LINDA MANNING (Simone) is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Linda has acted in numerous independent films and theater productions in New York and regionally. Most recently her short film, Ghost Ride, that she co-wrote and starred in premiered at the 2016 New York Short Film Festival. She won the Grand Prize in the 2013 StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest. Her play GUY was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Linda was a founding member of The Invisible Theatre in New York City where her play DO SOMETHING WITH YOURSELF! The Life of Charlotte Brontë was produced, and then published by Smith and Kraus.  LindaSManning.com


MARIAH SAGE (Anne, Co-Author) earned her BFA in drama at NYU/Tisch and her MFA in acting  at Brown University/Trinity Rep where she was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow. She has performed with theatres across the nation and in Europe including: The Trinity Rep, The Public Theater, The Cleveland Play House, and The Apollo (Germany). Mariah has taught acting at Brown University, NYU/Tisch, and Quinnipiac University. She served as Director of the Theatre Program at Fairfield University and visiting assistant professor of theatre at Trinity College.   She is the founder of Present & Perform, an audition preparation and private coaching company. Mariah is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, Actors’ Equity Association and founding member of Theatre 4.


BRUCE SEYMOUR (Co-Author) is a writer from New Haven, Connecticut.  Bruce studied with Paula Vogel in 2011 at the Yale School of Drama.   In addition he studied writing at The New School in New York City, and at the Wesleyan writer’s conference.  His writing appears or is forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, Pearl and other publications.  Bruce was named a 2015 Business New Haven rising star.   He is currently writing in Connecticut and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. 


MAUREEN PAYNE HAHNER (Director) is an international director whose work has appeared in London, off-Broadway, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vienna, Munich, Zagreb and Bangalore, India. She currently co-develops several new plays with rising playwrights, such as, “The Crowded Hour” by David Mulei.  Other upcoming productions include: “Unseen” a new play by Mona Mansour for The Gift Theatre Company (Chicago, 2017) &  “Winston & The Duke” a new play by Rory Fellowes (London) Other select directing credits include: Samarthanam School for the Disabled-Bangalore India, USA & London Musical Tour, Performance, Adaptation and Direction.  "A Victorian Eye" a new play by Rory Fellowes, Jermyn Street Theatre, London. "QED" by Peter Parnell, i/a/w Collaboration Theatre, Chicago, IL.  "The How and The Why," by Sarah Treem, ETOPiA productions, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.  *“Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill, The Gift Theatre, Chicago (2011), Winner 2012 Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Costumes, for a mid-size Equity theatre.  Off-Broadway: “A Number” by Caryl Churchill i/a/w NAATCO at The Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC.   “A Number” by Caryl Churchill i/a/w/ NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, CA.  “QED” (Chicago Premiere) by Peter Parnell for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University  *“Talk Radio” by Eric Bogosian at The Gift Theatre Company, Chicago.  “Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University.   “The Countess” (Chicago Premiere) at The Victory Gardens Theatre i/a/w The Gift Theatre Company.  (Assistant Director) Summer Cabaret at Yale School of Drama.  Directing credits in Europe include: “Copenhagen”(Munich, Vienna, Zagreb) “Sweet Phoebe,” by Michael Gow, “Two Conversations,” “Dark Pony,” “Litko” and “Epilogue” by David Mamet (Munich).  She attended The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago (2001), Founding Ensemble Member of The Gift Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. (2002), New York credits including: Naked Angels Theatre and The Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Maureen holds a BA with distinction from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.

*: denotes Recommended by The Joseph Jefferson Equity Committee, Chicago, Illinois


VAL KOZLENKO (Scenic Designer) is a Cleveland-based designer, builder, and creator. Scenic design credits include 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Spirits to Enforce, Left in Ink, Drowning Girls, and Tender Napalm at CPT; The Last Day, Broken Codes, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, [sic], and Marble Cities with Theater Ninjas; A Streetcar Named Desire with Cleveland Opera Theater; Gianni Schicchi with Oberlin in Italy. 2CG.


BENJAMIN GANTOSE (Lighting Designer & Projections Coordinator) is Resident Lighting Designer at Cleveland Public Theatre. Along with Red Ash Mosaic, Benjamin’s work has been seen in CPT’s productions of UZ, Incendiaries, Exact Change, Dontrel Who Kissed The Sea, In a Word, Standing on Ceremony, Fire on the Water, F*ck Me, Love Me, Aphrodite, Ancestra, The Drowning Girls, and Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical. Outside CPT, Benjamin has recently designed productions for Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, Theater Ninjas, Baldwin Wallace University, Verb Ballets, Lafayette Ballet Theatre and The Cincinnati Ballet.


JAMES GARDINER (Scenic Artwork Projections Designer) is an American artist who has been drawing and painting since as long as he can remember.  He studied communication design at the BTK University of Art & Design in Berlin.  Aside from working on personal drawings and paintings, James has also worked as a graphic and storyboard artist for such companies as Universal Studios, Warner Brothers and Volkswagen.  James specializes in Illustration. A keen interest in film and design has always played a large role in his life.  He has also worked as a voice actor for The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years, providing the German voice of Stitch for the "Lilo and Stitch" movies, television series and various videogames. These include games for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.  James is constantly trying to find new ways to express himself through his artwork.  He currently lives and works in Berlin.


JAMES KOSMATKA (Sound Designer) is a nonprofit administrator and a freelance artist. He worked at Cleveland Public Theatre as Director of Patron Services and Assistant General Manager, and at Cleveland State University as Assistant to the Dramatic Arts Program Director. Sound design credits include Exact Change; Wanderlust; In the Continuum; The SantaLand Diaries (CPT), The Dybbuk; Ubu Roi (CSU), Emperor of the Moon (University of Rochester), The Underpants (Beck Center), I Ca$$ie; The Dead Letter Office (Lunar Stratagem). Other artistic work includes co-creating the hit stage adaptation of Night of the Living Dead (Cleveland State University) and directing in the Marilyn Bianchi Children's Playwriting Festival at Dobama (“Fix It In Post) and the Big Box series at CPT (“Seppuku). Upcoming projects include sound design for I Call My Brothers and The Tongue that Tells Me So (CPT). James currently works as an administrator at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.


LIVE WIRE THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT/Robert Ahrens & Chris Aniello (General Manager) – General & Company Management: Broadway – Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway, Disaster!, Honeymoon In Vegas, Rock Of Ages, Amazing Grace, FELA!; Off-Broadway – Full Gallop (New York/Los Angeles); Never The Sinner, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Concerts: Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (Broadway), Stars in the Alley (New York).  Producing: Broadway – Disaster!, Evita, Xanadu; Regional – Xanadu (National Tour, Chicago, Japan); International – Finding Neverland (UK); Broadway Concerts – Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations and the Four Tops.


DAWN LANDINO (Producer) is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) whose professional awards include Leaders Qualifier, Million Dollar Round Table Qualifier (since 2002), and 5 Star Wealth Manager. She was named one of the Top 5 Female Wealth Advisors of 2015. In her financial planning practice, Dawn focuses on holistic financial planning, which includes:  investment planning, estate planning, insurance planning, and education planning.  Dawn has always had a love and respect for theater and has been involved since childhood, as an actor and now investor and producer. Productions include DISASTER! on Broadway, as well as CAGNEY off-Broadway and NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812.

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LINDA MANNING (Simone) is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Linda has acted in numerous independent films and theater productions in New York and regionally. Most recently her short film, Ghost Ride, that she co-wrote and starred in premiered at the 2016 New York Short Film Festival. She won the Grand Prize in the 2013 StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest. Her play GUY was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Linda was a founding member of The Invisible Theatre in New York City where her play DO SOMETHING WITH YOURSELF! The Life of Charlotte Brontë was produced, and then published by Smith and Kraus.  LindaSManning.com


MARIAH SAGE (Anne, Co-Author) earned her BFA in drama at NYU/Tisch and her MFA in acting  at Brown University/Trinity Rep where she was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow. She has performed with theatres across the nation and in Europe including: The Trinity Rep, The Public Theater, The Cleveland Play House, and The Apollo (Germany). Mariah has taught acting at Brown University, NYU/Tisch, and Quinnipiac University. She served as Director of the Theatre Program at Fairfield University and visiting assistant professor of theatre at Trinity College.   She is the founder of Present & Perform, an audition preparation and private coaching company. Mariah is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, Actors’ Equity Association and founding member of Theatre 4.


BRUCE SEYMOUR (Co-Author) is a writer from New Haven, Connecticut.  Bruce studied with Paula Vogel in 2011 at the Yale School of Drama.   In addition he studied writing at The New School in New York City, and at the Wesleyan writer’s conference.  His writing appears or is forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, Pearl and other publications.  Bruce was named a 2015 Business New Haven rising star.   He is currently writing in Connecticut and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. 


MAUREEN PAYNE HAHNER (Director) is an international director whose work has appeared in London, off-Broadway, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vienna, Munich, Zagreb and Bangalore, India. She currently co-develops several new plays with rising playwrights, such as, “The Crowded Hour” by David Mulei.  Other upcoming productions include: “Unseen” a new play by Mona Mansour for The Gift Theatre Company (Chicago, 2017) &  “Winston & The Duke” a new play by Rory Fellowes (London) Other select directing credits include: Samarthanam School for the Disabled-Bangalore India, USA & London Musical Tour, Performance, Adaptation and Direction.  "A Victorian Eye" a new play by Rory Fellowes, Jermyn Street Theatre, London. "QED" by Peter Parnell, i/a/w Collaboration Theatre, Chicago, IL.  "The How and The Why," by Sarah Treem, ETOPiA productions, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.  *“Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill, The Gift Theatre, Chicago (2011), Winner 2012 Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Costumes, for a mid-size Equity theatre.  Off-Broadway: “A Number” by Caryl Churchill i/a/w NAATCO at The Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC.   “A Number” by Caryl Churchill i/a/w/ NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, CA.  “QED” (Chicago Premiere) by Peter Parnell for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University  *“Talk Radio” by Eric Bogosian at The Gift Theatre Company, Chicago.  “Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University.   “The Countess” (Chicago Premiere) at The Victory Gardens Theatre i/a/w The Gift Theatre Company.  (Assistant Director) Summer Cabaret at Yale School of Drama.  Directing credits in Europe include: “Copenhagen”(Munich, Vienna, Zagreb) “Sweet Phoebe,” by Michael Gow, “Two Conversations,” “Dark Pony,” “Litko” and “Epilogue” by David Mamet (Munich).  She attended The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago (2001), Founding Ensemble Member of The Gift Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. (2002), New York credits including: Naked Angels Theatre and The Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Maureen holds a BA with distinction from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.

*: denotes Recommended by The Joseph Jefferson Equity Committee, Chicago, Illinois


VAL KOZLENKO (Scenic Designer) is a Cleveland-based designer, builder, and creator. Scenic design credits include 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Spirits to Enforce, Left in Ink, Drowning Girls, and Tender Napalm at CPT; The Last Day, Broken Codes, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, [sic], and Marble Cities with Theater Ninjas; A Streetcar Named Desire with Cleveland Opera Theater; Gianni Schicchi with Oberlin in Italy. 2CG.


BENJAMIN GANTOSE (Lighting Designer & Projections Coordinator) is Resident Lighting Designer at Cleveland Public Theatre. Along with Red Ash Mosaic, Benjamin’s work has been seen in CPT’s productions of UZ, Incendiaries, Exact Change, Dontrel Who Kissed The Sea, In a Word, Standing on Ceremony, Fire on the Water, F*ck Me, Love Me, Aphrodite, Ancestra, The Drowning Girls, and Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical. Outside CPT, Benjamin has recently designed productions for Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, Theater Ninjas, Baldwin Wallace University, Verb Ballets, Lafayette Ballet Theatre and The Cincinnati Ballet.


JAMES GARDINER (Scenic Artwork Projections Designer) is an American artist who has been drawing and painting since as long as he can remember.  He studied communication design at the BTK University of Art & Design in Berlin.  Aside from working on personal drawings and paintings, James has also worked as a graphic and storyboard artist for such companies as Universal Studios, Warner Brothers and Volkswagen.  James specializes in Illustration. A keen interest in film and design has always played a large role in his life.  He has also worked as a voice actor for The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years, providing the German voice of Stitch for the "Lilo and Stitch" movies, television series and various videogames. These include games for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.  James is constantly trying to find new ways to express himself through his artwork.  He currently lives and works in Berlin.


JAMES KOSMATKA (Sound Designer) is a nonprofit administrator and a freelance artist. He worked at Cleveland Public Theatre as Director of Patron Services and Assistant General Manager, and at Cleveland State University as Assistant to the Dramatic Arts Program Director. Sound design credits include Exact Change; Wanderlust; In the Continuum; The SantaLand Diaries (CPT), The Dybbuk; Ubu Roi (CSU), Emperor of the Moon (University of Rochester), The Underpants (Beck Center), I Ca$$ie; The Dead Letter Office (Lunar Stratagem). Other artistic work includes co-creating the hit stage adaptation of Night of the Living Dead (Cleveland State University) and directing in the Marilyn Bianchi Children's Playwriting Festival at Dobama (“Fix It In Post) and the Big Box series at CPT (“Seppuku). Upcoming projects include sound design for I Call My Brothers and The Tongue that Tells Me So (CPT). James currently works as an administrator at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.


LIVE WIRE THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT/Robert Ahrens & Chris Aniello (General Manager) – General & Company Management: Broadway – Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway, Disaster!, Honeymoon In Vegas, Rock Of Ages, Amazing Grace, FELA!; Off-Broadway – Full Gallop (New York/Los Angeles); Never The Sinner, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Concerts: Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (Broadway), Stars in the Alley (New York).  Producing: Broadway – Disaster!, Evita, Xanadu; Regional – Xanadu (National Tour, Chicago, Japan); International – Finding Neverland (UK); Broadway Concerts – Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations and the Four Tops.


DAWN LANDINO (Producer) is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) whose professional awards include Leaders Qualifier, Million Dollar Round Table Qualifier (since 2002), and 5 Star Wealth Manager. She was named one of the Top 5 Female Wealth Advisors of 2015. In her financial planning practice, Dawn focuses on holistic financial planning, which includes:  investment planning, estate planning, insurance planning, and education planning.  Dawn has always had a love and respect for theater and has been involved since childhood, as an actor and now investor and producer. Productions include DISASTER! on Broadway, as well as CAGNEY off-Broadway and NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812.

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