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Angela Santillo, playwright/producer

Angela Santillo is a playwright and actress originally from Los Angeles. Her play Sera (dir. Rebecca Engle, Saint Mary’s College) was a national finalist for the 2010 David Mark Cohen Award and was also given a Distinguished Achievement Award in Playwriting by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival. Other writing credits include: Faulted (semi-finalist BAPF), Epic (dir. Lillian Meredith, Communal Spaces), The Unfelt Wonder (dir. Ernest Abuba, Pan Asian Rep New Works Festival), Static Lullaby (workshop with foolsFURY Theater), Constellation Anna (dir. Ed Sherin, Sarah Lawrence College), Middlecrest (dir. Ernest Abuba, Sarah Lawrence College), Sera (workshops with foolsFURY Theater and Playwrights Center of San Francisco), Red Umbrellas (dir. Angela Santillo, Saint Mary’s College). Recent acting credits include her solo show, The Unfelt Wonder, at Pan Asian Rep’s New Works Festival and a role in The Possibility Project’s film, Know How. She is currently an ensemble member of foolsFURY Theater and served as their Producer and Company Manager from 2005-2008.  She has an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College, where she won the Lipkin Playwriting Award.  http://www.angelasantillo.com

Elizabeth Miller, director/producer

Elizabeth Miller is a director, writer and visual artist originally from Fort Worth, Texas. Most recently she directed a reading of Personal Gods, a new play by Sonya Sobieski, and a one-day staged reading of Spark, a new play by Angela Santillo. Selected directing credits include Rumors at Westchester Community College and Arsenic and Old Lace, Pillow Talk and Emily in her home state of Texas. She holds an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College where she directed Tallgrass Gothic among other projects, dabbled in puppetry, and created original work. Elizabeth has written several ten-minute plays including The Going Price, which was featured in Red Bull Theater’s inaugural 2011 Short New Play Festival, and Fugue, which has been produced across the country. She designs graphics for Chautauqua Theater Company and the Theater Department at Buffalo State University and currently works as the Executive Assistant and Board Liaison at Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national labor union representing theater directors and choreographers across the country.

Sarah Hartmann, assistant director/assistant producer

Sarah Hartmann is a New York based director, actor, and choreographer.  Her most recent work includes assistant directing All’s Well That Ends Well at The Juilliard School and acting in and directing the short play Greyhound as part of a Shortened Attention Span Festival at the Player’s Theatre.  Past directing credits include Bare Naked Drama (The Cherry Pit), Sorry, Wrong Number (Barnard College) and staged readings of Home (Dramatist’s Guild) and Bleach (Barnard College).  Further credits include assistant directing Macbeth, Arms and the Man (The Juilliard School) and What of the Night (Barnard College); acting in The Golden Cockerel (Casa Italiana), yellow electras (Ontological/Hysteric theatre), and title roles in Mariana Pineda and Elektra (British American Drama Academy).  Sarah has held internships with the Chautauqua Theatre Company, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and PrimaryStages. She spent a year studying at the British American Drama Academy, holds a BA from Barnard College, and will complete her MA at Columbia University this spring. 

Aimee Dombo, scenery

Aimee Dombo is a scenic designer based in New York City. Aimee is very excited to be working with this talented team on Spark. Aimee first became interested in the entertainment industry as a child when she helped write and star in homemade family movies.  Aimee went on to study theatrical design and production at the University of Arizona where she designed Betrayal and Keeley and Du. Aimee is delighted to have been working as an associate and assistant to the award-winning scenic designers Anna Louizos, Sandra Goldmark, and MichaelCarnahan. Her associate and assistant credits include: BROADWAY: Baby it’s You! at the Broadhurst and All About Me at the Henry Miller. NATIONAL TOURS: In The HeightsAvenue Q, and White Christmas. REGIONAL: Disney’s Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle, WA); Summer of Love at Ogunquit Playhouse (Ogunquit, ME), Minsky’s at the Ahmenson Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Vanities and Baby it’s You! at Pasadena Playhouse (Pasadena, CA); Arsenic and Old Lace and Sarah Plain and Tall at the Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX); Band Geeks, Radio Girl, and Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas at The Goodspeed Opera House (Chester, CT). OFF BROADWAY: Avenue Q at New World Stages, Olive and the Bitter Herbs and In Transit with Primary Stages at 59 E 59th Street; Boys in the Band at 37 W. 26th Street; U.S. Drag at Theatre Row; and Marcy in the Galaxy at the Connelly Theatre. When Aimee is not designing, she enjoys hanging with her family on their farm in Illinois. Aimee is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Ali Lucas, lighting and metal work

Ali graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Lighting Design from the Department of Design/Technology of the Division of Theatre Arts & Film. Since then she has Designed shows for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New Actors Workshop, City Actors Theatre Co., Aeralistic, and others. She has had the privilege of assisting award-winning designers such as Brian MacDevitt on the Broadway production of The Pillowman and Baby created and performed by the Tere O’conner Dance Co., Mimi Jordan Sherin on The Murder of Isaac at Baltimore Center Stage, and Dennis Parichy on Sleeping Beauty  at  Peoples Light and Theatre Co. She has also assisted on shows at the Janiac Opera Co. the LAByrinth Theatre Co., and others. Currently she is the Production Electrician for Fuerzabruta at the Daryl Roth Theatre. Ali started developing her jewelry skills after college. Learning by trial and error, she has found great joy in working metal and other materials to create handcrafted jewelry. This is her first step on the path of larger, more sculptural pieces. Please feel free to view other handcrafted pieces by Ali at her Etsy store Curio Designs. See her designs on Facebook.

Scott O’Brien, composer/sound designer

Scott has designed and engineered theatre, dance and concert programs at Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, Theatre North Collaborative, American Stage Company, Centenary Stage, The Abingdon Theatre, George Street Playhouse and the World Financial Center. He has lectured at SUNY- Rockland (NY) and Montclair State University (NJ) and designed Arts in Education programming for the NJSCA. He was the Resident Sound Designer and Engineer for the Chautauqua Theater Company from 2006-2009 and lectured at Pace University (NYC) on Sound Design for Theatre from 2009-2011. Off-Broadway productions include: 100 Saints You Should Know, Eye of God, Fathers & Sons, The Vietnamization of New Jersey, Harvest, Like Batman, Missives and Prince Hal. New York Productions include: Three Sisters, Hamlet, MacBeth, Titus Andronicus, The Winters’ Tale, Shannon in Ambient Light, Marat/Sade, Beyond Recognition, The Man who was Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saving the Greeks, Kraken, Much Ado about Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry V, Fixing the Cat and The Merchant of Venice. Regional credits include: The Art of Coarse Acting, Blithe Spirit, On the Open Road, Inventing Montana, Scotland Road, The Innocents, Below the Belt, The Woman in Black, The Haunting of Hill House, The Killing of Sister George, The Cherry Orchard, The Just, Ah, Wilderness! and Monsieur Shaherazad. Film credits include: Eleanor; Godmother of American Fashion for Vanity Fair Films and Phoenix Rising; The Silent Victims Speak, an award-winning documentary for Noblevision Productions.

David Nelson, production manager

David is the Production Manager for Vineyard Theatre in Union Square. His most recent New York production management credits include FUREE in Pins & Needles at the Foundry Theater and This Wide Night and Next Fall for Naked Angels Theater Company. Other production manager credits include Soho Repertory Theatre (Orange Hat and Grace), Sundance Institute (White Oak Theater Lab Projects: Little Miss Sunshine, Like Water for Chocolate) and Women’s Expressive Theater (BFF). David also works as a freelance carpenter for Brian Coleman Scenery and Playwrights Horizons.

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