Meet The Creatives

JESSICA PARKS
Scenic Designer

Jessica has been working as a scenic designer and props designer since 2003. Currently she is working as the resident scenic designer and props designer for the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch. Most recent credits for NJ Repertory include: The Forest, The Pin Up Girls and Hummingbirds. Her set designs at Theater Row include: The End of Hester for New Light Theater and Dan Lauria's Dinner with the Boys. Set designs at 59E59 ST. Theaters include: Michael Tucker’s Fern Hill, Butler, The Housewives of Mannheim, Jericho and Poetic License. And other credits include: Brecht: Call & Respond at Paradise Factory Theatre. 

ELENA VANNONI
Costume Designer

Elena earned a degree in costume design at Istituto d’Arte in Florence. She continued her studies at the Florence University of Literature and Philosophy (majoring in Music and Theatre). In 2001, she was accepted at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, earning her degree in Theatre Directing. In 2005, she was awarded Best Theatre Director in the National Prize of the Arts. In 2006, she received a grant to continue her studies at the l’Universität der Künste in Berlin, where she was later promoted to the position of guest professor. She is currently pursuing a Master in Theater Directing from Columbia University.

JAMIBETH MARGOLIS
Casting Director

Jamibeth is a professional casting director based in New York City.  She was with Johnson-Liff Casting, Cameron Mackintosh, and Margolis-Seay Casting and is now out on her own as a freelance casting director and owner of Jamibeth Margolis Casting And Productions.  Previous credits include the Broadway and National Touring Companies of such hits as Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Cats, and Jane Eyre as well as two dozen other shows on Broadway. She currently casts for Off Broadway, National Touring Companies and shows for prominent regional theaters and all of the major theater festivals in NYC.  She is proud to cast for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, New City Music Theatre, and most recently  Sistas The Musical (Off-Broadway) and Harmony by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman  (Off-Broadway) .  Her casting office is dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals.  Jamibeth won an Artios Award for her casting of Fiddler On The Roof In Yiddish at Stage 42 (directed by Joel Grey). Thank you to Alexa for the opportunity.  Member: Casting Society Of America www.jamibetharts.com

ELIZABETH GRUNENWALD
Production Stage Manager

Previous credits include OFF BROADWAY: Sealed for Freshness, STOMP. TOURING: Gold Over America Tour, Bachelor Live on Stage, School of Rock the musical,

Shaping Sound: After the Curtain, STOMP. NEW YORK: Major Barbara, Top Girls, and Blues for an Alabama Sky with NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program. REGIONAL THEATRE: Christmas Carol with Trinity Reparatory Company; Alone Together, a Delicate Balance, the Tempest, Seussical: The Musical, Copenhagen, the Nerd, the Underpants, Green Gables, and the Retreat from Moscow with The Human Race Theatre Company. Elizabeth is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

KATIE ROYSE GINTHER
Intern

Katie Royse Ginther is a Western Washington University alum with degrees in both Theatre and Psychology. Her concentrations in Theatre include Production and Performance. She has been a primarily Seattle-based actor and director, working with many different companies including Showtunes Theatre Company, Village Theatre, The Sylvia Center for the Arts, and Cornish College of the Arts. Katie recently was named the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Initiative Fellowship Recipient from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This brought her to the National Kennedy Center Festival where she won the KCACTF Fellowship, as well as a residency with Theatrical Intimacy Educators. She is now living in Brooklyn, NY and pursuing her love of theatre.

JOYCE LIAO
Lighting Designer

Joyce is a Brooklyn-based theatre Lighting Designer. Selected credits: Andy Warhol in Iran (Barrington Stage Company), Sweat (Dallas Theatre Center), Azul (Southern Rep Theatre), Party Face, starring Hayley Mills (New York City Center Stage II), Hero, starring Omari Hardwick (Billie Holiday Theatre) and The Pill (La MAMA), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Cherry Lane Studio Theatre). Soul of Soulin (Broadway, Marquee Theatre), Chasing Andy Warhol, Dead Dog Park, The English Bride(59E59), The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night's Dream(47 Street Theatre), Breakfast with Mugabe, Final Analysis (Signature Theatre).  Her lighting design on Brothers from the Bottom was nominated for an Audelco Award. www.joyceliaostudio.com

LOUIS LOPARDI
Sound Designer

Louis has won awards for Lighting, Sound Design, Original Music, Playwrighting, and Direction. He was awarded by the Musicians' Union for "promoting live music for the dance.” Sound Design credits include his own The Frankenstein Journals & The Purgatory Project, plus 12th Night, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Priestley's They Came to the City, 3 Fassbinder plays, and original music for Ladies In Retirement, Brecht's Galileo, and Anouilh’s Antigone.  SDC.

CHRISTINE CIRKER
Associate Producer | Graphic Design

Off-Broadway productions: Letters to Sala by Arlene Hutton, Renata Hinrich’s Random Acts, Jean Taylor’s The Basement Plays, The R Word and Downsizing for Our Workshop East, Einstein & Mileva on Theatre Row. With Lee Brock, she is producing director for F.A.B.Women@tbg (The Barrow Group’s women’s development group) where she has directed and produced since 2010. In addition to producing, she directs in NYC and regionally in Florida. Graduate of the University of Michigan. Member of The League of Professional Theatre Women.

JOSEPH LONGTHORNE
Company Manager

 Joseph is a Tony Award Winning Producer, General Manager, Blogger, and Theatrical Entrepreneur.  Favorite Lead Producing credits include Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer, Off-Broadway at the WP Theater, and OSCAR at The Crown by The Neon Coven which recently played a 2019 run at 3 Dollar Bill.  Favorite Co-Producing credits include Waitress Broadway, US National, and London Productions, Oh Hello on Broadway, and The Band’s Visit Broadway (Tony Award) and US National Tour.   Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and current MBA candidate at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Joe is the founder and writer of Creative Finance with Broadway Joe- www.CreativeFinanceBroadwayJoe.com.

SARAH HOOPER
Assistant Stage Manager

Sarah is delighted to make her first NYC debut with this company and production. Originally from Norwalk, CT and a graduate of Western Connecticut State University ‘18, she has done a number of different professional works in Connecticut and some smaller staged readings in NYC. Most recent credits include: 2021-2022 season Production Stage Manager and Production Manager at Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Production Stage Manager) with Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton, CT; and Cyrano (Production Stage Manager) with Valley Shakespeare Festival in Shelton, CT.