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    JOAN CASTAGNONE earned her MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Dakota. She received an ATA award for an adaptation of The Three Sisters for the Drama Department’s main-stage production and had a number of her plays produced throughout the state. A former playwright member of the Women’s project, she was invited to New York for the development and reading of her full-length play, Blackbirds, as part of their Midwestern Voices Project. She has published poetry and short fiction in over twenty quarterlies and literary magazines and was the founder and editor of Bloodroot, a literary magazine dedicated to the publication of women writers and artists. Joan was one of the first abridgers at Random House AudioBooks. During a long hiatus from the creative writing life, she worked in corporate communications and, later, as an acquiring/developmental editor at Church Publishing Inc. She is a member of Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop.

    CHARLOTTE ORTIZ COLAVIN: Full length plays Beautiful Fig and annie & betty: 2 Birds have had staged readings in California at Performace Space, Santa Cruz, CA and in New York at the Barrow Group Theatre.  Beautiful Fig  received honorable mention at Ashland New Play Festival, OR and at Pandora Productions, L.A., CA.  One acts, Frankie and Edna and JINX were workshopped at The Barrow Group Theatre, NYC; georgie was produced at Festival Ten VIII, at The College at Brockport, Rochester, NY; Pause was produced at MSNBC and Cece  at The Performance Works, NYC. Charlotte has also been a collaborative playwright for many years both in California and in New York, most extensively with Joseph Chaikin on his Disability Project at the Public Theatre in NYC WITH John Belluso, Bill Hart and Charles Mee.sHE was a co-founder of Lilitheatre in San Francisco, co-writing 2 premiere scripts at its origin, and she conducts playwriting residencies for teachers and students in NYC Public High Schools including with incarcerated youth that culminate in staged readings with professional actors. As a professional actor, Charlotte has worked on the development of many new scripts, including originating the role of Madam in Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher (Pulitzer Prize finalist) and of Armine in Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians.  (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.)

    EMILY DALY is a playwright and actor based in New York. As a playwright, her work has been featured at a range of New York venues, including Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s TheaterJam, Jimmy’s No. 43, and Manhattan Repertory Theater.  Her work has also been developed and presented around the United States, including the Great Plains Theater Conference’s Play Lab in Omaha NE, the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C., and the foolsFURY Theater’s Factory Parts in San Francisco CA, She is a member of the Middle Voice Theater Company, in residence at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, which will present a workshop production of her full-length play Graduation Day in the fall of 2014. Emily is also a member of Stable Cable Lab Co., an ensemble-driven theater company dedicated to developing new artists and works.  Emily studied at the Johns Hopkins University with John Astin, and at the National Theater Institute.

    TERESA LOTZ is aplaywright, composer and librettist whose work includes She Calls Me Firefly (reading NYC, dir. Ludovica Villar-Hauser, 2013), The Toucan Man (words)with composer Jesse Goldman (reading, NYU, dir. Brandon Ivie, 2013), The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged (music) with lyricist Ella-Rose Chary (NYC, 2013), Smoke (NYUs Brandspankin New Works Showcase, dir. Jessica Zur-Linden), Dick Whittington: an XMAS Panto for NYC (music, Dixon Place, 2012), Grounded; an original One Act Musical (book and lyrics) with composer-lyricist Ryan Korell (Nashville, 2012).Her work has been heard at NYMTF, 54 Below, and the Duplex. She works with VH Theatrical Development Foundation, Works by Women, and is the current Managing-Producer of LezCab ( Teresa is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and an apprentice member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Bowling Green State University, B.M. Music Composition. New York University, M.F.A Musical Theatre

    YANI PÉREZ is an Ecuadorian born, Brooklyn raised poet and playwright.  Her work can be found in literary journals and websites such as, Brooklyn Paramount, By the Overpass, Having A Whiskey Coke With You, Napalm and Novocain, and Jellyfish Whispers. She reads her poetry in literary events through out the city. She assists with literary workshops and publicity at IATI Theater. She also does marketing for artists, theaters and businesses. When not writing, plays, poetry or marketing materials, she teaches English at the university level. Her current research entails the merging of American and Hispanic concepts in second and third generations to accommodate the duality of Latinos in America. She received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus. She is looking forward to being part of the NPTC family. 

    CATHERINE WEINGARTEN is a recent graduate of Bennington College in Vermont where she studied dramatic writing with Sherry Kramer, Samuel D. Hunter and Abi Basch. During her freshman year, her one act play, Venus Mars and Torturous Change Your Life Intense Idealistic Love, was selected as a finalist in the school’s playwriting competition. Ms. Weingarten’s plays have been showcased at such theaters as Ugly Rhino Productions, Wishbone Theater Collective, Poetic Theater Productions and Piper Theater Productions. She is also a board member/ playwright in residence for “Realize Your Beauty, Inc” which uses theater workshops to promote positive body image for kids. She is currently a member of Abingdon Theater's Playwrights Group and a playwriting intern/junior member of Project Y Theater’s Playwrights Group. She is thrilled to be a part of Women’s Work Short Play Lab!



    MIA Y. ANDERSON is a working actress/director/writer who was born and bred in the Republic of Brooklyn. After completing my undergrad and conservatory studies in New England, she remained in Boston for over a decade.As an actor she has performed  with several regional companies including Commonwealth Shakespeare, BostonTheaterWorks, Zietgeist Theater, Painted Bride Theater, Providence Black Rep, Dreamkeeper Theater and The Theater Offensive. After returning to New York, there has been a lot of focus on film/televison, working on several award-winning projects including "If You Leap", "Production" and "Sleep", among many others. While in Boston, she founded and directed a women's cabaret that developed a following and was profiled in national and international journals. Since returning to New York, she has directed for independent theater including for the Culture Project 24 hour festival and Rising Sun Theater Company. She looks forward to this next challenge with New Perspectives Theater. Please stay in contact:, tweet me @actressnoir or you can like me on FB at

    JOYIA D. BRADLEY started acting at the age of 12. She has studied with many teachers in the US as well as London, with the Royal National Theatre. In front of the curtain, she has portrayed Mr. Tumnus (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), Constance (King John) and Adam and Phoebe (As You Like It) at regional theatres. She expanded her career with industrials, commercials both regional and national, television and film. In 2004, she opened her own production company, EB Productions. Soul To Keep, a one person tour-de-force, opened to rave reviews and played the festival circuit in New York City. She then moved into film. Misrepresentations, Black Woman, and the most recent Kitty Bainbridge is Dead enjoyed film festival runs. Looking to get back to theatre, she is thrilled to be a part of New Perspectives Theatre Lab.

    DANIELLA CAGGIANO is a native New Yorker, freelance director and the new Artistic Director for Bedlam Ensemble, a NY-based non-profit theatre company in its fourth season. Daniella is the current Artistic Apprentice at   the claque| as well as a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and Labyrinth’s Ensemble Workshop. She is honored to be returning to the Women’s Work LAB for her second season at New Perspectives. With NPTC: Between Here and There (in last season’s DEAD RECKONING short play festival) and Richard Vetere Explains the World... Ten Minutes at a Time. Other NYC credits include The Tennessee Williams Project (Gene Frankel Theatre), novaya zemlya, or a strange, new land ("Best Play" at DUTF, FringeNYC), reasons to be pretty (The Secret Theatre), Outside Providence (FringeNYC), and ALICE (The Shell). Beyond directing, Daniella has held various positions at The Public Theater, The Flea, NYMF, Classic Stage Company, and Signature Theatre Company. B.A. Sarah Lawrence College.

    JENNY GREEMAN is an Artistic Associate at NPTC working as an actor, director, and sound designer. She was last represented on NPTC's stage as a director of Night of the Working Dead by Richard Wentz, and Running Out of Time in the 2013 Women's Work LAB Short Play Festival. Jenny was previously producer and director for ScreenPlay, which was invited for an off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theaters after winning “Outstanding Production of a Play” at the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF). Jenny is the Resident Director of the Dark Lady Players and helmed its most recent production, Shakespeare's Gospel Parodies: A Medieval Mystery Tour at the historic West Park Church. She is a Companie member with NPTC and a resident director for its Women’s Work LAB, Voices from the Edge, WORLD VOICES and Apprentice Program Series. Additional directing credits include: As You Like It; Shakespeare’s Three Marys; 365 Days/Plays and Blue Box Productions’ Sticky Series. Ms. Greeman is the author, with Elliot Lanes, of The Raggedy Ann and Andy Musical, awarded “Best Staged Reading” for the 2008 MITF.

    ANEESHA KUDTARKAR is a Dallas native and graduate of Southern Methodist University’s BFA program where she received the Garland Wright Award for Directing and performed her original solo performance Sari I’m Not Sari. Previous directing credits include: One Universal You (Alvin Ailey Auditorium), Happy Hanukah (INTAR’s American Nightcap), Gruesome Playground Injuries (The Studio @ 620) Living Out, Animals Out of Paper, and Ninety (SMU). Most recently Aneesha worked at the Westport Country Playhouse as their directing fellow for the 2013 season. In the past she has worked as part of the administrative team at Signature Theatre, Stage West, Circle Arts Theater, and as a teaching artist for Big Thought: an organization committed to bringing creativity to everyday learning. She has also worked as a teaching artist for the Highland Park based theater group, Jesters, that focuses on making new plays with an acting company of special needs adults. She’s thrilled to be joining New Perspectives this season.

    GHENET BRIANNA PINDERHUGHES is a New York City-based Director with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies from Elon University. She has also participated in courses at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. Some of her favorite directing credits include Fuddy Meers, War, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Asst. Director), Swim Zombie Swim, and Visible Cosmic Entities. Ghenet has also worked in film, writing and directing her first short film, Cassie's Will, in 2013, and directing two music videos for UK band The

    For more information about the Women's Work LAB, contact New Perspectives Theatre Company at 212-630-9945;