Henry Akona
(Assistant artistic director, NEUROfest; composer and director, Tabula Rasa.) Originally from Hawaii, Henry Akona is a director and composer based in New York. He most recently directed The Architecture of Sight and Pandora's Box: A vaudeville for High Fidelity Theater.
Before moving to New York, Henry was an assistant director at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where he assisted Joe Dowling, Douglas Wager and John Miller-Stephany. More information at henryakona.com.

Kirk Wood Bromley
(Playwright, Syndrome)

John Clancy
(Director, Cincinnati) John Clancy is a partner in Clancy Productions, a critically acclaimed international theatrical touring and production company. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Present Company, a leading Off-Off Broadway theatre company and a founding Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival, North America’s largest theater and performance festival. His plays have won The American Shorts Contest, The San Francisco Playwrights Center Dramarama, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First and have been short-listed for the Julie Harris Playwrighting Award and the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. Directing credits include Americana Absurdum, by Brian Parks, (Edinburgh Fringe First 2000), Cincinnati, by Don Nigro, (Edinburgh Fringe First 2002, Adelaide Best of Fringe 2004) Horse Country, by C.J. Hopkins (Edinburgh Fringe First 2002, Scotsman Best of the Firsts 2002, Adelaide Best of Fringe 2004), his own Fatboy, (Edinburgh Fringe First 2004) and screwmachine/eyecandy by C.J. Hopkins (Edinburgh Fringe First 2005) His productions have played the Riverside Studios (London), The Helix (Dublin), The Traverse, (Edinburgh), the World Stage Festival, (Toronto), The Belvoir Street Theatre, (Sydney) and The Present Company, 29th Street Repertory Theatre and Barrow Street Theatre in New York City.

He serves on the Advisory Council of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc., the city’s preeminent advocacy and resource center for downtown theater, and the Advisory Board of the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, England. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and his writing has been published in Off, Edge, Village Voice, The Sunday Herald and The New York Times. He was awarded The New York Magazine Award in 1997 for “creativity, enterprise and vision”. In 2002 he received a Glasgow Herald Angel for excellence in direction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He lives on the Lower East Side with his wife, Nancy Walsh.

Michael DiGioia
(Actor, Impostors) Chicago born and a graduate of S.U.N.Y. Purchase, has appeared Off-Broadway with The Thtr. Of The Open Eye; The Jewish Rep.; The West Bank Thtr.; The Ravenswood Thtr.; The Judith Shakespeare Co.; and The Mirror Rep. Co. with the late Geraldine Page. Michael toured India with the Minn. Opera Co. in Once Upon A Mattress, and has performed in regional/stock theatres throughout the U.S. Favorite roles include: Mosca in Volpone; Renfield in Dracula; the title role in Pirandello's The Man With The Flower In His Mouth; Zeppo Marx in Minnie's Boys; Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors; Marvin in Falsettos; Billy in Anything Goes, and Che Guevara in Evita in which Michael was awarded one of the "Top Five Performers Of The Year" by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Most recently: 6 new works in NYC: Dia de Los Muertos at the NY Drama League; The Knickerbockers at The Producer’s Club; La Fenix at The Raw Space (awarded Best Actor by “Spotlight On Theatre” for his portrayal of Father Antonio); as Mark in Jude Albert’s award winning play Baby Monitor; as Robert Smith in The Heart of Biddy Mason by Ted Lange, and as the infamous Morris Levy in Tina Andrews’ stage version of her 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall In Love/Frankie Lymon Story (staged reading). Michael continues to participate in Student & Independent films. Seeking representation (212) 501-1629.

Alexandra Edwards
(Playwright, The Taste of Blue) Alexanda Edwards lives in Atchison, Kansas, where she is one of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. She has been writing poetry for her own and others' enjoyment for years. This is her first play.

Edward Einhorn
(Artistic Director, NEUROfest; playwright, Strangers, Linguish, The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Robot, Doctors Jane and Alexander; director, Strangers and Linguish) Edward Einhorn has been the Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #61 since he founded it in 1992. He curated the The Ionesco Festival, the first-ever festival of Ionesco's complete works, and Untitled Theater's 24/7 Festival. Perhaps most prominently, he wrote and directed the Off-Broadway production, Fairy Tales of the Absurd, which The New York Times called "almost unbearably funny." He is the author of the modern Oz novels Paradox in Oz and The Living House of Oz (Hungry Tiger Press), The Golem, Methuselah and Shylock: Three Plays by Edward Einhorn (Theater 61 Press) and the upcoming picture book on probability, A Very Improbable Story (Charlesbridge). Most recently, he wrote and directed the puppet play Unauthorized Magic in Oz at St. Ann's Warehouse and the Looking Glass Theatre, which The New York Times called "exquisitely ingenious" and "truly enchanting."

John Grady
(Actor, Vestibular) New York Stage Credits: Happiness Island (HERE Arts Centre), Hazard County (World Premiere, Themantics Group), Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre), It Came From The Twilight Zone (Producers Club), Famous Ghost Monologues (Abingdon Theatre), Avant-Garde-A-Rama (PS 122). Other Theatre: Phantom of the Opera (Livent, Toronto), Bent (City Lights Theatre, San Jose). Film: Checkout by Dan Eckman, Living Room by Caleb Johnson, The Seventh Dog by Zeina Durra. TV: 'Sex and the City' (HBO), Premium Blend (Comedy Central), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC), 'Watch Her' (AMC).

Jody Gray
(Co-composer, Welcome to Tourettaville!)

Kelly R. Haydon
(Playwright, Vestibular) Kelly R. Haydon has previously worked with Untitled Theatre Company #61 on the 24/7 Festival and Lysistrata100. She has directed at the Looking Glass Theatre, ManhattanTheatreSource, and several film companies. Vestibular was written as part of "The Acoustic Nerve," series of interlinked stories relating to music, trauma and the ear. For more information about Meniere's Disease, please check out menieresinfo.com.

Ian Hill
(Director, Doctors Jane and Alexander)

James Jordan
(Playwright and director, CJD) James Jordan was born in the nation’s capital, and finds himself in the interesting position of being both a neurologist and a playwright. He earned a Dramatic Writing B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Through his production company, The Boondogglers, he had several of his plays produced while he lived in Seattle, Washington, including, eMpTy V, Overdose River through Hollywoods, Chaos, a Love Story, and Schizophilia. He was a theater and arts critic for The Charleston City Paper while attending medical school at M.U.S.C. in Charleston, South Carolina, giving him the chance to review the very artists who inspired him and who he parodies/pays homage to in the current piece (specifically Spalding Gray and Laurie Anderson…). He is currently a neurology resident physician at Case Western’s University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio, and experienced that ambivalent feeling of both horror and fascination when he cared for a patient with C.J.D.

Doug Katsaros
(Co-composer, Welcome to Tourettaville!)

Taylor Keith
(Assistant Director/Stage Manager, Vestibular) Taylor Keith graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. She completed The School For Film and Television's two-year Conservatory program and has acted and stage managed for Patchwork Players in South Carolina. She was director of development for Riot of Red Productions and currently resident Head of the Drama Program at Camp Towanda.

Ari Laura Kreith
(Director, Impostors) During her seven years as artistic director of California's Theatre Zoe, a company for new work and contemporary drama, Ari received three Civic Arts Commission Fellowships and directed over 20 productions, including Grotesque Lovesongs, Eleemosynary, The Bug, The American Plan, When We Dead Awaken, The Person I Once Was, Way Back to Paradise, Total Eclipse, and Arts & Leisure. In New York, Ari has directed Jenny Lyn Bader's Memory Play: A Fragment, starring Eli Wallach (Women's Project Directors Forum), Melanie Wehrmacher's Trip, (Provincetown Playhouse), Justin Deabler's Contracts, (Lynx Ensemble Theatre), David Wolfson's Dreamhouse, (MITF), and her own adaptation of Three Sisters,. Ari's musical theater directing credits include the European premiere of Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns (Edinburgh International Fringe Festival), Songs for a New World , Once Upon A Mattress , Violet, and Way Back To Paradise,. She has directed regionally at the Stamford Fringe Festival (CT), Lycian Theatre (NY), Vacaville Performing Arts Center (CA), ACME Theatre Co (CA), and Henlopen Theater Project (DE). Next month, Ari will be directing a national tour of The Giver. , She is also developing Noteplay,, a series of commissioned short plays and songs inspired by a scrap of dialogue found on the New York City subway. Ari is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. This is her third collaboration with Justin Warner.

Robert Lawson
(Playwright and lyricist, Tabula Rasa) A writer, director, composer, screenwriter and visual artist, Robert Lawson has created of dozens of performance texts that have been produced in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and various other venues. His music/theater work …but the rain is full of ghosts was performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the National American College Theater Festival (2003). His work has been published in American Writing, Poems & Plays and The Northern New England Review.

Recent work includes directing the premiere of Elodie Lauten's The Death of Don Juan (April 2005); writing High Fidelity's premiere production Pandora's Box : a vaudeville (NYC, fall '04); direction and set design for The Magic Flute for the Granite State Opera; a staged reading of Dominic Orlando's Terror of the Physical Being for the MacDowell Colony's Downtown series; an ongoing series of workshops in Creative Process and Film for the Donau University in Austria; and co-writing an independent feature film, Safety Glass, slated to begin shooting later this year in Canada. He is the co-author of a number of screenplays, in collaboration with writer/director Jonathan Glatzer, including Fear Itself and Emmet Bull's Peerless Arcadium, both currently in development.

Jason Liebman
(Actor, Vestibular) has appeared in numerous productions in and around NYC. Favorite roles include Orlando in As You Like It, the title character in Plautus’ Amphitryon and Eddie Levitsky, a role he originated last year in God of Desire with the InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Jason has fondued with Abe Lincoln on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, been introduced to the world of puppetry playing a ventriloquist in the recently completed film Billy Bird and L’il Joey Farnum, and if you concentrated really hard at the very top right corner of the screen, he totally stole a lengthy second of A Beautiful Mind from Russell Crowe (without speaking). You might also remember him from the Fox Family classic Big Wolf on Campus – in which he played Brett Johnson – student council President and head of the male cheerleading squad … or not …

Julia Martin
(Director, The Taste of Blue)

Daniel Neiden
(Co-composer, Welcome to Tourettaville!)

Don Nigro
(Playwright, Cincinnati)

Jonathan Ospa
(Co-playwright, Welcome to Tourettaville!)

June Rachelson-Ospa
(Co-playwright, Welcome to Tourettaville!)

Timothy McCown Reynolds
(Director and actor, Syndrome)

Sherry Skinker
Broadway: Dinner at Eight, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Design for Living. Off-Broadway: Kind Lady, Marching to Georgia and the Mint Theatre’s production of The Lonely Way. She toured in 13 Rue de L'Amour staring Louis Jourdan and has performed in regional theatres for over thirty years where roles have ranged from Adriana in The Comedy of Errors to Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire to Ellen in Over the Tavern. She was a member of the Circle Rep. Lab. and has spent three seasons with The Stamford Fringe Festival of New Plays and twenty-four summers with The Totem Pole Playhouse. Film credits include “Once We Were Strangers”, “Time Away”, and the voice of Queen Neferkitty in the animated film “Moses”. Television credits: “The Law and Harry McGraw”, “One Life to Live”, “All My Children”, several children’s series for PBS and numerous commercials.

Ms. Skinker is a recipient of The National Society of Arts and Letters- Drama Scholarship and a graduate of The Drama Studio in London, England.

Jolie Tong
(Director, Vestibular) NYC Directing credits include: The Tempest, Paid in Full and The Date (Looking Glass Theatre), RAW: Cause I'm a Woman (at Cap 21), Lost and Found (at MET) and The Favor (at the Ohio Theatre). Directing Assistant for In My Life (Music Box Theatre). Jolie currently teaches Drama and Playwriting classes in public schools throughout NYC and has directed a number of school youth productions as a guest artist. Much thanks to Mom and Dad, Maury for his constant support and the rest of my friends and family.

Nancy Walsh
(Actor, Cincinati) Nancy Walsh is the president of Clancy Productions. She is a founding member of The Present Company, producing organization of The New York International Fringe Festival. She has performed in over 14 productions with The Present Company, including Secret Agent Man and Paper Man, both written by John Clancy, the egg game by Sheila Head, Texas Radio by C.J.Hopkins and Brian Parks’ Americana Absurdum, winner of the Edinburgh Fringe First 2000 and nominated for the Stage Award Best Acting Ensemble. Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Sabina and Lucrecia. Nancy performed Cincinnati directed by her husband, John Clancy in the Edinburgh Fringe garnering a 2002 Fringe First. She was also awarded the Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award and nominated for The Stage Best Actress award. Clancy Productions toured Australia with Arts Projects Australia where she performed Cincinnati at The Adelaide Fringe Festival winning the 2004 Adelaide Best of Fringe and The Belvoir Street Theater in Sydney.

In 2004, Clancy Productions returned to Edinburgh with Fatboy written and directed by John Clancy in which she played Fudgie. Fatboy won the 2004 Fringe First award. She has worked with Atlantic 453, Blue Heron and with Six Figures Theatre Company in Clowning the Bard & Bible directed by Linda Ames Key. She co-starred in an animated feature called the The Ruth Truth by Sheila Head for Oxygen Media and starred in the short indie film "Another Bed" by Brian Dykstra directed by Margarett Perry-Dykstra and Ross Minichiello. Credits also include One Life to Live and commercial work for ESPN, Lifetime, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. Her favorite work happens during the 24 Hour Play Project, with Tina Fallon and Kurt Gardner and Lindsey Bowen.

Justin Warner

Justin Warner
(Playwright, Impostors) Justin Warner’s plays have been performed in ten U.S. states and in Canada, and developed at the Abingdon Theatre, EST, Signature Theatre (DC), the Round House Theatre, American Stage, WordBRIDGE, and New Dramatists. He is a past winner of the Kennedy Center-ACTF playwriting competition (Mid-Atlantic region), and a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Wolk Award, the Larry Neal Award, the Dorothy Silver Award, and the Jacob Javits Fellowship in the Humanities. Five of his short plays have been Heideman Award finalists. Justin co-founded Washington Improv Theater and performed, taught, and toured with the group for seven years. He studied psychology and neuroscience at Haverford College and Oxford University, and has written for New Scientist, Popular Science, and Science magazine, among others. Other credits include a Peabody Award for his work on a children’s science/mystery/adventure radio show. He is a member of the BMI Workshop and the Dramatists Guild.

Justin's recent production of Screwups, a collection of his short comedies, was deemed "hilarious," "wildly amusing," and "genuinely funny" by Off-Off Broadway Review. Upcoming productions include Cinderella'’s Mice, a children's musical commissioned by the Vital Theatre, co-written with composer-lyricist Ben Morss. Impostors will run simultaneously with NEUROFest at the Union Theatre in London. www.justinwarner.net

Barry Weil

Barry Weil
(Director, The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Robot) Barry is Co-Artistic Director of Evolve Company. He has created puppets and masks for many NYC stage productions, including Screaming Shrubbery, Aesop's Fables, Uktena and Unauthorized Magic in Oz. Barry first teamed up with Evolve Company Co-Artistic Director Tanya Khordoc to create the puppet film The Jack O'Lantern Lady. Soon after they premiered their best-known piece, Evolution, as part of the Lincoln Center American Living Room Festival at HERE. Barry and Tanya have since performed Evolution at many other venues, including the Children's Museum of Manhattan, the Puppeteers of America National Festival in Tampa, FL, and most recently for a limited run at the Looking Glass Theatre in NYC on a double-bill with Unauthorized Magic in Oz. They have also contributed their talents to Eric Jacobson's Galileo's Telescope, created and performed Lifelines for last year's 24/7 Festival, and will soon celebrate a decade of collaboration with their epic performance piece Secrets History Remembers.

Barry's other stage appearances include Little Shop of Horrors (five different productions inside "Audrey II"), Prelude to a Kiss, Godspell, and his own play Claim to Fame. He can also be seen as Elvis Presley in the cult film The Return of the King? (not the one with the hobbits). When not performing or building, Barry is the assistant director and theatre coordinator for Levels, Long Island's nationally acclaimed cultural center for teenagers.


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