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 graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater.
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.
Jessica is a first-generation Kenyan American cultural producer and healing artist, working in the modality of meditation. In a constant state of process, she facilitates intimate community through the exploration of art, justice, and contemplative practice. She has taught for BRIC, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, SELF Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, theSkimm and more. Jessica was a 2019 Create Change Fellow at The Laundromat Project and holds an MA in Arts Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Tamilla is the co-founder of PopUP Theatrics, a partnership creating immersive and participatory theatre for audiences in Europe, South America, Mexico and the US since 2007. She is newly named the Associate Artistic Director of WP Theater and also serves as Artistic Director of Working Theater’s Five Boroughs/One City. She is an alumnus of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, a graduate of The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program and a recipient of The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.
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 which provides training for eligible members of 32BJ.
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.
Maya is currently a senior at Fordham University studying Global Business with a concentration in consumer insights and marketing. She is a founder of her own company, “Make Your Mark,” offering branding and website design services for actors and performers. In addition to her business background, Maya is also an actor and dancer. Recent credits include Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at Theater Under the Stars, Peter Pan at North Shore Music Theater, Saturday Night Fever at Theater by the Sea. Maya is excited to be part of the team at the Working Theater!