KEVIN CONNELL

KEVIN CONNELL (Co-Founder/Artistic Director) is a Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he serves as Coordinator of Junior and Senior Acting and Recruiter for the Department of Theatre Arts.

Kevin served as the Period Style and Etiquette Coordinator for the 2012-2013 Broadway production of The Heiress. Directing credits include: Lawrence Dukore’s‘Round Midnight (Turnip Theatre Company & American Globe Theatre’s 17th Annual 15-Minute Play Festival); Christopher Durang's Baby with the Bathwater (Ground UP Productions); Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliette (Collective Company); Oscar Wilde’sThe Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love, Constance Cox’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals (Take Wing and Soar Productions at the National Black Theatre and the Poet’s Den Theatre); James Magruder (book), Jeffrey Stock (music) and Susan Birkenhead’s (lyrics) musicalTriumph of Love (2013); J.B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways, Oliver Goldsmith'sShe Stoops to Conquer, Michael John LaChiusa's musical Hello Again, Tennessee Williams' Approaching the End of a Summer and Edward Albee's Finding the Sun, A.A. Milne’s The Ugly Duckling, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II titled The Holy Terror, James Valcq and Fred Alley's musical The Spitfire Grill, Seneca’sTrojan Women, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Tony Kushner’sReverse Transcription (Marymount Manhattan College). He performed in the playTemporarily Yours, (also playwright) at the 2001 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland). Additionally, Kevin has performed in productions at The National Theatre (London), La Jolla Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, TheatreWorks USA, The Wayside Theatre, TheatreFest, NJ and Pinewood Film Studios (London), among other credits. He is co-adapting Kathryn Harrison’s novel Exposure for the stage. Kevin attended The Ohio State University (B.F.A.) and the University of California, San Diego (M.F.A.).

Published Works:
The Holy Terror, by Stage Voices Publishing (ASIN: B002VBWFFY).
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ELLEN ORENSTEIN

ELLEN ORENSTEIN (Co-Founder/Artistic Director) is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where she serves as Coordinator of Freshman and Sophomore Acting.

Ellen is the Co-Creator and Director of Blueprint Theater Project’s The Human Variations (currently in development), Scherzo, Largo, and Allegro (25CPW Gallery, New York City). For Marymount Manhattan College, she has directed The Arsonists,Reckless, Our Town, The Adding Machine, In the Boom Boom Room, and This Property is Condemned. Other New York directing credits include: Tartuffe (SUNY Purchase), Necropolis (Manhattan Theatre Source), The Seagull (assistant director), featuring Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming (Classic Stage Company), and the staged reading of Surfacing (Most Outstanding Overall Production of a Reading nomination, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity). In 2007, Ellen was a participant in the 8th Annual International Symposium for Directors with Andrei Serban, Yoshi Oida, Enrique Pardo, Putu Wijaya, Petar Todorov and Annie-B Parson (La MaMa Umbria International, Spoleto, Italy). Her writing has been published in American Theatre magazine, TheatreForum International Theatre Journal and Theatre Journal, and she is currently co-adapting Kathryn Harrison’s novel Exposure for the stage. In addition to her courses at Marymount Manhattan, she has taught acting at New York University and the University of Washington. Ellen holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington.

Published Works:
American Theatre magazine article: "Shaping the Independent Actor: 8 Master acting teachers investigate the crucial balance between classroom rigor and personal discovery" 

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