WP Domestic Partner Program

Spring 2017

Official Launch Featuring
Monica Bill Barnes & Company
PopUp Theatrics
Additional Domestic Partners to be announced…

WP Theater’s Domestic Partner Program is focused on providing support to fellow organizations that are developing work by female-identified artists.  Each year, WP Theater will welcome companies into residency at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, providing them with rehearsal and theater space at a reduced rate, as well as artistic, marketing, ticketing and other institutional support, and present their work to WP audiences.

The program launches in the 2016-2017 season with two unique and innovative companies– contemporary dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Company and PopUp Theatrics.  WP’s partnership with MBB & Co. is the next step in the partnership begun with MBB & CO’s Happy Hour at Gibney Dance last season.  Called “Buster Keaton in Vegas…unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable,” by The New York Times, Monica Bill Barnes & Company brings their physical humor and rigorous live performances to a special series of pilot performances at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. PopUp Theatrics, who the Huffington Post has said takes “technology to a new level in theater performance” creates site-specific, site-impacting theatrical events in dynamic collaborations with theater artists worldwide.

2016-17 DOMESTIC PARTNERS!

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

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The company that made Happy Hour returns, bringing their physical humor and rigorous live performances to WP Theater.  Audiences are invited to a special series of pilot performances where Monica Bill Barnes & Company will test drive new material in a run of fully staged shows that will change with every performance.  There will be movement, there will be a megaphone, and there will be nothing like this anywhere else.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. They create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook – dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, they constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.

The company consists of a team of collaborators: Artistic Director/Choreographer, Monica Bill Barnes; Associate Artistic Director/Performer, Anna Bass; designers Kelly Hanson (Set/Costume) and Jane Cox (Lighting); and Robbie Saenz de Viteri (Creative Producing Director). Together, this team creates the most unlikely experiences for every kind of audience. MonicaBillBarnes.com @MBBandCo


PopUp Theatric

PopUp Theatrics is a partnership between theatre artists Tamilla Woodard, Ana Margineanu and Peca Stefan.  PopUp Theatrics’ mission is to create site-specific, site-impacting theatrical events in dynamic collaborations with theatre artists worldwide. Since its beginnings in 2011, PopUp Theatrics has produced critically acclaimed, award-winning, globally inclusive, immersive theatre in collaboration with 100+ artists from countries on six continents. Upcoming: Broken City: Wall St, the third and final installment of the Broken City Trilogy, will perform July 2016 in lower Manhattan in collaboration with the UK’s Sign Dance Collective. Later in 2016, New York City will welcome INSIDE. PopUpTheatrics.com @PopUpTheatrics


Dates and more info on all Domestic Partners to come.

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Rachel Bonds

(Playwright) Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, McCarter Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Roundabout Underground, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film and SPACE on Ryder Farm, among others.  She is an affiliated artist of New Georges, an Alum of EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm; recipient of the 2014 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, the 2013 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award from Williamstown Theatre Festival and the 2015 Sky Cooper Prize from Marin Theatre Company. Commissions include Studio Theatre, South Coast Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, McCarter, Ars Nova/Manhattan Theatre Club and The Geffen.  Bonds is a graduate of Brown University. RachelBonds.com

Anne Kauffman

(Director) New York: A Life, Marjorie Prime (Lortel Nomination, Drama League Nomination); Detroit, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra and Maple and Vine (Playwright’s Horizons); The Nether, Smokefall (MCC); Buzzer (The Public); Belleville (Lortel Nomination, NYTW, Yale Rep); You Got Older (Drama Desk Nomination, P73 Productions); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth Theater Company); Somewhere Fun, God’s Ear (New Georges and Vineyard Theater); Stunning, Slowgirl (LCT3). Regional:  The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Smokefall (Goodman Theatre); And No More Shall We Part, You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce, Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown Theater Festival); 100 Days (Z Space, The Know Theater); Belleville (Yale Rep, Steppenwolf). Artistic Associate and Founding Member of The Civilians, Sundance Program Associate, Clubbed Thumb Associate Artist and co-creator of the CT Directing Fellowship, New Georges Associate Artist, Artistic Council of Soho Rep, SDC Executive Board Member.OBIES (Directing and Sustained Excellence), the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award and two Barrymore Awards.

The Bengsons

(Composer) Married duo The Bengsons have appeared across the country and around the world at such venues as Joe’s Pub (NYC), NYU’s Skirball Center (NYC), MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), On The Boards (Seattle), FlynnSpace (Burlington, VT), and the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa). Their indie folk opera, Hundred Days (Z Space, San Francisco; Know Theatre, Cincinnati) was awarded the TBA Award for Best New Musical. They have had three singles featured on national television on “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX). Most recently their music was featured in Anne Washburn and Rachel Chavkin’s Iphigenia in Aulis at Classic Stage Company. They are founding members of the Real Make Collective with Sonya Tayeh and Jo Lampert. Abigail Nessen Bengson has toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Upcoming works include commissions with Ars Nova and New York Live Arts. Bengsons.com

Eboni Booth

(Joey) is very excited to make her debut with Ars Nova and WP Theater. Previous appearances include Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73); On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba (ICE FACTORY/New Ohio); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Soho Rep.); Family Play, 1979-Present (Collaboration Town); Motel Cherry (Clubbed Thumb/New Georges); Girls in Trouble (Flea Theater); and The Cider House Rules (Atlantic Theater Company). Television: Show Me a Hero and Daredevil.

Lilli Cooper

(Ray) Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba), Spring Awakening (Original Cast). NYC and regional: Tick, Tick…Boom! (Keen Company), The Spongebob Musical (Sandy Cheeks, Broadway in Chicago), The Wildness (Ars Nova), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T.), Noir (NYSAF & NAMT), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater), LMNOP (Goodspeed). Television/Web: Bull (CBS), Creator of Glamour.com’s web shorts “It’s Not Okay, Cupid.” LaGuardia Arts High School and Vassar alum.

Peter Friedman

(Tom) Theater: Her Requiem, The Nether, Jacuzzi, Fly By Night, The Open House, The Hatmaker’s Wife, End Days, Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, Uncle Vanya, The Shaggs, After the Revolution, The Great God Pan, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, The Heidi Chronicles, Ragtime, The Common Pursuit, A Soldier’s Play, and a Nightingale Sang…, The Loman Family Picnic, Twelve Angry Men. Films: The Savages; Safe; Single White Female; The Messenger; Breaking Upwards; Love and Other Drugs. Television: The Muppet Show, Brooklyn Bridge, The Affair, High Maintenance, The Path.

Greg Keller

(Ted Driscoll) Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Wit. Off-Broadway: Of Good Stock (MTC), The Who and The What (LCT3), Belleville (NYTW), Somewhere Fun (Vineyard), Cradle and All (MTC), The Seagull (CSC with Dianne Wiest), That Pretty Pretty, Steve & Idi (Rattlestick), Smudge (WP Theater) Regional: Seminar with Jeff Goldblum, 33 Variations with Jane Fonda (Ahmanson), Scenes From Court Life, War, Elevada (Yale Rep). Greg was a Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and has an MFA in acting from NYU.

Anne L. Nathan

(Jean) Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Once, Sunday in the Park With George, Chicago, Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Taming Of The Shrew (Public Theatre), Wings (2ST), Music In The Air (Encores), Road Show (Public Theatre). Regional: McCarter Theatre, Kansas City Rep, The Huntington, The Citadel. Film & TV: You Must Be Joking, Sugar, Baby Mama, King of California, The Good Wife, Dirt, Law & Order, Veronica Mars, Bull, Submissions Only.

Michael Pemberton

(Bobby/DJ) Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, I’m Not Rappaport, Not About Nightingales, Mamma Mia, Picnic and Hedda Gabler. Off-Broadway: Insignificance, Dinner With Friends, Saturday Night, Outward Bound (Drama Desk Nom), You Never Can Tell and Black Snow. Film: Bridge of Spies, We the Animals, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Family Stone. Television: The Affair, The Good Wife, Veep, Damages, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Conviction, Sleepy Hollow. Love to Andrea always and ever.

JD Taylor

(Carver) Theater credits include: peerless by Jiehae Park (Yale Rep), The Last Match (City Theatre Company), Rich Girl (The Old Globe), The Understudy (McCarter Theatre), Ed, Downloaded (Denver Center Theatre), Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette (Studio Theatre), Red (Asolo Rep & Maltz Jupiter Theatre), She Stoops To Conquer (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and various workshops with Ars Nova, LCT Directors’ Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab. TV/Film credits include: Elementary, The Good Wife and The Mend. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.

Ars Nova

(Co-Producer) Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and cross-pollination to encourage innovative work. Dubbed by the New York Times as a “fertile incubator of offbeat theater,” Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

Ars Nova was honored with a 2015 OBIE Award and a 2015 Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for their sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include: 2016 Best Musical winner Futurity, by César Alvarez with The Lisps; the critically-acclaimed world premiere of Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl currently enjoying a commercial transfer; Time Out NY’s “Best of 2014,”Jacuzzi by The Debate Society; Drama Desk nominated Charlatan by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg; the award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy (Broadway transfer Fall 2016); Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar; the world premiere of the 2009 season’s most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle nominated From Up Here by Liz Flahive; audience favorite Dixie’s Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson; and star-makers At Least It’s Pink by Bridget Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Lin-Manuel Miranda. ArsNovaNYC.com

Mo Zhou

(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

Leah Nanako Winkler

(Playwright) Leah Nanako Winkler is from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her plays include KENTUCKY (2015 Kilroys List, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Nominee, World Premiere 2016  w/ Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73, RADIO DRAMA NETWORK, Upcoming West Coast Premiere at East West Players) DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK (terraNova Collective, Thinking Cap Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, FL), The Internet (

Everywhere Theatre Group/Incubator Arts Project), HAPPY DANCE DANCE PRINCESS SHOW (The Brick), Double Suicide At Ueno Park!!! (35th Marathon of One-Act Plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre), and more. Her work has been developed by Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theatre, Primary Stages, Artists at Play and more. She was a 2013 artist in residence with the New Group/ Urban Arts Initiative,  an alumnus of Terra Nova Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright Group and Youngblood at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her collections of short plays, NAGORIYUKI & Other Short Plays and The Lowest Form Of Writing are available on amazon.  Other publications include  Nanjing University’s Stage and Screen Reviews   (China, December 2014 edition), Smith and Krauss, and Sam French where she was a winner of the 2015 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. She is an affiliated artist at New Georges and member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Wcan Writers Group at Primary Stages. www.leahwinkler.org

Yuvika Tolani

(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.

Zoe Sarnak

(Playwright) Zoe Sarnak graduated from Harvard University where she received an Ann Radcliffe Trust award. Works include: Mixtape (Silent Street Productions 2012), A Lasting Impression (Pace New Musicals 2012, Off-Broadway 2012, Winner 2013 NJ Playwright’s contest), The Years Between (Musical Theatre Factory 2014 workshop, March 2016 T-fellowship workshop), Landed with Emily Kaczmarek (2015 New York Film Academy commission). Zoe is the winner of the 2015 Davenport Songwriting contest, NY Stage & Film’s Founders Award finalist, Fred Ebb Award finalist, as well as residencies at Goodspeed Writers Colony, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NYTW, and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Her music has been featured at The Lilly Awards, Women of Note (NYMF), Prospect Theater Company, Cutting Edge Composers and more. Zoe is one half of the indie folk/pop band, she, featured in #sheSESSIONS recorded live from The End Studios.

New/upcoming projects include: Secret Soldiers (with Marsha Norman), Transport Group’s 20th Century Commission (with Michele Lowe) and Teddy & Max (with Brian Crawley).

Laura Ramadei

(Producer) Since graduating from Tisch, Laura Ramadei 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, starring and directed by 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 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); 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 (upcoming). In addition to running Lesser America, alongside co-founders Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller, and Claire Siebers, 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

Tyne Rafaeli

(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. Recent productions include: EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl (American Players Theatre), LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Great Lakes Theatre / Idaho Shakespeare Festival), OTHELLO (Classic Stage Company). Her work has been seen at: Classic Stage Company, New York Stage & Film, The Atlantic Theatre, The Julliard School, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Realm, Great Lakes Theatre, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and PlayPenn, amongst others.

She has served as Associate Director on THE KING & I (Lincoln Center Theatre), 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 opening at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Tyne was awarded the 2013/14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction.Upcoming projects include THE BURDENS by Matt Schatz at the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference, CHASING RAINBOWS at Goodspeed Opera and THE LION IN WINTER at Two River Theatre. See more at: www.tynerafaeli.com.

Sylvia Khoury

(Playwright) Sylvia Khoury grew up in Westchester, NY, but didn’t speak English until she was five. Her mother is French (by way of Algeria and Tunisia) and her father is Lebanese (by way of Turkey). Her plays include Against the Hillside (2016 Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference, 2016 Kilroys’ List, 2015 Roundabout Underground Workshop, 2015 NNPN National Showcase of New Plays) and Selling Kabul (2016 Bloodworks Reading, Youngblood). She is a member of the 2016-2018 Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab, EST/Youngblood and is a Dramatists’ Guild Fellow. Her plays have been developed at The Kennedy Center, The New School for Drama, Columbia University, and Naked Angels. Semi-Finalist: Jerome Fellowship at the Lark. Sylvia completed her undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University (2012) and received an MFA in Playwriting at the New School for Drama (2015). She lives in New York City, where she is a second-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Contact: Kate Navin at Gersh. www.sylviakhoury.com

MJ Kaufman

(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.

Sally Cade Holmes

(Producer) Sally Cade Holmes is a New York-based freelance producer hailing from the upstate of South Carolina. Recent and upcoming producing credits include: Anastasia (B’way 2016-17); Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest); 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); Hi, Are You Single (Dixon Place HOT! Festival). Additionally, she is the Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (It’s Only A PlayThe 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 where she worked on pre-Broadway and off-Broadway productions of The Bridges of Madison CountyFool for LoveLiving on Love, The Old Man and The Old Moon, and The Visit.  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

Ellie Heyman

(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

Donnetta Lavinia Grays

(Playwright) Donnetta Lavinia Grays – raised in Columbia, South Carolina – is a Brooklyn based actor and playwright. Plays include LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (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, THE COWBOY IS DYING and THE B FACTOR. And the short story PEACHES WITH KING. She is a member of the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit, is a Civilians R&D Group and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alum and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. Her work has been either produced, developed or read by 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, TOSOS, and Coyote REP. Acting credits: Broadway: IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY and WELL. Notable NY performance credits: O, EARTH (The Foundry Theatre) MEN ON BOATS (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb), SHIPWRECKED! (Primary Stages), 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. Regional credits: 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 BOOK OF HENRY, WILD CANARIES, THE ENGLISH TEACHER, THE WRESTLER, 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

Morgan Gould

(Director) Morgan Gould is a theater writer/ director/ producer who 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 (BAC/PS 122) and worked alongside Young Jean on the premieres of LEAR (Soho Rep) and WE’RE GONNA DIE (Joe’s Pub/ LCT3) and tours of PULLMAN WA and THE SHIPMENT. Morgan is a member at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a New Georges affiliated artist (where she was a participant in their emerging writer/ director lab from 2010-2014), 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 Ensemble Studio Theatre and Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency Programs. She was an 11-12 BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange) AIR with playwright Matthew Paul Olmos and a 12-13 Space Grant Recipient. In 2012, Morgan created her own theater company with 7 actors and 3 designers, Morgan Gould & Friends. MG&F makes satirical work that asks questions about tropes and cliches in storytelling and its impact on identity in America…at least that’s what we write in grants. Their work has been featured in and at the New Ohio/ Ice Factory Festival (where the New York Times lauded it “clever”—calling it “soap opera silliness and beyond!”), Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, BAX, New Georges, and The Culture Project. Morgan most recently directed the Off-Broadway premiere of KENTUCKY by Leah Nanako Winkler (EST/ P73), and wrote, directed (with Nate Trinrud), and produced THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN WEBSERIES (release date August 2016). B.A. in Directing, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, M.F.A. in Playwriting, Brooklyn College. Winner of the 2016 Beatrice Terry/ Drama League Residency Award for a promising female writer/ director. Morgan’s most recent play I WANNA FUCKING TEAR YOU APART will have its world premiere as part of Studio Theatre’s (Washington D.C.) 2016-17 season. www.morgangouldandfriends.com.

Melissa Crespo

(Director) Melissa Crespo is a New York based director who enjoys directing everything from classical to new plays, as well as musicals and operas. Melissa is most known for Vid Guerrerio’s ¡Figaro! (90210), a modern day adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro which had it’s world premiere at LA Opera and most recently ran at The Duke on 42nd Street. She also directed the undiscovered masterpiece Voodoo, a Harlem Renaissance opera by H. Lawrence Freeman that “soared” according to The Guardian. Melissa directed the most recent incarnation of Tar Baby written and performed by Desiree Burch with Dan Kitrosser.Tar Baby was awarded the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and recently performed at the Auckland Festival in New Zealand and London’s VAULT Festival where it was awarded the “Pick of the Week.” Upcoming productions include Kieran Lynn’s Crossing the Line (Amphibian Stage Productions), Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire (Garden Theatre) and Bread and Roses, a new musical by Jill Abramovitz and Brad Alexander (NYMF reading). 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 a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and directed for the 2015 ABC Talent Showcase. Melissa received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. Contact: Alexis Williams, Bret Adams Ltd. http://melissacrespo.com

Roxanna Barrios

(Producer) Roxanna Barrios is a Florida-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 Associate for the Mobile Unit, a program that brings free year-round performances 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.

Nidia Medina

(Producer) Nidia Medina is currently the Associate 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.

Lisa Lampanelli

(Playwright & Lisa) Lisa Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board,” which premiered June 26, 2015 on EPIX and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Comedy Album.” In the special, Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean showed off her radically different look after having lost more than 100 pounds. That weight loss, which she has maintained for over four years, inspired her to write Stuffed since, having been every size from 2 to 26, she has firsthand knowledge of the food and body-image struggle.

Lisa became a household name when she joined 17 other celebrities on the fifth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she advanced to the final four in the competition, raising $130,000 for her chosen charitythe Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She also starred as a regular on “Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first-ever animated series, and recently stole the show on an episode of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” helmed by “Sex and The City” creator, Michael Patrick King. She also was recently accepted into and attended the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors in New Haven, CT.

Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” and that same year, released her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks (Harper Collins). Lisa was also a monthly writer for the Women column in Playboy Magazine and is a contributor to the blog for Kripalu, the world-renowned yoga and meditation retreat center.

Lisa’s rise to the top of the comedy food chain began in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase on the NY Friars Club Comedy Central Roast.  She soon became known as the “Queen of the Roasts”, going on to lambaste such names as Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Flava Flav, David Hasselhoff and, most recently, Donald Trump.  Due to her success as a roaster, in 2009, Lisa was asked to serve as Roastmaster for the highly rated Comedy Central Roast of friend and fellow comic, Larry the Cable Guy.

One of the few white comedians to perform on BET’s “Comic View,” Lisa has clearly cemented her huge crossover appeal.  She went on to appear on Comedy Central’s “Last Laugh 2005” and her one-hour special that year, “Take It Like a Man,” was a hit with the comedy network yet again. The CD and the DVD of the same name hit #6 on the comedy charts. Then, in January 2007, Lisa’s second one-hour special, “Dirty Girl,” debuted on Comedy Central and Warner Bros. Records, and reached #4 on the charts. Soon thereafter, “Dirty Girl” was nominated for a Grammy Award for 2007’s “Best Comedy Album”.

Lisa appeared in the David Chase-directed feature film, “Not Fade Away.”  She also appeared in “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” and had a featured role in “Delta Farce,” opposite Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, and D.J. Quall. She also starred in the hilarious documentary, “The Aristocrats,” and played a more maternal version of herself in the Owen Wilson vehicle, “Drillbit Taylor.”

 

Jackson Gay

(Director) Upcoming Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Studio Theatre in association with New Neighborhood). Recent projects include Transfers by Lucy Thurber (New York Stage & Film); Much Ado About Nothing adapted with Kenneth Lin (Cal Shakes); Workshop of Suzanne Vega’s Lover, Beloved, An Evening with Carson McCullers with music by Vega and Duncan Sheik (Rattlestick and Rattlestick West LA); George Brant’s Grounded (Alley Theatre); Jen Silverman’s The Moors (Yale Rep); These Paper Bullets! Adapted from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (Atlantic Theater Company, Geffen Playhouse, Yale Rep – Critics Pick Time Out NY, Best Production and Adaptation LA Sage Awards, Best of 2015 Time Out Los Angeles, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director); I Saw My Neighbor On The Train And I Didn’t Even Smile by Suzanne Heathcote (co-production New Neighborhood / Berkshire Theatre Festival); Elevada by Sheila Callaghan (Yale Rep); The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber (Labyrinth Theater Company); 3C by David Adjmi (Rattlestick/piece by piece/Rising Phoenix); Lucy Thurber’s Where We’re Born – The Hilltown Plays (Rattlestick); Rolin Jones’s The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company) and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic and Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Outstanding Production of a Play); A Little Journey (Mint Theater Company, Drama Desk nomination Outstanding Revival of a Play); Other Desert Cities; August: Osage County; Red and Kenneth Lin’s Intelligence-Slave (Alley Theatre). Jackson is a founding member of New Neighborhood. She is the Director of Artistic Programming for Fuller Road Artist Residency and teaches directing at Yale College. BFA University of the Arts. MFA Yale School of Drama. Jackson is from Sugar Land, Texas.

Ann Harada

(Stacey) Ann Harada originated the role of Christmas Eve in Avenue Q on Broadway and the West End. Other Broadway includes Cinderella, 9 to 5, M Butterfly, Seussical, Les Misérables (revival). Recent Off – Broadway includes Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre) and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Westside Theatre). Regionally: 42nd Street and Mamma Mia (MUNY), and God of Carnage (George Street Playhouse) FILM: Youth in Oregon, Sisters, Trouble, Admission, Hope Springs, and The Art of Getting By. TV: “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “The Good Wife,” “SMASH,” “30 Rock,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None.”

Zainab Jah

(Katey) Zainab Jah’s Recent credits include: Maima, Eclipsed, Broadway; title role of Hamlet, (The Wilma Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo N Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem),  The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, (Atlantic Theater, NYC),  Prudence The Convert, Josephine, Ruined,  A Doll’s House ( Williamstown Theatre Festival), Helen of Troy, Trojan Women, (Classical Theatre of Harlem), In Darfur, (The Public Theatre /NYSF), Peter Sellars’ Children Of Herakles, ( European Tour). Film / TV credits: New York, I Love You (Short), “Law & Order SVU,” Outliving Emily (with Andre Braugher and Philicia Rashad), Along Came Love, with Vanessa Williams. Awards: Philadelphia Critcs’ Circle Best actress Award (Hamlet ) Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award Best Featured Actress (The Convert); San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle – Outstanding Performance Female Featured Role (Ruined); and Best Featured Actress, Philadelphia Critics’ Circle Featured Actress Award (The Convert).

Jessica Luck

(Britney) Jessica is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in Stuffed! New York Theatre credits include:  The Digger (La MaMa), The Blood Brothers (The Brick), The Quake (Ideal Glass), The Disembodied Soul and Buddy Becker’s Uncut Flick (NY Fringe).  Web Series: Down Dog and Carolers.”  Jessica is a Yale graduate and a recent Rockwell scholar at ESPA/ Primary Stages.  She is a member of the rock band My Dear Mycroft and the improv team The Jessica’s. Jessica is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in Stuffed!

Monica Bill Barnes

(Performer) Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company, a NYC based contemporary dance company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company creates full-length shows that tour the country’s biggest stages and tiniest rooms, bringing dance where it doesn’t belong. Her work has been performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The BAM Opera House, and has been presented in more than 75 cities throughout the US. Current projects include a collaborative show with radio host Ira Glass that combines radio stories and dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a collaboration with author/visual artist Maira Kalman creating a guided Museum Workout, and Happy Hour, the world’s first-ever karaoke office party dance show featuring Barnes and her dancing partner, Anna Bass.

Anna Bass

(Performer) Anna Bass, Associate Artistic Director/Performer, has worked with MBB&CO since 2003, performing all over the country on stages ranging from public fountains and city parks to comedy clubs and Carnegie Hall. Anna wears the grey suit in Happy Hour, tours the country with Monica and Ira Glass in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host and juggles many of MBB&CO’s day-to-day operations. She also served as company Rehearsal Director, Assistant Choreographer for productions at The Atlantic Theater, The Public Theater and Yale Repertory Theater and a roller-skating mouse alongside comedian Mike Birbiglia in This American Life’s The Radio Drama Episode at the BAM Opera House. Anna hails from Forest, Virginia, where she studied almost every dance style from classical ballet to country line dancing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jane Cox

(Lighting Designer) Jane Cox  has designed with MBB&CO for more than a decade, and her collaboration with the company is central to her creative life. In 2014 Jane was nominated for both the TONY and the Drama Desk awards for her work on Machinal, and she also designed All The Way on Broadway. In 2013 Jane was awarded the Henry Hewes Design Award for her work on The Flick. Other recent designs in NYC include Picnic and Dinner with Friends for the Roundabout, Passion at CSC and The Whale at Playwrights Horizons. Opera designs include Sydney Opera House, Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera. Jane has a long-standing relationship with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has been teaching about light and design at Princeton University since 2007.

Kelly Hanson

(Set/Costume Designer) Kelly Hanson  is an original company member of MBB&CO, and has been collaborating with Monica since 2001. She is also an Emmy-nominated Art Director for television. Kelly currently spends most days directing art for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Kelly was born in Bryan, TX, earned her MFA in Set Design at University of California, San Diego and joined the New York community in 2001. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two children and a big black dog.

Robert Saenz de Viteri

(Host) Robert Saenz de Viteri has been working with MBB&CO and Ira Glass since 2013. He began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith while she developed Let Me Down Easy. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. As a director in New York he has worked at the Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea, The Atlantic Theater, Office Ops, and Access Theater where he directed the NYTimes Critic’s Pick production of Michael & Edie. In 2014 he joined Ira Glass and This American Life producing Episode 528, “The Radio Drama Episode” live on stage at BAM. He recently created The Spiritual Life of Modern America, based on Knut Hamsun’s mostly unread book of the same title and the experiences of many people moving to America. The show premiered at the Brageteater in Norway.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. We create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook—dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, we constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures. The company consists of a team of collaborators – Artistic Director/Choreographer, Monica Bill Barnes; Associate Artistic Director/Performer, Anna Bass; designers Kelly Hanson (Set/Costume) and Jane Cox (Lighting); and the newest company member, Robbie Saenz de Viteri (Creative Producing Director). Together, this team creates the most unlikely experiences for every kind of audience. MonicaBillBarnes.com

Gibney Dance

Gibney Dance, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Through three interrelated fields of action—Center, Company, and Community Action—Gibney Dance is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages, and in underserved shelters and schools. GibneyDance.org

The Joyce Theater

The Joyce Theater. founded in 1982,  was created by dancers for dance. Today, The Joyce is considered one of the premiere performance venues for dance and attracts an annual audience of more than 140,000. Since its inception, The Joyce has welcomed over 270 New York City-based, national and international dance companies to its stage. It would be difficult to imagine the dance world today without The Joyce Theater. In addition, The Joyce now oversees DANY (Dance Art New York) Studios, eleven affordable studios, located at 38th Street and Eighth Avenue, that are appropriate for rehearsals, auditions, classes and workshops. Joyce.org

Martyna Majok

(Playwright) Martyna Majok (pronounced “my-oak”) was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Women’s Project Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Yale Cabaret, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Round House Theatre, Satori Group, Red Tape Theatre, and The LIDA Project, among others. Awards include the inaugural Women’s Invitational Prize at Ashland New Play Festival, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New Yorker website, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Foundry Theatre. Publications by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. Martyna is currently part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Program at The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST’s Youngblood. Member of Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, The Dramatist Guild, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at NJRep. She is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.

Daniella Topol

(Director) Daniella Topol’s previous WP Theater productions include: Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer, Jessica Dickey’s Row After Row, Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something, Trista Baldwin’s Sand. Recent productions include: Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep),  Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Theatre) Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre and MaYi Theatre), Carla Ching’s Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness (MaYi Theatre), Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad (City Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Janet Allard and Niko Tsakalakos’ Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Company), Anna Ziegler’s PHOTOGRAPH 51 (Theatre J), Susan Bernfield’s STRETCH (People’s Light and Theatre Company). She has directed readings and workshops for a number of companies and is currently a member of the board of the Lark Play Development Center, has been a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts and TCG. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect, member of EST, a Women’s Project Lab alumnus, and a New Georges affiliated artist. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Josiah Bania

(Maks) Josiah Bania is thrilled to be making both his Rattlestick and New York City theatre debut. Regional credits include the world premiere of Ironbound, at Round House Theatre, Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Three Sisters at Yale Repertory Theatre; Loves Labour’s Lost at Chautauqua Theatre Company; The Secret in the Wings, at Yale Summer Cabaret; The History Boys at Artists Repertory Theatre; The Uneasy Chair at CoHo Theater; A Christmas Carol, and JAW: A Playwright’s Festival at Portland Center Stage. Television credits include “The Good Wife”, “Leverage”, and “The Mysteries of Laura”. Josiah holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he appeared as Iago in Othello, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Medvedenko in The Seagull, and Nolan in Petty Harbour.

Shiloh Fernandez

(Vic) Shiloh Fernandez grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. He moved to Los Angeles and has been in several major motion pictures and television productions. He’s proud to be making his New York stage debut in Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and WP Theater’s premiere of Ironbound.

Marin Ireland

(Darja) Marin Ireland is a highly acclaimed actress of stage and screen. She stars opposite Corey Stoll in the independent feature GLASS CHIN, a performance for which she’s nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award. She was recently seen in the indie film, THE FAMILY FANG, which debut at the Toronto Film Festival, and other recent film credits include THE PHENOM, BOTTLED UP, and 28 HOTEL ROOMS. This past year, she starred in the NBC miniseries THE SLAP, in addition to recurring roles on HBO’s GIRLS and Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX. She will next star in the Amazon series, SNEAKY PETE. Tony Award nominated for her performance in Neil LaBute’s REASONS TO BE PRETTY, Marin recently received rave reviews for her performance in Lincoln Center Theater’s play KILL FLOOR and starred on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of THE BIG KNIFE, opposite Bobby Cannavale.

Morgan Spector

(Tommy) Morgan Spector Broadway: Machinal, Harvey, A View From the Bridge. Off-Broadway: Russian Transport (New Group, Drama Desk Nomination). Regional: Dissonance (Bay Street Theatre), The Lion King national tour, Enemies: A Love Story (Wilma Theatre). Television: Series Regular: “The Money (pilot),””Allegiance”, “The Broad Squad” (pilot), “Paradise Pictures (pilot). Recurring: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Person of Interest,” “Zero Hour,” “Law & Order: CI,” “How to Make It in America.” Guest Star: “Orange is the New Black,” “Do No Harm,” Film: Permission, The Bleeder, Christine, Split, The Drop, All Is Bright, Grand Street, Musical Chairs, Burning Blue, The Last Airbender. BA, Reed College; MFA, American Conservatory Theatre.

Sarah Burgess

(Playwright) SARAH BURGESS‘s play Dry Powder premiered at the Public Theater this March. Dry Powder was a recipient of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, and a finalist for the Blackburn prize.  Other plays include Camdenside (Ground Floor selection, Berkeley Rep; Kilroys List 2015) and FAIL: Failures (ANT Fest).  Writer for The Tenant (Woodshed Collective) and “Naked Radio,” Naked Angels’ podcast series.  Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Member of the WP Lab; Ars Nova Play Group alum.

Adrienne Campbell-Holt

(Director) Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. Upcoming: world premiere of Cal in Camo (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), Dear Elizabeth (Dorset Theater Festival). Recent world premieres: Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE, September 2015), Chiara Atik’s 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Other productions: Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival, VT), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), world premiere of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne is a Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow. She has developed work with La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Underground, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Playwrights’ Center and EST. She is also the director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.

Lee Sunday Evans

(Director) Lee Sunday Evans is a director and choreographer. Credits Include: Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue at Humana/Actors Theater of Louisville, a workshop production of Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew at Alley All New, D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich at Clubbed Thumb; A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks… by Kate Benson at New Georges/Women’s Project Theater (OBIE Award), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew at 59E59 Theatres; God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz at Juilliard; Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown; and The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. Additionally, her work has been presented/developed at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sundance Institute Theater Program, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, CATCH, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. She is currently developing new projects with Andy Bragen, Kate Benson and Matthew Paul Olmos among others. As the resident director for CollaborationTown, she is currently developing a new musical as part of New Victory’s LabWorks, and working on a commission from LCT3. Upcoming: Macbeth at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Pearl Hodiwala

(Producer) Pearl Hodiwala is from Sydney, Australia and has a background in development, fundraising and producing and theatre management.  Pearl has worked as Philanthropy Coordinator at Belvoir Street Theatre, and Producing Fellow at The Public Theater. Currently, Pearl is Strategy and Business Development Coordinator with Disney Theatrical Productions and Managing Director of Kaimera Productions (www.kaimeraproductions.com).  Selected works: Jupiter (a play about power) (La Mama), The Fall (Flamboyan Theatre) and Underland (59E59). Member of the Women’s Project Producers Lab 2014-2016. Bachelor Arts and Science from Sydney University and Masters of Arts Administration from Columbia University.

Monet Hurst-Mendoza

(Playwright) Monet Hurst-Mendoza is a New York-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theater Collective, |the claque|, Lookingglass Theatre, The Oneness Project, The Other Mirror, The Kupferberg Center, #serials@The Flea, Amios (Shotz!), and Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem. She is the current Playwright in Residence for The Other Mirror, and a member of the 2016 inaugural Mitten Lab in Detroit, |the claque|’s Octo-Group, the 2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, and the 2014-2016 Women’s Project Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow. Proud member: Rising Circle Theater Collective, and |the claque|. B.A.: Marymount Manhattan College.

Rachel Karpf Reidy

(Producer) Rachel Karpf Reidy works with artists and cultural institutions to produce theater and live performance pieces that inspire, delight, and move audiences. Recent works include Todd Almond and Courtney Love’s Kansas City Choir Boy (ART/Beth Morrison Projects) and Jay Scheib and Keeril Makan’s Persona (M.I.T & National Sawdust/Beth Morrison Projects). As Associate Director of Page 73: Clare Barron’s You Got Older, directed by Anne Kauffman (2 OBIE Awards, 4 Drama Desk Award noms., Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist); George Brant’s Grounded, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Drama Desk Award nom.); Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer, directed by Daniella Topol (co-produced with EST). With the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure, she has produced large-scale site-specific performance adventures including in the Brooklyn Museum (BEAT Festival), PRELUDE, Stony Brook University, and throughout the DUMBO neighborhood. For 13P: Lucy Thurber’s Monstrosity, Julia Jarcho’s American Treasure, and Madeline George’s The Zero Hour. Other projects at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and the Commonweal Theatre. Creator of the lecture series Saloon; grant review panelist for NSYCA and others. BA: Dartmouth College. rachelkarpfreidy.com

Sarah Krohn

(Director) Sarah Krohn’s directing credits include Horse Girls by Jenny Rachel Weiner (the cell), The Pits by Joshua Harmon (Williamstown Theater Festival), You Remind Me of You by Matthew Capodicasa (Fordham/Primary Stages), The Next War by Kate Mulley (Columbia Playwriting); Parade (Yale Dramat), and Victor Frange Presents Gas, which she co-conceived with Dan O’Neil (Incubator Arts). Member of the 2014-16 Women’s Project Theater Lab, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab; recipient of Williamstown Theater Festival’s Sagal Fellowship; co-facilitator of the New Georges Jam writer/director group. Graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Carnegie Mellon (MFA). www.sarahkrohn.com

Kristen Luciani

(Producer) Kristen Luciani currently works in general management at DR Theatrical Management. She is also an independent producer and formerly served as Associate Producer to Elizabeth I. McCann. Kristen has previously worked with The Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons. Independent credits include: Judith (Kraine Theater) and We Declare You a Terrorist (Summer Play Festival). As Management Associate to Liz McCann and Joey Parnes, Broadway credits include: Hair, The Merchant of Venice, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Kristen is also the co-founder and Executive Producer of Paradox Productions, a boutique Executive Producing and General Management firm (www.paradoxprods.com). She holds a BFA in Theater/Producing from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.

Martyna Majok

(Playwright) Martyna Majok (pronounced “my-oak”) was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Women’s Project Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Yale Cabaret, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Round House Theatre, Satori Group, Red Tape Theatre, and The LIDA Project, among others. Awards include the inaugural Women’s Invitational Prize at Ashland New Play Festival, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New Yorker website, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Foundry Theatre. Publications by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. Martyna is currently part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Program at The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST’s Youngblood. Member of Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, The Dramatist Guild, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at NJRep. She is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.

Liz Olson

(Producer) Liz Olson is a freelance producer and the General Manager/Line Producer of Tectonic Theater Project (Carmen, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, Uncommon Sense). Previously, she was the Managing Director of Studio 42, where she produced Ken Urban’s Wasps and worked on productions of Bekkah Brunstetter’s Miss Lilly Gets Boned and Gregory S. Moss’s Billy Witch. In the past, she has worked at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYTW, Playwrights Realm, and Two River Theater Company. She is the producer for Reentry, which tours US Naval bases as part of their soldier reintegration training. This brings her full circle in life as she is a third generation Navy brat who now produces theater for the Navy. Freelance includes Couriers and Contrabands and Be A Good Little Widow.  She holds an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University and a bachelor’s from The College of William and Mary.

Riti Sachdeva

(Playwright) Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She has developed work with the Public Theater, The Civilians R&D Group, PlayWrights Center, National New Play Network, University of Hawaii Asian Theatre Program, American Theater Company, Working Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Works, and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Her play Parts of Parts & Stitches received The Kennedy Center’s Quest for Peace award. She is a recipient of a TCG On the Road grant and recently traveled to Kerala, India to start adapting elements of Kathakali to her stage play Other Farmers’ Fields. Acting highlights include work with DisneyChannel, HBO, various awesome indie films, National Hispanic Cultural Center, MTWorks, Honest Aaccomplice, EarSay, Hybrid, and performances of her original works with MidNites cHiLd Productions in LA, Toronto, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and NYC.  Riti continues to write, act, and study her beloved flamenco.

Susan Soon He Stanton

(Playwright) Susan Soon He Stanton’s plays include Takarazuka!!!, Today Is My Birthday, SEEK, The Things Are Against Us, Cygnus, The Underneath, and more. Her plays have been produced or developed at Clubbed Thumb, East West Players, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Washington Ensemble Theater, Joe’s Pub, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and others.

She is a two-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient. Writing groups and residencies include Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Playwrights Center Corewriter, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, Lark Van Lier Fellowship, Hedgebrook, and MaYi Playwrights Lab. Other awards include Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, Kilroy’s List, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. She is a writing consultant for Disney Creative Entertainment. She received a Feature Film Development Grant from the Sloan Foundation. Films include Dress, Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will. BFA: NYU Tisch, MFA: Yale School of Drama.

 

Rachel Sussman

(Producer) Rachel Sussman is a New York-based producer committed to nurturing diverse work through creative collaboration. She serves as the Director of Programming for The New York Musical Theatre Festival and is a co-founder of The Indigo Theatre Project as well as The MITTEN Lab, a new emerging artist residency in her native state of Michigan. Rachel has worked with such companies as Second Stage Theatre, 321 Theatrical Management, RKO Stage, Goodspeed Musicals’ Mercer Colony, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, The Tony Awards, and CREATE-Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Producing credits include: Talk to me about Shame (FringeNYC, Overall Excellence Award), Lemon Cake (133rd St. Arts Center), The Imaginary Menagerie (Joe’s Pub), and, most recently, The Woodsman (59E59 & New World Stages). She is currently developing a new musical with composer/lyricist Shaina Taub. Rachel is a trustee for The Awesome Foundation NYC and sits on Advisory Boards for The Musical Theatre Factory and Strangemen & Co. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute and a University Scholar alumna of NYU Tisch.

Danya Taymor

(Director) Danya Taymor is a director and translator. Recent work includes Brian Watkins’ Wyoming (Lesser America) and My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea), Anna Moench’s In Quietness (Dutch Kills/Walkerspace) and Wildrose (Sheen Center/The Claque), Lucy Teitler’s Engagements (Ensemble Studio Theater), I Hate Fucking Mexicans (The Flea) Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Shakespeare’s The Tempest (NYU/Stella Adler). She is a 2014-2016 Time Warner Directing Fellow at Women’s Project Theater, a 2005 fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, an Artist in Residence at Theatre for a New Audience, an Associate Artist at The Flea Theater, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a Visiting Artist at Strasberg/NYU and an alumna of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and The Drama League. Upcoming work: Sarah Gancher’s The Place We Built (The Flea) and Justic Kuritzke’s The Sensuality Party (The New Group). BA: Duke University

Tamilla Woodard

(Director) Tamilla Woodard is a theatre director working nationally and internationally. Currently, she is serving as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi-year initiative of The Working Theater. The project supports the commissioning and development of 5 Playwright/Director teams working in collaborations and creating theatrical works in response to and inside of working class communities in all 5 boroughs. She is co-founder of PopUp Theatrics, a partnership creating site specific and immersive productions and collaborations around the world.

She is a current Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and former Audrey Fellow at New Georges. She graduated from The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program and is the recipient of The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women and The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists. Her work has been presented and developed at the Working Theater, NYTW, New Georges, HERE, The Lark, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, DR 2, The Culture Project, Urban Stages, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen Theatre and for festivals and theater’s around the US and Internationally.

Most recent work includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream, NY Times Critics Pick, Cherry Smoke by James McManus and La Ruta, by Ed Cardona Jr, for Working Theater, NYC- NY Times End of Year List of Notable productions. For PopUP: Broken City: Harlem, a site specific commission by The Harlem Arts Festival. Long Distance Affair, a Skype immersive performance with editions in Romania, Argentina, Mexico, Scotland and the US; INSIDE, a site specific production with editions in Bucharest and Madrid. Upcoming: The Block, by Dan Hoyle, Working Theater, Harbur Gate, by Kathleen Cahill, Salt Lake Acting Company and Broken City: Wall Street, PopUP Theatrics.

Sarah Ruhl

(Playwright) Sarah Ruhl’s plays include The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth  and Stage Kiss.  She has been a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country, often with premiers at Yale Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Goodman Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. In 2014 she was the second most produced playwright in the country. Her plays have also been produced internationally and have been translated into over twelve languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur “genius” award. You can read more about her work on www.SarahRuhlplaywright.com. Her book of essays 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write was published by Faber and Faber last fall. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Kate Whoriskey

(Director) Kate Whoriskey most recently directed Lynn Nottage’s Sweat at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other productions include Ping Pong and Manahatta at the Public through Public Studio, Ruined and Tales from Red Vienna at Manhattan Theatre Club, How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage, The Piano Teacher at the Vineyard Theatre, Oroonoko at Theatre for A New Audience, the world premiere of Fabulation and Inked Baby at Playwrights Horizons, and Massacre by Jose Rivera at the Labyrinth Theatre Company (of which she is a member). Internationally, she directed Magdalena at the Chatelet theatre in Paris and Teatro Muicipal in Sao Paolo. Regionally, she directed Ruined, Vigils, Heartbreak House, The Rose Tattoo and Drowning Crow for The Goodman, The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre, the world premiere of Intimate Apparel, The Piano Teacher, Life is a Dream, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, and The Clean House at South Coast Repertory, and Master Builder at the American Repertory Theatre. Nominated for a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel for her work on Ruined, she has also directed at the Huntington, The Geffen, Baltimore Center Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Fisher Center and The Eugene O’Neill Center.

DAVID AARON BAKER

(Robert) is thrilled to once more share the stage with Cherry Jones after playing her husband in Jon Robin Baitz’s play, The Film Society, directed by the late Roger Rees, at The Williamstown Theater Festival in 1997. David had the great fortune to work with Sarah Ruhl in 2008, when he performed in the Playwrights Horizons production of her play Dead Man’s Cell Phone. He is honored to work again with these extraordinary artists. David attended Illinois State University, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas – Austin and a diploma from The Julliard School.

Becky Ann Baker

(Elizabeth) Becky Ann Baker is most recognized for her mothering skills, or lack thereof, on two Judd Apatow series, “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls”, where she plays creator Lena Dunham’s mom, and for which she received a Critics Choice nomination.  But Becky has appeared on Broadway in both musicals and plays, including Good People, All My Sons, Assassins, Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  Her Off-Broadway credits include: Barbecue at the Public Theater, Suddenly Last Summer for The Roundabout; Comedy of Errors, Othello and Two Gentlemen of Verona for New York Shakespeare Festival; Wonderful Town for City Center Encores; The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told for New York Theatre Workshop; Shanghai Moon and June Moon for Drama Dept.; Durang, Durang for Manhattan Theatre Club; To Whom It May Concern and Laura Dennis at the Signature; The Vagina Monologues at Westside Arts; and more. Becky has performed regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she is an artistic associate, the Old Globe, the South Coast Rep, Arena Stage, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and the Goodman Theater in Chicago.  Film credits include “The End of the Tour,” “23 Blast,” “Hope Springs,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Spinning into Butter,” “Stay,” “The Night Listener,” “Gretchen,” “War of the Worlds,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “A Simple Plan,” “Celebrity,” “Men In Black,” “In and Out,” “Sabrina,” “Unstrung Heroes,” “White Squall,” “Lorenzo’s Oil,” and “Come See the Paradise.”  Other TV appearances include: “Gotham,” “Madam Secretary,” Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Smash,” “Black Box,” “A Gifted Man,” “Kings,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy,” “Storm of the Century,” “Soul Man,” “Ruby Ridge,” “Frasier,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Oz,” and “Mind Games.” She is a member of the Actor’s Studio, Drama Dept. and Usual Suspects –NYTW.  Becky’s best and favorite production: Willa, co-produced with actor/director Dylan Baker.

KATHLEEN CHALFANT

(Elizabeth) BROADWAY: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. OFF-BROADWAY: Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Obie Awards), A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nomination), Tales from Red Vienna, Miss Ovington &  Dr. Dubois, Somewhere Fun, Red Dog Howls, Painting Churches, Talking Heads (Obie Award), Vita & Virginia, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell, Bloomer Girl, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Far Away, Twelve Dreams, Henry V (Callaway Award). OTHER NY CREDITS: The Vagina Monologues, True History and Real Adventures, Phaedra in Delirium, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, The Party, Sister Mary Ignatius…, The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. LONDON & LOS ANGELES: Ovation Awards for both Wit and Red Dog Howls. SELECT REGIONAL THEATRE: McCarter, Berkley Rep, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, ATL, Sundance Lab. FILM: Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, The Last New Yorker, Second Guessing Grandma, Dark Water, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder. SELECT TELEVISION Recurring on “The Affair,” “The Strain,” “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Rescue Me,” “The Book of Daniel,” “The Guardian,”  “Jo,” “Law and Order” and “One Life to Live”; also “Madam Secretary,” “Forever,” “Heartbreaker,” “Elementary,” “Mercy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO), “Benjamin Franklin,” “Lackawanna Blues” (HBO), “Georgia O’Keeffe” (Lifetime), “Voices from the White House” (PBS), “A Death in the Family” (PBS), “Storm of the Century”. AWARDS: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. She has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work and holds an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Cooper Union.

RINDE ECKERT

(Robert) is a writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer and director. His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia. Eckert began his career as a writer and performer in the 1980’s, writing librettos for Paul Dresher (Pioneer, Power Failure, Slow Fire, Ravenshead). He composed dance scores for choreographers Sarah Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins, including the evening-length Woman, Window, Square for The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Rinde began composing and performing his own music/theater works in 1992 with The Gardening of Thomas D, an homage to Dante which subsequently toured the United States and France. Staged works for solo performer include Becoming…Unusual: The Education of an Eclectic; three one-act plays: An Idiot Divine, Romeo Sierra Tango and Quit This House; and works for radio including Shoot the Moving Things and Four Songs Lost in a Wall. Writing credits for the theater include Highway Ulysses, Horizon, Orpheus X, And God Created Great Whales, which has been produced three times with the original cast and director, for a total of 227 performances. And God Created Great Whales, Horizon and Orpheus X have run off-Broadway, garnering Drama Desk Nominations and the Lucille Lortel Award. Rinde has received numerous honors and awards for his body of work. In 2012 he was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist, was honored to receive the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters 2005 Marc Blitzstein Award. In 2007 Rinde Eckert was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Eckert wrote the text and performed in the multi-media production Slide with composer/guitarist Mackey and the new music ensemble 8th blackbird, which toured to major university campuses and the Ojai Festival. Renamed Lonely Motel by Cedille Records, the project won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Eckert and Mackey are members of BIG FARM, a ‘prog-rock’ super group with drummer Jason Treuting (So Percussion) and bassist Mark Haanstra. Rinde Eckert’s own uniquely eclectic music is released on Germany’s Intuition label and through Songline/Tonefield Productions.

CHERRY JONES

(Elizabeth) starred most recently in the triumphant Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie (Tony Nomination), which originated at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a founding member and where earlier in her career she appeared in more than 25 productions including Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Broadway and Off-Broadway: Doubt (Tony, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards), Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The Heiress (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Pride’s Crossing (Drama Desk Award); When We Were Young and Unafraid; The Baltimore Waltz (Obie Award); Faith Healer; Flesh and Blood; Imaginary Friends; A Moon for the Misbegotten (Tony Award nomination); Angels in America; Our Country’s Good (Tony Award nomination); and Roundabout Theatre Company’s productions of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara and The Night of the Iguana. Television: President Allison Taylor in “24” (Emmy Award), “What Makes a Family,” “Awake,” the next season of “Transparent” on Amazon, the upcoming series “Mercy Street,” and the upcoming mini-series “11/22/63” starring James Franco. Film: Ocean’s Twelve, Cradle Will Rock, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Erin Brockovich, Signs, The Village, Mother and Child, Swimmers, the upcoming films I Saw the Light, and Fun House opposite Tina Fey.

MIA KATIGBAK

(Elizabeth) NYC: Most recent: Awake & Sing! NAATCO (Obie Award); Washeteria (Soho Rep); A Beautiful Day in November…Great Lakes (New Georges/Women’s Project), Scenes from a  Marriage (New York Theater Workshop). Other NYC: Public Theater, Foundry Theater, Civilians, Ma-Yi, Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb, Intar, Pan Asian Rep. Regional: Berkeley Repertory Theater (CA), Swine Palace (LA), Guthrie (MN). International: Manila, Philippines; Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Film: I Smile Back, Clutter, Slow Jam King. TV: “Mysteries of Laura,” “Chicago PD,” “Conviction.” Artistic Producing Director and co-founder, NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company).  Founding director, CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists). Other awards:  Lucille Lortel, Lee Reynolds Awards (League of Professional Theatre Women); Actors Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award, in recognition of her “artistic contribution to the universality of the human experience in the American theater”; New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Actor Award. BA, Barnard College; MA, Columbia University.

ELLEN MCLAUGHLIN

(Elizabeth) Acting work includes originating the part of the Angel in Angels in America, playing the role in workshops and regional productions through its Broadway run in 1993-1994. Other favorite work includes the Homebody in Bart Sher’s production of Homebody/Kabul (Intiman, Seattle, WA), Pirate Jenny in A Threepenny Opera (Trinity Rep. Elliot Norton Award), Claire in Albee’s A Delicate Balance, (Arena Stage, Yale Repertory Theater), Margie in Good People (George St. Playhouse. Seattle Rep.) and Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (George St. Playhouse.) New York credits include: String of Pearls (Primary Stages), Blue Window (Manhattan Theater Club), and A Bright Room Called Day (Public Theater). Television work includes several appearances on “Law and Order”. McLaughlin is also a playwright.

POLLY NOONAN

(Stage Manager) has worked on many of Sarah Ruhl’s plays, including In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Victory Gardens Theatre, Jeff nomination), Late, A Cowboy Song (Piven Theatre Workshop), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Mosaic Theatre), Passion Play (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes nomination; Goodman Theatre, After Dark Award, Jeff nomination; Yale Rep Theatre, Epic Theatre Ensemble), Eurydice (Madison Repertory Theatre; Piven), Melancholy Play (Piven; Echo Theater Company), and Orlando (Piven; The Actors’ Gang). Her other credits include A Brief History of America (Drama League Directors Project), Careless Love (Soho Rep), Brilliant Traces, American Voices (Piven); Methusalem, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Balcony (New Criminals); Ajax (Theater of War); and development of new work at Sundance, Geva Theatre Center, New Dramatists, Soho Rep, Sewanee and REDCAT. Film credits include Welcome to Me, Novocaine, High Fidelity, Arizona Dream, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Polly is on the cover of the Lemonhead’s album It’s a Shame About Ray and can be heard on track 11 of Lovey.

Peter Scolari

(Robert) Broadway/NY: Hairspray, Sly Fox, Magic Bird, Out of This World, Ziegfeld Follies of 1937 (City Center Encores!), World Premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Family Furniture, Lucky Guy. Regional: World Premieres of Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol, Ken Ludwig’s Fox on The Fairway at The George Street Playhouse. Winner Best Actor, Berkshire Theater Festival for The Foreigner. VQT Emmy Award Winner for “Newhart”, Three Time Emmy Nominee, Film Critic’s Award Nomination as Best Featured Actor for “Girls” (HBO), recurring on “Gotham”, also “Bosom Buddies”, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, “The West Wing”, “E.R.”, “Family Ties”, “White Collar”, “King of Queens”, “Reba”, “Ally McBeal”, “From the Earth to the Moon” (HBO), “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” (Showtime). Selected Film: That Thing You Do, Polar Express, Suburban Girl, Camp Nowhere, The Ryan White Story, and upcoming Madoff for ABC films.

J. SMITH-CAMERON

(Elizabeth) has appeared in numerous theatre productions off and on Broadway.  Highlights include Our Country’s Good (Tony® nomination), Sarah, Sarah (Drama Desk nomination), Fuddy Meers (Outer Critics and Drama Desk nominations), and As Bees In Honey Drown (Obie award, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics nominations).  Recent credits include a critically acclaimed run as the title character in Juno And The Paycock at the Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC, as well as Richard Nelson’s Sorry and Sweet and Sad (Drama Desk and Obie awards) at the Public and That Hopey Changey Thing by the same author.  Also Midsummer Night’s Dream at La Jolla Playhouse and The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan at the New Group.  TV work includes a Series Regular role on SUNDANCE’S “Rectify” and a Recurring Role on HBO’s “True Blood.”  Recent film work includes Frank Whaley’s Like Sunday, Like Rain, and J. also stars opposite Anna Paquin in Kenneth Lonergan’s film Margaret, which won her the Best Supporting Actress award for the International Cinephile Society.

JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON

(Robert) won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance for his portrayal of Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf.  Shakespeare & Company: Richard IIIOthelloThe Dreamer Examines His Pillow, All’s Well That Ends Well, King Lear. Joe Mott in The Iceman Cometh with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy at the Goodman Theatre, Kent in King Lear at the Public Theater with Sam Waterston, Macbeth at TFANA, Marc Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage with Kate Mulgrew, Gennady in The Forest at CSC with Dianne Wiest, Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones at The Irish Rep (Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), Othello at TFANA (OBIE, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League nomination, AUDELCO nomination). Broadway: A Time to Kill, LeBret in Cyrano with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, and Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. International credits: Hotspur in Henry IV (Royal Shakespeare Company). Other off-Broadway credits: Women Beware Women (Red Bull), Enobarbus in Anthony and Cleopatra, Orombo in Oroonoko (TFANA, AUDELCO nomination), Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler (NYTW), Edgar in King Lear (Classical Theater of Harlem, AUDELCO nomination). Regional credits: Lucious Jenkins in Jesus Hopped the A Train (The Wilma Theater, Barrymore Award), Williamstown Theater, Trinity Rep, Shakespeare & Company, ART. TV/FILM: “Law and Order”, “Conviction”, “Michael Clayton”, “Midway”, “Malcolm X”.

HARRIS YULIN

(Robert) has appeared on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, The Price, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Visit, A Lesson From Aloes, and Watch On The Rhine. His off-Broadway credits include Raindance at Signature Theatre; Don Juan In Hell at Symphony Space; Steve Tesich’s Arts And Leisure at Playwrights Horizons; Tina Howe’s Approaching Zanzibar at Second Stage; Hamlet, King John, Richard III, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at New York Shakespeare Festival; and Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Hedda Gabler at Roundabout. Regional credits include Finishing the Picture at Goodman Theatre; a recent appearance in the title role of King Lear at New Jersey Shakespeare Festival; The Talking Cure at Mark Taper Forum; Tartuffe at the Guthrie and Arena Stage; Henry V at Hartford Stage; and The Tempest at Shakespeare & Co. Mr. Yulin’s directing credits include Horton Foote’s The Prisoner’s Song at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Conor McPherson’s This Lime Tree Bower at Primary Stages; Don Juan In Hell in London (Riverside Studios) and in New York (Symphony Space), Steve Tesich’s Baba Goya (Second Stage), Adele Shank’s Winter Play at Second Stage; Candida at the Shaw Festival; and The Front Page and The Guardsman at Long Wharf. His television credits include “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “Mister Sterling,” “24,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Frasier” (Emmy Nomination), and “La Femme Nikita” (Emmy Nomination). His film credits include Fur, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Emperor’s Club, Training Day, The Million Dollar Hotel, The Hurricane, Looking for Richard, Murder at 1600, Multiplicity, Clear and Present Danger, and Scarface.


WP Theater presents

New York Premiere
DEAR ELIZABETH
Written by Sarah Ruhl & Directed by Kate Whoriskey
Limited Engagement: OCT 26 – DEC 5

Full Casts Wall - Dear Elizabeth

Starring a rotating cast of LUMINARIES including: BECKY ANN BAKER, DAVID AARON BAKER, KATHLEEN CHALFANT, RINDE ECKERT, CHERRY JONES, MIA KATIGBAK, ELLEN MCLAUGHLIN, POLLY NOONAN, PETER SCOLARI, J. SMITH-CAMERON, JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON & HARRIS YULIN.

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Lee Sunday Evans

(Director) Lee Sunday Evans is a director and choreographer. Credits Include: Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue at Humana/Actors Theater of Louisville, a workshop production of Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew at Alley All New, D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich at Clubbed Thumb; A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks… by Kate Benson at New Georges/Women’s Project Theater (OBIE Award), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew at 59E59 Theatres; God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz at Juilliard; Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown; and The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. Additionally, her work has been presented/developed at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sundance Institute Theater Program, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, CATCH, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. She is currently developing new projects with Andy Bragen, Kate Benson and Matthew Paul Olmos among others. As the resident director for CollaborationTown, she is currently developing a new musical as part of New Victory’s LabWorks, and working on a commission from LCT3. Upcoming: Macbeth at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Laura Eason

Laura Eason (Playwright) is the author of twenty plays (original work and adaptation), a musical book writer and screenwriter. Productions in ‘14/’15 include Sex With Strangers at Second Stage, NYC; Brisbane Powerhouse, AU; Signature Theatre, D.C. (previously at Steppenwolf Theatre; Sydney Theatre Company, AU; published by Overlook Press); the premiere of the musical Days Like Today, music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, commissioned and produced by Writers’ Theatre, Chicago; the premiere of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and WP Theater, NYC;  and Around the World in 80 Days in an encore production at the New Vic and Royal Exchange in the UK (previously at Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago; Baltimore Centerstage; KC Rep; New Vic; published by Broadway Play Publishing). She was a staff writer on season two and is currently a story editor on season three of the Netflix show “House of Cards”. Laura is an Ensemble Member of Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Tony Award) and served as Artistic Director for six years. In New York, she is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, New Georges, and a WP Playwright’s Lab alumna. Laura was a singer, songwriter and bass player for the 90’s Chicago power pop band Tart. The band regularly played such venerable venues as Lounge Ax, Double Door, Metro and Empty Bottle. Their CD, START, is available from the dusty box in Laura’s closet. A longtime Chicagoan, she lives in Brooklyn with her family. More information about past productions, current commissions and other things in the works is available at lauraeason.com. Twitter @LeasonNYC

Kirsten Kelly

Kirsten Kelly (Director) is a theatre director, educator and documentary filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn. This season, in addition to The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Kirsten will be directing Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Recent New York theatre credits include Slipping by Daniel Talbott with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre & Piece by Piece Productions (off-broadway), and shows for Rising Phoenix Rep, The Juilliard School and Lincoln Center, The Shakespeare Society and Roots&Branches Theatre (an intergenerational theatre company). Previous highlights include Big Love in Washington D.C. (Helen Hayes nomination for Best Direction), and the D.C. premieres of The Clockmaker and Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gillman (Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Direction) as well as the Midwest/Chicago premiere of Mamet’s Boston Marriage (After Dark Award, Best Director). Kirsten is the Co-creator and director of “CPS Shakespeare” program at Chicago Shakespeare.  Kirsten is a graduate of the Master’s Directing program at Juilliard where she received the Andrew W. Mellon Directing Fellowship, is a documentary fellow of the Sundance Documentary Institute and is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Repertory.

Daniel Abeles

DANIEL ABELES (Nash) At Rattlestick: Where We’re Born (Hilltown Plays); Wyoming (Lesser America), reasons to be pretty (Philadelphia Theater Company), Offices (Atlantic Theater Company), Helping People (IRT), Squealer (Lesser America), Too Much Too Soon (Lesser America), Keep Your Baggage With You… (NYIT nominee), Too Little Too Late (NYIT nominee), The Gnadiges Fraulein (Provincetown), The Comedy of Errors (Lake George). TV: Forever, Elementary, Smash (recurring), Law & Order, Wallflowers (recurring). Film: Seattle Road, You Bury Your Own, Son of Mourning, Gasoline. Education: NYU Tisch. Founding member and producing director of Lesser America. Twitter @DanielAbeles

Jeb Brown

JEB BROWN (Hank) Recently played legendary pop/rock leisure suit Don Kirshner in Beautiful.  Other B’way: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Time Stands StillHigh Fidelity, Ring of Fire, Aida, I’m Not Rappaport, Grease, Bring Back  Birdie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: Romantic Poetry, Game Show. Regional: Steppenwolf, McCarter, Old Globe, Actors Theatre Louisville, Dallas Theatre Center, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Coconut Grove, Hartford Theatreworks, Paper Mill. TV: “Law and Order: SVU,” “Star Trek: DS9,” and so many in between. Film: The Dictator, Salt, The NamesakeRenaissance Man, I’ll Do Anything. Co-Founder of LA’s award-winning Evidence Room Theatre Project. Yale. Various bands. Husband to Elyse. Father of Eleanor.

Chris Kipiniak

CHRIS KIPINIAK (Joey) Broadway: Macbeth with Alan Cumming, dirs. John Tiffany/Andrew Goldberg; Metamorphoses (dir. Mary Zimmerman), off-Broadway: Kit Marlowe (Public Theater), Charles Winn Speaks… (Living Image Arts), Nora (Marvell Repertory). Regional: Huntington Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theater. Film/TV/Web: Love Life (also writer), Deal Travis InThe Blacklist, The Good Wife, Delocated; the web series Real Actors Read . . .Playwright: Save the World (Roundtable Ensemble), Iiiinsaaaaaaaane!Change the BeStalled (Horse Trade Theater Group)Comics Writing: Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel comics, the upcoming Behemoth from MonkeyBrain comics. Twitter @ckipiniak

Brian Miskell

BRIAN MISKELL (Toby) Recent credits include The Hill Town Plays by Lucy Thurber (Rattlestick, Obie Award), The Aliens by Annie Baker at The Studio Theatre (Washington, D.C.) and The SF Playhouse (West Coast premiere), Eightythree Down (Horse Trade; NY Innovative Theatre Nomination), Barn (Rising Phoenix Rep), Home Universe (Columbia Stages), The Un-Marrying Project (Purple Rep), The Sunken Living Room (Theater 80). Company member with Rising Phoenix Rep. Brian studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upcoming at Rattlestick in May 2015:Afghanistan Zimbabwe America Kuwait written and directed by Daniel Talbott. Twitter @BrianMiskell

Margo Seibert

MARGO SEIBERT (Lena) made her Broadway debut as “Adrian” in the musical adaptation of Rocky and starred off-Broadway as “Tamar” in Marisa Michelson and Josh Cohen’s acclaimed Tamar and the River, for which she was nominated for a 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Margo has developed work at The Public, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, NAMT, The O’Neill Center, New Dramatists, and has originated roles in pieces for award-winning writers, including David Byrne, Ahrens & Flaherty, Goldrich & Heisler, Adam Gwon and more. Aside from her extensive work in theatre, Margo has appeared on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. She graduated from American University with a degree in International Business. Twitter @Margo_Seibert

Lusia Strus

LUSIA STRUS (Bette)  Women’s Project Theater and Rattlestick debut.  Broadway: Enron, Elling.  Off-Broadway: The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons).  Other credits include IronboundGood People (Jeff Award nomination- Supporting Actress), her own solo show, It Ain’t No Fairy Tale (LAWeekly Award-Solo Performance), HysteriaOur Town and Whispering City (Steppenwolf Theatre Company);  Commons of Pensacola (Northlight Theatre); Love’s Labours LostMerry Wives of Windsor (Chicago Shakespeare Theater);  Henry IV (Royal Shakespeare Company); Big Love (Goodman Theatre/BAM); SLAVS!, Go Away Go Away (Jeff Award-Principal Actress) (European Repertory Theatre) Travesties and John Guare’s World Premier of Are You There, McPhee? (McCarter Theater) and many years of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (Chicago and New York City) as a Neo-Futurist.  Film: Gus Van Sant’s Restless, 50 First Dates, Miss Congeniality 2, Stir of Echoes and independents currently in festivals – Kelly and Cal, The Mend, Cotton. TV:  Modern Family, Blue Bloods, Wayward Pines (Fall-2015).

Tanya Barfield

(Playwright) Tanya Barfield’s The Call premiered last spring at Playwrights Horizons in co-production with Primary Stages and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Her play Blue Door (South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Tanya wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children’s musical, Civil War: The First Black Regiment which toured public schools regionally. Other work includes: Feast (co-writer, Young Vic/Royal Court) and Of Equal Measure (Center Theatre Group), Chat (New Dramatists’ Playtime Festival), The Quick (New York Stage & Film).  Short plays include: Medallion (WP Theater/Antigone Project), Foul Play (Royal Court Theatre, Cultural Center of Brazil), The Wolves and Wanting North (Guthrie Theatre Lab, named Best 10-Minute Play of 2003).  A recipient of a Lilly Award, the inaugural Lilly Award Commission and a Helen Merrill Award, Tanya is a proud alumna of New Dramatists and a member of The Dramatist Guild Council.

Leigh Silverman

(Director) Broadway: Violet (Tony nomination, Roundabout, Encores)); Chinglish; Well. Other: American Hero (2ST); Kung Fu (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons); The Call (Playwrights Horizons); The Madrid (MTC); Golden Child (Signature Theatre); No Place to Go (Public Theater; Two River Theatre); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons); Well (The Public Theater; Huntington Theatre; ACT); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre). Recent regional: The Heidi Chronicles (Guthrie Theater); American Hero (WTF); Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour).

Rebecca Henderson

(Erica) Select theatre: The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature); Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, The Whale, The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Too Much Too Much Too Many (Roundabout Theatre Company); La Brea, Roadkill Confidential (Clubbed Thumb); Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm); Autumn Sonata (Yale Rep.); The Collection, A Kind of Alaska (Atlantic Theater Company); Spin, U.S. Drag, Vengeance (the stageFARM); bobrauschenbergamerica (American Repertory Theater). Film and Television: Mistress America, True Story, Actresses, The Mend, Appropriate Behavior, Diving Normal, Compliance, East of Acadia, Meskada, Little Horses, A Lone Star State, “The Impossibilities”, “Wallflowers”, “The Good Wife” and “Grand Theft Autor IV & V”. MFA, Columbia University.

Rachael Holmes

Rachael Holmes (Vicky) just made her Yale Rep debut in the world premier of War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (dir. Lileana Blain-Cruz). Other credits include Ruined directed by Kate Whoriskey (Manhattan Theatre Club); Persephone’s Cowboy: A Musical directed by Alex Timbers, 365 Days/365 Plays with directors Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, and Hal Brooks (The Public Theater). Regional credits include: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Broadway World nomination for Best Supporting Actress) directed by Jonathan Moscone (Alley Theatre); Good People directed by Kate Whoriskey (Huntington Theatre); Ruined (Helen Hayes Award for Best Ensemble) directed by Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena Stage); The Book Club Play directed by Molly Smith (Arena Stage); Richard II directed by Michael Kahn, Julius Caesar directed by David Paul (Shakespeare Theatre); and Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet directed by Timothy Douglas (Studio Theatre); She recorded Lady Macbeth and Titania for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Luminary Shakespeare App. Television: The Mysteries of LauraThe Good WifeDirt, as well asnational commercials and voice-overs. She received her MFA from NYU and teaches at New Victory Theatre and New York Film Academy. rachael.biz

Kate Benson

(Playwright) Kate Benson is a writer and actor living in Brooklyn. Her plays include A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, produced by New Georges in 2014, [PORTO], Lee Miller, and Radium Now. She is a member of the Jam at New Georges, and she is a graduate of the Brooklyn College MFA Playwriting program. She has had readings and showings of her work at Dixon Place, 13th St. Theater, Jimmy’s No. 43, and the Room at New Georges. As an actor, she has appeared at the Public, NYTW, the Flea, PS 122, the Incubator, and LaMama.

Jessica Almasy

(Everywoman) Jessica Almasy is a co-founder of the TEAM and a member of the wook taut majesty. She is an actress and a writer. BFA Acting: NYU Tisch. MFA Playwriting: Brooklyn College.

Gerry Bamman

(GrandDada) Gerry Bamman received Obie and Drama League awards and a Drama Desk nomination for best featured actor for his performance as Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon.  He was a founding member of the Manhattan Project, one of the foremost experimental theater companies of the 1970’s, directed by Andre Gregory. His most recent work includes Keen Company’s The Film Society, Jen Silverman’s Phoebe in Winter and Merchant of Venice, and Enemy of the People on Broadway. Films: Runaway Jury, Two Family House, Passion of Mind, Home Alone 1 and 2, Lorenzo’s Oil, Secret of My Success, Bodyguard, True Believer, Pink Cadillac. Many appearances on Law and Order.

Christian Felix

(Everyman) Christian Felix is originally from Evanston, IL, which sits on the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Past theater credits: Blacken the Bubble (Liberation Theater), The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley (Vital Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Public Theater), Take Me Out (Barebones, Pittsburgh). Film credits: Sardines Out of a CanWaiting Room. TV: Guiding Light. BA: Dartmouth College. Thanks to my Family and Friends for their support!

Nina Hellman

(Trifle) New Georges: Great Lakes (Jam on Toast Fest). Off Broadway: Paris Commune (BAM – Civilians); The Internationalist (Vineyard – Lucille Lortel Nomination – featured actress); Trouble in Paradise (Hourglass – Obie Award); Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon); The Ladies, In The Footprint (The Civilians); Boozy, Heddatron (Les Freres); Once in a Lifetime (Atlantic). Regional: Huntington, South Coast Rep, Geva. Film/TV: Nurse Jackie (Season 7 – recurring), Wet Hot American Summer (Upcoming Netflix series – recurring), Role Models, The Ten, Wet Hot American Summer, Damages, Venture Brothers, L&O:CI. Wainy Days (web series). Affiliated artist: Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, Les Freres Corbusier.

Brooke Ishibashi

(Cheesecake) NY: Good Person of Szechwan (Public, La MaMa), Trade Practices (HERE), Help Me To Make It (CTown), Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb), Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Ma-Yi, Vampire Cowboys), Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower (Ars Nova, Zipper). Workshops/readings: Vineyard, La Jolla Playhouse, Lark, Lincoln Center, New Victory, Prelude, Clubbed Thumb, HERE, PEN World Voices, 2G, NAAP, Pan Asian, Music-Theatre Group, Leviathan Lab, Maltby & Shire’s Behind The Painting & BD Wong’s The Post Office. Concerts: Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, City Winery. Brooke is developing an independent feature, a pilot treatment for TV, & a musical solo show. brookeishibashi.com

Mia Katigbak

(Snapdragon) Recently seen in NYTW’s Scenes from a Marriage. Other NYC: Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Foundry Theater, Civilians, Ma-Yi, Target Margin, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Women’s Project, Pan Asian Rep and NAATCO, of which she is Artistic Producing Director and co-founder. Regional: Berkeley Rep (CA), Swine Palace (LA), Guthrie (MN). International: Philippines, Abu Dhabi. Awards: Obie (NAATCO’s Awake and Sing!, 2014); Lucille Lortel, Lee Reynolds Awards (League of Professional Theatre Women); AEA’s Rosetta LeNoire Award; New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Actor Award. Founding director, CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists). BA: Barnard College. MA: Columbia University.

Kristine Haruna Lee

(Gumbo) Kristine Haruna Lee is a playwright, director, and performer living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s a founding member of harunalee theater company. She has performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Taylor Mac, NAATCO, Jim Neu, Yubiwa Hotel, Andrea Geyer’s Comrades of Time at the Whitney Biennial, Mettawee, and Antony and the Johnsons. Her work as part of harunalee has received a Dixon Place Artist Residency and Commission for War Lesbian, an LMCC Grant for Drunkfish Oceanrant, and she’s a recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier fellowship. She teaches Theatre at York College. BFA: Tisch. MFA: Brooklyn College.

Hubert Point-Du Jour

(@ color commentary) Previously appeared in Nightlands with New Georges. A Fable (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), The Model Apartment (Primary Stages), A Map of Virtue (13P), Angels in America (Signature Theatre Company), The Tempest (Target Margin Theater), The Brother/Sister Plays (The Public Theater, u/s), The Gentleman Caller (Clubbed Thumb). Regional credits: The Two Gentleman of Verona (The Old Globe), A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Phylicia Rashad (Westport Country Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Blue Door (Seattle Repertory Theatre). TV credits: The Good Wife (CBS), happyish (Showtime), Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Over/Under (USA), Black Jack (Comedy Central). Film credits: James White and SWEEP (SAG short). Training: New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. YoungArts awardee.

Heather Alicia Simms

(Cherry Pie): Broadway: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; A Raisin in the Sun; Gem of the Ocean, VSMS.  Other Theater: The Rattlestick, Soho Rep, The Public, Playwrights Horizons, McCarter, Berkeley Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse. TV: The Good Wife, Life Support, Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, Whoopi, Third Watch and Homicide.  Film: Red Hook Summer, Broken Flowers, The Nanny Diaries, You Belong to Me, Head of State.  Heather is the recipient of an Audie Award for the audiobook Upstate.  Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship through TCG.  BA: Tufts University. MFA: Columbia University.  www.heatherasimms.com

Ben Williams

(# in charge of action) Ben Williams is an actor and a sound designer. With Elevator Repair Service: Arguendo; Fondly, Collette Richland; The Select (The Sun Also Rises); Shuffle, The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928); No Great Society; and Gatz. Other collaborators include: Julia Jarcho, Christina Masciotti, Sibyl Kempson, Suzanne Bocanegra, The Wooster Group, New York City Players, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Awards for Sound Design: 2012 Obie, 2012 Lucille Lortel, 2013 LADCC. Ben is the Editor of Performance Texts for BODY, an online literary journal, where you can read an excerpt from this play: www.bodyliterature.com.

Kathleen Doyle

(Costume Design) Kathleen Doyle designs costumes and puppets for theater, opera, dance and animation.  Recent projects include Sunfish – Daegu Opera House – South Korea, The Magic Flute – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Lollapalooza – Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Light Princess – American Repertory Theater, The Snow Queen – Here, Sassy Swings Tokyo – La MaMa, Gideon’s Knot – 59E59, Cendrillon -Manhattan School of Music, Fireweather – The Joyce Theater, Girl of The Golden West – New Ohio Theater. Doyle is the recipient of many awards and grants, including two Fulbrights. Her artwork was recently exhibited in a solo show called Criacoes in Brazil. MFA in Theatrical Design, NYU. www.kathleendoyledesign.info

Barbara Samuels

(Lighting Design) Select Designs Include: Seagull dir. Brian Mertes, co-designed with Dan Scully (The Lake Lucille Project); Various projects with Portia Krieger, Jess Chayes, Lee Sunday Evans, and Morgan Gould; Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters dir. Richard Gammon (Manhattan School of Music, NYC); Grimly Handsome dir. Julia Jarcho (Incubator Arts Project, Obie Award); The Pits dir. Sarah Krohn and The Valley of Fear dir. Lila Neugebauer (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Previous Projects with New Georges: Great Lakes, The Vaults, Primal Play. Other: 13P General Manger emeritus. Education: Fordham University, BA; NYU Tisch, MFA.

Sara C. Walsh

(Scenic Design) Sara designed JAM on Toast for New Georges last year! Previous other designs include: Get Mad at Sin! with Andrew Dinwiddie and Jeff Larson (The Chocolate Factory, The San Diego Museum of Art), Confidence Man with the Woodshed Collective, Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me (The Kitchen, UCLA, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston), There Is So Much Mad in Me (Dance Theatre Workshop), and 837 Venice Blvd. (HERE Arts Center – Bessie Award Winner). She was Head of Design for Queen of the Night. This year Sara will be designing and performing in The Kioskers, a suitcase band show of astounding proportions. Written by Scott Adkins, directed by Meghan Finn with music by the sublime Alaina Ferris. Next up: Social Security by Christina Masciotti directed by Paul Lazar at the Bushwick Starr. www.saracwalsh.com

New Georges

New Georges, founded in 1992, is one of New York City’s premiere downtown theater companies, a home and a playground for some of the most adventurous theater artists (who are women) working today. New Georges supports the largest ongoing working community of women theater artists in New York City (made up of playwrights, directors, actors and designers) and has advanced the careers of more than 80 women playwrights and directors by providing them with productions, often their first in New York.  The adventurous, boundary-pushing aesthetic that makes “a New Georges play” is recognized nationwide.  www.newgeorges.org

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater – Co-Producer

Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater is a multi-award-winning, 501(c)(3) organization and recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award, which recognized us for work and our mission: developing and producing innovative new plays. Rattlestick is also the recipient of the 2014 OBIE award for The Hilltown Plays. Now in our 20th Season, we have introduced new writers and received critical acclaim for our innovative work. The 2014/2015 season includes outstanding writers such as Keith Josef Adkins, Robert Boswell, Sheila Callaghan, Laura Eason, Laith Nakli, Scott Organ, Rubén Polendo, and Daniel Talbott. as well as Martín Zimmerman, Michael Laurence and Charlotte Miller in Los Angeles. Although there are other companies that showcase new playwrights, there are very few who can match our focus, achievement and the continuing support from a play’s inception to its final production. www.rattlestick.org

Cori Thomas

Cori Thomas (Playwright) is a lifetime artist  member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and has participated in most programs at Page 73. She is thrilled that her two artistic homes are co-producing When January Feels Like Summer. Her plays have been developed or produced by: EST,  Going To The River, P73, City Theatre Co. Pittsburgh, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Goodman Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Mixed Blood, Playwrights Realm, Partial Comfort, New Black Fest, New Georges, Penumbra….She has been a Sundance Fellow and a MacDowell Fellow. Commissions: NYSCA, The Sloan Foundation, P73, EST, Pillsbury House Theatre, South Coast Rep.This play received the 2011 American Theatre Critics Osborn Award for best new play. Chuck Patterson directed its first readings at EST, Sundance, and directed the World Premiere at Pittsburgh City Theatre Co. His indelible enthusiasm, encouragement, and playful spirit will live forever in this play which is lovingly and gratefully dedicated to him.

Jessica Dickey

(Playwright) Jessica Dickey is most known for her one woman show The Amish Project, which premiered at the New York Fringe before transferring to Cherry Lane and then opening at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater to great acclaim from audience and critics alike.  The Amish Project has gone on to be produced around the country and the world, and is published by Samuel French.  Jessica’s play Charles Ives Take Me Home is currently running at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (who nominated it for the Susan Blackburn Prize), for which Jessica was hailed as “a talent to watch”.  Charles Ives Take Me Home is already slated for the City Theatre in Pittsburgh next season.  Jessica was a Writer in Residence at the New Harmony Project for her new play about Civil War re-enactors, Row After Row, which had a production in Tucson and is slated for its official world premiere with the Women’s Project in NYC in 2014.  Jessica is also an actor, and most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Wit and the Barrow Street Theatre’s production Hit The Wall, as well as The Big C and several episodes of Law & Order.  www.jessicadickey.com.

Daniella Topol

(Director) For Women’s Project Theater: Jessica dickey’s Row After Row, Catherine Trieschmann’s How the World Began (in association with South Coast Rep)Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something (with Cherry Lane), Trista Baldwin’s Sand. Off-Broadway: Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Productions), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (MaYi Theatre & Magic Theatre, SF), Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End (Epic Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges).  Regional world premiere credits include: Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Stefanie Zadravec’s Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre, PA). Ari Roth’s Andy and the Shadows (Theatre J), Caridad Svich’s Instructions For Breathing (Passage Theatre), Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard’s Pool Boy (Barrington Stage). A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Daniella has been the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center and the New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect, an EST Member, a member of the Lark’s Board of Directors and a WP Lab alum.

Daniella Topol

(Director) Daniella Topol’s NYC productions include: Sheila Callaghan’s DEAD CITY (New Georges), Peter Gil-Sheridan’s TOPSY TURVY MOUSE(Cherry Lane Theatre), Stanton Wood’s SNOW QUEEN (Urban Stages), Zakiyyah Alexander’s SICK (Summer Play Festival), David Simpatico’s MARY (NYC Fringe), and she has directed numerous readings and workshops at a number of theaters including: The Lark, New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, The Public’s New Works Now Series, Rattlestick, Roundabout Theatre, among others. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Directing Program, Daniella was previously the New Works Program Director at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Associate Producing Director at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, and is currently the Artistic Program Director at the Lark Play Development Center. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect and a HARP artist at HERE developing a new epic piece on floods with Sheila Callaghan and William Cusick. Other upcoming productions include: Kim Oler, Sean Hartley and Alison Hubbard’s musical LITTLE WOMEN (Village Theatre, WA), Judith Thompson’s PALACE OF THE END (Epic Theatre), and Sheila Callaghan’s LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING (Cherry Lane Theatre).

Dion Graham

Dion Graham (Joe).  Broadway: Machinal, Not About Nightingales (also London’s Royal National Theatre); International: The Gospel At Colonus (Edinburgh Int’l Festival), Pillars (Ibsen Conference, Norway); Off-Broadway: On The Levee, Lobby Hero (Lortel nom.), 10 Things To Do Before I Die, A Hard Heart, Washington Square Moves, 2, A View Of The Dome, Watbanaland, Elliot Loves among others. Premieres and classics at numerous leading regional theatres. Film/TV: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Asbury Park, “The Wire” (Rupert Bond), “The Good Wife”, “Gossip Girl”, “NYPD Blue”, “Homicide”, “Hoop Life”, “Hack”, “Law & Order” (all three) and more. Series narrator for A&E’s “The First 48”.

Mahira Kakkar

Mahira Kakkar (Nirmala) NY credits include: Ragged Claws (Cherry Lane), Clive (The New Group), Harper Regan (Atlantic Theatre), Opus (Primary Stages), Ms. Witherspoon (Playwrights Horizons). Has worked regionally at Hartford Stage, The Magic Theatre, Denver Center, Baltimore CenterStage, McCarter Theater, Guthrie, Arden Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Film and TV: Hank and Asha (Audience Favorite- Slamdance 2013, Best Actress-Napa Valley Film Festival), “Blue Bloods”, “Law and Order:CI”, “The Big C”, Hechki, Life of Pi. Proud member of Hero Theater Company and The Actors Center. Training: Juilliard.

Carter Redwood

Carter Redwood Carter (Jeron) is thrilled to be joining EST for When January Feels Like Summer after having done the World Premiere at City Theatre in Pittsburgh 4 years ago! A Pittsburgh native, Carter is a Princess Grace Theater Honorarium and a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he was the recipient of the prestigious John Arthur Kennedy Acting Award. He has also trained at the Drama Centre London. Off-Broadway: Gertrude Stein Saints (FringeNYC, La Mama, Abrons Arts Center) Film: UnderdogsBlood FirstNot Cool. Check out his web-series “Redwood Time” on YouTube! Many thanks to his team of superheroes!www.carterredwood.com

Debargo Sanyal

Debargo Sanyal (Ishan/Indira) Stage: NYC- Invasion! (The Play Company), Bunty Berman Presents (The New Group), Queens Boulevard (Signature Theatre Company), Bird in the Hand (Fulcrum Theater), Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary (The Management), After (Partial Comfort Productions), Telethon (Clubbed Thumb), Women of Trachis (Target Margin), Port Authority Throw Down (Working Theater), Bumbug-The Musical (Laughistan), Looking for the Pony (Vital Theater), I_NY (Ma-Yi), Commedia Dell Smartass (New Georges), Barriers (Desipina), Millicent Scowlworthy (SPF), Indian Ink (Alter Ego Productions). Chicago- Disconnect (Victory Gardens). Pittsburgh- When January Feels Like Summer (City Theatre). Minneapolis- Brahmani (Mixed Blood). Feature film: The Magic of Belle Isle (opposite Morgan Freeman, director: Rob Reiner), Everybody’s Fine (opposite Robert De Niro), The Normals, Today’s Special, Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship, Made for Each Other, Drawing with Chalk, Red Hook, Fort Tilden, Sita Sings the Blues. Television: Guest appearances on “Law & Order”, “Blue Bloods”, “Damages”, “NYC 22”, “L&O: Special Victims Unit”, “The Sopranos”, “Running Wilde”, “All My Children”, “L&O: Criminal Intent”, “The Unusuals”, national commercials.

Maurice Williams

Maurice Williams (Devaun).  I am beyond excited to be making my hometown debut in Cori’s beautiful love letter to New York City. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the love & training I received at Temple University (BA) & UCSD (MFA). I have to thank my amazing reps (everyone at Innovative Artists & Matthew Lesher at Insight), my friends who believe in me more than I believe in myself & my family who are simultaneously my support system & my motivation. For every dream ever dreamed in a small apartment in Queens. J.MP.R – 1.Zr.iV – MyN.r – .X. .Doable.

Claudia Acosta

(Siempre Norteada, Her Roommate, The Woman, Chick) Off-Broadway: Dance for a Dollar (INTAR), Don Cristobal Billy Club Man (HERE Arts Center), Pandora’s (Theater Row). Regional: Electricidad (Rose Marine Theater), Peter and the Wolf (Bass Performance Hall), Hotel Juarez (Teatro Dallas). Film: Man in the Mirror, Fandango Sisters.

Vanessa Kai

(Her Mother, Japanese Woman, Tomomi Nakamura, Kid, Viejita) New York: What We Know (One Year Lease Theater Co.). Regional: Far East (Lucille Lortel Award, Stamford Theatre Works), An Infinite Ache (Stamford Theatre Works). Film: Death In Love (Sundance 2008), Smoke and Mirrors (DGA Award Asian-American East Coast, CINE Golden Eagle Award), Behind The Mirror. TV: “Law & Order: SVU.”

Christopher Livingston

(The Stranger, Marco, Jerry Johnson, Dude, Criticon) Regional: The Whipping Man (Portland Center Stage), The White Snake (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Party People, The Imaginary Invalid, The Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, Henry IV pt. 1 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Virginia Stage Company), Black Nativity (Intiman), Sankofa (The Moore Theatre), Youth Ink! Theatre Festival (McCarter Theatre Center), Cymbeline (Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe).  B.F.A. from Rutgers University.

Jon Norman Schneider

(Rudolph Valentino, Kapowski, Shun Nakamura, Radio DJ, Loco-Loca) London: Paper Dolls (Tricycle). New York: Awake & Sing! (NAATCO), A Map of Virtue (13P), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature), Durango (The Public), Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Rep), among others. Regional: The White Snake (McCarter), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana), A Number (NAATF/Northwestern University), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage), American Hwangap (Magic), Durango (Long Wharf), and Citizen 13559: the Journal of Ben Uchida (Kennedy Center). TV/Film: “Veep,” “30 Rock,” “Law & Order: CI,” “The Electric Company,” The Girl in the BookThe NormalsThe Rebound, and HBO’s Angel Rodriguez. BFA, New York University.

Danielle Skraastad

(Grande Dame, The Girl, Virginia Jackson, Sana) Broadway: All My Sons. NY: Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb), The Mound Builders (Signature), Intelligent Homosexuals Guide….,(Public/Signature), The Wake (The Public Theater), Anon (The Atlantic), Lidless (Page 73), Midsummer… (Continuum Co), The Eyes of Others (The New Ohio), The Ones that Flutter (SPF at Public), Kathleen Turner’s Ear (Samuel French Festival), Big Times (W.E.T), Carrie (Theater Couture), Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane Mentor), Fugue (Cherry Lane), Cressida Among the Greeks, Red-Haired Thomas (The Ohio), The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), Save The World (Roundtable). Regional: Old Globe, Two River Theater Festival, Humana Festival, The Kirk, Berkeley Rep, The Wilma, ACT/Seattle, The Market Theater, Portland Stage Co, The Lantern, CapRep/Albany, Hartford, StageWorks/Hudson. TV/ Film: “Unforgettable”, “Fringe”, “Mercy”, “Law and Order,” “SVU,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” Hard Sell, 27 Dresses, The Business of Story.

Christina Gorman

(Playwright – Keep the Change) Plays:  Split Wide Open: produced at Summer Play Festival; developed through Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New Voices Program; runner-up, Princess Grace Award (2005).  DNA:  produced at Hangar Theatre and New York International Fringe Festival; FringeNYC Award for Playwriting Excellence.  The Torture Project (collaboration):  fellowship, Drama League New Directors/New Works Program; presented in Six Figures Theatre Company’s Artists of Tomorrow Festival.  Other:  The Juilliard School, Lark Theatre Center, Hallie Flanagan Play Series/Women at Wings.  Current member of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab.

Katori Hall

(Playwright – Remembrance) is an award-winning playwright and performer. This fall, her play, Hoodoo Love, will have its world premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre, where it was developed under Lynn Nottage as part of the theatre’s 2006 Mentor Project. Hoodoo Love received three 2006 AUDELCO nominations (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, August Wilson Playwright Award), winning for Best Supporting Actress. Hall is a 2007 winner of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Award in Drama, 2006 NYFA Fellow, and a 2006 writing workshop resident at the Royal Court Theatre.

Andrea Lepcio

(Playwright – A Peddler’s Tale) Andrea Lepcio’s plays have been developed and presented at Epiphany, Manhattan Theatre Source, Lady Cavaliers, New Shoe, Shalimar Productions, Titans, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Women’s Project, and Vital Theatre and in NY, and at Trustus, Hangar, Bloody Unicorn and Provincetown Theatre Company, regionally.  Her plays have been published in Plays and Playwrights, Estrogenius, lichen and by Smith & Kraus.  She directs the Dramatists Guild Fellows program. M.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University, M.B.A. UC Berkeley, and B.A. in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic.

Molly Rice

(Playwright – The Dime Show) Molly’s work is nationally produced/ published. Residencies:  Missoula Colony; Voice and Vision; Hangar Theater. Awards: Weston Award; nominee, Outstanding Original Short Play, New York IT Awards. A two-time finalist for New Dramatists and the Heidemann Award, a finalist & semifinalist for the O’Neill, a finalist for the Jerome, and a three-time semifinalist for PlayLabs, Molly holds an MFA from Brown where she teaches playwriting, and will be replacing Wendy MacLeod for 2007-8 as Visiting Assistant Professor (playwriting) at Kenyon College.

Saviana Stanescu

(Playwright – I Want What You Have) is a Romanian-born playwright. Her plays have been produced in Europe and US. Recent New York productions include Waxing West and YokastaS at La MaMa Theater, Lenin’s Shoe at The Lark, and Aurolac Blues at Here Arts Center (published in Plays and Playwrights 2006). Fellowships/Awards: 2007 NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project, TCG, Fulbright, Goldberg, Antoine Vitez, Best Romanian Play of the Year 2000. MA in Performance Studies, MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.

Joy Tomasko

(Playwright – Keep the Change) A member of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab, Joy’s play Unfold Me will be produced this July at the Summer Play Festival in NYC directed by Linsay Firman. A recent MFA graduate of CalArts’ Writing for Performance Program, Joy previously worked at The Public Theater/NYSF for six seasons. With a wanderlust of her own, Joy never met a dime she didn’t like.

May Adrales

(Director – Keep the Change) is thrilled to be a part of The Women’s Project Directors Lab.  She is a Drama League Directing Fellow and a Directing Associate at the Lark Play Development Center.  May received a Van Lier Directing Fellowship and an SDCF Observership.  She is a member of the SoHo Rep Writers/Director’s Lab ‘06-07.  She also received a New York Theatre Workshop Directing Fellowship for 2006-07. May is an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater.  MFA, directing, Yale 2006.

Gia Forakis

(Director – I Want What You Have): recent credits: Inge’s Picnic, The Bay Theatre, Annapolis, MD., Sheridan’s The Rivals, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Cold Spring, NY., Acts of Mercy, by Michael John Garcés, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, NYC. , Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Milwaukee Shakespeare, WI. Gia holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from Yale School of Drama. She is a member of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab, an affiliated director The Lark Play Development Center, and a member of SSDC.

Jyana S. Gregory

(Director – Remembrance) runs the NYC-based theatre company ACTIVE EYE with whom she is currently creating a séance. Most recently she directed Iphigenia at Aulis at City College of New York.  Jyana spent 2 seasons at Cleveland Public Theatre as a Future Leaders grant recipient from Theatre Communications Group during which time she directed works by Suzan-Lori Parks, Wallace Shawn, and Adam Rapp.

Kim Weild

(Director – A Peddler’s Tale) New York premiere of Charles Mee Jr.’s Fetes de la Nuit, Uncle Vanya (Prague Quadrennial 2007), Paradise Now, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Endgame. Assistant director: Michael Blakemore on Deuce, Roger Rees and Rick Elice on Double Double. Artistic Director of Collective Intelligence Arts, dedicated to the creation and development of new work, dynamic re-imaginings of the classics and the training of artists.  Extensive background in Suzuki/Viewpoints and Composition. .For more information:www.kimweild.com MFA Directing-Columbia University.

Brian H. Scott

(Set Design – A Peddler’s Tale) With SITI Company; Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Plowman, bobrauschenbergamerica Systems/Layers, War of the Worlds Radio Play, With Rude Mechanicals: How Late It Was Late, Lipstick Traces, Big Love, El Paraiso, Cherrywood, Matchplay. Classic Stage Company: Hamlet, Richard II.

Brenda Abbandandolo

(Costume Designer – Remembrance) Most recently Brenda assisted William Ivey Long on the Broadway show Curtains.  She has also been assisting on various productions on and off Broadway.  Brenda earned her Bachelors degree from Northeastern University and will begin earning her M.F.A. in Costume Design from New York University in the fall.

Lisa Renee Jordan

(Costume Design – A Peddler’s Tale) Lisa Renee Jordan’s costume design credits include Suicide, Anyone? (Off-Broadway) The Witching Hour and Triangle (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Neglect, and Thicker than Water (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Dr. Faustus: Occult Remix, Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Uncle Vanya, A Dream Play, Eccentricities of a Nightingale,(Off-Off Broadway) Nights at the Circus (NYC Fringe Festival). Assistant design credits include Bernarda Alba (Lincoln Center Theatre), Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (Broadway). She received her MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Christian Frederickson

(Sound Designer – A Peddler’s Tale): violist, composer, and sound designer, is a founding member of Rachel’s, an instrumental band with six albums on Touch and Go Records.  Recent projects: Hanjo at Japan Society; Fetes de la Nuit at Columbia Stages NYC; King Lear at Point B Productions, Nashville, TN; The History of the World in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Other credits: The Water Project at Bowdoin College, ME; Violent Delights at the Public Theater; Christina Olson: American Model at P.S. 122.  Love to Tara.

Leigh Goldenberg

(Producer – I Want What You Have) is a founding member and managing director of Stone Soup Theatre Arts, a socially conscious theatre company for whom she has been producing since 2001. She has also worked with Clubbed Thumb, Young Playwrights, Primary Stages, MCC and spent three years with The Pearl Theatre Company. Currently, she is the Finance Associate at HERE Arts Center. Leigh is a proud member of the Women’s Project Producer’s Lab and a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College’s Producing and Management program.

Maria Goyanes

(Producer – Keep the Change and Song)joined the full-time staff at the Public Theater as an Artistic Associate in August of 2004.  As a freelancer, she is the Producer for the Obie-winning 13P, also known as 13 Playwrights, Inc. Previously, she was the Associate Producer at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI.  She is co-chair of the Soho Rep Writer/ Director Lab, and proud to be a member of the Women’s Project Producer’s Lab under the guidance of incredible Julie Crosby.

Karen Grenke

(Producer – Keep the Change and The Dime Show) founded the production company Cagey Productions. With Cagey she has produced at HERE, Theatre for the New City, the Ontological, chashama, Metropolitan Playhouse, BAX, The Brick and The Palace of Variety.  She has also produced for Shumka Dance/Theater and The Bridge Collective, both in NYC and on tour.  She began her career at New York Theatre Workshop and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.  Cagey’s ongoing project The Blue Puppies Cycle culminates in winter 2007 at The Chocolate Factory.

Amy Kaissar

(Co-Producer – A Peddler’s Tale) Amy Kaissar is the Producing Director of Epiphany Theater. Directing Credits: Searching for St. Anthony (Samuel French Festival), If You Know You’re Shallow . . . ? (Funny Woman Festival), Pennsyltucky, and Another Round (Epiphany Theater), Crossing Over (Pittsburgh Public Theatre Workshop), You Don’t Miss What You Never Had (WQED). Author of Theater Subscriptions in a Changing World (published in US and Australia). Amy has also worked with NYTW, The Roundabout, and Classic Stage. BFA Carnegie Mellon, MFA Columbia.

Patricia McNamara

(Co-Producer – A Peddler’s Tale) Patricia has produced (with Etcetera Theatre Company) and directed Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at the American Theatre of Actors; produced, again with E.T.C., George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession in repertory with Mrs. Weinberg’s Profession at Creative Place Theatre. Recent directing credits: Stripped, Starstruck & Monkeys Theatre Company; The Irish Wake, Samuel French Theatre Festival. Patricia is a board member of ShakespeareNYC and is also an actress.

Linda Powell

(Producer – Remembrance) is founder of Eliza’s Daughter Productions which is dedicated to staging provocative, engaging, and soulful theater from a diversity of American voices.

Chriselle Almeida

(Performer – I Want What You Have) received a BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut. Off Broadway:  A First Class Man, Raisins Not Virgins, Abortion and The End of the Apurnas. Selected Regional: Shakespeare on the Sound: The Tempest, Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Featherless Angels – director David Esbjornson, Exit the King, Love’s Fire, Lover’s and Executioner’s, Trojan Women, and Flattery Will Get You, as well as New Day Repertory Theatre: Twelfth Night, Valley Song and Shaking the Mess Outta Misery

Addie Brownlee

(Composer and Performer — Song) is thrilled to be working with the Women’s Project. Brownlee is an Americana songwriter and singer who performs in NYC at such venues as The Living Room, The Cutting Room and The Bitter End as well as touring internationally. She has also worked as an actor off-Broadway. www.addiebrownlee.com

Davina Cohen

(Dime – Keep the Change): Upcoming performances include 365 Days/365 Plays with SITI at the Public Theater and a night of Ken Urban with Theatre 1050.  Add’l: Berkeley Rep, SF Opera, Magic Theater, SF’s infamous Trannyshack.  Member, foolsFURY Theater Co; frequent collaborator with the Lark and Bay Area Playwrights Foundation.  AEA/AGMA, BA Columbia U.

Ginger Eckert

(Clown – The Dime Show) Ginger Eckert’s favorite works include The Whore of Sheridan Square (LaMaMa) and The K of D a one-woman play by Laura Schellhardt (Kennedy Center). With Trinity Rep: A Pound on Demand with Brian Dennehy, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and The Imaginary Invalid. In San Francisco: Magic Theater, Marin Theater Company, Theatre Rhinoceros. MFA, Brown/Trinity Consortium.

Edwina Findley

(Actor – Remembrance) is an NYU alumna.  Her credits include two seasons on HBO’s The Wire, Law and Order, One Life to Live and plays with the Atlantic Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and the Cleveland Playhouse.  As a singer, she has toured the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean. www.edwinafindley.com

LeeAnne Hutchison

(Performer – I Want What You Have) Selected: Mother/Death in Vacant Lot (DiVL!) @ 15 Nassau Street (developed at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center), Mary Brenham/Our Country’s Good (Culture Project), Bertha Dorset/Innocents (Ohio Theater), Stephen Wadsworth’s Don Juan (McCarter), Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hamptons Shakespeare Festival), Euridice/Orpheus (HERE), Crystal Dawn/Full Bloom (Vital Theater), Esther Robziemsky/Embracing Freedom (Ellis Island), Artistic Associate, Voice & Vision Theater.

Khris Lewin

(Performer – A Peddler’s Tale) Khris Lewin has performed, in the past year, in Chuck Mee’s  Fetes de la Nuit (d. Kim Weild), in Jules Feiffer’s Knock! Knock!, in  the world premiere of the new translation of Brecht’s Private Life of the Master Race.  This summer, he’ll be performing the title roles in  the twin Elizabethan plays Hamlet and Antonio’s Revenge at  Theatreworks in Colorado Springs.  Training: BA in drama from Duke  University; MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in  Denver, Colorado.  www.khrislewin.com

Anthony Manna

(Henry – Keep the Change) New York: The Hasty Heart (Keen Company), Mickey Mouse is Dead (59E59 Theatre/East to Edinburgh), Romeo and Juliet (ShakespeareNYC), Fucking Ibsen Takes Time (SoHo Playhouse/NYFringe).  Regional: Black Snow (dir Evan Yionoulis), The Taming of the Shew (dir Mark Lamos), and You Never Can Tell (dir Stan Wojewodski, Jr.), all at Yale Repertory Theatre.  Film: Being Jonah and Devolving (Best Actor in a Leading Role, 2004 Sundeis Film Festival).  Training: MFA Yale School of Drama.

KK Moggie

(Performer – A Peddler’s Tale) KK Moggie is a recent graduate of the MFA acting program at Columbia University. A native of New Zealand and Malaysia, she is thrilled to be working with Women’s Project on A Peddler’s Tale. Many thanks to Khris Lewin and Kim Weild.

Sara Moore

(Clown – The Dime Show) Comedienne and playwright Sara Moore has worked for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Krofft Puppets, and The Pickle Family Circus, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from The Pew Charitable Trusts, The McKnight Foundation, and The Jerome Foundation. She is currently writing The Supers, an eccentric opera.

Dominique Morisseau

(Actor – Remembrance), a proud Detroit native, is an actress/writer with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Michigan. Her favorite credits include: The Wedding Band (dir: Michelle Shay), The Bridge Party (w/Ruby Dee), Unspeakable (SoHo Rep) and Breath Boom (MCC Theatre).  She is currently an Actress-In-Residence at the Creative Arts Team.

Sarah Murphy

(Maggie – Keep the Change) is a founding member of Bakerloo Theatre Project, a classical company based in NYC and Troy, NY. With Bakerloo she has appeared in Antigone, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Twelfth Night among others. Sarah has also worked with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Human Race Theatre Company.

Tamilla Woodard

(Performer – I Want What You Have) most recently wrapped shooting THE PROJECT. In the last 365 days or so: Performance: The Faith Project: Beyond Belief , Center Stage/Genesis Salon; Black Snow, Yale Rep; Huntington Theatre’s Breaking Ground Festival; After All, Hudson Stage; Slovaks!,Galapagos Art Space. Directing: Toni Morrison at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Fresh Play Festival, Manhattan Class Company, Here.This.Now at NY International Fringe Festival and Symphony Space; Mr. Hoover’s Tea Party, Off World Theatre, Valiant, Greenway Arts/Los Angeles, Impact Festival/Culture Project and Urban Stages.

Taibi Magar

(Assistant Director, The Dime Show, Keep The Change) Directing credits include: Louder Than Words (Kids With Guns), Chuck Mee Challenge (Six Figures), Orson’s Shadow (Outrageous Fortune), HAMLET/machine (Blue Rose Theatre), Frankie & Johnny…(Otterbein College). She frequently stage manages for LAByrinth and the Public Theater. A graduate of Otterbein College, and a member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

Howard S. Klein

(Production Stage Manager) Howard is an Actors Equity Association Stage Manager.  He is the Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the dance troupe, Galumpha.  Howard is also a founding member of newFangled theatreR, an ever-evolving ensemble theatre company dedicated to the production of affordable, audience-centric and provocative theatrical events. www.galumpha.com; www.myspace.com/newfangledtheatrer

Hilary Austin

(Assistant Stage Manager) recently returned from the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska where she stage managed the world premier of Raven Odyssey.  She is an Adjunct Artist with Theater Mitu and is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Colleen Jasinski

(Production Assistant – I Want What You Have) is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting project. As an actor, she was most recently seen as The Stripper in the critically acclaimed American premiere of Hanoch Levin’s Job’s Passion, presented by Theatre for the New City last fall.Some other favorite roles include Julie in Le Wilhelm’s Bubbling, Suzanne Gold-Stein in Twilight of the Golds, and Mariette in Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. Colleen is currently a student at Weist-Barron Studios, and a member of the 2006-2007 New Perspectives Theatre Apprentice Company. She holds an MFA in Stage Management from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in Theater from SUNY New Paltz. Thanks to Leigh for the opportunity!

Dan Dinero

(Production Assistant – Remembrance) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University. Dan has produced and directed several shows in New York City, and has also assisted Jeff Calhoun on the Broadway productions of Big River and Brooklyn. He is excited to be working with Jyana again.

Sorrell Sanders

(Production Assistant – A Peddler’s Tale) Brand new to town and a veteran of the stage, Sorrell is thrilled to be involved with Women’s
Project. A graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design film and theater departments, Sorrell loves to tell a story. Look for her in lights – she’ll be there
someday.

Neena Beber

(Playwright) Neena Beber’s plays include Jump/Cut at Woolly Mammoth, Hard Feelings at Women’s Project, Thirst at The Public, The Dew Point at the SPF/ Summer Play Festival, A Common Vision at Magic Theatre and Tommorowland at New Georges. She has received commissions from Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Playwright’s Horizons (Amblin), and Otterbein College, among others. Her one-acts have been included in the anthologies The Best American Short Plays 1996-1997 and Facing Forward. Ms. Beber has received the A.S.K. Exchange to the Royal Court Theatre, Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Paulette Goddard and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. She has written extensively for film and television, receiving several Emmy and Ace-Award nominations for her writing for children’s television and contributed articles to American Theatre, Theatre, and Performing Arts Journal. Her fiction has been published in The Sun and the film Bad Dates (Touchstone) was based on her one-act, Food. Neena graduatated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a B.A. specializing in Latin American Literature. She holds an M.F.A.from N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was a Paulette Goddard Fellow and recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award.

Leigh Silverman

(Director) At 31, Leigh will be the youngest director on Broadway later this season when she will helm Lisa Kron’s Well opening March 30 th at the Longacre Theatre. She has staged plays for The Public Theatere and ACT. Leigh directed the world premiere of Jump/Cut for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre and Theater J co-production. Her recent credits include: Oedipus at Palm Springs written by The Five Lesbian Brothers at New York Theatre Workshop, Wit on London¹s West End and at the Geffen Theatre (Los Angeles), Bad Dates at the Cleveland Playhouse, Big Times with Women’s Expressive Theatre, How I Learned to Drive at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan at Theatre J, as well as shows at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, EST and Rattlestick. Workshops include: Sundance Theatre Lab (2001 and 2003), Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film, New Dramatists, Dixon Place and Epic Theatre. She holds a duel degree in directing and playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michi Barall

Off-Broadway: A Few Stout Individuals (Signature), Carson McCullers (Women’s Project/Playwright’s), Ivanov (Mint), Saved or Destroyed (Rattlestick), Sueno (MCC), Tartuffe (NYSF/Delacorte), Unwrap Your Candy (Vineyard), wAve (Ohio). Regional: Arena, ART, Berkeley Rep, Brava!, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Intiman, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, McCarter, Portland Stage, Seattle Rep, Sundance, and Williamstown. Film and television credits include independent features I will Avenge You, Iago (opposite Giancarlo Esposito and Larry Pine), Personal Velocity, Pursuit of Happiness, and Welcome to Purgatory. Appearances on ATWT, Cosby, Law and Order, Third Watch and One Life to Live. Michi holds an AB from Stanford University and an MFA from NYU. Fox Fellow 1999. She wishes to thank Neena, Loretta and Leigh (all 3 are saints).

Luke Kirby

Luke Kirby performed the role of Morgan in the Factory theater’s production of Geometry In Venice in Toronto, a performance which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. This was quickly followed by the role of Patroclus in theater for a New Audience’s production of Troilus and Cressida directed by Sir Peter Hall in New York City. He then booked a lead role in the recently released Halloween 8: Resurrection after which he returned to the world of theater, first in Judith Thompson’s premiere of Habitat at Canadian Stage followed by Daniel Brook’s premiere of The Good Life at the Tarragon theater. In the summer of 2002, Luke shot the lead role in Peter Wellington’s feature film, Luck, in Toronto immediately followed by the lead role in Mambo Italiano, shot in Montreal working alongside such stars as Sarah Polley and Paul Sorvino. Luke ended the summer with a part that was written for him in the feature film Shattered Glass produced by Cruise/Wagner.

Thomas Sadoski

BROADWAY: Reckless (Manhattan Theater Club/ Second Stage).OFF-BROADWAY: This Is Our Youth, Gemini (Second Stage); Where We?re Born (Rattlestick); The General From America (Theater For A New Audience); Thunderbird (Cherry Lane); Man Measures Man (The Lark) REGIONAL: Moonlight & Magnolias (Alliance Theater); The General From America (Alley Theater); Left (NY Stage & Film); The Waverly Gallery (Long Wharf); Street Scene, The Skin Of Our Teeth, Hot L Baltimore, Rodney?s Wife (Williamstown Theater Festival). FILM/TV: Loser; Happy Hour; Company K; Winter Solstice; As The World Turns, Law & Order. Thomas has worked extensively helping to develop new works at The Lark, New Dramatists and the Sundance Institute. He is a graduate of Circle In The Square Theater School in New York City.

Lisa D’Amour

(Playwright) Lisa D’Amour is a playwright, solo performer and multidisciplinary theater artist. Recent projects include LANDMARK: 24 HOURS @ THE STONE ARCH BRIDGE, a site-specific performance on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis; NITA & ZITA, which received a 2003 OBIE Award and toured in 2005 to the Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans) the Walker Arts Center (Minnneapolis) and HERE Arts Center (NYC); and DREAM OF A WEST TEXAS MARSUPIAL GIRL, a musical for children which will premiere at Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis) in 2007. Lisa has received fellowships from the Jerome and Mc Knight Foundations, as well as grants from the Multi Arts Production Fund and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is the recipient of a 2005/6 NEA/TCG Playwright’s Residency to work on a new play with Infernal Bridegroom Productions (Houston). She received her M.F.A. in playwriting from UT Austin. She is a core member of the Playwright’s Center, a resident artist at HERE and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

Katie Pearl

(Director) As both theater director and performer, Pearl collaborates with writers, musicians, and visual artists on new plays and site specific performance events. Recent projects with nine year collaborator Lisa D’Amour range from LIMO, an indoor performance installation in a corporate atrium (Performance on 42nd Series/Whitney Museum of Art at Altria), to their self produced Nita & Zita (Village Voice OBIE Award, 2003), to LandMARK, an outdoor 24 long interactive art event at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis (the same bridge that Cyrus and Dan are building during THE CATARACT). Other recent directing credits include Sheila Callaghan’s Crumble /Lay me down, Justin Timberlake (Clubbed Thumb @ the Ohio), Steve Moore’s Nightswim (State Theater, Austin TX), and Sally Oswald’s The Painful Adventures (Labapalooza Puppet Lab @ St. Ann’s Warehouse).
Pearl has developed work with writers at the Playwright’s Center (MN), New Dramatists and Soho Rep (NY), and University of Texas/Austin. She has led workshops at Amherst College/ Ko Performance Festival, Dartmouth College and Brown University (with D’Amour), Shonto Prep/ Navajo Nation, and taught classes for the Long Wharf and Hangar Theaters. She is an alumnus of the Drama League of New York (directing fellow, 2000) and a Roothbert Fellow, 2004. Pearl is a proud member of Physical Plant Theater of Austin TX, and continues to be part of both the Austin and NYC theater communities while intermittently pursuing a graduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Vanessa Aspillaga

(Dinah) Ms. Aspillaga is currently in the LAByrinth Theater Company workshop production of ALL THE BAD THINGS by Cusi Cram at the Joseph Papp’s New York Public Theater. Last summer she played “Audrey” opposite Richard Thomas in the New York Public Theater Shakespeare Festival production of AS YOU LIKE IT, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She played “Marela” opposite Jimmy Smits in the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning play ANNA IN THE TROPICS taking it from the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, to the Royale Theater on Broadway. She has originated numerous roles in Off-Broadway, regional, and workshop productions by diverse writers including Philip Courtney, Cusi Cram, Nilo Cruz, Migdalia Cruz, Rogelio Martinez, Lynn Nottage, Adam Rapp, Joe Sutton, Liz Swados, Heather Woodbury, and Brooke Berman. Film and TV credits include: Petty Crimes aka Aller- simple pour Manhattan, My Best Friend’s Wife, Stringer, Pyrite, Exiles in New York, Mr.Wonderful, The Jury, Law & Order, Deadline, As the World Turns, and PlayStation 2 Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (voice of Michelle Cannes). She is also a playwright whose play hush was produced by INTAR Theatre’s New Works Lab 2002. Ms. Aspillaga is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, and an INTARTISTA at INTAR Theatre.

Barnaby Carpenter

(Cyrus) Off Broadway: Humble Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme and Far East ( Lincoln Center). Other New York credits include Don’t Lose Your Head (Women’s Project, The Culture Project, Timsloft), The Bigger Man (Center Stage) and The L-Curse (New Perspectives Theatre). Regional: Proof (Arena Stage), Top Ten People of the Millennium (Victory Gardens Theater), Far East (Westport Country Playhouse), A Baltimore Waltz (Henlopen Theater) and The Importance of Being Earnest (La Jolla Playhouse) for which he won a Drama-Logue Critics Award. Film and TV: Shuffle (upcoming), Conversations with ID, Young Indiana Jones Chronicle and American Gothic. Barnaby received a B.A. from Duke University and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

Tug Coker

Tug makes his Off-Broadway debut with TheCataract. Other New York credits include Dear Vienna (Vital Theatre Company) and Broken Window (Theatre’Trouve). Regional credits include: A MidsummerNight’s Dream and Snow in June (American RepertoryTheatre); Take Me Out (Studio Theatre, WashingtonD.C.); You Can’t Take it With You (Capitol RepetoryTheatre); Medea and Frenzy for Two, or More(Eastenders Repertory Company), Baby (A.C.T. StudioTheatre), and Cervantes’ Gaze (Moscow Art Theatre). His television credits include “Guiding Light”, “All My Children” and the NBC pilot “NY-70”. Mr. Coker holds an MFA degree from American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Institute for Advance Theatre Training at Harvard University.

Kelly McAndrew

(Lottie) is thrilled to be working on The Cataract with the Women’s Project . Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with Ned Beatty and Jason Patric). Off-Broadway: Book of Days (Signature Theatre); Down the Garden Paths (Minetta Lane). Recent regional credits include: Three Sisters (ART), Eugene’s Home (Berkshire Theatre Fesitval), Proof (George Streeet Playhouse), Talley’s Folly (Rep. Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse), The Miracle Worker and The Great White Hope (Arena Stage) and Holiday (Olney Theatre) for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress. Kelly has also worked with The Arizona Theatre Company, the Pioneer Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound, The Unicorn Theatre and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Film/TV: As the World Turns, New Guy, Company K, Out of the Darkness. Training: MFA University of Missouri, Kansas City. Proud member AEA

Kathryn Walat

Playwright Kathryn Walat’s plays include Connecticut, Greenspace, Know Dog, and Johnny Hong Kong. Her work has been produced at Salvage Vanguard (Austin), Perishable Theatre (Providence), The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca), and developed at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Boston Theatre Works, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Lark, and New Georges, where she is an affiliated playwright. She has been commissioned for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Anthology Project/Humana 2007, and her newest play Bleeding Kansas will premiere this summer at The Hangar Theatre. Ms. Walat is a member of the Women’s Project’s Playwrights Lab, and Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen first appeared in the Women’s Project’s 2005 Women’s Work new play reading festival. She received her BA from Brown University and MFA from Yale Drama School. She lives in New York.

Loretta Greco

Director Loretta Greco‘s New York premieres include: The Story (Public Theater  Audelco nom/Kesselring Prize), Meshugah (Naked Angels), Lackawanna Blues (Public Theater), Two Sisters and a Piano (Public Theater/Kesselring Prize), Mercy (Vineyard), A Park In Our House (New York Theater Workshop). For Women’s Project: Rinne Groff’s Inky, Toni Press Coffman’s Touch, Karen Hartman’s Gum, and Amparo Garcia’s Under a Western Sky (with INTAR). Ms. Greco directed the National tour of Emily Mann’s Having Our Say in addition to the international premiere at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her regional work includes  Courtney Baron’s Morbidity/Mortality(Magic Theater), Romeo and Juliet and Stop Kiss (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Dirty Blond (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Gross Indecency (Playmakers Rep) in addition to productions at ACT, Intiman, Williamstown, LaJolla Playhouse, McCarter, Long Wharf, South Coast Rep, St Louis Rep, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and Cleveland PlayHouse. Developmental work at  Sundance, ONeill, New Harmony, and Mark Taper Forum. She is the author of Passage: Stories of the Cuban Balseros which received its premiere at AREA Stage in Miami and ran  for over six months. Upcoming work includes David Harrower’s Blackbird (ACT) and a revival of Claire Chafee’s Why We Have A Body (Magic Theater). Ms. Greco is the recipient of two Drama League fellowships, the Princess Grace Award, and holds an MFA from Catholic University.

Lear deBessonet

(Creator and Director) The founder and artistic director of Stillpoint Productions, has assisted Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart, and Marianne Weems and was recently featured in Time Out New York’s “25 People to watch 2006.” New York devising/directing credits include Bone Protraits (Walkerspace), Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (a site-specific work performed at an abandoned bank next to the NY Stock Exchange), Flying on the Wing (NY Fringe, Outstanding Solo Show), The Eliots (Center Stage), transFigures (Calvary Church), The Female Terrorist Project (HERE Arts Center, American Living Room), L’Histoire du Canard (NYU Graduate Acting Freeplay), Equus (Hangar Theatre), Whisky Girl (Hangar Theatre), and A Short Time After (by Caridad Svich, Six Nights). Internationally, Lear directed a new tri-lingual musical for the National Opera Theatre of Kazakhstan (In the Dark Ages), and a workshop of Revisions in Dublin. She has trained with DAH Theater of Yugoslavia and the SITI Company and was co-director of the Collaborative Theatre Intensive with The International WOW Company. She is a member of the Women’s Project Directors Lab and an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a Jefferson Scholar. Most recently, she created the TICKETS FOR THE PEOPLE program at the Culture Project, and her next project will be Brecht’s Saint Joan of the Stockyards at PS122 in June 2007.

Bathsheba Doran

(Writer) Plays include Living Room in Africa (off-Broadway) 2 Soldiers (various, published), The Parents’ Evening (Cherry Lane) Until Morning (BBC Radio 4) and adaptations of Maeterlinck’s The Blind (CSC), Peer Gynt (dir. Andre Serban) and Great Expectations (off-broadway with Kathleen Chalfant at the Lucille Lortel) Her new play Nest opens at at Signature Theater in in DC this spring. Doran was born in the UK, but moved permanently to the States on a Fulbright scholarship in 2000. She is the recipient of three Lecomte du Nouy Lincoln Center playwriting awards, and her work has been developed by the O’Neill Playwrights Center, the McCarter Theatre, and Sundance among others. She is a former playwriting fellow at Juilliard. She has worked as a comedy writer for VH1, BBC TV and radio and The Cambridge Footlights.  She is currently under commission from Atlantic Theater.

Russell Shorto

(Writer) is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the author of two previous books: Gospel Truth, about the search for the historical Jesus, and Saints and Madmen, about psychiatry and religion. The hub of his research forThe Island at the Center of the Worldwas the New Netherland Project at the New York State Library, where the archives of the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan are being translated. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

Erin Sax Seymour

(Writer) is an award winning writer/director/producer who has spent the better part of her adult life documenting the far reaches of society, both emotionally and culturally. From the Middle East, to Europe to the United States, subjects in her films range from an examination of American attitudes towards death and dying (by looking at American rituals of embalming, dressing and casketing the dead)…to the inner workings of the Texas Prison System. She is the recipient of numerous grants including most recently the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Texas National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, an Israeli Cultural Arts Grant and the Belgium Production Foundation. Her films have been screened at film festivals around the world, as well as broadcast both in Europe and the Middle East. She has lectured on her work both as a panelist for conferences, as well as a visiting artist for institutions such as The Chicago Art Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2000 her film Jerusalem Syndrome received the Grand Prize at the World Religion Festival in Italy and has been the subject of numerous articles, school courses and most recently and a play. See Jerusalem Syndrome and meet Erin Sax Seymour on Saturday, May 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Andrea Haenggi

(Choreographer) New York-based Swiss-born choreographer, visual artist, and dancer Andrea Haenggi is the Founder/Artistic Director of the dance company AMDaT. Haenggi creates thought-­provoking works that cross boundaries between art disciplines to find new possibilities of presentation in theaters and nontraditional sites. Her work has been presented and commissioned in many diverse venues, from Dance Theater Workshop to MASS MoCA to an abandoned Cigar Store in Lower Manhattan to the lobbies and public spaces of the World Financial Center in Downtown Manhattan. AMDaT has toured internationally and Haenggi has given master classes/workshops in Switzerland, Canada and Russia. Find out more about her & her projects at http://www.amdat.org.

David Adkins

(Bill): New York: National Actor’s Theater: St.Joan; Manhattan Theater Club: Boy Gets Girl; Primary Stages: Sabina, Aquila: Agamemnon. Regional: Center Stage: Three Sisters, Blythe Spirit, King Lear, Ideal Husband, Goodman: Boy Gets Girl, Old Globe: Time Flies; Long Warf: Going Native; ACT (San Francisco): Colossus of Rhodes, Misanthrope; George St. Playhouse: Walk in the Woods; Kennedy Center: Darker Face of the Earth; Berkshire Theater Festival (eleven seasons); Law & Order; SVU; The Soaps; Pilot: BlaqJaq (dir. Forest Whitaker); Ben Franklin (PBS).

Dylan Dawson

(Joshua) has performed in Minneapolis with The Illusion Theatre, The Children’s Theatre, Great American History Theatre, among others. Recent New York credits include SIXTEEN WOUNDED (off-Broadway premiere) at the Cherry Lane Alternative, Steven Drukman’s FOXHOLLOW at NYU, and OFFStage: The West Village Fragments with Peculiar Works. As a writer, his play MOVIE GEEK (in which he also performs) has been seen at FringeNYC (award winner: Outstanding Multimedia Production), the Culture Project, and Ars Nova. He has a BFA in Drama at NYU.

Juliana Francis

(Margaret 1/Joan) Off-B’way/Intl.: SONGS OF THE DRAGONS FLYING TO HEAVEN (dir. Young Jean Lee); FRAGMENT (CSC, dir. Pavol Liska); SVEJK (TFANA, dir. Dalia Ibelhauptaite); four plays for Richard Foreman (OBIE Award for MARIA DEL BOSCO.)  Founding member of the late Reza Abdoh’s DAR A LUZ.  Her own plays have been produced and published internationally, and she writes for Killer Films.  FILM & TV: THE GIRL FROM MONDAY; SEX AND THE CITY; Marie Losier & Guy Maddin’s upcoming MANUELLE LABOR.

Nate Schenkkan

(Victor/Margaret 2) collaborates for the stage as an actor and dancer.  Recent work: Betrothed (Ripe Time/Ohio Theater), Death in Vacant Lot! (The South Wing/LMCC), Without (Moving Theater/Dance New Amsterdam), HOWL (The TEAM), The Eliots (Stillpoint Productions), 131 (Kathryn Profeta/PS122) The Blind Watchmaker (Bug Theater, Denver), transFigures (Stillpoint Productions), The Failure of Things: Nietzsche/Orestes (Yale School of Drama Cabaret).  He holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University.

T. Ryder Smith

(Gene/John Salvi) Some NY credits: MARAT/SADE (Classical Theatre of  Harlem), Will Eno’s THOM PAIN (DR2), Anne Washburn’s APPARITION (Soho Rep, Chashama, Connolly), and I HAVE LOVED STRANGERS (Clubbed Thumb), Richard Foreman’s THE GODS ARE POUNDING MY HEAD, and KING COWBOY RUFUS RULES THE UNIVERSE, (Ontological), David Greenspan’s SHE STOOPS TO COMEDY (Playwright’s Horizons), Mae West’s SEX (Hourglass Group), and Glen Berger’s THE WOODEN BREEKS (MCC), and UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL (Soho Playhouse), for which T. received a Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding Solo Performer. Regional: the premiere productions of John Strand’s LINCOLNESQUE (Old Globe), (Winner, Outstanding Lead Performance, San Diego Critic’s Circle), Charles Mee’s BIG LOVE (Humana Festival), and Jeffrey Hatcher’s STAGE BEAUTY (CATF), among others. Film and TV: THE VENTURE BROTHERS, CONVICTION, LAW & ORDER, the cult film BRAINSCAN, and the upcoming experimental feature HORRIBLE CHILD.

Marguerite Stimpson

(Susan) Broadway:  Butley, directed by NicholasMartinRegionally: Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre and the Goodman Theatre, (director- Mary Zimmerman), Butley  (Huntington Theatre),  Antigone  and Idiots Karamazov (u.s.) (American Repertory Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, The Play About the Baby, Proof, The Diary of Anne Frank , and Closer (Hippodrome State Theatre), Apple Cove (Todd Mountain Theatre Project). New York: Apple Cove (Lark Theatre), premiere of Neal Bell’s Time/ Unstuck  (E.S.T.), One Hit Wonder (NY Fringe Festival)  Film/TV: Ed and Going Under.  M.F.A.: A.R.T.

 

Jenny Sawyers

(Scenic Designer) is very excited to be working with the Women’s Project in the capacity of scenic designer for the first time.  Jenny has been working as a scenic designer and associate scenic designer in New York City for the past 4 years.  She is the associate scenic designer to Santo Loquasto on 3 Broadway shows opening this spring Inherit the Wind, Prelude to a Kiss and 110 in the Shade.

Clint Ramos

(Costume Designer) designs scenery and costumes for opera, theater, dance and film. Recent credits include Taming of the Shrew (Dallas Theater Center).Ah Wilderness!! (Baltimore Centerstage), Madras House (Mint Theater), Romania.Kiss Me! (The Play Company), The Onion Cellar (American Repertory Theater), Aunt Dan and Lemon (Merrimack Repertory Theater), Resist/Surrender (Risa Jaroslow and Dancers,) Angels in America ( sets & costumes/Opera Boston), Susan and God (Mint Theater), Trial By Water (sets & costumes/Ma-Yi Theater), Little Willy (sets and costumes/Rude Mechanicals). Other credits : And God Created Great Whales (Foundry Theater / Culture Project), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Public Theater). Regional : American Repertory Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Georgetown Davis Center for the Performing Arts, Opera Boston, Opera Theater of St. Louis, East West Players, Merrimack Repertory, Speakeasy Stage & others. International: DeNederlandse Opera(Amsterdam), Noorland Oper(Stockholm), Stuttgarter Ballet, Kannon Dance (St. Petersburg) Barbican (London) Teatro Pilipino (Manila) and others. Upcoming : transFigures (Women’s Project), The House of Bernarda Alba (NAATCO), The Return of the Prodigal (Mint Theater). Awards: NYTW Design Fellowship, 2 IRNE Nominations, 1 Audelco Nomination, Gary Kalkin Memorial Award and Live Design Magazine’s 2007 List of Designer’s to Watch.

Ryan Mueller

(Lighting Designer) Designs: Off-Broadway: Ahraihsak, Top Gun! The Musical, Black Codes from the Underground & The Hologram Theory. Regional:  Raven Odyssey, Dhammashok, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Odyssey, Two Sisters & a Piano, Delicate Balance, Victor/Victoria, Footloose, Evita & Sound of Music.  National/International Tours: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Grand Night for Singing, Les Cenci & the educational program “Bangkok Artist Intensive” in Thailand. Producers: Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre, Lincoln Center, Mark Taper, Alliance, NYMF, Russian National Ballet, Edinburgh Festival, Theatre La Lune (France). In addition to producing & designing; Ryan’s Photography can also be seen around the country including his 14 years of Theater Production Shots and his current project entitled PISTIL a study of Flowers from around the World.

Mark Huang

(Sound Designer) Mark has designed for such companies as 2nd Stage Theatre, Stillpoint Productions, The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Thursday Problem, Impact Theatre, Theatre B, The Lincoln Center Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre, The Depot Theatre, Classic Stage Company, The Pearl Theatre Company, The New York Theatre Workshop, Alternate Plan Productions, The Civil Company, IMUA! Theatre, VoiceChair Productions, Wash & Fold Productions, Shakespeare & Company, The Wooster Group, Diamondpoint Theatre, Clubbed Thumb Inc., The Roundabout Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Monster(less) Actors Inc.  He won an Outstanding Sound Design award at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival for Go-Go Kitty, GO!, and was a Drama Desk nominee in 2002 for Cressida Among the Greeks.  He is an Associate Member of the SITI Co., a graduate of Grinnell College, and the founder of Doggtown Productions.

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is the casting director for Playwrights Horizons and for “The Knights of Prosperity” (ABC).  Credits include “ED”        (NBC),”Monk” (USA), “A Raisin in the Sun” ( Broadway) and “Heights” a feature film for Merchant Ivory.  She has cast projects for Soho Rep in NYC, The Caldwell Theater in Florida and The Long Wharf Theater in Connecticut.  She works along side Associate Lisa Donadio.

Allison Prouty

(Line Producer) Most recently, Allison was the Guest Director for the 7th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival.  Producing Credits: Mando Alvarado’s THROAT at the 45th Street Theater in NYC, Meade Theater Lab in D.C., Cine el Rey in McAllen, Texas and The Southern Theater in Minneapolis (Executive Producer), Eve Ensler’s THE GOOD BODY for the National Tour/Broadway (Associate Producer), VALIANT at the NY Fringe Festival (Co-Producer) and BONE PORTRAITS directed by Lear DeBessonet.  Allison was privileged to be the Associate Artistic Director for V-Day: A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls founded by Eve Ensler.  Allison is a proud member of the Producers Lab at Women’s Project and a graduate of Skidmore College.

Sari Karmin

(Assistant Director) was born in Toronto, CA, grew up in Shaker Heights, OH, and currently resides in the East Village.  She is a performer, director, and all around theater lover. Sari is a graduate of Skidmore College and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, CT.  She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company during their summer intensive training program and also attended the Williamstown Theater Festival in the summer of 2002. As an actor, Sari has performed in numerous productions at Skidmore College and in New York City. She was a member of the Bat Theater Company at the Flea Theater and has also appeared at the American place Theater and the New Perspectives Theater, among others. As a director, Sari has directed several shows at Skidmore College, including the US and collegiate premier of The Other Shoe by Gao Xingjian. Additionally, she directed pieces by Maria Irene Fornes and produced, conceived and performed in her original work, Suspended Animation.  In 2005, Sari was the resident assistant director for the Chautauqua Theater Company in Chautauqua, NY where she had the pleasure of working with Ethan McSweeney, Vivienne Benesch, and Mark Nelson, among others. Recently she assisted Michael Ray Escamilla on the New York premiere of Throat at the 45th St Theater.  In New York, she has also worked at PS 122, The Ohio Theater, and New York Theater Workshop. Sari believes in the multi-faceted theater artist and that performance and production should be a collaborative experience.

Alex Finch

(Stage Manager) – Recent credits include the Broadway production of Souvenir and Timothy Busfield’s staged reading of Vigil by Morris Panych. He continues to tour nationally with the New York based Silver Brown Dance Company.  In New York he has worked for the Symphony Space (A Tribute to Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach), the York theatre (Souvenir), the Pantheon Theatre (’01-02), Bowery Poetry Club (Door Wide Open/Rip Torn), Alvin Ailey (Silver Brown), and the University Settlement (House PSM ’03-’04) among others. A native Californian who came to New York by way of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Mr. Finch is pleased to be back at The Women’s Project and would like to thank his family, Tim B. and Jack Gianino.

Trista Baldwin

(Playwright) Trista Baldwin is the recipient of two Jerome Fellowships (04-05 and 05-06)and a 2006-2007 McKnight Advancement Grant. Her work has been produced and developed around the country by groups including The Lark, New Georges, HERE, Urban Stages, The Guthrie, Circle X, The Production Company, ESP, The Red Eye, Bloomington Playwrights’ Project, Overlap Production, The Empty Space Theatre, National New Play Network and HB Playwrights’ Foundation. Recent projects include DOE at the Tokyo International Festival in Japan, FALLING UP at Perishable Theatre Company and PATTY RED PANTS at Seattle’s Live Girls!. Her work is published through Playscripts and Heinnemann. Trista is a co-producing diector of the Workhaus Collective, an Associated Artist of New Georges and a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center. She currently makes her home in Minneapolis where she is a professor of playwriting at St. Cloud State University

Alec Beard

(Justin) Off-Broadway: A Feminine Ending (Playwrights Horizons); As You Like It (NYSF/The Public). Regional: Lulu, The Cherry Orchard (Yale Rep); Once in a Lifetime, The King Stag (Williamstown). Training: Yale School of Drama.

 

Angela Lewis

(Keisha) Angela Lewis is a native of Detroit, and earned her BFA in acting at the University of Michigan. Among her favorite credits are commercials for McDonalds, Verizon DSL; films Frijolito Go!, Black Sorority Project; choreographing Killa Dilla directed by Andre DeShields , Classical Theater of Harlem’s Caligula (’05 AUDELCO Award Nomination, Best Choreographer); Original cast of Ben Snyder’s History of the Word, Cherry Lane Theatre’s 2006 Mentor Project workshop production of Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love (’06 AUDELCO Award Nomination, Best Leading Actress), and the 2007 remount of Hoodoo Love for Cherry Lane’s mainstage. Angela recently joined the LAByrinth Theatre Company and thanks all the powers that be for the opportunity.

Pedro Pascal

(Armando/Ahmed) OFF-BROADWAY: Terrence McNally’s “Some Men”, dir. Trip Cullman (Second Stage), Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Cartells” (Drama Dept.), “Macbeth”, dir. Moises Kaufman (NYSF/The Public), “Based on a Totally True Story” and Nilo Cruz’s “Beauty of the Father”, dir. Michael Greif (MTC). REGIONAL: “Hamlet”, “Lorenzaccio”, and “Ghosts” with Jane Alexander, dir. Ed Sherin (The Shakespeare Theatre Co.), “Anna In the Tropics” (Portland Center Stage), “Lobby Hero” and “Gizmo Love” (W.H.A.T.) “Orphans” (International City Theater ) for which he recieved the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland for lead performance. FILM: “I Am That Girl” (upcoming), “Hermanas”, “Burning Bridges”, “Window Shopping”. TV: “Law and Order: CI”, HBO”s “Earth vs. The Spider”, “NYPD Blue”, “Touched By an Angel”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, USA Network’s “G vs E”. AEA member since 2001.

Anita Fuchs

(Set Design) Anita is originally from Freiburg, Germany. She recently designed AMERICAN BUFFALO at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre and the Off-Broadway production of BILL W. AND DR. BOB, New World Stages, NYC. She has designed at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell, MA, Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville, TN, Virginia Stage Company, 2006 Summer Play Festival New York City; Opera Boston, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, American Repertory Theatre Institute; National Players, Olney, MD and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston, MA. Some American directors she has worked with include Melia Bensussen, John Sipes, Marcus Stern, Mark Wilkinson, Charlie Hensley, Evan Bergman, Rick Lombardo, Derek Scott and James Petosa. Internationally she worked on the III. International Christmas Circus Festival, Freiburg, Germany; Kormoran (Premiere) Freie Kammerspiele, Cologne, Germany; Four Elements – Elements of Nature (Photographic Exhibition), Wallstreet Institute, Freiburg, Germany. She holds an MFA in Scenic Design, Boston University and an apprentice diploma as designer of digital and print media, Atelier für Medienprojekte (Media Art & installation Studio) -Egbert Mittelstädt, Cologne, Germany.

Clint Ramos

(Costume Design) Women’s Project : Transfigures. Current credits include sets and/or costumes for Equus / Blonde Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead ( Asolo Repertory Theater), Edward the Second ( Red Bull Theater),The Tempest( The Acting Company),Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse), Donnie Darko, Onion Cellar (American Repertory Theater), As You Like It ( Folger Shakespeare)Taming of the Shrew (Dallas Theater Center), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), The Tempest (Acting Company), Ah, Wilderness!! (Centerstage Baltimore), Angels in America (Opera Boston). Una Cosa Rara (Opera Theatre of St. Louis) and others. New York: Public Theater, Vineyard Theater, The Play Company, Ma-Yi Theater, Mint Theater, Red Bull Theater, Play Company, Women’s Project, PS 122, Foundry Theater, The Culture Project, NAATCO, Juilliard and others. International: De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), Stuttgarter Ballet (Stuttgart), Rijksteatern & Folkoperan (Stockholm), Teatro Pilipino (Manila), Barbican (London), Kanon Dance (St. Petersburg). Awards and Noms: IRNE, Audelco, Elliot Norton, Gary Kalkin Memorial Award, NYTW Design Fellowship, Live Design Magazine’s list of Designers to Watch for 2007and recently, the American Theater Wing’s Henry Hewes Design Award.

Daniel Baker

(Sound Design) Off- Broadway: The Atlantic Theater (Scarcity, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow), Cherry Lane Theater (Hoodoo Love), Keen Company (Theophilus North, Tea and Sympathy, The Dining Room, The Maddening Truth), MTC (The Four of Us), The New Group (Everythings Turning Into Beautiful, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Things We Want), SecondStage (The Mystery Plays), Rattlestick Theater (Acts of Mercy, Stay), Women’s Project (The Cataract, Victoria Martin).  Regional: Actors Theater of Phoenix, Alley Theater, Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Dorset Theater Festival, Geva Theater Center, Huntington Theater, Long Wharf , Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, The Shakespeare Theater,  Studio Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford , Westport Country Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, and Yale Rep.

The Broken Chord Collective

(Original Music) The Broken Chord Collective is a collaborative partnership of musicians that compose, produce, and design music for theater, film. For this production, The Broken Chord Collective is Aaron Meicht (Composition), and Daniel Baker (Production).

J. David Brimmer

(Fight Director)  N.Y. Theater: Almost an Evening, (NY premiere) Ethan Coen one acts, Atlantic Theater, Neil Pepe dir.;  Spring Awakening, Atlantic Theater and Broadway, Michael Mayer dir.; Come Back, Little Sheba, (MTC revival) Biltmore Theater, Michael Pressman, dir.;  Blackbird, (NY premiere) Manhattan Theater Club, Joe Mantalo dir.;  Our Leading Lady, (NY premiere) Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow dir.;  The American Pilot, (NY premiere) Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow dir.; The Lieutenant of Inishmore, (NY Premiere) Atlantic Theater and Broadway, Wilson Milam dir; Sore Throats, Theater for a New Audience, Evan Yionoulis dir; Bug, (NY premiere) Barrow St. Theatre, Dexter Bullard dir.; Women of Lockerbie, St. Clement’s Church, Scott Elliot dir.; Killer Joe, 29th St. Playhouse (NY premiere) & Soho Playhouse, Wilson Milam dir.; Blood Wedding, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Melia Bensussen dir.; Richard II, NYSF, Stephen Burkoff dir.; Revenger’s Tragedy, Culture Project, Jesse Berger dir.; Eat The Taste, Barrow St. Theatre, John Clancy dir.; Bare, ATA, Kristin Hanggi, dir.;  Hiding Behind Comets, 29th St. Rep, David Mogentale dir. Touring/Regional: Jekyll & Hyde, National Tour, David Warren dir.; The Taming of the Shrew, Dallas Theater Center, Richard Hamburger dir.; Othello, Hartford Stage, Karin Coonrod dir.; Camelot, Shubert Theater, Boston, Gabriel Barre dir.; Pacific Overtures, North Shore Music Theatre, Kent Gash dir.; Speed the Plow, Center Stage, Daniel Fish dir.;  Indian wants the Bronx, Edinburgh Festival, Bill Balzac dir..  A Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors, David is also the creator and current instructor of the Stage Combat Program at Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught at Yale Schools of Music and Drama, The Stella Adler Conservatory, The Lee Strasberg Institute, Atlantic Theater, and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (Guest Instructor).  He has also had the pleasure of working with Stella Adler, Franco Zeffirelli, Joe Chaikin, JoAnne Akalaitis, and Joseph Papp.  “…walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”  G. Fox

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Currently in production at PWH is Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louise Parker. Theater credits include Grey Gardens (PWH) and Broadway, Walmartopia the musical, “The Knights of Prosperity” (ABC), “ED” ( NBC). Currently in the works is She Loves Me for the Huntington and The Williamstown Theater Festival.  She credits Lisa Donadio, her Associate and right arm.

Liz Diamond

(Director) Liz is a Resident Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, and serves as Chair of the Directing Department at the Yale School of Drama, where she has taught since 1992. At Yale Rep, her productions have included Marcus Gardley’s Dance of the Holy Ghosts, Richard Nelson’s translation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie; Sunil Kuruvilla’s Fighting Words and Rice Boy; Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy; Paul Schmidt’s translations of Moliere’s School for Wives, and Brecht’s St. Joan of the Stockyards; Suzan-Lori Parks’ The America Play; and Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World. A longtime collaborator of Parks, Liz also directed the world premieres of Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third at BACA Downtown, Betting on the Dust Commander at the Working Theater, and The America Play at the Public Theater in New York. National credits include Lisa Loomer’s Distracted, Octavio Solis’ Gibraltar and Kenneth Cavander’s new translation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Racine’s Phedre at the American Repertory Theatre; and Of Mice and Men at Arena Stage. Liz is a winner of the OBIE Award and Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction, and has won fellowships and grants for her work from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Asian Cultural Council and the SDC Foundations. She currently serves as Artistic Advisor to the Women’s Project.

Carmen M. Herlihy

(Maribel) New York credits include: The Piano Teacher (Vineyard Theatre), The Thugs (Soho Rep), columbinus (NYTW;Drama League Nomination for Ensemble),  The House of Bernarda Alba (NAATCO), Misterioso 119 (Act French/Lark), Romeo and Juliet (RTW), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, HamletMachine, Ahraishak (Theater Mitu) London: Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Vagina Monologues.  Regional: Hartford Stage, Berkshire Theater Festival, McCarter, RMT, Mark Taper Forum, NCT. TV and FILM: Cold Case (CBS), Six Degrees (ABC), 2007ABC Diversity Showcase; and the upcoming films, Tiny Dancer (Dir. Eva Husson), The Trouble with Cali (Dir. Paul Sorvino),Two Lovers (James Gray) and Burn After Reading (Dirs. Joel and Ethan Coen) Training: BFA NYU Tisch; ETW Amsterdam; The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

 

Cristin Milioti

(Laney) Broadway: Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Off-Bway: The Devil’s Disciple (Irish Rep),Other NYC Theater: History of Tears, TV/FILM: The Sopranos (recurring role), 3 LBS, various commercials.

Betsy Aidem

(Elise) Betsy Aidem received the 2007 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.  Most recently seen in Tender with 13th Night dir. Kevin O’Rourke; Mary Rose at the Vineyard Theater, dir. Tina Landau; Celebration and The Room and Sea of Tranquility at The Atlantic, dir. Neil Pepe; Stone Cold Dead Serious with Edge at Chashama, dir. Carolyn Cantor; Good Thing at The New Group, dir. Jo Bonney; The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons, dir. Bartlett Sher; The Triple Happiness at Second Stage, dir. John Michael Garces; Luminescence Dating at E.S.T., dir. Will Pomerantz; Sweet Bird of Youth at Williamstown, dir. David Jones;and The Sugar Syndrome at Williamstown, dir. Maria Mileaf. Selected TV and Film credits: Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order: Trial by Jury, The Jury, The West Wing, Sex and the City (Margaret),  You Can Count on Me (dir. Kenneth Lonergan), Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants II, Sanaa Lathan, and Winter Passing (dir. Adam Rapp).

Jennifer Moeller

(Set Design) Recent designs include sets for The Boy Jumped Into the Sea (Yale School of Drama); costumes for Antony & Cleopatra, Tamburlaine and Richard III (The Shakespeare Theatre, dir. Michael Kahn); Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Yale Repertory Theatre, dir. Liz Diamond); Henry IV (Milwaukee Shakespeare).  Jennifer is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Ilona Somogyi

(Costume Design) Recent New York productions include: Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall,) Almost An Evening and Scarcity (Atlantic Theater,) The Piano Teacher (Vineyard Theater,) Emma (New York Musical Festival,) The American Pilot (MTC,) Hot n’ Throbbin’ (Signature Theater), Controversy at Vallalodid and Fucking A (Public Theater), Savannah Bay (MCC), God of Hell, Wit, Swimming with Watermelons, Unwrap Your Candy, Tabletop, Hard Times and Princess Wishes, Disney on Ice. Also, as Associate Costume Designer for Spamalot, The Crucible, Art and the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. Regional: Williamstown Theater Festival including The Autumn Garden, Sweet Bird of Youth, Top Girls and On the Razzle. Europe: Norwegian National Ballet and Saturday Night Fever in Holland. Ilona is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama and recent addition to its faculty.

S. Ryan Schmidt

(Lighting Design) S. Ryan Schmidt is a New York based lighting designer. She has been working professionally in and around the city since 1997. Her New York City credits include The Mystery Plays (Second Stage, Mcginn/Cazale), Port Authority Throwdown (The Working Theater), Critical Darling (The New Group), The Job (WPA), The Abudction Project (HERE), Suzuki (GermanTheater Abroad), and Chamber Dance Company. Regional Credits include Iron Kisses (The Geva Theater), Love for Three Oranges (The Playgrouond Theater), King Lear (Yale Reperatory Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Rivals (Hudson Valleyy Shakespear). Most recently she designed the world premier of The Glass Heart for the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2004 she was awarded teh Connecticut Critics Circle Award for her work on The Mystery Plays at the Yale Reperatory Theater. She has an M.F.A in lighting design from Yale School of Drama, and a B.F.A in theater from New York University.

Jane Shaw

(Original Music & Sound Designer)  Women’s Project:  Wapato.  New York credits include:  Merchant of Venice (with F. Murray Abraham at TFANA), Constant Couple and The Mandrake (The Pearl), Return of the Prodigal (The Mint), Blind Mouth Singing (NAATCO); Killing the Boss (written by Catherine Filloux), Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare on the Sound), and Dracula (with Lorenzo Lamas at Premiere Stages).  Regional:  Capital Rep, Merrimack Rep, Yale Rep.  Dance collaborations include:  Big Dance Theater, Susan Marshall, Terry Creach.  Current projects include Antony and Cleopatra (TFANA), Liberty City (NYTW), Open House (The Foundry Theater) and The Fifth Column by Hemingway at the Mint.  Graduate:  Yale School of Drama.  Recipient: NEA/TCG Career Development Program, Meet the Composer.

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Currently in production at PWH is Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louise Parker. Theater credits include Grey Gardens (PWH) and Broadway, Walmartopia the musical, The Knights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is She Loves Me for the Huntington and The Williamstown Theater Festival.  She credits Lisa Donadio, her Associate and right arm.

David Anzuelo

(Marco, the Market Tamer) David  is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is the frontman for the Texas-Goth rock band MonsterRally. His first job after college was touring the New England coast carnival circuit in a song and dance troupe called Music Dance USA where Dave was known as “Young Elvis of the Midway.”  His theater credits include: Night Over Taos (Intar), Aunt Dan & Lemon (New Group); Knives & Other Sharp Objects (LAByrinth); September Shoes (Geva); Richard Scheckner’s Hamlet; Stand-up Tragedy (Joseph Jefferson Award – Apple Tree Theater); Peter Sellars’ Merchant of Venice (International Tour).  Film credits include: On The Moon; Capers; Prime; Planet Brooklyn; Man of the Century; Indocumentados.

Catherine Trieschmann

(Playwright) Her plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday and The Most Deserving. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at Women’s Project Theater, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Denver Theater Center, and Florida Stage, among others. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Denver Theatre Center. She is the recipient of the Weissberger Award, the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award from the Inge Theatre Festival, and the Edgerton New Play Award. Her work is published by Samuel French in the U.S. and Methuen in the U.K. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Angel’s Crest, released by Magnolia Pictures. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she now lives in a small town in western Kansas.

Shelley Butler

(Director) Upcoming: the world premiere of Catherine Trieschmann’s The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theatre Company), Fox on the Fairway (Penobscot Theatre). Recent credits include This is Fiction by Megan Hart, starring Richard Masur at Cherry Lane (InViolet Rep), The Borrowers, (South Coast Repertory), No Way to Treat a Lady (The Colony Theater), world premieres of Christina Gorman’s Sacred Ground (Stella Adler), Ruth McKee’s The Nightshade Family (SPF), John Glore’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time (South Coast Repertory) and Eric Coble’s Straight On ‘Til Morning (Great Lakes Theater Festival).  Shelley spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival and is the current Features Editor for the SDC Journal. She is the recipient of Drama League Directing Fellowship, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee, a member of SDC, the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and is a WP Lab alum.

Veanne Cox

(Jolene Atkinson) Recently appeared in The Old Friends at Signature and “Two Broke Girls,” “Smash,” “Louie,” and “Pan Am.” Broadway: A Free Man of Color, La Cage au Folles, Caroline, or Change, The Dinner Party, Company (Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations), Smile. Off-Broadway: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence Damn Yankees (Encores!); Blind (Rattlestick); Paradise Park (Signature, Lucille Lortel Nomination); Spain(Lucille Lortel Nomination); Last Easter (Drama Desk Nomination); The Wooden Breeks (MCC); House and Garden, Labor Day (MTC); The Altruists, The Batting Cage, The Waiting Room, Flora, the Red Menace (Vineyard); Freedomland (Playwrights Horizons); A Question of Mercy (NYTW). Regional:The Beaux’ Stratagem (Helen Hayes Nomination); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, The Way of the World (Shakespeare Theatre Co.); Private Lives (Guthrie).

Kristin Griffith

(Edie Kelch) Women’s Project Theater: Bethany, Irish Repertory Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life, Ernest in Love, The Master Builder; The Mint Theater: Mary Broome, The Charity That Began at Home, Mr. Pim Passes By, The Truth About Blades. Broadway: A Texas Trilogy: The Oldest Living Graduate; LuAnne Laverty Oberlander. Off Broadway: Lucy Thurber’s Bottom of the World and Marriage, Jody’s Mother, (The Atlantic Theater); Stretch: A Fantasia (Ohio Theater, The Living Theater); The Countess (Greenwich Street Theater, The Beckett, The Lambs); The Holy Terror, written and directed by Simon Gray (Promenade Theater) and many Marathons at Ensemble Studio Theater, where she is a member. Regional: The Wild Duck (Bard Summerscape); Snow Falling on Cedars, An Enemy of the People, Three by Thornton Wilder (Baltimore Center Stage); Widower’s Houses, Great Catherine, Thark (The Shaw Festival, Ontario). Film: Woody Allen’s Interiors, Merchant/Ivory’s The Europeans, Steven Soderbergh’s King of the Hill, Rose Hill, with Jennifer Garner, The Long Way Home, with Jack Lemmon, and  upcoming films Drawing Home, Cold in July, and I Smile Back. TV: Guest Star on “Blue Bloods,” “New Amsterdam,” “Third Watch,” and all franchises of “Law & Order.”

Adam LeFevre

(Dwayne Dean) Broadway: Devil’s Disciple; Our Country Good; Summer and Smoke; Footloose; Mamma Mia; Guys and Dolls; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Off-Broadway: Old Friends (Signature Theatre); Him (Primary Stages); How the World Began (Women’s Project Theater); Doctor Dilemma, Cyrano, the Marriage of Bette and Boo, (Roundabout); Goose and Tomtom and Henry V (NYSF). Regional: Alley, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Huntington Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Capital Rep, La Jolla, Westport, Wiliamstown, Yale Rep– new plays and classics. Film: Featured in over 75 films, among them The Return of the Secaucus 7, Only You, The Ref, Fool’s Gold, She’s Out of My League, The Lucky One. TV: “Recount”, “Empire Falls”, HBO; “Storm of the Century”, ABC mini-series; “No Ordinary Baby”, Lifetime, and guest-starring roles in numerous episodics. Writer: Everything All At Once, Wesleyan University Press; Ghost Light, Finishing Line Press; A Swindler’s Grace, forthcoming in 2015 from New Issues Press.

Jennifer Lim

(Liz Chang) Broadway: Chinglish (Theater World Award & Drama Desk Nom). NY: Cry, Trojans! (The Wooster Group), Golden Child (Signature), Vengeance Can Wait (P.S.122), Young Jean Lee’s Songs of The Dragons (HERE Arts, U.S./European tour), Yokastas Redux (La MaMa E.T.C.). Regional: Chinglish (Goodman Theater – Jeff & Chicago Theater Critics’ Beat Nom). Int’l: This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre, London), The Medea (Turkey), Hamlet (Shanghai Experimental Theatre Festival & Grotowski Int’l Theatre Festival, Wroclaw). Film/TV: The Savages, 27 Dresses, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Elementary, Blue BloodsLaw & Order (all three)Royal Pains. Member of GF&Co. MFA from YSD. jenniferlimonline.com

Daniel Pearce

(Ted Atkinson) Broadway: Machinal (Roundabout), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Circle in the Square). Off-Broadway: Bill W and Dr Bob (Soho Playhouse), Falling (Minetta Lane), Passion Play (Epic), King Lear, Measure for Measure, Henry V, Henry VI (NYSF/Public), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Irish Repertory), A Mother, a Daughter, and a Gun (New World Stages), Love’s Fire (Public), Romeo and Juliet (New Victory). London: Love’s Fire (Barbican). Regional: La Jolla, Long Wharf, McCarter, Guthrie, Chautauqua, Geva, ATL, Shakespeare Theater DC among others. Film/TV: Salt, An Invisible Sign, Clowns, Godzilla, “Law and Order: All Flavors,” “Chapelle’s Show,” “Queens Supreme.” MFA from NYU.

Ray Anthony Thomas

(Everett Whiteside) is a member of the Atlantic Theatre Company, where he has appeared in Human Error, Distant Fires, and The Lights. He was last seen on Broadway in Raceby David Mamet, and he was in the original production of Water by the Spoonful, (2012 Pulitzer for Drama.) Favorite credits include: August Wilson Century Cycle for NPR (Fences and Jitney), Topdog/ Underdog, The Exonerated, and Volunteer Man (for which he received an OBIE for Performance.) Recent films include: Trouble with the Curve, Shutter Island, Pariah, and Sleepwalk with Me. And his TV credits include “Law and Order” (6 episodes), “The Sopranos,” “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and “Oz”.

David Barber

(Set Design) NY credits include The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Signature), The Vandal (The Flea), Women Beware Women (Red Bull), TOKIO Confidential (Atlantic Stage 2), A Simple Heart (CSC) and set and/or costumes for HERE, The Ohio, Rattlestick, Actors’ Studio, Chashama, Gabrielle Lansner Dance and others.  Regional includes The Denver Center, Baltimore Centerstage, Hartford Stage, ART, Pittsburgh Public, Two River, Dorset Festival, Barrington Stage, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theater, others. Television includes art direction for “E! Network News”, “The TODAY Show” and “Football Night in America” and production design for Tyra Banks’ MTV pilot “Fashion Mega Warrior”.  Film includes production design for It’s All Relative, Hearts and Minds, Double Header.  Awards include Drama Desk, Henry Hewes Award, Innovative Theatre Award, Denver Ovation Awards, Westword’s “Best of Denver”, Connecticut Critics Circle Award and inclusion in the Prague Quadrennial (1999).  David is resident designer and an ensemble member of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant and currently serves as E! Network’s NY Art Director.

Traci Klainer Polimeni

(Lighting Design) NY theatre credits include: Sand (Women’s Project); The Asphalt Kiss (59E59, Drama Desk nomination); Broadway production of Prune Danish starring Jackie Mason (Royale Theatre); Four (MTC, Lucille Lortel nomination); One Ride (Queens Theatre in the Park); Now Circa Then, Core Values and 2 Girls For 5 Bucks (Ars Nova); The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse); Based On A Totally True Story (MTC). Regional credits include: Hartford Stage, Virginia Stage Co., Two River Theatre Co., Asolo Repertory, Maltz Jupiter, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Capital Repertory, City Theatre.  Traci is the owner of the design firm Luce Group that specializes in museum, architectural, exhibit and event lighting design. Current Luce project includes:  Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Rosie Benton

(Leah) Broadway: Stick Fly, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout Theatre), Accent on Youth (MTC). Off-Broadway: Saturn Returns (Lincoln Center), Temporal Powers, Wife to James Whelan (Mint Theatre), Howard Katz (Roundabout Theatre). Regional: One Slight Hitch (George Street Playhouse), A Time to Kill (Arena Stage) Stick Fly (Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre), Spike Heels (Syracuse Stage), The Night Season, Dissonance (Bay Street Theatre), Betrayal (Hangar Theatre) Film: Return, Bridge to Bourne, Angels in Stardust, Flood. TV: “Vegas”, “Law & Order, SVU”. M.F.A. from NYU.

Erik Lochtefeld

(Tom) Broadway: Metamorphoses.  NY credits include Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater), Melancholy Play (13P), February House (Public Theatre), The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Second Stage), But I’m a Cheerleader (NYMF), Powerhouse (NY Fringe Festival).  Regional: Hamlet (Yale Rep), Candide (Goodman, Shakespeare and Huntington Theatre), Ethan Frome (Lookingglass), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage) Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Intiman), The Glass Menagerie, The Pillowman (Berkeley Rep), as well as work with Long Wharf, The O’Neill, Cincinnati Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Cal Shakes,Two River Theatre, McCarter, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Chicago Shakespeare and Williamstown among others.  TV/Film: All My Children, Third Watch, Law&Order.

PJ Sosko

(Cal) Select stage: Coney (Blue Coyote); Jonathan’s Blaze ( Summer Shorts 4), The Jazz Age (World Premiere – Ernest Hemingway) @ 59East59 ;  Serendib (EST)   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (R.P. McMurphy), Sometimes A Great Notion (Hank Stamper) @ Portland CenterStage; Rounding 3rd, Orphans @ Penguin Rep; : Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) –The Folger; Spike Heels (Syracuse Stage) ; Angels In America (Joe Pitt) –The Hangar and Reentry (which was performed at urban stages, Baltimore centerstage, and in front of thousands of our military at bases like Quantico and Paris Island.)  TV-Person of Interest, Unbreakable, Gravity, Law & Order, Royal Pains, Guys in a Hot Tub Talking –Webseries (co-creator) Film- Cured (currently filming), Premium Rush ,Whaling City (2013), Paul Sorvino’s Looking for Cali,  Allan Knee’s Film Noir, Betrayed, A Jersey Christmas, The Standard Man, Company K, and  The Reunion (1st Run & Avignon  Film Fesitval winner) .  http://www.hyreviews.com/pjsosko.htm

Karen Grenke

(Svetlana, the Sultress of Spin) New York theatre includes performances at The Public, Women’s Project, the Ontological Theater, The Chocolate Factory, HERE, chashama, Theater for the New City, GAle GAtes et al., BAX and Aisling Arts. Film: Matt Lambert’s Rockville. Regional: Hangar Theater. She co-wrote the 80’s teen dramady Wuthering High. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and trains with The SITI Company.

Andrew Grusetskie

(Simon, the Scourge of Stagflation) is an Associate Artist with Active EyE theater and has appeared in its productions of Hard Lovin’ Ever After (Sam Nash), Woyzeck (the Doctor) and Senjo (Ryu), and wrote the adaptation of Dojoji, which premiered at the Cleveland Public Theater in 2004. He is also a founding member of Split Knuckle Theatre, and helped create and perform their production of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006 (“five stars,” The Scotsman) and Bucharest Festival of International Theater 2007. In New York, credits include The Voyage of the Carcass (Stage 13), Misogamy (HERE), Life is a Dream (Edge Theater Co.), and the Noh drama Izutsu (HERE/Lincoln Center Directors Lab). His regional work includes The School for Scandal and The Odyssey at the McCarter Theatre, Arabian Nights at Connecticut Rep, and Proof, Stones in His Pockets and Rough Crossing, all at Northern Stage. He has taught Dramatic Techniques as part of the US Performing Arts Camps. Andrew is a graduate of Yale University and of the London International School of Performing Arts.

Andy Paris

(Text Writer and Talker Tipper McGee) most recently played all the male roles in the World Premier of Melanie Marnich’s new play A Sleeping Country at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. As a member of Tectonic Theatre Project, Andy co-created and performed in both the stage play and HBO movie of The Laramie Project (2002 Emmy nomination for Best Writing for a Movie or Miniseries), directed by Moises Kaufman. Andy also worked with TTP and Mr. Kaufman on the development of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and performed in the original cast. Regionally, he has been seen at such prestigious houses as Playmaker’s Rep, Hartford Stage, Theatre Virginia, Berkeley Rep, The Rep Theatre of St. Louis and La Jolla Playhouse. His favorite roles include Berowne in Love’s Labours Lost, Pisanio in Cymbeline, Hal in Proof, Jason Posner in Wit (directed by Josaphine Abady), Burt in The Quiet Room (directed by Lucie Tiberghien), Grez in Red Noses (directed by Melissa Kievman) and Mercy/Titivillus in Nancy Magarill and Julie Crosby’s Mankynde (directed by Louis Scheeder). Andy has narrated numerous audio books for Recorded Books Productions (AUDIE Award Winner 2005 and 2007). As a director, Andy is currently working on Goldstar, Ohio, a play by Michael Tisdale, which will have its World Premier in October (www.goldstarohio.com). Also as a writer/director, his play, The Fanmaker’s Inquisition, based on the novel by Rikki Ducornet, which he co-wrote with his lovely wife Anushka Carter, has been seen in Six Figures Theatre Company’s Artists of Tomorrow Festival as well as NYU’s hotInk Festival. Andy has been invited to take part in The Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2008.

Richard Saudek

(The Marvelous Herman Wilkins, Scaler of Heights) recently moved to New York after working as a clown in Shanghai (KimTom Clown Festival).  Since then his NYC Theatre credits include performances at BAX, The Pearl Theatre Company and The Bruce High Quality Foundation.  He has studied improvisational comedy extensively in Chicago (IO Training Center, formerly ImprovOlympic).   He holds a BFA from Bard College.

Meghan M. Williams

(Ultra Equilibrium Yvette) has an MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Surrey. She co-founded Viva La Vulva, a collaborative theatre company in Austin TX. Since coming to NYC, she has mainly performed as a puppeteer: Exploding Puppet Productions’ Die Hard: The Puppet Musical (New York Musical Theatre Festival); Drama of Works’ curiouser and curiouser (HERE) and Sleepy Hollow (International Festival of Children’s Theatres – Serbia, Abrons Art Center, HERE); Tami Stronach Dance’s Pinchas, the Fish People and the Great Flood (DNA, HERE, Galapagos, LaMama); Mabou Mines’ Red Beads (Skirball Center for Performing Arts).

Lisa Rafaela Clair

(The Temps: Performer) Lisa is a performer, writer, and theater creator. She earned her B.A. from Bard College, and completed a professional apprenticeship with The Theater de la Jeune Lune, where she has continued to perform in over eight productions. In Minneapolis, Lisa worked with The Park Square Theater, Stages Theater Company, Ten Thousand Things Theater, The Children’s Theater Company, Red Eye Theater, MN Fringe Festival, The Mixed Blood Theater (The Clean House, honored with Outstanding Female Performance of 2007- Minneapolis Star Tribune). In 2005, she received the Rimon Society Norman Ackerberg Travel Study Grant for travel to Locarno, Switzerland to study physical comedy with Pierre Byland at the Burlesk Center. Twin City, City Pages named her a “Top Ten Performer of the Year” and “Artist of the Year- Playwright” for her original piece Jake-a-Dee Myer. 

Prudence Heyert

(The Temps: Performer) Prudence is very happy to be working with the Women’s Project again. She was seen in WP’s night of Suzan Lori Park’s 365 Days/365 Plays Fall 2007. Prudence was also most recently in Chekhov’s Chicks at the Manhattan Theater Source. Her film credits include: Neal Cassady, which is coming out this summer with IFC Films, and Say That You Love Me, which received the Silver Medal at the Park City Music Film Festival and was part of the official selection at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Prudence may also be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s American Express commercial. She is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and Skidmore College.

Megan Raye Manzi

(The Temps: Performer) Megan is a graduate of Emerson College and a past member of The Bats, The Flea Theater’s resident acting company. She was last seen in newFangled TheatReR’s Harm’s Way, the Audience Choice Award winner at Frigid Festival 2007. Megan will continue filming the independent The Moment After this summer. Special thanks to Megan Carter for this opportunity.

Austin Sanders

(The Temps: Performer) Austin is thrilled to be making his NYC stage debut with Women’s Project! He is currently enrolled as a student at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre studying long form improvisation and holds a BA in speech and theatre from Middle Tennessee State University. Favorite past roles include Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Emcee in Cabaret, Pony in subUrbia, Johnny Appleseed in American Tall Tales, Byron in The Pillbox, and Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors. Austin would like to thank his friends and family for their constant support!

Jeff Wills

(The Temps: Performer) (Member AEA) earned his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied fight choreography under David Leong and directing under the late Dr. Kenneth Campbell. As a professional actor, Jeff continues his studies in physical theatre and circus, including Suzuki, Viewpoints and acrobalance. He appeared last summer in the NY Fringe Festival’s As Far As We Know, and has performed in numerous shows in NY and in the regions; favorites include Henry IV, Part One (Porthouse Theatre, OH), A Lie of the Mind (Manhattan Theatre Source), Glass Menagerie (The Northeast Theatre, PA), and Summertree (Signal & Noise Productions, NH).  He is a founding member of the circus/theatre group, Kirkos, and the commedia dell’arte troupe, Zuppa del Giorno, as well as a member in good standing of NYU’s acting troupe, First Look. Visit www.JeffWills.net.

Jyana S. Gregory

(Director) is happy to return to the World Financial Center after directing Remembrance for last year’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$.  She is the Artistic Director of NYC-based ACTIVE EYE (www.activeeye.org), a highly physical theatre company that focuses on East-West fusion performance.  For ACTIVE EYE she directed Hard Lovin’ Ever After, Dojoji, Woyzeck, and Senjo.  She recently directed the premiere of Evan Hause’s new opera Man: Biology of a Fall (Kumble Theatre).  Other credits include Iphigenia at Aulis (City College),Your Nightgown is Jealous When You Dream (mugwumpin, SF & Denver), Venus (Cleveland Public Theatre), The Designated Mourner (Cleveland Public Theatre), Siegfried’s Nerve (Target Margin), Izutsu (Lincoln Center Directors Lab), and Kaspar (Blueprint Series, Ontological Theatre).  In 2003, Jyana was a recipient of Theater Communications Groups’ Future Leaders grant.  She has assisted Chen Shi-Zheng, David Herskovits, and Diane Paulus and worked for Richard Foreman. A graduate of Yale University, Jyana is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Women’s Project Directors Lab.  Her next project is a séance.

Megan E. Carter

(Dramaturg, Associate Artistic Director)  Prior to joining WP in September 2006, Megan worked as a dramaturg and educator in Seattle and New York, where her credits include Mac Wellman’s Harm’s Way, aTack and the AmerikAn trip, tik  (newfangled theatReR); Burial at Thebes and Sincerity Forever (New Workshop Theatre).  In 2005, Megan curated the Building Bridges New Play Festival, which included works by Stephanie Fleischmann, Sibyl Kempson, and Erin Courtney.  She has also worked with ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program, Intiman Theatre’s award-winning Living History program, and Brooklyn College.  Megan is a founding member of newFangled theatReR and is a collaborator on Lynn M.Thomson’s work-in-progress, Parlor Song.  She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Brooklyn College.

Junghyun Georgia Lee

(Scenic and Costume Design) Born in South Korea, Junghyun Georgia Lee started designing for theater in Canada. Now based in New York, she often collaborates with directors and choreographers in US and Korea. Her designs includes: Ariadne auf Naxos (Seongnam Art Center, Korea), Sunday,Again! (Cedar Lake premered in Oslo), Max and Ruby (Lucille Lortel), The Water’s Edge (Second Stage), The Misanthrope (Dallas Theater Center), The Attic (The Play Co.) Gem of the Ocean (Milwaukee Rep,IRT,Syracuse Stage and Geva), The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Candida (American Players Theater) The Price (Center Stage, Baltimore), O Lovely Glowworm (Portland Center Stage, 2005 Drammy Award, Best Costume). She also designed for productions at Williamstown Theater Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, The Juilliard School and Humana Festival. She also designs for her Korean natural clothing label, Willow Tree. Ms Lee holds MFA in design from Yale School of Drama.

Fitz Patton

(Original Music and Sound Design) BROADWAY: As Long As We Both Shall Laugh, Back on Broadway. OFF-BROADWAY: This Is How It Goes, Fran’s Bed, Manic Flight Reaction, Modern Orthodox, A Soldier’s Play, Barbra’s Wedding, The Voysey Inheritance, Trip to Bountiful, Dirty Tricks, Guinea Pig Solo, Matt and Ben, The Butter and Egg Man and A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, Primary Stages. REGIONAL: Crime and Punishment (Cincinnati Playhouse), Brendan (Huntington Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Some Men (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Things of Dry Hours (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Dallas Theater Center, American Conservatory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, The Acting Company, New York Stage and Film, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse. ORCHESTRATIONS: The Araboolies of Liberty Street (Imagination Stage). ORIGINAL MUSIC: Cinderella (published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide). Mr. Patton has been commissioned to compose Fox Spirit, a modern Kunju Opera.

Howard S. Klein

(Production Stage Manager) is an Actors Equity Association Stage Manager.  He is the Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the touring dance troupe, GALUMPHA.  Howard is a founding member of newFangled theatreR.  Most recently, Howard has also started to dabble in costume design. www.galumpha.com; www.myspace.com/newfangledtheatrer.

Amanda Schulze

(Stage Manager) Amanda is a proud member of Actors Equity.  Recently she has stage managed Sisters’ Dance (Off-Broadway).  Other credits include Stoker (Joe Jackson’s first musical), Pretty Chin Up (LAByrinth Theatre Company), Becoming Natasha (Isadora Productions), 365 Days/ 365 Plays (Womens’ Project).  She is also the Resident Stage Manager of The Emerging Artist Theatre Company and Isadora Productions.

Nicole A. Watson

(Assistant Director) is a director, actor, and teacher. She recently directed Eli and Cheryl Jump for Crosstown Playwrights and Rachel at the Airmid Theatre. She has worked with the 52nd Street Project, The Lincoln Center Institute for Arts and Education, the Working Theatre, and the New York Historical Society. She was a guest artist at Stratham Elementary School in New Hampshire. Currently Nicole is a teaching artist at the McCarter Theatre. She has a BA in history from Yale and is completing her graduate degree at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Sara Mcloud

(Assistant Costume Designer) is a recent transplant from Tennessee, trying to find a place in the busy New York costume scene. Her work was recently seen in the Heschel School’s A Night of Shakespeare, just down the street from The Women’s Project. When she’s not working hard for Georgia Lee, she works for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in Chelsea as a first hand and stitcher.

Julie Crosby

(Producing Artistic Director) joined WP in October 2005. Previously, she worked for over two decades as a manager of Broadway, off-Broadway, and international touring productions, including On Golden Pond starring James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams, Eve Ensler’s The Good Body, Laurie Anderson’s Songs & Stories From Moby Dick, Black And Blue starring Ruth Brown and Linda Hopkins, and the legendary musical Carrie, among many others. Julie produced New Faces Of ‘04 at Carnegie Hall for Skitch Henderson and The New York Pops, the musical Mankynde at the 2004 NYC Fringe Festival, and the inaugural year of the The Midland-Joffrey Summer Dance Project. A published author and university lecturer, Julie received her Ph.D. in medieval drama from Columbia University.

Bekah Brunstetter

(Playwright) Bekah received an MFA in playwriting from the New School. She is a two-time winner of the Sam French short play competition and the New York Innovative Theatre Award for best new play. She is currently working on commissions for Ars Nova and the Roundabout Underground. www.bekahbrunstetter.com

Alexis Clements

(Playwright) Recipient of both a Puffin Foundation Artist’s Grant and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a former fellow of the Dramatists Guild, Clements’ plays and performance pieces have been produced in both the UK and the US. Recent productions include Your Own Personal Apocalypse (New York, NY); The Interview (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, UK); and Pieces (Washington, DC, & Iowa City, IA). Her short stories have appeared in a handful of publications, including two anthologies published by UK publisher, Route. She has also written for such magazines as Nature, Aesthetica, and The L Magazine. For more information visit www.alexisclements.com.

Charity Henson-Ballard

(Playwright) Charity Henson-Ballard is an actor and playwright in New York City. She received her MA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and MFA in Acting from New York University. Her first full-length play, The Quiver of Children, was originally developed with the support of Voice & Vision Theater, and was presented through Voice and Vision’s 2009 reading showcase at the Ohio Theatre this spring. Charity is developing the next play in this cycle: The Deep Things of God. Charity is collaborating with the Women’s Project for Muddy the Waters, a fun and rhythmic dialogue about the socio-environmental politics of NYC.

Kara Manning

(Playwright) Kara Manning’s plays have been performed or developed via the Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, NYTW, LAByrinth Theater, New Dramatists, the Magic Theater, the Lark Play Development Center and more. She is the recipient of the 2007 Princess Grace award in playwriting and a Jerome Foundation Affiliated Writers grant. Member of the Women’s Project 2008-2010 playwriting lab, MCC Theater’s Playwrights Coalition and Dramatists Guild. Playwright-in-residence with the Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency and Page 73 Productions’ 2008 Yale retreat. Literary manager of the Irish Repertory Theatre. Graduate of Columbia University’s M.F.A. playwriting program.

Lynn Rosen

(Playwright) Lynn Rosen’s plays have been developed or produced at many theatres, including: Centerstage, Baltimore (WASHED UP ON THE POTOMAC 2009-2010 season, PUDDY TAT FirstLook 2008), The Lark (PUDDY TAT Studio Retreat, APPLE COVE BareBones, Writing Fellow), The Working Theater (BACK FROM THE FRONT), New Georges (Affiliated Artist), The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre (Marathon, EST/Sloan commission PROGRESS IN FLYING – Humana Festival finalist), New Harmony Project, Geva Theatre, The Fire Dept. (member), Willow Cabin (NIGHTHAWKS, published Samuel French), Todd Mountain Theatre Project, and The Studio Theatre (NIGHTHAWKS). Member of Women’s Project Lab, EST, The Dramatists Guild. Recently named one of “50 to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine.

Crystal Skillman

(Playwright) Crystal Skillman is the author of Birthday and Nobody, produced this year by Rising Phoenix Rep under the direction of Daniel Talbott. The Sleeping World was read this spring at Rattlestick, Side Project (CH) and was a finalist for this year’s Yale Drama Series. Also this spring, 4 Edges (part of 2008 New Harmony Project) was workshopped @ Seaport; The Vigil or the Guided Cradle at Culture Project and Need Theatre (LA). Her short play Kiss was just produced at Side Project; The Telling Trilogy is published in Plays & Playwrights 2008. Memberships: MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, E.S.T, Dramatists Guild, R.P.R, Women’s Project Playwrights Lab.

Andrea Thome

(Playwright) Andrea Thome is a playwright and translator whose works have been produced in NYC (the Lark, INTAR, Immigrants’ Theatre Project, NYU) as well as in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Latin America. She is  Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center’s U.S.-Mexico Playwright Exchange (now in its 3rd year), which brings Mexican and U.S. playwrights and other theater artists together to create translations of new works from both countries. She also co-founded FULANA, a satirical video and performance collective whose work screens at festivals worldwide and online at www.fulana.org. Andrea has collaborated with artists including Anna Deavere Smith, Guillermo Gómez Peña, Campo Santo, and Culture Clash. In the Bay Area, she co-founded the Red Rocket Theater and was an original member of the Latina Theatre Lab (Yerba Buena Center Artists in Residence 1999). She has worked as a teaching artist in New York City public schools since 2002, and has taught at Dartmouth College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she also received an MFA in Dramatic Writing.

Heidi Carlsen

(Director) “Theatrically and personally I am curious about the border between the surreal and pedestrian worlds.” Carlsen recently returned from Poland on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she premiered, + – INFINITY, a dance/opera collaboration with composer Maciej Markowski. Current projects include: assistant to Karin Coonrod on a Rome premiere of Everything That Rises Must Converge; presenting in Short Form, a curated showcase at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre with collaborators Miranda k Hardy and Adam Saucy; directing a reading of Diana Polansky’s new play House on Kenfield Road. Carlsen has directed, written and performed in numerous productions in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She is a proud member of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab as well as the collaboration/design focused company TENT. Carlsen received her MFA from CalArts.

Linsay Firman

(Director) Associate Director of the EST/Sloan Project and Literary Manager of EST. NYC productions include Pierre-Marc Diennet’s Perdita (Lion Theater), Jose Rivera’s Flowers (EST Marathon), Joy Tomasko’s Unfold Me, Catherine Trieschmann’s Crooked, Heather Lynn MacDonald’s Pink (all at SPF), and Anne Washburn’s Apparition (chashama; named one of Time Out New York’s ten best plays of 2003. She is a member of the 2008 – 2010 Women’s Project Lab. She received her M.F.A. from CalArts.  Her production of Garrett M. Brown’s Americana can be seen in the 2009 EST Marathon, Series A, from May 22 – June 19 (www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org for details).

Susanna Gellert

(Director) Susanna Gellert’s recent projects include You Can’t Take It With You at the University of Rochester, The Boss in the Satin Kimono at FringeNYC, The Duchess of Malfi at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and Marat/Sade at The Fisher Center for Performing Arts. NY directing: The Lacy Project (Ohio Theater), adaptations of Tamburlaine the Great and Valkyrie (Target Margin Theater’s Laboratory), Match and L’Interieur (the American Living Room), and workshops at the Lark, EST, and NYU. Yale School of Drama: The Duchess of MalfiThe Lacy Project, Measure for Measure, The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife, Devil Caught RopeRequest Concert, Tuesdays and Sundays, and Two Rooms. Recipient: SDCF’s Sir John Gielgud Fellowship and the Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize. Susanna is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and The University of Chicago.

Wendy McClellan

(Director) New York: SPF at The Public, New Dramatists, New Georges. Regional: The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New American Plays, Stages Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Theater @ Boston Court. Staff positions: Actors Theatre of Louisville, A.S.K. Theater Projects, Mark Taper Forum, Great Lakes Theatre Festival. 2006 New York Coalition for Women in the Arts and Media’s Collaboration Award. Affiliated Artist with New Georges, Women’s Project Directors Lab 2008-2010, member of SSDC.

Donya K. Washington

(Director) New York: Cold Keener (Target Margin), The Minstrel Show of Minstrel Shows! (Brown/Trinity Consortium), Poof by Apples Vargas (MCC FreshPlay), Penang by James Larocca (Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival), 30 Patriot Actors by Erin Browne (Columbia); a reading of Menders by Erin Browne (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); an excerpt from Busoni’s Faust and a reading of The Jew of Malta (Target Margin). Brown/Trinity Consortium: The Cure At Troy; Taming of the Shrew; Cloud 9. Brown New Play Festival: Forever Never Comes by Enrique Urueta, Cipher by Cory Hinkle. Williamstown: Before Breakfast, Unwrap Your Candy, Sorry Wrong Number. Work with The Civilians as Assistant Director (Nobody’s Lunch, This Beautiful City) and Research Dramaturg (This Beautiful City). Training: MFA, Directing – Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium; BFA, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Member of the 2008/2010 Women’s Project Lab. Van Lier Directing Fellow 2009, Second Stage Theatre.

Meiyin Wang

(Director) Meiyin Wang is a Singaporean director based in New York. She served as resident playwright and assocate artistic director of Singapore Repertory Theatre before earning her Directing M.F.A from Columbia under Anne Bogart. Meiyin has directed or developed work at Women’s Project, Classic Stage Company, chashama, Theatre Row, HERE Arts Center, The Ohio Theatre, Joe’s Pub and at non-traditional sites.  She assisted Robert Woodruff at American Repertory Theater, Long Beach Opera and Hong Kong International Festival, and Eduardo Machado at INTAR and Premio Dams Festival in Italy. In Singapore, Meiyin directed the national premiere of Betrayal at Singapore Repertory Theatre and her play Postcards from Persephone garnered nominations for best director and script at the national theatre awards. Meiyin is an alumnus of the Women’s Project Directors Lab, a Schubert Presidential Scholarship and Singapore National Arts Council Grant receipient, and served on the NPAC Artists Task Force.  She is the co-artistic director of the performance collective Quality Meats.  Meiyin Wang is the associate producer of Under The Radar Festival and Symposium, where she has worked under the mentorship of producer Mark Russell since 2006.

Heather Cohn

(Lead Producer) Heather Cohn is a producer, director, scenic designer and grantwriter. In 2006, she co-founded Flux Theatre Ensemble, and currently serves as the Managing & Development Director. With Flux – Directing: Other Bodies by August Schulenburg (winner of the 2008 FringeNYC Excellence Award for “Outstanding Direction”); upcoming The Lesser Seductions of History (Fall 2009). Set Design: Pretty Theft by Adam Szymkowicz. Heather serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors of The Equus Projects, and has also worked with NYTW, TCG, The Pearl, Fourth Arts Block (FAB), Cornerstone Theater Co., Cherry Lane, and Repertorio Español. Member: 2008-2010 Women’s Project Producers LAB.  www.fluxtheatre.org

Jennifer Conley Darling

(Lead Producer) Jennifer Conley Darling is the Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective. Producing highlights with terraNOVA: Blue Before Morning (DR2 Theatre), An Evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson (The Zipper Theater), Masquerade: calypso and home (Barrow Street Theatre, Center Stage, BRIClab, US tour); Baby Steps on Theatre Row; soloNOVA Arts Festival 2005, 2006, 2008 (Center Stage, NY, The PIT, PS122); Groundbreakers Bi-Annual Reading Series
2006-2008 (Center Stage, NY, PS122, The Culture Project). Jennifer has worked with esteemed companies such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, Collective:Unconscious, 651 Arts, and Ping Chong & Company. She also served as the HR Manager for The Araca Group and Sr. Exec Associate for American Express.

Diane Alianiello

(Producer) Diane Alianiello is currently producing the Anthropologists’ production of Give Us Bread running at the Milagro Theater through June 21. She works as a producer, company manager, business manager, and general manager. She is presently working at Running Subway Productions. Her past experience includes Richard Frankel Productions, Stuart Thompson Productions and WestBeth Entertainment. BA in Theatre, Florida State University; MFA in Performing Arts Management, Brooklyn College. Women’s Project Producers Lab 2008-2010.

Aimee Davis

(Producer) Aimee Davis is a founding producer of LiveFeed, a multi-media, site-specific performance company that has brought adventure seekers of the 5 boroughs such extravaganzas as Black Eye Fixer and the “re-imagin-actments” featured in the Old Atlantic Tunnel tour. Aimee will also produce this summer’s Salon Sessions, brought to the streets of New York by the Anthropologists. She is currently a member of the Women’s Project’s Producers Lab and is consistently thrilled by the artistic opportunities this relationship provides.

Amanda Feldman

(Producer) Company Manager of the LARK PLAY DEVELOPMENT CENTER, Secretary of the COMMUNITY DISH, a Producer in the WOMENS’ PROJECT LAB, and a Judge-At-Large with the NYIT AWARDS. She also sits on the board of the award-winning indie theatre company COLLABORATIONTOWN, where she was the Founding Managing Director. Other past credits include: Line Producer, Neighborhood 3 and Unfold me (SPF ’08 and ’07); Producer, Dressing Miss Julie (Fringe Festival 2007); Company Manager, The J.A.P. Chronicles (Perry Street Theatre); Assistant GM Broadway On Broadway 2005  and Broadway Meets Country  (with Richards/Climan, Inc.); Facilities Assistant (The Shubert Organization); Production Manager, Finance (Williamstown Theatre Festival, ‘03).

Allegra Schorr

(Producer) Allegra Schorr is a producer, director and an original company member of American Globe Theatre, the longest-running classical theater in Midtown.  She currently serves as its Board Co-Chair, and directed Henry IV, Part I last November.  Other directing credits include works for New Play Festivals, Timon of Athens for the Bard-a Thon, Spring Dance by Horton Foote, Brothers in Crime by Feydeau and Cold Sweat by Neal Bell.  Thanks to Kerry Strong, Elizabeth Ferrer and BRIC Arts for their help on this project.

Brenda Abbandandolo

(Costume Design) Brenda is a New York based costume designer. Most recently she designed for Mark Wing-Davey and Jim Calder on Strindberg Strindberg: NYU. Additional credits include Unrequited: The Public
Theater Shakespeare Lab; The Curious Distance: Ensemble Studio Theatre; I See London I see France: NYMTF, The Dime Show, Keep the Change, and Remembrance: Women’s Project; as well as designing dance and film. Assisting credits; William Ivey Long on 9 to 5(B’way), Young Frankenstein (B’way), Curtains (B’way), and The Kennedy Center Honors. She is currently earning her MFA in Design for Stage and Film at New York University.

Matt Castle

(Musical Director, Chorus of Lost Places) has played and/or sung over 40 new musicals at Signature (Queens Boulevard), York (LingoLand,Enter Laughing), NYMF (AustentatiousGutenberg), NYU (I’ll Be DamnedI Love You Because), Theatreworks/USA (The Giver), North Shore (The Navigator), BMI (Pillars of the EarthPride and Prejudice), NAMT (Lucky Lindy), Triad (Amazing Sex)). Broadway:  Peter in Company (2006).  www.MattCastle.com

Elizabeth Montegomery

(Choreographer, Place ReImagined) is a dancer, choreographer, writer, knitter, and environmental activist. Having grown up on a small farm outside of Baltimore, Maryland, she now attends NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is pursuing her BFA in dance. She is particularly interested in site-specific work and believes that modern dance has the power to touch people from all walks of life.

Stephanie Tucci

(Prop Design) NYC Prop credits include Hip Hop Monologues (J Kyle), Freshwater and Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (WP), Dust (Gindi), Alice’s Phonics Fantasy (PFT).   Scenic art credits include Road Show, Taking Over, Hair! and Hamlet (Public).  Scene Design credits include Avow (Cardinal Group), Anais Nin Goes To Hell (MTWorks).

Annie Boyden Varnot

(Vitrine Artist) was born to a farmer and a forester in Barre, Massachusetts in 1972.  Annie’s work has been exhibited throughout New York, New England, California, Michigan, and in France and Canada. Her work investigates human’s impact on the earth and how the landscape impacts us in return.  Annie has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and distinctions, most recently receiving the Pollock-Krasner Award.  Annie lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Visit www.annievarnot.com.

Elizabeth Ferrer

(Vitrine Curation Support) Elizabeth is the Director of Contemporary Art at BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, where she curates exhibitions focusing on emerging and mid-career Brooklyn-affiliated artists. A specialist in Mexican and Latino art, she has extensive experience as a curator, writer, and arts administrator. Elizabeth is author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (New York, Aperture Foundation), a monograph on the life and work of the pioneering modern photographer. The book accompanies an exhibition that traveled to the Smithsonian Institution and Notre Dame University among other institutions. In previous years Elizabeth has curated exhibitions on such subjects as contemporary Mexican photography, Dominican art, the Mexican modern painter Maria Izquierdo, and contemporary artists Salomon Huerta, Eve Andrée Laramée, and Paul Laffoley. She co-edited the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark publication Latin American Artists of the 20th Century, and has written for such journals as Art Nexus, Sculpture, Photography, Nueva Luz, and Art News.

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multi-disciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting performing, visual, and media arts programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process. All our offerings are free or low cost to enhance the public’s access to and understanding of arts and media.  www.briconline.org

Media Installation: Filles Dans les Toilettes (Girls in the Bathroom)

Video writen by Catherine Léger–lives in Montreal, Canada. Her plays include Opium_37, Princesses and Voiture américaine, translated by Chantal Bilodeau and presented at the Lark in a reading directed by Sturgis Warner.

Video directed by Marie-Laure Turmel–In both city and forest, fiction and documentary is searching for ways to find and communicate what’s hiding behind human’s urges.

Media Installation: Sound of Silence

Filmed by Swati Gupta – Born into Bollywood/Indian culture, Swati Gupta’s work often revolves around investigating our multi-cultural society. She has worked in many artistic mediums including film, painting, and art installations. Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting) from Delhi College of Art. DNAP from Ecole Supérieure D´arts Paris-Cergy, France.  http://swatig.ptibook.com

Media Installation: Emergence – From the Ocean of Abundance

Video created by Veru Narula (Punjab, India)–Vera Narula is a New York based contemporary artistwith a focus on the global subconscious. “I create art work that juxtaposes 21st century subject matter ranging from technology, religion, sexuality, politics, and metaphysics, in order to relay the unified thoughts and desires of our world.”

Media Installation: So What

Video-poem created and read by Mihaela Michailov (Bucharest, Romania)–Mihaela Michailov is a Playwright and Theater/Dance Critic who writes for various cultural magazines and newspapers. She received the award for the 2006 best Romanian play  – Romania Complex. In 2005,  she received a scholarship for the play I’m Afraid. Coordinator of the program Theatre and Society at the Odeon Theatre, where her play Offline was produced in 2008.

Media Installation: Mapocho and Felicidad (Happiness)

Video created by Viviana Stuardo (Santiago, Chile)–Viviana Stuardo is a writer from Santiago, Chile, whose work crosses the boundaries of fiction, film and journalism. She currently coordinates the Masters Program for Continuing Education for Teachers at the University of Chile.

Media: Una vez casi tuve una amiga tortuga (Once, I almost had a turtle friend)

Video created by Paola Izquierdo (Mexico City, Mexico)–Paola Izquierdo is an Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral del INBA graduate, and has received scholarships from FONCA. She writes acts and produces her own pieces of cabaret theatre. She is an adjunct acting professor at the Centro Universitario de Teatro (CUT) of the UNAM and Coordinator of Executive Production in the Coordinación Nacional de Teatro.

Media Installation: Evil Warming

Photo by Veronica Bujeiro (Mexico City, Mexico)–Veronica Bujeiro is a playwright, screenwriter and illustrator. She has received grants from IMCINE, FONCA and the FOUNDATION FOR MEXICAN LETTERS. In 2007, she was invited to the Lark Play Development Center with her play The Sadness of the Limes. She is a current recipient of FONCA’s Young Creators funding program in playwriting.

Media Installation: Jakarta Street and Acehnese Beats

Video created by Aroosha Zoq Rana (Jakarta, Indonesia)–Aroosha Zoq Rana has worked in Latin America and South Asia and is currently with the U.S. Foreign Service in Indonesia.  She performed with We Got Issues, a young women’s empowerment collective, and was published in Living Islam Out Loud, a Beacon Press anthology chronicling experiences of first-generation American-Muslim women.

B. Brian Argotsinger

(Actor, Call Your Mother Earth) most recently played Ira in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Northern Stage and in New York played Small Child in Les Freres Corbusier’s Dance Dance Revolution (Ohio Theater), Owen in AndHow! Theater Company’s Linus & Alora (The Flea), and Vanya in Rehearsal Vanya, also with Meiyin Wang.

Casey Boyle

(Actor, Place ReImagined) attends Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and is a member of the Exclamation professional modern dance company. Credits: Showtime at the Apollo on Tour, Paquita, Swan Lake, West Side Story, and guest soloist at Celebration of Dance, honoring National Dance Week, in Phoenix, AZ.

Addie Brownlee

(Actor, Chorus of Lost Places) — Off-Broadway: Pericles, Trying (u/s); Selected NYC and Regional: 365 Plays and Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ with the Women’s Project, All’s Well, Henry V, The Tempest, Blissfield. Addie is also an Americana Singer/Songwriter and will release her second CD with guest Martha Wainwright in the fall. Member of Actor’s Equity.

Jorge Cordova

(Actor, Moment of Zen) Recent theater credits include: Hillary (New Georges at The Living Theater), On Island (Summer Shorts at 59E59), BottleRockets (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater). Jorge’s recent film credits include Timing (Top 10 in The Doorpost Film Project), and Sad Sack Sally.

Kibibi Dillon

(Actor, Call Your Mother Earth) – has performed on many stages from CA to NY. She began doing improvisation at a very young age and in 2005 she performed at the NY Comedy Club with the Adults Playground Improv Troupe. In 2004-2006, she also performed with Sketch Crew, Saturday Night Re-written, at Juvie Hall (NYC). Favorite acting rolls include: Greta in Sans-Culottes in the Promise Land by Kirsten Greenidge, First Witch in Macbeth by William Shakespeare, various women in The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler and May Belle in Before It Hits Home by Sheryl West.

Danielle Famble

(Actor, Muddy The Waters) is an actor/singer from Abilene, Texas. She is proud to collaborate with the Women’s Project in this performance of Muddy the Waters and sees this piece as a way to give voice to people who may not otherwise have an opportunity to be heard.

Richard Gallagher

(Actor, Chorus of Lost Places) — Off-Broadway: Missives; 59E59 Theaters. Other New York – NY Fringe: HoratioA Taste of Heaven.  Regional – McCarter Theatre; Yale Repertory Theatre; Baltimore Centerstage; North Shore Music Theatre; Theater Aspen; Marin Theatre Company; TheatreWorks, Palo Alto; The Magic Theatre. Film/TV – El Camino (with Elisabeth Moss); Law & Order. Education – Yale School of Drama.

Laura Gilbert

(Actor, Place ReImagined) just finished her first year in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts dance department and couldn’t be happier. She has worked with the fabulous Liz Montgomery on one previous project and is ecstatic to continue this collaborative process in her first site-specific work.

Rebecca Henderson

(Actor, Call Your Mother Earth) is a member of AEA and SAG, and was most recently seen in Spin at The Cherry Lane directed by Evan Cabnet. Previous work includes U.S. Drag (dir. Trip Cullman), Bobrauchenbergamerica (dir. Anne Bogart @ American Repertory Theatre), Canary (Rattlestick), Vengeance (stageFARM), Three Sisters (Nature Theater of Oklahoma) and Scapin and The Misanthrope (Classic Stage Company). Recent film/media work: featured role in Grand Theft Auto IV, national commercials for HUMIRA and Walmart, and the upcoming film A Lone Star State starring Jon Gries. International credits: The Maids, Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights, and The Constant Prince (dir. Niky Wolcz and Ulla Wolcz). Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, she holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.

Sarah Hillmon

(Actor, Place ReImagined) is currently earning her BFA in dance at NYU. Previously, she trained at Garth Fagan Dance and the Draper Center for Dance Education before dancing in the Rochester City Ballet. She is excited to work with Elizabeth and Women’s Project on this site specific piece.

Beth Kirkpatrick

(Actor, Chorus of Lost Places) — TOURS:  The Phantom of the Opera, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Asia).  NEW YORK: Plain and Fancy(York), Injury Time (Lark), Earthquake Weather (New Dramatists).  REGIONAL: Shawntel/Eve in Jerry Springer: the Opera (New Stage), Sweeney Todd(Geva), Beauty & the Beast (Montreal).  Thanks to family, besties, and Northwestern!

Julie Kline

(Actor, Moment of Zen) — recently worked with Rising Phoenix Rep, EST, HERE Arts Center, the Japan Society, Stillpoint Productions, and Steppenwolf.  Her solo play, Remedies was performed at Ontological-Hysteric Theatre and Estrogenius Festival. Web series include: The All-for-Nots and Help Wanted.  Artistic Associate, Rising Phoenix Rep; Literary Associate, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.  BFA – The Theatre School, DePaul University.

Toby Knops

(Actor, Bear Market) is co-founder and co-producer of SHSTRNG PRDCTNS, who present annual one-minute play festival and new, as of yet untitled, project written by Ashlin Halfnight.  He has performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Public, Walt Disney World and Vermont Stage Company.  He’s excited to be getting this important message out.

Russel Stuart Lilie

(Actor, Place ReImagined) hails from Northern California and credits is dance training, which began at the age of fourteen, to Marin Dance Theater and Idyllwild Arts Academy. He has previously worked on one sight specific work with Stephan Koplowitz.

Rebecca Lingafelter

(Actor, Call Your Mother Earth) New York acting credits include; Target Margin Theatre, Vortex Theatre Company, FringeNYC, Classic Stage Company, chashama, Peculiar Works and the Metropolitan Opera. She has worked regionally at the Ko Festival of Performance, Luna Stage and The Seattle Public Theatre. She is co-artistic director of PL115 and has produced and performed in all of their productions. She is a proud member of both AEA and SAG. MFA Columbia 2005.

Bryony Lucas

(Actor, Place ReImagined) began her dance training at 12, studying primarily classical ballet with the Westchester Ballet Company. She received a scholarship to the Taylor School this summer, and just finished her first year at NYU Tisch, discovering a love for modern dance. She is thrilled to be working on this project.

Dominique Morisseau

(Actor, Muddy The Waters) is an actress and writer with numerous credits, including: The Mountaintop (Lark Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project), Unspeakable (SoHo Playhouse), The Bridge Party (with Ruby Dee), and Breath, Boom (MCC Theater).  As a playwright, she’s received two NAACP Image Awards, a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honor, and a Wendy Wasserstein Prize nomination.

Ned Noyes

(Actor, Chorus of Lost Places) — Credits include: Steppenwolf, McCarter, Chicago Shakespeare, Asolo Rep, Northlight, Court, Marriott Lincolnshire, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and Off Broadway at the Mint and New World Stages.  He has worked with directors Tina Landau, Gary Griffin, David Cromer, JoAnne Akalaitis and Susanna Gellert.  Company member, Striking Viking Story Pirates.

Lance Olds

(Actor, Chorus of Lost Places) – Credits include: 1st National Tour: Footloose.  Off Broadway: Mark Twain’s BluesNaked Boys Singing!, and most of the Gilbert & Sullivan cannon with the NY G&S Players (at City Center and Symphony Space).  Regional: The Kennedy Center, Seattle Rep, Weston.

Allie Pfeffer

(Actor, Place ReImagined) is a dancer entering her second year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from North Carolina, she studied with Daniel and Rebecca Massey Wiley at Piedmont Dance Conservatory. She is excited to be working with Women’s Project.

Haas Regen

(Actor, Bear Market) was last seen performing with Kirsi’s Minstrels. Regional: As You Like It (Commonwealth Shakes), A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep). Other: Learned Ladies, Working,Edwin Drood (SRT,Santa Rosa); Williamstown Free Theatre. MFA Brown/Trinity (‘08), favorites include Hydriotaphia, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, and adaptations of Dido, Queen of Carthage and Figaro. AEA.

Angel R. Rodriguez

(Percussionist, Place ReImagined and Muddy the Waters) was born in 1954 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He is a consultant, educator, organizer, performer and producer who teaches music and cultural workshops for students of all ages from all over New York and beyond. From initiatives like Mambo to Hip-Hop (DVD documentary, permanent exhibition, theater, and live events), the Living Legends Series, to teaching percussion, his contributions to our communities are unparalleled.

Phoebe Rose Sandford

(Actor, Place ReImagined) was trained in dancing and acting at Princeton Dance and Theatre studio with Susan Jaffe. She currently trains as a contemporary dancer at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she has appeared and choreographed in several dance concerts. She is an aspiring dancer, choreographer, and singer.

Myxolydia Tyler

(Actor, Muddy The Waters) was last seen as Abbey in Bella Via at EST.  Regionally she has worked at The Seattle Children’s Theatre as Addy in the world premiere and national tour of Cheryl West’s Addy: An American Girl Story. She has also worked with German Theatre Abroad and the Beliner Haus Festiple as Liz in the world premiere of Start-UP.  She thanks God, family, friends, and Women’s Project.

Jasmin Walker

(Actor, Chorus of Lost Places) — is delighted to be a part of Global Cooling.  Film:  Freedomland (with Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore).  TV: “The Chappelle Show,” “Third Watch.”  B’ way:  Avenue Q.  Off- B’ way:  365 Days/ 365 Plays (The Public), Only Children (Lincoln Center), Zanna Don’t.  Reg’l Favorites:  Dreamgirls, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Violet.  CCM grad.  Much love!

Ryan C. Durham

(Production Stage Manager): Chair (ASM, Theater for a New Audience);  The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (ASM, The Vineyard Theater); Old Comedy (Target Margin); The Lacy Project (SoHo Think Tank); HamletmachineMyakovsky: A TragedyRoberto Zucco (The Cutting Ball Theater); The Unmentionables, The Cherry Orchard (Yale Repertory Theater);  Mickey Mouse is Dead (with Spankin’ Yanks at 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival);  The Taming of the Shrew. (ASM, Shakespeare & Co). Thanks to Mom & Dad.

Ariana Schrier

(Assistant Stage Manager) has trained at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts and Atlantic Theater Company.  Acting: The Love of the Nightingale, Balm in Gilead, Twelfth Night, Six Character’s in Search of an Author and Baby with the Bath Water. ASM: Hudson Stage Company’s After All. Founding member, Pipeline Theater Company.

Lesley Brown

(Production Assistant, Muddy The Waters) is nineteen and was born in raised in New York, but has spent the past two years studying at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts where she’s a Theatre Arts major and an English minor. Lesley is very interested in performance and creative writing.

Safa Samiezade-Yazd

(Production Assistant, Chorus of Lost Places)

Charity Schubert

(Production Assistant, Call Your Mother Earth) moved to NYC five minutes ago.   After graduating with a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in French from Centenary College, she worked in the film industry in northwest Louisiana as both cast and crew.  Charity has appeared in and worked backstage on many college, community theatre, and Equity productions. Currently an Artistic Associate at Women’s Project, Charity is thrilled to be a part of Global Cooling and is excited to begin her adventure in New York.

Saviana Stanescu

(Playwright) Saviana is one of the most prominent writers to have emerged from Eastern Europe after the fall of communism. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, on a cold February morning during Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and “reborn” in New York in the hot days of 2001. Her plays have been widely presented internationally and in the US.  Recent New York productions include Waxing West (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script) and YokastaS Redux at La MaMa Theatre, Flag Stories at TBG Theatre (part of Myth America Project, a collage of texts by Arthur Kopit, Theresa Rebeck, Israel Horowitz, Jason Grote, etc), Suspendida at the Ontological Theatre, Balkan Blues at the NYC Fringe Festival and the site-specific I want what you have as part of Women’s Project’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ at the World Financial Center.
Saviana won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-drama for Bucharest Underground. Her short play Aurolac Blues, performed at HERE Arts Center, was published by Smith & Krauss and  Plays and Playwrights 2006. Two monologues have been published in the Playwrights’ Center’s Monologues for Women, and Final Countdown was produced and published in France.  She has also published six books of poetry and drama including Google me! (poetry), Black Milk (four plays) and The Inflatable Apocalypse (Best Romanian Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000).
Saviana co-edited the anthology of plays Global Foreigners (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and roMANIA after 2000 (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould).Her plays have recently received readings and workshops at New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage&Film, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Playwrights’ Foundation, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Immigrants Theatre Project, CUNY Grad Center, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and Theatre Gerard Philipe de Saint-Denis, Gare Au Theatre etc. She was a 2005-2007 TCG fellow with the Lark Play Development Center, where her plays Waxing West and Lenin’s Shoe had barebones productions. Currently, Saviana is a NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project and writer-in-residence for East Coast Artists. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she now teaches in the Drama Department.

Tea Alagic

(Director) Tea is a director, writer, and actor. Her directing credits include Events with Life’s Leftovers by Alberto Villarreal Diaz (Mexico City, Dramafest), Laughing Pictures a Hollywood Odyssey by Matthew Maguire (Fordham University, New York), St. Joan
by George Bernard Shaw (NYU), Zero Hour by Tea Alagic (Yale University Theater), Speaking Our Mind
(New Theater New Haven), The Brothers Size by Tarrel Alvin McCraney (The Public Theater in NYC, The Studio Theater in Washington D.C, and The Abbey Theater in Dublin), Book of Daniel by Daniel Alexander Jones (Austin University), The Donny Hathaway Story (Yale Cabaret),  Marcus Brutus by Tea Alagic (Yale Repertory Theater), and Chiang Kai Chek by Charles Mee (Yale Cabaret). During her tenure as Associate Artistic Director of the Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts (ECPA), Tea directed Woyzeck by George Buchner, Piano Plays by Friederike Roth, Self-Accusation by Peter Handke, Preparadise, Sorry Now by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Baal by Bertolt Brecht.  Tea also wrote and directed The Filament Cycle, which toured internationally.
As an actor, Tea has worked with Theatre du Soleil in Paris, Robert Lepage in Quebec City, and Richard Foreman in New York. She has worked on theater productions around the world, including New York, Zurich, Vienna, Cairo, Edinburgh, Toronto, Jerusalem, Singapore, Italy, Lisbon, Paris, the Royal National Theater in London, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and many others.  She received a BFA in acting from Charles University in Prague, and a MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama, where she also received the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize for Best Director in her graduating class.  Tea has been honored with a Soros Fellowship, CEC ArtsLink Performing Arts and Literature Award, and received awards at both the Cairo International Festival and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival for Al – Hamlet Summit by Sulayman Al- Bassam, in which Tea played role of Ophelia.

Shirine Babb

(INS Officer) Debut with Women’s Project.Off Broadway: Single Black Female directed by Colman Domingo. NYC Credits include: You Can’t Take It With You, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), A Role Once Played (AUDELCO Nominee). London: Widows. Regional includes: Twelfth Night (Olivia), Measure for Measure (Isabella), Omnium Gatherum (Julia).  TV: “All My Children”, Optimum LightPath.  Thanks D., Mom and the ladies that I hold such sentimental attachments to, thank you for your love and support.

Seth Fisher

(Borat) Broadway:Tom Stoppard’s Rock’N’Roll, Julius Caesar. Regional: Noah Haidle’s Persephone (Huntington); Big Wyoming (New York Stage and Film); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Huntington). Film: Death In Love, Feeling Tall, A Walk in the Park, The Wine Bar. Television: The WeddingAlbum, All My Children, As the World Turns. Training: Carnegie Mellon. Love to Shani.

Gian Murray Gianino

(INS Officer) New York: Stitching (Wild Project), Paradise Park (Signature), Eurydice (Second Stage), Radio Macbeth (The Public), Bone Portraits (SoHo Rep), Psyche (Ohio Theatre), bobrauschenbergamerica (BAM), Crave (TheatronInc/XOProjects). Regional: BTF, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, ATL, Provincetown Rep. and with Anne Bogart’s Siti Company, Humana Festival, Stamford Performing Arts, Athenaeum, Krannert, Walker, Wexner, Bobigny, Bonn Biennale, Dublin Theatre Festival. Film/T.V.: “Painting Abby Long”, “Dead Canaries”, “Tale of Two Corners”, “Hospitality”, “Up to the Roof”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “All My Children”. B.A.: Wesleyan University.

Kevin Isola

(Bob) Broadway:  Brooklyn Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway:  Trust (The Kirk Theatre), The World Over, The Water Children (both for Playwrights Horizons), Twelfth Night, Venus, Wasp and Other Plays (all for NYSF/ The Public Theater), Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center), The New Bozena (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional:  King Lear, As You Like It (both for Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), The Glass Menagerie (The Old Globe), Brooklyn Boy (South Coast Repertory Theatre), As Bees in Honey Drown (Provincetown Repertory Theatre), The Rainmaker (Center Stage), The New Bozena (The Hudson Theatre), Venus (Yale Repertory Theatre). Film:  Frank The Rat, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Uninvited, 24 Nights, Academy Boyz, The New Yorker. Television:  “Damages”, “Boston Legal”, “Law and Order”, “The Summer of Ben Tyler” (Hallmark Hall of Fame), “Viva Variety”, “All My Children”. MFA NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Jessica Pimentel

(Lupita) Theater credits: Anna in the Tropics (American Stage); A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (The Shakespeare Theater); The Clean House (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); The Cook (Seattle Rep); Romeo and Juliet (Theatreworks USA). Film: Illegal Tender, Pride and Glory, Off Jackson Avenue. Television: “Law & Order”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Third Watch”. Training: High School of the Performing Arts NY; American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY). Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica thanks friends and family for their support.

Marnye Young

(Nadia) New York: Waxing West at La MaMa e.t.c., Carrie at Theatre Couture, Big Times at W.E.T., Eve’s End: The Feast of 2012 and Fucking Ibsen Takes Time in the New York Fringe Festival, and Mickey Mouse is Dead in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Regional: Crimes of the Heart at New Harmony; Man of La Mancha and Free to Be at Hope Rep; Arms and the Man and Street Scene at Chautauqua Theatre; Steeplechase the Funnyplace: The Musical at New Harmony Project. Yale School of Drama: Rosalind in As You Like It, Hamlet in Hamlet, Maria in Twelfth Night and many others. Training: University of Evansville, Yale School of Drama.

Kris Stone

Set Design — has designed the world premieres of many plays such as God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz (CSC/Vineyard), Act A Lady by Jordan Harrison (Humana), Steve And Idi by David Grimm (Rattlestick), The Black Eyed by Betty Shamieh, Suburb a musical by David Javerbaum and Bob Cohen, and Dublin by Lamplight by Michael West (Ireland, London, & Tasmania).  Kris received a Drama Desk Award nomination for “Outstanding Set Design of a Musical” for Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak’s Brundibar.

Jennifer Moeller

Costume Design – recent designs include sets for Crooked (Women’s Project, dir. Liz Diamond); costumes for Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar (The Shakespeare Theatre Company) Antony & Cleopatra, Tamburlaine and Richard III (dir. Michael Kahn); Waiting for Godot (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Yale Repertory Theatre); Henry IV (Milwaukee Shakespeare).  Jennifer is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Gina Scherr

Lighting Design — recently designed lights for I’m So Close It’s Not Even Funny (Theatre Why Not, Toronto) and Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb at The Ohio Theatre). Other designs include Cherubina (Sanford Meisner Theatre), Waxing West (LaMaMa ETC), Pornographic Angel (Ohio Theatre), Babyface (Walkerspace), The Movado Hour (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Gulf View Drive (78th Street Theatre Lab), Momma and God’s Waiting Room (PS122), Iphigenia at Aulis (City College), Safe in Hell (Yale Repertory Theatre) and the 2007 season of Chamber Dance Project at The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. Gina received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Sarah Pickett

Original Music & Sound Designer — recent credits include: Theater for a New Audience (NYC): co-sound design for Ohio State Murders. Yale Repertory Theater: sound design for Richard II. Yale School of Drama: original music and sound design for Pericles, Zero Hour and Edward II. At the Yale Cabaret: Composer for Max Out Loud, music and sound design for Finding WaysThe Bacchae and God is a DJ. At The Hangar Theater, sound design for No Child, Bad Dates, Rough Magic, Stones in His Pockets, Topdog Underdog, and Bach at Leipzig. At Syracuse Stage: co-author and composer for The Great Peanut Butter Radio Hour, and music director and Yitzhak for Hedwig & the Angry Inch.  BFA Syracuse University, MFA Yale School of Drama.

Alaine Alldaffer

Casting Director – Alaine is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Theater credits include Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louis Parker (PWH), Grey Gardens (PWH and Broadway), Walmartopia the musical, The Knights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is She Loves Me for the Huntington and The Williamstown Theater Festival.  She credits Lisa Donadio, her Associate and right arm.

Adriana Zollo

Assistant Set Design — Adriana is presently studying at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, with a major in Architecture & Design and a minor in Biology.  She has studied studio drawing, woodshop, model making, painting, art history, furniture design, and theater design. She collaborates with the university theater to build scenery, and will soon be studying abroad in Florence.  Currently, she is working as a studio design assistant for Kris Stone, and is enjoying this opportunity to learn more about the theater design process.

Beth Goldenberg

Assistant Costume Design — Assistant Design: Up In the Air (Kennedy Center), Tamburlaine (Shakespeare Theatre). Costume Design: Tooth Fairy/Sugar Daddy (Garage Ensemble); Don’t Tread On Me (52nd St. Project); Theremin, Dressing Miss Julie (NYC Fringe); Me, My Guitar & Don Henley (Crooked Neck Productions); The Drowned World, Tempest, Rimers of Eldritch (BU).  Various regional work as a costume crafts artisan.  Education: BFA, Costume Design, Boston University.

Virginia Woolf

(Playwright)began writing professionally in 1905, initially for the Times Literary Supplement with a journalisticpiece aboutHaworth, home of the Brontë family. Her first novel, The Voyage Out, was published in 1915 by Gerald Duckworth and Company Ltd. Novels: The Voyage Out (1915); Night and Day (1919);  Jacob’s Room (1922); Mrs. Dalloway (1925); To the Lighthouse (1927); Orlando: A Biography (1928); The Waves (1931); The Years (1937); Between the Acts (1941). Short story collections:  Monday or Tuesday (1921); A Haunted House and Other Short Stories (1943).  Selected Non-fiction: Modern Fiction (1919); A Room of One’s Own (1929); On Being Ill (1930); The London Scene (1931). Plays: Freshwater (1923, rev. 1935). Other: Participated in Dreadnought hoax dressed as a male Abyssinian royalty. Founding member of the intellectual circle Bloomsbury Group. Studied at King’s College London. Recognized as a major lyrical novelist in the English language. Novels are highly experimental: a mundane narrative, refracted—and sometimes almost dissolved—in the characters’ consciousness that creates a world bursting with auditory and visual impressions. Special thanks to Leonard and Mitzi.

Anne Bogart

(Director) Anne Bogart is the Artistic Director of  SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is also a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Recent works with SITI include Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, Death and the Ploughman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Score, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Radio Play, Alice’s Adventures, Culture of Desire, Bob, Going, Going, Gone, Small Lives/Big Dreams, The Medium, Noel Coward’s Hayfever and Private Lives, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, and Charles Mee’s Orestes. She is the author of a book of essays entitled A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theater and the co-author with Tina Landau of The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition. Recently released by Routledge Press is a new book of essays entitled And Then You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World.

Akiko Aizawa

(Mary Magdalene) has been a member of  the SITI company since 1997, after 7 years as a member of the Suzuki Company of Toga.  With SITI :  Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, bobrauschenbergamerica, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intimations for Saxophone, La Dispute, War of the Worlds , War of the Worlds (Radio Play) Culture of Desire, Nicholas and Alexandra, Marina A Captive Spirit and systems/layers. Roles with SCOT include:  The Trojan Women, Three Sisters, Dionysus, Macbeth, Ivanov.  Theatres/ Festivals include:  American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Court Theatre, Japan Society, Krannert Center, Los Angeles Opera, New York Theatre Workshop, Performing Arts Chicago, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Australian Bicentennial EXPO, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Biennale Bonn, Dublin Theatre Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Humana Festival, MC 93 Bobigny, Melbourne Spoleto Festival, Toga Festival, and Under the Radar Festival.

Gian-Murray Gianino

(Lt. John Craig) is the third generation of a New York acting family. New York: Stitching (Wild Project, U.S. Premier), Paradise Park (Signature Theatre), Eurydice (Second Stage), Radio Macbeth (The Public Theatre), Bone Portraits (SoHo Rep), Psyche (Ohio Theatre), bobrauschenbergamerica (BAM, Next Wave), Crave (TheatronInc/ XOProjects), Transfigures (Stillpoint Prod) and Al Pacino’s Salome readings (NY & LA). REGIONAL: Eurydice (Yale Rep), Intimations for Saxophone (Arena Stage), Crazy Eyes (Provincetown Rep), Systems/Layers (SitiCo/Nat’l tour). He has toured globally with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company including the Humana Festival, Stamford Performing Arts, Athenaeum, Krannert Center, Walker Center, Wexner Center, Bobigny Festival, Bonn Biennale and Dublin Theatre Festival. FILM: Painting Abby Long, Dead Canaries (w/ Charles Durning), Tale of Two Corners, Hospitality, Up to the Roof. TELEVISION: Law and Order: SVU, All My Children. B.A.: Wesleyan University.

Ellen Lauren

(Julia Margaret Cameron) Associate Artistic Director for SITI.  SITI credits include: Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, Orestes. National and international venues include, Bonn Festival Germany, Bogota, Colombia, BAM Next Wave Festival, Paris Bobigny Festival, Melbourne Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Singapore Festival, The Wexner Center, Walker Art Center, Krannert Center, NYTW, CSC in NYC.  Regional credits with SITI include San Jose Rep, ART in Cambridge, Actors Theatre of Louisville: (Hayfever, Miss Julie, Private Lives).  For the last 15 years, Ms. Lauren has led ongoing classes and residencies in the U.S. and abroad.  Additional credits include The Adding Machine (ATL), Picnic (ATL), The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera -Kosovar Award for Anna II) all with Anne Bogart,  resident company member: Stage West (Springfield, Mass.), The Milwaukee Repertory, The Alley Theatre (Houston), and ongoing Guest Artist, 17 years, The Suzuki Company, under the direction of Suzuki Tadashi. Performance and workshop venues with Suzuki Company include: Moscow Art Theatre, RSC in London, Theatre Olympics in Athens, The Malthouse in Melbourne,  Istanbul International Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico in Italy, Montpelier Festival France, Hong Kong Festival.  Ongoing faculty member 9 years: The Julliard School of Drama, New York City; Associate Director Summer Training Program, Toga, Japan.

Kelly Maurer

(Ellen Terry) Has been a member of SITI since its inception.  With the company she has performed in many productions including Radio Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Hayfever, bobrauschenbergamerica, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire and Cabin Pressure, and at such theatres as: NYTW, P.S. 122, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Arts Center, The Irish Life Theater Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Kelly also performed with the company in the New York City Opera’s production of The Seven Deadly Sins.  Regionally, Kelly has been seen as Rainbow in Maria Irene Fornes’ And What of the Night at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Hamlet at StageWest and Christine in Miss Julie at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Internationally, she has toured with Tadashi Suzuki in the Suzuki Company of Toga’s Dionysus and director Robert Wilson in Persephone. She performed the role of Jolly (as standby for Patti LuPone) in David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood on Broadway.   She also performed in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein and The Water Engine at the Atlantic, Off Broadway.  Kelly teaches the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints training with SITI and at the Atlantic Theater Acting School, NYU and at workshops and universities throughout the US.

Tom Nelis

(Charles Hay Cameron) With SITI Co: Score; bobraushenbergamerica; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; War of the Worlds; The Radio Play; Going, Going, Gone; The Medium; Orestes. Broadway:  The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Aida.  Off Broadway:  Road Show, Richard III, Henry IV, the title role in Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Public Theater);  Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons);  Ipheginia 2.0, Hot ‘N’ Throbbin, (Signature Theater);  The Merchant of Venice (Theater for a New Audience);  Laurie Anderson’s Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (BAM);  Lilith (New York City Opera);  Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecencies (Mineta Lane);  Hot Mouth (Manhattan Theater Club);  Another Person is a Foreign Country, The Trojan Women/A Love Story,Marathon Dancing, Strange Feet (En Garde Arts);  Pearls for Pigs (Ontological Hysterical Theater);  The Blue Sky is a Curse (The Talking Band).  Also regional theaters across  the country. In addition, he has performed with The Suzuki Company of Toga in Dionysus.  Awards; OBIE (The Medium), San Diego Circle Critics Ensemble Award (Wintertime), Drama League Nomination (Score), Barrymore Nomination (Candide).  MFA, UC San Diego.

Barney O’Hanlon

(George Frederick Watts/The Porpoise) has been collaborating with Anne Bogart since 1986.  As a member of  SITI he has performed nationally and internationally with productions of Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Hay Fever, bobrauschenbergamerica, War of the Words, War of the Worlds –  The Radio Play, Culture of Desire, Cabin Pressure, and Small Lives/Big Dreams.  He has also choreographed and appeared in the world premiere of Nicholas and Alexandra at Los Angeles Opera, Lilith and Seven Deadly Sins at New York City Opera as well as additional Bogart productions at the Alley Theatre, Trinity Rep., River Arts Rep., and Opera/Omaha.  Other regional credits include Tina Landau’s 1969 at ATL, Stonewall: Night Variations for EnGarde Arts, Deadly Virtues and Hamlet at ATL, and Jon Robin Baitz’s A Fair Country for Steppenwolf.  His choreography has appeared at BAM’s Harvey Theater, Arena Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera and at the Prince Music Theatre. He recently directed and choreographed the world premiere of systems/layers a dance/theater collaboration between SITI and the Kentucky based band Rachel’s, and appeared in the Rude Mechs’ Match-Play based on Deborah Hay’s award-winning dance The Match.

Stephen Duff Webber

(Alfred Lord Tennyson) has performed with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in theaters all over the U.S. and at festivals around the world including The Kennedy Center, BAM, The Humana Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, American Repertory Theater, Dublin Festival, Wexner Center, The Israel Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Bogota Theater Festival. Off Broadway: Radio Macbeth, Death and the Ploughman (CSC), War of the Worlds (BAM), Culture of Desire (NYTW), Trojan Women 2.0 (En Garde Arts), Hotel Cassiopeia (BAM). SITI Credits: Radio Macbeth (Macbeth), Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, War of the Worlds (Orson Welles), bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers (with Rachel’s), La Dispute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabin Pressure, Going Going Gone, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Private Lives, Hay Fever, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play (Orson Welles), Short Stories. Regional Theater: American Repertory Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Magic Theater, Portland Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre.

James Schuette

(Set and Costume Design) – has designed 19 productions as a member of SITI Company, including Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, La Dispute, Intimations for Saxophone, Bob, Culture of Desire, Room and Score. Recent work as a set and/or costume designer includes Oedipus Complex at the Goodman Theatre, The Unmentionables at Steppenwolf Theatre, The Elephant Man at Minnesota Opera, Un Ballo in Maschera at Boston Lyric Opera. and Hello Dolly at Papermill Playhouse. His work has been seen at Arena Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, the Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Prince Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, EnGarde Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Colorado, Seattle Opera, and internationally. Upcoming projects include Julius Caesar at ART, Blythe Spirit at Trinity Rep and I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Glimmerglass Opera.

Brian H Scott

(Lighting Design) – is a SITI Company member and has designed lighting for Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, systems/layers, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play, and the Midsummer Night’s Dream touring production.   He has designed lights for: Hamlet at Classic Stage Company; The Darkling for American Opera Projects, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Arena Stage, Marina: A Captive Spirit with American Opera Projects, Twisted Olivia w/members of the Ridiculous Theatre Company, Showpeople with Anne Bogart @ Exit ART, Macbeth (scenic and lighting design), The Laramie Project, Death of A Salesman in Baton Rouge, LA, and Get Your War On, The Match, Cherrywood, How Late It Was How Late (Production Design), Requiem for Tesla, El Parasio, Big Love and Lipstick Traces with Austin Theatre Company the Rude Mechs.

Darron L West

(Sound Design) – has been a SITI Company member since 1993 and first collaborated with Anne Bogart in 1990 while resident sound designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  His work for theater and dance has been heard in over 400 productions nationally and internationally.  His accolades include a 1998 Obie award for SITI’s Bob, The Princess Grace Award, an Entertainment Design Magazine EDDY, the 2004 and 2005 Henry Hewes Design award, a 2006 Lortell and AUDELCO Award.  As director: Kid Simple (2004 Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Eurydice (Children’s Theater Co. Minneapolis), Big Love (Rude Mechanicals Austin, Texas), SITI Company’s War of the Worlds – The Radio Play and Radio Macbeth.

Megan E. Carter

(Dramaturg) – Prior to joining Women’s Project as the Associate Artistic Director in September 2006, Megan worked as a dramaturg and educator in Seattle and New York. Recent credits include Sand, transfigures, Corporate Carnival, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ (WP); Mac Wellman’s Harm’s Way, aTack and the AmerikAn trip, tik (newFangled theatReR); Burial at Thebes and Sincerity Forever (New Workshop Theatre). In 2005, Megan curated the Building Bridges New Play Festival, which included works by Stephanie Fleischmann, Sibyl Kempson, and Erin Courtney. She has also worked with ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program and Intiman Theatre’s award-winning Living History program. Megan is a collaborator on Lynn M. Thomson’s musical work-in-progress, Parlor Song, which completed a residency at Tribeca PAC. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Brooklyn College.

Elizabeth Moreau

(Stage Manager) – with SITI, Elizabeth has worked on the creation of Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Hayfever, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica, Score, and systems/layers (with the band Rachel’s), and has toured these as well as Bob, Room, War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play, and Cabin Pressure. She has worked on Gull and Shutter with Lightbox, Match-Play with the Rude Mechs, Dead Man’s Cell Phone with Ms. Bogart, Apparition, To The Lighthouse, and Doris to Darlene with Les Waters.  Elizabeth is the Artistic Associate of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.

Liz Duffy Adams

(Playwright) Liz Duffy Adams is a WP Lab alumna, a New Dramatists alumna (2001–2008) and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, a Will Glickman Award, a Frederick Loewe Award in Music Theatre, a Weston Playhouse Music Theater Award, and a commission from Children’s Theater Company, Minneapolis. Her work has been written, produced, or developed at the Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage, Portland Stage Company, Syracuse Stage, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, New Georges, Shotgun Players, Moxie Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and Crowded Fire Theater among other organizations. Publications include Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in Applause’s “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001,” numerous short plays and monologues in anthologies from Heinemann and Smith & Kraus, and several plays published by Playscripts, Inc. Adams was profiled in American Theatre magazine’s December 2004 issue. BFA: NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing; MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Wendy McClellan

(Director) Wendy McClellan is a WP Lab member and a New York based director who has developed and directed new American plays in New York and across the country. Her world premiere credits include Deborah Stein’s Wallflower (Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston), Laurie Brook’s Brave No World (The Kennedy Center), Jennifer Maisel’s Birds (Rorschach Theatre, DC) and Goody Fucking Two-Shoes (Actors Theatre of Louisville). She recently directed Sarah Hammond’s Green Girl in SPF at The Public. Developmental work in New York includes directing the Loewe Award Workshops of two new musicals at New Dramatists:  Liz Duffy Adams and John Hodian’s The Listener of Junk City, and Runway 69 by Erin Kamler and Carson Kreitzer. Also at New Dramatists, she developed Sarah Hammond’s House on Stilts and Liz Duffy Adams’ Or. With Mabou Mines Suite she directed the workshop of Julia Pearlstein’s commedia play Rat Bastards, and with New Georges she led a workshop of Olga Humphrey’s restoration farce Cornbury, among others. As Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, she developed and directed the anthologies Neon Mirage, Uncle Sam’s Satiric Spectacular, Fast and Loose, and Trepidation Nation for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, all of which received critical acclaim, prompting Neon Mirage and Uncle Sam’s to remount at the New York International Fringe Festival. In ATL’s regular season she directed productions of Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel and Barbara Field’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. In addition to her duties as a director, Wendy was a core member of the Artistic Staff, lending a voice in season planning and Humana Festival play selection.  As Artistic Director of Oasis Theatre Company in Los Angeles, she developed and directed the world premieres of Gregory Gunter’s Rave. Bakkhai. Muthafu**. and Antigone. Tertiary. Sexxx., for which she received an LA Weekly Award nomination in Best Comedy Direction. She also developed and directed the world premiere of Leon Martell and Penka Kouneva’s musical Steel: John Henry & the Shaker, which was subsequently nominated for an Ovation Award as Best New Musical. She was co-producer of Framework: 98 and 99, a city-wide event that occasioned the first opportunity for Anne Bogart and the SITI Company to work in Los Angeles. In addition to Actors Theater of Louisville, she has held staff positions regionally at A.S.K. Theater Projects, Mark Taper Forum and Great Lakes Theater Festival, and acted as consultant for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was the recipient of the 2006 New York Coalition for Women in the Arts and Media’s Collaboration Award. Wendy is an Affiliated Artist with New Georges, a member of SSDC, and a member of the Women’s Project Directors Lab 2008-2010. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts.

Kelly Hutchinson

(Nell Gwynne, Maria) Broadway:  Desire Under The Elms, Major Barbara, Macbeth. Off-Broadway: The Voyage of the Carcass (Soho Playhouse), Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at New York Theater Workshop, and Romola and Nijinsky at Primary Stages. Regional: How Shakespeare Won The West (Huntington Theatre), The Unmentionables (Yale Rep, Dir: Anna D. Shapiro), Rocket To The Moon (Dir: Daniel Fish), Baltimore Center Stage, Barrington Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Indiana Rep, etc. On television, Kelly has been seen on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Hack, The Jury, as well as a recurring role on Strangers with Candy. Films include “Catch Me If You Can”, “Slippery Slope”, and “Hysterical Psycho”. Kelly is a founding member of the theater company “Stage13”.

Andy Paris

(Charles II of England, William Scott, and Lady Davenant) has made a career of developing new works for the stage and screen, including The Laramie Project (Emmy Nomination), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman, Lucie Tiberghien’s The Quiet Room and Innocents by Rachel Dickstein. As a writer/director Andy created The Fanmaker’s Inquisition, adapted from the novel by Rikki Ducornet. He also developed Goldstar Ohio by Michael Tisdale, directing the stage version at The Cleveland Public Theatre, and the short film starring Michael Emerson. Currently he is writing The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, an epilogue to The Laramie Project. For Women’s Project, he wrote the text and served as ringmaster for the site specific Corporate Carnival, which was presented in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. Andy was invited to participate in The Lincoln Center Directors Lab in 2008. As an actor he has performed in countless plays in New York, Regionally, and in Europe. Regionally, he has been seen at Playmaker’s Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Theatre Virginia, Berkeley Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. FILM/TV: “Laramie;” “Law & Order.” He is the recipient of two AUDIE Awards for his audiobook narrations. As an original member of Tectonic Theatre Project, Andy has worked under the mentorship of Mr. Kaufman, and now teaches the techniques which he and Tectonic developed over the past seventeen years. He has taught workshops at New York University, DePaul University, Naropa Institute and in Osaka, Japan, among others. Andy was invited to be a participant in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in 2008. Andy grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of NYU.

Maggie Siff

(Aphra Behn) –is thrilled to be joining the Women’s Project for this production.  Theater credits include: Ruby Sunrise (Public Theater, dir. Oskar Eustis), Frank’s Home (Playwright’s Horizons, dir. Robert Falls), Dollhouse (The Goodman Theater, dir. Robert Falls) for which she was nominated for a Jefferson Award, and Ghosts (The Lantern Theater) for which she received a Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress.  More recently she has been seen on AMC’s Mad Men as Rachel Menken (2008 Golden Globe Best Drama, 2008 Emmy for Best Ensemble) and FX’s Sons of Anarchy as Tara Knowles.  Other TV credits include recurring roles on Life on Mars and Nip/Tuck.  Film credits include: Funny People, Push, and the upcoming film Leaves of Grass starring Ed Norton, directed by Tim Blake Nelson.  She has an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program at Tisch and a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr.

Zane Pihlstrom

(Set Design) is currently designing a trilogy of plays for Company XIV, a neo- baroque dance company in Brooklyn, and Open The Dark Door (NYMTF). Off-Broadway, Zane designed the costumes for The Brothers Size (dir. Tea Alagic, The Public Theater/Foundry Theater), with tours to The Studio Theater (Washington, D.C.) and The Abbey (Dublin, Ireland). International credits include Macbeth premiering at the Volksbühne Am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin); Bambiland (National Theater of Lithuania; Oskaras Korsunovas Theater); and Sleeping Beauty (Seoul Performing Arts Festival, South Korea). New York credits include costumes and scenery for A Kingdom, (Performance Space 122); costumes for Going Down Swingin’ and scenery for (NYMTF); Cherubina (Fractured Atlas); costumes and scenery for Iphigenia at Alus (Active Eye) and scenery for Food for Fish (The Krain); scenery for Binibon (The Kitchen). Regional/University credits include scenery for Until We Find Each Other (dir. Anna Shapiro, Steppenwolf Garage Theater); All’s Well that Ends Well (dir. James Bundy/Mark Rucker, Yale Rep); Baal (Columbia University); Marat/Sade, Slaves and Prowlers (Bard College); La Bohème (Yale Opera); Flyin’ West and Orange Woman (Princeton University); Hedda Gabler (Yale University Theater); Evita (Northwestern University); Anna Karenina, Don Juan Returns from the War, Selki and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (DePaul University); costumes for MSN Dream, As You like It  (Yale School of Drama) and Don’t Look Back (dir. Joe Roach, World Performance Project). Zane is a member of Wingspace, a theatrical design collective.

Andrea Lauer

(Costume Design) designed costumes for the Second Stage Uptown The Butcher of Baraboo, NYU’s Our Lady of 121st Street and Hair, and Alley Theatre’s productions of Black Comedy, Wait Until Dark, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Crucible, After the Fall, Proof, Steel Magnolias, Fully Committed, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Thirteenth Chair, The Woman in Black and And Then There Were None. She also has designed for the Williamstown Theatre Festival Act I (The Trojan Women: A Love Story), Frontera at Hyde Park in Austin (Blood Pudding, David’s Red Haired Death, Deviant Craft, Race of the Ark Tattoo, and Clay Angels), University of Texas (guest designer for Love of the Nightingales).  She was art director for the film Mantis by Trey McIntyre and her prop designs have been featured in Yale’s Theater magazine. She has a BA from University of Texas, Austin, and a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Deb Sullivan

(Lighting Design) has designed extensively at Trinity Rep, including Paris by Night, Cherry Orchard, A Delicate Balance, Dublin Carol, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Ruby Sunrise, Homebody/Kabul, The New England Sonata, Dinner with Friends and numerous Christmas Carols. Off Broadway:  The Ruby Sunrise (The Public Theater), Green Girl (Summer Play Festival), Play it Cool (NYMF Festival). Regional credits include: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, (where she was resident lighting designer for two seasons and has designed a dozen world premiers as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays), Alliance Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, City Theatre Company, and Cleveland Play House. Other theatres include The New Repertory Theatre (Elliot Norton Award), Two Rivers Theatre Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Perishable Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Opera Providence and Festival Ballet Providence, among the many. Deb is a member of United Scenic Artists.

Elizabeth Rhodes

(Sound Design)—New York credits include the world premiere of Steve Martin’s adaptation of The Underpants, and the premieres of John Patrick Shanley’s Dirty Story and Sailor Song. LAByrinth credits include Stephen Belber’s A Small Melodramatic Story and Robert Glaudini’s Dutch Heart of Man. Other New York credits include Chuck Mee’s Paradise Park with director Daniel Fish (Signature), Philip Roth in Khartoum and Sweet Storm (Public Lab); Future Me with original music by Stew (SPF); The Winter’s Tale with director Barry Edelstein (CSC); Trial By Water (Ma-Yi); A Soldier’s Wife (The Mint); Regional credits include Lee Blessing’s Winning Streak (George Street Playhouse), Stones In His Pockets (Alley Theatre), and The Colored Museum (Crossroads).  For more info please visit elizabethrhodes.net.

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) ALAINE ALLDAFFER is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Theater credits include Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louis Parker (PWH), Grey Gardens (PWH and Broadway), Walmartopia the musical, Knights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is This with Parker Posey at Playwrights Horizons.   She credits Lisa Donadio as co-casting director for Or,.

Jack Gianino

(Stage Manager) is up, down, all around…Broadway: two dozen, including Souvenir; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Dream; Hughie; Inherit The Wind; Black and Blue; Carrie; The Tap Dance Kid; ‘night, Mother; Lena Horne; Brigadoon; The King and I; and A Christmas Carol (MSG). Off Broadway: Souvenir; Address Unknown; Rounding Third; Love, Janis; Tallulah Hallelujah! Tours: The Sound of Music (Marie Osmond); Hello, Dolly! (Paris); Porgy and Bess (Japan); On Your Toes (Makarova). Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf. Thanks to Julie Crosby, the WP staff, and Norman.

Lisa Mcginn

Assistant Stage Manager) is happy to be joining the Women’s Project.  Previous credits include The Mirror Rep (Shanghai Gesture), PTPNYC (Therese Raquin), Two River Theatre Company (Mary’s Wedding, A Year with Frog and Toad, ART), The Old Globe (I Just Stopped by to See the Man), Lake George Theatre Lab (Four by Four), Soho Playhouse (A Stone Carver),  Passage Theatre (The Deacons, Second Line), Berkshire Theatre Festival (This is Our Youth, Pound of Flesh), Prospect Theatre (Dark Nights Festival), Stage 13 (Elephant in the Room!), Park Performing Arts Center (The Passion Play).  Lisa has also worked at George Street Playhouse, Playwright’s Theatre, Shadow Lawn Stage, The Bickford, Charlotte Rep, NJPAC, Algonquin Theatre.

Rachel Axler

(Playwright) Rachel Axler is a playwright and Emmy-winning television writer.  Her play, Archaeology, premiered at The Kitchen Theatre in 2009.  Other plays of hers have been developed through The Lark Play Development Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Playwrights Foundation and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Rachel has held fellowships at The Dramatists Guild and The Lark, and is currently working on commissioned plays for South Coast Rep and Lincoln Center Theater. Humor pieces of hers have been published in The New York Times, In Character and two editions of Monologues for Women, By Women. For television, Rachel wrote for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for several years, where she received the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program and three Writers Guild Award nominations.  She now writes for Parks and Recreation, on NBC. Rachel received her BA from Williams College and her MFA in Playwriting from UCSD.  Member: Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America.

Pam Mackinnon

(Director) Pam Mackinnon directed world premieres of Jason Grote’s Maria/Stuart (Woolly Mammoth) and Richard Greenberg’s Our Mother’s Brief Affair (South Coast Rep); productions of Adrian Hall’s adaptation of Penn Warren’s All The King’s Men (Intiman), Lanford Wilson’s Burn This (Juilliard) and Richard Dresser’s Below the Belt (ACT-Seattle).  She also continued her longstanding collaboration with Edward Albee directing A Delicate Balance (Arena Stage). New York productions include Edward Albee’s Peter and Jerry (Second Stage); Edward Albee’s Occupant (Signature); Itamar Moses’ The Four of Us (MTC); Itamar Moses’ Bach at Leipzig  (NYTW); Sheri Wilner’s Father Joy (SPF), John Fugelsang’s All the Wrong Reasons (NYTW); Adam Bock’s Medea Eats (Clubbed Thumb), Gina Gionfriddo’s U.S. Drag (Clubbed Thumb) and Erin Courtney’s Alice the Magnet (Clubbed Thumb).  Other recent productions include the premiere of Roberto Aguire Sacasa’s Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf), Bruce Norris’ The Unmentionables (Woolly Mammoth), David Mamet’s Romance (Goodman), Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? (Alley and Vienna), Edward Albee’s Play About The Baby (Philadelphia and Goodman) and Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest (Juilliard). She most recently directed the world premiere productions in New York of Cusi Cram’s A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages) with Jennifer Westfeldt and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo (Juilliard). She is presently directing Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons) and Rachel Axler’s Smudge (Women’s Project). Pam is an Affliated Artist with Clubbed Thumb, a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and a Drama League alumna.

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Theater credits include Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louis Parker (PWH), Grey Gardens (PWH and Broadway), Walmartopia the musical, Knights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is This with Parker Posey at Playwrights Horizons.   She credits Lisa Donadio as co-casting director for Smudge.

Cassie Beck

(Colby): Broadway: The Norman Conquests (u/s). Off-Broadway: The Drunken City (Theatre World Award 2008), Prayer For My Enemy(Playwrights Horizons), Oohrah!(Atlantic Theatre), Playlist 2009(Ars Nova). Regional: Three Sisters (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 43 Plays for 43 Presidents (Actors Theatre of Louisville);  All My Sons, Living Out and Be Aggressive (Theatre Works Palo Alto);The Haunting of Winchester (San Jose Rep); 3F 4F (Magic Theatre);  Ms. Beck is the former Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theatre Company in San Francisco were she appeared in several productions including Trojan Woman, Top Girls, A-A-America,One Big Lie, Slow Falling Bird, We Are Not These Hands, and Anna Bella Eema.

Greg Keller

(Nicholas): Broadway: Uncle Vanya, The Rainmaker. Off Broadway: That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play (Rattlestick), The Seagull (CSC), You Never Can Tell (Roundabout), Telethon (Clubbed Thumb), Reborning (The Public/SPF), Steve & Idi (Rattlestick), Dying City (Lincoln Center). Regional: 33 Variations (Arena Stage) Sick, The Glass Menagerie, This Is Our Youth, Coyote On A Fence, A Dream Play (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Seasons’ Greetings (Denver Center), The Last Schwartz (Florida Stage). Greg holds an MFA in Acting from NYU and is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School.

Brian Sgambati

(Pete): Broadway: Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia trilogy, directed by Jack O’ Brien, and King Lear, starring Christopher Plummer, both at Lincoln Center Theatre. National Tour: The Donmar Warehouse production of Frost/Nixon, starring Stacey Keach, directed by Michael Grandage. Off-Broadway: Landscape of the Body (Signature Theatre Company-dir. Michael Greif); The World Over (Playwright’s Horizons); The Hasty Heart (Keen Company) and Amazons and Their Men (Clubbed Thumb). National: Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Michael Greif, at La Jolla Playhouse; Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (Goodman Theatre-dir. Mark Wing-Davey); The Two Noble Kinsmen and Antony and Cleopatra (The Old Globe-dir. Darko Tresnjak); The Blue Demon (Huntington Theatre Company-dir. Darko Tresnjak); The Comedy of Errors (Portland Stage Company,) and Oliver! at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. TV: “The Guiding Light”, “As The World Turns”. As an Associate Artist of the Civilians: original companies of Canard, Canard Goose?, Gone Missing, and Paris Commune. MFA:University of Californa San Diego.

Narelle Sissons

(Set Design) — Bio to come.

Clint Ramos

(Costume Design) — WP: Sand, Transfigures. NY: Public Theater, Second Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Theater, Mint, Red Bull, Juilliard, Clubbed Thumb, Ma-Yi, Naatco, New Georges, PS122, HERE, others. REGIONAL : Alliance, Guthrie, La Jolla, OSF, CalShakes, ART, Williamstown, Denver Center Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Asolo, Kansas City Rep, Merrimack Rep, Chautauqua, Opera Boston, Opera Theater of St. Louis, many others. INTERNATIONAL: Rijksteatern (Stockholm), Thalia (Bucharest), Teatro Pilipino (Manila), Barbican (London), Kanon (St. Petersburg), O’Reilly (Dublin) HONORS: TDF Irene Sharaff, 2 ATW Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Award nom, NYTW Design Fellowship, Audelco, IRNE, Elliot Norton. UPCOMING: When The Rain Stops Falling (LCT, directed by David Cromer), Ruined (Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

Russell H. Champa

(Lighting Design) –Broadway: In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Lincoln Center Theater/Lyceum Theater; God Said Ha!, Lyceum Theater. Off Broadway:  Slugbearers of Kayrol Island, Vineyard Theater; Eurydice, Second Stage; The Four of Us, Yellowman, The Other Side, MTC; as well as productions at The Public Theater, The Promenade Theater, Union Square Theater, Classic Stage Company, New York Stage and Film, Cherry Lane Theater,  Primary Stages, MCC, The Zipper,  La Mama ETC. Regional: ACT, Mark Taper Forum,  Wilma Theater, Berkeley Rep, Trinity Rep, Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theater, McCarter Theater, Old Globe, ATL/Humana Festival, Williamstown Theater Festival, Seattle Rep, CalShakes, Philadelphia Theater Company, The Kennedy Center. PEACE.

Asa Wember

(Sound Design) — In the past decade Asa has been the resident sound designer for the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT and the audio engineer for New York Theatre Workshop, and has designed for numerous companies in New York, including 13P, Flux Theatre Ensemble, the Assembly, Wolf 359 and the Intentional Theatre Group.  His work with Flux Theatre Ensemble won the 2009 NYITA award for Sound Design.

Sheila Callaghan

(Playwright) Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright’s Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Woolly Mammoth, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a 2005 Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. She has received grants from NYFA, NYSCA, and the MAP Foundation. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Norway, Germany, and the Czech Republic. She has been commissioned by Playwright’s Horizons, South Coast Repertory, The Playwright’s Foundation, Clubbed Thumb, and EST/Sloan. Her full-length plays include Scab, Crawl, Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), We Are Not These Hands, Dead City, Kate Crackernuts, That Pretty Pretty; or The Rape Play, and Fever/Dream. Several of her plays are published by Playscripts.com and Samuel French, and her monologues can be found in various anthologies. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, and Florida State University, and she is currently on the faculty at Spalding University’s MFA program in creative writing. Sheila is a resident artist at HERE Arts Center and a member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P. Sheila is also a resident of New Dramatists. Currently, Sheila is a writer on the Showtime series The United States of Tara.

Daniella Topol

(Director) NY credits include: Trista Baldwin’s Sand (Women’s Project), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges), Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End (Epic Theatre), Susan Yankowitz’s Night Sky (Baruch Performing Arts Center/Power Productions), Nicki Bloom’s Tender (Summer Play Festival), Leslie Ayvazian’s Carol and Jill (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Jakob Holder’s Housebreaking (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Zakiyyah Alexander’s Sick? (Summer Play Festival), Peter Gil-Sheridan’s Topsy Turvy Mouse (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), and Stanton Wood’s Snow Queen (Urban Stages).  She has directed readings and workshops for a number of NY companies including the Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, New Dramatists, NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, the Public, and the Roundabout.  Regionally, she has most recently directed productions of Caridad Svich’s Instructions for Breathing (Passage Theatre, NJ), Kim Oler, Alison Hubbard, and Sean Hartley’s world premiere musical of Little Women (Village Theatre, WA) and Trista Baldwin’s Forgetting (Playwrights Center/Workhaus Collective, MN) and has directed workshops of musicals at Goodspeed Musicals and Barrington Stage in conjunction with NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s directing program, Daniella has been the Artistic Program Director at the Lark Play Development Center, the New Works Program Director at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and the Associate Producing Director of City Theatre.  She is a member of the board of the Lark Play Development Center and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and has been a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts and TCG.  She is currently working as a resident artist at HERE developing a new multi-media piece on floods with Sheila Callaghan, Katie Down, Leah Gelpe, Mimi Lien, and Tyler Micoleau.  Upcoming productions include: Stretch (People’s Light and Theatre Company), Sarita (Fordham University), and a workshop of Rosa (Richard Rodgers Award Winner – presentations at the Public Theatre and Queens Theatre in the Park).

Rob Campbell

(August) Rob Campbell has premiered roles on Broadway and off for Caryl Churchill (Mad Forest), David Hare (Ivanov), Brian Friel (Translations), Suzan-Lori Parks (In the Blood and 365 Plays), Craig Lucas (The Singing Forest and  Small Tragedy – Obie Award), Steve Martin (Wasp), Theresa Rebeck (Our House), George F. Walker (Tough!), Emily Mann (Cherry Orchard), Tom Babe (Downed American), Jez Butterworth (Mojo), Martin Crimp (The Treatment), David Eldridge (Under the Blue Sky), Chuck Mee (Snow in June), Robert Farquhar (Bad Jazz), David Greenspan and Stephin Merritt (Orphan of Zhao) and the Christopher Walken (Him). Twelve seasons with the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Romeo (Yale Rep), Hamlet (McCarter Theatre), Vershinin (Lake Lucille). Film and TV: Unforgiven, The Crucible, Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Ethan Frome, The Stars Fell On  Henrietta, Hostile Waters, Liberty, Snow Days, Normandie, Lone Justice, The Photographer, City of Ghosts, Rabbit Hole, “Damages.” “Criminal Intent,” “Sex & the City,” “Law & Order,” “Hope & Faith,” “NY Undercover,” “Brotherhood,” “Law & Order SVU.” BA: Wesleyan.  MFA: Yale Drama.

Dana Eskelson

(Liza) — Favorite roles include Marya Grekovna in Platonov, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Masha in Three Sisters, and Masha in The Seagull with The Chekhov Retreat directed by Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman. Other favorites with The Atlantic Theater, The Vineyard Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, A.R.T. and New Crime Theater in Chicago. Film/television roles including: “Peter and Vandy”, “The Brave One”, “Cold Creek Manor”, “One Last Thing”, recurring roles on “Brotherhood”, “Prince Street” and “New York Undercover”; and guest roles on “The Unusuals”, The Law and Order Triad, and “100 Centre Street”, among others. Upcoming films: “The Company Men”/ official premiere at Sundance 2010, and “Three Backyards”/ Sundance 2010 Grand Jury Prize Nominee and Directing Award winner for Eric Mendelsohn.

Ronete Levenson

(Boy) — NY : Our Town (Barrow Street Theater); What Once We Felt(LCT) dir. Ken Rus Schmoll; Origin Story (The Public) dir. Hal Brooks; Stunning (NY Theater Workshop ); Regional:  Argonautika dir. Mary Zimmerman (Berkelely Rep, Shakespeare Theater of DC, McCarter); TV / Film: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light , Possible Side Effects (pilot) dir. Tim Robbins (Showtime) and Taking Woodstock dir. Ang Lee.

Elisabeth Waterston

(Daphne) most recently appeared as Isabella in Theatre for a New Audience’s production of Measure for Measure (dir. Arin Arbus). Other New York: The Tempest (CSC), The Young Left (Cherry Lane), Father Joy (SPF), Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF), Spring Awakening (Prospect Theater Co.), The Beach Plays (HB Playwrights), Talk to me Like the Rain, The Vortex. Regional: Othello (TFANA/Intiman), Uncle Vanya (Long Wharf),
Lady with a Lapdog (A.R.T.), Tonight at 8:30 (Williamstown). TV & Film: “The Practice”, “Law & Order”, “The District”, Good Dick, The Sensation
of Sight
, The Prince and Me.

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Theater credits include Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louis Parker (PWH), Grey Gardens (PWH and Broadway), Walmartopia the musical, Knights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is This with Parker Posey at Playwrights Horizons.   She credits Lisa Donadio as co-casting director for Lascivious Something.

Marsha Ginsberg

(Scenery) Marsha Ginsberg works in the interdisciplinary overlap between scenic design for theater and opera, installation art and photography. She studied Theater Design at NYU Tisch School of Arts, and Visual Arts at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Cooper Union, School of Art. Her work for the stage has consistently forged new directions in considering stage space, as well as innovating approaches to re/viewing canonical works or visualizing new texts. Notable work in opera includes collaborations with directors Roy Rallo: Don Pasquale (Nationaltheater Weimar, Germany); La Finta Giardiniera (San Francisco Opera Center); Bluebeard’s Castle and Elektra (Long Beach Opera); and with Christopher Alden: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (Theater Basel, Switzerland);  Imeneo (Glimmerglass Opera/NYC Opera); Carmen (Nationaltheater Manheim, Germany); In Mahler’s Shadow, EOS Orchestra, La Serva Padrone, Pauvre Matelot, Rita (San Francisco Opera Center). Recent world premieres: the theatrical installation, Bleakhouse in collaboration with Heiko Kalmbach, for Crash! Boom! BAU! Festival commemorating 90th year of the Bauhaus, Theaterhaus, Jena, Germany;  The Obie award winning Telephone by Ariane Reines, dir. Ken Rus Schmoll, Foundry Theater at Cherry Lane, NYC; Kafeneion dir.  Dimitri Kourtakis, Athens/Epidaurus Festival, Greece;  Knock-Out by Katharina Schmitt (based on Gerhard Richter painting cycle, “October 18, 1977”) dir. Heiko Kalmbach at Theaterhaus Jena, Thalia Theater, Hamburg.  Recent solo and group exhibitions:  Pavlov’s Lab and Other Rooms, solo exhibit at Magnus Muller Gallery, Berlin, displaying photos, a stage construction and performance series; Design Life Now, National Design Triennial, Cooper Hewitt Museum, ICA Boston and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.  She teaches scenic design to architects at The School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design, and is currently teaching in Masterstudiengang Buehnenbild, TU, Berlin, Germany. She has held assistant professorships at Swarthmore College, Wesleyan College and UCLA, Department of Theater, Film and TV.

Christopher Akerlind

(Lighting) Broadway: Superior Donuts, Top Girls, 110 In The Shade (Tony nom.), Well, Awake and Sing!  (Tony nom.), Rabbit Hole, A Touch of the Poet, In My Life, The Light In The Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards), The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Seven Guitars (Tony nom.), The Piano Lesson among others. Recent: KDO! (Foret Nationale, Brussels), Kafeneion (Athens Festival); Garden Of Earthly Delights (Minetta Lane); Orpheus X (TFANA); Kaos (NYTW). Awards: Obie, Michael Merritt Award, etc.

Theresa Squire

(Costumes) Theresa Squire has been designing costumes in New York for over 10 years. Although she designs mainly for theatre, her work has also been seen in dance, film, print, industrials and commercials. Her costumes were seen on Broadway in High Fidelity and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. She is the resident costume designer for the Drama Desk Award winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman). She has designed for Soho Rep, (Blasted directed by Sarah Benson), The Atlantic Theatre Company (The Lietutent of Inishmore directed by Wilson Milam, The Cherry Orchard, directed by Scott Zigler and The Ionesco’s directed by Carl Forsman), Barrow Street Theatre (Orson’s Shadow directed by David Cromer and Two Men Talking directed by Dan Milne), The New Group (Rafta Rafta, Directed by Scott Elliot, Sin, A Cardinal Deposed, Everything’s Turning into Beautiful, both directed by Carl Forsman and Accomplices directed by Ian Morgan), The Flying Machine/Soho Rep (Frankenstein, Signals of Distress, Utopians all directed by Joshua Carlbach) The Hourglass Group (Trouble in Paradise directed by Elyse Singer, Beebo Brinker Chronicles directed by Leigh Silverman), Merrimack Repertory Theatre (The Fantastiks! Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, Dinah Was directed by Charles Towers and The Breadwinner), Chautauqua Theatre Company (Ah Wilderness directed by Lisa Rothe), New World Stages (Elvis People directed by Henry Wishcamper), Long Wharf (The Good Theif directed by Carl Forsman), Dorset Theatre Festival, (Dulcy, Sleuth directed by Jess Berger) Virginia Opera Company (The Pirates of Penzance directed by Worth Gardner), 2nd Ave Theatre (Hydriotaphia directed by Michael Wilson), Writer’s Theatre of Chicago (Crime and Punishment directed by Michael Halberstam), 2nd Stage (Peter and Jerry directed by Pam MacKinnon). She just finished working on a full length dance piece Remember Me with Parson’s Dance and East Village Opera Company.

Broken Chord Collective

(Sound Design and Original Music) Broken Chord Collective composes and designs music and sound for theatre. The sound design and music for Lascivious Something was created by collective members Daniel Baker and Aaron Meicht.  Other credits include productions in New York at Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Juilliard, Keen Company, La Mama E.T.C., Primary Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Second Stage Theatre, and Women’s Project.  Regional credits include productions at  Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre Center, Hartford Stage, The Huntington,  Long Wharf Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington DC), Weston Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Passage Theatre Company and Yale Rep. www.brokenchordcollective.com.

Cherry Lane Theater

(Co-Producer) Cherry Lane Theater originally developed Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something in our Obie-Award winning Mentor Project program, and we are thrilled and honored to be collaborating with the Women’s Project to present the play and these artists’ work to New York audiences. A landmark in Greenwich Village’s cultural landscape, Cherry Lane Theatre serves as a vital lab for the development of new American works and the cultivation of a diverse, multigenerational audience.  Our primary focus is the playwright as central to the dramatic event and the text as intrinsic to theatrical innovation and excellence.  As New York City’s longest continuously running Off-Broadway theatre, Cherry Lane has helped to define American drama, fostering theatre that is daring and relevant for 85 years.  Since 1997, our resident company produces under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Angelina Fiordellisi and Managing Director James King.  Mainstage productions include our Discovery Series, new plays developed within our award-winning programs and our Heritage Series which features groundbreaking off-broadway classics presented at Cherry Lane since 1924.  Our 60-seat Studio Theatre, built in 1998, has been the incubator for hundreds of new plays where CLT Company and guests have developed and produced the work of emerging playwrights.  Our newest space, the 90-seat Cherry Pit, located at 155 bank street, is home to Solo Fest at the Pit, NY Fringe Festival, late-night, alternative and avant-garde programming, as well as a home for Naked Angels and other not-for-profit companies.  Join the Cherry Lane community: support playwriting and the future of American drama.  To sponsor playwrights and productions, please call 212-989-2020 extension 26.  To view our entire production history, visit our website, www.cherrylanetheatre.org.

Lynn Rosen

LYNN ROSEN (Playwright) Productions include: Apple Cove, (Women’s Project, 2010-2011 season, directed by Giovanna Sardelli; Todd Mountain Theater Project, NY); Washed Up On The Potomac (“Working It Out,” Centerstage, Baltimore; The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon, NYC); Back From The Front (The Working Theater, NYC; The NY International Fringe Festival; The Fire Dept “At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq”); Ideal Home (New Georges, NYC); Nighthawks (The Studio Theatre, D.C.; Willow Cabin Theatre Company, NYC; published by Samuel French); NEXT! (multiple productions in Germany). Her newest full-length plays Puddy Tat and Washed Up On The Potomac have been developed with many theatres, including: The Lark Play Development Center (Writing Fellow 2003-4), The New Harmony Project, New Georges, Centerstage (FirstLook), and The New Group. She was commissioned in 2003 and 2010 by The EST/Sloan Foundation for Progress In Flying, also workshopped at Geva Theatre and The Working Theater, and she is currently working on a commission for New Georges called Goldor & Mythyka: A Hero Is Born. A member of the Women’s Project Lab (2008-2010), EST, The Dramatists Guild, and The Fire Dept, as well as a New Georges and Lark Affiliated Artist, Lynn was named one of “50 To Watch” by The Dramatist magazine. She is originally from Gary, Indiana.

Giovanna Sardelli

(Director) Giovanna Sardelli has collaborated with Lynn Rosen on her fringe production of Back From The Front and the Barebones workshop of Apple Cove at the Lark Play Development Center and the Todd Mountain Theatre Project production.  Other select credits: West Coast Premiere of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez (Old Globe), World Premieres of Christopher Wall’s Dreams of The Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Lila Rose Kaplan’s Wildflower, Rajiv Joseph’s plays Animals Out of Paper (Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Director, Lucille Lortel Nomination Outstanding Play), All This Intimacy (all for Second Stage), The Leopard and The Fox (Alter Ego), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane); Absalom by Zoe Kazan (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Padraic Lillis’ Two Thirds Home (Broken Watch), and Adriana Sevan’s Taking Flight (The Goodman, CTG, San Diego Rep and Sundance Institute Theatre Lab).  Giovanna has developed new plays with The Lark Play Development Center (where she serves on the Artistic Cabinet), EST (where she is also a member), Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, TheatreWorks and The Playwrights’ Center among others.  She spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute and two seasons as the Artistic Director of Studio Tisch. Giovanna received her MFA in Acting from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU and is a graduate of their Director’s Lab.  At NYU she has directed shows and presentations for the Graduate Acting Program, The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and the Dramatic Writing Program. Giovanna is on the faculty of the Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Dance at NYU. Upcoming: The North Pool by Rajiv Joseph (TheatreWorks).

Paul Carlin

(Gary Hall) — NY Stage: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Irish Repertory Theatre (Jamie), director Charlotte Moore; After the Ball, Irish Rep (Lord Windermere), director Tony Walton; Woyzeck, Ensemble Studio Theatre (Woyzeck); Bella, Lincoln Center (Jacob); The Milk of Paradise, The Women’s Project (Billy), dir. Joan Vail Thorne; Twelfth Night, Phoenix Theatre Co. (Orsino), dir. John Barton, RSC; Paint Your Wagon, Musicals Tonight (Ben Rumson); Salvation, Hudson Stage (Jack). Regional Stage: The Boyfriend, Goodspeed Opera House (Percy Browne), dir. Julie Andrews; Where’s Charley? Goodspeed (Sir Francis), dir. Tony Walton; Shenandoah, W.V. Public Theatre (Charlie Anderson); On the 20th Century, Goodspeed, (Max Jacobs); Brigadoon, Goodspeed (MacLaren); 1776, Goodspeed (Chase; Hamlet, N.J. Shakespeare Festival (Laertes); Song of Singapore, Piper’s Alley, Chi. (Hans); A Christmas Carol, Indiana Repertory Theatre (3 seasons: Scrooge, Marley, Scrooge); The Herbal Bed, Indiana Rep (Goche). TV: 30 Rock; Ryan’s Hope 1980-82; One Life to Live; All My Children; Law & Order.

Erin Gann

(Alan King) Off-Broadway: The Aliens (Dir: Sam Gold; Rattlestick Theater Company), The Cherry Orchard (Dir: Scott Zigler; Atlantic Theater Company), Back From the Front (Dir: Giovanna Sardelli; NYC Fringe Festival), Apple Cove (Dir: Giovanna Sardelli; The LARK).  Regional: First Day (Dir: Sturgis Warner; The Kitchen Theater), The Persians (Dir: Ethan McSweeney; Shakespeare Theatre Co.), Romeo and Juliet (Rachel Kavanaugh; DC Shakespeare Theatre). FilmThe Hurt Locker (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow; Summit Entertainment).  TV:Law & Order (NBC). Training: Juilliard School of Drama

Allison Mack

(Edie King)
Finishing her role on Season 10 of The CW series Smallville, Allison Mack stars as “Chloe,” The Daily Planet’s eager journalist and longtime friend/confidante to Clark Kent.  She has also directed two episodes of the series.  Since beginning her career at age 4 in a commercial for German Chocolate, Mack has consistently worked in television and film.  She garnered much attention for her portrayal of a teenager who abuses and inflicts wounds to her wrist on 7th Heaven.  In the fall of 2000, she starred in The WB’s The Nightmare Room and The Opposite Sex and had a recurring role in Evening Shade. Mack also starred in Showtime’s critically-acclaimed feature My Horrible Year which was Eric Stoltz’s directorial debut.  Mack also starred in the Disney features Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, Camp Nowhere and voiced the character of “Tiffany Nickle” in Warner Brothers hit animated feature The Ant Bully. She made her NY theatre debut last year with The Westside Theatre production of Loss, Loss and What I Wore.

Dion Mucciacito

(Duke) Theatre credits include: The House of the Spirits, The Denver Center; The Sins of Sor Juana, The Goodman; Age of Iron, Classic Stage Company; Finn, Mabou Mines; Boleros for the Disenchanted, American Conservatory Theatre; The Vigil or the Guided Cradle, Impetuous Theatre Group. Film and TV Credits include NBC’s Law and Order. He also directed an experimental short film called No Se which was screened at the New York International Independent Film and Video festival. He studied film at University of California Santa Barbara and graduated from The Juilliard School’s Drama Division.

Kathy Searle

(Mary Hall) Off-Broadway: Perfect HarmonyMy First Time; The Awesome 80s Prom; Carrie; I Can Cry (NY Fringe Festival). TV: The upcoming ABC series Body of Proof; Law & Order; Gossip Girl; Lipstick Jungle; New Amsterdam; L & O: Criminal Intent; Hope & Faith; MTV’s Damage Control; As The World Turns; All My Children. Film: Meskada; The Good Guy; 3 Backyards; Confessions of a Shopaholic; Baby Mama; Being Michael Madsen; The Last International Playboy; peoples. Kathy can be seen and heard in numerous commercials and voiceovers, including the animated series Starveillance on E! Entertainment.  Many thanks to the cast and crew! Lots of love to my amazing family!! www.kathysearle.com

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Theater credits include Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louis Parker (PWH), Grey Gardens (PWH and Broadway), Walmartopia the musical, Knights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is This with Parker Posey at Playwrights Horizons.   She credits Lisa Donadio as co-casting director for Apple Cove .

Scott Bradley

(Scenery) – Recent designs: Incident At Vichy (The Beckett Theater), Eurydice (Second Stage), All My Sons and Prelude To A Kiss (both at The Huntington Theater), She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Theater), The Glass Menagerie (with Rita Moreno at Berkeley Rep), The Bluest Eye (Hartford Stage). Selected designs: August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Joe Turner’s Come And Gone (Broadway), The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci (Second Stage), Silk, and Journey To The West (the Goodman) written and directed by Mary Zimmerman.

Amy Clark

(Costumes) – Dramatis Personae, Cherry Lane; Dreams of the Washer, Cherry Lane; Taming of the Shrew, Hudson Valley Shakes; Love Song, Hudson Stage; Marrying Meg, The Theatre at St. Clements; Animals Out of Paper, Second Stage; All this Intimacy, Second Stage; Jayson with a Y, Lion, Theatre Row; Baby by Tere O’Conner, DTW; In Case You Forget, New York Stage and Film; Dangerous Beauty, New York Stage and Film; Choke by Tere O’Conner; Cinderella, a new musical, Lyric Stage. Amy is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829 and has an MFA from NYU Tisch School for the Arts.

Japhy Weideman

(Lights) – Recent designs: Tigers Be Still (Roundabout). Other New York: Public-NYSF, Lincoln Center, Labyrinth, Ma-Yi, Soho Rep, City Center, and Juilliard Opera Center. Regional: ACT, Berkeley Rep, Houston Grand Opera, Huntington, Kansas City Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, and Westport. International: West End, RSC-Stratford, Nederlandse Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, Epidaurus-Greece, LaScala, and Opéra de Lyon. Awards/Nominations: Drama Desks, Lortel, Hewes, Craig Noel Award, Bay Area Critics Award. www.japhyweideman.com

 

Bart Fasbender

(Sound) – Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Huck and Holden (Cherry Lane), All This Intimacy and Animals Out of Paper (Second Stage) dir. Giovanna Sardelli. Other NY: Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Primary Stages, The Atlantic, MTC, New Group, LAByrinth, The Play Company, P73, Les Freres, Juilliard, Fordham, SPF, NYMF, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick. Regional: Williamstown, Barrington Stage, NY Stage & Film, Philadelphia Stage, Yerba Buena PAC, Berkshire Theater Festival. underground International Tour, Screwtape Letters National Tour, Rash at Edinburgh Fringe.

Nicole Watson

(Assistant Director) Nicole Watson is a member of the WP Lab 2010-2012. She has a BA in history from Yale and an MA in interdisciplinary studies from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Credits include a workshop of Oyamo’s new musical White Hot Black Spice (New Dramatists, NYC)Deconstruction by Anne Phelan(Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn) Reverb by Radha Blank (The Fire This Time Festival) Traffic Jam,(Secret Theatre, NYC), One Minute-Play Festival (Here Arts Center, NYC), Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers (NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, NYC),Foreclosure (NYTE at the Access Theatre, NYC), David Hilder’s Just Exactly Like(The Flea, NYC),  Daniel McCoy’s Eli and Cheryl Jump (2009 Fringe Festival, NYC), Words, Words, Words and Time Flies, (Chelsea Rep Lab, NYC) The Snow Queen (Urban Stages on Tour, NYC), and The Fantastiks (The Cathedral School, NYC).

Elizabeth R. English

(Associate Producer) Elizabeth R. English is a member of the 2010-2012 WP Lab. Before coming to New York, Elizabeth has produced theater in Los Angeles, Chicago, and at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Recently she co-produced with award-winning LA based Rogue Artists Ensemble their workshop production ofHYPERBOLE: origins at the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival.   Her developmental production ofThe Exile of Petie DeLarge by Jennifer Barclay has been presented at Son of Semele Theater and REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles.  She worked with Big Dance Theater during their residency at the Getty Villa, and produced Silver Years of Dust, three shorter dance theater pieces by members of that company at Highways Performance Space.  In 2009 she produced Erik Ehn and Katie Shook’s object theater and multimedia adaptation of “Godzilla”, One Eye Gone, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She produced the Chicago premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s The Big Funk, nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards, and the Los Angeles premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist for Blank-the-Dog.  Elizabeth founded her own production company, A Collection of Shiny Objects, to explore alternative models for the development of theatrical and multidisciplinary live performance.  She has a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and an MFA in Producing from the California Institute of the Arts. www.collectshinyobjects.com.

Anne Bogart

(Director) – Anne Bogart is the Artistic Director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, La Dispute, Score, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, War of the Worlds—The Radio Play, Alice’s Adventures, Culture of Desire, Bob, Going, Going, Gone, Small Lives/Big Dreams, The Medium, Noel Coward’s Hay Fever and Private Lives, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, and Charles Mee’s Orestes. She is the author of three books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book and And Then, You Act.

Jocelyn Clark

 (Adaptation) – Jocelyn Clark is a freelance dramaturg and writer. He is a member of the artistic staff of the Sundance Theatre Lab and has taught dramaturgy at the Kennedy Center (D.C) and at Columbia University. He has written five plays for Anne Bogart and SITI Company – Bob, Alice’s Adventures, Room, Score and Antigone. Here You Are Human, his new project with the Tiger Lilies, premiered in the Archa Theatre in Prague in September.

Ellen Lauren

(Actor) – Associate artistic director for SITI. Company credits include: Under Construction, Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, Orestes, and American Document with Martha Graham Dance Co. National and international venues include: Bonn Germany, Iberoamericano Bogota, BAM Next Wave, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore Festivals; Wexner, Krannert and Walker Center for the Arts; In NY; Dance Theater Workshop, NYTW, CSC, Miller, Public, Joyce Theater. Regional credits with SITI include: San Jose Rep, ART Cambridge, Court Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville: (including Picnic, Adding Machine, Hay Fever, Miss Julie, Private Lives). Ongoing classes and residencies in the US and abroad over 18 years. Additional credits include The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins, New York City Opera -(Kosovar Award for Anna II) Marina, a Captive Spirit, all with Anne Bogart. Resident company member: StageWest, Mass., The Milwaukee Repertory, The Alley Theatre, Houston.  Associate artist for The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki; Venues include, Moscow Art Theatre, Toga Festival, Alexandrinksky Theatre, RSC, Theatre Olympics Athens and Shizuoka Japan, Buenos Aires Festival, Vienna Festival, Istanbul Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico Italy, Montpelier France, Hong Kong Festival. Ongoing faculty member: The Juilliard School of Drama; Associate Director Summer Training Program, Toga, Japan.  Fox Fellowship recipient for Distinguished Achievement 2008.

Kirsten Greenidge

(Playwright) is the author of the plays Bossa Nova (Yale Rep); The Luck of the Irish (Huntington Theatre Company); Rust (Magic Theatre); The Curious Walk of the Salamander, Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land (Actors Theatre of Louisville); 103 Within the Veil and The Gibson Girl (Company One, Moxie). She has developed her work at Sundance (Utah and Ucross), Magic Theatre, National New Play Network, Cardinal Stage, South Coast Repertory, Madison Rep, Page 73, Hourglass, Bay Area Playwrights, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, The Mark Taper Forum, A.S.K., The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, McCarter Theatre Center, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Moxie Theatre and New Georges. She is the recipient of a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellowship, an NEA/TCG residency at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and was recently Playwright-in-Residence at Company One. Ms. Greenidge has also received Sundance’s Time Warner Award for Bossa Nova. She attended Wesleyan University and The Playwright’s Workshop/University of Iowa and is a member of New Dramatists and Rhombus. Recipient of Aspen Theater Masters’ Visionary Playwright Award. (As of October 2011)

Rebecca Taichman

(Director): NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: LCT3: Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge; Playwrights’ Horizons: Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge ; Classic Stage Company: Orlando by Sarah Ruhl; Music Theater Group/Gotham Opera at John Jay: Dark Sisters music by Nico Muhly libretto by Stephen Karam (world premiere),; Orpheus by Telemann at New York City Opera; Second Stage: The Scene by Theresa Rebeck ; The Ohio Theatre: Menopausal Gentleman (Special Citation Obie Award/world premiere). Upcoming: Gotham Opera:Rappacinni’s Daughter. REGIONAL: Upcoming: Old Globe: Time and the Conways; Yale Repertory Theater & American Repertory Theater: Marie Antoinette (world premiere), by David Adjmi; La Jolla Playhouse; Sleeping Beauty Wakes , Milk Like Sugar (world premiere); Oregon Shakespeare Festival: She Loves Me; Shakespeare Theater Company:A Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play) & Taming of the Shrew; McCarter Theatre: A Winter’s TaleTwelfth NightSleeping Beauty Wakes book by Rachel Sheinken, music and lyrics by Groove Lilly; Woolly Mammoth: Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl (world premiere), The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play); Yale Repertory; The Evildoers by David Adjmi (world premiere), Iphigeneia at Aulis by Euripides; The Huntington: Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck (world Premiere); The Humana Festival: The Scene by Theresa Rebeck (world premiere); The Prince Music Theatre: The Green Violin by Elise Thoron with music by Frank London (2003 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical – world premiere); The Market Theater: Swimming in March by Kate Robin (world premiere); Curently co-creating new piece Vengeance in collaboration with Paula Vogel for OSF and Yale Repertory Theater (As of March 2013).

Cherise Booth

(Talisha) is thrilled to be making her Playwrights Horizons debut! Ms. Boothe was recently seen performing the role of Talisha in the World Premiere of Milk Like Sugar at La Jolla Playhouse. New York theater credits include Ruined (original cast: Goodman/Manhattan Theatre Club, Intiman/Geffen Playhouse; 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama); August Wilson’s 20th Century (Kennedy Center); Ohio State Murders (TFANA; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival); King Hedley II (Signature); A Christmas Carol (McCarter); The Blacks (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Huck & Holden (original cast: Cherry Lane); The Book Club Play, Insurrection: Holding History (BTF); Blues for an Alabama Sky (BTF/Actors Theatre). Film/TV: Inside Man (dir. Spike Lee), Then She Found Me (dir. Helen Hunt), The Wool Cap (w/Keke Palmer and William H. Macy), “Everyone’s Hero” (animation), “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Gossip Girl.” NYU Graduate Acting Program. (As of October 2011)

Angela Lewis

(Annie) is thrilled and honored to be the first to realize Annie in the World and New York Premieres of Milk Like Sugar. Her Off-Broadway credits include: Pidgeon (Ensemble Studio Theater); The Brother/Sister Plays and Unconditional (The Public Theater); Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons); The Tempest (Brave New World Theatre Company); Sand (Women’s Project); and Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre, Audelco Award Nomination, Best Lead Actress). Ms. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.F.A.) and a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company. (As of October 2011)

Nikiya Mathis

(Margie): Her recent credits include the World Premiere of The Brother/Sister Plays: Shun in In the Red and Brown Water and Shaunta Iyun in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (The Public Theater, McCarter Theatre); Maima in Eclipsed (McCarter Theatre, In Festival); Juliet/Tybalt/Benvolio in The Continuum Company’s Romeo and Juliet (Villa La Pietra, Italy); Latonya in Seed (Classical Theater of Harlem workshop); Maime in Intimate Apparel (Two River Theater); Laura in The Glass Menagerie (New Century Theater); Sliding into the Beast (Continuum Company). Ms. Mathis’s film credits include Compliance and Knucklehead. M.F.A. from NYU Graduate Acting Program. (As of November 2011)

LeRoy McClain

(Antwoine):  Broadway: Cymbeline, The History Boys. Selected Off-Broadway: Born Bad, Measure for Measure, Othello, The Good Negro, Oroonoko, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Huck & Holden and In Search of Stanley Hammer. International: Othello. Selected regional: August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Best Actor), Antony & Cleopatra, The Whipping Man, The Good Negro, Blue/Orange, Elmina’s Kitchen, Othello, Trouble in Mind, The Comedy of Errors, Rough Crossing, Richard II, Three Days of Rain, Private Eyes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Like Sun Fallin’ in the Mouth, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella and Twelfth Night. TV/Film: The Happy Sad, “Rubicon” (recurring), The Adjustment Bureau, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Guiding Light” (recurring), Breaking In, The Stage and After. Education: M.F.A. Yale School of Drama, Loyola Marymount University, Royal National Theatre Acting Studio (London). (As of October 2011)

J. Mallory-McCree

(Malik): Recent credits include: (Film) The Last Keepers, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Recreator (Cannes, 2011), White Sugar in a Black Pot, Real Talk; (TV) “Law & Order”; (Theatre) Samuel K. in Samuel J. & K. (Passage Theatre, NJ); Marcus in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Studio Theatre, DC); Victor Tate in Zooman and the Sign (Signature Theatre, NYC); Player in Colored People’s Time (Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC); Doey in The Etymology of Bird (Summerstage, NYC). Training under the artistic direction of the late Israel Hicks at Rutgers University, J. received his B.F.A. in Theatre Arts. He also received classical training at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England. Member of the Negro Ensemble Company. Many blessings to the cast and crew of Milk Like Sugar!  (As of September 2011)

Adrienne C. Moore

(Keera) is excited to be at PH for the first time. She recently starred as Angel Unaware in Daniel Beaty’s Tearing Down the Walls (Riverside Theatre). Other New York credits include Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Plays/365 Days (The Public Theatre); The 24 Hour Plays (Lucille Lortel); Hattie McDaniel in Opening (Sam French Festival; winner, Best Play); Countess of Rossillion in All’s Well That Ends Well; Mrs. Rummel in Pillars of Society; and Tituba in The Crucible. Regional credits include The Women + War Project (7 Stages Theatre). M.F.A., The New School for Drama. (As of October 2011)

Tonya Pinkins

(Myrna)  Broadway: Radio Golf; Caroline, or Change (Olivier, Tony Award nominations); The Wild Party; Play On (Tony nomination); Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Jelly’s Last Jam (Tony Award); Merrily We Roll Along. New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater: Caroline, or Change (Obie Award, Audelco Award); All’s Well That Ends Well; Measure for Measure; The Merry Wives of Windsor. TV/Film: “Army Wives,” “24,” Enchanted, “All My Children.” Next Fall, Ms. Pinkins will reunite with Play On playwright Cheryl West for Pullman Porter Blues at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Founder of The Actorprenuer Attitude, author of Get Over Yourself: How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve. (As of October 2011)

Charity Ballard

Playwright –  The Quiver of Children (Voice & Vision); The Deep Things of God; Muddy the Waters (Women’s Project); Tower In A Garden (Rising Circle); Pete the Girl (Rising Circle and Women Center Stage; Lark Theater Company); Herding Cats.  Screenplays: Little Strong Girl, The Great InActor Fantastic: Memoirs of a Blactress.  Affiliations: Women’s Project; SAG; AFTRA; Rising Circle.  TV / Stage: NYC – 22; Law & Order; Law & Order: SVU; Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Rescue Me; Guiding Light; Luminosity; Caesar and Cleopatra (Playmakers Rep.); Grace (Rising Circle).

Alexandra Collier

Playwright – is a writer from Australia, based in Brooklyn. Her plays have been developed at Sydney Theatre Company, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place. Recent work includes Underland (STC workshop and Page to Stage, Dixon Place), The Red Letterbox (Weasel Festival, East 13th St Theater), Holy Day (Telephone Festival, Overturn Theatre Ensemble) and Deathless (finalist in SheWrites, Synchronicity Theatre). MacDowell Fellow, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant, Dame Joan Sutherland Award. MFA playwriting, Brooklyn College. www.alexandracollier.com

Elizabeth R. English

Producer – is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Brooklyn based performance collective A Collection of Shiny Objects. Credits include Apple Cove (Associate Producer, Women’s Project), Darling (with A Collection of Shiny Objects at ANT Fest 2011, Ars Nova), The Exile of Petie DeLarge (REDCAT/NOWFest 2010), Silver Years of Dust (Highways Performance Space), One Eye Gone (Edinburgh Fringe 2009) and upcoming: Human Fruit Bowl by fellow Lab Member Andrea Kuchlewska (soloNOVA 2012, TerraNOVA Collective). MFA in Producing, California Institute of the Arts.

Jessi D. Hill

Director – is a freelance director and Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective in New York City.  Recent and upcoming new play projects include work at New York Theatre Workshop, Chicago Dramatists, Primary Stages, The New Group, Culture Project, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, Red Fern, New Georges, New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse and others. MFA Directing: Yale. SDC. Current and upcoming projects: www.jessidhill.com

Andrea Kuchlewska

Playwright – plays include Complete (FringeNYC & FringeNYC Encore Series), Human Fruit Bowl (soloNOVA Arts Festival; Prague Fringe Festival, winner Creative Award for best production; Amsterdam Fringe Festival; Hong Kong Microfest), among others. Andrea is a recipient of a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant as well as the Tournesol Residency for Emerging Playwrights and has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She is currently under commission at Women’s Project.

Dominique Morisseau

Playwright – Public Theater EWG alum, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop.   Upcoming:  Detroit ’67 (The Public Theater and Classical Theatre of Harlem), Sunset Baby (Gate Theater- London).  Previous credits include:  Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages; O’Neill), Paradise Blue (NYTW-workshop).  Awards:  Jane Chambers Honoree, two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, PONY prize (finalist), Princess Grace Award (2011 runner-up), and Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep.

Kristen Palmer

Playwright – Her plays include All the Girls Love Bobby Kennedy (Point of Contention Theatre), The Stray Dog (Rising Pheonix Rep), Local Story (Overlap Productions, Theatre of NOTE, Capital Fringe) and Departures, Something Decent (Blue Coyote).  Her awards include a Jerome Fellowship, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and Connecticut State Artist Grant.  Her plays have been developed with New Georges, Circle X Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Soho Rep, P73 and The Women’s Project.

Sarah Rasmussen

Director – Humana Ten-Minute Play Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Chile Pod (La Jolla Playhouse), Crashing the Party, 1001, Red Ink (Mixed Blood Theatre), The Little Prince, DNA, School for Devils (Hangar Theater/Lab).  Assistant Director: In the Next Room (Lincoln Center), Associate Director, A Time to Kill (Arena Stage).  SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, The O’Neill, PlayPenn, Playwrights’ Center.  2012 Princess Grace Award, Drama League Fellow, Fulbright.  Resident Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab.  MFA, UCSD.

Mia Rovegno

Director – has directed new work for Soho Rep, NYTW, The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, Partial Comfort, New Dramatists, Culture Project, The Flea, The Lark, Arena Stage, A.R.T. and others. Her plays have been developed by P73, New Georges and The Civilians. Recent credits: Good Goods (The O’Neill), The Tenant (Woodshed), Love in the Time of Channukah (Ars Nova), Edie and Alexander (Rising Phoenix). Drama League, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Lincoln Center Directors Lab Alum. MFA: Brown. Upcoming: Erik Ehn’s Burnt Umber (NYSAF/LaMaMa) and Alexandra Collier’s Underland.

Melisa Tien

Playwright – screenwriter, 2010-2012 WP Lab Member, affiliate of Rising Circle Theater Collective. Off-Off-Broadway: Refrain (POV Artists). Select new projects: Stageplay about African women’s soccer for which Tien traveled to Cameroon to conduct research; screenplay about a Spanish farmgirl who grows up to be a bullfighter. In development: Familium Vulgare (Rising Circle). Select past: Daughter of Heaven (Theater for the New City), Ginger (EST), The Hiding Place (Theater Masters). Works occasionally with the amazing 52nd Street Project. Stop by www.melisatien.com.

Nicole A. Watson

Director – is a freelance director and educator. Credits include Foreign Bodies (Women Center Stage Festival) Two Gentlemen of Verona )The 52nd Street Project) Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers (NYU-Tisch). Nicole was the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Awardand Nicole is a Co-founder and Curator of Working Theater Directors Salon, and a  member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. BA History, Yale. MA Interdisciplinary Studies, NYU.

Stephanie Ybarra

Lead Producer – Stephanie Ybarra is an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. Previously, she served as Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm. Other New York credits include The Brothers Size (2007 Under the Radar Festival), Billy Witch (Studio 42), One Night With Rael (Ars Nova ANTfest), Cherry Lane Theater’s Mentor Project, and INTAR Theater’s HPRL Writers Lab. She also serves as Casting Director for Two River Theater Company’s Crossing Borders Festival. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Stefanie Zadravec

Playwright – Stefanie is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.  Credits include: The Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre), Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J; Working Theater), Save Me (Phoenix Theatre) and The Fear Project (The Barrow Group).  Honey Brown Eyes received the Helen Hayes Award for outstanding new play. Stefanie has received fellowships from Playwrights Realm and  Dramatists Guild and commissions from Full Stage USA/OSF, The Working Theater, and Epic Theatre Ensemble. Upcoming: The Electric Baby (Two River Theater). Thanks WP Labstresses!

Annie Golden

(Marla) – considers herself the illegitimate child of the legitimate theatre having been discovered on the Bowery fronting a rock band and cast by Milos Forman as Jeannie in Hair, the 1978 film. She was last seen in The Shaggs, at Playwrights Horizons which was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for best musical. On Broadway and off she was seen in Xanadu and created the role of Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty; Sondheim’s original Squeaky Fromme in Assassins at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Jerry Zaks; Ah! Wilderness with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards; On The TownLittle Shop of Horrors as Audrey. Film: Hair; I Love You, Phillip Morris!; Adventures of Power; Twelve Monkeys; Baby Boom; Brooklyn Rules; The Pebble and The Penguin. On the small screen: NYC 22; Law & Order SVU; Law & Order; Cheers; Miami Vice; Third Watch. Visit her facebook fan page to keep up on her progress!

Amber Gray

(Simi) –  Recent credits include Mission Drift (The TEAM.  2012 Drama League Nominee for Distinguished Production of a Musical), All Hands (Hoi Polloi), Eager to Lose (Ars Nova), Sex on Sunday (BE Company), Banished Children of Eve (Irish Rep), The Octoroon (PS122), and ongoing shows with Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping. TV/Film: The Burg, Law and Order: SVU, Roger the Chicken, Herkimer Dufrayne, Sissypants, The Weekend, What Would Jesus Buy?  Training: MFA NYU Graduate Acting.

Alexandra Henrikson

(Provocatrix) – previous credits include Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance Theater), Candida* and Taming of the Shrew (California Shakespeare Theater-*Bay Area Critic’s Circle Nomination), Hell House (St Ann’s Warehouse), The Maids (Impure Artists), Fly By Night (Yale Cabaret/ArsNova). She is a founding member of the Good Belly Theater Collective. MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Irene Sofia Lucio

(Susan) –  Previous credits include: Wit (MTC), Estrella Cruz the Junkyard Queen (Ars Nova), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep), Master Builder (Yale Rep), After the Revolution and Golden Gate (Williamstown Theater Festival), Amadeus (Chautauqua Theater Company). TV/Film Credits: Gossip Girl, Casi Casi (HBO Latino). She is a graduate from Princeton University and the Yale School of Drama.

Erika Rolfsrud

(Lisa) Previous Credits include: on Broadway, The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center), Exit The KingRabbit Hole (MTC); Off Broadway, Electra In A One-Piece(Good Company), Misalliance (The Pearl), Love’s Fire (The Public/Acting Company),The Glory Of Living (MCC), and more; regionally, The Game’s Afoot (Ken Ludwig World Premiere-Cleveland Playhouse), Little Dog Laughed (Repertory Theatre of St Louis-Best Actress, Kevin Kline Award), etc.; on tv,  NYC 22Law & Order, etc.www.erikarolfsrud.com.

Jennifer Moeller

Set Design – Credits include: Crooked and costumes for Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project), The How & the Why (McCarter), Happy Now? (Primary Stages), Venus in Fur (Studio Theatre), Merchant of VeniceRichard IIRomeo & Juliet, Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Tamburlaine, and Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Sacrifices (Summer Play Festival), Dance of the Holy Ghost  (Yale Repertory Theatre), Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Waiting for Godot (Berkshire Theatre Festival).

Moria Sine Clinton

Costume Design – Named in this year’s LIVE DESIGN Magazine as “A Young Designer to Watch.” Recent credits: La Finta GiardinieraDown In The Valley (The Juilliard School) Crashing the Party(Mixed Blood) Brundibar (Palm Beach Opera) Hamlet Redux (Asolo Repertory) Crane Story (Playwrights Realm) Boeing, Boeing, Neighborhood 3, and The Betrothed (Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theatre) Notes From Underground, (La Jolla Playhouse, Theatre for New Audiences, Yale Repertory Theatre) 99 Ways to F**k a Swan (Playmakers Repertory-UNC) Electra In A One-Piece (Wild Project) Uncle Vanya, Duchess of Malfi, Woyzeck, and Much Ado About Nothing (Brown/Trinity Rep) Stairs to the Roof (A.R.T. Institute). Graduate of The Yale School of Drama. Info at: www.moriaclinton.com

Scott Bolman

Light Design – Recent credits include Brooklyn Village (Roulette), Song from the Uproar (The Kitchen), Brooklyn Babylon (BAM), Shen Wei’s Q Confucius performance (Rockbund Museum, Shanghai),West Side Story (El Paso Opera) and Sty of the Blind Pig and The Understudy (Theaterworks Hartford). Upcoming projects include Robert Wilson’s Odyssey (National Theater of Greece) and Clementine Hunter(Peak Performances). Scott teaches at Brown University and is a founding member of Wingspace Design Collective.

Stowe Nelson

Sound Design – Previous credits include: Cafe Variations (SITI Company/ArtsEmerson), Samuel & Alasdair (Mad Ones/New Ohio), The Ding Dongs (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), Honus & Me (Totem Pole Playhouse), The Tremendous Tremendous (Mad Ones/The Brick).  Stowe’s design for Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War won the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Sound Design.

DANIELLA TOPOL

(Director) For Women’s Project: Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something (in partnership with Cherry Lane), Trista Baldwin’s Sand. Upcoming; Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre, SF), Stefanie Zadravec’s Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre, PA). Recent productions include: Catherine Treischmann’s How The World Began (South Coast Rep in association with WP), Carla Ching’sSugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theatre), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 (Theatre J, DC), Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End (Epic Theatre), Susan Bernfield’s Stretch:  A Fantasia(People’s Light and Theatre Company), Caridad Svich’s Instructions For Breathing (Passage Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges), Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard’s Pool Boy (Barrington Stage)and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Daniella has been the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center and the New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect, an EST Member, a member of the Lark’s Artistic Cabinet and Board of Directors and is a WP Lab alum.

HEIDI SCHRECK

(Susan Pierce) – New York City: Circle Mirror Transformation(Playwrights Horizons; 2010 Theatre World Award, OBIE Award for Ensemble, and Drama Desk Award for ensemble), The Language Archive (The Roundabout), Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (Two-Headed Calf at HERE, OBIE Award for performance); and productions with Target Margin, The Foundry, Clubbed Thumb, 13P, The Talking Band, and SPF. RegionalThe world premiere of In the Wake (Center Theatre Group; Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Top Ten performances of 2010, L.A. Times), The Old Masters at Long Wharf, and plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Empty Space, Bay Street Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Sundance Theatre Lab, On the Boards, Printer’s Devil Theatre in Seattle, and Theater of War in Japan. Film/TV: The Good WifeLaw & Order: SVUHedda Gabler, Perfidia. As a playwright, Heidi’s work has been produced by Rattlestick, New Georges, Printer’s Devil, On The Boards, and Page 73; and published by Samuel French, the New York Theatre Review and Rain City Press.

JUSTIN KRUGER

(Micah Staab) recently graduated from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts with a BFA in acting and is excited to be making his New York debut with Women’s Project. Regional:Twelfth Night as Valentine/Fabian (Westport Country Playhouse directed by Mark Lamos), The Odd Ball as Rick (Mile Square Theater). Favorite MGSA Credits include Marat/Sade as Duperret (Directed by Anders Cato), The Hostage as Leslie (Directed by Sue Lawless) and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe/Sam Wanamaker Festival).

CLINT RAMOS

(Scenery & Costumes) – WP: Sand, Transfigures. NY: Public Theater, Second Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Theater, Mint, Red Bull, Juilliard, Clubbed Thumb, Ma-Yi, Naatco, New Georges, PS122, HERE, others. REGIONAL : Alliance, Guthrie, La Jolla, OSF, CalShakes, ART, Williamstown, Denver Center Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Asolo, Kansas City Rep, Merrimack Rep, Chautauqua, Opera Boston, Opera Theater of St. Louis, many others. INTERNATIONAL: Rijksteatern (Stockholm), Thalia (Bucharest), Teatro Pilipino (Manila), Barbican (London), Kanon (St. Petersburg), O’Reilly (Dublin) HONORS: TDF Irene Sharaff, 2 ATW Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Award nom, NYTW Design Fellowship, Audelco, IRNE, Elliot Norton. UPCOMING: When The Rain Stops Falling (LCT, directed by David Cromer), Ruined (Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

BRIAN H SCOTT

(Lights) – With SITI Company: American Document, Antigone, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica (2004 Henry Hewes Design Award), systems/layers, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play.  With Rude Mechanicals: The Method Gun, Lipstick Traces, Big Love, Cherrywood, Matchplay. Classic Stage Company: The Age of Iron, Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III, The Tempest.  With Playwrights Horizons: Dead Man’s Cell Phone.  With NYTW: Songs From an Unmade Bed.

DARRON L WEST

(Sound) – is an award winning sound designer whose work for theater and dance has been heard in over 500 productions nationally and internationally, on Broadway and off. His accolades for sound design include the 2010 Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, the 2006 Lucille Lortel and AUDELCO Awards, the 2004 and 2005 Henry Hewes Design Award, the Princess Grace, The Village Voice OBIE Award, and the Entertainment Design Magazine EDDY Award. Sound designer and founding member of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. Former Resident Sound Designer Actors Theater of Louisville and the Williamstown Theater Festival.

ALAINE ALLDAFFER

(Casting Director) is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Theater credits includeDeadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louis Parker (PH), Grey Gardens (PH and Broadway), Walmartopia the musicalKnights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is This with Parker Posey at Playwrights Horizons.   She credits Lisa Donadio as co-casting director for How the World Began.

JESSI HILL

(Assistant Director) is a member of the WP Lab 2010-2012. Recent credits include:  Sladjana Vujovic’s The Tender Mercies (One Year Lease at Teatro Circulo, NYC), Mia McCullough’s Lucinda’s Bed(Chicago Dramatists), Alena Smith’sIt or Her (soloNOVA Arts Festival at PS122, Berkshire Fringe Festival, 2010 Frigid Festival Audience Choice Award, NYC) Jeff Grow’sCreating Illusion (terraNOVA Collective, 2 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, NYC),Johnna Adams’ Angel Eaters (Flux Theatre Ensemble, 6 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations, NYC), The Children’s Hour (Astoria Performing Arts Center, NYC), as well as many new plays in development at The New Group, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, Red Fern, Diverse City, among others.   She has recently been Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company, a Director-in-Residence at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a guest director at Fordham, NYU/Strasberg, NYU/Tisch and Long Island University.  Jessi is a transplant to NYC from Chicago where she lived for eight years working as a freelance director and Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre, an ensemble based company dedicated to developing and producing new plays. She is currently Director of terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers new play development program and an Affiliated Artist of New Georges.  Jessi is a recipient of the Denham Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and was recently named a finalist for the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Visit www.jessidhill.com.

LAURA MARKS

(Playwright) is a recent graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program, an alumna of the Public Theater’s 2011 Emerging Writers Group, and a new member of New Dramatists.  Her play about the foreclosure crisis, Bethany, won the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers as well as Synchronicity Theatre’s SheWrites award, was published in Methuen’s American Next Wave anthology in the UK, and was chosen by John Guare as runner-up for Yale’s David C. Horn Prize.  Bethany and her other plays, Mine and Gather at the River, have had readings or workshops at the Public Theater, Juilliard, the Women’s Project, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf, the Black Dahlia, the Wilma Theater, HighTide Festival Theatre (UK), the Lark, Naked Angels, Partial Comfort et al. Ms. Marks grew up in Kentucky, attended Boston University, Indiana University and the BMI Lehman Engel Composer/ Lyricist Workshop, and currently holds a new play commission from South Coast Repertory. 

GAYE TAYLOR UPCHURCH

(Director) Credits include: Off-Broadway: Simon Stephens’ American premiere of Bluebirdwith Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater); Simon Stephens’ Harper Reganwith Mary McCann (Atlantic Theater). NYC: Susan Mosakowski’s Escape (La Mama); Patrick Huguenin’s Paper Dolls(NY Fringe; Outstanding Ensemble Award); Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels(Lincoln Center Institute); Charles Forbes’ minor gods (SPF). She has developed new work at New Dramatists, NY Stage & Film, The Kennedy Center, Dixon Place, Playwright’s Center, LCT Director’s Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She worked with Sam Mendes as Associate Director on The Bridge Project productions of Cherry Orchard, Winter’s Tale, Tempest, andAs You Like It (BAM/Old Vic/international tour). GT is an alumna of UNC School of the Arts, Women’s Project Directors Lab, and The Drama League.

EMILY ACKERMAN

(Shannon) This Beautiful City (Vineyard, Humana 2008, Studio, Center Theatre Group), Gone Missing (Barrow Street, ATL, Cast Album), Stray (Cherry Lane), Precious Little (Clubbed Thumb), Well (as Lisa Kron, Arena), The Constant Wife (American Conservatory Theatre & Seattle Rep), Ghosts (Berkeley Rep), The Seagull, Twelfth Night, Love’s Labours Lost, (California Shakespeare Theater), Clean Alternatives (59E59th/Edinburgh, Fringe First Award), The People’s Temple (Perseverance), St. Joan, The Entertainer, The Weir (Aurora Theatre Company). Upcoming Film: Bert & Arnie’s Guide to Friendship. Co-author of ReEntry (Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Roundhouse, Segerstrom Center, Urban Stages, Two River Theater. Published by Playscripts). Associate Artist, The Civilians.

AMERICA FERRERA

(Crystal) is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty. This breakthrough role has earned Ferrera an Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards.

Ferrera recently wrapped production on Diego Luna’s biography, Chavez, which centers on the civil-rights activist and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Portraying his wife, “Helen Chavez,” Ferrera stars opposite Michael Peña and alongside an impressive cast including Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann.

Ferrera can currently be seen in David Ayer’s crime thriller, End of Watch, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Michael Peña, and Cody Horn. The film is set to release September 21st. Also this fall, Ferrera is set to appear in Todd Berger’s comedy It’s a Disaster opposite Julia Stiles and David Cross. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.

In addition to her fall film lineup, Ferrera participated in Half The Sky, the four-hour television series for PBS. The series, which was shot in 10 under-privileged countries, delivered audiences with an intimate and dramatic portrayal of the women and young girls in the world that live under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Ferrera joined reporter Nicholas Kristof, and actresses Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, in an inspiring program that captivated the struggling and empowering stories of females fighting for change. The series premiered on October 1st and 2nd.

In tandem with her work on the series, Ferrera is currently serving as ambassador on a campaign called, “America4America” joining Voto Latino, the leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign aims to reach people across the country by using online content to engage in conversations with the actress and discusses issues related to voter id laws, education, and immigration. Ferrera will be the face of the initiative for the upcoming 2012 election.

The actress recently starred as “Roxie Hart” in the West End production of the hit musical Chicago for an eight week run that started last November. Ferrera was also recently seen in a recurring role on the second season of the CBS hit series The Good Wife, in which she played an illegal, nanny and object of Eli’s (Alan Cumming) affection.

Prior to this, Ferrera was seen in Ryan Piers Williams’ The Dry Land opposite Melissa Leo and Jason Ritter. Ferrera also executive produced the film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won Best International Film at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was released by Maya Entertainment.

Other feature film work includes Fox Searchlights’ Our Family Wedding, Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon and Warner Bros.’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, the sequel to the 2005 original. She also starred in the bilingual independent film Towards Darkness, which she executive produced, and Fox Searchlight’s independent film Under The Same Moon. Additional credits include the Brian Jun film Steel City, Catherine Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown, and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival entry How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer. America also appeared off-Broadway in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, directed by Trip Cullman.

Ferrera first secured her place as one of Hollywood’s most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves. Her performance earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.

(Ferrera photo by Yu Tsai.)

KEN MARKS

(Charlie) Broadway: Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa (American cast), Arthur Miller’s After the Fall, Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, the last Wilbur Turnblad standing in Hairspray, Bill Austin in Mamma Mia! (original cast), Spring Awakening, Present Laughter.  Recently he originated the role of Uncle Ben in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.  Off-Broadway: Editor Webb in David Cromer’s Our Town (original cast, Barrow Street), Laurence Olivier in Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street), Stuff Happens (Public Theater, Drama Desk for Best Ensemble), Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day (Public), The Internationalist (Vineyard), Little Fish (Second Stage), When They Speak of Rita (Primary Stages), Bright Lights, Big City (NYTW), Henry V (NYSF). Regional: Long Wharf, ACT, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, McCarter, Mark Taper, Actors Theatre of Louisville and many others. TV/Film: The Wackness, Bitter Pill, Henry’s Crime, Step Up 3D, “Royal Pains,” “Life on Mars,” “Elementary,” “New Amsterdam,” “Third Watch,” several “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU”. Bay Area Critics Circle Award, Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists.

TOBIAS SEGAL

(Gary) made his Broadway debut playing “James” in The Miracle Worker. Previously at Women’s Project, he performed in Kathryn Walat’s Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen. He has also played roles in The Cherry Orchard and A Winter’s Tale in Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project (BAM, Old Vic, European and Asian Tour.) Off Broadway Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for From Up Here (MTC); also credits from Playwrights, Atlantic and Second Stage.  Film and television: R.I.P.D, Men In Black 3, Petunia, Fringe, Body Of Proof, Golden Boy, Law & Order SVU.

MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR

(Toni) Broadway: Nine (Tony Award, Best Revival 2003), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of A Death Foretold, MuleBone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, Crazy Mary, Fabulation (Playwright’s Horizons). National Tour: Wicked (Madame Morrible); Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mary (World Premiere at the Goodman), Going to St. Ives (Barrington Stage), The Old Settler (World Premiere at the McCarter and Long Wharf). International: The Colored Museum (West End), A Winter’s Tale, Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company). TV: “The Big C”, all three “Law & Order” series.  Film: “Mega-Tsunami” (Upcoming), “Silver Tongues”, “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”, “Changing Lanes”.  Myra is a Fox Fellow.

LAUREN HELPERN

(Scenic Design) Current and upcoming NYC: Hit the Wall (Barrow Street), Totally Tubular Time Machine (Culture Club). NYC:  4000 Miles (LCT3/Lortel Award, LCT), Disgraced (LCT3), Bad Jews (Roundabout Underground), The Best of Everything (HERE), Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theater Company), Escape (La MaMa), Desperate Writers (Union Square), BUG (Barrow Street, Obie Award), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), Four (MTC), The Irish Curse and Underneath the Lintel (Soho Playhouse), Oliver Parker! (stageFARM at Cherry Lane), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (3LD, Hewes nomination), The Amish Project (Rattlestick, regional, tour), None of the Above (New Georges, Hewes Nomination), and the Broadway production of Voices in the Dark. Regional: Blue Man Group/Live at Luxor (Eddy Award), Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Prince Music Theater, Theater J, Anchorage Opera, among others.  Lauren is a member of New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet and a partner in the design firm Luce Group.

SARAH J. HOLDEN

(Costume Design) Recent productions include:   Doug McGrath’s Checkers (Vineyard Theatre, NYC), Simon Stephen’s Harper Regan (Atlantic Theater, NYC), Susan Mosakowski’s Escape (LaMama, NYC), Simon Stephen’s Bluebird (Atlantic Theater, NYC), Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July (Williamstown Theatre Festival, MA & Bay St. Theatre, NY), Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty (Broadway production &  MCC Theatre, NY), Alexander Dinelaris’s Still Life (MCC Theatre), and Robert Altman’s Tanner on Tanner (Sundance Channel).

MARK BARTON

(Lighting Design) Off-Broadway: Bad Jews, Look Back In Anger (Roundabout); Detroit, The Big Meal, Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons); Uncle Vayna, Elective Affinities (Soho Rep); The Select, The Sound & The Fury, Gatz (Elevator Repair Service); February House, Titus Andronicus (Public); Notes From Underground, Chair (Theater for a New Audience); The Shipment; Church (Young Jean Lee); No Child. (Epic Theater Ensemble/Barrow Street); Thom Pain (DR2).  Other New York: Target Margin; New Georges; Clubbed Thumb; P.S.122; Signature Theater. Regional: A.R.T.; La Jolla Playhouse; Yale Rep; Perseverance Theater; Long Wharf; South Coast Rep; Berkeley Rep; Syracuse Stage; Asolo Rep. Many productions with Curtis Opera Theater, Philadelphia. 2012 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

LEON ROTHENBERG

(Sound Design) – Broadway: The Heiress, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Nom), Impressionism. Select New York: This Is Fiction (Cherry Lane), February House (Long Wharf, Public), Waiting For Lefty (Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute), Fall For Dance 2008-2012 and Grand Re-Opening Gala (New York City Center), Timon Of Athens (Public), Play Dead (Players Theater), On The Levee (LCT3), Heading East (Asia Society in New York), Encores!: Anyone Can Whistle (New York City Center). Select Regional and International: A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theater), Pullman Porter Blues (Arena, Seattle Rep), All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theater), Jitney (Two Rivers), Daibolidad (National Theater of Cyprus), Some Lovers (Old Globe), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter, La Jolla), Woyzeck (Oracle Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla). klaxson.net

ELFRIEDE JELINEK

(Playwright) who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, screenplays and opera librettos. Her awards include the Georg Büchner Prize and the Franz Kafka Prize for Literature. In 2004 she was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Click here for a recent and rare interview with Elfriede Jelinek.

GITTA HONEGGER

(Translator) is professor of theatre at the Arizona State University. For ten years she was resident dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed, and a professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama. She was an early member of the Women’s Project. In addition to Jackie, Honegger has translated Elfriede Jelinek’s recent performance texts Rechnitz and The Merchant’s Contracts, which will be published in the spring 2013 by Seagull Press, Totenauberg (Death/Valley/Mountain), Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Currently, she is finishing her translation of Jelinek’s opus magnum, the 666 page novel “The Children of the Dead” and a biography of Helene Weigel: “Frau Brecht,” for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of the biography “Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian” and the translator of plays by Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Marieluise Fleisser Elias Canetti, among others.

TEA ALAGIC

(Director) is an alumna of the WP Lab and previously directed Saviana Stanescu’s Aliens With Extraordinary Skills at Women’s Project. Recent work includes: Man Of La Mancha (Burning Coal Theatre Company, Raleigh), Lidless by Frances Ya –Chu Cowhig (Walkerspace, Page 73,NYC), Waking Up by Cori Thomas (EST, NYC); Anonymous by Naomi Iizuka (Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque); The Marriage Of Maria Braun by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (ZKM, Croatia); Binibon by Jack Womack and Elliot Sharp (The Kitchen, NYC); and Events with Life’s Leftovers by Alberto Villarreal Diaz (Dramafest, Mexico City). She directed the world premiere of The Brothers Size by Tarell McCraney at The Public Theater, NYC, and later productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, and The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Ms. Alagic holds a BFA in acting from The Charles University in Prague and an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.  “Director Tea Alagic, who debuted Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, knows how to invest even ordinary speech with the force of ritual” – Village Voice. Visit www.TeaAlagic.com.

TINA BENKO

(Jackie) recently played the title role in Toni Morrison’s play Desdemona directed by Peter Sellars at the Barbican Theatre in London. Other theatre credits include Katori Hall’s Whaddaboodclot!! at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Little Foxes and Restoration at New York Theatre Workshop, Marie and Bruce at The New Group, Age of Iron and The False Servant at Classic Stage Company, Ten High at EST, and Rough Sketch at 59 East 59. TV and film includes Admission, The Contest, The Avengers, Lucky Days, Photo-Op, Royal Pains, Unforgettable, and three seasons on the Showtime series Brotherhood.

MARSHA GINSBERG

(Scenic Design) At Women’s Project Theater: Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something. Recent Theater: Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop); Habit, by David Levine (PS122/FIAF at Essex Street Market, Luminato Fesitval, Mass MOCA); Our Class, (Wilma Theater); Er nichts als er (zu mit Robert Walser), Jelinek (Meetfactory, Prague); Map of Virtue, 13P @ NYTW; Blue Flower (American Repertory Theater, Elliot Norton Design Award). Telephone (Foundry Theater) Kafeneion (Athens/Epidaurus Festival). Recent Opera: Powder Her Face, by Thomas Ades (New York City Opera at BAM); Phaeton, Saarlandisches Staatstheater, Saarbruecken; Ariadne Auf Naxos, Opera National de Bordeaux; Methusalem Project, Nationaltheater Weimar; Proserpina, Wolfgang Rihm (Spoleto Festival USA)  Grants: NEA/TCG Career Design Fellowship; MacDowell Colony Fellowships; Watermill Center Residencies; Ed: MFA NYU Tisch, Visual Arts at Whitney Independent Study Program; BFA Cooper Union. Upcoming: Smokefall, (South Coast Rep); Nikolai and the Others, Mitzi Newhouse, LCT; Somewhere Fun, (Vineyard Theater).

SUSAN HILFERTY

(Costume Design) [Broadway] Wicked (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards and Olivier nom), Annie, Road to Mecca, Spring Awakening (Tony nom), Radio Golf, Lestat (Tony nom), Assassins, Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk noms; Hewes Award), Wonderland. [Off Broadway] If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Jitney, Conversations in Tusculum. [Regional] Manon (LA Opera). [International] Manon (Berlin Staatsoper). [Awards] Obie (Sustained Excellence in Design), Ruth Morley Design Award (League of Professional Theatre Women). [Education] Chair, Department of Design for Stage and Film, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

BRIAN H SCOTT

(Lighting Design) At Women’s Project Theater:  How The World Began and Freshwater. As a SITI Company member and has designed lighting for Cafe Variations (Emerson College, Boston), Trojan Women (Getty Villa), American Document (Martha Graham company), Under Construction, WhoDoYouThinkYouAre, Hotel Cassioepia, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica (Henry Hewes Design Award 2004), War of the Worlds Radio Play.  He is currently working on designinglight for Ann Hamilton: The Event of a Thread (Park Avenue Armory).  Recently he designedlighting or Death Tax (Actors Theatre Louisville),  Dead Man’s Cellphone (Playwright’s Horizon), The Importance of Being Earnest (Arena Stage). As a member of Austin based Rude Mechanicals, he has designed numerous productions including Method Gun, Now Now Oh Now, I’ve Never Been So Happy, How Late It Was How LateLipstick Traces, Requium for Tesla, and Matchplay.

JANE SHAW

(Composer, Sound Design) At Women’s Project Theater: Crooked and Wapato. Recent productions include: Food and Fadwa and Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop), Breath and Imagination (Hartford Stage), Katie Roche (Mint), Figaro (Pearl),The Catch (Denver Center, Henry Award), In the Next Room…or the vibrator play (Cleveland Playhouse), Red (Maltz Jupiter, Asolo Rep), En el tiempo de las mariposas (Premios Ace 2012 award, Repertorio Español), and co-composed Murakami’s Windup Bird with Bora Yoon,  Edinburgh International Festival.  Regional: City Theater (Pittsburgh), Yale Repertory, Williamstown Theater Festival, Dorset Theater Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre.  Recipient:  NEA-TCG Career Development Grant, Meet the Composer, Bessie (2010, Big Dance Theater), Lortel nomination (Mint).  Graduate:  Harvard, Yale School of Drama.

Allison Moore

(Playwright) Recent productions include Collapse – 2011-12 NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Aurora Theater (Berkeley), Curious Theater (Denver) and Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas), with additional productions at Theater B (Sacramento), Third Rail Rep (Portland, OR) and Know Theater (Cincinnati). Other work includes The End – “Apocalypse Apartments” (2011 Humana Festival Anthology Project), My Antonia (Illusion Theater, adapted from the Willa Cather novel), Slasher (2009 Humana Festival), End Times (Kitchen Dog Theater), American Klepto (Illusion Theater), Split (Guthrie Theater commission), Hazard County (2005 Humana Festival), Urgent Fury (Cherry Lane Mentor Project) and Eighteen (O’Neill Playwrights Conference). Allison is the recipient of two Jerome Fellowships, two McKnight Advancement Grants and the Bust Artist Fellowship. She holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University and an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She is a company member of Kitchen Dog Theater, and a member of the WGA.

Jackson Gay

(Director) Upcoming: Workshop of new musical Her Lightness by David Nugent (Yale Rep); Rolin Jones’ The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company); Allison Moore’s Collapse (Women’s Project); Bess Wohl’s Barcelona (People’s Light). Recent credits: As You Like It (Chautauqua Theater Company); 3C by David Adjmi (Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix/piece by piece); A Little Journey, 2012 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play (The Mint); Red (Alley Theatre); Fallow by Ken Lin (People’s Light and Ojai Playwrights Conference). Currently producing the new musical First Lady of Christmas by Cheri Magid (Book/ Lyrics) with music by Evan Palazzo of The Hot Sardines (http://vimeo.com/33028083); August: Osage County by Tracy Letts and Kenneth Lin’s Intelligence-Slave (Alley Theatre); Sam Mark’s Light Years to the Delling Shore (2011 Sundance Theater Institute at Banff, Canada); David Adjmi’s 3C for Superlab (Playwrights Horizons/ Clubbed Thumb); Punk Princess at NYMF (book/lyrics Yasmine Lever/ music Stew and Heidi Rodewald); Lucy Thurber’s Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), where she previously directed Kia Corthron’s Master Disaster and Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Pulitzer Prize finalist); Yale Drama Series presentation of Shannon Murdoch’s New Light Shine (Yale Rep); The Danger of Bleeding Brown by Enrique Urueta (Latino Mix-Fest Atlantic Theater); And When We Awoke There Was Light and Light by Laura Jacqmin (Cape Cod Theater Project); Lisa Dillman’s American Wee-Pie (PlayPenn); Jason Grote’s Box Americana (Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference); Len, Asleep in Vinyl, by Carly Mensch (Second Stage/Juilliard); 10 things to do before I die, by Zakiyyah Alexander (Second Stage Uptown); Collaboration with lighting designer Jennifer Tipton on The Glass Menagerie for the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process; Best Production Connecticut Critic’s Award The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Yale Rep. Jackson is on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and Primary Stages ESPA School of Theater. She is the recipient of the Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Williamstown Theater Festival Directing Fellowship and the Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Fellowship. University of the Arts Silver Star Distinguished Alumni Award. BFA Acting University of the Arts. MFA Directing Yale School of Drama. Jackson is from Sugar Land, Texas.

Nadia Bowers

(Susan) Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention (by Aaron Sorkin, dir. Des McAnuff), Doubt, Metamorphoses. Off-Broadway: most recently, The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova). Wildflower (Second Stage); Julius Caesar (The Public Theater, NYSF); Dog and Wolf (59 E. 59th St.); Romania, Kiss Me! (Play Co.); Eyes of the Heart (NAATCO); Tempest Tossed (a 3-person Tempest, Continuum Company), In Your Shoes (original solo show, NYC Fringe Festival). Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab @ Banff, Circle Mirror Transformation (Huntington Theatre Company); Tartuffe (Westport Playhouse), Crimes of the Heart (Open Fist-LA; Scenie Award “Best Actress in a Comedy”); Boston Marriage, Blood Wedding (Guthrie Theater); Tartuffe (La Jolla Playhouse); Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Othello (Elm Shakespeare). Film/TV: Non-Stop, Little Ones; “NCIS,” every incarnation of “Law & Order,” “The Young and the Restless,” “As The World Turns,” B.A: Dartmouth College Sociology/French. M.F.A: NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.www.nadiabowers.com

Hannah Cabell

(Hannah) Broadway: A Man for All Seasons (Roundabout). Off-Broadway:  3C (Rattlestick), Compulsion (The Public Theater), Zero Hour (13P),
Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), Jane Eyre (The Acting Company), Millicent Scowlworthy (SPF), Gentleman Caller (Clubbed Thumb), Mark Smith (13P). REGIONAL/
INTERNATIONAL: World premieres of Marie Antoinette (ART and Yale Repertory Theater), Compulsion (Yale Repertory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater; BACCA nom), and Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Three Sisters (Cincinnati Playhouse); As You Like It (Continuum Company, Florence); world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Berkeley Rep; BACCA nom); Sedition and Mary’s Wedding (Westport Country Playhouse). TV/INTERACTIVE: Law & Order: CI, Homefront, Grand Theft Auto. Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting. Recent recipient of the Annenberg Fellowship for the Arts.

MAURICE MCRAE

(Ted) Off-Wild With Happy as Mo’/Elder Bovane (The Public Theatre / Sundance Theatre Lab);  Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as Levee (Baltimore Centerstage& Philadelphia Theatre Company); Marcus Or the Secret of Sweet (City Theatre of Pittsburgh); The Piano Lesson as Lymon (Hayworth Theatre, Los Angeles). Television: 24 (Fox) and Guiding Light (CBS). Training: MFA, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and BA, Morehouse College.

ELLIOT VILLAR

(David) NY credits include War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater); After the Revolution (Playwrights Horizons); The Age of Iron(CSC); Coraline (MCC); The Brothers Size (The Public); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NYSF); Jump (Under the Radar – The Public).   Regionally he has worked at Williamstown, The Huntington, The Studio, Yale Rep, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company.  His Film and Television credits include The Rebound, Two Lovers, “Mercy,” “Law & Order,” “The Beautiful Life,” “The Return of Jezebel James.”  Elliot is a graduate of Vassar College (AB) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA) where he was the recipient of The Oliver Thorndike Acting Award.

LEE SAVAGE

(Scenic Design). His New York credits include Rx (Primary Stages); All-American (LCT3); The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days (Roundabout Underground); Oohrah!  (Atlantic Theater Company); The Bereaved ( Partial Comfort); punkplay (Clubbed Thumb) and End Days ( EST). His work has appeared regionally at the Alliance Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, Glimmerglass Festival, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Two River Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Wilma Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre. Mr. Savage’s awards include a Helen Hayes Award for Much Ado About Nothing, a Helen Hayes Award nomination for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III and a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. He is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where he is currently on the faculty.

OANA BOTEZ

(Costume Design) a native of Romania, has designed for major theater, opera and dance companies including The National Theater of Bucharest and was involved in different international theater festivals such as the Quadrennial Scenography Show  in Prague. Oana is part of the first Romanian theater design catalogue, Scenografica. Since 1999, when she moved to New York , her collaborations in theater, opera, film and dance include Robert Woodruff,  Richard Foreman, Maya Beiser, Richard Schechner, Andrei Serban, Blanka Zizka, Brian Kulick, Zelda Fichlander, Annie-B Parson &Paul Lazar , Jackson Gay Razvan Dinca, Karin Coonrod, Jay Scheib, Kristin Marting, Evan Ziporyn, Eduardo Machado,Gus Solomon Jr.&Paradigm, Carmen De Lavallade, Jackson Gay,Dusan Tynek,Rebecca Taichman,Rania Ajami,Gisela Cardenas, Tony Speciale, Pavol Liska& Kelly Copper, Matthew Neenan,Molissa Fenley, Zishan  Ugurlu, Michael Sexton,Michael Barakiva, Pig Iron Company, Play Company, Charles Moulton, Ripe Time, among others. MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Princess Grace Recipient, NEA/TCG Career Development Program. Barrymore Award.  www.oanabotez.com

PAUL WHITAKER

(Lighting Designer) New York credits include The Public Theater, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Atlantic Theater, The Play Company, Ma-Yi, The LAByrinth Theatre, Intar, The Mint, and others. Regional credits include South Coast Repertory, The Long Wharf Theater, The Alley, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre Company, Centerstage, A.C.T., Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, Theatre Latte Da, and others. He has a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Paul has taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Amherst College, and is currently a Lighting Designer/Theatre Consultant for Schuler Shook. www.paulwhitakerdesigns.com

JILL BC Du BOFF

(Sound Design) For Women’s Project Theater: Birdy, Jump/Cut, Broadway: Picnic, Wit, Other Desert Cities, Good People, The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: Victory… Off-Broadway includes Lincoln Center, MTC, Atlantic, Vineyard, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist), Penguin Rep. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: Studio 360, Naked Radio. Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes.  Awards; Ruth Morley Design Award, 2011 Obie for Sustained Excellence. Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.  Love to Adam.

Kara Lee Corthron

(Playwright) is an NYC-based playwright. Her full-length plays include Julius by Design (Fulcrum Theater), Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night (InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia), AliceGraceAnon (New Georges), Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre in DC), Spookwater, Listen for the Light, Electric Persephone in the Scorpion’s Den, and Wild Black-Eye Susans. Awards: Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant, The Vineyard Theatre’s 3rd Annual Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Princess Grace Award, two NEA grants, the Helen Merrill Award, Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize (three-time recipient), the Theodore Ward Prize, the New Professional Theatre Writers Award, two MacDowell fellowships, residencies at Skriðuklaustur (Iceland), the Millay Colony, and Ledig House, and Fulcrum Theater (a company Kara helped launch with its inaugural production) received a 2013 Obie Grant. Commissions include South Coast Rep, New Georges, InterAct, E.S.T./Sloan, and Naked Angels. Kara is a 2012-2014 Women’s Project Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow. Her work has been produced and/or developed at the African Continuum Theatre (DC), Ars Nova, CenterStage (Baltimore), Electric Pear, E.S.T., Haulbowline Theatre Group (Cork, Ireland), Horizon Theatre (Atlanta), the Kennedy Center, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, The Orchard Project, Page 73, Penumbra, PlayPenn Conference (2010), The Shalimar, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (Guest Artist, 2012), South Coast Rep, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), the Vineyard Theatre, and Voice & Vision. TV: writer for NBC’s Kings (2008-2009). Kara is an instructor at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), served as visiting professor in the MFA & BFA playwriting programs at Ohio University and has guest taught at various institutions including Spalding University and Rutgers. Julliard alumna, New Georges Affiliated Artist, and member of Interstate 73 (2007-2008), the Ars Nova Play Group (2010-2011), ‘Wright On! Playwrights Group (co-founder), Blue Roses Productions, the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.

Sarah Gancher

(Playwright) is a playwright with a passion for epic stories, big ideas, and deep comedy. Her most frequent subject is how history is reflected in individual lives — how places, communities, and debates evolve over time. Her plays have been produced or developed at institutions such as London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Budapest’s Quarter6Quarter7 Festival, PS122, Ars Nova, NYC SummerStage, the Great Plains Theater Conference, Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival, New York Stage and Film, and Telluride Theatre, among others. She is the winner of the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, the Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN Residency, and the 2013 Founder’s Award from New York Stage and Film. She is a member of the 2012—2013 Ars Nova Play Group. Sarah frequently collaborates with devising ensembles such as Colorado’s Telluride Theatre, Hand2Mouth from Portland, Oregon, and NYC’s The TEAM. She is the collaborating playwright on The TEAM’s Mission Drift, which toured to London’s National Theatre, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Perth Festival in 2013, and won the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Scotsman Fringe First, and Herald Angel. As a jazz violinist, Sarah has played in groups from New Orleans to Budapest. A proud Oakland native, she currently lives in Brooklyn. MFA: NYU.

Virginia Grise

(Playwright) An award-winning theatre artist, Virginia Grise is a writer, performer and director. From panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa, Virginia writes plays that are set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops, and lesbian bedrooms. Her work has been produced, commissioned and developed at the Alliance Theatre, Bihl Haus Arts, Company of Angels, Cornerstone Theatre, Highways Performance Space, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwright’s Center, Pregones Theatre, REDCAT, Victory Gardens and Yale Repertory Theatre. Her play blu was a recipient of the Yale Drama Series Award and was recently published by Yale University Press. Her other published work includes The Panza Monologues (University of Texas Press) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, the Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights’ Center and was a finalist for the Kennedy Center’s Latina/o Playwriting Award, Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award, and the LARK Play Development Center’s Playwrights of New York (PONY) Award. She has performed both nationally and internationally at venues including the Jose Marti Catedra in Havana, Cuba and the University of Butare in Rwanda, Africa. As an activist she has facilitated organizing efforts among women, immigrant, Chicano, working class and queer youth. Virginia has taught writing for performance at the university level, as a public school teacher, in community centers and in the juvenile correction system. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts.

Dipika Guha

(Playwright) writes plays that are lyrical, funny and formally inventive. Her plays include THE BETROTHED (Wellfleet Harbour Actors Theatre, Chester Theatre), PASSING (Risk is This Festival, Cutting Ball Theatre) and THE RULES (Superlab workshop Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb, Old Vic New Voices workshop). Her plays have been developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, WordBRIDGE, New Century Theatre Company, Ars Nova and Tobacco Theatre (UK) among others. Residencies include Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Residents Artists Program and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab and an Affiliated Artist with New Georges. Recent projects include a new play commission from New Georges/Barnard College and a year long commission from the Yale Center for Scientific Teaching. She is currently co-producing Letters from Guantanamo, a series of short plays by playwrights responding to recent events at Guantanamo with New Georges at the Culture Project. She also enjoys sharing playwriting with diverse communities has worked at schools, non profits, theatres and universities. Dipika has a BA from University College London, was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University and graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama where she studied with Paula Vogel. She is from India and was raised in India and the United Kingdom.

Lauren Yee

(Playwright) is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco, currently living in New York City.Credits include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Rep, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Top 10 play of the year – East Bay Express, City Pages Minneapolis), Crevice (Impact Theatre), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, The Hub Theatre, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), Hookman (Company One workshop), in a word (Hangar Theatre and Williamstown workshops), Samsara (O’Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival)and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund grant, Mu Performing Arts). Lauren’s work has also been developed at Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Aurora Theatre, East West Players, Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and the Playwrights’ Center. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, and a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and the Wasserstein Prize. Her play Samsara has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Her work has been published by Samuel French. Lauren is a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab and a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab. She is also the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, the Page One resident playwright at Playwrights Realm, and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Encore Theatre Company (with support from the Gerbode Foundation). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.

Elena Araoz

(Director) Off-Broadway directing includes the American premieres of Carl Djerassi’s plays Phallacy and Three on a Couch and the world premiere of Monika Bustamante’s Thirst: a spell for Christabel. During the 2012-2013 season, Elena directed Natalia Naman’s new play Lawnpeople at Cherry Lane Theatre, Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera North, and the world premieres of Mac Wellman’s Horrocks (and Toutatis too), which was presented at the New Museum after a workshop at New Dramatists, andWu World Woo, co-produced by Omaha’s BlueBarn Theatre and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Both Mac Wellman pieces will soon be presented in Boston by Sleeping Weazel and ArtsEmerson.Also upcoming, Bekah Brunstetter’s Be a Good Little Widow at The Wild Project. International productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare Festival, Czech Republic), world premiere of Li Tong’s The Power (the first English-language play commercially produced in Beijing), world premiere of Jaclyn Villano’s Unanswered, We Ride (Edinburgh Fringe). Other recent productions include:La traviata (New York City Opera, Gilman Opera House at BAM),Jaclyn Villano’s The Company We Keep (Boston Playwright’s Theatre), The Price (Northern Stage), Falstaff (Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM), Latin Lovers (Glimmerglass Opera), Naomi Wallace’s The Fever Chart (Underground Railway Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Austin Shakespeare), Mac Wellman’s Muazzez (Great Plains Theatre Conference), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SUNY and Geva Theate Center), and the world premiere of Carolyn Wistrand’s Magdalena’s Crossing (Negro Ensemble Company). Elena’s operetta War Music, which she adapted from Christopher Logue’s retelling of the Iliad (performance ensemble Aurea and the FirstWorks Providence Festival) was further presented in NYC and Chicago, and toured New England. Other commissions for directed adaptations: Faust (Aurea), and a tango music-theatre pieceLaberintos (Chekhov Theatre Ensemble). Elena works regularly with Sir Jonathan Miller, most recently as Choreographer and Associate Director for La traviata at Vancouver Opera, and has served on his Broadway King Lear and multiple operas at Lincoln Center, Seattle Opera, BAM and Glimmerglass. Elena is a Drama League Directing Fellow, a New Georges’ Affiliated Artist, and a recipient of the Dr. David Farrar Opera Stage Director Grant. She holds her MFA in Acting from University of Texas/Austin. Website: www.elenaaraoz.com Contact: Quinn M. Corbin, Gersh Agency

Lydia Fort

(Director) Productions include: F.H.O.D.O.M. (Women Center Stage Festival), Miss Nowhere Diner (Planet Connections Festivity), Frida Liberada (Urban Stages), RIP.TIED (freeFall Theatre, FL), When the Water Breaks (YouthInk! Festival at McCarter Theatre, NJ), Jesse (Ensemble Studio Theatre and New Federal Theatre), 365 Days/365 Plays (Classical Theatre of Harlem and Public Theater), A Rat’s Mass and Tell It Underwater (Hangar Theatre, NY), Harvest and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Ethnic Cultural Theatre, WA), Wine in the Wilderness (Fortress Theatre), How I Learned to Drive, The Oresteia and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (The City College of New York).  Lydia directed readings of Flyin’ West, featuring the legendary Ruby Dee (New Federal Theatre), Heal Me Television, featuring Clarke Peters and Yolonda Ross of HBO’s “Treme” (Southern Rep, LA), Heartless Souls (Soho Think Tank), The Kimono Project (Ma-Yi), Blood Ties (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Destination: Ooh, Aah, Yummy (Liberation Theatre), Saturday Night, Sunday Morning and Strippa (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and also programmed a season of Future Classics, Classical Theatre of Harlem’s monthly reading series of new plays.  Other directing projects include Darlin, Why Cry? as part of “Ki Jan Pou’n Geri? (How Do We Heal?)” a benefit for Haiti, and the solo performance shows girls from the goddess womb and MouthPiece: An Authentic American Idol.  Lydia is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Akadēmeia Theatre.  She is a New York Theatre Workshop Directing Fellow, Drama League Directing Fellow, TCG New Generations Future Leaders Grantee, an Affiliated Artist with New Georges and as part of Theatre for a New Audience’s American Directors Project, she participated in an invited workshop lead by Peter Brook.  She received an MFA in Directing and a Certificate in Arts Management for the Performing Arts both from the University of Washington. Website: lydiafort.com

Lauren Keating

(Director) is a freelance director based in New York City, where her favorite credits include Al’s Business Cards (At Play), Comedie of Errors (New Lions), EARTHA (NYU), The Confidence Man (Woodeshed Collective)and Measure for Measure (New Lions). Lauren has directed with The Public Theater, Ars Nova, 3LD, Woodshed Collective, New Georges, NYU, Cooper Union, AtPlay, The Players Theater, The Old Vic, The Prospect Theater, Peculiar Works Project, The Space, Vampire Cowboy Battle Ranch, New Lions Productions, The Mint Theater and The Flea Theater. Regional credits include: Translations (Yale University), Fill Our Mouths (Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Metamorphoses (Young Actors Studio, The McCarter Theater),The Big Come (The University of New Mexico), Lulu, Learning Russian and Charlotte’s Web (The Hangar Theatre) and Pugilist Specialist and Seagulls (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Lauren has guest directed for Fordham University and is currently a mentor for BFA directing candidates at New York University. Lauren is a Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab member, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and the Old Vic/New Voices Exchange American Director, 2009. Lauren is an NYU/Tisch Alumni and a Drama League Directors Project Summer and New Directors/New Works Fellow. She is currently developing The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony’s Last Show by Daniel Hartley and Adam Lerman, and Fill Our Mouths by Lauren Feldman.

Deadria Harrington

(Producer) is a multifaceted theater artist based in New York City. Currently she is a member of the Producing Artistic Leadership Team of The Movement Theatre Company [TMTC]. With TMTC she has served as a Producer developing a number of new works by emerging artists of color, most recently look upon our lowliness by Harrison David Rivers, conceived and directed by David Mendizábal, which she will be producing with TMTC in February 2013. Deadria is also the lead producer on TMTC’s eco friendly theatre initiative GO GREEN, where she has also served as a director. Most recently, she produced this program in the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity with a new piece entitled 4 Sustenance, which received the Greener Planet Award and 8 nominations within the festival. Harrington also worked as an Assistant Director on the workshop production of Talaya Delaney’s Haarlem Berlin, directed by Rachel Chavkinat Vassar College. During her time at Vassar, where she received her B.A. in Drama, she produced, directed and performed in an all Black Female ensemble production of Judith Alexa Jackson’s WOMBmanWARs. While in New York, Deadria has performed as an actor in TMTC’s Wilson Revised at The Studio Museum in Harlem, in a reading of Keith Josef Adkins’ Safe House at La MaMa, and will be collaborating with fellow Women’s Project Lab Producer Meropi Peponides on a new piece entitled The Second Decade Project. Website: www.themovementtheatrecompany.org
Contact: deadria.harrington(at)gmail.com

Jane Jung

(Producer) Jane Jung is currently General Manager of Ping Chong + Company (www.pingchong.org) where she oversees financial management, operations, and marketing. She is also Producer for Little Lord (www.littlelord.org), a Brooklyn based theater company. With Little Lord, she produced Babes in Toyland at The Brick Theater and is currently developing a new work exploring American mythologies and Pocahontas, premiering at The Bushwick Starr in March 2013. She is currently producing Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots, directed by Lileana Blaine-Cruz, to be presented at Joe’s Pub in August 2012. She previously held positions at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Leveraging Investments in Creativity, and New England Foundation for the Arts. She holds an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

Meropi Peponides

(Producer) is an Artistic Producer, dramaturg, writer and co-founder of Radical Evolution, a multi-disciplinary performance company based in Brooklyn. She is currently producing two groundbreaking projects: The Second Decade Project, a series of artistic engagements which is being developed and workshopped at Tofte Lake Center in Minnesota and New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Artist’s program and is supported by the Jerome Foundation; as well aslook upon our lowliness, a new play that combines cyber-narratives and trans-media storytelling with a live theatrical experience. Past NYC credits: 4 Sustenance(Producer/The Movement Theatre Company), Birthday Triage (Dramaturg/Columbia Stages), Enter Your Sleep (Dramaturg/Producer/Columbia University), Gutter Space (Dramaturg/Brick Theater), Port Cities NYC(Dramaturg/Waterfront Museum Barge), Go Green 2011 (Producer/The Movement Theatre Company). She also worked as part of the producing team at the 2011 and 2012 Under the Radar Festival. Meropi currently works as the Producing Assistant at The Public Theater and is pursuing her MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University. Before moving to NYC, Meropi worked in Los Angeles with Watts Village Theater Company to produce the first ever site-specific performance to take place on LA’s Metro Rail system. She also worked full time at 24th Street Theatre, where she produced Latino Theatre that toured Mexico, Central and South America and presented Latino artists in LA. She is eternally optimistic about the power of theatre to change our social systems for the better and is eager to re-invigorate live performance to compete with 21st century digital entertainment. She works with Radical Evolution to take on these challenges daily. And she is always looking for other folks who are interested in doing the same. Check out www.radicalevolution.org to join our evolution. Contact: mpeponides(at)gmail.com

Aktina Stathaki

(Producer) is a native of Athens, Greece. She graduated with honors from the National Theater of Greece, where she had the opportunity to work with some of the country’s most respected directors (Stathis Livathinos, Lydia Koniordou, Nikita Milivojevic) in mostly classical repertoire (Don JuanAs You Like ItAlcestis). In 2002 she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she pursued a PhD in theater studies (University of Toronto) with a focus on contemporary South African theater, while she continued to perform and direct with Robert Gill Theater, Artword Theater, AfriCan Theater Ensemble and trey anthony productions (credits include: The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa, The Shop WindowFate of a CockroachMarket of TalesDinner MintDon Juan). After moving to NYC in 2010, she founded Between the Seas, the first festival in North America on contemporary performance from the Mediterranean. As the festival’s Artistic and Producing Director, she has been creating an international program that includes artists from US, Canada, North Africa, Southern Europe and the Middle East. In her own work as a freelance director and producer, she is interested in theater that is socially relevant and culturally diverse through the creation of original performance, adaptation, and translation of new works. Recent projects include: One night, the rain (adapted by G. G. Marquez, Pearl Theater, Ontario and BoCoCa Festival NYC), The Stranger(adapted from A. Camus, La Guardia Performing Art Center), One out of Ten(translated from the Greek, Midwinter Madness, NYC). She systematically researches and writes about theater, and her articles have been published and presented in conferences in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and South Africa. Website: www.aktinastathaki.com

Lanie Zipoy

(Producer) Credits include the world premiere of Laura Marks’ Bethany (Women’s Project Theater, associate producer), Transit Lounge’s You Are Dead. You Are Here., the world English language premiere of Jelena Kajgo’s Realists (HERE), Mari Brown’s 23 Feet in 12 Minutes (New Orleans and AFO Fest), Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots (Manhattan Theatre Source, ITBA’s 2009 Best Off-Off Broadway Play and 4 New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominations, including Outstanding Production), Michael Niederman’s The Riverside Symphony (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, nominated for 7 festival awards, including Outstanding Overall Production), Jeffrey Pfeiffer’sThe Battle of Spanktown (New York International Fringe Festival), and the Brooklyn premiere of Caroline, or Change (The Gallery Players; nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical). Lanie produced 7 Sins in 60 Minutes, a collaboratively created devised piece by Cheryl L. Davis, Chisa Hutchinson, Anne Phelan, Natalia Naman, Melisa Tien, Paula Cizmar, Olga de la Fuente and Melanie Sutherland, at HERE and the Philly Fringe.  For two years (2007 and 2008), she served as the executive director of the Estrogenius Festival, expanding the celebration of women’s voices from four weeks to five weeks. Lanie is the co-founder and producing director of Voices Inside/Out, a theatrical exchange program that supports the playwriting program and the professional playwriting residency at a medium security prison in Kentucky and presents the short plays written by inmates in New York City. She edits the Works by Women blog and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. Lanie is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and the co-chair of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honorary Awards Committee. She is also a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Lab at Women’s Project Theater, NYC.

Clint Ramos

(Set & Costume design) WP: sets and/or costumes for How The World Began, Smudge, Sand, Transfigures. NEW YORK:set and/or costume designs for the Public Theater, Playwright’s Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout, City Center Encores!, Second Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Culture Project, Foundry Theatre, Ma-Yi, Mint, Naatco, New Georges, Red Bull Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Gotham Opera, many others. REGIONAL: set and/or costume designs for at Arena Stage, American Repertory Theater, Alliance Theater, Alley Theater, Asolo Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Baltimore Centerstage, California Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre, Geva Theater, Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theater, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Opera Boston, Prince Opera Theater, WIlliamstown Theater Festival, Wilma Theater and many others. Numerous international credits. AWARDS: 2013 Obie Award for Sustained Achievement, 2013 and 2010 Lucille Lortel award, 2011 Craig Noel award; ; 2009 TDF Irene Sharaff award; 2007 and 2009 American Theater Wing Henry Hewes award. MFA from NYU.

Tyler Micoleau

(Lighting Design) has designed lighting for over 300 live productions including plays, opera,dance, movement-theatre, multi-media performance, and puppetry. He is the recipient of an AmericanTheatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two OBIE awards, among manyothers, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. NEW YORK: Lincoln Center Theater, MTC,Atlantic Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons,MCC, Vineyard Theatre, Soho Rep, among many others. REGIONAL: Alley, Goodman, Huntington,American Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Old Globe, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Long WharfTheater, among many others.

Leon Rothenberg

(Sound Design) For Women’s Project Theater: Bethany. Broadway: The Nance (Tony Award), The Heiress, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Nomination), Impressionism. Select NY/Off-Broadway: Tectonic Theater Project, Manhattan Theater Club, Public Theater, LCT3, New York City Center. Select Regional: Two River Theater, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theater, North Shore Music Theater, Theater By The Sea, New York Stage & Film, Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Intiman. International: Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza and Wintuk, National Theater of Cyprus, Dijon Festival. more info: klaxson.net

Broken Chord

(Sound Design) Daniel Baker and Aaron Meicht compose and design sound for theater, film, anddance. For Women’s Project Theater: The Cataract, Victoria Martin, Sand, Lascivious Something. NEWYORK: Atlantic Theater, Classic Stage Company, Cherry Lane Theater, Keen Company, Primary Stages,The Public, MTC, The New Group, Second Stage, Rattlestick. REGIONAL: Actors Theater of Phoenix,Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Dorset Theater Festival, Geva Theater Center, Huntington Theater,Long Wharf, Passage Theater, People’s Light and Theater, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, TheShakespeare Theater, Studio Theater D.C., TheaterWorks Hartford , Westport Country Playhouse,Weston Playhouse, and Yale Rep.

Ensemble Studio Theatre

The Ensemble Studio Theatre –  William Carden, Artistic Director, Paul Slee, Executive Director – was founded in the belief that extraordinary support yields extraordinary work. We are a dynamic and expanding company of artists committed to the discovery and nurturing of new voices and the continued support and growth of artists throughout their creative lives. Through our unique collaborative process we develop and produce original, provocative, and authentic new plays that engage and challenge our audience and audiences across the country. When January Feels Like Summer is the First production this season on the Ensemble Studio Theatre mainstage.  www.estnyc.org

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  • Gian-Murray Gianino and Kelly Maurer in FRESHWATER. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

  • Kelly Hutchinson, and Maggie Siff in OR,

  • Kelly Hutchinson, Maggie Siff and Andy Paris in OR,

  • Kelly Hutchinson and Maggie Siff in OR,

  • Kelly Hutchinson, Andy Paris, and Maggie Siff in OR,

  • Cassie Beck in SMUDGE

  • Brian Sgambati and Cassie Beck in SMUDGE

  • Greg Keller and Cassie Beck in SMUDGE

  • Greg Keller and Cassie Beck in SMUDGE

  • Greg Keller and Brian Sgambati in SMUDGE

  • Elisabeth Waterston, Dana Eskelson and Rob Campbell in LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING

  • Rob Campbell, Elisabeth Waterston and Dana Eskelson in LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING

  • Rob Campbell and Dana Eskelson in LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING

  • Dana Eskelson, Rob Campbell and Elisabeth Waterston in LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING

  • Elisabeth Waterston and Ronete Levenson in LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING

  • Allison Mack in APPLE COVE

  • Allison Mack and Dion Mucciacito in APPLE COVE

  • Erin Gann and Allison Mack in APPLE COVE

  • Paul Carlin and Kathy Searle in APPLE COVE

  • Allison Mack and Dion Mucciato in APPLE COVE

  • Ellen Lauren in ROOM, photos by Chasi Annexy

  • Ellen Lauren in ROOM, photos by Chasi Annexy

  • Ellen Lauren in ROOM, photos by Chasi Annexy

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Cherise Boothe, Angela Lewis, and Nikiya Mathis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Nikiya Mathis, Cherise Boothe, Angela Lewis, and LeRoy McClain
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Angela Lewis, Cherise Boothe, and Nikiya Mathis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Angela Lewis, Cherise Boothe, and Nikiya Mathis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Angela Lewis, Cherise Boothe, and Nikiya Mathis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Angela Lewis and J. Mallory-McCree
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Tonya Pinkins and Angela Lewis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Irene Sofia Lucio
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Erika Rolfsrud and Annie Golden
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Annie Golden
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with J. Mallory-McCree and Angela Lewis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Adrienne C. Moore and Angela Lewis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • HOW THE WORLD BEGAN with Adam LeFevre, Heidi Schreck & Justin Kruger
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • HOW THE WORLD BEGAN with Adam LeFevre & Justin Kruger
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • HOW THE WORLD BEGAN with Adam LeFevre & Heidi Schreck
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • HOW THE WORLD BEGAN with Heidi Schreck & Justin Kruger
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • MILK LIKE SUGAR with Adrienne C. Moore, Cherise Boothe, Nikiya Mathis, and Angela Lewis
    Photo by Ari Mintz

  • JACKIE with Tina Benko
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • JACKIE with Tina Benko
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • JACKIE with Tina Benko
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • JACKIE with Tina Benko
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • JACKIE with Tina Benko
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Elliot Villar and Hannah Cabell
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Nadia Bowers, Elliot Villar and Hannah Cabell
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Nadia Bowers
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Maurice McRae, Hannah Cabell and Nadia Bowers
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Hannah Cabell and Maurice McRae
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • BETHANY with Myra Lucretia Taylor, America Ferrera and Tobias Segal
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • BETHANY with America Ferrera
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • BETHANY with Emily Ackerman, America Ferrera and Kristin Griffith
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • BETHANY with Ken Marks, America Ferrera and Tobias Segal
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • BETHANY with Tobias Segal and America Ferrera
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

Playbill News: Cast Announced for “Sundown, Yellow Moon”!

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The world premiere of the night-time play with songs, SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON casting and creative teams have been announced on Playbill! You don’t want to miss the real, honest, funny and sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go.

“The cast includes Eboni Booth (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.), Lilli Cooper (The Spongebob Musical), Peter Friedman (Synecdoche, New YorkThe Savages), Greg Keller (Our Mother’s Brief Affair), Anne L. Nathan (It Shoulda Been You), Michael Pemberton (Veep), and JD Taylor….” Click here for more information!

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Time Out New York says STUFFED is “equally HILARIOUS and HEARTBREAKING!”

The New York Times says “Now that Joan Rivers is gone, no one in #comedy is stomping on sensitivities as consistently as Lisa Lampanelli.”

GET TO KNOW THE CAST OF STUFFED!

ANN HARADA (Stacey) Ann Harada originated the role of Christmas Eve in Avenue Q on Broadway and the West End. Other Broadway includes Cinderella, 9 to 5, M Butterfly, Seussical, Les Miserables (revival). Recent Off-Broadway includes Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre) and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Westside Theatre). Regionally: 42nd Street and Mamma Mia (MUNY), and God of Carnage (George Street Playhouse). Film: Youth in Oregon, Sisters, Trouble, Admission, Hope Springs, and The Art of Getting By. TV: “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “The Good Wife,” “SMASH,” “30 Rock,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None.”

ZAINAB JAH (Katey) Recent credits include: Maima, Eclipsed (Broadway); title role of Hamlet (The Wilma Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo N Juliet, Trojan Women (Classical Theatre of Harlem); The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Atlantic Theater, NYC), Prudence in The Convert, Josephine in Ruined, A Doll’s House (Williamstown Theatre Festival); In Darfur (The Public Theatre /NYSF), Peter Sellars’ Children Of Herakles (European Tour). Film/TV credits: New York, I Love You (Short), “Law & Order SVU,” Outliving Emily (with Andre Braugher and Philicia Rashad). Awards: OBIE Award (Eclipsed), Philadelphia Critics’ Circle Best Actress Award (Hamlet); Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award Best Featured Actress (The Convert); San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle – Outstanding Performance Female Featured Role (Ruined); and Best Featured Actress, Philadelphia Critics’ Circle Featured Actress Award (The Convert).

JESSICA LUCK (Britney) Jessica is thrilled to be making her off-Broadway debut in Stuffed! Select NY Theater: The Digger (La MaMa), The Blood Brothers (The Brick), The Quake (Ideal Glass), Our Town (The Gene Frankel), and The Disembodied Soul (NY Fringe). Web Series: Down Dog and Carolers. Jessica is a Yale graduate and a recent Rockwell scholar at ESPA/ Primary Stages. She is a member of the rock band My Dear Mycroft and the improv team The Jessicas.

LISA LAMPANELLI (Playwright/Lisa) Lisa Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board,” which premiered June 26, 2015 on EPIX and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Comedy Album.” In the special, Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean showed off her radically different look after having lost more than 100 pounds. That weight loss, which she has maintained for over four years, inspired her to write Stuffed since, having been every size from 2 to 26, she has firsthand knowledge of the food and body-image struggle.

Lisa became a household name when she joined 17 other celebrities on the fifth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she advanced to the final four in the competition, raising $130,000 for her chosen charity, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She also starred as a regular on “Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first-ever animated series, and recently stole the show on an episode of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” helmed by “Sex and The City” creator, Michael Patrick King.

Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” and that same year, released her autobiography, Chocolate, Please:

My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks (Harper Collins). Lisa was also a monthly writer for the Women column in Playboy Magazine and is a contributor to the blog for Kripalu, the world-renowned yoga and meditation retreat center.

Photographs by Carol Rosegg

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PHOTO FLASH: Onstage with Lisa Lampanelli and the Cast of STUFFED!

STUFFED by LISA LAMPANELLI

Calling All FRIARS! STUFFED OPENING NIGHT!

WATCH! ANNE KAUFFMAN’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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2015 OBIE AWARD WINNER
Sustained Excellence of Direction

“Every play is a world all its own, and every new play is a world that a director has to explore, map, and sometimes shape. It takes resolve and patience; it takes an imagination that must build on the playwright’s vision, knowing when to trust and when to challenge. It takes an open mind and a sturdy, daring spirit. For displaying that spirit, in many seasons past, and this year with productions like Buzzer, The Nether, and You Got Older, the judges have voted an Obie for Sustained Excellence of Direction to ANNE KAUFFMAN” – Tommy Tune


ANNE KAUFFMAN to direct the world premiere of SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON by Rachel Bonds at WP Theater.

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WATCH STUFFED TV! A video series of all things STUFFED…

WATCH: Lisa Lampanelli Gets Stuffed Off-Broadway

As Lisa Lampanelli, the comedy favorite, prepares to make her playwriting debut, Theatermania stopped by WP Theater to interview Lisa, director Jackson Gay, and the cast of STUFFED.

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #1: “First Preview Is Tonight!”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #2: “Moderation”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #3: “Holidays, Take 2”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #4: “Holidays”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #5: “Imperfection”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #6: “Chihuahuas”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #7: “Melted Cheese”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #8: “Chocolate”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #9: “Real Friends”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #10: “Food Addiction”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #11: “Cellulite”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #12: “Body Comparisons”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #13: “Lululemon”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #14: “Sharing Dessert?”

COUNTDOWN TO “STUFFED” VIDEO #15: “Stopping Binges”

Lisa talks about Stuffed on Fox 5!

What are people saying about Lisa Lampanelli?

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Tony Award winning director John Rando: Lisa has a tremendous capacity to get connected to her feelings and her bravery is boundless. She’s terrific, intelligent, and top-notch.”

The Writer Magazine: Lisa Lampanelli is fearlessly funny. Onstage, she can repeat something she’s told 20 times, but it sounds as if she just thought of it. Others could never get away with it.” 

 Michael Musto, Paper Magazine: The queen of outrageous comedy, Lisa Lampanelli happens to have a lot of heart, particularly when dealing with weight and food issues.”

Psychology Today: Lisa’s ability to be more open and vulnerable has not only helped her perform to her potential during difficult times, but also the crowd appears to be picking up on this new aspect of her comedy.” 

New York Times best-selling author Jane Green: “She has evolved. She’s known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean, but there’s so much more depth now. . . more authentic. You can’t write a play that resonates with people emotionally unless you’ve gone through a tremendous amount of stuff. It’s about the journey to healing and wisdom.” 

Lenny Bruce biographer, Ronald Collins: “Lisa Lampanelli is a comedian with an independent and irreverent streak akin to that of Lenny Bruce. Her robust comedy, like Bruce’s, takes no prisoners — and that’s just how it should be.”

 The New York Times: “Queen of Mean. An equal-opportunity offender.”

GET TO KNOW: ZAINAB JAH

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Starring as Katey in Stuffed, award-winning actress Zainab Jah‘s recent credits include: Maima, Eclipsed, Broadway; title role of Hamlet, (The Wilma Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo N Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem),  The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, (Atlantic Theater, NYC),  Prudence The Convert, Josephine, Ruined,  A Doll’s House ( Williamstown Theatre Festival), Helen of Troy, Trojan Women, (Classical Theatre of Harlem), In Darfur, (The Public Theatre /NYSF), Peter Sellars’ Children Of Herakles, ( European Tour). Film / TV credits: New York, I Love You (Short),  “Law & Order SVU,” Outliving Emily (with Andre Braugher and Philicia Rashad), Along Came Love, with Vanessa Williams. Awards: Philadelphia Critcs’ Circle Best actress Award (Hamlet ) Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award Best Featured Actress (The Convert); San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle – Outstanding Performance Female Featured Role (Ruined); and Best Featured Actress, Philadelphia Critics’ Circle Featured Actress Award (The Convert).


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Zainab Jah, ‘Eclipsed’ Star, Is Ready for Battle
By ALEXIS SOLOSKIFEB. 17, 2016

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In “Eclipsed,” which begins previews Feb. 23 at the Golden Theater,Zainab Jah plays Maima, an AK-47-toting soldier who has given herself the name Disgruntled. But one evening at a South Brooklyn bistro, plates of oysters arrayed before her, Ms. Jah seemed content. “I’m greedy,” she said, with enthusiasm and without apology.

A self-described “fitness fanatic” who declined to give her age (“I don’t tell; I’m a lady,” she said), Ms. Jah is slim and not quite 5-foot-2, but with her plumb line posture, coiled braids and forceful energy, she looms larger. Especially when she’s holding a machine gun. Onstage, in Danai Gurira’s play about women entangled in a civil war in Liberia, she is incandescent, fierce and gentle, moving with tenacious grace. Offstage, the wattage is only a little dimmer. She even manages to slurp oysters with poise.

Born in England, she spent her first 10 years with a grandmother in Sierra Leone before joining her parents, both doctors, in England. It was that grandmother who first introduced her to theater, recruiting her for a church troupe called Christ’s Little Band.

Despite pressure from her parents to pursue medicine or law, she trained as a dancer and worked happily for several years before she began craving another form of expression. “I just sat up in bed and said, ‘I want to be an actor,’” she said.

Initially, directors would cast her only in Greek tragedies or Shakespeare. But she expanded her repertoire with a number of plays set in Africa, like Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined” and Ms. Gurira’s “The Convert.”

She first played Maima in 2009, rejoining the play Off Broadway last year, just after wrapping the title role of “Hamlet” at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. (Word of warning: For her art, Ms. Jah has learned to fire an automatic weapon and wield a sword. Stay on her good side.)

Her approach to character is rigorous and largely physical, a holdover of the dance training. “It’s always instinctive before it becomes intellectual,” she said. She thinks of Maima as a little Yorkshire terrier. “They’re always the first to attack the big dogs in the street,” she said.

While working on the play, she can’t let Maima go. After a rehearsal, she’ll get dressed, go home and watch documentaries about Liberia. “I don’t know whether it’s because I’m African myself, but I have to give such a completeness to these characters,” she explained. “I feel I will do them a disservice by not living in them full time.”

 Ms. Jah isn’t sure what she’ll do once “Eclipsed” closes in June. Maybe she’ll move to Jamaica and sell ice cream, she said, maybe she’ll turn to TV and film. She’d like to do a horror movie: “Run through the woods, scream,” she said with a laugh. Those monsters don’t stand a chance.

© 2016 The New York Times Company

GET TO KNOW: JESSICA LUCK

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Starring as Britney in Stuffed, Jessica Luck‘s New York Theatre credits include:  The Digger (La MaMa), The Blood Brothers (The Brick), The Quake (Ideal Glass), The Disembodied Soul and Buddy Becker’s Uncut Flick(NY Fringe).  Web Series:  Down Dog and Carolers.  Jessica is a Yale graduate and a recent Rockwell scholar at ESPA/ Primary Stages.  She is a member of the rock band My Dear Mycroft and the improv team The Jessica’s. Jessica is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in Stuffed!

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio

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CAN WE TAKE A JOKE? New documentary features STUFFED’s Lisa Lampanelli

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A new documentary about freedom of speech features LISA LAMPANELLI

“The documentary presents “sobering commentary” and “strongly makes the case that we’ve all got to get over ourselves.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Can We Take a Joke?, a feature-length documentary about stand-up comedy, “outrage culture,” and censorship is now available now. WATCH the movie trailer below.

GET TO KNOW: ANN HARADA

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Ann Harada originated the role of Christmas Eve in Avenue Q on Broadway and the West End. Other Broadway includes Cinderella, 9 to 5, M Butterfly, Seussical, Les Miserables (revival). Recent Off – Broadway includes Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre) and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Westside Theatre). Regionally: 42nd Street and Mamma Mia (MUNY), and God of Carnage (George Street Playhouse) FILM: Youth in Oregon, Sisters, Trouble, Admission, Hope Springs, and The Art of Getting By. TV: “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “The Good Wife,” “SMASH,” “30 Rock,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None.”


Read an interview at NPR with Ann Harada:

Ann Harada, From ‘Smash’ To Stepsisterhood

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Ann Harada is that rare Asian-American musical theater actress who’s never starred in The King and I or Miss Saigon. After a few summer stock stints as Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Harada realized if she was going to make it in theater, it would be as a character actor. In 2003, she originated the role of Christmas Eve in the irreverent puppet musical Avenue Q, a part she played on and off for six years. She’s been busy ever since, including a six-month run as Madame Thenardier in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables.

Tonight, Harada’s first regular TV character, the long-suffering stage manager Linda, returns to the NBC series Smash. After filming nine episodes for season 2, Harada left behind Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty and the rest of the cast so she could originate the role of stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The show is now running in previews; it opens on Broadway March 3.

Before heading to the theater recently, Harada carved out some time to talk about her career, from her start in summer stock to her star turns as not-so-stock characters.

As a young actress, did you envision yourself playing roles in The King and I or Miss Saigon or South Pacific?

I always wanted to play these roles in the repertory, but I found I had a hard time getting cast in typically Asian parts, because for whatever reason, people were like, “You’re too American,” “You’re too funny,” or, “You’re so not right for this.” That just wasn’t going to be where my path was, and I just had to get over that.

Did that shift happen pretty quickly for you?

When you are a minority actor, you figure out right away that so much of the game is what people expect you to be, or think that you could be, based on how you look. When you don’t fit that mold, you have to figure out other ways to be seen. I had to start working on ways that I wasn’t being cast traditionally.

And by “traditionally” you mean?

Not Asian-specific.

There are a lot of actresses out there playing Tuptim who might be jealous of that.

Believe me, there was nothing I wanted more when I was younger than to be that ingenue. But that’s not who I was. And I’m a character actor. And when you are a young character actor, there is pretty much nothing out there for you, especially if you are Asian. Oh, my God. I am such a late bloomer in terms of my career.

On NBC’s Smash, returning for a second season, Harada plays the much-put-upon stage manager Linda, charged with keeping the chaos at the show-within-a-show more or less under control.

So how old were you when you realized that you were destined to be a character actor?

I’ll put it this way: When I saw Cinderella as a young girl, it never really crossed my mind that I wanted to play Cinderella. I was thinking, “I could be a stepsister.” I have always gravitated more towards those parts.

So is that how you got cast as Christmas Eve?

No. That was a complete stroke of fate. When Bobby Lopez and Jeff Marx were developing [Avenue Q], they were literally looking for an Asian actress to come in and say, like, two sentences in “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” I went, and I was Christmas Eve from then on.

How were you able to take playing such an idiosyncratic character — a heavily accented Japanese therapist engaged to an unemployed puppet — and use the role as a steppingstone?

It’s always nice to be affiliated with a hit. When I went to auditions, people knew who I was.

Before you auditioned for Smash, did you ask any stage managers for advice?

No. It was only 10 minutes. It’s not like I did very much method work going into that first audition. But when I went back, I thought about a lot of stage managers that I’ve worked with, and I do kind of model myself after one of them.

Have you had good relationships with your stage managers over the years? Or are you a problem child?

Yes. I’m happy to say that I have. But I have been written up for laughing onstage.

In rehearsals for Bombshell, the show-within-a-show on Smash, whose side is Linda on? The actors? Or the creative team?

I would have to say she’s on the creative team’s side, but looking out for the welfare of the actors. Stage management is such a delicate row to hoe. You have to deal with everyone’s personal issues, as well as the crew.

In that sense, Smash seems pretty accurate. Linda knows who’s fooling around with who in the dressing rooms, but at the same time she’s trying to help hang the lights.

Absolutely. The only time I put my foot down was when we were shooting a scene in tech, and they had given me a yellow blouse to wear, and I was like, “No. C’mon. We’re in tech. I would be wearing black.”

Have there been many moments when they’ve turned to the theater people on set and, and asked you, “What would really happen here?”

Smash has been, for the most part, very good about listening to the people who have a lot of stage experience. There was one time when they had the stage manager’s console facing the wrong way. And I was like, “Please, for the love of God, don’t shoot it like that. We will get so much flak.”

Can you give us any hints about what’s in store for Linda? Any more break-out scenes, like dancing at the Indian wedding?

Nothing like that. There will be no singing or dancing for me, but there are some great moments in Linda history coming up, in terms of stage manager breakdowns.

Were you eager to get back onstage yourself?

Oh yes. I mean, it was bittersweet, but hopefully it won’t be goodbye forever.

You had to go fulfill your childhood dream of playing a stepsister.

Of course. And to be in a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical that has never been on Broadway.

Is it really Broadway material though? Their Cinderella was a made-for-TV movie that came out in 1957, and there’s a version licensed to elementary schools.

We have an entirely new book by Douglas Carter Beane [the playwright who wrote The Little Dog Laughed and Xanadu]. It’s more cheeky and edgy. The dialogue is much punchier. It’s very funny, and there’s a contemporary feel to the humor, but there are no Justin Bieber jokes.

How would you describe your character, the stepsister Charlotte?

She is just pure id. She is that girl who tries just way too hard. Just wants to be liked, and is so unsuccessful at it. Everything about her is so over the top. All of my dresses are various shades of hot pink. You cannot miss me. She is just too-too. But she’s not evil; she’s overeager.

And you like that, that she’s not the stereotypical evil stepsister?

Of course, because what’s there to be evil about? You can resent a perfect person without being evil. I resent perfect people all the time.

So she’s the girl you feel sorry for at the dance?

Oh, yes. I would feel very sorry for her.

Is it fun, being back onstage and singing again, instead of herding singing divas for television?

It is the most fun you could ever have, to be in a show like Cinderella, with the funniest people. … I’m playing in the major leagues, with the best people there are. And I’m doing what I love to do. There is just not a better feeling in the world.

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GET TO KNOW: JACKSON GAY

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(Stuffed Playwright & Star) Lisa Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board,” which premiered June 26, 2015 on EPIX and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Comedy Album.” In the special, Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean showed off her radically different look after having lost more than 100 pounds. That weight loss, which she has maintained for over four years, inspired her to write Stuffed since, having been every size from 2 to 26, she has firsthand knowledge of the food and body-image struggle.

Lisa became a household name when she joined 17 other celebrities on the fifth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she advanced to the final four in the competition, raising $130,000 for her chosen charity, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She also starred as a regular on “Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first-ever animated series, and recently stole the show on an episode of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” helmed by “Sex and The City” creator, Michael Patrick King. She also was recently accepted into and attended the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors in New Haven, CT.

Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” and that same year, released her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks (Harper Collins). Lisa was also a monthly writer for the Women column in Playboy Magazine and is a contributor to the blog for Kripalu, the world-renowned yoga and meditation retreat center.

Lisa’s rise to the top of the comedy food chain began in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase on the NY Friars Club Comedy Central Roast. She soon became known as the “Queen of the Roasts”, going on to lambaste such names as Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Flava Flav, David Hasselhoff and, most recently, Donald Trump. Due to her success as a roaster, in 2009, Lisa was asked to serve as Roastmaster for the highly rated Comedy Central Roast of friend and fellow comic, Larry the Cable Guy.

One of the few white comedians to perform on BET’s “Comic View,” Lisa has clearly cemented her huge crossover appeal. She went on to appear on Comedy Central’s “Last Laugh 2005” and her one-hour special that year, “Take It Like a Man,” was a hit with the comedy network yet again. The CD and the DVD of the same name hit #6 on the comedy charts. Then, in January 2007, Lisa’s second one-hour special, “Dirty Girl,” debuted on Comedy Central and Warner Bros. Records, and reached #4 on the charts. Soon thereafter, “Dirty Girl” was nominated for a Grammy Award for 2007’s “Best Comedy Album”.

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GET TO KNOW: LISA LAMPANELLI

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LISA LAMPANELLI

(Stuffed Playwright & Star) Lisa Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board,” which premiered June 26, 2015 on EPIX and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Comedy Album.” In the special, Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean showed off her radically different look after having lost more than 100 pounds. That weight loss, which she has maintained for over four years, inspired her to write Stuffed since, having been every size from 2 to 26, she has firsthand knowledge of the food and body-image struggle.

Lisa became a household name when she joined 17 other celebrities on the fifth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she advanced to the final four in the competition, raising $130,000 for her chosen charity, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She also starred as a regular on “Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first-ever animated series, and recently stole the show on an episode of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” helmed by “Sex and The City” creator, Michael Patrick King. She also was recently accepted into and attended the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors in New Haven, CT.

Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” and that same year, released her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks (Harper Collins). Lisa was also a monthly writer for the Women column in Playboy Magazine and is a contributor to the blog for Kripalu, the world-renowned yoga and meditation retreat center.

Lisa’s rise to the top of the comedy food chain began in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase on the NY Friars Club Comedy Central Roast.  She soon became known as the “Queen of the Roasts”, going on to lambaste such names as Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Flava Flav, David Hasselhoff and, most recently, Donald Trump.  Due to her success as a roaster, in 2009, Lisa was asked to serve as Roastmaster for the highly rated Comedy Central Roast of friend and fellow comic, Larry the Cable Guy.

One of the few white comedians to perform on BET’s “Comic View,” Lisa has clearly cemented her huge crossover appeal.  She went on to appear on Comedy Central’s “Last Laugh 2005” and her one-hour special that year, “Take It Like a Man,” was a hit with the comedy network yet again. The CD and the DVD of the same name hit #6 on the comedy charts. Then, in January 2007, Lisa’s second one-hour special, “Dirty Girl,” debuted on Comedy Central and Warner Bros. Records, and reached #4 on the charts. Soon thereafter, “Dirty Girl” was nominated for a Grammy Award for 2007’s “Best Comedy Album”.

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WATCH THE 2016 GALA HIGHLIGHTS!

WP Theater’s 2016 Annual Women of Achievement Awards Gala

Women’s Project Theater’s 31st Annual Women of Achievement Awards Gala took place June 13, 2016 at the Edison Ballroom. The evening, which was hosted by comedian and playwright Lisa Lampanelli (#StuffedPlay), honored Emmy Award winning actress and activist Martha Plimpton; film, television, and Broadway producer Jenna Segal; and actress, producer, environmentalist, and UNICEF ambassador Trudie Styler.

On hand to perform and present were Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order), Heidi Thomas (creator of Call the Midwife), Celine Rattray (The Kids Are All Right), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Dee Hoty (Bright Star), and Monica Bill Barnes and Company, who performed a dance routine to James Brown’s “Sex Machine.”

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The 31st ANNUAL WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA honored Emmy Award winning actress MARTHA PLIMPTON; celebrated film, television and Broadway producer JENNA SEGAL; and actress, producer, environmentalist and UNICEF ambassador TRUDIE STYLER.

Hosted by Grammy nominated comedienne LISA LAMPANELLI, with special performances by Fun Home’s Tony Award Nominee BETH MALONE accompanied by composer RICK HIP-FLORES; three-time Tony Award nominated actress, currently starring in the award-winning musical Bright Star DEE HOTY accompanied by Orchestrator & Arranger MATTHEW AUMENT; acclaimed dance company MONICA BILL BARNES & COMPANY; and special presentations by Emmy Award nominee and creator of “Call the Midwife” HEIDI THOMAS; celebrated stage, screen, and TV actress, star of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “The Father” KATHRYN ERBE and Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award-winning producer, The Kids Are All Right, and co-founder, Maven Pictures CELINE RATTRAY

The 2016 Gala was held on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6:30pm at The Edison Ballroom, 240 W 47th Street, NYC

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JOIN US! JUNE 13 at the 2016 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA honoring MARTHA PLIMPTON, JENNA SEGAL & TRUDIE STYLER!

Hosted by LISA LAMPANELLI with special performances and appearances by Fun Home on Broadway’s BETH MALONE; Bright Star: A New Musical’s DEE HOTY, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, “The Father” and Law & Order: Criminal Intent star KATHRYN ERBE, co-founder of Maven Pictures, CELINE RATTRAY & the creator of “Call the Midwife” PBS HEIDI THOMAS!

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JOIN US! 2016 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA honoring MARTHA PLIMPTON, JENNA SEGAL & TRUDIE STYLER. MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016, 6:30pm.

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The 2016 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS is the only place to be with a special performance by FUN HOME’s Beth Malone and Jeanine Tesori. Don’t miss it!

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Get to Know the Cast of QUEENS

SOFIYA AKILOVA (Stage Direction) is a tv, film, and theatre actor, and a writer.  She emigrated from Uzbekistan to New York with her family in 1990. She attended LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and completed her bachelor’s in English Literature at Queens College.  Sofiya is also an alumna of NYU Grad Acting. Recently, she has performed in productions at Yale Rep and The Old Globe Theatre. She has also appeared in the following television shows: Madam SecretaryTURN: Washington’s SpiesAllegiance, and Alpha House. Sofiya is a recent and proud member of the 52nd Street Project.

PAOLA LÁZARO (Isabela/Glenys) is an actress and playwright born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College, M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University.  In 2015 she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play in To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre. Lázaro was also in Martyna Majok’s John Who’s Here From Cambridge at EST. She received the Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence grant at the Atlantic Theater for 2016-2017 for her play Tell Hector I Miss Him, premiering next season at Atlantic. Her most recent play There’s Always the Hudson will have a reading at Labyrinth Theater in May as part of their Up Next Series. Paola was awarded the Arts Entertainment Scholarship Award from NHFA, a member of the Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group and was selected Playwright-in-Residence for the Sundance Theater Lab in Morocco 2016.

MARJAN NESHAT (Aamani/Nasima) Recent theater credits include Irina in Three Sisters, Fallaci directed by Oskar Eustis, Scorched, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aiesha Ghazali in The Near East, Masha in The Seagull with Dianne Wiest. She just finished work on the film The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts and a recurring role on the ABC drama “Quantico.” Other film and TV credits include a starring role in the independent film Almost in Love with Alan Cumming, RoboCop, Sex in the City 2, Funny in Farsi (directed by Barry Sonnenfeld), “Person of Interest,” “Royal Pains,” “Blue Bloods,” “Black Box,” “Unforgettable,” “Fringe,” multiple Law and Orders. She is a member of The Actors Center in NYC.

AMANDA QUAID (Inna) New York: The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons, world premiere by Madeleine George), Luck of the Irish (LCT3, Lortel nom), Cock (The Duke), A Public Reading…Walt Disney (Soho Rep, world premiere by Lucas Hnath), Pericles (Public, AEA St. Clair Bayfield Award), Equus (Broadway), The Illusion (Signature), Galileo (CSC), Happy Hour (Atlantic), The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull), The Seagull (dir. Max Stafford-Clark), three plays at Irish Rep, most recently The Weir. Regional: Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Folger, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. TV/film: “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Non-Stop. Faculty: HB Studio, The Freeman Studio. Quaid directed her first short film, English, in 2014, which premiered at Cannes Short Film Corner and will screen in May as part of the New York Women in Film and Television’s Immigrant Experiences Series. For more info, visit amandaquaid.com.

ANA REEDER (Renia) Broadway: Big Knife, Hedda Gabler, Top Girls, Sight Unseen; Off-Broadway: Radiance, The Maids, Happy Hour, Living Room in Africa, The Wooden Breeks, Small Tragedy (Obie), Humble Boy, An Experiment with an Air Pump,Time of the Cuckoo, Some Voices, Killers and Other Family, Maid, Macbeth, Henry VIII, Hedda Gabler (NYTW); London: The Distance from Here (Almeida Theatre) Williamstown: A Streetcar Named Desire. Film: No Country for Old Men, The Locksmith (original title: Homewrecker/ Best of Next/Sundance), Acts of Worship (Independent Spirit Award Nomination/Best Actress, Best Actress/Santa Barbara Film Festival), Marie and Bruce, One for the Money. TV: HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack, Damages, Law & Order, Blue Bloods. BA: Middlebury College, MFA: NYU.

ANDREA SYGLOWSKI (Pelagiya/Lera) recently appeared in the world premiere productions of The Nest by Theresa Rebeck (The Denver Center) and Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross (South Coast Rep). Her 2014 production of Venus in Fur at the Huntington Theatre garnered her the 2014 Elliott Norton Award for Best Actress in a Large Theatre, and an IRNE Award for Best Actress. She has participated in new play development workshops at The Roundabout, New York Theatre Workshop, Labyrinth Theatre Company, Bay Street Theatre, The Lark, Ars Nova, Jewish Plays Project, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, The New York Society Library, and BAM.  Other credits include: Asking for Trouble (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Walk Through (Slate Theatre Company), A Flea in her Ear, Bully to You, Schmoozy Togetherness, White Trash Anthem (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Three Sisters, Loves Labours Lost, Elijah, Carve (Chautauqua Theatre Company) Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at the Manor) TV: ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ ‘Elementary.’ Film: Every New York City Party Happens in a Bathroom. Training: USC and The Juilliard School, class of 2013, where she was the proud recipient of the Robin Williams Scholarship.


FINAL WEEK OF THE PIPELINE FESTIVAL

WEEK 5: April 21 – April 23

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The award-winning playwright Martyna Majok unveils her latest work for Pipeline Festival audiences.

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by Rachel Karpf Reidy

Starring Sofiya AkilovaPaola Lázaro, Marjan NeshatAmanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Andrea Syglowski

Martyna Majok, author of WP’s recent hit IRONBOUND, continues her exploration of the people on the fringes of society through a fierce and funny new play about immigrant women seeking more than the American Dream. Don’t miss this chance to see this award-winning playwright’s newest work in its earliest stages! #QueensPlay


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The Pipeline Festival: Rachel Karpf Reidy

Karpf-Reidy,-Rachel-Headshot-200px(Producer) Rachel Karpf Reidy works with artists and cultural institutions to produce theater and live performance pieces that inspire, delight, and move audiences. Recent works include Todd Almond and Courtney Love’s Kansas City Choir Boy (ART/Beth Morrison Projects) and Jay Scheib and Keeril Makan’s Persona (M.I.T & National Sawdust/Beth Morrison Projects). As Associate Director of Page 73: Clare Barron’s You Got Older, directed by Anne Kauffman (2 OBIE Awards, 4 Drama Desk Award noms., Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist); George Brant’s Grounded, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Drama Desk Award nom.); Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer, directed by Daniella Topol (co-produced with EST). With the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure, she has produced large-scale site-specific performance adventures including in the Brooklyn Museum (BEAT Festival), PRELUDE, Stony Brook University, and throughout the DUMBO neighborhood. For 13P: Lucy Thurber’s Monstrosity, Julia Jarcho’s American Treasure, and Madeline George’s The Zero Hour. Other projects at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and the Commonweal Theatre. Creator of the lecture series Saloon; grant review panelist for NSYCA and others. BA: Dartmouth College. rachelkarpfreidy.com


WEEK 5: April 21 – April 23

QUEENS

The award-winning playwright Martyna Majok unveils her latest work for Pipeline Festival audiences.

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by Rachel Karpf Reidy

Starring Sofiya AkilovaPaola Lázaro, Marjan NeshatAmanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Andrea Syglowski

Martyna Majok, author of WP’s recent hit IRONBOUND, continues her exploration of the people on the fringes of society through a fierce and funny new play about immigrant women seeking more than the American Dream. Don’t miss this chance to see this award-winning playwright’s newest work in its earliest stages! #QueensPlay


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The Pipeline Festival: Tamilla Woodard

Woodard,-Tamilla-Headshot-200px(Director) Tamilla Woodard is a theatre director working nationally and internationally. Currently, she is serving as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi-year initiative of The Working Theater. The project supports the commissioning and development of 5 Playwright/Director teams working in collaborations and creating theatrical works in response to and inside of working class communities in all 5 boroughs. She is co-founder of PopUp Theatrics, a partnership creating site specific and immersive productions around the world. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and former Audrey Fellow at New Georges. She graduated from The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program and is the recipient of The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women and The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists. Her work has been presented and developed at the Working Theater, NYTW, New Georges, HERE, The Lark, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, DR 2, The Culture Project, Urban Stages, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen Theatre and for festivals and theater’s Internationally. Most recent work includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream, NY Times Critics Pick, Cherry Smoke by James McManus, and La Ruta by Ed Cardona Jr, for Working Theater, NYC (NY Times End of Year List of Notable productions). For PopUP: Broken City: Harlem, a site specific commission by The Harlem Arts Festival. Long Distance Affair, a Skype immersive performance with editions in Romania, Argentina, Mexico, Scotland and the US; INSIDE, a site specific production with editions in Bucharest and Madrid. Upcoming: The Block by Dan Hoyle, Working Theater and Broken City: Wall Street, PopUP Theatrics.


WEEK 5: April 21 – April 23

QUEENS

The award-winning playwright Martyna Majok unveils her latest work for Pipeline Festival audiences.

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by Rachel Karpf Reidy

Starring Sofiya AkilovaPaola Lázaro, Marjan NeshatAmanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Andrea Syglowski

Martyna Majok, author of WP’s recent hit IRONBOUND, continues her exploration of the people on the fringes of society through a fierce and funny new play about immigrant women seeking more than the American Dream. Don’t miss this chance to see this award-winning playwright’s newest work in its earliest stages! #QueensPlay


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WATCH: Behind the Scenes with the QUEENS Creative Team

WEEK 5: April 21 – April 23

QUEENS

The award-winning playwright Martyna Majok unveils her latest work for Pipeline Festival audiences.

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by Rachel Karpf Reidy

Starring Sofiya AkilovaPaola Lázaro, Marjan NeshatAmanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Andrea Syglowski

Martyna Majok, author of WP’s recent hit IRONBOUND, continues her exploration of the people on the fringes of society through a fierce and funny new play about immigrant women seeking more than the American Dream. Don’t miss this chance to see this award-winning playwright’s newest work in its earliest stages! #QueensPlay


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The Pipeline Festival: RACHEL SUSSMAN

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(Producer) Rachel Sussman is a New York-based producer committed to nurturing diverse work through creative collaboration. She serves as the Director of Programming for The New York Musical Theatre Festival and is a co-founder of The Indigo Theatre Project as well as The MITTEN Lab, a new emerging artist residency in her native state of Michigan. Rachel has worked with such companies as Second Stage Theatre, 321 Theatrical Management, RKO Stage, Goodspeed Musicals’ Mercer Colony, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, The Tony Awards, and CREATE-Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Producing credits include: Talk to me about Shame (FringeNYC, Overall Excellence Award), Lemon Cake (133rd St. Arts Center), The Imaginary Menagerie (Joe’s Pub), and, most recently, The Woodsman (59E59 & New World Stages). She is currently developing a new musical with composer/lyricist Shaina Taub. Rachel is a trustee for The Awesome Foundation NYC and sits on Advisory Boards for The Musical Theatre Factory and Strangemen & Co. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute and a University Scholar alumna of NYU Tisch.


 

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When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the prominent Persian rug shop he built in New Haven after leaving Iran in 1979. After diving into a love affair with a dangerously beautiful customer and discovering her mother’s secret longing to return to her homeland after years in exile, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and desire. #RugDealerPlay

 


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The Pipeline Festival: THE CAST OF THE RUG DEALER

Farah Bala (Shiraz) Originally from Bombay, India, Farah is an actor, producer & leadership coach based in NY. Barrymore Award Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress (alongside theatre veteran Anna Deavere Smith). MFA Theater: Sarah Lawrence College; 2-year recipient of the Fezana Performing Arts Award. Select Theatre: Tales from the Tunnel; Honor Killing; In the Book Of; One-woman show To The Death of My Own Family, Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Select Film & TV: Entre Nos; The War Within; Karma, Confessions and Holi; Broad City. New play development at The Actors Studio, Labyrinth, Women’s Project, Red Bull, Rising Circle, The Lark, Ma Yi, among others. Profiled in Umbrage Edition’s national award winning book, GREEN CARD STORIES – one of 50 profiles of recent immigrant stories from around the world. farahbala.com

Soraya Broukhim (Azar) NYC Theatre Credits: Petrol Station (NYU/BAM), No Place to Hide (The Living Theatre, Bread & Puppet Theatre), I am Gordafarid (NYTW & Rising Circle), Soundwaves: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan (Fringe), Blackbird (One woman show, Schmucks Theatre), Here We Are, History of the World, SMOPS, Korach by Judith Malina (The Living Theatre), Red Tent Fabrik (JoyceSoho), Antigone, Betrothed (Ripe Time), Gut Girls (Chocolate Factory), Woyzeck (CultureProject), Innocent Erendira (Here), Logic of the Birds (Lincoln Center). Regional Theatre: Scorched (Syracuse Stage), In the Heart of America (Interact Co. PA), Wintertime (San Jose Rep), Afghan Women (Passage Theatre, NJ), Sodom & Gomorrah (O’Neill  Playwrights Conference), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (CT), & Blue Demon (WTF) dir. Darko Tresnjak. Europe: Antigone (Romania, UNESCO/ITI). TV/Film: “Madam Secretary,” Xenophilia, Flat Tire, Headshot, Rosewater, America 1979, Eugenia & John, An Encounter with Simone Weil, The Push. Graduate of Fordham University LC, BAADA, NTI, & St. Petersburg Arts Theatre Academy. Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Fordham University and Artistic Associate of the Living Theatre. sorayabroukhim.com

Edward A. Hajj (Raba) is delighted to be a part of the first ever “Pipeline Festival.” New York credits include: Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, New Georges, NAATCO, The Cherry Lane, Lark, New Dramatists, Naked Angels, Lincoln Center & EST.  Regional: Actors Theatre, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Alliance, InterAct. Many thanks to Rachel, Lee, Riti, Lisa and the WP staff, my acting partners and the “rug-dealing” production team. The best is yet to come. edwardhajj.com

Rita Wolf (Mariam) started her career with the Royal Court Youth Theatre in London. Her first professional job was Joint Stock Theatre Co’s Borderline by Hanif Kureishi. She has gone on to a career in theatre, TV and film which in the US includes Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at NYTW, BAM and Mark Taper Forum, David Grieg’s The American Pilot at MTC (Drama Desk nomination) and A.R. Gurney’s O, Jerusalem at The Flea. In 1991 she co-founded Kali Theatre Co in London to produce exclusively the work of female South Asian Theatre practitioners. Their latest show The Dishonoured by Aamina Ahmad opened in London this March.


 

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When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the prominent Persian rug shop he built in New Haven after leaving Iran in 1979. After diving into a love affair with a dangerously beautiful customer and discovering her mother’s secret longing to return to her homeland after years in exile, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and desire. #RugDealerPlay


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VIEW PRODUCTION PHOTOS: VEIL’D

VIEW PHOTOS: FALL IN LOVE WITH VEIL’D by Monet Hurst-Mendoza, directed Sarah Krohn, and produced by Kristen Luciani for THE PIPELINE FESTIVAL!
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The Pipeline Festival: Kristen Luciani

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(Producer) Kristen Luciani currently works in general management at DR Theatrical Management. She is also an independent producer and formerly served as Associate Producer to Elizabeth I. McCann. Kristen has previously worked with The Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons. Independent credits include: Judith (Kraine Theater) and We Declare You a Terrorist (Summer Play Festival). As Management Associate to Liz McCann and Joey Parnes, Broadway credits include: Hair, The Merchant of Venice, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Kristen is also the co-founder and Executive Producer of Paradox Productions, a boutique Executive Producing and General Management firm (www.paradoxprods.com). She holds a BFA in Theater/Producing from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.


 

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PHOTOS: Ironbound Opening Night

View a slideshow of photographs from the opening night of the critically acclaimed IRONBOUND:
IRONBOUND OPENING NIGHT

 

PHOTOS: The Pipeline Festival ‘Kick Off’

View a slideshow of photographs from the ‘Kick Off’ toast and party for WP’s inaugural Pipeline Festival:

The Pipeline Festival Kick Off


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The Pipeline Festival: CYGNUS Begins March 24!

WEEK 1: March 24 – 26

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An inexplicable and life-altering event sends Cydney on a search for a divine solution to her earthly problems.

By Susan Soon He Stanton
Directed by Danya Taymor
Produced by Liz Olson

Starring Damon DaunnoTeresa Avia Lim, Kate Rigg

Cydney believes an angel rescued her from an ineffable trauma, and the truth may prove stranger than she imagines. In this mythic, hilarious, and poetic new play, Susan Soon He Stanton spins a dark fairy tale where a burnt feather may illuminate the possibility of a divine intervention. #CygnusPlay


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The Pipeline Festival: CYGNUS’ Kate Rigg

Kate Rigg 1 (Cygnus)Kate Rigg (Mama Hansen) Off Broadway: The JammerThree Kinds of Exile (Atlantic), BFE (LongWharf/Playwrights Horizons), Dogeaters (The Public) Vagina Monologues (Westside Theater) Most Fabulous Story (NYTW) Regional: Playmakers Rep, ATL, Brava, CTGLA, New World Theater, Out North, Conworks. TV: The PathLaw and Order SVU, Law and Order, Law and Order CI, Fox’s Family Guy, One Night Stand-Up, Dr. Phil,  Comedy Central Women in Comedy, Showtime’s Hot Tamales, Film: Race Is the Place, That’s What She Said, The Naughty Show. Artist Residencies: Smithsonian Institute, NYFA, Comedy Central Theater. Lead Singer of the spoken word/rock outfit Slanty Eyed Mama. Stand Up Comic and solo artist in stadiums and dive bars around the world.  Graduate: Julliard. www.katerigg.com


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The Pipeline Festival: CYGNUS’ Teresa Avia Lim

Teresa-Avia-Lim-(Cygnus)Teresa Avia Lim (Cydney Hansen) Theatre: NAATCO’S Awake and Sing and Macbeth Mobile Shakespeare Unit at the Public Theater, Peerless at Yale Rep, 4000 Miles at Long Wharf Theatre, Seminar at Philadelphia Theatre Co. Originated her roles in Water by the Spoonful at Hartford Stage, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Humana Festival/ Actors theatre of Louisville and Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West at Berkeley Rep. Also appeared in productions of Lorenzaccio, Pericles, Macbeth, and the Tempest at The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC. Television: “Blue Bloods”, “Limitless”, “Unforgettable”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”. Film: Dispatched. Training: Yale School of Drama: An Inaugural Recipient of Jerome L. Greene Scholarship.


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The Pipeline Festival: CYGNUS’ Damon Daunno

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Damon Daunno (Jason) is an Actor and Musician from New Jersey. He received a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Some acting credits include: Broadway: Kneehigh Theater Co.’s Brief Encounter. Off Broadway: Kneehigh Theater Co.’s Wild Bride (St.Ann’s Warehouse), Tristan and Yseult (St.Ann’s Warehouse). Regional: Oklahoma! (Bard), These Paper Bullets! (Geffen Playhouse), The Last Goodbye (Williamstown), Fly By Night (Dallas Theater Center), Jesus in India (Magic). Film & TV: “The Following” (Fox). He is also a composer and multi-intsrumentalist and has produced scores for short and feature length films. He is represented by Abrams Artist Agency and Authentic Management.


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The Pipeline Festival: Susan Soon He Stanton

Soon-He-Stanton,-Susan---Headshot-200px(Playwright) Susan Soon He Stanton’s plays include Takarazuka!!!, Today Is My Birthday, SEEK, The Things Are Against Us, Cygnus, The Underneath, and more. Her plays have been produced or developed at Clubbed Thumb, East West Players, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Washington Ensemble Theater, Joe’s Pub, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and others.

She is a two-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient. Writing groups and residencies include Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Playwrights Center Corewriter, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, Lark Van Lier Fellowship, Hedgebrook, and MaYi Playwrights Lab. Other awards include Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, Kilroy’s List, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. She is a writing consultant for Disney Creative Entertainment. She received a Feature Film Development Grant from the Sloan Foundation. Films include Dress, Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will. BFA: NYU Tisch, MFA: Yale School of Drama.


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The Pipeline Festival: Liz Olson

Olson,-Liz---headshot-200px(Producer) Liz Olson is a freelance producer and the General Manager/Line Producer of Tectonic Theater Project (Carmen, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, Uncommon Sense). Previously, she was the Managing Director of Studio 42, where she produced Ken Urban’s Wasps and worked on productions of Bekkah Brunstetter’s Miss Lilly Gets Boned and Gregory S. Moss’s Billy Witch. In the past, she has worked at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYTW, Playwrights Realm, and Two River Theater Company. She is the producer for Reentry, which tours US Naval bases as part of their soldier reintegration training. This brings her full circle in life as she is a third generation Navy brat who now produces theater for the Navy. Freelance includes Couriers and Contrabands and Be A Good Little Widow.  She holds an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University and a bachelor’s from The College of William and Mary.


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PHOTOS: IRONBOUND OPENING NIGHT!


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The Pipeline Festival: Pearl Hodiwala

Hodiwala,Pearl-Headshot-200px(Producer) Pearl Hodiwala is from Sydney, Australia and has a background in development, fundraising and producing and theatre management.  Pearl has worked as Philanthropy Coordinator at Belvoir Street Theatre, and Producing Fellow at The Public Theater. Currently, Pearl is Strategy and Business Development Coordinator with Disney Theatrical Productions and Managing Director of Kaimera Productions (www.kaimeraproductions.com).  Selected works: Jupiter (a play about power) (La Mama), The Fall (Flamboyan Theatre) and Underland (59E59). Member of the Women’s Project Producers Lab 2014-2016. Bachelor Arts and Science from Sydney University and Masters of Arts Administration from Columbia University.


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The Pipeline Festival: LEE SUNDAY EVANS

Lee-Sunday-Evans-#rugdealerplay(Director) Lee Sunday Evans is a director and choreographer. Credits Include: Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue at Humana/Actors Theater of Louisville, a workshop production of Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew at Alley All New, D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich at Clubbed Thumb; A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks… by Kate Benson at New Georges/Women’s Project Theater (OBIE Award), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew at 59E59 Theatres; God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz at Juilliard; Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown; and The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. Additionally, her work has been presented/developed at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sundance Institute Theater Program, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, CATCH, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. She is currently developing new projects with Andy Bragen, Kate Benson and Matthew Paul Olmos among others. As the resident director for CollaborationTown, she is currently developing a new musical as part of New Victory’s LabWorks, and working on a commission from LCT3. Upcoming: Macbeth at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.


 

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When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the prominent Persian rug shop he built in New Haven after leaving Iran in 1979. After diving into a love affair with a dangerously beautiful customer and discovering her mother’s secret longing to return to her homeland after years in exile, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and desire. #RugDealerPlay

 


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The Pipeline Festival: Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Campbell-Holt,-Adrienne-Headshot-200px(Director) Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. Upcoming: world premiere of Cal in Camo (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), Dear Elizabeth (Dorset Theater Festival). Recent world premieres: Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE, September 2015), Chiara Atik’s 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Other productions: Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival, VT), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), world premiere of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne is a Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow. She has developed work with La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Underground, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Playwrights’ Center and EST. She is also the director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.


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GO BEHIND THE SCENES: UNTITLED

WEEK 5: April 21 – April 23

UNTITLED

The award-winning playwright Martyna Majok unveils her latest work for Pipeline Festival audiences.

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by Rachel Karpf Reidy

Martyna Majok, author of WP’s recent hit IRONBOUND, continues her exploration of the people on the fringes of society through a fierce and funny new play about immigrant women seeking more than the American Dream. Don’t miss this chance to see this award-winning playwright’s newest work in its earliest stages! #UntitledPipeline

 


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GO BEHIND THE SCENES: THE RUG DEALER

WEEK 4: April 14 – April 16

THE RUG DEALER

THE RUG DEALER

“I’m mad to be a woman running this rug business…but sometimes the right person comes along for the right rug and the match is magic.”

By Riti Sachdeva
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Produced by Rachel Sussman

Starring Farah Bala, Soraya Broukhim, Edward HajjRita Wolf

When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the prominent Persian rug shop he built in New Haven after leaving Iran in 1979. After diving into a love affair with a dangerously beautiful customer and discovering her mother’s secret longing to return to her homeland after years in exile, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and desire. #RugDealerPlay

 


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GO BEHIND THE SCENES: KINGS

WEEK 3: April 7 – April 9

KINGS

By Sarah Burgess
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Produced by Pearl Hodiwala

Starring Quincy Tyler BernstineJess Love, Larry Pine, Charles Socarides

A first term congresswoman worries for the state of our republic when she experiences Washington’s political fundraising apparatus up close. When she doesn’t play along with lobbyists, her numbers suffer, and her party tries to push her aside. Tries. #KingsPlay

 


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GO BEHIND THE SCENES: VEIL’D

WEEK 2: March 31 – April 2

VEIL’D 

Not every fairy tale has sunshine.

By Monet Hurst-Mendoza
Directed by Sarah Krohn
Produced by Kristen Luciani

Starring Dahlia AzamaPurva Bedi, Tommy Crawford, Dariush KashaniMatthew Van Oss

16-year old Dima has a rare skin allergy that compels her to hide behind her mother’s old burqa. Her parents worry she’s lonely and wish they could give her the perfect American upbringing they imagined when they left Afghanistan. But they don’t know about Dima’s secret friends: Elliot, a self-described beatnik who spends his days hawking poems on the street corner below her window, and a talking nurse shark named Speedo. With a little encouragement from her fairy god-shark, Dima and Elliot’s relationship begins to blossom–but can Dima really expect a happy ending? #VeildPlay

 

 


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GO BEHIND THE SCENES: CYGNUS

WEEK 1: March 24 – 26

CYGNUS

An inexplicable and life-altering event sends Cydney on a search for a divine solution to her earthly problems.

By Susan Soon He Stanton
Directed by Danya Taymor
Produced by Liz Olson

Starring Damon DaunnoTeresa Avia Lim, Kate Rigg

Cydney believes an angel rescued her from an ineffable trauma, and the truth may prove stranger than she imagines. In this mythic, hilarious, and poetic new play, Susan Soon He Stanton spins a dark fairy tale where a burnt feather may illuminate the possibility of a divine intervention. #CygnusPlay

 


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PHOTO FLASH: THE PIPELINE FESTIVAL

Go Behind the Scenes of the Pipeline Festival Photo Shoot with this slideshow:

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GO BEHIND THE SCENES: THE PIPELINE FESTIVAL


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WATCH THE IRONBOUND TRAILER

VIEW the trailer for the critically acclaimed IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok and directed by Daniella Topol.  Starring Josiah Bania (Ironbound at Round House Theatre, Sarah Ruhl’s Three Sisters at Yale Rep), Shiloh Fernandez (“Queen of Carthage,” “Red Riding Hood”), Marin Ireland (Kill Floor, Reasons to Be Pretty) and Drama Desk nominee Morgan Spector (A View From The Bridge, “Boardwalk Empire”). Film by Erik Pearson & Banjan Brownstone, LLC. Music by Josiah Bania.


 

The Pipeline Festival: Sarah Burgess

Burgess,-Sarah-Headshot-200px(Playwright) SARAH BURGESS‘s play Dry Powder premiered at the Public Theater this March. Dry Powder was a recipient of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, and a finalist for the Blackburn prize.  Other plays include Camdenside (Ground Floor selection, Berkeley Rep; Kilroys List 2015) and FAIL: Failures (ANT Fest).  Writer for The Tenant (Woodshed Collective) and “Naked Radio,” Naked Angels’ podcast series.  Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Member of the WP Lab; Ars Nova Play Group alum.


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herMajesty hails The Pipeline Festival

“herMajesty’s NY-based dream pop revels in spacey, glam Briticisms and a blissful expansiveness that can only be described as, well, majestic.” – CMJ Music Report

The New York City indie rock/pop band, herMajesty answered a late night call for music for THE PIPELINE FESTIVAL‘s “Behind the Scenes” video. The band generously provided the use of their melodic song “Operator,” with the message “Shine so Bright” Pipeline Festival!

Listen to IRONBOUND’s Josiah Bania sing the Blues “Czerwony Jak Cegla.”

REVIA Magazine: Playwright Martyna Majok Taking Center Stage

 

PHOTO FLASH: IRONBOUND


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The Pipeline Festival: Sarah Krohn

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(Director) Sarah Krohn’s directing credits include Horse Girls by Jenny Rachel Weiner (the cell), The Pits by Joshua Harmon (Williamstown Theater Festival), You Remind Me of You by Matthew Capodicasa (Fordham/Primary Stages), The Next War by Kate Mulley (Columbia Playwriting); Parade (Yale Dramat), and Victor Frange Presents Gas, which she co-conceived with Dan O’Neil (Incubator Arts). Member of the 2014-16 Women’s Project Theater Lab, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab; recipient of Williamstown Theater Festival’s Sagal Fellowship; co-facilitator of the New Georges Jam writer/director group. Graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Carnegie Mellon (MFA). www.sarahkrohn.com


 

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The Pipeline Festival: Lee Sunday Evans

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(Director) Lee Sunday Evans is a director and choreographer. Credits Include: Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue at Humana/Actors Theater of Louisville, a workshop production of Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew at Alley All New, D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich at Clubbed Thumb; A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks… by Kate Benson at New Georges/Women’s Project Theater (OBIE Award), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew at 59E59 Theatres; God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz at Juilliard; Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown; and The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. Additionally, her work has been presented/developed at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sundance Institute Theater Program, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, CATCH, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. She is currently developing new projects with Andy Bragen, Kate Benson and Matthew Paul Olmos among others. As the resident director for CollaborationTown, she is currently developing a new musical as part of New Victory’s LabWorks, and working on a commission from LCT3. Upcoming: Macbeth at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

 


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The Pipeline Festival: Susan Soon He Stanton

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(Playwright) Susan Soon He Stanton’s plays include Takarazuka!!!, Today Is My Birthday, SEEK, The Things Are Against Us, Cygnus, The Underneath, and more. Her plays have been produced or developed at Clubbed Thumb, East West Players, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Washington Ensemble Theater, Joe’s Pub, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and others.

She is a two-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient. Writing groups and residencies include Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Playwrights Center Corewriter, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, Lark Van Lier Fellowship, Hedgebrook, and MaYi Playwrights Lab. Other awards include Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, Kilroy’s List, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. She is a writing consultant for Disney Creative Entertainment. She received a Feature Film Development Grant from the Sloan Foundation. Films include Dress, Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will. BFA: NYU Tisch, MFA: Yale School of Drama.

 


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The Pipeline Festival: RITA SACHDEVA

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(Playwright) Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She has developed work with the Public Theater, The Civilians R&D Group, PlayWrights Center, National New Play Network, University of Hawaii Asian Theatre Program, American Theater Company, Working Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Works, and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Her play Parts of Parts & Stitches received The Kennedy Center’s Quest for Peace award. She is a recipient of a TCG On the Road grant and recently traveled to Kerala, India to start adapting elements of Kathakali to her stage play Other Farmers’ Fields. Acting highlights include work with DisneyChannel, HBO, various awesome indie films, National Hispanic Cultural Center, MTWorks, Honest Aaccomplice, EarSay, Hybrid, and performances of her original works with MidNites cHiLd Productions in LA, Toronto, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and NYC. Riti continues to write, act, and study her beloved flamenco.


 

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When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the prominent Persian rug shop he built in New Haven after leaving Iran in 1979. After diving into a love affair with a dangerously beautiful customer and discovering her mother’s secret longing to return to her homeland after years in exile, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and desire. #RugDealerPlay

 


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The Pipeline Festival: Martyna Majok

Majok, Martyna-Headshot-200px(Playwright) Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Women’s Project Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Yale Cabaret, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Round House Theatre, Satori Group, Red Tape Theatre, and The LIDA Project, among others. Awards include the inaugural Women’s Invitational Prize at Ashland New Play Festival, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Marin Theatre Company, “The New Yorker” website, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Foundry Theatre. Publications by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, TCG, and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, Marble House Project, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. Martyna is currently part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Program at The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST’s Youngblood. Member of Women’s Project Lab, The Dramatist Guild, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence. She is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.


WEEK 5: April 21 – April 23

QUEENS

The award-winning playwright Martyna Majok unveils her latest work for Pipeline Festival audiences.

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by Rachel Karpf Reidy

Starring Sofiya AkilovaPaola Lázaro, Marjan NeshatAmanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Andrea Syglowski

Martyna Majok, author of WP’s recent hit IRONBOUND, continues her exploration of the people on the fringes of society through a fierce and funny new play about immigrant women seeking more than the American Dream. Don’t miss this chance to see this award-winning playwright’s newest work in its earliest stages! #QueensPlay


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The Pipeline Festival: Monet Hurst-Mendoza

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“Variety excites me. I like seeing atypical stories told from various perspectives.” – Monet Hurst-Mendoza

(Playwright) Monet Hurst-Mendoza is a New York-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theater Collective, |the claque|, Lookingglass Theatre, The Oneness Project, The Other Mirror, The Kupferberg Center, #serials@The Flea, Amios (Shotz!), and Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem. She is the current Playwright in Residence for The Other Mirror, and a member of the 2016 inaugural Mitten Lab in Detroit, |the claque|’s Octo-Group, the 2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, and the 2014-2016 Women’s Project Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow. Proud member: Rising Circle Theater Collective, and |the claque|. B.A.: Marymount Manhattan College.


 

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Get to Know IRONBOUND’s MARIN IRELAND

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MARIN IRELAND is DARJA

“We are not having nice conversation.” – Darja

(Darja) Marin Ireland is a highly acclaimed actress of stage and screen. She stars opposite Corey Stoll in the independent feature GLASS CHIN, a performance for which she’s nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award. She was recently seen in the indie film, THE FAMILY FANG, which debut at the Toronto Film Festival, and other recent film credits include THE PHENOM, BOTTLED UP, and 28 HOTEL ROOMS. This past year, she starred in the NBC miniseries THE SLAP, in addition to recurring roles on HBO’s GIRLS and Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX. She will next star in the Amazon series, SNEAKY PETE. Tony Award nominated for her performance in Neil LaBute’s REASONS TO BE PRETTY, Marin recently received rave reviews for her performance in Lincoln Center Theater’s play KILL FLOOR and starred on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of THE BIG KNIFE, opposite Bobby Cannavale.

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Get to Know IRONBOUND’s MORGAN SPECTOR

 

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MORGAN SPECTOR is TOMMY

“I could…try to be more understanding-“ – Tommy

MORGAN SPECTOR’s credits include Broadway: Machinal, Harvey, A View From the Bridge. Off-Broadway: Russian Transport (New Group, Drama Desk Nomination). Regional: Dissonance (Bay Street Theatre), The Lion King national tour, Enemies: A Love Story (Wilma Theatre). Television: Series Regular: “The Money (pilot),””Allegiance”, “The Broad Squad” (pilot), “Paradise Pictures (pilot). Recurring: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Person of Interest,” “Zero Hour,” “Law & Order: CI,” “How to Make It in America.” Guest Star: “Orange is the New Black,” “Do No Harm,” Film: Permission, The Bleeder, Christine, Split, The Drop, All Is Bright, Grand Street, Musical Chairs, Burning Blue, The Last Airbender. BA, Reed College; MFA, American Conservatory Theatre.

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Get to Know IRONBOUND’s JOSIAH BANIA

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JOSIAH BANIA is MAKS

“We are not just body. Lift. Pull. Push. We are more than this.” – Maks

“Josiah Bania is the embodiment of youthful, crazy charisma!” – DC Theatre Scene on the world premiere of IRONBOUND at Round House Theatre

Josiah Bania is making  his Rattlestick, WP Theater, and New York City theatre debut in Ironbound. Regional credits include the world premiere of Ironbound, at Round House Theatre, Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Three Sisters at Yale Repertory Theatre; Loves Labour’s Lost at Chautauqua Theatre Company; The Secret in the Wings, at Yale Summer Cabaret; The History Boys at Artists Repertory Theatre; The Uneasy Chair at CoHo Theater; A Christmas Carol, and JAW: A Playwright’s Festival at Portland Center Stage. Television credits include “The Good Wife”, “Leverage”, and “The Mysteries of Laura”. Josiah holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he appeared as Iago in Othello, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Medvedenko in The Seagull, and Nolan in Petty Harbour.

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Get to Know IRONBOUND’s SHILOH FERNANDEZ

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SHILOH FERNANDEZ is VIC

“…I’m just tryin to help.” – Vic

Shiloh Fernandez grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. He moved to Los Angeles and has been in several major motion pictures and television productions including starring opposite Amanda Seyfried in “Red Riding Hood,” Shailene Woodley in “White Bird in a Blizzard,” and  alongside Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski in “We Are Your Friends.”  In 2015, Shiloh made his debut as a producer and screenwriter in the independent thriller “Queen of Carthage,” in which he also starred in opposite Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”). Shiloh’s latest movie “Long Nights Short Mornings” recently premiere at the 2016 SXSW festival. Shiloh is making his New York stage debut in Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s and WP Theater’s premiere of the award-winning and critically acclaimed IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok and directed by Daniella Topol.

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Watch the trailer for his latest movie here: LONG NIGHTS SHORT MORNINGS.

 

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Announces 2015–16 Finalists

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Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Announces 2015–16 Finalists

Ten female playwrights from the U.S. and the U.K. are nominated,
with the winner to be announced Feb. 22.
By American Theatre Editors

WP’s Sarah Burgess, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage & Suzan-Lori Parks among finalist.

NEW YORK CITY: The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced the finalists for its 2015–16 playwriting award, the oldest and largest prize given to female playwrights. Selected from more than 150 nominated plays, the 10 finalists are Sarah Burgess for Dry Powder; Rachel Cusk for Medea; Sarah DeLappe for The Wolves; Sam Holcroft for Rules for Living; Anna Jordan for Yen; Dominique Morisseau for Skeleton Crew; Lynn Nottage for Sweat; Suzan-Lori Parks for Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3); Bea Roberts for And Then Come the Nightjars; and Noni Stapleton for Charolais.

The judges for the 2015–16 prize are Kate Bassett, Jeremy Herrin, Tanya Moodie, Greta Gerwig, Sam Gold, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

The winner will be announced on Feb. 22 at a presentation at the National Theatre in London. The winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000 and a signed print by artist Willem de Kooning created especially for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The other finalists will each take home an award of $5,000.

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a Houston-based organization, reflects the values of  American actor and writer Susan Smith Blackburn. She grew up in Houston and lived in London for the last 15 years of her life. Since the award’s inception in 1978, more than 350 playwrights have been honored as finalists.

Martyna Majok’s favorite part of the playmaking process…

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Steppenwolf Article: GETTING TO KNOW PLAYWRIGHT MARTYNA MAJOK

What is your favorite part of the playmaking process, and why?

Martyna Majok: Workshops. Tom Stoppard likens outside perspectives on his plays to going through customs at the airport. The officer asks you to declare what you have in your luggage. you tell him. “A four character play about a lady at a bus stop in Jersey.” Then he goes rifling through your bags and finds all these things you didn’t realize you’d packed. Like capitalism and the contradictions of modern feminism in certain socioeconomic situations.

Read more at Steppenwolf.org

GET TO KNOW CELEBRATED DIRECTOR DANIELLA TOPOL

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Director Daniella Topol’s previous WP Theater productions include: Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer, Jessica Dickey’s Row After Row, Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something, Trista Baldwin’s Sand. Recent productions include: Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep),  Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Theatre) Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre and MaYi Theatre), Carla Ching’s Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness (MaYi Theatre), Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad (City Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Janet Allard and Niko Tsakalakos’ Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Company), Anna Ziegler’s PHOTOGRAPH 51 (Theatre J), Susan Bernfield’s STRETCH (People’s Light and Theatre Company). She has directed readings and workshops for a number of companies and is currently a member of the board of the Lark Play Development Center, has been a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts and TCG. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect, member of EST, a Women’s Project Lab alumnus, and a New Georges affiliated artist. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Learn more about Daniella Topol

Website: daniellatopol.com

Read Meet the Directors, The New York Times

Photograph of Daniella Topol by Chad Batka

 

GET TO KNOW AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT MARTYNA MAJOK

(Playwright) Martyna Majok (pronounced “my-oak”) was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Women’s Project Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Yale Cabaret, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Round House Theatre, Satori Group, Red Tape Theatre, and The LIDA Project, among others. Awards include the inaugural Women’s Invitational Prize at Ashland New Play Festival, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New Yorker website, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Foundry Theatre. Publications by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. Martyna is currently part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Program at The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST’s Youngblood. Member of Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, The Dramatist Guild, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at NJRep. She is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.

WebsiteMartynaMajok.com

Recent Articles:
Heavyweight Playwriting Fellowship Names 2015-16 Recipient, Variety
8 Playwrights Receive ‘Exit’ Grants as They Graduate From EST’s Youngblood, American Theatre
UpClose: Martyna Majok, Women’s Voices Theater Festival, DC Theatre Scene
Getting to Know Playwright Martyna MajokSteppenwolf Theatre Company

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TAKE A LOOK AT WP’s YEAR IN REVIEW!

Thank you for your continued support of WP Theater! See you in 2016…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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HOWEVER, WHENEVER & WHEREVER…
you celebrate this holiday season, your WP Theater family hopes that it is full of JOY & GREAT CHEER!

LISTEN! ENJOY! WP THEATER’S 2015 HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLIST

For your listening pleasure, Team WP Theater put together a sing along, snap your fingers, swaying playlist of classic holiday songs. Click above, listen, and enjoy the holiday season and new year with these tunes by your side.

“IRONBOUND is…The first KNOCKOUT of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival” – The Washington Post

IRONBOUND NEWS + MORE

IRONBOUND NEWS + MORE

Women's+Voices+Theater+FestivalThe premiere of IRONBOUND by Round House Theatre with the dynamic duo, Martyna Majok and Daniella Topol, at the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival was met with rave reviews! Here are just a few of the stellar reviews:

“The first KNOCKOUT of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival” -The Washington Post

“…a deceptively simple, thought-provoking, and an ELEGANT WORK OF ART.” -Broadway World

5-Stars“IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok…amounts to 90 MINUTES OF BLISTERING GOODNESS.” -DC Theatre Scene

#1 HIT OF THE WEEK” & “…a well written script; superb acting and a high-end production all helmed by the immensely talented director Daniella Topol.” -MD Theatre Guide

DON’T MISS THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF THIS “ELEGANT WORK OF ART!”

 

FREE EVENT SERIES: DEAR MISS BISHOP

FREE EVENT SERIES

WP Theater & Farrar, Straus and Giroux present
DEAR MISS BISHOP: POETS IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH RUHL’S DEAR ELIZABETH

UP NEXT & FINAL PROGRAM
December 5, 4:30pm, WP Theater, 2162 Broadway & 76th Street, NYC

KRJ and AC

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, Psychiatrist, Author, Educator, Touched With Fire, An Unquiet Mind

Interviewed by Dr. Anthony Charuvastra, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Recognized by NPR as one of “their all-time favorite books,” read a review of Jamison’s bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, at NPR Books.

 

GET TO KNOW: Harris Yulin starring as Robert Lowell in DEAR ELIZABETH

Harris Yulin

Harris Yulin has appeared on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, The Price, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Visit, A Lesson From Aloes, and Watch On The Rhine. His off-Broadway credits include Raindance at Signature Theatre; Don Juan In Hell at Symphony Space; Steve Tesich’s Arts And Leisure at Playwrights Horizons; Tina Howe’s Approaching Zanzibar at Second Stage; Hamlet, King John, Richard III, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at New York Shakespeare Festival; and Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Hedda Gabler at Roundabout. Regional credits include Finishing the Picture at Goodman Theatre; a recent appearance in the title role of King Lear at New Jersey Shakespeare Festival; The Talking Cure at Mark Taper Forum; Tartuffe at the Guthrie and Arena Stage; Henry V at Hartford Stage; and The Tempest at Shakespeare & Co. Mr. Yulin’s directing credits include Horton Foote’s The Prisoner’s Song at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Conor McPherson’s This Lime Tree Bower at Primary Stages; Don Juan In Hell in London (Riverside Studios) and in New York (Symphony Space), Steve Tesich’s Baba Goya (Second Stage), Adele Shank’s Winter Play at Second Stage; Candida at the Shaw Festival; and The Front Page and The Guardsman at Long Wharf. His television credits include “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “Mister Sterling,” “24,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Frasier” (Emmy Nomination), and “La Femme Nikita” (Emmy Nomination). His film credits include Fur, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Emperor’s Club, Training Day, The Million Dollar Hotel, The Hurricane, Looking for Richard, Murder at 1600, Multiplicity, Clear and Present Danger, and Scarface.


WP Theater presents

New York Premiere
DEAR ELIZABETH
Written by Sarah Ruhl & Directed by Kate Whoriskey
FINAL WEEK – MUST CLOSE DEC 5!

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Starring a rotating cast of LUMINARIES including: BECKY ANN BAKER, DAVID AARON BAKER, KATHLEEN CHALFANT, RINDE ECKERT, CHERRY JONES, MIA KATIGBAK, ELLEN MCLAUGHLIN, POLLY NOONAN, PETER SCOLARI, J. SMITH-CAMERON, JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON & HARRIS YULIN.

 

LISTEN to our DEAR ELIZABETH Soundcloud Playlist!


 

“It’s Captivating! Ravishing!” says WNYC! Listen to a review of WP’s DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl at WNYC.org

Read the full review here.

 

GET TO KNOW: Mia Katigbak starring as Elizabeth Bishop in DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl

Mia Katigbak

NYC: Most recent: Awake & Sing! NAATCO (Obie Award); Washeteria (Soho Rep); A Beautiful Day in November…Great Lakes (New Georges/Women’s Project), Scenes from a  Marriage (New York Theater Workshop). Other NYC: Public Theater, Foundry Theater, Civilians, Ma-Yi, Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb, Intar, Pan Asian Rep. Regional: Berkeley Repertory Theater (CA), Swine Palace (LA), Guthrie (MN). International: Manila, Philippines; Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Film: I Smile Back, Clutter, Slow Jam King. TV: “Mysteries of Laura,” “Chicago PD,” “Conviction.” Artistic Producing Director and co-founder, NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company).  Founding director, CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists). Other awards:  Lucille Lortel, Lee Reynolds Awards (League of Professional Theatre Women); Actors Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award, in recognition of her “artistic contribution to the universality of the human experience in the American theater”; New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Actor Award. BA, Barnard College; MA, Columbia University.


 

GET TO KNOW: Rinde Eckert starring as Robert Lowell in DEAR ELIZABETH

Rinde Eckert

Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer and director. His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia. Eckert began his career as a writer and performer in the 1980’s, writing librettos for Paul Dresher (Pioneer, Power Failure, Slow Fire, Ravenshead). He composed dance scores for choreographers Sarah Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins, including the evening-length Woman, Window, Square for The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Rinde began composing and performing his own music/theater works in 1992 with The Gardening of Thomas D, an homage to Dante which subsequently toured the United States and France. Staged works for solo performer include Becoming…Unusual: The Education of an Eclectic; three one-act plays: An Idiot Divine, Romeo Sierra Tango and Quit This House; and works for radio including Shoot the Moving Things and Four Songs Lost in a Wall. Writing credits for the theater include Highway Ulysses, Horizon, Orpheus X, And God Created Great Whales, which has been produced three times with the original cast and director, for a total of 227 performances. And God Created Great Whales, Horizon and Orpheus X have run off-Broadway, garnering Drama Desk Nominations and the Lucille Lortel Award. Rinde has received numerous honors and awards for his body of work. In 2012 he was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist, was honored to receive the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters 2005 Marc Blitzstein Award. In 2007 Rinde Eckert was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Eckert wrote the text and performed in the multi-media production Slide with composer/guitarist Mackey and the new music ensemble 8th blackbird, which toured to major university campuses and the Ojai Festival. Renamed Lonely Motel by Cedille Records, the project won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Eckert and Mackey are members of BIG FARM, a ‘prog-rock’ super group with drummer Jason Treuting (So Percussion) and bassist Mark Haanstra. Rinde Eckert’s own uniquely eclectic music is released on Germany’s Intuition label and through Songline/Tonefield Productions.


 

GET TO KNOW: Ellen McLaughlin starring as Elizabeth Bishop in DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl

Ellen McLaughlin

Ellen McLaughlin’s acting work includes originating the part of the Angel in Angels in America, playing the role in workshops and regional productions through its Broadway run in 1993-1994. Other favorite work includes the Homebody in Bart Sher’s production of Homebody/Kabul (Intiman, Seattle, WA), Pirate Jenny in A Threepenny Opera (Trinity Rep. Elliot Norton Award), Claire in Albee’s A Delicate Balance, (Arena Stage, Yale Repertory Theater), Margie in Good People (George St. Playhouse. Seattle Rep.) and Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (George St. Playhouse.) New York credits include: String of Pearls (Primary Stages), Blue Window (Manhattan Theater Club), and A Bright Room Called Day (Public Theater). Television work includes several appearances on “Law and Order”. McLaughlin is also a playwright.


 

WP Theater honored by the KILROYS

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To celebrate just a few of the theaters achieving playwright parity on American stages this season, the Kilroys surprised 13 theaters around the country on Thursday, November 19, 2015 with cakes to honor the efforts they are making to produce women and trans* writers. Stealthy playwright allies delivered the cakes, which feature the names of playwrights the theater or festival is producing this season. Pizza and beer were delivered to industry leaders at yours truly, WP THEATER, for “feeding artistic ambitions for nearly four decades!” #CakeDrop

WATCH ‘Conversations with Cherry Jones’

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. View a featured career Conversations with Cherry Jones moderated by Broadway World’s Richard Ridge of “Backstage with Richard Ridge!”


 

GET TO KNOW: Cherry Jones starring as Elizabeth Bishop in DEAR ELIZABETH

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Recent News: 

November 10, 2015: Anjelica Huston & Cherry Jones Join ‘Transparent’ – Watch Season 2 Teaser, Deadline Hollywood

November 4, 2015: Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones Join Hank Williams Biopic ‘I Saw the Light’, The Hollywood Reporter

Cherry Jones starred most recently in the triumphant Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie (Tony Nomination), which originated at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is a founding member and where earlier in her career she appeared in more than 25 productions including Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Broadway and Off-Broadway: Doubt (Tony, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards), Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The Heiress (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Pride’s Crossing (Drama Desk Award); When We Were Young and Unafraid; The Baltimore Waltz (Obie Award); Faith Healer; Flesh and Blood; Imaginary Friends; A Moon for the Misbegotten (Tony Award nomination); Angels in America; Our Country’s Good (Tony Award nomination); and Roundabout Theatre Company’s productions of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara and The Night of the Iguana. Television: President Allison Taylor in “24” (Emmy Award), “What Makes a Family,” “Awake,” the next season of “Transparent” on Amazon, the upcoming series “Mercy Street,” and the upcoming mini-series “11/22/63” starring James Franco. Film: Ocean’s Twelve, Cradle Will Rock, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Erin Brockovich, Signs, The Village, Mother and Child, Swimmers, the upcoming films I Saw the Light, and Fun House opposite Tina Fey.

Photograph of Cherry Jones by Zachary Maxwell Stertz


 

GET TO KNOW: David Aaron Baker starring as Robert Lowell in DEAR ELIZABETH

David Aaron Baker

David Aaron Baker is thrilled to once more share the stage with Cherry Jones after playing her husband in Jon Robin Baitz’s play, The Film Society, directed by the late Roger Rees, at The Williamstown Theater Festival in 1997. David had the great fortune to work with Sarah Ruhl in 2008, when he performed in the Playwrights Horizons production of her play Dead Man’s Cell Phone. He is honored to work again with these extraordinary artists. David attended Illinois State University, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas – Austin and a diploma from The Julliard School.


 

DEAR ELIZABETH Ticket Holders + RedFarm

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“RedFarm is indeed groundbreaking” – Time Out New York

Need a reservation at RedFarm in the Upper West Side? Popular restaurant RedFarm doesn’t take reservations but your ticket confirmation for WP’s DEAR ELIZABETH is your ticket in! Email Nina (nina AT redfarmnyc Dot com) to book your after-show seats. You’ll enjoy walking in to your very own table at RedFarm as well as a tasty treat from the kitchen. Enjoy!

Be sure to mention DEAR ELIZABETH when booking and show your confirmation upon arrival. 24 Hour Notice is Required. Red Farm is conveniently located a few doors away from WP Theater at 2170 Broadway (between 76th and 77th Streets). Subject to availability after 9pm. Offer valid until December 5, 2015.

GET TO KNOW: Playwright Sarah Ruhl

View a video playlist with interviews with playwright Sarah Ruhl over the years:

 

GET TO KNOW: Kate Whoriskey, Director of the New York Premiere of DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl

Director Kate Whoriskey most recently directed Lynn Nottage’s Sweat at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other productions include Ping Pong and Manahatta at the Public through Public Studio, Ruined and Tales from Red Vienna at Manhattan Theatre Club, How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage, The Piano Teacher at the Vineyard Theatre, Oroonoko at Theatre for A New Audience, the world premiere of Fabulation and Inked Baby at Playwrights Horizons, and Massacre by Jose Rivera at the Labyrinth Theatre Company (of which she is a member). Internationally, she directed Magdalena at the Chatelet theatre in Paris and Teatro Muicipal in Sao Paolo. Regionally, she directed Ruined, Vigils, Heartbreak House, The Rose Tattoo and Drowning Crow for The Goodman, The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre, the world premiere of Intimate Apparel, The Piano Teacher, Life is a Dream, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, and The Clean House at South Coast Repertory, and Master Builder at the American Repertory Theatre. Nominated for a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel for her work on Ruined, she has also directed at the Huntington, The Geffen, Baltimore Center Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Fisher Center and The Eugene O’Neill Center.


 

DEAR ELIZABETH NEWS + MORE

DEAR ELIZABETH NEWS + MORE

Review: ‘Dear Elizabeth’: A Deep Friendship, Told in Letters, WNYC

Go Behind the Scenes: Poet Meets Poet: An Interview With the Artistic Team Behind ‘Dear Elizabeth’, The Huffington Post

Harris Yulin Joins Cast of WP Theater’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’, Broadway World

BWW Review: Sarah Ruhl’s Touching DEAR ELIZABETH; Friendship Through the Mail, Broadway World

Theater Review: ‘Dear Elizabeth’, The Epoch Times

“I Remember Dreaming About Them,” Says Sarah Ruhl Of the Supposed Soul Mates Who Inspired Her Newest Play,” Playbill

To Do: November 4–November 18, 2015: Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read. – ‘Dear Elizabeth’, New York Magazine

FREE EVENT SERIES: Paul Muldoon and More Set for WP Theater’s ‘DEAR MISS BISHOP’ Poetry Series Alongside DEAR ELIZABETH, Broadway World

‘Dear Elizabeth’ Theater Review, The Hollywood Reporter

Review: In ‘Dear Elizabeth,’ Two Solitary Poets Commune, New York Times

Openings and Previews: ‘Dear Elizabeth’, The New Yorker

HBO’s GIRLS Stars Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari Join ‘Dear Elizabeth’ at Women’s Project Theater, Broadway World

Read more news here!

 

GET TO KNOW Peter Scolari starring as Robert Lowell in DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl

Peter Scolari

Broadway/NY: Hairspray, Sly Fox, Magic Bird, Out of This World, Ziegfeld Follies of 1937 (City Center Encores!), World Premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Family Furniture, Lucky Guy. Regional: World Premieres of Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol, Ken Ludwig’s Fox on The Fairway at The George Street Playhouse. Winner Best Actor, Berkshire Theater Festival for The Foreigner. VQT Emmy Award Winner for “Newhart,” Three Time Emmy Nominee, Film Critic’s Award Nomination as Best Featured Actor for “Girls” (HBO), recurring on “Gotham,” also “Bosom Buddies,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “The West Wing,” “E.R.,” “Family Ties,” “White Collar,” “King of Queens,” “Reba,” “Ally McBeal,” “From the Earth to the Moon” (HBO), “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” (Showtime). Selected Film: That Thing You Do, Polar Express, Suburban Girl, Camp Nowhere, The Ryan White Story, and upcoming Madoff for ABC films.


 

GET TO KNOW: Becky Ann Baker starring as Elizabeth Bishop in DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl

Becky Ann Baker

Becky Ann Baker is most recognized for her mothering skills, or lack thereof, on two Judd Apatow series, “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls”, where she plays creator Lena Dunham’s mom, and for which she received a Critics Choice nomination.  But Becky has appeared on Broadway in both musicals and plays, including Good People, All My Sons, Assassins, Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  Her Off-Broadway credits include: Barbecue at the Public Theater, Suddenly Last Summer for The Roundabout; Comedy of Errors, Othello and Two Gentlemen of Verona for New York Shakespeare Festival; Wonderful Town for City Center Encores; The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told for New York Theatre Workshop; Shanghai Moon and June Moon for Drama Dept.; Durang, Durang for Manhattan Theatre Club; To Whom It May Concern and Laura Dennis at the Signature; The Vagina Monologues at Westside Arts; and more. Becky has performed regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she is an artistic associate, the Old Globe, the South Coast Rep, Arena Stage, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and the Goodman Theater in Chicago.  Film credits include “The End of the Tour,” “23 Blast,” “Hope Springs,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Spinning into Butter,” “Stay,” “The Night Listener,” “Gretchen,” “War of the Worlds,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “A Simple Plan,” “Celebrity,” “Men In Black,” “In and Out,” “Sabrina,” “Unstrung Heroes,” “White Squall,” “Lorenzo’s Oil,” and “Come See the Paradise.”  Other TV appearances include: “Gotham,” “Madam Secretary,” Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Smash,” “Black Box,” “A Gifted Man,” “Kings,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy,” “Storm of the Century,” “Soul Man,” “Ruby Ridge,” “Frasier,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Oz,” and “Mind Games.” She is a member of the Actor’s Studio, Drama Dept. and Usual Suspects –NYTW.  Becky’s best and favorite production: Willa, co-produced with actor/director Dylan Baker.


 

GET TO KNOW: John Douglas Thompson starring as Robert Lowell in DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl

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(Robert Lowell in WP’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’) won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance for his portrayal of Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf.  Shakespeare & Company: Richard IIIOthelloThe Dreamer Examines His Pillow, All’s Well That Ends Well, King Lear. Joe Mott in The Iceman Cometh with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy at the Goodman Theatre, Kent in King Lear at the Public Theater with Sam Waterston, Macbeth at TFANA, Marc Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage with Kate Mulgrew, Gennady in The Forest at CSC with Dianne Wiest, Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones at The Irish Rep (Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), Othello at TFANA (OBIE, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League nomination, AUDELCO nomination). Broadway: A Time to Kill, LeBret in Cyrano with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, and Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. International credits: Hotspur in Henry IV (Royal Shakespeare Company). Other off-Broadway credits: Women Beware Women (Red Bull), Enobarbus in Anthony and Cleopatra, Orombo in Oroonoko (TFANA, AUDELCO nomination), Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler (NYTW), Edgar in King Lear (Classical Theater of Harlem, AUDELCO nomination). Regional credits: Lucious Jenkins in Jesus Hopped the A Train (The Wilma Theater, Barrymore Award), Williamstown Theater, Trinity Rep, Shakespeare & Company, ART. TV/FILM: “Law and Order”, “Conviction”, “Michael Clayton”, “Midway”, “Malcolm X”.


 

GET TO KNOW: J. SMITH-CAMERON starring as Elizabeth Bishop in DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl

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(Elizabeth Bishop in WP’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’) has appeared in numerous theatre productions off and on Broadway.  Highlights include Our Country’s Good (Tony® nomination), Sarah, Sarah (Drama Desk nomination), Fuddy Meers (Outer Critics and Drama Desk nominations), and As Bees In Honey Drown (Obie award, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics nominations).  Recent credits include a critically acclaimed run as the title character in Juno And The Paycock at the Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC, as well as Richard Nelson’s Sorry and Sweet and Sad (Drama Desk and Obie awards) at the Public and That Hopey Changey Thing by the same author.  Also Midsummer Night’s Dream at La Jolla Playhouse and The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan at the New Group.  TV work includes a Series Regular role on SUNDANCE’S “Rectify” and a Recurring Role on HBO’s “True Blood.”  Recent film work includes Frank Whaley’s “Like Sunday, Like Rain” and J. also stars opposite Anna Paquin in Kenneth Lonergan’s film “Margaret”, which won her the Best Supporting Actress award for the International Cinephile Society.


 

New York Times Review: In ‘Dear Elizabeth,’ Two Solitary Poets Commune

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As both poets and personalities, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell could hardly have been more different.  She: intensely shy and self-doubting, producing gemlike, allusive poems so infrequently that…read more here.


 

DEAR ELIZABETH Production Photos: Cast of Week One

Featuring a rotating cast of award-winning actors, week one of DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl stars Kathleen Chalfant, Polly Noonan, and Harris Yulin. Kate Whoriskey directs.

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WP Theater Featured in Amtrak’s ARRIVE MAGAZINE

WP Theater is featured on the cover and in a 2-page spread in Amtrak’s ARRIVE MAGAZINE‘s November/December 2015 Issue. Be the first to read it here!

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Go Behind the Scenes of DEAR ELIZABETH at WP Theater

Take a peek behind the scenes and watch interviews with Sarah Ruhl and the celebrated actors that play ‘Elizabeth Bishop’ in the New York Premiere of DEAR ELIZABETH.


 

OPENING NIGHT: The Cast of Week One of DEAR ELIZABETH

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See Sarah Ruhl, Kate Whoriskey, Kathleen Chalfant, Polly Noonan, and Harris Yulin Celebrate Opening Night of Dear Elizabeth: View Pictures at Playbill.com


 

DEAR ELIZABETH Production Photos: Cast of Week One

Go behind the scenes and view pictures of a videotaping with all of stellar actors playing “Elizabeth Bishop” in the New York Premiere of DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Kate Whoriskey. Featured Actors: Kathleen Chalfant (Week One), J. Smith-Cameron (Week Two), Becky Ann Baker (Week Three), Cherry Jones (Week Four), Ellen McLaughlin (Week Five), and Mia Katigbak (Week Six).

Behind the Scenes: DEAR ELIZABETH


 

John Krasinski to Lead Sarah Burgess’ DRY POWDER at The Public in 2016

Sarah Burgess headshotThe Public Theater announced today that John Krasinski has been cast in the role of “Seth” in the world premiere play DRY POWDER by Sarah Burgess (WP Lab Member, PIPELINE FESTIVAL). Directed by Thomas Kail, this gripping, razor-sharp new play about the people molding and messing with the American economy begins previews on Tuesday, March 1 and runs through Sunday, April 10. Read more here at Broadway World.

Learn more about THE PIPELINE FESTIVAL by the WP Lab, including Playwright Sarah Burgess: http://bit.ly/pipelinefestival.

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WP Theater at Theatermania’s BLOCK PARTY!

 

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Check out pictures from yesterday’s fun-filled TheaterMania BLOCK PARTY on 3rd Avenue. WP Theater, Lincoln Center, Signature Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, and many more joined the festivities!

Take a Look Inside! WP’s New Season Brochure!


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Theatermania Features WP’s New Season!

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Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth to Make New York Premiere at Women’s Project. The two-character drama is on tap for the organization’s 2015-16 season.

The two-character drama is on tap for the organization’s 2015-16 season.

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Off-Broadway’s Women’s Project Theater has announced its 2015-16 season, set to take place at the organization’s new home, theMcGinn/Cazale Theatre.

The season will kick off with the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth, under the direction of Kate Whoriskey. Performed with a rotating cast (still to be announced), the drama follows the friendship between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, whose relationship spanned 30 years and included more than 400 letters. The play will run from October 26-December 5.

Next is Martyna Majok’s Ironbound, directed by Daniella Topol. A coproduction with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the work follows Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, over the course of 20 years as she negotiates for her future with three different men who can offer her love or security, but never both. The work runs March 2-April 10.

Closing out the first season at the McGinn/Cazale is the first-ever WP Pipeline Festival, in which WP Lab playwrights, directors, and producers present five brand-new plays from March 24-April 23. The writers are Sarah Burgess, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Martyna Majok, Riti Sachdeva, and Susan Soon-He Stanton. Directors are Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Lee Sunday Evans, Sarah Krohn, Danya Taymor, and Tamilla Woodard. Producers are Rachel Karpf Reidy, Pearl Kermani, Kristen Luciani, Liz Olson, and Rachel Sussman.

Women’s Project Theater is currently under the leadership of producing artistic director Lisa McNulty and managing director Maureen Moynihan.

For more information on WP’s New Season click here.

BroadwayWorld.com Features WP’s New Season!

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Sarah Ruhl’s DEAR ELIZABETH to Launch Women’s Project Theater’s 2015-16 Season at New Home

Women’s Project Theater, under the leadership ofProducing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Maureen Moynihan, just announced the 2015-2016 Season and the beginning of its three-year residency at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (2162 Broadway, at 76th Street), creating an artistic home for women in theater.

“I’m thrilled for WP Theater to set down roots in this wonderful space with such a storied theatrical history, and to bring all of these brilliant women together in one season,” said McNulty. “Our upcoming season features such an exciting range of talent: from Sarah Ruhl, one of our most treasured and accomplished writers; to Martyna Majok, who is making her Off-Broadway debut; to a festival fully dedicated to new work from the emerging artists of the WP Lab. This is the essence of what WP Theater does-creating a theatrical home where female-identified artists are welcome at every point in their careers, a place where women’s voices are central. I’m also really excited to partner with The Kilroys and The Lilly Awards this year on a series of events that will celebrate all of these invaluable organizations under WP Theater’s new roof. With the generous support of The Royal Little Family Foundation, WP has been given the opportunity to make 76th & Broadway the destination for some of the most exciting new theater in town.”

WP Theater’s inaugural season at the McGinn/Cazale Theater will commence with the New York premiere of DEAR ELIZABETH, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl (The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play), directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat) from October 26 to December 5, 2015. Drawn from the famed correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell – two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant poets – DEAR ELIZABETH tells a tale of unconventional friendship and intimacy that spanned thirty years and more than 400 letters, with postmarks from Maine to Key West, from London to South America. Performed with a rotating cast of the theater community’s most brilliant and beloved performers – to be announced shortly – DEAR ELIZABETH is an insightful and impassioned examination of Bishop and Lowell’s lives, their work, and the true nature of friendship.

In a co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok (Petty Harbor), directed byDaniella Topol (When January Feels Like Summer, Row After Row) will make its New York Premiere March 2 – April 10, 2016 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. IRONBOUND is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury – and a liability – as she fights to survive in America from award-winning playwright Martyna Majok. At a bus in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both.

To cap off the first year at the McGinn/Cazale Theater, WP Theater will present the first-ever WP PIPELINE FESTIVAL in which WP Lab playwrights, directors and producers’ two-year residency culminates in the presentation of five brand new plays – written, directed and produced by the fifteen women of the WP Lab – from March 24 to April 23, 2016. As the artistic heart of WP Theater, the Lab provides rising stars in the industry with a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, rehearsal space, and most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage. The Lab artists featured in the inaugural WP PIPELINE FESTIVAL are:

Writers: Sarah Burgess, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Martyna Majok, Riti Sachdeva, Susan Soon-He Stanton

Directors: Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Lee Sunday Evans, Sarah Krohn, Danya Taymor, Tamilla Woodard

Producers: Rachel Karpf Reidy, Pearl Kermani, Kristen Luciani, Liz Olson, Rachel Sussman

Some recent successes by WP Lab artists include: Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt’s theater company Colt Coeur’s production of Dry Land, by Ruby Rae Spiegel, earned rave reviews from New York’s top critics and was listed as one of New York Post’s Top 10 theater experiences of 2014. Playwright Majok’s IRONBOUND is a part of the 2015-2016 WP season, Lee Sunday Evans earned a 2015 Obie Award for her direction of A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges, in association with WP Theater) and Sarah Burgess’s play, Dry Powder, is slated for the 2015-2016 season at the Public Theater, directed by Thomas Kail.

In addition to the two New York play premieres and WP PIPELINE FESTIVAL, WP Theater will also produce a series of events with other gender-focused theater and advocacy organizations, including The Kilroys (thekilroys.org) and The Lilly Awards (www.thelillyawards.org). WP Theater is invested in making its new artistic home a place where the theater community can come together to celebrate women’s talents and voices onstage. Details on these events to follow.

For details on WP subscriptions, visit WWW.WPTHEATER.ORG or call (212) 765-1706. WP Theater makes its home at the McGinn/Cazale Theater thanks to the generous support of The Royal Little Family Foundation.

WOMEN’S PROJECT THEATER (WP) is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of female theater artists at every stage in their careers. WP Theater supports female-identified theater artists and the world-class, groundbreaking work they create, and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and celebrated on the American stage.

Founded in 1978 by visionary producer, Julia Miles, WP has been the launching pad for many of our nation’s most important theater artists. Eve Ensler, María Irene Fornés, Katori Hall, Pam MacKinnon, Lynn Nottage andLeigh Silverman, among many, many others, all found early artistic homes here. Throughout its 38 year history, WP has produced over 600 main stage productions and developmental projects, and published 11 anthologies of plays. No other producing institution in the country can claim this kind of ongoing history of advocacy and support for women in the theater, and we look ahead to the next generation of artists who will also begin their careers here.

WP Theater accomplishes its mission through several fundamental programs: the WP Lab, a two-year mentorship and new play development program for women playwrights, directors, and producers; the Playwright In Residence commissioning program; the Developmental series; and the Main Stage series, which features a full season of Off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary theater artists.

Lisa McNulty (Producing Artistic Director). Lisa is about to enter her second season as Producing Artistic Director of Women’s Project Theater. Lisa comes to WP from Manhattan Theatre Club, where she served as Artistic Line Producer for eight seasons, working on more than 30 productions both on and off Broadway, including plays byLynn Nottage, Sarah Treem, Harvey Fierstein, and Tarell Alvin McCraney, among many, many others. Lisa has a long history with WP Theater. She was originally hired by the company’s founder, Julia Miles, as the Literary Manager from 1997-2000, where she dramaturged work by María Irene Fornés, Julie Hébert, and Karen Hartman, among others. In 2004, she returned to WP as its Associate Artistic Director where she served as the company’s casting director and literary manager and again ran WP’s Playwrights Lab. Her independent producing career includes projects with Sarah Ruhl, Todd Almond, and Lucy Thurber, all at 13P. Lisa has also served as the Producing Associate at the McCarter Theatre, acting as Line Producer on McCarter’s mainstage, as well as developing McCarter’s commissioned short series.

Maureen Moynihan (Managing Director) Maureen started her career in Chicago working for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and commercial producer Fox Theatricals. Prior to joining WP Theater, Maureen spent over a decade working for Blue Man Productions in several positions including serving as their Executive Director for five North American Productions. Since moving to New York, she has worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations including Manhattan New Music Project, York Theatre Company and the immersive theatrical experience Queen of the Night.

Selected through a highly competitive process, the WP Lab is the only program in America putting playwrights, directors, AND producers together in the same room. Providing both professional development and leadership training, Lab participants obtain executive coaching, make professional contacts, and receive training that proves invaluable to their development. The benefits of the WP Lab extend well beyond the two-year residency. Having forged strong working relationships in the Lab, both with fellow Lab artists and outside professional contacts, Lab artists continue to work together and with other brilliant voices in the artistic collective long after their official residency ends. WP’s top priority is to achieve a standard of excellence for these artists, advocating for women by producing stellar work featuring extraordinary talent.

For more information on WP’s New Season click here.

Playbill Features WP’s New Season!

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Sarah Ruhl NY Premiere Part of Women’s Project Theater Season 

By Robert Viagas
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25 Aug 2015

Women’s Project Theater, founded in 1978 to develop, produce and promote the work of women theatre artists, has announced its upcoming season lineup at its new artistic home.
To begin a three year residency at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (2162 Broadway, at 76th Street in New York) artistic director Lisa McNulty announced that the season will include the New York premieres of Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth and Marytyna Majok’s Ironbound.

New this season will be the inaugural “Pipeline Festival,” which will include five new plays written, directed and produced by WP Lab Artists.

McNulty issued a statement calling the McGinn/Cazale Theater “an artistic home for women in theatre,” adding “I’m thrilled for WP Theater to set down roots in this wonderful space with such a storied theatrical history, and to bring all of these brilliant women together in one season. Our upcoming season features such an exciting range of talent: from Sarah Ruhl, one of our most treasured and accomplished writers; to Martyna Majok, who is making her Off-Broadway debut; to a festival fully dedicated to new work from the emerging artists of the WP Lab.”

She said, “This is the essence of what WP Theater does—creating a theatrical home where female-identified artists are welcome at every point in their careers, a place where women’s voices are central.”

Here’s a closer look at the season:

Dear Elizabeth (Oct. 26-Dec. 5) is written by two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl (The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play), directed by Kate Whoriskey. “Drawn from the famed correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell–two of the 20th century’s most brilliant poets–Dear Elizabeth tells a tale of unconventional friendship and intimacy that spanned 30 years and more than 400 letters, with postmarks from Maine to Key West, from London to South America.” It will be performed with a rotating cast of “the theater community’s most brilliant and beloved performers.”

Ironbound (Mar. 2-April 10, 2016) A co-production with (and performed at) Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Written by Martyna Majok (Petty Harbor) and directed by Daniella Topol. Described as “a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury – and a liability – as she fights to survive in America. At a bus in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both.”

The WP Pipeline Festival (Mar. 24-April 23) Five brand new plays – written, directed and produced by the fifteen women of the WP Lab: Writers Sarah Burgess, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Martyna Majok, Riti Sachdeva and Susan Soon-He Stanton. Directors Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Lee Sunday Evans, Sarah Krohn, Danya Taymor and Tamilla Woodard. Producers  Rachel Karpf Reidy, Pearl Kermani, Kristen Luciani, Liz Olson and Rachel Sussman.

For more information on WP’s New Season click here.

American Theatre Magazine Features WP’s New Season!

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Women’s Project Theater Announces New Season in a New Home

Women’s Project Theater Announces New Season in a New Home
On the slate are Sarah Ruhl’s epistolary play about Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, and a co-production with Rattlestick of Martyna Majok’s ‘Ironbound.’
BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS
NEW YORK CITY: Women’s Project Theater announced their 2015–16 season of plays, which will run in their new Upper West Side home at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. Producing artistic director Lisa McNulty and managing director Maureen Moynihan announced the beginning of a three-year residency at the theatre on Broadway at 76th Street.

“I’m thrilled for WP Theater to set down roots in this wonderful space with such a storied theatrical history, and to bring all of these brilliant women together in one season,” said McNulty in a statement. “This is the essence of what WP Theater does—create a theatrical home where female-identified artists are welcome at every point in their careers, a place where women’s voices are central.”

The season will begin with the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s play Dear Elizabeth(Oct. 26–Dec. 5). The play, which will feature a rotating cast, examines the relationship between the poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell through letters they wrote to each other.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and WP will then partner to present Ironbound by Martyna Majok (March 2–April 10), in its New York premiere. The play follows a woman for whom love is luxury.

Closing the season will be the first WP Pipeline Festival, running March 24–April 23. The festival will feature five new plays developed during the WP Lab’s two-year residency. The artists involved are Sarah Burgess, Money Hurst-Mendoza, Martyna Majok, Riti Sachdeva, Susan Soon-He Stanton, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Lee Sunday Evans, Sarah Krohn, Danya Taymor, Tamilla Woodard, Rachel Karpf Reidy, Pearl Kermani, Kristen Luciani, Liz Olson, and Rachel Sussman.

WP Theater will also produce a series of events with other gender-focused theatre and advocacy groups, including the Kilroys and the Lilly Awards. Details of these events are yet to be announced.

For more information on WP’s New Season click here.

Video: Sarah Ruhl on DEAR ELIZABETH

WATCH an interview with Sarah Ruhl as she shares her inspiration for writing DEAR ELIZABETH.


Get to Know Kate Whoriskey


Director Kate Whoriskey most recently directed Lynn Nottage’s Sweat at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other productions include Ping Pong and Manahatta at the Public through Public Studio, Ruined and Tales from Red Vienna at Manhattan Theatre Club, How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage, The Piano Teacher at the Vineyard Theatre, Oroonoko at Theatre for A New Audience, the world premiere of Fabulation and Inked Baby at Playwrights Horizons, and Massacre by Jose Rivera at the Labyrinth Theatre Company (of which she is a member). Internationally, she directed Magdalena at the Chatelet theatre in Paris and Teatro Muicipal in Sao Paolo. Regionally, she directed Ruined, Vigils, Heartbreak House, The Rose Tattoo and Drowning Crow for The Goodman, The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre, the world premiere of Intimate Apparel, The Piano Teacher, Life is a Dream, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, and The Clean House at South Coast Repertory, and Master Builder at the American Repertory Theatre. Nominated for a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel for her work on Ruined, she has also directed at the Huntington, The Geffen, Baltimore Center Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Fisher Center and The Eugene O’Neill Center.

Get to Know Sarah Ruhl

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s plays include The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth  and Stage Kiss.  She has been a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country, often with premiers at Yale Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Goodman Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. In 2014 she was the second most produced playwright in the country. Her plays have also been produced internationally and have been translated into over twelve languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur “genius” award. You can read more about her work on www.SarahRuhlplaywright.com. Her book of essays 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write was published by Faber and Faber last fall. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.

 

Women’s Project Will Present 2015-16 Season in a New Home

The BIG + EXCITING NEWS is OUT! Women’s Project Theater will Present its 2015-16 Season in a New Home on Broadway & 76th Street

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By JONATHAN WOLFE AUGUST 24, 2015 5:04 PM

The Women’s Project Theater will begin its coming season in a new home, at the McGinn/Cazale Theater on Broadway, at 76th Street. This Off Broadway company dedicated to promoting female artists announced its three-year residency at the theater along with its 2015-16 season, which includes two New York premieres.

“Dear Elizabeth,” written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Kate Whoriskey, is based on the correspondence between the poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, and will be the Women’s Project Theater’s inaugural production at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. The play, a New York premiere, will be performed with a rotating cast and is scheduled to open Oct. 26.

“Ironbound,” another New York premiere, is a tragedy about a Polish maid living in the United States. Written by Martyna Majok and directed by Daniella Topol, the play, a co-production with the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, will open at Rattlestick on March 2.

The Women’s Project Theater also announced on Monday that its season will be capped by the new WP Pipeline Festival, which will feature five new plays by participants in the company’s artist residency program. It will run from March 24 to April 23.

The three-year residency at the McGinn/Cazale Theater will be the company’s longest stretch at one home since it sold the Julia Miles Theater in 2011, said Lisa McNulty, the company’s artistic director. “It’s so powerful that there is a marquee,” Ms. McNulty said, for a company that is dedicated to women. She added, “That feels very powerful and appropriate to the moment we’re in.”

The lack of diversity and women’s participation in New York City theater recently led to an outcry on the Internet after the Manhattan Theater Club’s roster for its 2015-16 season revealed that the majority of its plays were written by white men.

A version of this article appears in print on 08/25/2015, on page C3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Women’s Project’s New Season and Home.

For more information on WP’s New Season click here.

Check out WP artists from the 2014-2015 SEASON and beyond!

Introducing Chris Kipiniak

CHRIS KIPINIAK: Broadway credits include: Macbeth with Alan Cumming (dirs. John Tiffany/Andrew Goldberg; Metamorphoses (dir. Mary Zimmerman). Off-Broadway credits include: Kit Marlowe (Public Theater), Charles Winn Speaks…(Living Image Arts), Nora (Marvell Repertory). Regional credits include: Huntington Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theater. Film/TV/Web: “Love Life” (also writer), “Deal Travis In”; “The Blacklist”, “The Good Wife”, “Delocated”; the web series “Real Actors Read..Playwright”: Save the World (Roundtable Ensemble), Iiiinsaaaaaaaane!, Change the Be, Stalled (Horse Trade Theater Group); Comics Writing: Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel comics, the upcoming Behemoth from MonkeyBrain comics. Learn more about Chris at ChrisKipiniak.com

 

In Her Words: Mahira Kakkar talks Nirmala, her character in WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER.

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The intricate nature of When January Feels Like Summer creates a complex reality with multifaceted characters to match. Mahira Kakkar plays one of these parts, Nirmala, a struggling wife and business owner trying to keep tradition of her native India alive while satisfying her own needs.

What has been the most rewarding part about this production?

I don’t know if I can focus on any one single thing. I have worked with Daniella Topol (the director) before, and getting to work with her again was a gift. I got to work with a dear friend of mine – Debargo Sanyal – and got exposed to three other super smart actors. I love that audiences responded to the character Debargo played with empathy. I am thrilled that so many people come to see the show. What really moved me was when some people who weren’t regular theatre goers came, young people whose story was basically being represented on stage, and they loved it.

What has been the most challenging part of playing Nirmala? 

I think finding her steel and vulnerability was challenging. She’s a stronger, smarter woman than I am, and so I had to think of her in those terms and find her. Playing opposite Debargo, who is basically a comic genius, is also hard, because I often want to laugh at the things he does, and Nirmala might not find them as amusing.

Nirmala gathers a lot of strength in order to manage a business by herself, support her brother, and care for her husband. Where do you think this strength comes from? 

Nirmala’s pretty businesslike and strong, yes. I think she feels she has to be – she has a lot of things to take care of. Duty and loyalty I think are important to her – more so than personal happiness perhaps. Put another way, it’s a kind of love that she might have grown up with – love as action, as doing, as being there when the chips are down – though I’m pretty sure this is my way of thinking. I know women like Nirmala who would roll their eyes if I were to use language like this in front of them.

How has your own personal background influenced your work in When January Feels Like Summer, since you and Nirmala both grew up in India?

I have had the good fortune to meet and interact with women like Nirmala, for whom family, duty and tradition are paramount. Smart, very capable women who choose every day to fulfill what they think are their responsibilities. I think mostly the accent work comes easily to me, because of my background. I think women like Nirmala exist everywhere in the world, in different cultures.

You’ve worked on some incredible projects in the past, both on stage and film. Do you have any advice for young artists looking to break into the theatrical scene? 

Don’t give up, have faith in yourself, take the long line, try and be kind to everyone including yourself, write your hate lists in pencil (the late Ms. Joan Rivers said that last one), work harder than you think you can, give over to this thing you love. Also, know that everything will work out and that you will be just fine. That’s my truth.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from theatre, either from When January Feels Like Summer or even beyond?

I’m part of a gr