Southampton Theatre Conference

2016 Conference Faculty


Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and has won two Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's 30 Rock. His films include The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Edge, It's Complicated, Blue Jasmine, Still Alice and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation among many others.

Baldwin is a 1994 BFA graduate of Tisch and received an honorary doctorate in 2010. He is Co-Chairman of the Board of the Hamptons International Film Festival. He is also the radio announcer for the New York Philharmonic. 

Baldwin has two daughters, Ireland Elliese Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin and a son, Rafael Thomas Baldwin. He is married to Hilaria Thomas Baldwin.



Bethany Caputo is an actress and a teacher in New York City who performs regionally across the country at such theatres as Arena Stage, The Goodman and Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 2015, she appeared with Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the John Drew theater in East Hampton, NY. 

Ms. Caputo studied at the Moscow Art Theatre where she was introduced to the Chekhov technique in 1997. She is now on faculty with MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City and with Stony Brook University Graduate Department.  Ms Caputo was an actor in the Master Classes DVD series produced by MICHA, and she has had the great pleasure to collaborate and perform with Chekhov based theatre companies such as The Actors Ensemble, The Moving Dock Theatre Company, and with the company at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio.



Playwright, Screenwriter
Mr. Guirgis is a member and former co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include Between Riverside and Crazy (2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) The Motherf**ker with the Hat (six Tony nominations including Best Play), Our Lady of 121st Street (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations, 10 best plays of 2003), Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Barrymore Award, Olivier Nomination for London's Best New Play), In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings(2007 LA Drama Critics Best Play, Best Writing Award), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (10 Best Time Magazine & Entertainment Weekly), and The Little Flower of East Orange (starring Elen Burstyn & Michael Shannon) at The Public Theater. All but Between Riverside and Crazy were originally produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Motherf**ker with the Hat marks his third consecutive world premiere co-production with The Public Theater.

In London, his plays have premiered at The Atlantic Theater Company, The Donmar Warehouse, The Almeida (dir: Rupert Goold), The Hampstead (Robert Delamere), and at The Arts in the West End. Other plays include Den of Thieves (HERE, HAI Theater Festival), and Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho (dir: Adam Rapp) for the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon. He has received a 2006 PEN/Laura Pels Award, a 2006 Whiting Award, and a 2004 TCG fellowship, new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Repertory, and is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, New Dramatists, MCC's Playwright's Coalition, Ojai Playwrights Festival, and New River Dramatists.

Television writing credits include "NYPD Blue," "The Sopranos," David Milch's CBS drama "Big Apple," and Shane Salerno's NBC series "UC: Undercover". As an actor, Stephen has had leading film roles in Todd Solondz's Palindromes, Brett C. Leonard's Jailbait (opposite Michael Pitt), and in Kenneth Lonergan's upcoming Margaret. Other film credits include Philip Seymour Hoffman's Jack Goes Boating, Charlie Kaufman'sSynecdoche New York, Adam Rapp's Blackbird, Noah Buschel's Neal Cassady, as well as Meet Joe Black (dir: Martin Brest),Noise (dir: Henry Bean), Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (dir: Todd Harrsion Williams), and TV's "Law and Order." He directed Liza Colon-Zayas' Sistah Supreme for Danny Hoch's Hip Hop Theater Festival, Marco Greco's award-winning Behind the Counter with Mussolini in New York and Los Angeles, and Melanie Maras's Kiss Me on the Mouth (InViolet Rep/CSNY. A former HIV Educator/Violence Prevention Specialist, he lives in New York City.



Lucas Hnath
Lucas Hnath’s plays include The Christians (Humana Festival, 2014; Playwrights Horizons, 2015); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep, 2013); Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, 2013); nightnight (Humana Festival, 2013); Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2013); Death Tax (Humana Festival 2012; Royal Court Theatre, 2013). Hnath’s work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.

He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kesselring Prize, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award, and two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations. He is also a recipient of commissions from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Civilians, EST/Sloan Project, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, and South Coast Repertory.

In 2016 his play, Hillary and Clinton, will premiere in Chicago at Victory Gardens, and Red Speedo will have its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop.


Core Faculty

hamilton_steveDirector, Southampton Theatre Conference
Producer, actor, director, and teacher, Hamilton co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Sybil Christopher in 1991. In his seventeen years as Executive Director of Bay Street, Steve oversaw over 50 productions including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of Hedda Gabler (Tony nomination, Kate Burton), Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (Julie Andrews’ directorial debut and National Tour). Other new plays under his tenure included work from Jon Robin Baitz Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, Rick Dresser, and Diane Paulus.
In 2015, Steve directed All My Sons at the John Drew Theatre featuring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf. In 2001, he directed the world premiere of Ira Lewis’ Gross Points, starring Alec Baldwin, at Bay Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Neil LaBute’s The Furies at 59 E.59th Street, Yasmina Reza’s Art at the John Drew Theatre in 2006, and Quack Theatrics production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Stephen Talkhouse in 2001. Also: Uncle Vanya, The Cripple of Inishmaan, RED, all at JDT

Prior to Bay Street, Steve performed extensively as an actor in film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

A teacher for over 20 years, Steve also serves as a faculty member of Southampton Arts, and maintains a private coaching practice in his studio in Sag Harbor. He is married to author/educator and Bay Street co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton, and the couple live year-round in Sag Harbor, NY. They have two children, Sam and Hope. 


brandeisAssociate Director of Film, Filmmaking

Magdalene Brandeis has translated and adapted French films, produced multiple seasons of the series Movies At Our House for AMC, and was AP of the BRAVO series Citizen Reno. Additionally, she was the Executive Director of The Bridge Program, which offered a 9-month accredited course in the humanities to low-income adults. Her work has appeared in The East Hampton Star and The Southampton Review, and her first novel, BOX, is represented by Sterling Lord Literistic. She holds a BA from AULA, and an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton.


For Southampton Arts

Associate Provost
Robert Reeves is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, both published by Crown, as well as short fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Kirkus Review hailed Doubting Thomas as "a zesty, classy original," and Patricia Holt of the San Francisco Chronicle called Peeping Thomas "funny, disturbing, and brilliant." Reeves, director of the Southampton Writers Conference, has also taught writing at Harvard and Princeton.  

cagliotiExecutive Director
Carla Caglioti is the Executive Director of Southampton Graduate Arts and founding Associate Director of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Writing and Literature. She is also an Assistant Dean at Stony Brook Southampton. Caglioti has a Bachelor's in English Literature and Writing, a Master's in English Education, and a doctorate in English Literature.
Her dissertation focused on the rise of the field of creative writing in higher education. Her work has appeared in The Scrub Oak Review, Proteus, Letters fromNinevah and The Southampton Review. 

sheehanDirector, MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literature
Julie Sheehan's three poetry collections are Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise (W.W. Norton), Orient Point (also from Norton) and Thaw (Fordham). Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. 

walkerEditor-in-Chief, The Southampton Review (TSR)
Lou Ann Walker's book, A Loss for Words, a memoir, won a Christopher Award. Her other books include Hand, Heart & Mind. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Life, Allure, Parade, The Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times Book Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Writer, and The Hopewell Review. Formerly an editor at Esquire and New York Magazine, Walker has lectured on writing at Smith College and Yale University, and taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Southampton College, and Columbia University. The author of several screenplays, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America. 

mccleanDirector of Summer and Winter Programming, Southampton Arts
Christian McLean is the Conference Coordinator for Stony Brook Southampton's MFA Program and the founding Director of the Florence Writers Conference. His fiction has been published in Scores Anthology and The Southampton Review. His poetry has been featured in a collaborative work at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Museum (Dundee, Scotland). 2006 saw the publication of his first children's book Duckhampton. Christian holds a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  

Core Faculty

Stephen Hamilton, Director, Southampton Playwriting Conference. Acting and directing.
Magdalene Brandeis, Associate Director of Film, Filmmaking
2016 Conference Faculty
Lucas Hnath, Playwriting
Stephen Adly Guirgis, Playwriting

For Southampton Graduate Arts
Robert Reeves, Associate Provost
Carla Caglioti, Executive Director
Julie Sheehan, Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literature
Lou Ann Walker, Editor in Chief, The Southampton Review (TSR)
Susan Scarf Merrell, Summer Conference Director
Christian McLean, Summer Conference Coordinator, Director of International Programs
Margaret Grigonis, Administrative Assistant