Evan T Cummings: Director
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 workshopped piece exploring community life in American small towns and 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: Production Manager
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).
Shane Bly Killoran: Dramaturg
Shane Killoran received her B.F.A in Acting from New York University. She realized she enjoyed the rehearsal process more than performing. This took her to the University of London where she pursued post-graduate work in theatre including her Doctoral candidacy. In 2012, Shane served as Co-Creator and Dramaturg for the Private Theatre's production of Strindberg's, Playing With Fire. In 2013, she adapted and served as production Dramaturg for the Indian play, Sakaram Binder at MAD Playhouse Theater. In July of 2016, Nepenthe, a show she conceived, co-created, dramaturged and produced, premiered at the Women and War Festival in London, United Kingdom. She is currently working on Drink Me as a Co-Creator and Actress (Blythe the Spirits), The Trilogy Project as Co-Creator and Dramaturg (Blythe the Spirits). as Dramaturg: A Doll's House (Private Theatre) and The Erotica Project (The Private Theatre).
Vieve Radha Price: Director of Insight
Vieve Radha Price is the Founding Director of TE’A Creative, a multi-discipline arts organization committed to developing and producing theatrical performances that address pressing cultural and social issues. From 2011-2015, Price was the Director of Insight Initiatives at Intersections International and the founder and Artistic Director of TE’A (Theatre, Engagement and Action). In 2008, she founded TE’A 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 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 five 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. Price is currently at work on two group devised theatrical pieces in collaboration with the Private Theater.
Adriana Rossetto: Actress
Adriana 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 created and 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 TEA 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 for The Private Theatre directed a radical, site-specific Hedda Gabler and Strindberg’s Playing with Fire, de-constructed and graphically produced with multi-media at The Box, the notorious burlesque house. He created, developed and directed Turn Me Loose (produced by The Private Theatre) about the life of Dick Gregory, (Finalist for the Joe Calloway Award for Excellence in Directing) off-Broadway, at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles and next season on Broadway, with Joe Morton; American Buffalo with Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis and Outside Mullingar with Michael Hayden and Mary Bacon at The Dorset Theater Festival; and Michael Ricigliano’s play, Queen for a Day off-Broadway, with David Proval and Vinnie Pastore; Billy Hayes’ one-man true story, Riding The Midnight Express off-Broadway, in LA and at the Soho Theater in London; The Fartiste (produced by The Private Theatre,) for the New York Fringe Festival (Fringe First) and off-Broadway; and Double Indemnity for the Old Globe in San Diego. He was co-Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company (w/John Ortiz and Phillip Seymour Hoffman) 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, on the Edinburgh Fringe, at The Donmar Warehouse and on London’s West End) and Our Lady of 121st Street (for LAByrinth and Off-Broadway.) Other New York Work includes: The Cherry Orchard with Ellen Burstyn, at The Actor’s Studio; and a two-theater version of The Seagull and Mother Courage for the Harold Clurman Lab. He directed Peer Gynt with wheelchair-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 premiered at The Pergola Theater in Florence, Italy and in the US at The Next Wave Festival at BAM. Next season he will direct the Private Theatre/T’EA devised production of Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, Alex conceived with Vieve Radha Price at The Irondale Center in Brooklyn and a new version of A Doll House for which the Private Theatre just won a collaborative residency at The Marble House Project, in Dorset Vermont. He also produced the tour of Travis Preston’s one-man Macbeth with Stephen Dillane accompanied by a jazz trio, to London, Sydney and New Zealand.
Sarah Wharton: Actress
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).
Chuk obasi: Director
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
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
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.