Staff & Company Bios

Ari Laura Kreith, Artistic Director
Jenny Lyn Bader, Artistic Producer
Les Hunter, Literary Manager
Ross DeGraw, Technical Director

Theatre 167 Staff:

ARI LAURA KREITH (Artistic Director) conceived and directed the Jackson Heights Trilogy: 167 Tongues, You Are Now The Owner Of This Suitcase, and Jackson Heights 3AM. NYC new plays: The Golden Aurora (NYC Fringe), Double Vision (NYC Fringe Encores), Memory Play (w/ Eli Wallach), Trip (Jig Cook Award,) 2Gether (a multi-writer urban drama inspired by a love note found on the New York City subway.)  Musical theatre: European premiere of Adam Guettel’s Myths and HymnsVioletDreamhouse (also co-creator.) Founding artistic director of California’s Theatre Zoe, where she received three Civic Arts Commission Fellowships and directed over 20 regional and world premieres. Regional/International: Stamford Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Lycian Centre Theatre, Jackson Repertory Theatre and Henlopen Theatre Project. Member: SDC, Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

JENNY LYN BADER (Artistic Producer) Jenny Lyn Bader’s play Mona Lisa Speaks (Core Ensemble) premiered at the Berklee College of Music and was also seen at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Palm Beach.  Other plays include None of the Above (Lion Theatre), first produced by New Georges (w/ Alison Pill) and published by Dramatists Play Service; Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award (O’Neill Center), also seen at Guild Hall (w/ Mercedes Ruehl); and In Flight, which won the NAAA Festival in London. Jenny Lyn wrote both seasons of the web drama Watercooler (MSN) and co-authored He Meant, She Meant (Warner). A Harvard grad, she has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times and a Lark Playwriting Fellow. She co-founded Theatre 167 and co-authored 167 Tongues, You Are Now the Owner of This Suitcase, and Jackson Heights 3AM. For more, see www.jennylynbader.com.

LES HUNTER (Literary Manager) Les Hunter’s plays have been performed at Bates College, Artistic New Directions, St. Joseph’s College, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Theater for a New City, Jackson Rep, Galapagos, Siberia, Impact Theater, Bowery Poetry Club, Macalester College, Collective:Unconscious, and Brooklyn College. His play Cyrano de Bergen County, New Jersey is published by Playscripts, Inc. He is the recipient of the 2007 Foundation for Jewish Culture New Jewish Theatre Project grant for To the Orchard. Les was a staff writer for offoffonline.com and The Stony Brook Statesman, and a featured writer for Serf CityThe LoopAmerican Theatre Magazine and Text & Presentation.

ROSS DEGRAW (Technical Director, Acting Ensemble) NY:167 Tongues, You Are Now the Owner of This Suitcase, and Jackson Heights 3AM (Theatre 167) As I am Fully Known (The 8 Oclocks/NYFringe) Joan of Arc and Julius Caesar (Gorilla Rep) The Time of Your Life, Tidings Brought to Mary, The Shaughraun et al. (Storm Theatre) The Real Thing (Out of Line Productions) Bar Story (Working Mans Clothes Theatre) Big Love (Columbia Stages) Regional: Julius Caesar, A Christmas Carol (NC Shakespeare Festival) Bus Stop ( Triad Stage)Taming of the Shrew, Coriolanus (Virginia Shakespeare Festival) Films include: “Witches of Oz” (with Christopher Lloyd) “The Last Contract” (James Merendino Productions) “Cargo” (Persona Films) TV: Four Episodes of a new show Make My Day (TV Land Network) Commercial: Various National and Regional. Thanks to Robin my wife and my two beautiful little girls Emma and Avery.

Theatre 167 Company Members:

MANDO ALVARADO is a writer and an actor. His play Splitting Mama will be participating at the Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include the feature film, Cruzando, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Michael Ray Escamilla. His play Post No Bills had it’s Off-Broadway Premiere at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. He participated in the Freight Project where he developed his play Recalling Sandra and it will have a showing in October as part of Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cino Nights at the Seventh Street Small Stage. www.cruzandothemovie.com, www.tgtgfilms.com).

ANGIE BALSAMO is a New York City-based dramaturg, dialect coach, and university educator.  She has worked with Lookingglass and Northlight Theatres in Chicago, as well as at Minneapolis PlayLabs, Capital Repertory, HERE Arts Center, Young Playwrights, Inc., Brooklyn Playwrights Collective, Bare Bones, LeAp, and New Dramatists.  Angie was the dramaturg and dialect coach for 167 TONGUES, and has a deep interest in theatre that creatively illuminates relationships within our society.  Recipient of the LMDA KCACTF National Award for Dramaturgy in 2005, Angie graduated summa cum laude from Millikin University and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from SUNY Stony Brook.

RAJESH BOSE proudly serves on the board of Theatre  167, where he had the pleasure of playing a homeless man with a sweet tooth, a singing Dosa Chef, as well as a multi-lingual cell phone salesman.  He has performed at numerous local venues including Ensemble Studio Theatre, LaMama, MCC Theater, Abingdon Theatre, Lark Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Wizard Oil, and the National Asian American Theatre Company.  Rajesh made his off-Broadway debut playing both Daoud and Na’im in the six month run of Masked. Regional highlights include Bartley in Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, Ram in Love Person (Mixed Blood Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre), and Anish in Indian Ink (Quantum Theatre).  Other regional favorites include the Pittsburgh Public Theater (Wit, Much Ado About Nothing) and the Pittsburgh City Theatre (New Works Festival).  In addition, Rajesh has a handful of film and television credits including Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, and a recurring role on Damages. Rajesh also appeared in the series finale of The Sopranos as well as the Academy Award nominated film Frozen River.

J. STEPHEN BRANTLEY‘s work has been commissioned by Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and Performance Space 122, where his Distortion Taco was named a Village Voice Pick Of The Year. His plays Break, Blood Grass, Furbelow, Good God Enters Flossing, The Jamb, Nevertheless, Shiny Pair Of Complications, andStruck have been performed across the US, in Canada, and in Ireland. Brantley’s Eightythree Down, which won the 2009 Georgia Theatre Conference Award, opens September 1st at Under St. Marks in NYC. J.Stephen is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, a member of EAT and TOSOS, artistic director of Hard Sparks, and a quintessential Scorpio. He is currently collaborating with Theatre 167 on the final installment of their epic Jackson Heights trilogy. www.jstephenbrantley.com

BARBARA CASSIDY received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College where she studied with Mac Wellman. Her thesis play, Interim, was nominated for the Barrie Stavis Award and is published in anthology, New Downtown Now (University of Minnesota Press). Her work has been seen at The Flea Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, The New York International Fringe Festival and Bric Studios. A scene from The Director, is included in DUO: the Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century. Ms. Cassidy is currently in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace where she is working on her new play, Anthropology of a Book Club.

ED CARDONA Jr. is also currently working on Mongo – a one-act play commissioned by the Working Theater for the Local 3 I.B.E.W. Diversity Conference. His other recent work includes:  Super Moon – a ten-minute play commissioned by the FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College, Toronto, Canada; Black Sheep, a ten-minute play, Urban Arts Partnership/The New Group, Life Stories, Theater Row, New York City; Hot Dogs, a ten-minute play, Target-NY Madness, Primary Stages Studio, New York City; What They Say!, a ten-minute play, Order/Chaos-NY Madness, 13th Street Repertory Theater, New York City; Sopa de Fideo (Noodle Soup), Intar Theatre, staged reading,  New York City; Artistic Associate for the Working Theater’s 25th Anniversary Season, American Jornalero, a 1st Stage Production, New York City; Gluttony, 7 Days of Plays Theater Festival, Seven Collective, TheaterLab, New York City; Adapted Pablo’s Christmas (commissioned and published by Dramatic Publishing, 2009) from the children’s book by Hugo C. Martin; Apricot Sunday, in 2008: The Best 10-Minute Plays for 2 Actors (Contemporary Playwright Series) by Lawrence Harbison, published 2009; Reboot, Sticky, Blue Box Productions, Bowery Poetry Club, New York City. Ed has also been a resident playwright with the Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab at Intar Theatre, The Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and the Hall Farm Center for the Arts & Education in Townsend, VT. He is a founding member of NY Madness.  Ed received his M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University where he received the John Golden Award for his thesis play, PICK UP POTS!

KATIE HONG is a Brooklyn native who went on to graduate from SUNY at Buffalo’s B.F.A Theatre Design & Technology program. Deciding not to hone in on a specific concentration she was able to become in tune with all aspect of technical theatre. Now back in NYC, she has been able to work her way into the theatre community and has been able to continue learning and practicing her art. She is experienced in stage management, lighting, sound, and prop design, as well as electrical and audio technology. Huge thanks to her family, friends, and pmd for their constant love and support.

TOM MILLER is a New York playwright who found his voice among the fog of San Francisco. His plays Apollo’s Lute and Snap! were performed in San Francisco’s Venue 9 and Exit theaters, and his short play, Fin de Circle, was included in the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective’s Confronting Chekhov festival of new work. Tom received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information security at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is learning how to outrun international hackers. He has studied playwriting with Liz Duffy Adams, Adam Bock, Claire Chafee, and Edwin Sanchez.

REHANA MIRZA is a playwright, filmmaker, and Artistic Director of Desipina & Company. She is currently an IAAC Playwright in Residence at the Lark and a resident member of Ma-Yi Theater’s Writer’s Lab. She has been a Leopold Schepp Scholar, a 2G Resident Artist, the recipient of an EST/Sloan Commission, LMCC artist grant, John Golden Award, and a TCG Future Leaders mentorship with New Georges. She has been a Princess Grace finalist, Sundance Feature Film Lab finalist, and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference semi-finalist. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: Dramatic Writing, NYU Tisch. (www.rehanamirza.com / www.desipina.org)

JOY TOMASKO is a writer full of wanderlust. She was a recent Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the 2009 NYSCA Playwright-in-Residence at The Women’s Project. Her work has also been developed at Soho Think Tank, The Lark, Nautilus Music-Theater, ESPA, AROHO, St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppetry Lab and SPF. She recently worked with The Internationalists as part of their Odyssey Festival in Long Island City and with Project Por Amor on The Closest Farthest Away/Entrañable Lejanía that premiered in Havana and Miami. She is proud to be the Playwright-in-Residence at Gateway Middle School in NYC.

GARY WINTER is a member of OBIE award winner 13P. His plays have been produced or heard at The Chocolate Factory, The Flea Theater, The Cherry Lane Alternative, HERE, PS 122, defunktheatre, Playwrights Horizons, Geva Theater, The Long Wharf and Little Theater. Support from MacDowell and Yaddo; The Lark, Goldberg, John Golden, SEG and Puffin Foundations. His play The White Room was published in the January 2010 issue of Eleven Eleven Journal. From 1998-2008 Gary served as Literary Manager of the Flea Theater, where he currently helps organize Pataphysics, workshops for playwrights. MFA-NYU.

STEFANIE ZADRAVEC’s  play Honey Brown Eyes (The Kennedy Center, Theater J) won the 2009 Helen Hayes Award and was published in American Theatre. Other plays include Save Me (Bay Street Theater, Phoenix Theater) which won Baltimore Playwright’s Festival’s award for best play.  The Electric Baby (The Working Theater, Theater of the First Amendment), and Collapse.  She is a 2010-2011 Dramatists Guild Fellow and a member of the Women’s Project Lab. Her collaborative work includes The Fear Project (The Barrow Group) and 167 Tongues.  She received a fellowship to the Sewanee Writers Conference and is published in two playsource anthologies.  www.szadravec.com

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