“I practice what I learned in the WP Lab every single day. I would not be the artistic producer I am now without WP Theater. If the rising tide lifts all boats, the community at WP lab is the ocean I feel lucky to be a part of. Let them lead the American Theater, and see how that tide will rise!”
– Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theater Company
Established in 2006, the Producers Lab works to extend the influence of female-identified and and trans theater artists. Armed with practical tools and powerful connections, Producers Lab members are empowered to advance specific theatrical projects and special events at WP and beyond. The Producers Lab is founded on a firm belief in the power of creative producing, and strives to make its members equally at home analyzing plays and financial statements.
Ilana Becker is a producer and director specializing in community-driven projects, new play and musical development, and arts education. She is a proud member of The Civilians’ R&D Group, LCT Directors Lab, DirectorsLabChicago, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, a Playwrights Horizons Robert Moss Directing Fellow, an Emerging Leader of NY Arts Fellow, and an associate member of SDC. As an independent producer, Ilana has led projects throughout NYC, and is Founding Artistic Director of Argument Sessions, a series of theatrical events weaving SCOTUS argument transcripts with collaboratively developed original material. She has held staff positions at Lincoln Center Education, All For One Theatre, and Bret Adams, Ltd.’s literary department, and has served as a freelance company manager and line producer. Ilana returns to NYC after a year spent as Associate Artistic Director and Interim Artistic Director of Company of Fools/Sun Valley Center for the Arts in beautiful and dynamic central Idaho. www.ilanabecker.com
Marie Cisco is a Producer and Director. She has worked with MPAACT, The National Black Theatre, The New Black Fest, The Lark, and currently works as a Line Producer for Readings and Artistic Development at The Public Theater. She has produced NYC productions of Black Girl Magic: The Complexity of Your Spell? and Folk-Tales: What Stories Do Your Folks Tell under her Production Company Cisco & Co. Productions. Marie holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University and a M.A in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago.
Lucy Jackson is a freelance performing arts producer. As Producing Director for collaborative theatre company The Assembly, productions include Seagullmachine (Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa ETC), HOME/SICK (Odyssey Theatre, LA & JACK, Brooklyn) and I Will Look Forward to this Later (New Ohio, NY). Other producing includes Heather Christian’s Animal Wisdom (Bushwick Starr), Cuddles by Joseph Wilde (Ovalhouse, London & 59E59, NY) and Mudlarks by Vickie Donoghue (HighTide, Theatre503 & Bush Theatre, London). Line producing includes Oh My Sweet Land (PlayCo). Tour producing includes Okwui Okpokwasili’s Poor People’s TV Room for PerformancePractice.org, Our Carnal Hearts for Rachel Mars and RoosevElvis for the TEAM. She was a 2016-17 Fellow of the Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, a Stage One Apprentice for Mark Rubinstein Ltd., Development Director for the New Ohio Theatre and General Manager/Associate Producer for the TEAM. Upcoming: Intelligence by Helen Banner, directed by Jess Chayes as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door Season, January 2019. www.lsajackson.com
Stephanie Rolland is a producer based in Princeton, NJ where she is the Artistic Line Producer for McCarter Theatre Center. She is a member of Theater Communication Group (TCG)’s inaugural Rising Leaders of Color cohort, TCG’s National Awards Committee and the League of Resident Theater’s Diversity Committee. She co-founded Interfest, a Harlem-based *arts and ideas* festival focused on intersectionality and mutual liberation. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama. Her work as an artist is fueled by connection, experimentation and laughter. She finds her joy in bringing multi-faceted, swirling, human universes together in space to make magic.
Alyssa Simmons is a freelance creative producer and manager. Most recently she was the Associate Producer on Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon’s opera Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Her interests run the gamut from devised performance to new plays to musicals to immersive experiences and live events. Alyssa pursues projects that challenge the idea of performance, broaden the form of storytelling, and, most importantly, make the audience experience something memorable. She is a woman of two cities: her hometown of Los Angeles and her adopted city of New York. Alyssa holds a BA in Theater Studies and International Studies from Yale University and a MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama. Upcoming projects include serving as the producer on the 2018 Prelude Festival and as the general management associate on the 2019 Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater.