Corporate Carnival

May 14-17, 2008

Conceived & Created by Megan E. Carter, Julie Crosby, Jyana S. Gregory, and the Performers
Directed by Jyana S. Gregory
Text by Andy Paris


Frrreaks, wonders and curiosities! Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up to the greatest sideshow on earth in the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center. Be amazed by our incredible feats of balance and strength as we juggle hedge funds, jump through hoops, and climb the corporate ladder. Don’t’ miss this wonderfully wacky, theatrical mix of P.T. Barunum, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dow Jones! 

WP’s second annual, site-specific world premiere, produced in collaboration with arts>World Financial Center

David Anzuelo

(Marco, the Market Tamer) David  is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is the frontman for the Texas-Goth rock band MonsterRally. His first job after college was touring the New England coast carnival circuit in a song and dance troupe called Music Dance USA where Dave was known as “Young Elvis of the Midway.”  His theater credits include: Night Over Taos (Intar), Aunt Dan & Lemon (New Group); Knives & Other Sharp Objects (LAByrinth); September Shoes (Geva); Richard Scheckner’s Hamlet; Stand-up Tragedy (Joseph Jefferson Award – Apple Tree Theater); Peter Sellars’ Merchant of Venice (International Tour).  Film credits include: On The Moon; Capers; Prime; Planet Brooklyn; Man of the Century; Indocumentados.

Karen Grenke

(Svetlana, the Sultress of Spin) New York theatre includes performances at The Public, Women’s Project, the Ontological Theater, The Chocolate Factory, HERE, chashama, Theater for the New City, GAle GAtes et al., BAX and Aisling Arts. Film: Matt Lambert’s Rockville. Regional: Hangar Theater. She co-wrote the 80’s teen dramady Wuthering High. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and trains with The SITI Company.

Andrew Grusetskie

(Simon, the Scourge of Stagflation) is an Associate Artist with Active EyE theater and has appeared in its productions of Hard Lovin’ Ever After (Sam Nash), Woyzeck (the Doctor) and Senjo (Ryu), and wrote the adaptation of Dojoji, which premiered at the Cleveland Public Theater in 2004. He is also a founding member of Split Knuckle Theatre, and helped create and perform their production of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006 (“five stars,” The Scotsman) and Bucharest Festival of International Theater 2007. In New York, credits include The Voyage of the Carcass (Stage 13), Misogamy (HERE), Life is a Dream (Edge Theater Co.), and the Noh drama Izutsu (HERE/Lincoln Center Directors Lab). His regional work includes The School for Scandal and The Odyssey at the McCarter Theatre, Arabian Nights at Connecticut Rep, and Proof, Stones in His Pockets and Rough Crossing, all at Northern Stage. He has taught Dramatic Techniques as part of the US Performing Arts Camps. Andrew is a graduate of Yale University and of the London International School of Performing Arts.

Andy Paris

(Text Writer and Talker Tipper McGee) most recently played all the male roles in the World Premier of Melanie Marnich’s new play A Sleeping Country at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. As a member of Tectonic Theatre Project, Andy co-created and performed in both the stage play and HBO movie of The Laramie Project (2002 Emmy nomination for Best Writing for a Movie or Miniseries), directed by Moises Kaufman. Andy also worked with TTP and Mr. Kaufman on the development of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and performed in the original cast. Regionally, he has been seen at such prestigious houses as Playmaker’s Rep, Hartford Stage, Theatre Virginia, Berkeley Rep, The Rep Theatre of St. Louis and La Jolla Playhouse. His favorite roles include Berowne in Love’s Labours Lost, Pisanio in Cymbeline, Hal in Proof, Jason Posner in Wit (directed by Josaphine Abady), Burt in The Quiet Room (directed by Lucie Tiberghien), Grez in Red Noses (directed by Melissa Kievman) and Mercy/Titivillus in Nancy Magarill and Julie Crosby’s Mankynde (directed by Louis Scheeder). Andy has narrated numerous audio books for Recorded Books Productions (AUDIE Award Winner 2005 and 2007). As a director, Andy is currently working on Goldstar, Ohio, a play by Michael Tisdale, which will have its World Premier in October ( Also as a writer/director, his play, The Fanmaker’s Inquisition, based on the novel by Rikki Ducornet, which he co-wrote with his lovely wife Anushka Carter, has been seen in Six Figures Theatre Company’s Artists of Tomorrow Festival as well as NYU’s hotInk Festival. Andy has been invited to take part in The Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2008.

Richard Saudek

(The Marvelous Herman Wilkins, Scaler of Heights) recently moved to New York after working as a clown in Shanghai (KimTom Clown Festival).  Since then his NYC Theatre credits include performances at BAX, The Pearl Theatre Company and The Bruce High Quality Foundation.  He has studied improvisational comedy extensively in Chicago (IO Training Center, formerly ImprovOlympic).   He holds a BFA from Bard College.

Meghan M. Williams

(Ultra Equilibrium Yvette) has an MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Surrey. She co-founded Viva La Vulva, a collaborative theatre company in Austin TX. Since coming to NYC, she has mainly performed as a puppeteer: Exploding Puppet Productions’ Die Hard: The Puppet Musical (New York Musical Theatre Festival); Drama of Works’ curiouser and curiouser (HERE) and Sleepy Hollow (International Festival of Children’s Theatres – Serbia, Abrons Art Center, HERE); Tami Stronach Dance’s Pinchas, the Fish People and the Great Flood (DNA, HERE, Galapagos, LaMama); Mabou Mines’ Red Beads (Skirball Center for Performing Arts).

Lisa Rafaela Clair

(The Temps: Performer) Lisa is a performer, writer, and theater creator. She earned her B.A. from Bard College, and completed a professional apprenticeship with The Theater de la Jeune Lune, where she has continued to perform in over eight productions. In Minneapolis, Lisa worked with The Park Square Theater, Stages Theater Company, Ten Thousand Things Theater, The Children’s Theater Company, Red Eye Theater, MN Fringe Festival, The Mixed Blood Theater (The Clean House, honored with Outstanding Female Performance of 2007- Minneapolis Star Tribune). In 2005, she received the Rimon Society Norman Ackerberg Travel Study Grant for travel to Locarno, Switzerland to study physical comedy with Pierre Byland at the Burlesk Center. Twin City, City Pages named her a “Top Ten Performer of the Year” and “Artist of the Year- Playwright” for her original piece Jake-a-Dee Myer. 

Prudence Heyert

(The Temps: Performer) Prudence is very happy to be working with the Women’s Project again. She was seen in WP’s night of Suzan Lori Park’s 365 Days/365 Plays Fall 2007. Prudence was also most recently in Chekhov’s Chicks at the Manhattan Theater Source. Her film credits include: Neal Cassady, which is coming out this summer with IFC Films, and Say That You Love Me, which received the Silver Medal at the Park City Music Film Festival and was part of the official selection at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Prudence may also be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s American Express commercial. She is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and Skidmore College.

Megan Raye Manzi

(The Temps: Performer) Megan is a graduate of Emerson College and a past member of The Bats, The Flea Theater’s resident acting company. She was last seen in newFangled TheatReR’s Harm’s Way, the Audience Choice Award winner at Frigid Festival 2007. Megan will continue filming the independent The Moment After this summer. Special thanks to Megan Carter for this opportunity.

Austin Sanders

(The Temps: Performer) Austin is thrilled to be making his NYC stage debut with Women’s Project! He is currently enrolled as a student at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre studying long form improvisation and holds a BA in speech and theatre from Middle Tennessee State University. Favorite past roles include Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Emcee in Cabaret, Pony in subUrbia, Johnny Appleseed in American Tall Tales, Byron in The Pillbox, and Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors. Austin would like to thank his friends and family for their constant support!

Jeff Wills

(The Temps: Performer) (Member AEA) earned his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied fight choreography under David Leong and directing under the late Dr. Kenneth Campbell. As a professional actor, Jeff continues his studies in physical theatre and circus, including Suzuki, Viewpoints and acrobalance. He appeared last summer in the NY Fringe Festival’s As Far As We Know, and has performed in numerous shows in NY and in the regions; favorites include Henry IV, Part One (Porthouse Theatre, OH), A Lie of the Mind (Manhattan Theatre Source), Glass Menagerie (The Northeast Theatre, PA), and Summertree (Signal & Noise Productions, NH).  He is a founding member of the circus/theatre group, Kirkos, and the commedia dell’arte troupe, Zuppa del Giorno, as well as a member in good standing of NYU’s acting troupe, First Look. Visit

Jyana S. Gregory

(Director) is happy to return to the World Financial Center after directing Remembrance for last year’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$.  She is the Artistic Director of NYC-based ACTIVE EYE (, a highly physical theatre company that focuses on East-West fusion performance.  For ACTIVE EYE she directed Hard Lovin’ Ever After, Dojoji, Woyzeck, and Senjo.  She recently directed the premiere of Evan Hause’s new opera Man: Biology of a Fall (Kumble Theatre).  Other credits include Iphigenia at Aulis (City College),Your Nightgown is Jealous When You Dream (mugwumpin, SF & Denver), Venus (Cleveland Public Theatre), The Designated Mourner (Cleveland Public Theatre), Siegfried’s Nerve (Target Margin), Izutsu (Lincoln Center Directors Lab), and Kaspar (Blueprint Series, Ontological Theatre).  In 2003, Jyana was a recipient of Theater Communications Groups’ Future Leaders grant.  She has assisted Chen Shi-Zheng, David Herskovits, and Diane Paulus and worked for Richard Foreman. A graduate of Yale University, Jyana is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Women’s Project Directors Lab.  Her next project is a séance.

Megan E. Carter

(Dramaturg, Associate Artistic Director)  Prior to joining WP in September 2006, Megan worked as a dramaturg and educator in Seattle and New York, where her credits include Mac Wellman’s Harm’s Way, aTack and the AmerikAn trip, tik  (newfangled theatReR); Burial at Thebes and Sincerity Forever (New Workshop Theatre).  In 2005, Megan curated the Building Bridges New Play Festival, which included works by Stephanie Fleischmann, Sibyl Kempson, and Erin Courtney.  She has also worked with ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program, Intiman Theatre’s award-winning Living History program, and Brooklyn College.  Megan is a founding member of newFangled theatReR and is a collaborator on Lynn M.Thomson’s work-in-progress, Parlor Song.  She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Brooklyn College.

Junghyun Georgia Lee

(Scenic and Costume Design) Born in South Korea, Junghyun Georgia Lee started designing for theater in Canada. Now based in New York, she often collaborates with directors and choreographers in US and Korea. Her designs includes: Ariadne auf Naxos (Seongnam Art Center, Korea), Sunday,Again! (Cedar Lake premered in Oslo), Max and Ruby (Lucille Lortel), The Water’s Edge (Second Stage), The Misanthrope (Dallas Theater Center), The Attic (The Play Co.) Gem of the Ocean (Milwaukee Rep,IRT,Syracuse Stage and Geva), The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Candida (American Players Theater) The Price (Center Stage, Baltimore), O Lovely Glowworm (Portland Center Stage, 2005 Drammy Award, Best Costume). She also designed for productions at Williamstown Theater Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, The Juilliard School and Humana Festival. She also designs for her Korean natural clothing label, Willow Tree. Ms Lee holds MFA in design from Yale School of Drama.

Fitz Patton

(Original Music and Sound Design) BROADWAY: As Long As We Both Shall Laugh, Back on Broadway. OFF-BROADWAY: This Is How It Goes, Fran’s Bed, Manic Flight Reaction, Modern Orthodox, A Soldier’s Play, Barbra’s Wedding, The Voysey Inheritance, Trip to Bountiful, Dirty Tricks, Guinea Pig Solo, Matt and Ben, The Butter and Egg Man and A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, Primary Stages. REGIONAL: Crime and Punishment (Cincinnati Playhouse), Brendan (Huntington Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Some Men (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Things of Dry Hours (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Dallas Theater Center, American Conservatory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, The Acting Company, New York Stage and Film, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse. ORCHESTRATIONS: The Araboolies of Liberty Street (Imagination Stage). ORIGINAL MUSIC: Cinderella (published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide). Mr. Patton has been commissioned to compose Fox Spirit, a modern Kunju Opera.

Howard S. Klein

(Production Stage Manager) is an Actors Equity Association Stage Manager.  He is the Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the touring dance troupe, GALUMPHA.  Howard is a founding member of newFangled theatreR.  Most recently, Howard has also started to dabble in costume design.;

Amanda Schulze

(Stage Manager) Amanda is a proud member of Actors Equity.  Recently she has stage managed Sisters’ Dance (Off-Broadway).  Other credits include Stoker (Joe Jackson’s first musical), Pretty Chin Up (LAByrinth Theatre Company), Becoming Natasha (Isadora Productions), 365 Days/ 365 Plays (Womens’ Project).  She is also the Resident Stage Manager of The Emerging Artist Theatre Company and Isadora Productions.

Nicole A. Watson

(Assistant Director) is a director, actor, and teacher. She recently directed Eli and Cheryl Jump for Crosstown Playwrights and Rachel at the Airmid Theatre. She has worked with the 52nd Street Project, The Lincoln Center Institute for Arts and Education, the Working Theatre, and the New York Historical Society. She was a guest artist at Stratham Elementary School in New Hampshire. Currently Nicole is a teaching artist at the McCarter Theatre. She has a BA in history from Yale and is completing her graduate degree at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Sara Mcloud

(Assistant Costume Designer) is a recent transplant from Tennessee, trying to find a place in the busy New York costume scene. Her work was recently seen in the Heschel School’s A Night of Shakespeare, just down the street from The Women’s Project. When she’s not working hard for Georgia Lee, she works for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in Chelsea as a first hand and stitcher.

Julie Crosby

(Producing Artistic Director) joined WP in October 2005. Previously, she worked for over two decades as a manager of Broadway, off-Broadway, and international touring productions, including On Golden Pond starring James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams, Eve Ensler’s The Good Body, Laurie Anderson’s Songs & Stories From Moby Dick, Black And Blue starring Ruth Brown and Linda Hopkins, and the legendary musical Carrie, among many others. Julie produced New Faces Of ‘04 at Carnegie Hall for Skitch Henderson and The New York Pops, the musical Mankynde at the 2004 NYC Fringe Festival, and the inaugural year of the The Midland-Joffrey Summer Dance Project. A published author and university lecturer, Julie received her Ph.D. in medieval drama from Columbia University.