THE WALLS 2013-14
Brian Quirk (Director) directed Billy Witch at Post, also directed shows at Axial Theater and Dixon Place. As a playwright: 2010 winner of The Robert Chesley Award, an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grant for Mapplethorpe/The Opening (production at The Provincetown Playhouse, New Conservatory Theater Center, Sixth@Penn, The Bahama’s Popop Stu- dios, and Dixon Place), Crash (Emerging Artists Theater with Marylou- ise Burke), Marrow (Axial Theater Company), Strangers (Dixon Place), Summerland (Weissberger Nomination 2013, reading at The Atlantic Theater Co. with Mary McCann, Katie Erbe, and Jay O. Sanders). Attend- ed Residencies: Ucross, MacDowell Colony (3 times), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Wurlitzer (winner of a Leon Levy Foundation Grant, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation Grant). Nerine (id Theater “Sit In” in July 2010 with Lynn Cohen, Cristin Milioti and Daphne Rubin-Vega, PlayPenn, 2011, directed by Casey Stangl). Warren (2012 Seven Devils Theater conference, directed by Dan Bonnell). Warren will premiere at Boise Contemporary Theater in 2014.
Jenny Fulton (Scenic Designer, Fall 2013) is a set and costume designer and member of USA Local 829. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and divides her time between NYC and Vermont. As a 12-year Artistic Associate with Vermont Stage Company she’s designed over twenty productions and helped the theater establish its reputation for high production values. NYC design credits Anne Kaufman and Clubbed Thumb, The Women’s Project, Hunter Playwright’s Festival, The Queen’s Company, as well as the NY premier of Kathryn Blume’s The Boycott. Regionally, American Repertory Theatre, Yale Rep, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare, North Shore Music Theatre, Northern Stage, Dorset Theater, St. Mike’s Playhouse, and others. Film design credits include PBS Channel 13’s The American Novel, indie films and a zombie movie. She is also an educator and has taught theatre history and design at Hunter College/ CUNY, Mt. Holyoke College, Keene State, University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College. In her spare time she and her companion work to keep their 180-year-old farmhouse from falling into its cellar hole.
Christopher Weston (Lighting Designer, Fall 2013) In NYC, his work has been seen recently at the Signature Theatre, Alvin Ailey Theatre, Center for Contemporary Opera among others. He was awarded Outstanding Lighting Design by the 2013 Planet Connections Awards, and was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design by the NYIT Awards. Other NY theaters include the Kitchen, John Houseman, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 59E59, Cherry Lane, 3LD, 45th Street Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, Barrow Group, Dixon Place, Abingdon, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and many more. Regional theaters include Penguin Rep, Hangar Theatre, NJ Rep, Actors Shakespeare Company. International: European Biennial in Athens, Greece. He is a Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre Company.
Jason Jacobs (Director) is grateful to work with this fearless ensemble of students and the supportive theatre faculty. He also directed As You Like It and BatBoy: The Musical! for PTC. He was a NYTheatre.com 2007 “Person of the Year.” As the former co-AD of Theatre Askew, he directed David Koteles’ GLAAD-nominated Bald Diva!, i google myself, The Tempest, and co-adapted/co-directed I Claudius, Live! He directed Lost in Staten Island and Post Modern Living (La MaMa), Lavender Songs (TOSOS II; Bistro Award), My First Lady (Metropolitan Playhouse Founders Festival), After The Chairs (Fresh Fruit Festival), Mario and the Magician (Center for Contemporary Opera), The Boycott (Vermont Stage and Arclight Theatre). He has directed for Hunter College’s MFA Playwriting Program, Vermont Stage Company, the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, and the Celebration in Los Angeles. Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre Company and graduate of Yale and Columbia. www.Jason-Jacobs.com. Special Thanks: Adam Reynolds, David Derbyshire.
NIGHT OF BECKETT 2012-13
Shelley Butler (Director) Recent productions include: This is Fiction (Cherry Lane), The Borrowers, A Wrinkle in Time (South Coast Repertory) No Way to Treat a Lady (The Colony Theater), Agamemnon 2.0 (Cadbury Theatre, UK), world premieres of: Christina Gorman’s Sacred Ground (Stella Adler), Ruth McKee’s The Nightshade Family (SPF), and Eric Coble’s Straight On ‘Til Morning (Great Lakes Theater Festival). Shelley spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival. She has directed and developed New York for Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, New York Stage and Film, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, the Lark, New Georges, Women’s Project, Dixon Place, The Playwright’s Realm, Terra Nova, GroundUp, InViolet Rep, and NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing. Shelley is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Women’s Project’s Director’s Forum, a recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee and member of SDC.
BUM PHILLIPS 2012-13
Luke Leonard (Director/Production Designer) is a director, designer, playwright, performer, and Producing Artistic Director of Monk Parrots. His work has been described as “taking creditable gambles...outstanding” by The New York Times, “bold and experimental...a
clear vision...pure theatrical experience” by nytheatre(dot)com, and “visually arresting” by Austin American-Statesman. Since 1996 he has created fourteen original works in New York and three with his company, Monk Parrots. In 2011, nytheatre-wire(dot)com compared Monk Parrots to “young artist revolutionaries.” Recent directing credits include: Monk Parrots’ Here I Go (59E59 Theaters in New York and the 2012 La MaMa Spoleto Open in Italy), Benjamin Britten’s opera, The Turn of the Screw (Symphony Space), David Lang and Mac Wellman’s opera, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (The B. Iden Payne Theater in Austin, Texas--Nominated for eight 2010 Austin Critics’ Table Awards including “Best Opera” and ranked No. 4 on Austin Chronicle’s “Top Ten Theatrical Wonders of 2010”), and the first Italian translation of Israel Horovitz’s The Indian Wants the Bronx presented in several cities across Italy. Leonard is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto, Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
Peter Stopschinski (Composer) composed and recorded string arrangements and
organ on Grupo Fantasma’s Grammy Award winning album La Existential as well as composing for and/or performing with DJ Spooky, PBS, Rude Mechs, Golden Arm Trio, Texas Choral Consort and also worked on the Richard Linklater film A Scanner Darkly assisting composer Graham Reynolds. Peter is Composer for Rude Mechs’ production I’ve Never Been So Happy, a western musical about the New West. I’ve Never Been
So Happy was developed as a selection in the NEA New Play Development Program, and received residencies at The Orchard Project, The University of Texas New Musical Theatre Initiative and two workshop productions at Rude Mechs’ theater, The Off Center. Since 1999 Peter has been co-artistic director (with Graham Reynolds) of Golden Hornet Project. GHP is a nationally acclaimed “indie-classical” ensemble which has presented hundreds of new compositions by over 50 new composers. GHP recently premiered Peter’s 6th Symphony in a concert voted by the Austin Critic’s Poll as “Best Classical Performance of 2009.” He currently teaches Music Composition at the Austin Chamber Music Center and is the resident composer (since 2003) at the Austin Waldorf School where he recently completed a 2-hour musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities in November 2009.
Kirk Lynn (Librettist) is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director for Rude Mechs. Lynn has served as playwright on most Rude Mechs performances including: Curst & Shrewd: The Taming of the Shrew Unhinged, Requiem for Tesla, and Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century. His most recent work with the Rudes includes book and lyrics for I’ve Never Been So Happy (music and lyrics by Peter Stopschinski), a Western Operetta about a single mom who ties her only son to the last mountain lion in Texas. Kirk and Peter are hard at work on a new musical set in the 80’s telling the story of an unlikely friendship between disco DJ and a retired Officer of the WACs. When not working with the Rudes Kirk writes novels and serves on the playwriting faculty at the University of Texas. His solo playwriting includes a new script, The Animals, about a couple who attempts to return to nature within the confines of their own home, and How Much is Enough, an interactive performance composed of questions and prayers, created with Melanie Joseph of the Foundry Theatre, opening at St. Ann’s Warehouse, NYC in Oct. 2011. Kirk holds a James A. Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas, in Playwriting and Fiction.
Kerry Prep (Musical Director) is an adjunct professor in both the Performing Arts and General Education Departments at Adelphi University, Kerry is also a BFA alumnus of Adelphi. Actor, singer, director, and musical composer, In 2001 Kerry debuted his sold-out cabaret If You Can Find Me, I’m Here, (Ed Linderman, dir.). He is currently planning his next cabaret, Grateful. Recent NYC acting credits include A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Ed Berkeley, dir.), Jacques
Brel Is..., and the musical composer of The Bastard Lovechild of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben.
TV credits include All My Children and Don’t Drink The Water (Woody Allen, dir). Kerry has composed lyrics and music for several original cabaret-style musicals, including Myth America (No Gurlz Allowed), Friday the 31st (A Dyslexic Halloween), and The Castratos (True or Falsetto). The past nine years, Kerry has directed the incoming Freshmen at Adelphi University in their debut Workshops: Te Deum For Young Comedians (in collaboration with Jacques Burdick), Myth Noir: Tales of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Alf Layla Wa Layla (1001 Arabian Nights), Lysistrata -- the musical, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey, Imagine Oz, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and The White Devil. Regional Musical Director credits include Side Show (Jeremy Kronenberg, director), Little Shop of Horrors (Meredith Van Scoy, director) and Rent (David Glenn Armstrong, director). He also has the unique distinction of being Musical Director for Urinetown at LIU/Post (Victor Maog, dir.), Adelphi (Ted Sod, dir.), and Hofstra (Ilona Pierce, dir.) Seeking a creative outlet to supplement his acting career, Kerry founded Preppygrams, a singing telegram company, which specializes in custom-written songs serving the New York Metropolitan area. AEA/SAG/AFTRA
Joey LePage (Associate Director) is a Texan and the Associate Director of Monk Parrots. As an actor and director, Joey has worked from Austin, to DC, to New York City and even Italy, with stops along the way including Hyde Park Theatre, Salvage Vanguard, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dixon Place, 59E59, and La Mama and its Spoleto Open.
JULIUS CAESAR 2012-13
Gail Winar (Director) holds degrees from New York University and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s graduate program in classical acting from George Washington University. She is the master teaching artist for the Roundaboat Theatre Company on Broadway, and an adjunct faculty member at Kean University in Union, NJ. Her teaching credits also include guest artist residencies, workshops and courses at New York University, Columbia University, Circle-in-the- Square Theatre, American Ballet Theatre and the Lee Strasberg Institute. Directing projects have included classical and contemporary works for the American Globe Theater, George Street Playhouse, Classics on Tour, New Jersey Repertory Company and Kean Players. In addition, Gail received the prestigious Fringe first award for her work at Edinburgh’s International Festival Fringe in 2009.
RE-MEMEBERING ANTIGONE 2011-12
Brittany Jones-Pugh (Costume Designer) graduated from C.W. Post in 2007 with a BFA in Theatrical Production and Design. Past PTC Costume Design Includes: Third Child ('06), Numb: A Suzuki Musical ('07), Orestes 2.0 ('07), The Angelina Project ('05), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ('07), and The Oresteia ('06) for which she was awarded the 2007 KCACTF Region II Barbizon Award for Costume Design Excellence. Following graduation, Brittany was hired by the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway where she worked as a costume day-worker on The 39 Steps ('08), and as a dresser on Les Liaisons Dangereous ('08), A Man for All Seasons ('08), Hedda Gabler ('09), and The Philanthropist ('09). Brittany currently lives in NYC and works for NBC on the shows Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where she is a member of the wardrobe department working closely with The Roots,and Saturday Night Live, where she dresses featured actor Vanessa Bayer.
SIDE SHOW 2011-12
Jeremy Gold Kronenberg (Director) is a freelance director whose recent production of Caroline, or Change was nominated for a 2010 New York Innovative Theatre award as outstanding production of a musical. Additionally, Playbill.com's Matt Blank chose that production as one of the "unforgettable experiences of 2010."; Jeremy holdsan MFA in Directing (Musical Theatre Focus) from The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. At CCM, his production of Side Show was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award as Outstanding Musical of the 2004-2005 season. Recent directing credits include: Caroline, or Change (Gallery Players) HOAXOCAUST! (59E59/ The Cell), Is There Life After High School? and Drat! The Cat! (Opening Doors Theatre Company), Wicked Moon (4th Wall Theatre), The Fantasticks and Scrooge, The Musical! (Ozark Actors Theatre), My Life As A Bald Soprano (Ted Bardy Studio), My Salvation Has A First Name; A Wienermobile Journey (NYC Fringe), and Disappeared, which was part of Prospect Theater Company's Dark Nights Series and workshopped as part of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He holds a BFA in Acting from The Ohio University School of Theatre and did post-graduate work at Sarah Lawrence College. Jeremy has served as an assistant director at Prospect Theater Company, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The MUNY, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (where he did an observership of John Doyle's production of Company). Abroad, Jeremy worked at the Bridewell Theatre in London as an assistant stage manager, conducted youth theater seminars, and assisted in the casting of the European premier of Floyd Collins. Following his tenure in London, Jeremy spent three years as the associate to the director of Stagecrafters Theatre where he taught and directed students in second grade through college. www.jeremygoldkronenberg.com
Mike Billings (Lighting Designer) PTC: The Good Woman of Setzuan. New York: TRU starring Darrell Hammond, The Miracle Worker, The Chalks (Baystreet Theatre); Caroline or Change, Bus Stop (Gallery Players); Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party (NYC Fringe/San Francisco Playhouse); The English Channel (Abingdon Theatre Co.); A Doll's House (Bated Breath Theatre Co.); Henri Gabler; Lonely Circus Beast; Woyzeck, Lecture with Cello (NYC Fringe). Regional: SNOW, Once Upon a Time in Atlantic City, Summer of '42, Panic (Spirit of Broadway Theatre); The Exonerated, Macbeth, The Threepenny Opera, Thin Air (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). www.MikeBillingsDesign.com
Kerry Prep (Musical Director) An adjunct professor in both the Performing Arts and General Education Departments at Adelphi University, Kerry is also a BFA alumnus of Adelphi. Actor, singer, director, and musical composer, Kerry debuted his sold-out cabaret If You Can Find Me, I'm Here, directed by Ed Linderman in 2001. He is currently planning his next cabaret, Grateful. Recent NYC acting credits include A Child's Christmas in Wales (directed by Ed Berkeley), Jacques Brel, and the musical composer of The Bastard Lovechild of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. TV credits include All My Children and Woody Allen's Don't Drink The Water. Kerry has composed lyrics and music for several original cabaret-style musicals, including Myth America (No Gurlz Allowed), Friday the 31st (A Dyslexic Halloween), and The Castratos (True or Falsetto). The past seven years, Kerry has directed the incoming Freshmen at Adelphi University in their debut Workshops: Te Deum For Young Comedians (in collaboration with Jacques Burdick), Myth Noir: Tales of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Alf Layla Wa Layla (1001 Arabian Nights), Lysistrata -- the musical, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, and Imagine Oz. Regional Musical Director credits include Urinetown (Ted Sod, director), Urinetown (Victor Maog, director), and Rent (David Glenn Armstrong, director). Kerry is also a teaching artist with Inside Broadway, a not-for-profit corporation, which places professional performers in New York City schools, introducing children to theatre through build-a-musical workshops. Seeking a creative outlet to supplement his acting career, Kerry founded Preppygrams, a singing telegram company, which specializes in custom-written songs serving the New York Metropolitan area. AEA/SAG/AFTRA
THE 4TH ANNUAL VIRGIL J. LEE NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
Duped: A Night Out With Commedia 2011-12
Adrienne Kapstein (Director) is a director specializing in the creation of original, physically based work. She is currently the Associate Movement Director on War Horse at Lincoln Center and is the co-founder and co-director of Movement Theater Studio NYC, the first studio in New York to focus on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. New York directing & devising highlights include Every Day Above Ground (PS 122), Fathom (Ice Factory Festival 2005) and Hatched (HERE Arts Center). Internationally, Adrienne’s work has been presented across Canada and Ireland including the Tarragon Theatre (Toronto), The Centaur Theatre (Montreal), Project Arts Centre, (Dublin) and The University of Ireland (Galway). Adrienne is on faculty at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Brooklyn College’s Theater Program and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and is currently an MFA candidate in the Directing Program at Brooklyn College.
Brian Quirk (Director, Billy Witch) Directing credits include shows at Dixon Place and Westchester's Axial Theater. As a playwright: Three-time Macdowell Colony fellow, PlayPenn 2011 with Nerine, 2010 Chesley award winner, Mapplethorpe/The Opening produced at Provincetown Playhouse, Sand Diego's Sixth@Penn, and The New Conservatory Theater Center, winner of Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation grant. As an actor: New York Theater Workshop, Clubbed Thumb, Rattletstick Playwrights etc.)
Gregory Moss (Playwright, Billy Witch) is a writer and performer from Newburyport MA. His work has been seen at Soho Rep, La Comédie Française, and the Steppenwolf Garage, among others. He currently resides in Minneapolis, where he is a 2012 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting. More info and news can be found at gregorymoss.com.
A FLEA IN HER EAR 2010-11
Sarah Rasmussen (Director) recently assistant directed Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play , which was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Play. She has directed for Theater Master's Take 10 Festival at Rattlestick in NYC, and the world premiere of Red Ink–new work by indigenous writers-for Mixed Blood Theater (where she also directed Jason Grote's 1001 last season). She's developed new work by Lila Rose Kaplan (The Lark, PlayPenn, New Dramatists and UCSD), Trista Baldwin (Playwrights' Center) Tommy Smith (The O'Neill), Mac Wellman, Christina Gorman (Hangar Theater), Josh Tobiessen (UCSD) and Sam Hunter (Long Island Univ.). Other credits: Twelfth Night , The Skin of Our Teeth (UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse), The Little Prince (Hangar Theater). Sarah is a Fulbright Scholar, Drama League Directing Fellow, Jack O'Brien Directing Fellow & member Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Upcoming: a new TYA play for the La Jolla Playhouse.
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT 2010-11
Jessi D. Hill (Director) is a freelance director based in New York City since August 2007. Her latest work includes productions of Sladjana Vujovic's The Tender Mercies (One Year Lease at Teatro Circulo), Mia McCullough's Lucinda's Bed (Chicago Dramatists), Alena Smith's It or Her (terraNOVA Collective at ps122) and Jeff Grow's Creating Illusion (terraNOVA Collective at DR2), Johnna Adams' Angel Eaters (Flux Theatre Ensemble), The Children's Hour (Astoria Performing Arts Center), King Lear (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre) as well as many new plays in development at New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group, The Lark, Culture Project, The Playwrights Realm, Red Fern, Youngblood, among others. She has recently been Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company, a Director-in-Residence at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a guest director at Fordham University, UCONN, NYU/Tisch and NYU/Strasberg Institute. Jessi is a transplant to NYC from Chicago where she served as Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre Company. While living in Chicago from 1997-2004 she worked in many capacities with some of the City's finest theatres including About Face, Apollo, A Red Orchid, Chicago Dramatists, Court, Factory, Famous Door, Irish Repertory, Light Opera Works, Live Bait, Lookingglass, Mary Arrchie, Organic, Pegasus, Porchlight, Remy Bumppo, Steppenwolf, Terrapin, Victory Gardens, and many others. She is currently Director of terraNOVA Collective's Groundbreakers New Play Development Program, a member of The Women's Project Directors Lab and an Affiliated Artist at New Georges. Jessi is a recipient of the Denham Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and was recently named a finalist for the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. MFA Directing: Yale School of Drama.
Michael Locher (Scenic Designer) Recent and upcoming regional credits include scenic designs for the Guthrie Theater, Playmakers Rep, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Magic Theater, Northern Stage, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre. Currently residing near New York City, Michael is a longtime artistic associate of San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater, where he regularly designs and develops new and experimental work, and is a founding member of Hollywood-based Tilted Field Productions. Additional credits include projects with the Yale Baroque Opera, the Adirondack Theater Festival, and numerous Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions, as well as California's Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Crowded Fire, The Jewish Theater, and Black Box Theater. Michael also works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, specializing in artwork for theater companies. Education: University of California, San Diego; Yale School of Drama (Donald Oesnslager Scholar).
Mike Riggs (Lighting Designer) designs theater, dance, opera and special events worldwide for companies ranging from scrappy upstarts to venerable institutions, and he has delighted in lighting everyone from high schoolers to President Obama. Theater: founding member of One Year Lease ( Teaser Cow, The Bald Soprano, Machinal, etc.) and resident lighting designer for The Debate Society ( Buddy Cop 2, Cape Disappointment, The Eaten Heart, etc.) Recent opera: Hansel and Gretel for Syracuse Opera, Il Trovatore and Il Trittico for El Paso Opera, Carousel and Madama Butterfly for Shreveport Opera, Madama Butterfly and Tosca for Opera Naples. Recent dance: Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Matthew Westerby Company, S. Vencl Dance, Momix. Please visit www.mikeriggsdesigns.com.
Gabriel Vargas (Sound Designer) graduated from C.W. Post in 2008 with a BA in Production & Design In addition to designing, Gabe currently serves as the Production Coordinator at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts .
THE 3RD ANNUAL VIRGIL J. LEE NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2011-12
Sherri Kronfeld (Director, Virgins & Werewolves) directs new plays. Created In The Face Of, UK premieres of one-acts by Will Eno, Eric Meyer and Adam Rapp, with live rock music, at non-traditional venues in London. Additional London: premiere of I Am Montana by Sam Hunter at The Arcola. NYC: Artistic Director of SUPERWOLF, for the company directed Nothing to Hide , one-acts by Bekah Brunstetter, Jason Grote, Joel Horwood and Eric Meyer, with live rock music; upcoming File Under: SUPERWOLF , short plays in offices by Bekah Brunstetter. Additional NYC: The Break-Up and The Happy Sad by Tommy Smith and Ken Urban, extended run at The Flea Theater, P.O. Box by Alice Tuan at Dixon Place, and premieres by various authors at E.S.T, HERE, FringeNYC, Bowery Poetry Club and chashama. Regional directing: Inge Center, KS, and Harvard/A.R.T. Artistic Associate, The Great Recession at The Flea. Ass't Director to John Gould Rubin, Adam Rapp and Jim Simpson. Sherri has been on staff at The Flea and The Mint, currently at Performance Space 122. B.A. Theater, Barnard College, Columbia University.
Michael Walek (Playwright , Virgins & Werewolves ) graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's emerging writers group Youngblood. This play was a finalist at Playpenn.
David F. Chapman (Director, Fire Escape ) A Chicago-born, NYC-based director, David has made theatre in many places. Highlights include performing his solo shows in Edinburgh, Montreal, Budapest, and London, directing Tennessee Williams in Ho Chi Minh City, leading a devised theatre workshop in Cambodia, and interning for the International Theatre Institute in Paris and NYC. Some NYC credits include: Ars Nova's ANT Fest, FringeNYC, Studio 42, Metropolis Opera Project, NYU Grad Acting, NYMF, plus New Leaf Theatre (Chicago), The Old Vic / New Voices TS Eliot Exchange (London), Millbrook Playhouse (PA), and Northwestern's Cherubs program. David has also directed readings/workshops for Playwrights Realm, Reverie Productions, EST/Youngbloods, NYU Grad Writing, and the Lark, and have worked many talented playwrights including Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Anna Moench, A.Zell Williams, Bekah Brunstetter, Jason Grote, Andrew Muir, Joe Tracz and Philip Dawkins. Assisting includes The Pitmen Painters (MTC/ Broadway), That Hopey Changey Thing (The Public), The Addams Family (Chicago & Broadway), plus Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Encores!, and four productions at Chicago Shakespeare. Awards: Fulbright to Hungary, Luce Scholarship to Vietnam, Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship, Chicago Artists Grant, Drama League Fall Fellowship. Member: Civilians R&D Group, Directors Lab Chicago, Studio 42, OVNV. Training: BA with Highest Honors, UNC-Chapel Hill. Up next, a world-premiere play by Mike Lew for Keen Teens and a workshop by Samuel D. Hunter for the Civilians.
Leah Evans (Playwright, Fire Escape ) is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at CW Post. She completed her degree with honors in May 2010 . Past favorite acting credits at Post include: Waiting for Godot (Estragon) and Eurydice (Little Stone). Leah is also an avid improviser and can be seen performing all around the state. Leah can be seen in the web series Post Grad and the film The Last Straw . You can also catch Leah in: Rock.Rofl.Raise.: An Improv/Rock Concert To Benefit Foster Children , I Need A Beer Just To Look At You (An Improv Show), and Buds: A One Man Show With Two People .
THE MISANTHROPE 2010-11
Jesse Geiger (Director) is a freelance director living in Brooklyn. Most recently, his production of Fan Boy by Megan Sass was a finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. Previous productions include the premiere of Thorwilde for Fordham University, as well as Samuel The Forth, Curse Of The Starving Class , and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest for Dramatics NYC, New Kid (selected for the 2005 Chicago Children's Humanities Festival) and co-directing the world premiere of Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play ( Chicago Tribune best of, On the Fringe 2006). In the summer of 2009, he completed a residency as an artistic director of the Hangar Theatre's Lab Company, where he directed The Bacchae and Military 4 Play . He received his graduate training at the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium. Favorite credits at Brown include: Full Circle : and Angels In America Perestroika as well as workshop productions of The Strangler and Ann Marie Healy's The Gentleman Caller for the Empire Street Lab. He has developed work with the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group, the American Repertory Theatre Institute/Brown University Bake-off, The Metropolis Performing Arts Center and Theatre for The New City.
From 2003-2006, Jesse was the associate artistic director of the Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences (CTYA), where he ran their New Play Workshop. As an actor, he has performed with such companies as Steppenwolf Theatre and Redmoon. As an assistant director, he has worked with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Trinity Repertory Company, Writers' Theatre, and About Face Theatre and with such directors as Moises Kaufman, David Cromer and Libby Appel. In the summer of 2007, he attended the 8th Annual LaMaMa International Symposium for Directors in Umbria, Italy. Jesse was a 2009 Drama League Directing Fellow, a finalist for the 2010 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship, and the recipient of a 2010 Drama League New Directors New Works Seed Grant.
ROMEO & JULIET 2010-11
Rebecca Easton (Director) is a graduate of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University's School of the Arts in New York City. She is currently working in Denver, Colorado with a new theatre company that creates original work based on existing texts. Their newest production, Inconstancy , combines the work of French playwright Marivaux with the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals. Past credits include: As You Like It, Why We Have a Body, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, Playhouse Creatures, Three Sisters, Largo Desolato, Wanted, Crave and The Skriker . She was artistic director of Chaos Theories Theatre in Minneapolis, and has directed across the country for theatres and schools in New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas. Assistant directing and dramaturgy for Theatre for a New Audience, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Civilians at Actor's Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival,) The Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, University of Virginia, University of Missouri Kansas City.
Ze'ev Willy Neumann (Set Designer) Born in Belgium in 1947 on the way to Palestine, to parents from labor camps and grandparents lost to death camps, his art is his history. Intensity, fury, contemplation, and mirth in his work follow the whims of his path. Released from childhood at fourteen to an apprenticeship at a graphic arts studio, Willy joined the Baat-yam school of plastic art, and began his lifelong trade as a builder of movie and theater sets, world fairs, and always, art. In 1974, with service in the Six Days war and the 1973 Yom Kippur war behind him, he emigrated to New York. Working in Tin Pan Alley building sound studios, he also spent a year editing films. In 2003, his work took on a new dimension of interactivity. Previous ideas about human interaction and conflict became embodied in large scale installations to stimulate the eye and thought of passersby. On a hill near Saugerties, New York, he installed one thousand flags to the delight of passing cars on route 212. In 2007 he placed his work “Dependence,” interlocking 4' square cubes that create infinite perspectives and conflicting geometric lines as viewers walk or drive around them. Finally, a cabinetry project in an apartment with a broad view of the mania of New York led to his latest interactive stimulant art- “15 minutes of Frame.” Inside that apartment he created a substantial wooden frame that that could be placed against any favorite view, as a sculptural and framing device. Later, a larger scale 8'x10' red frame occupied the edge of a famous Woodstock vista: the corn field facing Overlook Mountain. Always was the frame occupied by people sitting, standing, taking photographs, performing… and eventually writing letters of delight and controversy to the Woodstock Times. The results of this adventure are often as unexpected and surprising to the artist as they are to the viewer.
Joe Berlangero (Sound Designer) is a C.W. Post alum, happy to be working with the PTC once again. He works as a freelance sound technician at the Tilles Center, and this was his first undertaking as a designer.
Thomas A. Pascarella (Lighting Designer) graduated from C.W. Post/Long Island University with a BFA in Production and Design, and has subsequently worked in film, television, and his first love theater; doing various summer stock and off-Broadway productions. After touring for a short bit, Tom created his own Production Company designing and building events from annual industrials (Grand Gourmet) to off-Broadway shows ( Underneath the Lintel ). In 2001, he accepted a position at Tilles Center, and now serves as their Technical Director. Most recently, he was the Production Manager for The Drama Desk Awards (2004-06). Tom still finds time to be a freelance Lighting Designer, Technical Director and Production Manager for various events nationally and internationally.
Sarah Rasmussen (Director) recently served as the Assistant Director on Sarah Ruhl's In The Next Room (the vibrator play) produced by Lincoln Center on Broadway, and nominated for a Tony Award. Other recent credits include 1001 and Red Ink (Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis), Theater Master's Take Ten festival (Aspen, CO and Rattlestick, NYC) and new play workshops with PlayPenn, The Lark, The O'Neill and The Playwright’s Center. Up next, a new play for younger audiences at La Jolla Playhouse and the Phil Killian Directing Fellowship at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Sarah is the recipient of a Fulbright, a Drama League Directing Fellowship and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. MFA, UCSD.
BATBOY, THE MUSICAL: 2009-10
Jason Jacobs (Director) was identified as a “2007 Person of the Year” by NYTheatre.com for his work as co-artistic director of Theatre Askew. Jason directed two GLAAD Media Award-nominated productions for Askew: Bald Diva!, (inspired by Ionesco’s Bald Soprano) and i google myself, as well as The Tempest, The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot and Her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle, and he co-adapted/co-directed the live episodic series, I Claudius, Live! Other New York productions include: , Lavender Songs for TOSOS II (Bistro Award), The Boycott, Mario and the Magician for Center for Contemporary Opera. Regionally he co-adapted and directed Opus andVanya/Vermont for Vermont Stage Company and directed The Accidental Activist for the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca. He is the co-founder of the Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience, which empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the NYC area to develop their unique voices, and a teaching artist for Roundabout Theatre. BA from Yale and MFA Columbia. Much thanks to the entire CW Post Company for making it such a pleasure to work here. Learn more at www.Jason-Jacobs.com.
Niklas Anderson (Lighting Designer): Nik's experiences as a lighting designer have run the gamut from intimate downtown theatres, to cavernous conventional halls, and even a roller rink. Notable designs include Porcelain for the Garage Theatre (NJ Star-Ledger, Best Lighting of a Play 2006-7), India.Arie (NJPAC), The Orestia (KCACTF - Region II Selection) and Keith Jarrett (NJPAC). He most recently programmed moving lights for the PBS Special Mao to the Met. Nik is a member of United Scenic Artists.
IMPROV 2009—DON’T EXPECT TO LAUGH: 2009-10
Megan Gray (Director) is a writer, performer, and native New Yorker. She received her BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has studied improvisation at NYC's Magnet Theater and UCB Theater. Her former instructors include Armando Diaz, Kevin Dorff, Christina Gausas, Dave Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski, Dave Razowsky, and many others. Currently, she teaches at the Magnet Theater and directs independent groups throughout the city. Megan performs weekly with her Magnet house team Junior Varsity, her duo MegaLou (with Louis Kornfeld), and travels the country with her other duo Snake & Bunny (with Babsy Singer). Megan has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has written for MTV2 and Comedy Central online.
THE 2ND ANNUAL VIRGIL J. LEE NEW PLAY FESTIVAL: 2009-10
Mary Hamilton (Playwright, A River A Giant A Girl) is a graduate of the University of Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. Productions include Bertha, Edinburgh 2003; Playgrounds, Edinburgh Fringe 2004; Thief Unseen, University of Iowa 2007; We Three, University of Iowa 2008. Staged readings include Grandfather’s House, The State Theatre, New Jersey and Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City; All Fall Down, Townesville, Australia; and Blackout, St. Martin’s Youth Theatre in Sydney, Australia. She received the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Art’s Education in 2000 and 2001, Young Playwright’s Incorporated in 2002, World Interplay in 2003, and the Iowa Arts Fellowship in 2006-2009. She participated in Wordbridge Playwright’s Conference in 2008 and was a finalist for The O’Neill Playwright’s Conference in 2009. Her play We Three was recently developed at Play Penn Theatre Conference, July 2009.
Hal Brooks (Director, A River A Giant A Girl) directed the national tour of Nilaja Sun’s Obie Award Winning No Child… which performed at Berkeley Rep, Woolly Mammoth, ART, Lookingglass and the Kirk Douglas Theater, as well as the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City. He also directed the World Premier of acclaimed Off Broadway hit and Pulitzer finalist Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno. Other recent productions include My Name is Asher Lev (Marin Theatre Company), Precious Little at Clubbed Thumb, Itamar Moses’s Back Back Back at Dallas Theater Center. This pasT summer, Hal developed plays at Play Penn (with Mary Hamilton), Cape Cod Theater Project, and at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Hal was a recipient of the 2007-2009 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.
Eric Pfeffinger (Playwright, Hunting High) is a member of the Dramatists Guild and his plays--including Accidental Rapture, Malignance, and Tiny Baby--have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Geva Theatre Center, the Phoenix, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Vital, and Visions & Voices; and they've been developed through readings and workshops by PlayPenn, the Rattlestick, the Abingdon, Chicago Dramatists, available light, the New Jersey Rep, and Theatre of NOTE. He's written plays on commissions from the Signature, InterAct, and Imagination Stage, and he's been a finalist for Clubbed Thumb's biennial commission. He's co-author of the novel The High-Impact Infidelity Diet, published by Crown and available at finer airport bookstores everywhere.
Jessi D. Hill (Director, Hunting High) Recent directing credits include: The World Premiere's of Mia McCullough's Lucinda's Bed (Chicago Dramatists), Jeff Grow's Creating Illusion for terraNOVA Collective's soloNOVA Arts Festival (3 NYIT Award Nominations), and two new plays by Johnna Adams: a workshop of Sans Merci for The New Group and the World Premiere premiere of Angel Eaters for Flux Theatre Ensemble (6 NYIT Award Nominations). She has also recently been Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company, a Director-in-Residence at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is currently Director of terraNOVA Collective's Groundbreakers new play development program as well as a guest artist at NYU and Fordham University. Jessi is recent transplant to NYC from Chicago where she was a freelance director and Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre, an ensemble based company dedicated to developing and producing new plays that raise debate and challenge perspectives on political and social issues. Hill is the recipient of the 2008/09 Denham Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and was recently named a finalist for the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Zayd Dohrn (Playwright, Sick) is a playwright and screenwriter living in New York City. His plays, including Sick, Magic Forest Farm, Reborning, and Outside People, have been seen across the country, including at Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkshire Theatre Festival, MCC, Marin Theatre Company, The Public (SPF), Naked Angels, South Coast Rep, The Vineyard, Southern Rep, Kitchen Dog Theater, The Lark, and New York Theatre Workshop. He earned his MFA from NYU and was a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard. He received Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize, Theatre Masters’ Visionary Playwrights Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, and the Sky Cooper Prize, as well as residencies and/or commissions from Arts Nova, Alchemy Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, The Stella Adler Studio, and the Royal Court Theatre of London. He is currently writing screenplays for American Film Company and Vox3 Films and is a member of the WGAe and the Dramatists Guild.
Kip Fagan (Director, Sick) has directed or developed new plays at Rattlestick Theatre, The Flea, SPF, Clubbed Thumb, the Humana Festival, Cherry Lane Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, P73, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, Ars Nova, The Lark, Huntington Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage, Portland Center Stage, The Playwrights Center, Empty Space Theatre, Printer's Devil (which he co-founded), and more. He's happy to be working on another Zayd Dohrn play, having directed Dohrn's Reborning for the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre last year.
THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN: 2009-10
David Dalton (Director) has directed plays at The Duke on 42nd Street, The Flea Theater, and The Vortex Theater Company, among others. He directed The Threepenny Opera at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and his adaptation of H.M.S. Pinafore received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical in 2007. He has an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Dave lives in Brooklyn with his wife, playwright Deirdre O’Connor.
Mike Billings (Lighting Designer) is excited to be designing his first show with the Post Theatre Company. New York: Caroline, or Change (Gallery Players), Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party (NYC Fringe/San Francisco Playhouse), The English Channel (Abingdon Theatre Co.), A Doll’s House, Henri Gabler, Lonely Circus Beast, I’m Gonna Love You Forever, Lecture with Cello (NYC Fringe). Regional: The Exonerated, Macbeth, The Threepenny Opera, Thin Air, all for Connecticut Repertory Theatre. www.MikeBillingsDesign.com
Mark Bruckner (Music Director) A composer, music director, musician and sound designer based in NYC, Mr. Bruckner is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the artistic and educational mission of the CW Post Theatre Company. Intercultural theatre, new play development, and musical adaptation are the focus of his work as a theatre artist; he has received commissions from colleges, universities, and producing organizations across the country to compose, direct music, and create sound designs for classic, contemporary and new plays. For the past fifteen years he has been working within communities to make theatre which gives expression to the diverse visions and underrepresented voices within our society. Representative work includes Krasang Tree (Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Mnpls) a chamber opera based on the writings of poet U Sam Ouer, developed through intergenerational outreach within the Cambodian refugee community in Minnesota; God, the Crackhouse and the Devil (LaMama, NYC) by Levy Lee Simon, featuring an original score for hip-hop jazz sextet; a musical adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream, commissioned by the University of Iowa; Gift of the Magi, a musical adaptation commissioned by Riverside Theatre and Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre; Suzan-Lori Park’s In the Blood and Stephen Adly Giurgis‘ Jesus Hopped the A Train (Brooklyn College), featuring original music for jazz and percussion ensembles. nomination for best original music for his spoken-word musical, Same Train developed in collaboration with playwwright, Levy Lee Simon and director, Mary Beth Easley. As performer, he has worked with such acclaimed musicians as percussionist Steven Schick, Afro-Cuban pianist and music director Sonny Bravo, Cambodian master musician Bun Loeung and the New International Trio, and the new music ensemble, Zeitgeist. As a teaching artist the Brooklyn Academy of Music, City Center Encores in Schools, and Roundabout Theatre he has been blessed to teach songwriting, musical theatre, composition, and intercultural music workshops to inner-city youth in schools throughout the five boroughs of NYC.
NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2008-09
I AM MONTANA
Samuel D. Hunter (Playwright) is originally from Moscow, Idaho. He received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2004, an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in 2007, and is currently a Playwriting Fellow at the Juilliard School. His plays include: I AM MONTANA at the 2007 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the 2007 Seven Devils Playwrights' Conference, NORMAN ROCKWELL KILLED MY FATHER at the 2005 O'Neill Playwrights' Conference, ABRAHAM (A SHOT IN THE HEAD) at Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theater, ABRAHAM (I AM AN ISLAND) in Studio 42's Scattered Festival at Collective: Unconscious, PIGHEART at the 2007 Iowa New Play Festival, and his newest play, IDAHO / DEAD IDAHO. Sam has taught at the University of Iowa and Fordham University, over the course of two summers, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories at Ashtar Theater (Ramallah) and Ayyam al-Masrah (Hebron).
Sarah Rasmussen (Director) recently has developed and directed Lila Rose Kaplan's Wildflower (PlayPenn), Catching Flight (New Dramatists, Emigrant Theater) and Bureau of Missing Persons (UCSD Baldwin New Play Festival), Tommy Smith's The Tale (The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center), Josh Tobiessen's Red State Blue Grass (UCSD Baldwin New Play Festival) and Mac Wellman's School for Devils and Christina Gorman's DNA (Hangar Theatre Lab). Other projects include The Little Prince (Hangar Theatre Kiddstuff), Collected Stories (Hwy. 19 Prod.) and the Pillsbury House Theatre's Chicago Avenue Project. Sarah is the recipient of a Fulbright, a Drama League Directing Fellowship and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. Upcoming projects include a workshop of Wildflower at The Lark and Jason Grote's 1001 and Red Ink, new work by Native American playwrights, at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. She received her MFA from UCSD.
Trista Baldwin (Playwright) is the recipient of two Jerome Fellowships (2004-2005 and 2005-2006) and a 2006-2007 McKnight Advancement Grant. Her work has been produced and developed around the country by groups including New Georges, The Lark, HERE, Urban Stages, The Guthrie, Circle X, The Production Company, ESP, Bloomington Playwrights' Project, The Empty Space Theatre, National New Play Network and HB Playwright's Foundation. Recent plays include Sand (Women's Project), Forgetting (workshop, The Playwright's Center), DOE (Tokyo International Festival, Workhaus Collective) and Patty Red Pants (most recently at Minneapolis' Red Eye and Seattle's Live Girls!). Her work is published through Playscripts and Heinemann. Trista is a co-producing director of the Workhaus Collective, an Associated Artist of New Georges and a Core member of The Playwright's Center. A native of the woods of Washington State, Trista has also lived in Phoenix and New York City. She currently makes her home in Minneapolis where she is a professor of playwrighting at St. Cloud State University.
Richard Crawford (Director) Trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and Rose Bruford College. He was a founding member of The Flying Machine, performing in Sad Since Tuesday, The Escapist,Utopians, Archipelago, Signals of Distress, Frankenstein and Wonderland. Other credits include Ferdinand Celine in Journey to the End of the Night (TFM), Mr. Zero in The Adding Machine (La Jolla Playhouse), The Ghost Bargain (Two Rivers Theater Company), [SIC] (Soho Rep.), directed by Daniel Aukin, Gone Missing (The Civilians), Slava's Snowshow (lead clown - Union Square Theater). Mr.Crawford has directed clown work for Cirque du Soleil's Dralion. Other directing credits include Petrushka (Carnegie Hall), The Bourgeois Gentleman (UMN/Guthrie), Taming of the Shrew and Comedy of Errors (Theaterworks, Colorado Springs). He teaches Lecoq technique at S.U.N.Y Purchase.
Deborah Stein (Playwright) Deborah Stein's work has been produced and developed nationally at Seattle Rep, the Women's Project, Wilma Theatre, Playwrights' Center, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Theatre Artaud; and internationally in Poland, Ireland, Edinburgh (the Traverse) and Prague. She was twice nominated for the Barrymore Award for Best New Play for her work with the Pig Iron Theatre Company. She has been a resident artist at Hedgebrook, Lexington Center, Princeton University, and Swarthmore College, and her writing is published in Theatre Forum,Play: A Journal of Plays, and The Best American Poetry of 1996. Currently working on commissions from the Guthrie and the Children's Theatre Company, Deborah received her MFA from Brown University and is a two-time Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center and a member of New Dramatists.
Shoshana (Shana) Gold (Director). Most recent: FOOD AND FADWA by Lameece Isaaq (NYTW¹s UNHEARD VOICES Series, Stanton Wood's AT THE POLE (Urban Stages), BRILLIANT TRACES (45th Street Theatre), the U.S. Premiere of TRY HARD by the award-winning Australian playwright, Tommy Murphy (The Production Company), THE MASTER PAINTER (NYU). Shana's work has been seen at Soho Rep, Woolly Mammoth, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, New Dramatists, Missouri Rep, and Manhattan Theatre Club's Sloane Series. She has developed and directed new plays by: Naomi Iizuka, Lisa D'Amour, Trista Baldwin, Sherry Kramer, David Adjmi, and John Walch-- among others. Her production of Walch's play CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL (Austin Theatre Center) received the Austin Critics Table Awards for Best Direction and Best New Play, as did her production of SEVEN DEADLY SINS at Hyde Park Theatre. Shana also directed IN THE CROSSING by Leila Buck for The Public Theatre's New Work Now! and developed it with New York Theatre Workshop's Dartmouth Residency and the world premiere of John Walch's play, THE NATURE OF MUTATION (Southwestern Repertory Theatre). Shana is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, NYU's First Look Theatre Co, and the Drama League Directors Program; she's an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. Shana received her MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College, and teaches for the Lincoln Center Theatre and NYU-Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. Upcoming: SPAIN by Michael Rubenfeld at The Bridge Theatre Company and THE DRAWER BOY at Theatre Squared.
GREEN GIRL: 2008-09
Wendy McClellan (Director) Directing credits include: Sarah Hammond's Green Girl in SPF at The Public, World premiere of Deborah Stein's Wallflower at Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston. Washington, DC: Jennifer Maisel's Birds (Rorschach Theatre), Laurie Brooks? Brave No World (The Kennedy Center). Actors Theatre of Louisville: Neon Mirage (2006 Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival), Uncle Sam's Satiric Spectacular (2005 Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival), Goody Fucking Two Shoes (2005 Humana Festival), Fast and Loose (2004 Humana Festival), Trepidation Nation (2003 Humana Festival), Underneath the Lintel, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Mad Forest. Los Angeles: Gregory Gunter's Antigone. Tertiary. Sexxx. (2001 LA Weekly Award Nominee Best Comedy Direction); Leon Martell and Penka Kouneva's Steel: John Henry & the Shaker (2002 Ovation Award Nominee Best New Musical). Current projects in development include: The Listener of Junk City by Liz Duffy Adams, composed by John Hodian; A Good Neighborhood with playwright J. Holtham, Runway 69 by Carson Kreitzer, composed by Erin Kamler. Wendy has held staff positions at Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Mark Taper Forum, A.S.K. Theater Projects and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She was the Artistic Director of Los Angeles? Oasis Theatre Company, the first company to bring Anne Bogart and the SITI Company to LA, and is currently Interim Director of New Play Development for Sonnet Repertory Theatre in NYC. She was the recipient of the 2006 New York Coalition for Women in the Arts and Media's Collaboration Award. Wendy is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, an instructor with Abrons Art Center, and a member of SSDC.
Ryan Karels (Director) directed the 2007-08 season's Improv show. He has taught improvisation at the Williamstown Theatre Festival for the past three seasons. Ryan graduated from Yale University and trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where he performs on Harold Night. He is an artistic associate of the OBIE winning Les Freres Corbusier and once rode a horse on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
ROARING GIRLE: 2008-09
Dyana Kimball (Director) - NYC productions include: CONVERSATION by Alexis Clements (University Settlement, Emerging Artist Theatre and Dramatists Guild); NUMBERS by Kieron Barry (Manhattan Repertory Theatre); YOUR OWN PERSONAL APOCALYPSE by Alexis Clements(Chashama and OMFM); Georg Buchner's WOYZECK (Central Park); Elmer Rice's THE ADDING MACHINE (Theatre at Riverside Church); Bertolt Brecht's BAAL, ISLAND OF SLAVES by Marivaux, and Bixby Elliot's LOVE AND LITERATURE (Schapiro Theatre at Columbia); LIBRARY PLAY by Paul Cohen (J. Houseman Theatre), STILL LIFE by Emily Mann (Belt Theatre), RUBBER by Tom Sleigh (RAW Space) and CHOPPING by Magdalena Gomez (HERE Arts Center). Regional: ORESTES 2.0, by Charles Mee Jr.-Brookville, NY (LIU, CW Post guest director); DON GIOVANNI, by Mozart-Juneau, AK (Opera-to-Go); WHAT WILL I DO WHEN YOU'RE GONE, by Neil Bell-Cambridge, MA (The Market Theatre/BTM); TRAVELING NAKED, by Debra Lake Fortson-Boston, MA (Boston Playwrights Theatre); THROUGH THE LEAVES, by Franz Xaver Kroetz-Boston, MA (BDL); TRANSFIGURATION OF BENNO BLIMPIE, by Albert Innurato-Boston, MA (BDL). Dyana received her MFA in directing from Columbia University and currently teaches directing at Marymount Manhattan College. She is also a teaching artist in NY public schools and is the head of Columbia University's Theatrical Collaboration Program for High School Students.
UNBRIDLED: THE 2009 FIRST YEAR SHOWCASE
Valerie Clayman Pye (Director) A professional actor and director, Valerie has worked in both capacities throughout the US, as well as in England. She holds a MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, as well as a MFA in Staging Shakespeare (with distinction) at the University of Exeter, with intensive residencies at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Valerie has also worked extensively as a voice, speech, and dialect coach in theatre, film, and television. She holds a PhD in Performance Practice from the University of Exeter.
AS YOU LIKE IT: 2007-08
Jason Jacobs (Director) was identified as a "2007 Person of the Year" by NYTheatre.com for his work with Theatre Askew which he co-founded in 2003. Jason has directed two GLAAD Media Award-nominated productions for Askew: Bald Diva!, (inspired by Ionesco's Bald Soprano) and the recent premiere of i google myself, as well as The Tempest and co-adapting/co-directing the company's 2007 live episodic series, I Claudius, Live! Other New York productions include: The Boycott at the Arclight Theatre, Mario and the Magician, based on the novella by Thomas Mann, for Center for Contemporary Opera, Lavender Songs for TOSOS II, The Zen of Jock Itch at HERE and the Philadelphia Fringe. Regionally he co-adapted and directed Vanya/Vermont for Vermont Stage Company and directed The Accidental Activist for the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca. Jason has taught acting and solo performance at Williamstown Theatre Festival, worked as artist-in-residence at Bay Shore High School, and created a post-9/11 memorial performance with students of Beacon High School in New York. He co-founded the Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience, which empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the NYC area to develop their unique voices. He holds a BA in English from Yale and an MFA in theatre directing from Columbia. Much thanks to the entire CW Post Company, Tim Cusack, Alice Reagan, and to Anne Bogart and Tina Landau for vision & inspiration. Learn more at www.TheatreAskew.com.
THE TEMPEST: 2007-08
Jonathan Silverstein (Director) Recent credits include the acclaimed Off Broadway revivals of A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room and Robert Anderson's 1953 landmark play Tea and Sympathy, both for the Keen Company. Other credits include: Red Herring by Michael Albanese (New York International Fringe Festival; "Outstanding Direction" award), John Patrick's The Hasty Heart (Keen Company), Blueprint by Bixby Elliot (Summer Play Festival), The Triumph of Love (Cleveland Play House), Urinetown and Tick, Tick....BOOM! (Cape Rep Theatre), The Dadshuttle (DirectorFest 2003), The Rats Are Getting Bigger (New York International Fringe Festival and The Public Theatre's New Works Now! festival), A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot (Phoenix Ensemble), Greater Messapia (Queens Theatre in the Park) and Much Ado About Nothing and Cymbeline (The Theatre at Monmouth). Jonathan has worked at The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, The Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, and San Diego's Sledgehammer Theatre. He is a graduate of the MFA directing program at UCSD and an alumnus of The Drama League Director's Project. Member, SSDC. www.jonnysilver.com.
Josh Bradford (Lighting Designer) lives and works primarily in New York City, where his recent designs include The Dining Room, Tea & Sympathy and Theophilus North for Keen Company, Everything's Turning into Beautiful for The New Group, Birth and After Birth for The Atlantic Theater, The Children of Vonderly for Ma-Yi Theater Company, and History of the Word for The Vineyard. Josh also serves as the Resident Lighting Designer and Production Manager for The Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. He began studying design at Middlebury College and holds an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD: 2007-08
Barbara Rubin (Director) began her career at the renowned Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa where she directed Kindertransport, How I Learned To Drive and Julius Caesar. Directing credits include: Antigone Project (Women's Project, Off-Broadway), The House of Bernarda Alba, Phaedra, A Lie of the Mind, Trojan Women, Bedroom Farce, Edmond, Laughing Wild, The Dybbuk, A Midsummer Night's Dream at CW Post. Broadway: Streetcar Named Desire (Associate Director), Dance of Deathand The Elephant Man (Assistant Director). Faculty: American Academy of Dramatic Art, Strasberg. Member: Lincoln Center Directors' Lab; First Look Theatre Company NYU; New Georges Affiliated Artist.
Aaron Meadow (Lighting Designer) is resident lighting designer for Stamford Theatre Works and serves as television lighting director for the Versus Network's 2007-2008 season coverage of the NHL hockey games. Dance and theatre credits include: Estrogenius Festival 2005 at Manhattan Theatre Source, Chalasa Performance Company (www.Chalasa.com), Rich forum Theatre, CT C-Eule Dance at WAX, Brooklyn; Experpts from Isadora Ducan, International House, Tokyo; Shadow Box Theatre at Symphony Space; The Wound, Lama ETC.; Peter and the Wolf, The Guilded Bat (ballet) at the Palace Theatre ; Conn., Portraits, Union Square Theatre; Code of the West, Mint Theatre; Fiddler, Big River, Gretna Theatre, PA; Peter Pan, Curtain Call Theatre, Six Dance Lesson's in Six Weeks, Florida Rep. He served as lighting director and stage manager for the Urban Bush Women Dance Company. View more of Aaron's work at www.meadowlight.com.
Brittany R. Jones-Pugh (Costume Designer) has a BFA in theatrical production and design. She is an alumi of CW Post of LIU, graduating in the Spring of 2007. She is the winner of the 2007 KCACTF Region II Barbizon award for Costume Design for her work on The Oresteia. Her past designs include PTC's Numb, The Oresteia, Orestes 2.0, Third Child, The Angelina Project, 8x8+3: Can You Hear My Heart?, The Blue Room, PTSA's Pheadra's Love/WASP, and numerous dance pieces with PCDC. She also recently designed Classics on Tour's 2007 production of The Odyssey.
AMERICAN THEATRE FESTIVAL: 2006-07
Rosa Casado (Guest Performer) is a Spanish activist and performance artist. Her artistic work explores possible re-writings of reality that reveal to us new ways of "thinking" and the development of interdisciplinary spaces that promote the expansion of artistic practice(s). She is part of the international network of women in contemporary theatre, Magdalena Project. Currently she is working on the performance project, Strange Paradises, under the auspices of an artist-in-residence program in La Rioja, Spain. She has performed at UNIVERSITY OF WALES, ABERYSTWYTH, JULY 05; PERISHABLE THEATRE, PROVIDENCE, RI, USA, AUGUST 06; ARCO 06/ESCENA CONTEMPORANEA 06, MADRID, SPAIN, FEBRUARY 06; INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL MIRA AL SUR, SEVILLA, SPAIN, MARCH 06; during the summer of 2007 she tours in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore; she has been chosen as one of the eight representative Spanish contemporary scenic pieces for 2006-07.
Victor Maog (Director) started as a performer with the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe and has gone on to create works that have reached over half the continental United States. He has collaborated at Hartford Stage, The New Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ma-Yi Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, MCC Theater, New Dramatists, and directed/taught for NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, and others. He also devised Journey Theatre for Immigrants' Theatre Project - an ensemble creation with international victims of war and torture. His innovative work has been recognized with the NEA/TCG Career Development Award for Directors, Paula Altvater Fellowship at Cornerstone Theatre Company, Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Off Broadway's Second Stage Theatre, and the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Enrichment for his collaborations with gang youth with the Theatre Arts Project of San Joaquin County, where he served as Artistic Director. A member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Mr. Maog is featured in the educational text, It Doesn't Take A Genius (McGraw-Hill), and recently served as a U.S. Delegate to the 31st International Theatre Institute/UNESCO World Congress in Manila. This season, he's a resident director for The Public Theater/NYU Program, under Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. Upcoming: Where Elephants Weep, a contemporary Cambodian Opera. He lives in New York City.
Kelly Bartnik (Choreographer) is a graduate of James Madison University where she earned her BA in Dance and BBA in Computer Information Systems. Since moving to New York, she has performed with the Wright Now! Performance XPerience directed by Christalyn Wright, Melissa Briggs Dance, Shannon Hummel Dance/CORA and Carl Hancock Rux. Her own choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, the Publick Playhouse in Maryland, James Madison University, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Joyce Soho, BRIC Studio, Dance Theater Workshop and Arena Stage in Washington DC. Kelly is a founding member of Forum, Inc., a multidisciplinary arts organization based in Washington D.C., and recently co-founded a video production company, Gk1 Productions, with long-time friends and collaborators, Geoffrey A. Ehrlich and Dena Ghieth.
Kerry Prep (Musical Director) is a BFA alumnus of the Adelphi University theatre program and is an actor, singer, director, and musical composer. In 2001, Kerry debuted his sold-out cabaret act If You Can Find Me, I'm Here, directed by Ed Linderman. He is currently planning his next cabaret, Grateful, for late-2007 at the Landmark Theatre in Port Washington, directed by Debra Barsha. Recent NYC acting credits include A Child's Christmas in Wales (directed by Ed Berkeley), Jacques Brel, and the musical composer of The Bastard Lovechild of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. TV credits include All My Children and Woody Allen's Don't Drink The Water. 25 years ago, seeking a creative outlet to supplement his acting career, Kerry founded Preppygrams, a singing telegram company, which specializes in custom-written songs serving the New York Metropolitan area. Kerry has toured up and down the East Coast, playing keyboards in a rock band, and has composed lyrics and music for several cabaret-style musicals, including Myth America (No Gurlz Allowed), Friday the 31st (A Dyslexic Halloween), and The Castratos (True or Falsetto). The past three years, Kerry has directed the incoming Freshmen at Adelphi University in their debut Workshops: Te Deum For Young Comedians (in collaboration with Jacques Burdick), Myth Noir: Tales of Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Alf Layla Wa Layla (1001 Arabian Nights). Last November, Kerry served as Musical Director for Adelphi University's Urinetown (directed by Ted Sod). www.preppygrams.com.
ORESTES 2.0: 2006-07
Dyana Kimball (Director) is a founding member of Ontik, a New York based theater collective and founder and former Artistic Director of Boston Directors' Lab in Boston, MA. NYC productions: Georg Buchner's Woyzeck (Central Park); Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine (Theatre at Riverside Church); Bertolt Brecht's Baal, Island Of Slaves by Marivaux, and Bixby Elliot's Love And Literature (Schapiro Theatre at Columbia); Library Play by Paul Cohen (J. Houseman Theatre), Still Life by Emily Mann (Belt Theatre), Rubber by Tom Sleigh (RAW Space) and Chopping by Magdalena Gomez (HERE Arts Center). Regional: Roach, by Ontik-Philadelphia, PA (Philly Fringe); Don Giovanni, by Mozart-Juneau, AK (Opera-to-Go);What Will I Do When You're Gone, by Neil Bell-Cambridge, MA (The Market Theatre/BTM); Traveling Naked, by Debra Lake Fortson-Boston, MA(Boston Playwrights Theatre); Through The Leaves, by Franz Xaver Kroetz-Boston, MA (BDL); Transfiguration Of Benno Blimpie, by Albert Innurato-Boston, MA (BDL). Dyana received her MFA in directing from Columbia University and currently teaches directing at Marymount Manhattan College.
Niklas Andersen (Lighting Designer). New York Credits include: Once on This Island, Nunsense, Tarnish: The Musical, Maggie's Daughters. Regional Credits include: Ragtime (NJPAC), The Maids, Fiddler on the Roof, Cider House Rules, Jesus Christ Superstar. Concerts and Events featuring: Ailey II, Bill Cosby, Tony Bennet, Wyclef Jean, Sean Combs, Buster Poindexter, Brian Setzer Orchestra, and the Beach Boys. Niklas is a proud member of United Scenic Artists. He also designed The Oresteia and Urinetown at Post Theatre Company.
VINEGAR TOM: 2005 - 2006
Vanessa Gilbert (Director) - is based in Providence, RI. She worked as associate artistic director with Perishable Theatre for eight years, where she produced and directed the Annual International Women's Playwriting Festival and directed works by Mac Wellman, Carson Kreitzer, Erik Ehn, and John Belluso. Last summer, Gilbert convened Magdalena USA-International Festival for Women in Contemporary Theatre, the first manifestation of The Magdalena Project (an international association of women theatre artists) in the United States. She has served as Artistic Director of Perishable Theatre since April 2006. Gilbert is currently working on Tocqueville.21, a piece about the US Constitution, developed in the HERE Arts Center Artist Residency Program (HARP).
Ray Neufeld (Set Designer) - Ray Neufeld is an installation artist and set designer living and working in New York City. He is currently on the Art Faculty at C. W. Post/ LIU where he directs the Foundation program and teaches classes in drawing and sculpture among others. Recent stage designs include Hamlet for Stonington Opera House in Deer Isle, ME and A Winter's Tale for the Magis Company in New York City.
PERFECT PIE: 2005 - 2006
Giovanna Sardelli (Director) is an Artistic Associate with The Lark Play Development Center. Lark directing credits include their benefit performance of Earth Girls Are Easy starring Kristen Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Hunter Foster, and the BareBones productions of Apple Cove by Lynn Rosen and Bromius Beaujolais by David Rosenthal. Recent directing credits include Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project 2005 - mentored by Theresa Rebeck); Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket; Taking Flight by Adriana Sevan, Sundance Theatre Lab; Apple Cove, Todd Mountain Theater Project; Back From The Front also by Lynn Rosen; The Seagull, The Three Sisters (a collaboration with Mud/Bone and Studio Tisch), and a self-created work about growing up in Las Vegas entitled Basking in The Neon. Giovanna was the Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company for whom she directed The Tempest and spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute. She received her MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU and is also a graduate of their Director's Lab. She has directed numerous productions for various NYU-Tisch departments and she teaches acting in the Department of Dance.
SHAKESPEARE'S R & J: 2005 - 2006
Kelley McKinnon (Director) When not at Post, Kelley can be found directing and acting at the American Globe Theatre in NYC and fighting and singing at the New York Renaissance Faire.
IMPROV: 2005 - 2006
Trevor Davis (Director): Trevor has performed improvisation for over ten years with such groups as ComedySportz, Theatresports, Freestyle Repertory Theatre and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. He studied with Keith Johnstone (author of Improv and Improv for Storytellers) at his Loose Moose Theater in Calgary, Canada; with Jeff Wirth (author of Interactive Acting); and studied physical comedy with David Shiner (Fool Moon, Cirque du Soleil). Over the past several years, he co-wrote and developed The Monkey Trap - a one act play on the subject of day jobs. As an actor he has worked Regionally with Bristol Riverside Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Hartford Stage Company, Delaware Theater Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company (among others) and in New York with Woman Seeking, Overlap Productions, LITE Theater Company and the American Studio Theater (among others). Last fall he played the lead in the independent film Brother's Day. He is best known in his hometown for a couple of commercials introducing Redskins and Eagles football games. He is married to Heather Stuart, a graduate of CW Post and a talented actress and improviser. They live with an extremely large cat in a rather small apartment in Brooklyn.
ANGELINA PROJECT: 2005 - 2006
Brian Lady (Director) - Since graduating from C.W. Post in 2003, Mr. Lady has worked in numerous capacities on various projects in New York City and elsewhere. His most recent was Ennobling Nonna with Maria Porter, his collaborator and fellow founder of the LTC Group, a theatre research collaborative. College highlights include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck/Philostrate), Cloud Nine (Betty/Gerry), The Iphigenia Defense (Dramaturge, Assistant Director), Sarah Kane's Crave (Director), and Unearthing Lilith (Director), for which he was invited to the Kennedy Center.
Sarah Kirchner (Set Design) - Sarah recently received her MFA in Set Design from Tisch's Department of Design for stage and film. She has designed for summer stock, community and student theatre. Recent productions include Kid Stuf (Blue Mountain Community Church) and Whistle (Monarch Theatre Company).
RED NOSES: 2004 - 2005
Arne Zaslove (Director) is a Seattle based director and teacher who is a specialist in physical theater, masks, and Shakespeare. He has taught and directed for over 40 years in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He was Artistic Director of The Bathhouse Theater, Seattle for 25 years, and Artistic Director of The National Theater School of Canada. He was the first American to receive a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Ecoles Jacques Lecoq, Paris; his directing credits range from The Pickle Family Circus to The Stratford Festival, Canada. He co-founded the Professional Actor's Training Program, University of Washington. Recently his work with psychologists brought him to Big Sur where he taught at The Esalen Institute. His proudest achievements are his son Max, 11 and Jessica, 5 with the help of his dear wife, Claire. You can learn more about his experiences at www.zaslove.com.
FLESH & BLOOD: 2004 - 2005
Donna Jean Fogel (Director): Most recent productions: Release, a new play by K. Lorrel Manning, for The Barrow Group workshop series; Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, first at Theater at St. Mary's in Harlem and then at The Barrow Group; Auntie Mayhem, which won a 2003-2004 OOBR Award, and Love Scenes (in LA and NYC, which will be produced again at the Duplex in Jan/Feb 2005) -- both by David Pumo; produced and directed The Body Politic by Eric Johnke and Christopher Fry's A Phoenix Too Frequent, at Manhattan Theatre Source in NYC and the Stonington Opera House on Deer Isle, Maine. She trained as an actor at Carnegie Mellon, The SITI Company and The Barrow Group, among others, and has performed professionally for years both in NYC and regionally. Screen appearances include Law & Order and the independent film, Nine. DJ is a member of NYU Department of Dramatic Writing's First Look Theater Company and Circle East. She is currently working with playwright Eddie Sanchez on a new play commissioned by Primary Stages.
Bekka Lindström (Scenic Designer) has been designing sets since she was 5 (if you count the Lindström Family Private Christmas Pageant.) And she's been making her living as a visual artist in NYC for nearly 20 years. Bekka designed sets for the festivals: Estrogenius, Homogenius and Unity Fest. Other productions directed by DJ Fogel, that she designed are Latin Coffee, Pheonix too Frequent and The Body Politic.
Renée Molina (Lighting Designer): New York: David Marshall Grant's Snakebit with Naked Angels, UnityFest ‘00-'02 (OOBR Award) and Auntie Mayhem (OOBR Award) as well as Edwin Sanchez's Trafficking in Broken Hearts and Icarus (OOBR Award) with The Fourth Unity, Nile Blue with Wings, Rain River Ice Steam and A Fairytale Festival with Six Figures. Other credits include Noche Flamenca, This Too Shall Pass, Utopians, The Song of Seven Cities, The Zoo Story, Blood Wedding and Balm in Gilead. Regional: Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly, Scent of the Roses. Renée is a graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film.