Keith Paul Medelis (Creative Director)

Keith is a theater maker, teacher, and arts journalist. He is the former Artistic Director of The New Theatre Project in Ann Arbor, MI. He has directed several new works regionally and in New York. Stage and company management credits include Off-Broadway: White Rabbit, Red RabbitTurn Me Loose; New York: New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater, LaMaMa for Superhero Clubhouse, Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theater, and Elastic City. As a teacher Keith has taught at Brooklyn College, Mercy College, the Professional Performing Arts School, Waterwell, Manhattan Youth, The Play Group Theatre and Pioneer High School. As an arts journalist, Keith is the producer of ELEMENTAL, a podcast series investigating art making in this urgent political moment and the upcoming Now. More Than Ever, a podcast and live series coming this fall. Additionally, Keith writes for Theatre is Easy. MFA: Brooklyn College under Tom Bullard and Mary B. Robinson.

benjamin weiner (playwright in residence)

Benjamin began composing for theater in high school, when he wrote a ragtime score for a production of The Tempest. At Columbia University, he scored productions and began writing his own plays where sound and music were integral pieces of the work. He studied playwriting under Ellen McLaughlin, Julia Jordan, and Sylvan Oswald, and was the theater department's nominee for Columbia's Sudler Prize. After developing a play called Wave Point as his thesis, in collaboration with deaf actor Garrett Zuercher, Benjamin received a Core Apprenticeship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis to continue to work on the piece, culminating in a workshop and reading in Minnesota. He taught at Saint Ann's School for three years, developed theater with his students, and collaborated on a new full-length musical performed by the middle school. 

Sofiya Cheyenne (Associate Artist)

Sofiya is a recent graduate of the Brooklyn College BFA Acting Program as well received a BA in Psychology. She is a recipient of Friars Foundation Award and Gi60 Collaboration Scholarship for her dedication and community support in the arts. Her performance credits include Miss Julie (Miss Julie), Swimming In The Shallows (Carla Carla), Rimers of Eldritch (Wilma Atkins), Angels in America (Angel), Dog Sees God (Matt), and the Gi60 One Minute Play Festival. She has also starred in an original production as Perla Ovitz entitled ZWERGE (2014). Sofiya strongly believes in using the arts as a way to challenge the norms of our society and promote social change. She hopes to not only be a storyteller of all kinds of stories but also to open the world's eyes to see that people with disabilities can have an equal chance on the stage, television or film. www.sofiyacheyenne.com

 

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Jane Bruce (Associate Artist)

Jane was born and raised in Ogden, UT by two kick-ass parents, with lots of help from a witty little sister and a menagerie of cats and dogs. Jane caught the performing bug at a young age, telling (bad) jokes at family reunions and putting on uncomfortably detailed skits at recess. Jane wrote her first song at age 6 on a thumb piano about the devastating death of Mittens, the kitten. Jane sunk her teeth into every learning experience she could find, attending the Broadway Theater Project in Florida, and joining the Speech and Debate team. Jane competed nationally and took home the top honor in Dramatic Interpretation her senior year for her portrayal of Judy Garland. She continued to hone her songwriting skills as well, turning her journal entries into songs and taking inspiration from artists like Aimee Mann, Elliott Smith, Laura Marling, Iron and Wine, and Fiona Apple. And Joni Mitchell. Duh. Jane got her B.F.A. in Musical Theater from the University of Michigan and has been in NYC ever since, working regionally, playing gigs, recording, teaching, and writing new songs about her cats. 

Sarita Fellows (Associate Artist)

Born in Freetown Sierra Leone, Sarita Fellows earned her MFA at NYU in 2008. She has had the pleasure of designing costumes for young adults with institutions such as the The MontClair Kimberley Academy, The Play Group Theatre, and The Dalton School shows include: Putnam County Spelling Bee, Merrily We Roll Along, A Midsummers Night Dream, Loves, Labours, Lost and Antigone. Her other stage productions include works such as: Insidious, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Hairspray and Pericles with the Black Rep at St. Louis MO. Big River, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Carousel with the Summer theater of New Canaan CT, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Rest of Oedipus with Queens College NY. The Good Body, BUG and 5 Kinds of Silence with the Boundless Theater Co in San Juan PR. 

Connor James (Associate Artist) 

Connor is currently working towards his BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. In the past year, he was featured in the World Premiere of Eliza Bent's Asleep at the Wheel and several play reading series with Brooklyn College's MFA Playwriting program, Dialogue with 3 Chords, and The Actor's Studio. He has a passion for classical works with innovative concepts. 

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Christina Roussos

Christina Roussos is a director based in Brooklyn. Her work has been seen at Rattlestick Playwrights Jam, Ensemble Studio Theater, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Judson Church Loft, HB Studio, FringeNYC and Nuyorican Poet’s Café. She is the director and co-producer of The Share webseries, www.thesharesitcome.com, as well as numerous short video projects. Upcoming work includes Magic Trick at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row. She is currently working for her MFA in Directing at Brooklyn College. More info at www.christinaroussos.com

Zak Accuardi (Sustainability Director)

Zak has worked to make the world more sustainable as a campus activist, environmental engineer, building energy efficiency consultant, dietary greenhouse gas emissions research fellow, and now as an analyst for TransitCenter, a foundation committed to improving urban mobility. He sees the big picture, and thinks pragmatically about how to minimize environmental impacts on small and large scales alike.