lead creatives

Michelle Kholos Brooks
Playwright

Michelle (she/her) is an award-winning playwright with productions staged internationally. Awards and distinctions include the Susan Glaspell Award for H*tler’s Tasters, the Reva Shiner Comedy Award for Kalamazoo, co-written by Kelly Younger. H*tler’s Tasters was also named ‘Best of Fringe’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by The Stage UK. The filmed stage version of H*tler’s Tasters was listed as a Must-Watch by the LA Times and selected for The Kilroys: The List 2020. Hostage was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, The Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest and a Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Chair received second place in the Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays.

Plays have been produced and/or developed at Arena Stage, the Skylight Theatre (World Premiere, Hostage) Centenary Stage (World Premiere, H*tler’s Tasters), Pacific Resident Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Bloomington Playwright’s Project (Rolling World Premiere, Kalamazoo), The Colony Theatre (World Premiere, Family Planning) Florida Repertory Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, Wordsmyth Theatre, The Barrow Group, Bay Street Theatre, Venue 9 Theatre, Wings Theatre, Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Drama West, Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, New Light Theater Project, 59E59 Theater, Olive Theatre; Greenside at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Adobe Rose Theatre and The Electric Lodge.

Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine and The Daily Beast. Brooks earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre. In addition, she is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

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Sarah Norris
Director

Sarah (she/her) is a theater artist and producer based in New York. Her work has been seen around the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and around the world in Scotland, Australia, England and Ireland.

 

Select producer and production credits: Playwrights Horizons (I Am My Own Wife Off-Broadway and Tony Winning Broadway transfer), Disney Theatrical Productions, Bisno Productions (Hughie on Broadway w/ Forest Whitaker; My Report to the World w/ David Strathairn). She served as the Artistic Director of Access Theater from 2016-2018, creating an Artist Residency program and Access Association Series program, which provided subsidized and free performance space to NYC artists including Primitive Grace (Paul Calderon & David Zayas), Elevator Repair Service, & Bedlam. 

 

As a theater director, select credits include: Everything is Super Great (TimeOut NY Critics Pick), This Wrestling Place (w/ Executive Producer Ben Folds), Picture Ourselves in Latvia (Best of Theater, The L Magazine), H*tler's Tasters (Best of the Edinburgh Fringe; featured in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times and the BBC). Other highlights include: Guild Hall of East Hamptons, Pleasance Theatre (Edinburgh), Greenside Theatre (Edinburgh), Bottom Dog Theatre (Ireland), Adelaide Fringe Festival (Australia), 59E59 Theaters, LAByrinth Theatre, Working Theater, Electric Lodge (LA), Chicago Dramatists, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, The Flea Theater, Zeiders American Dream Theater, Calliope Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse, and Pendragon Theatre.

 

Member of SDC and AEA. 

the cast 

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Hallie Griffin
Liesel

Hallie (she/her) is a New York based actor, singer, social media maven and mama. Reprising the role of Liesel after 4 years with this production! Select Credits: Folk City the Musical (World Premiere, Broadway World Regional Award for Best Actress), Edelweiss Pirates, [title of show]. Love to my family, Zach and my Ciaran. For more info: halliegriffin.com and follow her: @bucketosunshine

 

For NLTP: H*tler's Tasters (NYC, Edinburgh, Chicago, & LA), The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/ Special Guests (Film & Sound Editor), Metropolis (Film Editor), This Wrestling Place (Ensemble), Our Prospects for the Coming Season (Ensemble), Motel 60 (Mary), In the Soundless Awe (Ensemble), REX (Ismene).

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MaryKathryn Kopp
Hilda

MaryKathryn (she/her) is an actor/writer based in Nashville and New York. She’s thrilled to be performing H*tler’s Tasters back in NYC, four years after the first run downtown! MK is the founder of La Loba Films. Mgmt: Anna Weinstein at Sugar 23. marykathrynkopp.com // @marykathrynkopp. For my family and for Mrs. DiMattia.

For NLTP: H*tler’s Tasters (NY, Edinburgh, Chicago, LA, NC), Invincible Ones (Radio Play), The Great Novel (The Flea)

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Kaitlin Paige Longoria
Anna

Kaitlin (she/her) is a director, actor and mixed media artist. Cultivating her craft at William Esper Studio with the guidance of Bruce McCarty and William Esper, Kaitlin Paige has had the privilege of working extensively in film, stage, and radio. New Light Theater Project (NLTP) Resident Artist, NLTP Radio Drama Co-Chair.

 

For NLTP: H*tler's Tasters (NYC, Edinburgh, Chicago, & LA), Pastel Color Ripples (Creative Producer), Invincible Ones (Director), Promesa Promesota (Director). Founder of @kplstudio. @kaitlin_paige kaitlinpaige.com

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Hannah Mae Sturges
Margot

Hannah (she/her) is beyond grateful to be making her Off-Broadway debut with such a timely play. Acting BFA, CSU Fullerton. British American Drama Academy. Theater: The Diary of Anne Frank (The Young Theater), Miss Mitchell (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Miss Keller Has No Second Book (Gulfshore Playhouse), Midsummer Night: Rock Musical (Tennessee Shakespeare). Voiceover: “Odessa'' by Mickey Fisher. Becky in “KIDZ BOP: The Musical''. Love and light! hmsturges.com

For NLTP: H*tler's Tasters (NYC, Edinburgh, Chicago, & LA)

creative team

An-lin Dauber
An-lin Dauber
Scenic Designer

An-lin (she/her) is a New York based set and costume designer. Notable designs include Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre), Paul Swan is Dead and Gone, What You Are Now (The Civilians), A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play (Alliance Theatre), It’s A Wonderful Life, Lost in Yonkers (Hartford Stage), The Song of Summer (Mixed Blood Theatre), The Kind Ones (Magic Theater). Upcoming: Common Ground Revisited (Huntington Theater). Anlindauber.com

For New Light: H*tler's Tasters, The Great Novel, This Wrestling Place (in development)

Carsen Joenk
Sound Design

Carsen (she/her) is a director and sound designer interested in work that uses non-hierarchical methods of collaboration to create equitable, ensemble-driven processes. She is the co-artistic director of Rat Queen Theatre Company, a resident artist with New Light Theater Project, and a 2020-2022 Roundabout Emerging Directors Group member. Select Sound Design: Made by God (Irish Rep), The Mountaintop (Weston Playhouse), Fiction. (600 Highwaymen), and Best Life (JACK). Carsen-joenk.com

For New Light: H*tler's Tasters, The Great Novel, I'm So Hot, This Wrestling Place (in development)

Ashleigh Poteat
Costume Design

Ashleigh (she/her) has designed scenery, costumes, and properties around the country, working in Florida, Washington, New York, Nevada, North Carolina & New Jersey. BA from University of North Carolina at Asheville; MFA University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She is a resident artist of New Light.

 

For NLTP: H*tler's Tasters (Costumes), Less Than 50% (Scenic), Time Stands Still (Costume), Still Dance the Stars (Scenic & Costume), Sight Unseen (Costume), and A Burial Place (Scenic).

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Frances Ramos
Fight Choreographer

Frances, proud Boricua: Started her theatre studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School (2016). Theatre credits include Broken Pieces (Happily Bohemian), Little Shop of Horrors (9to5), Godspell (What Dreams May Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (CITSTS), Uncommon Women and Others (CITSTS), Sweet Charity and Legally Blonde (Dramadanza). 

For NLTP: H*tler's Tasters 

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Christina Tang
Lighting Design

Christina (she/her) is a lighting designer, production manager, and digital art amateur based in New York City. She is a frequent collaborator on new works for theater and dance. Recent credits: FEAST. (The Tank); TRAFFIC (Exponential Festival); Hart Island (Mason Holdings); Preparedness (The Bushwick Starr); .SUITABLE_FOR.EXE(CUTION) (Shawné Michaelain Holloway, PSNY); Psychic Self Defense and Madame Lynch (The Drunkard's Wife). She is a 2021 finalist for Opera America's Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize. Christinaftang.com

For NLTP: H*tler's Tasters (NYC, Edinburgh, Chicago, & LA), The Great Novel, The End of Hester, This Wrestling Place (in development)

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Ashlee Wasmund
Choreographer

Ashlee (she/her) is a director, choreographer, and actor. Recent: My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend (Arizona Theatre Company), H*tler's Tasters (‘Best of Fringe’, The Stage UK),  A Ghost of Christmas Past (original radio drama).  She serves as Program Director of Musical Theatre & Dance at Western Carolina University and is the Founding Artistic Lead of Calliope Stage Company as well as a Resident Artist with New Light Theater Project. ashleewasmund.com

For NLTP: H*tler's Tasters (NYC, Edinburgh, Chicago, & LA), Still Dance the Stars, This Wrestling Place (in development)

production team

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Josh Gladstone
Associate Producer

Josh served twenty-one seasons as the Artistic Director of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY where most recently he presented Hitler’s Taster’s return to the stage last Fall. He’s delighted to join the team to help bring this gorgeous play back to its next well-deserved Off-Broadway run. Over the course of two decades at Guild Hall, Josh produced and presented hundreds of performing arts programs and hosted thousands of artists. Some highlights of Josh’s producing work for the Drew include Questlove’s Conversations on Creativity; All My Sons starring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf; Clever Little Lies starring Marlo Thomas; Tony Walton’s production of Tonight at 8:30 starring Blythe Danner; At Home At The Zoo starring Michael Urie and Sophie von Haselberg; and Susan Stroman Presents! – a live retrospective starring Matthew Broderick, Brad Oscar, Tiler Peck, Terence Mann, Tony Yazbeck, Nathan Lane and Mel Brooks. This past summer he also produced Love Letters starring Mercedes Ruehl and Harris Yulin; Joy Behar’s Crisis in Queens starring Steven Weber, Annabella Sciorra, and Brenda Vaccaro; Bob Balaban’s 2020 starring Isaac Mizrahi, Edie Falco, Sandra Bernhard and Susie Essman; along with a developmental run of Mike Birbiglia’s Broadway-bound new solo show The Old Man and The Pool.  

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NewYorkRep
Associate Producer

NewYorkRep develops and produces new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change by telling stories that expose our humanity. By illuminating social and ethical questions through art, we strive to create provocative theater that promotes empathy, compassion, and inclusion. In order to increase access to the stories we tell, NewYorkRep, produces content across artistic mediums.  NewYorkRep’s productions have been staged across the country as well as in London, where it won multiple awards, and Sydney. Our work has been a Critic’s Pick of The New York Times, praised in The Los Angeles Times, and often noted in The Huffington Post. NewYorkRep is a 501(c)(3) organization