Mark Abby VanDerzee
Education Director, C1 Co-Founder
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Mark VanDerzee is a co-founder and Education Director of Company One Theatre (C1). Mark is also a teacher of Improvisation and Social Justice Theater at Brookline High School, where he won the Caverly Award for Educator of the Year in 2019. Since 1999, Mark has led the development of C1’s Stage One: Theatre Education program: Professional Development for Actors, Professional Development for Educators, Young Producers Teen Internships, Anti-Racism for Youth residencies, and Stage One’s flagship program, their In-School residencies.
Director of Development & Connectivity
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Jessie Baxter is a Boston-based dramaturg specializing in new work and nerdery of all kinds. Her Company One production credits include HYPE MAN; REVOLT, SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.; DRY LAND; THE CHRONICLES OF KALKI; BRAHMAN/I; THE FLICK; and THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY. She is also the Literary Director and Co-Founder of Fresh Ink Theatre, a small company specializing in developing new work by New England-based playwrights. Jessie has had fellowships at The Playwrights Center and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and earned a BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. She is the Northeast regional VP of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America.
Ilana M. Brownstein
Director of New Work
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Ilana M. Brownstein is the Director of New Work at C1, and a parent-artist specializing in new plays, social justice, and public advocacy. She is the Founding Dramaturg at Playwrights’ Commons. Previously, she created the Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Festival at The Huntington; led the dramatic literature and dramaturgy curriculum at Boston University for 10 years; and has served as a freelance dramaturg for new play festivals, including The O’Neill, New Harmony, and the Kennedy Center among others. Dramaturgy with C1 includes works by Kirsten Greenidge, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Young Jean Lee, Aditi Kapil, Natsu Onoda Power, Lauren Yee, Mia Chung, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Josh Wilder, Kristoffer Diaz, A. Rey Pamatmat, Qui Nguyen, and Idris Goodwin. She is the senior dramaturg for the C1 PlayLab program, which has provided script and professional development to 60+ playwrights over 11 seasons. She is a member of the 2019 NAS Creative Community Fellows Cohort, artEquity’s 2017 anti-racism facilitator cohort, and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Yale. Ilana has been a Kilroys nominator, served on the National Advisory Board for HowlRound, and is a two-time winner of the LMDA Elliott Hayes Award for excellence in dramaturgy. imbturgy.wordpress.com
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Sarah holds a BA in Technical Theatre (Stage Management) from The University of Vermont, and the PMP certification in professional project management. She joined Company One as a stage manager in 2004 for A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and continued on 103 WITHIN THE VEIL, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, and AFTER ASHLEY. She joined the full-time staff as Production Manager in 2007, and transitioned to the position of Production Supervisor in 2011, and then HR Manager in 2014. Sarah began stage managing in 1996, and has additional experience in direction, performance, lighting design, and sound design. She currently works full-time in clinical research program management at the Harvard Pilgrim Research Institute, pushes sugar on unsuspecting folks via www.TheSweeteryBoston.com, and sings with the BSO’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Audience Services Associate
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An actor, arts activist, and alumna of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Theater and the British American Drama Academy, MarHadoo enjoys the freedom to heal, have fun, and build community through creative expression on stage and in films. MarHadoo continues to use her artistic passions of singing, dancing, acting, photography, and cinematography, in collaboration with others to share compelling narratives with the goal to entertain while advocating for socio economic justice, equality, inclusion, and equity for underrepresented people. It is MarHadoo’s belief that producing works from a lens of education and entertainment will lead to more empathetic conversations about humanity and challenge the nuance and intersectionality in everyone’s activism.
Artistic Producer & Casting Director
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Josh Glenn-Kayden is a Boston based director and the Artistic Producer and Casting Director at Company One Theatre. Josh’s work centers around new plays that help us dream our culture forward and imagine a more just world together.
Josh is currently directing and developing Break, Break by Erin Lerch with Legion Theatre Project and Artists’ Theater of Boston (supported by a Live Arts Boston grant). Past directing projects include Muse by Sarah Wendy Burman (Wellesley College), Shrike by Erin Lerch (Fresh Ink Theatre), Wild Flowers by Tatiana Isabel Gil (Company One Better Future series), Visionary Futures: Science Fiction Theatre for Social Justice Movements (consisting of new plays by Phaedra Michelle Scott, M Sloth Levine, and Jaymes Sanchez) at UMass Amherst, Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge (UMass Amherst), workshops of Walden by Amy Berryman and The Interrobangers by M Sloth Levine (UMass Play Lab), Greater Good by Kirsten Greenidge (A.R.T. & Company One, associate director), the world premiere of This Place/Displaced (Artists’ Theater of Boston, ArtsFuse Best Stage Productions of 2018), and Don’t Give Up the Ship by Laura Neill (Fresh Ink Theatre). Josh is also the director and co-producer of The Legion Tapes, a sci-fi podcast written by Erin Lerch.
Josh holds a BA in Drama from Tufts University and an MFA in Directing from UMass Amherst. www.joshglennkayden.
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Kirsten Greenidge’s work presents African American experiences on stage by examining the nexus of race, class, and gender. Kirsten is currently a Mellon Fellow/Howlround Artist in Residence at Company One Theatre in Boston Massachusetts, where she helps run Company One’s playwriting program, PlayLab. She is the author of BALTIMORE, a commission from the Big Ten Consortium at the University of Iowa, which toured to the National Black Theatre Conference; BUD NOT BUDDY, an adaptation of the children’s novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, with music by Terence Blanchard, which will be produced this winter at Metro Stage Company in St. Louis; THE LUCK OF THE IRISH (Huntington Theatre Company; LTC3); and MILK LIKE SUGAR (La Jolla Playhouse; Women’s Theatre Project; Playwright’s Horizons), which was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and received an Independent Reviewers of New England Award, and San Diego Critics Award, and an OBIE Award. She is a 2016 winner of the Roe Green Award for new plays from Cleveland Playhouse for LITTLE ROW BOAT; OR, CONJECTURE, a play about Sally Hemings, James Hemings, and Thomas Jefferson, commissioned by Yale Rep. Her play AS FAR AS A CENTURY’S REACH toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, after being part of the Royal Exchange’s B!RTH Project. She is a proud author of AUDACITY, part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s EVERY 28 HOUR PLAYS, and she’s enjoyed development experiences at Family Residency at the Space at Ryder Farm, the Huntington’s Summer Play Festival, Cleveland Playhouse (as the 2016 Roe Green New Play Award recipient), The Goodman, Denver Center Theatre’s New Play Summit, Sundance, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance at Ucross, and the O’Neill. Kirsten is currently working on commissions from Company One, La Jolla Playhouse, OSF’s American Revolutions Project, The Goodman, and Playwrights Horizons. She is an alum of New Dramatists, and has proudly graced the Kilroys list of New Plays by women and women identified Playwrights several years running. Her play FAMILIAR, a winner of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival New Play Award, was presented by Harvard’s A.R.T. Institute this winter. She is an alum of Wesleyan University, and the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa. She oversees the Playwriting Program at the School of Theatre at Boston University.
Marketing & Communications Manager
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Riley Greenstein is a musician, poet, graphic designer, and community activist. Prior to joining C1, Riley has served in administration and marketing roles at Club Passim, WERS, The Kurland Agency, and other performance arts organizations in the Greater Boston area. A graduate of Emerson College with a BA in Business of Creative Enterprises, they are honored to use their skills to further C1’s message of community engagement and social justice.
Outside of Company One, Riley is the guitarist and co-business manager for The Dead Friends Club. The all-non-binary, Black-fronted rock band released their debut album Funeral Afterparty in 2021. The album, streamed nearly 10,000 times, blends elements of emo, jazz, and funk while telling stories of love, pain, and hope. They have performed at Boston Dyke March, Midway Cafe, and more.
Riley has been a member of BAGLY’s Youth Leadership Committee for over a year, providing community and social support for queer and transgender youth. She lives in Boston with her girlfriend and their two cats, Georgie and Charlotte.
Stage One Teacher
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Annalise Guidry is a theater-anthropologist – playwright, director, educator and resident artists- based in Boston with a devotion to theater as a vehicle for communion. During their time thus far, Annalise has worked through the direction and co-direction of six plays, with three being originally written works including 3 Womxn, 3 Myths (Edinburgh Fringe) and Just a Thing (Emerson College). They often lead workshops for youth across Boston and works in multiple partnerships with theaters in the Boston area. Most notably, Annalise is the Emergent Resident Artist with The Theater Offensive working on a praxis for theater as a vehicle for union. Annalise specializes in devising to amplify the voices and lived experiences of those not typically found on the main stage. Annalise’s work explores the intersection between theater, anthropology and social change through a deeply loving and embodied practice.
Raqael Duarte Hunt
Eduation Program Manager
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Raqael is excited to be back in the arts education sector after many years homeschooling her children in the Colombian mountaintops of her Taino ancestral cousins. Working with Company One is a homecoming to Turtle Island and to the unceded ancestral lands of the Massachusett and Wampanoag peoples, as well as to the wonderful community that C1 brings together.
Artistic Director, C1 Co-Founder
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Shawn LaCount is a co-founder of Company One Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts where he has served as Co-Executive Director & Artistic Director since 1998. Under Shawn’s co-leadership, Company One Theatre has grown into a nationally recognized theatre at the intersection of art and social change, having served over 15,000 students, 100,000 audience members, and presenting over 80 productions in 21 years. The company has been called “one of the most innovative theatre companies in the country” by the American Theatre Wing.; received an Official Resolution by (then) Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley for “countless contributions to Boston’s Art community and dedication to diversifying arts and theater in Boston.”; named Boston’s Best by Boston Magazine & Best of Boston by The Improper Bostonian multiple times; awarded over 30 local theatre awards for artistic achievement; three “50/50 Applause Awards” from the International Centre for Women Playwrights for C1’s focus on gender parity; participation in the Theatre Communication Group’s national Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Institute; a citation from The Boston Globe as one of the “12 Ideas for Making Boston more Inclusive”; selection as a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum; received the TASC Social Justice Award; selected as part of the Arts Innovation Management program with Bloomberg Philanthropies; selected as a partner for the national Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright Program; named to the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative; and most recently received a 2020 Modeling Equity Organization Award by Boston Cultural Council.
As a stage director, Shawn’s focus has been on new play development and amplifying the stories of often marginalized communities. Recent directorial credits include the world premiere of HYPE MAN by Idris Goodwin (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Production); regional premieres of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s REALLY; Young Jean Lee’s WE’RE GONNA DIE (American Repertory Theater /Company One Theatre); A. Rey Pamatmat’s EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM (Elliot Norton Award Nominee for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production); Annie Baker’s THE FLICK (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Production); the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s SPLENDOR (IRNE Award nominee, Best New Play); the Boston premieres of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO by Rajiv Joseph; THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production); Annie Baker’s THE ALIENS (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production); the world premiere of GRIMM (IRNE Award nominee for Best New Play); the Boston premiere of THE OVERWHELMING by JT Rogers (Elliot Norton Award Nominee, Outstanding Production); the Boston premiere of Haruki Murakami’s AFTER THE QUAKE (Elliot Norton Award Nominee, Outstanding Production); Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS (IRNE nomination for Best Director and Best Musical); and the Boston premiere of Noah Haidle’s MR. MARMALADE (Elliot Norton Award Nominee, Outstanding Director/Outstanding Drama). Shawn holds an MA Ed. in theatre Education from Clark University and an MFA in Directing from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught at Emerson College, Boston Arts Academy, Huntington Theatre Company, Tufts University, Stage One and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Shawn is a proud alum of ArtEquity’s National Facilitator Training as well as the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive program, where he earned a certificate from Harvard Business School. Shawn holds an MA Ed. in Education from Clark University and an MFA in Theatre from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Stage One Teacher
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Dev Luthra trained at East 15 Acting School, London, England and at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Acting credits include Sorin/Seagull and Attorney/The Gaaga at Arlekin Players; Iago/Othello at Dreamrole Players (EPC production); Antigonus, Old Shepherd, Bottom/The Winter’s Tale and Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, Dance Teacher Pat/Dance Nation, Father/Brilliant Adventures and Azdak/Caucasian Chalk Circle (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Mr. Biedermann/Firebugs (Huellas Vivas), Orsino/Twelfth Night (Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival) Northumberland/Henry IV, parts 1 & 2 (Actors Shakespeare Project), M. le Comte/N. Bonaparte (Pilgrim Theatre), Leonato/Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theatre) Worcester/1 Henry IV (Palace Theatre). Dev teaches at Wheelock Family Theatre and Company One. His courses focus on Shakespeare, devised theatre, acting, and playwrighting. He also offers residencies at schools throughout the area. He has taught acting, movement, dramatic literature and poetry at Boston College and Emerson College and at Boston University’s Prison Education Program. Dev served as the Artistic Director of And Still We Rise Productions, a theatre company committed to the advocacy of the rights of people impacted by the prison system. Macbeth’s Children, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, co-written with Michael Bettencourt, won an AATE New Play award. His play Secret Asian Man is a piece focusing on the experience of being raised in two cultures. Of Anglo-Indian parentage, he has lived and worked in the Northeast since 1978.
Assistant to the Artistic Director
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Kimstelle is a Boston-based actress and playwright and joined Company One Theatre this summer as the Artistic & Production Intern! She is a third year performing arts student at Emerson College. Kimmi’s work lies at the intersection of theatre arts, story-telling, and community-strengthening. As both an artist and an intern, Kimmi’s focus has been on bringing under-represented stories to the stage and showcasing faces and bodies theatre has previously denied.
Stage One Teacher
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James Ricardo Milord is a Boston native Haitian-American actor. He earned a Norton nomination for Best Actor in his lead performance of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Huntington Theatre) in 2023. He also appeared in the premier of K-I-S-S-I-N-G (Huntington Theater). The previous year he was seen in Common Ground Revisited (Huntington Theatre), while completing productions of Paradise Blue (Gloucester Stage) and the premier of Young Nerds of Color (Central Square Theatre). Prior to the pandemic, Mr. Milord was seen in Pipeline (WAM, Front Porch, & Central Sq. Theatre). Other credits include A Christmas Carol (Underground Railway), The Handmaid’s Tale (Boston Lyric Opera), The Agitators and Cyrano (Gloucester Stage), Anna Christie and Barbecue (Lyric Stage), Akeelah and the Bee (Wheelock Family Theatre), The Good Negro, Splendor, and The Brothers Size Trilogy, (Company One). Film credits include Salem’s Lot (Warner Bros. Pictures), Honest Thief (Solution Entertainment Group), Proud Mary (Screen Gems), The Brotherhood (Showtime), and a multitude of indies.
Stage One Teacher
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Joye Prince is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist and educator. In addition to her work with Company One, she is a Cutler Creative Producing Fellow at ArtsEmerson and is pursuing her master’s degree at Emerson College. Joye’s artistic and teaching methodologies are primarily rooted in Viewpoints Technique, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Drama-Based Pedagogy. Her primarily area of research and practice is in devising original theatre with high school aged youth.
NNPN New Work Producer-in-Residence
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afrikah selah is the 2022-23 NNPN New Work Producer in Residence at Company One Theatre, and a Boston-based cultural worker with a focus on producorial dramaturgy, new play development, and arts writing. Outside of producing, collaborating, and supporting new work in development, they are a freelance writer who has written for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), New England Theatre Geek, The Public Theater, and 3Views on Theater. As a cultural worker, their mission is to create intentional work that activates and bridges community action and dialogue at the intersections of identity, time and space, social change, and healing-centered engagement for artists and audiences. You can learn more about their work at itsafrikah.com.
Operations Associate & Executive Assistant
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Norma Stobbe is an arts administrator and actor who received her BA from Brandeis University in Education Studies and Health: Science, Society, and Policy, with a minor in Theater. Previously, she has worked in the Berkshires at an organization focused on the intersection between arts & disability. She is excited to join Company One in shaping a Boston theater landscape marked by social change & community.
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Karthik Subramanian began his tenure at Company One Theatre in 2009. He started as a stage management intern before becoming the organization’s Production Manager & Business Manager before finally being promoted to the Co-Executive Director & Managing Director. Karthik has been integral to Company One’s participation in Theatre Communication Group’s national Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute, has served as a Mentor with ArtsBoston’s Network for Arts Administrators of Color and is a steering committee member of Boston’s API Arts Network. He also has a Certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership from the Institute for NonProfit Practice at Tufts University and a certificate in Arts & Cultural Organization Management from Harvard University. He served as Policy Chair for the Boston Mayoral Election’s Create the Vote Committee and was on the Small Business & Economic Subcommittee of Mayor Kim Janey’s Transition Committee. Other than his work at C1, Karthik has worked extensively with Northeastern University, The Theater Offensive and Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center.
Stage One Teacher
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Vincent Ernest Siders is a stage director, equity actor, producer, educator, and consultant. Currently he is the Director and Lead Instructor for the ‘Ambassadors’, the touring division of Youth Underground at Central Square Theater. Vincent has served as Artistic Director for two theater Companies, both in Boston: New African Company and TYG Productions -home of the Family Beef Feast Festival. Vincent has worked as director and theater educator for a number of theaters and institutions of learning including: Huntington Theater, Central Square Theater, Hibernian Hall Boston, Boston Playwrights Theater, Boston University, Emerson College, New African Company, Dance Theater Complex, Upward Bound and Boston Public Schools. As an actor, Vincent has performed throughout the East Coast. Memorable roles include but not limited to: King Shahrayar in “Arabian Nights” and Uncle Diva in “Mr g” both at Central Square Theater; Joe Bell in “Guided Tour” at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury; Tom in “The Glass Menagerie at Lyric Stage; Friar Francis in “Much Ado About Nothing” with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Lucius in “Jesus Hopped the A Train” with Company One; Rooftop in “Our Lady of 121st Street” with SpeakEasy Stage Company; and James in “Monticel” at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, where he played the role of Thomas Jefferson’s unclaimed son. Dubbed ‘a Boston Treasure’ by The Boston Globe, Vincent has received: two IRNE nominations for Best Direction, two IRNE Awards for Acting, the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actor, and Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Award for best Actor.
Aujanai is a senior at the John D. O’Bryant school, who recently joined Company One this summer as an intern. She spent her summer as a teaching assistant teaching improv to middle school aged-children and organizing a community based event in support of a Company One production, The Boy Who Kissed the Sky. Aujanai’s goal while at Company One is to spread the knowledge of the Arts to fellow teens in the city of Boston.
Stage One Teacher
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Kayla Tomas is a Boston-based artist, educator, and dramaturg. Currently, she serves as the Educational Programs Coordinator at NEMPAC, a non-profit community music school, as well as the Community Engagement Projects Specialist at ArtsEmerson. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and is a current M.F.A. Candidate in Theatre Education/Applied Theatre at Emerson College. Her research and artistic focus advocates for the curricular nature of theatre in schools and communities and reimagining the ways that theatre can be used as a gateway to connect, inform and spread joy. www.kaylatomas.com
Summer L. Williams
Associate Artistic Director, C1 Co-Founder
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Summer L. Williams is an award-winning director and Co-Founder/Associate Artistic Director of Company One Theatre in Boston. Her most recent directing credits include Jump by Charly Evon Simpson at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, MD, can i touch it?, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by Francisca Da Silvera at Company One Theatre, sandblasted by Charly Evon Simpson with Vineyard Theatre and WP Theater, Off-Broadway.
Local/Regional credits: The Arboretum Experience at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T), Daddy Issues at Salt Lake City Acting Company New Play Sounding Series, the Digital World Premiere of Downtown Crossing at Company One Theatre, Wolf Play at Company One Theatre, School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Miss You Like Hell with Company One Theatre and OBERON at American Repertory Theater, the World Premiere of Leftovers at Company One Theatre, Wig Out! with Company One and OBERON at A.R.T.; Smart People at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY and Geva Theater in Rochester, NY; Barbecue at Lyric Stage Company of Boston—Winner of the 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director; Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. at Company One Theatre; Bootycandy at SpeakEasy Stage Company; An Octoroon and Colossal with Company One Theatre—Winner of the 2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for both productions. Intimate Apparel at Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Shiv as a part of The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy; Shelter of Last Resort by Miranda Craigwell as a part of XX PlayLab 2014; the New England Premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero Of Namibia, Formerly Known As Southwest Africa From The German Sudwestafrika Between The Years 1884-1915; Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On; Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston; The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet as part of The Brother/Sister Plays (2012 Elliot Norton Award nominated for Outstanding Production and winner of the 2012 IRNE Award for Best Play); Neighbors, Grimm; The Good Negro; Voyeurs De Venus (Winner of 2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); The Bluest Eye (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award nominated); The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot; Spell #7 (IRNE nominated); Jesus Hopped The A Train (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Best Fringe Production); and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (IRNE nominated).