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Lisa Reinke
Artistic Director
Contact her at lizzy4pressy at
Lisa can do a little bit of everything. She currently teaches theatre at John Jay College of Crimal Justice and is working on a Ph.D. in theatre. Her resume can be found at the bottom of this page.

Jack Karp
Assistant Artistic Director

Jack Karp has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and across the country. His most recent full-length play, Incendiary Agents, just completed a successful run at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC this past March, and his play Irreversible recently had a staged reading at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and won the Theatre SLAM competition at The Tank. Jack has also won the David Mamet Playwrighting Competition at the American Conservatory Theatre and Best Play at MadLab Theatre’s Divide & Conquer Festival, and he was a finalist in the 2008 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. Jack is a founding member of Crosstown Playwrights and the Nylon Fusion Writer’s Collective, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

C.S. Hanson - Playwright
C.S. Hanson’s plays have been produced in NYC (Cherry Lane, Theatre for the New City, Living Image Arts, Metropolitan Playhouse, 3Graces, At-Hand Theatre) as well as in Miami, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Denver. Her work has been developed at The Lark, EST, LaMaMa, Naked Angels, and New Jersey Rep. She has received commissions from LaMaMa (George Ferencz, curator) and America-in-Play (Lynn M. Thomson, founder and artistic director). Also: Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2010 Sewanee Writers’ Conference; four-time ATL Heideman Award finalist; published by Smith and Kraus. A native of North Dakota, she lives in New York City. 


Holly Hepp-Galvan - Playwright

Holly Hepp-Galván holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College.  She’s currently Resident Playwright with Brass Tacks, a theatre collective in NYC.  Other recent work includes “Departure” (a National Short Play Award finalist) which is being produced by City Theatre as part of their 2013 Summer Shorts.  Also opening this summer is “Tamed”, an adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew”, which was commissioned by Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Kentucky.  “Where Bearded Ladies Come From” is being featured in this year’s Samuel French OOB Festival.  As well as playwriting, Holly is a performer and a teaching theatre artist. 


Lindsay Joelle - Playwright

Lindsay Joelle is a New York-based lyricist, librettist, and playwright. Venues where her work has been performed include: The Bank Street Theater (The Post Office), Vital Theater (The Princess of Riverside Drive), TADA! Youth Theater, the Laurie Beechman, the 13th St. Repertory Company, Players Theater, Center Stage, the New School for Drama, and Parsons the New School for Design.

Lindsay writes for New York Magazine’s Grubstreet, and Kognito Interactive, where she scripts interactive training software for medical professionals, educators, and U.S. Veterans.

Member/alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, the American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC, ESPA/Primary Stages, and Columbia University.

Alden LaPaglia - Actress

 Alden LaPaglia earned her dual BA in Dance and Psychology from Goucher College. A Brooklyn based dancer/singer/actress/choreographer, she's toured nationally in Bye Bye Birdie and danced in NYC with emerging companies including Becky Radway Dance Projects. As the founding director of ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater, she’s produced her own shows and showcased choreography in FAB! Festival, the MuseIAM series, Ballet Arts Experimental Choreography, and Equity showcases including Snorks and Pins' Romeo and Juliet and Angry Birds the Musical. She recently appeared Off-Off Broadway in Michael Horn’s Satire Off-Broadway and is proud to join The Story Gym in The Photo Album.

Laura Merrill - Actress
Laura Merrill holds a B.A. in Theater from Goucher College. She has recently performed in Bard at the Bar, a collage of Shakespeare scenes and monologues at The Player’s Club. She has written and performed numerous sketch comedy shows at 45th Street Theater and Broadway Comedy Club, and has performed both classical and contemporary works at The Producer’s Club and the Arthur Seelen Theater. She can be seen online on YouTube and FunnyOrDie in “Owls Have Lives Too.” She is currently seeking representation.
Donna Ross - Actress
Donna Ross holds a BA from Boston University and has studied Acting at NYCDA, Esper Studios and most notably with Terry Schreiber.  She’s appeared on ABC Primetime: “What Would You Do?” playing a shoplifting mom and an obnoxious gym-goer.  She was the cougar in the award-winning webseries “12 Steps To Recovery”, the sassy waitress in JT Petty’s feature “Hellbenders” and will be in upcoming indie “Grey Dawn.”  Recent theatre credits include “Miss Hope’s” with Nylon Fusion  and “Break In At Tiffany’s.” Donna’s other passion is singing and she has performed in France, Boston and NYC.  

Lisa Reinke's Résumé

"Eight Rules of Underwear" in The Spring Festival at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. May 20-24, 2013.

“The Magic Lingers,” book and lyrics, (Kristen Rosenfeld music) reading at Playwriting Festival at ESPA. Dec. 12 & 13.

“Too Fair,” book and lyrics, (Sissi Liu music) in ESPA’s Detention #14 at Jimmy’s 43. October 5, 2012.

“What Not to Wear Down There” in Grex Group Insomniac Theatre Festival at the Player’s Theatre Loft. July 28, 2012.

“Dead People Don’t Draw Well” in Nylon Fusion’s Independence Day Short Play Festival at the

            Gene Frankel Theatre. July 22-23, 2012.

“God’s Bored Game” in ESPA’s Detention #13 at Jimmy’s 43. July 6, 2012.

Microscopic Remains partial reading Playwriting Festival at ESPA. May 23, 2012.

“Anything Goes When Famous” in ESPA’s Detention #12 at Jimmy’s 43. May 3, 2012.

“Science Waits for No Rat” in Caps Lock Theatre’s PU$$YFEST at Joria Production Space. June 8,

            2012. Also in ESPA’s Detention #11 at Jimmy’s 43. April 6, 2012.


Improv Series at John Jay College. Fall 2012 - current.


Ph.D. candidate, Theatre, The Graduate Center CUNY, 2012 to present.

M.Phil., Theatre, The Graduate Center CUNY, February 2012.

M.A. Performance Studies, New York University, May 2006.

B.A. Theatre and English, Florida State University. Magna cum Laude, May 2002.


Playwriting under Mark Wheatley, Winter Miller, Edwin Sanchez, and Tessa LaNeve. 

Kathakali at the Kerala Kalamandalam, India, Winter 2008 and Winter 2010.

Kyōgen and Rakugo under the Okura and Katsura family, Osaka, 2002 - 2005.


Adjunct Lecturer, Theatre Department and Speech Department CUNY (various) Fall 2007 – present. Teaches Improvisation, Introduction to Theatre, Solo Performance Development, Oral Interpretation, and Public Speaking.

Comedy Improvisation, Pennybacker team performing weekly at the People’s Improv Theatre and other venues, New York, 2004 - 2006. Guest Performer at PIT from 2006 – present.

Actress, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, 2003-2004.

Rakugo-kai (Japanese Storyteller), Kansai-area, Japan, 2002-2004.

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