Eliza Bent (Playwright/Producer) is a performer/playwright/journalist. Recent plays and works-in-progress include showings of Blue Wizard / Black Wizard (Prelude 2012), Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms) (Target Margin Lab series at the Bushwick Starr), Toilet Time with Eliza Bent (Catch! 50, Great Plains Theatre Conference, “Little Theatre” at Dixon Place), Trumped! (Solo Nova Ones at Eleven), Pen Pals Meet (Iranian Theatre Festival at the Brick) Blue Dress Reduction and She of the Voice (undergroundzero festival). Bent is a MacDowell Colony fellow, a Bay Area Playwrights Finalist and a New Georges affiliated artist. She is a company member of Half Straddle, has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College and works as an associate editor at American Theatre magazine. Upcoming: Blue Wizard/Black Wizard at the Incubator Arts Project in December 2013 with music by Dave Malloy and directed by Dan Safer. elizabent.wordpress.com
Anna Brenner (Director) is a director of new and classic plays. Recent credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Theatreworks Colorado Springs), Crime and Punishment and The Idiot (Classic Stage Company), Stone Open House with Laurie Anderson, Robert Attenweiler’s Our Greatest Year (The Brick, and Dobama, Cleveland). Anna adapted and directed Robert Altman’s 3 Women (Columbia Stages), Chekhov’s Anyuta (Philadelphia Shakespeare), and devised Disquiet (Living Theatre) and Are We Here Yet? (PS122). Anna also teaches writing at Columbia University and is a past Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab member, Resident Artist of undergroundzero, Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company, MFA in Directing from Columbia University. This summer she’ll be in Philladelphia at PlayPenn further developing Cockfight with Peter Gil-Sheridan. www.annabrenner.com
Regina Vorria (Producer) is a New York based theatre professional. Originally from Greece, Regina has been working as a dramaturg and producer for the past 8 years. She recently toured as a company manager on Slava’s Snowshow in Greece. In January 2013 she produced and performed in The Kingdom part of the Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artist Program. Regina is the producing director of Ashes Company, an associate producer of Between the Seas Festival, a contributing editor for elculture.gr and (every now and again) a contemporary dancer. Upcoming projects: the world is round is round is round based on Gertrude Stein’s classic story, directed by Karin Coonrod at an old cotton mill in upstate New York. MFA in Theatre Management & Producing from Columbia University, BFA in Drama & Theatre from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Sarah Rose Leonard (Dramaturg/Associate Producer) is a dramaturg and director. She is the Associate at the literary agency AO International and the Next Generation Fellow at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2012 Sarah was on the producing team for PRELUDE 12, devised a play called Destino at the Little Theatre at Dixon Place, and curated/produced Guadalupe, a performance event about feminine legends. In 2011 Sarah lived in Chile and curated/produced a cross-cultural reading series called Desorientación. Sarah was the Literary Resident at Playwrights Horizons from 2009-2010. She has worked as the Literary Associate for Page 73, interned at 13P, and just started a collaborative writers group called Smith + Tinker that she is really excited about. She has dramaturged for Sheila Callaghan, Paul Lazar, Andrew Scoville, and Julián Mesri. She was a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. B.F.A.: NYU (directing and creating original work).
Blanca Añón (Set Designer) is grateful to be working with Anna Brenner. Originally from Spain, graduated in sculpture, installation/video art at Polytechnique University of Valencia (Spain) and Visual Communication at University HfBK in Hamburg (Germany). Holds an MFA in Scenic design from NYU. Based in New York since 2009, Blanca works in Europe and USA designing for theater, film and dance. Recent and upcoming shows include Owned directed by Sam Helfrich (The Barrow Group Theater), Sakharam Binder directed by Nikhil Mehta (3LD) · Disquiet directed by Anna Brenner (The Living Theater) · The good person of Szechwan directed by Ashley K. Tata (CU Stages) · Lulu directed by Osheen Jones (CU Stages) · Robert Woodruff ‘s adaptation of Katzelmacher and Festen (NYU Theaters) · Uncle Vanya directed by Osheen Jones (CU Stages)· William Shakespeare’s Mum directed by Morgan Green (ArsNova Antfest) · False Solution directed by Oren Safdie (La Mama). She is a designer at La Ignorancia Dance Company based in Brussels. For more info: www.blancaanyon.com · www.laignorancia.com
Joshua Chang (Composer) is a composer, performer and sound designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, he composed electronic/operatic works for Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms) by Eliza Bent performed at the Bushwick Starr. While away in Berlin, he completed his multimedia piece entitled 2012, which included the audience’s participation to throwing not-quite-rotten tomatoes in a clean white room. Joshua is currently finishing his undergraduate studies in Music Technology and German at New York University.
Whitney Dearden (Production Stage Manager) will hold an MFA in stage management from Columbia University as of May 22nd. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Whitney attended the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, where she stage managed extensively for both Theater South Carolina and USC LAB Theater. Recent New York production stage management credits include The Amoralists’ The Bad and the Better (Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwright’s Horizons), Macbeth (Access Theater), True Love (Columbia Stages) and The Corsair (Columbia Stages). She is currently involved as production stage manager of the Orchestra Project (http://orchestra.is).
Ken Goodwin (Sound Designer) is a sound designer and engineer originally hailing from upstate New York and Pennsylvania. He has worked with a number of different companies in the US and UK ranging from drama and musical theatre to opera and rock-n-roll. Ken’s background also includes a number of corporate clients and touring dance companies throughout the states. Selected companies he has worked with: Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Utah Festival Opera, and others.
Ásta Bennie Hostetter (Costume Designer) Recent work includes: Pinkolandia (dir. José Zayas , INTAR), Cooking to Me is Poetry (dir. Morgan Green, Galapagos), Furry (William Burke, Jack), O guru guru guru… (dir. Lila Neugebauer, Humana Festival), (*) Inn (Target Margin Theater, Abrons Arts Center),Grimly Handsome (Julia Jarcho, Incubator Arts Project), Tube (Van Cougar, Incubator Arts Project). Glass Menagerie (dir. Anna Brenner, THEATREWORKS), Strange Cargo (Palissimo, PS 122). Upcoming projects include: Pinkolandia (dir. Jose Zayas, INTAR). She received her MFA in Design from CalArts. www.astabennie.com
Yi Zhao (Lighting Designer) previously co-designed the lighting for Yale Rep’s In A Year With 13 Moons with Jennifer Tipton. Other recent projects include A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Yale Rep & Berkeley Rep), The Bakkhai (Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College), Luz (La MaMa E.T.C.), The Glass Menagerie (TheatreWorks in Colorado Springs), Mary Becoming (ArtPond), Disquiet (The Living Theater), Jib, Passing, Eurydice and Othello (Yale School of Drama), Saori’s Birthday!, The Misanthrope, She of the Voice, and Winter Journey (PS122), Telephone/Landscape (The Chocolate Factory), etc. His work can be seen at www.yi-zhao.com.