A graduate of the Juilliard School’s directing program, Settle has directed and taught at undergraduate and graduate theater programs at the Juilliard School, Bard College, Cornell University and Brown/Trinity MFA.
In 2014, Settle will direct two world premiere musicals by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, “Family Album” at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and “The Total Bent” at the Public Theater. Recent productions directed by Settle include “Harry Clarke” by David Cale at the Warhol Museum and “Romeo and Juliet” for Shakespeare on the Sound in Connecticut. Also at the Public, she directed Winter Miller’s “In Darfur,” the finale of Suzan-Lori Parks’s “365 Days/365 Plays” and Stephen Brown’s “Future Me (SPF).” Other directorial projects included the premiere of Heather Raffo’s award-winning “Nine Parts of Desire” at Manhattan Ensemble Theater, which she also restaged for the Geffen Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, MassMOCA, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage.
Settle served as the artistic director of Shakespeare on the Sound from 2009 to 2012. From 1998 to 2004, she was the artistic director of Chicago’s Division 13 Productions, where she directed and/or adapted and designed 15 of D13’s 17 projects, including “BLOOD LINE: The Oedipus/Antigone Story,” two plays by Sophocles, “Macbett” by Ionesco and several Samuel Beckett shorts, including “Cascando,” “Rockaby” and “Play.”
Settle is currently the Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.