Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alum Directs a New ‘Dracula’ for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Feb. 3-March 3

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum and former faculty member Joanie Schultz ’00, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program, is the director and co-author of a new adaptation of Dracula, the classic vampire novel by Bram Stoker. In Schultz’s interpretation of the horror tale, “everyone has a secret . . . and those secrets are deadly. Lifelong friends Mina and Lucy share intimate details about the men in their lives. Dr. Seward works to unlock the mystery of Renfield’s strange affliction with the help of his friend Van Helsing, who carries her own secret. Jonathan Harker returns from Transylvania with a dark disclosure. As tensions rise, temptation lures them into double lives as they unmask one man, Count Dracula.”

Joanie Schultz (Photo: Joe Mazza)

The show is produced by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, one of the nation’s top regional theatres. As previously reported in this blog, Schultz joined the Cincinnati Playhouse as associate artistic director in 2021. She is profiled in an article published  January 23, 2024, in the digital edition of Movers & Makers Cincinnati magazine. Dracula runs February 3 through March 3 at Moe and Jack’s Place — The Rouse Theatre, located at 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio. For tickets, click here.