is a New York City based director who works on new plays, the re-imagining of classics, and community-engaged practices. Recent work includes the world premiere of Chiori Miyagawa’s IN THE LINE and Lisa Biggs’ AFTER/LIFE: DETROIT '67, a community-engaged drama about the '67 Detroit rebellion focusing on the experience of women and girls. AFTER/LIFE was created and staged with Virginia Park residents and actors from the Detroit metro area as part of the local '67 commemorative events in Detroit in July 2017, just a few blocks from where the rebellion began. Upcoming work includes Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at NYU Gallatin and co-directed with Ben Steinfeld from Fiasco Theater in November 2019.
Horton’s new play collaborations have appeared at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Working Theater, HERE, NYC Summerstage, Lark Play Development Center, William Inge Playwrights’ Festival, New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Workhaus Collective, id Theater, Commonweal Theatre, NYU’s Skirball Center, Riverside Theatre, Iowa New Play Festival, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and National Black Theatre Festival.
She has a long-time association with the Lark Play Development Center, where she has directed as part of its many programs including the U.S./Mexico Exchange, Middle East America, Playwright’s Week and Barebones Series, as well as several programs for alumni writers including The Playground which she developed in collaboration with directors May Adrales and Sturgis Warner. At the Lark she’s worked with numerous writers including Rajiv Joseph, David Henry Hwang, Sam Hunter, Lisa Kron, Chisa Hutchinson, Katori Hall, Steve Drukman, Lloyd Suh, Caridad Svich, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu, Elaine Romero, Dano Madden, Andrew Rosendorf and Jeanne Sakata.
Inspired by her experience assisting acclaimed director Lee Breuer on the Mabou Mines’ DOLLHOUSE at the Sundance Theater Lab, Horton has continued to investigate re-imaginings of the classics. At NYU Gallatin she commissioned and directed Jen Silverman’s BONES AT THE GATE, an adaptation of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE as well as directed a devised adaptation of Shakespeare’s long poem, THE RAPE OF LUCRECE. Other adaptations have included Jason Grote’s 1001, Kafka’s THE TRIAL as well as the world premiere of Victoria Stewart’s ACCLIMATE, a contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s LADY FROM THE SEA at Commonweal Theatre.
A specialist in heightened text, she has directed several plays by Shakespeare for Riverside Theatre in the Park including HAMLET, MERCHANT OF VENICE, RICHARD III, MEASURE FOR MEASURE and TAMING OF THE SHREW as well as UNCONTROLLABLE MYSTERY: THREE PLAYS BY WB YEATS at the University of Iowa. At NYU Gallatin she has taught several advanced acting Shakespeare classes focusing on a play or distinct body of work including Hamlet, the Henriad and the Roman Tragedies.
Horton began her theater career in the mid-90s as a member of the Living Stage Theatre Company, the groundbreaking social change theater of Arena Stage, where she created performances for a diverse audience including incarcerated men and women. While in Washington, DC, she also produced adult education programs for the Kennedy Center’s 1999-2000 season and served as Artistic Director of Full Contact, whose company-created piece based on the narratives of Kosovar and Serbian refugees premiered at the Studio Theater. Her early experiences making theater for social change and producing educational programming continue to inform and inspire her work as reflected in recent collaborations with NoPassport, Dream Act Union, Urban Democracy Lab and Center for Creative Activism.
A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Career Development Program for Directors she has also received fellowships from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Sundance Theater Lab.
She is an Associate Professor of Practice in Theater & Directing at New York University’s Gallatin School and serves as the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program and Artistic Director of the Gallatin Arts Festival. In 2014 she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has also served as a guest artist at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Cornell College. She holds a BA in Religion from Emory University and an MFA in Directing from The University of Iowa.
Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society