Miranda Cornell is a mixed race, Japanese-American New York-based theater director and educator born and bred in Brooklyn, NY. She is particularly interested in the development of contemporary stories that engages with the many pluralisms of our contemporary world. In her work, she focuses on social and community-based engagement, emotional resonance, historically disenfranchised/forgotten narratives, and togetherness.
Recent credits include “Head and Heart,” a concert of original songs for NYMF 2019 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, Alice Birch’s Revolt. She said. Revolt again. as the opening show of the Experimental Theater of Vassar College’s 2018-19 season, the North American premiere of Breach Theatre’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn, #Blessed, or How to Be Saved and Know It at the New York International Fringe Festival by Zoe Kamil, We Go Together and Hamlet & Ophelia (The Kraine Theater), and Very Bad Words and The Road Trip (Access Theater). She has also served as the assistant director on Gloria: A Life (written and dir. Emily Mann) at McCarter Theatre Center, A Little Night Music (dir. Chris Grabowski) as well as The TEAM’s Primer for a Failed Superpower (dir. Rachel Chavkin).
Outside of directing, she was recently seen in Pocket Universe’s all-female Julius Caesar as Casca, which was featured for its fresh take in the New York Times in July of 2017. Administratively, she has worked with Theatre for a New Audience, The New Victory Theater, Theatre Communications Group, and Young Playwrights Inc. Additionally, she is the founding Artistic Director of Semicolon Theatre Company, a company dedicated to producing the work of young theater artists and administrators professionally Off and Off-Off Broadway. Alongside partner Zoe Kamil, she was named a ‘Woman to Watch’ by The Interval in 2016 at the age of 19.
She holds BAs in Drama and Education at Vassar College, where she was awarded the Molly Thacher Kazan Prize for her direction of Revolt. She said. Revolt again. and wrote a prize-winning thesis in Educational Studies on socially engaged and culturally reflexive curriculum in adolescent theater classrooms. She is a proud alum of SITI Company’s Summer Training Institute and the New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Apprentice Program.
CURRENTLY: Directing/Producing Apprentice at the McCarter Theatre Center for the 2019-2020 season.