Hunter Styles

About Hunter Styles

Hunter Styles is the Artistic Director of Artists Bloc, a locally-focused workshop and presentation series for early-development performing arts pieces. He has written plays produced by Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, Wayward Theatre, Flying V, and Grain of Sand. He received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for co-directing the Andy Warhol musical POP! at The Studio 2ndStage and has directed and assistant directed with Theater J, Rorschach Theatre, Synetic Theater, Doorway Arts Ensemble, Georgetown and American universities, and more. He is currently a staff member at Signature Theatre in Arlington and a company member of Factory 449. He has been writing for DC Theatre Scene since 2008 and for American Theatre magazine since 2012.

Little Trouble in Big China: A Fringe Peek at Mandarin Orange

Kate Robards is blonde and white, and she is about to play some Chinese people. Should we be worried? “No!” she says. “It’s not that kind of show. And it’s embarrassing for a whole bunch of other reasons instead.” In her solo show Mandarin Orange, which premieres at Fringe this month, Kate details the strange […]

Noises Off

Faced with an ailing actress unable to perform on Sunday night, Noises Off director Doug Wilder made the rather unusual decision to pull on a spare dress and play the role himself, venturing onstage with a copy of the script in hand. This turned out to be the best solution anyone could have found. The […]

Maurice Hines on his life in tap and Lady Gaga

Some interviewees, once seated, need a bit of a prod to get talking. But Maurice Hines has left them all in the dust by the time I hit ‘Record.’ The renowned director, singer, and choreographer is supremely excited about Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage, and our afternoon conversation at the theatre plays at high […]


The Mead Theatre Lab has rarely felt as inviting as it did for Wednesday night’s performance of Protest, the thoughtful political two-hander currently being produced by the internationally-minded Ambassador Theater. Snacks, drinks, and colorful tablecloths cover the small tables arranged nicely throughout the room, creating an evening café environment suited to some nice pre-show conversation […]

The Immortal Jellyfish

Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality? Last winter, when The New York Times Magazine ran a feature under that headline, the idea of a creature that lives on and on with no biological death captured many readers’ imaginations. Turns out it’s real. It’s a hydrozoa called Turritopsis dorhnii, and it routinely reverts from […]

Shrimp & Griots

It’s not a coincidence that so many solo performers touch on isolation in the stories they tell. These are individuals who, more often than not, had the spotlight shined on them in some way before they ever stepped onstage, and often not for the right reasons.

The Argument

At first glance, the handsome high-ceilinged apartment in which nearly all of The Argument plays out seems too spacious. How are two actors — even two very good actors — to fill it? But we’re quickly reminded that homes contain more than the mere bodies of their inhabitants. We unpack enormous amounts of ourselves among […]

Center Stage audiences experience Bayley’s refugee drama from inside a shipping container

Most visitors to the Baltimore Book Festival weren’t expecting to stumble upon some great theatre parked in the middle of Mount Vernon Square. But if you had the good fortune to visit Center Stage’s booth at a few select times, the big clanging doors of a shipping container swung open just for you and fourteen […]

Unearthing Art: Director Stevie Zimmerman Discusses The Pitmen Painters

An accomplished teacher and educator as well as a talented director, Stevie Zimmerman has become rather adept at bringing out the creative potential in people. So it’s fitting to have her at the helm of The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall’s 2007 play about the unlikely rise of an art movement among a largely untrained group […]

The music of Gee’s Bend finds a home at MetroStage

The lives of the Pettway women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama are stitched indelibly into the quilts they made. And as the presence of those quilts grew in the American consciousness — evolving from simple domestic wares into powerful social artifacts and, eventually, into American treasures — an unseen perspective on segregation and the Civil Rights […]

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