Cast & Creative

Playwright: Charly E. Simpson

CHARLY EVON SIMPSON, originally from New Jersey, is a writer currently based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Literary Arts from Brown University and has a master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, New College. Her plays include In the Beginning and or what she will. In 2011, or what she will was selected as a finalist in Sanguine Theatre Company’s Project Playwright. Her personal essay, In the Shadows, is included in the anthology, A Book of Meditations: Volume III. She is the recipient of the 2008 Kim Ann Arstrak Memorial Award in Poetry as well as the 2008 Dorothy Stickney Theatre Arts Scholarship presented by the Zonta Club of New York. Ms. Simpson is also also an actor and director. Credits include work with the 2006 Hangar Theatre Lab Company, director of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot at Production Workshop and assistant director of boom at the Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Repertory. In addition to her work in the arts, Charly tutored at-risk youth in Massachusetts and was assistant director at a camp in Pennsylvania dedicated to working with children in need of emotional and/or autistic support.

Director: Illana Stein

 ILLANA STEIN is a freelance director originally from Texas who now resides in NYC. NYC Directing credits include: Ten Year Twilight (written by Crystal Skillman), Besties (Working Theater Directors Salon), The Boat House (Staged Reading, Sanguine Productions). Other directing credits include Emma, Two Rooms (Staged Reading, Amphibian Stage Productions), Darker (2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival; Critic’s Pick) Home Free! (Oregon Shakespeare Festival Midnight Project), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, In Love with Shakespeare (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company educational tours), Burying Barbie, The Woolgatherer, and As You Like It. As an Assistant director Ms. Stein has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Hangar Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Ms Stein was Assistant to the Artistic Director for 3 years at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she served as resident assistant director/dramaturg on over 20 productions and assisted with casting.  Ms. Stein will be a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.  She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma.


GINA PISASALE is the Resident Dramaturg at People’s Light and Theatre Company. As a freelance dramaturg she has worked with companies such as the Arden Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Hedgerow Theatre, Media Theatre, A&E Biographies, and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival. In 2010, she was granted a Residency in Dramaturgy at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she worked on the world premiere of Ping Chong’s adaptation of Throne of Blood. She is currently a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of research include contemporary Asian American theater, performances of culture, and dramaturgy. Gina has been a course instructor and lecturer at UMD and also has professional experience as a director, set and light designer, and actor.

Lighting DESIGNER: Porsche McGovern

PORSCHE MCGOVERN is a New York-based lighting designer. She designed Parker and Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow for the NYC Fringe Festival. Some of her honors include Oregon Shakespeare Festival Richard L. Hay Fellowship in Lighting Design, ETC-LDI Sponsorship, USITT Young Designers’ Forum, Clambake, and the Prague Quadrennial American Student Exhibition. Porsche holds an MFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from St. Lawrence University.

Composer of Original Music: CS LUXEM

CS LUXEM, as a solo artist as well as a collaborator has performed all over the United States and Europe. He has also performed with/in asia and the flavors, Emily Jane Powers, Karma Vision, Lord and Lady Destroyer, Rockabilly Land Singers, Hand Sand Hands, Slime Detective, Yoda’s Voice, HUMAN+PLUS,Three Dads, and Dow Drones.

Fight Choreographer: Alexis Black

Alexis BlackALEXIS BLACK is a certified Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She has been Fight Director for many NY and regional companies including The Brick Theater, American Globe Theatre, Nosedive Productions, Ugly Rhino, 3LD Art and Technology Center, MaineStage Shakespeare Theater and plays Pandora in the All-Female, Shakespearean Fight Troupe The Vixens: En Garde! Performance regional credits include work at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Shaker Bridge Theater. Other NYC performance credits include Vampire Cowboys Theater Company and Titan Theatre Company. This past fall she toured to Germany as Christmas Past/Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol with American Drama Group-Europe.

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