Oren Stevens (Playwright)
Oren Stevens grew up writing short plays which he and his siblings performed for their parents. As he grew older, he took advantage of theatrical opportunities acting, directing, writing, designing, and producing. In 2006 and 2007, his last two summers before college, he ran the Playhouse West Pre-Professional Theater Program, writing and directing two original plays. The first, Through a Glass, Darkly, became an early draft of Phantomwise, and the second, Esdras, received a second workshop production at Yale University where Stevens continued to write, direct, produce, and design. He was co-president of the Yale Drama Coalition in 2009, and a member of the Yale Dramatic Association Executive Board 2009-2010. For his senior project he directed a collaborative adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. For the past year Stevens has been a producing associate at Page 73 Productions. More information: www.oren-stevens.com
Avital Shira (Director)
Avital Shira first fell in love with PHANTOMWISE when she heard a table read during her final year at Yale University. Since graduating in 2009, Shira has worked as an assistant director and director across the country. Directing credits include Pride and Prejudice, Dead Man Walking, Much Ado About Nothing (Yale University), I Ought to be in Pictures (Retro Productions, Portland, OR) and – most recently – Twelfth Night (Portland Actors Enemble). Shira has assisted directors including Michael Halberstam, Aaron Posner, Scott Wentworth and Jane Jones. As a professional storyteller whose passion for stories dates back to her own father reading a hundred-year-old copy of Alice in Wonderland aloud to her at age five – until he fell asleep and she kept reading, Shira has always been fascinated by the power of childhood stories to influence our adult lives and by the ways in which these narratives fall short.
Lily Lamb-Atkinson (Producer)
Lily Lamb-Atkinson is thrilled to join the Phantomwise team at the Fringe. Lily hails from Washington, DC, where she began her theatrical career in programs at the Shakespeare Theatre and Arena Stage. From there, she headed to Yale, where she majored in Theater Studies and directed, stage managed, and produced numerous student plays, her favorite of which was her senior project in directing, Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson. She also served a year-long term as President of the Dramat, one of the country's oldest and largest undergraduate theater organizations, and spent summers working for Clowns Without Borders South Africa and the Manhattan Theatre Club. Her experiences in theater at Yale made her fall in love with artistic production, and she is excited to continue her work in New York.
Bryn Herdrich (Stage Management)
Kaela Garvin (Costume Design)
Kaela Garvin is a Brooklyn-based playwright, costume designer, and performer. Recent costume credits include Talk to me Like the Rain (NYU/Meisner, dir. Fritz Ertl), How I Learned to Drive (NYU- Playwrights Horizons Theater School), and The Matryoshka Doll (Dixon Place). Kaela is currently re-developing The History of the Donner Party: The Country Musical! and prepping her full-length play The Imperialists for production this fall. Thanks to the entire Phantomwise team and, as always, family and friends for their support!
Leo Martin (Sound Design)
Leo is delighted to be working on this production of Phantomwise for NYC Fringe. Previous design work includes Proof (SinkorSwim Rep), The Spoon River Anthology (Invisible Dog) and Comedy of Errors (WTF: Free Theatre).
Greg Goff (Lighting Design)
Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, The Kennedy Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New York Stage and Film, TheaterWorks Hartford, Yale University, Perseverance Theater (Douglas, AK), SRT (Santa Rosa, CA), Curtain Call Theatre. National tours: Girl Talk. World tours: Patricia Norowol Dance (Germany), Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects. NYC: Playwrights Horizon Theater School, Pace University, CAP 21, HERE Arts Center, New York City 24-Hour Play Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, New York City International Fringe Festival. Education: BFA, University of Oklahoma. MFA, NYU Tisch Design for Stage and Film Dept. For more please visit www.greggoff.com
Mary Linehan (Properties Design)
Mary Linehan is very excited to be a part of Phantomwise and the Fringe Festival. Mary attended Morehead State University and has degrees in both theatre and psychology. While there, she designed props and set dressing for such shows as An Ideal Husband, August: Osage County, Napoli Milionaria, Medea, and Oleanna. This will be Mary's first time as Prop Master in the Big Apple and is very excited for you to enjoy the show! "The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings." -Lewis Carroll