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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 Broadway Theatre Project, Mark has performed in virtually every season, creating roles in new plays by Steven Levenson, Andy Bragen, Nate Sloan, and Emily Young among others. 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.

Thom Jones is Head of Voice/Speech with the Brown University/Trinity Repertory MFA Program and in his 14th season as Voice/Speech Director at the Trinity Repertory Company. He has worked extensively as a voice and speech consultant in theatre, film, and television. THEATRE: The Public Theater, The New York Shakespeare Festival (Amy Adams), Yale Repertory Company (Mandy Patinkin), Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theatre, The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Hangar Theatre. FILM / TELEVISION: Rabbit Hole: Nicole Kidman (Academy Award Nomination - Best Actress); The Paperboy: Nicole Kidman (Golden Globe, SAG Nomination - Best Supporting Actress); Grace Of Monaco: Nicole Kidman; The Family Fang: Nicole Kidman; Bleed For This: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Segal, Ciaran Hinds; The Heat: Sandra Bullock; The Butler: Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer; The Bling Ring: Emma Watson; Noah: Emma Watson; Mississippi Grind: Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller; The Place Beyond the Pines: Ben Mendelsohn; Trespass: Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn; Just Go with It : Nicole Kidman; Edge of Darkness: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone; Black Irish: Brendan Gleeson, Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Emily Van Camp; Brotherhood; The Gilded Lilys: Bian O’Byrne, Sarah Bolger, Blythe Danner; Buzzy’s: George Wendt.

Constance Crawford is a core faculty member in the TheatreBridge Company. Connie received her AB from Vassar College and has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She graduated with honors from the acting program at the Juilliard School. Outside of the academy, Connie trained with Uta Hagen and Bobby Lewis and studied comedy improv with The Groundlings. At Brown University, Connie teaches acting and directing in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department and is the Director-in-Residence for Rites and Reason Theatre in the Africana Studies Department. Connie leads interspecies workshops with humans and horses. She works with actors, artists, medical students and horses to improve interpersonal and creative skills. 

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.

Elena Heyman is a professional New York City director and acting teacher. Directing credits include: The Traveling Imaginary, a nationally touring, theatrical rock show featuring Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and rated in the "top five shows of the year" by NPR; The Sun Experiment (Helikon Rep/FringeNYC) which won a festival Award for Excellence; Oh Liza (Auntie Productions);Be Careful of Words (Helikon Rep.); Orlando (F&M); Our Lady (BCAP); The Two Character Play (EL2 Stage Work); and, Charlie Chaplin Play No. 1 (Univ. of Chicago). As a teacher, Elena is the Artistic Director of Ellie Heyman Acting Studio and has taught acting within the Conservatory of Boston University and at NHSI at Northwestern University (Cherubs). Currently Elena is developing an immersive musical and radio plays with Julian Koster, featuring John Cameron Mitchell. Elena holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from Boston University. She is the is Artistic Director of Helikon Rep.and a proud Drama League Directing Fellow. &

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