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: SVU, Big Dogs, Falling Water, Madam Secretary, Lucky, Terrifier and award winning film See You Then, available now to stream on VOD.
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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 Camp. Crip 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
February 3, 2022
Eric Reyes Loo is a playwright and TV writer based in his hometown, Los Angeles. He has produced and developed work with local theatres such as Pacific Resident Theatre, Rogue Machine, The Blank, Moving Arts and Chalk Rep and other places around the country like The Inkwell, Lark Play Development Center, Manhattan Theatre Source, George Street Playhouse and Rattlestick. He's an alumnus of the Playwrights Union and part of the Producing Artistic Circle of Chalk Repertory Theatre. Eric has participated in Moving Arts' MADLab Development series twice, writing his play, LIKE A BOY, in 2019. In 2015, he developed THIS IS ONLY A TEST (upcoming production by Broken Nose in Chicago). Eric has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, which he attended on a full-scholarship and was awarded a scholarship from the National Hispanic Coalition for the Arts. Most recently, Eric was an Executive Story Editor on the series, A.J. AND THE QUEEN, currently on Netflix.
January 20, 2022
Hailed by critics as the most accomplished and renowned mime of his generation, Bill Bowers currently performs and teaches the art of physical storytelling throughout the world. His methods and exploration of universal truths transcend the spoken word to educate and touch audiences in countries as varied as Poland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Japan, Macedonia, Romania, Italy, Germany, Norway, Germany and Austria. An award-winning actor, Bowers has also performed in all 50 United States and Puerto Rico appearing on the stages of Broadway, The Kennedy Center, The White House, Steppenwolf, LaMaMa, Theatre for a New Audience, St. Anne’s Warehouse, Urban Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Radio City Music Hall, HERE, and the New York International Fringe Festival. His Broadway credits include Zazu in The Lion King and Leggett in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He has also portrayed the great silent clowns: Charlie Chaplin in the world premiere of Little Tramp, Pierrot in the world premiere of Beethoven N Pierrot, and Petruchka with The Colorado Symphony. A passionate student and educator, Bowers studied with the legendary Marcel Marceau and currently serves on the faculties of New York University, Stella Adler Conservatory, and William Esper Studios. He is also presently a Visiting Professor at Williams College. He holds an MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and an Honorary PhD from Rocky Mountain College. www.bill-bowers.com
January 6, 2022
David Anzuelo (Founder of Unkle Dave's Fight House) is a retired 2nd degree black-belt Taekwondo tournament fighter and the founder of UnkleDave’s Fight-House stage combat company. He is the resident fight-director for Labyrinth Theater, INTAR, Your Name Here: A Queer Theater Company and The Dorset Theater. Broadway fight-director: Disgraced (Lyceum). Other theatre fight-direction credits: And I And Silence (Signature). Sticks & Bones; Intimacy; Clive; One Arm; Blood From A Stone; Rafta Rafta; A Brief History of Fire; (New Group). The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters; The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons). Adoration of the Old Woman; Pinkolandia; American Jornalero (INTAR). Shesh Yak; Ode to Joy; The Hill Town Plays ; The Long Shrift; A Fable; Basilica; Post No Bills ; War (Rattlestick). The Muscles in Our Toes; Radiance; Guinea Pig Solo (Labyrinth). Othello, Macbeth (Epic Theater Ensemble). Whipping Man; Superior Donuts; Dial M For Murder; Deathtrap (Dorset Theater). Small Engine Repair (MCC). Macbeth 1969 (Long Warf). The Maids (Redbull). Film fight direction : Poor Behavior; Emoticon; The Ribbon; Palladium; Helen At Risk, as well as two music videos with rap artist Anonymous (And.On.I.Must). Acting credits for stage: Intimacy; Aunt Dan & Lemon (New Group); Points of Departure(Intar); Knives & Other Sharp Objects (Public/Lab); The Motherf*cker With The Hat (Kitchen Theater); 12 Angry Men (Northern Stage); Oedipus El Rey (Woolly Mammoth); September Shoes (Geva); Frost Nixon (Rep Theater of St. Louis); Stand-up Tragedy (Joseph Jefferson Award : best supporting actor); The Merchant of Venice (International Tour). Film acting: A Walk Among the Tombstones; Prime; Reservation Road; Remember Me; Brooklyn Heist; You Won’t Miss Me. Television acting: Deadbeat; White Collar; Person of Interest; Law & Order; The Sopranos; Law & Order: SVU; NYC-22. He’s a member of Labyrinth Theater Company, an associate artist at INTAR, and the associate artistic director of Your Name Here: Queer Theater Company. Dave has taught at NYU; Columbia University; Connecticut College; Queensboro College and the Abrons Arts Center.