JESSICA DICKEY,  Writer & Performer

 

Jessica Dickey hails from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and lives in New York as an actor, writer and coach. She received her BFA from Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts; she also attended the Pennsylvania Governorís School for the Arts.  New York credits have included Manhattan Theatre Club, Keen Company, Cherry Lane, AndHow! and HERE, with countless workshops and readings with Rattlestick, New Georges, Culture Project, and many others.  Regional credits have included multiple productions with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, as well as the Denver Center, Portland Stage Company and the Dallas Theater Center.  Television credits have included Law and Order, The Education of Max Bickford and the pilot Cop Shop, the latter both starring Richard Dreyfuss.  Developing new work is a passion for Jessica; she is a Founding Member of The Fire Dept and has birthed several new plays with The New Harmony Project.  Jessica has been a writer all her life - from designing magazines when she was little (cover to cover!) to creating expressive arts curriculum for all ages (winning her the Bell Atlantic Leadership Award in 1997), to being a semi-finalist in the Emily Dickinson Poetry Contest in 2003, and now at the behest of her mentor, Arthur Laurents, a bourgeoning playwright.  THE AMISH PROJECT is her playwriting debut.  www.JessicaDickey.com

 

SARAH CAMERON SUNDE,  Director


Sarah is a New York-based theater director specializing in new American plays and contemporary plays in translation.  Most recently, she directed Jon Fosse's Sa Ka La at 45 Bleecker Theaters, Peter Gil-Sheridan's What May Fall at The Guthrie Theater, and Elizabeth Hess' Living Openly and Notoriously at Baltimore Theatre Project. Since 2003, she has worked with Jon Fosse (Norwayís leading contemporary dramatist) as his director/translator in the United States.  Her 2004 production of Night Sings Its Songs formally introduced American audiences to his work and her 2006 production of deathvariations led The New York Times to call Fosseís work ìfierce poetic simplicity.î Other international directing work includes U.S. premiere productions of The Asphalt Kiss by Nelson Rodrigues (59E59 Theatre/Drama Desk nominated production*), Mirita by Christopher Dunkley (Cherry Lane Studio), and work abroad in England and Norway. Sarahís work as Fosseís translator has been published in PAJ (Performing Arts Journal) and Words Without Borders.  As a core member of Theatre Without Borders and co-founder of Oslo Elsewhere and the Translation Think Tank, she has spoken in venues throughout the country on the art of translation. Since 2001, Sarah has been the Associate Director of New Georges, an OBIE-winning downtown theater that develops and produces ambitious new work by women.  New Georges directing credits include Good Heif by Maggie Smith, Velma, Dear by Carson Kreitzer, one week of 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, and numerous readings and workshops.  Directing residencies and development programs:  Voice & Visionís ENVISION Retreat, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New Harmony Project and Hermitage Foundation Residency.  Awards include an American Scandinavian Society Artist Award and a Princess Grace Directing Fellowship/Robert & Gloria Houseman Theater Award.

*The New York Times did a web-media feature about Sarahís production of The Asphalt Kiss.  Click here to get a taste of her work.



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AUREN HELPERN
,  Scenic Designer


Lauren recently designed Hillary (New Georges), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), and Having our Say (Cardinal Stage).  Other New York credits include: Bug (Obie Award), None of the Above (Hewes Award nomination), Mother Load (currently on tour), At Least It's Pink, The Mistakes Madeleine Made, Dragapella, Four, and the Broadway production Voices In The Dark.  She has worked with Director Sarah Cameron Sunde on The Asphalt Kiss, deathvariations, Night Sings Its Songs, and Good Heif.  She also designed the 2004 Mentor Projects at the Cherry Lane.  Her regional credits include Blue Man Group/Live at Luxor (Eddy Award), AlwaysÖ Patsy Cline starring Sally Struthers (Vegas and LA), Prince Music Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, ATF, and Anchorage Opera. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and member of the Kitchen Cabinet. She is a partner in the design firm Luce Group.



N
ICOLE PEARCE
,  Lighting Design

Previously with The Cherry Lane: The American Dream & The Sandbox Directed by Edward Albee.  Selected NY credits include:  Beebo Brinker Chronicles Directed by Leigh Silverman (37Arts); US Drag, SPIN, & Vengeance (Stagefarm); Penalties & Interests (LABrynth Theatre Company); Expats, Strangers Knocking (The New Group); Fresh Play Festival (MCC Theatre); Betrothed (Ripetime Productions); Lady (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Sakhram Binder (The Play Company); Trial by Water (Ma-Yi Theatre Company); Little Willy (Rude Mechanicals); The Fartiste (NYC Fringe); MÈmoire; Blood in the Sink; Wet, Mimesophobia (SPF); An Unseen Energy Swallows Space (The Kitchen).  Regionally:  Sugar Syndrome; A Nervous Smile and Blithe Spirit Directed by Maria Mileaf (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  Dance with choreographers Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Aszure Barton, Matthew Neenan, David Partker, Adam Hougland, Nicolo Fonte, Robert Battle, Hinton Battle, and Christopher Huggins; Ballet Memphis; & Ballet Theatre of Maryland.



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ILL BC DU BOFF
,  Sound Design

Broadway includes: The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: VictoryÖ, Three Days of Rain (assoc),  Inherit The Wind (assoc).  Wit (National Tour). Off-Broadway includes; Atlantic, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Public, Vineyard, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb, Culture Project, Actorís Playhouse, New Group, Promenade, Urban Stages, Houseman, Fairbanks, Soho Rep, Adobe .  Regional: Minneapolis Childrenís Theatre, Bay Street, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Longwarf, The Alley, Kennedy Center, NYS&F, South Coast Rep, Humana, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre, ATF. Television; ìComedy Central Presents: Slovin & Allenî, ìNBC Late Fridaysî Film: We Pedal Uphill: Radio: Contributing producer for PRIís Studio 360; Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes. Awards: Ruth Morley Design Award
 




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ATALIE ROBIN
,  Production Manager

Natalie is a NYC-based lighting designer. She is an Associate Company Member of Polybe + Seats and an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theater. She is also adjunct faculty in NYU's Department of Undergraduate Drama, and, in 2008, Live Design Magazine chose her as a Young Designer to Watch. She participated as a designer in the 2009 Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Upcoming Designs this season include Hamlet at the Paradise Factory, Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company and A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things on a barge in Red Hook, Brooklyn. BA: Columbia University. MFA: NYU. Tisch Department of Design for Stage and Film.