Evan T. Cummings: Director
Evan T. Cummings is a New York City-based director who has worked professionally for over 10 years. Evan has directed and assisted at theatres throughout the northeast U.S. including the Pittsburgh CLO and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia where he directed the World Premiere of Ken Kaissar’s The Man Stanley. Also with Mr. Kaissar, Evan directed a reading of The Wives Friends at The Lark, and Nude Study, in a reading that featured Tony nominee Reed Birney and Tony winner Nikki M. James. 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. Evan is on the Literary Committee of The Private Theatre. For them he directed a reading of Blue Heart Afternoon by Nigel Gearing, and the first public reading of A. Rey Pamatmat’s noir play The Shotgun Message. Other NYC associations include LAByrinth, Ego Actus, and The Culture Project. Since 2010, Evan’s company the World Wide Lab has developed international director-driven work. They presented their inaugural Directors Feast at The Irondale Center in Brooklyn in 2013 and were invited to create two new multi-play festivals in Europe over the last two years: one at the Apollo Theater (also known as La Piccola Scala), a major venue for Greek and International work on the Island of Syros, Greece and another with the Kairos Italy Theatre in Rome, where Evan’s original play Imperi(um) was presented in Italian at the Teatro Due in 2014. Current and upcoming projects include a workshop exploring community life in American cities and small towns using text from an early play by Lanford Wilson and a translation project of three plays just discovered, written from 1905-1913, by journalist Giuseppe Morabito: Evan’s great-grand-uncle. Evan is a 2015 SDCF Observer and just recently served as Assistant Director for Davis McCallum on the World Premiere of MacArthur Fellowship Recipient Samuel D. Hunter’s play CLARKSTON at Dallas Theatre Center. He is a graduate of the drama school at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
Cheryl Dennis: General Manager
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.
Libby Jensen: Production Manager
Libby Jensen is a freelance Production Manager and Resident Production Manager at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Recent credits include: Hard Love (TACT), Consent (Roundabout Underground), A Queen for a Day (St. Clement’s), Soldier X (Ma-Yi Theater Co.), Three Sisters (Harold Clurman Lab), It Has To Be You (Abingdon), Livin' La Vida Imelda (Ma-Yi), Chairs and a Long Table (Ma-Yi), Just About Cured (HC Lab), The Cherry Orchard (Actors Studio), Uncle Vanya (HC Lab), Cherry Smoke (The Working Theater), and Hellman v. McCarthy (Abingdon).
Shane Bly Killoran: Resident Dramaturg, Literary Manager
Shane received her B.F.A in Acting from New York University with a heavy concentration in Women’s Studies. After acting for several years in New York and Los Angeles, she realized she enjoyed the rehearsal process far more than performing. This realization took her to England and the University of London where she pursued her post-graduate work in theatre including her Doctoral candidacy which focused primarily in devised performance. Upon her return from London, Shane produced television for several years. She has since left the world of TV production to focus full-time on writing and theatrical projects.
As well as sitting on the Literary Committee for the Private Theatre since its founding, in 2012 Shane was the Co-Creator and Dramaturge for the Private Theatre's production of Strindberg's, Playing With Fire. In 2013 she adapted the Indian play Sakaram Binder for MAD Playhouse Theater. She is currently working on The Shriver Project as a Co-Creator and Dramaturge (Private Theatre), and Dramaturge for Brecht's Drums in the Night (Private Theatre), A Doll's House (Private Theatre) as well as her own production The Trilogy Project (working title) as Co-Creator and Dramaturge.
Adriana Rossetto: Actress
Adriana recently starred, created and produced the devised play “nowhere/now-here” at TheaterLab which launched the 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 NY credits include There's Something About America, a stage reading at The Actors Studio, Uniform Justice at The Fringe Festival, Kishinev (LAByrinth Theater). Audrey is a proud member of the TE’A acting company and of John Gould Rubin’s The Private Theatre. Past training include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and NIDA (Sydney).
John Gould Rubin: Artistic Director
John Gould Rubin (Director) is Artistic Director of The Private Theatre, for which he directed a radical, site-specific, Hedda Gabler and Strindberg’s Playing with Fire, graphically produced at The Box, a notorious burlesque house. He recently directed Outside Mullingar at The Dorset Theater Festival and, before that, Michael Ricigliano’s play, Queen for a Day off Broadway; Riding The Midnight Express off Broadway and at the Soho Theater in London and in LA; Double Indemnity for the Old Globe and was co-Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, for which he directed eight shows (including premieres by John Patrick Shanley and Erin Cressida Wilson,) produced Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (for LAByrinth, in NY & Europe) and Our Lady of 121st Street (for LAByrinth and Off-Broadway.) Other recent New York Work includes: The Cherry Orchard with Ellen Burstyn, The Crucible, Kindertransport, Ivanov, Dark of the Moon, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Reza De Wet’s Three Sisters Two, Royston Coppenger’s translation of The Seagull and the off-Broadway musical The Fartiste; he developed a version of Peer Gynt centered around wheel-chair-using British actor, Neil Hancock for The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo, and a bilingual workshop of Ximena Escalante’s Electra Despierta at Cal Arts. He wrote and performed in Karole Armitage’s multi-media show, The Predators’ Ball, which premièred at The Pergola Theater in Florence and at The Next Wave Festival at BAM. He is devising three large scale works; one on Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps and the US invasion ofthe Dominican Republic; another on the consciousness of American political polarization; and another on the idiosyncratic life of Erik Satie. His project about the comedy and activism of Dick Gregory, Turn Me Loose, will premiere at The Culture Project this September with Joe Morton in the title role. He also produced the tour of Stephen Dillane’s one-man Macbeth to London, Sydney and New Zealand.
Sarah Ellen Stephens: Actress
Sarah Ellen Stephens is from Cincinnati, OH. She was honored to lead the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s Classic Kitchen Timer and Jonathan Reynolds’ Girls in Trouble at the Flea Theater in addition to leading the New York premiere of Take Her to See the Maco Lights by Bekah Brunstetter. Other Theater credits include: Jupiter - a play about power (LaMama - February 2016), Playing With Fire (The Private Theatre, dir. John Gould Rubin), The Rover (New York Classical Theatre), Molly Murphy and Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Our Last Day on Earth (Incubator Arts Project), Doubt, A Parable (Human Race Theater Co.) Film/TV: Hallway (SXSW World Premiere- Streetwise Pictures), Lewis Black's The Mentors (Illium Picutres), Straight Outta Tompkins (Lyric Films), Gray Dog (Nouveau Star Pictures),The Come Up (Pilot; starring Michael K. Williams). Sarah also wrote, produced, and starred in the multi-festival favorite Token the Web Series (BS&B Media), and is currently submitting the completed short fLi'l Benny (written/directed by Che Walker) in which she both starred in and produced. She's a proud member of The Private Theatre.
Rob Urbinati: Playwright, Director
Rob is a freelance director and playwright base in New York City, Literary Manager of Private Theatre, and Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre. In New York City, he has directed for The Pubic Theatre, Classic Stage Company, The Culture Project, Abingdon Theatre, New York Music Theatre Festival, New York University, York Theatre, Pearl Theatre and Cherry Lane Theatre, among others. His plays as a writer include Hazelwood Jr. High, West Moon Street and Death by Design, all published by Samuel French. His play, Rebel Voices and his musicals, Nymph Errant and The Queen Bees, will be published by Samuel French, and hisplay, UMW: University of Mostly Whites, will be published by Steel Springs Stage Rights. His book, Play Readings: A Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners was published by Focal Press/Routledge. His latest play, Mama's Boy, will open at George Street Playhouse in November.
Sarah Wharton: Actress
Sarah is an actor and producer and has been working with The Private Theatre since 2010. Favorite roles include Kirsten in Playing With Fire (Private Theatre Production 2012), Nina in The Seagull (directed by John Gould Rubin) and April in April's Fool (NYC Fringe Festival). Most recently, she produced and starred in the feature film, That's Not Us, to be released in 2016. She also currently works for The Spangler Group, bringing Happy Trails the Musical to Broadway in 2016.