Evan T Cummings
Evan T. Cummings is a New York City-based director who specializes in new work and international collaboration. Evan is a company member and director with The Private Theatre. For them he directed a reading of Blue Heart Afternoon by Nigel Gearing and the first New York public reading of A. Rey Pamatmat’s noir play The Shotgun Message. He is developing multiple projects with the company including a company-devised theatrical anthology exploring sex and relationships in our current cloud-connected world. Evan’s recent directing includes Park Plays at Queens Theatre, where he also directed the first public reading of Andrew Rosendorf’s play Paper Cut, and the World Premiere of Ken Kaissar’s The Man Stanley at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Also with Mr. Kaissar, Evan directed a reading of The Wives Friends at The Lark, and Nude Study, in a reading that featured Tony winners Reed Birney and Nikki M. James. Evan has assistant-directed at theatres throughout the U.S. including Pittsburgh CLO and Dallas Theatre Center, He was an SDCF Observer in 2015, serving as Assistant Director to Davis McCallum on the World Premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s Clarkston. Since 2010, Evan’s company the World Wide Lab has developed international director-driven work. With the company of 11 directors from around the globe, Evan co-directed his own original play Imperium, in Rome, Italy in association with the Kairos Italy Theatre and co-created the site-specific festival In Transit in Taipei, Taiwan. His involvement with the World Wide Lab has also included work developed at Lincoln Center, in residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, in Toronto, Canada, and on the island of Syros in Greece. Future festivals with the company are being planned for Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Evan was the 2006 Directing Fellow at Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY. He later directed novelist Don DeLillo’s play Love-Lies-Bleeding for Geva’s Hornet’s Nest series. He is a graduate of the drama school at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
Libby Jensen is a freelance Production Manager and Resident PM at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Recent credits: The End of Longing (MCC), Sweetee (Dream Big), The Assignment (Houses on the Moon), The Strangest (Semitic Root), Street Children (Vertigo Theater Co), Among the Dead (Ma-Yi), Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Turn Me Loose (Westside Theater), Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque), Washer/Dryer (Ma-Yi), A Queen for a Day (St. Clement’s).
TALYA MAR is a writer and actress who grew up bilingual and bicultural in Bloomington, Indiana. She first collaborated with The Private Theatre on Playing With Fire in 2013 and in 2019 performed in Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, and Alex. She works both on stage and screen; most recently she was seen on screen on At Home With Amy Sedaris. Her first narrative film, The Stone and The Stars, was screened at festivals around the country and she is currently developing an episodic piece about a pet bereavement support group. She is co-director of TÉA Creative, and a member of the Insight Artist Collective. Talya is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Sarah Lawrence College.
Chuk Obasi is an actor, writer, director and choreographer. He is also a teaching artist and public speaker, having participated in speaking engagements and artistic residencies on various topics and artistic disciplines at locations across the country. Obasi Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Geneseo, where he studied communication with a double minor in musical theatre and dance. In addition to his membership with The Private Theatre, Obasi currently serves as Artist in Residence at Intersections International and choreographer for STAR Theatre at the Director’s Company. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Musical Theatre at Drew University. He has recently worked with the National Dance Institute (Teaching Artist), Village Playback Theatre (Performer), and Galli Theatre (Actor). Recent works include one-man play The Actual Dance (performer); Music concert A Drink with Death (Lyricist) at Feinstein’s/54 Below; Critically acclaimed play Uniform Justice (Playwright/ Director), which he produced at the 2015 NY International Fringe Festival; and Award-winning Feature films “The Depths” and “79 Parts” (Actor). He has also been recently seen performing original spoken word poetry for The Diamond Empowerment Fund 2016 and 2017 Galas in Las Vegas and at The Declaration Initiative 2016 Conference in Washington, DC.. Obasi is also a social justice advocate, and has taught workshops on using art for social justice for colleges, high schools, and professional organizations - most recently including Drew University, Fieldston Ethical Culture, Humanities Preparatory Academy, and Girl Be Heard. A New York native raised in the Bronx, Obasi currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and two sons. Twitter: @ChukObasi
Vieve Radha Price
Vieve Radha Price is currently the founder and Director of TÉA Creative, Inc. For three years Price served as the Director of Insight Initiatives at Intersections International and the founder and Artistic Director of TÉA. In 2008, she founded TÉA with the mission of engaging interactive theatre and the performing arts in the service of peace building and conflict transformation. After working for five years with NiteStar, an HIV prevention program using theatre and the performing arts, Price joined the Peace Corps. She served in Vanuatu as a youth development volunteer using theatre and the arts to educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Upon returning to the US, Price was selected for the Sargent Shriver Peace Worker Program, a graduate fellowship program focusing on the integration of theory, practice and ethics for the purpose of social change. As a part of the program, Price earned her MS in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and continued her studies at George Mason University, where she earned a second MS degree in the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. During this time, Price worked with Search for Common Ground in Washington DC as the Program Assistant for the US/Iran and the US/Syria programs. Over the last ten years Price has been working on the challenge of creating Insight theatre, an artistic language and aesthetic framework that is critically grounded by the Insight approach to conflict transformation. To date, Price and the TE’A Company have researched and devised four distinct theatrical performance pieces with issues ranging from being Muslim and non-Muslim post 9-11, veterans coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, retaliatory violence and police legitimacy, and most recently, the political and cultural polarization of America. Presently, Price and a company of Insight artists are working on a new piece focusing on the dynamics of race in America.
Adriana Rossetto is an international actress with a predilection for raw, socially involved work with avant-garde esthetics. Her favorite credit is “nowhere/now-here”, a devised play about the role of the immigrant artist which she co-created and co-produced (TheaterLab, NowHere Collective). She graduated from the conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio, class of 2014. Before coming to New York, she attended Bocconi University, in Milan, where she was a permanent member of the Bocconi Theatre company, and where she co-founded the Bocconi International Theatre Group and produced its first season debuting with Neil Simon’s Rumors. Recent credits include A Doll’s House (Dorset Theatre Festival reading series), There's Something About America (a stage reading at The Actors Studio), Uniform Justice at The Fringe Festival. Adriana is a resident actress and Director of Development at John Gould Rubin’s The Private Theatre, resident actress and board member at Vieve Price's TÉA Creative and an organizational collaborator of Valeria Orani’s Umanism. Past training include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and NIDA (Sydney).
John Gould Rubin: Artistic Director
John Gould Rubin is a founding member of The Private Theatre for which he currently serves as Artistic Director and with which he will direct two shows next season: Royston Coppenger’s new translation of A Doll House and Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna and Alex, a devised project he’s been developing for seven years on the political polarization of America as seen through the Consciousness of Conflict-Insight theories of Bernard Lonergan. Also, for The Private Theatre he directed a radically explicit deconstruction of Strindberg’s one-act Playing with Fire, staged at The Box (the notoriously sexual night club) and the 2010 site-specific production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler staged in a 19th c townhouse for 25 people per night. He recently remounted Turn Me Loose, at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and earlier at the Wallis Annenberg Theater Center in LA, a dramatization of the comedy, activism and life of Dick Gregory with Joe Morton starring as the legendary black comedian/Activist, which he premiered off-B’way (and for which Mr. Rubin was a finalist for the Joe Calloway Award from the SDC for Best Direction of 2016.) Turn Me Loose, which Mr. Rubin conceived, developed, produced and directed will return to New York for it’s Broadway debut in 2019. Other recent projects include American Buffalo with Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis and Outside Mullingar with Michael Hayden and Mary Bacon both for the Dorset Theatre Festival, the premiere of Michael Ricigliano’s Queen For A Day with David Proval and Vinnie Pastore off-Broadway and an environmental production of The Cherry Orchard for The Actors Studio with Ellen Burstyn in which he surrounded the audience with the action of the play. Mr. Rubin directed I, Peer, a re-imagining of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, which he presented at the International Ibsen Festival at The National Theatre of Norway and developed at The Old Vic in London; John served as Co-Artistic (with John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, for which he directed the premieres of Philip Roth in Khartoum and Penalties & Interest (both as part of Public/LAB at The Public Theater); STopless; The Trail of Her Inner Thigh by Erin Cressida Wilson; John Patrick Shanley's A Winter Party; and co-created and directed two devised pieces: Dreaming in Tongues; and Mémoire. Other projects co-created or directed include The Erotica Project at The Public Theatre; Trial By Water by Qui Nguyen for Ma-Yi; Blood in the Sink at Urban Stages; both A Matter Of Choice and NAMI for Partial Comfort; Pericles, Censored on Final Approach, Six Passionate Women by Mario Fratti, The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Maria Irene Fornés’ Fefu and her Friends, David Gow’s Relative Good, Kindertransport, Arabian Nights, Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise, Dark of the Moon, Rebecca Gilman’s The Land of Little Horses; Frank McGuiness’ Factory Girls; Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Ivanov, The Crucible, Richard Nelson’s Franny’s Way, David Mamet’s Boston Marriage, Picnic, Israel Horvitz’ North Shore Fish, Reza de Wet’s Three Sisters, Two and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead for the Stella Adler Conservatory; a radical Hamlet with 7 Hamlets for Columbia’s MFA Program, and he has directed for both EST’s and Naked Angel’s Marathons. He recently directed an environmental production of Mother Courage for The Harold Clurman Lab which also produced his two-theater production of “The Seagull,” and he directed a multi-media, stage adaptation of Double Indemnity with Michael Hayden for The Old Globe in San Diego; Riding the Midnight Express, Billy Hayes’ personal tale of imprisonment and escape in Turkey (memorialized in the film Midnight Express) at the Edinburgh Festival, off-Broadway and at the Soho Theater in London; the Off-Broadway production of The Fartiste, a musical he also premiered for The Private Theatre in 2006 at the New York International Fringe Festival (winner of Outstanding Musical award); Jack's Back, a new musical about Jack the Ripper; Open Marriage (a site-specific, one-woman show about Elsie Clews Parsons at Ventfort Hall, in Lenox, Mass., in co-production with Shakespeare & Co.); Little Doc at Rattlestick, The Importance of Being Ernest for Twin Tiers Theatre; and In the Daylight at the McGinn-Cazale. He wrote (and played Ivan Boesky in) The Predators' Ball (collaborating with Karole Armitage and David Salle) for the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, and at BAM's Next Wave Festival. Mr. Rubin also directed the film, Almost Home, for Trigger Street Independent, which was presented at The Berkshire Film Festival.
Sarah Wharton is an award-winning producer and actor based in New York City. Her feature That’s Not Us played at over 35 festivals around the world and was released as a Netflix exclusive through Strand Releasing. She previously collaborated as an actor and producer on Percival’s Big Night and Jane Wants A Boyfriend, currently playing on Showtime. She has produced work in Oslo, London, New Orleans and served as associate producer for the Harare International Festival of The Arts in Zimbabwe. She is currently a producer with The Spangler Group - a film, television and theater production company currently developing Happy Trails, a Broadway-bound musical written by Marshall Brickman and composed by T Bone Burnett. Her next feature,The Ring Thing, a documentary-narrative hybrid about same-sex marriage, is currently in on the festival circuit and she is producing Bite Me (currently in production) a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her, starring Christian Coulson (Harry Potter), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) and Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black).
Cheryl Dennis has worked as a general, company and theatre manager for the past 15 years on over 30 distinguished and award winning productions. As General Manager - A Queen for a Day, Consent, Reading Under The Influence, Treasure Island, In The Daylight, Stain. As Company Manager - Broadway: Barefoot In The Park, Steel Magnolias, Frozen, Golda's Balcony, 'night Mother, Metamorphoses, True West, Russell Simmons Def Poetry. Jam; Off-Broadway: tick, tick, boom!, Altar Boyz, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, Passion Play and The Last Five Years. She currently manages Circle In The Square Theatre. Broadway theatre management include include Fun Home, The River, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Bronx Bombers, Soul Doctor, Godspell, Lombardi, The Miracle Worker, and The Norman Conquests. She is a managing member of The Private Theatre Company and has previously served on the board of the Fordham University Alumni Theatre Department.
Lauren grajewski: Assistant
Lauren Grajewski is currently receiving her B.F.A. in Acting from New York University. Through NYU, she has studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and will continue her education at the Classical Studio. She has performed in shows at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia as well as the New York City Fringe Festival. In the past, she was an administrative intern for the Walnut Street Theatre’s education department and for Live and In Color. She is excited to be a member of The Private Theatre as they continue to create shows that engage and inspire audiences.
Dorothea Gloria: assistant
Dorothea Gloria is an actress from the Philippines. She received her acting BFA at Assumption San Lorenzo under the first Filipina Juilliard graduate, Ana Valdes-Lim in 2013. She has performed professionally in Manila with different theater companies like Repertory Philippines, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, MMQ, Shaharazade Theater Company, and Epheseus among others. She won Broadway World’s Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2014 for the portrayal of Jean in Repertory Philippine’s August: Osage County. She is currently in her third year of conservatory training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.