special pre-party guest!
EISA DAVIS wrote and starred in ANGELA’S MIXTAPE, produced by New Georges with Hip-Hop Theatre Festival and named a Best Off Broadway Play of 2009 by The New Yorker. She’s been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was the 2012 Alpert Award winner in theater, and received a 2013 OBIE Award for sustained excellence of performance. As an actor, she recently appeared in THE CRADLE WILL ROCKk in the new Encores! Off Center series, LUCK OF THE IRISH at LCT3 (Lucille Lortel nomination), THE CALL and THIS at Playwrights Horizons, and in the Broadway rock musical PASSING STRANGE (Obie Award), captured on film by Spike Lee. Her album Something Else is available through iTunes and CDBaby, and she sings her original music at venues like Joe’s Pub, BAMCafé, the Whitney Museum and the Apollo — and as an artist-in-residence at Symphony Space, which commissioned her new music-theater piece FLOWERS ARE SLEEPING.
LAURA EASON, a member of New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet, is currently a staff writer on the Netflix show House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright; her play SEX WITH STRANGERS (Sydney Theatre Company, Australia; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago) will be produced at Second Stage in May. She’s received Chicago’s Jeff Award for New Work and Adaptation, and is an active ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award.
LEE SUNDAY EVANS is an alumnus of the New Georges Jam, and the Resident Director at CollaborationTown, where plays she’s directed include affiliated artist Boo Killebrew’s The Play About My Dad (59E59), workshopped at New Georges. Lee was Young Jean Lee’s Associate Director on LEAR, THE SHIPMENT and CHURCH, and has taught theater workshops in New York City public schools and in Arusha, Tanzania, as a teaching artist with the International Theater & Literacy Program.
MEGHAN FINN is a 2013-14 Audrey resident, a member of the New Georges Jam, and directed Peggy Stafford’s MOTEL CHERRY for New Georges (co-produced with Clubbed Thumb), a Huffington Post Top 10 of 2012! Other recent world premieres include THE SERVICE ROAD by affiliated artist Erin Courtney (Adhesive Theater Project/New York Times Critics’ Pick) and Mac Wellman’s 3 2’s; or AFAR (Dixon Place). Among other projects in development, she’s working with affiliated artist Alexandra Collier on TAKE ME HOME, a play set in a taxi cab that will be produced by Incubator Arts Project in 2014.
LINSAY FIRMAN directed the New York premiere of affiliated artist Anna Ziegler’s PHOTOGRAPH 51 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, reprised at the 2011 World Science Festival, and the recent world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s ISAAC’S EYE, also at EST, where she’s the Literary Manager and the Associate Director of the EST/Sloan Project. She’s a founder of Soho Rep’s renowned Writer/Director Lab, and has been in the Women’s Project Director’s Lab, a Resident Director at New Dramatists, and a Director/Dramaturg in The Lark’s Meeting of the Minds writer’s group.
BOO KILLEBREW, member of New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet, is a playwright, choreographer, actor, co-founder of CollaborationTown, A Theatre Company, and member of the 2013 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. Her plays include DAYS LIKE DIAMONDs, THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD (59e59 Theatres, New Georges Mini-Workshop), THE MOMENTUM (Fringe Excellence Award, Emerging Americas Festival/The Huntington Theatre), and THEY’RE JUST LIKE US.
JULIE KRAMER’s stage adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s 1952 novel THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, developed with Amy Wilson and workshopped at New Georges, was a New York Times and Time Out New York Critic’s Pick and had a sold-out run at HERE last year. At New Georges, she directed the world premieres of Wendy Weiner’s HILLARY: A MODERN GREEK TRAGEDY WITH A (SOMEWHAT) HAPPY ENDING and Jenny Lyn Bader’s NONE OF THE ABOVE, and was a founding member of our erstwhile sketch comedy group Kinda Personal.
RACHEL PETERS, New Georges’ sole affiliated composer, scored New Georges’ production of STRETCH (a fantasia) by Susan Bernfield, directed by Emma Griffin, and collaborated with Susan on the solo musical TINY FEATS OF COWARDICE (FringeNYC, Adirondack Theatre Festival), directed by Daniella Topol. Her one-minute opera Monkey Do and song cycle Jack’s Vocabulary (for which she set her elementary school-age cousin’s homework) have both been seen and heard at New Georges Trunk Show at Cornelia Street Café, where she frequently performs programs all her own. Rachel is a Composer in Residence of The Coterie, and an alumna of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice and the John Duffy Composers Institute.
CHARISE CASTRO SMITH is a member of the New Georges Jam and Kitchen Cabinet! An actor as well as a playwright, she appeared in THE GERM PROJECT in 2011. Her plays include ESTRELLA CRUZ [THE JUNKYARD QUEEN] (Ars Nova ANT Fest), THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE (Studio 42; New Georges; Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep; upcoming: world premiere, Washington Ensemble Theater) and BOOMCRACKLEFLY (Miracle Theater, Portland, OR).
AMY WILSON has appeared in dozens of plays in New York City and around the country. Last year, she produced and starred in THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, a New York Times Critic’s Choice. She was a regular on the sitcoms Norm (ABC) with Norm MacDonald and Daddio (NBC) with Michael Chiklis, and had a recurring role on Felicity. Amy’s written and performed 4 one-woman shows (all in collaboration with director Julie Kramer), including MOTHER LOAD, which toured to 16 cities across the U.S. after its hit engagement off-Broadway. And she’s the author of When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, the Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be (HarperCollins, 2010). She still wonders – and blogs about it at whendidigetlikethis.com.
KARLA CARBALLAR’s work in video, photography and installation has been exhibited in the US, Mexico, Asia and Europe, including Ex Teresa Arte Actual Museum, Mexico City; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy; Goliath Visual Space,; MC Gallery; Jamaica Center for the Arts, all in New York City, and Dukwon Gallery, Seoul.
HEIDI SCHRECK’s play CREATURE premiered at New Georges (co-produced with Page 73 Productions) in 2009! Her latest, THE CONSULTANT, will be at the Long Wharf Theater in May 2014. Also an OBIE Award-winning actor, Heidi was seen most recently in the hit version of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Shakespeare in the Park, MADRID at Manhattan Theatre Club and HOW THE WORLD BEGAN at Women’s Project, directed by affiliated artist Daniella Topol. She’s currently a staff writer on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.
MARIA-CHRISTINA OLIVERAS is a great friend of new plays and a frequent habitue of The Room, both as actor and supporter. In addition to readings and workshops pretty much everywhere, she’s appeared on Broadway, off, and regionally – most recently in this summer’s oft-extended David Byrne / Fat Boy Slim musical HERE LIES LOVE, directed by Alex Timbers, at the Public Theater.
STEPHANIE WRIGHT THOMPSON is finishing up the run of Lauren Yee’s THE HATMAKER’S WIFE at The Playwrights Realm. A company member of The Mad Ones, she appeared in their UNTITLED BIOPIC PROJECT in last summer’s Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theatre, and all over the place in their big fat hit SAMUEL AND ALASDAIR: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE ROBOT WAR.
MOLLY LLOYD was seen in Julie Kramer’s THE BEST OF EVERYTHING last fall at HERE. She performs at comedy festivals nationwide, and weekly at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre as part of house teams Airwolf and Stone Cold Fox. She co-starred in My Best Day, an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
MORE TO COME!!
DAGES JUVELIER KEATES’ solo and collaborative choreography has been presented at Danspace Project at Saint Mark’s Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 3LD, Merkin Hall, Dixon Place and more. As a performer, she’s worked with Noemie Lafrance, David Gordon, Maureen Fleming, and Susan Osberg/Work with Dancers, and is a member of the NY Innovative Theater Award-winning Company SoGoNo, as well as Lydian Junction!
ERIC CLEM is one of those honorary New Georgians (by which we mean guys), memorably appearing in our productions of ALICEGRACEANON and STRETCH (a fantasia). He’s a writer and actor for Naked Angels’ monthly podcast, Naked Radio, and was in Primary Stages’ hit revival of ALL IN THE TIMING earlier this year.
LEAH HENOCH is co-creator, writer and star of the “exemplary” and “super funny” web series Yoga Partners. Watch it here! She’s also an invaluable member of the New Georges team, associate producer on both plays in our BIG 2012-13 season, ALICEGRACEANON and GOLDOR $ MYTHYKA: A HERO IS BORN. AND she’s your host!
PEGGY SCOTT was a key member of our Dead City-inspired Ulysses book group! She’s worked regionally at the Guthrie, ACT, Mark Taper Forum, The Huntington Theatre, and many others, on Broadway in Is He Dead? and for 3 years she played Jeanne Reilly on Rescue Me.
OLIVER BURNS most recently joined New Georges last July for our Gitmo Bake-Off in the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage festival! He’s a Norwegian actor, trained in London, proud to call New York his home. Favorite theater includes: Gorilla (Theater Row), Water (HERE), The Winter’s Tale (Norway), Orson’s Shadow (Queens Theater in the Park), The Tempest (world tour) and Pride and Prejudice (UK tour).