Deborah Brevoort writes plays, musicals and opera librettos. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is produced all over the world. Her other plays include The Poetry of Pizza, (Purple Rose, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage & others), The Blue-Sky Boys, (EST/Sloan commission, Barter Theatre, Capital Rep), The Comfort Team, (Virginia Stage), The Velvet Weapon, Signs of Life, (Perseverance Theatre, Theatre One) Into the Fire and My Lord What Night. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre for Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with Scott Davenport Richards and King Island Christmas with David Friedman. She wrote the book and lyrics for Crossing Over, an Amish Hip Hop musical with composer and co-lyricist Stephanie Salzman. She is currently writing the book and lyrics for Loving with composer Diedre Murray, and the book and lyrics for Tiffany Girls with composer/lyricist Julianne Wick Davis. Her latest opera libretto is for Murasaki’s Moon, with composer Michi Wiancko, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, On Site Opera and ALT, which will premiere at the Met in 2019. She is also a three-time winner of the Frontiers opera competition at Ft. Worth Opera for Embedded and Albert Nobbs with composer Patrick Soluri, and Steal a Pencil for Me, with composer Gerald Cohen. Steal a Pencil for Me premiered at Opera Colorado in 2018; Embedded at Ft. Worth Opera and Fargo Moorhead Operas in 2016. Blue Moon Over Memphis, her Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, is currently touring internationally by Theatre Nohgaku with Noh orchestrations by Richard Emmert. Deborah serves as a mentor to the NBO Musical Theatre Initiative in Nairobi, Kenya, which is launching 16 new musicals by Kenyan composers and writers. She teaches in the graduate musical theatre writing at NYU and the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University.
Kel Haney is a NYC-based director who focuses on new work. Recent credits include: Comfort/Haney’s The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (Next Door at New York Theater Workshop, La MaMa); Julia Doolittle’s Tell Them I'm Still Young (featuring Andre Braugher & Michele Pawk), Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By (regional premiere), Sharyn Rothstein’s A Good Farmer (American Theater Group); Deborah Brevoort's My Lord, What a Night, Chris Cragin-Day’s Foster Mom, and Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Water by the Spoonful (Premiere Stages); Laura Maria Censabella’s Paradise (featuring Grant Shaud - Luna Stage, Passage Theatre); Jordan Jaffee’s Crude (featuring Nico Tortorella – an Ars Nova Fling at Theater 511); Chris Cragin-Day’s A Woman, Neil LaBute’s What Happens in Vegas (world premiere), and Vickie Ramirez’s Glenburn 12WP (59E59). She has directed and developed new work with Abingdon Theatre Company, The Amoralists, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane, Keen Company, Labyrinth, The Lark, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ma-Yi, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, Orlando Shakes, Partial Comfort, Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Also: MTC Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Mabou Mines Residency, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange and a lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.kelhaney.com
Amy Berryman is an actor and writer originally from Seattle. Her full-length plays include The New Galileos (Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018, O’Neill Finalist 2019, Mach 33 Caltech/Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays Semi-Finalist 2019), Walden (Premiere Play Festival 2019 Finalist, Great Plains 2019 selection, Last Frontier Theatre Conference 2018 selection), and Three Year Summer (developed with Nomad Theatricals in NYC, Portland Stage in Maine, and PROP Thtr in Chicago). The short film she wrote, co-produced, and starred in “You Are Everywhere” won Best Drama in the LA Short Film Festival 2018. As an actor, she was recently seen off-Broadway in The Convent by Jessica Dickey (Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep). Other credits include Lunchtime by Greg Kotis (the Brick), and I Will Be Gone by Erin Courtney (Humana Festival). amy-berryman.com
Mia Walker: Broadway/National Tour: Tour Director on the current National Tour of Finding Neverland and the recent National Tour of Pippin; Associate Director on A.R.T./Broadway’s Waitress; Assistant Director on A.R.T./Broadway’s The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Pippin, and Finding Neverland. Upcoming: Associate Director, Jagged Little Pill (Broadway, Fall 2019). Off-Broadway/Regional directing: Fault Line Theatre (All Nighter, Irons in the Fire); Into the Wild (Encore); NYMF; The Flea (Resident Director); Ensemble Studio Theatre (Youngblood). Drama League Directing Fellow. B.A. Harvard University. www.miapwalker.com
Jack Canfora’s plays have been produced to critical acclaim both Off-Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the United States. His Off-Broadway play Poetic License was hailed as “Smart, unsettling drama” by The New York Times and “Clever…articulate…white-hot” by The Associated Press. His play Jericho received a 2011 Edgerton Award as well as a highly lauded Off-Broadway run. It was a New York Times “Critics’ Pick,” calling it “painfully significant“ and “A lovely, humorous work… a smart, hard-hitting drama filled with biting wit.” Theatre Communications Group referred to the play as “an important contribution to the repertoire of the American Stage.” His play Place Setting was nominated, along with plays by Edward Albee and Theresa Rebeck, as “Best Play for 2007” by The Newark Star Ledger. His play Fellow Travelers opened at the Bay Street Theater in 2018 and was called “compelling” by Newsday and “a must see” by Hamptons.com. His play The Source is the winner of a 2018 Edgerton Award and debuted at New Jersey Repertory in 2019, where it was called “stunning” by BroadwayWorld.com and “well-written, intelligent, often very funny – but serious” by The Two Rivers Times. Jack also co-wrote and co-created the comedy web series “The Small Time,” which won the 2016 Webby Award for Best Writing (www.thesmalltimeseries.com). He has two children who are both smarter than he is and lives in New York with his dog. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JackCanfora
Will has directed and developed new plays and musicals with such theatres as The Guthrie, American Repertory Theatre, 2nd Stage, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Hartford Stage, New York Theater Workshop, The Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Soho Rep, Culture Project, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Studio Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Mark Taper Forum. He has directed world premieres by such playwrights as John Guare, David Auburn, Neil LaBute, Craig Lucas, Kia Corthron, David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Belber, Noah Haidle, Linda Cho and Kira Obolensky. His productions have received the Helen Hayes Award, The Lucille Lortel Award, The Elliot Norton Award and The Independent Reviewers of New England Award, as well as a Drama Desk nomination, and his work has been cited as the best of the year by The Washington Post, The Washington Times and Bloomberg News. For Bay Street, Will recently directed a newly envisioned version of Evita that became the highest grossing production in Bay Street’s 27-year history.
Emma Lively (Book, Music, Lyrics) has co-written several original musicals with Tyler Beattie, including Bliss, Blue, and Candy Land. A published Penguin Random House author with translations into more than a dozen languages, she holds a master’s degree in Viola Performance from SUNY/Stony Brook with postgraduate studies in conducting, composition and orchestration from the Julliard School. Tyler Beattie (Book, Music, Lyrics) has co-written several original musicals with Emma Lively, including Bliss, Blue, and Candy Land. A passionate educator, Tyler is the founder and coach of an award-winning middle school debate team in Harlem and a graduate of Northwestern University.
Sheryl Kaller most recently directed A Walk on the Moon by Paul Scott Goodman and Pamela Grey at A.C.T.. She directed Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-nominated play on Broadway, Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly. Sheryl received a Tony Award nomination for Best Director for the Broadway production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. Recent projects include Frozen for Disney Cruise Lines, Our Town with Deaf West Theater and Pasadena Playhouse, Sacred Valley by Josh Radnor at NYSAF, The White Chip by Sean Daniels and Choice by Winnie Holzman. She also recently directed the world premieres of Billy Porter’s play While I Yet Live at Primary Stages, Nick Blaemire’s A Little More Alive (Barrington Stage and Kansas City Rep), Roundabout Theater Company’s Underground production of Too Much Too Much Too Many, by Meghan Kennedy, and the LCT3 production of Mr. Joy, by Daniel Beaty. She’s is currently in development on Bliss with Tyler Beattie and Emma Lively, and Switched by Jonatha Brooke and Geoffrey Nauffts, among others. Upcoming: The Untitled Sex Project by Billy Porter at Primary Stages.