Meet the Team

Our Playwright

MICHAEL EICHLER


Michael Eichler is a Buffalo, NY born playwright living in San Diego, California. His blue collar roots and experiences with powerlessness led him to a lengthy career as a community organizer. In that role he worked with low-income people to transform communities across America.

Years later, Michael discovered playwriting as an outlet for his anguish when his wife was diagnosed with Cancer. The play he wrote as a result – his first ever – was selected and produced as part of an international play festival (happily, his wife recovered). That inspired him to write a succession of plays that have been well received by audiences throughout the United States.


Michael’s plays – which are centered on problems faced by working class families – have been produced in partnership with many community-based nonprofit organizations. The productions have raised thousands of dollars for these organizations and shed light on the issues they are addressing.


Our Producer

ALI KENNEDY SCOTT

Ali Kennedy Scott (creative producer) is an Australian producer and theatre-maker based in NYC, dedicated to building connection and promoting wonderment across the globe. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, a member of the Board of the Broadway Women’s Fund and a creator/performer who has toured work across 3 continents including her multi-award-winning solo play, ‘The Day the Sky Turned Black’, (“Enthralling” NY Times) and ‘Just Not That Woman’ – a solo play about magic and the 2016 US election. As director/writer she created a lauded Artist-in-Residence program for 6 schools in Western Sydney, as an actor and stand-up comedian she’s performed at the NY’s famous Comedy Cellar, La MaMa, New York Theatre Workshop, The Wild Project, Abingdon Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe. She holds a First-Class honors degree in Economics from the University of Sydney, is a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is an MFA (Cultural Leadership) candidate at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). In addition to creative pursuits, Ali is a management consultant advising Fortune 500 companies and new ventures on business strategy. www.alikennedyscott.com


Our Director

DANIEL LEEMAN SMITH

Daniel Leeman Smith (Director, Associate Producer, Costumes, Props) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist working primarily as a director, playwright, and arts educator. He is devoted to the exploration of community, education, activism, and art and endeavors to use theatre as a catalyst for the restoration of civic dialogue. He was the 2014 recipient of the New York City Pride Award.

Daniel built his directing career in regional and educational theatre and became a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in 2017 and an Associate Member of SDC the same year. He has worked in the field of arts education for over a decade and currently serves as the Entrepreneurial Artist Lead at the NYU Production Lab where he creates experiential learning based curriculum and co-facilitates the Creative Career Design Fellowship, among other programs.

Daniel holds a BFA and MA from Oklahoma City University and completed the graduate training program in Physical and Devised Theatre at the SITI Company Conservatory. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in the program of Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities at New York University.

Daniel is a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

www.danielleemansmith.com


Our Stage Manager/Lighting Designer Extraordinaire

KATHRINE R. MITCHELL

Kathrine R. Mitchell is a lighting designer specializing in telling stories and enhancing environments through light. She has designed lighting for over a decade in varying disciplines including theatre, opera, dance, musical theatre, live events, homes, architecture, restaurants, and retail. Kathrine loves collaborating with other designers and clients to create immersive storytelling and environments that make people feel something.

Kathrine earned her MFA in Lighting Design from NYU Tisch and her BFA in Theatre Design & Production from Oklahoma City University. She a proud member of IATSE USA 829.


Our Sound Designer

ANDY EVAN COHEN

Andy Evan Cohen is an award-winning composer and sound designer. New York stage credits include Off-Broadway productions of God Shows Up and Rules of Desire, (A)Loft Modulation (Audelco Award Nomination for Sound Design), My Parsifal Conductor, Pushkin, In Bed With Roy Cohn, and Ay Carmela!, as well as nearly 100 off-off-Broadway and regional productions. Film and media credits include the ”Amor Mundi" Podcast Series (Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College), audio plays for New Light Theatre Project and CUNY, music for the feature film “Marty’s Shadow” and documentary “Stig Dagerman: The Making of the Man”, and several short films including "My Dinner With Schwartzey", "Show and Tell Tango", and the upcoming horror short "Delicacy". Andy holds degrees from Oberlin and The Manhattan School of Music. www.rolypolyproductions.com @AndyEvanCohen


Our Voice & Dialect Coach

SARAH dANGELO

Sarah dAngelo is an interdisciplinary theatre artist whose work intersects performance, voice, dialects, movement and somatic education. Her professional interests favor storytelling that intertwines re-presentations of Indigeneity, rematriation, social and environmental justice. As a voice and dialects designer, she has supported performances throughout the U.S., and Canada collaborating with theatres including The Wilbury Group, Rites and Reason Theatre, PowerStories Theatre, City Rep, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, among others. She is a certified Michael Chekhov Actor and Teacher candidate (Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium); a certified Yin Yoga teacher; a proud member of Actors Equity Association; the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Brown University where she directs, designs voice and dialects for mainstage productions and teaches performance.

The Cast

KIM KATZBERG

Kim Katzberg (Janey) is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer who has been creating genre-bending, darkly comedic works for theater since 2010. In 2011, Katzberg’s breakout solo show Penetrating the Space (“Glowing, vulnerable, penetrating” NY Times) at Dixon Place and HERE, was the life-changing endeavor that gave her a place within the theater world. She debuted her second play, Darkling, at IRT Theater, for which she was nominated for an NYIT Award. Katzberg workshopped her third play Terry: Recovering Pet Detective in Ars Nova’s ANT Fest 2015. Renamed ‘Strays’, it premiered in 2016 at The Brick Theater, winning the 2016 NYIT Award for “Outstanding Original Short Script.” Strays is published in The Best American Short Plays, 2015-2016. Katzberg workshopped her most recent play, Dad in a Box, at Dixon Place in 2019, prior to a three-week run at HERE and an encore at The Wild Project in January 2020. Katzberg won the 2019 NYIT Award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and was nominated for “Outstanding Original Short Script” and “Outstanding Innovative Design.” She is currently developing a brand new solo show which will premier during her April 2022 residency at The Wild Project. Kim Katzberg received a BFA in Acting from NYU and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University. She is represented by About Artists Agency.

SERGEY NAGORNY

Sergey Nagorny (Danny) is a classically trained actor and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. His resume includes such productions as Covers, KNOCK, and Old New Year, as well as Ask Joseph, Miracles: Lost & Found, Dancing on the Edge and Night Shadows. He has had co-starring roles on such TV shows as The Americans, Limitless, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, MacGyver, The Blacklist, and Showtime's "The Comey Rule". Joining this production immediately following his successful Off-Broadway debut in "The Last Boy" by Steve Fisher, Sergey is very excited to perform in the historic White Horse Tavern.

ASHA DEVI

Asha Devi (Sophia) is a West-Indian and American actress, activist, and educator based in NYC. She is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch, where she earned a BFA in Drama, and has also trained at NYFA, The Terry Knickerbocker Studio, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. As an artist, she is committed to honest and empowering work, and is especially interested in questions concerning ambition, maternity, and self-efficacy. Seen recentyl in Huma Dreeming (Huma Abedin) at Dixon Place, Hamlet Curse Quote (Ally) at the Tank, and on screen in "Rising Lotus" (Nalina) .

EMILY ELIZABETH BENNETT

Emily Elizabeth Bennett (Ethan) After graduating from Atlantic Acting School, she has appeared in local productions such as AlphaNYC's Power Line and The Trojan Women and has participated in readings for new works, such as Gina Femia's We Are The Gods. More info and materials at theemilybennett.com. Instagram: @em_beth

KAILA WOOTEN

Kaila Wooten (Kylie) is an actress, musician, and teacher. Previous roles include Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors with Tisch New Theater and Chorus in Prometheus Bound at The Tank. www.kailabrooke.com (NYU ‘19)

SAMUEL BARNES JAFFE

Samuel Barnes Jaffe (Dylan) is so excited to be performing live again! Jaffe is a Brooklyn based actor, singer, Purchase grad and Pokemon Master. Pre-COVID, Jaffe was on tour with Chamber Theater Productions and performing all around the city, including Midtown's the Producer's Club, the Dixon Place, and ARS Nova. During the Pandemic, he moved to his hometown of Silver Spring Maryland and spent some time with family and old friends. He also kept himself busy with frequent play readings, such as Moon Over Buffalo (Paul), Sordid Lives (Ty), and Deathtrap (Clifford).