meet the team

Ed Cardona, Jr.

Ed Cardona, Jr. (Playwright)

RIP 60, Z-SPLIT, HOT READ, EAR HOLE ON 3–BREAK! (Source Festival 2017, 10-Minute Plays, CulturalDC); I like to be here: Jackson Heights Revisited, or, This is a Mango – a multi-disciplinary collaboration (Theater 167/ Theater: Village Festival 2014, E Pluribus); Audrey Bound, Sir Quince, Super Moon – a collection of ten-minute plays (FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College); La Ruta – a site-specific play which toured for a five-week run through the boroughs of New York City (Working Theater); American Jornalero, selected as a MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition award winner (Intar Theater); Leveret’s Lesson (St. Andrew’s College, Christmas Plays); Jackson Heights, 3am, a multi-disciplinary collaboration (Theater 167); Mongo, performed at the Local 3, I.B.E.W. Diversity Conference in part with membership diversity workshops (Working Theater); Super Moon – a ten-minute play (FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College); Bottle Rockets and La Perla (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater); With Love, Gabe (Intar Theatre). Ed has been an artistic associate with Working Theater, a collaborator with The Brooklyn Generator and Urban Arts Partnership / The New Group, and a resident playwright with St. Andrews College, 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 member of NY Madness. Ed’s work has been published by NoPassport Press, Dramatic Publishing and Smith and Kraus Publishing. 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! Special thanks to: Bushwick residents, old and new who took the time to speak with us, RBSCC, Salvation Army Community Center, Mayday Space, St. Brigid Church, Make the Road New York, El Puente Bushwick, Ana and Elena for joining me in the exploration of Bushwick, Edna Lee Figueroa por toda la ayuda con la traducción y acentos and my family for their love y apoyo (and support).

Ana Margineanu headshot by Jonathan Wise

Ana Margineanu (Director)

Ana is a Romanian theatre director, based in Brooklyn. Credits include: Inside (New York, Bucharest, Madrid), Broken City (New York) Long Distance Affair (Edinburgh, New York, Mexico), The Sunshine Play (Dublin /Bucharest), Buy Me With A Coffee (Graz / Bucharest) Her work has been presented in New York, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, Madrid, Mexico, Basel, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Graz, Prague, Saint Petersburg, Stuttgart and Vienna as well as the major cities of Romania. Her shows received several awards, including “New York Innovative Theatre Awards (The Window), Best Play -Relationship Drama at London Fringe Awards (The Sunshine Play), Best Show at the Romanian Drama Festival and The Jury Award for Innovation at the Contemporary Drama Festival (89 89…hot after ’89). Ana received Best Contribution In Romanian Theatre Award in 2008 at the VIP Gala. Ana is a founding member of PopUP Theatrics, a company focused on creating immersive site specific work in international dynamic collaborations. She is a founding member of DramAcum (directors’ collective that supports young Romanian playwrights) and an alumnus of Lincoln Centers Directors Lab.

John J. Concado (Swayze/Red)

Argentinian- American actor, son of immigrants, native Spanish speaker, proud life-long New Yorker, photographer, tortured Mets fan. John studied acting with Susan Aston at The Actors Studio Drama School as well as with LAByrinth Theater Company under the direction of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He has worked extensively on stage throughout New York and counts INTAR Theatre and Inviolet Theater as his artistic homes. John has acted in many national commercials for companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Verizon and is also an established bilingual voice over artist. He is the voice behind many spots, including Gatorade’s recent global hit “No te caigas” (“Don’t Go Down”), starring soccer superstar Lionel Messi. John played the role of Dr. Serrano in EA’s hit video game “Dead Space 3” and has narrated audiobooks, including The Washington Square Ensemble for He plays the lead for the hit viral video from Flama titled “Argentinian Intervention.” John is very excited about the feature film, Orgami, he recently finished with director Woonjae Park – look for it in festivals this year! Recent Theater: Romeo y Julieta (The Public Theater); Locusts Have No King (INTAR); The Red Play (Here Arts); Rosario and the Gypsies (TFANC); Mariela en el desierto (Repertorio Español). A graduate of Manhattan College and Columbia University, and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. John would like to thank Ed, Ana, Working Theater and the beautiful locals of Bushwick he met throughout the development of this play. He is very thankful for all the love and support of his family and friends, especially his mamá, María Teresa. This one is for Kevin Geer. / IG:@concado

Edna Lee Figueroa (Magalia/Orange)

“The name is EDNA LEE; last name, FIGUEROA. Edna sounds too serious, so I use my middle name too: EDNA LEE. You know; “Lee” like “Bruce Lee” (Eehh yahh!) I wanted to be an ACTRESS since I can remember (I didn’t know the term then). I used to play make-believe: I was a judge, a teacher, a politician (any profession where I had to speak in public; yet, I’m shy). We had a palm tree in our backyard in Puerto Rico and one of the branches was very long, it looked a little bit like a horse’s head. Of course, it was my horse and Oh the “movies” I starred in there and then! I even used to sing in there for hours using my imaginary mic… Now I AM an Actress, for real! Everything I do I dedicate to my parents Gladys and Pablo and to my little sister Edelisse who happens to be autistic and taught me determination. Los amo. Mami y Papi, bendición.” EDNA LEE FIGUEROA is a New York based Actress and Theater Producer, Director and Stage Manager. STAGE: More than 40 plays between Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, North Carolina, Miami and NYC. She’s a Repertorio Español and PopUP Theatrics company member, and Teatro Círculo and Boundless Theatre Company Associate Artist. Some other companies she has worked with in New York are Working Theater, Producciones El Barrio, The Internationalists, Teatro SEA’s Microtheater New York, Fringe NYC, Dramatic Question Theatre, White Rabbit Productions, Arketipo. FILM: Leading, supporting, Co-star and featured roles in Medardo (an Ecuador and Holland production), Maldeamores (produced by Benicio Del Toro), Mad Dogs (Amazon), Main Street (directed by John Doyle). She has been awarded for her performances in Theater and Film by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (ACE), and by Independent Theatre Artists (ATI). Possesses a BA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico and MA in Arts Administration from Turabo University in Puerto Rico. SAG-AFTRA. Visit Follow on Instagram and Twitter using @ednaleefigueroa    Like her page on Facebook: @EdnaLeeFigueroaActress #ActingIsMyThing

Clinton Lowe (Nirt/Indigo)

Clinton has just been named a 2017 NBC Star Project finalist. He most recently performed in (Pulitzer Prize finalist) Rajiv Joseph’s latest work, THE LAKE EFFECT, at Geva Theatre Center, receiving rave reviews. Last year he starred in Luna Stage’s THE BROTHER’S SIZE, written by 2017 Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), which received 5 Broadway World Award nominations including Best Play. On television he was a series regular in THE HUSTLE (Fuse TV’s NAACP Image Award winning comedy), LAW & ORDER: SVU, BLUE BLOODS, LOUIE, RESCUE ME, and more. On film he’s worked opposite (Oscar winner) Russell Crowe in AMERICAN GANGSTER, (Golden Globe winner) Richard Gere in TIME OUT OF MIND, and (Oscar nominee) Jessie Eisenberg in LOUDER THAN BOMBS, to name a few. He loves developing new works with Working Theater, including the off-Broadway/ touring production of THE BLOCK  by Dan Hoyle, and workshopping ALTERNATING CURRENTS by Adam Kraar, both a part of the 5 Boroughs/ One City Initiative. Follow his Instagram or Twitter @clinton_lowe, or friend him on Facebook. This William Esper Studio Graduate’s favorite pastime is being a DADDY! Shout out to his family, Joan Nichols, Clinton “Pops” Lowe, Victoria Lowe, Shantay Armstrong, and Clinton Lowe V … & R.I.P Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid, this one’s for you!


José Antonio Melián (Crispin/Blue)

Working Theater, Ed Cardona and Ana Margineanu debut. Thank you Mark Plesent. An Irish/ American, Filipino/ Spanish actor and translator working out of Brooklyn, priced out of Williamsburg in the 90s after ten years there. He can be heard providing simultaneous interpretation of civic events on NY1Noticias, Telemundo and other television stations, calling NFL games in Spanish on CBS’ Game of the Week with the assistance of Sofía Zinger, on the Spanish soundtrack of many HBO Sports specials such as “Real Sports”, “24/7”, “UConn the March to Madness” and “The Fight Game”, in the Ubisoft video game “Seal Team 7” and on the upcoming dual language fiction podcast/ radionovela “Celestial Blood/ Sangre Celestial” written by Mariana Carreño-King. Last Spring he teamed up with Walter Krochmal to translate Miguel de Cervantes’ La Elección de los Alcaldes de Daganzo (Choosing Judges for Daganzo), which was performed by INTAR Theater’s UNIT52. Currently he can be seen on a Spanish language Optimum commercial as Chef Héctor with John Leguizamo and Olga Merediz. Favorite recent theatrical performances include The American Diplomat in La Caída de Rafael Trujillo by Carmen Rivera Tirado, Papa/Cosmo in Princess Clara by Matt Barbot, Tío and Polar Bear in Pinkolandia by Andrea Thome, Alonso in The Tempest and Old Adam in As You Like It. Proud member, SAG/AFTRA, AEA. Thank you to the wonderful cast, crew, designers and choreographers gathered to make this show. This performance is dedicated to all the young artists striving against a rising tide to continue to make this city a center for creation, not just commerce, in the arts. You are a constant source of amazement and inspiration to me. Gracias. Y para mis Cristinas, sin vosotras no soy nadie.


Arisael Rivera (Edson/Green)

Arisael is thrilled to be working with Working Theater! He received his MFA in Acting from The New School. Recent NY credits include: Guy in My Bronx Bus Tour with Pregones/Harlem9, Guildenstern in Hamlet with Bonneville Theatre Company, Narrator/Arsonist in LA Lights Fire. With Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet. Raised in the Bronx, he dedicates this performance to his family for their endless support. Follow him on Instagram: @arisael_riv

Michelle Sui (Budhi/Violet)

Michelle Sui is a Chinese-born actor, vocalist, composer, choreographer, writer, and director based between Los Angeles and NYC. She works in and at the intersection of theatre, music, dance, film, and new media. As actor and dancer, her credits include Park Avenue Armory (Macbeth/ dir. Kenneth Branagh & Rob Ashford), Rubin Museum of Art (Force of Stillness Festival), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others. As a musician, Michelle has performed in the US and internationally in many musical traditions as a solo artist and with ensembles such as Supruli Georgian Ensemble, Yasna Voices Bulgarian Women’s Ensemble, and renowned jazz composer Billy Harper’s music ensemble, Billy Harper Voices. Michelle’s original works for theatre have recently been produced in Germany, Italy, the Republic of Georgia, and at various venues in NYC. Songs of Body, her six-part immersive experimental opera, was the culmination of a year’s conversations on rape culture and the epidemic of violence towards women in our contemporary world. Utilizing embodied vocal music, scent design, and arduino body sensor technology, Songs of Body is a finalist of the 2016 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. Michelle frequently collaborates with choreographer Mary Overlie (The Six Viewpoints) and is a 2016 La MaMa Umbria resident artist. Her latest work of theatre and music, Medea at Sunset, developed in residency at La MaMa, is a rewriting of the Greek myth in light of the global refugee crisis and will premiere in LA in summer of 2017. She is the executive producer of Nü House, a global curatorial platform that produces documentary content with artists in conflict zones around the world and advocates for social justice by celebrating diverse feminist voices in arts and media. BFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Raul Abrego (Set Design)

Raul is a set designer for opera, theatre, film and television and has designed for the Juilliard Opera Center, The Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy and the Manhattan School of Music. Recent credits include Cosi Fan Tutte for Queens College, directed by Rod Gomez; Fidelis by Christina Gorman, directed by Leah Gardiner, for The Public Studio; Insurgents by Lucy Thurber, directed by Jackson Gay for Labyrinth Theater; La Ruta by Ed Cardona, Jr. for Working Theater (Recipient of The Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Grant); Lucy Loves Me by Migdalia Cruz at INTAR; Cosi Fan Tutte at the Manhattan School of Music, directed by Dona Vaughn; Kithless in Paradise (The Lion Theatre); La Barberia (New World Stages), Underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano and Post No Bills by Mando Alvarado (Rattlestick). Raul is a two time HOLA Award winner. B.F.A from Webster University, M.F.A. from Brandeis University.


Sarita Fellows (Costume Design)

Born in Freetown Sierra Leone, she grew up in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, England and the US. She has traveled to over 30 different countries and continues to enjoy travel and living in different environments and has found her home and career in scripts and defiant stories. Sarita Fellows earned her MFA at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in 2008. She is happy to be back with Working Theater Co. Last season she designed The Block directed by Tamilla Woodard. Currently she is designing the summer season for The Summer Theater of New Canaan including the shows Singing in Rain, Robin Hood and The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Lovings, a story about Mildred and Richard Loving with the Harold Clubman Lab Theatre.


Harry Feiner (Lighting Design)

Harry Feiner is a set designer, lighting designer and scenic artist. He designs for theatre, opera and dance. His designs include work for The Peccadillo Theatre Company, The Cherry Lane, The Pearl Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre Co., The Edinburgh Festival (“First” award), The Directors Co., Working Theater, Ensemble Theater Company, Virginia Stage, Missouri Rep, Peoples’ Light & Theatre Co., Olney Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, New Jersey Rep, GEVA, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, Montclair Theatrefest, Harah’s Casinos, Penguin Rep, New Rep Theatre, The Folksbiener Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, 91st St. Playhouse, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Queens Theatre in the Park, The Actors’ Studio, The Stony Brook International Arts Festival, The Blue Herron Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theater, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Jewish Repertory Theatre, The Peterborough Players, New York State Theater Institute, Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts, and The Irish Arts Center. He has also designed for the Colorado, Alabama, New Jersey and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. His dance designs have been seen at The North Carolina Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory of Music, Viewistic Expressions Dance, Judson Dance, Mulberry Dance, and Rioult Dance Theatre, with performances at CalArts, American Dance Festival, City Center, The Skirball Center, The Joyce Theatre and throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Opera designs for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, Florida State Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Theater of Rochester, The Aaron Copeland School of Music, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Opera Manhattan, Rutger’s Opera, Mannes College of Music, The Kansas City Conservatory of Music, The Bronx Opera, The Boston Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. He has been the resident designer for Missouri Repertory Theatre and Lake George Opera Festival, and now with Rioult Dance Theatre. Mr. Feiner teaches at Queens College, CUNY.


Lawrence Schober (Sound Design)

Lawrence Schober is a sound designer for theatre. New York: A Deal, Pillowtalk, Hi, Are You Single?, SHADES, The Sceam of the Butterfly, Implications of Cohabitation, The Triple Threat, Primary, tiger tiger, Come Back Up, TALA, No One Asked Me. Owner & operator of porterspace, a free rehearsal studio for theater artists:


Aaron Minerbrook (Video Design)

Aaron Minerbrook is a New York based visual media artist. His work can be seen in music videos like the one he produced and directed in 2013 for DJ Trax, and in the post-production work he does for companies like Coty. He also creates label art and video designs for the audio-visual collective Detuned Transmissions. In the theater, Aaron has worked on projects such as The Black Crook at Abrons Arts Center, Shadowland by John Jesurun at LaMama Downstairs, RoosevElvis by the TEAM, and Sleep No More at McKittrick Hotel.


Theresa Pierce (Props Design)

Theresa Pierce is excited to be working with Working Theater for the first time. She is a New York based props master and artisan. She most recently has been the properties master for Ars Nova- Sundown Yellow Moon and WP Theater- Stuffed. She has also worked with Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Theater, MTC, Public Theater, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and St. Michael’s Playhouse in Burlington, Vermont. She has her BFA degree from SUNY Fredonia.


Joya Powell (Choreography)

A native Harlemite, Joya Powell is a Choreographer and Educator passionate about community, activism, and dances of the African Diaspora. She is the 2016 recipient of The Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Bessie Award. Hailed by The New York Times as a “radiant performer,” throughout her career she has danced with choreographers such as Katiti King, Neta Pulvermacher and Marsha Parrilla. In 2005 Joya founded Movement of the People Dance Company, dedicated to creating Socially Conscious Contemporary Dance Theater Choreography. Her work has been performed in national and international venues such as: BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, Lincoln Center, SummerStage, FLICfest (AIR 2016), Casita Maria (AIR 2015), Symphony Space, The Bronx Museum of Arts, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), among others. She has choreographed such plays as: The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Luna Stage, NJ), Fit for a Queen by Betty Shamieh (The Classical Theatre of Harlem), Ducklings by Amina Henry (The National Black Theater), JOB by Thomas Bradshaw (The FLEA Theater). Joya has been a Guest Artist at various colleges, conferences and festivals; she has taught and studied internationally in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Israel. She is currently a Dancing While Black 2016-2017 Fellow, a participant in the Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership Program, a member of the Artistic Resource Group for The FLEA Theater, and a collaborating member of Dance Caribbean Collective. Joya shares her passion for Dances of the African Diaspora, activism, and contemporary choreography as an: Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College and SUNY Old Westbury, teacher at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Teaching Artist with MOPDC and Bronx Arts Ensemble, as well as through various community engagement activities. She received her M.A. in Dance Education from NYU, and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University.


Gerardo Rodriguez (Fight Choreography) 

Gerry is happy to be representing Unkle Dave’s Fight House on this project. Recent credits: Women of Padilla (Two River), Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse), Crackskull Row (Irish Rep), Manhood (National Black Theatre), but i cd only whisper (The Flea), Kill Floor (LCT3), Seven Guitars (Two River), The Spoils (New Group), The Liquid Plain (Signature), Mme Le Monde (Playhouse Creatures), Be More Chill (Two River), Absurd Person Singular (Two River), Good Grief (INTAR).


Danielle Teague-Daniels (Production Stage Manager)

Danielle is excited to be “playing” again with Working Theater. For the past 16 years she has worked and reprised her role as SM with many companies (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Clubbed Thumb, 3LD, Lee Strasberg Institute, LAByrinth Theater, Rising Circle Theater Collective, Big Apple Circus, NYU Steinhardt, New Georges’ and New Dramatists to name a few). Last summer she wrapped up Bello Mania at the New Victory Theater on 42nd St! Danielle has worked on two very promising workshops that have a future for this summer’s season; La Jolla Playhouse The Donna Summer Project and Berkeley Rep’s Ain’t Too Proud. Additionally, Danielle also worked on Michael Kors’ fashion show in Shanghai, China. Danielle dedicates each and every performance to her “backbones”: Steve and her Flos. Proud member of AEA.


Sarah Brown (Assistant Stage Manager)

Sarah is very proud to be a part of this production of Bamboo in Bushwick. Select theatre credits include: The Nomad (Flea Theatre); Fix me Jesus (Abingdon Theatre Company); Orestia (Classic Stage Company); Ethel Sings (Undercover Productions); Grief (Drama League Festival); Mabel Madness (Urban Stages). Proud graduate of Rider University. Proud AEA member. Love to Mom, Dad, Hannah and Max.


Carly J. Bauer (Casting)

Carly is a Producer and Casting Director. Most recently, she produced a sold out run of INSIDE, a site specific/ immersive experience through PopUP Theatrics, executive produced what Theatre Mania called a “first rate revival” of Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette at Walkerspace / Soho Rep, Between Men (MITF – nominated for Outstanding Production, won Outstanding Director, Lead Actor & Actress), among many other productions. Has cast for NYMF, Planet Connections, DreamUp, Columbia University’s MFA Film Department, The Player’s Theatre, Master Theater, and numerous writer’s workshops. Carly has created a self specific major for her Bachelor’s of Science under graduate degree at The New School, where she will be featured in their Fall 2017 Advertising Campaign for her academic and professional endeavors and will then start pursuing her Master of Art’s graduate degree in Media Studies – Film Production. Keep up with Carly here: @carlyjbauer. Grateful.


Niluka Hotaling (Production Manager)

Niluka has been working professionally for theaters and industrials in NYC for the past 17 years as a designer, manager and technician. She holds an MFA in Design and Technical Production from Brooklyn College Department of Theater, where she has been teaching since 2005 and serves as Production Manager for the past three years. She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 in the set design category. Some Memorable credits include: Props Master, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a remount of the West End production for Norwegian Cruise Line; Stage Manager for circus shows Desir and Absinthe for Spiegelworld. Art Director for Barefoot Studio’s short films Constant as a Northern Star and Floating Sunflowers. Technical Director on the premier production of Triangle From the Fire for Liz Swados and Cecilia Rubino, Production Manager and designer for the past 3 seasons of In Scena Italian Theater Festival, Lighting for Man In Snow directed by Israel Horovitz, Sets for Eavesdropping on Dreams; Lights for Teeth of the Sons for Barefoot Theater. Sets for Anna in the Tropics; Six Degrees for Stella Adler School; Sets for What to do when you hate all your Friends for Four Chairs Theater.


Mark Brystowski (Line Producer)

Mark is honored to help bring this powerful play to audiences and to work with such passionate artists. This is Mark’s second collaboration with Working Theater after performing in their Every 28 Hours play project (co-produced by LAByrinth Theater and The New Group). Producing credits: Bachelorette (sold-out run at Walkerspace), Between Men (Winner – MITF Outstanding Actor, Actress, Director; Nom – Outstanding Production), Steppenwolf: The Opera (New School/Martha Graham Dance collaboration). Associate: The Nose (Master Theater,, Broken City: Wall Street (site-specific for PopUp Theatrics). Film: Interiors (Dir. Reed Van Dyk), Zenith (Dir. Ellie Foumbi, premiering at Lincoln Center this May). Mark has stage and production managed over 30 New York productions including the Drama Desk nominated Death of a Salesman (Castillo Theater) and multiple New York Times Critics’ Picks. Mark is a proud member of New York Women in Film and Television and The League of Independent Theatre. Thank you Jackie and Roman for your endless love and support.


Joshua Mitchell (Assistant Director)

This is Joshua’s premiere in professional theatre. He is currently a student at Queens College studying Theatre. He has been performing in musicals and plays since grade school and has studied under Cindy Ripley, Susan Einhorn, Stephen Rowe, and Claudia Feldstein. Joshua is a physically trained actor who previously worked under Ana Margineanu as Harry/Cathy in Queens College’s production of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine.


Paul Passaro (Technical Director)

Paul is a freelance Carpenter and Technical Director based out of NYC. He has built shows for Bedlam, Yale School of Drama, Assembly, and Perry Street Theater. Most recently he worked at Barrow Street Theater, the Darryl Roth Theater, New School, The Gym at Judson, and the Abingdon. Paul supplements his freelance life as the TD of the New Ohio Theatre.


Matthew Deinhart (Master Electrician)

Matthew is a freelance lighting designer and master electrician. Past lighting design credits include Lysistrata, The Vagina Monologues, Mind Games, G-train, and Pagliacci. Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and Theater from Queens College, and is happy to be joining Working Theater on this production. Next year he will be attending Brooklyn College for an M.F.A in Theatrical Design.


Newrence Willis (Sound Technician & Board Operator)

Born and raised in Queens New York, Newrence discovered his interest in music at a young age playing piano, trombone and many other musical instruments as an adolescent. He has performed at many concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and even Blackthorn 51 to name a few. While studying instrumental music at “Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts”, he developed an interest in the technological and behind the scenes aspects of live theatre. Newrence was given the opportunity to work as a stage tech in the Tony Bennett Concert Hall where his mentors guided him threw the fundamentals of stage tech and Theatre production. His ambition looked promising and in just a few months he became a Sound board Op for musical theatre events, Plays and even Film Festivals that occurred in his high school. He then went on to studying Entertainment Technology at “The New York City College of Technology” in Downtown Brooklyn. There he increased his experience working with colleagues from different departments such as Emerging Media, Scenic Construction and Project Management. His studies there aided him in pursuing his interests in Sound Engineering. Newrence freelances as a Sound Engineer and Audio Visual technician for different venues and events across New York City. He is also the Music Producer and Recording Engineer of the Hip hop/Rap, funk fusion group Exiled Dynamic, which he help founded in 2009. You can listen to Exiled Dynamic’s music on You Tube and Soundcloud. Make sure to add them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too. Enjoy the Show!


Maddey Lemmon (Wardrobe Supervisor)

Maddey is thrilled to be a part of the Bamboo in Bushwick team. Most recently, she stage managed a string of vignettes for White Rabbit Production’s performance of Sexcapades. She also stage managed the world premiere of Erik Ehn’s play Clover with Planet Connections. Last summer, she worked as a Wardrobe Supervisor with the National Theatre of MatMadia and their production of The Coward: A Madcap Fairytale at the NYC Fringe Festival and Blessed Unrest’s production of Body: Anatomies of Being.


Dan Demello (DDPR) (Press Representation)

DDPR has coordinated press campaigns in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Germany and the U.K. In the past 14 years he’s publicized hundreds of companies, productions, galas and major events. DDPR clients include Pan Asian Repertory Theater, Working Theater, NY Deaf Theatre, Psycho Clan, TheTheater Center, NYC’s Most Horrifying Haunted Attraction: “Nightmare”, Full Bunny Contact Extreme Egg Hunt, The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking and the widely talked about political experiment Her Opponent as well as two of the longest running shows in NYC history – The Fantasticks and Perfect Crime. In addition to his work in entertainment, he handles the Public Relations for one of the biggest gay dating applications in the world, SCRUFF.


Mark Plesent (Producing Artistic Director, Working Theater)

Mark has been associated with Working Theater since 1989. In 1996 he was named Producing Director and in 2010 he became Producing Artistic Director. He has produced over 40 plays for the Theater including Michael Henry Brown’s Ascension Day, Ed Belling’s A Drop in the Bucket (which he also directed), the Drama Desk Award-winning Tabletop by Rob Ackerman and Ed Cardona Jr.’s La Ruta a play about undocumented workers crossing the border staged entirely inside a 48-foot truck. In his current capacity, Mark is responsible for the re-institution of the Company’s commissioning program resulting in new plays by OyamO, Jason Grote, Lisa Ramirez, Manuel Borras and Stefanie Zadravec and many others. Mark, in partnership with Tamilla Woodard, originated the Company’s current Five Boroughs/One City Initiative in which we are creating five theater pieces in collaboration with communities in each of the five boroughs of NYC. Mark has also worked as the Development Director for Jennifer Muller/The Works and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Prior to working for the arts organizations mentioned above, Mark produced and/or directed over 15 independent theatre and performance art projects including “Populace”, a performance on the IRT #1 train from Chambers Street to 125th street involving 22 directors and over 200 actors. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York, an organization serving over 300 member theaters. Mark graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater.


Tamilla Woodard (Artistic Director, Five Boroughs/One City Initiative)

Tamilla is a theatre director who works both nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of PopUp Theatrics, a partnership creating site specific theatrical events around the world and in collaboration with international theatre artists. Currently, she is serving as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi year initiative of Working Theater. The project supports the commissioning and development of 5 Playwright/ Director teams working in collaborations and creating theatrical works in response to working class communities in all 5 boroughs. She is a past Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and artistic affiliate with New Georges. She graduated from The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program and is the recipient of The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists and The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women. Her work has been presented and developed at the Working Theater, NYTW, New Georges, HERE, The Lark, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, DR 2, The Culture Project, Urban Stages, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen Theatre and for festivals and theater’s around the US and Internationally. She has also directed, taught and facilitated workshops at Colleges and Universities around the country, notably: New York University Tisch Graduate Acting, Suny-Purchase, Pace University, Fordham University, University of Connecticut, Webster Conservatory of Theatre, AADA and Queens College. For the 2016-17 season, Tamilla’s work includes Fit for a Queen by Betty Shamieh at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Harbur Gate by Kathleen Cahill at Salt Lake Acting Company in Utah, PopUP theatrics immersive, INSIDE at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, James Scruggs 3/Fifths at Three Legged Dog/3LD and Beto O’Byrne’s Loving and Loving at Stella Adler.


Actors’ Equity Association

(AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.