Meet our 2022 Board Nominees 

Directors At Large

Michole Biancosino is an outside-the-box director, writer, performer, deviser, dramaturg, producer  and teacher.  She is one of the Co-Founding Artistic Directors of Project Y Theatre, a company that has launched world premieres in NYC, regionally, and internationally. She produces NYC’s Women in Theatre Festival, now in its 7th year.  The festival yearly showcases and develops new work by women playwrights; commissions works by women writers and with women or girl protagonists and 50% or more women in all roles; and sets itself up as a model for creating gender parity in our industry by going “beyond parity” now.  During COVID, she co-created a hybrid streaming theatre in Vermont: Tiny Barn Theatre. Recent collaborations include “Same But Different” with dancers Lida Winfield and Christal Brown, “Waves of Gravity” with musician Neel Murgai and artist/animator Seema Lisa Pandya at CultureHub/LaMaMa.  MFA in Directing: Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College.

"I’m running to serve on the board of the League because I believe in the mission and work of this organization. Supporting the work of other women artists is my passion. It has been my life’s mission to elevate the words of women writers, showcase the work of women directors, and create more leading roles for women actors. I hope to add my own interests in the intersection of arts and technology to the Board. I also hope to increase the participation of younger professional women who are seeking connection and community in this new landscape of theatre-making.  Also, I personally want to get more involved with the League and look forward to meeting more people through this deeper level of participation." 

Karen Cecilia She/Her/Hers (Playwright, Screenwriter) is based in Brooklyn. Her work has been seen in NYC at 3LD, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Theater For The New City, Theatre Odyssey, Sarasota FL, The Coalescence Theatre, Illinois and The Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA and Jermyn Street Theater, London England. Selected works: Ivy Walls-finalist and produced at the Second Annual Theatre Odyssey One Act Play Festival; Top Finalist Honors 2019 Ivoryton Women Playwright’s Initiative. Perfectly Normal- Finalist #Shepersisted festival, Bloomington, Illinois; Semi-Finalist The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 2019, Semi-Finalist The Athena Project, CO. Play workshops: The Cry Havoc Theatre Company and IVP Productions. Winner: Walter Prichard Eaton Prize for Playwriting Excellence Hunter College ’14. Co-screenwriter on Daughters of Solanas produced by The Women’s Weekend Film Challenge ‘19. Karen has an MFA in Playwriting from The Actors Studio Drama School, Member of the the Playwright/Directors Workshop at The Actors Studio NYC, The Dramatists Guild of America and The League Of Professional Theater Women. Publications: 100 MONOLOGUES FROM NEW PLAYS 2020 -- WOMEN Limelight Editions/The Applause Acting Series. “Zaza” Monologue from STRIKE: All Women Stand United. Karen founded the theatre company The Call Theatre in 2021.

 

"Thank you for considering me for the Board Of Directors. I joined The League Of Professional Theatre Women after coming to a meet up in 2019. I was welcomed with open arms and impressed with the camaraderie of the members and saw the potential in joining. I submitted my application and joined soon after. I am a Playwright, founder of an independent theatre company, Producer and Educator. I hope to bring my skills, energy and enthusiasm to committees as well as create and continue building events that bring new members and help reconnect current members after these challenging years." 

 

Christine Cirker (she/her) is an Off-Broadway director and producer, focusing primarily on new work. Most recently she directed My Shiksa Boyfriend for Kervigo Ensemble (NY) which will be a part of United Solo Festival 2022; and The Cake for Naples Players (FL). She will return to Naples in the fall to direct By The Way, Meet Vera Stark. Her NYC directing credits include works presented by Urban Stages, Emerging Artists Theatre, Lucille Lortel, Pulse Ensemble, Core Ensemble, Neighborhood Playhouse, Our Workshop East, Resonance Theatre, and others. Christine has been a member of The Barrow Group community for 20+ years. Notable productions include Awake by K. Lorrel Manning (Associate Director/Dramaturg), Perp by Lyle Kessler (Assistant Director). With Lee Brock, she is producing director for [email protected] (TBG’s women’s development group) where she has directed and produced since 2010. Additional NY producing credits include: Letters to Sala by Arlene Hutton, Renata Hinrich’s Random Acts, Jean Taylor’s The Basement Plays, The R Word and Downsizing for Our Workshop East, Einstein & Mileva on Theatre Row. Graduate of University of Michigan. Member of League of Professional Theatre Women where she has co-chaired Julia’s Reading Room for the past two years.

 

 

Suzanne Willett: I write, produce and direct movement-based theatre that is infused by scientific concepts. I am a 2021 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival Winner, a Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bridge Award, a Women’s Works Short Play Lab and Fresh Ground Pepper Play Ground Play Group Finalist. My NY Productions include: Quantum Debt (Players Theatre 2021), Life (Players Theatre, 2019) Chaos/Absolute Zero (Players Theatre, 2018), Rock, Paper, Scissors (Arctic Fridge Fest, 2017), Wonder Company (Dixon Place, 2017) Fall Pieces, a collection of experimental shorts (Dixon Place 2015); Tompkins ’88, a play about the Tompkins Square Part Riot in 1988 (Metropolitan Playhouse 2015); and Robert McIntyre, a man’s struggle with his paralyzed hand (Manhattan Rep 2014). I have received a Players Theatre Residency, an LMCC Creative Engagement and ART NY Space Grant for my work. I have an MFA in Playwriting from Hollins University; a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology; and an MS in Electrical Engineering. I am a member: Dramatist Guild, was a member of the 29th St. Playwrights Collective and am the founder of the Experimental Theatre Writing Workshop. Thank you for considering me for the board and regards. www.suzannewillett.com www.silverglassprods.org

I am a writer, producer and director who creates movement-based work that is infused with science. I do this because I believe there are many correlations between the scientific and psycho-social domains. This stems from the fact that I have an MSEE and an MFA in playwriting. The majority of my work is done primarily through the lens of the feminine voice. In doing so, I am asking: What is valued? Why are things valued in certain ways? How does valuation affect us as human beings? Most of my plays are centered around the intricacies of the female experience--intricacies that spring from the female and yet give rise to an understanding of the human experience. For me, I want to see theater that presents female characters--characters who struggle with systems of oppression. I’ve been with the league for three years and I worked with Cindy Cooper on the Theater Connections project, taking the minutes of those meetings so that those unable to come could read the concerns and priorities of theatrical venues in the NYC area. I am running for the board because the league focuses on creating opportunities and recognition for women. This is work I would like to be a part of, especially with the lack of recognition women have traditionally received in theatre. I understand the importance of this work as I myself ran a women’s festival for four years to highlight women’s achievements in performance art. It’s amazing that so many women in the league come together to change the visibility of women in the arts. Whether it’s through the Heritage Committee (recognizing women’s past work), or the awards committees that recognize women’s present and past work or the Advocacy committee which helps women in the arts in the present. I hope to be considered a part of the board and be an integral part of the league in the years to come. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Board Officers

Co-President

Ludovica Villar-Hauser (she/her, Artistic Director) is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Parity Productions. At Parity, her directing credits include the world premieres of Charlie's Waiting by 2017 Commission Winner Mêlisa Annis, Mirrors by 2018 Commission Winner Azure D. Osborne Lee, Stop-Motion by 2018 Commission Winner Liz Kerin, and the award-winning She Calls Me Firefly by Teresa Lotz. Prior to founding Parity, Ludovica directed many critically acclaimed plays in the U.S. and the U.K., including Final Analysis by Otho Eskin (The Signature); The Countess by Greg Murphy (634 Off-Broadway performances and in London’s West End); Leaves of Glass by Phillip Ridley (The Peter Jay Sharpe Theater); As It Is In Heaven by Arlene Hutton (The Cherry Lane); The Brightness of Heaven, (The Cherry Lane), renamed For Heavens Sake!, and This Will All Be Yours (The Barrow Group Theatre) by Laura Pedersen; and Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill in London’s West End. Ludovica was the youngest woman ever to simultaneously produce and direct in London’s West End. In the New York theatre industry, she was also one of the few women to own and operate her own theatre — The Greenwich Street Theatre, which she ran for 17 years. She served on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women from 2009-2018 and is currently the Producer of its Oral History Project at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

"You get out of LPTW what you put into it - serving on committees, reading the newsletters, attending events, following the League on its social media platforms - all of this has led to artistic collaborations and friendships I would not have had I not been as invested in the well-being of the LPTW. It is a symbiotic relationship. it would be an honor to serve you as Co-President with Katrin Hilbe during the LPTW's 40th anniversary year."

 

Executive Vice President

Kim Marie Jones - Presently a Member AEA, Associate Member SDC, Board of Directors at LPTW,  Director and Producer.   Previously a Stage Manager, Associate Artistic Director, Production Manager, and Company Manager.  Kim is  committed to Inclusivity, Diversity, and LGBTQIA+ voices in Theatre. Companies that Kim is a member of: TRU, Workshop Theatre Company, and Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.

 

 

 

 

Wendy Peace has been a member of LPTW since 2011. She has served on the Board since 2019 and is currently Co-VP of Membership and sits on the EDIA committee. She has also chaired Think Tank and JRR. As an actor, Wendy has performed Off Broadway, regionally, on national tours, in the UK and her native Canada. An LPTW connection highlight: starring in a one woman show written by fellow League member, Robin Rice, performed in NYC, Edinburgh and London. Wendy is a volunteer hockey coach with the American Special Hockey Association and a pet therapy team with her Great Dane, Zucca.

 

 

 

 

Co-VP Membership

Lynnie Godfrey is an Award-winning performer, having been recognized for her talents on the Broadway stage, in Disney Films and Television. Awards and nominations from B’way’s Drama Desk  (EUBIE!) to the NAACP, Audelco, and  Dramalogue Awards for  her performances and producing, the Tyrone Guthrie Award for Excellence in Directing, and the Ben Franklin Award for audio; among many others. She studied with renowned  instructors such as  Dr. Chauncey Northern Sr. of Carnegie Hall for voice, Broadway Legend/icon Lloyd Richards (Director of B’way’s ARAISIN IN THE SUN) for Acting and Directing and  and starred in the Norman Lear CBS series 704 Hauser to name a few of her career highlights. She has made numerous television and film appearances. She founded and sits on the Board of ESSENCE OF ACTING INC, a 501c3, tax deductible organization of ensemble professional actors. She is President of her production company GODLEE ENTERTAINMENT INC. Her Board work experience ranges include  FRIENDS OF MUSIC,  ARTS QUEST,  VIRTUALARTS  and recently LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN  among others.  She currently helms her weekly radio program: LYNNIE GODFREY STRAIGHT,  is the author of :LYNNIE GODFREY, SHARING LESSONS LEARNED WHILE SEEKING THE SPOTLIGHT. As comfortable is the recording studio as she in on stage, in front of the camera, in cabaret, or on the radio, Ms. Godfrey has recorded two CDs: LYNNIE GODFREY DOES IT HER WAY and SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS WITH LYNNIE GODFREY.  www.lynniegodfrey.com

"Belonging to an Organization like the LPTW is having the best of both worlds. The world of experience you bring /and give to it which you can share with such enthusiastic, gifted, intelligent women. Then, there is the world of receiving, such knowledge, compassion, and friendship and the sharing of concern. In a business that sometimes can feel very isolating you find lasting relationships and companionship in the League."

 

Co-Treasurer

Diane Davis: A playwright, director and producer, Diane founded Eden Theater Company to build a collaborative environment where playwrights and theater artists come together to create cutting edge theater. Her work has been developed at the Actor’s Studio Playwright/Director’s Unit, Goddard College, and as an HB Studios Residency Fellow. Her plays have been developed or produced by Eden Theater, NYTW, AMIOS, the Barrow Group, and HB Studios. She has directed and produced a variety of main-stage off-Broadway productions in New York City. Diane received a BA from Bennington College, studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sandy Meisner, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, the League of Professional Theater Women, and the Honor Roll advocacy group working towards gender parity for women writers.

 

Co-Secretary

Susan Izatt:  Susan Izatt (she/her/hers) is a Director, Dramaturg, Actor and Performer who has gravitated to the development of new works, with a deep love of language, storytelling and how theater brings us together in our understanding of human truths. Extensive work with emerging playwrights as an independent director and dramaturg as well as with new play development at The Actor’s Studio’s Playwright Director’s Workshop and The Workshop Theater Company. Associate Artistic Director and Literary Associate, Moderator Sundays At Six (new play reading/talk backs), The Workshop Theater Company; Artistic Director, MoonSoup Productions; Producing: CitiSchools Shakespeare. Directing includes In This Place,. BBTF, Badger And Frame, Emerging Artists Theatre, New Works Series; Fabulous Darshan, The Workshop Theatre; Jesus In A Beehive, The Duplex, Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival; Mona Lisa And The Cross, BBTF; The Home We Left Behind, BBTF; Chase Bank Corporate Industrials. Other: Acting highlights: Julia, That Ilk, Hudson Guild Theater, director Jere Jacobs; Kathy, Northern Country, Henry Street Settlement, director Dorothy Lyman; Rita in Educating Rita, Main Street Theater, Quakertown (“Best Actress” award); Princess Ira, 1953, Verse Theatre, playwright Paul Raine (UK Poet/USA premiere; Duchess of Gloucester, Richard II, Tribeca Lab; Amanda, Composure, The Workshop Theater, (NYIT Award winner); Heather, Gideon’s Knot, The Seeing Place Theatre. Professional Affiliations & Memberships: SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, LPTW.

"I have spent much of my professional life and energy supporting, helping, cheering and advocating for my fellow theatre women. That’s so much of what the league is about for me. It’s also great to see the league’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. On the LPTW board I have held the position of Co-Chair of Mentorship – and the best part of that is pairing theatre women together in that spirit of helping another theatre woman by sharing our strength and knowledge with another. As artistic staff, I’ve achieved greater parity for female playwrights and professionals. In business, I’ve mentored new professionals, overseen staffs, budgets and logistics, weathered changes, found opportunity in crises. In all settings, I’ve strived to create communities that were inclusive, transparent and gave opportunity for all individual’s talents. I see the opportunity to serve as Co Secretary as an opportunity to support and help other theatre women. I am familiar with Robert’s Rules, believe in its structure and how it fosters healthy, respectful discourse. I am also experienced with reports, writing and communications. I would be happy to be of service and to help the league."