Co-Presidents – Carmel Owen & Lisa Rothe
VP Programming – Shellen Lubin
VP Communications – Kimberly Loren Eaton
VP Membership – Kelli Lynn Harrison
Co-Secretary – Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Co-Secretary – Frances McGarry
Treasurer – Catherine Porter


Pat Addiss
Margot Astrachan
Debra Barsha
Judith Binus
Melody Brooks
Jane Dubin
Mahayana “Yana” Landowne
Vanessa Leuck
Gwynn MacDonald
Sophia Romma
Erica Silberman
Elyse Singer
Martha Steketee


Katie Rosin


Susan Dietz
Heidi Ettinger
Joan Firestone
Jane Harmon
Julia Miles
Wallace Munro
Enid Nemy
Sheilah Rae
Harriet Slaughter
Elizabeth Williams


Julia Miles 1982-1984
Doris Cole Abrahams 1984-1988
Billie Allen 1984-1988
Berenice Weiler 1988-1992
Lynda Sturner 1988-1992
Amie Brockway 1992-1994
Kathleen Gaffney 1992-1994
Shari Upbin 1994-1999
Isobel Robins 1999-2003
Harriet Slaughter 1999-2003, 2005-2007
Sheilah Rae 2003-2005
Joan Firestone 2005-2007
Lynne Rogers 2007-2009
Naomi Grabel 2009-2011
Rachel Reiner 2009-2011
Kristin Marting 2011-2013
Lorca Peress 2011-2014
Maxine Kern 2013-2015
Pamela Hunt 2014-2016


Administrative Director – Lizzy Bryce

LPTW Executive Officers


CARMEL OWEN is a composer/lyricist and Co-President of The League of Professional Theatre Women.  Her musical “ASYLUM: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln” was produced Off-Broadway by the York Theatre in their 2006-07 season and is one of the few musicals by a woman composer in the well-known Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue.  It is often done by schools and universities as well as community non-profit groups in the US and abroad.  She recently completed a writer residency at CAP 21 along with the book writer Joan Ross Sorkin working on their new musical, MONET. This had a reading at the York Theatre in 2014 and after received a grant from the Florence Gould Foundation to further its development. She is also the Chief Development Officer for the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation.




LISA ROTHE has directed and developed work with the Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Epic Theatre Ensemble, New Georges, The Women’s Project, Primary Stages, The Foundry, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 52nd Street Project, Naked Angels, Summer Play Festival, NYMF, MITF (Best Director), Orchard Project, Voice & Vision, HERE, Dixon Place, among others. Recent productions: Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morrisseau (Playmakers Repertory Company); Ropes by Barbara Colio (Two River Theater); The Harassment of Iris Malloy by Zak Berkman (People’s Light); Confederates by Suzanne Bradbeer (TheatreWorks); Science Fair conceived and performed by Hai-Ting Chinn (HERE Arts Center) and is working on an opera about Ada Byron (Ada) with composer Kim Sherman & librettist Margaret Vandenburg. Future: Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata (The Guthrie Theater). Lisa has directed over 30 productions at actor training programs around the country (including NYU Graduate Acting, The Juilliard School & Yale School of Drama) and currently teaches at Primary Stages (ESPA). Lisa is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and Director’s Lab, as well as a Usual Suspect with New York Theater Workshop, Artistic Affiliate with New Georges, alum of the Drama League and the Women’s Project Director’s Lab, a Fox Fellow Recipient, and for over five years was the Director of Global Exchange at The Lark.


SHELLEN LUBIN got seriously involved with LPTW activities the day she joined, directing Susan Merson’s 10-minute play I BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE starring David Rasche in our 2011 festival at New World Stages, serving on the Board, as Co-Secretary, and now as VP of Programming and Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee. Shellen has written and directed numerous plays, musicals, and cabaret acts, most recently directing Susan Merson’s DOOR OPENS WALK THRU at 13th Street Rep, the 28th, 29th, and 30th Annual Bistro Awards (for Sherry Eaker, Producer), and BETWEEN PRETTY PLACES, a Musical Ghost Story (play by Susan Merson, music & lyrics by Lubin, additional music by Matthew Gandolfo) at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA and at Here Arts Center in Soho. Her songs have been sung by herself and many others, including years of performances on the cabaret circuit, Milos Forman’s first American film, TAKING OFF, and a special on WBAI-FM called SHELLEN LUBIN, SONGWRITER/SINGER. As a vocal and acting coach, she has coached performers on and off Broadway, on tour, and in the studio.  She is a member of most unions and guilds, the National Theatre Conference, and is Co-President of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, representing LPTW on the Board of Directors. @shlubin @MonMornQuote





KELLI LYNN HARRISON is an Ensemble Artist at Ensemble Studio Theatre and has performed at EST in Youngblood programming – including Thicker Than WaterAsking For Trouble, brunches and Bloodworks – as well as various Memberfest and Sloan First Light projects. Currently, she also helps to facilitate the EST Members Council initiative, First Brew.  She was a founding member of 3Graces Theater Co. (winner of the 2007 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award for Emerging Theater Company), and its Managing Director from 2004-2011, during which time she produced and co-produced over 20 New York and World Premieres.  As its resident dramaturg, she created 3G’s signature Immersion program, an interactive dramaturgical process for the ensemble and audience. Favorite NY credits include: Acting – Big Girl a one-woman play by Andrew Biss, Apocalypso by William Donnelly, and The Benefits of Elsewhere by Patrick Link; Production Dramaturgy – the New York premiere of Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden, and the World Premiere of The Power of Birds by Robin Rice Lichtig. Trained at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) and Stella Adler (New York).  Member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and currently serves on Board of Directors of the League of Professional Theatre Women.


CATHERINE PORTER has served as creator, producer, writer, director, and/or performer in 100+ site-specific plays and performance events for the NYC nonprofit theater company Peculiar Works Project since 1993. She co-wrote PWP’s “live documentary”, Welcome Aboard the Friendly Tripbox, and the tours of OFF Stage: the West Village Fragments, OFF Stage: the East Village Fragments, and In Praise of Folly: the Don Quixote Project, for which she also served as Project Director. With PWP, she teaches workshops in site-specific and multi-disciplinary performance for the Trinity/La MaMa Urban Arts Semester, and has also co-taught the workshops for Fordham, Illinois State, Pace, and New Bulgarian University. She has played leading roles in many PWP productions, including Manna-Hata, Can You Hear Their Voices?, OFF Stage: the East Village Fragments and West Village Fragments, Barry Rowell’s Floydada, It’s Good Enough For Me and Freiheit Makes a Stand, S.M. Dale and Rowell’s 3Christs, Dale’s Privileged & Confidential, Marina Shron’s Mitya’s Ordeal, and Ruth Margraff’s Gat Him To His Place, among numerous others. She has acted with such Off-Off companies as La MaMa, Concrete Temple Theatre, Flux Theatre Ensemble, The Forge, Aisling Arts, Theatre Askew, and TOSOS; and appeared Off-Broadway in Mac Wellman’s OBIE Award-winning play, Crowbar. Catherine’s alter ego is Administrator for The Scherman Foundation, where she oversees all office, facility, finance, and human resource areas. Previously, she served as Director of Development for Dixon Place, where she also performed duties as Interim Executive Director, Assistant Director, and Director of Finance; Coordinator of Individual Giving and Special Events for HERE Arts Center; and Ticket Office Manager for Casa Mañana Playhouse and Summer Musicals in Fort Worth, TX. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and serves on the boards of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, League of Professional Theatre Women (Treasurer), and Concrete Temple Theatre. In 2010, Catherine was named to the NYTheater Now Indie Theater Hall of Fame.


LUDOVICA VILLAR-HAUSER, Theatre Director/Dramaturg Founder of Works by Women. Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, SDC and Equity (UK). Eligible to work in the USA, UK and EU. Highlights include: Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night in London’s West End; the premiere of Gregory Murphy’s The Countess, which ran Off-Broadway for 634 performances and in the West End. OFF-BROADWAY: Bold Girls by Rona Munro (29th ST. Rep.); NYC premiere of Duet by Otho Eskin (Greenwich Street Theatre); North American premiere of Leaves of Glass by Philip Ridley (Peter J. Sharp Theater); Final Analysis by Otho Eskin (Pershing Square Signature Center); For Heaven’s Sake!(formerly The Brightness of Heaven) by Laura Pedersen (Cherry Lane Theatre). Other favorites include A Short Wake by Derek Murphy; As It Is In Heaven by Arlene Hutton, produced by 3 Graces Theater Co. at The Cherry Lane Theatre; She Calls Me Firefly by Teresa Lotz at New Perspectives Theatre Company; A Dozen Perfect Moments, Living Arrangements and This Will All be Yours by Laura Pedersen.



FRANCES MCGARRY, PH.D. has been teaching Theater Arts and English for over thirty years.  McGarry has served as an adjunct professor in The Program of Educational Theatre at NYU. Formerly Director of Instruction for Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Inc., McGarry has presented the Write A Play! Curriculum at local, regional, and national conferences. McGarry is the producer/host/blogger of First Online With Fran, an arts advocacy YouTube program that features ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the arts. Acting/Stage credits include Lady Liberty Festival (Lady Liberty/Urban Stages);VOTES! (Mrs. Shrunk/Castillo Theatre); We Have Apples (Nurse/42 St. Theatre); Lie of Omission (Mom/Alice/Studio Theatre LI); My Occasion of Sin (Helen Hollewinski/Stage Left Theatre); Dear Mom (Mom/Theatre for A New City)), I Witness (Sheila/13th Street Rep); The Vagina Monologues (Reclaiming C***/HERE Arts Center), The Last Night at Ballyhoo (Beulah Levy/LI Arena Playhouse), And Then They Came for Me,  (Ed’s Mom/Provincetown Playhouse); film/television:  Two Many Moms,2015 sitcom pilot (Mom/Betty Shoemaker); Investigate Discovery(Celebrity Ghost Series/Grandmother), My Dirty Little Secrets(Mother); SyFy School Spirits(Waitress);The Fever & The Fret (Teacher); commercial/print:  I Love It! Good Morning America (ABC); Suffolk Library Cooperative (Cablevision/News Channel 12); Wiser Whiskey (ESPN); assorted VO/PSA Commercials. Fran is a member of The League of Professional Theater Women (Executive Board of Directors/Networking Chair), New York Women in Film & Theater (Programming). Visit Fran at and


LPTW Administrative Staff


LIZZY BRYCE s a director, photographer, and comedian in New York City. She is the Co-Founder of Carbonated Films, which has created comedic content for Major League Soccer, IFC, and more. Her digital content has been featured in Splitsider, Gothamist, Brokelyn, Animal NY, IndieWire, and Comedy Cake. Lizzy is a graduate of the Theatre Directing program at Pace University and has directed at such theatres/festivals as: The Fringe Festival, Teatro SEA, The Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Dixon Place, The Hudson Guild Theatre, The PIT Theatre, and Schaeberle Studios. Formerly a producer for Upright Citizens Brigade house digital team UCB1, she can currently be found performing stand-up and improv with her all-female indie team, The Feds. Lizzy is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and The Filmshop, and a company director for New York Theatre Madness.