Meet the Playwrights!

Here are the fabulous playwrights of the 2016 season of Communal Spaces. Look at these awesome folks!

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Paul Cameron Hardy
 (An Invitation to a Panicking) makes plays with friends and foes, in theaters and back-alleys. Founding member of playmaking group Big Data (or Dolores) and the mixed media collective Big Handsome Guts. Former Youngblood. MFA with Erin Courtney, Anne Washburn, and Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College.



Phillip Howze (462 Halsey) is a playwright whose work has been developed at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BRIC Arts-Media, Bushwick Starr, Cutting Ball Theater, Theater Masters, PRELUDE Festival 2015, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Sundance Institute, and Yale Cabaret. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he is the 2015-16 Artist Fellow at Lincoln Center Education, a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group and the 2016 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked in advocacy at the Open Society Foundations. He was previously an educator at the US Embassy’s cultural center in Rangoon, Burma.

headshot2Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (Through a Thing) writes for performance. She is the creator of My Little Red Book (Twelve Books) and co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press) with Alexandra Brodsky. Her work has been performed at REDCAT, Machine Project, the Women’s Center for Creative Work, and Dixon Place. She is currently a student in Erin Courtney and Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Originally (and always), she is from New Haven.

MNG_photoMara Nelson-Greenberg (The Angry King Sees a Show) is a New York-based playwright who grew up in Brooklyn. Her plays include VentingHealthcareMake Belief, Paradise Springs and Hamlet by Mia Fefferman. Her work has been produced or developed at Parade Ground, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, Theater Intime, A Farm Show, Hansel and Gretel Pocket Utopia, Amoralab, Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Reading Series and Little Theatre at Dixon Place. She is the co-writer and co-star of the web series End Times Girls Club, which was released in March of 2016 by Above Average. She is a member of the 2015/2016 Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writer’s Group.

DSC_0263Fergus Scully (Afterlife) studied American history at Columbia University and acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He is the Artistic Director of The Instigators and the co-producer of this year’s Communal Spaces. He has written a few other plays, but the only one ever performed was Central Tundra, a ten minute short set in prehistoric Manhattan. He will direct his own adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler this October at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City.

Cate 1 CroppedCatherine Yu (The Wedding Party) Plays include Le Jeté (Soho Rep W/D Lab 2016), Stargaze (MaYi Spring LabFest 2016), The Sun Experiment (FringeNYC 2014 Award for Excellence in Playwriting; Time Out New York’s Top Ten Music and Nightlife Events of The Week, published by IndieTheaterNow), and The Day Is Long To End (MaYi 2015 Spring LabFest). Her short plays have been commissioned by the 52nd Street Project, UglyRhino, and Culture Project. Her short play “A Sand Romance” is a 2016 Heidman finalist. She has been a NYTW Emerging Artist of Color and Year 18 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab writer. She is a current member of the MaYi Writers Lab. She is the former writer’s assistant to the filmmaker Peter Hedges. BA: Stanford University. MFA: NYU.

Communal Spaces 2016

We’re back! And we are so so excited to announce our sixth year! We’re heading to Bed-Stuy and are working with Hart to Hart, Heaven’s Gate, First Quincy Street, and 462 Halsey Street gardens.

Communal Spaces will run August 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. We cannot wait to see you there.

In order to make the festival happen, we need your support. Please consider giving $5 to help us keep this festival free and open to the public.

The Actors: enter a garden

The acting team behind enter a garden
Catch them every Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 27 at 6:00pm in Warren St. Marks Garden (102 St. Marks Pl., Park Slope)


MilesButlerWebHeadshotMiles Butler (young man) is a baseball-loving Virginia boy. He’s also enamored with theatre and thankful to be outside, under the sky with fabulous collaborators. Recent: #serials@theflea, The Blind (The Flea), Shape of Things (The Secret Theatre), Micro Shrimp (NJPC) Dream Exchange (Rising Sun Performance Company.) DC: Studio Theatre, Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre and various. Alum of Brooklyn College. Shout out to his new band Spinach Ghost.


Victoria Cawley Headshot - Sept 2015Victoria Cawley (young girl) is thrilled to be playing the role of the granddaughter in enter a garden as part of the Communal Spaces: a garden play festival! This past summer she performed in her first horror film, The Soul, as part of From Stage To Screen’s Summer Intensive Program. She also performed in five short plays in the 2015 BOCES Summer Arts Academy. Her professional acting credits include the Sally in Witch Christmas, which debuted at the Bridge Theatre in NYC, and Ruby in a Place for Owls as part of the Estrogenius Festival at the Fourth Street Theatre in NYC. She also co-hosted an industry showcase at the Triad Theatre in NYC. This fall, Victoria will be performing in the world premiere of Reddi High, a new original musical. She is excited to also be working behind the scenes in Reddi High as part of the Social Media and Photography crew. In her spare time, she enjoys creating, directing, and starring in DIY videos. For more information on Victoria, please check out her website at


Mollie Collison* (elderly woman) is pleased to be communing in the garden with Lillian and Dominic. Her very first theatrical role was Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream when she was just a wee girl. Since then there have been roles in regional theatre, summer stock, a little bit of film and TV, and several New York Off-Broadway plays at Circle Repertory Co. Her greatest joy, however, has come from raising her two daughters Sarah and Madeline. AEA


EthanDubin1SmEthan Dubin* (other man) RegionalHis Girl Friday (Barrington Stage), The Whale (Adirondack Theater Festival), nightnight (Humana Festival 2013, ATL), 60 Miles to Silver Lake (Collaboraction, Chicago), Remember This: Walking with Jan Karski (D.C. Lab for Global Performance, workshop). Ethan has developed original work with many NY companies including SPACE on Ryder Farms, Woodshed Collective, Drama League, the Mad Ones, and at the Prelude Festival. He is an alum of the Actors Theatre Louisville Apprenticeship, and studied at the University of Chicago.


Louiza Collins HeadshotLouiza Collins-Duran (the garden) received her training at the California Institute of the Arts where she completed her BFA in Theater. In NYC, she spent a wonderful year and a half in The Bats, the resident theater company at The Flea Theater, where she  performed in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Office Hours, and Unum by Will Eno. She has also performed with FullStop Collective, United Broadcasting Theater Company, Deconstructive Theater Project, and is excited to be performing with The Motor Company for the fourth time since its creation.


Zoë Sophia Garcia* (young woman) is in her third year with Communal Spaces. She was most recently scene in Dominic Finocchairo’s That Noise in the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. Other Credits: Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Off Broadway) La Ruta (Off-Off Broadway). TV Credits: Madam Secretary. She is also a member of the devising ensemble The Living Room, and performed in their most recent production of #liberated at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. She holds a BA from the University California, Berkeley.


Sean Mellott-462-EditSean Mellott* (man) Sean’s work in New York includes Dogs of Oklahoma as part of The Brick Theater’s Democracy Festival, Next! with Abraxas Stage Company, and Jam on Ice with The Jam at New Georges.  Regionally, he has performed at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Leveling Up), Milwaukee Rep (Peter and the Starcatcher), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Mousetrap), Actors Theatre of Louisville (A Christmas Carol and two Humana Festival premieres, Oh, Gastronomy! and The Dungeons and the Dragons), Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (House & Garden), Denver’s Curious Theatre (End Days, Rabbit Hole and Up), and the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (Romeo & Juliet and Coriolanus).  He holds a BA in Theatre from Tulane University.
*Member of Actors Equity

The Actors: An Apple Today

The acting team behind An Apple Today
Catch them every Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 27 at 5:00pm in Warren St. Marks Garden (102 St. Marks Pl., Park Slope)

unnamed (1)Caitlin Johnston* (Jacqueline) is so happy to be part of such a beautiful festival! Upcoming: the improvised radio play A Knock On The Door (Geste, Scranton Fringe Festival). Recent New York theatre credits include: R & J & Z (Hard Sparks at the New Ohio, nominated for three NYIT Awards); If Colorado Had An Ocean (world premiere, La MaMa E.T.C.); Gallow Green (originated role, Punchdrunk, rooftop garden of Sleep No More); workshop of Billy Baal (originated role, Kid Brooklyn Productions); playing ukulele for the Lonely Hearts Club Band (Fresh Ground Pepper at the Irondale). Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet and Tybalt) and world premiere of R & J & Z (both with the Stonington Opera House in Maine). TV: recurring on The Knick (Cinemax, dir. Steven Soderbergh); A Ladies’ Guide to Making Conversation More Interesting (co-writer and co-producer). Film: Neighbors (Official Selection: Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival, Brooklyn Short Film Festival, Picture Farm Film Festival, and Housecore Horror Film Festival); Ripped (Official Selection: Valley Film Festival, FirstGlance Film Festival). Member of longform improv troupe Loyalty Program. B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, alum of the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill, two years studying with Anthony Abeson, proud artist of the Shelter. SAG-AFTRA and AEA.


image1Piaget Ventus (Clara) graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in theatre. She has been living in NY for the past 4 years.


unnamedCurry Whitmire* (David) is small town folk gone big city livin’. Favorite New York credits include: Odyssey: The Epic New Musical (American Theatre for Actors, Araca Project); christopher marlowe’s chloroform dream (Lunar Energy Productions, NYIT Nomination); Drunken City, The Lighthouse Invites the Storm, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Sanguine Theatre Co); King John, The Tempest (Tale Told Productions); The Seagull (Wandering Bark Theatre Co). Curry holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma.
*Member of Actors Equity


The Actors: Classon vs. Klaxons

The acting team behind Classon vs. Klaxons
Catch them every Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 27 at 4:00pm in Classon/Ful-Gate Block Association Garden (474 Classon Ave.)


derek3Derek Ang (Robot B) is excited to be making his theatrical debut. He graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Music and is a fan of theatre. He will work his hardest to be the best robot a robot can be.








Kenny Mathieu Headshot 1Kenny Mathieu (Xango Freid) is a New York native, born and raised in Queens. He discovered a passion for acting in high school where he made his debut performance as Chuck Cranston in Footloose. He is an alumnus of Hunter College where he majored in Theatre and was a member of the Hunter Theatre Company and Drama Editor of the Olive Tree Review. Through the Theatre Department and the Theatre Company, he has been allowed work on his craft as an actor through acting classes and theatre productions, most recently in A Doll’s House as Torvald Helmer. He was also able to experiment with other creative outlets such as playwriting and directing. He is very excited to be a part of Communal Spaces.

HeadShotDavid Rodriquez
 (Robot C) is thrilled to perform in his first theatrical production. No stranger to the stage, David graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Music Performance. When he is not teaching dance, he is working on his first E.P. with his band 3AM LIGHTS. Follow them on SoundCloud for updates.







sanzonePeter Sanzone (Gary) received his BA in Theatre from Hunter College, appearing in roles such as Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Constable Smith in The Three Penny Opera, and Augie in Each Day Dies With Sleep. He’s appeared in several Off Off Broadway shows as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Medvedenko in The Seagull, and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol.






Kayla Scudero (Robot)


jillianstevens2 (1)Jillian Stevens (Queenie Jones) graduated with a BA in Theatre from Hunter College and has studied dance with the top dance instructors at STEPS on Broadway, where she teaches & assists tap classes today: Got two left feet? She’ll change that! New York: Traveling Papers (Lion Theatre at Theatre Row), Shoebox Festival presents: A Stranger Here Myself (Chelsea), Spring Awakening – Ilse, Reel to Real: Tribute(s) to Jimmy Cagney and Eleanor Powell (Lincoln Center), Beethoven: Love Elegies (Symphony Space), The Three Penny Opera – Mrs. Peachum (The Kaye Playhouse), Plagued (The Gallery Players), Romeo & Juliet – Nurse, References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot – Cat, The Rover – Valeria (The Frederick Loewe Theatre), Bending All the Rules – Alex (The June Havoc Theatre), The Weiner Monologues: A Devised Greek Tragedy (Access Theatre). A special thanks to all of her loved ones, the playwright, and this spectacular team!

DSC_0808Sajda Waite (Lighting Lisa Rule) is currently an undergraduate student at Hunter College where she is pursuing a double major in Theatre and Media. Ever since she was a little girl she has always found the art of acting enticing. Some of her past acting experiences include Our Town (Lowe Theatre-Emily), The Submission (Goldberg Studio-Emilie), Clickbait (Access Theatre-Kayla), and A Doll’s House (Lowe Theatre-Nora). Working in an outdoor communal space is something Sajda has never had the opportunity to do before and she is stoked to be working with this awesome cast and crew for her fist endeavor!

The Actors: Derek and the Sheep

The acting team behind Derek and the Sheep
Catch them every Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 27 at 3:00pm in Classon/Ful-Gate Block Association Garden (474 Classon Ave.)


KorynaFloresKoryna Flores (Alice) is happy to join Power Out and The Motor Company for her first performance in New York. A Fine Arts graduate from Wisconsin, Koryna got her post grad career start with the Onomatopoeia Theatre Company in Manhattan as a stage manager. She currently works for Lincoln Center Education as a Tour Manager and the Bari Studio as a fitness trainer. Previous performances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Actor’s Nightmare, Trifles, Mystery at Twicknam Vickarage, Avenue Q, South Pacific, and Dracula.

unnamed-1Marc Andrew Hem Lee* (Derek) Training: Cornell, East 15, GITIS. Company member of the Improbable Stage. Member of the NYC-based A Cappella group Vocal Soulstice. Recent credits include The New Trial, King Lear. When not on stage, he is the Co-Chair for the Science department and is an Earth Science and Technical Theatre Educator at the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts.


Alison Schilling Headshot (1) (1)Alison Schilling (Sheep) is ecstatic to be making her post-grad debut in this quirky new musical! She is a recent graduate of Skidmore College, and has just returned to New York from the Williamstown Theater Festival. Previous roles include Stupid F*cking Bird (Mash), American Medea (Aegeus 2/Gossipy Neighbor), Electra (Electra), and The Vagina Monologues. Many thanks to Nora, Todd, Marc, Koryna, and our delightful composer Chris for this stellar experience. Enjoy the show!


*Member of Actors Equity


The Actors: Catfight at the Oasis

The acting team behind Catfight at the Oasis
Catch them every Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 27 at 3:30pm in Green Oasis Garden (372 E. 8th St.)

Starr Kirkland_HeadshotStarr Kirkland (Dot) is an actor/poet.She’s lucky to perform in many plays/readings, and perform her original spoken word in CA/DC/NY.She works with Realize Your Beauty, which promotes positive body image through theatre arts, and performs an original one woman show promoting literacy at The Morgan Library and Museum as Belle da Costa Greene. Thanks, Loves!





Amanda Marikar (Patsy) is thrilled to be romping around this far-out garden! Selected credits: Mein Uncle (3 Voices Theatre), Cadence: Home (co-writer, NYC and Straz Center in Tampa, FL), At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq (Bleecker St. Theater), Everything’s Whispered (For Now) (co-writer, Culture Project), Quake (UK Premiere, Finborough Theatre), readings at MCC Theater, Rattlestick, terraNOVA, ESPA, and a number of short films. Training: Maggie Flanigan Studio, Moscow Art Theatre, Chautauqua, and BADA. B.A. Barnard College. Member of FRESH PRODUCE’d Theater Co., TE’A Project, and 3 Voices Theatre.


Betsy_Rosen_headshot (1)Betsy Rosen* (Madeleine) most recently appeared in another garden play as Gremio in Tale Told’s Shrew. Other New York credits include The Samuel French OOB Festival, St. Ann’s Labapalooza, and workshop productions at TBG Theatre, the Lark, and New Victory LabWorks. Prior to moving to NYC, Betsy spent a season at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Other regional acting credits include Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Award), Folger Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Taffety Punk, and Forum Theatre. Betsy has been a puppeteer since the age of 8 and is currently developing the new puppet play, Laser Beak Man, with Dead Puppet Society.


MarissaWolf HeadshotMarissa Wolf (Joanne) is having a wonderful time working on this piece in the Green Oasis Garden!  She is an adjunct professor at Nassau Community College, a member of the New York Madness Acting Company, and a diligent Facebook status updater. Favorite credits include Grounded (The Pilot), Wait Until Dark (Suzy), The Crucible (Elizabeth). Marissa has an MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from NYU/Tisch.


*Member of Actors Equity Association