Artistic Director, SITI Company
Anne Bogart is the Artistic Director the SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi
Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program.
Recent Works with SITI include Freshwater; Who Do You Think You Are; Radio Macbeth; Hotel Cassiopeia; Death
and the Ploughman; La Dispute; Score; bobrauschenbergamerica; Room; War of the Worlds; Cabin Pressure; The
Radio Play; Alice's Adventures; Culture of Desire; Bob; Going, Going, Gone; Small Lives/Big Dreams ; The
Medium; Noel Coward's Hay Fever and Private Lives; August Strindberg's Miss Julie; and Charles
Mee's Orestes. Other recent productions: Nicholas and Alexandra, Los Angeles Opera, Marina A
Captive Spirit (American Opera Projects), Lilith and Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera). She
is the author of three books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book and And Then, You Act.
Polly K. Carl, Ph.D.
Producing Artistic Director, the Playwrights' Center
As the artistic and strategic head of the Playwrights' Center, one of the nation's most revered playwriting
hubs, Dr. Polly Carl oversees a quarter-million-dollar fellowship and residency program and curates an annual
season of new play readings. In addition to commissioning and developing new work by many of the nation's
most prominent playwrights, Carl manages ongoing collaborations with Twin Cities and national theater companies,
launched an American-Japanese playwright exchange with Tokyo International Theater Festival, and regularly
consults on the creation of new play programs for leading arts institutions.
Anne Cattaneo, Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater and the creator and head of the Lincoln Center Theater
Anne Cattaneo is the Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater and the creator and head of the Lincoln Center
Theater Directors' Lab. A three-term past president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas,
she is the recipient of LMDA's first Lessing Award for lifetime achievement of dramaturgy. She has worked
widely as a dramaturg on classical plays with directors such as James Lapine, Robert Wilson, Adrian Hall,
Jack O’Brien, Robert Falls, Mark Lamos, and JoAnne Akalaitis. As the director of the Playworks Program at
the Phoenix Theater during the late 1970's, she commissioned and developed plays by Wendy Wasserstein
(Isn't It Romantic), Mustapha Matura (Meetings), and Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy).
For the Acting Company, she created two projects: Orchards (published by Knopf and Broadway Play
Publishing) which presented seven Chekhov stories adapted for the stage by Maria Irene Fornes, Spalding
Gray, John Guare, David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Michael Weller, and Samm-Art Williams; and Love's Fire
(published by William Morrow), responses to Shakespeare sonnets by Eric Bogosian, William Finn, John Guare,
Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange, and Wendy Wasserstein. Her own translations of 20th-century
German playwrights include Brecht's Galileo (Goodman Theater 1986 starring Brian Dennehy) and Botho
Strauss' Big and Little (Phoenix production starring Barbara Barrie, published by Farrar, Straus and
Giroux). She is currently on the faculty at Juilliard.
Jennie Greer, Director of Institutional Advancement, New Dramatists
Jennie Greer recently returned to New Dramatists as Director of Institutional Advancement. She had previously
served as Director of Development at New Dramatists for three and a half years. Greer worked most recently at
Signature Theatre Company as the Director of Theatre Advancement. In that position, she oversaw development
and marketing strategies, as well as the implementation of a new branding and communications campaign. She
has also served as the Executive Director for The New Harmony Project, an Indiana-based organization dedicated
to developing new works for theatre, film, and television. She is a proud graduate of the University of
Evansville Department of Theatre and the MFA Performing Arts Management program at Brooklyn College.
Linda Herring, Executive Director, Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Linda Herring is the Executive Director of Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community
College. She received her MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College and a second MFA in Dramaturgy.
She was formerly the Managing Director of New Federal Theater for over 11 years. She was the recipient of a
grant from the Theater Development Fund for her first commercial production, "Stories About the Old Days," by
Bill Harris and starring Abbey Lincoln. The following year she produced the musical "Easy," conceived by Jeree
Palmer Wade, music composed by Frank Owens, directed by Adam Wade. The project was presented at the AUDELCO
Black Theater Festival. Herring has served as General Manager for several productions: "God's Trombones by
James Weldon Johnson starring Theresa Merritt, Ossie Davis, Al Freeman, Jr., Tramaine Hawkins, and S. Epatha
Merkerson at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia; "Zora Neale Hurston" by Laurence Holder and directed by Wynn
Handman at the National Black Arts Festival; "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil," by Bill Harris at the North
Carolina Black Theater Festival. Herring is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and there she received her
training and performance experience in the arts. As an undergraduate, she joined the Pittsburgh Black Theater
and Dance Ensemble and later taught dance to children and adults through the company's training school, The
Afro-American Dance Center. Her responsibilities expanded and included choreography, where she contributed to
five seasons of the company's annual dance concerts. She is a board member of the Alliance of Resident
Morgan Jenness, Abrams Artists Agency; Board Member, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Morgan Jenness joined the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Play Development Department as a script
reader and intern in 1979. By the time she left, in 1988, she was Literary Manager. Between 1988-1990, she was
Associate Artistic Director at New York Theatre Workshop. In 1990, she moved to the Los Angeles Theater Center
as Associate Director. A freelance dramaturg between 1991-93, her projects included Angels in America on
Broadway. She returned to the Public in 1993, first as Director of Play Development and then in 1995 as
Associate Producer. Her many activities included supervision of the LuEsther Lab and the Play Development
Department, production supervision and dramaturgy, participation in season and administrative planning,
producing New Work Now! A partial list of artists she has collaborated with includes: Reza Abdoh, John Belluso,
Anne Bogart, Eric Bogosian, Joe Chaikin, Connie Congdon, Migdalia Cruz, Christopher Durang, David Esbjornson,
Danny Hoch, Naomi Iizuka, Harry Kondolean, Tina Landau, Craig Lucas, Eduardo Machodo, Ruth Margraff, Michael
Mayer, Jose Rivera, Anna Deavere Smith, Naomi Wallace, George C Wolfe. In 1998, she joined Helen Merrill Ltd
as Creative Director. She is currently in the literary division at Abrams Artists Agency.
Susan Jonas has worked in theatre for over thirty years, first as a performer, then moving on to directing,
translating and adapting, dramaturgy, administration, producing, scholarship, teaching, and working as an
analyst and grant-maker in public funding. (Either she has eclectic interests or commitment issues.) Currently
the Producing Director at the Classical Theatre of Harlem, she does everything from managing a multi-million
dollar capital campaign to curating the new play development program and programming humanities events. For
ten years she masqueraded as a civil servant or Arts Analyst in the Theatre Program at the New York State
Council on the Arts; she apologizes for not having been able to give bigger grants to worthy artistic
organizations. She also teaches at whatever university will have her - most recently New York University, and
in previous years Princeton University, Connecticut College, Brooklyn College, S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook, Purchase
College, Princeton University, Cooper Union, and Goddard College, etc. ad nauseum. She has written for
various theatre periodicals, including American Theatre and Theatre, and co-authored the internationally
read Report on the Status of Women in Theatre, as well as edited Dramaturgy and American Theater, the
standard text in the subject in this and several other countries. She has worked as a resident dramaturg
for The Acting Company, Classic Stage Company, and Rushmore Theater Festival, and freelanced for many other
New York and regional theatres. Her adaptations and translations have been performed at the Manhattan
Theatre Club and Williamstown Theatre Festival and toured nationally with the Lincoln Center Institute and
The Acting Company among other companies. She was the Managing Director of the Ensemble Studio Theater
and the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Knickerbocker Theatre Festival. Dr. Jonas has also
worked in film development for a variety of studios and agencies. She received her B.A. in Comparative
Literature and Creative Writing from Princeton University and her M.F.A. and D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and
Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama. She is currently working on a really great secret project.
Lynn Nottage is a playwright from Brooklyn. Her plays include Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, or the
Re-Education of Undine, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, and Ruined. They
have been produced and developed at theatres both nationally and internationally, including the Manhattan
Theatre Club, the Goodman Theatre, the Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Center Stage,
South Coast Rep., Second Stage, Freedom Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, St. Louis Black Rep.,
Crossroads Theatre, Intiman, San Jose Rep., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Yale Rep., The Vineyard
Theatre, The Women's Project, New Dramatists Playtime Lab, The Tricycle Theatre in London, among many others.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 MacArthur Genius Award, an OBIE Award for
playwriting, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Best play and John Gassner Outer Critics Circle awards, American
Theatre Critics/Steinberg 2004 New Play Award, 2004 Francesca Primus Award, and 2 AUDELCO awards. Lynn's most
recent publications include: Intimate Apparel and Fabulation (TCG) and an anthology of her plays,
Crumbs from the Table of Joy and Other Plays (TCG) which includes Crumbs from the Table of Joy,
Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers and Poof! She was awarded a 2007
Lucille Lortel Foundation Fellowship, 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Black Theatre Festival's August
Wilson Playwriting Award and the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama. She is a graduate of Brown University
and the Yale School of Drama, where she is currently a visiting lecturer. Lynn is also a recent graduate of
Joel Ruark, Executive Director, New Dramatists
Joel Ruark, Executive Director, New Dramatists, was Managing Director of New Dramatists from 1989 to 1992,
and returned to the company in 2000 following seven years of management in the theatre and nonprofit sectors.
Ruark served as Managing Director of Wind Dancer Theatre in New York, a division of Wind Dancer Productions.
Prior to Wind Dancer, he served as CFO for Praxis Housing Initiatives, a nonprofit housing development
agency serving the homeless and people with AIDS. Ruark previously held positions as Development Director
of the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ, General Manager of the Lambs Theatre in New York City,
and Literary Manager of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. He has worked in a variety of positions
at professional companies including the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the Philadelphia Theatre Company,
the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Festival Theatre. A graduate of Ohio University, Ruark began
his theatrical career as a literary management intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony is the director of theatrical development for the Creative Entertainment
division of Walt Disney Imagineering. In this capacity she has worked with a number of renowned theater
artists including: Hinton Battle, Joe Calrco, Kirsten Childs, Dan Knechtges, Alan Menken, John Weidman and
Prior to coming to Disney, Shelby spent over twelve years in the field of play development holding staff
positions at such prestigious institutions as Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ, Lincoln Center Theater
and the New York Shakespeare Festival/Joseph Papp Public Theater. As a dramaturge she has contributed to the
development of over 30 plays and musicals that include several world and U.S. premieres, most notably, the
award winning Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk!. Her publications include The Production Notebooks,
edited by Mark Bly and she is one of the featured voices in Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy by
Judith Rudakoff and Lynn M. Thompson. Shelby has also been a contributor to American Theatre Magazine and
is currently on the advisory committee of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.