Patrick Thomas McCarthy--Author of VARIED LIVES
Actor, director, playwright, former high school English teacher, Patrick McCarthy, AEA, SAG/AFTRA, Dramatists Guild, DO40 Dancers Over 40, plays Scrooge in CHRISTMAS CAROL whenever & on whichever continent he is allowed. His frequent work on stage, film & TV complements his award winning playwriting. A Midwesterner at heart, he now proudly calls New York City his home. http://ptmcplaywriting.weebly.com/
Jennifer Haley's NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM--Director Kevin Ray and Projection Designer Michael Redman
Kevin Ray is a theater director, applied theater practitioner and theater educator. Most recently, Kevin directed Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Scenes from Family Life by Mark Ravenhill at Brooklyn College. He has directed productions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and The Chrysalids (David Harrower’s adaptation of John Wyndham’s novel). He has also worked with the CAT Youth Theater program at The Creative Arts Team/CUNY, supporting young people in devising original theater inspired by themes and issues important to them. In his work as a teaching artist, Kevin facilitates arts enrichment programs that deepen young people’s experiences of performances at Lincoln Center Theater and The New Victory Theater. Kevin has received grants for his work from Brooklyn Arts Council and was a 2017 recipient of the Tow International Research Stipend which supported his experience attending La Mama International Directors’ Symposium in Umbria, Italy. Kevin holds an MA in Applied Theater from CUNY School of Professional Studies and is an MFA directing student at Brooklyn College.
Michael Redman is a designer and theatre-maker drawn to new works and collaborations that explore the intersections of technology and story-telling. Michael is the Assistant Technical Director for Brooklyn College's Department of Theatre while simultaneously pursuing his MFA in Design. Before moving to New York in Fall 2016, Michael was the Production Manager at Georgetown University and a freelance designer and technician for many producing companies in Washington D.C. In 2015, he was nominated for DC’s Helen Hayes Award for Lighting/Projections Design for his work on Theatre Alliance’s NPN Rolling World Premier of Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea. In addition to supporting Brooklyn College's esteemed program, Michael has worked on several exciting projects in the City, including designing Projections for Brooklyn College’s Production of Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre and Llama Theatre's The Woman Who Shed Her Skin that performed at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center and the Brighton Fringe Festival (UK). Michael is excited to expand and explore his awareness and engagement with the communities and artists in New York and beyond.
John Walter--Creator of True Mirror
At a social event way back in 1982, John Walter was feeling great as he went into the bathroom. However, upon seeing his reflection in the large mirror, once again he felt fake and self-conscious, becoming instantly self-critical. But where the medicine cabinet mirror met the full-sized wall mirror at just the right angle, he saw something totally new: his true reflection. Unlike the person from before, this genuine self was full of joy, free of those same crippling self-judgments. Transformed by this realization, John founded True Mirror in 1992, perfecting the optics, discovering the science behind the true reflection, and then bringing this uplifting discovery to the world.
Stephen Lyons is a Musician/Actor and songwriter based in Harlem. His voice has drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Morten Harket, Bono, James Taylor and Freddie Mercury. Stephen is the frontman for NYC based Bonfire Falls featuring the Broadway talents of Ryan McCurdy, Erikka Walsh ('Once The Musical'). The band features a diverse sound combining Broadway Rock, Indie and Progressive Rock. They released their debut EP, 'LIFETIME' in May of 2016. As a solo Artist in 2007 he released Album ‘Fall’ in 2007. He is currently working on material for a new solo album and a new album with his band.