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Roberto Andrioli

(Actor, director, play-writer, trainer and set designer). He graduated in 1996 from the Drama Academy of Piccolo Teatro in Milan directed by Giorgio Strehler, then received a Master in Theatrical Pedagogy at the University of Brescia in 1997, and did an Internship at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York in 1998. He has worked in many productions and cultural projects in Italy and abroad: Piccolo Teatro in Milan, La Mama E.T.C. New York, The Jean Francois Duroure Theatre-dance Company in France and East Europe, The Baltinsky Dom in San Petersburg, Teatro Stabile della Toscana, La Corte Ospitale of Rubiera, Teatro Moderno of Rome and many others. He has worked in main roles for Vodafone, Ikea, Fastweb, and Fuji commercials. His has worked in prose, dance-theatre, commedia dell’arte, and in musical. He has written screenplays for theatre, television and radio. Roberto Andrioli works as teacher and trainer of theatre-techniques, including leather-mask making for his own Commedia workshops. Recently he starred in Mamma mia!, the Abba Musical in Rome and Milan; he directed a theatrical adaptation of The Baron in the Trees for New York University Florence, and he wrote and produced Baker vs. Baker, an original theatre and jazz performance dedicated to Chet Baker, in the Spoleto Open Festival 2012. (BAKER VS. BAKER)

Ulrich Baer

(writer) Ulrich Baer is a writer, translator, and editor who has published widely on photography, poetry, and literature. He has received numerous grants and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Getty Research Fellowship, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Uli received his B.A. from Harvard in 1991, and his Ph.D. from Yale in Comparative Literature in 1995. He is Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Vice Provost for Arts, Humanities and Multicultural Affairs at New York University. Among his books are Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan; Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma; the anthology 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11; Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life (translator and editor); and Beggar's Chicken: Stories from Shanghai. (WRITERS READING, July 5th)

Catherine Barnett

(Poetry) is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award, and she received the 2012 James Laughlin Award for her second book, The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012). Barnett has taught at Barnard, the New School, and NYU, where she was honored with an Outstanding Service Award. (WRITERS READING, July 5th)

Ryan Michelle Bathé

(Actress), A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts, Ryan has been acting professionally since the age of ten. Her first movie was starring opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover in the critically acclaimed Good Fences. Since then, she has gone on to star in several projects for the stage and screen. Most notably, All About Us, featuring Ruby Dee, April Moon, and the popular David Kelley law dramedy, Boston Legal. Most recently, she starred in the award winning movie Leaving Barstow and the popular series Brothers and Sisters. On stage, she has worked at such esteemed theaters as the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, the Ford Theater in Washington, D.C. and The Old Globe in San Diego, CA. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Ryan has lived all over the continental United States; however she now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Ryan Bathé has already been a guest performer at La Pietra, in The Season 2008 performance of Dramatic New Works. (HAMLET)

Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band

Jonathan Batiste is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit – which they take to concert halls as well as subways. Dedicated to igniting the next generation of musicians, in his position as co-director and music curator at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Batiste has programmed year-long educational workshops for hundreds of students. As a traveling ambassador for "Music Unites," the NY based non-profit organization founded by Michelle Edgar, he works to bring music education to kids with an ear and passion for music, but not necessarily the resources. As an international educator and humanitarian, Batiste has conducted clinics and master classes worldwide – teaching kids from Holland to Harlem how to use music to make the world a better place. (JAZZ CONCERT)
http://jonathanbatiste.com/

Sterling K. Brown

(Actor) was born in St. Louis, Missouri where he attended the prestigious St. Louis Country Day School. An avid thespian during his high school years, Brown attributes Milton Zoth, with first sparking his love for acting. He then attended Stanford University where he earned his B.A. in Drama, and finally the Graduate Acting program at NYU where he received his MFA. His original intention was to be an economics major at Stanford, and only changed his major at the beginning of his junior year. He had been gently encouraged in this direction by his mentor Harry J. Elam, Jr. Professor Elam directed Brown in his first play at Stanford, August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and later in his first professional play, Blues for an Alabama Sky. Upon completion of graduate school, Brown worked steadily in the world of regional theater, and occasionally in film and television. Still in the infancy of his career, he still relishes opportunities to perform on stage, and looks forward to furthering his career in front of the camera. His is a voice that you shall be hearing for a long time to come. (JAZZ CONCERT)

Jim Calder

Jim Calder has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and is the recipient of the Rockefeller's U.S. - Mexico Fund for Culture to create a new work which will tour the U.S. - Mexican border. He has received grants to develop new work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Ford Foundation and Inroads. Jim has performed Shakespeare at the Old Globe in San Diego and is co-creator of the The Buddy Performance- Two Cowboy Gynecologists In Search of the Male Grail. Jim directed Woza Albert for the Lincoln Center Institute after the work was initially performed at NYU and is a 6 inch tall Goblin named "Lurk" in the PBS children's TV show Noddy & Friends. He is the Head of Movement, Mask; Teacher and Director in the Tisch Graduate Acting Program. Jim is on the Faculty Advisory Board for Art & Public Policy. (HAMLET)

Luisa Valeria Carpignano

Born in 1988 in Gorizia, Luisa Valeria Carpignano, pianist and composer, has always been interested in modern and contemporary repertoire. She graduated with full marks in piano at the Florence L. Cherubini Music Conservatory, studying with Giovanna Prestia, and studied composition in Florence and in S. Cecilia of Rome conservatories with Rosario Mirigliano. Her dual training and her interests guide her to a special engagement in premieres by the new generation composers (Lorenzo Troiani, Francesco Pellegrino, Andrea Mancianti). Furthermore, she regularly joins experimental projects - mostly improvisation with live electronics and fixed media - nourishing in her musician's activities a particular connection with the performative elements of music. As a pianist, in her concerts she keeps exploring the contemporary and historical avant-garde repertoire. She attended also masterclasses with Geneviève Ibanez, with Ian Pace, and with Jean-Pierre Collot (ensemble recherche) during BW Ensemble Academy. As a composer, her works - deeply marked by literature and philosophy - have been premiered in Italy, in UK (commissioned by the London Ear Festival 2013), in Germany (Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik), and was broadcasted by BBC Radio 3. She works as a musician and as a consultant with FLAME | Florence Art Music Experience, and joined the artistic direction of the festival in 2013 at the Bargello Museum in Florence. (THE EDGE OF DARKNESS CONCERT)

Andrea Cavallari

Andrea Cavallari (Composer) was born in the USA, studied piano, composition, ethnomusicology and orchestra conducting. After graduating from the Ferrara Music Conservatory, he attended specialized courses in composition held by Franco Donatoni. His music has been influenced mainly by the works of Luciano Berio, John Cage, György Ligeti, but also from artists such as Jackson Pollock, Piero Manzoni, and Rebecca Horn. His compositions have been played in the most important cities in Europe and in major events such as the “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Documenta” in Kassel, “Festival Ninety-Seven” in Cincinnati, Ohio, “Jornadas de Musica del Siglo XX” in Segovia, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Andrea Cavallari is “Composer in Residence” at the Frankfurt Kammeroper. His music has been recorded by Rivoalto (Italy) and Capstone (New York). He recently founded the contemporary music ensemble “FLAME – Florence Art Music Experience”. He is artistic director for the "London Ear Festival" and "Firenze Suona Contemporanea". He His music is published by Verlag Neue Musik (Berlin). He has been a guest performer and his music has been performed The Season 2011 and 2012. At present, he lives and works in Florence and London. http://www.andreacavallari.com/ (THE EDGE OF DARKNESS CONCERT)

Nicola Cellai

Nicola Cellai (Musician) received his degree in trumpet and jazz music at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence and had performed concerts all across Italy with many groups, mostly of contemporary music. Since 2009 Nicola Cellai is soloist and/or lead trumpet of the “Fantomatik Orchestra”. With this band he has toured all across Europe playing more than three hounded gigs. He has studied, played and recorded with some of the best Italian jazz players, performing in many jazz festivals in Italy (Nuoro, Berchidda, Barga, Moncalieri, Rome). (BAKER VS BAKER)

Olivia Chaney

(Singer and Composer) Born in Florence, Olivia visited Sir Harold Acton with her family as a child. She now returns to La Pietra with her unique and moving voice. She studied classical piano and opera at Chetham’s, the Royal Academy of Music in the UK and then taught herself guitar and harmonium. She has since created her own sound as a song-writer and multi-faceted performer. Her program will include her own original songs, innovative re-inventions of the baroque and renaissance repertoire and traditional ballads from across the globe. She has toured internationally both as a solo artist and collaborator in venues from Glastonbury to the Royal Opera House and New York’s Webster Hall. Hailed by leading names in the worlds of folk, pop, experimental and early music, she is increasingly in demand and has recently been described as; ‘A major talent’ (BBC MUSIC REVIEW), ‘Completely dizzying’ (LA WEEKLY) ‘A star in the making (THE INDEPENDENT).  Olivia released her eponymous EP co-produced by Leo Abrahams with Roughtrade earlier this year. www.oliviachaney.net (A MUSICAL JOURNEY)

Fabrizio Checcacci

(Singer) was born in Florence in 1970 and began singing on all available stages by 1986. He has taught singing since 2004 and is co-founder of the musical theater academy “Chi è di Scena” in Florence and of the independent theater festival “Florence city musical”. His theatrical experiences include: William and Friar Jose in W Zorro, Joey in Sister Act, and Cover Gio’ and Marco (Bill and Harry) in Mamma Mia!(first stage production by Stage Entertainment), the Cat and the Narrator in Pinocchio (national tour and South Korea), Jack in Welcome to the machine, Annas, Peter and Pilato in Jesus Christ Superstar by the Rockopera company (various editions, national tour), and Pilato and substituted Caifa in the Italian production of the Compagnia della Rancia, Lockit in the Beggar’s Opera, Ziedler in Le Magie del Moulin Rouge, Spoletta in Tosca, Amore Disperato, Naphtali in Joseph e La Strabiliante Tunica dei Sogni in Technicolor, Mr Kite in Across the Universe, Eddie and Dr Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. He curated the direction of Rent, Orlando Tarantato and Scusami se Parlo d’Amore and wrote with F. Fantini A Day in the Life and together with R. Andrioli wrote Baker vs. Baker which opened in August 2012 at the Spoleto Open Festival. He is tour coordinator for A Chorus Line. He is also the vocal coach and is responsible for the choirs on the tour for A Chorus Line, Pinocchio and W Zorro. Until 2011 he was voice soloist for the official Tribute Band of Queen, KILLER QUEEN, and has recorded the main voice for the TV and Radio add since 2006, for the European campaign of the Q8 “I WANT IT ALL”. In 2008 he participates in the recording of the Italian national anthem for the Beijing Olympics. In the summer of 2012 he participated as soloist in the concert/show The Wall. (BAKER VS. BAKER)

Matilde Gagliardo

(Visual artist) Matilde Gagliardo was born in Palermo. She lives and works in Florence. A Renaissance art historian, she is the author of essays on the iconography of the Sybils and the Ages of the World. Over the last ten years she has produced documentaries and videos, shooting and editing interviews of foreign writers and significant people from Italy and abroad, video portraits, art performances, theatre performances, a documentary on the Sicilian Puppet Theatre, backstage and recordings of broadcasting productions, concerts and musical video clips, and two backstage of Italian films. (THE EDGE OF DARKNESS)

Carolina Gamini

(Actress) Carolina Gamini is a British trained actress who has been working in film and theatre since 2001. She studied Duo-Acting for six years at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later moved to Florence, where she now lives, and continued to study both at film school and with individual Italian and American acting coaches until 2006. Her Italian-Argentine background and British schooling allow her to act in English, Spanish and Italian. Among other lead roles Carolina played an Italian Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in 2005, she was Agnes in 2007 in an English production of Agnes of God, in 2009 she combined “Commedia dell’Arte” with Stanislavski and her three languages to play all the female roles in a bilingual production of The Comedy of Errors. Recently she played Gus in a female production of The Dumb Waiter and debuted on her own on stage as Leslie in Her Big Chance, Talking Heads. Her performance in the short film “Carlos y Anna” won her Best Lead Actress in the Cinema Libero Film Festival in Rome in 2009. In 2005 together with five other actors, she co-founded La Compagnia Del Giallo, a successful, interactive and improvisation-based theatre company, with which she continues to perform regularly all over Italy. (BAKER VS. BAKER)

Andre' Holland

(Actor) theater credits include All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, and The Whipping Man at the Manhattan Theatre Club. His additional stage credits include Joe Turner's Come and Gone” at the Belasco Theater, The Brother/Sister Plays at the Public Theater, Wig Out! at the Vineyard Theatre, in addition to Tempest Tossed and Romeo and Juliet with the Continuum Company. He also starred in Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It with the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park. He also perfomed in Tarell McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. His film credits include Bride Wars, Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna and Sugar. He will also be seen in the role of Wendell Smith in 42, which stars Harrison Ford and is scheduled for an April 2013 release. Andre Holland stars as Marshall Malloy, the president's savvy and loyal press secretary, in NBC's family comedy 1600 Penn. Among his other television credits are Damages, Burn Notice, Friends with Benefits, Law & Order, and The Black Donnellys. Andre trained at the NYU Graduate Acting program, where he received an M.F.A. and Florida State University where he received a B.F.A. in acting.  He has performed at La Pietra in 2007 in The Tempest and in 2008 in Romeo and Juliet and in The Tempest. (HAMLET)

Dorothea Lasky

(Poetry writer) is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: AWE (Wave Books, 2007), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012). She is also the author of numerous chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker's Wife (2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Crowd, 6x6, and Boston Review, among others. She has taught poetry, writing, and visual art and has done educational research at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Philadelphia Zoo, and Project Zero. (WRITERS READING June 22nd)

Maaza Mengiste

(Fiction writer) was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she teaches. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Granta," "The Granta Anthology of the African Short Story," and "Lettre International," to name a few. She is a Fulbright Scholar who has also received fellowships from the Emily Harvey Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, has been translated into several languages and appeared on several “Best of 2010” lists, including "Publishers Weekly," "Christian Science Monitor" and Barnes and Noble. She was a runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as a finalist for a Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, an NAACP Image Award, and an Indies Choice Book of the Year Award in Adult Debut. (WRITERS READING June 27th)

Eileen Myles

(Poetry) is the author of numerous books including Snowflake/different streets (poetry, 2012), Inferno (a poet’s novel) (2010), Sorry, Tree (poetry, 2007), Tow w/ artist Larry C. Collins (2005), Skies (2001), on my way (2001), Cool for You (novel, 2000), School of Fish (1997), Maxfield Parrish (1995), Not Me (1991), and Chelsea Girls (stories, 1994). In 1995, with Liz Kotz, she edited The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading. From 1984 through 1986 Myles was Artistic Director of St. Mark's Poetry Project. In 2004 she wrote the libretto for the opera, Hell, composed by Michael Webster and performed on both coasts and in Tijuana in 2004 and in 2006. She is a Professor Emeritus of writing & literature at UC San Diego where she taught from 2002 to 2007. She contributes to a wide number of publications including Art Forum, Parkett, The Believer, Vice,Cabinet, The Nation, TimeOut, Book Forum and AnOther Magazine. She received an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant for “Iceland.” The Poetry Society of American awarded her the Shelley Prize in 2010. She’s a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. She lives in New York. (WRITERS READING 27th of June)

Claudia Natili

(Bass and double-bass musician) studied at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence and has performed in numerous orchestras and music bands, in live concerts and for recordings. In 2007 she began to perform with the Jazzcats, an all-women Jazz and their second album will be released this summer. She has collaborated with Renato zero, Umberto Tozzi, the Dik Dik, the Mystery White Band. In 2007 a collaboration began with the Tuscan Cover Band “La Combiccola del Blasco”. In 2012 she performs with Bungaro and Michele Arcolese in the AcutsiCanto Tour. (BAKER VS. BAKER)

Nolufefe Mtshabe

Holds Senior Teacher’s Diploma with University of Transkei, Performer’s Diploma in Music, BMus Hons from University of Cape Town. She has been working with Jim Calder and NYU first year Master’s students on the Agrarian Project since 2011 to date. Director of Heavenly Voices Choir which holds many Championships in South Africa. Former high school teacher. Founded the Simon Estes Music High School and chaperoned a group of 40 students on a foreign exchange programme between 1998 and 1999 in Iowa, where she had the pleasure of performing with Ray Charles and holding concerts in other States in the US. Worked as a Chorus Master trainee at Cape Town Opera. Worked as a vocal coach at Isango Portobello and Magnet theatre and also worked at The Spear Performing Arts Festival. Invited by UNESCO with a female chorus of 30 to the commemoration of Hiroshima bombing.  Translated Bizet’sCarmen and Bongani Ndodana’s Opera Winnie into Xhosa.Adapted the Magic Flute Opera into Xhosa as I mpempe Yomlingo and the Christmas Carol for Isango Poetobello. Recorded and performed the Big Brother Song for Shoprite Checkers with Mad Dot. Adjudicated school choirs at national level. She is working on releasing her songs next year March. (CROSSED DESTINIES)

The Continuum Company

The Continuum Company, under the direction of Jim Calder, is a professional theatre in residence at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Design for Stage & Film.  The Continuum Company, whose mission is to stimulate collaboration among theatre artists who share a common training background, works within traditional methods dating back to Shakespeare, Moliere, and Commedia dell’Arte.  In addition to staging the classics, the Company encourages the development of new works such as the current project based on the lives of Natalya Estimirova and Anna Politkovsya, two journalists murdered for their work in Chechnya. With the outstanding support of Ellyn Toscano, Continuum Company began the Essential Shakespeares at Villa La Pietra in 2006 with a three-person TEMPEST.  Consecutive years saw a three-person ROMEO AND JULIET,  a collaboration with musician Jonathan Baptiste on MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, PERICLES, and a five-person AS YOU LIKE IT and MACHBETH.  MIDSUMMER went on to tour New York City Parks thanks to Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts.  In addition, the Continuum Company has collaborated with E.L. Doctorow, and Company works have been seen all over New York City including Classic Stage Company and New York Theatre Workshop.

Jacob Olesen

Has been acting in Italy and abroad for more than thirty years. His distinguished, lengthy artistic career began in 1978-79 at “Clownskolan” in Stockholm, in Sweden where he was born. He went from there to Paris where he spent two years at the Ècole “Jacques Lecoq”. Then, in 1981, he founded the Donati Olesen Company, with whom he performed more than 2500 shows in Italy and around the world over the course of thirty years. With six languages at his command – Italian, English, French, German, Danish and Swedish – he has been able to work in throughout Europe, in North Africa, South America, and Asia as well as in numerous short and feature-length films. He has presented many well-received theatrical performances in which he was not only the lead or supporting actor but also author and director. He has also written and performed in many television and radio programs. Finally, in 2002, he acquired a teacher's diploma in the Feldenkrais Method® in Rome, where he has been living for 24 years. The Season 2012- Servant of Two Masters. (CROSSED DESTINIES).

Lucy Railton

(Musician) graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2008 and has since been in high demand as a cellist specialising in new music.  She has performed with some of the UK leading ensembles including Plus Minus Ensemble, London Sinfonietta and the London Contemporary Orchestra and is also a member of the Florence based contemporary ensemble FLAME.  Her collaborations range from work with electronic artists such as Marina Rosenfeld (US), Leafcutter John (UK) and Stale Stalorkksen (NO), improvisers from jazz and free improvisation traditions, Kit Downes (UK), Benoit Delbecq (FR) and Steve Beresford (UK) and with composers, Matt Rogers (UK), Alex Hills (UK) and Thomas Stronen (NO) on the development of new projects and repertoire. In 2008 she founded the new music series Kammer Klang which is entering its fourth series this year and has been housed at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, King's Place and for most of its existence at Cafe Oto.  Lucy has been performing world wide with the dancer Akram Khan in his Gnosis production since 2009, she continues to work in dance, theatre and film as a writer for sound tracks as well as an onstage performer and creative collaborator (THE EDGE OF DARKNESS).

Matthew Rohrer

(Poetry) the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, A Plate of Chicken, and Destroyer and Preserver. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Octopus Books published his action/adventure chapbook-length poem They All Seemed Asleep in 2008. His poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many journals. He’s received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart Prize, and was selected as a National Poetry Series winner, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Recently he has participated in residencies/ performances at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) and the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle). Matthew teaches in the Creative Writing Program at NYU and lives in Brooklyn. (WRITERS READING JULY 5th).

Elissa Schappell

(Fiction writer) is the author of two books of fiction, most recently Blueprints for Building Better Girls, and Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. She is also the co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She's currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair where she writes the book column, a co-founder and editor-at-large of Tin House magazine, and a former senior editor of The Paris Review. Her work has appeared in many publications including The New York Time Book Review, Vogue, SPIN, BOMB, One Story and anthologies such as The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, Cooking and Stealing, Lit Riffs, The KGB Bar Reader and The Bitch in the House. She lives in Brooklyn. (WRITERS READING June 22nd)

Darin Strauss

(Fiction) is the author of the international bestseller Chang and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002," the novel More Than it Hurts You and most recently a memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into fourteen languages, and he teaches writing at New York University, for which he won a 2005 "Outstanding Dozen" teaching award. Also a screenwriter, Darin sold the rights to Chang and Eng to Disney, and is currently adapting the novel for the screen with the actor Gary Oldman. Another screenplay on which he collaborated is in pre-production at Paramount Studios. Darin was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing. (WRITERS READING June 28th)

Mark Wing-Davey

lives in New York for most of the year, though he maintains a presence in the UK.  He first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop.  Since then he has worked extensively in New York City, for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwright’s Horizons, LAByrinth, and the Public Theater - directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry 5 in Central Park. He directed Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep, and for Epic Theater in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Additional US and international credits include productions of new and classic plays at ART, Cincinnati, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Playmaker’s Rep, Seattle Rep, Yale Rep; London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End, and Australia. This past spring he directed Pericles at Berkeley Rep where he previously directed 36 Views, The Life of Galileo, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Mad Forest. He also directed an acclaimed Angels in America for ACT. Committing much of his career to developing new plays, he has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Sarah Ruhl, Amy Freed, Naomi Iizuka, Jose Rivera, Anna Deveare Smith, Tony Kushner, and Craig Lucas, amongst others. His more recent credits include the world première of Brett C. Leonard’s Unconditional for LAByrinth Theater Company and Craig Lucas's The Singing Forest at the Public Theater, and workshops of two musicals by Brett C. Leonard, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ piece: Untitled Ass Play, and Carson Kreitzer’s play about the photographer Lee Miller - Behind The Eye (directing its première in Cincinnati in April 2011). In summer 2011, he directed Keith Reddin’s new play Acquainted With The Night for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. In 2012 he directed three world premières: KMT - an adaptation by Keith Reddin and Carol Rocamora of Sukhovo-Kobylin’s Russian Trilogy - at NYU, Mona Mansour’s play The Hour of Feeling for the Louisville Humana New Play Festival and Brett C. Leonard’s Ninth and Joanie for LAByrinth in New York. Around the time of Hurricane Sandy, he directed an intense two week workshop of Lempicka - a new musical by Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer- for New Dramatists and Yale Rep. In June 2012 he embarked on a 6 week National UK tour playing the rôle he created - Zaphod Beeblebrox - in The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live on Stage. Much to his surprise this was a wild success – often playing one night stands to Hitchhiker’s fan audiences of 2,500 and upwards. Mr. Wing-Davey is the Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where in September 2010 he premièred Tony Kushner’s music theater work: The Henry Box Brown Play. This winter he directed the New York premiere of Restoration there, a rarely seen music theater piece of Edward Bond’s, with new music by Pete Atkin. In May 2013 he began work on a new project with playwright Adam Rapp, which uses as its starting point current developments in the US vaccine community. The subsequent play will be seen in November 2013. (BEING ME, BEING YOU)