ROBERT ALLAN (Performer) – For ten years as a young actor, Robert had the good fortune to work on feature films, television and Off-Broadway, with directors Woody Allen, John Sayles, Tony Scott, and Martin Scorsese; with playwrights Donald Kvares, Robert Patrick, and Arthur Bicknell; and most memorably with Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and The Muppets. The following decade brought a career change to the unique world of special event production, primarily as Senior Production Manager and Co-Producer for Macy’s Parade and Annual Events. For the past decade or so his focus has been within the realm of academia, receiving BA and MA degrees in Theater at Hunter College, and a return to acting in NYC and regional theaters. This is Robert’s eleventh production with director Barbara Bosch.
JUDITH BARCROFT (Performer)* – Broadway – Dinner at Eight, Betrayal, Elephant Man, Plaza Suite, Mating Dance, Shimada, All God’s Chillun Got Wings: Off Broadway – Cloud Nine, Monsieur Amilcar (Show Business Award nominee), Solitaire, Double Solitaire, Breaking the Prairie Wolf Code: CIRCLE EAST – Motherbird, Tennessee Waltz, Shoe Palace Murray (directed by Barbara Bosch): ACTORS STUDIO – Bishop Street: LA MAMA – Songs of Twilight: REGIONAL – Three Poets (Wilma), Traveler in the Dark (Wisdom Bridge; winner best actress Academy Theater Arts, Chicago), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Harper; Sarah Siddons Award nominee), Moliere in Spite of Himself (Stamford, opposite Richard Kiley): Television/Film – All My Children (six years as Anne), Another World (five years as Lenore), Ryan’s Hope, Edge of Night, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Born Beautiful, The Right Moves, Nurse, Spencer for Hire, Yours Always Sam, We Pedal Uphill; Education – Northwestern University, Stephens College, Perry Mansfield School of Theatre and Dance, U of Miami Shakespeare Festival, Michael Shurtleff Workshop, School for Creative Movement, The Harbor (actor, dramaturg, director), Roundabout (leader of symposium on Harold Pinter), Circle East\The Lab (actor, playwright); Directors – Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Mike Nichols, George C. Scott, Sir Peter Hall, Jack Hofsiss, George Abbott, Harold Pinter, Michael Montel, Robert Kalfin, Blanka Ziska, Tommy Tune, Kent Paul, Barbara Bosch, Rolland Tec. She is married to Emmy-winning writer Wisner Washam and has two children.
JOEL BASSIN (Producer) has worked with The Wooster Group, Mabou Mines, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Recent projects include producing Jim Findlay’s upcoming Dream of the Red Chamber; a performance for a sleeping audience (The Performing Garage) and Botanica (3LD Art+Technology Center, Baryshnikov Art Center); Anita Gonzalez’s Liverpool Trading (Dixon Place); associate producing Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, and Geoff Sobelle’s Elephant Room (Plays & Players Theatre / Philadelphia Live Arts Festival); producing and co-directing James Manzello and Oliver Wason’s Love In A Tub (La Mama / NY International Fringe Festival); directing Kimberly Shelby-Szyszko’s Placebos Dress for Comfort (Manhattan Rep); directing Brecht / Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (Kaye Playhouse); associate producing David Neumann’s Big Eater (The Kitchen), associate producing Cynthia Hopkins’ The Success of Failure (St. Ann’s Warehouse), and associate producing James Braly’s Life in a Marital Institution (59E59 Theatres). Bassin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Hunter College and is a grateful alum of the CUNY Graduate Center (PhD / Theatre) and Mason Gross School of the Arts (MFA / Directing).
MARK BLY (Dramaturg) is a Distinguished Lecturer in Playwriting and MFA Graduate Advisor at Hunter College as well as MFA Graduate Coordinator for the innovative Hunter Playwrights Festival, an annual Equity Showcase presentation of the Hunter Graduate Playwrights Projects. He was the Chair of the Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama from 1992-2004 while being the Associate Artistic Director at the Yale Rep. Over the past thirty years he has served as a Dramaturg, Director of New Play Development, and Associate Artistic Director at such theatres as the Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Yale Rep, dramaturging and producing over 150 plays. He has dramaturged on Broadway Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice (1985), Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations (2009), and last Fall Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Bly has served as the Dramaturg for the world premieres of plays by Rajiv Joseph, Suzan Lori-Parks, Tim Blake Nelson, Sarah Ruhl, and Moises Kaufman. He is the Editor of Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process: Volumes I & II (TCG, 1996, 2001), and Special Editor for Yale Theatre, “Return of the Dramaturgs,” Summer, 1986. In 2010 Bly received the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas G.E. Lessing Career Achievement Award, only the fourth time the award was bestowed in the organization’s history.
BARBARA BOSCH (Director) has acted and directed nationally and internationally. She has worked in New York Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway at theaters including Dixon Place, Circle East, Pearl Theatre and HERE and at theatres around the United States such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, the Magic Theater, Marin Theater Company, Sacramento Theater Company, Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, American Stage, Western Stage, Sierra Rep. and at Shakespeare Festivals in California, Texas, Maine, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Utah. She has worked in The Netherlands, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. She will be directing in Poland this spring. Barbara teaches at Hunter College, City University of New York.
GWEN EYSTER (Performer) is thrilled to be working on FOODACTS. Past credits include national tours, regional productions, dinner theatres, off-off Bway, NY Fringe and the occasional webisode and voice over. Many thanks to Barbara. Graduate of UCSB.
BRIAN HURLEY (Sound Designer) is pleased to be working with Barbara Bosch again after being chosen by her as Composer and/or Sound Designer for about a dozen productions, including Machinal, Spring Awakening, Picnic, Street Scene & Woyzeck. Other credits include Heaven’s Hard (Alley Theatre), She Stoops To Conquer (Pearl Theatre), Salome (Direct Theatre) and Falling Off Broadway (Vineyard Theatre & Off-Broadway). Mr. Hurley has been Music Producer/Arranger for several cruise line productions, Composer for numerous corporate & television projects and, as a singer, opened for Rodney Dangerfield in NY and performed in Las Vegas, London and on the high seas.
PETER HUSOVSKY (Performer)* was born in Paris, France and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. This son of a Hungarian immigrant has played a variety of White Collar Professionals, Charming Rogues, and Tightly-Wound-Guys-Who- Lose-Their-SH#%. He most recently appeared as William Lee Nothnagel III in Karen Zacarias’s new comedy The Book Club Play at The Public Theatre in Lewiston Maine. Mr. Husovsky and director Barbara Bosch have collaborated on a number of shows including The Hamlet Project (Hamlet), Alice In Ireland (Connor) at Centenary Stage Company, and Twelfth Night (Duke Orsino) at The Theatre at Monmouth. Other favorite roles include Macbeth at The Lost Nation Theater, The Chorus in Henry V at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere’s Fan at The Mint Theater in New York City. Other regional credits include Hartford Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, and multiple seasons at The Theater at Monmouth. He has done a variety of radio and television commercials. Mr. Husovsky also writes and performs sketch comedy in NYC. Training: Trinity Rep Conservatory. Peter lives in New York City with his beautiful wife Gillian and mighty two-year old daughter Lila.
LUI KONNO (Costume Designer) came to New York from Yokohama City in Japan. She received her BFA in Oil Painting from Tama Art University in Tokyo. Upon coming to New York, Lui continued her schooling at Hunter College with a BA in both Theater and Film. While in New York she has designed costumes for numerous productions at Hunter College, The Ontological Theater at St Mark’s, The Manhattan Repertory Theatre, among others. Her work has also been featured at the New York International Fringe Festival , and on nationally broadcast television. Currently, Lui is an Assistant Costume Shop Manager at Hunter College, a seamstress for Studio Kaiju LLC., and personal costume designer for international musical group Peelander-Z.
CANDACE LAWRENCE (Associate Producer) is currently pursuing her M.A. at Hunter College and has spent the last few years performing and designing costumes all over the East Coast. Most recently she designed Woyzeck: The Endless Cycle at the Secret Theatre, Decompression for the Fringe Festival (Winner of Best Playwright), and The Moose That Roared at the Brick Democracy Festival. She can be seen randomly performing improv and sketch comedy around the city. When not involved in a theater production she can be found eating copious amounts of food, her favorite hobby.
ED MATTHEWS (Lighting Designer) is a member of the professional staff at William Paterson University and also works professionally in the theatre world for a variety of companies, colleges and independent productions in and around New York City. One of his many responsibilities at WPU is producing the New Jersey Playwrights Contest, now in its ninth year. Ed has also had the pleasure of directing for the NJPC: earlier this year he directed Bobby Cronin’s new musical Daybreak. In 2009, It’s All About The Kids by Caytha Jentis (now a major motion picture entitled Bad Parents) and Disenchanted! -A New Musical Revue- (soon to be an Off-Broadway hit!) by Dennis Giacino in 2011. Other directing credits include the premiere productions of Just Desserts by Andrea Green and Shakespeare On Love: A Comedic Look at Romance (a series of scenes from Shakespeare that he compiled and edited). Ed has also worked in many theatre venues in and around NYC as a lighting designer. Recent design credits include The Mousetrap and A Christmas Carol for Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ. He holds an MFA in directing from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY.
JACLYN MITGANG (Performer) is thrilled to be working on FOODACTS again! Previous roles include Consuelo in A Night to be Scene, Mary-Jane in Jesus Hopped the A Train, Ginny in For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, and Madge in Picnic. She is a proud graduate of the The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and received her BA in Theatre from Hunter College. Currently training at UCB and a lifetime member of TAPNYC. .
LISA RAYMOND (Website Designer) has been a freelance website/graphic designer for 12 years. 20+ years as a photographer/videographer, and a social networking consultant. She has been Managing Director at Mississippi Mud Productions since it’s birth in 2009 working in close consultation with Mud Artistic Director Jen Danby.
MARK RINGER (Performer) has worked extensively as an actor, director, and dramaturge throughout the United States and Europe. His books comprise studies of Sophoclean tragedy, Monteverdian Opera, and Schubert Lieder. He is currently writing his fourth book “Freedom Plays,” a comprehensive look at Greek Comedy and Tragedy. He is a Distinguished Chair and Professor of Theater at Marymount Manhattan College.
PAUL SIEBOLD (Publicist) is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to promoting developing theatrical productions through effective marketing communications. He has been a marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 15 years. Paul’s work has helped to achieve significant pre-press, sold-out houses and post-production success for his clients. Among his many successes, Paul was the publicist for the 2008 and 2009 winners of the New York Innovative Theatre Award’s “Outstanding Production of a Musical.” Paul works with performers, album releases, comedies, dramas, musicals, plays, dance and solo performances as part of festivals, theater company seasons, independently produced productions, and more. . Member, AEA/AFTRA.
ANTONIO EDWARDS SUAREZ (Performer)* – Broadway: American Buffalo (Leguizamo understudy). Off -Bway: Chaucer in Rome (Lincoln Center); Silencing Ning (Tada); This One Girls Story (NYMF-Award for Best Ensemble); The Hamlet Project (Mac Wellman theater); The Trial (Phoenix Theater Co.); Points of Departure (Intar/Kirk Theater); Richard III (Sergeant Theater); Tresspass (Producers Club); Fuente (Cherry Lane Alternative) Waiting for Godot (Chashama). Regional: The Night is a Child (Milwaukee Rep); Havana is Waiting (Cincinnati Playhouse); Spinning into Butter (St. Louis Repertory Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Taming of the Shrew; The Tempest; Julius Caesar (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); The King Stag; Idiots Karamazov; A Question of Mercy (American Repertory Theater). Television: The Good Wife, Precinct 22, As the World Turns (CBS); Law and Order (NBC); One Life to Live (ABC). HBO: Curb Your Enthusiasm; Flight of the Conchords. Indie Film: The Tested. Directing Credits: Jesus Hopped the A Train; A View From the Bridge (Hunter College-Loewe Theater); Delores (Gene Frankel – Studio space). BFA – Marymount Manhattan College. MFA – ART/MXAT at Harvard University.
DYLAN UREMOVICH (Technical Director/Master Electrician) is an Off-Broadway production electrician, technical director, and stagehand who has lived in New York City for two years. He has a degree in Theatre Design/Technology from Northern Arizona University. In the city, Dylan has worked for venues such as New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theater, and the Julliard School. Currently, Dylan is on staff as the master electrician for Hunter College’s Frederick Loewe Theatre and freelances in New York area.
JESSICA V. URTECHO (Production Stage Manager)* is a freelance PSM and Multimedia specialist who focuses on music and live multimedia productions. She currently provides production services in universities and corporations for distinguished world leaders, CEOs and celebrities. She joined CUNY-TV and MediaSete Television Station (Milan, It) as a Production Assistant, but since returning to New York in 2000 she has worked extensively in theatre, both stage managing and assistant directing. Ms. Urtecho has a B.A. in Theater Directing and Television Production and minors in Film and Romance Languages from CUNY Hunter College. She also studied Theater (Grotowski, Kantor and Commedia Dell’Arte) and Renaissance History at The University of Pavia in Italy. Ms. Urtecho is delighted to work again with Barbara & Joel. A special Thank You to the one who makes it all looks so easy.
*appearing courtesy Actors’ Equity Association.