MARIELLE HELLER * (writer, Minnie)
Marielle Heller is a classically trained actress whose passion is new work. She studied Theatre at UCLA and at RADA in London. She was in the world premiere of David Edgar’s “Continental Divide” directed by Tony Taccone (TIME magazine’s theater event of the year) at Berkeley Rep, and continuing to Birmingham Rep in England and the Barbican Theater on the West End, and the La Jolla Playhouse. She played Ophelia in Hamlet at 2100 Sq Feet in LA Cordelia in King Lear at San Diego Rep, Hero in Much Ado at Theatricum Botanicum and worked at ACT in San Francisco. She worked with American Zoetrope and Francis Ford Coppola on the development of new films. Since arriving in New York, she has starred in Madelyn Kent’s “Peninsula” at the Obie Award winning SoHo Rep, in Sa Ka La by Jon Fosse with Oslo Elsewhere, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, in Kristen Palmer’s “Local Story” with Overlap Productions, and performed at the Public Theater in Suzan-Lori Park’s “365Plays/Days” with New Georges Theater and for the Public’s own final week. She has worked toward the development of numerous new plays, working hand in hand with playwrights at Cherry Lane, Naked Angels, Clubbed Thumb, Ensemble Studio Theater, the Chocolate Factory, the Committee Theater, Six Figures, The Fringe and others. She is proud to be an affiliated artist of New Georges.
Sarah Cameron Sunde grew up in the Bay Area, and is now a New York-based theater director specializing in new American plays and contemporary plays in translation. She has directed four U.S. debut productions of plays by international master playwrights: THE ASPHALT KISS by Brazil’s Nelson Rodrigues (Drama Desk nominated production at 59E59*), and her own translations of NIGHT SINGS ITS SONGS, DEATHVARIATIONS and SA KA LA by Norway’s Jon Fosse – who considers her “his American voice” (all with Oslo Elsewhere). Other directing includes premieres of: THE AMISH PROJECT by Jessica Dickey (Rattlestick), WHAT MAY FALL by Peter Gil Sheridan (The Guthrie), GOOD HEIF by Maggie Smith and VELMA, DEAR by Carson Kreitzer (both with New Georges), LIVING OPENLY AND NOTORIOUSLY by Elizabeth Hess (Baltimore Theatre Project), MIRITA by Christopher Dunkley (Cherry Lane), THE ONLY CONSTANT IS SPARE CHANGE by Kerry McGuire, and ECHO’S LONGING and THE ALBATROSS AT SEA by Steven Gridley (all with Spring Theatreworks). Other work with: 52nd Street Project, Women’s Project, New Dramatists, HotINK, Nibras, New Harmony Project, HERE. Sunde is the Associate Director of New Georges, one of New York’s premiere downtown theater companies, developing and producing countless new plays since 2001. She is also co-founder of Oslo Elsewhere and Translation Think Tank, and has spoken in venues throughout the country on the art of translation. Her work has been published by PAJ (Performing Arts Journal) and Words Without Borders. She is an alumni of Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Women’s Project Directors Forum, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and recipient of an American Scandinavian Society Artist Award, a Voice & Vision Residency, an Hermitage Foundation Residency, support from the Royal Norwegian Consulate, and a Princess Grace Directing Award.
*Check out this web-media feature on Sunde’s production of THE ASPHALT KISS, with DIARY’s set designer Lauren Helpern. It gives a taste of the world they created for that production: The New York Times Feature
is a New York based director. She worked for several years with Francis Ford Coppola on both theatre and films projects. Mr. Coppola commissioned her film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. In 2005, she led a screenplay-writing workshop with writer/director Paul Schrader. Most recently she directed Burnt Umber with The Combustibles, at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Marco Jo Clate’s Real! Live! America!, as part of the New York Fringe Festival, and co-produced and created The Grid at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center.
JON KRUPP* (Pascal)
JON KRUPP (Pascal) NYC: Population 8 (Soho Playhouse); Venice Saved (PS122), The Dumb Waiter (the Bosakowski Theatre), The Germans in Paris (the ArcLight), The Glads (New Georges), Sixteen Spells to Charm the Beast (Clubbed Thumb), Program for Murder, (Variety Arts), The Return (Jewish Rep) and others. Regional: Yale Rep, Baltimore’s Center Stage, the Asolo, Delaware Theatre Co., Triad Stage, etc. Film and TV: “Breaking the Chain,” “Everything is Ordinary,” “Direct Mail,” “The Curse of Marcel Duchamp,” and various episodes of Law & Order, SVU and Criminal Intent.
MICHAEL LAURENCE (Monroe)
Most recently wrote/performed Krapp,39 Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse, for which he was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Solo Performance.) BROADWAY: Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio, and Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms. Other recent Off-Broadway: Opus (Primary Stages), Two Rooms (Platform Group), Levittown (Axis), Tooth of Crime and Book of Days (Signature, NYC). Also: Starbuck in The Rainmaker (Arena Stage), The Pavilion (Westport Playhouse), The Faculty Room (Humana/Louisville), Three Days of Rain (Studio Arena), Eric Bogosian’s Humpty Dumpty (McCarter), Things of Dry Hours (Portland Center Stage), and Wintertime (Wilma). He can currently be seen in the recurring role of Barry the Homeless Man on the FX series “Damages”.
MARIANN MAYBERRY – (Charlotte)
Broadway: August Osage County, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Metamorphoses. Off-Broadway: The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Second Stage). Regional Theatre: Berkley Rep., ACT, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Lookingglass, Northlight, Alliance, Cincinnati Rep., Seattle Rep.,Virginia Stage. Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member since 1993.
NELL MOONEY (Kimmie)
Theater: Black Comedy (Barrington Stage), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Gateway Playhouse), Orange Lemon Egg Canary (Actors Theater of Louisville), No 11 Blue and White (McGinn/Cazale), Gorilla Man (PS 122), My Children! My Africa! (Luna Stage). Movies: Enchanted, 9’11’01 (dir Mira Nair). TV: Law and Order (CI), My Girlfriend is a Porn Star (Comedy Central), As the World Turns (Spencer McKay), One Life to Live. Love to Iain.
New York credits include BUG (Obie Award, Barrow Street), THE AMISH PROJECT (on tour in 2010), NONE OF THE ABOVE (Hewes nomination), DRAGAPELLA, UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, MOTHER LOAD, THE ASPHALT KISS, the Broadway production VOICES IN THE DARK, and THE IRISH CURSE (opening in March). Her work has also been seen at Playwrights Horizons, MTC, Second Stage, Atlantic Theater Company, Naked Angels, Rattlestick, Ars Nova, The Cherry Lane, Oslo Elsewhere, and New Georges. In Las Vegas she designed BLUE MAN GROUP/LIVE AT LUXOR (Eddy Award) and ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE starring Sally Struthers, which was also at the Coronet in LA. Her regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Prince Music Theater, Stamford Center for the Arts, Act II Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Adirondack Theater Festival, and the Anchorage Opera. She is a New Georges affiliated artist and member of their Kitchen Cabinet. She is also a partner in the design firm Luce Group.
C. Andrew Bauer is a freelance editor, motion graphic designer and video designer for the theater. Recent work includes Blessed Unrest’s “Nick” (dir. Jessica Burr, Interart; undergroundzero Festival, PS 122) and the Young Company’s “Romeo and Juliet” (dir. Tony Speciale, CSC). He recently assisted designer Peter Nigrini on Broadway for “9 to 5: the Musical” (dir. Joe Mantello, Marquis Theatre) and “Fela!” based on the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (dir. Bill T. Jones, Eugene O’Neill Theatre). Past work includes designing video for Lightbox Theater Company’s “Milk-n-Honey” (dir. Ellen Beckerman, 3 Legged Dog, NYC; Ko Festival, Amherst College) and Vaclav Havel’s “Temptation” (dir. Zishan Urgulu, La Mama ETC). Andrew also edited and produced, “Brooklyn Bound,” a narrative feature that premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
MARCELO AÑEZ (sound designer)
Marcelo recently received his 4th Grammy Award for his work as a recording and mix engineer in the latest release of the NYC based band, “Los Amigos Invisibles”. He began his career over 20 years ago in Caracas, Venezuela, working in the performing arts, recording live opera, philharmonic orchestras, doing sound for ballet and modern dance. That was followed by a 12-year run of recording studio experience in the Latin pop market in Miami, Florida. There, he worked with top pop artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez.
He began exploring sound design for theater on his arrival in New York City, in 2005. His collaborations include work with directors, Juan Souki (Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard” at CSC Theater, and “Ex-Antwone” at PS122); Elyse Singer (“Frequency Hopping” at 3LD); Gisela Cardenas (“Kiss of the Spider Woman” at Vortex Theater); Gabriella Barnstone (“Heistman” at the Ohio Theater); Allison Keating (“Rods & Cables” at 3LD). THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL will be his 3rd project at 3LD and he’s really looking forward to it. www.JustaSong.com & www.WrappingCables.com
Laura is currently a freelance Set and Lighting Designer in New York City. Her work has been seen in association with: Big Dance Theater, Dumb Type, Los Angeles Opera Company, The Center for New Performance, The New School for Drama, The Ohio Theater, The Builders Association, The Walker Arts Center, Donna Uchizono Dance Company, New York Theater Workshop, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Yerba Buena Arts Center, Luminoto Festival of Toronto, Copenhagen International Theater, and the Festival de Liege. Laura is the Co-Artistic Director for Blank-the-Dog productions, and teaches at Long Island University.
Credits include: We Declare You A Terrorist (The Public, SPF), Little Eva (Oracle Theatre Co.), The Children’s Hour (APAC), Belles (Heiress Productions), The Lost Shakespeare Play (World Premier), The Dome (Prospect Theatre Company), The Angel Eaters Trilogy (NYITA Nominee), The Physicists, The Labyrinth of Desire, and Election Day (UCSD, La Jolla Playhouse). Favorite Assistant credits include: Blasted (Soho Rep.), Dear Edwina (DR2 Theatre). Emily holds an MFA in Theatre from The University of California, San Diego.
Lauren received her BFA in Studio Art from CSU Chico State with a split emphasis in photography and electronic art. Upon graduating, she spent the following two years in her native San Francisco Bay area managing a paper and art supply store while teaching classes in its art educational center. As a result of being exposed to an endless supply of paper, color, tools and texture, as well as instructional resources, Lauren developed and administrated a class specializing in “artist trading cards” (ATC’s)—tiny works of art (2.5” x 3.5”) that use several different collage techniques. Facilitated by the thriving community surrounding this form, she was inspired to trade her art by mail around the country as well as overseas, and encouraged her students to do the same. The environment molded her approach to art into one using paper, scissors, glue, pen, and ink exclusively—a stark contrast to her formal training. While teaching these classes for almost two years, she succeeded in developing a unique style, creating several hundred characters and a tiny world unto itself. Lauren moved to Brooklyn in February 2006 to further develop and pursue her art and career. Lauren just celebrated her tenth art show in NYC in September 2009. Her recent exhibits have showcased her most recent paper oddities, drawings and creations. Her most current project has found Lauren utilizing her skills and talents by building, creating and designing props for the Theatrical Production of The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Aaron is a founding member of the film and theatre production company Aviles Street Productions, whose last project was the feature film, THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES. The film premiered at the MoMA and Lincoln Center in the NYC Film Society festival New Directors/New Films, and won “Best Film” in Corto Imola International Film Festival (Bologna, Italy) and “Best American Independent” in Troia International Film Festival. (Lisbon, Portugal). The film received nationwide DVD distribution by Radio London Films in November 2007. Aaron Louis is also the author of a number of books including the Southern Gothic novella THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES and the screenplay for the Aviles Street Productions film adaptation. In 2003 Barnes & Noble sponsored a book signing tour that took him to over twenty different cities. Aaron began his career as a musician, and after several years as the principal singer/songwriter for the eleven-piece acoustic band, DANDELION WINE, he went on to release a solo album called IF SO on Cell records/Tropia in 2000. Aaron was the in-house booking agent for four live music venues in central Florida: Up & Atom, Black-Eyed Susan, The Main Street Pier, and The Underground, producing over 1000 shows with regional and national bands. Aaron was also the owner of Galaxie 500, a live music venue and performance space in Northern Florida. Upcoming literary works include the novel GREAT INLAND WATERWAYS and the novella IF YOU CAN’T ACT NORMAL, GO TO BED. Aaron is currently the Producing Director at 3LD Art & Technology Center.
Mission: Since our founding in 1992, New Georges has gained a reputation for innovative productions of ambitious new plays, and as a productive home for the country’s most promising and accomplished women theater artists. New Georges operates on two tiers: production and play/artist development. We are hands-on producers, working closely with director and playwright to bring highly theatrical new works to audiences in downtown venues. We also provide essential resources and opportunities to an ever-growing community of affiliated artists. The primary resource with which we serve artists is The Room, our permanent workspace for women theater artists, located in A.R.T./New York ‘s Spaces at 520 at 520 Eighth Avenue. In addition to using The Room for our own programs and rehearsals, we provide space to affiliated artists for their own projects at subsidized rates — a critical program in Manhattan, where the scarcity of affordable space has significant impact on the development of new works.
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The production company, 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group, owns and operates 3LD Art & Technology Center.
3-Legged Dog is a non-profit theater and media group focusing on large-scale experimental artwork. Our work has been seen in New York City at such venues as the Kitchen, La Mama, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, PS 122, and Signature Theatre Co. Since 1994, we have become a mainstay in the experimental arts community and have been performing downtown ever since.
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The Essentials are dedicated to making ambitiously entertaining theater, and teaching students to do the same. Recent plays include PERFECT HARMONY (NYU Graduate Acting Studio Tisch, Chashama, FringeNYC, FringeEncores, and Theatre Row) and MOTHER (Wild Project) with Buck Henry and Holland Taylor. Our Education program partners with some of New York’s premiere high schools, and was recently featured in the UPenn Graduate School of Education Urban Education Journal.
Current projects: Milk (New Georges, HERE Arts Center), The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull Theater). Recent credits: How to be a Good Italian Daughter (Cherry Lane), F#@king Up Everything (NYMF), My Illustrious Wasteland (NYMF), Into the Hazard (Henry 5) (Walkerspace), In Security (3LD), Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse: asst. director), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Theatre Row/Stage 13), To Paint the Earth (NYMF), I Come For Love (NYMF), SA KA LA (45 Bleecker/Oslo Elsewhere), Jeffrey Hatcher’s Murderers (Emelin), The Piper (NYMF), Surface to Air (Symphony Space), The Polish Play (Walkerspace), Character (Prospect), Warrior (NYMF), Behind the Limelight (NYMF), Hot and Sweet (NYMF), Ibsen + Fosse 2006 with Oslo Elsewhere at 59E59: Rosmersholm and deathvariations, Manhattan Madcaps of 1924, Jeff Daniels’ Apartment 3A, The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (NYMF). Previously, she was the associate producer at Symphony Space and on the artistic staff at Manhattan Theatre Club (Doubt, Reckless, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, etc.). She has also worked at The New 42nd Street, Symphony Space, American Repertory Theatre and New York Stage & Film. Lisa is the Midtown International Theatre Festival’s artistic director of plays, and the general manager for National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals.
is thrilled to be a part of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” with such a great group of people. Favorite past work includes “Mahida’s Extra Key to Heaven” (Signature) and “A More Perfect Union” (CSC) with Epic Theatre Ensemble, “Big Money” (Bisno Productions at Ars Nova), “The Language of Trees” (Roundabout), “Beyond Therapy” (Bay Street/Williamstown), “Democracy in America” (Foundry at PS122), and “Escape from Bellevue” (Westbeth at the Villiage Theatre). She holds an M.F.A. in Stage Management from Columbia University.
NAOMI ANHORN (Assistant Stage Manager)
Hails from North Dakota, but is making NYC home. Credits Include: Snapshots (Prospect Theater Co), 5 Decades of Dance (Janis Brenner & Dancers), Hostage Song (NAMT ’09), My Illustrious Wasteland (NYMF ’09), Reborning (The Public/SPF ’09), Romeo & Juliet (MMAC), Blood From a Stoner (EST Marathon ’09), In Security (Unbound Collective/3LD Arts), Zombie (Theatre Row & Fringe NYC ‘08), Plan B (Lookingglass Theatre), The Jack Sprat Low-Fat: World Tour (Two Beans Productions), Wood (NYMF 2008), Another Vermeer (Abingdon Theatre Co.), Not Waving (Theatre Row/SPF ‘07), What Will They See (Residue Dance Theatre). She holds a B.F.A. in Technical Theater/Design from Adelphi University.
AND Many huge thanks to the amazing support and input of: Francesca Faridany, Michael Clark, Lucy Mackinnon, Kristen Palmer, Julie Kline, Liza Zapol, Aaron Harrow, William Burns, Anthony Cerrato, Neal Wilkinison, Eric Dyer, Karina Martins, Lillian Vince, Rebecca Winsocky, Christina Rouner, Armin Shimerman, Kelly Zekas, Chris Carlone, Mathilda Dratwa, Chad Goodridge