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


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.


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.


MELODY BROOKS is founder and Artistic Director of New Perspectives Theatre Company, now in its 27th 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, 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