Faculty & Staff
Core Faculty Artists
Stephen Hamilton, Associate Director of Theatre. Acting
Jon Robin Baitz, Playwriting
William Westbrook Burford, Theatre History, Playwriting
Annette Handley Chandler, Screenwriting
Mitchell Kriegman, Digital Filmmaking, Webisodes
Marsha Norman, Playwriting, Musical Book
Ellen McLaughlin, Playwriting
Emily Mann, Playwriting
Austin Pendleton, Directing
Visiting Guest Artists
Alec Baldwin, Actor
Robert Benton, Screenwriter, Director
Adam Bock, Playwright
Paula Brancato, Filmmaker, Producer
William Carden, Artistic Director, Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST)
Christina Lazaridi, Screenwriter
Kenneth Lonergan, Screenwriter
Craig Lucas, Playwright
Terrence McNally, Playwright
Joe Mantello, Actor, Director
Alexander Payne, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Frank Pugliese, Screenwriter
Renee Shafransky, Screenwriter
John Patrick Shanley, Playwright / Screenwriter / Director
Tony Walton, Director / Designer
Chris Weitz, Director
Mark Wing-Davey, Director
Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST)
MICHA, The Michael Chekhov Association
For Southampton 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)
Scott Sandell, Director of Visual Arts
Christian McLean, Summer Workshop Coordinator, Director of Kenya and Florence Programs
Adrienne Unger, Administrative Coordinator
Core Faculty Artists
Director, MFA in Theatre & International Theatre Workshops
Nick has worked as a theatre professional on and off Broadway, in regional theatre, and abroad at venues including, The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), Lincoln Center, Classic Stage Company (CSC), Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Capital Repertory, BAM Next Wave Festival, and London’s Barbican Centre (B.I.T.E). He was co-founder and Artistic Director of the Garson Theatre Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he directed regional premieres of plays by Moisés Kaufman and José Rivera, and his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. He directed renowned composer Steve Reich’s mixed media piece The Cave (tour: US, Europe, Japan); and the World Premiere and international tour of Reich's Three Tales (premiere: Vienna; tour: US, Europe, China, Australia). He also co-authored and directed a collaborative devised theatre piece, When the End of the World Comes, about the Cincinnati riots of 2001 presented at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in 2009.
As a teacher Nick has taught and directed at Yale, the College of Santa Fe, the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he was Head of the Graduate Directing Program and the Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting, and at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, where he was Associate Director of their acclaimed production of Angels in America, and also worked under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help develop the MFA curriculum. He was an elected member of the Board of Directors for the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA), and served as Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University before assuming his current position of Director of Theatre at Stony Brook Southampton.
He holds a BA in History / Special Honors Curriculum from Hunter College (Phi Beta Kappa), an MFA in Directing from Columbia University-School of the Arts, and a Certificate of Completion in the Michael Chekhov acting technique from MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association. He studied with directors Liviu Ciulei and Judith Malina.
Associate Director of Theatre
As a producer, Hamilton has overseen the production of over 50 plays and musicals including Hedda Gabler which starred Kate Burton, and earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress and The Boy Friend which featured Julie Andrews’ directorial debut., as well as world premieres of plays by Terence McNally, Lanford Wilson, Marsha Norman, David Ives, Jon Robin Baitz, Paula Vogel and Horton Foote. In 2001, Hamilton directed Alec Baldwin the World Premiere of Ira Lewis’ Gross Points. Other directing credits include Yasmina Reza’s Art and Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. He is currently preparing a production of Uncle Vanya for East Hampton’s Guild Hall. Hamilton has 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, among others. In June 2010, Hamilton appeared with Alec Baldwin in the Guild Hall production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus. In 1991, Hamilton co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor and served as its Executive Director for 17 years. He is married to author/educator Emma Walton Hamilton.
ANNETTE HANDLEY CHANDLER
Producer, Author, Screenwriter
Annette Handley Chandler is the Director of the Southampton Screenwriting Workshop and teaches Screenwriting through the MFA in Theatre program. She has produced films for Paramount Pictures, Disney, PBS, ABC and CBS. In 2001, she won an Emmy as Executive Producer of Ansel Adams: A Documentary, directed by Ric Burns. A former literary agent, Handley Chandler was also a programming executive for ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles, overseeing the production of at least twenty-five films in four years. A member of WGAWest, she has taught screenwriting at UCLA and Pepperdine University. Locally, she has written, directed and produced Plum TV's documentary on vintner/sculptor Walter Channing. She writes fiction as well as screenplays and has been published in numerous publications including the East Hampton Star, The Southampton Press, HamptonStyle Magazine and The Southampton Review.
Faculty Coordinator, Stony Brook Manhattan
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.
WILLIAM WESTBROOK BURFORD
Theatre History, Playwriting
William Burford’s legit career as director, writer, designer and producer eventually brought him to Sag Harbor, where he served as general manager for Bay Street Theatre. He’s directed new plays for the Preston Jones, Stages Repertory, Edward Albee and New Harmony new works programs. Guest director and instructor at Stony Brook University since 2004, he was Southampton Dean of Students in 2010. Since 2008’s Writer’s Conference Bill has taught and produced for Southampton Arts’ MFA programs. He also directs Bloodstone Theatrical, an independent lab company. He studied philosophy, stage directing and eastern European political comedy at UT Austin.
Actor, Screenwriter and Memoirist
In the 11 years Alan Alda starred in the television series M*A*S*H, he was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards, winning five. He wrote (or co-wrote) 20 episodes and he was the first person to win Emmy Awards for acting, writing, and directing for the same series. In addition to his Emmys, Alda has won the Writer’s Guild Award twice and received the coveted Humanitas Award for writing the “Dreams” episode of M*A*S*H (from a story by Alda and James Jay Rubinfier). His first memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, was published by Random House in September 2005. His latest book is Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.
JON ROBIN BAITZ
Playwright and Screenwriter
Jon Robin Baitz is the author of a number of plays including The Substance of Fire, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Three Hotels, and The Paris Letter. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Drama Desk winner, Humanitas winner, a Guggenheim and an NEA Fellow. Mr. Baitz created the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters and has written for The West Wing. He also adapted his play The Substance of Fire for the screen, as well as the screenplay for the Al Pacino movie, People I Know. He is a founding member of Naked Angels Theatre Company, and on the faculty of the New School's graduate drama division. Most recently, Mr. Baitz has had a tremendously successful run of his new play, Other Desert Cities, at Lincoln Center Theatre. It will transfer to Broadway in the fall of 2011.
Annie Baker’s full-length plays include THE FLICK (Playwrights Horizons, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for Best Play), CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), BODY AWARENESS (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA, for which she also designed the costumes (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival). Her plays have been produced regionally at South Coast Rep, the Guthrie, Victory Gardens, Artists Rep, Huntington Theater Company, Seattle Rep, Studio Theatre in DC, Hyde Park Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Marin Theater Company, A Red Orchid, and over 100 other theaters across the country. Her work has also been produced internationally in England, Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Latvia, and Russia. She is a Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theater and a member of New Dramatists, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and EST. A published anthology of her work, THE VERMONT PLAYS, is available from TCG books. Upcoming projects include CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION at the Royal Court in London.
Cartoonist, Playwright and Screenwriter
Jules Feiffer’s Pulitzer-winning and internationally syndicated cartoon ran for 42 years in the Village Voice. His sensibility permeates a wide range of creative work: from his Obie-winning play Little Murders, to his screenplay for Carnal Knowledge, to his Oscar-winning anti-military short subject animation Munro. Other works include the Tony nominee Knock Knock, and the Pulitzer nominee Grown-Ups, as well as his screenplays for Popeye and I Want to Go Home, best screenplay winner at the Venice Film Festival. Taking inspiration from his three daughters, he has reinvented himself as a children’s book author with the award-winning books, Bark George, I Lost My Bear, and The Man in the Ceiling.
Writer and Director
A winner of the Director’s Guild Award, four Emmy Awards and twice nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award, writer and director Mitchell Kriegman began his diverse career as a fiction writer and performance artist. His work has been published in The New Yorker, the National Lampoon, Army Man, Between C&D, New York Press, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. In the 1980’s, he joined the team of Saturday Night Live as a short filmmaker and writer. He is well known as the creator and developer of the classic groundbreaking television series “Clarissa Explains It All,” and “Ren and Stimpy,” for Nickelodeon. He also created the classic “Bear in the Big Blue House” and “Book of Pooh” for the Disney Channel and “It’s A Big Big World,” for PBS. He was the executive story editor and developer of numerous other signature television series including “Rugrats”, “Doug,” and “Life with Derek,” among other series. As an independent development executive he has developed series bibles and presentations for brands throughout the entertainment business including Pink Panther (MGM), Dudley the Dragon (Breakout Ent), Bunsen and Beeker (Jim Henson Co), Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Workshop), Teenage Mutant Turtles (Eastman & Laird), Romper Room (Claster Television), Lambchop (Classic Media), Groovy Girls (Big Idea) and others. He has written screenplays for Sony/Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Rogue Pictures, Universal Studios and a Muppet movie for the Jim Henson Company. He wrote the screenplay for Elmo in Grouchland for Columbia Pictures and has written and directed animation, live action, puppetry and hybrid animation in virtually every genre. He holds patents for a variety of hybrid animation techniques.
Marsha Norman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Hull- Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for ’Night Mother; a Tony Award and Drama Desk Awards for The Secret Garden; and the John Gassner Medallion, Newsday Oppenheimer award, and the
American Theatre Critics Association Citation for Getting Out. Other plays include Third and Oak, The Laundromat, The Poolhall, The Holdup, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Loving Daniel Boone, and Trudy Blue. She also wrote the book for The Color Purple, currently on Broadway. Published work includes Four Plays and a novel, The Fortune Teller. Television and film credits include Face of a Stranger, starring Gena Rowlands and Tyne Daly. Norman is cochair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of the Juilliard School, and vice president of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Mercedes Ruehl came to prominence in Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob. She earned an Academy Award, Golden Globe, L.A. and Chicago Film Critics Society awards for her role in The Fisher King. Other films include Warriors, Big, Heartburn, Slaves of New York, Another You, Last Action Hero, Lost in Yonkers, What's Cooking, The Amati Girls, For Rosanna and The Minus Man. Her career was launched in regional repertories in the works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Chekhov and Euripides, and she went on to receive Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Helen Hayes awards for her role in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, later reprising her role in the film. Other Broadway credits include The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination); The Rose Tattoo; Shadowbox (Tony nomination); and I'm Not Rappaport. Off-Broadway includes Woman Before a Glass (Obie Award), Other People's Money (Clarence Derwent Award), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Coming of Age in Soho, The Vagina Monologues and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Guthrie Theatre. She recently completed an acclaimed run of Viva La Vida! at the Bay Street Theatre. Among her television credits are the Emmy Award-winning "Indictment: The McMartin Trial," HBO's "Gia," Hallmark's "The Lost Child," Court TV's "Guilt by Association" and Showtime's "North Shore Fish." Television guest appearances include "Entourage," "Frasier," "Law & Order" and "The Cosby Show." For Lifetime TV she starred in last year's "Mom at Sixteen" and this year's "A Girl Like Me."
Producer, Co-Founder, Killer Films
Christine Vachon has produced over seventy films in less than twenty years, including Far from Heaven (four Academy Award nominations), Boys Don’t Cry (Academy Award Winner), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sundance Film Festival). Killer Films executive produced the Todd Haynes miniseries, Mildred Pierce (featuring Kate Winslet), for HBO. In 2011 Killer Films partnered with Moxie Pictures to create the talent management firm KillerMoxie Management. The company has offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Christine has been a Jury Member of the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the Sundance Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the Sarajevo Film Festival. She has been awarded an Emmy, the National Board of Review Producers Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, and the Provincetown International Film Festival Filmmaker on the Edge Award.
Leslie’s full-length plays include NINE ARMENIANS (Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Lynne Meadow - Outer Critics Critics Award), SINGER’S BOY – (American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, directed by Cary Perloff), HIGH DIVE (Long Wharf Theatre, directed by David Warren), and MAKE ME (Atlantic Theatre, directed by Christian Parker). Her solo pieces include PLAN DAY and HELLO THERE MR.MACHINE (Ensemble Studio Theatre), FOOTLIGHTS (Vineyard Theatre), and IN MOTHERWORDS (Geffen Playhouse, Primary Stages). Leslie has received commissions from the Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Atlantic Theatre Co. As an actress, her credits include A NAKED GIRL ON THE APPIAN WAY on Broadway, as well as NEPTUNE’S HIPS at Ensemble Studio Theatre and SAFE AS HOUSES at the McCarter Theatre. Television credits include Damages, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Leslie teaches at Columbia University, and leads long-running writing groups in NYC.
Ellen McLaughlin is an American playwright and actor for stage and film. Her plays include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, The Trojan Women, Helen,The Persians and Oedipus. Producers include: Actors' Theater of Louisville, The Actors’ Gang L.A., Classic Stage Co., N.Y., The Intiman Theater, Seattle, Almeida Theater, London, The Mark Taper Forum, L.A., the Public Theater in NYC, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The National Actors’ Theater, N.Y.,and The Guthrie Theater, MN, among many other venues.
Grants and awards include: Great American Play Contest, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the NEA, the Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Berilla Kerr Award for playwrighting, and the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Grant.
McLaughlin is also an actor. She has worked on and Off Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater. She is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run. Other favorite roles include The Homebody in Homebody/Kabul (Intiman Theater, Seattle), Pirate Jenny in Threepenny Opera (Trinity Rep. Elliot Norton Award), Mrs. Alving in Ghosts (Berkeley Rep.)and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the McCarter and the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Her on-screen credits include Everything Relative, The Bed You Sleep In, with guest appearances on Law & Order. She has taught playwrighting in numerous venues, from Yale School of Drama to Princeton University. She has been teaching at Barnard College since 1995.
Director, Playwright, Artistic Director
Multi-award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann recently celebrated her 20th season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre. Under Ms. Mann’s leadership, McCarter was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Directing credits include this season’s world premiere of Sarah Treem’s THE HOW AND THE WHY with Mercedes Ruehl and Bess Rous; Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ANNA IN THE TROPICS with Jimmy Smits (also on Broadway); the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s MISS WITHERSPOON with Kristine Nielsen (also off-Broadway); UNCLE VANYA with Amanda Plummer (also adapted); All Over with Rosemary Harris and Michael Learned (also off-Broadway; 2003 Obie Award for Directing); THE CHERRY ORCHARD with Jane Alexander, John Glover, and Avery Brooks (also adapted); THREE SISTERS with Frances McDormand, Linda Hunt, and Mary Stuart Masterson; A DOLL HOUSE with Cynthia Nixon; and THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Shirley Knight. Ms. Mann directed her latest adaptation, A SEAGULL IN THE HAMPTONS, a free adaptation of Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL, with Brian Murray and Maria Tucci; MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, with Suzanne Bertish; and the world premiere of Edward Albee’s ME, MYSELF & I (with Tyne Daly and Brian Murray at McCarter Theatre and with Elizabeth Ashley at Playwrights Horizons in New York). Her plays include the multi-award-winning EXECUTION OF JUSTICE; STILL LIFE (six Obie Awards); GREENSBORO (A REQUIEM); and ANNULLA, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Ms. Mann wrote and directed HAVING OUR SAY, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; NAACP Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Peabody and Christopher Awards and WGA nomination for her screenplay). A winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its Council. A collection of her plays, TESTIMONIES: FOUR PLAYS, has been published by Theatre Communications Group, Inc. Her latest play, MRS. PACKARD, was the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and was published by TCG in spring 2009. In 2002, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University.
Actor, President of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA)
Joanna, a student of Michael Chekhov, is an actor, teacher and former casting director. She teaches regular workshops at the Actor's Center, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. She is the recipient of two Casting Society of America Artios Awards for casting Bertolucci's The Last Emperor and Sondheim's Into the Woods. As Harold Prince's casting director, she cast the original Broadway productions of Sondheim's Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, and Merrily We Roll Along, as well as Evita and On the Twentieth Century. Other film casting includes three Merchant/Ivory films. As an actor, she made her Broadway debut opposite Laurence Olivier in Becket, created the role of Tzeitel iin Fiddler on the Roof; films include City of Angels, Class Action, Mystic Pizza, Fame, The Killing Fields, The Ten Commandments. She appeared in HBO's Witness Protection, CBS' Black and Blue, Law & Order, and has a recurring part in Law and Order, Special Victims Unit. She is a co-founder of the Non-Traditional Casting Project, dedicated to increasing employment opportunities for artists of color and disability. She was a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee. Her book, Auditioning: An Actor Friendly Guide was published by Vintage in May, 2001. She received the Solzhenitsyn medal in Moscow for Excellence in continuing the legacy of Michael Chekhov.
Austin Pendleton has been seen on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank and Grand Hotel. He has appeared in the first New York productions of Oh Dad, Poor Dad..., Fiddler on the Roof, Hail Scrawdyke (Derwent Award), The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie Award), The Sorrows of Frederick, Doubles, The Imposter, The Loop and Sophistry, and in the title roles of Off-Broadway productions of Hamlet, Richard III, Uncle Vanya, Keats and Jeremy Rudge. He is a playwright (Orson's Shadow, Booth and Uncle Bob), director (Spoils of War, The Runner Stumbles and Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes), teacher (HB Studio), and member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Ensemble. His film credits include What's Up Doc?, Trial and Error, The Associate, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Proprietor, Guarding Tess, The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, Catch-22 and Amistad. TV includes Fired Up, Frasier and Tracey Takes On. He began his career, and has acted and directed many times, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has directed three Tony-nominated Broadway productions: Spoils of War by Michael Weller, starring Kate Nelligan; The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman, starring Elizabeth Taylor; and Shelter, a musical by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, starring Marcia Rodd.
Visiting Guest Artists
Screenwriter and Director
Credits include Bonnie And Clyde, Kramer vs Kramer, A Place In The Heart.
Adam’s play A SMALL FIRE premiered at Playwrights Horizons in NY in 2011 and his musical WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE premiered 2010 at Yale Rep. Other plays include THE RECEPTIONIST (MTC), THE DRUNKEN CITY (Playwrights Horizons), THE FLOWERS (AboutFace) THE THUGS (Soho Rep), SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS (Second Stage Uptown), FIVE FLIGHTS (Rattlestick), THE TYPOGRAPHER’S DREAM (Clubbed Thumb), THE SHAKER CHAIR (Humana Festival) and THREE GUYS AND A BRENDA (24 Hour Plays) He has won the OBIE, a Clauder, the Heideman, the Glickman, the BATCC and been nominated twice for the Outer Critic Circle Award. He is a resident playwright at Encore Theater and a Shotgun Players artistic associate; the two Bay Area theaters have premiered and produced many of his works. He is a New Dramatist member playwright and a NYTW Usual Suspect. He is proud to be a TDF Open Doors mentor for Validus High School in the Bronx.
Paula Brancato, founder and president of the Brancato-Fritsch Company and Brancato Productions, has over twenty years’ experience in global capital raising, corporate finance, filmmaking and music production. A former music industry CFO and Wall Street derivatives expert, Brancato has structured over $300 million in complex financial transactions, raising over $50 million for entertainment projects including the sale of Concerts West to Anschutz Entertainment, development funds for Pretty Dangerous Films and private equity capital for new media companies and independent films. An award-winning filmmaker, published poet, produced playwright and screenwriter, Brancato executive produced the feature film SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY, starring Sandra Bernhard, Bai Ling and Peter Stormare, which won the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Her film based on HER FATHER’S DAUGHTER won the Houston International Remi Award and Women of Color Film Festivals. Brancato’s most recently published works include Painting Cities and For My Father, which has been nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Brancato earned her M.B.A. at Harvard Business School, where she was a Godfrey-Cabot fellow. A graduate of Hunter College and the Los Angeles Film School, she also serves as faculty for screenwriting, poetry and The Business of the Business at the University of Southern California and Stony Brook Southampton.
Writer, Composer, Performer, Director
Rinde Eckert, the 2009 recipient of The Alpert Award in the Arts for his contributions to Theatre and finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is a writer, composer, performer and director. His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America, and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia.
Eckert’s career began as a writer/performer in the 1980’s, writing librettos for Paul Dresher (Pioneer, Power Failure, Slow Fire, Ravenshead). He subsequently began composing dance scores for choreographers Sarah Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins, including the evening-length Woman, Window, Square for The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. He began composing and performing his own music/theater pieces with The Gardening of Thomas D, a 1992 homage to Dante which was performed on tour in the United States and France. Eckert’s staged works for solo performer include An Idiot Divine, Romeo Sierra Tango and Quit This House. Shoot the Moving Things and Four Songs Lost in a Wall were written for radio. Recent writing credits include Horizon (2007-2008 Drama Desk Nominations for Best Play and Best Director, Lucille Lortel Award: "Unique Theatrical Experience"); Orpheus X (Pulitzer Prize nomination); Highway Ulysses and Four Songs Lost in a Wall (The American Academy of Arts and Letters 2005 Marc Blitzstein Award); And God Created Great Whales (OBIE Award: Best Performance, Drama Desk Nomination: "Unique Theatrical Experience"); and the two, one-act plays An Idiot Divine, performed at Zankel Hall in New York City. Three of his plays - And God Created Great Whales, Horizon and Orpheus X - have had successful off-Broadway runs.
His work for the theater has been produced by Theatre for a New Audience, the New York Theatre Workshop, The Foundry Theatre and Culture Project in New York, American Repertory Theatre, Center Stage in Baltimore, Dobama Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theater. Tony Taccone, Robert Woodruff, David Schweizer, Richard ET White and Ellen McLaughlin have directed his plays. Rinde Eckert has directed his own and others’ plays and operas for The Asia Society, Juggernaut Theater, Opera Piccola and the Paul Dresher Ensemble.
Writing and directing projects involving new music productions include The Schick Machine with virtuoso percussionist Steven Schick in a solo-theater work composed/produced by Paul Dresher, Imaginary City with So Percussion, Sound Stage for the ensemble Zeitgeist, and Steven Mackey’s oratorio Dream House. Eckert wrote the text and performs in Slide with composer/guitarist Mackey and eighth blackbird, which is touring to major university campuses. Mackey and Eckert are members of BIG FARM, the 4-person ‘prog-rock’ band. Rinde Eckert’s uniquely eclectic music is available on the Intuition label in Germany and through Songline/Tonefield Productions. The critically acclaimed Sandhills Reunion (music by Jerry Granelli, text by Eckert) was released in 2005.
Following his success teaching a course in creativity at Princeton University in 2007 and began a 3-year residency in Spring 2009. He was the 2008 Granada Artist-in-Residence at the University of California at Davis Department of Theater and Dance where he wrote and directed Fate and Spinoza, and was in partnership with the University of Iowa to create, direct and perform in Eye Piece, a play exploring the loss of vision and involving 30 theater students. Gurs Zyklus, a new music/performance/multi-media installation and collaboration with sound sculptor Trimpin debuts at Stanford University in May 2011. Rinde Eckert lives in New York with his wife, Ellen McLaughlin, the playwright and actress.
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS
Mr. Guirgis is 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 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 five plays 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 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's Synecdoche 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.
Credits include What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Pieces Of April, Dan In Real Life.
Christina Lazaridi was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay of One Day Crossing. Christina currently teaches screenwriting at Princeton University and at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and works as an international screenwriter and screenwriting consultant. She is a Mentor for the Mediterranean Film Institute and the Academic Director and Mentor of the International Screenwriting Lab CineQuaNon in Mexico. Coming Up Roses, Lazaridi's last screenplay, co-written and directed by Lisa Albright, was produced last year with Bernadette Peters, Rachel Broshnahan and Peter Friedman. The film premiered in the Woodstock Film Festival this Fall. Lazaridi, has also written and produced documentaries including the feature length Varian and Putzi: a 20th Century Tale directed by Academy Award® winner Richard Kaplan and Assignment: Rescue a documentary for Richard Kaplan Productions narrated by Meryl Streep. She holds an M.F.A. (Honors) in Screenwriting from Columbia University and a B.A (Honors) in Comparative Literature & Creative Writing from Princeton University. Her first book on her screenwriting methodology, Stories That Change: A Diagnostic Manual for Troubleshooting your Screenplay -- has been commissioned and will be published in 2012 by the Mediterranean Film Institute and The Media Program of the European Union.
Credits include You Can Count On Me, Gangs Of New York, Analyze This
Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Credits include Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants.
Playwright and Screenwriter
Fran Pugliese is currently writing Copper, a drama series for BBC America. He has recently completed writing the Showtime series, The Borgias. His play, Matty’s Place, was work-shopped at NY Stage and Film and his screenplay, The Dogwalker is currently in pre-production. The author of Aven'U Boys, which won an Obie Award, Frank is also the author of The King of Connecticut, The Talk, The Alarm, all with Naked Angels and The Summer Winds with Naked Angels and NY Stage and Film. As a screenwriter, he has written 29th Street produced by Fox; Born to Run: Dion based on Dion and the Belmonts, The Six for Baltimore Pictures; Oliver produced by Quincy Jones; Mob Girl for Castle Rock; Trinities based on the Nick Tosches novel for New Line Cinema; Infamous directed by John Leguizamo; Shot in the Heart directed by Agnieszka Holland and produced by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. For television, he has written Night of the Living Dead, Homicide (WGA Award); and Love and Blood for Fallen Angels (Cable Ace Award Nomination); Two plus One, a pilot for Fox Television with Producer Tom Fontana; Broken City, a pilot for HBO created by Castle Rock and the creator of Bluefish for HBO, currently in development. Frank is a graduate of Cornell University where he won the Forbes Herman award for playwriting and was Artistic Director of the Whistling Shrimp Theatre Co. At the NYU Dramatic Writing Program, he was named Graduate Student of the Year. Frank is also a former Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court in London. He was honored by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts fifteenth anniversary, as their outstanding alumnus in the field. Frank is a proud member of Naked Angels, Drama Dept., and is co-founder of both The Writer's Group and The Screenwriter's Collective. Frank is a consultant for the Cherry Lane/Alternative Mentor program for young playwrights. And he sits on the artistic committee and board of Naked Angels. Frank teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Columbia University.
Actor and Director
Directing credits include The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Black-bird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Jonny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Impor-tance, Design for Living, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera. The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Nomina-tion), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilansky..., Blue Window, God’s Heart, The San-taland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, Imagining Brad, Other Desert Cities and Other Places. As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony Nomination), Angels in America (Tony Nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Director and Choreographer
Broadway credits include: directed and choreographed Anything Goes (2011 Revival, Tony Award), Grease (2007 revival), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for choreography; Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for direction; Tony for Best Revival of a Musical) and Wonderful Town (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire Awards for choreography; Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for direction); choreographed Little Shop Of Horrors; Follies (Roundabout; Outer Critics nomination); Seussical; Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire nominations); Ring Round The Moon (Lincoln Center Theater); 1776 (Roundabout) and Swinging On A Star (Drama Desk nomination). Off -Broadway: directed and choreographed Two Gentlemen Of Verona (New York Shakespeare Festival) and Saturday Night (Second Stage); choreographed Violet (Playwright's Horizon) and As Thousands Cheer (Drama Dept). City Center Encores!: directed and choreographed Applause; 70, Girls, 70; House of Flowers; Carnival; Hair; Wonderful Town and Babes in Arms; Artistic Director for four seasons. West End: choreographed Kiss Me Kate (Olivier nomination). For ABC/Disney: directed and choreographed Once Upon a Mattress starring Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman and choreographed Meredith Willson's The Music Man starring Matthew Broderick (Emmy nomination). She has directed concerts for Kristin Chenoweth at many venues including the Metropolitan Opera House and Disney Concert Hall. She is on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theater Company. She has received the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts, the Richard Rodgers Award and the George Abbott Award.
JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY
John Patrick Shanley is from The Bronx. His plays include DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, SAVAGE IN LIMBO, ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION, WELCOME TO THE MOON, FOUR DOGS AND A BONE, CELLINI, DIRTY STORY, DEFIANCE and PIRATE. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, DOUBT, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently DOUBT, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, which was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. The film of DOUBT was also directed by Mr. Shanley. Other films include FIVE CORNERS (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), ALIVE, JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO, which he also directed, and LIVE FROM BAGHDAD for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of MOONSTRUCK he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Mr. Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement In Writing.
A Director and Designer, honored with 16 Tony Award nominations for his Broadway sets and/or costumes. Pippin, House of Blue Leaves, and Guys and Dolls won him “Tonys”. Among his twenty films – for such directors as Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volcker Schlondorf, and Francois Truffant - Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express earned him 5 Academy Award nominations. All That Jazz won him the “Oscar” and Death of a Salesman the “Emmy”. His graphic work consists of book and magazine illustrations; caricatures for such publications as Playbill, Theatre Arts and Vogue; and many posters for Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows. He has co-produced shows in London – three in association with legendary Hal Prince. His designs for opera and ballet have been seen at NY’s Metropolitan Opera House, London’s Theatre Royal Convent Garden, and Sadler’s Wells ... as well as throughout Europe and the United States. For the last fifteen years he has been the director - and usually the designer - for acclaimed productions of many plays by Shaw, Wilde and Coward (along with new work and new musicals by both Irish and American authors) at the Irish Repertory Theatre, The Irish Arts Center, The York Theatre, San Diego’s Old Globe, and Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre etc. His most recent directorial achievement was last summer’s celebrated production of Equus for East Hampton’s John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall, starring the remarkable Alec Baldwin. In 1991 he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Film Director and Screenwriter
Credits include About A Boy, The Golden Compass, Twilight: New Moon, American Pie, A Better Life.
Director, Guest Artist / Lecturer, Directing
Mark Wing-Davey first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at NYTW. Since then he has worked extensively in New York City, for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwright’s Horizons, and the Public Theater - directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry 5 in Central Park. He directed Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep and most recently for Epic Theater in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Additional US and international credits include productions of new and classic plays at ACT, ART, Berkeley, Cincinnati, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Playmaker’s Rep, Seattle Rep; London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End, and Australia. Committing much of his career to developing new plays, he has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Amy Freed, Naomi Iizuka, Jose Rivera, Anna Deavere Smith, Tony Kushner, and Craig Lucas, amongst others. His more recent credits include the world première of UNCONDITIONAL for LAByrinth Theater Company Theater and Craig Lucas's The Singing Forest at the Public Theater, and workshops of a new musical by Brett C. Leonard - Harold's Harem, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ piece: Untitled Ass Play and Carson Kreitzer’s play about the photographer Lee Miller - Behind The Eye (directing its première in Cincinnati in April 2011). He is currently the Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where in September 2010 he premièred Tony Kushner’s music theater work: The Henry Box Brown Play.
ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE (EST)
Since its inception in 1968, Ensemble Studio Theatre has developed and produced more than 6,000 plays featuring many of the finest playwrights, directors and performers working in the theatre. The Annual Marathon of One-Act Plays has been widely credited for reviving the one-act play form, and the company has been recognized with Village Voice Obie Awards, New York Outer Critic Circle Awards and numerous American Theatre Wing Awards for excellence in theatre.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
The Michael Chekhov Association is a not-for-profit organization that links the artistic vision Michael Chekhov created with the work of performers, teachers and directors of today. MICHA provides a community for these artists in the form of workshops, festivals and events that research new approaches to teaching and performing as well as to integrating the Chekhov work into other performance approaches. MICHA hopes to add a much needed dimension to current methods of acting training, creating a new generation of practitioners that will incorporate Chekhov's psycho-physical approach. MICHA employs a variety of media to aid in its mission, including publishing printed and online materials and producing theater and films. MICHA has entered into a formal partnership with the MFA in Theatre at Stony Brook Southampton Arts. www.michaelchekhov.org.
For Southampton Arts
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.
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 from Ninevah and The Southampton Review.
Director, 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.
LOU ANN WALKER
Editor-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.
Conference Coordinator, Director of Kenya and Florence Programs
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.
ADRIENNE C. UNGER
Adrienne C. Unger received her BA in English/Creative Writing and Literature from Long Island University, Southampton, and her MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Her work for arts and publishing organizations includes stints at the Associated Writing Programs, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation, and Crain Communications Inc. Formerly a freelance writer for various trade and specialty magazines, Unger also worked for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Stony Brook University Humanities Institute.