2012 Artist Bios

Program A | Program B | Program C | Sola Voce | Women in Motion | Stand Up for Estro | Music | Designers | Festival Production Team

Program A

AUDREY ALFORD (Director, Buying the Farm) Audrey Alford is so excited to be part of Estrogenius again, and to be teamed up with Lezlie Revelle, who also wrote Pieces, which Audrey directed in Estro’s 2010 festival. She just finished Labyrinth Theater’s Ensemble Workshop and is assisting Sue Lawless on Oy Vey! Audrey has directed all over the country: New Orleans, Seattle, Charlotte, and more! She is happy to finally be settled with her wonderful husband and adorable dog in Hoboken. A big thank you goes out to the ladies of Buying the Farm, Jen Thatcher, Anne Carlino, and the whole Estrogenius team!

Donna BarkmanDONNA BARKMAN* (A Recipe to Remember) was born into a family of actors and started performing in kindergarten. Radio, theatre, and recorded books kept her busy for many years. Since 1990 she’s widely performed her first solo piece “Some of Us Are Mothers; All of Us Are Daughters” and her second, “Hand-Me-Downs” at EstroGenius and other venues. She recently played two seasons as Benny, a 60s radical in “Room for Cream,” the lesbian soap opera at La MaMa. Her poetry has been published in many journals and she specializes in ekphrastic work which she then performs in art gallery and museum presentations.

Helen BarnesHELEN BARNES (Jumping In) is a 17 year old Senior at School for Classics: An Academy of Thinkers,Writers, & Performers. In 2011 she was one of 30 students to participate in the state of NY selected to participate in New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) program. Played the role of Helena in a Midsummer Nights Dream, Young Siward & Lady Macduff in Macbeth in her school plays. Played the role of Troy in Sucker Punch. Got into a youth ensemble program at NYU Steinhardt where she performed an all girl scene in the play ‘I am Rachel Corrie”. Participated in a Shakespeare Program during the summer at Stella Adler Studios. Helen is very grateful to be apart of EstroGenius.

Nancy EvansNANCY EVANS (Myrna, Buying the Farm) is thrilled to be part of the Estrogenius Festival. She has performed Off Off Broadway in AFFLUENZA at Theater Row and TRUE GENIUS at Altered Stages. Nancy was “Golde” in the National Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 2010-2011. Regionally:performed at the Mac Haydn Theater, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Favorite Regional roles throughout the country: Steel Magnolias, Showboat, White Christmas, Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. TV: Cash Cab; One Woman Show: PSYCHOBABBLE. notjustopera.com

ESTEFANIA FADUL (Director, A Recipe to Remember) is a NYC-based director and producer. She is the artistic director of Pleiades Productions, for which she recently directed Well by Lisa Kron. Other credits include Garden of Ashes (LookingGlass NYC), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Experimental Theatre of Vassar College), for which she was awarded the Kazan Prize for distinction in the theatre arts. She has assisted Tony-nominee Sheryl Kaller and Elise Thoron. Many thanks to the wonderful Estro team! estefaniafadul.com

Marianne FerrariMARIANNE FERRARI* (A Recipe to Remember) Recent theater credits include God of Carnage (Annette Raleigh) at Theatre By The Sea, Into The Woods (Jack”s Mother) at the Twin Tiers Theater Festival. Off Broadway: Guido Girl (her solo play) at Emerging Artists Theatre and at The Prospect Theater Company, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mrs. Warren) at 78 Street Theatre Lab. Marianne has appeared in numerous productions in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally including the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Most recent film credit: Stage II directed by Lara Gallagher, Most recent TV: Without a Trace. Thanks to Chris for always believing.

Seth FreemanSETH FREEMAN (Playwright, Jumping In) Seth Freeman’s plays have been presented around the world. He has worked in print (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post), screen and television, creating, most recently, the series Lincoln Heights. His journalism, screen and television writing has won numerous awards. He serves on boards of the Rape Foundation, UCLA Health System, and traveled recently to Guatemala with the Pacific Council on International Relations investigating the problem of violence against women in that country.

Limor HakimLIMOR HAKIM (Buying the Farm) was raised in Katy, Texas and moved to New York to pursue a BFA in classical theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Equity. Some of her credits include: Film: Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (dir. Oliver Stone), A Man A Woman A Genie A Gun (opposite Godfrey) and Very Mary-Kate. Stage: An Honest Mistake (Winner of the Best Actress award at the 2012 MidSummer Nights Festival) and Control (NY International Fringe Festival). When she’s not acting, she is very active in her community and helping to grow The WILD Woman Project. Thank you to her amazing director Audrey Alford and everyone who made the Estrogenius Festival a reality! limorhakim.com


Alan HasnasALAN HASNAS (Gold Star Mother) has appeared in many commercials, several daytime dramas, and episodic TV, including Law and Order. Over the past few years he has played the title role in several Shakespeare productions including Henry V, MacBeth, and Richard III among others. He recently finished a run as Opedipus in Oedipus Rex. This is Al’s second go-round with EstroGenius, having played Satan in last year’s festival.


Cindy KeiterCINDY KEITER* (Ann Davenport, Gold Star Mother) has been in numerous productions at the MTS through the years: “A Lie of the Mind”, “The Cherry Orchard”, “12 Angry Women”, and “Saying Anything” to name a few. On TV she’s been on Law and Order, numerous commercials and a slew of “CollegeHumor” videos. Her solo show, “Recreating Keiter, I Saw Dad Make the Whole Thing Up” about her award winning Sportscaster dad, Les Keiter had productions at MTS. Thanks LAH for all her love and support! Cindy grew up in Hawaii and attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Alex KlimentALEX KLIMENT (Davi, The Key) has played Aaron Burr in the short film AARON BURR PART 2 (New York Film Festival 2011, SXSW 2012) as well as Alex in THE NEW YORKIST (Tribeca Film Festival 2008). In addition to acting, he also composes music for film. He wrote original scores for the documentaries KUMARE (2011) and FIGHTVILLE (2011). By day he plays the role of a specialist on Russia. This is his first foray into theater.


CELESTE KOEHLER (Playwright, A Recipe to Remember) began her writing career while living in Luxembourg. She has been writing short plays since 2009 and has had multiple productions in Luxembourg in collaboration with the new World Theatre Club. Class Act, a play in one act, was produced by the Berliner Grund Theatre in February 2012. Her play, Goodbye Avis, was performed as a part of Estrogenius 2011. Celeste is honored to once again be a part of this wonderful celebration of female voices.

CHARLEY LAYTON (Dialect Coach, The Key) teaches speech at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and Playwrights Horizons Theater School (both through the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU). He graduated in 2001 with a BFA in Drama (NYU Tisch) and has been coaching dialects for productions in theater, film and television since 2003. He also works privately with actors, singers and public speakers.

Laurel LockhartLAUREL LOCKHART* (Gladys, Buying the Farm) is happy to join the women of action in BUYING THE FARM. Recent credits include Mira, professor of poetry and poet in Jessica Ammirati’s SKIN, FLESH, BONE; Nettie, the reluctant long lost love in Emily Cornellus’s LET BYGONES BE; Bernice the do-gooder in Amy Neswald’s film ROOTH AND B; and Joey’s not so loving Grandma in the TV pilot, THE TENDERLOINS; Nyx, goddess of the night in Miriam Pulos’s MYTHOS,
the web series.


Sue-Ellen MandellSUE-ELLEN MANDELL (Vivian, Buying the Farm) Returning to acting two years ago, Sue-Ellen has acted in many regional and Off-Broadway productions. She appeared in the NY International Fringe Festival 2010 and numerous other play festivals. She appeared Off Broadway in Pinocchio’s Ashes with the Scandinavian American Theater Company and in independent and student films. Television: HSN commercials and Celebrity Ghost Stories. She’s just completed two music videos and a TV pilot. She will appear in the Seeing Place Theater Company’s production of A Lie of the Mind next March.

Mary Matoula-WebbMARY MATOULA-WEBB (Deirdre, A Recipe to Remember) is an actor/writer/directer, transplanted from the SF Bay Area. Her most recent credits are as Julia Louis Dreyfus in a College Humor spoof Sunday TV MashUp, Yess, Texas at the Williamsburg Fashion Week, and Home Brewed at the Arthur Seelen Theatre. Her short plays have been produced at the Arthur Seelen Theatre and the Roy Arias Theatre. Has studied at UCB and is grateful to EstroGenius for the opportunity to work with such wonderful women. All my heart to Richard. MaryMatoulaWebb.com

ALLISON MOODY (Director, Gold Star Mother) is an actor/director/teacher/writer and is thrilled to be a part of Estrogenius. Directing credits include readings at Theater for the New City, Stalled and Russ Miles at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Apple the Color of Her Neck by Joe Tracz for Chicago’s Brown Couch Theatre Company. NYC Acting Credits include The Doctors in Reckless at The Gallery Players and a girl wrote it with Wide Eyed Productions. She is also a monthly contributor to Project:Theater’s Our Bar. allisonmoody.net

VIVIAN NEUWIRTH (Playwright, The Key) Other work includes Fun on the Bayou (Studio Dante and SOAF, published: Best Plays of the Strawberry Festival, Best Actress Award), Lifeline (Samuel French Festival), Destination (InGenius Festival and InGenius Again Encores), Mardi Gras Child, Do You Know What It Means and a trilogy, Let the Good Times Roll, (Neighborhood Playhouse). Acting credits include appearances at the Kennedy Center, Goodman, Minetta Lane, Barter, ArcLight and Abingdon. Native of New Orleans. Graduate of Juilliard.

KATHLEEN O’NEILL (Director, The Key)

Lezlie RevelleLEZLIE REVELLE (Playwright, Buying the Farm) Lezlie’s short plays have been produced at festivals in San Diego, Kansas City, and New York City. She is thrilled to be working with EstroGenius a second time. Lezlie also works as Playwright in Residence for the Raven Repertory Theatre Class at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, KS. This is her third year working with amazing young actors, and she loves every minute of it. In addition to her playwriting, Lezlie is a singer-songwriter and recording artist in Kansas City. Check out her artistic exploits and listen to her music at lezlierevelle.com. If you like what you find, shoot her a note – she’d love to hear from you!

Cynthia G. RobinsonCYNTHIA G. ROBINSON (Playwright, Gold Star Mother) was recently named the 2012 Calvin B. Grimes Scholar (Faculty Resource Network, NYU). Other honors: Tribeca All-Access Open Stage (2004), Best New Play IRNE nomination (Ascension, 2006), Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwright’s Award finalist (2008). Plays include Peola’s Passing (2012 Samuel French OOB Theatre Festival), Ascension (2009 National Black Theatre Festival; 2008 FringeNYC), Thunder: A Musical Memoir (2007 FringeNYC). She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Women’s Work Lab (New Perspectives Theatre), and co-founder of Robinson Williams Productions. Her newest work will be featured in The Fire This Time Festival in January 2013.

T Valada-ViarsT VALADA-VIARS (Director, Jumping In) Thirty years as a professional actor, director, playwright, corporate consultant and educator. Guest director in Zagreb, Croatia and areas throughout the United States [Iowa, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Michigan, California, New York], exchange production with Bournemouth, England, and studied with artists at the Monaco International Theatre Festival. She uses her skills as a director/actor to create innovative opportunities to improve work environments and corporate cultures. She is honored to be part of EstroGenius.

Kayla WickesKAYLA WICKES (The Key) is making her Estrogenius debute in The Key. She is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where she earned her Bachelor’s of fine arts in Acting with a minor in musical theatre. She was recently seen as Ophelia in Boomerang Theatre Company’s HAMLET in Central Park. Other regional theatre credits include “Someone” (with Pat Birch at The Baystreet Theatre), Heaven Can Wait (The York Theatre), and Puppet Hamlet (which was exactly what it sounds like) at The Access Theatre. Film credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and ABC’s PAN AM. She would like to thank the whole “The Key” group. It has been a blast and a huge learning/growing experience. She would also like to thank everyone behind Estrogenius! Oh, and her family rocks pretty hard too! Thanks guys!


Program B

Lisa BankertLISA BANKERT (Playwright, Redemption) spent her early career in professional theatre in Maryland/D.C. before moving to New York, then Los Angeles, where she was a film casting director and script consultant. Today, she resides in South Florida, where she’s written and directed numerous stage plays, including four being produced this December: Once Upon a Holiday (musical) at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and Chillers, Upshot and Cuts (short plays) at the Delray Beach Playhouse. lisabankert.net

Rusty BuehlerRUSTY BUEHLER (Orangutan, Orangutan and Lulu) Credits include The Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective,) Something More Pleasant (FringeNYC,) Catch the Moon (Flea Theatre,) Man of La Mancha (Duo Theatre,) The Wild Party (45 Bleecker,) Long Distance (web series, dir. Matty Smith). Other favorites include roles in Art, Six Degrees of Separation, Much Ado…, and The Sandbox. BFA, NYU Tisch. Much love to friends and family!


Laura ButlerLAURA BUTLER* (Lulu, Orangutan and Lulu) is a New York-based actress and singer-songwriter and was recently featured on the Emmy-Award-Winning HBO show, “Boardwalk Empire,” as well as the new Coen Brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” She has performed with The Public Theater, The Human Race Theatre Company, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Wexner Center, and The Dorset Theatre Festival. She graduated cum laude with a degree in theatre and a minor in music and dance from The Ohio State University. She also trained in London with Trestle Theatre, Theatre de Complicite, Actors from the London Stage, Royal Shakespeare Company, and The New Globe. She currently studies with acclaimed actress Laila Robins. Laura has appeared in numerous films and television shows on ABC, NBC, HBO, USA Network, and MTV. Her album, “Crushing Blue Cupcakes,” is available on iTunes. She thanks her parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nephews, and her niece for their continued support and love. laurabutlernyc.com

RACHEL DART (Director, Sol): BFA, Tisch. Most recently and/or most proudly: Until He Comes (NY Madness); In the Meantime (aMios); Leave Him Be, Julia (He’s Only Crying) (EST/Youngblood); Broadway! Broadway! Broadway! (Culture Project); Old School (The 52nd Street Project); Live from Pod 305 (Estrogenius 2011). Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow; SDCF Observer. Thank you Estro for a second fabulous year!

Kate DickinsonKATE DICKINSON (Redemption) is happy to get back to the stage. She has recently been in two short films “The Lottery” and “You Alone are Real to Me”. She was voted best actress for The Looking Glass Theatre’s 2011 Winter Forum. She has studied at the UCB and is currently working with Ken Schatz. Kate has a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University.


Emma DuncanEMMA DUNCAN (Director, Destiny) is a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed Miss Julie and Henry IV Part 1. She assistant directed As You Like It for the Inwood Shakespeare Festival’s summer season 2012, and is proud to support the work of emerging female artists here at Estro. She will be assistant directing The Jammer at Atlantic Theater Company and Collapse at City Center in the coming months. She thanks her fiancé.


John GardnerJOHN GARDNER (Sol) has lived and worked in New York City for the past decade. Selected performances include LEAVING IKEA with the Artful Conspirators, I GOOGLE MYSELF with Theatre Askew, MACBETH with Oberon Theatre Ensemble and THE DOME with Prospect Theater Company. He’s happy to find himself in such good company.



LYNDA GREEN (Playwright, Sol)

David GreensladeDAVID GREENSLADE (When Predator Dies) is an actor, writer, and comedian making his New York debut. He has improvised and written with the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Players, The DSI comedy theater, and is currently studying with the UCB theater. David’s recent NC theater credits include Rosetti in “Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders” for which he received an “Indy” award and Thersites in “Troilus and Cressida”. David likes YOU and is frequently seen smiling at things.

Charlotte FosterCHARLOTTE FOSTER (May, Destiny) is so happy to be a part of the Estrogenius Festival this year! Some of her favorite projects this year include Shakespeare In The Valley’s production of As You Like It where she played Rosalind, and also The Triangle Theatre’s staged reading of Lady Susan. Some other recent roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Kitty in Charley’s Aunt, and she was on tour with Chamber Theatre Productions performing shows such as Sleepy Hollow and The Monkey’s Paw. You can also see her on Discovery ID’s I Married A Mobster this season as the wife of Whitey Bulger. She is a graduate from Fredonia State University’s BFA Acting program.

Patricia HenritzePATRICIA HENRITZE (Playwright, Destiny) is deeply interested in new plays, collaborations and interdisciplinary work. Grants include Idea Capital, Theater Communications Group, Fulton County Arts Council and Poets&Writers, Inc. Favorite past collaborations include Who’s There? at the Budapest Fringe Festival in Hungary, Antony and Cleopatra UNDONE , an extreme Shakespeare adaption at Working Title Playwrights and SNAPSHOTS, a play inspired by true stories from The Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Patricia teaches theater at Clayton State University outside Atlanta.

Sheila JoonSHEILA JOON (Annabelle, When Predator Dies) is honored to be with the Genius of Estro for her 3rd year! NYC Stage: Primary Stages, Judith Shakespeare Co., Theatreworks USA, Lunar Stage, MTS, The Brick, etc. Regional Stage: The McCarter Theatre, George St. Playhouse, The Annex Theatre. Film & TV: Plan B, Poker Face, Yule Log, 3 People…, Celebrity Close Calls, Dates from Hell and is slated to shoot Nice Girl Productions’ upcoming webseries Ladies Night this Janauary. Sheila lives in Brooklyn with her husband Bennett and Miles the Dog. Much love to Delisa White and all the Estro-babes! sheilajoon.org

AMANDA JUNCO (Director, Orangutan and Lulu) is thrilled to be returning to the EstroGenius Festival for its 13th season. Her directing credits include: Metaphors, The Serpent (Buffalo, NY), The Secret Life of Roses (Rochester, NY), Advanced Playwriting Workshop Readings 2011 & 2012, Urban Retreat Reading Series, Loganheim, the Clock Smasher, Three Ring Platform, and Island (New York, NY). Amanda has been working for several years as the Associate Director at Young Playwrights Inc. and she is the Artistic & Managing Director for Black Cat Theatre Group. bctg.org

Lisa KennerLISA KENNER (Playwright, Orangutan and Lulu) Lisa’s produced short plays include the girls (Boston Theatre Marathon) and orangutan & lulu (Estrogenius Festival 2012!). Lisa’s full-length play Chambers was a 2011 finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, and WordBRIDGE, and a semi-finalist for the Ashland New Play Festival and PlayPenn. A monologue from Chambers was presented at the 2011 TCG Conference. In 2010, Lisa was a Guest Artist at The Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in Washington, D.C. Her work has been presented and developed at SWAN Day Boston, Blank Theatre, Road Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, Theatricum Botanicum, and Jewish Women’s Theatre, among others. Lisa is currently pursuing her MFA at Lesley University’s low-residency program for Stage and Screen. For her day-job, she produces cool cultural events for the national non-profit, Reboot. A graduate of Wesleyan University and a Boston native, Lisa lives in Eagle Rock with her husband, actor Chet Grissom. lisa.kenner[at]gmail.com Thanks to everyone at Estro for the opportunity!

Sergio LoDolceSERGIO LoDOLCE (When Predator Dies) is excited and proud to be participating in the EstroGenius festival again with such a great group of people.





Jessica McVeaJESSICA McVEA (Director, Redemption) is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked with many New York Theaters. Her latest and greatest include directing The Love List with BOO-Arts and 52 Man Pickup in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has sung at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the New York City Master Chorale. She also forayed into the film directing business with the short horror film The Procedure. All my love to my professor.

Catya McMullenCATYA McMULLEN (When Predator Dies) is a Brooklyn based Playwright and is grateful to be a part of the Estro team! Her play Missed Connection is a recent winner of the 2012 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival and is set to be published later this winter. Over her last year in New York, Catya has developed three full length plays, The Collective and Rubber Ducks and Sunsets with Ground UP Productions, and Everything is Probably Going to be Okay at Primary Stages ESPA, and has written and directed for The Shelter. Catya’s short play, Lullaby, was recently produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre. She is a company member and the Educational Director of Ground UP Productions and a 2011 Graduate of UNC Chapel Hill.

Jenny PaulJENNY PAUL (Jody, Destiny) is absolutely thrilled to be part of Estrogenius again for the second year in a row! Some of her credits include Madam Fury’s Traveling Show, Helen of Troy in Corigliano’s Elegy, Zuly in the Last Place on Earth (Children’s Tour), Caller Are You There?, Funny Girl, Reunited (Players Theater), Church (Public Theater), and Go Go Beach (Kennedy Center-DC). Her upcoming projects include Nicole in Friendly, Ellen in Mirror, Mirror, and her first lead in a feature length film titled Blood, Sweat, and Tears. She also just wrapped production on two amazing short films, Sweeping Up and Green Garden–(International Festival Selection). Special thanks to Charlotte and Emma, her family, friends, and roommates for all their love and support! Jenny is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. jennypaul.info

JACK REITZ (When Predator Dies)

Kristin Shields DeWittKRISTIN SHIELDS DeWITT (Sol) MI native. BFA University of Michigan. 1st National Tour: Dora The Explorer in Nickelodeon’s GO DIEGO GO LIVE! NY Theatre: IN LOCO PARENTIS, STOP THE WORLD…(Musicals Tonight!), WHITE WIDOW, VICTOR WOO, HARD SPARKLE, DISAPPEARED and readings at The York Theatre and Theatre For A New City. Web: Laid Off, The Hayley Project TV: Monsters Inside Me (Animal Planet) as well as commercials for L’Oreal, Orbit Gum, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. kristinshields.com


DeLISA M. WHITE (Director, When Predator Dies) is delighted to be directing in her fourth EstroGenius Festival. Credits include: Greg Oliver Bodine’s IT Award multiple nominee, Poe Times Two for the Workshop Theatre Company and two pieces (one an IT nominee as well) in the Vincent Marano retrospective, What I Meant Was… at Manhattan Theatre Source. In March of 2011, DeLisa directed the IT Award-winning Things at the Doorstep – inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s work, at Manhattan Theatre Source. She also made her debut as a playwright at the 2012 Ingenius festival.


Program C


Trish ColeTRISH COLE (Playright, Life on Mars) is a tomboy poet and playwright whose work often explores the intersect of social expectation, gender, and identity. Her stage plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and regionally in Maryland where she is known to lead conventional community theater audiences to daring and unconventional places. Trish is the recipient of the 2010 MCTF Excellence in Original Script Award for her play Butterfly, and her play woman: revised was selected as the 2011 MCTF state representative. She has recently completed a book-length literary memoir in poetic form for which she was a 2011 Bakeless Literary Prize Finalist. Trish is currently an adjunct instructor of English at the College of Southern Maryland.

Libby CollinsLIBBY COLLINS* (Life on Mars)






HEATHER COHN (Director, Rosie the Retired Rockette) is a co-founder and Producing Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble. For Flux: August Schulenburg’s DEINDE, The Lesser Seductions of History (nominated for Best Director, NYIT Awards) and Other Bodies (FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction); Erin Browne’s Menders; and numerous staged readings. Outside of Flux: EstroGenius, Planet Connections & FRIGID Festivals, Cherry Lane, The Brick, Epic, Artistic New Directions, On the Square, and The Platform Group. Heather is a graduate of Vassar College. fluxtheatre.org

Kate DulcichKATE DULCICH (Books Not Now) was last seen as Theresa in Rebecca Gilman’s “Boy Gets Girl” which she also produced. Other favorite roles have been Katherine in “The Taming of the Shrew” with Hipgnoisis Theatre Company and Paula in “Writer’s Block” for which she was nominated for the Best Actress in a Comedy award (MITF). Originally from Portland, OR, Kate came to NYC to study acting at NYU where she earned her BFA.


Monica FurmanMONICA FURMAN (Ella, Rosie the Retired Rockette) Monica’s love of watching television sparked her interest in acting, and, at age 11, she began to take classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She is currently the host of BK 4 Reel, a public access television program that showcases films made by Brooklyn teens. When not being a high school student, she is in rehearsal with Project Girl Performance Collective, a theater company born on Manhattan Theatre Source soil. Thanks Estro!

Sharon GoldnerSHARON GOLDNER (Playwright, Bazookas) Sharon’s award-winning plays have been produced by: Hand to Mouth Players; Rochester Repertory; Manhattan Repertory Theatre; Run of the Mill Theater; Fells Point Corner Theater; The Women’s Theatre Project; North Avenue Play Series; NYC Short Play Lab; and Future Tenant Festival. Also, over 30 of her short stories have been published in literary journals across the country, including HarperCollins’ 52 Stories anthology. Sharon is honored to have her work in EstroGenius 2012.


ALEX GOULD (Fight Director, The Jennifer Bourne Identity) [New York] On the Tenth Floor, The Coach (Partial Comfort Prod.), The Mahabharata: A Love Story (Special Sauce Co.), Asst. Fight Director on As You Like It (Pulse Ensemble Theater). [Regional]Tripolitania, Asst. Fight Director on WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, The Valley of Fear (Williamstown Theater Festival), Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love (Williams College Summer Lab). [Edu] The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, En Garde Entertainment.

DANIEL GUYTON (Playwright, Rosie the Retired Rockette) has won numerous writing awards, including two Kennedy Center/ACTF awards for his plays “Attic” and “Where’s Julie?” He received his BA at SUNY Albany, and currently resides just south of Atlanta with his beautiful wife Kate, two dogs and a cat. His plays have been produced around the world, and many have been published. danguyton.com

Marcie HendersonMARCIE HENDERSON (Life on Mars) is thrilled to be part of the 2012 EstroGenius Festival and the cast of “Life On Mars.” NY credits: The Imaginery Life of Milo St. Jean – Snapdragon Theatre; The Human Comedy – APAC, Mercy and the Firefly – Luna Stage, Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Metropolitan Playhouse, Caroline, or Change – Gallery Players, FringeNYC, Ground Up Productions, La Mama/11th Hour, Opening Doors, and NAMT. Regional credits include: Houston TUTS, Center Rep, Ogunquit Playhouse, Totem Pole Playhouse, TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Campo Santo and San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Sharon HunterSHARON HUNTER (Director, Books Not Now) is honored to return as a director for the second year in a row and to be involved with the EstroGenius Festival for her fourth year. Sharon has performed in and directed shows regionally and in NYC. She holds a Masters in Theatre from Fontbonne University, studied with Alec Baldwin and attended Circle in the Square Theatre School. Sharon’s a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. She thanks the talented EstroGenius team for their terrific work.

Jeff JohnsonJEFF JOHNSON (The Jennifer Bourne Identity) is an alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa Theatre Department. He is an actor and playwright. He is thrilled to be working with everyone at the Estrogenius Festival. Favorite roles include Iago in “Othello,” Player in “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead,” Detective Linbergh in “Pop Dies in Vegas,” and the Narrator in “The Fever.” Love and thanks to Amy, Kate, and my family.


HILARY KING (Playwright, The Jennifer Bourne Identity) lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a member of Working Title Playwrights. Her ten-minute plays Women Giving Birth and Canine Behavior (co-written with Nick Boretz), have been produced in Atlanta. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as The Cortland Review, Gertrude and The Anthology of Southern Poetry: Georgia Edition. Her full-length play, Death and Interior Decoration is currently in development.

Olivia KinterOLIVIA KINTER (Director, Bazookas) recently assistant directed the premiere of Megan Hart’s “This Is Fiction,” at the Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC. Other directing credits include Ken Ludwig’s “Shakespeare In Hollywood,” and original one act “April Fools Day.” In 2007, Olivia wrote, produced and performed an original one-woman show entitled “Lovely Legacies.” She is a voiceover artist, and graduated from Rutgers University in 2011. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Major thanks to Jen and Andi for this wonderful opportunity. Thanks to Sharon, Yvonne, MaryLynn, and Sabrina for making this play happen!! Love to my family and friends who are always supportive. Enjoy the festival!

Kira LaurenKIRA LAUREN (Playwright, Books Not Now) is thrilled to be a part of the EstroGenius Festival. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch, she has worked professionally as an actress in Seattle, New York, and London, where she lived for seven years. Recently, Kira began work on her greatest creation – twins Rhys and Rhiannon born in August of last year. Dedicated to R & R – who napped long enough for me to write this play. kiralauren.net


Annalisa LoefflerANNALISA LOEFFLER*  (The Jennifer Bourne Identity) returns joyfully to EstroGenius, where past appearances include Madge/Flight Risk (2010), Luvadore/The Enlightenment of Mrs. Cartwell (2009). She was most recently seen this summer as Gertrude/Hamlet (Boomerang Theatre Company) and Adriana/Comedy of Errors (Theater2020). Other Manhattan Theatre Source credits include Penelope/Artistic License, Elena/Misery, Apathy & Despair, Jane/The Yellow Wallpaper. Her voiceover work can be heard on PBS as well as on numerous Scholastic websites including Harry Potter and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Sara LyonsSARA LYONS (Director, Life on Mars) is a director and performer. She has directed and assisted with Primary Stages, Culture Project, Variations Theatre Group, Project Girl Performance Collective, Red Fern Theatre Company, The Internationalists, Planet Connections, and others. Performance credits include Organs of State’s Americana Passover and original work at LaMaMa, P.S. 122, New Acting Company Theatre, and The Mobius Space (Boston). She is a member of the 2012 EMERGENYC Cohort at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. sara-lyons.com

Kathryn McConnellKATHRYN McCONNELL (Director, The Jennifer Bourne Identity) is thrilled to be back at Estro again, after having the huge honor of directing The God Particle and Supernova in past years! All-time favorite directing credits include: Pop Dies in Vegas, The Tragedie of Cardenio, Récit, Cary’s Chainstore Massacre, For Better or Worse, The Last Five Years, and A Beautiful Circle of Love and Acceptance. She is a co-founder of Squeaky Bicycle Productions. Massive thanks to Jeff & Annalisa! kathrynamcconnell.com

Vivian MeisnerVIVIAN MEISNER (Rosie the Retired Rockette) Vivian’s work includes off and off-off Broadway, regional and stock, indie film, soaps, commercials,industrials,print,directing and teaching. Recent Highlights: Lillian Carter, Nelle Reagan, and Mary Washington in FIRST MOTHERS by L.E.McCullough; Frances in the premiere of ELEPHANT GIRLS off-broadway produced by Emerging Artists Theatre. As a company member she has acted and directed in many of EATs one-act festivals; Martha in ARSENIC and OLD LACE and the title role of MR. ICKY by F.Scott Fitzgerald for the Dysfuntional Theatre Co. In Feb. 2013 she is scheduled to direct THAT’S HER WAY by Kathleen Warnock for the Frigid Festival.

Marianne MillerMARIANNE MILLER* (Christie, Rosie the Retired Rockette) New York: Brick Theatre, Flux Theatre, LONYLA, Group Lab PlayMakers Repertory Company: As You Like It, Angels in America, The Importance of Being Earnest, All My Sons, Nicholas Nickleby, Opus, Pride and Prejudice, The Glass Menagerie, The Little Prince, Pericles. Regional: Guthrie Theater, Great River Shakespeare Festival Film: Fire Lily (Victory Film Productions, Inc.) Education: MFA UNC/PlayMakers; BS University of Evansville; A Guthrie Experience. Thanks to Heather, JD, and all of these wonderful artists.

John SayJOHN SAY* (Books Not Now) After performing this past spring in MTS’s InGenius Festival, John is proud to be making his EstroGenius debut. Currently training at MTB Studio under Mary Boyer, and having graduated with a B.F.A. from Elon University, John is proud to call New York City home. Some favorite performed roles include: Man in Or What She Will (Best of Fringe 2012), The Treasurer in The Rationale (MTS InGenius Festival), Cardenio in The Tragedie Of Cardenio (The Drilling Co. Theatre), Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, Bobby in Company, Tripp Davenport in Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, and Cal Richards in Day, a new web miniseries premiering this Winter. To the teachers, friends, and family, there is nothing but everlasting gratitude and respect for your continued support.


Kristen VaughanKRISTEN VAUGHAN (Rosie the Retired Rockette) Kristen’s two favorite projects (so far!) this year were SONGS OF LOVE by Nat Cassidy in the Fringe Festival and Mac Rogers’ award winning Honeycomb Trilogy in which she played Amelia Cooke in the first two installments. Kristen won the NYIT Award ‘2011 Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role’ for her portrayal of Jane in Benefactors with Retro Productions. She was previously nominated for Bunny in Desk Set and Sunny in Mill Fire, also with Retro. Martin Denton named Kristen a nytheatre.com person of the year for 2010. Other recent roles include Ayn Rand in Crystal Skillman’s Action Philosophers, Alana Regina in Brian Silliman’s Savior, Hilda Taylor Snell in Venus Observed with Boomerang. Zelda Fitzgerald in White Horse Theater’s Clothes for a Summer Hotel, Mother Sacramento in Mac Roger’s piece with Gideon/Vampire Cowboys, Rachel in David Ian Lee’s Sleeper with Small Pond. Kristen has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of WI-Madison.

Patrick WalshPATRICK WALSH (Life on Mars) is best known for originating the role of Patrick Burke in THE RYAN CASE 1873 (Drama Desk Award Nomination, 2012). He recently performed as Yoshi in THE RED & GREEN ROOM at this year’s InGenius Festival. Film work includes PSYCHO MAGNET: A LOVE STORY and CAIN’S DINNER. Favorite roles include COTTON PATCH GOSPEL and THE COMPETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) (Theater at Lime Kiln), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Nebraska Theater Caravan) and OTHELLO (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) Patrick graduated from the William Esper Studio and sings with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. He is also the producer & host of the SCREAMQUEENZ horror podcast (People’s Choice Podcast Award Nominee 2010, 2011 & 2012). I would like to thank Suzanne Esper & Maggie Reed for being those little voices inside my head, and also the amazing Mister Brad for being officially crazier than I am.

STEPHANIE WILLING (Choreographer, Rosie the Retired Rockette)



ROSANNA YAMAGIWA ALFARO (Writer/Performer, Sailing Down the Amazon) is delighted to team up again with June Lewin and Victoria Marsh for “Sailing Down the Amazon.” Rosanna was a 2011 Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellow and a 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her play, BEFORE I LEAVE YOU, premiered at the Huntington in 2011 and was nominated for a 2011 IRNE Award for Best New Play. She has also been produced by Pan Asian Repertory, East West Players and Magic Theater.

Cassie AngleyCASSIE ANGLEY (Playwright/Performer, Finding the Michaels) is a published playwright, actor, and singer. She performed, trained, and wrote in New York City for over 15 years. She received a fellowship from the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. She wrote and produced more than 12 original plays and musicals. These productions were seen in Off-Off Broadway venues such as HERE, W.O.W, and Dixon Place. In San Francisco, Cassie has performed Finding the Michaels at The Marsh and Shotwell Studios.

Alessandra DraposALESSANDRA DRAPOS (Writer/Performer) is ecstatic about taking part in Estrogenius. She will graduate from Adelphi University in spring’13 where her credits include The Shape of Things (Evelyn), and Uncommon Women and Others (Rita/Irene Ryan Nominee). Recently, she studied in London and had the outstanding privilege of developing this piece with artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Philip Hedley. She dedicates this performance to her mother; to whom she owes a tremendous amount of thanks and money.

GINA FEMIA (Writer/Performer, Happily Never Ever) is a playwright, director and performer. Her work has been produced and developed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dixon Place, Looking Glass Theatre, and STRIKE 38. She was recently granted a residency at Grin City Collective and was a participant in TheatreSpeak’s Write Out Front. She received her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was a recipient of the Lipkin Award in playwriting. Proud alum of Young Playwrights, Inc. ginafemia.com

Maria GabrieleMARIA GABRIELE (Writer/Performer) is a writer and an actress. Her latest full-length play, “No Table For Those Left Behind” will be opening in Austria mid-November. Previous produced plays include “Graceful Living” at (at Ensemble Studio Theatre), “Counting” and “Graceful Living, the One-act “(LIA at Theatre Row), “Push It” (at Vital), “Club Justice” (LIA). She has performed and read her solo work, fiction and poetry in venues all over the city. After having acted in Laura Jacqmin’s “Parkersburg” a few years ago, she is happy to return to EstroGenius with “Cheap Chicken”.

Valerie HagerVALERIE HAGER (Writer/Performer, Naked In Alaska) is thrilled to be in EstroGenius! She’s appeared in Warner Brothers’ Invention of Lying, Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, Discovery Channel’s Guilty or Innocent, and the award-winning short The Harshest Place. Her NYC Theatre credits include Ann Miller in Meet the Lady at Tribeca’s 92Y, Better Lucky than Smart at Manhattan Theatre Source, and Forbidden Kiss at Stage Left Studio. She’s a graduate of LAByrinth Theater Master Class. valeriehager.com

Cheryl KingCHERYL KING (Producer) is the creator and producing director of Stage Left Studio, in NYC, was resident acting coach at All My Children from 2007-2010, and is an acting coach, playwright, director and actor. She has produced Sola Voce since 2006. She teaches a writing workshop, called Writing Your Heart Out, and the Body Language Workshop. She has directed over 35 plays and solo shows. She is currently entering the fourteenth month of performances of her second solo show, Grapefruit, by Sally Lambert, at Stage Left Studio. cherylkingproductions.com and stageleftstudio.net

June LewinJUNE LEWIN (Writer/Performer, Sailing Down the Amazon) has worked as actor and director in Boston area theatre since 1986. Recent roles: Lil in Kindertransport, Mary in On the Verge, Mrs.Tilford in The Childrenʼs Hour, Valentina in The Bay at Nice. She works closely with local playwrights developing new plays. Frequently takes part in the annual Boston Theatre Marathon. Has appeared on stages in New York, New Haven, Berkeley CA, and throughout New England. Graduate of Barnard College, longtime Board member of StageSource. Member of Actorsʼ Equity and Screen Actorsʼ Guild.

Laura PrudenLAURA PRUDEN (Playwright, Performer) is an actress and storyteller living in New York. She performed her first solo show, CIGARETTES AND FAUST, in 2005 at the Comedy Union and Word-a-Rama in Los Angeles, got pregnant, wrote and performed THE LINGERIE EFFECT, then had babies. Laura happily revived CIGARETTES AND FAUST in September 2011 at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Since then, she performed a workshop of OUT OF MY MIND in the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Bootstrap Festival, and premiered GIRL CRUSH at Dixon Place. She’s worked on stage (notably opposite Ann Magnuson in Amy and David Sedaris’ “The Book of Liz”) and screen (Law & Order: SVU, The Daily Show). Laura studied acting at Northwestern (BS) and CalArts (MFA), taught at Second City, and received a 2011 NYFA scholarship for her storytelling.

Stephanie Shaw, photo by John AbbottSTEPHANIE SHAW (Writer/Performer) is a founding member of Chicago’s favorite Solo Performance Ensemble, BoyGirlBoyGirl. She has performed her work in theatres across Chicago, as well as The New York Fringe Festival and as a Neo-Futurist ensemble member in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. She was a theatre critic for The Chicago Reader and is a senior lecturer in the theatre department at Columbia College Chicago. Email her at shawsall[at]sbcglobal.net

SCOTT SLAVIN (Director/Dramaturg, Naked In Alaska) – Scott is grateful for the opportunity to direct Naked In Alaska in EstroGenius. He’s directed Valerie in noname at Stage Left, Autumn Leaves at Knightsbridge Theatre in LA, and co-founded with her The Room’s Salon. In addition to directing theatre and film, Scott coaches artists and creative professionals and works with writers, directors, and producers as a script consultant.

SOPHIE WALKER (Writer/Performer, Happening to Your Body) is a high school student at Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn, NY. She has trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute, Stella Adler Studio, and NYU Tisch Dublin. She is a proud member of Project Girl Performance Collective, and has performed with them in and around NYC. Some recent performances include: Trafficked (Holly June) at the Bleecker St Theater, Voices Without Borders (Reporter) at the United Nations, Project Girl: Congo (Company) EstroGenius 2011, and a number of short films. She is thrilled to play Patrice in this film and hopes to continue spreading awareness of women’s issues.


Girl Power

Bios coming soon!


Women in Motion

LAURIE BERG (Commissioned Choreographer, Performer, Permission to Fail) is a 2013 New York Live Arts Studio Series Artist and was a 2010 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence. Her various projects have appeared at Pieter PASD in Los Angeles, ROULETTE Intermedium, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Food For Thought, Danspace Project as part of PLATFORM: 2011 Body Madness – Rhythm and Humor, BRINK at Dixon Place, FACADE/FASAD, 303 Gallery, ICMC at Stony Brook University, the TANK, draftwork, AUNTS, CATCH 35, and the Internet Killed the Video Star Screening for the Movement Research Spring Festival 09 among others. She co-produces AUNTS with Liliana Dirks-Goodman, which was recently featured in Time Out New York and co-curates the Salon Show at Ulla’s House with Sasha Welsh, an intimate performance series in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Laurie grew up in St. Louis, MO and received her BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona in Tucson. lauriemberg.com

RACHEL COHEN (Commissioned Choreographer, Performer, I Would) graduated from Harvard University where she studied dance and choreography with Claire Mallardi. She moved to New York City in 1997, where she has studied with Mary Anthony and Bertram Ross, among others. She is the director of dance-theater company Racoco Productions, founded in 2003. The company collaborates frequently with composers and visual artists, and has created work exploring clay, flour, taffy, chewing gum, neon, wine, paper, and pinatas, among other materials. Ms. Cohen is the recipient of a 2012 Field Dance Fund award and is a resident artist at CAVE in Brooklyn.

ALISA FENDLEY (Dancer, Racoco) Thanks to the endless support of her parents, Alisa Fendley was lucky enough to be raised on ballet, aerial dance and a slew of other dance styles at New Mexico Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of the Southwest, and under the instruction of Rosalinda Rojas. She has attended training programs at Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Virginia School of the Arts. Alisa just graduated with a B.F.A. in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts after creating seven pieces during her time there. Her work has been presented at The Raw Festival, DanceNOW[NYC], The Hatch Presenting Series, The Rover Soho, Triskelion Arts Comedy in Dance Festival, The Tank, and Marie-Christine Giordano’s Dance Salon. She is currently developing her choreography through Alisa Fendley’s Fingerprints Projects and is excited to be performing with Racoco Productions and Grounded Aerial.

REMI HARRIS (Dancer, I Would) A native of Brooklyn, Remi Harris is a dancer who has been performing with dance companies, musicians and video artists around the country for years. She is now a choreographer, teacher and performance artist based in New York City. She continues to teach in private studios and after school programs in New York City as well as traveling the country as a guest artist. Ms. Harris recently performed as a featured dancer for the upcoming independent short film “Funf and Twist” and as a guest artist with Rebekah Windmiller, Lorena Egan Dance, and Dance Catalyst! all based in New York. She hopes to continue her passion for all things creative, blending different styles of dance with multi-media, fashion, and a sense of humor!

REBECCA KETCHUM (Dancer, I Would) studied Dance and French at Goucher College. She has since taught dance and performance in Chicago, Thailand, Maine, and the Bronx. In 2005, Rebecca earned a M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University where she first saw a Racoco piece and immediately feel in love with it; she has been a proud company member ever since. She also works with Movementpants Dance and NWEA. Come take Rebecca’a yoga classes at Loom Studios and House of Jai in NYC. ketchumyoga.com

MASUMI KISHIMOTO (Dancer, I Would) is a native of Tokyo, Japan, who moved to New York City and entered the intensive training at the Ailey School and graduated from its certificate program. Since then, she has choreographed pieces that combine Classical Mime, Physical Comedy and Dance for performances at the Puffin Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, Studio b.p.m., Theater for the New City and The Ailey Studio Theater, etc. She also performed mime with Gregg Goldston in a five-member ensemble pieces. As a dancer, she worked with Ayako Kurakake, Asami Morita and Nichole Arvin, Yana Schnitzler, Daria Fain in NY, Pennsylvania, Germany and Japan. Recently she worked as a movement designer with “Crane Story”. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Center for Remembering & Sharing in NYC. She joined Racoco Productions in 2010. masumikishimoto.com

BESSIE McDONOUGH-THAYER (Co-Creator, Performer, Permission to Fail) is a dancer and choreographer currently living in Brooklyn. She graduated from Smith College in 2003 with a degree in dance and Italian, and has been living in New York ever since. She was the Open Performance coordinator for Movement Research from 2007-2010, and enjoys making work and collaborating with artists and friends in different fields and from diverse backgrounds. Currently she collaborates with Laurie Berg and has shown work at Dixon Place in New York, 303 Gallery in Chelsea, the Catch Series at the Bushwick Star, Movement Research at Judson Church, and CounterPulse in San Francisco. She also works with Kat Galasso and Vanessa Anspaugh, and likes to experiment and play with live-projection artist Shantell Martin.


Melissa Riker, photo by Jeff DanzeMELISSA RIKER (Producer) is a choreographer and Artistic Director of Kinesis Project dance theatre. One of the Founding Artists of Manhattan Theatre Source Melissa has been curating and producing Women in Motion for 12 of the 13 years of the EstroGenius Festival. She is proud of the incredible choreographic voices brought to the stage through Women in Motion and is blessed to have such amazing co-producers. Through Kinesis Project and many other collaborations, she has created dances for film, theatre, operas and circus. She is currently obsessed with putting dances in unusual spaces all over NYC. Melissa also works as a choreographer and movement coach, helping actors and directors to create character-generated, purpose-integrated movement. She performs with Lynn Neuman/Artichoke Dance and is a recipient of two Puffin Foundation Grants, 2006 Artward Bound Resident, 2008 Dance Omi Resident and Ford Foundation Fellow. kinesisproject.com Photo by Jeff Danze.

Amber Sloan, photo by Hope DavisAMBER SLOAN (Producer) is a choreographer, dancer and teacher whose work has been presented by the West End Theater, Dancenow[NYC] Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (Family Matters), Danspace Project (Food for Thought), Spoke the Hub, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 92nd Street Y and others. Sloan has been a member of David Parker & The Bang Group since 2002. This is her third year as co-curator and producer for the EstroGenius Women in Motion dance festival. ambersloan.com Photo by Hope Davis.

ANNE ZUERNER (Producer) is a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. Her work has been produced by venues such as Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, and Triskelion Arts. Zuerner’s work has received funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council and a fellowship from Summer Stages Dance. She is currently creating a new evening length work to premiere in 2013, with a preview excerpt being produced in Dance New Amsterdam’s RAW Directions series in January 3013. Zuerner works as a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute, the New Victory Theater and Cynthia King Dance Studio.


Stand-Up for Estro

Please read all the lovely Stand-Up bios here!



Lisa DowlingLISA DOWLING (Musician)
Read more at lisamdowling.com





Christa VictoriaCHRISTA VICTORIA (Festival Music Coordinator), a vocalist, composer, pianist, vocal coach, and actor living in New York City, has had projects encompassing Theatre, Film, Television, and community-based programs for women in strife. Solo performances expand to London, Italy, Germany, and Spain. As a musical director, her work includes theatrical projects with the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland and several productions at New York City’s LaMama’s E.T.C. Christa is the subject of an award-winning docudrama, Finding Christa.

Clare CooperClare Cooper (Musician)
Read more at  clarecooper.com



ALEX CHMAJ (Lighting Designer, Naked in Alaska)

JULIJA FRODINA (Costume Designer, Short Plays Program A) is an award-wining fashion designer currently based in New York City. She has participated in numerous fashion shows, festivals and fashion projects in Lithuania, Estonia and other countries. Julija got her education in fashion, jewelry and shoe design  from prestigious universities in Lithuania, Israel and Paris, France.

KIA ROGERS (Lighting Director) Lighting Designer: Off Broadway: Pressing Empty at Danspace at St. Mark’s, Sistas The Musical at St. Luke’s, Made In Heaven at The SoHo Playhouse, Passage through Light and Shadows at Theatre at St. Clement’s. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. She is a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble designing lights for DENIDE, Menders, Dog Act, Ajax in Iraq and Jacob’s House. Her next show with Flux is Hearts like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz. Kia also works with the South Carolina Governor School of the Arts and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a guest artist for dance and theatre. Assistant credits include working with Justin Townsend, Thomas Dunn, Nicole Pearce, and Matthew Richards. Kia was the resident lighting designer at Manhattan Theatre Source and lighting director for Estrogenius since 2007. kiarogerslightingdesign.com

Sandy YaklinSANDY YAKLIN (Set Design) recently designed and built the set for the award winning Honeycomb Trilogy (Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play for Advance Man, NYIT Awards) and the multi-room experience “You Will Make a Difference.” She has a BFA in music theater and used to sing and dance on a cruise ship before going to law school. Now she mainly does a combination of set and properties design and construction along with some producing and directing. She’s a member of Gideon Productions and has worked for manhattantheatresource, Estrogenius, AliveWire Theatrics, the NY Int’l Fringe Festival, Nose Dive, The Public Theatre and others.


Festival Production Team

MICHAEL BORDWELL (Submissions Coordinator) was proud to serve as the Submissions Coordinator for the second year. A true GeniusPhile, Michael has acted, directed, produced, stage managed and done a multitude of other jobs for all the GeniusFests over the last several years (Estro, In, Junior and Testo) as well as working on the Source’s Spontaneous Combustion shows. Outside of the Source, Michael serves as the Artistic Director for WhatFour Productions and a company member of the American Theatre for Actors where he will be performing in the world debut of Seminar in early December.

ANNE CARLINO (Festival & Program A Asst. Producer) became an Estro Babe four years ago. She started as an Administrative Assistant, became a Reader and then added Rehearsal Coordinator and general assistant to the Executive Producer. This her second year as Asst. Producer. She is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing creative Festival. Thanks and much love to the lovely & talented Jen Thatcher.

HELENE GALEK (Casting Director) is excited to participate solely as a Casting Director in this year’s Estrogenius Festival 2012, as this is a path she is also pursuing along with being an actor. Helene recently cast a short film for DarlaCat Productions as well as a indie feature film directed by indie cult director, Frank Henenlotter. Previously, Helene had performed as well as been as assistant producer for Estro. This fall, she has done readings with Abingdon Theatre and Goodly Rotten Apples. Catch Helene in a dual role in the post-acpocolyptic play “Sugarplum”, being presented as part of ” Cold Snaps”, the winter one-act festival at the Workshop Theater – one flight up opening 11/29 and running until 12/15! Go Estrobabes!!!

Heidi Russell (photo cropped)HEIDI RUSSELL (Art Curator) is a life-long self-taught fine art photographer who specializes in capturing the intersection of elements and dimensions of cultural environs through full-frame, non-manipulated, in-camera technique using existing lighting. In 2004, Heidi left her
career in fundraising to make her passions of photography and the Arts, international cultural exchange, and connecting people a part of her daily life and purpose. Since 2004, Ms. Russell’s work has been in solo and group exhibitions internationally, and she has participated in several artist programs and residencies throughout Europe. Heidi holds curatorial positions with Manhattan Theatre Source in NYC and the e-zine, The New York Optimist, and curates independently. Since 2005 she has volunteered for Cuchifritos, a community not-for-profit gallery project of Artists Alliance, Inc. in NYC and supports community-building projects with her photography and time. In 2008, Ms. Russell founded the cross-disciplinary International Women Artists’ Salon. You may
view more of her work and connect with Ms. Russell at heidirussell.com