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    PROGRAMS — WOMEN'S WORK PROJECT


    WOMEN’S WORK PLAYWRIGHTS LAB

     

    MEET THE 2009-2010 WRITERS!

    JUDY CHICUREL is a writer whose work has appeared in a number of national and regional publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, YM, and TakeCharge.  Her screenplays, The Endless Summer of Miss Ursula Groves and A Better Place have been part of the Nuyorican Café’s Fifth Night Reading Series and won awards in various film festivals, including Best Dramatic Screenplay at the Brooklyn Film Festival. A Better Place was recently accepted in the International Women Playwrights Festival in Mumbai, India for November, 2009.  In August, 2009, her play, Damon and Debra, will premiere at the NYC International Fringe Festival, and Tales from Beautiful Pearl’s will have a staged reading as part of the NYC Metropolitan Theater’s East Village Chronicles series.  Judy has a master’s degree in Urban Education, and has taught all facets of writing in alternative high school settings, including a detention center for incarcerated juveniles. Her current projects include the short story collection, We Want Them to Love Us, and the novel, River Girls.  She belongs to the New York Writers Coalition, The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts, and The Fund for Women Artists. Judy lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    JACQUELINE GOLDFINGER is a dramaturg and award-winning playwright from Tallahassee, Florida. She is the Literary Manager at Philadelphia Theatre Company and holds a M.F.A. in Screen and Television Writing from the University of Southern California.  She recently moved to Philadelphia from San Diego where she was the Artistic Assistant at La Jolla Playhouse for Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff. Her plays have been developed and produced around the country and in Sydney, Australia. Visit her online at:  http://www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com

    ERIN JIVIDEN, known to most as "EJ", has been a resident singer/songwriter in NYC and has appeared in over 200 music venues across the city, as well as LA, London, Miami and Boston. She has four recorded albums to date, and has been associated as both an artist and writer for the Sony Music Record Label. A graduate of Hunter College, with a BFA in music and theater, Erin wrote her first, full-length rock musical, Skye is Falling, which was showcased in New York City and picked up to run at the Tri-Arts Theater in Sharon, Connecticut. Her next endeavor, a one woman musical entitled Down The Rabbit Hole first played in NYC at the Roy Arias Playhouse. It was then picked up to tour in Los Angeles, Colorado and then last October and November debuted in Las Vegas at the Onyx Theatre. Down The Rabbit Hole" just began an Off-Broadway run at The Actor's Playhouse. Her work with NPTC has been both exciting and challenging. "It is the first time I have been encouraged and guided to write something without music!” Special love and thanks to Angela Astle, for keeping the faith!"

     

    NANDITA SHENOY is a playwright hailing from Buffalo, NY, and currently residing in New York City.  Her one-act play Marrying Nandini received a full production as part of the Green Light One-Act Festival in 2007 after a developmental reading through Salaam Theatre at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.  She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and developed her full-length play LymePark: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature in conjunction with Ma-Yi Theatre’s LabFest 2008.  Nandita also participates in other theatrical endeavors as an actor and director.  She most recently directed a tour of Junie B. Jones for Theatreworks/USA and was last seen on stage in the John Engeman Theater’s production of Man of La Mancha.  She is on the Board of Directors for Rising Circle Theater Collective. Nandita holds a Bachelors Degree in English literature with a distinction in the major from YaleUniversity.

    PIA N. WILSON received a 2009 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  She is a member of the 2009 Project Footlight team of composers and librettists and a member of the 2008 inaugural Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater.  Her full-length drama, Tree of Life, received a 2007 workshop production at The Red Room Theater. The River Pure for Healing was part of the 2008 Resilience of the Spirit play festival.  Short plays and one-acts:  Dressed In Your Dreams (Stagecrafter's New Works Play Festival); Do You Proud (Eclectic Theater Company's "Got a Minute?" play festival); Whatever and Delicately (Groove Mama Ink; The Looking Glass Theatre's Spring 2008 Writer/Director Forum);  The Rooster Never Crows (OneHeart Productions). 

    MEET OUR 2008-09 LAB MEMBERS!

    GUEST DIRECTORS/DRAMATURGES

    ELENA ARAOZ is an opera and theatre director and an actress. This season, Elena directed the Off-Broadway production and American premier of Carl Djerassi's Three on a Couch at the Soho Playhouse, Arthur Miller's The Price at Northern Stage in Vermont (LORT) and the premier production of Monika Bustamonte's rock musical Io: A Myth About You in Austin, Texas, which has received four nominations for the 2008 Austin Critics' Awards, including Best Production of a Musical. Recently, Elena directed the Off-Broadway production of Djerassi's Phallacy starring Lisa Harrow and Simon Jones; the new play The Power by Li Tong Chen in Beijing, China, the first English language play commercially produced in Beijing; Titus Androniucus for Austin Shakespeare Festival which won a B. Iden Payne Award; the semi-staged concerts of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and Verdi's Falstaff, starring Sir Thomas Allen with Maestro Robert Spano, both for the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM. Her adaptation and direction of Christopher Logue's poetic retelling of The Iliad, titled War Music has played for the 2005 First Works Providence Festival, the NY Institute for the Humanities, the Chicago Humanities Festival, as well as toured through New England. She has also been commissioned to write and direct adaptations of Goethe's Faust for the First Works Providence Festival and stories by Jorge Luis Borges titled Labyrinths/Laberintos for the Chekhov Theater Ensemble. She has staged readings for numerous companies such as the Pearl Theatre and, most recently, Don DeLillo's play The Word for Snow with Kathleen Chalfont for the NY Institute for the Humanities and CUNY. Elena serves as a regular Associate and Assistant Director to Sir Jonathan Miller, having worked on his Broadway production of King Lear starring Christopher Plummer and his operas at Seattle Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center and, upcoming, Portland Opera. She also just served on a panel titled "Tempest Tossed", discussing The Tempest along with playwright John Guare. Elena holds her MFA in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin and has perfomed for such companies as the Pearl Theatre, American Globe Theatre and New York Classical Theatre. www.elenaaraoz.com

    ANGELA ASTLE moved from Denver, Colorado, to New York in August as a Venue Director for Fringe 2007.  In Colorado, she ran her own telecom consulting business for over 4 years while directing and producing theatre as time permitted.  She made her New York directorial debut Spring 2008 with Retro Productions’ Mill Fire (nominated for five NYITA awards).  This Spring, Angela was the Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble's critically acclaimed Pretty Theft, written by Adam Szymkowicz.  She has directed numerous short plays at Manhattan Theatre Source including, Waffles by Martha Garvey for the Estrogenius Festival and A Place For Owls by Fiona Jones.  She is currently Associate Producer for New Perspectives Theatre Company, and most recently directed Twin Towers in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival and Big Man, a work-in-progress for NPTC's Voices From the Edge Festival.

    ELYSA MARDEN directs in New York City, regionally, and internationally. Off-Broadway, she directed the world premieres Esoterica, written and performed by Eric Walton (DR2), and I Hear (Oigo). Other NYC credits include The Sugar Mile (92nd Street Y), The Forever Waltz, June Moon, Rattlesnake, Iphigenia, No Exit, Christopher Logue's The Husbands, Goethe's Persephone with A Phoenix Too Frequent, and The Cocktail Party. She has developed new plays with Liz Amberly, P. Seth Bauer, Mariana Carreno, Steven Fechter, Dana Leslie Goldstein, Henry Guzmán, Arlene Hutton, and Glyn Maxwell at such venues as New Dramatists, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Verse Theatre Manhattan, Mabou Mines, Women’s Project, New Perspectives Theatre Company, York Theatre Co, and the A-Train Plays. She was a member of the Women’s Project Directors Forum (2001-2003) and the coordinator for the Ford Foundation funded Women’s Project Artistic Leadership Program. Her undergraduate studies at Brown University focused on Anthropology, and she also holds a Certificate in Film from NYU/SCPS. She participated in the LaMaMa Third International Symposium for Directors, and served as Co-Artistic Director of the WorkShop Theater Company 2003-2006. Member, WorkShop and New Shoe Theater Companies. SSDC.

    MELISSA MAXWELL: Off-Broadway: Nathan the Wise (Pearl Theatre Company), Taboos Soho Playhouse). Other credits include: East Village Chronicles, Vol.5 at the Metropolitan Playhouse, Ronald Wyche's LOVE DON'T LOVE NOBODY at NYC's landmark National Black Theatre and SATAN NEVER SLEEPS at the Theatre at the Riverside Church, productions at New Perspectives Theatre Company, Sounding Theatre Company and the NY Int'l Fringe Festival. She's staged a presentation of THE OCTOROON for The Pearl Theatre Company and several events for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, including a presentation at the International Emmy Awards. For a full list of credits and accomplishment, visit her website: www.melissamaxwell.com

     

     

    MEG STURIANO: Born and raised in NYC, Meg is a theater teacher and director.  Recent directing projects include Joshua Conkel's I Wanna Destroy You for Ensemble Studio Theatre's Bloodworks '09 Series, Joel Jones' Fortune In America for The Management Salon Series, Julia Brownell's Extraordinary Circumstances, Caitlin and the Swan (AD) for The Management, and her own adaptation of The Love of Three Oranges.  Additionally, Meg is directing for her second year for Manhattan Theatre Source's Estrogenius Festival. Her one act play One for More Options was recently produced at the Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis.  Meg studied Theater at Connecticut College, the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, the Lee Strasberg Institute, and the Moscow Art Theatre.  She holds an MA in English Literature from Hunter College.  Currently, Meg teaches and directs at Hunter in Manhattan and at Acting Manitou in Maine.  She is thrilled to be working with New Perspectives.

     

    For more information about the Women's Work LAB, contact New Perspectives Theatre Company at 212-630-9945; contact@newperspectivestheatre.org