An evening of one acts centered around issues of equality within the context of the 2012 election season.
Playwrights include: Rob Askins, Joshua Conkel, J. Holtham, Anna Moench, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Luanne Aronen Rosenfeld, and Jen Silverman.
Directors include: Dominic D’Andrea, Scott Ebersold, Julie Foh, Jessi D. Hill, Michael Perreca, and Melanie Moyer Williams
Corey Allen*, Nikole Beckwith, Dana Berger, Tom Butler*, Pepper Binkley*, Erin Buckley*, Cicily Daniels*, Alex C. Ferrill*, Adam Fujita*, Kirsten Hopkins*, David Jackson, Natalie Kim, Parker Leventer*, Amelia Matthews*, Stacey Raymond*, Brian Charles Rooney*, Jonathan Todd Ross*, Debargo Sanyal*, and Will Seefried*
CREATED EQUAL will be performed January 26-February 12 at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y located at 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues.
Press Representation by Emily Owens PR.
Thursday, January 26 – 8pm – First Preview
Friday, January 27 – 8pm – Second Preview
Saturday, January 28 – 8pm – Official Opening
Sunday, January 29 – 3pm
Thursday, February 2 – 8pm
Friday, February 3 – 8pm
Saturday, February 4 – 8pm
Sunday, February 5 – 2pm *Note special Superbowl Curtain time!
Monday, February 6 – 7pm
Thursday, February 9 – 8pm
Friday, February 10 – 8pm
Saturday, February 11 – 8pm
Sunday, February 12 – 3pm – Closing
Hear what the critics are saying about CREATED EQUAL:
East Village Arts claims -
"All theatre is not created equal, but Created Equal is sure to take your breath away, and make you think in the process."
"It warms the cockles of my cold, cynical heart to see the great tradition of American political theatre nurtured and perpetuated with so much panache at the 14th street Y," boasts Cultural Capitol.
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We participate in the TDF voucher program.
Materials for the Arts:
Given the political nature of CREATED EQUAL, we decided to remain neutral and highlight a new initiative of the company in partnership with the 14th Street Y. This year, we officially became a theater in residence at the Y and have committed to participate in their goals for “going green” and becoming more environmentally active. All materials from one production to the next are recycled for future use or given to other companies in need. Another component of this initiative for us is our membership with Materials for the Arts, an organization dedicated to keeping materials out of our landfills that could be used by arts organizations throughout the city. Materials that either we or the Y cannot use are donated to Materials for the Arts. We are also recipient of these materials, and it allows us to continue producing quality theater on a budget. Please learn more below about Materials for the Arts and support them in any way you can. As an individual, you can make a donation of materials as well. You never know what might be a gem for another theater company!
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CREATED EQUAL is made possible by generous grants from the following foundations:
The Dramatists Guild Fund
The Josephine Foundation
CREATED EQUAL is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency:
New York State Council of the Arts
This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Corey Allen* - Occupied (Andre)
Corey Allen is thrilled to make his Red Fern Theatre debut. He’ll next be seen in the Huntington Theater’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Recent regional credits include The Fall of Heaven (St. Louis Rep), Othello, Henry IV, pt 1 (Great River Shakespeare Festival) The Pillowman, The Lion in Winter and Marisol. Recent films include “The Deal and Where Truth Lies”. He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign WWW.COREY-ALLEN.COM
Nikole Beckwith - America, You Kill Me (Abby)
Nikole Beckwith has developed new work with Gregory S. Moss, Eric Bogosian and Josh Conkel, making her NYC stage debut in his hit MilkMilkLemonade (Lady In A Leotard, IT nominee). Some favorite roles include Chicklet (Psycho Beach Party) The Succubus (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) and Vixen (The Eight: Reindeer Monologues), Beckwith is also a MainStage cast member of The Story Pirates. She is mostly a playwright though and is represented by The Gersh Agency. www.nikolebeckwith.com
Dana Berger - Pull! (Katie)
Dana Berger is a graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and Duke University (B.A. in Theater Studies). She received a NY Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance for the one-woman show Washing Machine, with Fist in the Pocket Theater. Other companies she has worked with include Target Margin Theater, The Process Group (FringeNYC), Syracuse Stage, UglyRhino and New York Theatre Experiment. This is her third production with Red Fern.
Pepper Binkley* - Pull! (Emma)
Theater: The Cherry Orchard, Atlantic Theater, The Real Thing The Huntington Theater, Wilder Works Keen Company, various Off-Off Broadway with the Cherry Lane, EST, Woodshed Collective and others. Film/TV: “Stone”, “Morning Glory”, "The Good Wife", “Law&Order”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “The Bedford Diaries”, “Chuck”, and upcoming indies "Repatriate", "The Kitchen" and "The Exhibitionists". She works extensively in voice-over and does a weekly radio program for the blind with www.gatewave.org She grew up in San Diego and studied at Princeton and RADA.
Scott Rad Brown - What the Wall Does (Dude)
Scott Rad Brown is an actor, writer, and producer. His work has been seen at The Flea, The Lark, and APAC, as well as regionally. He is also an artistic associate of Dalliance Theater producing new works.
Erin Buckley* - Lex Before Marriage (Lex)
Erin worked on Chaos with Theater Mitu in Abu Dhabi last year and is currently workshopping Nastaran Ahmadi’s Exile and Rocket Song. TV credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Medium, and Gossip Girl. Readings/workshops at The Public, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, New York Musical Theatre Festival, APAC, The Cherry Lane, and The New York International Fringe Festival. MFA: Yale School of Drama; BA: Stanford University.
Tom Butler* - America, You Kill Me (Ron)
Tom Butler is an actor, director, and writer. After receiving his BA from Brown University, he completed his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting program. In addition to acting both regionally and in New York, he has taught and directed at universities across the United States. Presently, he is working on several scripts for both stage and television.
Cicily Daniels*- Equal Time (Martha)
Cicily Daniels hails from Potomac, Maryland. Her Broadway credits include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ursula u/s, Alana, Original Cast), All Shook Up (Sylvia u/s), Rent (Joanne u/s) & the National Tour of Caroline or Change (Washing Machine); TV & Film: Boardwalk Empire, Ugly Betty, Across the Universe; American Gangster. Cicily recently debuted her solo concert “How High” at the University of Southern Indiana and served as the celebrity spokesperson for Nielsen TV. Cicily is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. Theater Studies, Performance Concentration).
Alex C. Ferrill* - Occupied (Todd)
Mr. Ferrill is delighted to be working with RFTC again. Some of his credits include (NYC): The Beautiful Beautiful Sea Next Door (Ars Nova ANT Fest), Miss Evers’ Boys, An Ideal Husband both with Red Fern Theatre Co, Ghosts, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth. (Regional): Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Taming of the Shrew, 12th Night, Cowboy Mouth. Film: Doorman, Eat Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Up the Hill. Alex is a proud member of AEA & SAG. Website: www.alexcferrill.com.
Adam Fujita* - Occupied (Oscar)
Adam is happy to be making his Red Fern debut with this great group. Other NYC credits. Medvedenko/Seagull (Drilling CO.). Man 3 /Shake a Tree (Theatre Row). Nixon/ The Corridor ( The Box NYC). Puck/Midsummer (SITPL). Overseer/Freedom Train (Theatre Works USA). Smeilicue/Dark of the Moon (Chashama). Feste/Twelfth Nite (SITPL). Blind/ Someone I never Knew (The Duplex) Borrachio/ Much Ado (SITPL).AEA, AFTRA, AADA Alumnus. Thanks to Melanie, Julie and Jason for the chance to play. Love to my wife.
Kirsten Hopkins* - Equal Time (Abbie)
Kirsten Hopkins grew up in Los Angeles and lived in Seattle for seven years before moving to New York. In Seattle, companies she worked with included Seattle Children’s Theatre (where her favorite role was Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical), Book-It Repertory, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop. In New Jersey and New York, she recently appeared in Centenary Stage Company’s Light Up the Sky and The Management’s Lonesome Winter.
David Jackson - Lex Before Marriage (Clyde)
David Jackson (Clyde) is psyched to be a part of CREATED EQUAL! New York Credits: I Loved Sam Stone (Sam Stone) at The Tank, The Private Sector (Will) at Theater for the New City, Richard 3 (Richmond) at La MaMa in FringeNYC ‘10, Rattlers (Shane) with Flux Theatre Ensemble. Fordham College Lincoln Center: The Good Person of Szechwan (Wong), The Way of the World (Fainall), Dog Act (Dog). David is a member of Magis Theatre Company.
Natalie Kim - Occupied (Lynn)
Natalie has been lucky and blessed to perform with the following New York City theatre companies: Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Dramatists, and Ma-Yi. She also performed in Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, written and directed by Obie Award-winning director, Young Jean Lee. She can now be seen in the comedic web series SuperTwins ! (www.supertwins.TV) which is about fraternal super hero twins who are down on their luck.
Parker Leventer* - Lex Before Marriage (Jane)
Parker has acted with Red Fern Theatre, Columbia University, Full Stop Collective, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Lark and The Working Theater in New York, and regionally at Trinity Repertory and Magic Theatre. She narrates for Audible.com and AudioGo. Parker also writes and performs comedy cabaret acts for Forbidden Kiss and other venues. She graduated from the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting program
Lou Liberatore* - What the Wall Does (Blue Suit)
Broadway: BURN THIS (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations), AS IS. Off-Broadway/Regional: Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, the Lark, Naked Angels, Circle Repertory Company, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Two River Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, the Alley, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf and on London’s West End. TV/Film: Nurse Jackie, Sex and the City; Law & Order; “It’s My Party”, others. As Director: UN-SILENCED (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Water with Lemon (TV Pilot). Education: Fordham University (Lincoln Center), William Esper. Member: Circle Repertory Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.louliberatore.com
Amelia Mathews* - Occupied (Carol)
Amelia Mathews is an actress, photographer, and maker of beautiful things. Currently, she is splitting her time living in New York City and Toronto, although her artistic journey has taken her to Serbia, Italy, Bali and Japan. Amelia has a B.A. from Wittenberg University, and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Tennessee. Amelia has studied at the Actor's Center, interned at the Juilliard School, and has worked extensively in New York & regional theatre. Check her out at www.ameliamathews.net or www.etsy.com/people/ameliamathews.
Stacey Raymond* - Lex Before Marriage (The Lesbian)
Received her BFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) and has performed in a variety of theaters including Ensemble Studio Theater, La Mamma's Annex Theater, HERE Arts Center, PS122, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Wow Cafe Theater and Bickford Theater, to name a few, and performed this month with terraNOVAcollective. Film credits include the leading roles in ALICE IN ANDREW'S LAND and DIVE, both films critically acclaimed throughout various international film festivals.
Brian Charles Rooney* - Equal Time (John)
BROADWAY: Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout Theater Co.); Camelot in Concert (Lincoln Center/PBS). OTHER NY: Dionne Salon in BEDBUGS!!! (NYMF '08 Outstanding Performance Award); The Devil in Winner Take All (FringeNYC '11 Award for Outstanding Performance). REGIONAL: Candy Darling in POP! (Yale Repertory Theater / CT Critics Circle Award: "Best Actor in a Musical"); Homer in Floyd Collins (Actors' Playhouse / Carbonell Award Nom: "Best Featured Actor"); title role in Batboy, The Musical (Charleston Stage Co.). TOURS: Featured Soloist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (North American Tour); Tony in West Side Story (Euro Tour). www.briancharlesrooney.com
Jonathan Todd Ross* - Equal Time (George)
BFA Graduate of NYU/CAP21. Favorite Stage Roles: Eric in It's Only a Reading (Williamstown), Myshkin in An Idiot (NYC Fringe),Jonathan in Sight Unseen (Theater 54), Paul in The Maiden's Prayer (Theater 54), Fonzie in Happy Days: The Musical, written/directed by series' creator Garry Marshall (Falcon Theater, Los Angeles). Film/TV: Bronx Is Burning, Guiding Light, One Life to Live. Animated Series: Yugioh, One Piece, TMNT, Pokemon, GI Joe, and more, plus numerous audiobooks.
Debargo Sanyal* - Pull! (Greg); What the Wall Does (Grey Suit)
NYC stage: Invasion! (Play Company), Charles Mee’s Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature Theatre), After. (Partial Comfort Productions), Looking for the Pony (Vital Theatre), Telethon (Clubbed Thumb), Port Authority Throw Down (Working Theater), Commedia Dell Smartass (New Georges) Feature Film: The Normals, The Summer of Monte Wildhorn, Bert & Arnie's Guide to Friendship, Everybody’s Fine Television: Blue Bloods, Damages, Law & Order, The Sopranos, L&O:Special Victims Unit, L&O:Criminal Intent, All My Children, national commercials.
Will Seefried* - America, You Kill Me (Cedar)
Will is thrilled to make is Red Fern debut! OFF-BWAY: Books Cook!, The Awesome 80’s Prom. NYU: Take Me Out, A Bright Room Called Day, Dog Sees God and many more. In NYC Will has performed with: Radio City Music Hall, Atlantic Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, LaMAMA, Dance New Amsterdam, Columbia University, Webster Hall, and Witness Relocation. Will is a founding member of MultiPurposeRoom and The Lightbulb Factory. BFA, NYU. www.WillSeefried.com
Anna Van Valin* - What the Wall Does (Lady)
In New York, Anna has appeared at Primary Stages, Atlantic Theater Company, heater for a New Audience, THe Midtown International Theater Company, and the Stella Adler Company. Regionally she has worked with Trinity Rep, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, Red Stages and Chautauqua Theater Company. She is a proud graduate of NYU (BFA, Adler/RADA) and the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium (MFA). An extra helping of love to Rob and Dominic. www.annavanvalin.com
Rob Askins - Playwright, What the Wall Does
Robert Askins was born in Cypress Texas in 1980. He moved to New York in 2005. Princes of Waco was produced and developed by Youngblood. His play Matthew and the Pastor's Wife was a part of Marathon 2010 at the Ensemble Studio. Rob’s play Hand to God has enjoyed a sold out run and will return in the New Year. Rob is an I-73 and Youngblood Alum and a member of EST.
Joshua Conkel - Playwright, America, You Kill Me
Joshua Conkel is a playwright, culture vulture and Navy brat who hails from Washington State.. He is the author of MilkMilkLemonade (Best Off Off Broadway Show of 2009-NY Press, published by Playscripts), The Chalk Boy (Published by Original Works Publishing), Lonesome Winter (co written with Megan Hill) , The Sluts of Sutton Drive, and I Wanna Destroy You as well as countless short plays. Conkel’s work has been seen all over the country as well as internationally and has been developed by The Management, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic, Dixon Place, The Flea and more. He is the Co-Artistic Director of The Management, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab, TOSOS and The Dramatists Guild.
J. Holtham - Playwright, Occupied
His work has been seen at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (School Night, Marathon 2011), [the claque], Williamstown Theatre Festival, Magic Theatre, Vital Theatre, Broken Watch, 24Seven Lab, SUNY New Paltz. Webseries: In The ‘Wood. His play, Manifesto, was commissioned by Time Warner/Second Stage Theatre. He is a co-founder of The New Black Fest, a festival celebrating the work of Black playwrights. He blogs about theatre and culture as 99 Seats at Parabasis. A proud product of NY/NJ public education. For IB & MA.
Anna Moench - Playwright, Pull!
Anna is currently a Van Lier Playwriting Fellow at the Lark. Her plays have been seen at 59E59, EST, the Old Vic, The Flea, and FringeNYC. Awards include the Jerome Foundation’s 2009 Travel Grant, the 2101 T.S. Eliot Exchange with the Old Vic, and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Anna is a two-time recipient of the EST/Sloan Commission and was a member of the 2010-2011 Emerging Writers Group at The Public.
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld - Composer, Equal Time
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld is a New York City-based composer, music director and teaching artist. She served as music director for the First National Tour of the Tony-Award winning musical Spring Awakening and has music directed shows at many theatres in New York and regionally. Kristen's one-act musical, The Nightingale, was premiered at Sprouts! Children's Theatre in 2005, and her new musical version of The Merry Wives of Windsor was commissioned and premiered by Wooden O Theatre in Seattle in 2007. Her compositions have been heard in theatres and cabaret venues across the country, including the Atlantic Acting School, Red Fern Theatre Company, SecondStory Repertory and Franklin & Marshall College. Kristen collaborates with her mother, Luanne Aronen Rosenfeld, and they are very excited about the upcoming premiere of their short musical, Equal Time, at the Red Fern Theatre Company in January 2012. Kristen and Luanne are also currently working on a full length musical, an adaptation of the British holiday story, Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden. Please visit www.kristenleerosenfeld.net for more information.
Luanne Aronen Rosenfeld - Book and Lyrics, Equal Time
Luanne is a Seattle-based playwright who has worked in both professional and educational theatre. She has a BA in theatre from The New School (NY) and an MA in theatre from Tufts University. Her first full length musical, Holly and Ivy, (music by Kristen Rosenfeld) received an Equity reading in Seattle in 2010. Equal Time marks her New York playwrighting debut. She is currently working on a full length musical that explores the issues of aging called What Shall We Do With Mother? Luanne is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Jen Silverman - Playwright, Lex before Marriage
Jen studied at Brown University and the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Her play CRANE STORY premiered off-Broadway in 2011 with the Playwrights Realm, and her one-act THE EDUCATION OF MACOLOCO won the 2009 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival and was published by Samuel French. She is an Affiliated Artist with New Georges, a member of Youngblood at EST, and her plays have been developed at places such as The Lark, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Seven Devils.
Sydney Arndt - Assistant Director, Occupied
Sydney is a theatre actor, director, and writer who is mainly concerned with socially-conscious performance. She previously worked with Red Fern as a Production Assistant for We In Silence Hear a Whisper. Sydney is currently an Assistant Director at Project Girl Performance Collective and studying playwriting at HB Studios. She has previously worked with BAM and Signature Theatre Company, and earned a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University.
Dominic D’Andrea - Director, What the Wall Does
Dominic is a director, dramaturg, and producer living in NYC. He is the Producing Artistic Director of The One-Minute Play Festival (OMPF) which is being produced in 10 cities this year with theaters like Primary Stages, The Playwrights Foundation, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The South Florida Theatre League, Actors Express, and others. For more info: www.oneminuteplays.wordpress.com
Scott Ebersold - Director, America You Kill Me
Theater: Children at Play by Jordan Seavey (Collaboration Town, Advocate’s “Top 10 Gay Plays of 2009”); Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz; the silent concerto (Outstanding Director, FringeNYC) and expat/infero (Outstanding Production, FringeNYC) by Alejandro Morales; Edgar and Patrick by Ken Urban; Paper Cranes by Kari Bentley-Quinn; The End of Days by Jeffrey James Keyes. Film: The Moment, Quartet and the web-series Raptured. Founding Artistic Director of Packawallop Productions; Directing-Mentor at NYU's Tisch/SOA; MFA-Candidate at Columbia University.
Julie Foh - Director, Occupied
Julie is a voice coach, director, and dramaturg. She holds an MFA in Voice and Speech from the American Repertory Theater. Coaching credits include Cardenio and Ajax in Iraq(ART); Nightlands (New Georges); We in Silence Hear a Whisper (Red Fern). She’s worked in new play development at Playwrights Horizons, the Wilma Theater, the Summer Play Festival, InterAct Theatre Company, and with Anonymous Ensemble. She is the Literary Manager of Studio 42.
Brad Gardner - Music Director, Equal Time
Brad is currently a pianist at Silence the Musical off-broadway; other recent New York credits include The Addams Family and Lucky Guy. He also recently conducted the Follies Gypsy of the Year performance starring Elaine Paige and Jan Maxwell. Regionally, Brad has worked as a music director at North Carolina Theatre and Arena Stage. Other favorite credits include traveling with and serving as music director for Will & Anthony Nunziata, and being a part of the “Submissions Only” web series. Brad also works as a private vocal coach. http://www.bradgardner.webs.com
Jung Griffin – Scenic Design
Jung recently designed the set for Hothouse, Platonov at Schapiro Theater, Hamyul/ Hamlet at La Mama, Uncle Vanya, The Things are Against Us and Babs The DoDo at Yale. Her previous New York credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, What The Butler Saw(Gershwin theater), Woyzeck (Ohio theater), Autos-Da-Fe(Studio theater), The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard (Connelly theater), Nim, 49 Days of Death(Theater for the New City). Her MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Elizabeth Barrett Groth - Costume Design
Upcoming: Billy Witch, Studio 42. New York: Estrella Cruz the Junkyard Queen, Ars Nova; We in Silence Hear a Whisper and A Shot Away, both Red Fern Theater Company; Cendrillon, NYU Steinhart; L'Enfant et Les Sortileges, Manhattan School of Music; Up Up Down Down, NYTE; Sparkling Object, On the Line, Perfect Catch, all Canal Park Playhouse. Regional: Eclipsed, Yale Repertory Theatre; Boston University Opera Institute; A.R.T. Institute; and Berkshire Theatre Festival. MFA in Design, Yale School of Drama 2010. www.elizabethbarrettgroth.com
Ken Hall - Managing Director
Theatre credits include: Managing Director, Red Fern Theatre Company; Dramaturg: A Shot Away (Red Fern); PSM: Mother Lolita, Circumference of A Squirrel, The Sweepers (Urban Stages), The Conjureman Dies (New Federal Theater); Assistant to the Producing Director, Urban Stages; Assistant to the General Manager, Richards/Climan, Inc.; General Management Intern: Theatre Previews at Duke, Ford’s Theatre. Ken holds a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Ken is currently a teacher and produces/directs an annual student musical.
Jessi D. Hill - Director – Lex Before Marriage
Jessi is a freelance theatre director based in New York City. Recent and upcoming play development projects include work at New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, The New Group, Culture Project, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, The Women's Project, Youngblood, and others. She is currently Director of terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Program, a member of the 2010-2012 Women's Project Lab and an Affiliated Artist at New Georges. MFA: Yale School of Drama. SDC. Visit www.jessidhill.com.
Randi Kleiner - Choreography/Assistant Direction, Equal Time
Randi Kleiner was the Assistant Director of the Off-Broadway production of A Play on War (Drama Desk Nomination). New York City Directing and Choreography credits include Zombie Prom, Children of Eden, God Loves My People Best, and Giants. Regional credits include A Funny Thing Happened… Forum (starring Avi Hoffman) and Closer than Ever (Hollywood Playhouse). Film: Stagedoor (actor). Currently is the Special Events Manager at the Film Society Lincoln Center. Much love to her family.
Sara Lyons - Assistant Director, Lex Before Marriage
Sara Lyons has directed and assisted with The Internationalists (upcoming), Red Fern, The Free Theatre Project, Project Girl Performance Collective, ESPA/Primary Stages, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Ensemble Studio Theatre Lab, Midtown International Theatre Fest, and others. She has also performed original work at PS 122 among other spaces, and created applied theatre with students of all ages in the US and abroad. She is a staff member with Project Girl Performance Collective.
Michal Mendelson*- Production Stage Manager
Michal V. Mendelson is happy to return to Red Fern for her third time. She has also worked with New Georges, Purple Rep, TerraNova Collective, New Dramatists, The Pearl Theatre, Studio 42, Nomad Theatricals, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Dog-Run Repertory Company, Worth Street Theatre, Women’s Project, La Mama, Etc, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Passage Theatre, Fairfield Theatre and Oldcastle Theatre. Ms. Mendelson has a BA from Brandeis University. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Michael Perreca - Director, Equal Time
Michael has directed throughout New York City and regionally for more than 20 years. He has served as Producing Director/Other Stages Producer of Barrington Stage Co., Managing Director of Making Books Sing, and Artistic Director Bristol Valley Theater, in addition to interim positions at The York Theatre Co. and TADA! Youth Theater. Most recently he directed a reading of "The Train to Chicago," for the National Asian Artists Project, and "The Foreigner" as a guest director at the University of Minnesota/Duluth. He is a proud member of SDC.
Danielle Schultz - Properties
(Armonk, NY) is currently a Graduate Student at SUNY Purchase, where she is studying Scenic Design. Other shows with the Red Fern Theatre Company include All Through the Night, +30NYC and We in Silence Hear a Whisper. She has spent the past two summer seasons at the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center as the Props Master.
Dan Stearns - Assistant Director, America, You Kill Me
Dan Stearns is a director and scenic & lighting designer who recently graduated from NYU (Playwrights Horizons Theater School and the Technical Production Track). Directing: Cleansing and Designer Plastic, company-devised works in progress; William Finn's Falsettos; Charles Mee's The Bacchae 2.1; José Rivera's The Crooked Cross. Recent design: The Girl with the Red Balloon at the Tank, Frankenstein with Theater in Asylum.
Melanie Moyer Williams - Executive Artistic Director and Director, Pull!
Most recent RFTC credits include the world premiere of WE IN SILENCE HEAR A WHISPER, A SHOT AWAY, +30NYC; NYC Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH NIGHT; MISS EVERS' BOYS (NYIT and AUDELCO Nominations). Melanie has developed new plays at Actors’ Studio and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and directed in the NY Fringe and the Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, for POCKET OPERA NY, for Wanderlust Theater in El Salvador, and NY Public Library. Credits also include a founder and Managing Director of the Camden Shakespeare Company. AB in Theater and International Relations: Duke University.
Colin J. Whitely - Sound Design
Colin Whitely is a sound designer based out of NYC and has worked on a variety of projects. Some favorites include: Spring Awakening (Maine State Music Theater), Love Song(59E59), American Sexy (The Flea), Beirut (Athena Theater Company), Metamorphoses Atlantic Theater Company), Breakfast with Mugabe (Centenary Stage Company), Paternity(Cherry Lane Theater) and many more after that. Colin would like to thank all those who have helped him get to where he is today.
Marie Yokoyama - Lighting Design
Her lighting design credits include: (M)asking Questions (California Repertory Theater), King Cat Calico (Son of Semele), Compulsion (Yale Repertory Theatre), Celebration (TheatreHAN), Walkabout Yeolha (Columbia University), Sparkling Objects (Canal Park Playhouse), The Rubber Room (Artistic New Direction), and Faust (Curtis) Set design credits: Dream Babies (Riant Theatre) and vanya. (Paisley in Blue) She has worked with Red Fern Theatre on Gentrifusion, A Shot Away, and We in Silence Hear a Whisper.