Celebrating the life and art of Václav Havel
New York City, October through December 2006

Biographies: Production staff

Andrea Boccanfuso
(Director, The Garden Party; Producer, Mistake) Member—Oracle Theatre, Inc. Board, MFA—SUNY Purchase. Among her favorite directing credits: The Lover (Harold Pinter), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Jane Wagner), Red Cross (Sam Shepard). Resident Lighting Designer—the Janiec Opera Company, Associate Lighting Designer—IMCD Lighting, Founding member—Loblolly Experimental Theatre. She discovered and fostered her love of directing through The New Voices Program, a forum for new works to workshop in preparation for full performance.

Skyler Sullivan

Christopher Conant
(Assistant director, Largo Desolato) Chris has directed Shakespeare, Sartre and Beckett, but this experience with this company is the best he could ask for. Thanks Eva, Lauren and every citizen of the republic. www.christopherconant.com

Glenn De Kler
(Assistant director, Redevelopment) is a graduate of the University of Miami with a double major in Theater and Motion picture production. He has lived in New York for a little over two years, in which time he has co-directed Out of Gas on Lovers Leap, and directed Boys' Life, both with Panicked Productions. He is very excited to be spreading the culture of dissidence by showcasing the work of Mr. Havel.

Julia Funk
(Stage manager, A Butterfly on the Antenna) Julia is honored to be a part of this production. Her New York credits include: Kansas City or Along the Way, Disgraced Productions, Emerald Crest, HOT! Festival, Tabula Rasa, High Fidelity Theatre in conjunction with NEUROfest, The Misadventures of the Olson Twins, Creative Stage, Measure 4 Measure, Project 400 Theatre Group. She would like to thank John and Marilyn for understanding, Jede and the staff in accommodating her ever-changing schedule, and John E. for having an equally busy career. She would also like to thank the cast and crew for their dedication to this show. It has been a wonderful ride.

Jillian Harrison
(Assistant director, stage manager and choreographer, An Evening With Family) Directing Credits: OFF Stage – the West Village Fragments (Peculiar Works Project), The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year and JUMP (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Reckless (Theatre Outlet), On the Pier (TSI Inc.), Celebration and Lucky Stiff (Stagedoor Manor), What the Butler Saw and A Funny Thing ... Forum (Lehigh University Theatre). Other Credits: Lucy and the Conquest (assistant director – Suzanne Agins, director – Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Mistress Cycle (production assistant - AWOL Productions/ New York Musical Theatre Festival). Love to Family, Friends, and Tom.

Joseph Hoffman
(Production assistance, The Garden Party and Mistake) Joseph Hoffman, Hofstra University Alum, is a longtime Long Island theatre actor and resident. He has been seen in musical theatre productions at Broadhollow, the Cultural Arts Playhouse, the Stage, and Hofstra University. Trained in speech therapy and the arts, he has completed both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Hofstra University and is currently employed as a speech therapist. He continues to perform both on Long Island and in NYC.

Erich J. Jungwirth
(Producer, Protest) President, VoiceChair Productions, Inc.; Managing Director, International WOW Company; Producing Director, Soho Think Tank @ the Ohio Theatre. Off-Broadway: Rum & Vodka by Conor McPherson, Theatre O’s 3 Dark Tales. Downtown: Robert Lyon’s PR Man and No Meat No Irony, Pig Iron Theatre Company’s New York presentation of Gentlemen Volunteers, and The Hush by Hush Productions (U.K.). During his tenure, Soho Think Tank has co-produced David Foley’s Cressida Among the Greeks (Drama Desk nomination).

Jodi Katz
(Stage manager, The Memo) Jodi recently stage managed Denise Fennell in Late Nite Catechism at The Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT which recieved a rave review in the NY Times. Off-Off Broadway credits include: Uncle Vanya (SM) with Sonnet Rep., NEUROfest (ASM) and The 24/7 Festival (ASM) both produced by UTC61. Other recent credits include: The Passenger List (SM/Costume Designer), As You Like It (Costume Designer), and Boy Gets Girl (Wardrobe Supervisor). Jodi received a 2003 RECT award nomination for Best Costume Design. She graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Theatre. Jodi also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts in the school of Design and Production and at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film.

Taylor Keith
(Assistant director and stage manager, Audience) Taylor is happy to be working for Edward Einhorn again after having assistant directed Vestibular in the Neurofest. Currently she is a part of _Gaia, a company in Hoboken that promotes women's voices. She recently played the role of Meredith in a production of Rewind by Eric Alter for _Gaia in the Hudson County One Acts Festival. She holds a B.A. in dramatic arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Thanks to Edward, Scott, Dan and "Nutty" for making this show a success! Love to her family and Brian for all their support.

Christine Massoud
(Stage manager and board operator, Motormorphosis) Christine Massoud is a student at Marymount Manhattan  college majoring in Stage Management and Directing. This  fall, she staged managed the mainstage production of The Old Law. She has stage managed for the Little Compton Community Center for the past three summers, for their productions of Carousel, The King and I, and The Music Man. She also currently is working for Naked Boys Singing as a stagehand.

Leah McVeigh
(Stage manager, The Garden Party) Previous credits include: A Raisin in the Sun, David Binder Productions; La Traviata, Virginia Opera Association; A Mid Summer Night's Dream, The Richmond Ballet; Sweeney Todd, Brevard Music Center; King Lear, Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park; Olympus Fashion Week Spring '07 Collections, Obo Global Inc. Professional Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design Technology from the State University of New York at Purchase.

Julie Miller
(Production assistance, The Garden Party and Mistake) Julie Miller [Hofstra Alum] (AEA) is developing a career in stage management.  Credits: Bernarda Alba, Belle Epoque, (LCT) Architecture of Loss, (NYTW), Sarah, Sarah, (MTC) Souls of Naples, (TFANA) Silver Nitrate (Juggernaut Theatre Co); Workshops: Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons), Ann the Word (LCT), Mask (SHP) and Florida (NYU). She served as Company Manager for two summers at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College; and working four seasons as lobby/backstage venue manager at Olympus Fashion Week.

Laura Newman
(Assistant director, Protest) has worked as a Dramaturg and Assistant to Moise Kaufman on the Tectonic Theatre Project’s “One Arm” and “Beethoven Project,” and is currently a soloist and Assistant Director as well as a current Board Member in “Reverend Billy’s Church of Stop Shopping.” She has worked as a Director and Producer on several plays and short films both in and out of New York, including Studio Theatre’s “Rain Falls” and the short film “Pet Peeve” about a Tarantula named John Ashcroft and his sexy owner. Laura graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, a minor in Arts and Culture with an emphasis in film.

Karen Lee Ott
(Dramaturg, The Havel Festival; dramaturg, The Memo and Redevelopment) curates a new play series for Nomad (founding member). Awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Dramaturgy by Columbia University, a grant by the French Consulate to study theatre in Paris, and JP Adler Memorial Scholarship (American Jewish Theatre), she is a NYTW usual suspect, adjudicates for FringeNYC and New Dramatists, and made her radio debut as a commentator (WNYC/NPR) in 2005. This is her fourth UTC#61 festival. Thanks to Carol, Gene, and Daphne.

Matthew Park

Matthew Park
(Max and assistant director, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration) Matthew Park is very proud to be a part of the Havel Festival and is happy to be a part of the celebration of Havel's work and birthday. Matthew has a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts and has recently formed the Quattro Gatti Theatre Company with his wife, Amy Quint. Happy Birthday Vaclav Havel!

Michael Scott-Price
(Assistant director, The Memo) Michael Scott-Price studied acting and directing at the School of Physical Theatre in London, England. He has had productions in New York City and abroad. Recently, he directed Trav SD’s The Dorothy Building as part of the American Living Room at HERE. Michael is also Artistic Director of the Asteroid B612 Theatre Company, Literary Manager at Theater for the New City and LCT Director’s Lab 06. www.asteroidb612.org

Mikajlo Rankovic
(Stage manager, Redevelopment) moved to the U.S. from Serbia, where he was production manager for the Cultural Center of Belgrade. In NYC, he has worked with Immigrant`s Theatre Project, Watson Arts @La MaMa, Alethea Adsitt & Company, TWEED Theater Works, and Treehouse Shakers. He thanks Grant Neale for inviting him to be a part of this interesting project. He would like to thank his wife, Emily, for her support.

Issac Rathbone

Isaac Rathbone
(Producer/technical director, The Garden Party; co-director, Mistake) is a Producer/Director/NY-based playwright. Credits include productions in Manhattan, including the Kraine; CSNY; Brooklyn Lyceum; and South Oxford Space. His work has been performed at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY; SUNY Brockport; Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska; and FringeNYC 2006. He is a founding member of Oracle Theatre Inc., and resident playwright. His adaptations of Japanese folktales are presented as part of OTI’s WOLF Family Series.

Jennifer Rathbone

Jennifer Rathbone
(Co-director, Mistake and assistant director, The Garden Party) (AEA Member) As a BFA graduate from Hofstra University in Theatre Production and an MFA graduate from SUNY Purchase Design Technology, she has been involved in varied aspects of theatre. Select Credits include: T.Schreiber Studio's How I Learned To Drive (Lighting, 2006 NYIT Awards Nominee "Outstanding Lighting Design"); SLDT (Lighting Designer); Oracle Theatre’s WOLF: Japanese Folk Tales … ; Home and The Death of Tintagiles (Director). She also teaches students in disciplines of theatre arts/design.

John Simmons
(Board operator, An Evening With Family) John's recent credits as board operator/stage manager
include ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, WINTER'S TALE , THE BAD PLAYS FESTIVAL and BEST IN FEST (including THE BEST LITTLE CRACKHOUSE IN PHILLY). Other credits include: ORPHAN TRAIN (directed by 5-time Tony nominee Patricia Birch) - stage manager; TELLING DAD - stage manager; A DEATH IN THE FAMILY - actor; MOVIN' MACBETH - associate producer; SPECIAL NEEDS - director; RETURN ENGAGEMENT - assistant director/stage manager. As always, love to Nekko.

Vanessa Sparling
(Associate producer, Protest) has helped run the Ice Factory ’06 and currently organizes the 6th Floor Reading Series at the Ohio Theatre. She is a member of The Subjective Theatre Company, and has worked with groups such as Working Mans Clothes Productions and the Debate Society. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and holds a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU. sixthfloorstt@aol.com

Faith Uyetake
(Assistant stage manager, The Memo) is a recent graduate of Oral Roberts University with a Bachelors degree in Drama, Television, and Film Performance. While attending ORU Faith was stage manager for The Glass Menagerie, Quilters, and I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. She was also assistant stage manager for Praise Motion's production of Follow Me and for HB Playwrights Foundation's production of American Clock.

Amanda Woodward
(Stage manager, Mountain Hotel) Recently seen running around The Brick Light Designing and running 95% of The NY Clown Theatre Festival, she's excited to be Stage Managing before hitting the dusty trail to tour the NE playing Widow Piper in AFT's Babes in Toyland. Other NY credits: SM for Death Party (Vital Theatre), LD for Probably Nothing (Theatre Lab), LD for Bitter Poet (P.I.T.), and LD for Sabotage. Thanks to M.G.

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