Kevin Moriarty, Chair
Marshall Jones III, Vice Chair
Kathryn M. Lipuma, Vice Chair
Tim Jennings, Treasurer
Larissa FastHorse, Secretary
Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR
Sarah Bellamy, Co-Artistic Director; Penumbra Theatre Company, St Paul, MN
Joseph P. Benincasa, President and CEO; The Actors Fund, New York, NY
Kristen Coury, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, FL
Joshua Dachs, President; Fisher Dachs Associates Theatre Planning and Design; New York, NY
Teresa Eyring, Executive Director; Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY
Larissa FastHorse, Playwright and Choreographer; Santa Monica, CA
Derek Goldman, Co-Founding Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; Director, Playwright/Adapter, Professor, Washington, DC
Michelle Hensley, Artistic Director; Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, Minneapolis, MN
Ed Herendeen, Producing Director; Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, WV
Susan Hilferty, Costume and Set Designer, New York, NY
Rebecca Hopkins, Managing Director, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, FL
Chris Jennings, Executive Director; Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Tim Jennings, Executive Director; The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
Marshall Jones III, Producing Artistic Director; Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ
Max Leventhal, Owner's Representative; The Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
Kate Lipuma, Executive Director; Writers Theatre, Glencoe, IL
Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director; Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX
Eileen J. Morris, Artistic Director, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX
Meghan Pressman, Managing Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Lisa Portes, Lisa Portes, Director and Educator, Chicago, IL
Heather Randall, Actor, Producer, Trustee at New York Theatre Workshop; New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA
Francine T. Reynolds, Artistic Director; New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS
Ellen Richard, Interim Executive Director, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA
Blake Robison, Artistic Director; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH
Eric Rosen, Artistic Director; Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA
Nikkole Salter, Actress, Playwright, Educator, and Arts Advocate; Bloomfield, NJ
Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY
John Douglas Thompson, Actor; New York, NY
Meiyin Wang, Director, Devised Theater Initiative and Co-Director, Under the Radar Festival; New York, NY
Robert P. Warren, President; The William & Eva Fox Foundation, Bethesda, MD
Shana C. Waterman, Head of Television; Universalbased, One Race TV, Los Angeles, CA
Harold Wolpert, Consultant; My Purple Crayon Consulting, New York, NY
Sarah Bellamy is Co-Artistic Director for Penumbra Theatre Company. She has designed several programs that engage patrons in critical thinking, dialogue, and action around issues of race and social justice. Select programs include Penumbra's Race Workshop curated to accompany the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? and the Summer Institute, a leadership development program for teens to practice art for social change. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Ms. Bellamy holds an M.A. in the Humanities from The University of Chicago and is currently the Visiting Professor of Theatre and Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group and is Chair of the TCG Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee.
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Joseph P. Benincasa is the President and CEO of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in entertainment and the performing arts; he joined The Fund in 1989. Mr. Benincasa oversees innovative programs including comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training, and affordable, supportive and senior housing. The Actors Fund’s headquarters are in New York City with regional offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, a nursing home in Englewood, NJ, and supportive housing residences in Manhattan, NY, West Hollywood, CA, and Brooklyn, NY. He is also President of the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation which is building affordable, supportive and senior care residences for artists in major urban centers. He serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Career Transition for Dancers, Learning Ally, the Human Services Council, National Executive Service Corps, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Theatre Communications Group, Times Square Alliance, the YMCA of New York City, Bio-Reference Laboratories and the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team. He has been recognized with several honors, including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, Tony Honors Award, New Jersey Legislature Excellence in Arts Award and inaugural Made in New York Award presented by Michael Bloomberg. He has served as chair of the New York Society of Association Executives, Secretary/Treasurer of the MusiCares Foundation and has lectured on not-for-profit management at Duke University, and served on the Tony Administration and Nominating Committees, and on the Board of Directors of St. Peter's University Medical Center. He is a member of The Lambs and Friars' Clubs. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Centenary College and served on the New York State Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization. Mr. Benincasa graduated from St. Joseph's University, earned a Masters from Rutgers University and attended the Graduate Business School at Fordham University. He is incredibly proud of how The Actors Fund helps everyone in the Creative Community.
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Adrian Budhu is a compassionate and results-driven leader impacting the visibility and performance of non-profit and corporate settings. An immigrant to the U.S. from Guyana, South America, Adrian graduated from Boston University and brings over twelve years of professional experience in Boston. Currently the Managing Director of The Theater Offensive, he oversees all business operations, communication, fundraising and development. His previous work experiences include The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project, XAMOnline.com, Metro Boston Newspaper, John Hancock Financial, and KKLSC Restaurant Group. Adrian’s commitment to diversity within non-profit management has earned him a spot on the American Fundraiser Professionals Diversity Fellowship Program. He volunteers at various non-profit organizations and received numerous awards for his leadership and activism. Adrian lives in the South End of Boston with his partner Chris and Boston terrier Jack. He’s an avid runner and completed numerous marathons fundraising over $150K to benefit at-risk and marginalized LGBT youth, people of color, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and victims of domestic violence. He is a member of the Boston Cultural Change Network (committed to collective action for social justice through Arts & Culture) and a member of Boston Creates Leadership Council serving as an advisor and helping shepherd Boston's cultural plan into implementation.
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Kristen Coury is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida. Hailing from New York City, Kristen quickly perceived there was a niche to fill in the arts-loving town, so she proceeded to found Gulfshore Playhouse in 2004 before she even closed on her condo. Under her care, the Playhouse grew from a staff of one (herself) and a budget of zero, to a staff of 25 and an annual budget of over $3M with no debt. The Playhouse has recently announced a $10M matching gift by local philanthropists Patty and Jay Baker. As a result, the Playhouse is on its way to building a state-of-the-art building of its own, featuring two theatre spaces and an education wing. Kristen has directed many of the Playhouse productions to date, of which her favorites include: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, All My Sons, An Enemy of the People, the world premieres of The God Game and The Butcher, and The Glass Menagerie. Kristen made her feature film directorial debut with Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and Tovah Feldshuh, produced a CD, and worked on a variety of musicals in various stages of development. Kristen worked in production/management for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, and for London’s English Shakespeare Company. Kristen was honored to be named one of the “Top 40 Professionals Under 40” by Gulfshore Life Magazine in 2008, a “Star in the Arts” by the United Arts Council of Collier County in 2011, and one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2013. Kristen is an avid ballroom dancer and dances competitively around the State of Florida.
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Joshua Dachs has led the international Theatre Planning and Design firm Fisher Dachs Associates since 1984. With offices in New York and Stratford-upon-Avon, FDA is one of the leaders in the field. Founded by 9-time Tony Award winner Jules Fisher, the firm has undertaken projects in over a dozen countries on 5 continents, including 4 opera houses, 6 concert halls, and many touring houses, dance and drama theatres, recital halls, conservatories, and educational theaters. In previous lives, Dachs has been a producer, a scenic and lighting designer, and a violinist. He has worked on new building projects for many of America's leading drama companies, including over a dozen TCG member theaters. He has been a guest lecturer and critic at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, SCI-Arc, and the UCLA School of Architecture. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants and the International Society for the Performing Arts. Josh's wife, Ako, is a stage, television and film actress.
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Teresa Eyring joined TCG as executive director in March 2007. Ms. Eyring has been an executive in theatres around the U.S. for over twenty years. Prior to joining TCG, she served as managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis since 1999. Eyring began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, D.C. in 1983. She completed an MFA in theater administration at the Yale School of Drama between 1986 and 1989. From 1989-1993, she was assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where she handled artist contracts, play commissions, and oversaw a $5 million theater renovation project . From 1994-99, she was managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, where she spearheaded completion of an $8 million capital campaign and oversaw the construction and transition to a new 24,000 square foot theater facility on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. She was named a ‘Woman to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal in July 2005. Eyring’s past affiliations include service as chairwoman of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, board member of WYBE-TV, executive committee member of the League of Resident Theaters; board member and Treasurer of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts; and board member of Intermedia Arts. She currently serves on the boards of the Performing Arts Alliance and The Actor's Fund. Eyring holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
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Larissa FastHorse is a playwright and choreographer from the Sicangu Lakota Nation. She was awarded one of five 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New Play Development Grants for Fancy Dancer with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, currently in development. Other commissions include Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Cornerstone Theatre Company, and AlterTheater. Mountainside Theatre premiered her new play, Cherokee Family Reunion, in the summer of 2012. Other productions include Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation for Native Voices at the Autry, winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award, and Average Family for Children’s Theatre Company. Larissa is an alum of Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop, the Playwright’s Union and the Café Bohemia series at Arizona Theatre Company. Larissa also developed the musicals, Serra Springs and Different Does Not Mean The Same, with Native Voices. Larissa was awarded the Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, William Inge Residency and numerous Ford Foundation and NEA Grants as well as being a three time NEA Theatre Panelist. She is published with Dramatic Publishing and Plays for Young Audiences. In her spare time, Larissa returns to her previous life as a ballet dancer through choreography. She is represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm NY and lives in Santa Monica with her husband, sculptor Edd Hogan. hoganhorsestudio.com.
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Derek Goldman is an award-winning stage director, playwright/adapter, developer of new work, educator, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway, and internationally. His work has been produced and developed at theaters such as Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, CenterStage, Folger, Round House, Everyman, Theater J, Mosaic, Synetic, the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theater, McCarter, Segal Center (Montreal), Northern Stage, Forum, Olney Theater Center (where he is an Artistic Associate), and others. He is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University where he is co-Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, which he founded with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider with the mission of harnessing the power of performance to humanize global politics. From 2007-2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown. He is a Founding Director of Unesco's UNITWIN Global Network of Higher Education in the Performing Arts (based in Shanghai), and a partner with TCG on the creation of the Global Theatre Initiative. He is also Founding Artistic Director of the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, an award-winning professional theatre founded in Chicago and now based in Chapel Hill NC. He is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations, including work published by Samuel French, and he has directed over 80 productions. Recent highlights include A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman; Our Class at Theater J (Helen Hayes Nominated for Outstanding Resident Play); Grounded at Everyman and Olney (to be remounted at Northern Stage) and The Brothers Size at Everyman; his world-premiere adaptation of David Grossman's novel Falling Out of Time (Theater J); his adaptation of Three Men in a Boat (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding New Work/ Adaptation) at Synetic; the World Premiere of Jay O. Sanders' Rwanda epic Unexplored Interior, the inaugural production of Mosaic Theater; Theodore Bikel's Sholom Aleichem: Laughter through Tears, which he developed with Bikel and toured internationally after hit runs Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination) and at Theater J. His original play about Polish War hero Jan Karski, featuring David Strathairn, was recently presented at the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and in residence at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. In 2016 he received the prestigious President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers.
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Michelle Hensley is the founder and artistic director of Ten Thousand Things Theater Company. Using the Twin Cities' finest actors she has brought over fifty tours of the big stories of theater, including Shakespeare, Greek tragedy and Brecht, directly to audiences in prisons, shelters and other low-income centers, as well as the general public, with most productions ending up in multiple local critics' Best of the Year lists. She has twice been City Pages Theater Artist of the Year, twice been named Best Director by City Pages and Minnesota Monthly, was named 2012 Best Artistic Director by the Star Tribune, and has been awarded the Francesca Primus Prize, for outstanding contribution to the American Theater by a female artist. Her book, All the Lights On:Re-Imagining Theater with Ten Thousand Things, was recently published by the MN Historical Society Press.
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Ed Herendeen founded the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 1991 with the mission to produce and develop new American theatre. Through his leadership, and operating under an AEA LORT D contract and an annual budget of $1.3 million dollars, the Theater Festival has produced 105 new plays - including 40 world premieres and nine commissions - and has gained a reputation as one of America's most important producers of new work. Hosted on the campus of Shepherd University, CATF sells over 14,000 tickets to its four-week rotating repertory season of five new plays and attracts a national audience from 35 states to the region. Each summer, the Festival generates a local economic impact of nearly three million dollars to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. Recently, Ed's directing credits include The Eclectic Society by Eric Conger, a world premiere produced by the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. Among the plays he has directed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival are the following world premieres: Whores by Lee Blessing; Miss Golden Dreams: A Play Cycle and Bad Girls by Joyce Carol Oates; Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher (which was commissioned by CATF and later produced as the film Stage Beauty); Carry the Tiger to the Mountain by Cherylene Lee; Octopus by Jon Klein; Jazzland by Keith Glover; Dear Sara Jane by Victor Lodato; The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by John Olive; The Occupation by Harry Newman; What Are Tuesdays Like? by Victor Bumbalo; From Prague by Kyle Bradstreet, and Still Waters and Psyche Was Here by Lynn Martin. Other Theater Festival directing credits include: Heartless, Ages of the Moon, The God of Hell, and The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard; One Night by Charles Fuller; Fifty Words by Michael Weller; Race by David Mamet; Farragut North by Beau Willimon; The Overwhelming and White People by J.T. Rogers; Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle; Blessing's Thief River; and Below the Belt, Gun-Shy, and Something in the Air by Richard Dresser. Ed has also worked at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, The Lyceum Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 1999, WV Governor Cecil H. Underwood presented CATF with the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts; a second Governor’s Award was presented in 2012. Ed was honored with the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater from Ohio University (from which he received his MA in Directing); has served on the Admissions Committee for New Dramatists and as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; and, in 2011, was voted onto the board of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for American theatres.
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Susan Hilferty is a costume and set designer to over 300 productions around the globe including the U.S, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, Brazil, Germany, and South Africa. Her Broadway designs include Wicked (Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, Olivier nomination), Spring Awakening, Lestat (Tony nominations), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations; Hewes Award), Annie, and Radio Golf. Her designs for opera include Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera and Manon at LA Opera and Berlin Staatsoper. Recent off-Broadway and regional designs include Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Plays (Public Theatre and European tour), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons), Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Co, Helen Hayes Award for Set Design), Mercury Fur, Buried Child and Sticks and Bones (New Group),The Spoils (New Group and West End) as well as more than 40 collaborations with Athol Fugard. She has designed extensively across the country, at regional theatres including the Guthrie (where she was a resident artist), McCarter, Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Co, Williamstown, Alley, Mark Taper Forum and Yale Repertory Theatre. Hilferty also designs for film (Laurie Anderson’s Home of the Brave), dance (Alvin Ailey), the circus (Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey) and concerts (Taylor Swift SPEAK NOW World Tour). Hilferty’s awards include an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design, the Lilly Award and the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is Chair of the Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Rebecca Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST's overall Administration, including the Business Office, Development, Marketing, Box Office, Front of House, Restaurant, budgeting and maintaining the overall quality of FST's internal management functions. She works in concert with the Artistic Director, in the creation and implementation of FST's long-range plans. Mrs. Hopkins serves as FST's liaison to other arts and theatre industry organizations. Nationally, Mrs. Hopkins serves as President for the National New Play Network and on the Executive Committee for the League of Resident Theatres. She also serves on the Board of Theatre Communications Group. Locally, she is on the Board of Directors for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She has served as a panelist for the Florida Arts Council. In addition, Mrs. Hopkins developed FST's Improvisation program and the Sarasota Improv Festival. Mrs. Hopkins is actively involved in new play development for the Cabaret having co-created over 30 musical revues including British Invasion, American Pie, Poems, Prayers and Promises, That’s Life, The Wanderers. She is head-writer for the highly successful and critically-lauded Laughing Matters Series. Previous to her employment with Florida Studio Theatre, Mrs. Hopkins served as the Audience Development Coordinator for the Largo Cultural Center and as a company member for the Austin Shakespeare Festival and the Zachary Scott Theatre. Mrs. Hopkins received her education from Georgia State University and Eckerd College. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Gulf Coast Business Review's Top Forty Under Forty. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Cultural Champion Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance and the 2016 Sarasota Fine Arts Society’s Luminaire Award.
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Chris Jennings joined the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2004. He currently serves on the Board of the Theatre Communications Group, DC Downtown BID, THE ARC, DC Arts Collaborative and the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres, where he has served on AEA and SSDC Negotiating Committees. Jennings has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. He previously served as General Manager of Trinity Repertory Company (1999-2004) and Theatre for a New Audience (1997-1999). Jennings has also held positions with Yale Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, Texas Young Playwrights Festival and Dougherty Arts Center. A recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the NEA, Jennings earned his BFA in Theatre/Music from the University of Miami and his MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama.
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Tim Jennings is the Executive Director of The Shaw Festival in Niagra-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada. Previously, he has served as Managing Director at the Tony award winning Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), Seattle Children's Theatre and Roseneath Theatre (Toronto). Tim is known for his work in financial stabilization, for several foreign artist collaborations (including bringing the first professional theatre company from Iran to the US in 30 years) and as a lead negotiator of multiple regional and national artist contracts. Previously, Tim taught Theatre Production and Management at both Ryerson University and Humber College theatre schools. Tim’s history includes management roles with such notable companies as the Canadian Stage Company, The Canadian Opera Company and Ainsworth at SkyDome as well as running his own theatrical management consulting firm. A multi award winning producer, he has taken productions to 4 continents, well over a dozen countries and over 40 States in the last 15 years. Alongside his appointment to the TCG board where he currently serves as Treasurer, Tim has sat on the board of the Minnesota Theatre Alliance, the Ivey awards committee, was the past membership chair of IPAY (International Performing for Young People) and a past Board member of the Washington State Arts Alliance. Tim has also served on the founding cultural database steering committees in both WA and MN and on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club in WA. Tim is married to Truly Carmichael and together they raise their 15 year old son, Zachary.
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Marshall Jones III is the Producer of the Tony-Award winning Crossroads Theatre Company as well as an Associate Professor of Theater Arts at the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Marshall has more than twenty-five years of experience in a wide variety of key executive positions at some of New York city's most reputable institutions including the world famous Apollo Theater (General Manager), the world's most famous arena — Madison Square Garden (Company Manager & Associate Producer), the historic landmark Radio City Music Hall (Producer), and Disney On Broadway's The Lion King. Marshall earned a BA in Theater Arts from Rutgers University and an MA in Arts Management from New York University. He is also a member of the New Brunswick Arts Council, in addition to proudly serving on the Board of Directors of several professional organizations including the Alliance For Inclusion in the Arts (formerly the Non-Traditional Casting Project); the American Conference on Diversity and Blackberry Productions. Most recently Marshall was appointed by the Governor as a Commissioner of the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority.
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Max Leventhal has 25 years experience in regional theatre management. He has been directly involved in all operations and logistics, from design inception to occupation of a $50+million theatre complex and 17,500 square foot scene shop; as well as the management of $10+ million budget size LORT Theaters, including directing marketing, personnel, and fundraising efforts. He has led companies in commercial and institutional partnerships, entertainment contracts, annual budget development, and capital project planning and construction. Most recently Max served as General Manager of the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta’s flagship, and is currently the Woodruff Arts Center’s Owner’s Representative for the Alliance renovation and capital project planning on the campus.
Max serves on the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and Capitalization Grant sub-committee, as well as the Board of Trustees of Theatre Communications Group. He participated in the TCG/EMC Arts Innovation Lab project; taught Theatre 240 - Theatre Administration at Emory University; and has lectured at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern, DePaul, and Columbia College. He recieved his BA in Literature/Theatre from Reed College, Portland, Oregon; and his MFA in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama.
Current Projects: Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Woodruff Arts Center Transformation Project; Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel renovation; Dad’s Garage move into a renovated church; Kennesaw State University’s Student Center Theatre renovation; and GloATL, Senior Advisor, Atlanta, GA.
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Kathryn M. Lipuma (Executive Director) has served as the Executive Director of Writers Theatre since March 2007 where she is responsible for overseeing all management, administration and operations for the company. Most recently, she led the planning and construction of Writers Theatre’s new state-of- the-art theater center, designed by internationally renowned architect and MacArthur Fellow and “Genius” grant recipient Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, which opened in February 2016. Prior to Writers, Lipuma spent nine seasons as Executive Director at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre Company in New York. At Signature, she produced award-winning revivals of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Lanford Wilson’s Burn This and worked with such acclaimed writers as Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornés, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Romulus Linney, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson. During her tenure, the organization launched its successful $15 Ticket Program. Prior to her time at Signature, she spent six years with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Lipuma currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the League of Chicago Theatres and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group. She is also member of The Chicago Network, an organization of 400 leading women of Chicago business, professional, cultural, nonprofit and educational communities. And she is the co-creator of DoNorth, an umbrella organization joining four cultural neighbors—Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children’s Museum, Ravinia and Writers Theatre—to attract new audiences to the cultural, environmental and community activities of the North Shore. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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Kevin Moriarty is artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where he has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream; King Lear; It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman; The Wiz; Oedipus el Rey; Colossal and others. Since 2007 he has led DTC through many new initiatives, including the creation of the Brierley Resident Acting Company; an extensive series of new play productions and commissions; community collaborations with North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and most of the region's theaters; and educational partnerships with Booker T. Washington High School and SMU. Before joining DTC, Kevin served as artistic director of Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. From 2002-2007 he was Head of Directing for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program, and an Associate Artist at Trinity Rep Company. He made his operatic directing debut with The Lighthouse for The Dallas Opera in 2012 and The Marriage of Figaro in 2014. Kevin has also directed plays off-Broadway, national tours, and at regional theaters nation-wide. He is Vice-Chair of the Dallas Arts District; a Vice President for Theatre Communications Group and National Alliance for Musical Theatre; a member of the Booker T. Washington Advisory Board and the Dallas Assembly; a recipient of a Drama League directing fellowship; and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
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Eileen J. Morris is artistic director of The Ensemble Theatre in which her art reflects her ministry. She worked closely with the founder of The Ensemble Theatre, George W. Hawkins, from 1982 until his death in 1990. She has produced over 78 productions, including four world premieres and 57 regional premieres. Under her artistic leadership, The Ensemble Theatre received the 2013 Best Season Theatre Award from the Houston Press. Some of her Ensemble Theatre directing credits include Plenty of Time, Detroit ’67, Fences, What I Learned In Paris, Women In The Pit, Immediate Family, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, The Old Settler, Race, Broke-ology and The Nacirema Society. She has strong Pittsburgh theatre ties having directed at the August Wilson Center, New Horizon Theater, Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre and Kuntu Repertory Theatre. She directed the world premiere of What Wings They Were: The Story of Emeline for the Houston Grand Opera Education Department and I, Barbara Jordan at the Alley Theatre. In February, she was honored at the Houston Community College-Central Campus 2016 Unstoppable Leaders Gala, featured in the 2011 issue of Women In Theatre Magazine and honored at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival with the Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award. She is secretary and Cultural Arts Committee Chair of the Midtown Management District, served on the Mayor’s Quality of Life Transitional Team Committee and is a board member of The Black Theatre Network. Eileen holds the distinct privilege of being the ONLY woman in the country to have directed eight plays of the August Wilson 10 play cycle.
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Meghan Pressman joined the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as Managing Director in the fall of 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Development for Signature Theatre in New York, a $12 million nonprofit Off-Broadway theatre organization. Prior to joining Signature, she was Berkeley Rep’s Associate Managing Director as well as the Managing Director for The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. There she oversaw the launch of that groundbreaking program in 2012 and the inaugural summer lab, which hosted over 100 artists working on 13 new projects. Meghan has served numerous other theatre and arts organizations across the country including Yale Repertory Theatre as Associate Managing Director, Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences as Co-Founding Managing Director, and at the Chicago Improv Festival as an Associate Producer. Her board and community work includes Leadership Greater Washington, the City of Berkeley Arts Commission, The Bushwick Starr board of directors, and the Theatre Communications Group board of directors. She traveled to Cuba in the spring of 2013 as part of the Theatre Communication Group Artist Delegation and was a recipient of the TCG New Generations Future Leader grant in 2010. She holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a BA from Boston College. At Yale, she was the recipient of the Morris J. Kaplan Award and the Benjamin Mordecai Scholarship, both for recognition in theater management. Back to top
Lisa Portes is a director, educator and leader dedicated to expanding the circle of Americans reflected in 21st century American theatre. She heads the MFA Directing Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University and serves as Artistic Director for Chicago Playworks for Young Audiences. Lisa is a co-founder of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) and served as artistic producer of the LTC Carnaval 2015, a festival of new Latina/o plays. Her work has been seen regionally at Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, South Coast Rep, the Kennedy Center, Timeline Theatre, Next Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Teatro Vista. In New York she has directed work for Playwrights Horizons and Soho Rep, and developed projects at New York Theatre Workshop, the Flea Theatre and the Public Theatre. Lisa was a participant in the inaugural SPARK Leadership program supported by American Express and the Joyce Foundation, and administered by TCG. She is a past recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development grant for Directors, as well as an alum of the Drama League Directing Fellowship program. Recent projects include This Is Modern Art by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Grounded by George Brant (American Blues Theatre). Upcoming projects include TRANSit by Darren Canady (American Blues Theatre), Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar at Cincinnati Playhouse and Night Runner by Ike Holter (Chicago Playworks). She lives in Chicago with her husband, playwright, Carlos Murillo and their two children, Eva Rose and Carlos Alejandro.Back to top
Heather Randall is a philanthropist, activist and actor in the theatre community. She is currently Co-President of the Board of New York Theatre Workshop and also sits on the boards of Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Center in addition to TCG. As an actor she appeared on Broadway in Judgment at Nuremburg, Inherit the Wind, Three Men on a Horse and The Master Builder. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and resides in New York City and Los Angeles.
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Francine T. Reynolds is in her 9th year as Artistic Director at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi, where she has directed more than 30 plays including The Grapes of Wrath, The Miss Firecracker Contest, A Soldier’s Play, Gee’s Bend, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hairspray. She directed regional premieres of Doubt, Lombardi, The Great Gatsby and The Whipping Man. New Stage is in its 49th season and Ms. Reynolds has overseen tremendous growth in programming including the expansion of The Eudora Welty New Plays Series, which awards three top playwrights during a festival of new plays, and the creation of the Unframed at New Stage Theatre Series for contemporary plays and emerging artists. The theatre recently purchased a 75-seat theatre to enhance production of the series which has produced works such as Stick Fly, Next Fall, Race and Circle Mirror Transformation. Under her artistic leadership, the theatre’s attendance has increased yearly and education program audiences and participation has doubled. Panels and other associations include the National Endowment for the Arts 2013 grants panel, Poetry Outloud, Southeastern Theatre Conference adjudicator, Mississippi Arts Commission grants panel, Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Board of Directors (President) and Mississippi Theatre Association Board of Directors. Reynolds worked as a locations casting director for several years. The last feature film she cast, Ballast, won top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Also an actor, she most recently appeared in Other Desert Cities, as Lucille in Dividing the Estate and as Edna Earle in Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart. Reynolds is currently a member of the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2014. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Reynolds enjoys living in Jackson with her husband, Chuck.
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Ellen Richard is the Interim Managing Director at Magic Theatre. She previously served A.C.T. as Executive Director, joining in 2010. At A.C.T, she was responsible for overseeing the acquisition, design, and construction of The Strand Theater, A.C.T.’s new second stage. She also brought A.C.T.’s black-box Costume Shop Theater to life and created the space-sharing initiative that allows smaller nonprofit groups to use that venue at no cost and with technical support provided by A.C.T. She conceptualized the Conservatory’s new San Francisco Semester, an accredited program for undergraduates studying away from their home universities. Richard is a champion of A.C.T.’s community education programs and envisioned a touring platform for outreach called Stage Coach, which launches this fall through the support of The James Irvine Foundation. She served previously as executive director of off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, where she was responsible for the purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre and for substantial growth in income. From 1983 to 2005, Richard enjoyed a varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. By the time she departed as managing director, Roundabout had been transformed from a small nonprofit in bankruptcy to one of the country’s most successful theater companies of its kind. Producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she is the recipient of six Tony Awards, for Cabaret, A View from the Bridge, Side Man, Nine, Assassins, and Glengarry Glen Ross. She also oversaw the redesign and construction of three of Roundabout stages—Studio 54, the American Airlines Theatre, and the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre—and supervised the creation of Cabaret’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to Roundabout, Richard served in management positions at Westport Country Playhouse, Stamford Center for the Arts, The Hartman Theatre and Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.
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Blake Robison is Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has re-conceived the theater’s artistic model to include a diverse group of associate artists, embraced the Playhouse’s tradition of new work, made an ongoing commitment to produce culturally diverse plays and multi-generational works, and ramped up the theatre’s community outreach efforts significantly. World premieres under his leadership have included plays by Deborah Zoe Laufer, Anna Ziegler, Lauren Gunderson, Karen Zacarias, Martin Zimmerman, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Keith Josef Adkins. From 2005-2012, he served as Producing Artistic Director at Round House Theatre, outside of Washington DC, where he produced new plays and literary adaptations. From 2000-2005, he was Artistic Director of Tenessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre where he created several successful international projects including Babel, a play performed by a company of 12 actors in 12 languages. Blake was the founder of Vermont Stage Company in Burlington, a company in residence at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Internationally, he directed Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin and toured productions to Avignon, Salzburg, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He served on the Board of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, spent two years on the LORT executive committee, and served as a grant panelist for the NEA.
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Eric Rosen is a recognized playwright, director and producer and the fourth artistic director in the 48-year history of Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He is also co-founder and former artistic director of Chicago's acclaimed About Face Theatre, where he developed nearly 30 world premieres in his thirteen seasons there. Rosen's Kansas City Rep credits include direction of Metamorphoses (also Australia and regional tour) and The Trip to Bountiful prior to his appointment, and direction of Clay (prior to N.Y. premiere at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, winner of Chicago's Jefferson Award and nominee for the Drama Desk Award in N.Y.); Winesburg, Ohio (for which he also wrote book and lyrics, winner of the Jeff Award for Best New Work and Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best Musical); the world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical! (transfer to 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle and will have a holiday season Broadway run in 2012); the world premiere of Venice, a new musical he co-wrote with Matt Sax (co-production with CTG in Los Angeles, Fall of 2010; currently in development for a N.Y. premiere, named Best Musical of the Year in TIME magazine) and the acclaimed hits Cabaret, August: Osage County and The Whipping Man. He has also recently directed The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. His other original plays include Dream Boy (Jeff Award for best direction and production, produced nationally) and Wedding Play (Jeff nomination for best new work, produced at Steppenwolf), Dancer from the Dance, Whitman and Undone (About Face). Additional directing credits include the world premieres of M. Proust by Mary Zimmerman (Jeff nomination for best new play) and Theater District (Jeff Award for best new play), and the Chicago premiere of Take Me Out, all in About Face/Steppenwolf co-productions. Rosen's regional theatre credits include work at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles; Steppenwolf, the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago; the Prince Music Theater; Hartford Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; 7 Stages in Atlanta; and workshops at the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the O'Neill, and Sundance Theatre Lab. He produced the pre-N.Y. premiere of Doug Wright's play I Am My Own Wife, winner of the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize; Eleven Rooms of Proust created by Mary Zimmerman; and was dramaturg for Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty's Loving Repeating at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moises Kaufman's One Arm at Steppenwolf Theatre and Kaufman's Tony nominated 33 Variations at Sundance Theatre Lab. Rosen earned his Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University, and held a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)/Theatre Communication Group (TCG) Career Development Fellowship for Directors. He has twice served as a theatre panelist for the NEA and has participated in the TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts' National Theatre Artists Residency Program. Rosen has taught at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brooklyn College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, his alma mater.
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Michael S. Rosenberg has served as the Managing Director of La Jolla Playhouse since April, 2009. Working in partnership with Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, he has developed and produced new work by Ayad Akhtar, Trey Anastasio, Amanda Green, John Leguizamo, Carey Perloff, Jay Schieb, Herbert Siguenza, Basil Twist, Michael Benjamin Washingon, Sheri Wilner, Doug Wright and The Flaming Lips. Playhouse collaborations have included projects with University of California - San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Rep, Tectonic Theatre Project, the I.D.E.A. District and the cities of Escondido and Chula Vista. Additionally, Mike fostered the growth of the Playhouse’s award-winning Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, achieving the most performances at local schools in Playhouse history. Previously, he was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Drama Dept., a New York non-profit theatre company, where he produced new works by the likes of Douglas Carter Beane, Warren Leight, Isaac Mizrahi, Paul Rudnick and David & Amy Sedaris. Mike’s early work included stints at the Kennedy Center, Kaiser Permanente, National Dance Institute and an Atlantic City casino. As a TCG Board member, he is proud to be on the Global and Diversity & Inclusion Committees.
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Nikkole Salter is an actress, playwright, educator and arts advocate best known as the co-author and co-star (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM (ITC). As an actress, Ms. Salter has performed on Off-Broadway and on 14 regional stages with such renowned directors as Kenny Leon and Tina Landau, can be seen in the feature film “Pride & Glory,” and heard as the voice of ‘LATICIA’ in Rockstar Games' video game release, “Midnight Club: Los Angeles”. As a dramatist, Ms. Salter has had work produced internationally as well as in 20 Off-Broadway and regional theatres, received has been published in 12 international publications, and is the recipient of a 2014 MAP Fund Grant a play commissioned by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The Crossroads Theatre Company production of her play REPAIRING A NATION has been featured on the prestigious PBS cultural arts national broadcast "Theatre: Close Up," hosted by Sigourney Weaver. Ms. Salter is also the co-founder (with Glenn Gordon NSangou) and Executive Director of THE CONTINUUM PROJECT, INC., a non-profit organization that creates engaging arts programming for community empowerment. The CP received two Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant Awards (Local Arts), in support of their initiative the Legacy Program and was featured on the national PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. www.thecontinuumproejct.org Ms. Salter is a recipient of an OBIE Award, and the NY Outer Critics Circle's John Gassner Award, a Helen Hayes award, a Seldes-Kanin fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations. She received her BFA from Howard University and her MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. www.nikkolesalter.com
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Tim Sanford Tim Sanford is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, where he has served since 1984, beginning as a literary intern, then serving for nine years as Literary Manager and two years as Associate Artistic Director, before assuming leadership of the theater in January 1996. Notable productions from his tenure include Floyd Collins by Adam Guettel and Tina Landau (Lucille Lortel Award, Obie), Violet by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley (New York Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie), Lillian by David Cale (Obie), Betty’s Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang (Obie), James Joyce’s The Dead by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey (New York Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Tony Awards), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin by Kirsten Childs (Obie), She Stoops To Comedy by David Greenspan (Obie), I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards), Small Tragedy by Craig Lucas (Obie), Fabulation by Lynn Nottage (Obie), Grey Gardens by Scott Frankel, Michael Korie and Doug Wright (Outer Critics Circle Award), Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge (Obie), Detroit by Lisa D’Amour (Obie),The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Special Awards), Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie) and The Flick (Obie, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and Pulitzer Prize), both by Annie Baker, Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara (Obie Special Citation), and The Christians by Lucas Hnath (Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie). Under his leadership, Playwrights Horizons received a special 2008 Drama Desk Award for “ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work.” He is a past President of The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, a contributor to Dramaturgy in American Theater, and a Board member of Theater Communications Group. He has a B.A. from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature from Stanford University.
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John Douglas Thompson is a NYC based actor. Most recent credits include Satchmo at the Waldorf at Westside Theater (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award), on Broadway as Carl Lee Hailey in A Time To Kill, The Cook in Mother Courage with Olympia Dukakis at Shakespeare & Company, Herald Loomis in Joe Turner's Come and Gone, at The Mark Taper Forum (Ovation Award), Satchmo at the Waldorf at Shakespeare & Company/Long Wharf Theater (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Joe Mott in The Iceman Cometh with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy at The Goodman Theatre, and Antony in Anthony & Cleopatra with Kate Mulgrew at Hartford Stage. Previously on Broadway John played LeBret in Cyrano with Kevin Kline, and Flavius in Julius Ceasar with Denzel Washington. Off-Broadway John played the title role in Othello at Theater For A New Audience (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Joe A. Callaway Award, and Drama League Nomination), Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones at Irish Rep (Joe A. Callaway Award, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Nominations), Kent in King Lear with Sam Waterston at the Public Theater, the title role of Macbeth at Theater For A New Audience, Gennady in The Forest with Diane Wiest at CSC, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop. John received the 2012 Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Excellence in American Theater, and is a TCG Fox Fellowship recipient. Other credits include: Hotspur in Henry IV at The Royal Shakespeare Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lucius Jenkins in Jesus Hopped The A Train at The Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award), title roles in Othello and Richard III at Shakespeare & Company, Marat/Sade, Ohio State Murders and The Winter's Tale at American Repertory Theater, Bus Stop at Williamstown Theater Festival, and The Good Times are Killing Me , and Othello at Trinity Rep. FILM/TV: The Bourne Legacy, Glass Chin, Michael Clayton, Cyrano, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, All My Children, One Life To Live, Conviction.
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Meiyin Wang is the Co-Director of the Under the Radar Festival which presents new and cutting-edge theatrical work from the U.S. and abroad, and the Director of the Devised Theater Initiative at The Public Theater. She was the lead curator of ArtsEmerson’s TNT Festival 2013, and was an associate producer of Radar L.A. 2011. She has served on numerous local, national and international panels including New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, National Endowment for the Arts, Future Aesthetics Cohort, The Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MAP Fund, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Boska Komedia Festival (Krakow). She was a recipient of TCG’s Young Leader of Color award and also the 2014 recipient of the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. Born and raised in Singapore, Meiyin served as resident playwright and director with Singapore Repertory Theatre before moving to New York. She holds an M.F.A in Directing from Columbia University.
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Robert P. Warren is the president of The William & Eva Fox Foundation and has served in this capacity for over 15 years. He is an attorney who spent the majority of his career in various public service positions in State and Federal Government. He has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office, an Assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey and an Associate Independent Counsel in Washington, DC. Mr. Warren also served as the Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service in the George H.W. Bush Administration. Mr. Warren’s private sector experience includes being Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Air Transport Association, Chair of the Board of Directors of Satotravel, Inc., Board member of the Universal Air Travel Program, and Executive Vice-President of the National Business Aviation Association. On numerous occasions, he has testified before Congressional committees and has lectured at the FBI Academy. Mr. Warren currently serves as president of a privately held investment company.
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Shana C. Waterman serves as Head of Television, Universalbased, One Race TV. One Race produces dynamic, tough-minded, commercial entertainment for a multi-cultural world. Prior to her tenure at One Race, Waterman served as Senior Vice President, Event Series Development & Production at Fox Broadcasting Company. In this capacity, she developed long-form series and specials including 24: Live Another Day, hit sci-fi thriller, Wayward Pines, Grease Live, People v. OJ: American Crime Story and the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show. Before taking that role, Waterman was Senior Vice President of Current Programming where she oversaw several prime-time, scripted series including House, Glee, Fringe, Raising Hope, Family Guy, American Dad and The Mindy Project. Also while at Fox, Waterman produced the company’s inaugural Seizing Opportunities Forum, spurring dialogue among creative partners about shifting racial and ethnic audience demographics. In addition, she conceived and oversaw the Fox Innovators Group; an internal think tank designed to foster entrepreneurial thought and innovation among Fox employees. For her efforts, Waterman was named a 2014 NAMIC Next Generation Leader and in 2012 she was awarded a FOX Excellence in Innovation Award for her forward-thinking efforts. Sustaining her ongoing interest in the theater and performing arts, she is a past Board Member of the New York Foundation for the Arts and former Board Chair of Cornerstone Theater Company. Alongside her professional pursuits, she’s an alto in Los Angeles’ Angel City Chorale and is a Big Brother/Big Sisters volunteer mentor. Waterman is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
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Harold Wolpert joined Roundabout Theatre Company as Managing Director in 2005. He is responsible for leading management, administration and operations at the Tony Award-winning company with an annual budget of $51 million, 28,000 subscribers, over 600,000 annual theatregoers, 1,000 annual employees, and five theatres. He oversees all production, finance, marketing and public relations, audience services, real estate, and house and facilities management, including labor relations, contract negotiations, capital project planning, and legal and human resources. Under Mr. Wolpert’s leadership, Roundabout developed a branding and positioning campaign, opened the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and created the business and operating plan for the theatre, the first LEED®-rated “green” venue on Broadway, developed and supervised an overhaul of marketing strategies that lead to increases in subscription and single ticket sales, oversaw Roundabout’s first national tours, and served as executive producer of The Importance of Being Earnest Live in HD film exhibited worldwide. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Wolpert earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolpert served as Company Manager at Circle Repertory Company and Manhattan Theatre Club before transitioning to the role of General Manager at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre in 1994. He returned to Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 as General Manager during the time that Doubt and Proof won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards® for Best Play. He was also a key member of the management team that supervised all aspects of the Biltmore Theatre restoration and created the theatre’s operating plan. Mr. Wolpert teaches graduate studies at Brooklyn College’s Theatre Department as an Adjunct Lecturer to the M.F.A. Program in Performing Arts Management. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres, of which he is also a Vice President, the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group and The Foundry Theatre, and is a member of the Broadway League. Mr. Wolpert served on the Board of Directors of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers from 2000–2012. He has served as a guest lecturer and as a grants panelist and consultant for Pew Charitable Trust, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Carnegie Mellon Master of Arts Management Program. His volunteer activities have included serving as the Board Chairman for AIDS Foundation Houston and currently as a volunteer for The Trevor Project.
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