Allegra Schorr (Producer and Conceiver) Allegra Schorr's experience and talents include theatre and business. Allegra is the Producer and Managing Member of Floating Theater LLC.
A member of the 2008-2010 Producer’s Lab, Allegra was a producer for Women’s Project Global Cooling: The Women Chill at the World Financial Center, part of the River to River Festival. Allegra conceived of the Magical History Tour while a Lab member and several Women's Project lab members are associated with the show and its development.
A classically trained actress and director; Allegra is an original company member of American Globe Theatre, Times Square’s longest running classical theatre, where she directed frequently. Productions include Brothers in Crime by Feydeau, Spring Dance by Horton Foote, Cold Sweat by Neal Bell and staging’s of Much Ado About Nothing and Henry IV, Part I for AGT’s Hollow Crown.
Allegra has over twenty-five years of business experience and is an owner and Vice President of West Midtown Medical Group. West Midtown Medical Group is a JCAHO accredited Behavioral and Primary Healthcare facility specializing in substance use disorder. West Midtown serves almost a thousand patients daily, providing high quality, comprehensive health care and is in the in forefront of medicated-supported treatment and recovery. Allegra is the current President of COMPA, an organization that provides advocacy for programs across New York State treating over 40,000 New Yorkers.
Allegra studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She is a native New Yorker and lives with her husband and two teenage children.
Margarida De Brito, J.D. (Co Producer) Margarida De Brito has more than 20 years of financial services and compliance experience. From 2002 - 2009, she was executive director and head of fixed income compliance at Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. and served in a number of capacities at Morgan Stanley from 1994 to 2001. Margarida is currently a Director at Societe General. BA, New York University; studied Law at Sapienza – Università di Roma; and is currently studying at Columbia Business School’s Executive Education program.
Margarida has produced Off-Broadway and for Independent film. She was Executive Producer for Love, Genius and a Walk, which was reviewed as “stellar” and “a remarkable play” at the MITF this summer and is opening Off-Broadway in 2014.
Mitchell Schorr (Associate Producer) NYC Artist and perhaps the best known urban mural painter in the world, has painted 3-D murals in and around many of New York City’s parks for more than a decade. His murals have been featured on NY1’s New Yorker of the Week, Fox 5’s Good Day New York, and in the movie New York, I Love You, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Christie. Mitchell’s latest project, Da Race whimsically pits racecars against a homely, generic New York City ice cream truck as they exchange leads in advancing depictions around the city. Da Race is ongoing at over 25 locations citywide. Mitchell’s paintings have traveled the world, including shows at the Slick Art Fair in Paris, the American Academy in Rome, on Brick Lane in London and Art Basel in Miami. His oil paintings are featured at David Burke at Bloomingdale and at Ferrari of New York. Mitchell has also co-produced films. http://www.mitchellschorr.com
Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director) Gaye Taylor Upchurch is a freelance director living in New York. New York: Simon Stephens’ American premiere of Bluebird starring Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater); Patrick Huguenin’s Paper Dolls (NY Fringe; Outstanding Ensemble Award); Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels (Lincoln Center Institute); Charles Forbes’ minor gods (Summer Play Festival); Jordan Harrison’s Fit for Feet (Drama League), Nets (Fordham University). She has also worked with playwrights Laura Eason, Dano Madden, Kirsten Greenidge, and Jessica Provenz, and has developed new work at The Kennedy Center, Dixon Place, Sonnet Rep, and Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab. She is currently working with Sam Mendes on his trans-Atlantic Bridge Project production of Richard III, starring Kevin Spacey (BAM/Old Vic, London). As Associate Director of The Bridge Project (2008-2010), GT took The Cherry Orchard, Winter’s Tale, Tempest, and As You Like It on an international tour (Hong Kong; Singapore; Paris; Madrid; Epidavros, Greece, others). GT is an alumna of Wake Forest University, NC School of the Arts, Women’s Project Directors Lab, and Drama League.
Andi Stover (Book & Lyrics) is a founding member of LiveFeed, a daredevil performance company that creates site-specific events in unexpected spaces for a thrill-seeking audience. Recent works as a writer/director for LiveFeed include: Black Eye Fixer (2008), which appeared at two rock clubs- Club Midway in the East Village and Glasslands in Williamsburg, The Murder of Taylor (2008-2009), a historical “re-imaginactment ” that was a part of the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour underground, beneath Atlantic Avenue, and Surprise! (2009), an interactive performance party that took place at 66 Water in DUMBO Brooklyn. Other authored works include Matryoshka (2003, ABC NO Rio), and Four of a Kind (2002, WOW Café).
She also directed Cary Curran's one woman show, Cary from the C**K, which has entertained audiences in New York, Orlando and Sydney.
Christian Gibbs (Composer) is a songwriter, musician, and producer who has released over 10 albums under the monikers Lucinda Black Bear, C.Gibbs, The Droves, and Morning Glories. His projects have ranged from chamber orchestral folk to indie rock to gothic americana and have been praised in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR NBC News and other notable media. He also was the lead guitarist/ keyboardist for the Broadway production of Passing Strange and is featured in the Spike Lee film of the same name. Other theater collaborations have involved a stint as a pianist for Richard Maxwell’s Good Samaritans and guitarist/ pianist for the rock musical Lizzie Borden at The Living Theater . Gibbs began his musical career at age 20 when he arrived in London for a semester abroad, answered a help wanted ad for a guitarist and promptly fled college to assume employment as Modern English’s guitarist. The young man’s parental nightmare took him to posts playing with Jim Thirlwell’s Foetus, fronting New York rock trio Morning Glories, and settling into a solo career signing to Atlantic for one album. He has opened for / shared the stage with Margaret Cho, John Mellencamp, Little Richard, Son Volt, Everclear, John Doe and many, many more. http://www.cgibbsreview.com
Aimee Davis (Co-conceiver) is a multi-faceted theater professional with experience in dramaturgy, marketing, public relations and producing and has produced site-specific environmental work in New York since 2007 with Andi Stover and LiveFeed. In addition Aimee was a member of the 2008-2010 Women's Project Producers Lab and worked as Marketing & Development Associate with Target Margin Theater from 2009-2011. Aimee is happy to expand her site-specific theater horizons from bars and 19th Century Tunnels to the New York Harbor.
Julie Crosby (Producing Artistic Director- Women’s Project) joined Women’s Project—the nation’s oldest and largest theater dedicated to producing plays written and directed by women—in 2005, and was appointed Producing Artistic Director in 2007. As Artistic Director, Julie has produced 14 plays, including Catherine Trieschmann’s Crooked, Liz Duffy Adams’ Or, Rachel Axler’s Smudge, and Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something.
Previously, Julie worked for over two decades on and off Broadway, and on international productions, including On Golden Pond starring James Earl Jones, Eve Ensler’s The Good Body, Laurie Anderson's Songs & Stories From Moby Dick, Black And Blue starring Ruth Brown, and the famed musical Carrie, among many others. Julie also produced New Faces Of ’04 at Carnegie Hall for Skitch Henderson and The New York Pops.
A published author and university lecturer, Julie received her doctorate in comparative drama from Columbia University, where she was a President’s Fellow and the recipient of the Judith D. Lipsey Fellowship for Distinguished Graduate Students in Humanities.
Roger Alan Gindi (General Manager) won the 2007 Tony Award for producing the Best Special Theatrical Event, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! He recently produced Billy Goda’s play, DUST, off-Broadway. He was general manager of three plays by August Wilson: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, King Hedley II and Jitney. He produced the Off-Broadway hit Shakespeare's R&J. He managed the original smash-hit productions of Nunsense and its many tours and sequels. He produced Crazy He Calls Me and was the general manager of A Small Family Business, Our Country's Good and Mixed Emotions on Broadway as well as David Mamet's Oleanna and Larry Kramer's The Destiny of Me, among many others. Mr. Gindi has also served as the theatrical manager for the past eight "Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows" on CBS.
Deb O ( Production Design; Costume/Props Design) The Material World (Dixon Place); 5 Days In March, Heaven On Earth, The Panic Show, Make a Small Incision (Witness Relocation); The Deepest Play Ever (The New Ohio); The Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines); Expatriate (Culture Project); Salsalandia (La Jolla Playhouse; Jihad the Musical (Edinburgh Festival). MFA; Yale. http://debodesignstudio.com/home.html
Benjamin Furiga (Sound Design) 2011/2012 credits: Brainpeople (NSD); Fabulation (Brave New World Rep); The Most Happy Fella; Street Scene (Steindhardt/NYU); You're a Good Man; Charlie Brown (Manhattan College); Living in Exile (tour); Zoe's Auditions (One United); Lucia's Chapters of Coming Forth b y Day (Mabour Miles).
Bridget O' Connor (Sound Design & Operation) Design: Maine State Music Theater; Little Shop of Horrors (Engleman Theater); Mud Blossom (ETP); The Servant of Two Masters (Pittsburgh Public); Richard III, Uncle Vanya, Peer Gynt (CMU). Assitant Design: War Horse, A Free Man of Color, South Pacific, Death of A Salesman, Chicago Tour, White Christmas, The Homecoming. Education: BFA Drama, Carnegie Mellon.
Roy Lightner (Choreographer) Luck To Be Me (New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, asst. to Peggy Hickey); In Your Eyes, Hairspray (Soundheim Center); Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hound of the Baskervilles (New Jersey Rep, Penguin Rep, Weston Playhouse). Roy is a director for DANCERS INC and the head of the Jazz Dance Faculty for Astoria Fine Arts Dance.
Dan O' Driscoll (Fight Director) has choreographed hundres of fights nationally that have garnered rave reviews and three Off-Off Broadway review awards in New York City. He is currently Co-Fight Director and Performance Company Associate Director at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, N.Y.
Megan E. Coutts (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Godspell; Off Broadway: Oohrah! (Atalntic Theater Company); Brazil! Brazil! (New Vic); Latino Mix-fest of New Plays; (Atlantic Theater Company); All Fall Down (NYMF); Peter & The Wolf (Guggenheim Museum); The Maria Project (59E59); Triangle Factor Fire Benefit (TACT). Regional: Willaimstown Theatre Festival, Godspeed Musicals, Public Theater of Kentucky, Theater West Virginia.
John Basil (Producing Artistic Director, American Globe Theatre) and founding member of American Globe Theatre, where he has directed many of Shakespeare’s works including Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, Twelfth Night and As You Like It. John’s unique style and exciting approach to the classics and contemporary theater has created a demand for his talents at regional theaters and universities alike. He has directed works of great diversity—from Richard III and The Two Gentlemen of Verona to Proposals and Candida—for the Asolo Theater, American Stage Festival, Bradley University, and the University of Colorado, to name a few. Along the way he has also directed five seasons of opera at Sarasota Opera. His dynamic and upbeat Playing Shakespeare Series continues to enlighten and inspire actors across the nation. He helped to launch the Sedona Shakespeare Festival in Arizona and has presented his workshops for Columbia Teachers College, Penn State, Elon University and Oklahoma State University. John’s dual role as artistic director and producer of American Globe Theatre has kept the company in the black for 23 years. In addition to overseeing the daily management of American Globe Theatre, he is also a professor at Marymount College in Manhattan. John’s accomplishments have been recognized by The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and he has been awarded the Iben Lectureship for Shakespeare. John’s book, WillPower, A 21 Day Journey to Acting Shakespeare, was published in the fall of 2006 and is now in its’ second printing.
Elizabeth Keefe (Executive Director, American Globe Theatre) has been instrumental establishing American Globe Theatre as the longest running Off-Off Broadway theatre in Midtown Manhattan. For the past 23 years she has been Executive Director of American Globe Theatre, where she oversees all daily activities- both production and managerial. Among her responsibilities are financial planning and managing operational and project budgets, production scheduling, hiring and supervising personnel, assisting in casting, and overseeing publicity. In addition to her numerous administrative duties Ms. Keefe is also an accomplished classical actress having worked not only on the NY stage but also regionally, most notably at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota Florida. Ms. Keefe first began her acting career on the television soap opera, All My Children and has subsequently continued working in the field as a commercial actress. Ms. Keefe holds an MFA in Theatre Performance from Florida State University.
John Camera (Dramaturg) John has worked extensively with writers in the development of new plays and screenplays. In New York with Richard Vetere at The Actor’s Studio, with new play development at Playwrights Horizons and with The Workshop, where he codeveloped and directed Tables for Two, a cabaret based upon the writings and music of Douglas Watt and the music of Cy Coleman. In Los Angeles, he collaborated with Stephen Espinosa on The Black Dahlia at the Mark Taper Forum/TaperTwo, and with Therese McNally on The Ghost of Jane Street and with Jeffrey Hatcher on Scotland Road at the Gascon Theatre Center in Los Angeles. As an actor, John has performed in over forty productions of classical, modern and contemporary plays on Broadway; five seasons with Obie Award–winning CSC Repertory, where he appeared in over fifteen productions. John is an Adjunct at Hunter College where he teaches Acting and Shakespeare in Performance. His own teaching program, Rehearsal and Performance: An Actors’ Workbook is being edited for publication.
Susan Reilly (Dramaturg) the co-founder and Managing Director of AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble) in Portland, ME, has produced all of AIRE’s shows over the past seven years. She is also the producer of Portland’s annual Bloomsday event on June 16 celebrating Irish author James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, and is a co-producer of the annual “Curtain Up!” event marking the beginning of the Portland theater season. She has appeared in over a dozen AIRE productions, including Dancing at Lughnasa, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Philadelphia, Here I Come! Other Maine acting credits include Peer Gynt and Little Festival of the Unexpected (Portland Stage Company), The Children’s Hour (Mad Horse Theatre Company), and The Maine Short Play Festival (Acorn Productions). In New York, Susan was co-founder and lead producer of the ACME Stage Company, and appeared in M.A.R.S. Theater’s production of Measure for Measure.