April 16-22, 2012

at the June Havoc Theater at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex (312 West 36th Street). 


The Salon gives emerging directors the chance to showcase their work, meet with other directors and theater artists, and to hear from leaders in the fields of directing, design, and arts management.

The theme of this year’s Salon is WORK FOR CHANGE. Given Working Theater’s mission to make theater for and about working people and the revolutionary presence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we wanted to create a week of events that asked the question, what do you work for?

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Looking forward to seeing you at the Salon!

– Luke Harlan, Dina Vovsi & Nicole A. Watson



Join us at 7pm to help kick off the 3rd Annual Working Theater Directors Salon!Meet the Salon artists and curators, enter the raffle to earn prizes, and if you’re a director – throw your name in the hat for a chance to direct one of the brand new 10-minute plays written exlusively for the Salon by some of NYC’s hottest playwrights. PLUS the cheapest drinks in town!


Make sure to mark Wednesday night in your calendar, it’s our annual Panel and Q & A with Artistic Directors, Producers, Agents, and SDC! Do you have questions about directing in NYC? Want to hear what producers and artistic directors are looking for in the next generation of directors? This is the night for you. Panelists will include Ellen Rusconi (SDC), Alvan Colon Lespier (Pregones Theater), Kate Loewald (Play Company) & Peter DuBois (Artistic Director, Huntington Theatre Company)!


Join us for a conversation about Arts Activism with a panel of distinguished arts professionals and activists: Morgan Jenness, Judith Sloan (EarSay), Michael Premo (Housing Is A Human Right), Mallory Catlett (City Council Meeting w/ Aaron Landsman), and Judith Malina (Living Theatre)!


Three brand new director-driven works-in-progress will each have their first public showing at the Salon! Be the first audience to see these pieces on stage and join us for a talkback with the artists.
Featuring work by Jenna Worsham, Anita Gonzalez, and Melissa Moschitto.


7 NEW PLAYS: “WILL WORK FOR _______” / 7PM
7 brand spanking new plays by Bekah Brunstetter, Jocelyn Bioh,
Ed Cardona Jr., Tim J. Lord, Rehana Lew Mirza, Matthew Paul Olmos
, and Crystal Skillman! Each playwright began with the prompt: “Will Work For ___________”. Come check out these new plays and join in the conversation about what it means to Work For Change.

2012 Directors Salon Artists
Luke Harlan, Directors Salon Co-Founder & Curator

Luke Harlan is a director, performer, and educator living and working in New York, originally from Arkansas. Luke has developed new plays at The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Tectonic Theater Project, The Old Vic, The New Group, Ma-Yi Theater, The Kennedy Center, Columbia University, and the O’Neill Theater Center, among others. Luke is a Co-Founder of the Working Theater Directors Salon, a member of the PACK, Co-Founder of the Southeastern Fringe Festival, associate member of SDC, and recipient of the SDC National Directing Award.  New York:  home/sick (performer, The Assembly, NY Times Critics Pick), I’m From Driftwood (Project Y), Everybaby by Nick Jones (Studio 42), O’Hare by Alena Smith (Flea Theater), Fat Cat Killers by Adam Szymkowicz (New Group, reading), Frontier, As Told By The Frontier by Jason Gray Platt (Columbia); Regional/International: Shift by Joe Tracz (Old Vic), Insatiable Hunger, a new musical (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), Sousepaw: A Baseball Story by Jonathan Goldberg (Shelby Company), Fighting A Fish (Kennedy Center). Upcoming: To Boldly Go (Bushwick Starr, May 2012), Dogs of Oklahoma (Brick Theater, June 2012).

Dina Vovsi, Directors Salon Co-Founder & Curator

Dina Vovsi is the Literary Associate at Working Theater and a co-founder and co-curator of the Working Theater Directors Salon. Dina freelances as a director, actor, and production designer. New York directing credits include All the Windows On Alcatraz (FringeNYC ’11), Up and Down (Complete Theatre Company, Short Play Lab), and assistant directing a workshop of OyamO’sWhite Hot Black Spice (New Dramatists). Most recently, Dina was the assistant director on the world premiere of The Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre, dir. Daniella Topol). She has worked as a Producing Associate at Page 73 Productions and is a NYC Associate of the Prison Creative Arts Project. Graduate of the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Theatre and English.

Nicole A. Watson, Directors Salon Co-Founder & Curator

Nicole A. Watson is a freelance director and educator. She was the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award. Recent credits include assistant directing on Stew’s new musical The Total Bent (The Public Theater), directed by Joanna Settle. A proud volunteer at the 52nd Street Project, she directed a touring production of Two Gentlemen of Verona with the Project’s teen ensemble (University of Calgary and the Banff Performing Arts Center). Other credits include Foreign Bodies by Eboni Hogan (Women Center Stage Festival), Four by Jocelyn Bioh (Fire This Time Festival), Ed Cardona, Jr.’s Mongo (Working Theater), Stag by Jerome A. Parker (SUNY New Paltz), Kelley Girod’s Ambrosia (Made @ Horse Trade), Melisa Tien’s Adult Beginner Swim (Culturefix, NYC), BlindSight: A Melodic Hypothesis (Women Center Stage Festival), Light Sweet Crude (Subjective Theatre Company), Homage 3:Illmatic (Black River Performing Arts Center), a workshop of Oyamo’s musical White Hot Black Spice (New Dramatists, NYC), Deconstruction by Anne Phelan (Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn), Reverb by Radha Blank (The Fire This Time Festival), One Minute-Play Festival (Here Arts Center, NYC), Foreclosure (NYTE at the Access Theatre, NYC), David Hilder’s Just Exactly Like (The Flea, NYC), Daniel McCoy’s Eli and Cheryl Jump (2009 Fringe Festival, NYC). She was also a collaborator on Indomitable: James Brown, the Music, the Man (Apollo Theater Salon Series) and was an invited artist at the 2011 Voice and Visions Retreat where she worked with Dominique Morisseau on Paradise Blue. A former history teacher, Nicole has been a teaching artist at the McCarter Theatre and is a director at mentor at the NYU-Gallatin Summer Play Lab and has worked at the Lark, Signature Theater, and the Tribeca Film Institute. Favorite accomplishments include designing and teaching an interdisciplinary history and playwriting course for high school students at the Museum of the City of New York, directing Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothersand running the 2010 NYC Marathon. Nicole is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and the Women’s Project 2010-2012 Directors Lab. BA History, Yale. MA Interdisciplinary Studies, NYU.

Rebecca Martinez, Directors Salon Production Manager

Rebecca Martinez is an actor, director, producer and choreographer from Portland, Oregon. She is a proud participant of The 2011 Directors Salon, and was one of 7 directors chosen to direct ‘Waiting for Lefty’.  Her Portland directing credits include; Mexico Lindo (La Luna Nueva Festival), American Sueño, Sonia Flew, and Ardiente Paciencia (Miracle Theatre), Lost – Three Stories, One Destination (Sojourn Theatre Lab), Who Are We Really? (Artists Repertory Theater Education Program) and Cuentos – Searching for My Story (recipient of a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant).  She will be traveling to Portland in July to direct an evening of original poetry and music and then to San Diego to perform in a theatre/installation piece directed by Katherine Brook. Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre and with them is collaborating with The TEAM to devise and perform in a play commissioned by Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  She is a recipient of the Lilla Jewel Award for women artists.

Jocelyn Bioh

Playwright, BESTIES (7 New Plays, “Will Work For__”)

Jocelyn Bioh is beyond thrilled to be a part of this year’s Working Theater Directors Salon! A proud native New Yorker, Jocelyn holds degrees in English and Theatre from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Theatre – Playwriting from Columbia University. Previous acting credits include: Seed (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (City Theatre – PA),American Schemes (SummerStage NYC), Neighbors (The Public Theater), andLightskin/Darkskin which she co-wrote and starred in with Fire This Time Festival founding playwright Kelley Girod. As a playwright, Jocelyn has been produced at Columbia University, and she was a finalist in Southern Rep Ruby Prize Award for her play AFRICAN AMERICANS.

Bekah Brunstetter
Playwright, BEE

(7 New Plays, “Will Work For__”)

Bekah Brunstetter’s plays include A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE (Upcoming, Naked Angels)  BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW (ARS NOVA, Spring 2011)HOUSE OF HOME (Williamstown Theater Festival), OOHRAH! (Atlantic Theater, 2009), and MISS LILLY GETS BONED (Finborough Theater 2010, Lark Playwrights Week 2009, Finborough Theater, June 2010). She is a a New York New Voices Fellow through the Lark Play Development Center, member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group, the Naked Radio writing team. She is an alumni of the Women’s Project writer’s Lab, the Ars Nova Play Group, and the Playwright’s Realm.  She is the 2011 Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theater, London. She is currently working on an EST Sloan commission. BA UNC Chapel Hill; MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for

Ed Cardona, Jr.
Playwright, WILL WORK FOR ___

(7 New Plays, “Will Work For__”)

Ed Cardona, Jr.’s play American Jornalero will receive its world premiere at Intar Theatre in the spring of 2012, it was also the 2nd place selection in the Metlife 2011 Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, 2011. Some of his other most recent work includes: La Ruta, a full-length play commissioned by the Working Theater; Jackson Heights, 3am, a collaborative ensemble piece, Theater 167, Queens, New York City; Who the Fuck is Nathan Hale?, a ten-minute play, Question-NY Madness, Intar Theater, New York City;  Mongo, a one-act play commissioned by Local 3, I.B.E.W. Diversity Conference, New York City; Super Moon, a ten-minute play commissioned by the FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College, Toronto, Canada; Black Sheep, a ten-minute play developed with the Urban Arts Partnership/The New Group, Life Stories, Theater Row, New York City. Ed has also been an artistic associate with the Working Theater, a resident playwright with the Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab at Intar Theatre, The Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, The Hall Farm Center for the Arts & Education in Townsend, VT and is a founding member of NY Madness.  Ed received his M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University where he received the John Golden Award for his thesis play, PICK UP POTS!

Anita Gonzalez
(Night of Director-Driven Work)

Anita Gonzalez (Director, Writer, Choreographer) work has appeared on PBS national television and at Lincoln Center Out-of Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and other national and international venues. Her recently completed American Syncopated Musical  Le Hot Blu (with composer-writer Ken Lauber) was read at New york Theatre Workshop (2007).  Ybor City has been presented in New York, Florida, and Italy and is now being re-written as a musical. Current projects include Diplomacy a new work about the art of negotiations, andLiverpool Trading, a project about performance exchanges between Liverpool UK and New York City. Other directing projects include The Anarcha Project with Petra Kuppers (2008) MigrantImagiNations at the Joyce Soho Theater in New York City (1999), Tiye Giraud’s Sugar Tit (1998), and the musical Hola Ola written in conjunction with Dolores Prida (1996). Gonzalez earned her Ph.D. in Theater/Performance Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater at the State University of New York – New Paltz, an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Tim Lord

(7 New Plays, “Will Work For__”)

Tim J. Lord is a native of the prairies and suburbs of the Midwest. A playwright & mountaineer he splits his time between New York, where he is a founding member of bloodinthestone theater collective, and Los Angeles, where he is an artistic associate with the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA) whose mission is to help military veterans reintegrate to civilian life through theater. His play Down in the face of God will premiere this spring at AthroughZ Productions in LA, and he continues to work on Over Before We Get There, a commission for the VCPA based on the short stories of Vietnam vet Nick Corea. Other plays have been developed and produced at The Public Theater, Summer Play Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Lark, the New Harmony Project, Chalk Rep, Rude Mechanicals, HotCity Theatre, and the NNPN/Kennedy Center’s University Playwrights Workshop. Tim studied with Paula Vogel while a resident of Providence, RI, and is a graduate of the MFA playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego.

Rehana Lew Mirza


(7 New Plays, “Will Work For__”)

Rehana Lew Mirza’s full-length plays include Barriers (HERE, NYC; Asian American Theater Company, SF); The Good Muslim (Theater Row, NYC); The Radio Diaries of Hank, Yank, and Prank (John Golden Award); Particles of Pakistan (E.S.T. Sloan commission); if it’s sad i don’t want to see it (O’Neill Finalist); and Lonely Leela (Magic Theatre workshop, SF; New Georges mini-workshop, NYC). She is the recipient of a NYSCA commission and her plays have been published with the Alexander Street Press, indietheaternow, and the New York Theatre Review. She was the 2010 IAAC playwright in residence at The Lark Development Center, a 2008-2010 TCG Future Leader fellow with New Georges, a Leopold Schepp scholar, a 2G Resident Artist, and a LMCC artist grantee. She is the co-director of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab and the co-founder of Desipina & Co. More info at

Matthew Paul Olmos

(7 New Plays, “Will Work For__”)

Matthew Paul Olmos was recently selected by Sam Shepard as the inaugural recipient of La MaMa ETC’s Emerging Playwright Award, as presented at their 50th Anniversary Gala. He is also a Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellow, two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite, Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist, terraNOVA Collective Groundbreaker Playwright, Rising Circle INKtank Playwright, and was recently awarded the “Top prize for the Americas” by the BBC 2011 International Playwriting Competition for his play The Nature of Captivity. Co-founder and former Artistic Director of woken’glacier theatre company (two-time New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee), member of No Passport with Caridad Svich, National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development reader, New York Innovative Awards judge, and a Final Selection Committee member for Playwrights’ Week at Lark Play Development Center. His play i put the fear of mexico in’em has been developed by Sundance Theatre Institute, and  Intar Theatre. It was on the syllabus at a Rutger’s University undergraduate course taught by Caridad Svich, and it will be published by NoPassport Press in April 2012. Also in April 2012, his absurdist comedy Monkey will be presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange under the direction of Morgan Gould, Associate Artistic Director of Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, also that month terraNOVA Collective will present an staged reading of his play the death of the slow’dying scuba diver. And in June 2012, Rising Circle will present a staged reading of a play from his 3-play cycle about the U.S./Mexico drug wars. He will world-premiere a play from this 3-play cycle at La MaMa ETC in spring

Crystal Skillman
Playwright, CHEER

(7 New Plays, “Will Work For__”)

Crystal Skillman is the author of CUT (The Management in Spring 2011, NY Times critic’s pick, opening in Boston this spring) VIGIL or THE GUIDED CRADLE (ITG/Brick; 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script); and NOBODY & BIRTHDAY (Rising Phoenix Rep in NYC, Side Project in CH, U.K Premiere in 2010 with Kibbo Productions). WILD debuts in Chicago with Kid Brooklyn Productions this June 14th – July 1st 2012 under the direction of Evan Caccippoli); and her new play commission for Vampire Cowboys, GEEK, will premiere in Spring 2013 in NYC. Her new play ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE was just workshopped at IRT with director GT Upchurch for Overturn Theatre. Crystal was named one of Manhattan “Best Ofs” for OurTownNY magazine, selected as one of’s fifteen People of the Year for 2011.She is at The Gersh Agency and a member of the MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, Rising Phoenix Rep, as well as an alumni member of the Women’s Project. You can learn more about her at:

Jenna Worsham
(Night of Director-Driven Work)

Jenna Worsham  (Director) Recently directed Home by Lucy Thurber at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Theaterjam 3), and assistant directed the revival of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre (Dir. Kate Whoriskey). Last December she directed the workshop production of Derivations by Lucy Thurber for Houses on the Moon theater company at the Del E. Webb Center in Wickenburg, AZ. Other NY Credits include: What the Sparrow Said by Danny Mitarotondo (FringeNYC); Daniel by Julissa Contreras at Intar Theatre, as part of the annual Maria Irene Fornes Hispanic Playwrights Residency Lab; the world premier of Lucy Thurber’s Named at Rising Phoenix Repertory (Cino Nights series); The Nebraska Dispatches at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theater (written & perf. by Christopher Cartmill); Assistant Director for Bottom of the World at the Atlantic Theater Company (Dir. Caitriona McLaughlin); The Game (Contreras) at Rattlestick Theater (Theatrejam 2). Last summer she assistant directed The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber at CATF (dir. Lear deBessonet); She is the recipient of a 2012 SDC Foundation Observership at the Huntington Theatre in Boston, MA, where she will assist Maria Aitken on Noel Coward’s Private Lives. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, she directed The Fantasticks at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, VA in May of 2010. She has served as a director for MCC Theatre’s Freshplay Festival the past two years and is a member of Intar Theatre’s Young Artist Lab.