Meet the Director

Sanhawich Meateanuwat (สัณหวิชญ์ เมธีอนุวัตร) is a third-year MFA directing student at Illinois State University. Originally from Thailand, he graduated from Bangkok University with the Bu Creative Scholarship and taught acting and directing at his alma mater after he graduated. He worked as a resident director at Bangkok University Theatre Company, where he directed numerous plays, including August: Osage County, True West, The Humans, Fool for Love, Bent, Death and the Maiden, and Desire Under the Elms. He also adapted and directed Ruen Khun Rose: a Thai-adapted version of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina. Last year, he directed Waiting for Lefty, Rhinoceros, a staged reading of his adaptation, Walk to the Stars. His work focuses on using his directing craft to create dynamic theatre that supports social movements, explores human relationships, and impacts the larger society, especially in the context of cultural diversity.

In 2022, he won the National SDC Directing Fellowship Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and worked as a directing fellow at National Playwrights Conference 2022 at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He also was selected to present his paper in Directing Program Debut Panel for Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual conference 2022.

He is currently working on a production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children next fall as his Thesis Production. Next, he will be directing Lauren Gunderson’s The revolutionists at Heartland Theatre Company. 

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