Co Presidents – Maxine Kern & Lorca Peress
Julia Miles 1982-1984
Administrative Director – Jenny Bustance
LPTW Executive Officers
LORCA PERESS – CO-PRESIDENT
Lorca Peress oversees numerous committees and the business of LPTW. Under her leadership, LPTW has hired two administrative staff members, revamped the website, updated the logo, and overseen all programming including awards, workshops, panels, and 30th Anniversary events. She is involved in increasing membership, visibility, and funding for the League’s advocacy mission and activities. She has directed LPTW Festivals and curated a MultiStages production in the 30 Plays Series. Lorca is founder/artistic director of MultiStages, a multicultural/multidisciplinary theatre company that has developed collaborative new works since 1997. Awards/Grants: 4 HOLA Awards including 2012 Outstanding Production, La MaMa Inky, WAM Coalition Honorable Mention, 2 MCAFs (LMCC DOCA), Dramatists Guild Fund, Jewish Communal Fund, N.W. Dible Foundation. Faculty: NYU Tisch Strasberg Studio, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She is a graduate of Bennington College and National Theatre Institute, professional studies include Shelly Winters, Gene Frankel, Strasberg Institute. SAG-AFTRA, AEA, SDC. http://www.multistages.org.
MAXINE KERN – CO-PRESIDENT
Maxine Kern is a dramaturg and playwright. Her recent dramaturgy includes Final Analysis by Otho Eskins, As it Is in Heaven by Arlene Hutton, Savannah Black and Blue by Raymond Jones, The Book of Lambert by Leslie Lee and For the Time Being by W.H. Auden. She is presently working on a play about the social activist, Emma Goldman. She has also been part of the artistic staff of The McCarter Theater, The New York Shakespeare Public Theater, New Georges, The George St Playhouse, Company One Theater and New Dramatists, Inc. She is Co-President of The League of Professional Theatre Women.
LISA ROTHE – VP OF MEMBERSHIP
Lisa Rothe was recently nominated for SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction for the Drama Desk nominated production of Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC (also produced at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the SoloNova Festival in NYC). Other projects: Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin & composer Sarah Kirkland Snider at Playmakers Repertory Company and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Chautauqua Theatre Company. Future: Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl at People’s Light & Theatre Company, with Ellen McLaughlin and Rinde Eckert. Lisa is also currently developing a new opera about Ada Byron (Ada) by composer Kim Sherman and librettist Margaret Vandenburg, which was presented last spring as a part of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s Development Series. Lisa has workshopped, developed and directed over one hundred new plays and musicals, working with many award winning writers. In NY, she has directed and/or developed work with Lark Play Development Center, 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, BAM, Summer Play Festival, NYMF, Midtown International Theatre Festival (Best Director), National Actors Theater , Keen Company (Keen Teens), Orchard Project, Voice & Vision, HERE, Dixon Place, among others. Lisa has taught and directed at many theatre programs around the country including NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, Chautauqua Conservatory, the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) at Primary Stages and many others. She is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and Director’s Lab, as well as a Drama League alum, Fox Fellow, alum of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab and is currently serving on the boards of the League of Professional Theatre Women as the VP of Membership as well as the Theatre World Awards. Lisa is also the director of Offsite Programs and Partnerships at the Lark Play Development Center where she deals with providing expanded opportunities for playwrights, aimed at advancing new work to production nationally and globally.
DOROTHY LEEDS – CO-SECRETARY
Dorothy Leeds is known not only as a “Bad Woman” but as the Questioning Crusader. Wearing 2 ½ hats, she is the performer of Good Lessons from Bad Women, The Hot Water Club and the author of The 7 Powers of Questions, Smart Questions, PowerSpeak, and Marketing Yourself. And the ½ hat? Film critic for MSNBC. Having had a previous career on Broadway, she is delighted that her six career adventures have taken her back into show business. She serves on the Board of The League of Professional Theatre Women as Co-Secretary. Leeds also serves the League’s Networking and Programming Committees and Women Stage the World Project. Advocating for wWomen and Equal Pay and Opportunity, she is also on the Board of the New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA).
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 festival at New World Stages, serving on the Board, and now as Co-Secretary and as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee. She has written and directed numerous plays, musicals, and cabaret acts, most recently directing the 28th 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 Here 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, and is Co-President of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, representing LPTW on the Board of Directors. www.shellenlubin.com @shlubin
LPTW Administrative Staff
JENNIFER LANE BUSTANCE – LPTW ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
Jennifer Lane is a California-based playwright and novelist originally from Troy, Michigan. Her work includes Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum); The Seer and the Witch (nuVoices for a nuGeneration Festival 2013, Nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Sue Nims Distinguished Playwriting Award, a Semifinalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference); Psychomachia (recipient of the Gatsby Grant, forthcoming publication with Independent Play(w)rights); The Would-Be Room (performed in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C.); Convergence (premiered at the soloNOVA Festival); The Burning Brand; and Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner? Her short plays have been workshopped with Anne Bogart, and performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, LiveGirls! Theatre, the Culture Project Women Center Stage Festival, and at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival. She is an alum of the Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Playwriting Lab and the terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwriting Group. She is the administrative director for the League of Professional Theatre Women and a teaching artist at the Playwrights Project. Jenny is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA Playwriting Program and Sarah Lawrence College. For more information, visit http://jennifer-lane.net.
ASHLEY KELLY TATA – LPTW ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE
Ashley Kelly Tata is a New York City-based Theater and Opera Director. Recent directing credits include A Weimar Flute – a devised, site-specific adaptation of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with texts by Weimar-era writers staged at the Housing Works Bookstore (Morning Side Opera Co.); Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, translated by Tony Kushner; and Samara Weiss’s Dirt, (Part 1) (HERE Arts Center’s Summer Sublet Series). With her own company, Enthuse Theater & Co. she has been working on a series of works entitled The Decay of Cities in which company members occupy abandoned locations around the US and create site-specific, immersive, devised pieces of theater examining structural, cultural and social decay in our country. The company has created one of these works in farm in Maine and one in an auto-shop in New Orleans. As assistant director: David T. Little’s Dog Days (dir. Robert Woodruff, Montclair’s Peak Performances); Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze (dir. Chen Shi-Zheng, Spoleto Festival, USA; Lincoln Center Festival); and David Lang’s love fail (New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas; BAM’s Next Wave). Former Artistic Associate Director, Classic Stage Company. BA Marymount Manhattan College. http://www.ashleykellytata.com http://www.enthusetheater.org
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