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.
Carolyn Friedman, ARTISTIC INTERN
Carolyn Friedman is a rising sophomore at Columbia University. She joins the WP team having previously interned for Planned Parenthood SE and SOJOURN. While living in Atlanta, Georgia, she ran away with the circus. She also created, raised funds for, and ran GroundUP Productions, a platform for high school students to direct full length, fully funded productions. Carolyn now performs with Columbia’s CUPlayers, is an actor and writer for Columbia Sketch Comedy Group “Chowdah”, and has performed in Barnard Theatre Department’s senior thesis festival. In her spare time, Carolyn trains and performs with other circus people. If you’re thinking of sending WP a package, you are invited to include Jalapeño Pringles and/or a Bernese Mountain Dog.
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!
Statz Tatsumi Saines, Administrative Intern
Statz Tatsumi Saines is a rising junior at Mount Holyoke College, where she is majoring in English with a minor in Critical Social Thought (essentially English but you also think about racism). She was born in Japan and raised in San Diego, California, and has done work in stage management for four years now. Outside of her theatre work in school, she is currently stage managing for Theater for the New City. Additionally, she is on the board of AASIA (Asian American Students in Action) and SOCC (Students of Color Committee) at Mount Holyoke, where she has organized events, speakers, and conferences. She is thrilled to be at WP where work surrounding women and gender nonconforming artists can be celebrated and visible! Statz is also passionate about large dogs, rooibos tea, and piano.
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.