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MELODY BROOKS (Artistic Director)

KELINE ADAMS (Program Manager, Voices From the Edge) received her B.A. in English from Hampton University and her Master of Arts in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. She served as Artistic Director for The Little Theater at Felician College for six years, taking the theater through a massive reconstruction and laying the foundation for workshops in theater and film, readings, festivals, classes and small scale productions. She has taught playwriting and theater arts to children from Kindergarten through 12th grade for over 15 years.

 

Keline served as Educational and Events Coordinator for the Afro American Historical Society Museum for eight years. In that position she was responsible for the development of all educational programming and all aspects of exhibitions housed at the museum, including working with visiting artists on installation details, labeling of exhibition pieces and artist’s information. Keline worked with the Jersey City Board of Education and conceived, wrote and directed History to Life, a hands on, interactive, curriculum based approach to African and African American history for fourth grade students in the Jersey City Public School system. This program brought fourth grade students to the museum, and also included a curriculum based workshop for teachers in preparation for the students’ visit.

 

As a playwright, she is passionate about creating strong, non-stereotypical, multi-layerd roles for women, particularly black and brown women. She  is a recipient of a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for Playwriting. Keline's plays include 'Finding Home' (Billie Holiday Theatre, Inc.), 'Couch Side Chats' (John Houseman Theater, NYC) and 'The Squeeze' (2001).  Documentary film credits include: 'Slavery and the Law' (writer/researcher, 2010/2011, produced by Paula Heredia with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Kings County) and 'Sex Trafficking and Exploitation' (co-producer with Equality NOW). Webisode series include: 'Dinner Confidential' (co-creater/co-producer/writer with Faye Hess). Keline is currently laying the groundwork for the development of workshops for women, particularly black and brown women, that will use an applied theatre approach to finding voice and creating community.

CATHARINE GUIHER (General Manager) is a life-long New Yorker currently residing in Brooklyn.  She graduated from the Nightingale-Bamford School and Vassar College.  She spent 17 years working for the Roundabout Theatre Company, completing her tenure there as the Project Coordinator for the renovation of the Laura Pels Theatre/Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on 46th Street, Roundabout’s Off-Broadway venue for new plays. Once the theatre opened in Mrach 2004, she was the GM of both the facility and of Intimate Apparel, its inaugural production.  Prior to the Roundabout, Catharine worked for four years at RKO Pictures and RKO Videogroup in Business Affairs. She was the Company Manager for Broadway on Broadway 2004, spent a year sailing around the world on a tall ship, and was the Associate General Manager for Ethan Coen's play, Almost An Evening, for its commercial Off-Broadway run. In addition to serving as General Manager of NPTC, she is Company Manager at Second Stage's Off-Broadway space, and now Company Manager for the forthcoming Broadway production of Torchsong. She has served on the Boards of Confluence Theatre Company and The Gallery Players. She has been a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers since 2000. She volunteers with Urban Cat League and dances with the Timeless Torches at basketball games in Madison Square Garden. 

C. AMANDA MAUD (Associate Artistic Director) has more than 30 years experience performing, teaching and developing workshops for all ages in both the United States and England, dividing her time between New York City and England. She has been a core NPTC Companie member and teaching artist since 1995 and has served as associate artistic director since 2002. For NPTC, Ms. Maud has assistant-directed a number of Shakespeare productions (Othello, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet), both for general and school audiences, and provided support in text work and Elizabethan performance styles (including deportment and choreography.) She was a regular performer in NPTC’s Shakespeare Made Simple and World Voices programs for public school students, and continues to assist with the creation of supplemental educational materials and conducting workshops of all kinds.

Her professional performing credits are numerous, including appearances as Gertrude (Hamlet), Friar Laurence (Romeo & Juliet), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Emelia (Othello) for NPTC as well as roles in Blood Wedding (George Washington University Artist-in-Residence) and The Persians (Wells College Artist-in-Residence). Roles in England include the UK premiere of The Evidence at New Perspectives Theatre Company/UK; The Belle of Bonavista Bay (lead) for Forest Forge, the UK premiere of Taking a Liberty at The Contact Theatre in Manchester, Macbeth at the Chester Gateway, Midas at Shakespeare’s Globe Education Centre, The Natural Theatre Company at the Millenium Dome and new works at the Soho Theatre studio, the Chelsea Centre and the Albany Theatre. In England she as performed with a number of educational theatre companies including the Apothecary Theatre Company, Mu-Lan Arts, and most recently with Theatre Adad. She also worked for many years with Twisting Yarn Theatre in such productions as The Crow Scarers, a national tour comissioned by the United Cooperatives, Entrenched, a devised physical theatre piece for High School and College students and Trail of Tears, the premiere of an original play.  All three productions included drama and history workshops along with the performances.  Ms. Maud works regularly with the Saint John on Bethnal Green Arts and Music Festival in London, developing programming and producing events each year, including directing The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green and the holiday Panto.

MEGANNE GEORGE (Resident Production Design): Broadway: A Wonderful Life (Actor's Fund). Kennedy Center: mabou mines' Dollhouse. Off-Broadway: The Brightness of Heaven, Cherry Lane, die. L Villar-Hauser. For mabou mines: Medea, Glass Guignol, Finn (NYSCA grant), Dollhouse (Elliot Norton Award Design nom); Red Beads; Cara Lucia (ATW Hewes Nom.; Best Design First Irish Festival); Children of Ararat, Two Little Indians, Superpowers, Orpheus and Eurydice; Hurray for Iceboy, John Goldfarb Please Come Home (FringeNY Best Costume Design). Regional/Intn'l: For Heaven's Sake (Buffalo dir L. Villar Hauser); Grey Gardens, The Graduate, As Bees in Honey Drown, No Way to Treat a Lady, UnNecessary Farce, Radio Gals, Jihad, Melody Brooks; dir Women Onstage for Peace Fest- Bogotá), Choreophorae (European Capital of Culture Fest), Kilkenney Arts Festival: Lucia's Chapter's, A Prelude to a Death in Venice.13 seasons w/ Bronx Opera; 18 w/NPTC. Film/TV/Themed Entertainment: mabou mines' Dollhouse (producer, Arte, France); Don't Nobody Love the Game (PBS); Sesame Street 10th Anniversary Celebration Parade, Beaches Resorts (Jamaica, Turks & Caicos. megannegeorge.com

CELIA BRAXTON, Ph.D. (Senior Dramaturg, Women's Work Project) is the Senior Dramaturg for the Full-length LAB and co-leads the team of resident director-dramaturgs. She was previously a dramaturg with the Short Play LAB, directing in the 2012 and 2013 festivals. Elsewhere, she has helped devise numerous one-person shows, including initial work with Stephanie Berry on her Obie-winning The Shaneequa Chronicles, and a dance/drama adaptation of Macbeth with the Avalon Theatre of e/Motion. Celia has presented at numerous academic conferences. Her 2006 NETJ article, ““Home, Sweet Home”: The Drunkard, Domesticity, and the New Theatrical Audience,” contextualizes the play within the climate of developing domestic ideology. She is working on a book examining the reinvention of the professional and cultural role of the actress in the United States in the final third of the nineteenth century,. She teaches at Queensborough Community College and LaGuardia Community College.

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES

JENNY GREEMAN is an artist and educator currently a Resident Director with the Women’s Work LAB. She joined NPTC in January 2007 after participating in the company's Shakespeare Bootcamp for Directors and Educators, and was formerly the Administrator of Youth & Community Development at NPTC. In Summer 2010 Jenny helmed the World Premiere production of Screenplay by Scott Brooks, which was awarded “Outstanding Production of a Play” at the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival and subsequently moved to an Off Broadway run at 59E59. For the 2008 MITF, Ms. Greeman and her writing partner, Elliot Lanes, were awarded “Best Staged Reading” for their original children’s musical, The Raggedy Ann and Andy Musical. Jenny is the Resident Director for Dark Lady Players, where her credits include Shakespeare’s Three Marys, Hamlet’s Apocalypse, and Shakespeare’s Gospel Parodies: A Medieval Mystery Tour. Ms. Greeman is currently a Field Supervisor at The Leadership Program. She holds a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, in Urban Studies from Connecticut College and was a Fellow at Barnard College’s Institute for Urban Education. She is currently earning an MA in Public Policy at Baruch/CUNY.

 

MIKAELA LYNN JOHNSON received her M.F.A from The New School for Drama in the spring of 2009, and immediately joined the NPTC Companie of Actors. She performed in the inaugural Theater Is Served presentation of Lysistrata, and subsequently appeared in The Convent of Pleasure, Good Morning Miss Millie, and La Mandragola—in concert readings of plays from across the spectrum of Theatre History. Mikaela was part of the acclaimed ensemble for NPTC’s Hamlet, and has performed in four festivals of one acts by the playwrights in NPTC's Women's Work LAB.  From the beginning of Mikaela’s tenure at NPTC, she has been a valuable member of the teaching artist team, performing for the World Voices Series for youth and family audiences in The Wild Boy: A Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Tale, The Adventures of Rubbish in the Hood and multiple pieces in our Shakesepare Made Simple series. In 2011 she was a regular teaching artist at The School for Classics, NPTC’s residency program in East New York, Brooklyn.  Mikaela worked with students performing in Shakespeare productions, mentoring them in the text and performance skills. Currently she is assistant managing NPTC's World Voices Program (2014) and works additionally as a personal trainer and massage therapist.

RAY A. RODRIGUEZ has been a core teaching artist with NPTC since 1999, and has performed in numerous World Voices and Shakespeare Made Simple productions. He has been a teaching artist with NPTC programs at School for Classics, PS-IS 137. and Muscota New School. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors currently teaching staged combat and movement classes at Adelphi University in Long Island, NY. He is a partner with Combat Inc. and has also taught at Harlem School of the Arts, New York University and Muhlenberg College, and has conducted guest workshops at Watchung Hill Reg. High School and Teaneck High School in NJ. He is the resident fight director for NPTC and the Inwood Shakespeare Festival where he has choreographed numerous productions of Shakespeare and other classics. Some acting credits include: Petrucchio in NPTC's OOBR-winning Taming of the Shrew; Rodrigo (Othello) for NPTC Mainstage; Banquo (Macbeth), Mercutio (Romeo & Juliet) and a host of Fools and Villains for NPTC Shakespeare Made Simple Performances; Iago (Othello), Brutus (Julius Caesar), Porthos (Three Muskateers), Macduff (Macbeth), Long John Silver (Treasure Island) among others at Inwood Shakespeare Festival; Caliban (La Tempestad) with Resonance Ensemble and Jack Pinchwife in The Country Wife with HonkBark Productions.