Creative Team - The Makers
Creative Team - The Makers
Marc Stuart Weitz, Director

Brett J. Banakis, Scenic Design

Sydney Maresca, Costume Design

Bradley King, Lighting Design

Ien DeNio, Sound Design

Lauren Madden, Properties Master

Jordan Schildcrout, Dramaturg

Nicole Golden, Associate Producer

Chris Batstone, Production Manager

Joseph Heaton, Production Stage Manager

Loren Noveck, Co-Producer, Wednesday Conversations

Gwynn MacDonald, Co-producer, Wednesday Conversations

Piama Habibullah, Graphic & Media Design
Brett J. Banakis, Scenic Design
Upcoming: What’s It All About? (NYTW, Co-Design), Tamar and the River (Prospect Theater Co.). Recent NYC: Titus Andronicus (Public Theater), Happy Birthday, Lovers, Children, and Three Men on a Horse (TACT); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Waterwell), The Little Death: Vol. 1 (Ontological, Incubator Arts); A Disappearance in Two Parts, Dead Fish (HERE). Regional: Oklahoma!, The Lion in Winter, Edith, and A Class Act (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Bashir Lazhar (Barrington Stage).  Associate design: Rigoletto (Met Opera), If/Then, Hands on a Hard Body, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, How to Succeed..., American Idiot, Ragtime, On a Clear Day... (Broadway).  Awards: Robert L. B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase of OPERA America; “Young Designer to Watch,” LiveDesign Magazine. Education: NYU and UCLA. www.brettjbanakis.com

Sydney Maresca, Costume Design
Sydney Maresca recently designed the costumes for Blood Play (The Debate Society), Finks (Ensemble Studio Theater), Alice in Wonderland (New York City Opera), The Civil War (TheatreWorks USA), La Brea (Clubbed Thumb), The Lapsburgh Layover (Ars Nova), Hand to God (Ensemble StudioTheater), Buddy Cop 2 (The Debate Society, Henry Hewes Nomination) and The Zero Hour (13P). Film work includes: Sin Matador, Breakup at a Wedding, and Movie 43's "Superhero Speed Dating".  Sydney has an MFA from NYU, serves on the board of directors for Triskelion Arts, and is part of ukulele band The Hazzards. www.sydneym.com

Bradley King, Lighting Design
Recently in NEW YORK: Women or Nothing (Atlantic), Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino & Ars Nova), Be a Good Little Widow (Wild Project), Dunkfest '88 (Ars Nova), Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane), Dukus (Target Margin), Ninth and Joanie (Labyrinth), Children (TACT). REGIONAL:  Berkeley Rep, La Jolla, the McCarter, Penobscot Theater, Virginia Stage, Williamstown. OPERA: Boston Early Music Festival, Kentucky Opera, NYCO, Opera Omaha, Vancouver Opera, Virginia Opera. www.bradleykingld.com

Ien DeNio, Sound Design
Ien DeNio is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she studied Technical Theater with an emphasis in Sound Design. She is based in New York City, where she is a freelance sound designer, theatrical foley artist, aural-landscape composer and puppet builder. Her work has been recently featured with Godlight Theater Company's Pilo Family Circus (2013 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Sound Design of a Play, 2013 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Outstanding Sound Design), Bella's Dream (Going to Tahiti Productions), and Planet Egg (Planet Egg), a live movie with which Ien performs onstage using both Foley Art and live-mixing. She is a Resident Artist with Puppet Cinema, Going to Tahiti Productions, and Godlight Theater Company. [Neverbugs... little ones.] www.iendenio.com

Jordan Schildcrout, Dramaturg
Jordan Schildcrout has worked as a literary manager and dramaturg at Manhattan Theatre Club, Denver Center Theatre Company, Adobe Theatre Company, and Wash & Fold Theatre Project.  Recent credits include productions of Eurydice, Man Equals Man, Betty’s Summer Vacation, and The Time of Your Life.  He is an Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance at Purchase College-SUNY, and he has published articles about LGBT representation in the theatre in Theatre Journal, Journal of American Culture, and Oxford Handbook of American Drama.  He is also the author of “The Performance of Nonconformity on The Muppet Show—or, How Kermit Made Me Queer.” Website

Nicole Golden, Associate Producer
Nicole Golden is an actor, voice artist and producer living in NYC. Producing credits include: 2.5 Minute Ride at Altered Stages, Cloud 9 at Bank Street Theatre and Cherry Picking, an annual original short play series now in its 13th year, performed in theatres, bars and event spaces throughout the city. As an actor, she has worked with Manhattan Theatre Club, The Alliance Theatre, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Actor’s Express, the Public Theatre and many more. Next up: Sonnet 56 for New York Shakespeare Exchange’s The Sonnet Project, with filmmaker Antonio Ferrera. Nicole earned her BFA in Acting from Florida State University.  

Chris Batstone, Production Manager
Currently Production Manager for The Atlantic Theater Company, Stage 2 and School. Chris began in California as co-founder of Alive Theater, a site-specific company still thriving in Los Angeles, Chris was the Assistant Production Designer for Seasons 2 and 3 of Fight Science (DISC), Sport Science (FOX), and Doing Davinci (DISC). After working with Walt Disney Studios as Technical Director for The El Capitan Theatre, he moved to the East Coast to become Production Manager of the Labyrinth Theatre, and then on to the Atlantic. Among his many endeavors, he was Project Manager for the new immersive installation restaurant Preserve 24, in the Lower East Side, working with San Francisco's popular installation artist Brian Goggin.

Piama Habibullah, Graphic + Media Designer
Piama Habibullah is a graphic and media designer for the non-profit social and cultural sectors. She is committed to exploring the social function of art and the importance of strong, thoughtful design. As EmcArts’ Online Producer and Communications Manager, she produced media content for ArtsFwd.org, an online learning platform on adaptive change for arts organizations. Prior to joining EmcArts, Piama created video, web, and graphic design for theatre productions and large-scale installations with 3-Legged Dog, a non-profit experimental media and theatre group at 3LD Art + Technology Center. She has completed the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU / Tisch School of the Arts, and has a BFA in industrial and communication design from Carnegie Mellon University and Les Ateliers / ENSCI in Paris, France.


Marc Stuart Weitz, Director
Marc Stuart Weitz has worked as the Producing Director for the OBIE Award-winning New Ohio Theatre since 2011, having previously produced and directed theatre independently in New York City for 15 years. As the Artistic Director of Purpleman Theater, directing credits include world premieres of Population: 8, by Nicholas Gray (2009 NY International Fringe Festival); Time is the Mercy of Eternity, by Deb Margolin (with Six Figures Theater Company); Broken Hands, by Moby Pomerance (2006 FringeNYC Award winner); and Purpleman’s original composition Days and Nights: Page 121, Lines 11 and 12 (2007 NY International Fringe Festival). Marc’s other directing projects includes work with Vital Theatre Company, the Rude Mechanicals, and George Street Playhouse, among others. His upcoming work includes a collaboration with award-winning playwright Carson Kreitzer. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and American Conservatory Theatre, Marc has taught voice and movement workshops at NYU, Purchase College, Marymount Manhattan, the Old Globe, DePauw, among others. With Constance Zaytoun, Marc co-authored the introduction, “What is a Good Play? Thoughts Across Centuries,” for The Playwright’s Workout, eds. Michael Bigelow Dixon and Liz Engelman (Smith & Kraus, 2009). He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Loren Noveck, Co-Producer, BABYtalk Wednesday Conversations
Loren Noveck is a writer, editor, dramaturg, and recovering Off-Off-Broadway producer, who was for many years the literary manager of Six Figures Theatre Company and a curator of their Artists of Tomorrow festival. She has written for The Brooklyn Rail and nytheatre.com, and currently writes for NYTheater Now and Exeunt magazine. In her non-theatrical life, she is a production editor at Random House.

Lauren Madden, Properties Master
Most Recently, Production Prop Supervisor for A Midsummer Nights Dream (Theatre for a New Audience). Other Off Broadway Credits Include: Natural Affection; Happy Birthday; Lovers; Lost in Yonkers; Children; and Three Men on a Horse all with The Actor's Company Theatre. Lauren is currently employed as a Scenic/Prop Artist with Prop N Spoon in New Jersey and received a BFA in Set Design from SUNY Purchase College.

Gwynn MacDonald, Co-producer, BABYtalk Wednesday Conversations
Gwynn MacDonald has directed or produced theater, television, film and radio receiving Ace (VH1) and Emmy nominations (CBS), and Radio’s Gracie Award. She is the artistic director of the Juilliard alumni-founded Juggernaut Theatre Co., and currently working with playwright Matt Widman, and the team of Cheryl Davis and Randall David Cook. Gwynn directed “The First 100 Years: The Professional Female Playwright” exploring the lives/works of women who wrote for the 17th & 18th English stage. She contributed “Engaging Social Issues, Expressing a Political Outlook” to Women Writing Plays: Three Decades of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and co-directed “Eastern European Playwrights: Women Write the New” featuring plays by women from Eastern and Central Europe. She is a Princeton grad, Drama League Fellow, and a member of the LPTW, LCT Lab, SDC and the Shakespeare Society.

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