David King

David King
David King

Neighborhood: Sunnyside
Website: http://www.sevencollective.org/david-king

Off-Broadway: The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Come Back to Me (Cherry Lane). FringeNYC: Savage International, Choke City. Other NY credits include Caligula Maximus (La MaMa), Ghosts and Civil Sex (Hudson Guild), A Hatful of Rain (Chuch), Polaroid Stories (Orpheus), Man on the Street and Testiculations (New Media Rep), Antony & Cleopatra (Antony) and Pericles (Antiochus) at Aaron Davis Hall. David is a co-founder of The Seven Collective and member of AEA. He is grateful for those who contribute to the process.

Directing credits: Closer by Patrick Marber (The Seven Collective, Theaterlab), Gluttony by Ed Cardona Jr. (7 Days of Play Theatre Festival), Springtime by Maria Irene Fornes (CG Studio), Thunder in the Index by Phillip Hayes Dean (Staged reading, Theaterlab).

Post mixer planning meeting

On Wednesday, August 22, the Mission to (dit)Mars team met up at the Creek and the Cave for another planning meeting as well as go through all the wonderful suggestions written down by everyone at the mixer.  We think this is our favorite:

Laura holds up our favorite "suggestion" from the mixer.
Laura holds up our favorite “suggestion” from the mixer.

Mrinalini Kamath

Neighborhood: Astoria
Website:  www.mkwriter.com

Mrinalini Kamath’s plays have been performed around the U.S. as well as Australia, the UK and India.  Her short plays have been included in several Smith and Kraus anthologies (including the recently released Best Ten Minute Plays of 2011).

Nora Chau

Nora Chau
Nora Chau

Neighborhood: Elmhurst
Website: http://norachau.com and prettypreciousunicorns.com

Nora Chau loves a good story. She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab, a former ABC/Disney Grant Recipient for New Talent in Screenwriting, an ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship finalist, and a Women’s Project Lab finalist. Her short plays have been published by Smith & Kraus and you can see her crazy web serial atprettypreciousunicorns.com. She is currently working on her first novel and attempting to write a graphic novel with her artist husband – that is, if he doesn’t kick her off the project.

Dina Ann Comolli

Dina Ann Comolli
Dina Ann Comolli

Neighborhood: Astoria
Websites: http://risingcityarts.com and http://dinaanncomolli.com

Dina is Founder and Executive Director of Rising City Arts, and Actress and twelve year veteran of New York City Teaching Artististry who specializes in developing innovative theater programming for youth. She holds an MFA in Acting from Harvard’s American Repertory Theater Program for Advanced Theater Training and a BA in Theater from DeSales University in Allentown, PA.  Dina has instructed with all ages in all areas from In-School Residencies to After School Classes, One on One Youth Counseling to Professional Development Workshops.
For the past two years, Dina has run operations for Rising City Arts and instructed classes with The Academy of Finance and Enterprise, The Queens Vocational and Technical School and The Queens Library. Previously, Dina spent two years at Dodge High School in the Bronx through the Counseling In Schools National Network (CSNN) where she served as a Youth Counselor, Drama Instructor and Literacy through the Arts In-Class Teaching Artist for the United Way’s AIDP Program. She was also on staff with City Lights Youth Theater for nine years as an Acting Teacher, Director and In-School Collaborating Artist. Once per year, Dina would run the Improvisation and Creative Scenes classes at the Queens Library through Arts to Grow. Past work includes residencies with The Creative Arts Team’s ELTA program (Pre K ~ 1st), Queens Theatre in the Park’s CASA program, Claire’s Creative Adventures on the Upper East Side and Acting Classes with The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has created and conducted Professional Development Workshops for The Weston Playhouse in Vermont, The American Place Theatre and Counseling In Schools. Dina loved her three years at PS/IS 123 in the Bronx where she was a post September 11th Crisis Counselor for Project Liberty.
As an Actress, Dina has been actively shooting commercials. Her Off-Broadway credits include Clare Boothe Luce in The Rise of Dorothy Hale and Lady Macbeth/Mere Ubu in The Polish Play. Also in New York: Persuasion (The Secret Theatre), Bella and The Pool Boy (NYC Fringe Fest). The Error of Their Ways (HERE), Days of Wine and Roses (Lion Theatre) and Edward Albee’s Everything in the Garden (The John Houseman Theatre), etc… Regional credits include work with The American Repertory Theatre, Summer Theater of New Canaan, Stonington Opera House, PA Shakespeare, Off World Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare, Boston Center for the Arts and Pirate Playhouse. Film: Flinch, True to the Heart, The Jam. TV: Fringe, Law and Order SVU, School Spirits, Wise Guys.

Jennifer Lane

Jennifer Lane
Jennifer Lane

Neighborhood: Astoria
Website: http://jennifer-lane.net

Jenny is an Astoria-based writer from Troy, Michigan. Her work has been presented at or developed by the terraNOVA Collective, Sightline Theatre Company, Artistic New Directions, IRT, The Bridge Theatre Company, the New Ohio Theatre, 3LD Art & Technology Center, the Gene Frankel Theatre, Theatre 54, Manhattan Shakespeare Theatre, The Washington Rogues, Gorilla Tango Theatre and Columbia Stages.

Her work includes Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum, and a finalist for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange); Psychomachia (recipient of the Gatsby Grant); The Seer and the Witch (developed in the Groundbreakers Playwriting Group at terraNOVA); The Would-Be Room (performed in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C.); Convergence; The Burning Brand; and Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner? Her ten minute pieces A Fever in the Feast and Uriel’s Garden were both workshopped with Anne Bogart. Fever…, as well as another short play, PIN, was workshopped at Ensemble Studio Theatre in early 2011.

She is a graduate of Columbia University — where she was taught by such remarkable artists as Chuck Mee, Anne Bogart, Lucy Thurber, Sheila Callaghan and Kelly Stuart — and Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, Jenny is the Administrative Director for the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Literary Manager for the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

Jordana Williams

Jordana Williams
Jordana Williams

Neighborhood: Astoria
Website: http://gideonth.com

JORDANA WILLIAMS is a theater director. Her latest project is THE PARTICULARS by Matthew MacKenzie at FringeNYC 2012. She most frequently directs plays by Mac Rogers, including SOVEREIGN, BLAST RADIUS, ADVANCE MAN, VIRAL (FringeNYC 2009 Outstanding Production of a Play, FringeNYC Encore Series, 2010 ITBA Oustanding Off-Off Broadway Show), HAIL SATAN (FringeNYC 2007), and three seaons with Vampire Cowboys’ episodic, genre-bending Saturday Night Saloon. Jordana has directed a number of strange and wonderful projects for such companies as Flux Theatre Ensemble, Boomerang Theatre Company, Piper McKenzie, GroundUP Productions, kef Productions, Impetuous Theater Group, The Brick Theater, The 24-Hour Plays and The One-Minute Play Festival. She is the lyricist of the musicals FLEET WEEK (Outstanding Musical- FringeNYC 2005), AIR GUITAR (FringeNYC 2006) and The First Annual St. Ignatius Chanukah Pageant (which she also directed), and a founding member of Gideon Productions.

Ava Eisenson

Ava Eisenson
Ava Eisenson

Neighborhood: Astoria

Ava Eisenson is an actor and founding member of The New Ensemble, a part of the Special Task Force for Superhero Clubhouse, and a member of the artistic core for SPACE on Ryder Farm. Ava has assisted Tony-Award winner Stew on projects at BAM, St. Anne’s Warehouse and Lincoln Center, prior to which she was assistant to the curators of the La MaMa Moves Dance Festival. Recent projects include Sightline’s Hold Music, SuperHero Clubhouse’s Saturn, a play about food, Marvell Repertory’s Blood Wedding and The Dybbuk, The New Ensemble productions of Black Snow, nonplay; shadows of a dream. Upcoming: Check out www.fornicatedfromthebeatles.com, www.spaceonryderfarm.com and www.superheroclubhouse.org .  Ava holds a BFA from Boston University.  She LOVES Astoria.

Ava was a featured in our Featured Artist series on our website.  Click here to read.

Chris Van Strander

Chris Van Strander
Chris Van Strander

Neighborhood: Inwood
Website: http://chrisvanstrander.com

Chris Van Strander is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He’s received a Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Grant, and been a Finalist/Semifinalist for The O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, The Playwrights’ Center’s PlayLabs, Page 73 Productions’ Playwriting Fellowship, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s One Act Marathon, among others. His screenplay “25” won the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Award.

Chris’s work has been produced and developed internationally at over two dozen theaters and festivals, including: Circle East Theater Company (formerly the Circle Repertory Lab), Bloomington Playwrights Project, Live Girls! Theater (Seattle), Theater Catalyst (Philadelphia), The Asylum Theatre (Las Vegas), The Rogue Valley Plays Festival (Ashland, OR), Emerging Artists Theatre, Collective:Unconscious, The 92nd Street Y, The Director’s Company, The Management, The Neighborhood Playhouse, The New York International Fringe Festival, as well as the Minnesota, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver Fringe fests. His play THE MOTHERING INSTINCT is published by the International Centre for Women Playwrights.

Chris is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights’ Center, Circle East Theater Company, SunsetGun Productions (Minneapolis), the ‘Wright On! Playwrights Group, and Packawallop Productions’ Pack. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Experimental Theater Wing), and studied with Maria Irene Fornes, Mac Wellman, and Jeffrey M. Jones in the Flea Theater’s ‘Pataphysics Workshops.

As an actor, Chris has appeared in film, TV, regionally, Off-Off-, and on Broadway. He’s originally from Allentown, PA, and lives in New York City. Every ten years he hikes across Spain.

Chris is especially interested in creating work for nontraditional spaces: site-specifically, his plays have been staged everywhere from boats to bars to the rooftop pool of a Holiday Inn.