(Galatea Playwright) MJ Kaufman is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, the New Museum, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Page73, Colt Coeur, Yale School of Drama, Lark Play Development Center and performed in
Russian in Moscow. MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers’ Group, WP Theater Lab, and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and Yale School of Drama. MJ co-curated the 2016 and 2017 Trans Theater Festivals at The Brick.
(Galatea Director) Originally from China, Mo Zhou is a stage director based in New York City. She directs plays, musicals, and opera. Ms. Zhou is a 2016/17 NYTW 2050 Fellow and a member of the Directors’ Lab with WP Theater. She has developed and presented works at New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theater Festival, Manhattan School of Music, among others. She was the James Marcus Opera Directing Fellow at the Juilliard School, where she apprenticed alongside Stephen Wadsworth. She has worked and trained with Houston Grand Opera, Merola Opera Program, Wolf Trap Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, to name a few. MFA in Directing, Columbia University; BA, Bowdoin College.
(Galatea Producer) Yuvika Tolani is a producer and dramaturg interested in developing new work. She is currently a Line Producer at The Public Theater, where she collaborates with artists throughout the year on projects ranging from one-day events to mainstage productions in the season. Prior to working at The Public she was part of the fundraising team at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. Yuvika began her exploration of the role of a producer in developing new work while pursuing Theater Studies at Yale University. Yuvika comes to New York with an already-split allegiance to her original hometowns: Mumbai and Singapore. A product of disparate cultures, she is a big believer in the universal impact of a powerful story.
(The Review Playwright) Donnetta Lavinia Grays Plays include LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (Kilroys List, Denver Center’s Colorado New Play Summit, NNPN Showcase, Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner, O’Neill Center Semifinalist), LAID TO REST (Kilroys List – Honorable Mention. Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Residency, Space on Ryder Farm Creative Residency), THE REVIEW (O’Neill Center Finalist). Developed work with The Public, Labyrinth Theater, New York Theater Workshop, KC Rep, Portland Stage, Pure Theatre, and Naked Angels. 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Resident. Civilians R&D Group and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. www.donnettagrays.com
(The Review Director) Melissa Crespo is a NYC based director of theater, opera and film. Recent credits include: Jill Abramovitz & Brad Alexander’s Bread and Roses (Amas Musical Theatre), MJ Kaufman’s Eat and You Belong To Us (NYU Tisch), Vid Guerrerio’s ¡Figaro! (90210) (The Duke on 42nd Street, LA Opera), Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire (Garden Theatre), Tar Baby written and performed by Desiree Burch with Dan Kitrosser and The ABC Talent Showcase. Upcoming: Brother Toad by Nathan Louis Jackson (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Melissa is an alum of the Drama League, current NYTW Usual Suspect and received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. www.melissacrespo.com
(The Review Producer) Roxanna Barrios currently resides at The Public Theater as the Program Manager of the Mobile Unit, a program that brings free year-round programming to the five boroughs of NYC. She is about to manage her eighth tour, bringing Henry V to community centers, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and more. As a producer, she has worked with the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, UglyRhino Productions, and the producing department of The Public Theater. Prior to her time in New York, she did a brief stint in film in Los Angeles and spent just under a decade working for a children’s performing arts training company in South Florida. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and a proud South Florida native.
(Afloat Music and Lyrics). Zoe Sarnak Works include: Secret Soldiers (with Marsha Norman), Afterwords (Village Theatre Beta Series Production 2018, Playwrights Horizons-MTF lab), The Years Between (with Kirsten Guenther, T-Fellowship), Across the Great Divide (with Michele Lowe, Transport Group’s 20th Century Commission), Galileo (with Danny Strong, Michael Weiner and dir. Michael Mayer), Teddy & Max (with Brian Crawley), A Crossing (with Josh Bergasse, Barrington Stage Company commission) and musical short films Landed, Alma Mater, and Hold Your Peace. (with Emily Kaczmarek, New York Film Academy commissions). Awards include: 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist (with Emily Kaczmarek, winners to be announced), Davenport Songwriting contest winner, NY Stage & Film’s Founders Award finalist, Fred Ebb Award finalist, two time Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award Honoree, Women’s Project Lab Artist, SWAN song contest award. Residencies include: The Public Theater at Vineyards Arts, Goodspeed Writers Colony, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theater Residency, Prospect Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Artist Residency, and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Music featured: NY Times Live, Lilly Awards, Women of Note, Cutting Edge Composers and more. Education: Harvard University.
(Afloat Book) Emily Kaczmarek is a NYC-based writer, teacher, and performer. Works include: Sam & Lizzie (First Floor Theatre), Afloat (with Zoe Sarnak; Prospect Theatre Company, WP Theatre Pipeline Festival), Afterwords (with Zoe Sarnak; Village Theatre Beta Series, Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, Playwrights Horizons–Musical Theatre Factory workshop, NYMF Developmental Reading), American Kids (City Theatre ShortCuts, Women in Arts & Media Coalition, BoxFest Detroit), Landed, Alma Mater and Hold Your Peace (with Zoe Sarnak; New York Film Academy commissions), Paper & Glue (Future of Storytelling Conference, various high schools in NY and CA), and Anything New (NYU commission, Wombat Theatre Co). Residencies include: SPACE on Ryder Farm, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Goodspeed Musicals. Awards include: 2018 Kleban Prize Finalist, 2017 Premiere Stages Play Festival Semifinalist, 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist (with Zoe Sarnak; winners to be announced). She also teaches writing to high schoolers through the college access program SEO Scholars, and sings whenever possible. Education: New York University.
(Afloat Director) Ellie Heyman is a NYC theater director. Credits include: The Traveling Imaginary, theatrical rock show with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) rated “Top 5 shows of the year” by NPR; narrative podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, and Mandy Patinkin, downloaded over 2 million times and rated #1 in iTunes (Night Vale Presents); Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s Beardo (Pipeline Theater) Erin Markey: Boner Killer (Under the Radar/The Public Theater); Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm,(Under the Radar/The Public Theater); Adrienne Truscott’s THIS (NYLA). International credits include: Elevation 506 in Bulgaria with Yasen Vasilev and Home/Yuva in Istanbul with Sami Berat Marcali. Her work has been presented by The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, New York Theater Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, The Bushwick Starr, Banana, Bag & Bodice, La Mama, New World Stages, The Drama League, Big Theater, Boston Center for American Performance, The Laguardia Performing Arts Center, NYLA, En Garde Arts, and indie rock clubs across America. She is a graduate of Northwestern and Boston Universities (MFA), a Drama League Directing Fellow, a Drama League Artist in Residence, and a Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theatre.
(Afloat Producer) Nidia Medina is currently the Line Producer at The Public Theater. Before landing there, she had the pleasure of being Associate Producer at INTAR, and also produced an internationally touring one-woman show for charity called “The God Box” that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities all over. Other independent producing projects include off-off Broadway shows, fundraiser performances, and some wacky variety shows. But that’s not all! She’s held a variety of other positions in the theater, and has spent the past ten years backstage, onstage and in the offices of some great NYC theater companies — including Cherry Lane, Ars Nova, MCC, MTC, Theater for a New Audience, and LAByrinth Theatre Company. She makes art, too. It’s probably best to just call her a “Theatre Person.” She holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute.
(Power Strip Playwright) Sylvia Khoury is a New York-born writer of French and Lebanese descent living in Manhattan. Her plays include Against the Hillside (EST premiere, Lark Playwrights’ Week, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, 2016 Kilroys List, Roundabout Theater’s Underground Reading Series, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays) and Selling Kabul (2017 Kilroys List, Noor Theater’s Highlight Reading Series, La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA Reading Series). She is a member of the 2016-2018 Womens’ Project Lab, EST/Youngblood, and a 2015-2016 Dramatists’ Guild Fellow. BA, Columbia University; MFA, New School for Drama. She is currently a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
(Power Strip Director) Tyne Rafaeli is a New York based director of new plays, classics and musicals. Recent productions include the world premiere of Michael Yates Crowley’s THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN BY GRACE B MATTHIAS with Playwright’s Realm, the New York premiere of IN A WORD by Lauren Yee with Lesser America and the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s ACTUALLY at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (Ovation nominated). Her work has also been seen at: Classic Stage Company, The Atlantic Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Two River Theatre, New York Stage & Film, PlayMaker’s Rep, Goodspeed, Julliard, Great Lakes Theatre, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and PlayPenn, amongst others. Tyne is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theatre and was awarded the 2013-14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. She previously served as Bartlett Sher’s Associate Director on various Broadway and West End productions. Tyne trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbia University. Upcoming projects include IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles.
(Power Strip Producer) Laura Ramadei is a Founding Member of The Nola Project, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a current Time Warner Producing Fellow at Women’s Project Theatre, and Producing Director and Co-Founder of Lesser America, which recently wrapped an inaugural company residency at Cherry Lane Theatre. Ramadei also currently serves as the Director of Creative Development for the American Playwriting Foundation, created in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts and NYU, Tisch, she’s performed and worked behind the scenes at The Public Theater, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, Theater 80, Ensemble Studio Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Fault Line Theatre, The Barrow Group, and with LAByrinth, among others.
(Two Mile Hollow Playwright) Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese-American playwright from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington Kentucky Plays include Kentucky (2015 Kilroys List, World Premiere: Ensemble Studio Theatre in coproduction with Page 73 and the Radio Drama Network), Two Mile Hollow (2017 Kilroys List, 2017-2018 Simultaneous World Premiere at Artists At Play in La, Mixed Blood/Theater Mu in Minneapolis, First Floor Theater in Chicago and Ferocious Lotus in SF) and God Said This (World Premiere: 2018 Humana Festival). She a member of the Ma Yi lab, the Dorothy Streslin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages and EST. She was awarded the first-ever Mark O’Donnell Prize from The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons and is currently one of the inaugural playwrights to receive a commission from Audible’s emerging playwrights fund. She is the 2017-2019 recipient of the Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship.
(Two Mile Hollow Director) Morgan Gould is a playwright and director. She is currently in the playwriting program at Juilliard, a New Dramatists resident playwright, a 2017-18 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a member of the Women’s Project Lab, the former Associate Artistic Director of Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company (co-creator Untitled Feminist Show), and the Artistic Director of Morgan Gould & Friends – her theater company with 9 actors, 3 designers, and a filmmaker (www.morgangouldandfriends.com). In 2016, she directed Leah Nanako Winkler’s Kentucky (P73/ EST) and her play I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart won the 2016 Beatrice Terry/ Drama League Award and premiered the next winter at Studio Theatre in DC (with Morgan directing), where DC Theatre Arts said Morgan “shows every bit as much promise as Edward Albee’s early work, arguably more.” Upcoming directing: God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler (Humana Festival 2018) and Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee (Marin Theatre Company).