Artistic Collaborators
Anne Gottlieb (Artistic Director, Principal Actor) is an acclaimed performer who has appeared in many New England and World Premieres (Crave, The Dazzle, and The Laramie Project), including several Elliot Norton award-winning productions. She has toured professionally to London, the New York International Fringe Festival and Moscow’s Podium Festival. She produced, co-authored, and performed in the play Anam Cara: Two Women Fall into the Ancient Tale of Gilgamesh, which toured to The Roy Hart Theatre in France. Her classical work includes leading roles in As You Like It, Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare & Company) The Taming of the Shrew, and Hamlet (Boston Theatre Works). She is the 2004 IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award Winner for her work as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Emma in Betrayal. Currently, she serves as a Resident Scholar in Collaborative Theater at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.
Kirk Lynn (Playwright) is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of the theatre collective Rude Mechanicals in Austin, TX. Kirk has served as playwright with the Rude Mechs on 16 world-premieres. In May of 2001, Kirk’s adaptation of Greil Marcus’ Lipstick Traces enjoyed a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run. In 2002 and 2003, Lipstick Traces toured the U.S. and internationally, to Austria. His latest work, Major Bang, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre, premiered in January 2006 and received rave reviews. Kirk holds a James A. Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas in Playwriting and Fiction.
Katie Pearl (Director) is an Obie-award winning collaborative theater maker working throughout the country on site-specific performance and new plays. Recent directing credits include D’Amours CATARACT (Women’s Project, NYC), Steve Moore’s Nightswim (State Theater, Austin TX), and Sally Oswald’s The Painful Adventures (Labapalooza Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse). Pearl has developed work with writers at the Playwright’s Center (MN), New Dramatists and Soho Rep (NY), and University of Texas/Austin. She has led workshops and taught youth theatre classes and is a proud member of Physical Plant Theater of Austin TX nationwide. Pearl has received numerous awards for direction and production from the Austin Critics’ Table, and is the recipient of a Roothbert Fellowship, a Drama League directing fellowship, and a 2003 Village Voice OBIE Award.
Troy Siebels (Advisor) serves as Artistic Director for Village Theatre Project, a professional not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to developing new works; and as Executive Director for Worcester Center for Performing Arts, currently undertaking a $17 million dollar restoration of the historic Grand Palace Theatre. Troy served as Producing Director at Stoneham Theatre for its first three seasons, earning awards for artistic excellence and growing the theatre by more than 300% to an annual budget of $1.5 million.
Elise Manning (Project Manager) is an actress, visual artist, educator, and activist. She has served as Project Coordinator and Congressional Liaison for United for a Fair Economy in Boston, and has worked as Events Coordinator for non-profit organizations in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC. Elise has worked extensively with children and youth as a facilitator in non-violent communication and dramatic arts, and currently works as an urban organic gardener in the Boston area.
Elizabeth Hayes (Development Director) is an experienced grant writer who recently served as the Director of Foundations and Government Relations for the ALS Therapy Development Foundation where she successfully raised over 3 million dollars. Elizabeth is also a professional actor and holds an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre and George Washington University in Washington, DC and a BA in Psychology from Brown University.
Sarah Richardson (Artistic Collaborator) is a Co-Producing Artistic Director for the theatre collective Rude Mechanicals in Austin, TX. She has performed in seven of the company’s critically acclaimed productions and directed Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, and Lust Supper (“Outstanding Director,” Austin Critics’ Table) and How Late It Was How Late, both by Kirk Lynn. She has also directed Shakespeare’s R&J, Pride’s Crossing, and ART at Zachary Scott Theatre (Austin, TX) each of which received nominations from the Austin Critics’ Table and the B. Iden Payne Awards for “Outstanding Director.”
Sarah Hickler (Early Artistic Collaborator) is a performer, director, movement specialist and theater educator who has collaborated with theater, performance and media artists from around the world. Her performance work has been produced in festivals, theaters and museums throughout New England. She performs regularly with the East Coast and International Action Theater Ensembles, and has directed critically acclaimed productions for the Los Angeles Women’s, Sedona and Sun Valley Shakespeare Companies. She currently is on the Performing Arts faculty of Emerson College in Boston.