Settle’s upcoming works include a site-specific collaboration with Omani visual artist Radhika Khimji in 2020/21, Al Raheel (Departure) a performance work in Arabic/English created with Emirati playwright Reem Almenhali for NYUAD’s Arts Center January 2020, and Untitled Opera by Lembit Beecher with world-renowned cellist Karen Ouzounian 2021.


Settle most recently directed three world premieres: Lembit Beecher’s world premiere opera Sky on Swings, libretto Hannah Moscovitch, for Opera Philadelphia’s O18 Festival; Noura by Heather Raffo presented by Shakespeare Theater of DC, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center and Playwrights Horizons NYC February, May, and December of 2018; Lashed But Not Leashed, a rock cabaret from Martha Graham Cracker at The Kimmel Center, Joe’s Pub and Guthrie Theater across 2018/19. 


She has directed two world premiere musicals by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Family Album at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Total Bent at the Public Theater. Other productions directed by Settle include Gina Ginfreddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn and Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon at the Wilma Theater, Harry Clarke by David Cale at the Warhol Museum; at the Public Theater: Winter Miller’s In Darfur, the finale of Suzan-Lori Parks’s 365 Days/365 Plays and Stephen Brown’s Future Me (SPF)


Settle directed the world 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. She has received commissions from Joe’s Pub, Berkeley Rep and The Public Theater.  


Settle served as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound from 2009 to 2012, where she directed productions of A Midsummer Night’s DreamOthello, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. 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.


She has taught at undergraduate and graduate theater programs including The Juilliard School, Bard College, Cornell University, Brown/Trinity MFA, Stanford University PhD, Vilanova MA and University of the Arts. She is currently an Associate Arts Professor of theater at NYU Abu Dhabi.