Updated: May 7
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Aurin Squire is a playwright, reporter, and tv writer from South Florida. He is a New Dramatists resident playwright, as well as a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. In 2017, he won the Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Writers and was nominated by the WGA for his TV work. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His play Fire Season was an Emerald Prize winner and received its world premiere at Seattle Public Theatre in January 2019. In TV, Squire was a staff writer on the CBS political comedy Brain Dead and story editor on the NBC drama This is Us. Currently, he is a co-producer on the CBS legal drama The Good Fight and Evil. He graduated from The Juilliard School and Northwestern University. He is the book writer for A Wonderful World and co-author of Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy.
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Peter Romano is a Syrian-American Actor, Director, Musician and Teaching-Artist. Peter holds a BFA from NYU: Tisch, and earned his MFA in Acting from Columbia University. He has taught Acting at many training programs such as New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Columbia University and currently teaches for Hunter College. As an actor, he has worked internationally, on the African tour of Antigone in the World, and regionally in the American Premiere of Terror (Miami New Drama) both directed by Tony award winner Gregory Mosher. Off-Broadway: Fucking A (Signature Theatre), Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream (CSC) Yasmina's Necklace (Premiere Stages). Film/TV: "New Amsterdam" (NBC) “The Blacklist” (NBC) “The Week Of” with Adam Sandler (Netflix). Peter is the creator of the web series “The New Neighborhood." Peter-Romano.com. NewNeighborhoodSeries.com
Brynne McManimie is an actor, producer, editor, and teaching artist. She has an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, and a BA in Theatre from Cal State Fullerton. NY Theatre: Othello (Classic Stage Company), Twelfth Night (Four Words Theatre Co.). TV/Film: The Mysteries of Laura, Elementary, and Bull. She has produced and edited two web series, Small Parts, and The New Neighborhood, both of which have been accepted into many film festivals, and have been nominated for several awards. She recently produced a short film entitled Lessons From My Father which is currently in post-production. In addition to acting and filmmaking, she teaches music, acting and Shakespeare to students age 5-18, all over New York City. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Christopher Renshaw has directed operas, plays, and musicals all over the world and most recently directed A Wonderful World with Miami New Drama. In the West End he directed Hayley and Juliet Mills in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels, Sir Brian Rix in Dry Rot, a television production of Ruddigore with Vincent Price, and Cafe Puccini, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh. Christopher’s Broadway production of The King and I won four Tony Awards. He himself won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony for Best Director. His production of Queen’s We Will Rock You played in London for 12 years and Taboo, which he co-conceived with Boy George, has played London twice and on Broadway. Other recent productions include The Gipsy Kings’ Zorro, Pure Imagination, Dr. Dolittle, and Carmen La Cubana, which he directed, conceived. Carmen la Cubana has so far played in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Shanghai and Berlin. Christopher makes his home in Miami Beach.
Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning collective 13Playwrights. She is a proud affiliate of New Georges and The Lark, and is the NYC Dramatists Guild Rep. A graduate of Smith College with Latin honors, Winter holds a Masters in Playwriting from Columbia University. Winter has written more than 70 articles for The New York Times, plus New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Variety, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, and Ms. Magazine. Her first job out of college was an NBC Page. She never returned her uniform. She has worked in surprising places, like Fox News or writing with youth in war-torn Northern Uganda with a documentary. A former journalist, she once tailed Eliot Spitzer, spent a week with Elvis fans at Graceland, scoped out Scientology in Clearwater, chased a tornado in Alabama, and was on a murder stakeout in Queens.
Carmen Peláez is an award winning actor and writer whose play FAKE had its world premiere with Miami New Drama. She has performed her solo play Rum & Coke to raves in LA, Chicago, Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theater and shot it live at the Freedom Tower in Miami for Fall 2020 release.In 2012, she won the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition with The Acting Lesson. She was a contributor for NBC Latino and has written essays for Marie Claire, Huffington Post and the New York Times. Carmen continues to proudly work on President Barack Obama's Cuba policy team.She’s appeared on Grown and John Leguizamo's Critical Thinking as well as The Words of Others at PAMM and Tino Segahl's Welcome to this Situation at MOAD. She was the Cuban advisor on the Netflix relaunch of One Day at A Time and Story Home's Juguetes Perdidos.Currently, she is developing her new play Besame and as well as her children’s play City Beneath the Sea.
Lana Gordon recently originated the role of Lil Harden in A Wonderful World. Recent New York credits include Hello Again with the Drama League, Velma Kelly in Chicago on Broadway, Soul Sister/Jesus Christ Superstar (2000 Revival) and the roles of Nala and Shenzi in The Lion King (Original Broadway Company). National/International Tours: Velma Kelly/Chicago, Dionne/Hair, Anita/West Side Story. In Europe: Carmen in Carmen Cubana, Velma Kelly/Chicago, Deloris/Sister Act, Kala/Tazan, inGerman. Regional: Shug Avery/The Color Purple (Portland Center Stage) The Acid Queen/Tommy (Gateway Playhouse) Lana danced with Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Donald Byrd The Group. As a Vocalist, she has sung with Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar and Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. Lana toured the U.S. as a Spokesperson and Vocalist for TD Bank. TV: 52nd Annual TONY Awards (CBS), David Letterman (NBC) The Rosie O´Donnell Show (NBC). Film: Here Again, Harlem Town and Cabin. Instagram: @lanajeangordon
Joanna Hausmann is a Venezuelan-American comedian, writer and actor who gained popularity through her videos on YouTube and as lead writer/talent on Univision's bilingual digital platform "Flama". Her viral creations have garnered over 70 million views and have been featured in places like CNN, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, NPR, and the BBC. Her biweekly show "Joanna Rants" has collectively reached over 50 million views and has garnered an international fan club (as well as club that claims she looks like British explorer Bear Grylls). Her work won her "Best Comedian" and "Creator of the Year" in Hispanicize's 2016 Tecla awards. She was also honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition with the 2018 award for “Best Online Storyteller.” Hausmann is a correspondent on the three season's Netflix's series "Bill Nye Saves The World" which premiered April 21st, 2017 and was named the shows "unlikely science star" by Inverse Magazine. She has written for television projects for networks including CBS and is currently an adjunct-lecturer at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Although (accidentally) born in the small town of Royal Leamington Spa in England, Joanna and her family are wholeheartedly from Caracas, Venezuela. Catch her performing as a house performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater or dramatically fumbling for her Metro Card right as the subway arrives at any station in New York. She hates wet socks almost as much as she disliked writing this in the third person.
Karin Valecillos. Dramaturga y guionista de cine y televisión, autora de más una veintena de obras entre las que destacan: Cuentos de Guerra para Dormir en Paz, Jazmines en el Lídice, Lo que Kurt Cobain se Llevó, fundadora de la agrupación Tumbarrancho Teatro, ha sido galardonada con el Premio Isaac Chocrón en su Primera Edición, Premio Municipal de Dramaturgia José Ignacio Cabrujas en dos ocasiones, Premio AVENCRIT y Premio Fernando Gómez. Sus obras han sido llevadas a escena en España, Argentina, México, Colombia y Estados Unidos. Para Miami New Drama escribió la exitosa pieza GENTE OCIOSA, una adaptación contempóranea del Tío Vania de Antón Chéjov. Como guionista ha recibido el Premio a Mejor Guión de la Mostra de Sao Paulo, Premio Argentores y Premio ACACV por el guión de “El Amparo”. Como escritora de televisión ha desarrollado proyectos para RCTV, RTI, TELEMUNDO, MTV LA, SONY y actualmente es parte del equipo de escritores de una exitosa serie de NETFLIX. Karin Valecillos es considerada una de las principales representantes de las nuevas voces de la dramaturgia venezolana.
Javier Vidal. Dramaturgo venezolano, actor, periodista, director de teatro y televisión. Licenciado en Comunicación Social de la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello y Magister Scientiarium en teatro latinoamericano de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Profesor Asociado de la UCAB de Radiodifusión, Televisión, Teatro y Periodismo audiovisual (1975 - 1998). Profesor de post-grado en la UCAB: La telenovela (1996-1998); y en la UCV con Teatro Latinoamericano I, II, III. Coordinador Académico y profesor del Instituto Universitario de Teatro (1991-2001). Profesor del Diplomado Isaac Chocrón de dramaturgia audiovisual de la FHE/UCV. Productor teatral y director de su compañía teatral JOTA CREATIVA desde 2014. Productor y director de su propio programa de radio Julie & Javier en la Romántica 88.9 FM CENTRE desde 2000. Ha escrito 25 obras de teatro y ha dirigido 51 obras. 30 de sus ensayos y novelas han sido publicados. Como actor ha realizado alrededor de 60 producciones teatrales, 13 películas, 44 telenovelas desde 1974. Uno de sus papeles más importantes en su carrera como actor fue Oscar Wilde en Gross Indecency de Moises Kaufman dirigida por Kaufman-Michel Hausman. Con Miami New Drama participó en calidad de actor como Alexander en Gente Osiosa, adaptación de Karin Valecillos de Tío Vania de Antón Chéjov.
Pablo Gershanik. Actor, director, pedagogo teatral. Graduado de la École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Ha sido actor en las compañías Cirque Eloize, Compagnie Philippe Genty, Compagnia Finzi Pasca. Se desempeñó como Profesor de la Licenciatura en Artes Escénicas de la Universidad de San Martín, Fundador y Director de la Diplomatura en Realización e Interpretación con Máscaras de la Universidad de San Martín. Es Artista del Cent Quatre Paris y de la Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris y creador de la metodología de Maquetas Intimas.
David Schrader is the founder and president of Murray & Kean LLC, an entertainment consultant. He currently serves as a Board member for Miami New Drama, the Sjogrens Foundation and the 29th Street Neighborhood Association, and previously served as Board Treasurer for BCT Brooklyn Children’s Theater. After earning a CPA and working in public accounting at Ernst & Young, David built a career as an entertainment industry financial professional including 20 years at The Walt Disney Company. From 2009 to 2016, he served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the theatrical production division, leading domestic and international strategy and business development as well as finance, human resources, sales, publicity, marketing, touring, licensing, merchandising and facilities. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and other finance roles. During his time at Disney, the company produced ten Broadway shows as well as touring and international companies, growing from a start-up into one of the world’s largest stage enterprises. David was a member of the Broadway League from 2012-2017 where he served on the Finance Committee and as a Tony Awards voter from 2013-2016.
Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the country and abroad. Martinez was born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba and came to this country on the Mariel boatlift in 1980. His Cuba Trilogy (Illuminating Veronica, Arrivals and Departures, and All Eyes and Ears) are published by Broadway Play Publishing. He has just returned from Germany where a workshop of his play, Born In East Berlin, was performed at the Stasi Museum, Berlin in both English and German. The play had its world premiere at the San Francisco Playhouse in February 2020. He teaches graduate level playwriting at Columbia University and Goddard College. He teaches undergraduate playwriting at NYU. Martinez is a recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Princess Grace Award, and a Mid-Career Fellowship at the Lark Theater Company. After being awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Science and Technology Initiative Grant by the Denver Center, Martinez went on to write When Tang Met Laika, a post Cold War space exploration play; which was subsequently produced by the Denver Center. Martinez’s plays include a Cold War trilogy, Ping Pong (Public Theatre & published by Broadway Play Publishing), Born in East Berlin, the second play, (workshopped at the Atlantic Theater Company and has since been translated into Hungarian, Romanian, and German), and the trilogy’s conclusion Blind Date (commissioned by the Denver Center Theater Company, Goodman Theatre director Tony nominee Robert Falls, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), Illuminating Veronica, Arrivals and Departures, and All Eyes and Ears (all published by Broadway Play Publishing). Martinez has been workshopped and commissioned by various theaters across the country including the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Atlantic Theater Company, Arden Theater, Asolo Repertory, and Ojai Theater Company, and many more. His newest play is Come As You Are, a play with music commissioned by Shadowcatcher Productions.
DeWitt Fleming Jr. is a world renowned Tap Dancer. He has toured the world as a featured tap dancer with Riverdance, Cirque Du Soliel, danced with Grammy award winning artist Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, and was featured on the HBO Emmy Award winning show Boardwalk Empire. New York Times says he is a “non stop source of rhythmic variety and surprise….sparks seem to fly from those shoes!” Dewitt has taught all over the world and has choreographed for numerous productions. Prior to his role as Stepin’ Fetchit in Miami New Drama’s A Wonderful World, DeWitt played the lead role of Jelly Roll Morton in the National Black Theater Festival’s production of Jelly’s Last Jam, where he was the tap choreographer as well. Most recently DeWitt made history by releasing the first jazz album recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Jazz at Lincoln Center with tap dancing; Sax and Taps INTERSPLOSION! (Live at Dizzy’s Club) DeWitt is also an actor, singer, and percussionist/drummer. Some of his favorite theater credits are Scottsboro Boys (Ozie/Ruby), Sophisticated Ladies (Lead), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon). As a percussionist, DeWitt has played on MTV, at the Legendary BlueNote NYC, and PlayStation Theater Times Square. DeWitt is the owner of the tap microphone company DeW It Right Tap Mics. It is the only company in the world dedicated specifically to creating microphones for tap dancing. To find out more visit his website www.dewittflemingjr.com or follow him on Instagram @dewittflemingjr
Claudio Tolcachir es actor, director, docente y dramaturgo. Como actor participó en más de treinta obras con directores como Daniel Veronese, Norma Aleandro, Carlos Gandolfo y Roberto Villanueva, entre otros. Como director fundó, junto con su grupo, la compañía TIMBRe4, con la que montó Chau Misterix, Orfeo y Eurídice, Jamón del diablo, Lisístrata, La omisión de la familia Coleman, Tercer cuerpo, El viento en un violín, Emilia y Dínamo, estas últimas cinco piezas de su autoría. También dirigió obras como Atendiendo al Sr. Sloane, Agosto, Todos eran mis hijos, Buena gente, Tribus, Ay amor divino y La mentira, entre otras. Por sus trabajos recibió los premios ACE, Clarín, María Guerrero, Teatro del Mundo y Teatro XXI, y fue nominado al premio Konex como uno de los mejores directores de la década. Sus obras se representaron en más de veinte países y fueron traducidas a seis idiomas. Desde 2001 dirige, junto con su grupo, el espacio cultural TIMBRe4.
Dionne Figgins began her career as a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, dancing lead roles in Serenade, Four Temperaments, Agon, and Concerto Barocco. She also appeared as a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Broadway credits include Hot Feet, Memphis, Leap of Faith, and Motown the Musical. Regional/Off-Broadway credits include Trip of Love, Chicago, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Film/TV credits include Power, Flesh and Bone (Yasmine), Bolden. She is the co-founder of Broadway Serves, a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect theater professionals to community service opportunities. Proud member of AEA/SAG. @ddfiggs