THE COLLECTIVE NY BRINGS ITS DYNAMIC SHORT PLAY SERIES TO COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY FOR TWO PERFORMANCES MARCH 17 & 18
Members of The Collective NY, including Coastal Carolina University alumni Kevin Kane* (TRAINWRECK, Chicago P.D.) and Brandon T. Snider (Inside Amy Schumer), performed several short plays from the New York ensemble’s successful annual Collective:10 festival on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Myrtle Beach, SC. This was the first time these plays were performed by The Collective outside of New York.
Collective:10 has become the company’s signature production and a consistently sold-out event. Each play highlights the company’s approach to truthful, behavior-driven storytelling and features its actors up close in a raw, energetic, intimate theatre experience. The CCU performances showcased many of the actors who originated the roles off-Broadway and who can be seen on Netflix, NBC, Comedy Central and more. The six plays presented here were developed in collaboration with writers Erin Mallon, David Thigpen, Timothy Brady and Brandon T. Snider. The ten-minute plays are published in four volumes of The Collective:10 Play Anthology, available worldwide on Amazon.com and used in universities and colleges across the country.
In addition to CCU alumni, Collective founding member and co-artistic director Kevin Kane* and ensemble member Brandon T. Snider, the performance highlighted other company members with connections to South Carolina, including member David Thigpen (Turtleface, Tomorrow Mourning) and ensemble member Ross DeGraw* (VEEP, Gravity Song). The exciting cast was completed by founding member Mike Houston (Orange Is the New Black), founding member and co-artistic director Robert Z Grant* (Inside Amy Schumer), and fellow ensemble members Emma Canalese (Thursday’s Fictions), Lacy Marie Meyer (Inside Amy Schumer, Suck It Up Buttercup), and Karen Chamberlain (TRAINWRECK, Inside Amy Schumer).
In the first of what the company hopes will be many professional exchanges, The Collective NY traveled to Coastal Carolina University where members of its ensemble directed students, conducted a panel about not-for-profit theatre, shared the process of its Collective Mondays, and led a writing workshop. The week-long exchange culminated with two performances, which also featured CCU students.
Performances began at 7:30pm each night at the Edwards Theatre. A talkback with actors and members of the creative team followed the Friday evening performance.
Coastal Carolina University offered free tickets to its Theatre Department students in support of The Collective’s NO EMPTY SEATS initiative to promote accessibility to the arts. The company believes that even one empty seat is a missed opportunity to share in the important conversation that theatre provides. Up to half the seats to every Collective production are provided on a free and pay-what-you-can basis. The company would rather perform for an engaged and enthusiastic audience who have not paid a dime than to have one empty seat. This initiative is made possible through generous donors and participants like Coastal Carolina University.
The Edwards Theatre is located in Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, 133 Chanticleer Drive W., Conway, SC.
*These actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.
A Weekend Conference
by Brandon T. Snider
directed by Richard Masur
featuring Collective ensemble members Mike Houston, Kevin Kane* and Brandon T. Snider
by Timothy Brady
directed by Kevin Kane and Brandon T. Snider
featuring Collective ensemble members Karen Chamberlain and Ross DeGraw* with Coastal Carolina students T.J. Little, Rhett Hanenkratt and Wes Williams
Thick Gnat Hands
by Erin Mallon
directed by Emma Canalese
featuring Collective ensemble members Robert Z Grant* and Mike Houston
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 members Karen Chamberlain and Ross Degraw*
by Timothy Brady
directed by Maggie Champagne
featuring Collective ensemble members Emma Canalese, Robert Z Grant and Brandon T. Snider
*These actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association
TIMOTHY BRADY (Playwright, BURNT TOAST and SCHADENFREUDE) Tim grew up in the state of Delaware. After college he moved to New York City to achieve his goal of never putting his degree to use. That included performing sketch comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, contributing jokes to Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, pitching TV shows to executives, and bartending. A lot of bartending. Tim is currently residing in Los Angeles where there are a lot more executives to pitch TV show ideas. He thanks his parents for rarely bringing up the fact that his diploma is useless and for pitching him ideas about shows he should write about people they know.
EMMA CANALESE (Woman, BURNT TOAST; Director, THICK GNAT HANDS; 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; Woman, 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 (Co-Director, BURNT TOAST) 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.
RACHEL C. DART (Production Stage Manager)
ROSS DEGRAW* (Gus, ZERO EFS; Man, SCHADENFREUDE) 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.
MALINDI FICKLE (Director, TOMORROW MOURNING) Malindi is thrilled to be directing TOMORROW MOURNING 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.
ROBERT Z GRANT* (Spencer, THICK GNAT HANDS; Jed, BURNT TOAST; Co-Artistic Director; Producer) 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
MIKE HOUSTON (Wayne, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Tom, THICK GNAT HANDS; Co-Director, BURNT TOAST) 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."
KEVIN KANE* (Jackson, TOMORROW MOURNING; A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Co-director, SCHADENFREUDE; 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.
ERIN MALLON (Playwright, ZERO EFS and 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
RICHARD MASUR (Director, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE) 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 (Director, ZERO EFS) 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, 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
BRANDON T. SNIDER (Playwright, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Jim, A WEEKEND CONFERENCE; Man, BURNT TOAST; Co-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.
DAVID THIGPEN (Playwright, TOMORROW MOURNING) 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.
*These actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association