Producing Artistic Director
NY based theater director, Alex has directed dozens of original 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 include The Mulberry Tree by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, scheduled for off-Broadway 2022. Recent directing includes Salome: Woman of Valor, by Frank London and Adeena Karasick (Vancouver and Toronto) , Judith Sloan’s It Can Happen Here. 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. She was a Fulbright scholar to Argentina in 2005. As Managing Director for Soundbrush Records, Alex produced over 40 CDs, dozens of concerts, and videos, including Latin Grammy award-winning Amor por el Tango and Grammy-award, nominated Piazzola in Brooklyn. 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. www.alexandraaron.com
Board of Directors
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. 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.
Carmen Rivera holds an MA in Playwriting and Latin American Theatre from New York University. Her play, La Gringa, was part of the OBIE Award Winning Series New Voices in 1996 and this year, celebrated its 27th year anniversary in repertory at Repertorio Español. It is now the longest running Spanish-language play in Off-
Broadway history. It was published in both English and Spanish by Concord Theatrical
Productions (Formerly Samuel French.) Off-Broadway productions include: La Caída De Rafael Trujillo (The Downfall OfRafael Trujillo); (ATI Award – Best Production); Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz (Co-Written with Cándido Tirado) - (HOLA Award, Outstanding Achievement in (Playwriting); La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny (ACE Award – Best Production); Julia de Burgos: Child of Water; To Catch The Lightning (Nomination ACE Award – Best Production.) Carmen was the subject of a doctoral dissertation written by theatre scholar Dr. Jason Ramirez – Latinidad: The Theatre of Carmen Rivera. Her work can also be found on the online archive, ProQuest. Carmen has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), ATT On-Stage and New York State Council of
the Arts (NYSCA). http://www.carmenrivera-writer.com
Elizabeth S. Trippe
Elizabeth started her career at Pelavin Associates, an educational consulting firm focused on evaluating local, state, and federal education programs and moved on to Scholastic Corp where she worked as a software designer from 1993-2002. 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. 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
Fidaa Zidan, Actor/Playwright
John Rwothomack, Actor/Writer
Amir Nizar Zuabi, Director/Playwright, Artistic Director, The Walk
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