The fourth annual Collective:10 follows the previous three SOLD OUT C:10 productions, and features 13 original plays selected from hundreds of blind submissions. Ten plays premiered September 14 - 25, and three additional plays premiered in December with the launch of The Collective:10 Anthology, Vol. 4.
The playwrights for this year's C:10 are:
Mark Borkowski, Greg DePaul, Thomas C. Dunn, Maximillian Gill, Dave Hanson, Brian Leider, Erin Mallon, Joe B. McCarthy, Sayra Player, Brandon T. Snider and David Thigpen.
PROGRAM A: THE ODDS
A Weekend Conference
by Brandon T. Snider
directed by Richard Masur
featuring Collective ensemble member Mike Houston and colleagues Gabe Fazio and Brandon T. Snider
by Maximillian Gill
directed by Emma Canalese
featuring Collective colleagues Joe Maruzzo and Joe B. McCarthy
Thank You for Letting Me Have Sex with You
by Dave Hanson
directed by Susan Aston
featuring Collective ensemble member Victoria Dicce* and colleague Chris Beetem*
The Longest River in the World
by Brian Leider
directed by Brian Leider
featuring Collective ensemble member Robert Z Grant* and colleague Jacqueline Knapp*
by Joe B. McCarthy
directed by Rebecca Brillhart
featuring Collective ensemble member Margaret Champagne* and colleagues John Norwell and Rich Pecci
by Erin Mallon
directed by Malindi Fickle
featuring Collective ensemble members Kevin Kane* and Khalil Muhammad*
by Thomas C. Dunn
directed by Gabe Fazio
featuring Collective colleagues Salvatore Inzerillo*, Joe B. McCarthy and JB Roté
PROGRAM B: THE EVENS
In Wake of Yesterday
by David Thigpen
directed by David Thigpen and Kevin Kane
featuring Collective ensemble members Booker Garrett, Swann Gruen, Lacy Marie Meyer and colleagues Michael Abbott Jr.*, Joan Porter* and Brandon T. Snider
by Mark Borkowski
directed by Richard Masur
featuring Collective colleagues Khan Baykal, Francis Benhamou* and Salvatore Inzerillo*
by Sayra Player
directed by Jonathan Libman
featuring Collective ensemble member Naomi Warner and colleagues Maureen Shannon* and Casey Webb
by David Thigpen
directed by Malindi Fickle
featuring Collective ensemble members Kevin Kane* and Lacy Marie Meyer
by Erin Mallon
directed by Nina Mehta
featuring Collective ensemble member Karen Chamberlain and colleague Ross Degraw*
Lucus & Molly
by Greg DePaul
directed by Richard Masur
featuring Collective ensemble members Mike Houston and Nina Mehta
*These actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association
MICHAEL ABBOTT JR.* (Roddy, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY) Michael Abbott Jr. has appeared Off Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and across the country in many of the nation's most prestigious regional theatres in productions of BUS STOP, BROTHER WOLF, PROVIDENCE GAP, DEARLY DEPARTED, TAMING OF THE SHREW, OTHELLO, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL and PUDDN'HEAD WILSON to name a few. His film acting credits include "Shotgun Stories" (Independent Spirit Award), "VACATION!," "Pilgrim Song," "MUD," "Shifting Gears" and "And Then I Go." 2016 releases include "Elbow Grease" (co-starring Burt Reynolds), "In The Radiant City" (TIFF 2016 selection/produced by Jeff Nichols), and "LOVING" (Cannes 2016/starring Joel Edgerton). Television credits include "The Blacklist," "DAREDEVIL," "Difficult People" and "New Years Eve LIVE from Times Square." He is a member of John Houseman's Tony Award winning Acting Company, a commercial and video game voiceover actor, and a professional Elvis Presley impersonator with 20+ years of performances across the globe. Michael's Brooklyn based documentary film production company, See Rock City Productions, was recently honored with a national grant from the Appalachian Community Fund for its work in support of social and environmental justice in the often overlooked Appalachian communities of the United States. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and is represented by TalentINK NY-Chicago-LA and Abrams Artists Agency.
SUSAN ASTON (Director, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HAVE SEX WITH YOU) Susan Aston works as a teacher, coach, director, and actress in NYC. She has appeared on Broadway and in film and television and is a member of The Actors Studio. She has coached Emmy-, SAG-, Tony-, and Golden Globe-Award Winning performances and was honored by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2003 Emmys, for Contribution to the Performance of James Gandolfini, Best Actor, HBO, “The Sopranos.”
KHAN BAYKAL (Johnny, SAVAGE INK) was born and raised in New Jersey. Film credits include "The Drop," "Wild Canaries," "Duplicity," "The Happy House," "Heights." Upcoming films include "Crooked & Narrow," and "Always Shine" with Caitlin FitzGerald. Television credits include "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The Black Donnellys," "Kidnapped," "Blue Bloods", and the upcoming David Simon/James Franco HBO porn drama "The Deuce."
CHRIS BEETEM* (Mark, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HAVE SEX WITH YOU) 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* (Raven, SAVAGE INK) Francis Benhamou is a NY-based actress. She graduated from NYU and the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Her film and TV credits include the award winning feature "Arranged," "Neal Cassidy," "Breaking Upwards," "My Last Day Without You," "I'm Not Me," "Big Words," "Listen Up Philip," "Women Who Kill" and "The Bronx is Burning." She's on "Inside Amy Schumer" Season 4 and FOX’s 2017 Untitled Mother Daughter Comedy. 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! This is Francis' third year performing in C:10. She is a Collective member.
MARK BORKOWSKI (Playwright, SAVAGE INK) 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.
REBECCA BRILLHART (Director, VETS) 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 - where past plays include Terry Milner’s NOTHING IS FREE and Sayra Player's HUMAN LEAGUE. 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, STICK; Executive Producer) 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.
KAREN CHAMBERLAIN (Crystal, ZERO EFS) 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* (Jewels, VETS; Executive Producer; Director, MORNING IS BROKEN) 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.
MIRIAM NILOFA CROWE (Lighting Designer) designs regularly for Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash (The River and The Thread), Ko-Ryo Dance and Lila Downs. Regional: FENCES (Triad Stage). Recent New York projects include home/sick and SeagullMachine (The Assembly), WHO MOURNS FOR BOB THE GOON? (HERE), ACRONYM AND AEOLUS (Baryshnikov Arts Center), 6 CHARACTERS – A FAMILY ALBUM (Theodora Skipitares), 2Hymnvb (Anneke Hansen), MEDEA (Bryan Davidson Blue), THE RAGGED CLAWS (Cherry Lane), HONKY (Urban Stages), THE PENALTY (Apothetae), WHAT IT MEANS TO DISAPPEAR HERE (Ugly Rhino), GORILLA (SATC), RescYou (Eckert+Sorenson-Jolink) and SYMPHONY FOR THE DANCE FLOOR (BAM). She is a founding member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and has an MFA from Yale. www.wingspace.com/miriam
ROSS DEGRAW* (Gus, ZERO EFS) NY stage includes: HONOR BOUND (Off Broadway at St Lukes Theatre), ANTIGONE, MARIUS, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE (Storm Theatre), 167 TONGUES and YOU ARE NOW THE OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE, JH 3AM (Theatre 167), AS I AM FULLY KNOWN (The 8 Oclocks/NYFringe), JOAN OF ARC and JULIUS CAESAR (Gorilla Rep), THE REAL THING (Out of Line Productions), BAR STORY (Working Mans Clothes Theatre). Regional: JULIUS CAESAR, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (NC Shakespeare Festival), BUS STOP (Triad Stage), TAMING OF THE SHREW, CORIOLANUS (Virginia Shakespeare Festival). Films include: "Witches of Oz" (with Christopher Lloyd), "The Last Contract," and "Cargo." TV includes: “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Leftovers,” “Veep,” “The Deuce,” “Hostages,” “Person of Interest,” and “The Good Wife” as well as numerous commercials. Thanks to Robin my wife and my three beautiful little girls Emma, Avery, and Perrin.
GREG DePAUL (Playwright, LUCUS & MOLLY) 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 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.
VICTORIA DICCE* (Amy, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HAVE SEX WITH YOU) A Founding Member of The Collective NY, Victoria is proud to have Executive Produced the first two annual Collective:10's and the acclaimed revival of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me for the company, among others. An actor in The Collective's Permanent Ensemble, she has appeared in Cafe D'automatique, Joe & Becca, You're a Child, Lila on the Wall, Happy Girl, and more. Other select stage credits include work with Keen Company, Soho Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre, A.C.T., and New Jersey Rep. Film/TV includes: Trainwreck, Adam, A Song Still Inside, A Long Road, Dance With Me, All My Children, and Inside Amy Schumer. Working closely on Pryor Truth for over two years has been a dream.
THOMAS C. DUNN (Playwright, WHACK JOB) 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.
GABE FAZIO (Dennis, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Director, WHACK JOB) was born as Gabriel Fazio. He is an actor and writer, known for "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Blue Collar Boys" and "Indiana." He won best actor at the 2013 HollyShort Film Festival for "GUN." IMDb profile
MALINDI FICKLE (Director, TOMORROW MOURNING; Director, CHECK-OUT) Malindi is thrilled to be directing TOMORROW MOURNING and CHECK-OUT 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.
BOOKER GARRETT (Taffy, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY; MORNING IS BROKEN) Booker Garrett hails from Arkansas, studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade and graduated from Smith College and the William Esper Studio. She is a grateful permanent ensemble member of The Collective NY, 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" and “The Rainbow Experiment.” She will also appear as a guest star in the second season of “The Detour” on TBS. www.bookergarrett.com
MAXIMILLIAN GILL (Playwright, STICK) Maximillian Gill's plays have been staged by a number of companies and festivals in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including: DEBRIEFING (New York International Fringe), LOVE AND MINOR DESTRUCTION (Cultural DC Source Festival), HOMELAND INSECURITY (Hollywood Fringe Festival), WALIMA (Liverpool Arab Arts Festival), and SEEN AND UNSEEN (InspiraTO short play festival).
ROBERT Z GRANT* (Son, THE LONGEST RIVER IN THE WORLD; 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), THICK GNAT HANDS (C:10 2015), 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. www.robertzgrant.com
SWANN GRUEN (Brad, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY; Executive 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 executive producer of The Collective's fourth annual C:10 and had a blast working on Thomas Dunn's CRIMINALLY DUMB and SCHADENFREUDE by Timothy Brady in last year's C:10. He would like to thank his family, friends, and colleagues for all their love and support.
DAVE HANSON (Playwright, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HAVE SEX WITH YOU) Dave Hanson is an internationally published and produced playwright, actor and comedian known for his work on the hit shows "Chelsea Lately? (E!), "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central), the feature film "Trainwreck" (Universal Pictures) and his play WAITING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT, which opened at the St. James' Theatre in London in late August of 2016.
Dave's other published and produced works include THE EXIT INTERVIEW, CAFE D'AUTOMATIQUE and THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HAVE SEX WITH YOU.
Dave is a member of The Collective NY, the Stillwater Writer's Group and is a producer, writer and performer for the New York sketch group The Shorts Show.
When not writing or performing, Dave teaches comedy & sketch writing, improvisation and has been a guest lecturer at Rutgers University. Dave studied Theatre and English Literature at Whittier College, and is graduate from the UCB (LA/NY) and IO West (LA) Improv theaters.
MIKE HOUSTON (Wayne, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Lucus, LUCUS & MOLLY) Mike is thrilled to once again be performing in C:10, and more specifically, having the opportunity to bring Brandon T. Snider's words to life in this collaboration. He previously worked on Erin Mallon's short play THICK GNAT HANDS in last year's C:10 and GOOD WORKING WITH HANDS presented as part of the 2nd Annual C:10. 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."
SALVATORE INZERILLO* (Mister, SAVAGE INK; WHACK JOB) is a theater, television and film artist. After training with William Esper and Maggie Flanigan, Salvatore spent the first 11 yrs of his career originating theater works with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Adly Guirgis and John Ortiz at lAByrinth Theater Company. He has performed internationally at the Donmar Warehouse, London's West End and was a Fringe First winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland for JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN. Some favorite acting credits include: (Theater) THE ICEMAN COMETH in Brooklyn at BAM and at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, THE HEAD HUNTER by Mark Borkowski, IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS and DUTCH HEART OF MAN at The Public theater; (Film) "Jack Goes Boating." "I’m Not Me," and "We Own The Night;" (TV) "The Good Wife," "Gotham," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "Damages" and "Boardwalk Empire."
KEVIN KANE* (Jackson, TOMORROW MOURNING; CHECK-OUT; Co-director, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY; 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.
JACQUELINE KNAPP* (Mom, THE LONGEST RIVER IN THE WORLD) 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 and numerous regional theatres. Jacqueline directed JOE & BECCA in the first C:10 and RAJA last year.
BRIAN LEIDER (Playwright, THE LONGEST RIVER IN THE WORLD; Director, THE LONGEST RIVER IN THE WORLD) Brian is a writer/director for stage and film. He has written and produced several theatre pieces with The Collective over the years, including FINGER NOISE, ME EQUALS THIS, and HAPPY GIRL. Brian is also the writer/director of the upcoming short film "quick fix," which originated as a play in C:10.2 and was produced in association with The Collective. He would like to dedicate this play to Caitlin, his partner in life, art, and everything in between.
JONATHAN LIBMAN (Director, SHUT INS) grew up a few blocks from Penn Station in New York City. He developed and directed the critically acclaimed show THE MUSHROOM CURE written and performed by Adam Strauss. After extending at The Cherry Lane Theater the show will be going on tour in 2016/2017 before it returns home to New York.
He recently worked with Christina Masciotti (2016 Guggenheim Fellow) on her play RAW BACON FROM POLAND featuring Sean Carvajal (Stephen Aldy Guirgis' BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY), whom Jonathan recently directed in his own stage thriller SHALL I FETCH THE APPARATUS? at The Wild Project.
As a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/ Directors Unit he is directing Chazz Palmister (A BRONX TALE) in Chazz's new play THE BENCH, and National Endowment for the Arts recipient David Libman’s play THE TOWNHOUSE, featuring Joey Collins (Tracy Letts' BUG at Barrow Street).
Jonathan is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and works for Major League Baseball. Though he'd rather talk to you old school style in person you can always check out www.jonathandlibman.com and drop him a line.
Thanks to Sayra and The Collective for putting so many talented people together.
ERIN MALLON (Playwright, ZERO EFS; Playwright, CHECK OUT) 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* (Production Stage Manager) Credits include: Off Broadway’s HOW 2 B A NEW YORKER, UNMENTIONABLES (Theatre 54), THE MUTILATED (New Ohio – Drama League Nomination), BLANK CANVAS (HERE Arts Center), A DANCE FOR RYLIE (dir. Bob Cline). Production Manager for Nylon Fusion Theatre Company. Graduate of Pace University. Member of AEA. www.LauraMalseed.com
JOE MARUZZO (Staplethorp, STICK) Joe Maruzzo is an actor /writer. His published plays BRICKLAYERS POET and ACTOR are both in "The Best American One Acts of 2007" and 2014, published by Applause Books. He has appeared in numerous plays, tv and film. THE CHERRY ORCHARD, ZOO STORY most recently. TV, "Blue Bloods," "Person of Interest," "Sopranos," "Law And Order," "Taxi Brooklyn" and many others.
RICHARD MASUR (Director, SAVAGE INK; Director, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Director, LUCUS & MOLLY) 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.
JOE B. McCARTHY (Playwright, VETS; Adler, STICK; Nicky, WHACK JOB) was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He has acted extensively throughout New York, and his plays have been produced here -- including YOU'RE A CHILD, which was produced in the inaugural C:10 festival -- and in Europe. He was last seen on stage for The Collective in NOTHING IS FREE (2nd Annual C:10). TV/Film: "Law & Order," "Limitless" (dir. Neil Burger, Relativity Media), "The Place Beyond the Pines" (dir. Derek Cianfrance, Focus Features). Education: The University of Michigan, National University of Ireland, Galway, and The Actors Studio MFA program.
NINA MEHTA (Molly, LUCUS & MOLLY; Director, ZERO EFS; Marketing and Social Media Production) Nina is an actor, writer, producer and director in New York and a permanent ensemble member of The Collective NY. Stage: BREAKING PHILIP GLASS (2015 Collective:10), 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 the arts, Nina is a also a NY Regional Board Member for the non-profit Indego Africa. Training: William Esper Studio. @Ladi_Nina
LACY MARIE MEYER (Debbie, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY; Debbie, TOMORROW MOURNING) 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 (MORNING IS BROKEN; Executive Producer) 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
JOHN NORWELL (Badge, VETS) Studied at the MFA Actors Studio Program. Would like to thank my teachers, Barbara Poitier, Julie Garfield and John Strasberg.
RICH PECCI (Dr. Steven Jericho, VETS) 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 (Playwright, SHUT INS; Pam, CASEY 229) 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."
JOAN PORTER* (Granny, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY) Joan was born in York, PA as Joan Feldman and began her career as a young teenager with the famed Kenley Players and has since worked extensively in all media. A sampling of her credits are: Broadway: THE INSPECTOR GENERAL; Off-Broadway: EVERY DAY A VISITOR, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, CUT THE RIBBONS, BLUES FOR MR. CHARLIE starring Ossie Davis, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER with Joan Copeland, HEAVEN KNOWS, THE FADING LIGHT, THE NOISEMAKERS by Mark Borkowski, LIFELINES and many more; Regional Theatre: Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Arkansas Rep, Arkansas Public Theatre, John W. Engeman Theatre, Northport L.I. Flint Musical Theatre, TheatrSquared, Fayetteville, AR. Television: "Chicago Med," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Louie," "Law & Order," "Law & Order C.I.," "Third Watch," "Ryan's Hope." Film: "Ricki and the Flash" (Meryl Streep), "The Front" (Woody Allen), "Law and Disorder"(Carroll O'Connor), "Vitoriana" (Award Winning indie feature), "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" (animated, voice of Mrs. Ali Baba). Joan has also been seen in many commercials, and in her one woman cabaret show, Feldman Sings. She received her training at Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon, in N.Y. with Lee
Strasberg, is a colleague of The Collective and a member of The Actors Studio. She was happily married for twenty four years to fellow Studio Member the late Owen Hollander. And she is absolutely delighted and happy to be, for the third year in a row, in Collective:10.
JB ROTÉ (Receptionist, WHACK JOB; Executive Producer) 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
MAUREEN SHANNON* (Maxine, SHUT INS) Maureen worked in companies at Fort Lewis, WA, in the first company of the Second Stage at Seattle Rep, at Playhouse on the Square, Memphis before returning to New York where she wrote and performed comedy with Rubber Feet. She worked on many new plays at EST, Red Earth Ensemble, Shooting Gallery Rep and began writing her own plays. Her play with music, THE BIG NOT KNOWING was developed as part of the Playwrights/Directors Workshop at the Actors Studio where she is a lifetime member. It was part of the PDW Festival and was also in the Emerging Artists Theatre New Works Series. She was the maid in “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait” with Nicole Kidman, Mrs. Gardner in Brian Delate’s film “Soldier’s Heart” and Maeve in Angelica Page’s “Lucky Days.”
BRANDON T. SNIDER (Playwright, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Jim, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Randall, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY) 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.
DAVID THIGPEN (Playwright, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY; Playwright, TOMORROW MOURNING; Co-director, IN WAKE OF YESTERDAY) David Thigpen is proud to continue his relationship with The Collective. A writer from South Carolina, he holds a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Media and Performing Arts. David assistant directed Greg Vore's HONKY TONK at the Hip Pocket Theatre in Dallas/Fort Worth. The following year his play "SPLIT LEFT; SPLIT RIGHT" (Co-writer/co-star) won Best of Fest in Austin's Frontera Fest. David directed and co-developed Forrest Simmon's play ROADSIDE MARYLAND for the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007. His short play TURTLEFACE premiered in the inaugural C:10 festival before being adapted as the first screen project for CollectiveNY Films. This past summer "Turtleface" won the Audience Award (short) at the Soho International Film Festival. David is honored to continue his collaborative relationship with The Collective, Kevin Kane and Malindi Fickle. He currently resides in the East Village with his perfect wife, Amanda.
KATHARINE WALLACH (Director, CASEY 229)
NAOMI WARNER (Marni, SHUT INS; Executive Producer) Naomi Warner, a member of The Collective's Permament Ensemble, is a graduate of the William Esper Studio, where she studied under Bill Esper. Collective Productions include: 360, I.E.D. Readings & One Acts; C:10 Festivals 2013, '14, '15 (TURTLEFACE, AUNT SYLVIA IS DEAD, THE AUDIENCE). Other Theater: TROJAN WOMEN (Foundation Theater), ASKING FOR TROUBLE (Ensemble Studio Theatre), THE TEMPEST (Westwind Repertory). Film: "Turtleface" (Collective NY Films-- Winner of the SOHO Int'l Film Festival's 'Audience Choice Award' for Best Short); the upcoming short "LARA" (Cobbler Shop Entertainment); "The End Of Something" (Vintage Youth Films). TV: "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central).
CASEY WEBB (Casey, SHUT INS, Casey, CASEY 229; Executive Producer) Casey Webb is an actor and comedian working in New York and LA. Casey appeared in last year's 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
*These actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association