BIOS


EAMON FOLEY

(Director/Choreographer) graduated Princeton University in 2015, after performing in six Broadway productions including Gypsy, Assassins, and Everyday Rapture. He received the Gypsy Robe while performing in 13! The Musical with his business partner Graham Phillips, with whom he founded the Grind Arts Company

Eamon has directed imaginative, dance-heavy productions of Sweeney Todd, Nine, The Last Five Years, Cyrano (NYMF FringeFave), 13! The Musical, Hero, Color + Light (film), and Sinnerman (virtual reality experience). This winter he is directing Natti Vogel’s music video Brown Rice and this spring he is mounting an original immersive production at the famed rock venue Brooklyn Bowl. He recently choreographed Wayne Brady and Aaron Lazar in Tony-nominated director Michael Arden’s (Once on this Island, Spring Awakening) production of Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Theater, for which he was nominated for an NAACP Theater Award. His other choreography credits include Michael Arden’s immersive Sondheim project, F-Theory, The Magic Rainforest, Broadway Bares XXV: Bares TV, Swan Lake The Musical at The Montalban Theater, and the films Small Talk and The Bygone.


SOPHIE ANDREASSI

(co-choreographer) is a choreographer, director, and dramaturg who lives and works in New York City. Currently, she is assistant directing the world premiere of a new play by Terrence McNally, Fire and Air (Classic Stage Company), directed by John Doyle. Her dramaturgical work includes Two Person Operating System (NYU Institute of Fine Arts), choreographed by Susan Marshall. She also works as Susan Marshall’s company manager. She co-directed a concept music video, BEAST, with Graham Phillips and choreographed Once when he directed the musical at Princeton University. She co-choreographed and associate directed Pin* and the Blue Fairy (Drama League Residency), directed by Adin Walker. She appears as Dot in Grind Arts Co.’s video, Color + Light, and danced the role of Cathy in our reimagined production of The Last Five Years. She is also a frequent collaborator with Raven White. Sophie graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude with a major in History and minors in Dance, European Cultural Studies, and French. She trained in acting at Stella Adler Studio.


EMILY ZEMBA

(Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her work has been developed with The Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, The Drama League, Exquisite Corpse Company, ANT Fest at Ars Nova, Williamstown Theater Festival's Professional Training Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Great Plains Theater Conference, Labyrinth Theater Company, Theater Masters, and Yale Cabaret. Her play Deer and the Lovers received its World Premiere at First Floor Theater in Chicago. She is a producing artistic director of Middle Voice at Rattlestick, and co-founder of The Party Line. Emily has worked with MCC Theater Youth Company’s Playwrights Lab for the past six years as a mentor and director (NYC). She has taught playwriting at Wesleyan University and Tres Artis Studio in NYC. BA: Sarah Lawrence College; MFA: Yale School of Drama.


LAUREN Z. ADLEMAN

(Director) is a Brooklyn-based theater director with an affinity for stories exploring the nature of personal identity. Directing credits include the premiere productions of Aeneas Sagar Hemphill's Black Hollow (Signature/Columbia); Kaela Mae-Shing Garvin's Ambition: the female American serial killer musical(Ars Nova/ANT Fest); and Matthew Minnicino's Malefactions (Chinatown Soup). Lauren is developing an original piece about the first chatterbot, Conversations with ELIZA, through the Drama League's First Draft Residency. 2015-2016 Playwrights Horizons Robert Moss Directing Fellow. Lincoln Center Directors Lab Alum. 2017 Drama League Rough Draft Resident. Lauren is the Associate Director to Rachel Chavkin on the current national tour of Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl. www.laurenza.me


MICHAEL LEIBENLUFT

is a Brooklyn-based, Obie Award winning director of new plays.

Michael's directing credits include I’ll Never Love Again (a chamber piece) by Clare Barron at the Bushwick Starr (Obie Award for Direction, 2016; NYT and Time Out Critics’ Picks), Salesman之死 and the One More Way Files at the 14th Street Y, How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel with Drum Tower West Theater in Beijing, Lost Tribe by Alex Borinsky as part of Target Margin’s Yiddish Theater Lab, The Subtle Body by Megan Campisi at 59E59 Theaters and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, and other projects with LMCC, The Flea, the Lark Play Development Center, The Civilians, EST, and NYU/Tisch.

Michael has assistant directed at Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theatre, P73, and American Theater Company. He is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, as well as a former Fulbright Fellow, SDCF Kurt Weill Fellow, and Drama League Fall Directing Fellow. 

Michael graduated from Yale as a double major in Theater Studies and East Asian Studies and completed his Masters in Performance Studies at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Michael is the founder of Gung Ho Projects, an performance and educational exchange platform dedicated to increasing understanding between the U.S. and China. For more info see www.leibenluft.com and www.gunghoprojects.com



EMILY LYON

is a Brooklyn-based director. NY credits include: The Summoning (sheNYC: Best Direction, Best Production), Sword and the Stone/The Tempest tour (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), The Secret in the Wings (Access Theatre), A Taste of Shakespeare (Hedgepig Ensemble), Women of Williams County (MITF: Best Ensemble), Tennessee Williams’ Interior: Panic (FringeNYC), Max Frisch’s The Arsonists (DCTV Firehouse), Some of the Side Effects (United Solo: Best Premiere), As You Like It (Geva Theatre Directing Fellow). Assisted: Rebecca Taichman (Old Globe), Michael Greif (Shakespeare in the Park), Rachel Chavkin (Yale Rep), Royal Shakespeare Company residency. Dramaturgy: BEDLAM's Sense & Sensibility. Drama League Directing Fellow. SDC Associate. EmilyALyon.com


NOELLE GHOUSSAINI

Noelle Ghoussaini is a director, playwright and educator. She creates performance that examines and re-imagines our society within political, social, cultural and mystical contexts. Recent Projects include: Acquittal (Director, Pan Asian Rep), 6 views: on women of power and interest (Creator / Performer, Venice Biennale), Mariposa and the Saint by Julia Steele Allen (Dir. National Tour), There is a Field by Jen Marlowe (Dir. National Tour.). Upcoming: A Skate Play (Director / Adaptor, Jenin Freedom Theatre), Fatima and her Pigeon (Playwright. The Flea Theatre, commission). Dreamscapes (Director / Co-creator, Rough Draft Festival at Laguardia Performing Arts Center). Noelle is also the recipient of the Target Margin Theatre Institute Fellowship, Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship, was a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 directing fellow, a Hemispheric Institute fellow for artist activists and a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. M.A. Arts Politics (NYU, Tisch). www.noelleghoussaini.com


HEATHER HOLMES

Heather Holmes is an actress, writer, singer, and movement artist from Houston, TX.  Heather earned her MFA in acting from The New School for Drama. She attended Spelman College and the University of Houston, where she earned her BA in English Literature/creative writing, with a minor in film studies.  She has worked as a teaching artist in Dakar, Senegal, and has been a teaching artist in residence at Roanoke College, and most recently with George Street Playhouse. Heather is a lead artist facilitator with the There is a Field Community Residency series produced by Jen Marlowe’s Donkey Saddle Projects, and a recent participant in Naked Angels Theater Company's Issues Project Lab. She is an alum of the Hemispheric Institute's EMERGENYC emerging artists program, and has performed internationally and throught the U.S.  Most importantly, she hopes to learn to dance like no one's watching.


TATIANA SUAREZ PICO

is a playwright and a screenwriter. She began her career as a freelance writer for publications around NYC. She also co-created BodegaAve.com, a webcomic that centered on multicultural teens living in Brooklyn, NY for which she received a “Groundbreaking Latina” Award from Catalina Magazine. Residencies, fellowships, and other awards include: Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow at The Juilliard School, Royal Court Theatre (London, UK), Dramatists Guild fellow, Mary Louise Rockwell Scholar at ESPA/Primary Stages, MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at The Kennedy Center, New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Season on a residency sponsored by the Dramatists Guild, the Lark’s US/Mexico Exchange, and was a member of the SPACE on Ryder Farm’s 2014 season. She has been a finalist for the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers, The Latino Screenwriting Project, the Old Vic's 2013 US/UK TS Eliot Exchange, and a semi finalist for the O’Neill. Two of her short plays were published in 2013 by indietheaternow.com, and Moxie Theatre produced her play "Lesson 443" in May 2015. Other works include: Powerplay, The Mystery Spot, Like Water, Profit, LRTC, Flesh & Blood, Dog Day, Mountain Air, and She. She taught acting at Essex County Community College and in the New York public school system through ENACT and the CASA Program at Queens Theater in the Park. TV: IRON FIST (NETFLIX), SNOWFALL (FX), A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (NETFLIX), and PARENTHOOD (NBC). MFA, Actors Studio Drama School/New School University. Most recent: Humanitas' 2017 PLAY LA Residency.


ESTEFANIA FADUL

is a Colombian-born, New Hampshire-raised, NYC-based director and producer. Recent projects include AN OCTOROON (Queens College), the world premiere Spanish-language musical ÓYE OYÁ (Milagro), FAR AWAY (Williamstown Theatre Festival), THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (SUNY Purchase), CELL (Drama League DirectorFest), EL LAUREL DE APOLO and ASI VAN LOS FANTASMAS DE MÉXICO (Repertorio Español). She has also developed new plays and musicals at The Drama League, Hi-Arts, Everyday Inferno, Barton Booth, Columbia University, NYU, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Rising Circle Theater Collective, among others. Estefanía is a 2017 recipient of the O’Neill/NNPN National Directors Fellowship and the Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She is an alumna of the Drama League Directors Project Fall Fellowship and TV Directing Fellowship, as well as the Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Repertorio Español. Estefanía is a member of the Civilians R&D Group, the New Georges JAM, the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, and the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. BA: Vassar College. www.estefaniafadul.com


LAURA WINTERS

is an NYC-based playwright. Gonzo received its first public reading at The Corkscrew Theatre Festival. Laura’s full-length play Emerson Loses Her “Miand” had a workshop production at the NY Winterfest. Her plays have been read at Dixon Place Lounge, The Barefoot Theatre Company, The Cherry Picking Festival and Redwood Day School and published in the inaugural issue of The Dionysian. She has also studied improv at iO Chicago, The Second City, UCB, and The Pit. Besides writing plays, Laura has self-published two intersectional feminist coloring books, EqualiTeam Saves the Day! and Her Highness Builds Robots. She received her BA in theatre with a minor in English from Northwestern University. While at NU, she was the head-writer of the 2014 Waa-Mu show. LauraWinters.net


NOAM SHAPIRO

is a New York-based director, the Producing Artistic Director of Three Hares, and a Co-Founder of Lyra Theater. He is a 2017-2018 Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, a member of the 2017 Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a 2017- 2018 SDCF Directing Observer. Recent directing credits: Little League (Frigid Festival), Emerson Loses Her “Miand” (NY Winterfest), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyra Theater), It Takes a Village (The Tank/The Brick), Women Scouts (Ensemble Studio Theatre), and Ermeni (Yale Dramatic Association). He’s developed work with EST, The Barrow Group, The Brick, The Tank, Dixon Place, The Corkscrew Theater Festival, and #Serials at the Flea. Noam is currently developing Ali Viterbi’s Quick, Change and Matthew Van Gessel’s adaptation of The Machine Stops. NoamShapiro.com


RADICAL EVOLUTION

RADICAL EVOLUTION is a multi-ethnic producing collective committed to creating artistic events that seek to understand the complexities of the mixed-identity existence in the 21st Century. We advocate for the visibility and representation for the fastest growing demographic in our nation - those who identify as more than one race or ethnicity. We incorporate people from a variety of backgrounds into our creative process, with a focus on people of color, to seed the field of experimental and collaboratively created theatre with practitioners that celebrate the intersectionality of perspectives and aesthetics of the city around us. Through this approach, we assert a vision for cultural and social equity in our field, city, and nation.


REBECCA MARTINEZ

is a Brooklyn-based creator/performer, director, writer, and deviser. She has worked with Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, the 52nd Street Project, INTAR, the Lark, Cherry Lane, and Working Theater, among others. Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52, Brave New World Repertory Theatre, the 2015-16 SDCF Observership Class, an Associate Member of SDC, and a 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow. rebeccamartinez.org


TAYLOR REYNOLDS

is a New York-based theatre artist from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. She is a Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of NY Madness, the Habitat's Directors Playground, and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. BFA Directing, Carnegie Mellon University. Iamtaylorreynolds.com


DAVID JAMES BOYD

David has produced, composed and /or arranged for many NY theatrical productions that  include ZANNA DON'T (John Houseman Theater), CARNIVAL AROUND THE CENTRAL FIGURE (IRT), MATTHEW PASSION (The Actor's Theater),  RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS (Fringe Encore NYC),the popular touring children's show ROOTS OF RAP POETRY, SIGN-ARELLA (IRT, Rochester Institute of the Deaf), and all original music and lyrics for the long-running Off-Broadway hit MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING (St. Luke's Theater). David's original dance/electronic musical THE GROOVE FACTORY  (Richard Rogers finalist) premiered at the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival and its songs are currently still spinning on international dance floors from NYC to Singapore.. Other film/tv work includes RAID ON THE RAINBOW LOUNGE narrated by Meredith Baxter, BEAR CITY 2 and he penned the theme song for the multiple Emmy- nominated dramedy TAINTED DREAMS, which currently airs on Amazon. As a performer,  David has performed in both the Broadway and 1st national touring companies of MISS SAIGON and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (with Chita Rivera). Education- UCLA School of Film, Theater and Televison.


CHAD KESSLER

Chad's work includes THE GROOVE FACTORY  (New York Musical Theater Festival, Richard Rogers Award Finalist), and VICARIOUS (NY Fringe) His various television projects include MAMA"S BOYS, FANCY LADY, THE UNITED PLATES OF AMERICA, CANINE CUISINE and has appeared regularly as a host on NBC's OPEN HOUSE NY. As a performer, Chad has spent the past 8 years creating and performing a multitude of roles in the long running Off- Broadway hit trilogy, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL & MY BIG GAY ITALIAN MID-LIFE CRISIS (St Lukes Theater & The Theater Center).  His other NYC stage work has been seen at Lincoln Center (LA DOTTERESSA, Oct '17) Chashama, West End Theater, St George Theater, The Actors Playhouse, and Ensemble Studio Theater. Currently, Chad can be seen on Amazon's Emmy nominated series TAINTED DREAMS, appearing as Lance Shapiro.  He also is a recurring voice on POKEMON! THE SERIES and Nickelodeon. Education- BFA, NYU/Tisch.


KORI RUSHTON

Kori Rushton, Producing Artistic Director of IRT Theater, has been experimenting with Sign/voice and the blending of Deaf and hearing cultures in theatre for the last eighteen years. She has extensive experience coaching theater companies on making their shows accessible to both Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences. She is founder and chair of the popular educational drama program, The Westside Experiment, held each summer at IRT, in NYC.  Recently partnering with Kennedy Center, this summer drama lab pairs high school students with working theater companies. Kori s a tenured New York City theater arts educator who worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in Deaf and hearing programs for two years and in New York for seventeen years. She founded and developed a Theater program at Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. 
Kori attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and earned her a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters of Educational Theater from City College of New York. In 2011,  Kori received the Lincoln Center Institute's Imagination Award.


KIM WEILD

Stepchild is directed by Drama Desk Award nominee Kim Weild whose most recent project, the world premiere of Charles Mee's Soot and Spit about deaf outsider artist James Castle was a NY Times Critic's Pick.  Her work has been seen at: Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, The New York Theater Workshop, Off Broadway's Beckett Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center.  Her production of Uncle Vanya was an official selection at the Prague Quadrennial and in Greece she has directed The Bacchae by Euripides and Aristophanes' The Birds. She is the director for Keith Hamilton Cobb's AUDELCO award winning American Moor which will be performed August 2018 at Shakespeare's Globe, London. In June 2018 she will be directing the first New York revival of Charles Mee's First Love at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

On Broadway she has been Associate Director on the world premiere of Amazing Grace, and Michael Blakemore's productions of Deuce, Is He Dead? and Blithe Spirit.  Off-Broadway she has been Associate Director to Tina Landau on Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature Theatre and Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out! at The Vineyard Theater. 

Weild is Founding Artistic Director of OUR VOICES a company dedicated to investigating themes of otherness in society whether they are culture, language, gender, or ability.  Their inaugural production of Mee's Fêtes de la Nuit went on to be nominated for a Drama Desk Award (Unique Theatrical Experience) and seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards (winning two) including Outstanding Director.  In 2014 for the inaugural season of NY Live Arts/Live Ideas, which celebrated the worlds of Dr. Oliver Sacks, they created a world premiere American Sign Language production of Pinter's A Kind of Alaska, weaving three forms of ASL into the text.

Among some of her numerous fellowships, residencies and commissions are, The Park Avenue Armory Artist Residency, The Archive Residency, The Annandale Residency, Williamstown Foeller Fellow, Shubert Fellow and several commissions from The High Line.

Steadfastly committed to the training and development of our future theater makers, she has extensive teaching credits and is on faculty at Carnegie Mellon University where she teaches directing.

MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and BFA New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  Member SDC.


ALEXANDRIA WAILES

Alexandria's upcoming DASL work includes ABC's Quantico, Sundance TV's This Close and the upcoming Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God this spring. Her performance credits include Broadway: Spring Awakening (associate choreographer & Adult Woman), Big River. NY/Regional: Mother Courage (with Meryl Streep), A Kind of Alaska, Our Town, Pippin, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nomination). Television: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Nurse Jackie. Film: The Hyperglot. Web Series: High Maintenance, Don't Shoot The Messenger. She recently performed at Super Bowl LII with Pink. Besides endeavors within the performing arts fields, she is a museum educator for the Whitney Museum, The Jewish Museum and the Lower East Side Tenement museum.


DAN PARDO

Dan Pardo was last seen at Goodspeed, conducting A Connecticut Christmas Carol, directed by Hunter Foster. Broadway: Amazing Grace (Nederlander). Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic) Soot and Spit (New Ohio), Rothschild and Sons (York) and Skippyjon Jones: Snow What?! (Lucille Lortel) Other NYC credits include workshop productions of Come From Away, Persephone, On Rosen Street, Marco Polo, Never Grimm, and The Oliver Experiment. Some regional favorites include Company at Barrington Stage (starring Aaron Tveit), How to Succeed at The 5th Avenue, and The Bikinis at Long Wharf. Dan proudly serves as the pianist for Marquee Five, and and is the music director/arranger for BariToned and the Ethnic Chameleons.