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  Belen Moyano  Not Pictured: Justin Baret,  Torian Brackett , Danny Caraballo, Andrew R. Cooksey Jr., Andrew Farella,  Andrea Ferro,  Andres Gallardo, Orlik Guzman,  Michael John Improta , Nathaniel Tomb,  Max Realyvasquez , Mark Singer, Desi Waters Photo by  John R Diehl  Assistant Director - Lindsay Wormser

Belen Moyano Not Pictured: Justin Baret, Torian Brackett, Danny Caraballo, Andrew R. Cooksey Jr., Andrew Farella, Andrea Ferro, Andres Gallardo, Orlik Guzman, Michael John Improta, Nathaniel Tomb, Max Realyvasquez, Mark Singer, Desi Waters
Photo by John R Diehl
Assistant Director - Lindsay Wormser

Ybor City: The Musical by Anita Gonzalez and Dan Furman

PUNTO Space, NY

This workshop was an incredible opportunity to work with many artists of color on an incredible musical based on a true story set in 1918 Tampa Florida. Set in the moments leading up to the unionization of cigar factory laborers in the multiracial immigrant worker community,  it is an important story now because of how it reflects the continued relevance and complexity of racial and labor issues while celebrating the triumph of hope in our collective past.  In an innovative workshop structure, we worked for four Mondays in a row, presenting our work from each day’s rehearsal in the evening, then culminating the workshop with a semi-staged showing of the entire piece on the final Monday. For more information about the development of  piece, check out yborcitythemusical.com.

 

Suzy Storck by Magali Mougel

PEN World Voices International Theatre Festival, The Segal Center, NY

A beautiful a disturbing script that allows us a view inside the mind of a mother who never wanted to be a mother. See a full video of the reading here.

  Meridith Jones ,  Hayley Palmer  Not Pictured:  Starr Kirkland ,  Zak Houston . Photos by  Shao Wen Liang  Assistant Director-  Katie Pedro

Meridith Jones, Hayley Palmer Not Pictured: Starr Kirkland, Zak Houston.
Photos by Shao Wen Liang
Assistant Director- Katie Pedro

 
 Lauren Kivowitz; Jonathan West;  Jennifer Ann Michaels .  Not Pictured:  Josh Domingo , Dylan Hale,  Michael John Improta ,  Emily Jewell,   Starr Kirkland . Photos by  Carol Rosegg  Set Design - Scott Mancha Light Design -  Kate McGee  Costume Design -  Caroline Spitzer  Video/ Sound Design - Daniel Melnick Prop Design -  Stephen Davan  Producer - Joy Sarah Arab

Lauren Kivowitz; Jonathan West; Jennifer Ann Michaels.  Not Pictured: Josh Domingo, Dylan Hale, Michael John Improta, Emily Jewell, Starr Kirkland.
Photos by Carol Rosegg
Set Design - Scott Mancha
Light Design - Kate McGee
Costume Design - Caroline Spitzer
Video/ Sound Design - Daniel Melnick
Prop Design - Stephen Davan
Producer - Joy Sarah Arab

The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer
by Carson Kretzier

The Connelly Theater
New York, NY

This show was my Thesis Production for my Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University, presented in downtown New York. The play is set inside the mind of the lead creator of the atomic bomb, J.Robert Oppenheimer. It cycles through his memories of the amazing discoveries, the massive disappointments and his critical change of heart about the relationship of science and morality. The mysterious role of Lilith and her constant presence illuminated the often overlooked role of women and femininity. The production itself was technically complex, riddled with quickchanges while time and tempo changed constantly and poetically. 

 

Caught Dreaming
by Ryan Dancho

Hudson Guild Theatre
New York, NY

First time playwright Ryan Dancho tackles a tough topic that hit close to home for him and many others--Mental Health and group therapy. Developing this piece with Ryan, the actors and the design team was such a satisfying project. It was a true gift to dig into the script with the combination of Ryan's raw writing talent and the incredibly important exploration of Schizo-Affective Disorder, Depression, Addiction and the relationships that develop when the afflicted folks gather for self improvement. Keep an eye on this guy. 

  Ryan Wesen ; Nick Webster, Not Pictured: Hailee Drew;  Gabrielle Greer ; Jarvis Griggs, Aaron Morton,  Alice Renier  Photos By  Karlie Louise Photography  Set -  Yu-Ting Lin  Lighting -  Patrick Bakalli  Sound - Daniel Vaughn

Ryan Wesen; Nick Webster, Not Pictured: Hailee Drew; Gabrielle Greer; Jarvis Griggs, Aaron Morton, Alice Renier
Photos By Karlie Louise Photography
Set - Yu-Ting Lin
Lighting - Patrick Bakalli
Sound - Daniel Vaughn

Press: "Therapeutic work done b Ryan Dancho and Sara Rademacher" OuterStage 
Drama Queens Reviews
Malinism

 

Jordan Smith; Cessa Betancourt. Not Pictured: Jennifer Ann Michaels, Alan Niebuhr; Elly-Anne Ehrman
Photos by Kelly Stuart
Set Design - Stephen Davan
Lighting Design - Blake Kile

These Mistakes
by Samantha Cooper

Columbia University
New York, NY

This play is a new piece, developed in collaboration with playwright Samantha Cooper while both artists were studying at Columbia University. It was inspired by Checkhov's "The Cherry Orchard," and is a contemporary exploration of one family's relationship to wealth, grief, and each other. In two developmental productions, we unearthed a theory: The characters in this modern play construct fantastical worlds in order to cope with the realities they cannot face.  

 
  James Meneses ;  Jay William Thomas ; Eliza Green-Smith; Folami Williams

James Meneses; Jay William Thomas; Eliza Green-Smith; Folami Williams

Appetizers
or
On an Island Somewhere
by Scott C. Sickles

The Greenhouse Ensemble
New York, NY

A dystopian future where everything looks just peachy... until you are left alone in a room with the wrong person. 

 

Zennon Zelnuich, Kaye Tuckerman, Jordan Smith. Not Pictured: Jennifer Marinelli
Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand
Set Design - Yu Hsuan Chen
Lighting Design - Chris Thielking
Costume Design - Jennifer Michaels
 

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
by Edward Albee

Columbia University
New York, NY

Directing this show was a dream and a marathon. A dangerous current of reality runs underneath the lies and games of the outlandish couple George and Martha. The picture perfect dinner guests are the ideal foil to help us pick apart the constructs of the American Dream, a dusty yet still revered notion. 

 
  Chelsea Whitehead;  Starr Kirkland ,  Jennifer Michaels ,  Samantha Posey  Photos by  Phillip Van Nostrand    Set Design -  Stephen Davan  Lighting and Projection Design -  Blake Kile

Chelsea Whitehead; Starr Kirkland, Jennifer Michaels, Samantha Posey
Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand

Set Design - Stephen Davan
Lighting and Projection Design - Blake Kile

Yet UnNamed
Devised by Starr Kirkland, Jennifer Michaels, Samantha Posey, Sara Rademacher, Chelsea Whitehead

Columbia University
New York, NY

A true story of a 1950's adoption and a woman's search for her roots, and the turmoil her newly realized existence caused. The play was developed using text entirely from first person interviews, adoption documents, and letters written many years ago. 

Devising Members: Starr Kirkland, Jennifer Michaels, Samantha Posey, Chelsea Whitehead, Sara Rademacher

 

Babz Farnum; Emily Jewell; Michael Bernard
Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand
Costume Design - Miller James
Lighting Design - Sarah Jane Bennett

Or,
By Liz Duffy Adams

Elements Theatre Collective
Santa Barbara, CA

A seven character, three-actor, three door farce about the playwright Aphra Benn and her elusive romantic affairs, this production also had to be able to move to seven different venues with one truck over three weekends! The greatest challenge was delivering a professional quality show with a minimal budget. 

 
 Megan Caniglia; Casey Caldwell,  Emily Jewell  Photo by Spencer Michaels Assistant Director -  Jennifer Ann Michaels  Dramaturge - Natascha Cohen Music Director - Laura Hemenway Set Design - Elisha Schaefer Lighting Design - Sarah Jane Bennett Prop Master/ Costume Design -  Eliana Mullins   

Megan Caniglia; Casey Caldwell, Emily Jewell
Photo by Spencer Michaels
Assistant Director - Jennifer Ann Michaels
Dramaturge - Natascha Cohen
Music Director - Laura Hemenway
Set Design - Elisha Schaefer
Lighting Design - Sarah Jane Bennett
Prop Master/ Costume Design - Eliana Mullins
 

boom
by Peter Sinn Nachtreib

Elements Theater Collective
Santa Barbara, Ca

An apocalyptic comedy and inaugural Elements Theatre Collective show. Closing night was staged in a swimming pool after turning six other local spaces into alternative theaters

 
 Justin Stark;  Marie Ponce  Photos by Sarah Jane Bennett Set and Lighting Design - Sarah Jane Bennett Costume Design - Yuko Maikawa Sound Design -  Emily Jewell

Justin Stark; Marie Ponce
Photos by Sarah Jane Bennett
Set and Lighting Design - Sarah Jane Bennett
Costume Design - Yuko Maikawa
Sound Design - Emily Jewell

Gruesome Playground Injuries
by Rajiv Joseph

Elements Theater Collective
Santa Barbara, Ca

One of my favorite Elements' Productions, this show not only had to be physically dynamic enough to integrate the seven different community spaces it occupied over a three week run, but also had to accommodate constantly shifting time periods. The actors jumped back and forth through time erratically; they portray Kaylee and Doug's physically and emotionally tumultuous relationship ranging from ages 8 to 38.  The sometimes gruesome events reveal what a friendship can and cannot survive.

 
  Emily Jewell ; Elisha Schaefer Photo by  Rob Grayson  Music Director -  Stacie Anthes  Set Design - Sarah Jane Bennett Lighting Design - Chris Hanes Costume Design - Yuko Maikawa

Emily Jewell; Elisha Schaefer
Photo by Rob Grayson
Music Director - Stacie Anthes
Set Design - Sarah Jane Bennett
Lighting Design - Chris Hanes
Costume Design - Yuko Maikawa

The Last Five Years
by Jason Robert Brown

Elements Theater Collective
Santa Barbara, Ca

A bright yet tragic musical chronicling the entire life of a five year relationship from first date to divorce.  The two characters are only ever on the same page once-- as their stories are told in opposite directions. 

 

Emily Jewell; Lauren Kivowitz; Kim Bishop. Not Pictured: Natascha Cohen; Francis Espanelli; Samantha Eve; Jonathan Hyatt; Sean Jackson; Jessica Lenz; Geren Piltz; Shaun Plander; Adam Quinney.
Photo by Nick Cook
Music Director - Laura Hemenway
Set Design - Justin Williams
Lighting Design - Joe Blakemore

Reefer Madness: The Musical
by Kevin Murphey and Dan Studney

Out of the Box Theater Co.
Santa Barbara, Ca

A satirical re-imagining of the 1938 anti-marijuana propaganda film of the same name, this campy-musical is a comedic show-woman's dream. It featured flashy dance numbers, sexy solos, and dramatic ballads, all in the name of seeing through the smoke-screen of government sponsored propaganda. Hide your children!

 
 Nick Shea;  Brynn McManimie . Not Pictured:  Samantha Cooper  Photo by  Kelley Stuart

Nick Shea; Brynn McManimie. Not Pictured: Samantha Cooper
Photo by Kelley Stuart

Grey Boxes
by Ben Hoover

Columbia University
New York, NY

An original short play developed at Columbia University, this piece started as an exploration of the evils of greed behind Amazon.com and our consumption culture. It grew into what could be called a political piece, concluding with a demand for action from the audience: real money was distributed to each individual, and they were given a choice to keep or return it in the end.