The Winter 2011 Writer/Director Forum, a festival of new works featuring emerging women playwrights and directors, runs December 1-18 at Looking Glass Theatre (422 West 57th Street).
The Looking Glass Writer/Director Forum is part of the company’s mission to reflect life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision and aesthetic. The festival is held twice a year at Looking Glass Theatre.
This year’s winter festival features the work of 10 emerging women directors tackling new works.
This three-week presentation encourages our artists to find and share their own unique voices, take risks and experiment with the extraordinary.
In honor of their outstanding efforts and creative work, we recognize our artists with the Forum Awards, voted for by audience, Looking Glass staff and at-large members. Forum Audience Awards – weekly and overall, voted for by audience members – are given for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Production.
Forum Producer is Aliza Shane.
Light designers for the Winter 2011 Forum are
Week 1 - Ryan Metzler
Week 2 - Daisy Long
Week 3 - Elizabeth Elliott
The full performance schedule:
WEEK 1 – DECEMBER 1-4
Assistant Directors/Stage Managers: Francesca Galbo, Taylor Reynolds
Light Design: Ryan Metzler
The Golden Ticket by Jennifer Barclay, directed by Anais Koivisto
Featuring Kati Rae Cowardin, Joey Lozada & Thami Moscovici
Garden of Ashes by Jan O’Connor, directed by Estefania Fadul
Featuring Alison Burke & David Harrell
Oscar, a record keeper for the "cremains" of thousands of unclaimed dead in a large city, is visited by a young woman looking for her long lost love.
Pedestrian Casualty: Bronx, USA by Nina Mansfield, directed by Christina Neubrand
Featuring Manny De La Cruz, Shannon Harris, Alexandra Hiotakis, Keenen Jones, Darla Juniper,
Josh Mahaffey, Norma Perez-Hernandez & Austin Young
A school teacher. A student. A car crash.
WEEK 2 – DECEMBER 8-11
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Caroline Angell
Light Design: Daisy Long
Azaleas by Leigh Steiner, directed by Laura Hirschberg
Featuring Rory Kulz & Chanel Thomas
What happens when the one you love is no longer the one you trust?
Thursday Morning by Elizabeth Swearingen, directed by Jessy Grossman
Featuring Daniel Blatman, Olivia Boyle & Lesley Noyes
‘Frailty, Thy Name is Woman…’
Based on the works of William Shakespeare, Adapted and directed by Katherine Sommer
Featuring James Bascomb, Samantha Cains, Kevin Hoffman, Lilli Stein & Nick Zappetti
WEEK 3 – DECEMBER 15-18
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Gina Femia
Light Design: Elizabeth Elliott
The Stakeout by K. Alexa Mavromatis, directed by Sarah Simmons
Featuring Kiley Rothweiler & Anna Drezen
He Says His Name is John by Laura Rohrman, directed by Ashley Marie Scoles
Featuring Hazen Cuyler, Josiah Laubenstein & Caitlin Morris
Sidewalk Cracks by Brit Hawkins, directed by Gretchen Ferris
Featuring Kate Dickinson, Billy Roberts & Jodi Lynne Savitz
Sometimes you know the difference between right and wrong. And then you do it anyway.
Friends by Karin Diann Williams, directed by Karyn Joy DeYoung
Featuring Nathalie Frederick & Kea Trevett
About Looking Glass Theatre...
Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to theatrically and truthfully reflect a female vision on the stage while creating a community of artistic freedom. We fulfill this by presenting female directors' visions of original works or the classics and by staging new plays either written or directed by women. This includes children’s shows and educational programming as well as our semi-annual festival of new works, featuring emerging women playwrights and directors, each season. In June 2006, Looking Glass Theatre and Artistic Director Justine Lambert received The Lucille Lortel Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.
THE LOOKING GLASS WINTER 2011 FORUM
SCHEDULE: Thurs - Sat @ 8PM, Sun @ 5PM
TICKET PRICE: $15 general admission
ADDRESS: 422 West 57th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues
SUBWAYS: A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th/Columbus Circle; N, R, Q to 57th/7th
PHONE: (212) 307-9467
This production is now closed.
WHO'S WHO IN THE WINTER 2011 WRITER/DIRECTOR FORUM
FRANCESCA GALBO (AD/SM) is so enthusiastic about her first involvement with Looking Glass Theatre! A local New Yorker, she is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she received a BA in English and Theatre with a double concentration in Acting and Directing. In her senior year she directed a Studio Production of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane. Other directing credits include: Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, and Jeff Goode’s Murder at Midnight. She has also acted in several Mainstage Productions, where her portrayal of Rita in Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women earned her an Irene Ryan Award Nomination.
TAYLOR REYNOLDS (AD/SM) is absolutely thrilled to be working with Looking Glass for the first time! She originally hails from Chicago, where she directed a production of Annie at Hanna Saks High School last spring. Shortly after, as part of her artistic internship at Victory Gardens Theater, she was the assistant director for The Gospel According to James directed by Chuck Smith. Most recently, she was the assistant director for THIRST as part of Leapfest 8 at Stage Left Theatre. She holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, where her favorite accomplishment was her senior thesis production of In the Blood.
RYAN METZLER (Light Designer) is the former Light Designer in Residence for Looking Glass Theatre and Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Select NY credits include: Stone Cold Dead Serious (Clurman Theater at Theatre Row); North of Providence (Altered Stages); Eden (Chashama); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (The Richmond Shepard Theatre); and La Boheme (Inwood Shakespeare Festival). Active in charity work, he designed for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit One Night Only (Loews Theater, Jersey City, NJ), Hear Our Song (Riverspace Arts Center, Nyack, NY) for the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, and Songs for a New World (Beckett Theatre at Theater Row) for the PM3 Foundation.
THE GOLDEN TICKET
JENNIFER BARCLAY (Playwright) is an actor-turned-playwright, currently based in California. Her plays have been produced and developed nationally and internationally by Steppenwolf, Redcat, Kennedy Center, International Theatre of Vienna, Edinburgh Fringe, among others. Awards include Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Kennedy Center National Science Playwriting Award, Pinter Review, Princess Grace finalist, and Heideman Award finalist. Jennifer was the 2009-10 Shank Playwright in Residence at South Coast Repertory, and is a graduate of Northwestern University and UC San Diego.
ANAIS KOIVISTO (Director) is excited to direct in the Looking Glass Forum after assistant directing in the Spring 2011 Forum. Previous directing credits include The Saint Plays (Seiche Productions), GUT Symmetries at the Huntington Light Lab, Speed Shakespeare – Hamlet, R&J (Theatre Artists’ Conspiracy), and Misreadings (SOTA). Anais holds a BFA from the Boston University College of Fine Arts and has studied at LAMDA and the American Conservatory Theatre.
KATI RAE COWARDIN (Becky) is thrilled to be doing her first production at Looking Glass. She recently received her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. NYC credits include: How the Moon Fell in Love for Turtle Shell Productions’ Summer Shorties Festival, Don Juan Comes Home From the War and Are We There Yet? at The New School for Drama, and Differentiation for the Strawberry One Act Festival. She teaches Spin and Yoga. Big thanks to my Matty!!!
THAMI MOSCOVICI (Caroline) has appeared in several off-off Broadway productions including I Can't Imagine Tomorrow by Tennessee Williams, The 385lb Smoker, Lysistrata (in French) and Men. Her film credits include Losing Grand Ma, F**k You Viagra, That's What She Said, and Love Under Glass. She is currently studying with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio and her first and forever teacher, her coach Toni James.
JOEY LOZADA (Interloper), the Looking Glass intern supervisor and former Looking Glass acting intern, hails from Enfield, CT. He has studied acting with the Hartford stage as well as at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy which he graduated from in the Spring of ‘09. He has since been working on various student films, showcases, and staged readings. He was also seen off-Broadway at the actors temple in The Columbine Project. He’s honored to be part of this series of new works and is very excited about what is being performed tonight.
GARDEN OF ASHES
Oscar, a record keeper for the "cremains" of thousands of unclaimed dead in a large city, is visited by a young woman looking for her long lost love.
JAN O’CONNOR (Playwright) – Her full-length plays, The Girl Who Would Be King and Cleo’s Girls were recently produced in her hometown, Los Angeles, as were her short plays Crustacean Island, The Intersection, Taken for a Ride and S.O.U.L’s, Inc. Gayby’s Playdate was a winner of the Lesbian & Gay Playwriting Festival in LA and was produced in upstate New York and Minneapolis. Garden of Ashes was first place winner in LA’s FirstStage One-Act Contest.
ESTEFANIA FADUL (Director) is thrilled to be directing in the Looking Glass Forum for the first time. She is a 2010 graduate of Vassar College, where her senior thesis direction of A Streetcar Named Desire garnered her the Drama Department’s Molly Kazan Prize for distinction in the theatre arts. She was also a co-founder of Idlewild Theatre Ensemble, an all-women’s student-run troupe. Following graduation, Estefania worked as an assistant director for Tony-nominee Sheryl Kaller, and spent last fall studying filmmaking in Prague. While there, she wrote, directed, edited, and produced her first short film, Beauty Mark, which had its premiere screening at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. She would like to thank her family and friends for their incredible support!
DAVID HARRELL (Oscar)- New York: Welcome to Wal-Mart (Theater Breaking Through Barriers), The GIMP Project: IF (La Mama), Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire (The Actors Studio), Richard III (New York Classical Theatre), A Little Potato and Hard to Peel (self-produced at the Workshop Theatre) Regional: Tobacco Road, The Matchmaker (Triad Stage), The Comedy of Errors (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), Julius Caesar (Georgia Shakespeare Festival), Sweeney Todd (Theatre Gael), Ruffian on the Stair, You Belong to Me (Push Push Theatre), Conversations With My Father, The Golem (Jewish Theatre of the South), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Raleigh Ensemble Players), Anthony and Cleopatra (New American Shakespeare Tavern) Television: Law and Order: SVU (NBC Universal), I Married a Mobster (Discovery: ID) davidharrellonline.com
ALISON BURKE (Rachel)) is a recent graduate of Vassar College. New York theatre credits include Washing Away (Nora, dir. Yaara Sumeruk), Sidetracked (Angie, dir. Sanja Bestic), and Talking With... (Big Eight, dir. Nisha Whitfield). She has also worked with Genius is Familiar Productions on the upcoming series That's What She Said. Alison is excited to be making her debut with Looking Glass Theatre.
PEDESTRIAN CASUALTY: BRONX, USA
A school teacher. A student. A car crash.
NINA MANSFIELD (Playwright) is a CT-based playwright and fiction writer. Her plays have been performed throughout the United States and in Canada and Ireland, and are published by Smith and Krause, One Act Play Depot and YouthPLAYS. Her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and The Chick Lit Review. Her YA Mystery novel Swimming Alone was a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Sisters in Crime.
CHRISTINA NEUBRAND (Director) is thrilled to be back with Looking Glass for another Forum. She most recently directed How I Thought the Milonga Would Save Me as part of the 2011 Spring Forum. Previous favorite credits include AD for Betsy is Bored… with Looking Glass Theatre, performer with Red Thread Theatre, Co-Founder, Producer, Actor & Stage Manager with the Drama Club in Dallas -- as well as her work as a teaching artist in the New York City Public Schools. ITAVA, 162 & Nicole, this is for you!
SHANNON HARRIS (Grandmother) is thrilled to be working with Looking Glass and the talented cast and crew of Pedestrian Casualty: Bronx, USA. She was last seen as Emilia in Othello with Inwood Shakespeare Festival and, before that, in Titus Andronicus and Tempest in rep with Adirondack Shakespeare Company’s Bookend Project. Favorite roles include Emilia, Hermione (The Winter’s Tale), Adriana (Comedy of Errors), and Lady in Red (for colored girls…). Shannon trained at CSSD in London, AADA-LA, and Columbia University, where she earned a BA in English from Barnard College.
ALEXANDRA HIOTAKIS (Ms. K), the Looking Glass internship program coordinator, is honored to be on the Looking Glass stage for the fourth time. A professional nomad, Alexandra has spent the past ten years traveling and performing. Some credits include Echo's (Tilda), Women Behind Bars (Ada), Romantic Comedy (Phoebe) and The Vagina Monologues. Mom, Dad, Sam & Alex, thank you for your love and support. Jillian and Belle the best friends a girl could ask for! Welcome to the world baby boy Gallop, can't wait to love on you and your big brothers. Peace and Love;)
KEENEN JONES (DeShaun), a 21-year-old actor from Newark, NJ, is the youngest of two children. He developed an interest for acting while taking classes for cinematography at his local community college in New Jersey. He promptly announced that he would be an actor and his family hasn't taken him seriously since. Keenen started attending HB studios where he would then study theater under the guidance of Joseph Daly. It wasn't long until Keenen would start auditioning for roles in plays and short films where he then landed a role and made his theatrical debut in Pedestrian Casualty.
DARLA JUNIPER (Student) is a New York City native, just recently graduated from the two-year certificate program at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Recently appeared in the production of Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, and previously in the production of Polaroid Stories by Naomi Izuka. Darla is so thrilled to make her theatre debut in this production. She would like to thank Christina, Looking Glass Theatre, her family, and all her teachers from Strasberg.
JOSH MAHAFFEY (Officer) is excited to be performing in his second Looking Glass Forum! Josh was also an intern here at Looking Glass this past summer, you may have seen his class’ showcase The End of the World. Other New York credits include Osric, in Hamlet at The Brooklyn Heights Theatre, and Chaim in Kvetch, an Adam Roebuck Production. Josh graduated in 2010 with a BFA in Acting from Otterbein University. He would like to thank the cast/creative team, his Looking Glass intern class, fellow Otterbein alumni, the brothers of Pi Beta Sigma, his family and friends, and his lady Megan.
NORMA PEREZ-HERNANDEZ (Student), a current Looking Glass acting intern, is thrilled to be working with Looking Glass. She was a featured singer in the Stage of Fiends cabaret If IT Had a Voice and performed in UNBURDENED, a new play that premiered at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summerfest 2011. Other stage credits include: Henry V (Pistol, Warwick, Chorus, Governor, Orleans), Boston Marriage (Catherine), and Woyzeck (Grandmother). Commercial Work: Revolution. Special thanks to her family and friends for their constant support.
AUSTIN YOUNG (Officer) is enthusiastic about participating in the production Pedestrian Casualty! He is a 2006 graduate of Temple University. While there, he received his degree in Elementary Education. He credits much of his inspiration to pursue his dream, of acting, to the many Kindergarten students he taught for four years! In his most recent production Friends and Monsters, written by Mila Golubov, he played a Gaga drag queen, which is by far his most "Divalicious" role to date! Lastly, he sends much love to his mother Kathleen, brother Tyler and his family for their undying support and love!
CAROLINE ANGELL (AD/SM) -- Directing: Shotz (aMios, NYC), Mulan, The Jungle Book (The Theatre Lab, DC) High School Musical 2 (Regional Premiere, Academy of the Holy Cross, MD), The King is Dead (workshop American University/Highwire Theatre), Little Gives, Whisper Rings, and Tempted (The Kennedy Center Page to Stage), Working (Imagination Stage), Violet (Kensington Arts Theatre), and Perf 101, Godspell, and To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (American University). Assistant Directing: Olney Theatre Center, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, Metro Stage. B.A.:Musical Theatre, American University. This is Caroline's first Forum. ILYDDMGB&E!
DAISY LONG (Light Design) is a New York-based lighting and scenic designer. Recent credits include Wise Blood, Floyd Collins, Utility Monster (Yale University) and Cold Turkey (Ars Nova ANTFest). She holds a degree in theater from Yale University. Upcoming: The Private Sector (Less Than Rent Theater), Who's Your Baghdaddy?; F#@KING UP EVERYTHING (New Musical Foundation). Many thanks to the cast and crew of the Looking Glass Writer/Director Forum!
What happens when the one you love is no longer the one you trust?
LEIGH STEINER (Playwright) -- This is Ms. Steiner's Off-Off-Broadway debut! Azaleas was first produced at Barnard College, in a production that Ms. Steiner also directed. Other works include Starlight Over Rhone, and her latest piece, Red Shift.
LAURA HIRSCHBERG (Director) is delighted to be back at the Looking Glass for her fifth directing project with the company and her fourth Forum. Previous Looking Glass productions: Swallow It, Clean, Fire Thief, and Necessary Burn (staged reading). Ms. Hirschberg’s productions have won Forum awards for Best Production, Best Director, Best Playwright, Best Actor/Actress, and Audience Favorite. Other directing credits: The Strongest (WorkShop Theater), The Fantasticks, Arcadia, and Angels in America: Perestroika (Harvard University).
RORY KULZ (Gil) is an actor, improviser, sometime sketch writer, and recent New York transplant. He has been described (in character, thankfully) as a "narcissistic throwback" by Broadway World, "creepy" by The Boston Herald, and "over-the-top" by The Harvard Crimson. He is pleased to be working with this fine group. Selected credits -- New York: That Time, and the Time Before That, and... (Sightline / Dixon Place), The Untitled Project (Planet Connections Festivity); Boston: Stop Kiss, Love's Fire, Learn to Be Latina, House Teams (Improv Asylum); Film: Ashley/Amber (2011 Berlinale shorts).
CHANEL THOMAS (Nora), a current Looking Glass acting intern, is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is thrilled for the opportunity to participate in this year's Forum and to work with such lovely people! She has performed in various shows and cabarets in the NYC area such as A Bright Room Called Day and This Time It's Personal. She has also recently began to delve into the world of film, and is hooked! She would like to dedicate these performances to her pet puma. “Thanks for all the love!”
ELIZABETH SWEARINGEN (Playwright) is both an actor and playwright living in New York City. She attended Circle in the Square Theatre School for Musical Theatre and is a member of both AEA and AFTRA. As an actor, she has worked with The Dramatists Guild, NJ Rep, The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, The Triad, The Storm Theatre, The Bridge Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, and Primary Stages. Elizabeth’s first full-length play The Waiter Project was just seen in The Barrow Group’s Reading Series and was also performed as a staged reading earlier this summer at Primary Stages. Elizabeth is happy to return to Looking Glass as a playwright! elizabethswearingen.com JESSY GROSSMAN (Director) is excited that you wanted to see some theatre today! NYC directorial credits include Augustine’s Confessions (Adam Roebuck Production), Fireman (Access Theatre) and many staged readings as the artistic director of a New Play Reading Series. She recently associate produced Date of a Lifetime and assistant directed This One Girl’s Story at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). She interned at Davenport Theatricals this past summer. Jessy most enjoys working in new play development. Thanks to all my family and friends for the support and love. @theatreleader / jessygrossman.com
DANIEL BLATMAN (Young Man) is making his debut performance in the Looking Glass Forum. He is really excited to be working alongside such talented and powerful women. Recent Theatre: Tonight is Kinda Special (Arteffects Theatre Co.), Black Comedy, Mary Stuart. Recent film; Fall, The Works of Darren McGannon. Training: The William Esper Two-Year Program, Terry Schreiber. He would like to thank the cast and crew for being bad ass.
OLIVIA BOYLE (Young Woman), a current Looking Glass acting intern, is a native to the open fields of Indiana. Olivia is ecstatic to be in Thursday Morning in the Looking Glass Forum. Her previous credits include Amiga Gringa in Suzanne Lori-Parks’ In the Blood, Mouth in Sam Beckett’s Not I, Narrator in Ball State University's original production of Daughters of Trinity. Olivia would like to thank her incredible parents, her dear friends, without whom she would not be here...she'd also like to thank the plane that brought her to this wondrous, magical, torturous, bustling city . Thanks to the bum in the subway, the rats who play in the bushes in the Park, the sunlight that reflects off the skyscraper's glass at dusk. Much gratitude and love to all of this and more for helping the world to turn round. And kismet. Let's all thank kismet.
LESLEY NOYES (Waitress/ Hostess), a recently Floridian migrant, is excited to be a part of her first New York City show and supporting new works written and directed by her fellow females. Garnering her B.F.A in acting from U.C.F, Lesley worked at the Hangar Theatre as a Lab Company Member before venturing into the city. More to come!
'FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN…'
KATHERINE SOMMER (Adapter/Director) is so happy to return for her third time as a director in the Looking Glass Writer/Director Forum. She is a (not-so-recent-anymore) graduate of Skidmore College and is enjoying exploring all the wonderfully rewarding theatrical experiences in and around NYC. In addition to her continued work with Looking Glass, she has most recently worked as an assistant director/stage manager for the Project Girl Performance Collective’s performance in the 2010 Fringe Festival and as an assistant director and performer in Tomfoolery Theatre’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Katherine would like to thank her parents for always being her biggest fans, her friends for all their love and support, and Caroline and this wonderful cast for going on this adventure with her and for bringing her (possibly crazy) ideas to life!
JAMES BASCOMB (Man 3) is thrilled to be performing at Looking Glass Theatre once again. After making his New York debut in last year’s Winter Forum, he has continued working with the wonderful women of Looking Glass Theatre both in readings for the theatre (Aliza Shane, The Nudist and Her Son- Naked Staged Reading Series), as well as outside productions (Laura Hirschberg, Hook-Ups- 2011 Capital Fringe Festival). James would like to thank Mom, Dad, Sis, Chris, Nicole, Megan, Jason, Adam, and Laura for their staunch love and support.
SAMANTHA CAINS (Lady Macbeth) is thrilled to be making her New York City debut. A new New Yorker, Sammi graduated last May with a BFA in Acting from Ball State University and since September has been an acting intern at Looking Glass Theatre. Favorite past roles include Teresa in The Memory of Water, Mel in God's Ear, (Irene Ryan Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival nomination) Sarah in The Lover, and Flo in Picnic. Love and thanks are due to Katherine, Naima and all of Looking Glass, and her fellow interns. Sammi is eternally grateful for such a wonderful first gig in New York.
KEVIN HOFFMAN (Hamlet/Man 1) is super pumped to be involved at Looking Glass for the first time. He just moved out here to NYC in May and couldn't be happier with his experience. Recently, he performed in his first off-Broadway production of Uncle Pirate at Vital Theatre Company. Kevin graduated from Millikin University where he most recently played "Sparky" in the Collegiate Premiere of Golden Gate by Kooman and Diamond (Dani Girl; Homemade Fusion). He can't wait to get more and more involved in the theatre and film world in NYC!
LILLI STEIN (Ophelia) is an actress and recent graduate from the theatre and Russian departments at Middlebury College. Recent NY credits include Lovesong of the Electic Bear, and Territories with The Potomac Theatre Project, and Electric Eden with Rescue Agreement.
NICK ZAPPETTI (Macbeth/Man 2) is a current Looking Glass acting intern and Frailty is his first production with Looking Glass Theatre. Nick is thrilled to have worked on such a great project and would like to thank everyone involved. Nick has an Associates Degree in Theater with an emphasis in Acting from The Suffolk County Community College, with credits that include Joe in Angles in America, Vladimir in Waiting For Godot, and Dr. Jim Bayless in All my Sons. Nick thanks everyone and anyone who supports him in what he strives to do; act- especially his family, and Lela who is his biggest fan.
GIMA FEMIA (AD/SM) is a Brooklyn based director and playwright. She recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in Theatre. She has studied with directors such as Ed Sherin, John Dillon and Will Frears and has been assistant director to John Dillion, Merri Milwe and Shirley Kaplan. Recent writing credits include development workshops for two new plays: Pieces of Penelope and Starlight.
ELIZABETH ELLIOTT (Light Design) is thrilled to be joining Looking Glass Theatre this Forum. Liz recently finished her fourth year as the faculty resident light and sound designer at DeSales University in eastern Pennsylvania. She also designs for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival every summer. Her design work has been seen in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and as far away as Utah. She received her MFA in theatrical lighting design at the University of Cincinnati: College Conservatory of Music, and her BFA from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
K. ALEXA MAVROMATIS (Playwright) is a playwright and troublemaker originally from Athens, Ga. Her full-length play The Back Room was a winner of the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award (KCACTF/ATHE, third place), and her short plays have been produced across the country and internationally. Alexa is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Theatre Communications Group, and Boston-based Rhombus Playwrights. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. The Stakeout (originally titled Bastard) was a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award in 2008.
SARAH SIMMONS (Director) is glad to return to Looking Glass Theater’s Playwright Director Forum after AD/SM-ing last fall. Originally from Washington State, Sarah is studying to complete a BA in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College where she recently served as dramaturg on Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan (adaptation by David Harrower) and director of Spike Heels. Previous selected credits: The Bald Soprano and Geography of a Horse Dreamer MMC (dramaturg) ConcealHer Tent Peg Theater Productions (performer/designer) Flaccid Penis Seeks Vaginal Dryness NYIF (performer) The Gumdrop Attorneys Coffee Black Productions (director) The Human Comedy APAC (dramaturg).
ANNA DREZEN (Beth) is a actor and comedian living in Brooklyn, NY. She trained at NYU, RADA, UCB, and a few other abbreviated institutions. Recent NY: Flaccid Penis (FringeNYC/Dixon Place), Old Timey Radio Show (Magnet), Uncle Shelby's Wunderpantry (Planet Connections). TV/Web: Girlhattan, one soul-stirring scene of backting in Pan Am, various sketches and short films. Many thanks and blessings to Jorffrey, Balto, and Gus-Gus. twitter.com/annadrezen. KILEY ROTHWEILER (Marti), a current Looking Glass acting intern, began at a young age, competing in Ballroom Dance competitions against adults…and winning. Earning a BA in Psychology from UMASS, she moved to NYC to attend The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. She has performed in numerous independent short films, landed a role on the CBS show ‘Love Monkey’, performed at The Boston Improv Festival. Currently studying at T.Schreiber Studios with the legendary Julie Garfield and is currently writing something top secret. She has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as a guest, to discuss her moral fortitude. Kiley is excited to be doing her first production with Looking Glass Theatre. youtube.com/user/kileyar, email@example.com
HE SAYS HIS NAME IS JOHN
LAURA ROHRMAN (Playwright) is the author of several full-length plays, including Reporter Girl (A Princess Grace Finalist, O’Neill Festival semi-finalist and Weissberger Award nominee) written about the life of her grandmother, Dale Messick, America’s first syndicated female cartoonist who created the famous cartoon strip Brenda Starr Reporter. Her one-acts include Without, a 2004 Samuel French short play finalist, also produced by the Writer/Director Forum in 2009, and Below 14th, a 2005 Samuel French finalist. Laura is a graduate of The New School for Drama’s MFA program and a member of the Dramatist Guild. laurarohrman.com
ASHLEY MARIE SCOLES (Director) is very excited to be a part of her third Forum at Looking Glass Theatre. During the previous Forum, she directed Risk by Yasmine Beverly Rana. She has also directed in the staged reading series (Calamity!) here at Looking Glass. Before moving to NYC last year, Ashley directed The Dixie Swim Club, Bolero, and Romance. She would like to thank everyone at the Looking Glass for their continued support of female artists.
HAZEN CUYLER (John) is happy to be working at Looking Glass Theatre! Since moving to New York in April, he has done several readings at The Abingdon Theatre, Boomerang Theatre and Looking Glass Theatre. He has also been seen at the NYC 15 Minute Play Festival and Strawberry One Act Festival, among other venues. You can keep up with Hazen's work and video at hazencuyler.com. I hope you enjoy the show!
JOSIAH LAUBENSTEIN (Jerry), a current Looking Glass acting intern, is thrilled to be working on this project.
CAITLIN MORRIS (Charlotte) is excited to be making her Looking Glass debut! Most recently she took part in Truffle Theatre Company's reading of Trash. Favorite roles include Brutus in Julius Caesar, Ruth in And Baby Makes Seven, and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Regional Theatre: Evie in Evie's Waltz (CATCO), Pattie in Kimberly Akimbo (Dixie Theatre), Sybil in Private Lives and Reba in The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Though she is a Florida native, Caitlin holds a B.F.A in Acting from Otterbein College (now University), nestled in the little town of Westerville, OH. She would like to thank her incredible parents for trekking up to show their support!
Sometimes you know the difference between right and wrong. And then you do it anyway.
BRIT HAWKINS (Playwright) graduated with her BFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008. She has spent her time since performing, writing, and educating young actors. Previously a writer for Briefs Magazine in Columbia, South Carolina, Brit now resides in Boston, MA where she spends her time begging graduate programs for admission and scholarships. Other plays include Donna’s, Tugboat, Heritable Information, and Inside Voices.
GRETCHEN FERRIS (Director) is a director/casting director working out of New York City. NY directing credits include: Inside the Three-O-Nine(Looking Glass Forum), Romeo & Juliet, Chains of Dew (Zephyer Rep/Wings Theatre), Lysistrata (Phare Play Productions), Wincing at the Light (Love Creek), Denial: Time to Face the Musical(Concert Reading) and readings of Dinner at Seven (Manhattan Shakespeare Project) and Odbody (The Parachute Plays). She works with wojcik|seay casting and holds theatre degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Florida State University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
KATE DICKINSON (Wife) is an actor and writer. Her New York theatre credits includes: Facing the Minotaur with the Red Thread Theatre, World of Tomorrow with The Artists Playground Theatre, The Vagina Monologues with Looking Glass Theatre, and Are You There Zeus? It's Me Electra by Aliza Shane. She is currently working on two new pieces for the new year. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her foolishness.
BILLY ROBERTS (Man) has his BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. As well as having studied at the William Esper Studio, he currently is studying improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade. Favorite roles include The Adding Clerk in Machinal and Ross in Macbeth.
JODI LYNNE SAVITZ (Red), a current Looking Glass acting intern, is a native of South Florida and happy to be making her New York theatrical debut at Looking Glass. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, (BA in Theatre and Gender Studies), Jodi also studied dance and film production at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA) in Buenos Aires. Recent credits include Hedda Gabler, The Fantasticks, and Prologue Theatre Company's premiere of Courage, Mr. Collingsworth. Jodi currently resides in Brooklyn and works as a promotional model for companies including Bloomingdales, Sephora and Lacoste, and recently appeared in NYC Fashion's Night Out. She thanks her parents and sister for their unyielding support for her work in the arts and the Looking Glass interns for their solidarity.
KARIN DIANN WILLIAMS (Playwright) is an Artistic Associate at Looking Glass where audiences have seen her plays Head, Time Troll, Spirits! and Anna's Perfect Party, among others. Her work has also been produced by San Diego's Fritz Theater (where she served as playwright-in-residence from 1992-2001), the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre Digital Performance Institute, Art House Productions, Lamia Ink!, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the Strawberry One Act Festival, Collaboraction Theater, Boston Theaterworks, and many others. As a Partner in the motion media company CulpepperWilliams, she wrote and produced The Captive (2010 Webby People's Choice Award Winner) and the independent feature Jordan. Her plays are available online through Original Works Publishing and YouthPlays.
KARYN JOY DeYOUNG (Director) is thrilled to be back for her directing debut with Looking Glass! Most recently she could be seen as Megan in HERE Arts' Lush Valley. Recent directing credits include Multi-Talented with Write Act Rep Eastside, Jill Came Tumbling After with Dalliance Theatre, and is currently building a project of her own based Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles. Thanks to Nathalie and Kea for being absolute stars from the get-go!
NATHALIE FREDERICK (Amber), a current Looking Glass acting intern (also sometimes known as Nathalie Frederick Berman), is a New York City native and a May 2011 graduate of Cornell University. Recent credits include Far Away (Joan) and God’s Ear (Lanie) as well as the films Crimson (Eloa) and Scripted (Lottie). Her current claim to fame is that she can be heard as the voice of a character on a recently aired episode of Pokémon, Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky? Nathalie would like to thank her fellow Looking Glass interns (drip drip!) and those who have worked on Friends for being abs mag. You can keep up with her ongoing ventures online at nathaliefrederick.com.
KEA TREVETT (Lily) is a recent graduate of NYU, where she studied dramatic literature. She is thrilled to be working on this project with such awesome and talented women. Previous stage credits include The Hamlet Rave (NYU Gallatin) and Royal Gambit (AADA). Training: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Evening Division, T Schreiber Studio.