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Pascale Florestal joined the Conservatory in 2020 and is a director, dramaturge, educator, writer, and collaborator. She graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. in theater studies and also trained in London and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater. Her recent directing credits include Back the Night by Melinda Lopez at Boston College, We Are Proud to Present… by Jackie Sibblies Drury at Brandeis University, Marie & Rosetta by George Brant at Greater Boston Stage Company, Code Listen by Shaw Pong Liu at the Millenium Stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shrek the Musical (Greater Boston Stage Company), and An Education in Prudence (Open Theatre Project).
Florestal has directed several staged readings of new plays by Michael Hisamoto, Marcus Gardley, Obehi Janice, Phaedra Michelle Scott, Lynne Brandon, Erin Lerch and Greg Lam. As an assistant to the director, she has worked with Kimberly Senior, Liesl Tommy, Billy Porter, Paul Daigneault, and M. Bevin O'Gara. Florestal is also a dramaturg, recently working on Pass Over by Aniontte Nwandu with SpeakEasy Stage Company, coproduced with the Front Porch Arts Collective. Upcoming work includes Once on the Island at SpeakEasy Stage Company.
Florestal is the education director with the Front Porch Arts Collective, a new Black theater company committed to advancing racial equity through theater. She created the Summer Reading Series and the Young Critics Program, an educational program that strives to foster and incubate the next generation of arts critics. She has worked as a teaching artist and arts administrator with the Huntington Theatre Company, Company One, Boch Center for the Performing Arts, Greater Boston Stage Company, Boston Center for the Arts and the Theater Offensive; and as a Playwright Mentor for the Young Playwrights Festival at the O'Neill. She also worked with SpeakEasy Stage Company as the Boston project coordinator, where she supported and produced new plays focusing on Boston. She has taught with several Boston public schools and, as a youth advocate, she has organized programs, workshops, and curriculum. She is unapologetically Black and reps her Haitian Pride and city of Miami (305 TILL I DIE) as much as she can. As an artist she hopes to create more opportunities for other queer artists of color.