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Deadria Harrington is a multifaceted theater artist based in New York City. Currently she is a member of the Producing Artistic Leadership Team of The Movement Theatre Company [TMTC]. With TMTC she has served as a Producer developing a number of new works by emerging artists of color, most recently look upon our lowliness by Harrison David Rivers, conceived and directed by David Mendizábal, which she will be producing with TMTC in February 2013. Deadria is also the lead producer on TMTC’s eco friendly theatre initiative GO GREEN, where she has also served as a director. Most recently, she produced this program in the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity with a new piece entitled 4 Sustenance, which received the Greener Planet Award and 8 nominations within the festival. Harrington also worked as an Assistant Director on the workshop production of Talaya Delaney’s Haarlem Berlin, directed by Rachel Chavkinat Vassar College. During her time at Vassar, where she received her B.A. in Drama, she produced, directed and performed in an all Black Female ensemble production of Judith Alexa Jackson’s WOMBmanWARs. While in New York, Deadria has performed as an actor in TMTC’s Wilson Revised at The Studio Museum in Harlem, in a reading of Keith Josef Adkins’ Safe House at La MaMa, and will be collaborating with fellow Women’s Project Lab Producer Meropi Peponides on a new piece entitled The Second Decade Project.
Jane Jung is currently General Manager of Ping Chong + Company (www.pingchong.org) where she oversees financial management, operations, and marketing. She is also Producer for Little Lord (www.littlelord.org), a Brooklyn based theater company. With Little Lord, she produced Babes in Toyland at The Brick Theater and is currently developing a new work exploring American mythologies and Pocahontas, premiering at The Bushwick Starr in March 2013. She is currently producing Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots, directed by Lileana Blaine-Cruz, to be presented at Joe’s Pub in August 2012. She previously held positions at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Leveraging Investments in Creativity, and New England Foundation for the Arts. She holds an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.
Meropi Peponides is an Artistic Producer, dramaturg, writer and co-founder of Radical Evolution, a multi-disciplinary performance company based in Brooklyn. She is currently producing two groundbreaking projects: The Second Decade Project, a series of artistic engagements which is being developed and workshopped at Tofte Lake Center in Minnesota and New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Artist’s program and is supported by the Jerome Foundation; as well as look upon our lowliness, a new play that combines cyber-narratives and trans-media storytelling with a live theatrical experience. Past NYC credits: 4 Sustenance (Producer/The Movement Theatre Company), Birthday Triage (Dramaturg/Columbia Stages), Enter Your Sleep (Dramaturg/Producer/Columbia University), Gutter Space (Dramaturg/Brick Theater), Port Cities NYC (Dramaturg/Waterfront Museum Barge), Go Green 2011 (Producer/The Movement Theatre Company). She also worked as part of the producing team at the 2011 and 2012 Under the Radar Festival. Meropi currently works as the Producing Assistant at The Public Theater and is pursuing her MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University. Before moving to NYC, Meropi worked in Los Angeles with Watts Village Theater Company to produce the first ever site-specific performance to take place on LA’s Metro Rail system. She also worked full time at 24th Street Theatre, where she produced Latino Theatre that toured Mexico, Central and South America and presented Latino artists in LA. She is eternally optimistic about the power of theatre to change our social systems for the better and is eager to re-invigorate live performance to compete with 21st century digital entertainment. She works with Radical Evolution to take on these challenges daily. And she is always looking for other folks who are interested in doing the same. Check out www.radicalevolution.org to join our evolution.
Aktina Stathaki is a native of Athens, Greece. She graduated with honors from the National Theater of Greece, where she had the opportunity to work with some of the country's most respected directors (Stathis Livathinos, Lydia Koniordou, Nikita Milivojevic) in mostly classical repertoire (Don Juan, As You Like It, Alcestis). In 2002 she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she pursued a PhD in theater studies (University of Toronto) with a focus on contemporary South African theater, while she continued to perform and direct with Robert Gill Theater, Artword Theater, AfriCan Theater Ensemble and trey anthony productions (credits include: The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa, The Shop Window, Fate of a Cockroach, Market of Tales, Dinner Mint, Don Juan). After moving to NYC in 2010, she founded Between the Seas, the first festival in North America on contemporary performance from the Mediterranean. As the festival's Artistic and Producing Director, she has been creating an international program that includes artists from US, Canada, North Africa, Southern Europe and the Middle East. In her own work as a freelance director and producer, she is interested in theater that is socially relevant and culturally diverse through the creation of original performance, adaptation, and translation of new works. Recent projects include: One night, the rain (adapted by G. G. Marquez, Pearl Theater, Ontario and BoCoCa Festival NYC), The Stranger (adapted from A. Camus, La Guardia Performing Art Center), One out of Ten (translated from the Greek, Midwinter Madness, NYC). She systematically researches and writes about theater, and her articles have been published and presented in conferences in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and South Africa.
Credits include Mari Brown’s 23 Feet in 12 Minutes (New Orleans and AFO Fest), Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots (Manhattan Theatre Source, ITBA’s 2009 Best Off-Off Broadway Play and 4 New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominations, including Outstanding Production), Michael Niederman’s The Riverside Symphony (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, nominated for 7 festival awards, including Outstanding Overall Production), Jeffrey Pfeiffer’s The Battle of Spanktown (New York International Fringe Festival), and the Brooklyn premiere of Caroline, or Change (The Gallery Players; nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical). Lanie produced 7 Sins in 60 Minutes, a collaboratively created devised piece by Cheryl L. Davis, Chisa Hutchinson, Anne Phelan, Natalia Naman, Melisa Tien, Paula Cizmar, Olga de la Fuente and Melanie Sutherland, at HERE and the Philly Fringe. For two years (2007 and 2008), she served as the executive director of the Estrogenius Festival, expanding the celebration of women’s voices from four weeks to five weeks. Lanie is also the former managing director of Theaterlab. Lanie is the co-founder and producing director of Voices Inside/Out, a theatrical exchange program that supports the playwriting program and the professional playwriting residency at a medium security prison in Kentucky and presents the short plays written by inmates in New York City. She founded Theatre Bridge Memphis, a cross cultural exchange theatre project in her Southern hometown. She edits the Works by Women blog and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. Lanie is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, TRU’s Producer Development Mentorship Program and the New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honorary Awards Committee.