloists, the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, JCCC’s Performing Arts Series, Kansas City Actors Theatre, KC Rep, the Kansas City Museum, and many other partners.