Dan Kennedy's (writer) work has appeared McSweeney’s, and numerous magazines and print anthologies. He has been a guest author at The Harvard Lampoon in celebration of his work anthologized in “The Best of McSweeney’s Humor” and is host of The Moth storytelling podcast. He is author of the books Loser Goes First (Random House/Crown), Rock On (Algonquin, a Times of London Book of The Year) and American Spirit: A Novel (Houghton Mifflin/Little a, Publisher’s Weekly starred review). Kennedy has held a seat on judging committees for the PEN America Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History, and the Writers Guild of America East “Made in New York” Fellowship Program. He has currently left his apartment on 11th street to live in a cabin in the country, on the side of a mountain upstate, while he works on a new screenplay. The country is very stressful and dangerous. It is nothing like New York City. There are bears around the cabin, for instance. The animals here are savage and sociopathic, even the small ones. What in the hell was I thinking?
Maggie Cino’s (director) production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters won two 2017 Innovative Theater Awards and was nominated for two more, including Outstanding Revival of a Play. She directed the world premiere of Bonedive Scrounger at the Brick Theater, and is currently directing and developing Ophira Eisenberg’s cross disciplinary solo storytelling comedy Scars. Also a playwright, her plays include: Warm Enough for Swimming (FringeNYC Encore Series, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, excerpts appear in the Smith & Krause Best Men’s and Best Women’s Monologue series); Decompression (FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Playwrighting, Chain Theater Minor Variations Series); and Ascending Bodily (Kraine Theater, Galapagos). A former Senior Producer for the Peabody and MACEI award-winning organization, The Moth, she directed storytelling shows nationally and internationally at venues including BAM, Lincoln Center, and the mainstage of the Sydney Opera House. The many stories she discovered and developed are featured on the Moth Radio Hour.
Ivanna Cullinan* (Dan Kennedy) Delighted to be part of this wonderful project. Recently seen as Esther in Photo Play at Dixon Place. She has also played the Architect in ReFuse with Gemini Collision Works, and previously appeared with the company in CANT, The Magnificent Ambersons, Gone, Strategist, and Removal. Also, at the Brick Theater, she has appeared in Obvious Volcano’s Three Sisters (NYIT Outstanding Featured Actress 2017), Blood Brothers Bedlam Nightmares, Tux & Tom Productions’ The Moose the Roared, Incubator Project’s The Brandywine Distillery Fire, Piper McKenzie’s Granduncle Quadrilogy and the Brick’s In a Strange Room/As I Lay Dying. With Random Access, Ivanna has appeared in Patronage, and with Untitled Theater Co.# 61 played Klytemnestra in Iphigenia in Aulis. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Master Mason of the Brick.
David J Goldberg* (Dan Kennedy) is immensely grateful to be working with Maggie and the cast on this project. Some recent favorite credits include: Three Sisters (The Brick); Both My Grandfathers (Lincoln Center) Warm Enough For Swimming (Soho Playhouse); and Cockstrong (La Mama). His solo show, TARGET GOLDBERG (HELP! ROGUE GOVERNMENT AGENTS ARE TRYING TO FRAME ME!), won Best Multimedia Show in the 2016 United Solo festival. davidjgoldberg.com
Mick O’Brien* (Dan Kennedy) Couldn’t be happier to rejoin the Obvious Volcano gang after his turn as Solyony in last year’s Three Sisters. Other favorite Brick-work has included Matthew Freeman’s That Which Isn’t, Michael Gardner’s Notes from Underground, and Timothy McCown Reynold’s Hamlet. The host of Untitled Theater Company #61's Money Lab: An Economic Vaudeville (HERE Arts), Mick has also been seen around town in Charlie Victor Romeo (Collective Unconscious/3LD), Honor Bound (St. Luke’s), The Velvet Oratorio (UTC#61/Bohemian National Hall), and various provocations from playwrights Kirk Wood Bromley (Cycatrix Adaptitude, Be Story Free, Un[en]titled, Dazl) and Carey Harrison (Rex & Rex, Midget in a Cat Suit Reciting Spinoza, Scenes from a Misunderstanding, Bad Boy). He loves those boys of his, and Julia too. www.mickobrien.nyc
Derrick Peterson* (Dan Kennedy) has spent a lot of time at the Brick over the past few years and he is happy to be here again with his Obvious Volcano family. Previous OV productions include Three Sisters, Warm Enough For Swimming, and Decompression. He has also appeared here with his Gemini Collisionworks family in several shows including Enterprise, Harakiri Kane, CANT, and My First Autograce Homeography (1973-1974). Other recent New York Productions include Jubilee and Kafka's Quest at Theater For The New City. As always, Derrick Is having a good time.
Morgan Zipf-Meister (light designer) is an actor and lighting designer. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Over the past decade she has found a home in the New York Indie Theater scene working with companies such as Gideon Productions, Theater of the Apes, Athena Theatre, Dreamscape, Gemini Collisonworks, Boomerang, Piper McKenzie, and Old Kent Road among others. Currently she is a member of the New York Madness Acting Company, and also can be seen in the monthly soap opera for the stage It's Getting Tired Mildred as Charmaine Milton, the villain of Mildred Springs. In 2015 she received an “Outstanding Lighting Design” New York Innovative Theater Award nomination for her work on The Temple, or Lebensraum by Nat Cassidy. Morgan is also a Moth storyteller who has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and mainstage shows in Tarrytown, New York City, Boston, and her hometown of Pittsburgh. For more information please visit www.morganzipfmeister. com.
Ran Xia (sound designer) is an interdisciplinary theatre artist originally from Shanghai, China. Her plays have been seen on NYC stages including IRT (Pomegrenade, also artistic producer of The Arctic Group's Fridge Fest), HERE Arts Center (Harmony), Dixon Place (Princess Anybody, North, They Lived In The Attic, Tabula Rasa, etc), The Tank (Echo), 4th Street Theater at NYTW (Word Play), The Brick ([ai]), Jewel Box Theater (De Profundis, also at the Cell), The Kraine, The Wild Project, etc. As a frequent collaborator with the Exquisite Corpse Co., she was one of the writers for The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte. As a sound designer, she's worked on Maggie Cino's production of Three Sisters at The Brick, Adam Odsess-Rubin's Speechless (Dir. Daniel Deloma, Project + Connect), the recent revival of an immersive Dutchman (Dir. Demone), etc. Ran is a co-creator of the bi-monthly Polar Bear Plunge salon show at Lucky Jack's. Off Broadway Assistant Directing credit include Baby Fat: Act I (La Mama & Columbia Stages, Dir. Michael Scholar Jr.), Two Miles Hollow (by Leah Nanako Winkler, Dir. Morgan Gould at Woman's Project), and The Great Leap (by Lauren Yee, Dir. Taibi Magar at the Atlantic Theater). A contributing critic with Theatre Is Easy and Exuent. ranxia.info | thearcticgroup.org
Sarah Zinn (costume designer) is working towards her masters at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Previous design credits include The Virgin Woods, A Dream Play, and Faust at MGSA, Jubilee and Mein Kampf at Theatre for the New City.
Daniel McKleinfeld (projection design) most recently directed and designed an adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s THE WASTE LAND through a grant from the Governor’s Island Public Works Project. He has directed and written a lot of theater in New York City and St. Petersburg, Russia, including A LITTLE PIECE OF THE SUN, due to return some day via Gemini Collisionworks. He also does improvised projections for DJs and bands, including avant-rockers Wsabi Fox and his own jazz/electronics band, The Azerbaijan A/V Club, viewable on the web, on Instagram, and at performance venues near you!
Berit Johnson (projection and prop design) does a lot of this sort of thing.
Aaron Watson (stage manager) - Chefs, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Bring It LIVE (Mills Entertainment) Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Cirque Dreams), Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, The Bernstain Bears LIVE (Matt Murphy Productions) The Secret Garden (Friends in Theatre Co.) Too Darn Hot, The Prima Donnettes (Florida Studio Theatre), Big Fish, Little Shop of Horrors, The Adams Family Musical, (Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute) aaronawatson.com