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Board of Directors
MELODY BROOKS (Artistic Director)
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 will be Company Manager at Second Stage Theatre beginning in April 2017. 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.
MARY MCGINLEY (Program Manager, Women's Work) is a New York director who joined NPTC in 2015. She was Artistic Director of the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival in NC for 15 years. She has worked as a director, dramaturg, performer and administrator at many regional theaters across the country and in the New York area. She is the director of Actors Alternative Studio where she teaches acting, Shakespeare and does private coaching. She also teaches at Kean University in NJ. Mary is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab. She received her M.F.A. in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts and her B.A. in Acting from Rutgers University. A member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, Mary coordinates the Directors Circle for members; she also directs The Garden, A New Plays Project for New Millennium Theatre Works and leads Weird Sisters Consortium, an advocacy group for women working in Shakespeare.
MEGANNE GEORGE (Resident Production Designer) Broadway: A Wonderful Life (Actor's Fund Benefit). Kennedy Center: mabou mines’ Dollhouse. Off-Broadway: For mabou mines: Dollhouse (international tour, 2012 Elliot Norton Award nomination, Best Design Large Theatre); Finn (NYSCA commissioning grant); Red Beads; Cara Lucia (American Theatre Wing Hewes Nomination); Children of Ararat, Two Little Indians, Superpowers, Orpheus and Eurydice; Hurray for Iceboy. Regional: Grey Gardens, The Graduate, As Bees in Honey Drown, No Way to Treat a Lady, UnNecessary Farce, Radio Gals. Intn’l: Choreophorae (European Capital of Culture Fest ‘06), Kilkenney Arts Festival: Lucia's Chapter's, A Prelude to a Death in Venice. Other NY: John Goldfarb Please Come Home (FringeNY Best Costume Design ‘07). Nine seasons with Bronx Opera; 10 with New Perspectives including Hamlet, MOTHER OF GOD!; The Taming of the Shrew (OOBR Award), Macbeth. Romeo & Juliet, Lemon Meringue Facade by Ted Lange, and many others. Film/TV: mabou mines' Dollhouse (producer, Arte, France); Don't Nobody Love the Game (PBS Independent Lens). Meganne was also a design professor for Hofstra University Department of Drama and Dance for 6 years. She has served as a teaching artist for Barnard College at Columbia University, the Mark Twain School of the Arts on Coney Island, and spent four years with NPTC's residency at School for Classics.
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.
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.
COLIE KENNEDY-MCCLELLAN holds an MFA from Rutgers University and a BA in Theatre Arts & Classics from the College of Charleston Honors. She is an Apprentice member with the League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Program Director of Arethusa Speaks, whose mission is to address violence against women and girls. Their flagship production, They Call Me Arethusa, a one-woman show written and performed by McClellan, received critically acclaimed runs in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia, and in a limited engagement at The Tank in NYC. www.arethusaspeaks.com
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.