Diane Rodriguez, President
Sarah Bellamy, Vice President
Kevin Moriarty, Vice President
Tim Jennings, Treasurer
Jonathan Moscone, Secretary
Sarah Bellamy, Co-Artistic Director; Penumbra Theatre Company, St Paul, MN
Joseph P. Benincasa, President and CEO; The Actors Fund, New York, NY
Eric Bogosian, Playwright/Actor; New York, NY
Patrick A. Bradford, Attorney; New York, NY
Ralph Bryan, Managing Director-Investments; Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, La Jolla, CA
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
Cynthia Fuhrman, Chief Operating Officer; Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR
Aimée Hayes, Artistic Director; Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans, LA
Michelle Hensley, Artistic Director; Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, Minneapolis, MN
Ed Herendeen, Producing Director; Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, WV
Chris Jennings, Managing Director; Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Tim Jennings, Managing Director; Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN
Marshall Jones III, Producing Artistic Director; Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director; Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
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
Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director; California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley, CA
Lynn Nottage, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY
Ralph Peña, Artistic Director; Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York, NY
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, Executive Director; A.C.T., San Francisco, CA
Blake Robison, Artistic Director; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH
Diane Rodriguez, Associate Artistic Director; Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA
Eric Rosen, Artistic Director; Kansas City Repertory Theatre Company, Kansas City, MO
Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA
Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY
Sean San José, Program Director, Co-founder, Campo Santo performance crew; Artistic Director, Youth Speaks; San Francisco, CA
Roche Schulfer, Executive Director; Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
John Douglas Thompson, Actor; New York, NY
Mark Valdez, Executive Director; Network of Ensemble Theatres, Los Angeles, CA
Clyde Valentin, Director, SMU Meadows School of the Arts; Dallas, TX
Megan Wanlass, Managing Director; Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA
Meiyin Wang, Director, Devised Theater Initiative and Co-Director, Under the Radar Festival, The Public Theater, New York, NY
Robert P. Warren, President; William and Eva Fox Foundation, Bethesda, MD
Karen Wickre, Editorial Director; Twitter, San Francisco, CA
Paul G. Wolf, Principal; Denham Wolf Real Estate Services, 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.Back to top
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.
Eric Bogosian is one of America’s premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists, with plays and solo work that include: subUrbia (Lincoln Center Theater, 1994; adapted to film by director Richard Linklater, 1996); Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead; Griller; Humpty Dumpty; 1+1 and Skunkweed (published as Sex Plays, TCG, 2013); Wake Up and Smell the Coffee; Drinking in America and Notes from Underground. He has received three Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Award. His celebrated work, Talk Radio, which he wrote and in which he starred, premiered at The New York Shakespeare Festival in 1987, was adapted to film by director Oliver Stone in 1988, and premiered on Broadway in 2007, in a production starring Live Schreiber. Talk Radio was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and in 1988 Bogosian was awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for his work on the film. Bogosian has starred in a wide variety of film, TV and stage roles. Most recently, he created the character Captain Danny Ross on the long-running series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and starred on Broadway with Laura Linney in Donald Margulies’s Time Stands Still. He is the author of three novels: Mall, Wasted Beauty and Perforated Heart. The film adaptation of Mall is in post-production. In 2015 Little, Brown will publish Nemesis, Bogosian’s nonfiction account of “Operation Nemesis,” the assassination team that avenged the Armenian genocide in 1921.
He is married to director Jo Bonney and lives in New York City.
Patrick A. Bradford is a practicing lawyer in New York. He has served as a trustee for the Public Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, the New Professional Theater, the Shakespeare Society and the Theater Development Fund.Back to top
Ralph Bryan is a past chairman of the La Jolla Playhouse where he served as board chairman from 2006 to 2009 and trustee since 2000. He has served on or chaired committees for the Playhouse's capital campaign, finance, fundraising, and long range planning and chaired the national search for Artistic Director and Managing Director. He also serves on the board of Tectonic Theatre Project. Ralph is a two time Tony winner whose shows include Jersey Boys (Tony Award), Memphis (Tony Award), Matilda, Hands on a Hard Body, Jesus Christ Superstar, American Idiot (Tony Nomination), 33 Variations (Tony Nomination), Cry-Baby (Tony Nomination) and Farnsworth Invention. Ralph is a Managing Director-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
Cynthia Fuhrman, Chief Operations Officer at Portland Center Stage, has worked in marketing, communications and advertising, primarily in the professional theater, since 1981, with two detours - which she highly recommends taking. She has led the marketing and communications functions at several companies around the U.S.: as Manager of Public Relations at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland ('81-87), and Director of Marketing and Communications when OSF opened its Portland branch ('88-94), and through its transition to Portland Center Stage ('94-98); between Ashland and Portland, Cynthia spent a season at StageWest in Massachusetts ('87-88) as Director of Public Relations; and for five seasons, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at Seattle Repertory Theatre ('03-07). The first detour from professional theater came when Cynthia was from 1998-2002 the Chief Operating Officer for eyescream interactive, inc., at the time the Northwest's largest internet marketing agency; a second breather from the theater came in 2007, when for a year she was the Communications Director for the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development, a crash course in promoting all things green - from building to recycling. So it seemed fitting to return to PCS in 2008 as Director of Marketing and Communications, as PCS is the first LEED platinum-designated performing arts venue in the U.S. Cynthia holds her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Humanities, and attended the University of Oregon, the American University of London, and Southern Oregon University.
Aimée Hayes, Since being named Producing Artistic Director of Southern Rep Theatre in 2008, Aimée Hayes has focused on new play development, producing various writers during her tenure, including John Biguenet, Eric Coble, Zayd Dohrn, Catherine Filloux, Jim Fitzmorris, Ross Maxwell, Tarrell McCraney, Peter McElligot, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Joe Sutton and Steve Yockey. She’s also incorporated a slate of new play development programs into Southern Rep’s Lagniappe Series, including 6×6, a new play slam; 3×3: THE ONE ACTS; DEBAUCHERY!, New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera, now in its fifth year; and THE NEW PLAY BACCHANAL, an annual two-day new play festival that includes honoring a new play by a female playwright of color with The Ruby Prize. Hayes often appears on the stage as well, most recently as Hannah Jelkes in Southern Rep’s The Night of the Iguana, and prior to that, as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Hayes was recently named a 2014 Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine, and in 2012 she was named Gambit Weekly’s Theatre Person of the Year. Additionally, Hayes serves as an at-large Board Member for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). She was a directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville under Jon Jory, earned her directing MFA from Tulane University, and an English BA magna cum laude from Loyola University.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.
Tim Jennings joined the Tony award winning Children’s Theatre Company as Managing Director in November of 2011. Working in partnership with Artistic Director Peter Brosius, Tim manages the marketing, resource development, educational and administrative functions of the theatre, its programs and subsidiaries (Costume Rentals, Plays for Young Audiences, Neighborhood Bridges) and supports Peter’s profound artistic vision. Prior to joining CTC, Tim spent 4 season as the Managing Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre where he shepherded the company through a $2 million budget reduction, several foreign artist collaborations (including bringing the first professional theatre company from Iran to the US in 30 years) and multiple CBA negotiations. Previously, Tim served as the Managing Director of the Roseneath Theatre in Toronto for eight seasons and taught Theatre Production and Management at both Ryerson University and Humber College theatre schools. Tim’s history includes management roles with such notable Canadian companies as the Canadian Stage Company, The Canadian Opera Company, Ainsworth at SkyDome and Theatre Passe Muraille as well as running his own theatrical management consulting firm. Tim has produced work garnering a total of 15 Dora Award Nominations (Toronto’s ‘Tony’) including 7 wins, 3 of which were for Outstanding Production. Under his leadership, Roseneath Theatre also won 3 Canada Council for the Arts ‘Prizes’, 2 Chalmers Awards for new play development and had a play nominated for the National Literary Prize of Germany (in translation). He has taken productions to 4 continents, well over a dozen countries and over 40 States in the last decade. In 2007, Tim was shortlisted for Canada’s ‘Arts Manager of the Year’. Alongside his appointment to the TCG board where he serves as Treasurer, Tim sits on the board of the Minnesota Theatre Alliance and the Ivey awards committee and is a past membership chair of IPAY (International Performing for Young People) and a past Board member of the Washington State Arts Alliance. Tim has served on the cultural database steering committees in both WA and now in MN and on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club in King/Kitsap counties (WA). Tim is married to Truly Carmichael and together they raise their 13 year old son, Zachary.
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.Back to top
Kwame Kwei-Armah is Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London. As a playwright, he has served as Writer in Residence for the Old Vic and BBC Radio. Amongst his many plays, Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, and Statement of Regret premiered at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, with Elmina’s Kitchen transferring to London’s West End, making him the first Black British playwright to have that honour. Kwame was awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II on her Jubilee Honours List for Services to Drama. Awards: Olivier Award, BAFTA noms., Evening Standard Charles Wintor Award, Screen Nation Award, 100 Black Men of Britain Public Figure Award, GPA Man of the year. He is currently on the board of TCG and serves on the Steinberg Playwright Award Advisory Committee. Plays directed at Center Stage: Things of Dry Hours, The Whipping Man, Enemy of the People, The Mountaintop, dance of the holy ghosts. At the Tricycle Theatre: Let There be Love, Seize the Day. At The Public Theater: Detroit ’67 (nominated for 12 Audelco Awards including Best Director), Paradise Blue. He also directed the opening ceremony of the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal.
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Max Leventhal, as Owner’s Representative of the Woodruff Arts Center, is the head of a Project Management team for the transformation of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Memorial Arts Building, which houses the performance halls for the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, several public assembly and patron amenity facilities, restaurant, administrative offices for 300 employees, production support spaces, and rehearsal halls. From 2001-2013, he was the General Manager of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre where he was on the executive management team with his wife, Artistic Director, Susan V. Booth. Hired from Chicago's Goodman Theatre, the team brought national attention to the Alliance for innovative programming of new plays, development of large scale musicals, and excellence and breadth in educational activities . The Alliance enters into partnerships to bring developmental work to the Atlanta audience that the theatre could not do without additional resources. These are co-productions and enhanced projects, deals made and productions supervised by Max, which include Bring It On!, the Musical and Sister Act, the Musical, Ghost Brothers, Come Fly Away, The Color Purple, the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, among many others. At Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Max had the great good fortune to complete construction of a new facility in Chicago's Loop, ten years in the making. While at the Goodman, and before that the American Repertory Theatre, Max partnered with many theaters and New York producers on Broadway and New York stages: Death of a Salesman,The Young Man from Atlanta, Moon for the Misbegotten, Boy Gets Girl, and The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. Worked in partnerships with the Barbican Center/RSC, London; Thalia Theatre, Hamburg; MC93, Bobigny, FRA; Tokyo Old Globe; Teatro Espanol, Madrid; and in the states; Manhattan Theatre Club, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, the Huntington, Cinncy, St. Louis, Serious Fun Festival, and Arena Stage. Max serves on the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and Capitalization Grant sub-committee; The Board of Trustees of Theatre Communications Group; Participated in the TCG/EMC Arts Innovation Lab project; Co-Chaired the Film Selection Committee for four years of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and serves as founding board member of its 501 C-3 separation from the American Jewish Committee,. Max taught Theatre 240 - Theatre Administration at Emory University and has lectured at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern, DePaul, and Columbia College. Education: BA Literature/Theatre, Reed College, Portland, Oregon. MFA in Technical Design and Production, Yale School of Drama.Back to top
Kate Lipuma joined Writers Theatre as its Executive Director in March 2007. Currently, she is leading the planning and creation of a new state of the art theater center which will be the future home for Writers Theatre's two venues, rehearsal and administrative spaces. Kate is partnering with internationally renowned architect and recent MacArthur Fellow or "Genius Grant" recipient Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects on the project. Prior to Writers, Kate spent nine seasons as Executive Director with the award-winning Signature Theatre Company in New York, working with such acclaimed writers as Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Romulus Linney, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson. Prior to her time at Signature, she spent six years with the Goodman Theatre. In addition to the board of TCG, Kate currently serves as Chair of the Board for the League of Chicago Theatres, the trade association representing more than 250 Chicago-area theater companies and producers. She is also the co-creator of DoNORTH, a new umbrella organization joining four cultural neighbors - Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children's Museum, Ravinia Festival and Writers Theatre - to attract new audiences to the cultural and community activities of Chicago’s North Shore. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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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.
Jonathan Moscone is in his 15th season as artistic director of California Shakespeare Theater, where he most recently directed George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Richard Montoya’s American Night: The Ballad of Juan José. His other credits include Tribes at Berkeley Rep; the world premiere of Ghost Light, which he co-created and developed with playwright Tony Taccone for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Rep; and Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park for American Conservatory Theater (where he is an adjunct professor for ACT’s MFA program). For Cal Shakes, Jonathan has directed the world premiere of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven by Octavio Solis, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts One and Two, Candida, Twelfth Night, Happy Days, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and The Seagull. Regional credits include Intersection for the Arts, the Huntington Theatre, Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and Magic Theatre, among others. Jonathan has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Arts Council. He is a current participant in the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program and serves on the board of directors of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Jonathan is the first recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for “transforming the American theatre through his unique and creative work.”Back to top
Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined has also received an OBIE, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). It premiered in London at the Almeida Theatre in April 2010, and will tour several US regional theatres in 2010-2011. Her play By The Way, Meet Vera Stark will premiere at Second Stage Theatre during its 2010-2011 season. Other plays include Intimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award; Playwrights Horizons, London's Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers and POOF! Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. Her most recent publications include: Ruined (TCG), Intimate Apparel and Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine: Two Plays (TCG) and Crumbs from the Table of Joy and Other Plays (TCG). She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer. www.lynnnottage.net
Ralph Peña is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of the Obie and Drama Desk Award winning Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Michael Lew's Microcrisis (EST/Youngblood and Ma-Yi Theater Company), Lloyd Suh's Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi) and Happy End of the World (Children's Theater Company and Ma-Yi at Arena Stage), Nicky Paraiso's House/Boy (La Mama ETC, Singapore and Dublin Theater Festivals), and Savage Acts by Kia Corthron, Han Ong, Sung Rno, and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (Ma-Yi). He is also the author of Flipzoids, Dead Man's Socks, I__NY, Project: Balangina (with Sung Rno), and additional text and lyrics for Lonnie Carter's The Romance of Magno Rubio (Obie Award). Apart from Ma-Yi Theater Company, his work has been seen at Long Wharf Theater, KumuKahua, Northwest Asian American Theater, ASIA Theater, San Diego Asian American Rep, La Mama ETC, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Fox Theater, NYSF/Public Theater, the Odeon Theater in Romania, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Ralph was one of the lead organizers of the first U.S. Artists contingent to the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and Ensemble Studio Theater.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.Back to top
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.Back to top
Ellen Richard joined A.C.T. as Executive Director in 2010. Since then she has been 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.Back to top
Blake Robison is in his third season as Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Since his arrival, 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, 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 just 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.Back to top
Diane Rodriguez is an Obie Award winning multi-disciplinary theatre artist. She is an accomplished actor, anthologized writer, regional theatre director and Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group (CTG), Los Angeles. She began her career as a lead actress with the seminal ensemble, El Teatro Campesino. Recognized as one of the country's leading advocates for non-text based and ensemble driven work as well as a long time advocate of Latino playwrights and actors, Diane maintains her artistic career while being a member of the artistic staff of Center Theatre Group, which includes the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Under her tenure as Director of New Play Production (NPP) 2005-2014 , CTG's NPP program was awarded two one million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the commissioning and development of collaborative works from ensembles or creative collaborators. She has developed and directed the works of numerous writers including Nilo Cruz's Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams and Dreams of My Father, Lynn Nottage's Fabulation at Sundance Theatre Lab, Lloyd Suh's American Hwangap at Ojai Playwrights Conference, Erik Patterson's Sick for Playwrights Arena, and Les Thomas' Cave Quest for East West Players, among many others. In 2008, for Mattel Toy Company, she wrote the book and was the supervising director for the first live Barbie musical Barbie Live/The Princess Adventures. The show was translated into Spanish and premiered in Buenos Aires before touring Latin America. Subsequently she wrote her second Barbie Live musical that toured Asia in 2013-2014. She won an OBIE for Performance (Best Ensemble) in 2007 for playing 23 characters in Heather Woodbury's Tale of Two Cities. In 2012 and 2013 her play, Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way was produced at Teatro Luna and 16th Street Theatre, respectiviely. With Mark Murphy and Mark Russell she co-curated the RADAR LA Festival in 2011 and 2013. She lives in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles with her long time husband, friend and advisor, Jose Delgado.Back to top
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.
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.Back to top
Tim Sanford is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons. He began his work at Playwrights in 1984 as a literary intern, followed by nine years as Literary Manager and two years as Associate Artistic Director, before assuming the 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) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie) and The Flick (Obie, Pulitzer Prize), both by Annie Baker. In recognition of Tim’s dedication to diverse writers and unique voices, 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 and a contributor to Dramaturgy in American Theater. He has a B.A. from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature from Stanford University.Back to top
Sean San José is Program Director and a founding member of Campo Santo, and the Artistic Director of Youth Speaks. He is a native of San Francisco, of mainly Filipino and Puerto Rican background. An award-winning actor, he conceived the theatre project Pieces of the Quilt, a collection of new, short plays confronting the AIDS epidemic. As a Co-Founder, he works with Alma Delfina Group-Teatro Contra el SIDA, presenting these plays in schools, libraries, clinics and community centers. Started as an homage to his parents who died of AIDS, the collection involves eighteen writers, including: Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner and Migdalia Cruz. Part 1 was premiered at the Magic Theatre in 1996, where he performed for four seasons. He has appeared in the premieres of works by Caryl Churchill, Philip Kan Gotanda, Octavio Solis, Jose Rivera, Marlane Meyer, Nilo Cruz, Danny Hoch, Octavio Solis, Erin Cressida Wilson, Naomi Iizuka, Migdalia Cruz, among others.Back to top
Roche Edward Schulfer is in his 35th season as Executive Director of Goodman Theatre. On September 4, 2013, his 40th anniversary with the theatre, Mr. Schulfer was honored with a star on the Goodman’s “Walkway of Stars.” In June, he received the Visionary Leadership award from Theatre Communications Group. During his tenure he has overseen more than 335 productions, including close to 130 world premieres. He launched the Goodman’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, which celebrates 37 years as Chicago’s leading holiday arts tradition this season. In partnership with Artistic Director Robert Falls, Mr. Schulfer led the establishment of quality, diversity and community engagement as the core values of Goodman Theatre. Under their tenure, the Goodman has received numerous awards for excellence, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, recognition by Time magazine as the “Best Regional Theatre” in the US, the Pulitzer Prize for Lynn Nottage’s Ruined and many Jeff Awards for outstanding achievement in Chicago area theatre. Mr. Schulfer has negotiated the presentation of numerous Goodman Theatre productions to many national and international venues. From 1988 to 2000, he coordinated the relocation of the Goodman to Chicago’s Theatre District. He is a founder and two-time chair of the League of Chicago Theatres, the trade association of more than 200 Chicago area theatre companies and producers. Mr. Schulfer has been privileged to serve in leadership roles with Arts Alliance Illinois (the statewide advocacy coalition); Theatre Communications Group (the national service organization for more than 450 not-for-profit theatres); the Performing Arts Alliance (the national advocacy consortium of more than 18,000 organizations and individuals); the League of Resident Theatres (the management association of 65 leading US theatre companies); Lifeline Theatre in Rogers Park and the Arts & Business Council. He is honored to have been recognized for his work by Actors’ Equity Association for promoting diversity and equal opportunity in Chicago theatre; the American Arts Alliance; the Arts & Business Council for distinguished contributions to Chicago’s artistic vitality for more than 25 years; Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year”; the City of Chicago; Columbia College Chicago for entrepreneurial leadership; Arts Alliance Illinois; the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee for his partnership with Robert Falls; North Central College with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree; Lawyers for the Creative Arts; Lifeline Theatre’s Raymond R. Snyder Award for Commitment to the Arts; Season of Concern for support of direct care for those living with HIV/AIDS; and the Vision 2020 Equality in Action Medal for promoting gender equality and diversity in the workplace. Mr. Schulfer is a member of the adjunct faculty of The Theatre School at DePaul University, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he managed the cultural arts commission.Back to top
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.Back to top
Mark Valdez is the Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a national coalition of ensemble-based theaters that aims to support and sustain ensemble practice. Current NET projects include the Micro-Fest: USA initiative (theater festivals in Detroit, Eastern Kentucky, New Orleans and Honolulu) and the creation of an artist-to-artist touring network. Based in Los Angeles, Mark has worked as an educator, writer and director. Current directing projects include:Learn to be Latina at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis and the premiere of a new community-based play created with the residents of Weedpatch, CA for Cornerstone Theater Company. Directing credits include the first ever approved adaptation of the Kaufman and Hart classic, You Can't Take It With You, adapted to LA's Muslim community, and a bi-lingual, Spanish-English, adaptation of the musical comedy, The Pajama Game. Mark has directed world premiere plays by Erik Ehn, Tracy Scott Wilson, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Peter Howard, Rickerby Hinds, and others. His play, Around Atlanta on $80, an adaptation ofAround the World in 80 Days was recently presented through the Alliance Theater's Collisions Project. Mark has led workshops and participated in panels for TCG, Lincoln Center, Southwest Arts Conference, Leadership for a Changing World, REDCAT, NYU, The New School, ATHE, NEA and the Ford Foundation, and many others. He received an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine and is the recipient of Princess Grace Foundation Award for Directing.Back to top
Clyde Valentin was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and is director of the arts and urbanism initiative at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX. Clyde previously served as the executive director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Clyde is a graduate of Binghamton University where he was a member of La Raza Theater Company, a student run theater collective that served as the inspiration for his work.
Meiyin Wang is the Director, Devised Theater Initiative and Co-Directo, 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.Back to top
Megan Wanlass most recently joined Cornerstone Theater Company as its Managing Director in January 2014. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Wanlass was the Executive Director of SITI Company in New York City. In her tenure with SITI since 1995, Megan helped to create over 35 productions touring to 88 cities, 32 states and 19 countries. She began working with Anne Bogart and SITI Company during The Adding Machine at Actors Theatre of Louisville during the Modern Masters Festival. She has an Arts Administration Certificate from New York University, attended the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University Business School, was a member of the Arts Leadership Institute Charter Class at Teachers College, Columbia University, participated in the National Arts Strategies Executive Leadership Program and holds a B.A. in Theater from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.Back to top
Robert P. Warren is the president of the William and 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.Back to top
Karen Wickre is a long-time editor, author and content strategist as well as theatre-goer, reader and consumer of much media. Currently she is Editorial Director at Twitter, where she guides the company's editorial voice for its network of blogs and Twitter accounts. Previously, she worked at Google in a similar capacity for 9 years, where she developed the company’s corporate content strategy and built its blog and Twitter platforms into global channels. Karen is on the board of the International Center for Journalists as well as TCG. She is also a supporter of SheBooks, a digital service geared to women readers and writers, and a veteran of TED Conferences. Her MA from George Washington University was about the Federal Theatre Project (1935-39), and her dog is named for Hallie Flanagan, its passionate leader. She is @kvox on Twitter.Back to top
Paul G. Wolf is a veteran of the New York City real estate industry with more than 25 years of diverse development, leasing and project management experience. He has represented developers and property owners to secure commercial tenants, managed a vast commercial property portfolio, represented tenants in acquiring and developing property and helped to finance projects through both traditional and less conventional routes.As a principal of Denham Wolf, Paul's projects have included providing financial expertise and business consulting for arts, cultural, community development and educational organizations as they considered their real estate-related needs and requirements. He has guided and coached nonprofits in articulating their goals and using their real estate to serve those goals. His vision and analysis underpin many of our clients' strategic real estate decisions.Before co-founding Denham Wolf, Paul was Senior Vice President of Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He was responsible for the fiscal management of a portfolio of more than 11 million square feet of commercial and industrial space. He frequently functioned as the market expert to support the City's corporate retention efforts. Paul holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in its Executive Program as well as a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University. He has been a licensed real estate broker in New York State for 20 years. Paul is a frequent public speaker and presenter on real estate development and nonprofit organizations.Back to top