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Meet the 'Jackson C. Frank' Team


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Michael Aguirre
Playwright / Allen

Michael (he/him) began his career in Chicago working with Steppenwolf, the Windy City Players, and First Folio. Regional: The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), the Hexagon Theatre (South Africa), Red Barn Theater (Indiana). New York: Pearl Theatre (City Center), Signature Theatre, Waterwell, Snorks and Pins, Boomerang, The Acting Studio/Chelsea Rep Lab, and is a founding member of New Light Theater Project. Recent Writing: American Dream Theater Residency (Virginia Beach, for The Mountain King); New Light Theater Project’s SIDD presented in New York City (Access Theater), Woodstock (Byrdcliffe Theater), and Chicago (Gift Theater) which was the first out-of-town show to sell out in Chicago Fringe history; New Light Theater Project's sold-out run of the site-specific Apartment Play (January of 2014); The Acting Studio and Chelsea Rep's production of Mountain King, Rose Queen (Shetler Theater, NYC) which was also a Neil Labute New Play Fest semi-finalist (2013); The Acting Studio and Chelsea Rep's production of Almost a Fantasy (440 Studios, NYC Fringe); various short works including At War (Equilibrium Theatre, London); The Convention of Leaving (The Pit, NYC), ATHE's New Play workshop selection for To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief (Alternate); John Wayne's America (semi-finalist, Seven Devils Conference). Residencies/Awards: recipient of the Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation Grant in 2021 for his play, The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/ Special Guests; former Resident Playwright with Rising Sun Production Company; former Playwright Apprentice with

Wide Eyed Productions; a Fellow at the Byrdcliffe Woodstock Artist in Residency; and a Pataphysics Workshop Fellow with Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins (The Flea Theater).

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Sarah Norris

Sarah (she/her) is the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project. Her directing work has been seen around the country (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Fresno, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Maine & Alaska) and around the world (Australia, Scotland, England, & Ireland). Select NYC: Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), LAByrinth Theater Company, Disney Theatrical Productions, 59E59 Theaters, The Flea Theater, Primitive Grace ( Paul Calderon & David Zayas), and The Gallery Players. She has an MFA in Directing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama. She is the former Artistic Director of Access Theater (2016-2018) where she launched the Access Theater Residency Program for indie companies and she is a former Associate Producer for the Broadway company, Bisno Productions. Currently, she serves on NNPN's Working Group and is a proud member of SDC and AEA. For more information, please visit:

New Light Directing credits: Everything is Super Great, The Great Novel, Hitler's Tasters, Hal & Bee, Still Dance the Stars, Two of Us, In the Soundless Awe, REX, Picture Ourselves in Latvia, The Oedipus Project, Frisky & the Panda Man

Bethany Geraghty

A proud NLTP company member, Bethany (she/her) is delighted to join the team for this cool project. Previous productions with New Light include Meaningful Conversation, Still Dance the Stars and Strange Country. Bethany is based in New York and has an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. For more info:

Hallie Griffin
Hallie Griffin
Film & Sound Editor

Hallie (she/her) is a New York based actor, singer, social media maven and content creator. Select theater: Folk City: The Musical (Broadway World Regional Awards: Best Actress), Edelweiss Pirates, [title of show]. TV/Film: Cafe Society. For New Light: Metropolis (Film Editor), This Wrestling Place (Ensemble), Hitler's Tasters (Liesel), Our Prospects for the Coming Season - part of Our Walk Through the World / The Ross Howard Festival (Ensemble), Motel 60 - part of Darkroom 11 (Mary), In the Soundless Awe (Ensemble), REX (Ismene). For more info: and follow her: @bucketosunshine

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Dana Martin
Grandma Woodstock

Dana (she/her) is a performing artist and theatre critic based in Los Angeles, CA. She’s a regular contributor to online Theatre Journal Stage Raw and is a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.  Recent Performance Credits: La Bohème (LAOpera), Rocket to the Moon (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre) Still Dance the Stars (New Light Theatre Project/Chicago Dramatists), A Phrasal, Likewise Me (Third Culture Theatre). Dana is proud to be a New Light Theatre Project Resident Artist. Peace and Love!

William Phelps
William Phelps
Paul Simon

William (he/him) is an actor based in New York City. He is a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio, where he trained with the late Bill Esper and Deb Jackel. Most recently, William guest starred as Daniel Khan on Dick Wolf's FBI and launched "Surviving Artists," a podcast he co-created with Amanda Lewellyn, where they talk to everyday, working artists about where they come from, where they are now and how they define success. He is also in the last stages of mixing and mastering his debut rock 'n roll record.​ For NLTP: Sound Design for Invincible Ones. More info:

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Sean Phillips

Sean (he/him) is a graduate of AMDA and current student of Yale School of Drama graduate, Roger Hendricks Simon. Theatre: Mother Courage (w/ Meryl Streep), In The Heat Of The Night (Godlight Theatre Company/59E59), The Treatment (IATI), Three On A Match (IATI), Scrooge! (Rising Sun Performance Company). TV: Evil, Prodigal Son, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Difficult People, The Following, Law & Order.

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