This year's plays were selected from hundreds of blind submissions. Twelve plays were presented as part of the festival the week of September 29 - October 4, 2015, including a special event: BREAKING PHILIP GLASS, the newest play by Israel Horovitz. One additional play, Daniel Kennedy's ODD MAN OUT, will premiere in December and will be published along with the other twelve plays in the third volume of The Collective:10 Play Anthology.
PROGRAM A: THE ODDS
And It Came to Pass in Those Days
by Kitt Lavoie
directed by Robert Z Grant
featuring Collective ensemble member Lacy Marie Meyer and colleague Khan Baykal
Breaking Philip Glass
the newest play by Israel Horovitz
directed by Francisco Solorzano, assistant director Joli Tribuzio
featuring Collective ensemble member Nina Mehta with Marcus Naylor*
by Mark Borkowski
directed by Richard Masur
featuring Collective ensemble member Booker Garrett and colleague Marc Menchaca
Morning Becomes Neither
by Greg DePaul
directed by Kevin Kane
featuring Collective ensemble member Maggie Champagne* with colleague John Norwell
by Thomas C. Dunn
directed by Jacqueline Knapp
featuring Collective colleagues Chris Beetem and Francis Benhamou*
by Timothy Brady
directed by Brandon T. Snider
featuring Collective ensemble members Karen Chamberlain and Swann Gruen with colleagues Josh Greenwood, Brian Hotaling* and Rock Kohli*
PROGRAM B: THE EVENS
by Daniel Kennedy
Directed by Kristin Wheeler
featuring Collective ensemble member Naomi Warner with Tony F. DeVito*, Nicolas diPierro, Marki Michelle, Rich Pecci, JB Roté, Chris Veteri, Casey Webb and Natalia Zvereva
by Thomas C. Dunn
directed by Malindi Fickle
featuring Collective ensemble members Swann Gruen and Lacy Marie Meyer
by Sayra Player
directed by Rebecca Brillhart
featuring Collective ensemble members Maggie Champagne* and Sayra Player*
I Would Have That Night
by Bernardo Cubria
directed by Louis Moreno
featuring Collective colleagues Francis Benhamou* and Rock Kohli*
by Stephen Hancock
directed by Alberto Bonilla
featuring Collective ensemble member Karen Chamberlain and colleague Brian Hotaling*
Thick Gnat Hands
by Erin Mallon
directed by Emma Canalese
featuring Collective ensemble members Robert Z Grant* and Mike Houston*
KHAN BAYKAL (Ted, AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THOSE DAYS) Khan Baykal was born and raised in New Jersey. Film: The Drop; Wild Canaries; Duplicity; The Happy House; Heights; and N.Y.C. Underground. Upcoming films include Crooked & Narrow; and Always Shine with Caitlin FitzGerald. TV: "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The Black Donnellys," "Kidnapped," and "Blue Bloods."
CHRIS BEETEM (Charles, RAJA; Associate Producer) Chris Beetem studied theater in New York City and is a graduate of the William Esper Studio. He was specifically mentored by Maggie Flanigan and Wynn Handman. Chris' first role was playing Gena Rowland's grandson in the film "Grace and Glorie," alongside Diane Lane. He then went on to play many parts in film and television, including projects such as "Black Hawk Down," "Every Day," "Mister Popper's Penguins," "J.A.G.," and "Pan Am." Chris has most recently wrapped production on the feature "Claire in Pieces" with Betsy Brandt, gothic thriller "Maggie Black," and the feature "Emelie," which premiered at TriBeCa Film Fest. He can be seen as a recurring player on Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," as well as lawyer Mark Payne on Netflix' "Orange is the New Black." He is represented by Abrams Artists.
FRANCIS BENHAMOU* (Raja, RAJA; Amy, I WOULD HAVE THAT NIGHT; Associate Producer) Francis Benhamou is a NY-based actress. She graduated from NYU and the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Her film credits include the award winning short Lucia, Neal Cassady, the award winning feature Arranged, the independent hit Breaking Upwards, My last day Without you, I'm not me, Big Words and Listen Up Philip. Benhamou worked with various Off Broadway companies, including Clubbed Thumb, New Georges and The Play Co. She was one of the leading actors in the OBIE award winning NYC premiere of Invasion! She debuted with The Collective last year in 4 AM: Redmond and Meda, a C:10 published play. She is now a member of The Collective.
PATRICK BONCK (Technical Production Coordinator)
ALBERTO BONILLA (Director, NO REASON) Alberto received a BA in Theatre at Arizona State University. He also studied at The British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, England. He continued his studies at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts receiving an MFA in Acting under Maggie Flanagan and William Esper.
Alberto’s first Foray into New York City theater was a part of the creative team at 78th Street Theatre Lab that developed a play called “Boy Steals Train” that won a Fringe First and Best Ensemble award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. After Scotland, Alberto was inspired to write and direct “Walking To America” which was also developed and produced at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. This play was based on a true story of a boy who walked from Honduras to America. It was so well received, that it was published in NY Theatre’s “Plays and Playwrights 2005” an anthology of off-Broadway plays. Other written works include: Nonnie (produced at Metropolitan Playhouse), Big Black Mexican Woman, #69, El Conejo, and PS 357. He is currently developing two new plays Dome and Hunting For Ewoks. Alberto also wrote and developed a new play based on Medea called “Maria” with Resonance ensemble of whom he is a member of.
Alberto has directed several other shows including Look Back in Anger, Three Points Over the Vig, Leaving Lilly and many more. Alberto Recently Directed at the Secret Theater, Servant of Two masters.
Jose Esquea, Artistic Director of Teatro La Tea, saw Alberto’s direction of Raft of The Medusa at the Long Island City Little Theater. After seeing the production he was approached by Jose to become a resident Playwright/Director. Alberto is also a fight director, teacher at Stella Adler Studios. Alberto is a member of AEA, AFTRA and SAG. He is also a member of HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) and NALIP (National Association Latin Independent Producers).
MARK BORKOWSKI (Playwright, DEAD MONKEY) Mark’s plays have won critical acclaim from coast to coast. Most recently, THE HEAD HUNTER (The Producers Club) and SHADOW SAINT (The Collective NY). Other NYC productions include: A GRAVEDIGGER’S TALE (The Hudson Guild), THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE (The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre), THE MUTILATION OF ST. BARBARA (Gene Frankel Theatre), TWILIGHT’S CHILD (Playwright’s Horizons), WITHIN THE SKINS OF SAINTS (The Common Basis Theatre), THE RUDE MAN (The Kraine Theatre), THE GODLING, and THE SHADOW KEEPER (Tribeca Lab), as well as many others. Outside New York: SUICIDE, INC. at The Walnut St. Theatre in Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, his LONELY VIGIL FOR A STRANGER ran at The Burbage Theatre where LA Times heralded it, “Fireworks and Poetry.” Publications include: A GRAVEDIGGER’S TALE (Smith & Krauss) "Best of 2009" and DON’T LISTEN TO WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE (Smith & Krauss) "Best One Acts of 2007" and SHADOW SAINT (Collective NY). He is the winner of the Playwrights Fellowship Award from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Rod Serling Award for “The Godling.”
Mark is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and The Dramatists Guild. Wish to thank my friends at The Collective NY for their passion, talent and generosity.
TIMOTHY BRADY (Playwright, SCHADENFREUDE) Tim is a writer currently living in Los Angeles. He is proud to be represented in the Collective 10 Festival for the second time. This year with his play, SCHADENFREUDE, and in 2013 with BURNT TOAST. Tim has written and performed in comedy venues around New York City and was a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live Weekend Update. Currently, he is writing Bio's where he refers to himself in the third person and going around town trying to sell TV shows. So if you know anyone looking...
REBECCA BRILLHART (Director, HUMAN LEAGUE) Director, Producer, Actor, Rebecca has worn many hats and enjoyed a wide range of narrative and documentary projects. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she began her career in New York City as a film and television cameraperson. She studied Method Acting for four years with Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), and she has acted professionally on both stage and screen. In 2007, she founded her production company Elephant Cinema (elephantcinema.com), which focuses on original narrative and documentary cinema.
She is honored to be back directing for C:10 - In last year's program, she directed Terry Milner’s NOTHING IS FREE. Her theater credits include MISS JULIE, SYLVIA, THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, A DOLL’S HOUSE, AMERICAN VOICES, and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Her film and TV credits include "Sex and the City," "Law and Order: SVU," and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent;" several feature films including "Unfaithful," "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days," the Oscar Nominated documentary "Capturing the Friedmans;" as well as several national ad campaigns. Recently, the PBS documentary series she supervising produced, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” won her an Emmy, a DuPont Award, and a Peabody Award.
Rebecca's upcoming directing projects include a feature narrative which she also wrote and short film adaptations of the C:10 plays NOTHING IS FREE and WATERTOWN, MA. Rebecca is also collaborating as a producer with writer/actor/director Sayra Player on her film adaptation of the 2014 C:10 play UNCLE SILAS, which is currently in post production.
EMMA CANALESE (Director, THICK GNAT HANDS) Selected directorial and choreographic work include EINSTEIN AND MILEVA (Theatre Row, NY), HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD (MITF, nominated for Best Direction and Best Choreography), YELLOWPANTS (SOLOCOM at The Pit, NY), AMERICA (Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, winner of Best Audience Award), THE TEMPEST: REMIXED (Teatro Heckscher, NY), A SENSE OF PURPOSE ON SUNDAYS (UNSW, Aust) and PAR AMNESIA (One Extra Dance, Aust). Graduate of The Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and The Neighborhood Playhouse, NY.
BRYANT CARROLL (Associate Producer) Bryant Carroll has been seen on Broadway, TV and films. Most recently he was seen on Showtime's "HAPPYish." He is excited to be helping co-produce the C:10.
KAREN CHAMBERLAIN (Karen, NO REASON; Wife, SCHADENFREUDE) Karen holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University where she studied with William Esper and Maggie Flanigan. After graduation, she trained to teach The Meisner Technique under William Esper and taught at his studio for nine years, as well as for The BFA Professional Actor Training program at Rutgers University. Karen was the first On-Site Resident Director for The Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe. Currently, she is on the faculty of both NYU and The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Other university credits include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. This year's Collective:10 2015 is Karen's fifth production with The Collective. FILM/TV: "Inside Amy Schumer," "TRAINWRECK," "Blink" (formerly titled "Tiger Lily Road"), "Gabi On The Roof In July."
MARGARET CHAMPAGNE* (Sari-Anne, HUMAN LEAGUE; Julie, MORNING BECOMES NEITHER; Executive Producer) Margaret Champagne is an actor-writer-comedian. Recently she originated the roles of Florence in Eagle projects "BROKEN HEARTLAND," and starred in the the feature film "DIANE" in the role of Detective Phillips. She also worked in the cult classic "Bikini Blood Bath Trilogy," "Mark of the Beast," and "Merminators From Outer Space.' She just wrapped the web-series pilot for "Quarter Life Crisis" and is currently appearing on "Inside Amy Schumer." She is an Ensemble Member of The Collective, and creator of the brand new series "Lipstick Garage." SAG-AFTRA, AEA.
BERNARDO CUBRIA (Playwright, I WOULD HAVE THAT NIGHT) Bernardo Cubria is a Mexican playwright. His play THE REDHEAD IS COMING was part of F*ckfest at The Brick Theatre and received workshops at The People’s Light and Theater in Malvern, PA and at The Fountain Theater in Los Angeles, CA. His play THE JUDGMENT OF FOOLS is currently enjoying an Off Broadway run at Intar. He sometimes writes for the Web series "B.U.T.S." and wrote Web series "Going Viral" staring Xochitl Romero. He hosts the theater podcast "Off and On: A New York Theatre Podcast." He also acts sometimes. For that info visit www.bernardocubria.com.
GREG DePAUL (Playwright, MORNING BECOMES NEITHER) Greg DePaul wrote the movies "Bride Wars" and "Saving Silverman" and has sold film and TV scripts to Miramax, Sony, MGM, Disney, Fox and Village Roadshow. The Collective previously produced Greg's short plays LUCUS & MOLLY, JOE & BECCA and DOGGY HEAVEN. His play MOTHERLOVE, which he directed, was called "wickedly inventive" by Backstage West and "a delightful fiasco" by LA Weekly. Greg teaches screenwriting at NYU and The New School. His book "Bring the Funny: The Essential Companion for the Comedy Screenwriter" will be published in December by Focal Press. He co-founded the Stillwater Writers Group and is thrilled to be working with the gifted artists at The Collective.
TONY F. DEVITO* (Stan, THE AUDIENCE) Tony is thrilled to be working with the very talented ensemble of artists at THE COLLECTIVE! Most memorable Off-Broadway theatre credits include, TRACERS, FOOL FOR LOVE, and OF MICE AND MEN. Off-Off Broadway favorites include HOT L BALTIMORE, THE CORPORAL, and CABIN 12 all under the tutelage of Terry Schreiber. Some television credits include "Elementary", "Person Of Interest", "New Amsterdam", "Delocated", "Law & Order Criminal Intent", Law & Order SVU", "Another World", "As The World Turns", and "New York Undercover". Tony most recently completed a film playing the role of Virgil in "The Pact Among Us". Thank You once again to the extremely talented family of artists at THE COLLECTIVE!
NICOLAS DiPIERRO (Usher, THE AUDIENCE)
JOHN DORNELLAS (Associate Producer)
THOMAS C. DUNN (Playwright, RAJA; Playwright, CRIMINALLY DUMB) Thomas C. Dunn’s film work includes writing and directing the narrative features, “The Perfect Witness,” and “The Body Tree,” currently in post-production. As a playwright, he’s the winner of Samuel French’s Short Play Festival. His work has been published in “Samuel French’s OOB Festival Plays”, “Exceptional Monologues 2”, and “Collective: 10 Play Anthology 2013.” He’s extremely grateful to C:10 and all the artists who lent their time and talents to his work.
MALINDI FICKLE (Director, CRIMINALLY DUMB) Malindi is thrilled to be directing CRIMINALLY DUMB as part of C:10 this year. Her first narrative feature film, “Suck it up Buttercup” (2014), recently won 17 top awards and received 31 additional nominations on the indie film festival circuit. Awards included: Best of the Festival, Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Ensemble, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Best Female Filmmaker and the Alan Bailey Award for Excellence in Independent Filmmaking. Malindi is prominently featured in Del Weston’s “Top 100 Indie Filmmakers in the World,” now available on ibooks. Her documentary feature, “By the People” (2006), was broadcast nationwide on PBS and won a prestigious HUGO award. Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, New York Magazine (Critic’s Pick) and Film Journal International, “By the People” was also invited by the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to be included in its permanent collection. As a New York stage director, her credits include SAVIOR at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater and VOICES IN THE STORM for the Culture Project. Malindi is a proud member of Women in Film; she graduated Summa Cum Laude from NYU.
MARIA CRISTINA FUSTE´ (Lighting Designer) Ms. Fusté holds international credits from Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and her native Puerto Rico. Recent credits: MARIELA IN THE DESERT and REAL WOMAN HAVE CURVES at Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville GA, DRAWN AND QUARTERED and AMERICAN JORNALERO, both at INTAR. YO SOY LATINA at Crossroads Theatre. THE FEAST OF THE GOAT and EL QUIJOTE at Spanish Repertory Theatre. GERMANS IN PARIS at 59E59 directed by José Zayas. Recent PR credits: Opera: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, DON PASQUALE and L’ELISIR D’AMORE produced by Ópera de Puerto Rico and directed by Gilberto Valenzuela. Theater: ORPHANS, LOS SOLES TRUNCOS, GODSPELL, THE GIVER, LA PASIÓN SEGÚN ANTÍGONA PÉREZ, and STEEL MAGNOLIAS, among others. Ms. Fusté is the Resident Lighting Designer at Teatro Círculo in NY. Credits: LA CAÍDA DE RAFAEL TRUJILLO, CARMEN LOISAIDA, SABINA Y LUCRECIA, EL CABALLERO DEL MILAGRO, LÁGRIMAS NEGRAS, LOS TITINGÓS DE JUAN BOBO and LA CELESTINA (NY, PR, TX), for which she received an ACE award as best lighting design in 2008. She is the founder and artistic director of Boundless Theatre Company. Credits: FABULOSO! (PR), THE GOOD BODY (PR), BUG (PR), BOUNDLESS EXPOSED (NY), MUJER INVISIBLE (NY/ PR), FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE (PR/NY), TROPICAL TREE (PR), MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (PR) and MADRE EL DRAMA PADRE (NY). She holds an BA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico, and an MFA in Lighting Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is member of the United Scenic Artists Local USA 829. www.mcfuste.com
BOOKER GARRETT (Zena, DEAD MONKEY; Executive Producer) Booker Garrett hails from Arkansas, studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade and graduated from Smith College and the William Esper Studio. She operates as an actor, director, art director and producer and is a grateful permanent ensemble member of The Collective NY. She is a recurring cast member on "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central and has most recently shot for the following films: "TRAINWRECK," "Uncle Silas," "The Room Rental," "Open Roads." In her spare time she's a collector of doll parts, involved in LGBTQ community outreach and mostly concerned with sparkles and magic. www.bookergarrett.com
OLIVIA GEMELLI (Sound Designer, Stage Manager) Olivia is a Stage Manager and Sound Designer and has worked mostly in the NY and Boston area. Recently, she was the Assistant to the General Manager on AMAZING GRACE on Broadway and was the ASM for the 2015 Broadway Cares Easter Bonnet and Competition and Gypsy Awards. Additional Off-Broadway credits include: CHURCHILL, HOW 2 B A NEW YORKER, NEWSICAL, and NAKED BOYS SINGING. For more information, you can visit www.oliviagemelli.com.
ROBERT Z GRANT* (Spencer, THICK GNAT HANDS; Director, AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THOSE DAYS; Co-Artistic Director) Robert is an actor and improviser. He is a Founding Member of The Collective and a current Co-Artistic Director. With The Collective: Ionesco's THE LESSON, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (C:10 2013), CAFE D'AUTOMATIQUE (C:10 2014), SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME (NYIT nomination for Outstanding Direction), ME EQUALS THIS. Beyond The Collective, Robert tours the country with BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL, an award-winning improvised musical comedy. TV/FILM: "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central), "42 Seconds of Happiness." Robert is a graduate of the William Esper Studio where he studied with Bill Esper. He also studied dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation with Ralph Buckley. Robert is probably best known for his anonymity.
SWANN GRUEN (Digley, CRIMINALLY DUMB; Runner 1, SCHADENFREUDE; Associate Producer) Swann Gruen is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and Permanent Ensemble Member of The Collective. He was recently on Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" (Dickhole Beer, a beer you can F@*k!). You can see him soon as PeeWee in The Collective's first short film "Turtleface" by David Thigpen. Swann is a proud associate producer of The Collective's third annual C:10 and has had a blast working on Thomas Dunn's CRIMINALLY DUMB and SCHADENFREUDE by Timothy Brady. He would like to thank his family, friends, and colleagues for all their love and support.
JOSH GREENWOOD (Runner 2, SCHADENFREUDE; Associate Producer) Josh Greenwood is from Colorado. He likes to do improv, sketch comedy, theatre, write, produce, direct and make films (sometimes, all at the same time). Josh is also part of the team that runs the Lower East Side Film Festival, and is a professional Slackline athlete. Finally, being from Colorado, Josh enjoys going outside…a lot.*
*In the event that these facts blossom a new sense of intrigue, you may consult his website: josh-greenwood.com
STEPHEN HANCOCK (Playwright, NO REASON) Stephen is pleased to participate in the 2015 C:10 Festival. Last year his play 4:00 A.M.: REDMOND AND MEDA was produced as well. His work—THE WRITER'S BLOCK, THE HORROR OF THE LITTLE FAMILY FARCE, REVELATIONS, and ZRARYDOW—has been seen in theaters throughout the country. He is currently working on an adaptation of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL which will be produced at The University of Memphis in November. He is a member of the Dramatists' Guild, Actors Equity and AFTRA.
ISRAEL HOROVITZ (Playwright, BREAKING PHILIP GLASS) Playwright-director Israel Horovitz’s 70+ plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His plays have introduced such actors as Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jill Clayburgh, Marsha Mason, Gerard Depardieu, and many others.) Best-known plays include Line (now in its 45th year off-Broadway, NYC’s longest-running play, ever), The Indian Wants The Bronx, It’s Called The Sugar Plum, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays (Alfred the Great, Our Father’s Failing, Alfred Dies, Hopscotch, The 75th, Stage Directions and Spared), The Widow’s Blind Date, The Growing Up Jewish Trilogy (Today, I Am A Fountain Pen, A Rosen By Any Other Name, and The Chopin Playoffs), Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, My Old Lady, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, 6 Hotels (The Wedding Play, Speaking of Tushy, Beirut Rocks, The Audition Play, Fiddleheads and Lovers, and 2nd Violin), Compromise, and The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath. Recent plays include The Bump, Sins of the Mother, What Strong Fences Make, The P Word, Virtual Alex, Gloucester Blue, Man In Snow, and Out of the Mouths of Babes, which will open in NYC next spring starring Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey. Screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival), Sunshine (European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), New York, I Love You, James Dean, 3 Weeks After Paradise and My Old Lady, which Horovitz wrote and directed, starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott-Thomas. Horovitz’s memoires Un New-Yorkais a Paris were recently published in France, where he is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history. Awards include OBIE (twice), Prix Italia, Sony Radio Academy Award, Writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, Christopher Award, Drama Desk Award, Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Lifetime Achievement Award from B’Nai Brith, Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award, Massachusetts Governor’s Award,) and many others. Horovitz was recently decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honor awarded to foreign artists. He is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage, and active Artistic Director of the New York Playwrights Lab, and is co-artistic director of Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto in Italy. NYC’s Barefoot Theatre celebrated Horovitz’s 70th birthday by organizing The 70/70 Horovitz Project, a year-long event with 70 Horovitz plays having had readings and/or productions by theatres around the globe. He is married to Gillian Horovitz, former England National Marathon Champion and record-holder. The Horovitz family divides its time among homes in NYC, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and London.
BRIAN HOTALING* (Ryan, NO REASON; Husband, SCHADENFREUDE; Associate Producer) THEATER: Lionel in PERFECT CRIME; IDYLLS OF THE KING w/ Gad's Hill; PUSH UP 1,2,3 at Connelly Theater; THE END OF and PHYLLIS & KIRBY both at Manhattan Theater Project; PICK UP AX at Metropolitan Playhouse. Brian has worked with Primary Stages, Actors Theater of Louisville, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Playmakers Rep, Monomoy, Schoolhouse Theater. TV/FILM: “The Americans,” “Law & Order,” “As The World Turns,” “White Collar,” “Political Animals,” “Hard Sell,” “Favorite Son.” www.brianhotaling.net
MIKE HOUSTON* (Tom, THICK GNAT HANDS; Executive Producer) Mike is thrilled to once again be producing the C:10, and more specifically, having the opportunity to bring Erin Mallon's words to life in this, their third collaboration. He previously worked on Erin's short plays, THE SALTY PART OF THE ANIMAL at the Samuel French Short Play Festival and GOOD WORKING WITH HANDS presented as part of the 2nd Annual C:10. He would like to thank Robert and Emma for their guidance and inspiration on this journey as well. Love to Mom, Dad, Keith & Jenny. TV: "Orange is the New Black" (2016), "Sneaky Pete" (2016), "Flesh & Bone," "Forever," "Boardwalk Empire," "Inside Amy Schumer." FILM: "Border Crossing" (2016), "Bridge of Spies," "Deliver Us from Evil," "The Drop," "Inside Llewyn Davis."
KEVIN KANE (Director, MORNING BECOMES NEITHER; Co-Artistic Director) Kevin is a founding member and co-artistic director of The Collective NY where he has acted in and directed numerous productions since its inception. He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (NYIT) for his performance in the revival of SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME at NYTW. He served as special on-set consultant to Judd Apatow during the making of Trainwreck. Kevin is nominated for a 2015 Emmy along with fellow Collective founder Amy Schumer for "Best Sketch Show" for Inside Amy Schumer. Film: Trainwreck, Uncle Silas, I'm Not Me, TV: Inside Amy Schumer, SVU, White Collar, Blue Bloods.
DANIEL KENNEDY (Playwright, THE AUDIENCE) Daniel is an actor and writer who lives in Seoul, South Korea. He has written and produced dozens of short and full-length plays for the stage and has performed in many more. He is currently performing as Gaston in the Korean television drama, "Ice Pick." This is his first time working with The Collective, and he is honored and excited by the opportunity.
JACQUELINE KNAPP (Director, RAJA) Jacqueline Knapp teaches acting at the Actors Studio MFA Drama Program @ Pace University, and is a Board Member and Moderator at the Actors Studio. As an actress, last year she had guest roles on "Blacklist," "Leftovers," and "Blue Bloods." She appeared in the film "You Don't Know Jack," with Al Pacino, and "A Song Still Inside," with several Collective members. She's acted on Broadway, Off-Broadway, & numerous regional theatres. Jacqueline directed JOE & BECCA in the first C:10.
ROCK KOHLI* (Man, SCHADENFREUDE; Joe, I WOULD HAVE THAT NIGHT) Theater: Happy Hour, The Atlantic Theater, NY
Love's Labour's Lost, RSC, UK, The Indian Wants The Bronx, Gloucester Stage, MA. TV: Believe, Elementary, Unforgettable. Film: Tower Heist, The Dictator, You Don't Mess With The Zohan.
KITT LAVOIE (Playwright, AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THOSE DAYS) Kitt Lavoie is the author of more than thirty produced plays and musical books. His work has been performed on all seven continents and in five languages. Plays include KIKI BABY (Theater for the American Musical Prize, co-written with Lonny Price and Grant Sturiale), PWND (NYIT Best Original Script nominee), REALER THAN THAT (winner, Samuel French New Play Festival, published by Samuel French), THE MEDIAN LINE (Robinson Award for Dramatic Writing), GOOD ENOUGH (finalist, Samuel French New Play Festival, published by Vintage Press), and BANK & TRUST (published by Vintage Press). Also a director, he has directed more than 130 stage productions in the United States and Europe. Kitt is the Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company, a new play development company he co-founded in 1997. He has taught acting, directing, and playwriting at universities around the United States and sits on the Acting and Directing Faculty of the Norwegian Actors Institute in Oslo. MFA in Directing: Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. Member: Dramatists Guild, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
ERIN MALLON (Playwright, THICK GNAT HANDS) Erin Mallon is a writer, actor and voice artist. Her plays have been presented with Urban Stages, The American National Theatre, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, The Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Amios Theatre Company, Mastodon Theatre Company, The Collective, Cherry Picking, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, InViolet Theater and The Brooklyn Generator. Erin's play BRANCHED directed by Robert Ross Parker and produced by InViolet Theater premiered at Here Arts Center (February 2014) and is included in Indie Theater Now's 2015 Plays and Playwrights compilation. She is currently working on a commission for Fieldston School. Erin is also a devoted volunteer at The 52nd Street Project, the voice of many audiobooks and commercials and co-curator of The Brooklyn Generator. www.erinmallon.net
LAURA MALSEED (Assistant Stage Manager)
RICHARD MASUR (Director, DEAD MONKEY) Actor and director Richard Masur has been well known to film and television audiences for over 40 years.
Masur has starred in more than 50 feature films, including "Who’ll Stop the Rain", "Risky Business", "My Girl", "Heaven’s Gate", "Forget Paris", "Heartburn", "Under Fire", the soon to be released "Tumbledown", and he has just finished shooting "Don’t Think Twice".
He has appeared in over 45 television films, four of which—"Adam", "Fallen Angel", "The Burning Bed" and "When The Bough Breaks"—are among the top-ten rated TV movies of all time. Masur received an Emmy nomination for his performance in "The Burning Bed". Other television movie credits include roles in HBO’s much-heralded "And The Band Played On", Showtime’s "Hiroshima", and HBO’s "61*". Masur has also starred in numerous popular TV series, including "The Hot l Baltimore", "One Day at a Time", "Rhoda", "Empire", "Picket Fences", and has been seen on countless TV comedy and drama series, including most recently HBO’s "Bored To Death", and "Girls", CBS’ "The Good Wife", Netflix’ "Orange is the New Black", and soon Amazon’s "Red Oaks" and "Transparent".
He has appeared on Broadway in the Tony nominated productions of David Storey’s THE CHANGING ROOM, Nora Ephron’s LUCKY GUY, and Michael Frayne’s DEMOCRACY; and Off-Broadway in the Culture Project’s production of THE EXONERATED; MTC’s world premiere of SARAH, SARAH, by Daniel Goldfarb; The Public Theatre’s production of Rinne Groff’s THE RUBY SUNRISE; Playwrights Horizon’s world premiere of A FEMININE ENDING by Sarah Treem; the New Group’s production of Mike Leigh’s 2000 YEARS; MAKE ME, by Leslie Ayvazian at the Atlantic, Roger Rosenblatt’s THE OLDSMOBILES at The Flea, Charles Busch’s OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS at Primary Stages, and FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN by Will Power at the McCarter and the NY Theater Workshop.
Masur is a past National President of Screen Actors Guild. First elected to the SAG Board in 1989, he then served as SAG 3rd National Vice President, SAG President and again on the National Board until April 2012. He worked for over 20 years to help effect the merger of SAG and AFTRA, and is proud to have also been a National Board member of SAG-AFTRA, a position from which he has recently retired.
Masur has been active as a director as well. His film first project, "Love Struck", a 23-minute film that he both wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. His next effort, "Torn Between Two Fathers", an Afterschool Special, earned him a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award. He has directed episodes of TV’s "The Wonder Years" and "Picket Fences". And he has directed several productions for LA Theater Works / The Play’s the Thing, including: AFTER THE FALL, INCIDENT AT VICHY, and THE RIDE DOWN MT. MORGAN, by Arthur Miller and the Steppenwolf adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH, as well as numerous workshops and showcases here in NY, many by Mark Borkowski.
Masur is a Founding Member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Corporation and also served for 6 years on the California Film Commission. He is currently a member of the National Film Preservation Board, advising the Librarian of Congress.
He is married to actress and former NY Screen Actors Guild President Eileen Henry.
NINA MEHTA (Tricia, BREAKING PHILIP GLASS; Marketing and Social Media Production) Nina is an actor, writer, producer in New York and permanent ensemble member of The Collective NY. Stage: AUNT SYLVIA IS DEAD (2014 Collective:10), THE EXIT INTERVIEW (2013 Collective:10), THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (Director/2013 Collective:10), JACKSON HEIGHTS 3AM (QueensTheatre). FILM/TV: “Girls” (HBO), "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central), "The Box," “Finding Priya a Prom Date.” In addition to acting, Nina is a regional board member for the non-profit Indego Africa. Training: William Esper Studio. Much love and thanks to her family and friends. Read her thoughts: @Ladi_Nina
MARC MENCHACA (Wolf, DEAD MONKEY) TV/FILM: "Chicago PD", "Homeland," "Blue Bloods," "L&O: SVU/CI," "Sleepy Hollow," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Generation Kill," "This Is Where We Live" (writer/director), "She's Lost Control," "Reparation." Theatre: FOOL FOR LOVE, JUST ABOUT CURED.
LACY MARIE MEYER (Jenna, CRIMINALLY DUMB; Cassie, AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THOSE DAYS; Executive Producer) A NYC-based Award Winning Film, Television, and Theatre Actor; who has been performing on stage since the age of five. Lacy moved to NYC to study with the acclaimed Bill Esper after finishing her first lead role in a feature film -- SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP -- for which she won BEST LEAD ACTRESS four times with other awards at various film festivals throughout the nation.
Upon graduation from The William Esper Studio's Two Year Meisner Based Training Program, Lacy has completed two more feature films as the lead: SECOND CHANCE (2x4 Productions, 2015) and JOKERS WILD (JFA Productions, 2015). She has a two roles on Comedy Central's "INSIDE AMY SCHUMER"/Season Three. Further, Lacy is now a lifetime Permanent Ensemble Member of The Collective. www.lacymariemeyer.com
MARKI MICHELLE (Claire, THE AUDIENCE) Marki is a native of St. Louis, Missouri by way of Atlanta, Georgia where she was pursuing her MBA. After a challenging transition, she relocated to New York City in 2010. She is a proud graduate of The William Esper Studio, studying with Suzanne Esper, Deb Jackel & Bill Esper. Marki can be found doing bikram yoga, dibbling and dabbling in the kitchen or visiting her family every free chance she gets. www.markimichelle.com
LOUIS MORENO (Director, I WOULD HAVE THAT NIGHT) Lou Moreno has recently directed Octavio Solis, Irene Fornez, Migdalia Cruz and Maggie Bofill. Lou is the recipient of the 2005 Princess Grace award for directing and also holds advisory board seats at both The Twilight and InViolet Theater Companies here in New York City. Mr. Moreno is the artistic director of INTAR theatre.
KHALIL MUHAMMAD (Associate Producer) Khalil is a native of New Jersey and began pursuing his acting career in 2004 with his stage debut as Cougar in HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADAM ALBERTA (Cherry Lane Theatre). Some of his other theatre credits include SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, A SOLDIER'S PLAY, THE RELIGIOUS HOUR, A SOLDIER'S DEATH and RUINED. Some of his independent film roles include "The Rubix," "The Gallery," "Gifted" and "A Playa’s Web." He received professional actor training from the William Esper Studio where he came upon an unlikely gang of misfits which became The Collective. Past C:10 plays that Khalil was featured in are: FAITH ON A TUESDAY, SHADOW SAINT. Currently, Khalil is writing/developing a one-man show based on the life of Richard Pryor, entitled PRYOR TRUTH that is co-produced by The Collective and premiering December 2015. www.mrkhalil.com
LI MURILLO (Costume Consultant) Li Murillo is a NYC native and has spent her life immersed in creation and NYC theater. She has directed and designed numerous original off off Broadway plays and produced published works – to name a few: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler and CREDO by Craig Lucas and FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS by Allan Ball and SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO by David Mamet for The Manhattan Repertory Theater. She has costume designed the bawdy and tremendous classic LYSISTRATA by Aristophanes and The Eagle Projects BROKEN HEARTLAND by Vicki Mooney with the amazing Margaret Champagne.
MARCUS NAYLOR* (Paul, BREAKING PHILIP GLASS) Marcus Naylor was last seen at Carnegie Hall in BLACK STARS of the GREAT WHITE WAY. Other credits include: LOVE LETTERS ON RIPPED PAPER (Joyce Theatre), COOL BLUES (New Federal Theatre), CAVE DWELLERS (Pearl Theatre). Regional credits include: Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Arena Stage, Denver Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. TV and Film include: BOARDWALK EMPIRE, LAW & ORDER: SVU, WITHOUT A TRACE, ONLY IN AMERICA, SLINGS AND ARROWS, JUVIE, LEA, HUDSON SUNSET, ADDICTIONS, KING LEAR and LIVIN IT UP.
JOHN NORWELL (Steve, MORNING BECOMES NEITHER) Studied at the MFA Actors Studio Program. Would like to thank my teachers, Barbara Poitier, Julie Garfield and John Strasberg.
RICH PECCI (David, THE AUDIENCE) A versatile native New York actor who has had appearances in both "Law & Order" & "Law & Order SVU". Some of his film work includes "LBS." (Sundance, Independent Spirit Award Nomination) & "Fighting" directed by Dito Montiel. His stand-out performance was his portrayal as Mark Wiener in the Indie Darling Todd Solondz film "Life During Wartime" (Venice,Telluride, Toronto & NYFF) working alongside Allison Janney & Michael Lerner. A performance that was singled out by critics Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter, Richard Corliss of TIME & Lou Lumenick of the NY Post. Life During Wartime has earned Gotham Award nomination for Best Ensemble. He made his Collective:10 debut last year in Brian Leider's QUICK FIX. Rich is looking forward to the 2016 release of his short film "The Book of Ned."
'I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life." - Jean Michel Basquiat
SAYRA PLAYER* (Jaime, HUMAN LEAGUE; Playwright, HUMAN LEAGUE) Sayra is a member of the Actors Studio and The Collective. She just finished filming UNCLE SILAS, a short adaptation of a play she wrote last year for C:10. Sayra has extensive downtown theatre credits, and worked in Italy and Poland with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Sayra has appeared in two seasons of "Inside Amy Schumer." She starred in Joe Maggio's "Paper Covers Rock"(IFC/ SXSW) & "Euphoria". Other credits include: "Americana", "A Little Closer", "Turnabout", "Duane Hopwood" (Sundance), "Law and Order" and "A Song Still Inside."
JB ROTE (Leah, THE AUDIENCE) JB Roté first fell in love with the theatre in Vermont while playing the role of a snowflake at age 7. Training: Brandeis, BADA, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Theatre: CRAWL FOR IT, DONNIE AND THE MONSTERS, IT COMES FROM BEYOND! (Horse Trade Theater), BALCONY SCENE 2010 (MoMA PS1), SAD CLOWN AND THE GIPPER (Perishable Theatre), AUNT SYLVIA IS DEAD (The Collective). Thanks and Love to The Collective. More at: jbrote.tumblr.com
BRANDON T. SNIDER (Director, SCHADENFREUDE) Brandon T. Snider has authored the award-winning Dark Knight Manual, as seen in Entertainment Weekly, Time, Forbes, and Wired as well as the best-selling DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide. Additionally, he's written books featuring Cartoon Network favorites such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Uncle Grandpa, as well as pop culture icons like Superman, Transformers, and The Muppets. Brandon has also written for and appeared on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. As an actor he's appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Law & Order: SVU, as well as various commercials, stage productions and short films. Brandon lives in New York City, where he's a member of the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. More information can be found at www.cootiekid.com.
FRANCISCO SOLORZANO (Director, BREAKING PHILIP GLASS) Actor, Director, Filmmaker. SELECT THEATRE: stage adaptation of DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Off-Bwy, world premiere, NYC); Horovitz's SINS OF THE MOTHER (GSC, FLORIDA STAGE) and many others. SELECT FILM: Barefoot Studio Pictures' "The Girl With The Jacket" (writer/dir. Caitlin FitzGerald) and "Floating Sunflowers" (dir. and winner of several awards w/ Anna Chlumsky and Lynn Cohen) and the upcoming "As Constant as the Northern Star" starring Lynn Cohen and 7 year old Mateo Solorzano. Francisco is the Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed & award winning ensemble, BAREFOOT THEATRE CO.; Member of the Actor’s Studio Playwright's Director's Unit. BFA IN ACTING: CUNY'S Brooklyn College; Recipient of CUNY's Alumnus of the Year Award. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association. Currently splits his time between his home in Brooklyn, NY and Hollywood, CA.
JOLI TRIBUZIO (Assistant Director, BREAKING PHILIP GLASS)
CHRIS VETERI (Audience Member, THE AUDIENCE)
NAOMI WARNER (Wendy, THE AUDIENCE) Most recently seen in Season 3 of "Inside Amy Schumer", Naomi is a graduate of the William Esper Studio, and a member of the Collective's Permanent Ensemble. She is also a Veterinary Technician. Collective credits include: TURTLEFACE, 360, I.E.D READINGS & ONE-ACTS, and AUNT SYLVIA IS DEAD. Other theater credits include: TROJAN WOMEN at Foundation Theater, HAPPY HOUR at the 45th Street Theater, THE TEMPEST and TWELFTH NIGHT with Westwind Repertory, and RIGHT AS RON at the Bank Street Theater. Film & T.V. credits include: "Inside Amy Schumer", the film adaptation of "Turtleface", and a "Brew Of The Dead P.S.A." Love to C.M.B.
CASEY WEBB (Aaron, THE AUDIENCE) Casey Webb is an actor and comedian working in New York and LA. Casey is excited to join the Collective:10 cast of Daniel Kennedy's THE AUDIENCE. Casey is no stranger to the stage, most notably performing in Maria Irene Fornés' MUD, Patrick O'Sullivan's ALL ABOUT WALKEN, and Elizabeth C. Gutterman's ON DRY LAND. You may also recognize him from "Boardwalk Empire" and commercials for the New Jersey Lottery, Subway, MTV, Comedy Central, Budweiser, Sam Adams and Optimum/Cablevision. Look for Casey later this year in the independent feature film "McDick" alongside Danny Trejo and Mo Collins. Plus, as early as January, Casey joins a cast of misfits for one of YouTube's much anticipated original programs. Be sure to visit Casey on the web at CaseyWebbSite.com
KRISTIN WHEELER (Director, THE AUDIENCE) Kristin Wheeler has worked with internationally celebrated playwrights to develop and produce new work for NYC and regional stages, collaborating with The Lark Play Development Center, Labyrinth Theater Company, InViolet Repertory Theater, Barefoot Theatre Company, among others. Her award-winning film, "The Beginning and the End," played at the 67th Festival de Cannes, the 34th Cambridge Film Festival and in festivals across the US. She is currently developing new work and delighted to be directing for The Collective again. KristinWheeler.com
NATALIA ZVEREVA (Rosa, THE AUDIENCE) Natalia Zvereva was born in Moscow, Russia and raised in Queens, NY. She began her career in 2005 at Playwrights Horizons in the two person play MEMORY HOUSE, opposite Dianne Wiest. She has worked with The New Group and the Play Company in various Off-Broadway productions. Television and film credits include: "Love Monkey" (CBS), "Law and Order:Criminal Intent" (NBC), "Cold Souls." Most recently, she wrapped production on two independent features, "Lucky" and "Day to Night."