Staff

MARK PLESENT
Producing Artistic Director

Mark has been associated with Working Theater in since 1989. In 1996 he was named Producing Director and in 2010 he became Producing Artistic Director. He has produced over 30 plays for the Theater including Michael Henry Brown’s Ascension Day, Ed Belling’s A Drop in the Bucket (which he also directed), and the Drama Desk Award-winning Tabletop, among many others. In his current capacity, Mark is responsible for the re-institution of the Company’s commissioning program resulting in new plays by Linda Faigao-Hall, OyamO, Jason Grote, Lisa Ramirez, Manuel Borras and Ed Cardona, Jr.

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.

LAURA CARBONELL MONARQUE
Managing Director

Laura has been involved with Working Theater since she began as an intern in 2003.  She was subsequently hired as Director of Special Events and then Managing Director.  She continues to work in theater and film as an actor, singer and producer while overseeing development and marketing for Working Theater.  She has worked at Portland Center Stage, Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House, Shadowland Theatre and with Pulse Ensemble Theatre, the Harold Clurman Lab Theatre and NY Dinner Theater. She and her husband Steve produce independent work with their company MonaVision Films. Laura holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Conservatory.

CAMILA PEREZ SANTIAGO
Marketing & Social Media Associate

Camila is from Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Recently graduated from Pace University with her BFA in Acting, she has a great passion for making theater more accessible to a broader audience, who can also feel represented in the works being produced. Throughout college she was president of Stand Up Productions, a student organization that produced plays on, and off campus, and donated all proceeds to causes chosen by the directors. She has also been able to be a part of Community Theater organizations in Mexico and Puerto Rico. She is so thankful for what she has already learned, and hopes that her time at Working Theater continues fostering her belief that theater can influence positive change in a community.
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JOE ROLAND
TheaterWorks! Program Director

An actor and a playwright, Joe Roland is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop where he studied with George Morrison, Mike Nichols and Paul Sills. On the Line, his play about the struggles of three working class friends, has been read at Lincoln Center and received a workshop reading from The Public Theater. The play was produced Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York,  and won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for best production in 2013. He has worked in television and film, including Charlie Wilsons War, and was last seen on Broadway in The Country Girl. In addition to his career in the theater, for the last several years Mr. Roland has been dedicated to adult education. Since 2005 he has been teaching a GED course at The Thomas Shortman Training Fund which provides training for eligible members of 32BJ.

JOE WHITE
TheaterWorks! Program Director

Joe graduated Cum Laude from The University Of Rhode Island with a BA in English and a BFA in Theatre. He has been an active member of the theatre community in New York City for 38 years, performing in off-Broadway theatres, including So-Ho Rep, The Public Theatre, West Side Arts Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has performed at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, toured India and acted in Regional Theatre. Joe’s film and television acting credits include Goodfellas directed by Martin Scorcese, and numerous episodes of TV’s Law and Order and Blue Bloods. As a director, Joe has worked at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lincoln Center Institute and The Williamstown Theatre Festival, to name a few. He is an Acting Coach at Fordham Law School and teaches playwriting for The Working Theater. He is a Teaching Artist for Manhattan Theatre Club and Theatre Development Fund. Joe has spent many years volunteering for The 52nd St Project (a program which brings theatre professionals together with the underserved children in Hell’s Kitchen). Joe is a member of Actors & Writers, a theatre company in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where he maintains a home.