Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director
Lisa McNulty is an award-winning Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater producer in her sixth season as the Producing Artistic Director of WP Theater. Lisa comes to WP 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, 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, working on projects with artists including Diane Paulus and Dierdre Murray, Rinne Groff, and Lisa D’Amour. 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.
Lisa’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by The Pussycat Foundation.
Michael Sag, Managing Director
Michael, in his 3rd season at WP, was most recently the general manager for Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 62nd season (2016) which included four world premieres (one of which, Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living, won the Pulitzer prize for Drama), one American premiere and two revivals (including Broadway transfer with Marisa Tomei The Rose Tattoo). Prior to that, Michael worked in commercial general management on and off Broadway since 2001 including production of: 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!
Michael is currently an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and serves as the President of the Association for Non-Profit Theater Companies.
Tamilla Woodard, Associate Artistic Director
Tamilla Woodard is the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle Associate Artistic Director of WP Theater and the co-leader of WP’s Directors Lab. As a director, her recent projects include associate director on Hadestown on Broadway, Men on Boats at American Conservatory Theater, James Scruggs’ 3/Fifths at 3 Legged Dog, PolkaDots: The Cool Kids Musical at The Atlantic Theatre Company. She 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 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. She also served as Artistic Director of Working Theater’s community initiative project: Five Boroughs/One City. She is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program where she currently teaches 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 is the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle Artistic Producer of WP Theater, and the co-leader of WP’s Playwrights Lab. Her recent independent projects include the Bushwick Starr world premiere and WP/Starr Off-Broadway remount of Kate Benson’s [PORTO] (dir. Lee Sunday Evans), Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed (dir. Jackson Gay), curation of the Public Theater Mobile Unit’s pop-up lobby performances, and Spare Rib, a theatrical fundraiser for reproductive rights 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: Todd Almond’s Kansas City Choir Boy with Courtney Love (A.R.T.) and Persona (MIT/National Sawdust). She has also produced, curated, and developed new works with LCT3, NYTW, New Georges, 13P, and with artists including Martyna Majok, Emilie Baltz, Chris Duffy, and The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure. Rachel was previously Senior Producer for the international collective Guerilla Science, where she created large-scale immersive performances at theaters, music festivals, pop-up events, dinners, and dance parties. She has been a grant panelist for the New York State Council for the Arts, and has given talks on creative producing at Columbia University, the New School, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Rachel is a former Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the WP Producers Lab, and a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Gary Levinson, Production Manager
Gary Levinson started at WP Theater with their production of What We’re Up Against. Most recently, he was the Director of Production of the Obie and Drama Desk Award winning Pearl Theatre for 10 seasons, Shakespeare on the Sound for 8 seasons, and has been with Red Bull Theater since 2015. Other productions: Post Mortem, Mercy on the Doorstep, Betrothed, Lebensraum, New York Week of Food and Wine, and The 3M Most Gifted Wrapper Contest for 7 years. In a previous life he was a propmaster, working on productions such as Matchmaker (Ford’s Theater), The Exact Center of the Universe (Century), Waverly Gallery, Collected Stories, Mrs. Klein; as well as numerous feature films, television, commercials and music videos.
Lilla Goettler, Business Manager/Company 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.
Lindsy M. Bissonnette, Development Manager
Lindsy M. Bissonnette is incredibly excited to be joining the WP team. She has worked for theater companies in Rhode Island, Georgia, and New York City both as an administrator and as a director. She received her BFA and BA from the University of Rhode Island and received her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a recent member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Observership Class and in this years NAMT Festival Observership.
Victoria Preis, Marketing Associate
Victoria Preis is a multi-disciplinary artist of Puerto Rican descent based in New York. As a theater maker, her mission is to illuminate the voices of her community and create pieces that investigate the world we live in, ignite challenging dialogue and galvanize necessary change. She is currently developing a musical adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma through the lens of the Puerto Rican experience with sterilization on part of the US Board of Eugenics. Recent Credits include: Because I Was There (Director) Nuyorican Poets Cafe, TITI (Director & Playwright) The Secret Theatre; Quilt: A Musical Celebration (SM) Judson Memorial Church, June, July, August (SM) Waterwell Drama, Machinal (Sound Design) Waterwell Drama, Not A Gift (SM/Sound Design) Fringe Festival, Playwrights Downtown: Esmeralda of the Pacific Gyre (Director), Barbecue (Performer-Lillie Anne), KrazyTown (Original Cast). International: Quarantine (Director, Performer & Sound Design) St. Agnes-Kirche, Push-up (Angelika) St. Agnes-Kirche, The Miser’s Daughter (Performer) Villa La Pietra, Fortunna Avversa (Performer) The Strozzi Museum. In addition to working for WP Theater, she is also the Marketing Manager for PROTOTYPE Festival. New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts ’18.
ROBERTA PEREIRA, Co-Leader: Producers Lab
Roberta Pereira is a Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning theater producer. She is currently the Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, where she developed and produced several world premieres by early-career playwrights, including The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, which was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Roberta is a graduate of Yale School of Drama’s Theater Management program and Wesleyan University. She is originally from Brazil and currently lives in New York City with her daughter. Twitter: @roberta_m_p
LEIGH SILVERMAN, Co-Leader: Directors Lab
Leigh Silverman most recently directed the new musical, Soft Power by Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang (Ahmanson Theater/ Curran Theater). Upcoming: Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54); Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theatre); Hurricane Diane (NYTW/WP). Broadway: Violet (Roundabout; Tony nomination), Chinglish, Well. Recent Off-Broadway: Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre/ Minetta Lane; Lortel nom), Sweet Charity (New Group), On the Exhale (Roundabout), The Outer Space (Public Theater), All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC), The Way to Get By (Roundabout), Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb), Bright Half Life (WP Theater), American Hero (Williamstown Theater Festival, Second Stage), No Place to Go (Public Theater). Encores: Really Rosie, The Wild Party, Violet.
STEPHANIE YBARRA, Co-Leader: Producers Lab
Stephanie Ybarra is a New York-based artistic producer with nearly 20 years of experience at theaters across the United States. She was recently announced as the incoming Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage after seven years as a member of the senior leadership team at The Public Theater as Director of Special Artistic Projects where she led the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Public Forum. In addition to The Public, Stephanie serves as curator and casting director of Crossing Borders Latinx Festival at Two River Theater, and co-leads the WP Producers Lab.
Madeleine Briggs, ARTISTIC INTERN
Madeleine Briggs is an actor, singer, and theatremaker based in New York City. She earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar College with a major in Drama and a minor in Queer Studies in 2018. During her undergraduate career, she co-founded and served as the president and creative director of Vassar Burlesque. This student organization values building a supportive, inclusive community conducive to the creation of performances exploring gender and sexuality. Madeleine also works on the wardrobe staff at Sleep No More and as a dresser for special events at the McKittrick Hotel. Her theatrical interests include immersive and accessible theatre.
Meredith Ham, Artistic Intern
Meredith Ham is a New York-based actor and director from Denver, Colorado. She received her BS from The University of Evansville where she majored in Theatre Performance and minored in Creative Writing. During her undergraduate career, she earned the opportunity to direct a full-scale production featured as part of the university’s season and discovered a love for producing original work that intertwines the language of children’s books with the complexity of the queer female narrative.
Pearl S. Bark, Director of H. Arf.
Pearl S. Bark has worked in H Arf Departments at various institutions including The Dogwarts School and The Flea. She is on the board of the Snout Society and was recently a contestant on The Great British Barkoff. She holds a degree in Anthropawlogy from Woofsley College where she graduated Fido Beta Kappa.