Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director
Lisa is in her fourth season as Producing Artistic Director of WP Theater. Lisa comes to WP from MTC, where she served as Artistic Line Producer for eight seasons, working on more than 30 productions both on and off Broadway, including plays by Lynn 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, and in 2004, she returned to WP as its Associate Artistic Director. From 2000-2004 she was McCarter Theater’s Producing Associate, and her independent producing career includes projects with Sarah Ruhl, Todd Almond, Lucy Thurber and Lear Debessonet.
Michael Sag, Managing Director
Michael Sag was most recently the general manager for Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 62nd season which included four world premieres, one American premiere and two revivals. Prior to that, Michael worked in commercial general management on and off Broadway since 2001 including: It’s Only A Play; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway/Tour), The Visit; Blithe Spirit (Broadway/Tour), You Can’t Take It With You, All The Way, Bullets Over Broadway, Under My Skin; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Broadway/Tour), The Glass Menagerie; Anything Goes (Tour), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Glengarry Glen Ross, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, La Bete, The Mountaintop, The Pee-wee Herman Show, The Scottsboro Boys, Relatively Speaking, Chinglish, Driving Miss Daisy, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Race, August: Osage County (Broadway/Tour), The Producers, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, and Stomp. In addition, from 2006 to 2009, Michael headed a representative office in Shanghai out of which several Asian touring projects were launched including I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The King and I, The Sound of Music, and SpongeBob Square Pants Live!
Tamilla Woodard, Associate Artistic Director
Tamilla Woodard is the co-founder of PopUP Theatrics, a partnership creating immersive and participatory theatre for audiences in Europe, South America, Mexico and the US since 2007. She also serves as Artistic Director of Working Theater’s community initiative project: Five Boroughs/One City and is a former Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the WP Directors Lab, Alumnus of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Audrey Fellow at New Georges and a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. Recent work includes: James Scruggs’ 3/Fifths at 3 Legged Dog, PolkaDots: The Cool Kids Musical with The Atlantic Theatre Company, Harbur Gate by Kathleen Cahill at Salt Lake Acting, Melisa Tien’s Yellow Card Red Card at the New Ohio, Beto O’Byrne’s Loving and Loving at Stella Adler, Miami Motel Stories, a site-specific immersive in Miami’s Historic Little Havana. This past season her work on the critically acclaimed Immersive 3/Fifths was called “Visually and conceptually stunning” by the New York Times. The Miami Herald called Miami Motel Stories “An ingeniously sculpted experience …that doesn’t ask us to suspend disbelief; it begs us to believe in our humanity”. She is a graduate of 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.
Rachel Karpf, Artistic Producer
Rachel Karpf’s recent projects include the Bushwick Starr world premiere and WP/Starr/New Georges Off-Broadway remount of Kate Benson’s [PORTO] (dir. Lee Sunday Evans), Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed (dir. Jackson Gay, Westside Theatre), Martyna Majok’s queens (Pipeline Festival), and Spare Rib, a theatrical reproductive rights fundraiser with Gloria Steinem. As Associate Director of Page 73: You Got Older (2 OBIE Awards),Grounded, and When January Feels Like Summer. For Beth Morrison Projects: Kansas City Choir Boy feat. Courtney Love (A.R.T.) and Persona (MIT/National Sawdust). She has produced, curated, and developed new works with New Georges, the Public Theater, LCT3, New York Theater Workshop, 13P, and with artists including Sarah Hughes, McFeely Sam Goodman, Ellie Heyman, and The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure. Rachel is a former Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the WP Producers Lab and a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Lilla Goettler, Business Manager
Lilla Goettler joined the WP team as Business Manager in 2017, after working on and off for the institution in a variety of capacities since 2014. She has worked at a number of companies including: Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Scott Rudin Productions. She is also a playwright, director and producer. Her work has most recently been seen at Ars Nova and the Corkscrew Theater Festival. Lilla is a proud alumna of Barnard College.
Ian Allen, Marketing Director
Ian Allen brings 15+ years of communications experience to his work at WP Theater. Previously, he was the head of PR and Marketing for Blue Man Group’s NYC highly successful, long-running production at the Astor Place Theater, Marketing Director for MCC Theater, and head of Gold Rush Creative, a boutique marketing and design firm whose client list includes many top NYC theaters and arts non-profits. He continues to work as a playwright and theater producer, with strong ties to the Washington DC scene, where he was a co-founder of the landmark punk theater company Cherry Red Productions, and is currently the artistic director of The Klunch.
Ronald Truman Kitts, Marketing Associate
Ronald Truman Kitts has fulfilled a number of administrative roles in Off-Broadway Theater. Previously, he served as the Office Manager and Marketing Assistant at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where he also completed an internship in General Management, and the administrative intern at Tectonic Theater Project . He is a recent Graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he received a degree in Theater, Dance, Arts Administration, & Women/Gender Studies. He continues to work as an actor, dancer, and producer in New York and New Jersey.
Brenna Canelli, Artistic Intern
A Los Angeles native, Brenna recently graduated Drew University in New Jersey with a BA in Theatre Arts, having mainly concentrated in stage management. She’s tickled pink to be a part of this incredible, empowering institution, joining the powerhouse women that came before her and excited for the new ones to come. When not doing the theatre thing, you can find her baking, playing her pink ukulele Maggie, and crying over Disney movies.
Aja Depass, Administrative Intern
Aja Depass is a recent graduate from Stephens College with a BFA in Theatre Management. Before arriving to WP, she has completed a company management internship at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and stage managed at the Okoboji Summer Theatre. She primarily discovered her passion for supporting female-identified artists after working at Citizen Jane Film Festival. She is very happy to continue this type of work here at WP.
Allison Lehman, Administrative Intern
Allison Lehman is a junior at Marymount Manhattan College where she is majoring in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Directing, and dual minors in Arts Management and Communication. A Maryland Native, Allison is joining the WP team from previously working with the Capital Fringe Festival as a Marketing Intern, and Traveling Players Ensemble as an Assistant Director for two consecutive seasons. At school she continues to take charge and push boundaries, having started her own classical theatre company, as well as staying involved with MMC’s yearly benefit productions for V-Day and serving as the current Executive Secretary of the Student Government Association. Allison is thrilled to be working with the incredible team here at WP and to be contributing to such an important organization.
Melissa Mowry, Artistic Intern
Melissa Mowry is a Brooklyn based director and actor. Originally from Virginia, she moved to New York to pursue her MFA in Directing at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Currently in her final year, Melissa has worked with numerous companies throughout the city including Women of Color Productions, The Ume Group, and Lower East Side Shakespeare Company, as well as her own company Secret6train Productions. Having a passion for creating theatre that builds bridges and opens up opportunities for both the creators and audiences, Melissa is very thankful to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful and driven company such as the WP Theater.
Phoebe Padget, Artistic Intern
Phoebe Padget is a New York based theater director, specializing in the development of new works. She is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio, a 2013 Labyrinth Theater Acting Fellow as well as the company’s inaugural Directing Apprentice. She is a founding member of Ruddy Productions where she has directed pieces like Come and Take It -winner of The Nu*Ten Festival- and Sinners On A Southbound Bus -selected as a FringeFAVE in the 2016 New York Fringe Festival. Phoebe’s work has been seen at The Labyrinth Theater Company, The Kraine Theater, FringeNYC, NYU Tisch, Eager Risk Theater Company, Six Part Productions, Nuance Theater, Blowout Theater, Ruddy Productions, Primary Stages’ ESPA and more. She is thrilled to be working with WP!
Elizabeth Weber, Administrative Intern
Elizabeth is excited to be joining the WP Team. This summer she was a stage management intern/ production assistant for the Mint Theater company’s A Suitcase Under the Bed. She has also worked for the Drilling Company as an administrative assistant and sound board programmer. At LaGuardia High School, she stage managed for Stacey Cervellino’s How to Make an American Quilt and Al Dubin’s 42nd Street. In addition to stage management, she enjoys the art of playwriting and has written many one acts, having some of them staged by Writopia Lab at the Worldwide Plays Festival. When not immersed in theatrics, Elizabeth enjoys looking at beautifully edited spreadsheets, watching Kate McKinnon skits on SNL, and eating a perfectly cooked bowl of mashed potatoes.