Working Artists Theatre Project
A New Play by Matthew Greene
Gregorian portrays one family's journey through the bloodiest century in human history as four generations discover the gravity of a name passed from father to son. Beginning with the Gregorian family's own tragic roots in the Armenian Genocide, through the rise of the Nazi Party, across the killing fields of Cambodia, and the continuing crisis in Africa, they do all they can to hold on to heritage, history, and hope.
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
Movement By: Charlie Sutton
1919 GLENN COVE, LONG ISLAND
1936 MGM STUDIO BACKLOT, HOLLYWOOD
1979 HOSPITAL, MANHATTAN
2005 REFUGEE CAMP, DARFUR
(Bedros, Alex, Daniel, Peter)
Aaron Lynn is an actor, writer, and musician. Acting credits include, New York Theatre: The Glory of the World (BAM); The Christians (Playwrights Horizons); Troll King Rises (Shapiro Theatre/Columbia Uni.); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Hamlet Isn't Dead); and workshops/readings at New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, The Lark, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Regional Theatre: The Glory of the World, So Unnatural A Level, That High Lonesome Sound (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville); A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Other Theatre: Cymbeline (Oval Theatre, London); Noises Off, Scapin, Antigone, Icarus and Aria (Bolton Theatre, Ohio); A Steady Rain, Macbeth, Hunting Cockroaches (Hill Theatre, Ohio). Additional Credits: Aaron is a member of the Field Research Team for The Civilians. He trained at Actors Theatre of Louisville as an acting apprentice, at the British American Drama Academy in London and received his B.A. in drama at Kenyon College. Proud AEA member.
Heather Lang is a multifaceted artist originally from Chicago. As an actor, dancer, and performance-maker some of her favorite projects include: Trash is Fierce (original sketch comedy in collaboration with Eleanor Bauer), New Work for the Desert and Catacomb choreographed by Beth Gill, #blessed (film), Happy We'll Be choreographed by Al Blackstone, An American In Paris, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Grendel, Across the Universe directed by Julie Taymor, Radio City Rockettes, Met Opera. Broadway Workshops: Addams Family, Dangerous Beauty, Fat Camp, Up Here. Film: I Am Legend, Smurfs, Frances Ha, The Great Observer. TV: “Smash,” “Rescue Me,” “Gossip Girl,” VH1 “Fashion Rocks.” BFA (Dance) NYU
MARGARET REED is perhaps best known as Shannon O'Hara McKechnie on As The World Turns and from Seinfeld's The Baby Shower. An award-winning actor with a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. from Cornell University, Margaret enjoyed 2015 playing global celebrity Masha in Christopher Durang'sVanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at The Cleveland Play House, GEVA Theatre Center, and The Cape Playhouse.
With John Houseman's The Acting Company, she toured the U.S. in a repertory of seven classical plays including Olivia in Twelfth Night, and then again played that role at The Huntington Theatre with Elizabeth McGovern. Other theatre includes Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street NYC), the Los Angeles premiere ofOther People's Money (DramaLogue Award, with Kevin Conway), Dinner with Friends (Best Supporting Actress NJ Critics Award) among many others.
Other television roles include Limitless, seven times on the various Law and Order shows, Dr. Serova onStar Trek TNG, The Young Riders, The Golden Girls, Spin City, HBO's Mildred Pierce, etc.
Margaret is now starring in the quirky new TV pilot Puppets, directed by Dylan Bank, Rüya Komen's dark, family comedy The Re-Union, Natalie Roy's mother-daughter film Far From The Tree, Hugh Scully's romantic comedy Confabulation, Damien Leone's horror flick Terrifier, Josh Mostel's wife in Isaac Chehebar's The Amazing Ray, and she plays the erotic-Jeopardy mom, Alice, in Joe Ronca's "By the Dashboard Light". She also plays the recurring role of Aviva's mother, Alice, in Lauren Augarten's webseries Scissr.
For more information, please go to http://TheMargaretReed.com
Madeleine is ecstatic to be a part of this beautiful new work. Some of her other credits include Rizzo in Grease (Ogunquit Playhouse), South Pacific (Riverside Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheatre Productions), Jane Eyre (Counter Balance Theatre), Merchant of Venice (The New Swan). She graduated with Honors in Acting and a BFA in Music Theatre from UC Irvine. She sends many thanks to Judy Boals, Inc. and the WAT Project team, and much love to mum, dad, and Patrick.
Geri-Nikole Love obtained a BFA in Theatre at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While at Tisch, she studied at CAP21, The Advance Classical Studio, and Stonestreet Film/Television Studio. Since graduating, she became a co-founder of The Movement Theatre Company, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a SoulCycle® Instructor. She has performed in various plays; 'Higgins in Harlem' Eliza Doolittle Dir. Lawrence Thelen at Playhouse on Park West Hartford CT 'Carlisle: a different Three Sisters' (La Mama), 'Black Boy & the War' (Harlem School of the Arts). As well as appeared in, [Independent Films]: 'GASP' Claire (lead) Dir. Annika Kurnick, 'Downshift' Grace (lead) Dir. Ryan Schmitzon The Biography Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories and as various credits in Independent Features 'Downshift' and New Media; 'Livin' The Dream'.
Born in Philadelphia, PA and a resident of NYC for almost 10 years. He is a William Esper Studio and Terry Knickerbocker trained actor of Armenian descent. Having worked on both the production and acting sides of Film/TV for years, he is excited to be getting his first taste of the theater with Working Artist Theater in a production so close to home. Some of his film credits include Stay at Home, Henry, and Neighbors.
*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.
Jessica Dermody (Director/Producer) has both a formal education (proud F.S.U grad) and decades of practical experience on stage and behind the scenes in theatre, live concert events, industrials, print, film, and television. She spent a good portion of her life performing before shifting her focus to directing, producing, technical stage production, and writing. She has worked as part of the Broadway companies of Movin’ Out, The Producers, LoveMusik, Young Frankenstein, West Side Story, Superior Donuts, American Idiot, Catch Me If You Can, Lysistrata Jones, Peter & The Starcatcher, Annie, First Date, All The Way, This Is Our Youth, Fish In the Dark, Hamilton, and Misery. Her most recent credit is as Wardrobe Supervisor on the new Broadway show, The Crucible. As a member of the award winning production company, Awaken Entertainment, Jessica worked as a Producer on Superior Donuts and Green Day's American Idiot, gaining nominations for both a Drama Desk and TONY Award for Best Musical, as well as the 10th Anniversary, 9/11 Benefit production of 110 Stories starring a cast of Hollywood A-list celebrities raising funds for the New York Says Thank You foundation. Jessica was an Associate Producer on the Vision Vehicle Productions award winning independent feature film, Construction. However, her proudest acheivement has been co-founding Working Artists Theatre Project under which she has since developed, directed, and produced much of the companies work with grants awarded from the National Endowment for the Arts and chashama. Love to the cast, crew, & her ever supportive family of friends! www.JessicaDermody.com
Movement & Staging
Charlie Sutton (Movement & Staging) Originally from Miami, Florida he obtained his arts education from New World School of the Arts. Since moving to New York City in 2002, he’s enjoyed an exciting Broadway career. His Broadway performing Credits include: An American in Paris, Kinky Boots (Angel), Lysistrata Jones, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Catch Me If You Can, Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Addams Family, Crybaby, La Cage Aux Folles, Wicked. Encores!: Merrily We Roll Along, Pipe Dream, On The Town. During the course of these 10 Broadway shows he had the privilege to work with Tony award winning Directors and Choreographers. These creative icons have influenced his use of story telling through movement. Choreography credits include the New York premier of The Big Show (Working Artist Theater), Sweater Weather (Dance Short), Descent into Madness (Dance Film) 35 MM (54 Below), Flesh and Spirit (MMAC Theater), Rocketman (Unexpected Boy), Opening credits for the Pilot “DINE”, Broadway Bares- Spring Fever!, Broadway in Hoboken.
Assistant Director & Frances Understudy
Lil Malinich (Assistant Director) joined the WAT Project team in 2007. Originally from London, Ontario, Lil graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Arts and Education in English and Dramatic Arts. She was co-founder and Artistic Director of the Canadian award-winning company Theatre Soup and received Brickenden Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayals of Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker and double roles of Lizzie Borden and Bridget in Blood Relations. She played pivotal roles in Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love and Boulevard which won Brickenden Awards for Bravest Productions. Since moving to NYC, Lil has developed, produced and acted in several productions with WAT Project which have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and chashama. Her diverse body of work as an actress includes critical roles in WAT Project's Timberlake: American Pulp, Rope, Open Call! Life Without Parole, and the biographical play Fruits Unheard Of in which she portrayed American photographer Diane Arbus. She played various leading roles in Chamber Theatre Productions 2006 U.S Encore Tour and Jelena in Uncle Vanya with The New York Space Ensemble. Feature film and TV credits include Vision Vehicle's Construction directed by Malcolm Goodwin, Paradise written and directed by Marc Lafia, TV movie Red Hook High directed by Trac Minh Vu, and the ABC Soap Opera "All My Children." Since 2009, Lil has also been doing charitable work with the David Lynch Foundation (For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace) through developing the NYC screening series for David Lynch's documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace and play reading performance fundraisers in collaboration with WAT Project. She is thrilled to be working in this new role with the company.
Assistant Movement & Staging
Wicked- Broadway, Chicago Company, 2nd National Tour
Television: Royal Pains, Season 8,, The Today Show, Project Runway, Unsolved Mysteries, Honda, MTV
Winter’s Tale- Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe
Matthew Greene (Playwright) is a playwright, director, and teaching artist from California, currently living and working in New York. His original play ADAM AND STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA had its sold-out world premier at Plan B Theatre in January where it was named “Best Original Play” by the 2013 Salt Lake City Arty Awards. It subsequently had a run at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival and was presented as part of OUTReach’s LGBTQ Youth Summit. His other plays include JOB WELL DONE (national finalist, American College Theatre Festival), BREAD OF AFFLICTION (Society for the Study of Jewish American and Holocaust Literature) and #MORMONINCHIEF (New York International Fringe Festival). His film BOY WITH BLUE was awarded Best of Fest at the Oceanside Film Festival. He currently works as a teaching artist with Opening Act, an organization that provides theatre education to underserved high schools.
Set & Graphic Design
Jeff works as both an illustrator and set designer. His work has been honored by American Illustration, 3x3 Illustration, and Society of Illustrators LA, and featured in "Chance Magazine", "The New York Times Magazine", "Vogue Living", and many other regional magazines. In addition to working as an Associate Designer, his illustrations feature heavily in the recent productions "Something Rotten", "The Wiz Live", "Finding Neverland", "Pippin", and "Macbeth" at Lincoln Center. Advertisements for Broadway Impact, "Phantom of the Opera" (Broadway Box Office), Okeechobee Music Festival, "Thieves" (Rising Phoenix Rep) and Read it Loud. With W.A.T. Project he has designed the sets for "Timberlake:American Pulp", "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Clown". JeffHinchee.com and JeffHincheeDesign.com
Michael O’Connor (Lighting Designer) Recent work includes: this is an Irish dance (Kennedy Center), The Immigrant (Penguin Rep), Echoes of Ebola (Playwrights Horizons), This Is Mary Brown (La Mama), Strange Country (Access Theater), A Celebration of Harold Pinter (Irish Rep), SHE (NYLA), Monte Cristo (Urban Stages), The Goodbye Studies (The Kitchen), Ballet Next (NYLA), The Report (Lynn Redgrave Theater), Oxbow (BAM), Undersweet (Abrons Arts Center), The Fantasticks (Forestburgh Playhouse), Robin Hood (Lester Martin), Collin Dunne’s The Turn (City Center), Morgan James CD Release (Le Poisson Rouge), Bleed (BAM), Poem (NYLA), Who’s Your Daddy? (Irish Rep), Noctu (Irish Rep). Michael is the resident Lighting Designer for Tere O’Connor Dance, New Light Theatre Project, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC.
Tina McCartney is proud to join the team at Soho Rep as Costume Designer for Gregorian. Tina's design credits include Into The Woods We Return at the New York Fringe Festival, and Christmas at The Apollo Theater. She has assistant designed The Newsies National Tour as well as Cabaret, On Your Feet, Fish In The Dark, and the upcoming A Bronx Tale on Broadway. Tina is a graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She would like to thank her many mentors through the years and her husband for his love, humor, and support.
Working Artists Theatre Project (Producer) is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing platforms for Entertainment Industry professionals to build and incubate skills outside their dominant disciplines. Our programs support artists and technicians through the development and production of innovative theatre, film, and new media projects. WAT Project believes in a multidisciplinary approach to storytelling, nurturing industry-focused career longevity, and building a supportive community for artists to take new and bold risks across genres.
The company was founded in 2005 by working Broadway professionals and has grown to serve all corners of the Entertainment Industry. The current producing company members are: Jessica Dermody, Charlie Sutton, Chad Luke Schiro, Lil Malinich, Christy Witt-Hoffman, and Joanne Schwartzberg.
Working Artists Theatre Project
Sarah Gail Harris*
Production Stage Manager
SARAH GAIL HARRIS (Stage Manager). Broadway: The Crucible. Off-Broadway: The Dingdong. Regional:Come From Away World-Premiere Musical (La Jolla Playhouse), We Three (Franklin Stage Company), Benefactors(Berkshire Theatre Group). Proud member of Actor’s Equity. Much love to family, friends, and everyone at Working Artists Theatre. www.sarahgharris.net
Nickie La'Stephen Floyd
Assistant Stage Manager
Nickie Floyd, a native of Mendenhall, Mississippi, received his BA from Mississippi State University and M.Ed from Howard University. In college, Nickie was introduced to the art of theatre; since then he has developed a passion for both performing and technical work, which motivated his move to New York City this summer to further pursue his dream of one day becoming a professional actor.
Charge Scenic Artist: "Dying For It" (ATC), "The Heir Apparent" and "A Man's Man" (CSC), "La Soiree" (Union Square), Vineyard Theatre's full 2014-15 season. Associate Charge: "Murder Ballad" (Union Square), Williamstown Theatre Festival 2012 & 2013. As staff at Deadalus Design 2014-15 scenic painting for "Dames at Sea", "Hamilton", "Waitress", "Something Rotten", "Finding Neverland", "Gigi", "Kinky Boots", "Our Lady of Kibeho", "Lips Together, Teeth Apart", "Indian Ink". Special painting for The Cloisters Museum Palm Sunday concert. Television: "Mr. Robot" (season 2), "Horace & Pete", "The Wiz Live", "Deadbeat"
Charge Scenic Artist
Charge Scenic Artist
Cat Green is a New York-based scenic artist working primarily in film and television. Recent credits include Masters of None, Book of Henry, and Daredevil.
Additional Crew & Production Staff
Hair Design......................Susan Corrado & Natalie Errthum
Set Construction ..........................Jimmy Physick
Load In Hands..............Marty Lawson, Bud Webber, & Eddie Velez
Associate Lighting Design.......................Judy Kagel
Assistant Lighting Design..................................Mary Sweirki
Lobby Timeline Curartor.........................Jamie Ramsden
House Manager.........................David Savoy
House Manager.......................Joanne Schwartzberg
Armenian Translation.................Taleen Babyan
Armenian Dialect Coach.................Zareh Balassanian
Rwandan Dialect Coach..........................Angie Sohlberg
Sound Consultant....................Andy Even Cohen
Production Photographer ..................Dave Mack
Production Video....................Daniel Robinson
Public Relations ...............Richard Kornberg & Associates
Conrad Kluck & Walker Space, TDF Costume Collection, Galescreek Insurance, Wheelhouse Creative, Actors Equity Association, Brown Paper Tickets, Hector Lugo, M-15 Lounge, Christophe Laluz, Lindsay Bentley, CAP 21, Allegience of Regional Theatres, Lawyers for the Arts, & The Armenian Society of New York
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