Victor Maog is a stage director and educator with national and international credits. He has collaborated at the NYSF/Public Theatre, Hartford Stage, Williamstown, Ma-Yi, Lark, MCC, The Working Theatre, New Dramatists, Intar, and directed/taught for NYU/Tisch, UPenn, Fordham, and others.
Victor was one of six directors in the United States to become a Fellow of the 2004-06 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program, in addition to being awarded the 2005 Paula Altvater Fellowship at Cornerstone, 2000-2002 Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Second Stage, and the 1993 U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Enrichment for his collaborations with disadvantaged youth.
A member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Partial Comfort Productions, Gotham Stage Company, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Victor has been a mentor director for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and served as a U.S. Delegate to the 31st International Theatre Institute/UNESCO World Congress in Manila. His long-term collaboration, Total Power Exchange by Edith Freni, was nominated for the “New American Plays for Russia” initiative, which is funded by the U.S. embassy in Moscow under the auspices of the Bilateral Presidential Commission. In addition, Matthew Paul Olmos’ The Nature of Captivity, which he directed as part of Mabou Mines’ 40th season, was recently awarded ”Top Prize for the Americas” — out of over 1000 plays — in the BBC’s 2011 International Playwrighting Competition.
A graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School with concentrations in Global Leadership and Performance Studies, Victor enters his fifth season as Director of Theatre at Perry-Mansfield. Under his leadership the Theatre and Music Theatre Department has embarked on the Original Works Initiative where nationally and internationally recognized artists create works for and often in collaboration with P-M’s unique student body. In 2011, he launched P-M Premieres (producing 4 world premieres), P-M Professional Track/New Works Festival (in collaboration with Second Stage Theatre) and the P-M Winter Intensive at The Juilliard School.
Timothy Near (Director) attended Perry-Mansfield when she was 12 and again when she was 14. She studied with the P-M greats: Harriet Ann Grey (check spelling) Portia Mansfield and Miss Perry (Kingo). She recently concluded 22 years as Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre during which time she produced over 132 plays, 20 world premiers, contributed significant leadership to the design and building of a new theatre facility and led the company to be among the most respected and artistically adventurous resident theatres in the country. Most recently she directed Race by David Mamet at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, a workshop performance of The Proud by Aaron Loeb at Dance Mission in S.F. and Rumors at Center Rep. Near has directed at California Shakespeare Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co., The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Alliance Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, L.A.’s Tiffany Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre in D.C., New York Shakespeare Festival, Union Square Theatre in NYC, Cincinnati Playhouse,The Intiman, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and Portland Center Stage. She has directed three operas at Opera San Jose. Near is also an actress and the recipient of an Obie Award for her performance in Still Life by Emily Mann. She acted Off-Broadway, regionally and with the National Theatre of the Deaf and for many years she was a guest artist on Sesame Street. She is the recipient numerous Hollywood Dramalogue Awards, The Woman of Achievement Award in the Arts given by the SJ Mercury News/Women’s Fund and The Janet Gray Hayes Award for Women in Leadership.
Alex Correia is a New York City-based stage director and educator. Currently he is on faculty at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts High School teaching acting and directing. He served as Resident Director at Off Broadway’s INTAR Theatre from 2007 to 2009 and the Director of INTAR’s Actors Collective from 2006 to 2009. He has developed new plays at INTAR, The Lark Play Development Center, and the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at New York University. Directing Credits include Dwarfs by Harold Pinter and Dutchman by LeRoi Jones at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Leak by Fernanda Coppel and Three to a Session by Desi Moreno-Penson at INTAR; Thorny Bushes – a Staged Musical Radio Play at the Daryl Roth Cabaret Theatre; The Woman by Michael John Garces for the 24hr Plays Company; I Am Yours by Judith Thompson at Center Stage NY; and Othello by Shakespeare at the John Houseman Theatre. He has served as assistant director to: Andrei Belgrader on The Cherry Orchard at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company starring John Turturro and Dianne Wiest; Gregory Boyd on Design for Living by Noel Coward at the Williamstown Theater Festival starring Marissa Tomei and Campbell Scott; Andrei Serban on Lysistrata at Boston’s A.R.T starring Cherry Jones; and Chris Bayes on Scapin by Moliere at the Seattle’s Intiman Theater and Chicago’s The Court Theater. Mr. Correia is a proud graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the three-year Andrew W. Mellon Directing Fellowship and holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College.
Rebecca Rugg, Artistic Producer, Steppenwolf Theater Company, also teaches at the Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama. Formerly, she served on the artistic staff at the Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival under George C. Wolfe, as Dramaturg and Director of New Projects, focusing on musical theater development. She also produced the University network of the 365 Festival, a festival based on 365 Days/365 Plays, a year-long play cycle written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. At Yale, she founded an international, multi-disciplinary program in the arts and public health, “Arts and Public Health in Action: Study of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland,”an unprecedented collaboration between African Studies, Theater Studies, and the School of Drama and Public Health. Her translation of Biljana Srbljanovic’s Family Stories premiered at the Market Theater in Cambridge, MA (2002). Her criticism and translations have been published in American Theater, Theater Magazine and Performing Arts Journal. She holds a DFA and an MFA from Yale School of Drama. She is also an Artistic Associate at About Face Theater.
Julie McBride holds degrees from the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music and the Mannes College of Music. Broadway and other New York credits include American Idiot, Next to Normal, In The Heights, The Addams Family, The Lion King, Inner Voices: Solo Musicals (Zipper Theatre), The Happy Elf (music written by Harry Connick Jr.), Judas and Me (NYMF), and Pride and Predjudice (Eastman Theatre). Regional credits include Daddy Long Legs (Northlight Theatre, La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts, and Laguna Playhouse), Unknown Soldier (Huntington Theatre), Tales From The Bad Years (Theatreworks Palo Alto). She has served on the faculties of Syracuse Universityʼs Tepper Program and The Juilliard School (Drama Division, MAP).
Raelle Myrick Hodges
Raelle Myrick-Hodges has finished her fourth season as Artistic direcotr at Brava Theater located in San Francisco. In her four years at Brava, she has produced, presented, directed over 40 live performances including world and regional theatrical premieres. In conjunction with her artistic duties at Brava, Raelle also developed three innovative arts education programs focusing on cultivating talented youth from displaced communities for professional arts endeavors. She has worked with such artists as Geoffrey Arend, Harold Perrineau, Meryl Streep, Joe Goode, Mos Def, among others. She is the founder of Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia and has lectured on the subject of Theater in the 21st Century internationally. After her upcoming summer, Raelle will be working with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Theater and Playwrights Foundation in the fall season.
Philip Hernández is the only man in Broadway history to have played both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. He made his Broadway debut in the Original Cast of the Tony Award-winning Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, directed by Harold Prince. In Kiss, he created the role of Esteban and later went on to play the impassioned revolutionary Valentin in London’s West End and on Broadway. Philip also created the role of the Reverend Gonzalez opposite Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades in the Original Cast of Paul Simon’s The Capeman. He starred as Rico (yes, he wore a diamond) in the National Tour of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, played Juan Peron in Harold Prince’s 25th Anniversary North American Tour of EVITA and starred in the World Premier of Jose Cruz Gonzalez’ play Sunsets and Margaritas at the Denver Center For The Performing Arts.
Philip played attorney Enrico Alvarez on ABC’s All My Children and has been featured on the daytime dramas One Life To Live, Loving and Another World. He has also appeared on the hit series Ugly Betty, Damages and Person of Interest. And recently completed filming on his first independent feature film The Normals.
On the concert stage he has worked with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw and Zubin Mehta, and with Symphony orchestras throughout the United States. Jazz Review called the release of his Latin-Jazz CD, The beat of my heart, “A gift from the heart from one of America’s great voices.”
As a private coach in NYC, Philip prepares students for auditioning and working in today’s professional theatre by helping them develop an individual, healthy, flexible vocal technique and teaching them to discover personal power and specificity in their use of text. Mr. Hernández has been a faculty member at New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and NYU’s Cap 21 program. He teaches master classes and workshops at theatres and universities across North America. He holds a degree in Theatre and Educational Psychology from the State University of New York and studied acting under the tutelage of legendary teachers Stella Adler and Larry Moss.
His favorite role is being “daddy” to his fourteen-year-old daughter, Mariah.
Aaron Jones is a composer/performer based out of Brooklyn. After finishing his concept album “Dear Dear Friend”, he is currently at work on a new puppet/dance show, “Bosey Joe is Dead Again”. He and his wife Anna are putting the finishing touches on the debut album/book of their kids band “Banana Baron”. He recently collaborated on a new work with Otis Sallid and composer Ronobir Lahiri, for Perry-Mansfield School of the Performing Arts, entitled “The Moon”, and also created a musical for the Perry-Mansfield Young Artists program, “Hércule’s Labours of Love” with Anna. His experimental musical, “of Honey Bees and the Brevity of Such Things”, ran at 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts in Brooklyn, in February, 2011. He is the author of several operas, plays, and musicals, and creates music for dance, plays and film. He worked as the Artistic Director of the Papermill Theatre Children’s Theatre and collaborated on 16 original musical adaptations for young audiences. The Joneses have written three musicals together, including recently a Christmastide musical, “Hail! Hail! Hail!”, on commission by the Church of the Transfiguration in NYC. Aaron holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.aaronjonesmusic.com
Andrea Thome is a Chilean-Costa Rican, Wisconsin-born playwright who grew up navigating the multiple landscapes and languages that inhabit her plays. Her dramas, absurd comedies, play translations and video satires have been presented at theaters, galleries and universities around the U.S. and Latin America (including: INTAR, Victory Gardens Theater, Cherry Red Productions, Exit Art, Brava, & The Public’s Under the Radar). She is a New Voices/New York fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, where her play Pinkolandia received the “Launching New Plays into the Repertoire” fellowship, which supports 4 productions of the play nationwide. Her play Undone is published in ‘Out of Time & Place: An Anthology of Plays by the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab’ (published by Women’s Project & Productions, 2010). Andrea’s translation of Neva, by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón, will be produced at the Public Theater in their 2012-2013 season. Andrea became a playwright by necessity in San Francisco, where she and her fellow Red Rocket Theater company members helped pay the theater’s rent by creating and producing a new play each month. Andrea also co-directs FULANA, a New York-based satire collective that creates cutting-edge political & cultural parodies (www.fulana.org). Andrea is a member of New Dramatists and has received fellowships from NYFA, the City of Oakland, INTAR, New York University (MFA Fellow), and the Women’s Project. Andrea has taught at various universities, schools and cultural centers nationwide, and directs the Lark Play Development Center’s U.S.-México Playwright Exchange.
Alicia White is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist based in New York City. She received her BA in Dance from James Madison University in Virginia, where she was educated in Dance Theatre. Her work focuses on telling stories through movment.
Alicia works with Arts Connection as a teaching artist in the NYC public schools. Through this organization she taught in the Broadway Junior program, serving as choreographer and as a mentor. Alicia also teaches at Creative Arts Studio where she has created her own modern and hip hop dance programs. Before she started spending her summers out at P-M, Alicia ran a summer arts camp at Creative Arts in Brooklyn, NY.
This will be Alicia’s fourth summer at P-M as Theatre faculty and her second serving as Theatre Department Coordinator.
Nell Balaban is a freelance theatre director based in New York City. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a B.F.A. candidate at the Experimental Theatre Wing.
With a focus on developing new plays and musicals, she’s worked around the country at theatres including The Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Rubicon, Papermill Playhouse, The Alley and The Alliance, as well as in New York City at The Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club and on Broadway where she was the Assistant Director on Golda’s Balcony. For Brave New World Theatre Company in Brooklyn, she directed GB Shaw’s Heartbreak House and Too Much Candy, a new play by Cynthia Babak. She developed and directed My Dad’s Crazier Than Your Dad, written and performed by Katherine Heller, at the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival and for The Boy In The Basement (also by Katharine Heller) she won an Outstanding Direction award at the NY International Fringe Festival in 2008. Nell currently serves as Associate Director on the John Caird/Paul Gordon musical Daddy Long Legs which has been touring the country for the last 2 years, and is developing a new piece with Paul Gordon called DEATH: The Musical. Also a composer, Nell’s music can be heard in various films including the documentary “30 Years From Here” directed by Joshua Rosenzweig, and an as-yet untitled documentary about Parmahansa Yogananda directed by the Oscar-Nominated filmmaker Paola di Florio.
Jessica Redish is a Chicago-based director and choreographer. She is the Founding Artistic Director of The Music Theatre Company in Highland Park, IL where she directed and choreographed the company’s productions of Merrily We Roll Along, PIPPIN, Erika’s Wall and The 9/11 Report. Other Chicago credits include choreographing RENT directed by David Cromer at American Theatre Company/About Face Theatre and She Loves Me at Writers’ Theatre. New York credits include Movement Direction for the off-Broadway production of Adding Machine directed by Mr. Cromer, as well as directing and choreographing various new musicals at the New York Music Theatre Festival, NYFringe and for Raw Impressions. Jessica has served as a guest director or choreographer at Roosevelt University, Hollins University and Northwestern University, her alma mater. Upcoming projects include choreographing Sweet Charity at Writers’ Theatre and directing Whida Peru/Virtually Sal by Josh Schmidt and David Simpatico at The Music Theatre Company. Jessica is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Timothy Splain is a freelance conductor, pianist, and music director based in New York City. New York productions include A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center Theater), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (NYMF), The Hundred Dresses (Atlantic for Kids), and Death Takes A Holiday (Roundabout). National tour credits include Little House on the Prairie. He received a B.A. in Music from the University of Chicago. Regional and Chicago credits include Rent, and Adding Machine (both dir. David Cromer), Next To Normal (Milwaukee Rep), Little House on the Prairie (Paper Mill Playhouse), Altar Boyz, (Drury Lane Water Tower), Threepenny Opera (The Hypocrites), She Loves Me, A Minister’s Wife, A Little Night Music (Writers’ Theatre).
Susan Stanton is a playwright and screenwriter from Honolulu, Hawaii. Her plays include Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb production), Murdo (New Century Theatre Company workshop), Cygnus (Inkwell workshop), Furball (2G commission), and the things are against us (Yale’s Carlotta Festival). In 2009, Kumu Kahua produced two of her plays in rep, Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano? and remounted their production of Art of Preservation. She was awarded the Hawai’i prize and the Pacific Rim Prize by Kumu Kahua. The Underneath, commissioned by Kumu Kahua, originated at the Yale Cabaret, and was workshopped at the Kennedy Center, Unicorn Theater, and Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival. Susan was Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s (HTY) resident playwright for their 2010-11 season. HTY commissioned her to write Navigator and Where Do Things Go? (multi-writer play). She received a feature-film development grant and best screenplay award from the Sloan Foundation. BFA: NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing. MFA: Yale School of Drama. She is a member of the Public Emerging Writers Group 2012-2013. SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab 2011, MaYi Playwrights Lab, and the 2011 Lark Van Lier Fellow. In 2012, She was selected by Time Warner as a featured artist in Time Warner series “Where Am I”.
James makes his way to his first Summer at Perry Mansfield this Summer through the warnings from his friends and family that he won’t want to come back. He brings with him his experience as a music director since working on Cabaret for Comtra Community Theater at age 13, along with years of composing, performing in classical, jazz, pop, rock, and metal (yes, metal) settings, and his experience as a lyricist, essayist, and published poet. His work has recently taken him across town to work on Pop! at City Theater as well as across the country touring with the post-rock group Ribbons. His musical, Off with her Maidenhead, co-written with Amy Claussen, recently was selected to be a part of the first year of The Pitch musical theater festival this Summer in Auburn, NY. Over the past year he became a teacher and accompanist at Steel City Improv Theater, the only all-improv house in Pittsburgh, where he plays for several groups, including musical improv group The LuPones, who have been selected as a featured troupe at this year’s Del Close Marathonin New York City.
James started his teaching career at a very early age when he was apprenticed to mezzo-soprano Brenda Menjivar just out of middle school. He continues to teach voice, piano, bass, written and aural theory, composition, and acting both privately and in various studios around the Pittsburgh area. He is just as excited to teach as he is to perform this Summer at PM.