(Producer) Roxanna Barrios is a Miami-born theater producer who traded hurricanes for the MTA and now thrives in the concrete jungle. She 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, inside of community centers, homeless shelters, correctional facilities and more. She has produced for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project and Ugly Rhino Productions (Brooklyn). Prior to NYC (and a brief stint in LA) she spent just under a decade working for a children’s performing arts training company in South Florida. Roxanna is a graduate of the University of Florida.
(Director) Melissa Crespo is a New York based director of theater, opera, film and television with a focus on new work. Melissa is most known for Vid Guerrerio’s ¡Figaro! (90210), a modern-day adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro which had its world premiere at LA Opera and just ran Off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street. She recently directed Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire at the Garden Theatre and traveled to Oslo, Norway to direct at NSKI. Melissa also directed the most recent incarnation of Tar Baby written and performed by Desiree Burch with Dan Kitrosser seen in NYC, London, New Zealand, Finland and Edinburgh where it was awarded the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Melissa has served as the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre, a member of the The Civilian’s R&D Group, and is a Drama League Directing Fellow alum where she directed the world premiere of Maggie-Kate Coleman’s The Map of Lost Things while in residence at the Hangar Theatre. She is also a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. Melissa received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. Contact: Alexis Williams, Bret Adams Ltd. http://melissacrespo.com
(Director) Morgan Gould is a New York based director, playwright, and producer. She has previously held staff positions at Playscripts, Inc.; Lark Play Development Center; Cape Cod Theatre Project; and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, where Morgan co-created Untitled Feminist Show and worked alongside Young Jean on the premieres of Lear and We’re Gonna Die; tours of Pullman, WA and The Shipment. In 2012, she created Morgan Gould & Friends, a theater company comprised of eight actors, three designers, and a filmmaker. Their work has been seen around New York at The New Ohio Theatre, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, BAX, New Georges, The Culture Project, and more. Morgan is a member at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a WP Directing Lab member, a New Georges affiliated artist, and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the Stage Director’s & Choreographers Foundation Observership Program, the Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, The Civilians R + D Group, and the Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency Program. Most recently, Morgan directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler (EST/P73) and received the 2016 Beatrice Terry/ Drama League Residency Award for her play I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, which premiered at Studio Theatre in D.C. in Winter 2017. She holds a BA in Directing from Fordham College at Lincoln Center, as well as an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. Coming up in 2018, Morgan will direct Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee at Marin Theatre Company in California as well as develop her new play All the Stupid Bitches, about five white women in the middle of the country at a make up party on November 9, 2016.
Donnetta Lavinia Grays
(Playwright) Donnetta Lavinia Grays – raised in Columbia, South Carolina – is a Brooklyn based actor and playwright. Her plays include LAID TO REST (New York Theater Workshop’s Mondays @ 3, 2017 Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Summer Residency Lab, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency),LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (2017 Colorado New Play Summit. 2015 National New Play Network New Play Showcase. 2015 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner. 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist), THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist) THE NEW NORMAL and THE COWBOY IS DYING. She is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member, a member of the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is also a Civilians R&D Group and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Her work has received readings or has been developed by Berkeley Rep, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, Theatre 4 the People, TOSOS, The Group Lab and Coyote REP. Acting credits include Broadway’s IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY and WELL. Notable NY performance credits: MEN ON BOATS (Playwrights Horizons and Clubbed Thumb), TWELFTH NIGHT (The Public Mobile Shakespeare Unit) O, EARTH (The Foundry Theatre), SHIPWRECKED! (Primary Stages) and IN THE FOOTPRINT and BE THE DEATH OF ME with The Civilians as an Associate Artist. Regionally she is a 2-time Connecticut Critics Circle Award recipient and Helen Hayes Award nominee. Performing at American Conservatory Theater, Portland Stage Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Arena Stage, Hartford Theaterworks, Centerstage, The Huntington Theatre, Barrington Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Film/TV credits include MATING, BOOK OF HENRY, WILD CANARIES, THE ENGLISH TEACHER, THE WRESTLER, THE NIGHT OF…, BLUE BLOODS, THE BLACKLIST, all LAW & ORDERS, MERCY, RUBICON, THE SOPRANOS and A GIFTED MAN. Proud member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, SAG- AFTRA, AEA and The Dramatist Guild of America. www.donnettagrays.com
(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.
(Director) Ellie Heyman is a New York based director of theatre, music, and film. She directed The Traveling Imaginary, a theatrical rock show rated “top five shows of the year” by NPR and a Time Out “Critic’s Pick” on two continents. Upcoming projects: The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) (Narrative podcast featuring John Cameron Mitchell and Tim Robbins); Mr. Pictures by Dane Terry (PS122); Beardo by Dave Malloy and Jason Craig (Pipeline Theater); Home by Sami Berat Marcali (Laguardia Performing Arts Center); and ongoing projects with Erin Markey and Becca Blackwell. Recent work includes: LongYarn by Jason Craig/Banana Bag & Bodice, They, Themself and Schmerm by Becca Blackwell, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George, Deleted Scenes from Fun Home by Erin Markey and Heather Litteer’sLemonade. Ellie’s work has been presented by The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, The Bushwick Starr, La Mama, New World Stages (Incite Festival), Brown University, Duke University, The Drama League, Boston Center for American Performance, En Garde Arts and indie rock clubs across America. Currently Ellie is developing Elevation 506 in Bulgaria with Yasen Vasilev and Home in Istanbul with Turkish playwright Sami Berat Marcali. Ellie is the Co-Artistic Director of The Orbiting Human Circus with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel). She is a graduate of Northwestern and Boston Universities (MFA) and a Drama League Directing Fellow.www.ellieheyman.com
(Producer) SallyCade Holmes is a Drama League, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominated producer committed to making challenging and innovative entertainment with broad appeal. Recent and upcoming producing credits include: Anastasia (currently running at the Broadhurst Theatre); Hi, Are You Single (2016 Under the Radar Festival); Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova’s ANTFest); Summer Valley Fair (New York Musical Festival); Hug the Lonely Cactus (an album by longtime collaborator Laura Gragtmans); Here’s Hoover (in collaboration with Alex Timbers and Les Freres Corbusier). Additionally, she is the Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (Bandstand, It’s Only A Play, The Visit, & White Rabbit Red Rabbit) and the New York Line Producer for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! initiative. She previously served as the Producing Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other collaborations include: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Keen Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Sans A Productions, and TheatreWorks USA. Sally Cade received a BS in theatre studies with a minor in religious studies from the University of Evansville. www.sallycadeholmes.com
(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, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theater, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project and performed in Russian in Moscow.
MJ has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Young Playwrights Inc., and the Huntington Theatre, where they are also a playwriting fellow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre.
MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers’ Group and a core playwright at InterAct Theatre. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ has taught playwriting at Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase College, the University of the Arts and as a teaching fellow at Yale College. More at mjkaufman.com.
(Playwright) Sylvia Khoury is a New York-born writer of French and Lebanese descent living in Manhattan. She is currently a member of the 2016-2018 WP Lab, EST/Youngblood, and a 2015-2016 Dramatists’ Guild Fellow. Her play AGAINST THE HILLSIDE was workshopped at the Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, the Roundabout Theater’s Underground Reading Series, NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays and NNPN’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center. Her play SELLING KABUL was presented as part of La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA Reading Series and EST/Youngblood’s Bloodworks Series. Sylvia completed her MFA in Playwriting in May 2015 at the New School for Drama, where she received the Ted Snowdon Foundation Playwriting Award. She also has a BA from Columbia University in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. She is currently a third-year student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Contact: Seth Glewen at Gersh.
(Director) Tyne Rafaeli was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University. She has directed classics, new plays and musicals in London and the US. Her work has been seen at: Classic Stage Company, The Geffen Playhouse, The Atlantic Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, New York Stage & Film, The Playwright’s Realm, PlayMaker’s Rep, Goodspeed, Juilliard, 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 WP Theater and was awarded the 2013-14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction.
She has served as Associate Director on THE KING & I, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, GOLDEN BOY (all Broadway), WOMEN ON THE VERGE (London’s West End), and she directed the 1st US National Tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.
(Producer) Since graduating from Tisch, Laura Ramedei has been performing and producing across various platforms. She began in production by interning at the Public Theater in marketing and development, and additionally with their Student Ambassador Program, a student discount ticket initiative. She went on to work extensively with LAByrinth Theater Company, as an intern, production assistant, and finally as resident social media guru, piloting several digital marketing channels and campaigns for multiple productions. She also assisted with script development and screen adaptation of Jack Goes Boating with Bob Glaudini, John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Since then, Ramadei co-founded Lesser America, a theater company dedicated to accessible, affordable theater, currently in residence at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. Ramadei now also works as the Director of Creative Development for the American Playwriting Foundation. Select theater performance credits include The Oregon Trail (Fault Line Theatre, in association with WP); Wyoming, Carnival Kids (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Just Right Just Now, Too Much Too Soon, American River, and Squealer with Lesser America; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (with Stephen King and John Mellencamp, in commercial workshop); Fairytale of New York (with David Simon and The Pogues in commercial workshop); Exit Carolyn (NYIT nomination); The Year of the Rooster (EST/Youngblood); Cloud Nine (Ambie Award Nomination) and Love’s Labors Lost with The Nola Project (Founding Member); and Too Little Too Late (HERE Arts – NYIT Nomination). Film and TV: Orange is the New Black, Starting Out, Another Kind, Gasoline, Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses. Web/New Media: Compulsive Love, Unicornland. In addition to running Lesser America, alongside co-founders Daniel Abeles and Nate Miller, Ramadei freelance produces across various mediums, working additionally as a writer and content creator. Finally, Ramadei is also known for penning an open letter about sexual harassment and the treatment of individuals in the service industry. The note went viral, resulting in features and interviews with Huffington Post, Gothamist, Jezebel, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, The Meredith Vieira Show and more. lauraramadei.com
(Playwright) Zoe Sarnak Works include: Afterwords (with Emily Kaczmarek, 2017 Playwrights Horizons-MTF workshop), The Years Between (with Kirsten Guenther, T-fellowship lab), A Lasting Impression (Off-Broadway 2012, Winner NJ Playwright’s contest) and Landed and Alma Mater (with Emily Kaczmarek, New York Film Academy commissions). In development: Secret Soldiers (with Marsha Norman), Galileo (with Danny Strong, Michael Weiner and dir. Michael Mayer), Transport Group’s 20th Century Commission (with Michele Lowe), and Teddy & Max (with Brian Crawley). Awards include: Davenport Songwriting contest winner, NY Stage & Film’s Founders Award finalist, Fred Ebb Award finalist, Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award Honoree, WP Lab Artist. Residencies include: The Public Theater at Vineyards Arts, Goodspeed Writers Colony, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Eugene O’Neill Artist Residency and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Music featured: NY Times Live, Lilly Awards, Women of Note, Cutting Edge Composers and more.
(Producer) Yuvika Tolani is a producer drawn to the interaction of form, content, and process. As Assistant Line Producer at The Public Theater, she executes the Readings and Workshops program, collaborating with artists to structure processes that best serve the work they are creating. Prior to 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. That work later fed into developing an original musical, Scorched, alongside writer/director Molly Houlahan and composer Benji Goldsmith. Scorched will have its premiere production this October as part of the Araca Project’s 2016 season. 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.
Leah Nanako Winkler
(Playwright) Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright whose play KENTUCKY (2015 Kilroys List) recently received its world premiere off-Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in co-production with Page 73 and Radio Drama Network and a subsequent West Coast Premiere at East West Players. Other works include DEATH FOR SIDNEY BLACK (terraNova Collective),TTHE ADVENTURES OF MINAMI: THE ROBOT FROM JAPAN WHO MAKES YOUR FEEL SAFE WHEN LONELINESS IS PALPABLE (The Brick), DOUBLE SUICIDE AT UENO PARK!!! and LINUS AND MURRAY (EST/Marathon) . Upcoming: TWO MILE HOLLOW (Artists at Play LA and more to be announced). Publications include Sam French, Dramatists Play Service and American Theatre Magazine. She is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Playwrights Group, Ma Yi, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is a 2017 Sundance/Ucross fellow. Learn more at leahwinkler.org Photo credit: AL Seib LA TIMES
(Director) Originally from China, Mo Zhou is a theater and opera director based in New York City. She is currently the 2050 Directing Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop as well as the James Marcus Opera Directing Fellow at the Juilliard School, where she apprentices alongside Stephen Wadsworth. Prior to that, she has worked at Wolf Trap Opera, the Merola Opera Program with San Francisco Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Williamstown Theater Festival.
As an assistant director, Ms. Zhou has worked with Mary Zimmerman, Peter Kazaras, Nic Muni, Robert Longbottom, and among others. As the winner of the 2013 biannual OPERA America Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designers Showcase, Ms. Zhou presented her new production concept of Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah” at the annual Opera Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The final model and renderings are on exhibit in the design showcase at the National Opera Center in New York City.
Ms. Zhou graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English and received her MFA degree in stage directing from Columbia University, under the tutelage of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. www.mo-zhou.com