Rhonda Kohl (Director/Choreographer/Producer/Teacher/Out-of-Control Visionary)
Rhonda is a native of North Dakota, but has spent her life in search of warmer climates and now resides in Los Angeles as a freelance director. She has her MFA in Acting and Directing, is a proud associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the SDC 2016-2017 Observership Class. She has experience with musicals, comedy, drama, original works, and contemporary pieces, as well as performance art, children’s theatre and opera. She continues to seek out opportunities to expand her knowledge and ability to handle many different genres of live theatre. As an artist, she wants to be known for her range and be able to look back at a body of work as deep as it is wide.
Currently, Rhonda is assisting Kathleen Marshall and David Eggers on the Hollywood Bowl's production of MAMMA MIA and working with a Alex Burkart on a staged reading of his new play at The Samuel French Bookshop in June. In the fall of 2016, Rhonda received the prestigious Traube Fellowship from the SDC Foundation to work with director Kathleen Marshall on the Broadway Premiere of the new musical IN TRANSIT.
Recently, she was the Assistant Director for The Geffen Playhouses production of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, directed by Jeanie Hackett and featuring Jane Kaczmarek & Alfred Molina. Previously, she had the honor of serving as Assistant Director to Colman Domingo on the West Coast Premiere of BARBECUE at the Geffen Playhouse. She recently directed LA Times Critic's Choice - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS with Actors Co-op and the world premiere of POCKET UNIVERSE or the Hollywood Fringe.
Prior, she produced the Ovation and LA Weekly nominated DR. JEKYLL AND MR.HYDE and THE DIVINERS at Actors Co-op Theatre Company, and directed THE SPITFIRE GRILL at Azusa Pacific University. In 2014 she directed OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS with Actors Co-op, participated in Directors Lab West in Los Angeles, as well as directing LOOK BACK IN ANGER with LANCT, and Choreography/Movement for DR. FAUSTUS with Azusa Pacific University. She also choreographed I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE with Crown City Theater that ran for six months. In 2007, she was a certified SAFD actor combatant, having studied with fight director Richard Ryan (TROY). She has been a member of the Actors Co-op Theatre Company in Los Angeles since 2010 where she has directed, produced and served on the production and public relations committees.
Rhonda has choreographed, directed and performed with theatre companies in Virginia, North Dakota, Minnesota, Texas, and California. She has taught and guest directed at Azusa Pacific and Regent University. She is also the founder and artistic director of a non-profit for young artists called Hollywood Youth Theatre, as well as The Play's The Thing reading series in Hollywood.
Additional directing and choreography work includes: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, THE SPITFIRE GRILL, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, LOOK BACK IN ANGER, A TUNA CHRISTMAS, DON GIOVANNI, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, SPINNING INTO BUTTER, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, HELLO, DOLLY!, MERRILLY WE ROLL ALONG, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE GREAT DIVORCE, 1776, OLIVER!, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, CINDERELLA, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, SEUSSICAL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ANNIE, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and ALICE IN WONDERLAND.