People

Tommy Smith – Playwright

Tommy Smith’s plays include WHITE HOT (produced at Here Arts Center; May Adrales, director), PTSD(produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Billy Carden, director), THE BREAK-UP(produced at Flea Theater; Sherri Kronfeld, director), BEAUTIFUL NIGHT(commissioned by E.S.T.; Evan Cabnet, director), AIR CONDITIONING (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Steve Cosson, director), among others.  His work has also appeared at PS 122, The Ontological Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Yale Cabaret, The Huntington Theatre; internationally, he has been produced in Prague, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Montreal and Athens.  He is the 2010-11 PONY fellow at The Lark, a two-time winner of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize, a two-time winner of the MAP Fund Award, a recipient of the E.S.T. Sloan Grant, a winner of the Page73 Productions Playwriting Fellowship and a recipient of the Creative Capital Award.  Publications include WHITE HOT in the 2008 New York Theatre Review and STREAK in“Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays”, printed by Vintage.  He is a graduate of the playwriting program at The Juilliard School.  He lives in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. More info at: http://smithsmith.wordpress.com

May Adrales – Director

May Adrales has directed and developed work at The Goodman Theatre; Williamstown Theater Festival; The Public Theater; Second Stage Theatre; New York Theater Workshop; The Hangar Theatre; Long Wharf Theatre; Partial Comfort Productions (Time Out NY Critics pick); Midtown International Theater Festival (Best Solo Show); Ensemble Studio Theater. Awards: SSDC Denham Fellowship; Van Lier Fellowship, NYTW Fellowship, SDCF Observership, and Drama League Directing Fellowship.  She served as the Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret.  She is an alumnus of the SoHo Rep Writers/Director’s Lab and Women’s Project Directors Lab.  May worked as an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival from 2006-08, where she played a leading role in the development of the Public’s classical acting program, The Shakespeare Lab, as well as the education and community outreach efforts.  Currently, May is in residence at The Lark Play Development Center as the recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant. Faculty, Public Theater Shakespeare Lab.  She has directed and taught at Yale, NYU, Juilliard, Fordham and Bard College.  MFA, Yale School of Drama, directing. Upcoming: Mary, by Thomas Bradshaw at The Goodman Theatre.


Caitlin McDonough-Thayer – Performer (Ruth)

New York credits include: “Trifles,” Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, “Dutch A/V,” Tommy Smith and Reggie Watts, “Deep Trance Behavior in Potatoland,” “Panic: How To Be Happy,” “Zomboid, Film Project #1,” Richard Foreman, “Antigone,” and “Kasimir  & Karoline,” Nature Theater of Oklahoma, “The Assember Dilator,” 31down, “Problem Radicals,” Object Collection, “Stars in Her Eyes,” Sell Out Festival, and ARS NOVA, “The Lacy Project,” Ohio Theater’s Ice Factory and “Veronica’s Room,” Dir. Fritz Michel.

Ayesha Ngaujah – Performer (Girly)

Ayesha is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist. Most recently she performed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in a piece titled “African Futures” by Holly Bass, as a reinterpretation of the Yinka Shonibare exhibit.  Ayesha has also performed in “Eclipsed” at Woolly Mammoth in DC (world premiere), “Angela’s Mixtape” by Eisa Davis, which was co-produced by New Georges Theater Company and the Hip Hop Theater Festival, as well asTimes 365:24:7 with Bone Orchard Theatre Group. She moved to NYC from Atlanta where she also played in “Angela’s Mixtape”, with Synchronicity Performance Group. In Atlanta, she was also seen in the following productions: “GoDogGo!”, The Alliance Theater Company, True Colors Theater production of “Stick Fly”“The Good Woman of Szechwan”, and “Endgame” at Push Push Theater, to name a few. Ayesha has performed internationally as an actor and dancer in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. In Amsterdam she’s worked with Made in Da Shade (now known as MC), and in Den Haag with Albatheaterhuis. Aside from her theatrical appearances, Ayesha can be seen and heard performing laugh rap wherever and whenever possible.

Noel Joseph Allain – Performer (Jakob)

In New York Noel has recently been seen in  The Wife (The Lark), Rocky/Philly (Van Cougar), Sa Ka La (Oslo Elsewhere), 2 Gents (Poortom Productions), Tender (Thirteenth Night Theater), The Name Means Public Spirited (Target Margin), and Now That Communism is Dead, My Life Feels Empty (Richard Foreman). Regional credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Arizona Theater Company), Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Playmakers Rep), Transition with Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith (On the Boards), and Prince Hal in Breath of Kings (Theater Mirror’s Best of Boston Theater of 2003 Addison Award for Featured/Supporting Actor). TV; Guiding Light, Law and Order:SVU, Damages.  TRAINING: Juilliard, Member of The Actor’s Center.

Jakob Knoll – Performer (Jake)

Jacob H Knoll:  Jacob is an actor, director, writer and musician.  He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Co-Artistic director of Miscreant Theatre.  Jacob is also a member of the long-form improvisation team: LOAD.

Mary Jane Gibson – Performer (Nance)

New York credits include Anaphylaxis (IRT), White Hot (HERE), Extropia and Liliom (Flying Carpet Theatre), M4M and Rehearsal: Vanya (Quality Meats).  She wrote and performed in Anaphylaxis (Artistic Pick, 2003 Seattle International Fringe Festival), and with Nicole duFresne wrote and performed in Burning Cage (Artistic Pick, 2002 SIFF). Other Seattle credits include Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Intiman), Alki (ACT), Measure for Measure (Seattle Shakespeare Company) and Holes (Seattle Children’s Theatre). Mary Jane grew up in Newfoundland, and trained in Montreal and the UK; she was awarded the Fox Foundation Fellowship in 1999. She is a founding member of The Fabulists—www.thefabulists.com.

Travis Allen – Performer (Doctor/Cop/Voice)

Freedom Train: Pastor Raymond in The Anointed, The Lark: VOICE/Doctor/Cop in The Wife, The Artful Conspirators: Lieutenant Boroughs in The Second Pipe of Desire, Page 73 Productions: VOICE/Doctor/Cop in The Wife, Prospect Theater Company: Giants’ Fan in The Dome, The Cabaret Theater: St. John the Baptist and Judas in Godspell, Rocky in Rocky Horror, Duke in Women of Manhattan. Training: Rutgers University and The Maggie Flanigan Studio.

Ji-Youn Chang – Lighting/Set Designer

Credits: Big Love directed by Mike Donahue (Lights), Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren Yee (Lights), Daughter of Venus at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (Set), Stairs to the Roof at A.R.T. Institute (Set&Lights), The Blue Room, Born Yesterday, In the Next Room/Vibrator Play directed by John Kolvenbach at Wellfleet (Set), Durang/Durang in Edinburgh’09/London’10 (Set, Lights & Costumes), The Country and the Happiness (Set), Kafka Project/The Rain Machine (Set & Lights), Lifetime Fairytale (Set & Lights), Bully To You at Soho Rep (Set & Lights).  Awards/Honors: MFA in Design at Yale School of Drama ‘08,Donald and Zorka Oenslager Fellowship Award in Design ‘08, Stanley McCandless Scholarship ’07 & ‘08, Opera America Director/Designer Showcase Finalist ‘09, Resident Designer at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Now working on the opera I Fioretti in Musica at Lamama and Manon/Sandra for New York Frindge with Dir. Pia Furtado. Visit www.jiyounchangdesign.com

Amanda Feldman – Producer

Amanda loves being the General Manger of the Lark Play Development Center. Her producing credits include: What May Fall (Fordham University’s Pope Auditorium); Hack! an I.T. Spaghetti Western (Brick Theater); Blackouts (Center Stage NY);Neighborhood 3 and Unfold Me (Summer Play Festival ’08 and ’07); Dressing Miss Julie (NYC Fringe Festival); The Deepest Play Ever, They’re Just Like Us, The Astronomer’s Triangle, and The Trading Floor (CollaborationTown, a Theatre Company 2003 – 2006). Previously she worked with various non-profit and commercial theatre companies including: Nikos Associates, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, The Shubert Organization, and Richards/Climan, Inc. Recently she founded of the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition. In addition, she helps run The Community Dish, a forum for the off-off Broadway community, she is a Judge-At-Large with the NY Innovative Theater Awards, and she sits on the Boards of CollaborationTown, A Theatre Company and The League of Independent Theatre NY, an advocacy organization for NYC indie theatre.

Dorit Avganim – Producer

A West Coast raised transplant, Dorit is a graduate of CalArts and has been deeply involved in the downtown theater scene in NY since her arrival in 2007. She is the General Manager for David and Ain Gordon’s  Pick Up Performance Co(s), co-founder of performance collective Group Theory (group-theory.org), producer and booking agent to Los Angeles Photographer Teddy Sanders (teddysanders.com), associate producer at IRT Theater (irttheater.org), and contributing producer to PADb- an online performing arts database (prototype padb.digitalperformance.org). She also acts as a post consultant for Independent films, and freelance production manager and producer for film and TV.

Becky Bodurtha – Costume Designer

NYC Credits: Mrs. Packard (Fordham University). Regional Theatre: Othello (Northeast Shakespeare Ensemble) The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie (New London Barn Playhouse), Clean House (Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre), As You Like It, Toymaker’s War (University of Iowa), and Martin Luther the Musical! (Manna Fest). Film credits: …Please Press Three that was featured on the SciFi Channel in a short film competition.  MFA University of Iowa.

Barbara Harrison – Assistant Director

Barbara has directed, assisted, and developed work with theatres such as PlayMakers Repertory Company, FringeNYC, The Lark Play Development Center, IRT, The Gallery Players, Burning Coal Theatre Company, and The Network One-Act Festival. She’s passionate about new work and is constantly working with artists to develop innovative pieces. Barbara is the Development Assistant at the Lark Play Development Center and has previous arts administration experience with Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova Theater, and Disney Theatrical.


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