Co-Presidents – Catherine Porter & Shellen Lubin
Executive Vice President – Katrin Hilbe
Co-VPs of Programming – Yvette Heyliger & Debora Balardini
Co-VPs of Communications – Kate Mueth & Malini Singh McDonald
Co-VPs of Membership – Joan Kane & Tricia McDermott
Co-Secretaries – Kimberly Loren Eaton & Gwynn MacDonald
Treasurer – Melody Brooks


Margot Astrachan
Heather Cohn
Cesi Davidson
Katherine Elliot
Nancy Gibbs
Mary Hodges
Mahayana Landowne
Alisa Matlovsky
Kat Mustatea
Wendy Peace
June Rachelson-Ospa
Elizabeth Van Dyke


Administrative Director – Lizzy Bryce
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
Carmel Owen
Lorca Peress
Sheilah Rae
Lisa Rothe
Harriet Slaughter
Shari Upbin
Elizabeth Williams


Kelli Lynn Harrison 2017-2019
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


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 (Co-President), and Concrete Temple Theatre. In 2010, Catherine was named to the NYTheater Now Indie Theater Hall of Fame.



SHELLEN LUBIN works professionally as a director, playwright, songwriter, and actor/singer. Her plays have been produced and workshopped at Manhattan Class Company, The Public Theater, Pacific Resident Theatre, Hubbard Hall, West Coast Ensemble, American Jewish Theatre, and more. Her songs have been featured on radio and cable TV, in Milos Forman’s first American film, Taking Off, in Susan Merson’s Between Pretty Places, in numerous cabaret acts including her own, and in a one-hour special on WBAI-FM, Shellen Lubin – Songwriter/Singer. As a director/dramaturg assisting in the development of new plays, she has directed across the country, currently working on projects with Lanie Robertson (The Actors Studio), Susan Cinoman (Pawling Theatre Exchange), and Stuart Warmflash and Amy Oestreicher at multiple venues. She is a member of the Playwright Directors Workshop at The Actors Studio (as both playwright and director) and is the resident director for the Bistro Awards. She also teaches and coaches actors, singers, and writers both privately and as a guest artist (Bennington College, Marymount Manhattan, etc.). As the Artistic Director of Untold Stories of Jewish Women, she helmed a three-day theatre festival at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in March 2018. As an advocate for women+ in theatre, she is the Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, the 1st Vice President and Past President of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, and chair of the Women Playwrights Initiative for the National Theatre Conference. Her reflections on artistry and life have been featured in five cover pieces for Back Stage Publications (archived on her website) and are read weekly in her Monday Morning Quotes think-pieces ( Proud member of DG, SDC, AEA, and more. @SHLubin



Katrin Hilbe is a director of Liechtenstein-Kansas origin, working both in opera and theatre, in the US and in Europe. Within the German opera world Katrin was assistant director and house director at Stadttheater Würzburg and Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt, while building her career as a director. She was thefirstassistantandremounterofDer Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuther Festspiele in the production of Tankred Dorst. In the US her production of R. Strauss’ Salome for New Orleans Opera won “Best Opera Production”. In addition to her directing work, Katrin has founded Many Tracks Inc.” For every complex problem there’s an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” H.L.Mencken. Since its inception in 2009, Many Tracks has steadily generated projects of varied subjects, themes and ambitions. MT productions have been presented in New York, Edinburgh, Rome, the theatres Konstanz and Liechtenstein, and at the Dublin Gay International Theatre Festival, where the production of Julia Pascal´s St Joan won the Hilton Edwards Award for best direction and adaptation. Select theatre credits: IDENTITY EUROPE, SHOOTER, FÄGFÜÜR, IN BED WITH ROY COHN, BREAKING THE SILENCE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT´S DREAM, DANTON´S DEATH. Select opera credits: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, DIE SCHUMANN SONATE, FALSTAFF, PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, FREMD BIN ICHEINGEZOGEN… Katrin is a regular contributor to EUROPEAN STAGES, a publication of the Martin E. Segal Center. She is a member of SDC, TRU, DG and the Playwright Directors Unit of The Actors Studio, and of course proud to be a part of the LPTW community. She has an MA in Philosophy, Musicology, English/American Literature from the University of Berne (Switzerland) and speaks English, German, Italian and French. and



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 her play also won 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, Performer Stuff, The Monologue Project, Short Plays on Reproductive Freedom, Later Chapters: The Best Scenes and Monologues for Actors over Fifty, WE ARE THEATRE, 24 Gun Control Plays, 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. A partner in Twinbiz™, now celebrating its 32nd  year, she is the co-recipient of the first National Black Theatre Festival Emerging Producer Award. Recipient of AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwright Award (play also won Dramatic Production of the Year) and Best Playwright nomination from NAACP’s Annual Theatre Awards. Twinbiz™ writes, directs and produces original works for the stage which seek to educate and entertain in the service of social change. Memberships: AEA, SDC, AFTRA-SAG, and the Dramatist Guild where she was recently appointed their first NYC Ambassador. In addition to her duties as Co-VP of Programming, Yvette serves proudly as chair of the League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award.



DEBORA BALARDINI, the co-founder of Group .BR, NY’s Only Brazilian Theater Company, PUNTO Space, and award-winning Nettles Artists Collective is a theater director, performer, educator and thirty-year veteran in the arts. After being elected as the Director at Large on the board of the League of Professional Theater Women for a 2-year term in 2018, Balardini was elected as the Co-VP of Programming for the LPTW. Taking a leap from multiple nominations for contributions to original theater productions, Balardini proudly accepted a 2019 Social Impact & Arts Innovator Award at the Essence of a Boss conference and received an official proclamation from The National Council of Women of the United States (NCW/US) in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations for her humanitarian work dedicated to the empowerment of women on the same night.  She is also a SheRocks Art Innovator of the Year and a Forty Over 40 honoree. Balardini’s most recent role on stage was Group .BR‘s Inside the Wild Heart, an immersive theatrical experience. Balardini’s motivation in the arts is largely motivated by women’s empowerment, human rights, and inclusion in the arts and she attributes her sense of mindfulness and resilience to Hatha Yoga philosophy and practice. Balardini’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed, having been mentioned by media platforms to include Forbes, Huffington Post, The Miami Herald, and HowlRound.



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 theatre, Primary Stages. Tricia has an 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.



MALINI SINGH MCDONALD is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. Select theatre credits include the revival of Godspell (Producer, Broadway Revival); The Year of Living Dangerously (Publicist, 54 Below); Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg (Publicist, HERE Arts Center); From Ship to Shape (Publicist, Winner of Two United Solo Awards); The Eternal Space (Associate Producer & Marketing Director, Theatre Row); The Wiz (Director, Matsiko World Orphan Choir, Liberia); Torch Song Trilogy (Director, ATA). Malini is also the founder of Theatre Beyond Broadway which provides a platform to promote and support independent artists. TBB represents a broad range of artists through producing, publicity, education, and a podcast. Malini is a board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Associate Producer for the Broadway Artist Connection, producing partner for The Anthropologists, and a panelist for the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival.  Malini has been recognized for her role in the community with the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York. and



KATE MUETH 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 that is “Mind-bending, gorgeous, provocative and wild” in execution. Kate is an Equity actor and a proud LPTW member. Kate has worked as actor/director/choreographer with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Cathy Curtin, Heather Lind, Aida Turturro, Tony Walton, Peter Boyle, Lizzie Larsen, and Tovah Feldshuh. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Bay Street Theater, and The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall among many others. She just closed a run in a post-punk Romeo and Juliet playing a ribald Nurse and choreographing popping stylized dance and movement for the adventurous interpretation at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall. History of new works for NPC includes BAUBO, Wody Girtch Mama, Trojan Women Redux, ZIMA!, VOYEUR, EVE, B(e)RD and countless one-offs. EVE, a 13-room, immersive experience, enjoyed an Off-Broadway run in the fall of 2015 at The Gym at Judson. Kate has toured/directed projects in Helsinki and Berlin and this past summer she debuted BAUBO with NPC and Only Child, an NYC-based aerialist company outdoors in Montauk, NY. Kate has a lengthy biography in theater arts teaching and curriculum building over the past 25 years.



MELODY BROOKS is founder and Artistic Director of New Perspectives Theatre Company, now in its 28th 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.



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.



GWYNN MACDONALD has directed or produced theater, television, film, and radio receiving cable Ace (VH1) and Emmy nominations (CBS), and Radio’s Gracie Award. She is the artistic director of the award-winning Juilliard alumni-founded Juggernaut Theatre Co. Upcoming projects include a Spring residency at Baruch Performing Arts Center with the new play Siachen by Aditya Rawal. Gwynn is a Drama League Fellow, member of  Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, Society of Directors and Choreographers and the Shakespeare Society. She is on the faculty of the Dramatists Guild Institute and is a Grad of Columbia University’s Arts Leadership Institute. Gwynn studied theatre and film at Princeton.


LPTW Staff


LIZZY BRYCE is a director in New York City. Her creative projects have been featured in The New York Times, Splitsider, Gothamist, Brokelyn, Animal NY, and more. She currently serves as a Manhattan Chapter Co-Leader of Filmshop, a non-profit organization supporting emerging independent filmmakers. Lizzy was selected from over 5,000 applicants to be a finalist in The WB’s Emerging Directors Program and served as a Producer/Director on UCB1, a video comedy team in UCB Comedy’s Digital program. Her original web series, SHAM, was selected as IndieWIRE’s Project of the Day. She was named by KitSplit as one of Six Inspiring Women to Watch in Film and Photography. In 2015, Lizzy partnered with comedian Matt Fisher (30 Rock) to form Carbonated Films, an indie production company that creates comedic video content for brands and artists. Prominent clients include Major League Soccer, Tushy Bidet, Gatherer Entertainment, and Try Anyway Productions. Her theatrical work has premiered at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Hudson Guild Theatre, La MaMa, and The New York and DC Fringe Festivals. This summer, The Washington Post called her playwriting “funny, and a little too true.” Lizzy is a graduate of Pace University’s Pforzheimer Honors College, majoring in Theatre Arts with a Directing focus, and the Nashua Careers in Education Video Production program. Member: The Filmshop; Liz Kimball’s The Collective; New York Women in Film & TV.