Dina Vovsi is a Brooklyn-based director, performer, and producer committed to developing and devising new plays. Dina has directed at The Culture Project’s Women Center Stage, FringeNYC, The Muse, Working Theater, Unboxed Voices, New York Madness, Complete Theatre Company, Ingenue Theatre, and The Glass Eye. Assistant directing: Cherry Smoke (Working Theater), Jesus in India (Ma-Yi), The Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre), White Hot Black Spice (New Dramatists). Current & upcoming directing projects include the ensemble-created everything’s whispered (for now), a play with puppetry and music by Kevin Kautzman called Vasilisa Most Lovely, a site-specific untitled play in a teahouse, and with Working Theater, directing several short plays by Joe Roland commissioned by Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in Flushing, Queens for their Youth Conference. Dina is a co-founder and co-curator of the Working Theater Directors Salon, now in its fifth year. Dina has worked as a literary manager, producer, associate producer, and marketing consultant at Working Theater, Page 73, Waterwell, Darling & Company/The New School, terraNOVA Collective and Columbia University. Dina is a member of the New York Madness Directors’ Unit, the 2014 Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, and is an A4A Grant Recipient. Alumna of the University of Michigan.
Joan Kane recently directed Sweet, Sweet Spirit by Carol Carpenter ( MT Works), what do you mean by Bruce A! Kraemer ( 59e59,Edinburgh) Safe by Penny Jackson ( Planet Connections, 59e59, Edinburgh) Polly Amorous by Ron Burch ( Ego Actus) The Metamorphosis by J B Alexander ( Prague fringe) MORE by Maria Tryni Vennerod ( Theatre for the New City) Play Nice! By Robin Rice Lichtig (59e59) Joan is a member of Martin Denton’s Indie Theatre Hall of Fame. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers and is the artistic director of Ego Actus an independent theatre co.based in NYC.
James Fauvell is a Producer, Director, Actor and Co-Artistic Director. He served as Producer on ‘The Rise and Fall Of A Teenage Cyberqueen’, which won the 2013 NYIT Award for Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play. James also recently collaborated with Vertigo Theater Company- directing both the sold-out run of The Living Room Series by Padraic Lillis and a shorter piece for COLLAB by Lindsay Joy. He also directed Lindsay Joy’s Repast at the Tank Theater as part of the Zurich, NY Cycle. He directs a bi-monthly monologue series, which has performed at Jimmy’s No. 43 as well as the Barrow Street Theater and featured the writing of Jessica Brickman, Lawrence Dial, Lindsay Joy, Mike Lavoie, Padraic Lillis, Daniel Talbott and more. As an actor, his most recent performance in ‘Carroll Gardens Aborning’ led NYTheater.com to say he “is perhaps the most likable performer I have seen this year” Other credits include: ‘Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriends Boyfriend’(Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show). Film Credits Include; ‘Sleepwalk With Me’(Winner, 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Next Category) written by Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass, and ‘Chasing Home’(Gotham Film Festival. He currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Award Winning LabRats Theatre Company.
Roxy MtJoy is a director and playwright. Her work has been seen at The Drama League, The New OHIO Theatre, Hollywood Fight Club Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Midtown International Theatre Festival, SLUT unMUTE Festival, and Second Stage. She is an alum of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman’s College; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College.
Director: world premier of David Henry Hwang’s “Underground” for Theater Breaking Through Barriers. “Haunting the Reyenosos” with Playwright Henry Guzman for IATI Theatre.
Delighted to be a New York Madness company member.
Studied at: Tectonic Theatre Project, the Barrow Group Theatre, the Neighborhood Playhouse.
He is currently a staff member of ART/New York.
Michele Travis has directed plays in Lower East Side storefronts, Brooklyn basements, Manhattan black boxes, and Boston nightclubs. She is pleased to be currently helping to revive Sticky, the long running site-specific short play series created by Libby Emmons and David Marcus. She is a script reader for the Public Theater, a Lincoln Center Directors Lab alumnus, and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Illana Stein is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. NYC credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Queens Players, The Secret Theatre), The Offering (Network One-Act Play Festival, Winner: Best Play), or what she will (FringeNYC 2012, Winner: Overall Excellence in Directing), Stop Kiss (Sanguine Theatre Company). Most recently she directed staged readings of Lady Frederick with the Pearl Theatre Conservatory and Fiona Kyle’s MFA Thesis: Rest is Silence (Harvard University, A.R.T. Theatre). She has directed for NYC Companies: Writopia Lab, UglyRhino:TinyRhino, Fresh Produce’d, Co-Op Theatre East, and part of the Working Theatre Directors Salon. Regional credits: Assistant directing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and 3 years as Assistant to the Artistic Director at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Ms. Stein was a member of 2012 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and selected for the Old Vic New Voices Best of British workshops in NYC. Upcoming: Directing The Matthew Portraits by Colette Mazunik for the Sam French OOB Short Play Festival. She is thrilled to join the first ever NYMadness Director’s Unit.
Emily Lerer: director; Ohio native, graduate of Ohio University. Recent Projects include: In the Air Tonight (director) And All of Us Fell Down an original adaptation of Julius Caesar (director/producer), and Unseen and Unnoticed (asst. director). Emily is currently the producing director for R Culture world premiere at IRT this fall. She has worked for the Soho Playhouse, The New Ohio Theatre, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. After directing three plays with New York Madness, Emily is excited to join the NYM Directors Unit.
Ben Ferber – is a director/playwright whose work focuses on technology and the Internet. Recent directing credits include For the Lulz, Take the Car (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Not Afraid (PowerOut), and several short pieces in An Exhibition of Intimate Objects at the Butt Museum (Brain Melt Consortium). His most recent play Let’s Play Play was dubbed a “layered snapshot of Internet culture in action” (Culture Catch) and “easily the most interesting [GamePlay] production” (Attract Mode). He is an Artistic Producer of PowerOut and co-runs the YouTube theater review show Hot Pepper Theater.
Susan Bider Manmontez – I am thrilled to be part of NYMadness! I have followed the company for a number of years and loved the work on all levels! Most recently been working with Open Hydrant Theater Company in the Bronx bringing live theater to palaces and people who had limited access to it in the past. Performing in My Life With Ike/ playing the only female welder in an unwelcoming environment, directing short plays there as well. Favorite recent work- from Here To There by Cecilia Copeland working with both Romy Nordlinget and Amy Lynn (NYMadness members), playing the “vixen” in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife!, the lead in Moon Over Buffalo, and Bunny in Gemini!
Taught by Terry Schreiber at T.Schreiber Studios and Theater playing Sue in The Last Summer at Blue Fish Cove
Shira-Lee Shalit – is an award-winning director, writer and actor, chosen by Steven Spielberg out of 12,000 writer/directors as one of 12 Finalists for the Fox/DreamWorks TV show, ON THE LOT. She has directed for the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Intensive and Intensive Ensembles, for Barefoot Theatre Company, Nylon Fusion Collective, Vertigo Theater Company, The Jewish Plays Project, Stonestreet Studios, NYMadness, Writers Guild East Screenplay Series and the Thespis Theater Festival. Shira-Lee teaches master classes for The LAByrinth Theater Company and is on faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Claudia Weill: is a film, television, and theatre director. Her feature films include GIRLFRIENDS made independently and sold to Warner Brothers after awards at Cannes, Filmex and Sundance, IT’S MY TURN for Columbia Pictures and the feature documentary w/Shirley Maclaine THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY A CHINA MEMOIR, (Academy Award Nom) about the first women’s delegation to the Peoples Republic of China in 1973.
She has directed theatre at Williamstown, the O’Neill, Sundance, ACT, MTC, Circle Rep, the Public Theatre (Margulies’ FOUND A PEANUT, Drama Desk Nom), Pasadena Playhouse, EST NY & LA, Irish Repertory Theatre, The BELLE of BELFAST and most recently, 77% by Rinne Groff at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.
Among her favorite work as a TV director is HBO GIRLS, thirty something (Emmy Award), MY SO-CALLED LIFE and Sesame Street, as well as several cable movies. She has taught Film Directing at USC and CAL ARTS, currently teaching TV Directing at the Columbia School of the Arts. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to which she was the 3rd woman admitted as a director.”
Julie directed her adaptation of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING at HERE (New York Times and Time Out Critics’ Pick). She has directed and developed new work at The Public, NYMF, New Georges, New Dramatists, and EST, and regionally at Pioneer Theater, The Dorset Theatre Festival, and The O’Neill. Member SDC. www.juliekramerdirector.com
Melissa Skirboll is an award winning director and playwright who also acts and occasionally produces. In June of 2016 she directed “A Madness of One Acts” expanded versions of three of the plays developed at NY Madness Walk on the Wild Side. She has directed at the Abingdon Theatre Company, Urban Stages, Nylon Fusion.