Co-Presidents – Kelli Lynn Harrison & Catherine Porter
Co-VP Programming – Yvette Heyliger & Joan Kane
Co-VP Communications – Kate Mueth & Malini Singh McDonald
Co-VP Membership – Katherine Elliot & Mari Lyn Henry
Co-Secretary – Kimberly Loren Eaton & Frances McGarry
Treasurer – Melody Brooks


Pat Addiss
Margot Astrachan
Deborah Balardini
Debra Barsha
Heather Cohn
Cesi Davidson
Fengar Gael
Nancy Gibbs
Katrin Hilbe
Megan Kingery
Gwynn MacDonald
Tricia McDermott
June Rachelson-Opsa
Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Van Dyke


Administrative Director – Lizzy Bryce
Development – Melody Brooks
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
Lorca Peress
Sheilah Rae
Harriet Slaughter
Shari Upbin
Elizabeth Williams


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



LISA ROTHE is a freelance director and educator based in NYC. She has developed hundreds of new plays with companies in the US and around the world. Recent productions: Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata (Guthrie Theater & The Sheen Center, NYC), 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); A Daughter and Some Sons by Lucy Thurber (NYU Grad Acting); Future: Sooner/Later by Allyson Currin at Cincinnati Playhouse; In My Chair by Eva DeVirgilis at Virginia Repertory TheatreLisa has directed over 30 productions at actor training programs around the country (including NYU Graduate Acting, The Juilliard School & Yale School of Drama). She 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 and Audrey Fellow with New Georges, alum of the Drama League and the Women’s Project Director’s Lab, Fox Fellow Recipient, member of the National Theater Conference, and for over five years was the Director of Global Exchange at The Lark in NYC.


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.


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.


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


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 Totems, Waiting, 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.



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.



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 Staff


Lizzy Bryce is a director, photographer, and comedian in New York City. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Splitsider, Gothamist, Brokelyn, Animal NY, IndieWire, Comedy Cake, and more. As a filmmaker, Lizzy was a finalist in the WB’s Emerging Film Directors Workshop and is a member of The Filmshop. She has studied sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade through Advanced Study, and spent a year as a producer and director on UCB’s house digital team UCB1. With comedian Matt Fisher, she co-founded Carbonated Films, a production company that specializes in creating short, comedic content for brands. Learn more at