• Michelle BachCoulibaly

    Michelle BachCoulibaly

    Authentic Movement

    Michelle is a performance artist and educator who, has taught at Brown University since 1987 where she has created over 40 original pieces of contemporary movement theater for the concert stage that investigate socio-political canvases, cross-cultural narratives, and embodied texts. At Brown, she directs New Works/World Traditions, a research-to-performance troupe of actors, musicians, dancers, and imagists who develop new theater for national and international festivals, educational venues, and for the concert stage. Since 1990, her work in Mali has been focused upon building Yeredon, a research center for cultural preservation, international collaboration, and social activism. Yeredon is the home of Troupe Yeredon, an international theatre troupe who utilize performance to enact social change. She also on the faculty of the National Theater Institute where she teaches Authentic Movement and African Dance. www.yeredonmali.org

  • Hunter Bell

    Hunter Bell


    Hunter has received an Obie Award, Drama League nomination, and Tony nomination for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Found: A New Musical (Atlantic Theater Company), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Silence! The Musical, Bellobration! (Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines), and Julie Andrews’ The Great American Mousical.  Hunter is a graduate and distinguished alumnus of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, a MacDowell Fellow and a member of the Dramatists and Writers Guilds. @huntbell

  • Jonathan Bernstein

    Jonathan Bernstein


    Bernstein has taught for the National Theater Institute since 2012 and also serves as adjunct professor of Playwriting and Script Analysis in the MFA Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU and as the Artistic Director of The Performing Arts Project. His directing credits include work at the Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage & Film, Signature Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ensemble Studio Theater, and many others. Broadway/London supervising director credits include Private Lives, The Iceman Cometh, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, and Chicago, for which he oversaw the (still running) 1996 Broadway revival and its many national/international companies. His plays and musicals have been produced across the country, and he most recently wrote and directed the world premiere of The Shape She Makes (in collaboration with Susan Misner) for the A.R.T., a show which had its developmental residency with NTI at the O’Neill in 2013.

  • Adam Bock

    Adam Bock


    Adam’s plays include The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Tricycle Theater, London) Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008, The Evidence Room, LA with Megan Mullally), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer Critics nomination), The Thugs (Soho Rep, 2007 OBIE Award for Playwriting), The Shaker Chair (2005 Humana Festival), Swimming In The Shallows (Shotgun Players, Second Stage Uptown, 2000 BATCC Award, a Clauder Prize), Five Flights (Encore Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2002 Glickman Award, ACTA nomination, Osborn nomination), and The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theatre/Shotgun Players).  He is an artistic associate at Clubbed Thumb and Shotgun Players.  His plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, and Playscripts, Inc.  He is a 2012 Guggenheim grantee, a NEA grantee, a Heideman and Guernsey Award-winner, a three-time resident at Yaddo, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and New Dramatists, a NYTW Usual Suspect, and a TDF Open Doors mentor. He can be contacted at adambock.com. He is an alum of the National Theater Institute.

  • Hannah Bos

    Hannah Bos


    Hannah is a writer and performer. She was recently seen in the premiere of Will Eno’s The Open House at the Signature Theatre Company. She is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, an Obie Award winning Theater Company.She has co-written and starred in all of the company’s plays. Other NYC performances include: Hostage Song (The Kraine), The Pumpkin Pie Show: Ringside Seats (The Belt), Cardiac Shadow (P.S. 122), and Junta High (P.S. 122).  Regional credits include: the premieres of Will Eno’s GNIT and Lisa Kron’s The Veri**on Play at Humana Festival, Andrei Serban’s Lysistrata, Three Farces and a Funeral and Janos Szasz’ Marat/Sade (all A.R.T). She is the co-creator/writer/“Flo” of The Mimi and Flo Show, a choose-your-own-adventure web series that has been seen by over three 3 million people. She is also a creator of the web series Timeless Seasons which recently played at the LA Comedy Shorts Festival and Rooftop Films. Upcoming films include How to Follow Strangers and Next Life. She is a Sundance Theatre Institute fellow, an Ars Nova Artist-in-Residence, and a recipient of The Six Points Fellowship. She studied at The Piven Theatre Workshop, National Theater Institute, has a B.A. from Vassar College, and an M.F.A. from The Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater. Her work has been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, and Play a Journal of Plays. She is currently working on The Light Years, developed at New York Stage and Film and two Sundance Theatre Institute Labs, Jacuzzi (commissioned by Ars Nova and premiering this season), and a commission from Playwright’s Horizons.

  • Jeff Bowen

    Jeff Bowen


    Jeff Bowen wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in both the Tony-nominated Broadway musical [title of show] (OBIE Award) and Now. Here. This. Both musicals were developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and played off-Broadway at The Vineyard Theatre in New York City.  Additionally, he has written music and lyrics for Villains Tonight! for the Walt Disney Company and the theme songs for the web series the [title of show] show and Squad '85. His songs can be heard on the original cast albums of [title of show], Now. Here. This. as well as Broadway Bares Openings and Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. He's developed TV sitcoms, painted a lot of watercolors, designed Broadway show websites, and worked as a florist. He is a proud member of ASCAP, AEA, Writers Guild, Dramatists Guild, the National Audubon Society and serves on the advisory board of Unsung Musicals and Stetson University's School of Music. He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his partner, Michael Berresse. @jefbowen

  • Elaine Bromka

    Elaine Bromka

    Acting on Camera

    Elaine’s credits include: Film: Cindy in Uncle Buck; Without a Trace. T.V.: E.R., The Sopranos, Providence, Dharma & Greg, Made in Jersey, Sisters, L.A. Law, Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims' Unit, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Stella Lombard on Days of Our Lives, the Emmy Award–winning Playing for Time with Vanessa Redgrave and Catch a Rainbow, for which she won an Emmy. She has appeared on Broadway (The Rose Tattoo, I'm Not Rappaport, Macbeth) and off-Broadway (Cloud 9 at the Lucille Lortel, Roundabout's Inadmissible Evidence with Nicol Williamson, the world premiere of Michael Weller's Split at E.S.T. and Candide with the National Theatre of the Deaf.) After having starred in the Off-Broadway run of TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty, she continues to tour the show nationwide. She has played leads at regional theaters across the country, including Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT/Seattle, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Shakespeare and Company, McCarter Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, George Street Playhouse, and the Folger Theatre Group. Starring opposite Rich Little in The Presidents for PBS, she impersonated the last eight First Ladies. A member of The Actors Studio and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, her work in the indie film In the Family was cited by the New York Times as "memorable." As a guest artist, she has taught her one-day "Acting on Camera" and "Making Your  Monologue HOT" workshops at more than a hundred colleges and prep schools across the country.

  • Oliver Butler

    Oliver Butler


    Oliver is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society.  In New York he has directed the world premieres of The Lapsburgh Layover, Buddy Cop 2, Cape Disappointment, Goodbye New York Goodbye Heart, The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen, Red-Haired Thomas, Hostage Song, A Thought About Raya, You're Welcome, and Christmas with the Flamingos. He was the Assistant Artistic Director of The Berkshire Theatre Festival where he directed The Einstein Project and This is our Youth. He has assisted directors including Jo Bonney, Pam Mackinnon, and John Rando. In 2004 and 2005 he was a participating director in Lincoln Center's Directors Lab. With Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, he is a Sundance Institute Fellow. He is also a 2012 Bill Foeller Fellow and a 2012/13 Ars Nova Artist-in-Residence. This spring he is directing Will Eno's new play (untitled) at Signature Theatre Company.

  • Michael Cadman

    Michael Cadman


    Michael trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was a founding member and leading actor of the National Youth Theatre in the U.K.  His innumerable television appearances and film work include Lindsay Anderson’s If…, Richard Lester’s How I Won the War,  and the BBC’s Poldark and Cadfael.  His stage work has ranged from modern to classical and has included stints with the New Shakespeare Company, the Welsh National Theatre, and four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  As a writer, he has had his plays performed in England, Germany, and the U.S. and his current work-in-progress, The Belle Sauvage, has received readings at the Cheltenham Rep. and the O’Neill. In addition to having been a core faculty member of the National Theater Institute for over a decade, and its Artistic Director from 2006-08, Mr. Cadman has directed and taught master classes in Amsterdam, London, and New York.

  • Gisela Cardenas

    Gisela Cardenas


    Gisela is a Peruvian Theater Director living in New York City. She is interested in working with classics and adaptations of mythological material from a contemporary perspective. She has a B.A in Anthropology from Universidad Catolica in Peru, an M.A in Performance Studies from New York University and an M.F.A in Directing from Columbia University. Before becoming a director, she worked as a professional actress of film, theater and T.V. in her former country and has trained professional actors in Chile, Brazil, and Peru. In 2001 she was invited by Arianne Mnouchkine and the Theatre Du Soleil to attend a workshop in Paris. Her New York credits include Iphigenia at Aulis, Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Riverside Church Theater, and Federico Garcia Lorca's Don Perlimplin for Repertorio Espanol as part of the Van Lier Fellowships for New Directors. She has taught at the National Theater Institute, New York Stage and Film, Powerhouse at Vassar College, Fontys Hogeschool/Academie Voor Drama in the Netherlands, Colgate University, New York University, Columbia University, and the National Theater Academy in Norway. Between 2004 and 2008, she was a Director in Residence at The Vortex Theater Company where she directed a version of Aeschylus Agamemnon that gave her a Drama Desk nomination for Directing in 2006. In 2007 she directed Brecht’s Drums in the Night for Colgate University; Antigone, a one woman show adapted from Sophocles by Jose Watanabe and that premiered at the Sibiu International Theater Festival in Romania; the New York revival of The Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Sophocles’ Ajax for Target Margin’s Helenic Lab.  In 2009 she co-directed Agamemnon and Elektra with Brian Kulick for Classic Stage Company, Odon Von Horvath’s Figaro gets a Divorce for INTAR, and Sophocles’ Ajax. She was a 2007 Princes Grace Theater Fellowship recipient, the 2008 Phil Killian Directing Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and a member of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab and was the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Director recipient. www.giselacardenas.com

  • David Chandler

    David Chandler

    Stage Combat

    In addition to Stage Combat, David teaches Tai Chi twice a week as part of NTI's 7:30am daily warm-up. David is the founder and director of Eagle’s Quest Tai Chi Center. A master teacher of Tai Chi Chuan, he has been teaching Tai Chi and stage combat for NTI since 1986.  He has also taught at The Hartt School, Yale University, Wesleyan University, University of New Haven, Connecticut College, Gregory Abels Training Ensemble, Intar Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He was a founding member of NYC’s The Studio Company, associate director of Creative Arts In Education at the O’Neill, director of the Yah Ta Hey Native American Arts Festival, director for the Papermoon Productions Summer Workshop, and co-director of the Professional Actors Training Program of the Netherlands. He has choreographed and directed the fights for the Fordham University, the Shakespeare Society at Wellesley College, and Wheaton College among others. He has appeared on film, off-Broadway, American Shakespeare Festival, and regional theaters. He was the subject of the documentary film, The Next Step.  He wrote and produced the Tai Chi videos Ultimate Grace, Instructions on the Form, and Nei Kung of the Form, and an audiotape Tai Chi: The Inner Peace. In 2006, he was nominated for a Disney Teacher Award and was a delegate to the International Forum on Taijiquan.  In 2009 he was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies,formally inducted into the Sun Style, and won first place in the WuShu Federation competition in Beijing.  He currently studies directly under Grandmaster Sun Yongtian in Beijing and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Integrative Health and Healing.

  • Sophia Chapadjiev

    Sophia Chapadjiev

    Script Analyisis

    Sophia (NTI Spring 1994) is a writer originally from Chicago now dividing her time between the US and the UK.  Her play, Over the Moon, won Best Play, plus Audience Favorite at the American Globe Theater in New York and has subsequently been performed in a number of other US cities and Sydney, Australia.  A compilation of three of her musicals, entitled First Odd Prime, was last seen at the Players Theater in New York and in 2010 she was commissioned to write Countdown to Nevermore (music: M. Eisenstein) as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s (NYMF) Eight-Minute Musicals.  She has also written both book and lyrics for An Orchestra Imagined (music: J. Wick Davis); and Theory of Kiss, On Teeth and Longing, Last Days in Vegas, and Aloha Flight 243 (music by A. Leyton-Brown) – the first three of which were originally produced by the York Theater and the last was selected as part of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab and performed at HERE Arts Center.  Her most recent full-length musical with Leyton-Brown, the near-future Desire Management Incorporated, received a workshop production at Playwrights Horizon Theater School and they have currently been commissioned to write Pilgrimage to the Mouth, the third and final piece to their Mouth Pieces triptych.  She also runs the Young Playwrights Festival at the O’Neill, where she has been the Director of Education since 2007. BFA, Emerson; MFA, NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. 

  • Kia Corthron

    Kia Corthron


    Kia Corthron’s productions include A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (Playwrights Horizons/The Play Company/Culture Project); Light Raise the Roof (New York Theatre Workshop); Snapshot Silhouette (Children's Theatre Company); Slide Glide the Slippery Slope (Mark Taper Forum); The Venus de Milo is Armed (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Breath, Boom (The Royal Court Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Huntington Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre); Splash Hatch on the E Going Down (Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, New York Stage and Film, Donmar Warehouse); Digging Eleven (Hartford Stage); Seeking the Genesis (Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club); Trickle (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Moot the Messenger, Slide Glide the Slippery Slope and The Open Road Anthology (Humana Festival); and Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company). Awards include a McKnight National Residency, the Callaway and Fadiman Awards, NEA/TCG, and in 2014 she was awarded a Windham Campbell Prize and was the Honored Playwright at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. She has also received Writers Guild and Edgar Allan Poe awards for The Wire. She is an alumna of New Dramatists and serves on the Dramatists Guild Council.

  • Donna DiNovelli

    Donna DiNovelli


    As a librettist and lyricist, Donna Di Novelli collaborates with composers working in experimental and traditional genres. Heart of a Solider, an opera, commissioned by San Francisco Opera opened in 2011. She wrote text for Hildegard: A Measure of Joy, commissioned by the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. She frequently collaborates with Randall Eng, most notably on the jazz-infused opera Florida. She’s written for the Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet’s Twelve Dancing Princesses and her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC and NPR. Her play The First Eff was excerpted in New Monologues For Women; by Women. She has won commissions and fellowships from Manhattan Theater Club, ASCAP, Mabou Mines, Houston Grand Opera, Rockefeller Foundation, National Musical Theater Conference, MacDowell Colony, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She teaches libretto writing for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, playwriting at the National Theater Institute, and was a visiting professor at Brown University, where she earned her master’s degree in playwriting under Paula Vogel. Current projects include: the musical Little House on the Prairie with Rachel Sheinkin and Rachel Portman, an earlier version broke box office records at the Guthrie Theater and continued on a national tour; The Good Swimmer, a musical with composer Heidi Rodewald; and a multimedia opera Oceanic Verses with Paola Prestini, first presented at NYC’s River to River Festival followed by a London premiere at the Barbican. Her work has been presented at New York City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Public Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, and Joe’s Pub.

  • Julie Foh

    Julie Foh


    Julie received her MFA in Voice and Speech from the American Repertory Theater’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training where she coached over a dozen productions. At the A.R.T., she coached the premiere of Charles Mee’s play Cardenio, directed by Les Waters.  At the Institute, she coached the world premiere of Ellen McLaughlin’s play Ajax in Iraq, directed by Scott Zigler.  Other coaching credits include The Danish Widow and The Babylon Line (New York Stage and Film); Murder for Two, The Tutors, and Modern Terrorism (Second Stage); Wasps and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Studio 42); Nightlands (New Georges).  She has taught at the American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, the Moscow Art Theatre School, Webster University, The Performing Arts Project, and she currently teaches Speech and Accents at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Voice at the National Theater Institute.  As a member of the NYC-based Anonymous Ensemble, she has performed at Ars Nova, The Chocolate Factory, Galapagos, The Ohio Theater, The Pyramid Club, and the Brisbane Festival (Australia).  She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and of Knight-Thompson Speechwork, and she is an instructor in teacher certification programs of both.  She is also the Literary Manager of Studio 42, NYC’s producer of Unproducible theater.

  • Alex Gemignani

    Alex Gemignani

    Acting & Voice

    Broadway: Violet (Father), Chicago (Billy), Les Misérables (Valjean, Drama League nomination), Sweeney Todd (Beadle, Drama Desk nomination), Assassins (Hinckley, Theatre World Award), The People In The Picture (Moishe), Sunday in the Park With George (Boatman/Dennis). Off-Broadway: Road Show at the Public (Addison Mizner, Drama League nomination), Headstrong at EST (Nick), and Avenue Q at the Vineyard Theatre (Brian). Favorite Regional: The Three Sisters (Andrei) at Cincinnati Playhouse, The Boys From Syracuse (Sergeant) at The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. and the title character in the world premiere musical Saint-Ex at The Weston Playhouse. Concerts: Sondheim! The Birthday Concert with The N.Y. Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, The N.Y. Pops at Carnegie Hall, and The L.A. Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl as well several appearances as performer and director in the Broadway By The Year series at The Town Hall. TV/Film: Homeland, The Good Wife, Empire State (pilot), Passion (Live From Lincoln Center), South Pacific (Great Performances) and the film The Producers.  As a composer/lyricist, he is currently developing four new musicals and recently composed the incidental music for the plays Cadence: Home, swingset/moon and currently, Katzenjammer. He also recently served as co-music director and conductor for the University Of Michigan’s production of Sunday In The Park With George and created a new orchestration and musically directed Ragtime for Tisch School Of The Arts at NYU.  He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a graduate of the University of Michigan.

  • Deidre Goodwin

    Deidre Goodwin

    Guest Artist

    Deidre, most recently seen in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, has performed the role of Velma in Chicago opposite the Roxies of Ann Reinking, Belle Calaway, Angie L. Schworer, Sandy Duncan, Nana Visitor, Petra Nielson, Denise Van Outen, Charlotte d'Amboise, Donna Marie Asbury, Tracy Shayne, and Melanie Griffith. Other credits include: City Center's The Pajama Game (Gladys), Funny Girl In Concert (Keeney Girl, Maude), Dreamgirls In Concert (Stepp Sister), Eleventh Annual Broadway Bares (Barbarella), and numerous benefits and readings. University credits include: Kiss Me, Kate (Hattie, "Too Darn Hot" feature), Chicago (Roxie Hart), Sugar (Sugar), and Your Own Thing (Olivia.) No formal training and/or performance until age 17. http://www.deidregoodwin.com

  • Jessi Hill

    Jessi Hill


    Jessi is a theater director based in New York City. New York credits include new work at New York Theatre WorkshopThe Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, The Playwrights’ Center, Primary Stages, Labyrinth, The Women’s Project, 59E59, P73, The New Group, Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, Culture Project, The Acting Company, The Barrow Group, PS122, Abingdon, Baruch Performing Arts Center, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, Naked Angels, The Wild Project, and others.  She has been a director and teacher in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center/NTI, Fordham University, Long Island University, Powerhouse/NY Stage & Film, NYU/Tisch, Strasberg, CAP21, The Atlantic School, Playwrights HorizonsTheatre School, Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and others.  Jessi is a recipient of the Denham Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, an Alum of the Women's Project Lab, and an Affiliated Artist at New Georges. She served as Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective from 2009-2015 where she co-created the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and Groundworks new works program. She is currently the Artistic Associate at Flying Carpet Theatre Co and the Literary Team Director at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Her work has been seen internationally in Edinburgh, London, New Zealand, Berlin and Hamburg. MFA: Yale. Member SDC. Current projects: www.jessidhill.com 
  • David Jaffe

    David Jaffe


    David earned his B.A. in theater studies at Connecticut College, then attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and the Actors Theater of Louisville Apprentice Company before earning his M.F.A. in Acting at Yale University School of Drama. During his training he was deeply influenced by his work with Morris Carnovsky, Estelle Parsons, Jon Jory, Earle Gister and Lloyd Richards. As an actor, he worked in New York City and in regional theaters such as the American Shakespeare Theater at Stratford under the direction of Zoe Caldwell, the Long Wharf Theater, the Yale Repertory Theater and the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference. He had the honor of narrating the Jerome Robbins' ballet Fanfare with the New York City Ballet for three seasons at the New York State Theater and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He served as Director of the National Theater Institute for eight years, and as the Frank B. Weeks Visiting Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University where he taught the full arc of acting classes and directed Charles Mee's Big Love, Shakespeare's Richard III, The Vanya Project, and a senior thesis production Our Day Will Come. Jaffe has served as stage director for Othello, La Boheme and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Connecticut Lyric Opera and served as Artistic Director of Interpretive Programs & Performance at the Mystic Seaport. He is currently president of the Board of Directors of the Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon's Egg. Jaffe is currently chair of the Theater Department at Connecticut College.

  • Jake Jeppson

    Jake Jeppson


    Jake Jeppson (NTI Spring 2005) writes strange plays that explore the gap between American idealism and American reality. He was a recipient of the 2013-14 Jerome Fellowship in playwright from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. His work has been developed and produced both in the United States and abroad, with recent productions in New York and Riga, Latvia. In 2015, his play Turtle will receive its world premiere at Next Theatre in Chicago. He is a frequent teacher of playwriting at the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theater Institute. Additionally, he has taught writing courses at Wesleyan University, the Playwrights' Center, and The Orchard Project, where he co-founded their nationally-sourced apprentice program. He earned his MFA in playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, where he studied with Paula Vogel, Sarah Ruhl, and Ken Prestininzi. While at Yale, he served on the leadership team of the Yale Cabaret and won the Cole Porter Prize in playwriting. He grew up in DC, spent time around New York City, and now lives in London with his fiancé and their dog, Barney.

  • Rachel Jett

    Rachel Jett

    NTI Artistic Director/Droznin

    Rachel Jett has been a faculty member at the National Theater Institute since 1998 and is an alum of the NTI, NTI-Advanced Directing, and Moscow Art Theatre Semesters. A 2006 Baryshnikov Fellow, she holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theater Writing Program and is the first American aspirant to Andrei Droznin, master teacher of movement at the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Rachel is one of the few practitioners teaching his method of Russian movement in the United States. Named “One of 50 to Watch” by Dramatist Magazine, she is a lyricist/librettist and a former company member of the Helen Hayes Award-winning Stanislavsky Theater Studio and SYNETIC Theater in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she appeared in a short film written by Donna Di Novelli.

  • Christine Toy Johnson

    Christine Toy Johnson

    Music Theater

    Christine is an award-winning actor, writer, director, and advocate for inclusion. As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 30 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. Highlights include the New York revivals of THE MUSIC MAN, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, PACIFIC OVERTURES, and FALSETTOLAND and GREASE!, the national tours of CATS, FLOWER DRUM SONG and BOMBAY DREAMS, and other leading roles at some of the most well-respected theatres across the country including the Guthrie, New York Shakespeare Festival, the Mint Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Huntington Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Syracuse Stage, The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Minnesota Opera and New York City Opera. Nearly 100 film and television appearances include recurring roles on THE AMERICANS and LAW AND ORDER: SVU, MADAM SECRETARY, MR. ROBOT, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, THE BLACKLIST, SMASH, 666PARK AVENUE, 30 ROCK, UGLY BETTY, THE BIG C, FRINGE, ROYAL PAINS, CROSSING JORDAN, many episodes in the LAW AND ORDER franchise, and two years as “Lisa West” on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

    The Library of Congress included an anthology of her written work into the Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection in 2010. Her plays and musicals include Till Soon, Anne (book and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin, developed in residencies at the O’Neill Theater Center), The New Deal (part of “Different Voices” at Roundabout Theatre Company), The Secret Wisdom of Trees (featured in Indie Theater Now’s 2017 Plays & Playwrights Anthology), Barcelona (book and lyrics with composer/lyricist Jason Ma, developed at the Weston Playhouse, CAP21, and Village Theatre), Guilty Until Proven Innocent (in development), Truth Against the World: The Life and Loves of Frank Lloyd Wright (developed in residency at the O’Neill Theater Center)and Diary of a Domestic Goddess (with Kevin Duda). Her screenplay Jumping the Third Rail won a Meryl Streep/IRIS Writing Lab fellowship in 2016.

    An avid advocate of inclusion, Christine has been a member of the elected leadership of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992, serving as National Chair of the union’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She has also been a member of the elected leadership of the Dramatists Guild since 2016 and serves as the National chair of the Guild’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is a founding member of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition) and founder of The Asian American Composers & Lyricists Project. She was honored by the JACL (the nation’s largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization) in 2010 for “exemplary leadership and dedication”, the “Wai Look Award for Service in the Arts” from the Asian American Arts Alliance in 2012, and the Rosetta LeNoire Award for “outstanding contributions to the universality of the human spirit” from Actors’ Equity Association, in 2013. Christine is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Certificate of Screenwriting Program at NYU, and is an alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.

  • Patrese McClain

    Patrese McClain


    Patrese D McClain is an actor, educator, and creator based in the city of Chicago. She has worked with many theater companies there including: the Goodman Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Most Recent, Patrese closed the world premiere of COCKED by Sarah Gubbins at Victory Gardens Theater. Additional Chicago Credits include: Grace in Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight (Windy City Playhouse); Shatique in White Guy On The Bus(Northlight, Jeff Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress 2015); Elmire in Tartuffe, Eliante in Misanthrope, Missie May in Spunk (Court Theatre, Jeff Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress for Spunk 2011). Regional: Risa in Two Trains Running (GEVA Theatre Center); Sister Lily Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (Mustard Seed), Lady in Brown For Colored Girls, all 16 characters in No Child...  (Black Rep, St. Louis Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for No Child… 2013). TV Credits include: NBC's Chicago Fire, USA's Sirens, ABC's Detroit 1-8-7. In addition, to her work on stage and screen Patrese is the Executive Director of Pure ART, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating arts education outreach programs in underserved communities. She is the Lead Resident Teaching Artist with the Court Theatre the University of Chicago's Professional Theater. She is also a proud member of Actors' Equity, a company member of Collaboraction, and resident artist at the Bronzeville Artists Lofts, Chicago.

  • Forrest McClendon

    Forrest McClendon


    Forrest McClendon is an internationally acclaimed award-winning actor and singer. Most recently seen as Dude in CABIN IN THE SKY directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson at City Center Encores! Tony® Award Nominee for Broadway debut as Mr. Tambo in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS directed by Susan Stroman, Forrest recently starred in the UK premiere, which won the London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. He is featured on both the Off-Broadway and Abbey Road recordings. Lunt-Fontanne Fellow with notable regional roles including the Foundling Father in THE AMERICA PLAY at Zach Scott Theatre (B. Iden Payne Award—Best Lead Actor in a Play), and Roscoe in AVENUE X at 11th Hour Theatre Company (Barrymore Award—Best Supporting Actor in a Musical). Recent regional favorites: Canewell in August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Gil in Colman Domingo's WILD WITH HAPPY (Baltimore Center Stage), Friar Lawrence in ROMEO AND JULIET (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), and the title roles in OTHELLO (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) and JULIUS CAESAR(Lantern Theater Company). Forrest has worked extensively on new plays at New Dramatists and PlayPenn. Recent workshops/readings: Rachel Chavkin's ANNIE SALEM (Sundance), Jessica Dickey's THE GUARD (National Theater Conference), Steve Fisher's MANDELA (Theatre at St. Clements), Carlyle Brown's NOBODY, NO TIME (Playwrights' Center) and Jen Silverman's THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct Theatre Company). Other favorites: Suzan-Lori-Parks, Lonnie Carter, OyamO, JT Rogers and Stefanie Zadravec. Forrest McClendon has taught throughout the US, UK and Canada. Forrest currently teaches as a Guest Artist at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and maintains a private studio in Manhattan and Philadelphia. His students attend major training programs worldwide and work in all areas of the entertainment industry. Selected Master Classes in London: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rose Bruford College, Havering College, Westminster School, Jewish Free School, Theatre Academy of London, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, St. Mary's University of Minnesota. Canada: Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, St. Lawrence College. USA: NYU, C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater, Open Jar Institute, Penn State Berks, Two River Metro Scholars, Wyoming Seminary. forrestmcclendon.com

  • Brian McManamon

    Brian McManamon


    Brian was most recently seen in A Power Play; Or, What's-its-Name by A. Rey Pamatmat at the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill and the Yale Rep world premiere of These Paper Bullets by Rolin Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong. New York credits include the world premieres of The Clearing by Jake Jeppson (Theatre at St. Clements), Bodega Bay (Abingdon), The Boat in the Tiger Suit (Brick), and Chisa Hutchinson’s Alondra Was Here (Wild Project); It or Her (P.S. 122; New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance). Regional credits include the title role in Hamlet at Burning Coal, American Buffalo and Skylight (IRNE Award nomination) at New Repertory Theater and productions at Axial Theater, Provincetown Theater, Capital Rep, and Boston Playwrights. International credits include the Fringe First Award winning world premiere of The Jammer (Edinburgh Fringe) and Misalliance (TBTB; Croatia). Film and TV: I Am a Big Ball of Sadness…, Annie and Brie and Gossip Girl. Upcoming: Imagining the Imaginary Invalid at Mabou Mines.  He is currently serving on the acting faculties of Playwrights Horizon’s Theater School at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program in association with New York Stage and Film, the National Theater Institute, and CAP21. He has also taught at the NYSF/Public Theater, Manhattanville College, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  BFA: Boston University, MFA: Yale School of Drama.  Brian is a proud member of the Actors Center Workshop Company.

  • G.W. "Skip" Mercier

    G.W. "Skip" Mercier


    Skip is a set, puppet, and costume designer who began professional work in 1983 and has since designed over 360 shows. He thrives collaborating with amazing writers, composers, directors, partner designers, artisans, and actors creating original work or making established shows seem new. He was resident designer for the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference 1983-2004 and has been the National Theater Institute’s design instructor for over 20 years. He was honored to curate Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill since 1964 at Lincoln Center Library.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Berkeley and received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama where he was the Oenslagger Scholar, named for the founder of the design program. For his first Broadway show Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass by Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal  he received a Tony nomination for scenery and two Drama Desk nominations for Scenery and Costumes. Off-Broadway, at the Vineyard Theater, Dream True by Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon and Bed and Sofa by Polly Penn and Lawrence Klavan, procured him two additional Drama Desk nominations for scenery. In NY he was given the “Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award for Outstanding Talent and Vision in Design.”  Regionally he was honored with the “Bay Area Critics Award” for Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life directed by Tina Landau at ACT where he recently designed Old Hats by Bill Irwin & David Shiner.   Recent work includes: Head of Passes by Tarell McCraney at Berkeley Rep to be followed by a production at the Public Theatre in NY.  He designed Bert & ErnieGoodnight at Children’s Theatre; Dreamgirls & Ragtime at Portland Center Stage.  Currently running are Finding Nemo by Bobby & Kristen Lopez (Avenue Q, Frozen) for Disney World and Critter Castaways at Bush Gardens. He designed the first musical produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, The Ballad of Little Jo for which he received a Jefferson Award Nomination. Dozens of New York play premieres include Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Playwright’s Horizons; Urban Zulu Mambo for Signature Theatre; Miracle BrothersEli’s Comin’ & True History and Real Adventures at The Vineyard Theatre where he is a resident artist. Also a writer, he recently completed writing two  screenplays for the feature films Massillon and Double Take. He wrote, directed, and designed Flock for Joan Schirle at  Del’Arte. For children’s television he created Eureeka’s Castle (Ace Award) for Nickelodeon and is currently in production with Didi Lightful, exploring 3D animation for television musicals.  He was production designer for feature films: Hop Frog directed by Julie Taymor and Southie directed by John Shea. The student imaginations that he has the benefit of encouraging inspire him every day.

  • Kym Moore

    Kym Moore


    Kym is a director, playwright, producer, and screenwriter.  Specializing in teaching acting and directing, she also conducts experiments in multimedia production. She has taught at Brown, Swarthmore, SUNY Purchase/Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film, Hampshire, and Sarah Lawrence Colleges and guest directed at Notre Dame University, Smith, Swarthmore, and Dartmouth Colleges.  Off-Broadway and regional directing credits include for colored girls that have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (Penumbra Theatre); Khmer Amerika (HereArts Center); Black, Outside, and The Date (The Women’s Project); Muses (The Boston Center for the Arts); Cover (Semi-Finalist, Samuel French Festival); Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (The Workshop Theatre); and Le Hot Blu: An American Syncopated Musical (Manhattan Theatre Club).  She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab.  She has been nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award by TCG. At the Women’s Project she was a member of the Directors Forum where she received an Artistic Leadership Fellowship.  Her one-act play The Date won the Pen and Brush Award for Best Short Play in 2003.  She is the recipient of a Lemelson Foundation grant for the development of the “Brainmachine,” an interactive-biofeedback device that allows performers to control lights, sound, and video using brainwave signals in real time. As founding director of Frogs on the Water Theatre in Santa Fe, she produced several new solo-performance works. She has served on the Board of Directors of La MaMa E.T.C. Education: University of Massachusetts-Amherst MFA Directing.

  • Kat Murphy

    Kat Murphy


    Eager to learn, eager to share, contemporary artist Kat Murphy lives and works in New London, CT. For nearly two decades, Kat has worked in the art and design industry. She started honing her skills as a professional decorative painter and venetian plaster artist in London. She has collaborated with artists and professionals along the way, near and far, in window display design, installation art, prop sculpture, custom murals and interior design. Naturally, Kat fell into cultivating a vibrant arts community in downtown New London as a founding member and former Artist in Residence at Hygienic Art and continues to work in her Golden Street Studio. Her design sense and quality of craft is revealed in her artwork where she creates intricate, color-rich, multilayered surfaces with vibrant color. Pop culture, repetitive pattern, and line drawing inform her paintings. Art studies include RISD, Print Design, the International Institute Madrid Spain, School of Fine Art at Boston University, founding member and former Artist in Residence at Hygienic Art, New London, CT and a fellowship at Griffis and Orpheus Foundation, Bulgaria. In addition, she was a draftsman on the Sol LeWitt "Wall Drawing #1196" at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

  • Scott Murphy

    Scott Murphy


    Scott Murphy received his BA in music composition in 2002 from Bennington College, where he studied with Ricky Ian Gordon. He earned his MFA in musical theatet writing from New York University in 2004. His work includes Shark in the Creek (book, music, and lyrics), Broadcast (music), and Phoebe (music). His song, “I Miss Him,” can be heard on Tom Bogdin's CD For Your Delight: New American Art Songs, and his song, “My Perfect World,” was performed by Brian D'Arcy James at the 2003 Children's Aid Society benefit concert. Scott has held internships at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He received the Dramatists Guild's 2004 Jonathan Larson Musical Theatre Fellowship, and the 2005 Daryl Roth Award. He was selected by Stephen Sondheim to receive the Marion Seldes/Garson Kanin Award from the Theatre Hall of Fame. Scott Murphy wrote the music for the Yale Rep-commissioned musical Meanwhile, On the Other Side of Mt. Vesuvius.

  • Matt Newton

    Matt Newton

    On-Camera Acting

    Matt (NTI alum fall 1997) is one of the most highly sought after film and tv acting coaches in New York City.  He is currently the on-set coach for the CBS show Blue Bloods, the author of the book 10 Steps to Breaking Into Acting, an industry expert contributor to Backstage, the founder of the MN Acting Studio in New York City, and has a well established career acting in tv and film.  He has coached Golden Globe nominees, Emmy award-winners, has worked as an on-set tv and film coach, and has been a guest talent judge on several reality shows.  Most recently he was the acting coach for the film Hashtag Horror. His students have booked roles on Orange Is The New Black, Hostages, Unforgettable, Blacklist, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, The Following, Do No Harm, Revolution, How I Met Your Mother, Ugly Betty, Boardwalk Empire, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Skeleton Twins, Happy Baby, Delivery Man, and countless other films and TV shows.He has been a professional actor for over 20 years, in both New York and Los Angeles. He has guest starred on over a dozen television shows, including The Americans, Royal Pains, Ugly Betty, Dragnet, Strangers With Candy, Drake and Josh Go Hollywood, Criminal Minds, Gilmore Girls, As The World Turns, Guiding Light, Judging Amy, as well as the films Dahmer, Van Wilder, Poster Boy, and Men Who Stare At Goats. He has also appeared in countless commercials and voiceovers. He studied Drama at Vassar College (’99) and with Arthur Mendoza at the Actor’s Circle Theater in Los Angeles. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, and is represented by Leading Artists Agency. www.mnactingstudio.com @mnactingstudio. 

  • Erin Ortman

    Erin Ortman


    Erin is a New York City based theater director and teaching artist. Upcoming: Scheherazade by Jason Grote and Marisa Michelson (York Theatre Development), A Knee That Can Bend by Emma Goidel (CAP21 Play Development), Lightkeepers by Miriam Nash (UK Tour). Other directing credits include: Pan Asian Rep, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Theatre Company at CAP21, New York University, CAP21 Conservatory, and Sarah Lawrence College. Erin spent five years serving on the acting faculty at NYU. Other teaching credits include: The Performing Arts Project, Powerhouse Theatre/Vassar College, Broadway Classroom, Next Step Preparatory School, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Senior Conservatory at The Paper Mill Playhouse, Director and Acting Instructor for the Grandstreet Theatre School Teen Conservatory, three years serving as the Education Director for The Play Group Theatre, and Co-Founder of The Wide Awake Theatre Project. Erin graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College; and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab.

  • Lee Overtree

    Lee Overtree

    Guest Director

    Lee has served as Artistic Director of Story Pirates since he co-founded the organization in 2003. His productions have been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Solid Sound Festival (curated by the band Wilco), Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle, and at dozens of theaters in New York including at Symphony Space, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Galapagos, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. He is the co-writer and director of Found: A New Musical (Atlantic Theater Company). Other writing/directing credits include productions for major publishing houses, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Lee hosts and directs the weekly Sirius/XM show Story Pirates Radio. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University.

  • Nicole Ricciardi

    Nicole Ricciardi

    Voice Into Text

    Nicole is a theater director, writer, actress, and instructor. She has directed and/or developed work at Primary Stages, #serials at the Flea, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood, the Drama Book Shop, Chelsea Repertory Lab, Two River Theater Company, Shadow Lawn Stage, Circle East, Bushwick Arts, Shakespeare and Company, Central Square’s Nora Theatre, and with her own company, The Wild Court. Nicole has taught for the training programs of Hartford Stage, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, American Ballroom Theatre, New York Film Academy, Inside Broadway, Two River Theater Company, Hartford Children's Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, and La Jolla Playhouse. She has served on the Theatre faculties of Drew, Syracuse, and Monmouth Universities and coordinated the training at Shakespeare’s Globe for the Syracuse University London Program. Nicole received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Psychology from Drew University and her M.F.A. in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theatre.

  • Paul Thureen

    Paul Thureen


    Paul is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, co-writing and starring in A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You’re Welcome, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment, Detroit, and Buddy Cop 2. Recent New York and international performances include Hostage Song, Clay McLeod Chapman’s The Pumpkin Pie Show at P.S. 122, One Year Lease’s Tour of Oresteia in Athens and Milan, and Tango ’til They’re Sore at The Flea. Regional: The Description of the World, Facade, and Pulcinella (Theatre de la Jeune Lune) and The Odyssey Experience (McCarter). TV: The Late Show with David Letterman and The Revolution (History Channel). He has studied at the National Theater Institute, The Moscow Art Theater, and Vassar College.

  • Anne Tofflemire

    Anne Tofflemire


    Anne has been featured with the Academy-Award winning lyricist Sammy Cahn in Sammy Cahn: Words and Music at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.; the Halstead Theatre Center in Chicago; with the Philly Pops orchestra; at Ceaser’s Palace; and on London’s West End at Duke of York’s. Her other theater credits include Peter Pan opposite Cathy Rigby, the long-running San Francisco productions of Rap Master Ronnie and Side by Side Sondheim, Maria in West Side Story at the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and Gypsy and A Little Night Music at Great Lakes Theatre Festival. She made her New York Cabaret debut in 1991, and in 1993 she won the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist. Other cabaret appearances include Town Hall, the Firebird Café, the Plush Room in San Francisco, the Gardenia in Los Angeles, and numerous private and corporate functions. Her CD, Let’s Face the Music: Anne Tofflemire Sings Irving Berlin was released by Harbinger Records. She teaches at the Neighborhood Music School and the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute, as well as privately.

  • Marya Ursin

    Marya Ursin


    Marya Ursin is a dancer/mime/yogi/writer. Her primary dance training was with Merce Cunningham, at whose studio she taught for eight years.  She has an RYT 500 teacher designation in yoga.  She has been on faculty for NTI since 1983, and at Conn. College since 1986.  Marya danced for Laura Dean, Mitchell Rose, Sally Bowden, Brynar Mehl, Brian Hayes, Elaine Shipman, self, Mimika, others. She has performed in ~1000 venues, including DTW, BAM, Whitney, Yale, Naropa, Walker Arts Center, Edinburgh (Scotland), Glastonbury (GB), dozens of museums etc.  She is Artistic Director for the Mystic Paper Beasts, for which she has written some 60 plays, and which is currently performing under the auspices of YAMa. She is Executive Director for the Dragon’s Egg.  She produces a dance/theatre concert in the fall in NYC, and “assembles/directs” several narrative theatrical extravaganzas each year, at the Egg, and locally.  She has danced for years and with great joy with Situ in NYC.  She has written and co illustrated with her husband, Dan Potter,  two story books, and is working on a third. She is the proud mother of Ana (who is married to the fine Aditya), the fortunate partner to amazing Dan, has four sweet stepchildren and a number of step grands, has a gorgeous swamp rose mallowin her unruly garden, usually has kitties, and enjoys teas with friends. BA Art History; MA Integrative Health and Healing; MsT;  RYT 500, and a bevy of minor certificates.   www.dragonseggstudio.org & mybeasts@aol.com

  • Preston Whiteway

    Preston Whiteway


    Preston was appointed Executive Director of the O’Neill in 2007, after serving as General Manager since 2004, and now leads the venerable institution and its many national programs into the future. Under his leadership, the O’Neill was awarded the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Since 2004, the O’Neill’s budget has grown by 70%. Significant projects developed at the O’Neill in his tenure include: In the Heights (2005), [title of show] (2005), The Receptionist (2006), Tales of the City (2009), The Happiest Song Plays Last (2011), A Great Wilderness (2013), and others. At the O’Neill, he secured a new 60-year lease, gained significant facility investments, and launched the biggest expansion in the organization’s history, adding nine new buildings. For the O’Neill’s 50th Anniversary, he negotiated a major book release from Yale University Press, resulting in The O’Neill: The Transformation of Modern American Theater by Jeffrey Sweet, as well as an exhibition at the New York Library for the Performing Arts entitled Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill Since 1964.  Both projects chart the enormous role the O’Neill has played in shaping the American theater landscape. He joined the O’Neill upon graduating from Duke University with a BA in Economics. He served as the Chair of Broadway at Duke, leading and managing the major arts presenting organization, bringing national tours to the Durham, NC campus. He also worked with NPC Artistic Director, Wendy C. Goldberg at Arena Stage. He has been profiled by the New York Times and was recently named to the nominating committee of the Tony Awards for a three-year term.

  • Gregg Wiggans

    Gregg Wiggans


    Gregg’s credits include: Broadway: Ockrent Directing Fellowship on Promises, Promises. Off Broadway: Artistic Associate at Transport Group; Queen Of The Mist, Being Audrey, Normal, cul-de-sac, All The Way Home, The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs, Marcy In The Galaxy, The Boys In The Band. New York Credits: Kristin Chenoweth: This One’s Personal, Ripcords, Deathbed. Regional Theatre: Anna Christie with Brian Dennehy, Zombie Heart…, L.O.V.E And Tell Sad Stories Of The Death Of Queens, and The Tiny Closet. He’s also worked with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lark Play Development Center, Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Actors Salon of D.C., ScriptWorks in Austin, Casa Mañana, Austin Lyric Opera, Arena Stage, and DanceRink. Television: Assistant Executive Producer, SMASH. Other Theatre: Artistic Associate, the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; Directing Artistic Associate, Transport Group; 2008 member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab; Associate Member, SDC; directing instructor at the National Theater Institute; graduate of University of Texas at Austin. Currently serving as Artistic Director/Lead Curator of Transport Group’s Dark Night Series.

  • Derron Wood

    Derron Wood


    Derron Wood is a graduate of Connecticut College, he has also trained with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and attended the Leningrad State Institute of Music, Theatre, and Cinematography in Leningrad as part of the National Theater Institute's Russian program. From 1986 to 1989 he studied Shakespeare under Morris Carnovsky at Connecticut College and the National Theater Institute. During the past 20 years he has directed numerous productions in and around New England, including shows at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival and Off-Broadway. He utilizes the unique ability of puppet theater to document experience and communicate with the audience. As the Artistic Director of Flock Theatre, he continues to work with actors and puppets in various theatrical vehicles. He is the Director for the Chorus of Westerly's 12th Night celebration, reviewed as one of the greatest 12th Night celebrations in the world. This unique production integrates 100 stage performers with the 200 member, mixing in giant puppets, opera singers, and actors to create a truly unique form of theater. He is also the principal director of Flock Theatre's Shakespeare in the Arboretum festival. Derron has been a Connecticut's Master Teaching Artist since 1995, awarded by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.


  • Derrick Yanford

    Derrick Yanford


    Derrick began his formal training in a local studio of his hometown Southwick, Massachusetts where he studied ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics with his teacher Brenda Barna.  After furthering his dance education at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Derrick began his professional career and has had the pleasure of performing with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Battleworks Dance Company, The Joffrey Concert Dancers, Northern Connecticut Ballet, Koresh Dance Company, and A.S.H. Contemporary. Additional performance credits include the first national tour of Footloose and A Few Good Men DANCIN'..., the european tours of Evita and West Side Story. Walt Disney World's Kids of the Kingdom and Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, as well as the world premiere of the opera Le Cid starring Plácido Domingo. Derrick has also gained recognition as a choreographer and has had his work commissioned by ABC Television for the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2000 Republican Convention, Sunoco's Welcome America's 4th of July Parade, the Barrymore Awards, 76er's Dance Team, and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Millennium Kick-Off, to name a few. While currently residing in New York City, Derrick serves as the Artistic Director of the newly formed company Bridge Dance Concepts, on faculty at Connecticut College, freelances as a choreographer, master class teacher and adjudicator for major dance organizations throughout the United States and Canada

  • Michael Berresse

    Michael Berresse

    Guest Director

    Michael’s Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Tony, Astaire, Olivier nominations), The Light in the Piazza, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Guys & Dolls, Fascinating Rhythm, and Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Forever Plaid and The Coconuts. Regionally, he was seen in The Normal Heart (Arena/ACT), Parade (Taper), and The Dybbuk. Michael’s director-choreographer credits include the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of [title of show] (OBIE Award) and Now. Here. This. His Encores! credits include No, No, Nanette; Chicago; One Touch of Venus; and Call Me Madam.

  • Peg Denithorne

    Peg Denithorne

    Guest Director

    Peg is a professional director and teacher who is currently the Artistic Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts and has been associated with Circle Repertory Company since the early '80s. She served on Circle Rep's staff as Casting Director for several years, and she also created and was the director of Circle's Outreach and Education Program which received local, state and national recognition. From 1995 - 2002, she was the Associate Artistic Director of the LAB Theatre Company. She has taught at numerous colleges and universities including the Graduate Directing Program at Rutgers University and the Graduate Acting Program at Catholic University.  Her favorite directing experiences include the New York premiere of What I Meant Was by Craig Lucas for the Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon; A Doll's House at Juilliard; and a national tour of No, No Nanette.  She was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award in Washington, D.C., where her production of Talley's Folly received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Production of 2004.  Her production of A Shayna Maidel at Rep Stage was named “Best Professional Production” in the Baltimore area in 2008.  She currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.  Peg holds an M.F.A. in Directing and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

  • Richard Digby-Day

    Richard Digby-Day

    Guest Director

    A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and an eminent man of the theater, Richard has worked with many of the United Kingdom’s leading actors of stage and screen and is credited with discovering Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Grant. The director of London’s Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park for 18 years, his work for the Company has included over 20 major productions of plays by Shakespeare and Shaw. He has directed five major British regional theaters. His work has been seen in the West End and on tour extensively throughout the UK, Canada, Denmark, and Ireland. He has taught and lectured in many programs and universities both in the UK and in the United States. Since 2003, he has been Artistic Director of LDA. He has been a member of the faculty at RADA, the LAMDA, the National Theatre School of Canada, and the graduate program of Columbia University. From 1990 –98, he was Director of the National Theater Institute. He served on the Board of the Drama League of New York and helped found their Directors’ Project. In 1997 he was named Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Connecticut College.  He has served as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Company at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s; the Nottingham Playhouse; the Northcott Theatre, Exeter; the York Theatre Royal; the Welsh National Theatre Company, Cardiff; and the Bournemouth Theatre Company. Vice President of the Shaw Society, he has directed more of George Bernard Shaw’s plays than any other living director. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the Advisory Board of the Drama League’s Director’s Project. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he was their first student of Direction and the Leverhulme Scholar.

  • Wendy Goldberg

    Wendy Goldberg

    Guest Director

    Wendy is in her tenth season as Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference. Under her tenure, the O’Neill was awarded the 2010 Regional Tony Award, the first play development and education organization to receive this honor.  In addition, Goldberg has overseen the development of more than 70 projects for the stage, many of which have gone on to great acclaim with productions in New York and around the country. She is an award-winning director whose credits include five productions at Arena Stage, three productions for Actors Theatre of Louisville, three productions for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, five productions for Denver Center Theatre Company, a world premiere for the Alliance Theatre, a world premiere for Florida Stage, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Signature Theatre, Round House Theater, and Paper Mill Playhouse, among others. She is represented on Broadway with Rock of Ages where she served as Creative Advisor. As Artistic Associate at Arena Stage for five seasons, she helped to create the theater’s new play initiatives and led them from their inception through 2005.  American Theatre Magazine has described her as “one of the most promising theater artists working today.”  Other than the theater’s founder, Zelda Fichandler, she is the youngest director to have directed for Arena Stage in its 50-year history, making her mainstage debut at the age of 26 with the revival of K2 in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. She has directed in every major new play development program in the country and proudly serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.  She is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan (BA) and holds a MFA in Directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.

  • Daniel Goldstein

    Daniel Goldstein

    Guest Director

    Daniel is the director of the Broadway revival of Godspell (2011). His recent projects include Damn Yankees (Goodspeed); Venus in Fur (Huntington); Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed); Turbulence (New National Theater, Tokyo); Tamar Of The River (Prospect Theater, NYC); Snapshots (Goodspeed); Anna Christie (Old Globe); God of Carnage (Huntington); …Samantha Brown (Goodspeed); Golden Boy (Juilliard); Annie (St. Louis MUNY); CLEAR (O’Neill National Music Theater Conference); True West (WTF); Miss Margarida’s Way (Bay Street); A New Brain (Toho); Mary’s Wedding (Two River); Godspell (Papermill); Lower Ninth (Flea & SPF); Walmartopia (Minetta Lane); Indoor/Outdoor (DR2 & SPF); Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangerouses, and The Cry of the Reed (Huntington); But I’m a Cheerleader (NYMF); and Living Room in Africa (Gloucester Stage). He has served as the Associate Director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed, and the Resident Director for the First National Tour of Mamma Mia! He has also developed the work of writers at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, The Lark, The York, and Roundabout. He is the recipient of a New York Voices commission from The Public and an inaugural Calderwood Commission from the Huntington Theater Company, for which he wrote the musical Unknown Soldier with Michael Friedman, which was developed at the O’Neill and MTC. He is also the author of several other new works and currently working on a solo play, Artificial Fellow Traveler, which has been developed by WTF and The Public’s New Work Now. He is a graduate of Northwestern University. He has shadowed television directors such as James Widdoes (Two and a Half Men), Pamela Freyman (How I Met Your Mother), Andy Ackerman (Rules of Engagement), Roxann Dawson (Crossing Jordan), and Allison Liddi-Brown (Scandal).

  • Ethan Heard

    Ethan Heard

    Guest Director

    Originally from Washington, D.C. and now based in New York City, Ethan is a director of plays, musicals, and opera. He is Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera, a new company that reimagines classics and distills them to their essence.  Most recently, he directed a workshop of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins (Heartbeat) and assisted writer/director Steve Cosson on The Civilians’ The Great Immensity (Public Theater). While earning his MFA at Yale School of Drama, he directed Sunday in the Park with George, Julius Caesar, Lottie in the Late Afternoon, Rodeo, and Eligible Receivers.  He also served as Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret where he directed Pierrot Lunaire, All This Noise, The Future Gone Out of Business, and Lovesong and co-created Basement Hades and Trannequin! a new musical.  Other directing includes The Cat and the Canary (Berkshire Theatre Group), L’incoronazione di Poppea and The Producers (Princeton University), The Gay Ivy (Dixon Place), Proof and Iphigenia and Other Daughters (Santa Fe Theater Festival), Ardo Ardo and L'Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera Project), and Pullman WA and in a word (Williamstown Workshop).  Assistant directing includes Our Town (Nicholas Martin), Pregnancy Pact (Mark Brokaw), Broke-ology (Thomas Kail), Acis and Galatea (Gilbert Blin), The Judy Show (Amanda Charlton), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Annette Jolles). Ethan received his BA in Theater Studies from Yale College. He won the Sledge Prize for Performing Arts and toured the world with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, singing more than 200 concerts in 25 countries. He has taught theater at Princeton University and Friends Seminary and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

  • Davis MacCullum

    Davis MacCullum

    Guest Director

    Davis is the Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. His recent productions in New York include The Whale (Playwrights Horizons; Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play; Calloway nomination for Best Director), Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage; Pulitzer Prize for Drama); February House (Public Theater; Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Musical); and London Wall (Mint Theater; Drama Desk and Lortel nominations for Best Revival). His extensive background with Shakespeare and the classics includes productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, The Pearl Theatre Company, and the American Shakespeare Center, as well as four productions for The Acting Company, the country’s preeminent classical touring theater. A graduate of Princeton, he studied Shakespeare at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and trained as a director at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.He has taught Acting and Directing at Princeton, the National Theater Institute, and The New School for Drama.

  • Jody McAuliffe

    Jody McAuliffe

    Guest Director

    Jody is a director and writer. Her literary nonfiction work, The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir, came out in spring of 2013 from University of Iowa Press Sightline Series. Most recently, she directed the world premiere of Neal Bell's Now You See Me for Manbites Dog Theater and The Birthday Party for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. She is a co-convener of the working group Performance & Integrated Media, a recipient of a Humanities Writ Large Mellon grant and a Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award. Former National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellow at the Mark Taper Forum, she has developed and directed new plays nationally and regionally: Marlane Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction and The Rule of Fate at Manbites Dog Theater; Neal Bell’s Shadow of Himself at New Play Summit, Denver Center Theater. In New York, she directed the English-language premiere of Heiner Muller’s Philoctetes; on the west coast she directed Sleeping Dogs by Neal Bell at Mark Taper Forum and Haut Gout by Allan Havis at South Coast Repertory; on the east coast Otherwise Engaged and The Road to Mecca for Virginia Stage Company, The Front Page for North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. As part of Duke Previews, a professional producing entity, she developed and directed Nilo Cruz’s Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Megan Mostyn-Brown’s Going After Alice, and her own adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Mao II, a multimedia premiere starring Fred Neumann of Mabou Mines. She has developed and directed new plays at Sundance Institute, L.A. Theatre Center, Old Globe, and Bay Area Playwrights Festival at the Magic Theater. She directed her translation of Andreyev's He Who Gets Slapped and her translation/adaptation of Gogol's Inspector General--The Special Prosecutor-- at Duke, and developed her translations of Andreyev's The Idea and Chekhov's Seagull with New York Theatre Workshop. As a member of the Directing Workshop for Women at American Film Institute, she wrote, produced and directed a short film, My Man Ray, screened at AFI and festivals on both coasts. A member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, she is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama

  • Marina McClure

    Marina McClure

    Guest Director

    Marina McClure (NTI Fall 2003) is a director and media artist specializing in character-driven, interdisciplinary work with the audience experience at the core. Her highly visual live performances confront injustice and advocate for universal compassion. She has directed theater, opera, and spectacles for Handspring Puppet Company, The American Conservatory Theater, REDCAT, The Kennedy Center, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and in found spaces and theaters in Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, New England, and South Africa. Her original multimedia performance installations have been seen at chashama’s 461 Gallery (NYC), HOUSE (LA), CalArts (LA), Hotel Helix (DC), Union Station (DC), and The Hood Museum of Art (NH). She has assisted Anne Bogart/SITI Co (Getty Villa, BAM), William Kentridge and Janni Younge (Handspring US Tours), Mexican writer/director Maria Morett (Getty Villa), and the Sundance Institute Theater Lab. Marina was a 2012 Fulbright Finalist and her awards include a General-Campbell Fellowship, chashama, Vox, and FAR Space Artist Residencies, and the Gurdin Directing Award. She has taught directing, writing and movement for both of her alma maters, as well as led movement and storytelling workshops in South Africa and throughout the US. She has been a script reader for the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group since 2006. Marina is currently developing an episodic, interactive installation of Hamlet with digital artist Keith Skretch that explores leadership and groupthink. Marina is also initiating a new “think tank” for the arts with longtime collaborator and activist Nick Benacerraf. Upcoming projects include: Sara Farrington's Edith Wharton Project at The Mount (MA), the Los Angeles premiere of Aleshea Harris's Road Kill Giant, Sandy Simona's Lost in Lvov at the United Solo Festival (NY), and an opera adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's short story Revelation with scenic designer Mary Hamrick. MFA: California Institute of the Arts, BA: Dartmouth College.

  • Shira Milikowsky

    Shira Milikowsky

    Guest Director

    Shira Milikowsky is the Artistic Associate at the American Repertory Theater, where she directed The Lily’s Revenge, (listed by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten theater events of 2012) and associate directed last season’s Witness Uganda (directed by Diane Paulus, with whom she has collaborated on many projects, including assistant directing Hair, winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.) Other Boston credits include She Kills Monsters (produced by Company One and named top Boston Fringe Theater event of 2013 by EdgeBoston.com) and, with the A.R.T. Institute, Bob: A Life in Five Acts,, Twelfth Night, and the upcoming Bride, Widow, Hag. She recently directed Little Murders, on the mainstage with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club. Since graduating from the Columbia MFA program in 2007, she has specialized in new plays and radical re-imaginings of musicals and classic texts. She also develops original work, bringing together outstanding groups of actors and designers to create collectively devised projects. As a member of the Mabou Mines R.A.P., she collaborated with actor/writer Satya Bhabha to create I Hope I Die of Heart Disease, I’d Like to See You Manage Then! As a Boris Sagal Directing Fellow at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shira directed the musical Big Money. She is also the recipient of a Fall Drama League Directing Fellowship and a Fringe Excellence Award from the New York Fringe Festival for Mourn The Living Hector. She was the first-ever Director-in-Residence at Ars Nova, where she worked with countless musicians, comediennes, and emerging playwrights. In 2010 she moved to Seoul, South Korea, on a scholarship from the Henry Luce Foundation, and served as a visiting artist at the Seoul Metropolitan Theater and a visiting Professor at Kookmin University. While there, she created a Korean adaptation of Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle that was set in 1953, just after the country’s division. The production toured to the Tumen River International Arts Festival on the Chinese border with North Korea. She is an associate lecturer in Dramatic Arts at Harvard University where she teaches Directing Lab and advises undergraduate directors. In addition to her MFA from Columbia, she holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale.

  • Kevin Newbury

    Kevin Newbury

    Guest Director

    Kevin is an opera, theater, and film director based in New York City.  His productions have been presented by many top opera companies and symphonies including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, The San Francisco Symphony, L’opéra De Montréal, Bard Summerscape, Portland Opera, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, the Virginia Arts Festival, and the Wexford Festival in Ireland, among many others. Especially committed to developing new work, he has directed over a dozen world premiere operas and plays, many of which were subsequently published or recorded.  His production of Virginia for the Wexford Opera Festival won the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Award for best new opera production.  His work has also been nominated for a Grammy Award  (Bernstein’s MASS with Marin Alsop, also named “one of the best events of the year” by the New York Times and the Washington Post), a Drama Desk Award (best actor, Candy & Dorothy) and the GLAAD Media Award (winner: Candy & Dorothy, nominated Kiss and Cry).  His first film, the short Monsura Is Waiting, has screened at over twenty film festivals and has won several awards, including best dark comedy at the Houston International Film Festival, best fantasy film at the Mexico International Film Festival, opening night selection at the Santa Fe International Film Festival and one of the best of fest at the Maine International Film Festival. He just finished production on his second film, Stag (written by NTI faculty member Donna Di Novelli and featuring NTI Artistic Director Rachel Jett).  Upcoming engagements include new productions with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera, Portland Opera, Barcelona Liceu, Prototype Festival (NYC), and Canadian Opera Company. 

  • Kim Weild

    Kim Weild

    Guest Director

    New York City based director Kim is known for her inventive, visually stunning, and emotionally powerful staging of new plays, re-imagined classics, musicals, and devised work. Her work ranges from intimate chamber pieces to grand spectacles and explores the synthesis of movement and language as a means to develop new forms for the theater all while telling a great story. Her work has been hailed by Backstage as “A racier cousin of Ariane Mnouchkine’s” and compared to Baz Luhrmann’s. She also is known for her deft handling of comedy, having trained extensively with Mike Nichols and Second City founder Paul Sills. Actively engaged in the development of new work for the stage, she recently collaborated with Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Charles Strouse on his new musical 890 Broadway. Currently she has more than five projects in active development and is the Associate Director on the new musical Amazing Grace about the life of John Newton starring Josh Young. Her Broadway work includes Associate Director duties on Michael Blakemore’s productions of Deuce, Is He Dead, and Blithe Spirit; and Off-Broadway on Tina Landau’s Iphigenia 2.0 and Wig Out. In 2010 her production of Charles Mee’s Fêtes de la Nuit was nominated for a Drama Desk Award-Unique Theatrical Experience and received seven nominations from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards (winning two) including one for as Outstanding Director. Recently, her production of Mee’s soot and spit about the life of deaf outsider artist James Castle received it’s world premiere at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and was nominated for four ArizOni Awards. A recipient of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s First Guest Artist Initiative, she has been awarded directing fellowships and residencies by The Park Avenue Armory, Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Women's Project, and the Obie-winning New Georges theater company where she is an Affiliated Artist. She is also a founding member and Associate Artist with The Adaptations Project. Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and French, she received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in directing from Columbia University. www.kimweild.com.

  • Greg Allen

    Greg Allen

    Guest Artist

    Greg (NTI Fall 1985) is the Founding Director of The Neo-Futurists and creator of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) and 33 other full-length Neo-Futurist productions including The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious (a comedy to end all comedy), A Child’s History of Bombing, and his award-winning adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial. He has written, directed, and performed more than 500 original plays for Too Much Light…in its continuous run since opening December 2, 1988. He has also written, directed, and performed his original work for the biggest theater companies in Chicago – Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Northlight, The Organic, Court Theater – as well as the smallest – Prop, Curious, Greasy Joan, Live Bait, Links Hall, Second Story, and The Building Stage. He directed all 9 acts and 7 hours of Eugene O’Neill’s outrageous Strange Interlude for the Goodman Theatre. The Complete Lost Works Of Samuel Beckett As Found In An Envelope (partially burned) In A Dustbin In Paris Labeled “Never to be performed. Never. Ever. EVER! Or I”ll Sue! I”LL SUE FROM THE GRAVE!!!, his acclaimed collaboration with Danny Thompson and Ben Schneider of Theater Oobleck, premiered at the 1999 Rhinoceros Theater Festival and went on to sold-out runs at the New York International Fringe Theater Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and European tour. His work has also been seen nationally at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in D.C., Dad’s Garage in Atlanta, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Geva Theater in Rochester, and The Empty Space in Seattle.  In 2001, The Neo-Futurists were commissioned to write phone plays for the Humana Festival at The Actors Theatre of Louisville and his play Subliminable was chosen for production and was published in their annual anthology of festival plays.  He returned to be head writer for ATL’s apprentice showcase in 2007, collaborating with Sheila Callaghan, Eric Coble, and Michael Friedman.  He is also the founder of The New York Neo-Futurists who have been performing Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind 50 weeks a year in Manhattan since 2004. He teaches Neo-Futurism in residencies at theaters and universities in Chicago, across the country, and abroad for 25 years.  In 2010 he was the keynote speaker (alongside This American Life’s Ira Glass) at a radio conference in Moscow, Russia.  After teaching theater history at Columbia College for five years, Greg now teaches a Neo-Futurism class at the University of Chicago, Company Creation and Alternative Playwriting in The Theater School at DePaul, and is a guest teacher at the O’Neill’s National Theater Institute. 

  • Bill Barclay

    Bill Barclay

    Guest Artist

    Composer, actor, director, conductor and multi-instrumentalist, Bill (NTI Fall 2001), is the Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and the first American to join the Theater’s staff in the company’s history. A Shakespeare specialist, he has collaborated with the Globe (four seasons as a composer including the Globe to Globe Hamlet to every single country in the world), Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA (10 seasons as actor, director and composer incl. Resident Music Director ’06-’11), the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston (9 seasons, former Artistic Associate and director of the acclaimed Timon of Athens), the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, England, and a composer with ConsARTium, an art installation collective in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the creator of several original musical works including Call of the WildThree SistersThe Hamlet Symphony, Everyman Found, The Mad Pirate and the Mermaid, and has created several solo performances including Muse on Fire; Shakespeare & the Music of the Spheres, which has been performed in universities and theaters in the US and abroad.  He has performed roles or composed original scores for regional theaters including The Huntington Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, W.H.A.T., Central Square Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, the New Repertory Theatre, the Vineyard Playhouse, The Olney Theatre Center, Connecticut Rep, La MaMa ETC, and Theater Row (NYC).  In the last five years he has held Artist Residencies for directing, composing, or conducting at Columbia University, the University of Connecticut, Purdue University, Brandeis University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Virginia, has taught acting at Emerson College and Boston University, and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University. In 2014 Bill directed his original adaptation of The Magic Flute with The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, and has performed as narrator with the Longwood Symphony, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the ALEA III Orchestra. He has appeared on television in recurring roles on Showtime (Brotherhood) and PBS, and can be seen in the films Ocean Boulevard and The Time Machine.  As an educator, Bill has led Shakespeare and devising workshops in over 50 schools, theaters, and youth treatment centers. He has longstanding collaborative relationships with the Aurea Ensemble (who commissioned Bill’s latest concert work, Five Sonnets to Orpheus), and is a founding member and past Chorus Master of The Mahagonny Ensemble in Poughkeepsie, NY.  He studied conducting with Isaiah Jackson and composition with Richard Wilson, composing music for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as well as for the Olympic Torch in the 2014 London Olympics.  A 2008 winner of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship (the nation’s largest grant for actors in the country), he is also a winner of the Boston Globe Monologue Scholarship Competition, a two-time Elliot Norton Award Nominee for sound design, and has twice received Metlife’s Meet the Composer Grants in 2009 and 2010.  A 1999 Weston High School graduate, Bill is an alumnus of Vassar College, the National Theater Institute, and earned his MFA at the Boston University School of Theatre. He recently edited a two-volume anthology of the plays of Jon Lipsky, beloved Boston-area playwright, published by Smith & Kraus.

  • Reed Birney

    Reed Birney

    Guest Artist

    Reed most recently appeared in I’m Going To Pray For You So Hard at the Atlantic Theater (after appearing in the O’Neill reading NPC 2014). He received a 2014 Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Harvey Fierstein’s play Casa Valentina. He also appeared in the Broadway revival of Picnic. Other Off-Broadway includes Clair Barron’s You Got Older (HERE), the title role of Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep; Drama Desk Award nomination), Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons), Blasted (Soho Rep; Drama Desk nomination), Dr. Sweet in Bug, and Tony Blair in Stuff Happens (Public), Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (Atlantic). In 2011, he was recognized with a Special Drama Desk Award in recognition of the three plays in which he appeared in during one season: A Small Fire at Playwrights Horizons and at the Roundabout Underground, Tigers Be Still and The Dream of the Burning Boy. He has received three OBIEs and two Drama Desk Awards. He is Donald Blythe on the Netflix series, House of Cards, and can be seen in Halley Feiffer and Ryan Spahn’s web series “What’s Your Emergency?”

  • Al Blackstone

    Al Blackstone

    Guest Artist

    Al is a New York-based choreographer, performer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence.  Dance Magazine has called his work “sweet, silly, sly... infectious.” While working mostly in musical theater, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling.  In 2012 he directed, and choreographed the dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom. Other original works include: The Blues a Little for University of the Arts, Hello Dolly! for Dancers Responding to Aids’ Dance From the Heart, the solos performed on So You Think You Can Dance by season 8 finalist Jess LeProtto, and an original piece for Broadway Bares 2013. Theatrical credits include directing and choreographing the opening number of Easter Bonnet 2013 (featuring Marin Mazzie) and Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island (choreographer). Most recently he has been working as the Associate Choreographer to Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe, San Diego) and Kung Fu (Signature Theater, NYC). Favorite performing credits include: Wicked (Broadway and 1st National Tour), Carousel (Barrington Stages, Josh Bergasse chor.), the upcoming feature film A Winter’s Tale, NBC’s American Dreams, and Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh.  He is on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Pace University, and Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and currently tours internationally with JUMP dance convention. 

  • Nick Blaemire

    Nick Blaemire

    Guest Artist

    Broadway: Godspell, Cry-Baby, Glory Days (Music and Lyrics). Tour: Altar Boyz (1st National). Off Broadway: FOUND! A New Musical (Atlantic Theatre), Dogfight (Second Stage), The Black Suits (SPF @ The Public). Regional: The Last Goodbye (Williamstown), Bring it On (Alliance), James Lapine’s Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Vineyard Playhouse), Lil’s 90th (Long Wharf). Film: Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, Gods Behaving Badly, Asassination of a High School President, Beach Pillows. Television: “The Big C,” The Good Wife, Law & Order: CI, Zero Hour, Believe, Crossbones, Guiding Light. Composer: Glory Days (Signature Theatre and Circle in the Square), A Little More Alive (Kansas City Rep), Soon (Signature Theatre upcoming in 2015), Fallout (new commission with Kyle Jarrow). Proud Graduate of University of Michigan.

  • Susan Blackwell

    Susan Blackwell

    Guest Artist

    Susan is on a mission to free people’s self-expression. As a performer, writer and educator, she champions this cause around the world, on Broadway, off-Broadway, in classrooms and writing, and on TV, film, sound recordings and the Internet. Most notably, she created and played a character based on herself in the original Broadway musical [title of show], and the off-Broadway musical NOW. HERE. THIS. (both musicals were developed at the O'Neill and original cast recordings are available on Sh-K-Boom records). She created and hosts the freewheeling chat show Side by Side by Susan Blackwell on Broadway.com. As an actor, she has appeared off-Broadway in [title of show] at the Vineyard, NYMF and Ars Nova, Volleygirls at NYMF, Speech and Debate at The Roundabout, The Kid at The New Group, Anon at The Atlantic, and Peter Patrone in The Heidi Chronicles. Television appearances include UnforgettableSMASH, Person of Interest, Onion News Network, The Good Wife, The Sopranos, Law & Order, and the ABC pilot Dangerous Liaisons. Films: Margin Call, P.S.: I Love You, Margot at the Wedding. As the founder of Susan Blackwell & Co, she partners with like-minded, compassionate artists and thought leaders to deliver inspiring entertainment and educational offerings aimed at freeing people’s creative self-expression. As an educator, she has empowered thousands of people to identify and slay the vampires that stop them from being free. www.susanblackwell.com #CreativeFreedomForAll

  • Alex Brightman

    Alex Brightman

    Guest Artist

    Alex gets to play pretend for a living. He has played pretend Off Broadway, in movies, and on TV. Broadway credits include: Matilda The Musical, Big Fish, Glory Days, and Wicked. He never wants to stop playing. Life is RAD. @ABrightmonste

  • James Bundy

    James Bundy

    Guest Artist

    James has served since 2002 as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In that time, Yale Rep has produced more than 20 world, American, and regional premieres, five of which have been honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle with the award for Best Production of the year, and two of which have been Pulitzer Prize finalists. Through the Center for New Theatre, Yale Rep has become a leading commissioner of new plays and musicals in the United States. His directing credits include The Psychic Life of Savages, All's Well That Ends Well, A Woman of No Importance, Death of a Salesman and A Delicate Balance at Yale Rep, as well as productions at Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Acting Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The Juilliard School Drama Division. A recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle's Tom Killen Award for extraordinary contributions to Connecticut professional theatre in 2007, he currently serves on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for nonprofit theatre. Previously, he worked as Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival. He has served on the faculties of BADA and the National Theater Institute and been a Drama League Fellow; he is a graduate of Harvard College, and trained at both the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Yale School of Drama.

  • Victoria Clark

    Victoria Clark

    Guest Artist

    Broadway: Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations as Marie in Cinderella; Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Light in the Piazza; Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominations), Titanic, How To Succeed…, Urinetown, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, Sunday in the Park With George. Encores!: Follies, Juno, Bye Bye Birdie. Off Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing, Follies (L.A.). Film: Harvest, The Happening, Tickling Leo, Main Street, Cradle Will Rock. Television: Law and Order, Mercy, Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall. Master Teacher: U.S. and abroad. Board Member: New York City Center and Kurt Weil Foundation.

  • Jeremy Cohen

    Jeremy Cohen

    Guest Artist

    Jeremy  is entering his fifth season as the Producing Artistic Director at the Playwrights’ Center and previously served as the Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage from 2003 to 2010, where he also directed several premieres. Other directing credits include productions at Centerstage, Alliance, Alley Theatre, Goodman, Dorset Theatre, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Theater J, Victory Gardens, Actors Theatre of Louisville, George Street Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, New Victory, Open Fist, Theatre Latte Da, and Royal George; workshops at O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, New York Stage & Film, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center, New Harmony, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Woolly Mammoth. As Founding Artistic Director of Naked Eye Theatre Company in Chicago, he developed/directed more than 20 plays, including several premieres. He has received numerous directing awards, an NEA/TCG Directors Fellowship, and a Northwestern University grant for his play 12 Volt Heart. Last Season he directed the World Premiere of Brahman/I (Mixed Blood), and Wild With Happy (Centerstage), as well as a new musical Off-Broadway by award-winning singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke called My Mother Has Four Noses, and recently directed the World Premiere of Joe Waechter's Lake Untersee (Workhaus Collective/Illusion Theatre).

  • Gavin Creel

    Gavin Creel

    Guest Artist

    Gavin, Winner of the Olivier Award and WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor In A Musical, is currently starring on Broadway in The Book of Mormon in the role of Elder Price after originating the role in London's West End and Toronto. Theater includes: Hair (West End) and Mary Poppins (West End), Hair (Hirschfeld, Tony Award nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Marquis, Tony Award nomination) and La Cage aux Folles. Off-Broadway: Bat Boy (Union Square) and Mystery Plays (Second Stage). US National Tours: The Book of Mormon and Fame. US Regional: Bounce (Goodman Theatre/Kennedy Center), Prometheus Bound (A.R.T.), and Mystery Plays (Yale Rep). 

Television includes: Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime both co-starring Julie Andrews. Recordings include: GoodTimeNation, Quiet, Get Out, and the single ‘Noise’. Co-founder: Broadway Impact. School: University of Michigan. Dog: Wally.

  • Colman Domingo

    Colman Domingo

    Guest Artist

    Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominated and OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD Award winning actor Colman recently wrapped the Academy Award-nominated film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay. Last spring, he starred in a one night only performance of Guys and Dolls with Nathan Lane and Megan Mullally at Carnegie Hall. He starred in The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic in London (Sir Lawrence Olivier Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), a role which he currently reprises in the West End, at The Garrick Theatre. He co-starred in many feature films such as Lee Daniels' The Butler, All is Bright, and the Sundance indie favorite feature Newlyweeds directed by Shaka King. He is proud to have opened the Academy Award and SAG Award nominated film Lincoln opposite Daniel Day Lewis as Private Harold Green, directed by Steven Spielberg and was honored to ride the dolly for the signature shot starring as Blessing Rowe in the critically polarizing Red Hook Summer directed by Spike Lee. He made his British and Australian theatrical debuts with his self penned solo play A Boy and His Soul at the Tricycle Theater and Brisbane Powerhouse Theaters. He starred in his new play Wild with Happy at the Public Theater and Theatreworks. He starred as Zachariah in the New York revival of Blood Knot written and directed by Athol Fugard Off-Broadway at the Signature Theater Center. He is a Tony Award-nominee for Best Actor in a Featured role in a Musical for The Scottsboro Boys. He was honored by OUT magazine and Theater Bay Area. He is well known for his star turns as Mr. Franklin and a German performance artist, Mr. Venus of Berlin, in the Tony and Drama Desk Award winning groundbreaking musical Passing Strange directed by Annie Dorsen on Broadway and documented on film by Spike Lee. The actor, director and writer starred on the Rosie O’Donnell produced LOGO/MTV Networks series The Big Gay Sketch Show for two seasons where he plays characters as diverse as Oprah, Morgan Freeman, RuPaul, Tyra Banks, Nick Cannon, and Maya Angelou. He also was the host of LOGO’s first ever New, Now, Next Awards show. His television credits also include co-starring on multiple episodes of Law & Order and Nash Bridges. He has appeared in films such as: King of the Bingo Game, Freedomland, True Crime, and Miracle at St. Ana. As a director, he staged the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway productions of Exit Cuckoo (The Working Theater) and Single Black Female (New Professional Theater).  He has received residencies and/or commissions from ACT, People's Light & Theatre Company, New York Theater Workshop, The Wallace Foundation, San Francisco Cash Fund, New Professional Theater and the March of Dimes. He has been a part of concerts for Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, The 55 Bar, and the Highline Ballroom jam session with The Roots. He is on faculty of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Texas at Austin, the Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin, Madison O.M.A.I., The New York Writers Institute as the Burian Lecture Fellow, University of Minnesota, Temple University, The Art Institute of San Francisco and Community College of Philadelphia (The Center for Male Engagement).

  • Marcus Gardley

    Marcus Gardley

    Guest Artist

    Marcus is a poet-playwright who was awarded the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright. His most recent play, Every Tongue Confess, premiered at Arena Stage starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Kenny Leon. It was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award, the Charles MacArthur Award and was a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. His musical, On The Levee, premiered last summer at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and was nominated for 11 Audelco Awards including outstanding playwright. His play, And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, was produced at The Cutting Ball Theater and received the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for outstanding new play and was extended twice. He has had six plays produced including dance of the holy ghost at Yale Repertory Theatre (now under a Broadway option,) (L)imitations of Life, at the Empty Space in Seattle, and like sun fallin’ in the mouth at the National Black Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of a Helen Merrill Award, a Kesselring Honor, the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Award. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild, and The Lark Play Development Center. He is a professor of Playwriting at Brown University.

  • Alan H. Green

    Alan H. Green

    Guest Artist

    Broadway: Sister Act, Play On. Off-Broadway: Happiness (Lincoln Center), Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. 1st National Tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Swing, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Regional: First You Dream (Kennedy Center), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown/A.R.T.), The Visit (Signature), Miss Saigon (Papermill, Pittsburgh C.L.O.), Ragtime (North Shore, Sacramento). TV: NBC’s “Peter Pan LIVE,” “Unforgettable,” “30 Rock,” “Law and Order S.V.U.,” “The Guiding Light.” Commercials: Chase, Time Warner Cable, Trop50, Wendys, Golden Corral, Red Lobster. Rice University Graduate. www.alanhgreen.com.

  • Samuel D. Hunter

    Samuel D. Hunter

    Guest Artist

    Sam’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play) and A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), and his newest plays include The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, and Pocatello.  He is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008 PONY/Lark Fellowship.  His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73, and around the country at such theaters as Seattle Rep, Victory Gardens, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Marin Theater Company, and elsewhere.  His work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and PlayPenn.  A published anthology of his work, including The Whale and A Bright New Boise, is available from TCG books.  He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and was a 2013 Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

  • Ryan Kasprzak

    Ryan Kasprzak

    Guest Artist

    NBC’s Smash (Asst. Choreographer).  Nat’l Tours: Billy Elliot (Associate Resident Choreographer / Dance Captain), Fosse (Dance Captain).  TV: Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, commercials for Hershey’s, White House Black Market, Sun Drop.  Ryan creates new work with multi Drama Desk Award nominated Parallel Exit: Physical Comedy Theater.  Their production of This Way, That Way prompted the New York Times to say Kasprzak, “can get laughs simply by breathing” and their comic tap musical Time Step has been seen at the New Victory Theater, Joyce SoHo, Lincoln Center Institute and Cos Festival in Spain.  Their show Exit Stage Left will be presented at the Queens Theater this holiday season and a 2014 tour of Germany.  Ryan recently choreographed Volleygirls at NYMF (Best of Fest) and King Kong at New York’s Summerstage. Resident faculty at The Performing Arts Project.  Adjunct professor and alumnus of Marymount Manhattan College.

  • Celia Keenan-Bolger

    Celia Keenan-Bolger

    Guest Artist

    Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk nomination, Drama Leauge nomination), The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (Tony Award nomindation, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble, Theatre Word Award), Les Miserables (Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center); Peter and the Starcatcher (New York Theater Workshop); Merrily We Roll Along, Juno (City Center Encores!); A Small Fire, Saved (Playwrights Horizons); Bachelorette, Little Fish (Second Stage). Favorite Regional: Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), Our Town (Intiman Theater); The Light in the Piazza (Goodman Theater). Television/film: Law and Order, Heartland, The Education of Max Bickford, Mariachi Gringo. Graduate of the University of Michigan.

  • Mel Marvin

    Mel Marvin

    Guest Artist

    Mel was most recently represented on Broadway in the 2007-08 season with the score for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which has run for 12 consecutive sold-out seasons at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and began a yearly national tour in 2008-09. In the same season he also wrote the score for Shakespeare’s Cymbeline for Lincoln Center Theater.  He received a Tony nomination as a co-author of Tintypes and wrote the music for the Broadway productions of Yentl and A History of the American Film.  He has had nine shows produced Off-Broadway, including The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, True History and Real Adventures, Marvin’s Garden and Prizewinning Plays, Das Lusitinia Songspiel, Polly, The Prince of Homburg, and Lincoln.  He has served as composer or director of scores of productions in most of America’s major regional theatres, including Hartford Stage Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater, A.R.T., La Jolla Playhouse and the Mark Taper Forum (where he was an associate artist and wrote the original music for the world premiere production of both parts of Angels in America).  His work as a director includes both classical and contemporary plays, as well as a focus on new opera, Different Fields developed for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Scrimshaw Violin at the 92nd St. Y.  Other work includes: Elmer Gantry, Great Expectations, The Perfect 36, The Book of Candy, Gold, Guest from the Future, and Buwalsky, A Road Opera. His musical, Eden, was developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 2010. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, as well as the recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He began at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Program in l989 and currently serves as Associate Arts Professor.

  • Leslie McDonel

    Leslie McDonel

    Guest Artist

    Leslie was an Original Broadway Cast member of American Idiot the Green Day rock opera and had the amazing opportunity to perform with Green Day at the Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, Monday Night Football Half Time Show, and numerous other TV appearances.  Leslie also played Heather on the 1st National Tour of American Idiot and also served as the dance captain.  Other Broadway/Tour credits include Legally Blonde as Kate/Chutney (u/s Vivienne, Serena, Enid) and Hairspray as Louann (u/s Amber).  She most recently played Emma Borden in Lizzie the rock musical at Portland Center Stage. Other regional credits include Vivienne in Legally Blonde, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical, Marty in Grease and Velma Kelly in Chicago.  Leslie was last seen in NYC in Burlesque to Broadway at the Gramercy Theater and guest performing with The Skivvies, a musical comedy duo.   She loves to travel and has been lucky enough to teach amazing young artists all over the country. She lives in Brooklyn with her gremlin, Winnie. 

  • Susan Misner

    Susan Misner

    Guest Artist

    Susan has appeared in many films including Chicago (for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award), Hope Springs, Somebody’s Hero, The Forgotten, Cayman Went, If I Didn’t Care, Mentor, The Hoax, Walking On The Sky (Best Supporting Actress Award, New York International Independent Film Festival), Tanner Hall, Something’s Gotta Give, Gigantic, Two Weeks, and Woody Allen’s Everybody Says I Love You. She has a long list of guest-starring credits on TV such as multiple appearances on all three series of the Law & Order franchise, as well as both CSI shows, The Good Wife (recurring), Person Of Interest (recurring), The Following, In Treatment (recurring), Without A Trace (recurring), Rescue Me (recurring), I Just Want My Pants Back, Blue Bloods, Sex In The City, NCIS, White Collar, Royal Pains, Fringe and she portrayed Gretchen Martin in the miniseries The Bronx Is Burning opposite John Turturro. Currently, she plays Sandra Beeman on the critically-acclaimed FX series The Americans. Upcoming TV: guest appearances on Cinemax's Banshee and Fox's Gotham. The Shape She Makes, a play she conceived and created with director/playwright Jonathan Bernstein, recently opened at the American Repertory Theater. Additionally, she is the veteran of four Broadway musicals. And she is a diehard fan of the scuffling New York Metropolitans.

  • Kelli O’Hara

    Kelli O’Hara

    Guest Artist

    Kelli has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. She recently created the role of Francesca Johnson in the new musical The Bridges of Madison County, for which she received her 5th Tony Award Nomination (also Drama Desk, Drama League and OCC nominations).  Prior to that, she starred in Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizon as well as a long run in Nice Work If You Can Get It for which she garnered her 4th Tony Award Nomination. Other Broadway credits include: South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations, OCC Nominations), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, and Dracula. Regional/Off Broadway credits include: Far From Heaven at WTF, King Lear at the Public Theater, Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores, Sunday in the Park with George at Reprise, My Life With Albertine at Playwright’s Horizons, and Beauty at the La Jolla Playhouse. She starred in the New York Philharmonic productions of Carousel and My Fair Lady, receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Julie Jordan and as Eliza Doolittle respectively. Kelli’s concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill and in between. She has performed three times at the Kennedy Center Honors and frequently appears on the Memorial Day and July 4th PBS live telecasts. Among her film and television credits are Sex & The City 2, Blue Bloods, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva opposite Simon Baker, The Dying Gaul starring Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Hamilton (PBS), NUMB3RS (CBS), All My Children, the animated series Car Talk, and numerous live performances on national television shows.

  • Lorenzo Pisoni

    Lorenzo Pisoni

    Guest Artist

    Lorenzo began performing in 1978 in his parent’s circus, The Pickle Family Circus. During his career as a circus performer he worked in many circuses, including Cirque Du Soleil, as a clown, juggler, aerialist, acrobat, ringmaster, working in Asia, Europe and all over of the US. In 1999, he retired after 20 years as a circus performer and moved to New York City. He began working as an actor working in his first professional job at Theatre for a New Audience’s Troilus and Cressida directed by Sir Peter Hall.  Since then he has worked at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, The Public Theater, Second Stage with actors such as Richard Griffiths, Daniel Radcliffe, Kevin Kline, Marcia Gay Harden, Ethan Hawke, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Waterston, Blair Brown, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Jimmy Smits, Kristen Johnston, and Jobeth Williams.  He’s also worked around the country at South Coast Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, The McCarter Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, and The Guthrie Theater. As a physical comedy choreographer, calling on his training as a clown, he’s collaborated with Alan Arkin, Elaine May, Matthew Broderick, David Arquette, and Bill Irwin for both theater and film projects. Film and television include: The Adjustment Bureau, Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, and The Good Wife. His solo show, Humor Abuse, based on true stories about being raised in a circus with a clown for a father - originally presented by Manhattan Theatre Club in the Spring 2009 - will be presented in Los Angeles by Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum.

  • Rob Richter

    Rob Richter

    Guest Artist

    As the director of arts programming at Connecticut College, Robert seeks a diverse range of artists to feature via “onStage at Connecticut College” the institution’s flagship performing arts series, and through the College’s artist residency programs. His artistic influence extends beyond the stage and into the classroom through his involvement in interdisciplinary courses such as “Arts and Community” and “Performing Arts in Cultural Context.” He is the author of Eugene O’Neill and Dat Ole Davil Sea: Maritime Influences on the Life and Works of Eugene O’Neill and Touring Eugene O’Neill’s New London. In addition, he is a contributor to the Critical Companion to Eugene O’Neill and Critical Insights: Eugene O’Neill. Richter is a member of the board of directors of the Eugene O’Neill Society and is an adviser to the O’Neill Theater Center. Additionally, he is an independent museum education and theater consultant. He worked for the Connecticut Historical Society as director of public programs and for Mystic Seaport Museum where he was responsible for developing and supervising performance-based theater and music programs. He was also producer of “New London Calling”; casting consultant for “Amistad,” directed by Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks Pictures; and an ABC News research assistant for “The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.” During his career, he has worked throughout the United States as an actor and director of theater and video productions. He also has taught a broad range of arts programs in schools, libraries, museums, community centers and correctional institutions. Richter has presented to teachers and museum professionals a number of programs on the use of theater techniques in teaching reading and social studies. He has a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.

  • Heidi Rodewald

    Heidi Rodewald

    Guest Artist

    Heidi is the Tony Award nominated, Obie Award winning co-composer of the musical Passing Strange, which transferred from The Public Theater to Broadway in 2008.  She is a Sundance Institute Alum and the co-writer with Stew of the screenplay We Can See Today.  Sjhe composed music for Karen Kandel's Portraits: Night and Day (2004);  Brides of the Moon by The Five Lesbian Brothers (2010); and co-composed music with Stew for Shakespeare's Othello,  Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet. She joined the band The Negro Problem in 1997 and has collaborated with Stew in a range of capacities--as a co-composer, producer/arranger and performer. She is the co-composer with Stew of the new musical Family Album which ran at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  She is also the co-composer of their new musical, The Total Bent, which will open at the Public Theater.  She has two new projects which have been in development at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA -- The Good Swimmer, a pop-opera (co-written with librettist, Donna Di Novelli) centered around a family of life guards during the Vietnam War, and The Stacks, a two-person musical (co-written by singer-songwriter Mary McBride) based on an infamous map thief.  Heidi is currently scoring her first film I Dream Too Much, written and directed by Katie Cokinos.

  • Alejandro Rodriguez

    Alejandro Rodriguez

    Guest Artist

    Alejandro graduated from the Juilliard School, where he received the Michel St. Denis Prize for outstanding achievement. Professional credits include: L’Histoire du Soldat (Bowdoin Music Festival). First Day (Kitchen Theatre), East Village Chronicles (Metropolitan Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Festival/LA). A native of Miami, FL, he recently starred in the short film, Lombries. http://www.alejandrorodriguez.biz

  • Tommy Smith

    Tommy Smith

    Guest Artist

    The Los Angeles Times named Tommy's Ovation-nominated Firemen (Echo Theatre Company, d. Chris Fields) among the best stage shows of 2014. His other plays include White Hot (Here Arts Center, d. May Adrales & West Of Lenin, d. Braden Abraham); Zero, PTSD & Pigeon (Ensemble Studio Theatre, d. Billy Carden); The Wife (Access Gallery, d. May Adrales); CARAVAN MAN (Williamstown Theatre Festival, music & lyrics by Gabriel Kahane, d. Kip Fagan); DEMON DREAMS (Magic Futurebox, music by DJ Spooky, d. Kevin Laibson); A DAY IN DIG NATION (PS 122, co-written and d. Michael McQuilken); AIR CONDITIONING (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, d. Steve Cosson); among others. In addition, his award-winning theatrical collaborations with Reggie Watts – Disinformation, Transition, Radioplay and Dutch A/V – played at The Public Theatre, Lamama, The Warhol Museum, MCA Chicago, ICA Boston, On The Boards and PICA: TBA, among others. As a director/writer, he recently created the environmental sound performances, NECTARINE EP (for Flea Theater) LOTUS EATERS EP (for IRT Theater, with voices of Neil Gaiman, Marin Ireland & Reed Birney) and FORTH (for MFB, d. Meiyin Wang).Tommy is the recipient of the PONY fellowship at The Lark, a two-time winner of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize, a recipient of the E.S.T. Sloan Grant, a winner of the Page73 Productions Playwriting Fellowship, a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages, a recipient of the Creative Capital award, and a two-time winner of the MAP Fund. Publications include Pigeon for Dramatists Play Service and White Hot in the New York Theatre Review. His feature film Figment was optioned by Ridley Scott’s production company ScottFree. He is a graduate of the playwriting program at The Juilliard School.

  • Aimée Steele

    Aimée Steele

    Guest Artist

    Aimee has been teaching in NYC since 2000. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Maggie Flannigan Acting Studio where she studied the Meisner technique and has intensively studied the Joan Lader technique with Andrea Green. In addition to her private voice studio, Aimée is a Voice Professor at Pace University and an Adjunct Voice Professor at NYU/Tisch, The New Studio on Broadway. Previously, she was also an associate voice teacher with Liz Caplan Vocal Studios for three years. She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), The New York Singing Teachers' Association (NYSTA), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Aimée’s students are featured on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours and regionally as well as in the recording industry, film, and TV. She has students in the classical world and on opera stages worldwide. Beginners and students of all ages are welcome to her private studio. Aimée is especially known for her Master classes at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater where students give interactive performances and are seen by industry professionals on the iconic stage.

  • Jill Winternitz

    Jill Winternitz

    Guest Artist

    Alum MATS '05. Originally from California, Jill studied at UCLA and the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, before moving to London to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). With Czech and Ukrainian heritage, Jill is thrilled to be drawing upon her Eastern European roots and playing the wonderful role of 'Girl' in the West End production of Once. She now calls London home, and recently made her West End debut starring as Baby in Dirty Dancing at the Piccadilly Theatre, following a sell-out UK Tour. Theatre credits include: Baby in Dirty Dancing (Piccadilly and UK Tour), Ophelia in Hamlet (Cunard), Kiki in A Handful of Soil (Drayton Theatre), Nina in The Seagull (MXAT), Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George (Interlochen Center for the Arts). Film credits include: The Sorrows, The Replacement Child.

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