Meet the Actors! – Serpents

12.jpgTrevor Liu was born and raised in Taiwan. He is thrilled to join the Communal Spaces Festival for Serpents this September. He is also a proud member of The Bats Company at the Flea Theatre. Recent credits include Drew from Non-Laughter Anonymous with The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, Barker/Ojichan from Interabang with Ars Nova ANT Fest, Banquo from Macbeth with Theatre 2020,Journey to the West at the Central Square Theater in Boston, A Beautiful Country by Chay Yew with Columbia Blue Glaze Theatre. Trevor would like to extend his gratitude to the cast and the production team that helped the Serpent to flourish and the support from his family and friends. BFA: BU ’16.

evelynofficial2.pngEvelyn Rivera-Cardenas is a senior at The College of Performing Arts at The New School as an actor and playwright. She is a Miami native and past Florida credits include: Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) and In the Heights (Daniela) at Area Stage Company. Since being in New York City she has performed at the New School in productions such as: Titus Andronicus (Saturninus), Orestes (Chorus Member)and The King’s Stag (Pantalone). Past festivals include: The Strawberry Festival, Summer Fest, and 24 Hour Plays Nationals. She would like to thank her friends, family and her theatrical team for their support and encouragement; as well as Communal Spaces for providing such great space(s) to inhabit and explore.

R0614.jpgDerick James Sherrier, Jr. is a Brooklyn-born/based actor, poet, writer and director. His most recent works include Locked Up B!tches (Feelaca) and Simone Says (Jamal), which originally marked his NYC playwright and directorial debut as part of the Thespis Theater Festival. You can also catch him co-hosting on The New York Dose which is a podcast about pop-culture, trending topics & the lives of three creative energies clawing their way through the concrete jungle: available via iTunes, SoundCloud and more.


Meet the Actors! – when it fell

FortShelley.jpgShelley Fort* is currently developing a web series with her sister, Claire. Her play Runaway was a part of the National Black Theater’s ‘Keep Soul Alive’ Reading Series ’16. She was a finalist for SPACE on Ryder Farm’s 2017 Creative Residency. Select credits NY: Blossom, Burnished By Grief (La MaMa); MiMi, Harry and The Thief (Habitat) Regional: Camae, The Mountaintop (Chester Theatre); Mayme, Intimate Apparel (Trinity Rep); TV: Unicornland BFA Kenyon College, MFA Brown/Trinity Rep


*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity

Meet the Actors! – Denouements Undone

DonlyHeadshot.jpgCorinne Donly is a playwright and an educator and also, on some occasions, an actor. Donly’s plays have been seen at The Public Theater (2017 Brooklyn College Weasel Festival), The Bushwick Starr (Target Margin’s Lab Series), The Toronto Theatre Centre, Montreal’s Usine C, Dixon Place, and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Their work has received developmental support from SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Canadian Arts Council, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Himan Brown Award for playwriting, and the Harold Clurman Center for New Work. Donly holds an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College, an MA in Integral Ecology, and a BFA in acting from NYU’S experimental theatre wing. Check out Donly’s play “Wood Calls Out to Wood” at the Tank, October 26–November 12th.

ClaireFortClaire Fort* New York: Witch/Porter (New York Classical Theatre) G​​host of Christmas Past /Helen (Blessed Unrest), New Victory LabWorks (Blessed Unrest), Invisible Man (NYTW, Staged Reading). Regional: (Juliet) Romeo and Juliet (Indiana Repertory Theatre), (Talidia) Brooklyn Bridge (Seattle Children’s Theatre). Film/TV: Breezewood (short). BA from Kenyon College, MFA in Acting from University of Washington, Seattle (PATP), LAMDA. Currently co-writing and producing a web series with her sister, Shelley Fort.

ZAG Headshot.pngZoë Geltman is a performer and writer and a born and bred New Yorker. Some favorite productions as an actor include The World My Mama Raised by Ari Stess (dir. Kip Fagan, Clubbed Thumb), Pioneers #goforth (dir. William Burke, JACK), Evelyn (Nellie Tinder, The Bushwick Starr), Evelyn in Concert (dir. Abigail Browde, Incubator Arts Project), and her own play, SEA FRAUD (dir. Julia Sirna-Frest, The Brick). As a writer, she has developed and produced work at The Brick, The Bushwick Starr, Theater for the New City, Uncanny Valley, Dragon’s Egg Studio in Ledyard, CT, Little Theater at Dixon Place, and CATCH. She is currently doing stand-up around town and developing her one-woman show, Puffy

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Headshot_short hair 2.jpgRenee Rises Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Renee is a Filipina actor, educator, and writer in New York City. Creator of original theater works Sidewalk SistersNanay, Tatay, Anak; and Undressing the Fragments, Renee uses theater, hip hop, storytelling, poetry, and improv to lead her life and the students she shares the world with. Renee’s a disobedient listener, proud feminist, dog lover, Warriors fan, and avid (Elite) Yelper, vintage store connoisseur, and a critical race theorist. She also raps and can freestyle. Ask her to. She might just rap for you.


*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity

Introducing Emily Caffery!

Emily is taking over the direction of Angela Santillo’s play Bitter Better in Infant Jesus Garden! Welcome, Emily!

Emily Caffery Headshot_noframeEmily Caffery is a theater maker and producer who focuses on experimental new work. She is the associate producer and an associate artist with The Assembly, whose upcoming play SEAGULLMACHINE—a dizzying mashup of Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL and Heiner Muller’s HAMLETMACHINE—premieres at La MaMa next spring. A co-founder of the leastaways, she performed an original play with music in living rooms in sixteen states across the West last summer. Previously the assistant line producer for The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, her other directing credits include BoxFest Detroit, the Carriage House Theatre, and an original commedia dell’arte play in an NYRP garden as part of the Bed-Stuy STooPS Festival.

Partnership with NYRP

Did you know that this year we’re partnering with NYRP to present the whole Communal Spaces festival in their gardens? Learn more about this incredible organization!

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods.


Communal Spaces 2017 – The Directors!

We are so so excited to have new and returning directors with us this year! Check them out!


Dagger-01.jpgWill Dagger has helped develop new work at EST, New Dramatists, The Lark, Primary Stages, Colt Couer, Lesser America, The Actors Studio, The Pearl Theatre, The New Group, and Naked Angels. Recent acting credits include Among The Dead (Ma-Yi), The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane), Trees in their youth (Signature Center), Latter Days (Ars Nova), Wood Calls Out To Wood (Brooklyn College Weasel Festival at The Public), Verano Place (FringeNYC Outstanding Ensemble), Pucker Up and Blow (FringeNYC Best Overall Play), and Napoleon in Exile (59E59). His performance in a short film adaptation of the latter earned him Best Actor Award from the 30under30 Festival. Will is a co-founder and director of Calliope, a theatre company that devises large-ensemble hyperrealistic plays through long-form improvisation loosely inspired by classic works of literature and poetry. He has directed pieces for #Serials@TheFlea, Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop, Nylon Fusion Collective, The Motor Company, Hearth Gods, The Dirty Blondes, American Globe Theatre, and Tiny Rhino, and is an alum of Kenyon College, BADA, and The Habitat’s Director Playground.

roman headshot 1Gineiris Garcia is a New York-based director. Recently, she has directed work with the MCC Theater Youth Company and assisted David Mendizábal on The Movement Theater Company’s production of And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers, choreographed by Kia LaBeija. Gineiris has also participated in MCC’s FreshPlay Festival, Developing Artists’ Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival and The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals 2017. She received her BA in Theater Studies from Yale University.

IMG_5767_2Lillian Meredith is a New York-based theater artist focused primarily on creating and developing new and site-responsive plays. Recent credits include Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, Ars Nova, Culture Project, Dixon Place, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Lillian is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Motor Company, a founding member of The Living Room (#liberated at ANT FEST 2015 and IRT 3B Development Series 2016), and an associate artist of The Instigators. She is also a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the inaugural Clubbed Thumb Director’s Fellowship, and the director of the West Kortright Centre’s Shakespeare in the Valley teen theater program. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute. Future proud alumna: Brooklyn College (MFA expected 2019).

Lindsey_005Lindsey Hope Pearlman is thrilled to be back at Garden Plays. As a director, she’s worked at O’Neill Theatre Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and Barn Arts Collective.  Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Bandstand on Broadway, directed & choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Award, Best Choreography).  Original plays developed by Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Playwriting Foundation, and Fresh Ground Pepper.  Finalist, Beatrice Terry Fellowship at The Drama League.  SDC Associate Member.  Her viral video MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN netted over 16 million views on her Facebook channel Up & Down Theatre, and Occupy Democrats.  Graduate, London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) B.A Hamilton College. //

Treynolds Holla HeadshotTaylor Reynolds is a New York-based theatre artist from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based company dedicated to developing and producing new works by artists of color. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Ally Theatre Company, The Atlantic Acting School, Single Carrot Theatre, NY Madness, JAG Productions, The United Solo Festival, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), Kids on Bikes by Nicole Daniels, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About by Gina Femia, An Informal Presentation…(Or, BURN) by Pascale Smith, FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan, Accidental Burlesque by Gina Femia (developed through the Audrey Residency at New Georges), People Will Talk About You Sometimes by Sarah Matusek. She is a member of Habitat Theatre’s Directors Playground and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a New Georges affiliated artist. BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.