Cara Gargano is Chair of the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance and Professor of Dance and Theatre at the CW Post Campus of Long Island University. A former dancer she studied at the New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis and later taught at the school; she has worked with US Terpsichore Co, the Empire State Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; her concert choreography for Cara Gargano Dance Co. has received warm reviews from the New York Times and has been presented in France, and Switzerland, as well as in the United States. As a stage director and choreographer, she has worked in theatre, opera, and musical comedy. She holds a PhD in French language and literature from the City University Graduate Center and has published in both English and French in Modern Drama, Reliologiques, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Research International, and New Theatre Quarterly. She has provided chapters for several books including Mythes dans la littérature contemporaine d'expression française, Réécritures des mythes: utopie au feminine, Réécritures de Madeleine Monette, Anne-Marie Alonzo: Collection d'essais,and most recently, Hermes-Aphrodite Encounters. A member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Modern Language Association, and the Society for Dance History Scholars, she is currently in her second term as President of the Congress on Research in Dance, and serves a choreography peer reviewer for the National Dance Association Promotion and Tenure Initiative.
Rick DesRochers, Assistant Professor of Theatre, teaches theatre history, dramaturgy and directing. He has served as the Literary Director for the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and The Goodman Theatre of Chicago. Prior to his tenure at The Public Theater, he was the Artistic Director of the New Theater of Boston for six seasons, where he produced and directed over fifty new plays and musicals. He is a member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers, and in New York City he has been director and dramaturg for several theater companies including the New York Music Theatre Festival, Joe¹s Pub at the Public Theater, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Repertory Theatre/Circle East, Rude Mechanicals, and for regional theaters across the country including The Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis, The Goodman Theatre, PlayPenn of Philadelphia, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Signature Theatre, The Boston Center for the Arts, Chicago Dramatists, Live Bait Theater, and Teatro Vista, as well as internationally for The Soho Theatre of London. He has also written several plays including Vegas Baby! (co-written with Gerrit O'Neill produced by Live Bait Theater, Chicago), Lady Trane: A Love Supreme (produced by the New Theatre, Boston), and A Point of Departure (produced by the Huntington Theatre company, Boston), and has translated plays from the French including Cheech by François Létourneau (produced at the Melbourne Theatre Company in Australia), and Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (entitled The King of Quality, produced by the New Theatre). Professor DesRochers has taught in theatre departments across the country including the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program, New School University, Emerson College, DePaul University, Chicago Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage direction and dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. E-mail: email@example.com
Maria Porter is a full-time faculty member in the Theatre department. She has worked with Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart both here and in Japan. She has incorporated this work into company training, making C.W. Post one of the only undergraduate programs in the country to offer Suzuki training as part of its core curriculum. She holds a BFA and MFA from University of California, Berkley. Recently Maria conceived and directed Third Child, a performance based on the myth of Orestes, which performed at the International University Theatre Associations World Congress in Urbino, Italy. Acing credits include Barbara in Inky, Skriker in Skriker (KC/ACTF), the mother in Henry Fool and Piaf in Piaf.
Carter Anne McGowan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance, and the Director of the Arts Management Program. She has been a member of the production/legal team for over 100 Broadway, Off Broadway, touring, developmental, and regional productions including The Producers, Hairspray, Stomp, and Sweeney Todd, serving as Director of Business Affairs for Richard Frankel Productions, Legal Counsel for TUS (Nederlander San Francisco), and as a talent agent at the Artists Group East. She was lead producer and co-writer of the award-winning indie feature film Jingle Hell (2000), which was an official selection at 12 film festivals throughout the United States and was broadcast on PBS/Metroarts and Metro TV. Carter has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Theatre (concentration in Performing Arts Management) from Brooklyn College, and a JD from Cornell Law School. She was previously an adjunct assistant professor teaching performing arts law and theatre management at Brooklyn College.
Bill Motyka, Director of Design & Production, began his association with LIU/C.W. Post in 1981 designing scenery for 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. After completing his M.F.A. in design from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Bill was busy assisting designers David Mitchell, Heidi (Landesman) Ettinger, Bob Phillips, Jim Clayburgh, and others on projects ranging the gamut from the Broadway revival of Can-Can, NBC's Another World to the Wooster Group's LSD: The High Points. In 1985 Bill was asked to join the faculty at C.W. Post as Resident Designer, a position he held until 1989. That year he became Director of Design & Production and remained in that full-time position until 2005. Bill has returned to an ever expanding free-lance design career and is still maintaining ties with the Post Theatre Company, the students and teaching scenic and lighting design. He is a member of United Scenic Artists 829.
Erik Andrews is an actor and teacher based in New York City. As an actor he has performed with several NYC based companies and with regional theatres including The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Washington DC's Fords Theatre, The Olney Theatre for the Performing Arts in Maryland, among others. Assistant Director: Lisa Kron's 2.5 Minute Ride, Altered Stages, NYC, and Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya Sonnet Rep, NYC. He is a candidate for teacher certification with the Michael Chekhov Association. Education: MFA - professional actor training program at The Cleveland Play House in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University; BFA - Carnegie Mellon University; Certificate - The Royal National Theatre Studio in London. Erik is a member of the Actors Equity Association.
Benjamin Moore is a New York based director, actor, and teacher, Benjamin is pleased to be making his directorial debut with Post. Educated at the Moscow Art Theatre, he has worked with various theatre companies and schools across the United States and Europe including Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Three Rivers Shakespeare Company, The Vakhtangov and Pushkin theatres in Moscow, Off-Broadway with Sasha Marin (among many others), American Studio Theatre, the Pittsburg Symphony with Loren Maazel, and is a resident member of Apollo Performing Arts Training, conducts acting and vocal workshop series both here and abroad, and has taught at various local universities including Post, Hofstra, and Stony Brook. Benjamin is a member of SSDC.
Dr. Andrea Stulman Dennett has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU. She has written numerous articles on the field of performance and popular entertainment and is the author of Weird and Wonderful: The Dime Museum in America. She has been teaching at C. W. Post since 1999.
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.
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.