2018 Election Board of Directors: Meet The Candidates
Catherine Porter – Co-President
Catherine would be delighted to serve as Co-President. For 3+ decades, I’ve worked in practically every aspect of theater – actor (Off, Off-Off, regional), writer, director, teaching artist (Trinity/La MaMa, Pace, Fordham, Illinois State, New Bulgarian University), fundraiser (Dixon Place, HERE), producer/artistic director (Peculiar Works Project), front-of-house, and board member (LPTW, ART/New York, Concrete Temple). It’s been an honor to serve on the League’s board, and particularly now, when there is such potential for unprecedented advocacy and visibility. As a leader in the parity #conversation, LPTW can support new opportunities for women in our industry – and I will work to help make that happen.
Melody Brooks – Treasurer
Melody is the founder and award-winning Artistic Director of New Perspectives Theatre Company, now entering its 27th year. NPTC’s mission is to use theatre for social change and to provide access and inclusion for all artists. A particular focus is developing the voices of female playwrights and reclaiming those of women past. Notable programs include the Women’s Work Project and ON HER SHOULDERS. She is currently on the Board of LPTW and was Co-Chair of the 2014 and 2017 LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Awards. As Treasurer, Melody hopes to continue helping to improve LPTW’s organizational capacity and management of its fiscal resources.
Frances McGarry – Co-Secretary
For the past 4 years I have been actively committed to the League of Professional Theatre Women’s mission. For two years 2013-2015, I served as the Networking Salon Chair and for two years as Co-Secretary 2015-2018. As a member of the Board I attend all meetings and offer professional feedback. As Recording Secretary I will continue to diligently commit my time and talent to the League.
Joan Kane – Co-Vice President, Programming
Joan is a director, writer, corporate producer, AD of the NYC independent theatre company Ego Actus. MFA- Directing The New School For Drama, MS – Museum Education Bank Street College. Member: The New York Madness Company, the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers. www.EgoActus.com Served on LPTW Committees: Think Tank, Networking & Julia’s Reading Room. Running VP of Programming to continue the excellent work of the previous Co-Chairs Ludovica Villar–Hauser and Mahayana Landowne.
Yvette Heyliger – Co-Vice President, Programming
Playwright/producing artist/activist; AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwright Award; Best Playwright nomination, NAACP’s Annual Theatre Awards; author What a Piece of Work is Man! Full-Length Plays for Leading Women; contributor Later Chapters: The Best Scenes and Monologues for Actors over Fifty; one-woman show, Bridge to Baraka, slated for upcoming United Solo Festival; partner in Twinbiz™ and co-recipient National Black Theatre Festival Emerging Producer Award; founding member Organizing for Action; member Dramatist Guild, AEA, SDC, and AFTRA-SAG. “As 2020 nears, I reaffirm my public and private fight for parity for women artists… by any means necessary!”
Katherine Elliot – Co-Vice President, Membership
Katherine Elliot is an actor, writer and producer. Since 2008, she has performed in numerous productions, and was last seen Off-Broadway in Dog Sees God (Lucy). Current producing projects include The Trauma Brain Project. Katherine is a current member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Networking Committee. She is delighted to be one of the newest members of The Tempest Ladies. Represented by Albert Bramante of Emerging Talent Agency. www.katherineelliot.com
Malini Singh McDonald – Co-Vice Presidents, Communications
Malini’s company, Theatre Beyond Broadway, is a platform to promote and foster the independent artist through producing and publicity. Malini is on the LPTW board, a member of the SDCS, the Associate Producer for the Broadway Artist Connection, producing partner for The Anthropologists, and panelist for the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. Visit www.malinism.com and www.theatrebeyondbroadway.com. As Co-VP of Communications, Malini will continue promoting programs of the League through current established means as well as researching additional opportunities. In her experience, it’s important to identify how other industries use promotion, advertising and marketing to keep a brand fresh and new and on the cutting edge.
Kate Mueth – Co-Vice Presidents, Communications
Kate 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. Kate is a current member of the LPTW Board and co-founder/Co-Chair of The East Hampton Arts Council. The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ education outreach arm is focused on empowering girls, women and the at-risk marginalized through thought-provoking dance theater, film and acting workshops that help them creatively explore their unique voices and express themselves authentically through deep process into staged performances and presentations. www.npcowgirls.org
Moderator/DAPLab (since 2008 inception); Artistic Director/Cosmic Orchid. Liz has produced/directed staged readings/workshop productions of 50+ works, showcasing 200+ artists. As a grateful member of the LPTW for the past three years, I believe in our mission. My professional goal in all collaborations is to nurture colleagues. “A success for one of us is a success for all of us!” The oppression of women is now at the forefront of collective consciousness. We must keep the momentum going – increasing membership and expanding programming. Continuity is fostered by all members with the board setting the tone for mobilization. Allow me to help propel us forward.
For 30 years I have worked in the theater in North America, South America and Asia. I have performed, educated, directed and produced. I co-founded Group.BR, NY’s only Brazilian theater company, Nettles Artists Collective (NAC), a Latina-based collective, and PUNTO, an event and performance venue in midtown Manhattan. Serving on the LPTW’s Board of Directors would be an honor because I too believe in increasing representation of women in the arts. In this point of my career I want to foster the long-term success of the League, sustain its vision and mission, and guide its activities. (deborabalardini.com)
Heather is a theatre producer, director and fundraiser. Co-founder and Producing Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble, she has produced 25 full productions, including 16 world premieres, and is the director of 9 Flux productions, including co-directing the upcoming The Sea Concerto. Other directing credits include Rattlestick, The Lark, Cherry Lane, Estrogenius Festival, and Planet Connections. Heather also currently serves as Development Director/Community Engagement Coordinator for En Garde Arts, and prior to that worked in development for Epic Theatre Ensemble, NYTW, The Pearl, and TCG. She’s an alum of the Women’s Project Producers’ LAB and the proud mother of Mercena.
Nichole is an interdisciplinary artist and League member since 2013. She founded the theater company TAPT as Artistic Director and Producer. Active on The Players’ Board and numerous committees, in 2014 she was asked to take the Vice President position in a strategic leadership turnover and was re-elected. The Players is currently going through a renaissance of which she is proud to be a part. She now wants to share her organizational skills, creativity and strong collaborative foundation with the League. Passionate about women’s issues, theater and art she hopes to contribute her integrity and diplomatic skills in helping take the League to the next level.
Kimberly Loren Eaton
[Write-in candidate for Co-Secretary] Kimberly is a theatrical director (SDC) focused on developing new works. Select directing credits: Daughters of the Sexual Revolution with Tim Busfield, Melissa Gilbert, Sarah Steele (in development), Ain’t Far From Home (Playwrights Horizons Downtown), American Dream (MTC) Projects currently in development: One of the Nice Ones with Zachary Quinto, Betsy Wolfe, and Adrienne C. Moore. Founder of Theatrum Mundi Productions, a theatrical producing and consulting company which offers creative development services. Select producing teams credits: Fun Home (5 Tony Awards including Best Play), The Velocity of Autumn, Freud’s Last Session (Off-Broadway Alliance Award- Best Play), Tonya & Nancy (NYMF). Current LPTW VP Communications.
Actress, Archivist, Director, Playwright, Producer, recently published essay in Soul of the American Actor and touring as Jane Austen, I would like to bring my organizational skills to support the LPTW in its mission to promote equal pay & representation for women in theatre. I have worked with Advocacy, Heritage and WSTW Committees. The League is unlike any other theatre organization in its welcoming atmosphere and superbly variegated programming. As a board member, I would be present to support and enhance the League’s mission and agenda working in person with members and reaching out through social media.
Nancy has been a Producer, General Manager, and Company Manager for Broadway and Off-Broadway for over 40 years. Producing: Peter and the Starcatcher; Come From Away; Bat Boy: The Musical; Fun Home; If/Then; All Shook Up, The Last Session. General Management: Wicked (Worldwide); Bring It On; Sister Act; Next to Normal; Spelling Bee. Nancy is a Board Emeritus Member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT). Nancy was also presented the “Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award” at the 2015 Lucille Lortel Awards. Nancy believes she will be able to support LPTW and bring more members from commercial theatre into the League.
I am a director, dramaturg, and producer of Liechtenstein-Kansas origin, working both in the US and Europe in opera, theatre and devised work combining both genres. I have been active in the International Committee and was Co-Chair of the 2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award. I would like to work towards enhancing the network and visibility of the League outside the US. We have powerful connections to international theatre through our International Affiliates and the GCITA winners and nominees. Especially in this political climate, our League sisterhood can show the world a different, inspiring, diverse, inclusive face of America. We are part of a world of women in theatre, and we can share, teach and learn from other cultures.
Megan is a producer of commercial theater, film, television, transmedia and multimedia, and print. She is Creative Producer of Blue Man World, Blue Man Group’s first exploration into print, and co-producer of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (as Backdrop Partners) and lead producer of Remission, a new musical by Preston M. Allen. Recent projects brought financing to include Fun Home, Hand to God, and Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly. Megan worked for many years with the Blue Man Group, developing a transmedia franchise created by the founders, and producing multimedia projects. Her production company POE GLOBAL currently has multiple properties in development for stage, television, and graphic novels.
Tricia is the founder and producing artistic director of Airmid Theatre Company, an NEA award-winning theatre. Throughout her career, Ms. McDermott has worked professionally in regional theatres, Off-Broadway, and internationally, including as executive director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre USA, and literary manager at the Off-Broadway theater, Primary Stages. Tricia has and MFA in Directing from Illinois State University and a BA in theatre from Florida State University. I hope to help to build on the already excellent work of the League while finding ways for greater networking and job opportunities to develop from the new #OneMoreConversation campaign and this #MeToo moment.
Kat Mustatea is a playwright and director. She is a 2018 TED Resident, and her upcoming TED talk will be about the role of the artist in an age of machine intelligence. She is the author of four full-length plays, Eight Figures (2015), Satellite (2013), The Model (2011), and Glass House (2006). Her work has been performed in New York, Chicago, Berlin, and Oslo. As a board member of LPTW, she will contribute her expertise in technology to ensure the organization actively engages its community, creates meaningful opportunities among members, and continues to advocate on behalf of women theater artists.
I am honored to seek a position on the Board of LPTW, after joining in 2007. I have spent the better part of my career being a leader, whether serving as an elected officer of my union, or during my subsequent career as an arts administrator, by specializing in revitalizing theaters and achieving growth through change. I seek to participate fully in the theatre industry, and to collaborate with colleagues across the United States and I am particularly focused on creating opportunities for emerging young professionals. I believe in opening up space for all women, including those who have seen opportunities dwindle as they raise families or shift their career focus.
Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D.
Tobie is an author, speaker, and educator, focusing on workforce diversity and international leadership in the arts, and mentoring young women for managerial careers in the performing arts. As a potential LPTW board member, she is excited to bring these skills and interests to the organization. For the past twenty years, Tobie has directed the graduate program in performing arts management at Brooklyn College, mentoring and placing over 150 graduate students in managerial positions with performing arts organizations. A former Tony Nominator, she is the recipient of two international Fulbright scholarships and author of four books including Leadership in the Performing Arts.
Elizabeth Van Dyke
Directorial credits include: Gem of the Ocean (Superior Award); The Ballad of Emmett Till (Giorgee Award, Best Director); Gee’s Bend, Great Men of Gospel: Spirit Into Sound (Audelco Nomination, Best Director); Sophisticated Ladies (Onyx Award Best Director & Best Musical Production Of The Year; Producing Artistic Director of Going to the River, which presents, develops and produces works of female playwrights of color. I serve as Co-Chair of Julia’s Reading Room and have learned that being involved in the League, taking action and doing, is meaningful, expansive, and helpful to the members and to my own development. So, I am stepping up to do more by being a candidate for the board.