2019 BOARD ELECTION: MEET THE CANDIDATES
Shellen Lubin – Co-President
Shellen Lubin is a Director, Songwriter, Playwright, Actor/Singer, and Vocal/Acting Teacher and Coach. As a fierce advocate for expanding the voices and visions of women+ in theatre with parity, inclusion, and diversity in all disciplines, at all levels, and at all ages, she has served seven years on LPTW’s board as VP of Programming, Membership, and more, and has also produced a number of festivals promoting the same. Also Past President & 1st VP of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition (for which LPTW is the founding member organization), and Chair of the Women Playwrights Initiative for the National Theatre Conference. Proud member of SDC, DG, AEA, BMI, and SAG-AFTRA.
Katrin Hilbe – Executive Vice President
Debora Balardini– Co-Vice President, Programming
For 30 years I have worked in the theatre in America, South America and Asia. I have performed, educated, directed and produced. I co-founded Group.BR, NY’s only Brazilian theatre 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 in my career, I want to foster the long-term success of the League, sustain its vision and mission, and guide its activities. (dbalardini.com)
Tricia McDermott – Co-Vice President, Membership
Tricia is the founder and producing artistic director of Airmid Theatre Company, a 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.
Joan Kane – Co-Vice President, Membership
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 nytheatre.com. 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.
Kate Mueth – Co-Vice President, Communications
Kate Mueth is an Equity Union actor, choreographer, Director and founder of the award-winning Neo-Political Cowgirls, a dance theatre company committed to devising new theatre work that brings the forgotten and marginalized voices of humanity to the table in unfettered and wild theatrical story form. Kate has performed on stages in Chicago, New York City, Berlin and in regional markets, in new and classical works at Lincoln Center, The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, Bay Street, etc. NPC has traveled work Off-Broadway, to The Culture Project NYC, Berlin and Helsinki while launching each new piece on The East End of Long Island. She is a passionate and tireless maker of Arts Education programs, founder of The East Hampton Arts Council, and sits on the Board of Directors and is Co-VP of Communications for The League of Professional Theatre Women. She currently is working on several new projects with a number of incredible theater women and will present her immersive experience VOYEUR on three nights across the summer in the Hamptons and in NYC this year. www.npcowgirls.org
Raquel Almazan is an actor, writer, director in professional theatre / film / television productions. Her eclectic career as artist-activist spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, new work development and dramaturgy. She is a practitioner of Butoh Dance and creator/teacher of social justice arts programs for youth/adults, several focusing on social justice. Her work has been featured in New York City- including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Sweden; including plays within her lifelong project on writing bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country (Latin is America play cycle).
Margot Astrachan is a Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer. Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; The Realistic Joneses; Nice Work If You Can Get It; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Tours: Ghost the Musical; National and Australia. American Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre and The Kings Head Theatre in London. Graduate of CTI and member of The Broadway League. Boards: The American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Vice-chair: The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), The League of Professional Theatre Women, The Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG), Alumni & Friends of La Guardia High School for the Arts, The Transport Group. Current: The Prom (Broadway). Upcoming: Diana.
Mary Hodges (Actor/Director/Dramaturg) recently played the role of “Cassio” in an all-female production of OTHELLO, produced by Harlem Shakespeare Festival (Debra Ann Byrd) and The New Heritage Group (Voza Rivers); the play was directed by Tony award-winning actress Trezana Beverley. Mary has been in numerous productions with Harlem Shakespeare Festival and Judith Shakespeare Festival, whose primary mission is to propel women in leading roles. She has worked with Gideon Productions, Target Margin Theatre, EST, New Federal to list some. Regionally she has performed at Connecticut Rep, Long Wharf, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Berkeley Repertory. Mary debuted the role of “Judge Anita Wright” in this current season of Law and Order SVU starring Mariska Hargitay. When she isn’t acting, Mary is directing new work from beginning to established playwrights as well as screenwriters. This past summer she made her Off-Broadway directing debut with Michael Bradford’s FATHERS AND SONS, produced by The Negro Ensemble Company. She has worked with Audelco Award-winning writer Cheryl Davis and Harlem playwright Cesi Davidson. Mary has a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Acting from The University of Connecticut. Freelance Director & Performer; Proud member of AEA.
Mahayana (Yana) Landowne
Mahayana (Yana) Landowne is a Director/Interactive Performance Artist/Feminist/Activist actively involved in the League for the past 8 years. She began as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee and helped create Women Stage the World. She believes deeply in inclusivity and empowerment, and in the possibility of the League supporting all women in theatre with generosity and grace. She also throws lots of fun parties where everyone feels welcome. For more – mahayanalandowne.com.
Gwynn MacDonald (Director | Producer | Writer) has directed or produced theatre, television, film and radio. Her work in television (USA Networks, MTV networks, Showtime, AMC, CBS, etc.) has received both Cable Ace and Emmy Nominations; her work in radio, the Gracie Allen Award given by AWRT. THEATRE DIRECTING FOCUS: New Work, Plays, Musicals, Classical Plays by Women, Eastern European Playwrights, Opera.
Alisa is a New York-based theatre director and educator. She moved to theater from a career in film and brings a style drawn from cinematic practice to her work for the stage. Since turning to theatre, Alisa has focused on new play development and on creating original theatre pieces. Most recently, she has concentrated on researching and developing a piece about Mathew Brady, the Civil War photographer. This piece formed the core of her work at IndyConvergence in summer, 2017. Alisa has directed for Target Margin, the Collective Theater, and New Perspectives, and has lent dramaturgical assistance to projects such as The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, which opened the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival. Alisa served on the LARK Play Development Center’s litwing for many years. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab and of La MaMa’s International Directors Symposium. She was recently a visiting artist at the IndyConvergence Lab and is a recipient of several NYFA grants. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the League of Professional Theatre Women, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and New York Women In Film and Television.
Kate McLeod, playwright, has written over sixteen plays—performed New York, throughout the northeast, in London and Alaska. Ice Floes or Don’t Stay, Please Go, No Wait . . . performed in NY and London. She produced The First and Possibly Only Bacon Theatre Festival in New York City where One Weird Trick, a five-minute opera written by McLeod with composer Rob Hartmann, debuted. Finalist: EST Marathon. Dad’s Arrival presented at Edward Albee’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. Residencies: Ledig House; Jentel, Sheridan, WY. Participant Lark, Irish American Writers & Artists, Artists Without Walls. Dramatists Guild; MFA, Catholic U. Journalist; Author, Beetlemania, The Car That Captured The Hearts of America.
Kat Mustatea is a playwright and director. She is a 2019 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 theatre artists.
Hi, I’m Wendy Peace. I’m a performer and educator (and curling instructor, but that’s a story for another time). I’ve worked all over the USA, Canada and the UK. I’ve been a League member since 2009. I’m running for the Board because I want to work on inclusivity, diversity and intersectionality within the League. In the past I co-chaired Julia’s Reading Room, served on the Networking Committee and currently participate in the Think Tank. As a former Union Rep and co-op Board President, I’m experienced and comfortable in dealing with financial matters. My volunteer work includes reading out loud to children in NYC public schools, and coaching hockey for the American Special Hockey Association, an organization for children and young adults with autism and other learning disabilities. I’d love the opportunity to give back to the League.
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