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TheatreBridge and Playwrights Workshop: Faculty

American Theatre October 2009 Issue

Four of the top five most frequently produced plays
in America were written by Brown alumni: Peter
Nachtrieb ‘97, Stephen Karam ‘02, Sarah Ruhl ‘97;
MFA ‘01, and Rachel Sheinkin ‘89; American Theatre
Magazine October 2009 Issue.

Brown University turning out one exceptional
playwright after another

Providence Journal article; December 20, 2009.

Mark Cohen, Artistic Director for the TheatreBridge Company, is a full-time faculty member teaching Acting at Boston University’s prestigious School of Theatre, one of the country’s top undergraduate theatre conservatories.  Mark has worked professionally for many years, most recently in the New England region at Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Whistler in the Dark, Harbor Light Stage, and Boston Center for American Performance.  At BTPRep, Mark has performed in virtually every season, creating roles in new plays by Steven Levenson, Andy Bragen, Nate Sloan, Emily Young, etc. He holds degrees from Yale University, the Guildhall School for Music and Drama, George Washington University, and Brown University, where he has taught every year since 1993 and where he won the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kenneth Prestininzi, Artistic Director for the Playwrights Workshop and Apprentice Company Director of BTPR, Kenneth Prestininzi is a playwright in residence at New Dramatists ( in New York City and an associate artist with Sleeping Weazel of Boston ( and an Associate Professor at Connecticut College.  For the past five years he was the Associate Chair and Acting Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. His play, Birth Breath Bride Breath Elizabeth was a featured show in Boston's The Next Thing Festival (2013), alongside shows by Mike Daisy, Richard Maxwell, The Debate Society and Daniel Fish.  He has taught playwriting and performance courses at ACT of San Francisco, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Cornell University, Intersection for the Arts, Northwestern University, University of Iowa, West Coast Playwrights and Brown University.  At BTRP he directed boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Reunion by Greg Moss and In Spite of the Devil by Andy Bragen.  He directs nationally and has received theatre awards from the American College Theatre Festival, California Arts Council, Djerassi Artist Program, Gerbode Foundation, Goethe Institute, LEF Foundation, Millay Arts Colony, National Endowment of the Humanities, Rockerfeller Foundation and the San Francisco Cultural Equity Office. His acclaimed play Beholder received a Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago) for best new play.

Thom Jones is the Director of Voice and Speech for the Brown University/Trinity RepMFA Consortium program. His research in the area of speech and dialects includes an expanding personal library of more than four hundred dialects/accents of spoken English. His library includes both source speakers and phonetic transcription. Mr. Jones has been the resident voice and speech coach for the Trinity Repertory Theatre for the last six seasons and has worked extensively in professional theatre both regionally and in New York City. He has also been the dialect coach for feature films and television.

Constance Crawford is a core faculty member in the TheatreBridge Company. Connie received her BA from Vassar College and is a graduate of the Juilliard School. She trained with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios in New York City. During the 2006-2007 academic year in Brown's Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, Connie taught both TA-23 and Brown's freshman course TA-03 (Intro to Acting and Directing).

Carol Abizaid has been a Movement Instructor for TheaterBridge since 2005. She has studied with contemporary masters, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Fred Benjamin, and Milton Myers among others, has performed, taught and choreographed in NYC and Europe, was on faculty at Steps on Broadway for 16 years, and later founded Abizaid Arts Performing Arts Studio in Soho. Carol received her BA from Brown University, where she was later on faculty, MA from New York University, and MFA in Experimental Choreography from University of California, Riverside. She is the Artistic Director of Re-Memberings Project Dance Company nationally and internationally performing original and authored works of reenactment, war zones, memory, trauma, and narrativization.


Recent Guest Artists:

Lowry Marshall, Playwriting
Paul Grellong, Playwriting
Stephen Karam, Playwriting
Alice Tuan, Playwriting
Logan Marshall-Green, Acting
Crystal Finn, Acting
Robin Galloway, Acting
Christopher Bayes, Clowning
Ted Hewlett, Sage Combat
Amelia Buescher, Mask
John Lloyd Young – Acting/Musical Performance
Jennifer Haley – Playwriting
Peter Nachtrieb - Playwriting
Andy Bragen - Playwriting
Steven Levenson - Playwriting
Andrew Hertz – Musical Theatre
Diana Fithian - Playwriting
Mia Rovegno - Directing
Ken Prestininzi – Directing