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Urban Stages Theater
259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)
For tickets, call Ovationtix, 1.866.811.4111


Urban Stages Adm. Office:
555 8th Avenue, #1800
212.421.1380212.421.1380

ABOUT OUR LEADERSHIP AND STAFF

Board of Directors, 2015-2016


Lynn San Andres (President), Eileen Begg, Sandy Berger, Mary Churchill,
Mik Chwalek (Vice President), April Gow, Joanne V. Graham,
Thomas Hehman (Treasurer), Frances Hill, Peggy O’Brien (Secretary),
Martha Sproule and Stanley Zareff.

Urban Stages Staff

 

FRANCES HILL (Founding Artistic Director) began her theatrical career in California as an actress. Since 1983, Ms. Hill has overseen more than 600 staged readings/workshops and 75 productions of new works for the stage. She has directed over 30 workshops and productions. Her favorite directing credits include: Gino DiIorio’s Apostasy, Roma Greth’s Our Summer Days, Jim Lehrer’s Chili Queen, (directed at Urban Stages and Kennedy Center), John Picardi’s Seven Rabbits on a Pole and The Sweepers (directed at Urban Stages and Capital Rep); and Comfort Women by Chugmi Kim (Urban Stages 2004),27 Rue De Fleurs. Two of her plays have been produced, Our Bench and Life Lines.Under the guidance of Ms. Hill, Playwrights’ Preview Productions/URBAN STAGES have moved two plays into commercial Off-Broadway successes. Minor Demons opened the new Century Center Theater and Men on the Verge of His-Panic Breakdown won an Outer Critic’s Circle Award while playing to capacity audiences at the 47th Street Theater. Urban Stages’ African American Poets as Playwrights won eight Audelco Nominations and Coyote On a Fence received two Drama Desk nominations and a Pilgrim’s Project Award. Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher was one of three nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 2010 production of Langston in Harlem won several drama desk nominations, a John Calloway award, several Audelco nominations including a win for best music production of the year (2010), along with several other awards. urbanstage@aol.com

ANTOINETTE MULLINS (Development and Literary Director) is a NYC-based playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg. She graduated from VASSAR COLLEGE with a BA in Psychology and Film. She completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University’s graduate school formerly in Singapore, TISCH ASIA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. Her written works include a 2009 short stage play, Love and Robbery, which was published in Drama: A Resource for Units 1A-1B, a textbook aimed at promoting drama in Australian high schools. She has been a finalist and/or semi-finalist for The Princess Grace Awards, The Nicholl Fellowship, The Austin Film Festival and more. Brave Girl, a short-film she co-wrote that brings to light to trafficking in Nepal, was awarded Official Selection in South by Southwest and Best Short Film in Palm Springs International Shortfest (2013). In 2015, she was a BRIO ARTIST in playwriting for The Bronx Council of the Arts. Her educational plays Up & Up: The Story of Dr. Mae C. Jemison and 3 Myths and My Annoying Sister currently tours NYC via Urban Stages Outreach Program. anmullins@urbanstages.org

OLGA DEVYATISILNAYA (Company Manager/Financial Administrator) has worked with Urban Stages for eight years as wardrobe supervisor on all productions produced on our Main Stage. In Russia, she worked as an assistant costume designer in many films.  She assisted Farrah Fawcett as her dresser in Moscow on the film Margaret Bourke-White.  Olga has many talents including bookkeeping and worked for us in this capacity since 2007. She currently serves as our Financial Administrator and Company Manager. olga@urbanstages.org

PETER NAPOLITANO (Director of Musical Theatre & Producing Associate) is a writer, director and producer active in NY theatre and cabaret. He was lyricist of Tropicana, book and direction by the legendary George Abbott (produced Off Broadway by Musical Theatre Works); and lyricist/librettist of The Lady in Penthouse B, music by Matthew Ward (produced “Mufti Style” by the York Theatre, starring Nancy Dussault); Pinocchio of Chelsea, music by Mark Janas (MMTL staged reading at the Snapple Theatre) and That Way, music by Barry Levitt (staged readings at Urban Stages). He is a longtime member of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and has had his songs and special material performed by many outstanding cabaret & theatre artists. His directing credits include the early work of Charles Busch at The Performing Garage and Theatre for the New City. He has received the BMI Bistro Award (director) and four MAC Awards (director, lyricist, producer) for his recent work in virtually every major NY cabaret venue. Associated with Urban Stages for five years, he has co-produced Musical Legends, My Occasion of Sin, Character Man, five seasons of the MAC and Bistro Award-winning benefit series Winter Rhythms and has directed numerous staged readings. A guest lecturer at Manhattan School of Music, he is a graduate of the NYU School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing, where he studied with Spalding Gray, Charles Ludlam and Anne Bogart. Other highlights of his varied career include working with the ground-breaking Off-Broadway Ridiculous Theatrical Co. and The Glines; contributing editor of The Blockbuster Guide to Movies on Video (Dell); and author of a Modern Love essay for The New York Times. pnapolitano4@aol.com

Ilanna Saltzman (Outreach Program Director) is a Brooklyn-based theater artist who specializes in physical theater and devised work. With Urban Stages, she has developed new plays during senior center residencies at Red Oak Center and JASA. She also directed Urban's outreach show The Mighty Patsy Mink! Ilanna has been on tours to Azerbaijan, Guatemala, India, and Nepal with Bond Street Theatre to collaborate, develop, and perform new social and educational plays. Her original TYA show Amelia and Her Paper Tigers has been performed at the FringeJR Festival and at various NYC schools and theaters. As an actor and director she has worked with The Ume Group, the Phoenix Arts Ensemble, Epic Actors Workshop, The Dream Up! Festival, and more. Ilanna has been seen as a stilt-walker in local festivals, a solo storyteller and puppeteer in various school assembly programs, and as a Cuban salsa dancer with the group Fuákata in venues around the city. Ilanna was selected to represent the USA in the EU’s first annual Global Cultural Leadership Platform in Valletta, Malta, for her cultural diplomacy work. She is currently a teaching artist with Queens Theater and Avenues World School. Ilanna trained in Commedia dell'Arte at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy and learned Spanish at the Proyecto Linguistico de Quetzaltenango in Guatemala. BA in Acting and Directing from Skidmore College.ilanna@urbanstages.org

RACHEL SULLIVAN (Outreach) is a director, performer, facilitator and educator. She was Program Director at Urban Stages for over 5 years. She is currently a part-time Outreach consultant and Teaching Artist for Urban Stages and a Lecturer at Brandeis University. As the program director at Urban Stages she managed the 200 yearly library bookings, toured the libraries as Rosie the Riveter, and directed/created/costumed many of the touring shows including: Up and Up: The Dr. Mae C Jemison Story, Sacagawea: Bird Woman, Jungle Explorers, Tales of Snow, South of the Border: Latin American Folktales and O’Sullivan Stew. She and Liz Parker co-created and performed Blown Away By Poetry which has played at the NY International Fringe Festival and BAM. In addition, Rachel enjoys working with professionals and non-actors alike to create original theatre. She directed the residency programs at Green Chimneys LGBTQ Homeless Youth Program and Florence E. Smith Senior Center. She was a 2012 Queens Council of the Arts SPARC Grant recipient and worked with members of the Florence E. Smith Senior center to create an original show based on The River of Life. She directed and created new shows with the Creative Arts Team (CAT) Youth Theatre, Jewish Association and Services for the Aged (JASA) on 72nd Street, Public Space Public Voice, and Girls Education Mentoring Service (GEMS). As a performer she has worked with Capital Rep, Gloucester Stage, Horton by the Stream, Hudson/Stageworks, Sojourn Theatre, among others. Rachel studied theatre at Northwestern University, and holds a Masters in Applied Theatre from SPS/CUNY where she received training in creating original works as well as arts in education.rsullivan@urbanstages.org