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 Women’s Project 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 Women’s Project Smith & Kraus anthologies. In 2004, she returned to Women’s Project 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
Jessica R. Jenen, Interim Executive Producer
Jessica R. Jenen brings more than twenty years of theatrical management and producing experience to Women’s Project Theater. For her recent work as Executive Producer of THE BROADWAY COMPANY, Broadway credits include the Tony-nominated Venus in Fur on Broadway, and An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin. Additionally, Ms. Jenen functioned as co-producer on the Broadway productions of I’ll Eat You Last, The Heiress, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman, Clybourne Park, and Nice Work If You Can Get It, with partner Jon B. Platt. She was the originating producer of Venus in Fur as Executive Director of Classic Stage Company (CSC), the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company where the play had its world premiere. During her seven seasons at CSC, she orchestrated a dramatic financial turnaround, nearly quadrupling the annual operating budget, retiring cumulative debt totaling 30% of operating budget and securing nearly $1.5 million in operating surplus. The Huffington Post described this resurgence, stating: “With the help of executive director Jessica Jenen, CSC has had the greatest renaissance of any off-Broadway theater company in this millennium, going from virtual obsolescence to consistent hit maker. What CSC has done is rather amazing.” Ms. Jenen is currently Executive Producing commercial projects and consulting for non-profit theatres, most recently with The Vineyard Theatre. She received a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA in Theatre Management from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre.
Kate Pines, Associate Artistic Director
Kate Pines comes to the Women’s Project Theater from a ten-year career as a freelance director in New York City and around the country, though most recently from the Public Theater, where she worked as the assistant to the Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis. Just before beginning at the Public, she served as Associate Director on the Broadway revival of Godspell. Classic Broadway musicals notwithstanding, Kate’s deepest passion lies in the development of new plays. In that pursuit she has directed world premieres at Ars Nova, NYMF, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Hangar Theater, Prospect Theater, NYU, F*It Club, and many more. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with writers such as Ashlin Halfnight, Joshua Harmon, Daniel Hartley, Kyle Jarrow, Nathan Leigh, Sharyn Rothstein, and Rachel Bonds. She has served as a visiting instructor at Middlebury College, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Studio/NY. As an assistant director Kate has worked with Bill Rauch, Scott Ellis, Gregory Mosher, Jo Bonney, Will Frears, and Daniel Goldstein. She also assisted Sarah Ruhl on John Doyle’s staging of Ruhl’s original adaptation of Three Sisters as well as the Broadway premiere of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Kate has workshopped plays at EST/Youngblood, PTP/Atlantic 2, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Boomerang Theatre Company, and the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, received her BA from Middlebury College, and completed her MFA in directing at Carnegie Mellon University.
Deane Brosnan, Director of Marketing
Deane Brosnan initially became involved with Women’s Project Theater as a member of the Leadership Council before being appointed Director of Marketing in 2008. Deane has enjoyed a diverse career in a variety of fields, including publishing, TV production, and hospitality. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, communication and cultural studies from The University of Queensland and has completed studies in Speech in Action at the Australian Music Examination Board. Deane is also the founding chair of Young Variety, Variety, the Children’s Charity of New York.
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.
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, the Women’s Project, 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 Women’s Project 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 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 current member of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group and the 2010-2012 Women’s Project 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, Women’s Project, 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: 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, 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.