2015-16 New Dramatists Staff

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morse.jpg Emily Morse (Artistic Director) is a theatre artist whose 26-year career encompasses performing, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, devising, producing, arts administration, curating and artistic consulting at theatres and companies of all sizes, including Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, LMDA, Ping Chong and Co, NADA, LEMA productions, HERE, the Wilma, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, JAW/West Festival – Portland Center Stage, Creative Time, Ripe Time, Cincinnati Playhouse, Culture Project/Women Center Stage, PlayPenn, 13P, Drama League New Directors/New Works, Links Hall, and Re/Union Company at LaMaMa. A veteran theatre artist with a specialty in process-oriented devised work, Emily is a Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab alumna and NYTW Usual Suspect. She has participated in, and benefitted from, a variety of workshops, including: Choreography for Directors (Annie-B Parson); Butoh (Dawn Akemi Saito); Viewpoints (J. Ed Araiza); Critical Response and Movement/Stage Composition (Liz Lerman); playwriting (Eduardo Machado, Suzan-Lori Parks, Karen Hartman); BIG Artist (Chris Wells/Karen Hartman); Third Bohemia (Todd London and Z Space); Waldorf Education, and Collaborative Leadership. An avid dance fan, she has practiced various forms, including study of Swing, Argentine Tango, and Flamenco. Emily’s love affair with New Dramatists began in 2000 when she was one of four directors-in-residence. She joined the staff full-time in July 2001 and since then, has partnered on the building of new programs including, PlayTime, Full Stage, USA, and The Jerry A. Tishman Playwrights Creativity Fund, among others. Emily serves on the Advisory Board for PlayPenn and on the Board of the John Golden Fund. She has served on numerous new play development panels, including her Playwright Leadership panel presented during the 2012 Humana Festival, the TCG inaugural Leadership University Program, and on a 2016 NYFA Artist Fellowship grant committee for Playwriting and Screenwriting. Other field contributions include her introduction to America Dreaming and Other Plays, a collection of plays by Chiori Miyagawa published by NoPassport Press, and the HowlRound-published Chiori Miyagawa interview Reunion: Why Do They Keep Coming Back? In May 2010, in recognition of her stature as a playwright advocate and significant contributions as a dramaturg, Emily received an inaugural Lilly Award for Advocacy. A graduate of Temple University, Emily lives in Brooklyn with her husband Gary and their son, Lincoln.

ruark_0.jpg Joel K. Ruark (Executive Director), a graduate of Ohio University, began his theatrical career in the Literary Office at Actors Theatre of Louisville. His professional career includes a number of arts management positions: Managing Director of the theatre division of Wind Dancer Production Group; Development Director of the George Street Playhouse; General Manager of the Lambs Theatre; and Literary Manager/Casting for the Walnut Street Theatre. He’s also worked with the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Festival Theatre. Outside of his theatrical resume, Ruark helped to establish and served as the Chief Financial Officer for Praxis Housing Initiatives, a nonprofit housing development agency. From 1989 to 1992, Joel led the staff of New Dramatists, when, in its 40th year, it was facing a severe organizational and financial crisis. By the end of his tenure, New Dramatists had gone from an annual operating loss of nearly 35% to a modest surplus. In 2000, Joel was drawn back to New Dramatists, where he continues to serve as the Executive Director. In the ensuing years, New Dramatists has enjoyed extraordinary growth and fiscal stability. In 2013, Ruark received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts. Joel lives in Mahopac, New York with his wife Cheryl Pinnow, a clinical Psychologist.

steber.jpg John Steber (Director of the Playwrights’ Lab) is in his fourteenth season at New Dramatists, where he has overseen the presentation and casting of many, many readings and workshops. In New York, he has directed at HERE, The Working Theatre, HB Playwrights Foundation, EST, New Perspectives, The West Bank, Alice’s Fourth Floor, The Present Company, and Metro Playhouse, among others. He has directed staged readings for Playwrights’ Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop, and was a member of the 1996 and 1999 Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab. At New Dramatists, John has directed readings/workshops of plays by Herman Daniel Farrell III and Daniel Reitz. In summer 2015, he directed the workshop of Mia Chung’s play, Catch As Catch Can at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Summer Workshop. Additionally, he has directed for The Passage Theatre, The Garage Theatre Group, and 12 Miles West in his home state of New Jersey. He also directed Arthur Miller’s After the Fall for the Daylesford Theatre at BMDS, Bermuda. From 1995 - 2001 John served as a director/dramaturg for the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat in Staunton, VA (where, among other plays, he directed a staged reading of The Women of Lockerbee by ND alumna, Deborah Brevoort, and The Dinosaur Within by John Walch). John began his career as an actor, appearing Off Broadway at INTAR, Westside Arts, EST, etc. (where he appeared in early plays by New Dramatists alumni, Migdalia Cruz and Suzan-Lori Parks), and internationally at the Theatre Des Westens, Berlin (Porgy and Bess), as well as in TV shows and commercials.

cbrown_0.jpg Christie Brown (Director of Development) has 20+ years of arts management experience including her work as a dramaturg, literary director, agent office manager, director of development and major gifts officer. Christie began her arts career at Arena Stage as a Literary Associate and Production Dramaturg. She managed agent offices at ICM New York and ICM Los Angeles, working with those who represented writers and directors in theatre, film, and television. Her first tenure at New Dramatists began in 1999, when she served as New Dramatists’ Literary Director. In 2001, she stepped into the role of Director of Development, and helped New Dramatists navigate the post 9/11 fundraising climate prior to her October 2002 move to Washington, D.C. While there, she served as Associate Director of Development for Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), and as an Associate Director of Development and Major Gifts Officer for the University of Maryland, working with the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Christie rejoined New Dramatists as its chief development officer in 2011 and directs its annual $1.5 million fundraising program, which includes institutional grantwriting, individual giving, and special event planning and execution. Christie's other freelance credits include production dramaturgy with Ari Roth at Theater J; script writer for The Haunted Prince (Shakespeare in DC Festival); educational dramaturgy and guest lecturing at the Kennedy Center and Catholic University; and research and dramaturgy work for the legendary Zelda Fichandler, Founding Artistic Director of Arena Stage. She is Past President of the Alumni Association for her alma mater, Juniata College. Christie lives in Yardley, PA with her husband, actor/professor Gary Sloan, and their son Owen.

allen_1.jpg Morgan Allen (Director of Finance & New Media) recently completed his eleventh season on the staff of New Dramatists where he oversees all day to financial operations and new media projects. In addition to New Dramatists, Morgan freelances as the Finance Manager for The Moblees, a multi-platform kids and family health and wellness brand including a live stage show and television series and as Business Manager for Ape Law, LLC, a indie video game development studio. As a producer, he has worked on ND alumna, Catherine Filloux’s plays, Lemkin’s House and Killing the Boss in their world premieres, and worked with Prospect Theater Company in New York City as a Producing Associate. Before joining New Dramatists, Morgan served on the staff of Playbill.com as Photo Editor/Editorial Assistant, and before that he proudly served as an intern at New Dramatists. He lives in South Orange, NJ with his wife Heather, Director of Finance at 321 Management, daughter Avery and son Finn. He holds a B.F.A. in Media & Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

rileyron_0.jpg Ron Riley (Director of Operations) has worked in administrative and IT capacities for EST, The Foundry Theatre, New Georges, Playwrights Horizons and Borough of Manhattan Community College. A professional actor & musician, Ron is a member of Café Antarsia Ensemble with Ruth Margraff, Nikos Brisco and Rami el Aassar. The group released their debut CD, Songs of the Table, on Innova Records in 2007, have recorded their second CD, Land of the Great Horses in Austin, TX, and has toured internationally. Ron has also appeared in New Dramatists alum productions including Carlyle Brown’s play, Pure Confidence, at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The New York Fringe Festival's production of Portrait of a President by Herman Daniel Farrell III; Keli Garrett's Uppa Creek, directed by Dominic Taylor at Dixon Place; Keith Glover's Dark Paradise at Cincinnati Playhouse; the OBIE Award-winning Off Broadway revival production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson at the New Federal Theatre; They Still Mambo In Havana at The Flea and Partial Complex Seizure, written and directed by Rogelio Martinez at the Playwrights' Collective; Christopher Columbus by Nikos Kazantdakis, directed by Lloyd Richards at the New Federal Theatre; Crocodile Eyes written and directed by Eduardo Machado at Theatre for the New City; and Soho Rep’s production of Skin by Naomi Iizuka. A veteran of "many dusty, downtown productions,” he is a 1991 graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a B.F.A. with Honors and a 1991 Founders Award.

hall.jpg Connie Hall (Artistic Programs Producer) is a performer, producer and veteran “downtown” theater-maker who has helped to create and mount over 25 new works for the stage in New York and abroad. In 2006, along with a group of fellow performers, Connie founded Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant (2012 NY Innovative Theater Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance Art Production), a company that engages the audience through inventive theatrical forms such as a pop-up restaurant, walking tour, and secret social club. As the company’s Producing Director and head cook, Connie served thousands of audience members in New York, Boston, Nashville, Louisville and Cleveland. As co-producer of the July 2012 international undergroundzero festival along with Paul Bargetto, she presented new work by 28 artists and companies and hosted events to facilitate artistic exchange and community building. Prior to joining New Dramatists, Connie was the Manager of Institutional Giving at Theatre Development Fund and a Development Associate at Theatre Communications Group. She holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.

tiff.jpg Tiffany Kleeman Baran (Associate Director of Development) is an arts administrator with over a decade of combined experience as a performing artist, fundraiser, and manager. She is in her fifth season on staff at New Dramatists—and in her second tenure, having first worked with the organization as an intern while in graduate school. In her current role, Tiffany works in all aspects of development, focusing on institutional giving, special events, and database administration. Other positions in the performing arts include Development Manager at both The Pearl Theatre Company and The Flea Theater, Regrant Assistant at Brooklyn Arts Council, and Development Intern at the Atlantic Theater Company. She holds a BFA in Acting from New York University (award for “Outstanding Achievement at The Atlantic Acting School”) and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College CUNY (Buchwald Internship Grant, BC Managers for the Arts Scholarship, Graduate Dean’s List). Tiffany lives in the Bronx with her husband John.

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