Eddie DeHais ’21

Eddie DeHais (they/them) is a transgender French-American director, choreographer, writer, and visual artist, who creates space of rigorous collaboration, radical empathy, and unguarded joy to investigate the best and worst of humanity. They craft transformational, sensorial experiences that initiate deep, viscerally tender bonds between audience members and artists alike. Eddie is a 2021 Brown-Trinity Rep MFA Directing Candidate where they directed a queer Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, their own adaptation of Macbeth, as well as many new works. Under their own production company, Eddie develops plays, dance, and installation work to showcase stories by queer, POC, disabled, and neurodivergent artists. They have worked with artists such as Anne Bogart, Annie-B Parson, Julian Boal, Claire Warden (IDI), Will Davis, Taibi Magar, and were an Assistant Director/SDCF Observer for Robert O’Hara’s Macbeth at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Seattle credits include: Director of New Works for Café Nordo (where Eddie launched Nordo’s New Works Program in 2016), Founding Artistic Director of DangerSwitch! (a collaborative physical theatre ensemble that produced original action-based theatre from 2015-2018), The Intiman, Book-it Repertory, the 14/48 Projects, Annex Theatre, Café Nordo, Ghost Light Theatricals, ArtsWest, and Live Girls. Chicago credits include assistant directing May Adrales at the Goodman and JoAnne Akalaitis at Court Theatre, as well as creating numerous devised clown pieces in theaters and bars across the city. Eddie received their degree in Theater & Performance Studies from the University of Chicago and studied clown and physical theater at L’École Clown et Comédie Francine Côté in Montreal.  eddiedehais.com.