Co-Presidents – Catherine Porter & Shellen Lubin
Executive Vice President – Katrin Hilbe
Co-VPs of Programming – Yvette Heyliger & Debora Balardini
Co-VPs of Communications – Kate Mueth & Malini Singh McDonald
Co-VPs of Membership – Joan Kane & Tricia McDermott
Co-Secretaries – Kimberly Loren Eaton & Gwynn MacDonald
Treasurer – Melody Brooks


Raquel Almazan
Margot Astrachan
Heather Cohn
Cesi Davidson
Katherine Elliot
Nancy Gibbs
Mary Hodges
Mahayana Landowne
Alisa Matlovsky
Kat Mustatea
Wendy Peace
June Rachelson-Ospa
Elizabeth Van Dyke


Administrative Director – Lizzy Bryce
Bookkeeper – Thomas Kelso


Emily Owens PR is a bicoastal media relations agency
specializing in new plays premiering in New York City
and Los Angeles. Her clients include The Kilroys,
New Georges, The Tank, Gideon Productions, and
The Hearth.


Theresa Rebeck
Daryl Roth


Andre Bishop
Rachel Chavkin
Lisa D’Amour
Jane Harmon
Enid Nemy
Lynn Nottage
Estelle Parsons
Phylicia Rashad
Sarah Ruhl
Tim Sanford
Joan Firestone
Pamela Hunt
Maxine Kern
Kristin Marting
Carmel Owen
Lorca Peress
Sheilah Rae
Lisa Rothe
Harriet Slaughter
Shari Upbin
Elizabeth Williams


Kelli Lynn Harrison 2017-2019
Lisa Rothe 2016-2018
Carmel Owen 2015-2017
Pamela Hunt 2014-2016
Maxine Kern 2013-2015
Lorca Peress 2011-2014
Kristin Marting 2011-2013
Rachel Reiner 2009-2011
Naomi Grabel 2009-2011
Lynne Rogers 2007-2009
Joan Firestone 2005-2007
Sheilah Rae 2003-2005
Harriet Slaughter 1999-2003, 2005-2007
Isobel Robins 1999-2003
Shari Upbin 1994-1999
Kathleen Gaffney 1992-1994
Amie Brockway 1992-1994
Lynda Sturner 1988-1992
Berenice Weiler 1988-1992
Billie Allen 1984-1988
Doris Cole Abrahams 1984-1988
Julia Miles 1982-1984


LPTW Executive Officers

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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 (Co-President), and Concrete Temple Theatre. In 2010, Catherine was named to the NYTheater Now Indie Theater Hall of Fame.


YVETTE HEYLIGER is a playwright, producing artist, and activist. She is the recipient of AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwright Award and Dramatic Production of the Year.  She received Best Playwright nomination from NAACP’s Annual Theatre Awards. Author of What a Piece of Work is Man! Full-Length Plays for Leading Women, she has also contributed to various anthologies including, The Monologue ProjectLater Chapters: The Best Scenes and Monologues for Actors over Fifty and 24 Gun Control Plays. Selections from her play, Autobiography of a Homegirl, appear in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2003 and The Best Stage Scenes 2003.  Heyliger has also written for various online and print magazines and journals and has a blog, The Playwright and The Patron. Heyliger returned to the stage as a solo-artist in Bridge to Baraka, most recently performed in the United Solo Theatre Festival.  A partner in Twinbiz™, now celebrating its 30th year, she is the co-recipient of the first National Black Theatre Festival Emerging Producer Award.  Twinbiz™ writes, directs and produces original works for the stage which seek to educate and entertain in the service of social change. Memberships: Dramatist Guild, AEA, SDC, and AFTRA-SAG.


JOAN KANE is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four-star reviews for each. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by She has also directed plays and readings for the Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the NY Fringe Festival, and the Actors Studio. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College. She is a member of NY Madness Company, Dramatists Guild and Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers. Joan is currently a Vice President for Programming on the Board of Directors of the League of Professional Theatre Women.


MARI LYN HENRY is an author, teacher, and image/career coach who founded the Society for the Preservation of Theatrical History to reacquaint today’s actors with the great actresses and visionaries of the 19th and early 20th centuries  ( Her workshops on on-camera techniques, script analysis, auditioning and impression management have been very successful in cities and universities across the country. CAREER INTELLIGENCE Seminars about “The Business of the Business” are based on her best-selling book How To Be A Working Actor,  ( She teaches audition techniques and the business of acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School (NYC) .and the Desotelle Conservatory. She is currently writing a book for Allworth Press entitled THE TOTAL ACTOR: A CAREER GUIDE FOR SURVIVAL, SUCCESS AND STAYING POWER which will be published in 2019. Serving as the director of the heritage program for the League of Professional Theatre Women, she is also the VP of Membership. She is the producer of Stage Struck: Reclaiming the lives of famous Actresses from the Past and several versions of Suffragists From the Stage Her B.A. in Speech and Drama is from San Jose State University; M.A. in Theatre History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


MALINI SINGH MCDONALD is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. Select theatre credits include the revival of Godspell (Producer, Broadway Revival); The Year of Living Dangerously (Publicist, 54 Below); Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg (Publicist, HERE Arts Center); From Ship to Shape (Publicist, Winner of Two United Solo Awards); The Eternal Space (Associate Producer & Marketing Director, Theatre Row); The Wiz (Director, Matsiko World Orphan Choir, Liberia); Torch Song Trilogy (Director, ATA). Malini is also the founder of Theatre Beyond Broadway which provides a platform to promote and support independent artists. TBB represents a broad range of artists through producing, publicity, education, and a podcast. Malini is a board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Associate Producer for the Broadway Artist Connection, producing partner for The Anthropologists, and a panelist for the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival.  Malini has been recognized for her role in the community with the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York. and


KATE MUETH founded the award-winning Neo-Political Cowgirls eleven years ago to help fill the dearth of opportunities for and stories from the perspectives of women in our theater landscape. She conceives, choreographs and directs new, site-specific dance theater that is “Mind-bending, gorgeous, provocative and wild” in execution. Kate is an Equity actor and a proud LPTW member. Kate has worked as actor/director/choreographer with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Cathy Curtin, Heather Lind, Aida Turturro, Tony Walton, Peter Boyle, Lizzie Larsen, and Tovah Feldshuh. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Bay Street Theater, and The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall among many others. She just closed a run in a post-punk Romeo and Juliet playing a ribald Nurse and choreographing popping stylized dance and movement for the adventurous interpretation at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall. History of new works for NPC includes BAUBO, Wody Girtch Mama, Trojan Women Redux, ZIMA!, VOYEUR, EVE, B(e)RD and countless one-offs. EVE, a 13-room, immersive experience, enjoyed an Off-Broadway run in the fall of 2015 at The Gym at Judson. Kate has toured/directed projects in Helsinki and Berlin and this past summer she debuted BAUBO with NPC and Only Child, an NYC-based aerialist company outdoors in Montauk, NY. Kate has a lengthy biography in theater arts teaching and curriculum building over the past 25 years.


MELODY BROOKS is founder and Artistic Director of New Perspectives Theatre Company, now in its 28th season. NPTC’s mission is to use theatre for social change and to provide access and inclusion for all artists. She directs the Women’s Work LAB, which develops original works by 12-15 members per year, and is Executive Producer/Dramaturg for ON HER SHOULDERS, which presents female playwrights through the ages in staged readings with scholarly playbills at the New School. She has developed and directed numerous original and classic plays (with 2 OOBR Awards, an Audelco Award, a Princess Grace Finalist and Essence Entertainment Option among the honors received by plays she has developed/directed) Melody was recently honored as a Trailblazing Woman of Theatre for Artistry & Vision by Rhythm Color Associates. She received the “Spirit of Hope Award” in 2015 from Speranza Theatre Company for her support of women theatre artists for more than 25 years, and was named a “Person of the Year” in 2009 by as a co-founder of 50/50 in 2020: Parity for Women Theatre Artists. She joined LPTW in 2010, was Co-chair of the triennial  LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award 2014/2017, and is director/dramaturg for the Heritage Program.


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



KIMBERLY LOREN EATON is a director, and the founder and principal of Theatrum Mundi Productions, a theatrical producing and consulting company which offers creative development services, with an eye on commercial viability. Services include directing, dramaturgy, new works development, executive producing, and theatrical consulting services. Select directing credits: Daughters of the Sexual Revolution with Tim Busfield, Melissa Gilbert & Sarah Steele (Readings at Manhattan Theatre Club and Dramatists Guild Foundation, currently in development for a commercial theatrical production in NYC), Ain’t Far From Home(the musical) with Cicely Macias Daniels & Mimi Bessette(Playwrights Horizons Downtown), American Dream with David Morse, Tamara Tunie & Sarita Choudhury (Manhattan Theatre Club). Member SDC, Represented by the Michael Moore Agency.  Select producing credits: Producing teams of Fun Home (Broadway- 5 Tony Awards including Best Play, and National Tour), The Velocity of Autumn (Broadway), Freud’s Last Session (Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Tonya & Nancy (NYMF). General Management experience at the festival, downtown, regional, and Off-Broadway levels. Founder &Artistic Producer of Purpled Pheasant Productions, a professional theatre company serving the Hamptons. Youngest ever Artistic & Managing Director Off-Broadway, The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre- run 5 years in profit, through the recession.Mentored by Ted Mann. Will launch new theatre collective, The Tribe, as Artistic Director, in partnership with theatre artist Ali Kennedy Scott, in 2018. Current directing works in development: The Forgetting Curve, the immersive TotemsWaiting, Sammy’s Bowery Follies,The Good China and One of the Nice Ones with Zachary Quinto, Betsy Wolfe, and Adrienne C. Moore. Education/ training: Hofstra University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, CTI. Reader, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Advisory Panel, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. Co-Founder, & former Board member, Young Patrons & Artists Circle, TRU.


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LIZZY BRYCE is a director in New York City. Her creative projects have been featured in The New York Times, Splitsider, Gothamist, Brokelyn, Animal NY, and more. She currently serves as a Manhattan Chapter Co-Leader of Filmshop, a non-profit organization supporting emerging independent filmmakers. Lizzy was selected from over 5,000 applicants to be a finalist in The WB’s Emerging Directors Program and served as a Producer/Director on UCB1, a video comedy team in UCB Comedy’s Digital program. Her original web series, SHAM, was selected as IndieWIRE’s Project of the Day. She was named by KitSplit as one of Six Inspiring Women to Watch in Film and Photography. In 2015, Lizzy partnered with comedian Matt Fisher (30 Rock) to form Carbonated Films, an indie production company that creates comedic video content for brands and artists. Prominent clients include Major League Soccer, Tushy Bidet, Gatherer Entertainment, and Try Anyway Productions. Her theatrical work has premiered at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Hudson Guild Theatre, La MaMa, and The New York and DC Fringe Festivals. This summer, The Washington Post called her playwriting “funny, and a little too true.” Lizzy is a graduate of Pace University’s Pforzheimer Honors College, majoring in Theatre Arts with a Directing focus, and the Nashua Careers in Education Video Production program. Member: The Filmshop; Liz Kimball’s The Collective; New York Women in Film & TV.