Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director/Co-Leader: Playwrights Lab
Lisa is in her fifth 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/Co-Leader: Directors Lab
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/Co-Leader: Playwrights Lab
Rachel Karpf’s recent projects include the Bushwick Starr world premiere and WP/Starr Off-Broadway remount of Kate Benson’s [PORTO] (dir. Lee Sunday Evans), Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed (dir. Jackson Gay), curation of the Public Theater Mobile Unit’s pop-up performances, and Spare Rib, a theatrical 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: Todd Almond’s Kansas City Choir Boy with Courtney Love (A.R.T.) and Persona (MIT/National Sawdust). She has produced, curated, and developed new works with LCT3, NYTW, New Georges, 13P, and with artists including The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure. Rachel was previously Senior Producer for the international collective Guerilla Science, where she created large-scale immersive performances at theaters, music festivals, pop-up events, dinners, and dance parties. She is a former WP Producers Lab Fellow 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.
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 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.
ROBERTA PEREIRA, Co-Leader: Producers Lab
Roberta Pereira is a Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning theater producer. She is currently the Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, where she developed and produced several world premieres by early-career playwrights, including The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, which was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Roberta is a graduate of Yale School of Drama’s Theater Management program and Wesleyan University. She is originally from Brazil and currently lives in New York City with her daughter. Twitter: @roberta_m_p
LEIGH SILVERMAN, Co-Leader: Directors Lab
Leigh Silverman most recently directed the new musical, Soft Power by Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang (Ahmanson Theater/ Curran Theater). Upcoming: Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54); Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theatre); Hurricane Diane (NYTW/WP). Broadway: Violet (Roundabout; Tony nomination), Chinglish, Well. Recent Off-Broadway: Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre/ Minetta Lane; Lortel nom), Sweet Charity (New Group), On the Exhale (Roundabout), The Outer Space (Public Theater), All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC), The Way to Get By (Roundabout), Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb), Bright Half Life (WP Theater), American Hero (Williamstown Theater Festival, Second Stage), No Place to Go (Public Theater). Encores: Really Rosie, The Wild Party, Violet.
STEPHANIE YBARRA, Co-Leader: Producers Lab
Stephanie Ybarra is a New York-based artistic producer with nearly 20 years of experience at theaters across the United States. She was recently announced as the incoming Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage after seven years as a member of the senior leadership team at The Public Theater as Director of Special Artistic Projects where she led the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Public Forum. In addition to The Public, Stephanie serves as curator and casting director of Crossing Borders Latinx Festival at Two River Theater, and co-leads the WP Producers Lab.
Britt Berke, Administrative Intern
Britt Berke is a New York-based director with roots in dramaturgy and devising. Most recently, Britt directed Promenade in concert at The Public Theater’s The Rest I Make Up Marathon and Brecht’s A Respectable Wedding in the Barnard College Senior Thesis Festival. Britt has directed for the Columbia Musical Theatre Society and The Glicker-Milstein Summer Theater Festival, and has assistant directed with Kara Feely (Object Collection), Pitr Strait (Torn Out Theater), Shannon Sindelar and Alice Reagan. She worked as the Editorial Assistant at The Drama Review and has interned with Theatre Communications Group, Theatre for a New Audience and New Georges. Britt is the Associate Artistic Director of Torn Out Theater and an alumna of Barnard College.
Stella Bowles, Artistic Intern
Stella Bowles is a New York based dramaturg, excited to delve into the development of new work. She is thrilled to be joining WP following a year as the Literary Management Intern at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey where she collaborated on projects with Emily Mann, Christopher Durang and Nathan Alan Davis. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she received her degree in Theatre Studies, focusing on Dramaturgy and Theatre History.
Samuel-James DeMattio, Artistic Intern
Samuel-James is currently a Senior at Sarah Lawrence College where he studies Directing and Comparative Literature. At Sarah Lawrence he serves as the Vice-Chair of Undergraduate Student Senate and as the Artistic Director of The Group Theatre Project. He has spent the past two summers with the Mint Theatre Company in 2017 as a Directing Intern then in 2018 as a Management Assistant. Additionally as an Assistant Director he worked on Mint shows including The Suitcase Under The Bed by Teresa Deevy (New York Times Critics Pick) and Days to Come by Lillian Hellman. He spent eight months of this past year working with General Manager Catherine Russell at The Theater Center, first as a Marketing Intern then as her Administrative Assistant/Intern Coordinator. Additionally SJ has worked with Vineyard Theatre as a Producing Intern, and C Squared Entertainment as a Theatre for Young Audiences Intern.
Sandy Doria, Artistic Intern
Sandy Doria is a performer, writer, and director. She is a co-founder of Static Assembly, a theatre collective which aims at facilitating the creative collaboration between artists of different mediums, skill levels, and aesthetics. This group went on to produce the international Fringe circuit tour of “Edison,” (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Prague Fringe, Manchester Fringe, Buxton Fringe, and Kingston International Youth Arts Festival) and her first solo-piece, “Kiki,” which premiered at the 16th Prague Fringe Festival. Sandy is a graduate of BFA Directing, Playwriting, and Production from University of the Arts.
Rachel Karp (without an f), Artistic/Administrative Intern
Rachel is a NY based director, writer, and arts administrator. She recently served as the Company Manager at the Orchard Project and as a production intern on Raja Feather-Kelly’s UGLY at the Bushwick Starr. In addition to interning at WP, she is currently assistant stage managing Stars in the Night, an immersive theatrical production in DUMBO. Rachel recently graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Theater (directing/playwriting track) and English. There, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Skidmore Theater’s online, living newsletter and directed various productions including Everything You Touch (Sheila Callaghan), Antigone (Bertolt Brecht/Judith Malina), 4.48 Psychosis (Sarah Kane), and Of White Walls and Words (original work).
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!