Cast & Creative

Vincent Delaney (Playwright)

Vincent Delaney’s plays have been produced, commissioned and developed at the Guthrie, Humana Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, LAByrinth, New Harmony Project, Source Theatre Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, InterAct, the Children’s Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Magic, Woolly Mammoth, Shakespeare and Company, Pittsburgh Public, the Lark, and Orlando Shakespeare Festival, among others.  99 Layoffs premiered at ACT Theatre and Radial Theatre Project, and was produced at Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam; the script was a nominee for the ATCA Steinberg Award. The Sequence, commissioned by the Guthrie, has been produced around the country and in the UK, Canada, and Japan.  Ampersand won the Reva Shiner Comedy Award from the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Las Cruces won the New Play Festival from Premiere Stages.  Other awards include McKnight and Bush Fellowships, Core Membership at the Playwrights Center, the Heideman, and a Jerome Commission.  Vincent’s plays are published by Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Samuel French, Heineman, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre Forum, and Playscripts.com. He is an alumnus of the Seattle Rep Writers Group.

Don Stephenson (Director)

Don directed Titanic at Lincoln Center, Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall, Of Mice and Manhattan for the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, The Other Place at The Alley Theatre, A Comedy of Tenors (BroadwayWorld nominated Best Director of a Play), The Producers, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike and Lend Me a Tenor at Paper Mill Playhouse, The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd (BroadwayWorld nominated Best Director of a Musical), Will Rogers Follies and Guys and Dolls at Goodspeed Opera House, Buyer and Cellar and Noises Off at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Sister Act at the Marriott Theatre, The Cottage at Theatre Aspen, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers at Theatreworks/Hartford, Lend Me a Tenor at Bay Street Theatre (Broadway World nominated Best Director of a Play),  Titanic at The Muny Opera, the Hangar Theatre (Broadway World nominated Best Director of a Musical), and Westchester Broadway Theatre, Struck at New Jersey Rep. ( BroadwayWorld nominated Best Director of a Play) Deathtrap, Noises Off, and The 39 Steps at the Flat Rock Playhouse, The Mystery of King Tut and SkippyJon Jones for Theatreworks/USA and The Great Unknown for The New York Theatre Festival. He directed the critically acclaimed productions of Oleanna, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, and the hit musical comedy Doctors and Diseases at the historic Barter Theatre. Other New York directing credits include Attack of the Elvis Impersonators (Theatre Row), A Charles Dickens Christmas (Urban Stages), Buck Simple (Garrick Gaities), When Pigs Fly (Kaufman Theatre), Golden Voices (Symphony Space), Old Flames (Theatre Studio Inc.) and the workshop production of My Time of Day; The Letters, Lyrics, and Music of Frank Loesser. He has directed productions of The Desperate Hours and Through All Kinds of Weather, both at the Clarence Brown Theatre and Sleeping Beauty at American Stage Festival. As an actor, Don played the D’ysquith family in the Tony Award-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and starred as Leo Bloom in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of The Producers. His other Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, Private Lives, Dracula, Titanic, Parade, By Jeeves, and Wonderful Town. He appeared in the Encores productions of Me and My Girl, The Bandwagon, and Pardon My English.  On television, he has been seen on The Americans, Happy, Law & Order: SVU, and Deception. A native of Chattanooga Tennessee, he holds a BA from the University of Tennessee.

Amanda Kate Joshi (Associate Director)

Amanda is a New York-based director and producer.  Directing highlights include: Inch by Inch by Rachel Graf Evans (Theatre for a New City at Producers’ Club); Craig McNulty’s Welcome Home Steve (Players Club) (Critics’ Pick); Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest (14th Street Y); Michelle Markowitz’s Hookups & Hang-ups (Abingdon Theatre Company); Jay Hanagan’s Softly Sara Falls (Lookingglass Theatre).  She has directed and assisted for several festivals as well, including the 24-Hour Broadway Musicals, Abingdon’s Benefit Challenge Series, and Pop-Up Playhouse (a children’s theatre program she helped launch) Wizard Oil Productions’ Lights Up!: An Evening of Plays by New Dramatists.   As an Associate and Assistant Director, Amanda works closely with Tony Walton and Don Stephenson.  With Tony: Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 (starring Blythe Danner and Simon Jones) (Guild Hall, East Hampton), Sir Peter Shaffer’s Equus and The Gift of the Gorgon (both starring Alec Baldwin) (Guild Hall, East Hampton), and Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose (John Jay Theatre, NYC).  With Don: Frank Loesser’s Guys & Dolls,  The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, The Will Rogers Follies (Goodspeed, CT); The Attack of the Elvis Impersonators (Theatre Row); The Producers (Paper Mill Playhouse).  In addition, for Jenn Thompson: Bye Bye Birdie and Oklahoma! (Goodspeed, CT) and for Wendy McClellen: Sarah Hammond’s Green Girl (The Public Theatre).  She founded and was the Artistic Director of Wizard Oil Productions for five years, directing and producing the majority of their productions, and was the General Manager of Abingdon Theatre Company for two years.  She has worked for other organizations in NYC including New Dramatists, Materials for the Arts, and then Indo-American Arts Council.  She sat on the Lark Play Development Company’s Literary Wing, has been a reader for the Princess Grace Award in Playwrighting, and has been an evaluator for the SDC Observership Program.  She has been nominated for both a National Directors Fellowship and an SDC Mike Ockrent Directing Fellowship.

Rob Bissinger (Scenic Designer)

Rob has been a Production Designer for Live Entertainment for over 15 years and his work has been seen by millions of people worldwide, earning him an Emmy nomination. He, along with his partner, Anita La Scala, cofounded ARDA Studio, Inc, which provides production design and concepts for large-scale international spectacles as well as countless theatrical presentations of all sizes throughout the United States and abroad. Highlights include collaborating on the design concept for the Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony in Azerbaijan and leading the production design team of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Closing Ceremony at the Rogers Centre, featuring the musical talents of Kanye West, Pitbull, and Serena Ryder. Recent credits include; Curvy Widow at Westside Arts Theatre in New York; Magic Mike Live, Brian Henson’s Puppet Up! and, Human Nature’s Jukebox, at the Hard Rock and Venetian and Hotels in Las Vegas, and broadcast studios for Cheddar TV Network. See www.ARDAStudio.com for more.

Elizabeth Hope Clancy (Costume Designer)

Broadway: A Christmas Story, Passing Strange, The Goat, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. West End: A Few Good Men. Dublin: Death of a Salesman (Gate) China: The Glass Menagerie (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre) Off-Bway: The Lady from Dubuque, The Oldest Profession, The Last of the Thorntons (Signature), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), Hamlet (TFANA), In the Blood, A Dybbuk (Public), Memory House, Recent Tragic Events, The Wax (Playwrights Horizons), Waiting for Godot, Endgame, The Entertainer (CSC). Regional: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Two River Theatre), The Outsider (Paper Mill), Our Town (George Street), productions at the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Intiman, Huntington, Mark Taper, OSF, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Geffen, Yale Rep, etc. Dance: resident designer for Sally Silvers Dance since 1998. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Faculty: Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and Fashion Institute of Technology.

Shelby Loera (Lighting Designer)

Shelby is a freelance lighting designer and associate designer in the theater and event industry around the country. Select Credits – Design: Your Alice (BAM); Lysistrata Jones (Ophelia Theatre); Dog Sees God (MCS Studio); The Seagull (Ophelia Theatre); The Giving Tree (Peridance Capezio Center); Almost, Maine (Ophelia Theatre). Associate: 2013-2018 seasons at The Muny; Sister Act (New Theater); Wild Goose Dreams (Public Studio); The View Upstairs (Lynn Redgrave Theater); Anything Goes (Goodspeed); The Wildness (Ars Nova), War of the Roses (DTC), Sex Tips…(tour), The Underclassman (The Duke). Events: 2016-2018 New York State of the City Addresses; The Hall of Magic (Brooklyn); La Maison Remy Martin (tour); The Museum of Ice Cream; Refinery 29, 29Rooms (2015). 
 

Shannon Slaton (Sound Designer)

Shannon has designed many national tours including ElfBullets Over BroadwayShrekHairspray, The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, The Full MontyContactA Chorus LineTap DogsSweeney ToddThe Wizard of OzThe Drowsy Chaperone, and The Wedding Singer.  On Broadway, he designed The Illusionists and was the Associate Sound Designer for The Humans, Present Laughter, Blackbird, and Meteor Shower.

Michele Parrella (Artwork)

Michele is a creative director with a passion for combining the visual and the written. She has extensive professional experience and loves weaving together concepts and innovative typography into engaging designs. The War Party is her second design collaboration with Jennifer Piech. The two met while volunteering in the musical theater program at their children’s school. Michele lives in New York City with her husband and son. You can visit micheleparrella.com to see more of her work.

Rachel Kaufman (Production Stage Manager)

Rachel is a New York City-based stage manager.  She earned her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her BA from Boise State University.  Credits include An Octoroon, Emperor of the Moon, L’appel du Vide, &The Cider House Rules, Part One: Here in St. Cloud’s (Rutgers Theatre Company), Machinal (Hunter College), Pride and Prejudice, Misery, Macbeth (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), Adventure Quest (Dutch Kills Theater), and Mrs. Mannerly, Making God Laugh (Nebraska Repertory Theatre). Rachel is a Kennedy Center award winner in Stage Management.

Andrea Alton/Alton PR (Publicist)

Andrea formed Alton PR in 2011 and specializes in PR for new plays, theatre festivals and off and off-off-Broadway theatre. Past and current clients include Retro Productions, T. Schreiber Studio/Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre, TOSOS, Speak Up, Rise Up Festival, The Department of Fools, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, Rising Sun Performance Company, Yonder Window Theatre Company, EPIC Players, as well as numerous shows with the United Solo Festival, Planet Connections, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and FringeNYC. Andrea recently served as the Press Representative for Interstate and Peter, Who? at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and was the Marketing Director for Randy Writes a Novel at Theatre Row. www.altonprandproduction.com
 


 

Odelia Avadi  (Jessie/Producer)

Odelia Avadi

Odelia is an American-Israeli actress and has had the pleasure of acting in both English and Hebrew speaking productions.  She was most recently seen as Jessie in a reading of The War Party at UP Theater’s Winter Reading Series.  Past credits include Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank and Mr. DePinna in You Can’t Take It With You in Tel Aviv.  She also originated roles in Azalea Path at MITF as well as Invasion of The Mesbians at the Tank (won Best Play). She has had parts in many readings throughout NYC, most recently as Veronica in The Motherfcker With The Hat, and has been in several commercials including two for Comcast.  Odelia has studied acting in Tel-Aviv and is currently studying at the Barrow Group in NYC.

Jennifer Piech* (Laura/Producer)

Recent acting:  Margaret in Good People at Playroom Theatre, NYC (Dir. Don Stephenson),  Currently shooting Web Series The Truth Hurts (Sharon Veil – Lead) by writer/director Brian Hogan, Transport Group’s Inge plays in repertory:  Picnic (Irma) and Come Back Little Sheba (Mrs. Coffman) – Drama Desk nom (Picnic), Off-Bway Alliance Award (Picnic) nom;   Broadway: Titanic (originated the role of Kate McGowan)-Friends of NY Theatre Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut; The Ride Down Mount Morgan, starring Patrick Stewart.   Many Off-Broadway, national, and international tours, workshops, readings, regional including Huntington, American Conservatory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Meadowbrook Theatre; Arkansas Rep, etc.   TV/Film: Pollock starring and directed by Ed Harris, To The Flame – full-length Independent Feature in festivals now, Law & Order: SVU, Dellaventura (Danny Aiello), All My Children.  Cast as lead, Savannah, in a new Independent Film Discovering Savannah which shoots spring 2019.  As Producer – films – award-winning short, Dime Short, Matt Higgins: The Improvisor (in development), RUOK by Jay Russell in post-production, and Co-Producer on the Broadway musical Come From Away (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Tony nomination) which opened in March of 2017.  A graduate of The College of William & Mary (Phi Beta Kappa).  Partner of One Viking Productions with her husband, Carl Pasbjerg (GM and Producer).  Best productions: Allison and CJ!   www.JenniferPiech.com

William Youmans* (FDR)

Film: Birdman, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, A League Of Their Own, Mrs. Soffel, Nadine, Compromising Positions, Fresh Horses.  TV: The Little Match Girl, Separate But Equal, Private History of a Campaign That Failed (Peabody) 666 Park Ave. (Recurring); L&Os; Broadway: Original Broadway casts: Wicked; Carousel (2018 revival); The Little Foxes (w. Elizabeth Taylor); The Farnsworth Invention (Aaron Sorkin); Big River; Titanic; Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme; Finian’s Rainbow (revival); Bright Star (Steve Martin); Pirate Queen (Boublil and Schoenberg of Les Miz).  Also Billy Elliot. Many Off-Broadway; most recently, Government Inspector; also Skin of Our Teeth at Theatre for a New Audience.

 Jared Wietbrock (Producer)

Jared is so excited to be part of the producing team for his first FringeNYC show! His sole prior producing credit is a college production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, in which he also starred. As an actor, Jared has been seen regionally in productions of Hair (Hud), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Ragtime (Ensemble), and Crazy for You (Ensemble) among others.

Jay Douglas (Producer)

This is Jay’s first foray into producing and is thrilled to be a part of the producing team for this special play. Performing was Jay’s main bread and butter for many years, being a part of the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon (Chris), The Full Monty (Malcolm), The Drowsy Chaperone (Swing and Stand-by), and Elf (Swing). Off-Broadway he performed in The Fantasticks (The Boy) at the Sullivan Street Playhouse. His greatest role has been that of Stay-at-home Dad with his three kids, Jackson, Will, and Naomi.

One Viking Productions (Producing Advisor)

One Viking Productions is a producing and management company headed by Carl and Jennifer Piech Pasbjerg, who have been working in the Broadway community for over 20 years, on and off stage. They are currently Co-Producers on the musical, Come From Away (Broadway, Toronto, North American Tour, West End) and OVP’s credits include Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Off-Broadway’s Jump, and a recent staged reading of David Lindsay Abaire’s Good People. Additional OVP producing credits: film shorts Dime Short (nom. For Best Short; nom. for Excellence in Producing at IIFC), RUOK, and Matt Higgins: The Improvisor, currently in development. Carl is also the Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group, a management company specializing in theatrical General Management, Production and Consulting. Current and recent productions include: Come From Away (Broadway, Toronto, North American Tour, West End), Rockin’ Road to Dublin (National Tour), Rocktopia, In Transit, The Illusionists (2014 – 2016), Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, Doctor Zhivago, First Date, and Memphis (Broadway, West End & National Tour).

* Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.

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