PROJECT Y THEATRE PRESENTS

THE 5TH ANNUAL

WOMEN IN THEATRE

FESTIVAL

LIVE ONLINE

A Virtual Festival of New Works
SUMMER 2020

The Women in Theatre Festival seeks to broaden the opportunities for women in the entertainment industry by producing new work by women with more than 50% female representation of all artists involved.

FEATURING

The ALL HANDS ON DECK series is a play festival that shares 4 new works by Female Playwrights of the African Diaspora. Conceived by Antu Yacob and featuring plays written by France-Luce Benson, Nikkole Salter, Banna Desta and Sienna Jones.
Plays and scenes written to be performed on the Zoom platform, selected from over 285 submissions (and counting!) from around the world.
Amanda Palmer's world comes undone when she discovers she is not the only Amanda Palmer in the world who can turn into a cat at night. A digital world premiere.

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ABOUT THE SERIES

 

ALL HANDS ON DECK

July 26th, 2020, at 7:00 PM

 

a play festival created and curated by
Antu Yacob, Associate Producer

 

The ALL HANDS ON DECK series is a play festival that shares 4 new works by Female Playwrights of the African Diaspora. Featuring plays written by award winning notable playwrights France-Luce Benson and Nikkole Salter, as well as up-and-comers Banna Desta and Sienna Jones, the series will share different perspectives of the Black experience in America. Conceived by Antu Yacob, this session's theme is a Conversation with the Ancestors, Past/Present/Future. Weaving in live music, the series aims to explore theater as ritual and activism in our times.

 

NANÃ
Written by France-Luce Benson
Directed by Lisa Strum
Cast: Juliette Jeffers, Terry Burrell, Jazmine Stewart
Stage Directions: Chantal Jean-Pierre

 

BYGONE FRUIT
Written by Banna Desta
Directed by Shariffa Ali
Cast: Antu Yacob, Landon Woodson
Stage Directions: Hadley Evans-Nash

 

THEY LIVE IN YOU
Written by Sienna Jones
Directed by Lisa Strum
Cast: Candyce Adkins, Brenna Power, Jazmine Stewart, Chantal Jean-Pierre
Stage Directions: Landon Woodson

 

WAYS AND MEANS
Written by Nikkole Salter
Directed by Shariffa Ali
Cast: Jazmine Stewart, Chantal Jean-Pierre, Candyce Adkins, Terry Burrell, Juliette Jeffers
Stage Directions: Antu Yacob

 

 

Please consider donating to these incredible artist-centered organizations:

The Fire This Time Festival
TFTTF is dedicated to providing a platform for early career playwrights of African and African-American descent. This company has been an incubator for many major playwrights as they honed their voices.

American Slavery Project
This NY-based company provides theatrical programming as a response  to revisionism in American discourse about enslavement and its aftermath.

National Black Theatre
This Harlem company has provided theater for by/about/for the black community for over 45 years. They also provide residencies for producers/writers/directors at different levels in their careers.

BIOS

Antu Yacob (Associate Producer; Actor, Bygone Fruit) was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia and raised in California and Minnesota. She is an actor, playwright and producer. She was last seen onstage in The Fire This Time Festival Season 11. Her solo show In The Gray was featured in United Solo Theatre Festival and the Symposium on African Global Migration. Her plays have been premiered at Kampala International Theatre Festival (Uganda), Project Y Theatre, Theatre167, and Mile Square Theatre. Her work has been read in the NowAfrica Playwrights Festival, The Playwriting Collective/NY Madness, Crossroads Theatre and CoLABArts. Her theater acting credits include work with American Slavery Project, Primary Stages, Crossroads Theatre, Luna Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pangea World Theatre and Pillsbury House Theatre. Her tv/film acting credits include Night Comes On, Daredevil, Gypsy, Law & Order: SVU, Brooklyn Park and Conjure. Her original film Love in Submission is currently in post-production. Antu teaches at Baruch College and Rutgers University. She received her MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.

 

 


 

France-Luce Besson (Playwright, Nanã) Named “Someone to Watch ” in 2019 by American Theatre magazine;  Honors include:  Zoetrope Grand Prize - Caroline’s Wedding;  Bay Area Playwights Festival 2020 Finalist - Tigress of San Domingue;  Miranda Foundation Grant – Detained,  Princess Grace Award runner up -Boat People. Dramatists Guild Fellow, Sam French OOB Festival Winner,  and Kilroys List.  Residencies include Djerassi, the Camargo Foundation, and Instituto Sacatar in Brazil. Productions and workshops at Ensemble Studio Theatre NY, Billy Holiday Theatre,  Crossroads Theatre, City Theatre of Miami, The Playwrights Center , Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the New Black Fest at The Lark. Publications: Sam French, Routledge Press; MFA in Dramatic Writing: Carnegie Mellon University.

 

 


 

Nikkole Salter (Playwright, Ways and Means) is an award winning actress, playwright, educator and arts advocate. For her work she has received the OBIE, a, Outer Critics Circle Award, a Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations a Selfdes-Kanin fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame, and most recently a Lily Award for her contributions to the betterment of the theatre field. Her writing has been produced on 3 continents in 5 countries, and been published in 12 international publications and has been featured on the WNET program "Theatre Close-Up.” She is a graduate of Howard University and NYU. www.nikkolesalter.com

 

 


 

Banna Desta (Playwright, Bygone Fruit) is an Eritrean & Ethiopian-American playwright and screenwriter, who crafts stories about and for the African diaspora. Her short play, Pining, premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and was published by Samuel French in 2019. She assistant directed the 2018 production of Thom Pain: based on nothing at the Signature Theater in New York. She has assisted multiple television series (Filthy Rich, This Is Us) and is currently the showrunner’s assistant for the BET+ series First Wives Club. She was awarded the John Golden Prize for excellence in playwriting at NYU, where she received her MFA in Dramatic Writing. 

 

 


 

Sienna L. Jones (Playwright, They Live in You) is currently pursuing her MFA for Dramatic Writing at NYU. During her undergrad years at Rutgers University, she created, wrote, directed and starred in three web series, which are all available on YouTube. Sienna loves all the different aspects of telling a story, whether it's from a camera lens or a stage. She would like to thank Antu, for believing in her, and of course her family for their constant support. 

 

 

 


 

Lisa Strum (Director, Nanã and They Live in You)  is an educator, actress, playwright, producer, casting director, director, singer and a certified wedding officiant! She received an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington in Seattle and has performed in regional theatres all across the country. She directed For Colored Girls… at Five Towns College in Long Island (Region 1 Kennedy Center Award Winning Production), FALL for the Marathon 2019 One Act Play Festival with Ensemble Studio Theatre and starred as Rose in FENCES with the REP at The University of Delaware and Virginia REP. Lisa also starred in the Michigan Premiere of Dominique Morisseu’s PIPELINE at the Detroit Public Theatre, and SWEAT at People’s Light. Her solo play, She Gon' Learn premiered at the Emerging Artist Theatre Festival at TADA!, followed by sold out performances at the United Solo Festival on Theatre Row in NYC where the play received one of the festival's Best Solo Show Awards. Lisa was a Finalist for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, was the recipient of the Playwrights Initiative Fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Outstanding Actress in a Play, and received a Broadway World Award for Best actress in the Regional production of FENCES.

 


 

Shariffa Chelimo Ali (Director, Bygone Fruit and Ways and Means) is an international creative leader committed to working with an open heart at the intersection of the performing arts and humanitarianism. Originally from Kenya and raised in South Africa, Shariffa has been a New York resident since 2013, working primarily as a director, community organizer and administrator at The Public Theater and The New Group, among others.  She has lectured and directed at NYU, Brooklyn College, Yale University and Princeton University, where her productions include Eclipsed, Detroit ’67, Intimate Apparel, We Are Proud to Present and an original new musical, We Were Everywhere. Shariffa also served as assistant director to her mentor Cynthia Nixon for Rasheeda Speaking, Steve (The New Group) and Motherstruck! (Culture Project). Shariffa’s debut Virtual Reality short ATOMU is part of the official selection at the Sundance Festival 2020.  Off-Broadway: Mies Julie (Classic Stage Company). Regional:  School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), The Copper Children (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Honors: New Frontier Fellow at Sundance Institute Lab and the Royal National Theater (UK); POV/PBS Spark Grant. Education: BA with honors, Theatre and Performance, University of Cape Town. South Africa www.shariffa.com

 


 

Terry Burrell (Actor, Nanã, Ways and Means) is an actor and musician whose one woman show “ETHEL” was last seen at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA; Spring of 2016.  Broadway credits include, Three Penny Opera; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Swinging On A Star; Into The Woods; Just So Stories; Dreamgirls; Honky Tonk Nights; Eubie; and Show Boat (London 1998 Original Cast). Her Off-Broadway credits include, Almost Heaven; Lady Day; Taking A Chance On Love; And The World Goes Round. National tours include, Copacabana; Grand Night For Singing; Bubbling Brown Sugar; and Showboat. Regional credits include, Ethel; Ever After; Angry Raucous And Shamelessly Gorgeous; Hospice/Pointing At The Moon; Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill; Candide; Cinderella And Fella; Crowns; Man Of La Mancha; Up From Paradise; ,Sophisticated Ladies; Ain’t Misbehavin’; A Christmas Carol; Oklahoma; The Women Of Brewster Place; Thunder Knocking At The Door; Cinderella; Smokey Joe’s Café; Time And Again; Jar The Floor; Brownie Points; Mahalia, Boys From Syracuse; Sheila’s Day;and Da Kink In My Hair. Concerts include, Duke Ellington Orchestra Venice; Oslo Norway Jazz Festival; and Portland Oregon Jazz Festival.

 


 

Juliette Jeffers (Actor, Nanã, Ways and Means) is a Caribbean-American actor, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. On screen, Juliette has appeared in eighteen films, thirty-three guest star TV roles and over sixty national commercials. Some of her notable credits include, “Chicago Med”, “Snowfall”, “Criminal Minds” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Some of her theatre highlights include five solo plays that she wrote and performed in  …“BATMAN AND ROBIN IN THE BOOGIE DOWN” (Bronx Council on the Arts Award, Drama Desk, NAACP nominations),  “CHOCOLATE MATCH.COM”, “PAN GYUL”, “JUDGMENT DAY” and “TIO PABLO” (In English & Spanish - Best Play and Best Actress awards-Hollywood Short & Sweet Fest.). Juliette helps develop and directs solo shows and is an Advisory Board Member of the L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival. For more information on Juliette, go to www.juliettejeffers.com.

 

 


 

Chantal Jean-Pierre (Actor, They Live in You, Ways and Means) is an accomplished actress and a guest collegiate instructor She has graced the stages of several reputable regional theater companies around the country. Chantal has also guest starred on a number of television shows such as New Amsterdam, The Good Fight, Law & Order and many more. She taught for many years at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Brown/Trinity MFA Program, SUNY/Purchase, and Montclair State University. She has an MFA in acting from Rutgers University and a BFA from Florida International University. Please visit her website at chantaljeanpierre.com if you want to know more.

 

 


 

Landon G. Woodson (Actor, Bygone Fruit) is a native of Passaic, NJ, and a graduate of Rutgers University where he earned an M.F.A. in Acting.  Previous credits include Back to the Real (Crossroads Theatre Company) Soldier's Heart (Premiere Stages) The Mountaintop (Kitchen Theatre Company), To Kill a Mockingbird (Syracuse Stage), This is Modern Art (Blessed Unrest), Intimate Apparel (Sierra Repertory Theatre) and The Whistleblower (Denver Center for the Performing Arts)  www.landongwoodson.com

 

 

 


 

Candyce Adkins (Actor, They Live in You, Ways and Means) New York: Uncle Vanya (Columbia University), Television: “Homicide City”. Candyce works as an actor/trainer for NYPD officer trainings.  Candyce is a teaching artist & director at On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program, founded by Broadway veteran Rema Webb & Daniel Siford. Through this program she has directed 4 musicals: Hairspray, High School Musical, Rent & Spamalot.  She is also a member of Quick Silver Theater Company.

 

 

 


 

Jazmine Stewart (Actor, Nanã, They Live in You, Ways and Means) is an artist of Jamaican descent, born and raised in New York City. She started her pursuit of acting by going to the Professional Performing arts High School. From there she attended Rutgers BFA acting program. Since graduating in 2019 she has gone on to perform in regional and Off- Broadway shows such as: Kenny Leon’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Park), Citrus (Northern Stage), Henry IV part One (The Folger Theater). Jazmine is thrilled to be working with Project Y, and to collaborate with some amazing female playwrights!

 

 


 

Brenna Power (Actor, They Live in You) is excited to play the role of “Krissy” for her first time working with Project Y! Brenna currently lives in Los Angeles, but has spent most of her recent time in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University, where she received her BFA in acting in 2019. Recently, she has guest starred on Season 4 of “Betrayed” as well as Season 4 of “People Magazine Investigates.” She also is currently working on the last edit of her web series, “Street Voices,” for her directorial debut. Brenna is signed as an actor with Station 3 Entertainment and CESD Talent Group.

 

 

 


 

Hadley Evans Nash (Assistant to the Producers; Stage Directions, Bygone Fruit) is a director/playwright who is so honored to be working with Project Y. She is an alumnus of the National Theatre Institute as well as Shakespeare and Company’s Training Intensive. She will graduate from St. Olaf College next year with a theatre major and hopes to start a small theatre company in Minneapolis.

 

 

 

 


 

Neel Murgai (Digital Technician) is a sitarist, overtone singer, daf player, composer and teacher from Brooklyn, NY. He is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Indian music collective, Brooklyn Raga Massive. Neel has studied sitar for 25 years, currently with his guru Pundit Krishna Bhatt. Overtone singing Neel learned from Batuvshin of the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and from Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. His first album with Neel Murgai Ensemble was released on Innova Records in 2010. Neel has performed around the world with numerous artists from varying disciplines including, Bill T. Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Andre DeShields, Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rudolph, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Suzanne Langile, Louis Bellogenis and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to Late Night with David Letterman to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S. Neel’s theater and dance credits include playing music for Bill T. Jones “Blind Date,” Disney’s musical theater adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Mary Zimmerman, and composing and performing music for Bacchae 2.1 directed by Michole Biancosino. Neel has also composed music for many film and TV projects including the features, “The Yes Men Fix the World", which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and "A Decent Arrangement" starring Shabana Azmi. As a technician, Neel has run sound for hundreds of Brooklyn Raga Massive events, and since covid times has helped to produce dozens of live online workshops, recordings and concerts. 

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ABOUT THE SERIES

Zoom Plays: Reading Series

In March we put out an open call for plays and scenes written to be performed on the Zoom platform.  We currently have over 285 submissions (and counting!) from around the world.  We have put together two teams of readers to read every single play that was submitted to our open source ZOOM PLAYS database.  Through a multi-step process, we are choosing a handful of plays to present as public readings in July and August.  Stay tuned for announcements about the plays!  To learn more about Zoom Plays or submit your own play, click here!

BIOS

Ashley Bufkin (Reading Committee) is a Las Vegas native and MFA graduate from Rutgers University. Previous credits: Bayano: My Odisea (National Black Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun(Hangar Theatre), Little Women (Hangar Theatre), 3 Musketeers 1941 (Project Y Theatre), In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (Gulfshore Playhouse), Pride and Prejudice (Pittsburgh Public Theater), A Doll’s House Part Two (Barrington Stage Co), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe).

 

 

 


 

Ava Egertson (Reading Committee) is a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon pursuing a BFA in Acting. Originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Ava has previously worked with Children’s Theatre Company, Youth Performance Company, the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and various others. In the fall of 2017, Ava started “Broken Ivy Theatre Company”, a youth-led, self-funded company devoted to the advancement and involvement of young artists in the Twin Cities, through which she has directed and produced 5 shows. Ava is very thankful for the opportunity to work with Project Y and the Women in Theatre initiative.

 

 


 

Cheyenne Springette (Reading Committee) To start I want to say how glad I am that I had this wonderful opportunity to be diving into plays with Project Y Theatre Company. I have grown up in Pittsburgh acting since i was young and have been involved in various shows. I enjoy difficult text and remarkable stories so joining the team was a dream. I remember being in the cast of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars as Vera and being blown away the first time reading it by the tone behind the words, the raw truth. That’s what i love about plays. Since high school I have been at Carnegie Mellon University awaiting my next role to devour until then everyone stay safe and thank you for having me! 

 

 


 

Samantha Ozeas (Reading Committee)  is currently earning her BFA in Directing at The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama after studying at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Past credits include Pride and Prejudice (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), Subtle Asian Traits (Carnegie Mellon School of Drama), A Chorus Line (Caroline’s Loft), and Major Minor (The Complex). 

 

 

 

 


 

Andrew W. Smith (Producer) is a professional Actor, Director, and Producer whose work has been seen throughout New York City, regionally, and internationally. He is also the Co-Founding Artistic Director of award-winning Project Y Theatre Company in New York City.

 

Selected regional acting work includes: Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project, Ars Nova, Studio Theatre, and Olney Center for the Arts. He toured with The National Players on their 50th anniversary as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac. Filmwork includes Lucid, Shooting Script, Death of a Nation (Winner:  Best Short, IndieFest 2011; Best in Show, Best Shorts Competition 2011), Under-Ground. Television work includes GONE, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Guiding Light.

 

Andrew is currently an Assistant Professor of Acting at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He also spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College, Vermont, from which he also received his BA in theatre. He is also graduate of the MFA Acting program at the University of California, San Diego, from which he received the Teaching Excellence Award upon graduation. www.smithandrewwilliam.com

 


 

Gabrielle Martin (Assistant to the Producers) is a senior theatre major and music minor at Middlebury College. In addition to her acting credits, she recently directed a devised multimedia theatre piece, I Like You (A Lot) at Middlebury College. She has also held a Shakespeare artist in residency position at Berridge Programs in Normandy, France; teaching original practices and text work to high school students.

 

 

 

 


 

Hadley Evans Nash (Assistant to the Producers) is a director/playwright who is so honored to be working with Project Y. She is an alumnus of the National Theatre Institute as well as Shakespeare and Company’s Training Intensive. She will graduate from St. Olaf College next year with a theatre major and hopes to start a small theatre company in Minneapolis.

 

 

 

 


 

Neel Murgai (Digital Technician) is a sitarist, overtone singer, daf player, composer and teacher from Brooklyn, NY. He is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Indian music collective, Brooklyn Raga Massive. Neel has studied sitar for 25 years, currently with his guru Pundit Krishna Bhatt. Overtone singing Neel learned from Batuvshin of the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and from Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. His first album with Neel Murgai Ensemble was released on Innova Records in 2010. Neel has performed around the world with numerous artists from varying disciplines including, Bill T. Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Andre DeShields, Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rudolph, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Suzanne Langile, Louis Bellogenis and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to Late Night with David Letterman to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S. Neel’s theater and dance credits include playing music for Bill T. Jones “Blind Date,” Disney’s musical theater adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Mary Zimmerman, and composing and performing music for Bacchae 2.1 directed by Michole Biancosino. Neel has also composed music for many film and TV projects including the features, “The Yes Men Fix the World", which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and "A Decent Arrangement" starring Shabana Azmi. As a technician, Neel has run sound for hundreds of Brooklyn Raga Massive events, and since covid times has helped to produce dozens of live online workshops, recordings and concerts.

 


 

Christopher Ulloth (Graphic/Web Designer) is a New York City based playwright, producer, and graphic/web designer.  Recent Producing, Graphic/Web Design credits include: WOMEN IN THEATRE FESTIVAL (Project Y Theatre Company, NYC, 2016-2020); THE FIFTH VITAL SIGN (Elephant Room Productions, NYC, 2019); SALAMANDER by Lisa VillaMil (Elephant Room Productions, Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2018); SUICIDE STORIES: GALLERY OF THE UNTOLD (Elephant Room Productions, Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017); VENTILATOR BLUES by Robert Kerr (Staged Reading, Elephant Room Productions, 2017); BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN SOLDIER by Dano Madden (Staged Reading, Elephant Room Productions, 2016).  B.A.: Bloomsburg University.

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

The One & Only Amanda Palmer

August 15th, 2020, at 7:00 PM

by Kat Mustatea

directed by Michole Biancosino

featuring Natalie Nankervis

 

As part of our continued experimentation with new media and with new tools gained through our participation in the Orchard Project's Liveness Lab, Project Y will produce a world premiere play digitally.

Amanda Palmer's world comes undone when she discovers she is not the only Amanda Palmer in the world who can turn into a cat at night.

BIOS

Kat Mustatea (Playwright) is a playwright and technologist. Her plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, Berlin, and Oslo. Her current play, “One-Eye,” is about a cyclops who tries to fit into Manhattan society by getting a second eye surgically implanted in his head. She is a founder and co-curator of EdgeCut.org, a monthly series of short performance works, and a current member of NEW INC, the art and tech incubator at The New Museum of Art in New York City. She speaks and writes frequently about the intersection of cutting edge technology and art (SXSW, The Pompidou Center in Paris, Creative Tech Week) and is a board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a NYC trustee of the Awesome Foundation, and a member of Dramatists Guild. Her TED talk is about puppets and algorithms. (Website: mustatea.com)

 

 


 

Michole Biancosino (WIT Festival Producer) is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 20 years.  With Project Y, she has led various professional productions, as producer, director, and writer.  Credits included the long-running shows, Trump Lear (co-created and directed) and the award-winning, Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet (as performed by David Carl), both of which toured regionally and performed at Edinburgh Fringe, as co-productions with Richard Jordan Productions (UK), The Pleasance, and Underbelly.  She directs solo artist Peter Michael Marino’s long-running solo shows, Show Up! and Show Up.. Kids!, both of which have toured regionally and internationally. Recipient: SDC Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing.  Her work with Project Y Theatre has been supported by grants from The Puffin Foundation, ART/NY, NY Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), The Dramatists Guild, LitNY Fund, EAG Open Space Grant, and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).  She holds an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College. For more information: www.micholebiancosino.com

 

PREVIOUS WIT FESTIVALS

Project Y Theatre

The Award winning, Project Y Theatre Company, is an outside-the-box theatre company that supports the creation, development, and production of new works for the stage in New York City. 2020 marks our 20th year as a company committed to supporting playwrights and their plays, and with a focus on women and LGBTQ voices. Project Y positions new plays and new voices to be part of the theatrical conversation. www.projectytheatre.org