Staff and Board

The Private Theatre is made up of individuals who are equally open to artistic exploration and to innovative management and production practices. As a collective, we have experience in the not-for-profit as well as commercial areas of theatre, and also in other professional sectors.

Managing Members

Cheryl Dennis

Cheryl has worked as a general, company and theatre manager for the past 10 years.  2011 general manager credits include the New York productions of Reading Under the Influence by Tony Glazer, and Treasure Island by Tony winner B.H. Barry.  Selected credits include, on Broadway: Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias…[Read More]

Salomé M. Krell 

Salomé is a tri-lingual actress, producer and creative coordinator based in New York City. Her recent acting credits include GI Joe Jared and his name is edgar at the Manhattan Repertory Theater; the role of Aphrodite in Per Bacco – 6 Stories from Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid at the Anfiteatro Eos in Stromboli, Italy. Salomé also appeared Off-Broadway in the New York premiere of My Wandering Boy directed by John Gould Rubin.  [Read More]

John Gould Rubin

(Artistic Director) John is one of the founders and original members of The Private Theatre. Recent projects for the company include the 2010 site-specific production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, which was filled to capacity for each performance during its four-week run in a Manhattan townhouse. He is also developing and co-directing The Peer Gynt Project, a re-imagining of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, with Caroline von Kuhn. [Read More]

Literary Committee

The members of our literary committee have varied backgrounds and interests, but what they share is expertise in and a passion for performance and dramaturgy.

Evan T. Cummings

Raised in Rochester, NY and now based in New York City, Evan has worked in various locations throughout the northeast including Epiphany Theater in Saratoga Springs, Geva Theatre in Rochester, and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia where he directed the recent World Premiere of The Man Stanley.

Shane Bly Killoran

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 her 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 and Dramaturge for Brecht’s Drums in the Night, both through The Private Theatre.

Salomé M. Krell

A Managing Member, actor, and Director of Artistic Development for The Private Theatre, Salomé is also an active member of the company’s literary committee.

John Gould Rubin

As The Private Theatre’s Artistic Director and one of its original members, John places an emphasis on having a strong literary committee that is committed to finding compelling works to explore and produce.

Rob Urbinati

(Literary Manager) Rob Urbinati is a playwright, screenwriter and director. He received an M.A. from the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He subsequently directed over forty plays at theatres across the United States before moving to New York in 1995. Plays written by Rob include Hazelwood Jr. High, directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group, with Chloë Sevigny; Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack and Shangri La at QTP; Rebel Voices, an adaptation of Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States at the Culture Project with a rotating cast including Staceyann Chin, Wallace Shawn, Danny Glover, Steve Earle, Lili Taylor, Lenelle Moise and Rich Robinson; and West Moon Street, based on a novella by Oscar Wilde,[8][9][10] which was presented as part of The Acting Company Salon Series, with Dana Ivey, and by the Prospect Theatre Company, directed by Davis McCallum.Rob  has directed Staceyann Chin’s Border/Clash for the Culture Project; the premiere of Eric Bogosian’s Griller for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab;  Villa Diodati as an official selection of the 2008 New York Music Theatre Festival at the 45th Street Theatre, Patrick Hamilton’s Angel Street at Pearl Theatre Company; Max Sparber’s Minstrel Show, or the Lynching of William Brown in New York, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Colorado; Jeff Whitty’s Suicide Weather at NYU; Lucas and Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little with Brent Barrett and Sally Mayes at Queens Theatre, and Kiss Me, Kate with Robert Westenberg and Kim Crosby at Theatreworks in Colorado. Rob is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Three productions directed by Rob Urbinati, Lost, Syndrome, and Border/Clash, and one that he wrote, Hazelwood Jr. High, were selected to be videotaped for the prestigious Billy Rose Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Sarah Wharton

Sarah comes to theatre in New York by way of Chile, Bolivia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Guatemala.  A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts and The Stella Adler Studio, Sarah is an actor and a writer.  She is currently assisting on various Private Theatre projects including working as production assistant on The Peer Gynt Project.  Acting credits include Percival’s Big Night (Buffalo Picture House) and Decade At Glance (Teatro IATI, Artists Collective NOLA). She writes for Backstage Magazine.

Board of Directors

Chris Barreca

Judy Bowman, CSA

Royston Coppenger

Jackie Judd

Barbara Kielhofer

Barbara Ligeti

Travis Preston

Jamie Price (Chair)

Anna Ryan

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