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Guest Artists

 

EVAN BERGMAN (Director) For New Jersey Rep: Marisa Smith's Saving Kitty and Mad Love, Tony Glazer's Substance of Bliss and American Stare, A View of the Mountains by Lee Blessing, The M Spot by Michael Tucker, starring Emmy Award winner Jill Ekinberry, The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (Edgar Award nominee); Deborah Rennard's For Worse, and Jack Canfora's Jericho, Poetic License and Place Setting. New York; The world premier of the long running New York and Los Angeles production of The Director starring John Shea. Gryzk (Ensemble Studio Theater); The Glass House (workshops) with David Strathairn ,Hope Davis, Laila Robbins (Connecticut); Geraint Wyn Davies (Barrington Stage);New York premiere with Harris Yulin (Resonance Ensemble, Clurman Theatre). Love Therapy by Wendy Beckett with Alison Frazer (Daryl Roth Theatre); Jack Canfora's Jericho (NY Times Critic Pick, and Poetic License featuring Geriant Wyn Davis both for NJ Rep and The Directors Company(59E59). Musicals include the world premiere of A Girl Called Dusty by Susann Flechter (Provincetown Playhouse) and The Last Five Years (NTW).

 

MARC GELLER (Director) has directed ANGELS AND MINISTERS OF GRACE (2015 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Director of a Play), NOIR, MIDDLEMEN and DONNA ORBITS THE MOON all for NJ Rep. Other directing credits include: TWO-HEADED at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, SOUVENIR at StageWorks/Hudson and the world premieres of the Off Broadway shows ASCENSION (Lion Theatre), ACTS OF LOVE (Kirk Theatre) and ADJOINING TRANCES (Beckett Theatre) all in NYC. Other New York directing credits include: the world premieres of THE FABULOUS KANE SISTERS IN BOX OFFICE POISON (Cherry Lane Theatre), DAMMERUNG (Lion Theatre), MORE THAN THIS (Urban Stages) and the first New York revival of UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS... (Judith Anderson Theatre). Marc has also been seen as an actor at NJ Rep, playing Sidney Webb in ENGAGING SHAW, a role he also played in the NYC premiere ( 2010 Ab*ie Award for Best Actor). He most recently appeared as Isaac in DISGRACED at Cape May Stage, Doc in WEST SIDE STORY at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan and as The Ghost of Jacob Marley (for four years) in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2015 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Actor in a Musical) at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA. He can currently be seen on THE ONION, channeling the dead, as psychic medium Kenneth Quinn. Marc is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

 

JAMES HINDMAN (Playwright) Most recent: POPCORN FALLS (Theatre Nova) Off Broadway; PETE 'N' KEELY (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, Pub. Samuel French); A CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE (Pub. Samuel French); THE AUDIENCE (Transport Group, Drama Desk nomination); BEING AUDREY (Transport Group, NEA Grant recipient) and THE GORGES MOTEL (NYFringe Festival 2016, Pub. Dramatist Play Service), THE DRAMA DEPARTMENT (Terrence McNally Award finalist, Pub. DPC), THE BIKINIS! (Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre), HEAVEN HELP US (Denver Center, Carbonell Award nomination). Member: Dramatist Guild of America. As an actor: B'way and tours: MARY POPPINS, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, 1776, CITY OF ANGELS, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, FALSETTOS, DANCING AT LUGHNASA. Television and Film: Recurring role on "Public Morals" produced by Steven Spielberg , "Madam Secretary", "Forever", "Believe", "Person of Interest", "Hostages", "House Of Cards", "Unforgettable", "Henry's Crime", "The Sopranos", "Law and Order, SVU, CI", "Rescue Me", "The Blacklist" and the upcoming "Iron Fist".

 

KEN WEITZMAN (Playwright) Halftime with Don, in addition to NJ Rep, is slated for productions at B Street Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre as part of the National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere. Previous productions include, among others, The Catch (The Denver Center Theatre Company), Fire in the Garden (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The As If Body Loop (Humana Festival), Arrangements (Atlantic Theatre Company). Hominid (Out of Hand Theatre/Theatre Emory/Oerol Festival Netherlands. Plays-in- progress include Reclamation (O'Neill National Playwrights Conference), Spin Moves (New Harmony Project, Theatre Lab), and seal boy (Keen Company, Lark, Playwrights Center). National Awards include The L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting for Arrangements, TCG Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award for The Catch, the Fratti/Newman Political Play Contest Award for Fire in the Garden, and South Coast Repertory's Elizabeth George Commission for an Outstanding Emerging Playwright. Organizations who have commissioned Ken's work include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Arena Stage, the Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre Emory, Out of Hand Theatre, and South Coast Repertory Theatre. Ken's is a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, a former Writer-in- Residence for Out of Hand Theatre Company, and served as a board member for The New Harmony Project. Ken's plays have been published by Samuel French and Playscripts. Ken received his MFA from University of California, San Diego and has taught at UCSD, Emory University, Indiana University (head of MFA in Playwriting) and, currently, at Stony Brook University. Many thanks to SuzAnne, Gabor, NNPN, and Wendy Goldberg.

 

ROBERT CAISLEY (Playwright) Robert Caisley is Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho where he oversees new play development, and teaches courses in playwriting and various topics in classic and contemporary theatre. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His latest play Lucky Me has just been optioned by New Jersey Repertory Company, Curious Theatre in Denver, Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA and Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and will enjoy an NNPN Rolling World Premiere in the 2014-15 season. His last play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays was a 2012 Finalist for both the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's New Play Conference and the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama at Bloomington Playwrights Project, and was selected for a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in the 2012/2013 season at New Theatre (Miami, FL), Montana Repertory Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA) and New Jersey Repertory. Happy has just been nominated for a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Original Script. Other plays include Kissing (New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL; Phoenix Theatre New Play Festival, Phoenix, AZ), The Lake (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA; Lavender Footlights Festival, Miami, FL), Good Clean Fun (Montana Actors Theatre, Missoula), Push (commissioned by Penn State University), The 22-Day Adagio (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA; London's Royal Court Theatre, Summer Playwrights Program), Front (Sundance Institute's Playwright's Lab), Kite's Book (6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA), Letters to an Alien (optioned by Flying Eagle Films, Mad Horse Theatre, Portland, ME), Santa Fe (StageWorks/Hudson, New York, which was a Finalist for the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Winter which received its World Premiere at New Theatre in Miami in 2012. His plays Front and Happy have just been published by Samuel French, Inc. His latest play & Juliet was developed this summer in residency at the Missoula Writers Colony with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Arts Commission, and received a developmental reading at New Theatre in Miami. He is currently under commission for Clarence Brown Theatre. Caisley served as Interim Artistic Director for Idaho Repertory Theatre from 2001 – 2005, where he directed such plays as Much Ado About Nothing, The Rivals, Lend Me a Tenor, Wild Oats, HUSH: Interview with America, The Underpants and Biloxi Blues. He has worked in the entertainment industry as a Creative Consultant for The History Channel, Triage Entertainment, and also for North by Northwest Productions, Netter Digital Entertainment, New Wave Entertainment and Mahagonny Pictures. Since 2007 he has been on the National Reading Panel for Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West. Caisley has been a guest speaker at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the University of the Arts, San Diego State University, Marquette University, Washington State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Montana, Northern Illinois University, Bowling Green State University, Denison University, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Howard University, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Bradley University, Cal State - San Bernardino, Rockford College, and American University in Washington, D.C. Robert was lead teaching artist and dramaturg for the 2010 and 2011 Alaska Native Playwrights Project and production dramaturg for the Native Voices/Montana Repertory Theatre developmental co-production of Carolyn Dunn's The Frybread Queen. In 2011 he directed the Los Angeles Premiere of The Frybread Queen and directed staged readings of The Birdhouse by Diane Glancy at La Jolla Playhouse for the 2011 Native Voices Festival of New Works and at the 2012 Native Voices Festival held in Los Angeles. He recently directed the LA World Premiere of The Birdhouse for Native Voices at the Autry National Center. His work is published by Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing Company, One-Act Play Depot of Canada, the Western States Theatre Review and Mizna: A Journal of Arab-American Literature.

 

KAREN RIZZO (Playwright) Karen Rizzo's stories and essays (one of which garnered a Western Publishing Association's MAGGIE award for Best Essay) have been featured in numerous publications including The Los AngelesTimes, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Beatrice, a couple Random House anthologies of women's humor, on NPR and at L.A.'s ongoing reading series Literary Death Match, Vermin on The Mount, Personal Space and True Stories. She is the author of the Los Angeles Times summer reading pick Famous Baby and Things to Bring, S#!t to Do…, a BookSense non-fiction pick of the year. Her plays have been performed at NYC's Ensemble Studio Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Playwrights Horizon's Theatre School, and in Los Angeles at Arcade and Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A. Mutual Philanthropy was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and had it's West Coast premiere at EST/L.A. Karen lives with her husband and two children in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.

 

KENT NICHOLSON (Director) New York credits include: 9 Circles (Sheen Center), Long Story Short (Prospect Theater), Five Flights (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Wet (Summer Play Festival), and Marry Harry (NYMF, American Theater Group). Regional: Amadeus (South Coast Repertory), Light in the Piazza (South Coast Repertory), How to Write a New Book for the Bible (South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory), Cubamor (Village Theatre), Lizzie (Theater Under the Stars, Village Theater), Grey Gardens, Vincent in Brixton, Ambition Facing West, and All My Sons (TheatreWorks), Saint Ex (Weston Playhouse), 9 Circles, The Good German, and Jacques Brel (Marin Theater Company), Small Tragedy and Satellites(Aurora Theater Company). He created the New Works Initiative at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and The Uncharted Writers Group at Ars Nova. He currently serves as the Director of Musical Theater at Playwrights Horizons.

 

ETHAN HEARD (Director) Ethan Heard directs plays, musicals, and operas. As Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera, he has directed Butterfly, Dido and Aeneas, Kafka-Fragments, The Seven Deadly Sins, and the drag extravaganzas Queens of the Night: Mozart in Space, Miss Handel, and The Fairy Queen. Other opera includes Empty the House (Curtis), Sisyphus (Experiments in Opera), L'incoronazione di Poppea (Princeton University), Erismena and L'Orfeo (Yale). Musical theater includes Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing, and A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group), The Other Room (Inner Voices), Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park with George (Yale), Into the Woods and The Producers (Princeton). He also served as Resident Director of Jay Chou's new jukebox musical The Secret in Beijing and Shanghai. Plays include: Partners (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), The Cat and the Canary (BTG), Lottie in the Late Afternoon and Julius Caesar (Yale), The Gay Ivy (Dixon Place), Pullman WA and in a word (Williamstown). As Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret, Ethan co-created Basement Hades and Trannequin! and began the tradition of Yale School of Drag. He is a faculty member at Yale School of Drama and Princeton and is Resident Director of Cantata Profana. BA & MFA: Yale. ethanheard.com

 

ALLISON GREGORY (Playwright) Allison Gregory's plays have been produced all over the country and she has received commissions, grants, and development from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Indiana Repertory, the Skirball-Kenis Foundation, ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Geva, and The New Harmony Project. Her play Not Medea (O'Neill, BAPF finalist) received a 2016 National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Motherland (O'Neill finalist, American Blues Blue Ink Award finalist) was an NNPN Showcase selection. Allison is a Core Member of the Playwright's Center and a member of The Marthas playwright collective. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, Dramatic Publishing, and Rain City Press. http://allisongregoryplays.com/