The Farm Theater’s Bullpen Sessions
Bullpen Sessions Episode 63: Maggie Bofill

Bullpen Sessions Episode 63: Maggie Bofill

November 22, 2022

Maggie Bofill: Actor/Playwright. Founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company, member Ensemble Studio Theater (EST) WAW, WomanArtistWriters. WRITER/FILM: Wrote and featured in Cuban American Gothic, nationally televised PBS short, Pata de Perros Productions, PLAY PRODUCTIONS: Devil of Choice, LAByrinth Theater Co. NYC, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Drawn and Quartered, INTAR (NYTimes critic’s pick), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Kingshead Theatre Pub, London. Winners, EST Mainstage, Face Cream, EST One Act Marathon. ACTING/STAGE: Moises Kaufman Workshop of Las Aventuras de Juan Planchard, NYC: Miranda, The Formula (world Premier) and Alonso, The Tempest, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Co.: Bella, The Sound Inside, Theater Works Hartford, Dir. Rob Ruggiero: Nora, A Doll's House Part Two, The Longwharf Theatre, Dir. Will Davis: Armida, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, St. Louis Rep. Dir: Rebecca Martinez: Blanca in The 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues, Writer Michael John Garcés: TV/FILM: High Town, The Path, Smash, Law&Order SVU. IG: maggiebofillita

Bullpen Sessions Episode 62: Douglas Taurel

Bullpen Sessions Episode 62: Douglas Taurel

November 10, 2022

Douglas Taurel recently played Joe Petito in the upcoming Lifetime Movie, The Gabby Petito Story. He worked opposite Thora Birch, who also directed the film. He was cast as a voice in the popular video game Red Redemption and has appeared in numerous television shows and independent films. Including The Cobbler (starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman) and The Kindergarten Teacher (starring Maggie Gyllenhaal), which premiered at Sundance. He's built a seasoned resume with characters living on the edge of life. The Los Angeles Times said his work on Nurse Jackie, "Nurse Jackie gets her most fascinating character yet to date." He recently finished directing and starring in the TV series Landing Home which he wrote. It recently earned Best Drama at the GI Film Festival, and he was nominated for Best Actor and Best First Time Director at the GI Film Festival. The series also earned Best Drama by the Wings of Honor Festival. It is now streaming on Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Tubi and Vudu, and Vimeo On Demand. 

Douglas is well known for his solo show, The American Soldier, which has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award. A play that he wrote to honor Veterans and their families. It is based on actual letters from veterans and their families that span from the Revolution through the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is touring throughout the country and has performed in over 34 cities. Including notable spaces like The Kennedy Center in 2016 and 2019, The Library of Congress, and Off-Broadway at 59east59th street.

Bullpen Sessions Episode 61: Andrea Ciannavei

Bullpen Sessions Episode 61: Andrea Ciannavei

October 27, 2022

Andrea Ciannavei is a writer, actor, teacher, producer, and political activist. TV: Pink Marine (Netflix), Mayans MC (FX Networks), The Path (Hulu), Last Men Out (National Geographic);  American Odyssey (NBC Universal), Copper (BBC America), Borgia (Canal Plus). She has optioned her pilot Late Bloomers with Universal TV with Jessica Goldberg as showrunner in summer 2021. Plays: The Winstons, one-act play commissioned by Hangar Theater, Deep Trees, The Hard Sell, 7 Captiva Road, and Pretty Chin Up which received a development production at LAByrinth Theater Company (Artistic Directors: Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz) at The Public Theater.  

Publications: Pretty Chin Up (Playscripts, Inc.) She has also been published in DAME Magazine, Alternet and Flurt Magazine. For a decade, Andrea produced the Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops: free writing workshops for wounded warriors returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan (as well as their family caregivers) in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, New York, Los Angeles, and the American Military Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. Sponsored by the Writers’ Guild Initiative and in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project. This workshop has expanded to include Witness to Innocence who advocate for death row exonerees. In addition to teaching privately, Andrea has taught master classes and been a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon, Chapman University, Snow College and UC San Diego.

Education: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program and went on to Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellowship 2008-2010.  Proud member of WGA.

Bullpen Sessions Episode 60: Pooya Mohseni

Bullpen Sessions Episode 60: Pooya Mohseni

April 25, 2022

Pooya Mohseni is a New York based award winning actor, writer, and transgender activist, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She has appeared on stage in New York and regional theaters, including Hamlet and Comedy of Errors at the Play On Shakespeare Festival, One Woman with United Solo Festival, Galatea with the WP Project, The Good Muslim at EST, White Snake at Baltimore Center Stage, Death of the Persian Prince with the Midtown International Theater Festival and the SAIPAF, A Touch of Forever with the New York International Fringe Festival and she recently appeared in the world premiere of English in an Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theater co-production, which has been nominated for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Scenic Design by the Lucille Lortel Awards. Her film and television credits include Law & Order: SVUBig DogsFalling WaterMadam SecretaryLuckyTerrifier and award winning film See You Then, available now to stream on VOD. 

IG @ Pooyaland

Bullpen Sessions Episode 59: James LeBrecht

Bullpen Sessions Episode 59: James LeBrecht

April 7, 2022

James LeBrecht has over 40 years of experience as a film and theater sound designer and mixer, filmmaker, author and disability rights activist. LeBrecht co-directed and co-produced, with Nicole Newnham, the 2021 Oscar nominated feature length documentary, Crip CampCrip Camp received the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for feature length documentary, the 2021 Independent Spirit award for Best Feature Documentary and a 2021 Peabody Award.  Jim began his career in the theater in 1978, working as the resident sound designer at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for 10 years. In 1996, LeBrecht founded Berkeley Sound Artists, an audio postproduction house. His film credits include Minding the Gap, The Island President, The Waiting Room, Audrie and Daisy and, of course, Crip Camp. Jim’s work as an activist began in high school and continued at UC, San Diego, where he helped found the Disabled Students Union. Jim is currently a board member at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Some of LeBrecht’s additional accomplishments include co-founding FWD-Doc, an organization that supports documentary filmmakers with disabilities and being a character consultant for Pixar Animation Studios for 2 of their films. Jim is a member of the Disability Futures Fellowship, an initiative of the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Bullpen Sessions Episode 58: Sally Cade Holmes

Bullpen Sessions Episode 58: Sally Cade Holmes

March 24, 2022

Sally Cade Holmes is a two time Tony Award-winning producer and thought leader committed to making challenging and innovative entertainment with broad appeal. She believes that brave, accessible, social justice-minded storytelling will make the world a better place. Her Broadway producing credits include Hadestown (Tony Award), The Inheritance (Tony Award / GLAAD Media Award), Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Tony nomination), and Anastasia. Her Off-Broadway credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Desk, Drama League & Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Puffs. Past credits include Nubia (featuring the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race), Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova’s AntFest), Summer Valley Fair (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Ryan J. Haddad’s Hi, Are You Single (2015 Hot! Festival and 2016 Under The Radar) and Here’s Hoover (directed by Tony Award winner Alex Timbers). She spent the early part of her producing career as Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Jungle, It’s Only A Play) where she was mentored by Tom Kirdahy and the late Terrence McNally. Prior to that, she served as Producing Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival where she worked on Broadway and off-Broadway productions of The Bridges of Madison County, Fool for Love, Living on Love, The Old Man and The Old Moon, and The Visit. Sally Cade holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration with an advanced certificate in Arts Enterprise from Boston University. She received her BS in Theatre Studies with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Evansville. Currently, Sally Cade is a Guest Teaching Artist at Furman University where she teaches an Advanced Seminar in Creative Leadership. She is developing several new theatrical works. @sally.cade | www.sallycadeholmes.com

Bullpen Sessions Episode 57: Narelle Sissons

Bullpen Sessions Episode 57: Narelle Sissons

March 12, 2022

Narelle Sissons (she/her) is an award winning scene and costume designer whose designs have appeared on Broadway and at major theatres and opera companies across the U.S. and internationally. She has been nominated for Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing, Helen Hayes and Kevin Kline Awards and is a winner of a Back Stage West Award and a Leon Rabin Award. Her design work includes Mabou Mines Dollhouse, directed by Lee Breuer, and many productions with Labyrinth, an intersectional theatre company. A native of the UK, Sissons graduated from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London and earned her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art. She has lived in the United States for 28 years and currently is a professor of scene and costume design at Carnegie Mellon University.

Bullpen Sessions Episode 56: Rowen Haigh

Bullpen Sessions Episode 56: Rowen Haigh

March 8, 2022

Rowen Haigh (she/they) is a freelance director, deviser, producer, and educator as well as an activist and organizer for gender parity in the theatre. She serves as the Director of Education & Outreach with Women’s Theatre Festival, as chair of the Women in Theatre Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and as a board member for the Kentucky Theatre Association.  Rowen’s areas of theatrical research and practice include collaborative, non-hierarchical creation models for gender equity, community building, empowerment, and new talent development focusing on EDIA, best practices for artist health and career longevity. Rowen holds an MFA in Directing/Theatre Arts from Towson University (Baltimore, MD) and a BA in Theatre from Reed College (Portland, OR). Rowenhaigh.com

Bullpen Sessions Episode 55: Anthony Moseley

Bullpen Sessions Episode 55: Anthony Moseley

March 3, 2022

Anthony Moseley (Artistic Director, he/him) has been the Artistic Director of Collaboraction since 1999, using theater as a tool of knowledge, empathy, dialogue and action. Through this work, Moseley has commissioned and collaborated with thousands of artists to build a more equitable future for Chicago through projects including Sketchbook Festival, Peacebook, Encounter and The Light youth theater festival. As a writer/director he created Crime Scene: a Chicago Anthology and its four sequels, This is Not a Cure For Cancer, Connected and A Blue Island in the Red Sea. In 2018, Collaboraction was honored with a Comcast/Ovation Stand for the Arts Award and an Otto Award for “ground-breaking political theater.” collaboraction.org

Bullpen Sessions Episode 54: Crystal Skillman

Bullpen Sessions Episode 54: Crystal Skillman

February 17, 2022
Crystal is a member of the Playwrights’ Center and alumni of Orchard Project, The Civilians, Soho Rep, EST, and Women’s Project. Plays include: NY Times Critic Picks’ GEEK (Vampire Cowboys), CUT (Theatre Under St. Marks), OPEN (The Tank/AFO, Offest Nomination 2021 and PULP VÉRITÉ (Kilorys List). Recipient of NY Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Play, Earth Matters on Stage Prize with RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD, and Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Prize for PULP VÉRITÉ (Kilroys List). RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD is currently running at Jermyn Street Theater with Drew and Dane Productions. Previous UK credits include BIRTHDAY at Waterloo East (Kibo Productions). Musicals include MARY AND MAX (Landestheater Linz, Theatre Calgary) with composer Bobby Cronin, winning several BroadwayWorld Austria Awards & Germany’s MUT Prize. POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN (Composer Lynne Shankel) premieres this April (SDSU New Musicals’ Initiative). Audio drama includes KING KIRBY (Co-written w/Fred Van Lente, scored by Bobby Cronin) on the Broadway Podcast Network and THE MAGICIAN’S MAGICIAN. Work in comic books include Adventure Time & Marvel.
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