Board of Directors
Producing Artistic Director
As Managing Director for Soundbrush Records, Alex produced over 40 music recordings, dozens of concerts and videos, including Latin Grammy award-winning Amor por el Tango and Grammy-award nomiated Piazzola in Brooklyn. She is a theater director of dozens of new plays and multi-media productions including A Night in the Old Marketplace with music by Frank London, lyrics by Glen Berger has been seen on stages in São Paulo, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Toronto, Milan, New York City, MASS MoCA, Berkeley Rep, and Bard Summerscape. Current projects includes The Mulberry Tree by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, scheduled for off-Broadway 2021. Recent directing includes: Salome: Woman of Valor, by Frank London and Adeena Karasick (Vancouver and Toronto) as well as Judith Sloan’s It Can Happen Here (Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Queens Theater in the Park).Alex produced and directed Two Altars and a Cave (2013) starring Lois Smith was seen at Sarasota Int’l Film Festival, Catskills, Citizen Jane, Southampton Int’l Film Festival and others. As an arts educator, Alex has taught students in dozens of schools in New York City. A Fulbright scholar to Argentina in 2005, she taught educators and theater practitioners in Argentina. She is an affiliated artist of New Georges Theater, an alumna of the Actor’s Studio Playwrights and Directors Forum, Lincoln Center Directing Lab and Women’s Project Directors Forum. Alex is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Julia Brock, MD
Julia Brock is an OB/GYN and robotic surgeon currently employed at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Her career has focused on providing individualized, compassionate and integrative health care for women. She is the Founder of Maitri Health Care for Women and Eastern View Integrative Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Brock has also served as a consultant for several technology companies developing products focused on women’s health. Her current area of interest and focus is in culturally competent health care, as her current patient population includes many new Maine residents from Congo, Angola, Rwanda, Iraq and Syria. Her interest in Remote Theater Project has been long standing as she strongly believes in use of the arts to improve communication and understanding among different cultures.
A producer, director, dramaturg and teacher, Roberta served for 15-years as the Senior Program Associate/International with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, the East Africa (SIEA) and Middle East North Africa (MENA) initiatives. She is presently the Consulting Producing Director with Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina to create and develop the NBO Musical Theatre Initiative in Nairobi, Kenya: www.nbomti.org. She co-founded and directs Theatre Without Borders (TWB), a grass-roots volunteer network of theatre artists world-wide: theatrewithoutborders.com. TWB collaborations include: the 2015, 2017, 2019 Climate Change Theatre Actions and the 2018 Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening (with Howlround); Between Home & Exile: New Palestinian Drama (Golden Thread ReOrient Forum, 2015); The Acting Together Project (Peacebuilding & the Arts Program, Brandeis University); Cultural Mobility Conference & Launch of the "Cultural Mobility Funding Guide for the U.S.A." (Segal Center CUNY & On the Move, 2015); Eti! East Africa Speaks! (Segal Center 2008); After the Fall: Reality and the New Romanian Theatre (Segal Center 2006). She was a Fulbright Specialist at: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Makerere University, Uganda; National University of Theatre & Cinematography, Bucharest; Chinese University of Hong Kong. Accomplishments & writings featured in: The New York Times; AMERICAN THEATRE Magazine and other publications. Graduate of Stanford University; former faculty at UCLA and Bennington College; member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Think Tank of the Lab for Global Performance & Politics at Georgetown University. She is on the Board of The Remote Theatre Project and consulted on the 2019 production of GREY ROCK by Amir Nizar Zuabi.
Elizabeth S. Trippe
Elizabeth “Wendy” started her career at Pelavin Associates, an educational consulting firm focused on evaluating local, state, and federal education programs and moved on to Tom Snyder Productions later acquired by Scholastic Corp where she worked as a software designer from 1993-2002. While there, she focused on producing curricular tools for schools with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom. As a lead writer for Decisions, Decisions, a multi title series, her work won numerous awards including: The Teachers' Choice Award; Technology & Learning Award of Excellence; Media & Methods Awards Portfolio; Computer Classroom Learning Award of Excellence; and the Software Publishers Association Codie Award Winner. Since 2002, she has worked in various fund-raising capacities, including as a leadership committee member for a Five-Year Capital Campaign at North Shore Country Day School, as a member of the Philanthropy Council for School Year Abroad operating academic programs in Italy, Spain, France, and China, and as a participant of the President’s Council at Wesleyan University. She graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Wesleyan University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as earned a certificate in Creative Writing from Northwestern University.
Karishma Bhagani, Associate Producing Director, Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative/ Associate Artistic Director, Tebere Arts Foundation
David Diamond, Director La MaMa Umbria International
Bonnie Sue Stein, Executive Director GOH Productions
Amir Nizar Zuabi, Director/Writer
Amir is considered by his peers and theatre critics, to be one of the leading theatre directors in the Middle East. After graduating with honors from Israel’s prestigious Nissan Native Acting Studio, and attending workshops in France and Russia, Zuabi first cut his teeth directing “Stories Under Occupation” for Al Kasabah theatre in Ramallah. (Best Production – Cairo Theatre festival and Cartage festival). The show toured extensively, to wide acclaim, at the Royal Court London, Tokyo International Arts Festival, Goteborg Festival, among other destinations.
In 2005, Zuabi staged “Jidariyya”, at the Palestinian National Theatre, a play based on a poem by Mahmoud Darwish. The show toured extensively in Damascus, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and Spain and was invited by Peter Brook’s “Bouffes du Nord” Theater in Paris. Jidariyya also performed as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Zuabi was an associate director at the Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa, where he has directed Forget Herostratus by L. Gorin, and An Autumn Tale by Aldo Nicolai. In April 2009 Zuabi premiered Sean-Sean’s Opera Samson and Delilah at the Vlamesse Opera house in Antwerp. In 2008 Zuabi founded ShiberHur Theater Company and has produced 6 shows with this new company, “Old Box” War or More” and The Sneeze”” based on shorts by Chekhov, all toured extensively in the 48 lands and the occupied territories.
Zuabi created Oh My Sweet Land for theater Vidy Lausanne that was also recreated in the young Vic in 2014 and seen most recently in kitchen's throughout New York City in a 2017 production by the Play Co.
Zuabi became a member of the Prestigious UTE (United theaters of Europe ) in 2013 and is currently writing a play commission by them as well as the National Theater in London.
Fidaa Zidan, actor/writer
Fidaa is an actress and writer. She was born in the village of Beit Jann, in the Galilee region of Palestine and currently lives in Haifa. She received a B.A in social theater from Haifa University, and a Master of Fine Arts from Tel-Aviv University. She wrote and performed the Arabic version of her capstone production, The Last Day of Spring (2018) in Haifa, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Shifa’ Amer, the Galilee, Ni’liin, Uganda- KITF, and in Hebrew at the Tel Aviv University.
Zidan performed in Grey Rock She has worked with Zuabi in Against a Hard Surface (2017) a co-production with Ya Samer Dance Theater, West of Us the Sea (2016) and The Lanterns of the King of Galilee (2016).
Additional performances include: The Stone is Our Sign (2014) directed by Di Travis ( Jenin Freedom Theate); The Freedom Bus (2012) playback theatre projects around the West Bank directed by Ben Rivers; Mire (2016) a musical by Faraj Suliman and Amir Nizar Zuabi
Films include: Polygraph a short film by Samera Saraya (2019) Another Point of View a short film by Bilal Khateb (2018).
Fidaa also participates in social theater programs for disadvantaged communities and various educational projects and Children’s theater projects.
John Rwothomack, actor/writer
John is a Ugandan-born, London trained, and Sheffield-bred and based writer, actor and director.
John trained as an actor at Rose Bruford School of Dramatic Arts and sits on the board of governors for Migration Matters Festival.
Theatre credits include: Writer and performer of Far Gone (Theatre Deli, Sheffield Theatres), assistant director on The Last King of Scotland (Sheffield Theatres), as assistant director for Sheffield Theatres’ resident company, Utopia Theatre, credits include; I Am David Oluwale and Shadows in Different Shades. As an actor, theatre credits include: H&P and On Missing (the Cockpit Theatre), Tales From the Playground (Paper Finch Theatre), The Emperor Jones (The Lost Theatre) and The Low Road (Stratford Circus). As director credits include; Bad Blood Blues (Theatre Deli).
Bonnie Sue Stein, co-producer Grey Rock
Bonnie is the Executive Director and Founder of GOH Productions, an arts services organization based in NY, focusing on the creation and development of global and local arts projects. Since 1988, she has produced projects in NYC, East/Central Europe, former Soviet Union, Asia and the Middle East. Stein is a consultant to numerous organizations in production and international exchange. With La MaMa, she has co-produced and consulted on numerous projects since the mid 1980s. www.gohproductions.org