LISA MCNULTY, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Lisa comes to Womens Project Theater 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 by Lynn Nottage, Sarah Treem, Harvey Fierstein, Liz Flahive, David Lindsey Abaire, Molly Smith Metzler, Tarell Alvin McCraney, David Ives, Nell Benjamin, and Lynn Redgrave among 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, and others. She also ran WP’s Playwright’s Lab and edited several WP Smith & Kraus anthologies. In 2004, she returned to WP as its Associate Artistic Director where she produced work by artists including Diane Paulus, Lisa D’Amour, Leigh Silverman, Katie Pearl, Tanya Barfield, and Rinne Groff. Lisa 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, Davis McCallum, Todd Almond, Lucy Thurber, and Lear Debessonet. Lisa has also served as the Producing Associate at the McCarter Theatre, line producing work by Nilo Cruz, Dael Orlandersmith, Arthur Kopit and Steven Dietz, as well as developing McCarter’s commissioned short series featuring new work by Sarah Ruhl, Eric Bogosian, and Adam Rapp, among others. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Maureen Moynihan, Managing Director
Maureen Moynihan joins the Women’s Project Theater with more than twenty years of experience in arts and entertainment management. Prior to joining WP, she spent over a decade working for the world renowned Blue Man Group. During her tenure with Blue Man Productions, Maureen served as the General Manager and eventually the Executive Director of North American productions located in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Orlando and Las Vegas. Being a Chicago native, Maureen started her career working for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and later for the theatrical producer, Mick Leavitt at Fox Theatricals. During this time, she work on several shows including Steve Martin’s playwriting debut of Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Song of Jacob Zulu featuring Ladysmith Black Mambaza. Since moving to New York, she has worked for several nonprofit arts organizations including Manhattan New Music Project and the York Theatre Company. Maureen most recently launched the new immersive theatrical experience “Queen of the Night” created by Randy Weiner for the completely renovated Diamond Horseshoe. Maureen holds a BS in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and is a New York University certified Executive & Organizational Coach.
Renée Danger-James, Director of Development
Renée joins the Women’s Project Theater with 20+ years in development/arts administration experience in the arts & culture sector in New York City with a particular passion for supporting the creative process and organizations whose missions inherently focus on issues of social justice. She served most recently as the Director of Development for Harlem Stage, one of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to the creation and development of new works by artists of color. She has worked in operations and development at The Kitchen, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and seven years with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, internationally renowned for its artistic virtuosity and showmanship, and as a model for an inclusive society. Renée holds an MA in Arts Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Diana Bilbao, Business Manager
Diana Bilbao joined Women’s Project Theater in 2011 and has since fulfilled various administrative roles on eight WP productions. Previously, she worked in post-production and has interned at such institutions as the New York Film Festival, the Paley Center for Media, AMC, and Sundance Channel. She is proud to hold a BA in Film Studies and English from Mount Holyoke College and is currently working toward an MA in Cinema Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Shelley Butler, Directors Lab Liaison
Recent credits include the world premiere of Catherine Trieschmann’s The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theatre Company & Women’s Project), This is Fiction by Megan Hart, starring Richard Masur at Cherry Lane (InViolet Rep), Fox on the Fairway (Penobscot Theatre),The Borrowers, (South Coast Repertory), No Way to Treat a Lady (The Colony Theater), world premieres of Christina Gorman’s Sacred Ground (Stella Adler), 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 Fall Directing Fellowship, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee, a frequent Lark Playground director, New George’s Affiliated Artist, a member of SDC, the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and is a WP Lab alum. Upcoming: Far from the Trees for Geva’s Festival of New Theatre and Oz 2.5 for South Coast Repertory
Stephanie Ybarra, Producer’s Lab Liaison
Stephanie Ybarra is a native Texan who still owns – and often wears – a pair of cowboy boots. With almost 15 years of experience under her belt (which matches her boots),Stephanie is currently putting her skills to work as Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public Theater, where she leads the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, and produces the Public Forum, Public Lab and mainstage productions. In her “spare time,” Stephanie also serves as the Producing Artistic Director for the Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project and Casting Director for Two River Theater’s Crossing Border’s Festival. Stephanie’s career started in her home state, working in Marketing and Development with Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Children’s Theater. She then spent time in Boston as the Deputy Director of Operations for Citizen Schools, a national after school program. Roles such as Associate Managing Director of New Play Production at Yale Repertory Theatre, and Interim General Manager for Two River Theater Company round out her tri-state credits. Stephanie made her New York producing debut in 2007 with the original production of Tarell McCraney’s The Brothers Size at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, for which she received the inaugural Producer’s Chair Award from the Foundry Theater. Since then she served as Producing Director for Playwrights Realm, and has produced for HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova’s A.N.T Fest, Studio 42, and INTAR. In 2012, Stephanie was awarded the Josephine Abady Award for producing from New York’s League of Professional Theatre Women, and is an alumnae of the Women’s Project Producer’s Lab. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and a deep belief in the power of the post-it note.
Laura Eason, Playwright-in-Residence
Laura Eason is the author of more than fifteen full-length plays, both original work and adaptations, and numerous short plays. They include: Sex with Strangers, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Plainfield Ave, The Vast In-Between, Rewind, 40 Days, Area of Rescue, Mr. Smitten, It Was Fun While it Lasted, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Ethan Frome, Around the World in 80 Days, A Tale of Two Cities, and Huck Finn, among others. Productions: New York—The New Victory, 59E59, Women’s Project Theater, Rising Phoenix, WET, Vital Theatre; Chicago—Steppenwolf Theatre(five productions), Lookingglass Theatre(five productions), American Theatre Company (two productions), Theatre Seven, Side Project; Regional: Hartford Stage, Humana Festival, People’s Light, KC Rep (two productions), St. Louis Rep, Denver Center, Actor’s Theatre, and Baltimore CENTERSTAGE, among others. Sex with Strangers was also produced at Sydney Theatre Company in Australia. Current and past commissions include Denver Center, Arden Theatre, Lookingglass, Hartford Stage, Two River, Steppenwolf, and Writers Theatre. Her plays are published by Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and DPS. In New York, Laura is an Affiliated Artist of New Georges and an alumna of both the WP Playwright’s Lab and America-in-Play. For six years, she was the Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, and is still an active Ensemble Member. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrea Kuchlewska, Playwright-in-Residence
Andrea Kuchlewska’s plays include COMPLETE (Wilder Theatrics/Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles; FringeNYC & FringeNYC Encore Series; Bay Area Playwrights Festival), HUMAN FRUIT BOWL (soloNOVA Arts Festival, NYC; Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC; Hong Kong Microfest; Prague Fringe Festival, winner ‘Kreativni cena’; FringeNYC & FringeNYC Encores, winner Overall Excellence Award), and the collaboratively created WE PLAY FOR THE GODS (Women’s Project, NYC). Andrea has received a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant and the Tournesol Residency for Emerging Playwrights. She is a 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space resident and has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She is currently under commission at Women’s Project Theater where she is also an alumna of the 2010-2012 Playwrights Lab. Contact: www.andreakuchlewska.com
Dominique Morisseau, Playwright-in-Residence
Dominique Morisseau, writer and actress, is a member of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group and the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Theater Playwrights Lab. Her play, Follow Me To Nellie’s, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and produced at Premiere Stages in July 2011. Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (FTT Festival), Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF), Socks, Roses Are Played Out and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH). Dominique’s commissions include:love.lies.liberation (The New Group) and Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival). Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit, entitled “The Detroit Projects”. The first play in the series, Detroit ’67, was developed at The Public Theater and was a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Dominique has worked as an actress with BET/Viacom, The Lark, WP Theater, McCarter Theater, NYSAF, and MCC Theater. Her work has been developed with: the Kennedy Center, African Continuum Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and published in NY Times bestseller- “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul”. Dominique is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award Recipient, a nominee for the Wendy Wasserstein Playwriting Prize, a finalist for the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Playwrights, and a runner-up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award. Contact: dominiquemorisseau at yahoo.com.
Lynn Rosen, Playwright-in-Residence
For Women’s Project Theater: Apple Cove, directed by Giovanna Sardelli and Chorus of Lost Places (site-specific piece), directed by Susanna Gellert. Upcoming: Goldor $ Mythyka: A Hero Is Born (New Georges, NYC, directed by Shana Gold); The Amazing America Auction (Monologue commissioned by Centerstage, Baltimore, filmed by Hal Hartley, premiering fall 2012). Other recent productions include: Washed Up On The Potomac (Centerstage, Baltimore; The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon, NYC); Apple Cove (Todd Mountain Theater Project, NY); Back From The Front (The Working Theater, NYC; The NY International Fringe Festival; published in Out of Time, Out of Place); 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 theatres, including: Lark Play Development Center (Writing Fellow 2003-4), New Harmony Project, New Georges, Centerstage, and The New Group. She received a commission from New Georges for Goldor $ Mythyka in 2010, and was commissioned in 2003 and 2010 by The EST/Sloan Foundation for Progress In Flying, also workshopped at Geva Theatre and The Working Theater. Lynn was named one of “50 To Watch” by The Dramatist magazine and is a member of EST, The Dramatists Guild, a WP Lab alum, as well as a New Georges and Lark Affiliated Artist. Currently, she is a member of TerraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers where she is developing her new play In The Blue. Contact: Seth Glewen, The Gersh Agency
Stefanie Zadravec, Playwright-in-Residence
Stefanie Zadravec is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and recipient of the 2013 Francesca Primus Prize and a 2013 NYFA Playwriting Fellowship for The Electric Baby. Her plays include: COLONY COLLAPSE, THE BOAT, THE ELECTRIC BABY, HONEY BROWN EYES, and SAVE ME. Her work has been produced and/or developed at The Women’s Project Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Play Penn, Theater J, The Lark Play Development Center, Two River Theater Company, New Dramatists, The Kennedy Center, The Working Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, The Barrow Group, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Playwrights Realm, among others. Commissions: Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Epic Theatre Ensemble; and The Working Theater. Honors: Francesca Primus Prize, Helen Hayes Award, The Lark Playwright Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, NYSCA grant, Sewanee Writers Conference Fellow, WAMCo Collaboration Award. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and featured in Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus). Stefanie teaches playwriting at Primary Stages’ ESPA school. Contact: Kate Navin, The Gersh Agency.