About Cody

Cody Holliday Haefner is a director and devised theatre artist currently based in Seattle. He moved to the Pacfic Northwest by way of New York to pursue his MFA in Directing at the University of Washington, where he is heading into his third and final year in the Professional Director Training Program. Cody holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts from Columbia University, and is a co-founder of the New York theatre company The Brewing Dept. (TBD). Cody has directed, devised, produced, and collaborated on works at Dixon Place, HERE, La MaMa ETC,  FringeNYC, Fresh Fruit Festival, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, ArtsWest, Rochester Fringe Festival and more. Cody is a recipient of The University of Washington School of Drama Scholarship, and is currently a member of SDCF's 2018-2019 Observership Class.

Read more about me at UW Drama’s Blog - Meet an MFA: Cody Holliday Haefner


My Beliefs

I believe that theater has the power to heal, and pursue projects that have healing potential, either for society as a whole or for the individual audience members in attendance. Theater can heal through catharsis, inspiration, laughter, empowerment of the disempowered, encouragement of empathy, reminders of our shared humanity, or exposure of a societal ill. I believe one of society's greatest ills that needs healing is the global capitalist system that has been built to lift up only a select few while putting down others, while feeding the oppressive structures of white supremacy, sexism, classism and colonialism. As a queer man I am also passionate about lifting up stories that show all the diverse ways we love and make love. I believe empathy can be a political act.


The Ones I dream of doing

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
The Stepmother by Githa Sowerby
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Big Love by Charles Mee
Hotel Cassiopeia by Charles Mee
Wintertime and/or Summertime by Charles Mee
A Dream Play by August Strindberg
Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
The Crazy Locomotive by Stanislaw Witkievicz
The Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw Witkievicz
The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter
Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett
Any of Lear DeBessonet and Todd Almond’s Public Works adaptations
Cabaret by Kander, Ebb, and Masteroff
Floyd Collins by Adam Guettel and Tina Landau
Parade by Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry
Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht
Oedipus by Ellen McLaughlin
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Death Tax by Lucas Hnaith
The Christians by Lucas Hnaith
End of Shift by Jenny Connell Davis
The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
The Pass by John Donnelly
Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch
Abingdon Square by Maria Irene Fornes
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Mr. Burns by Anne Washburn
iowa by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond