Erin B. Mee
TINATC Artistic Director
Erin B. Mee has directed at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, SoHo Rep, HERE, The Magic Theatre, and The Guthrie Theater in the United States, and with Sopanam in India. She is the Founding Co-Artistic Director of This Is Not A Theatre Company, with whom she has conceived and directed Pool Play, A Serious Banquet, Readymade Cabaret, Ferry Play, Subway Plays, Festival de la Vie for the Avignon Festival, Versailles 2015/2016, and Pool Play 2.0. She is the author of Theatre of Roots: Redirecting the Modern Indian Stage, co-editor of Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage, editor of Drama Contemporary: India, and co-editor of Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900-2000. She has written numerous articles for TDR, Theatre Journal, American Theatre Magazine, and other journals and books. Her born-digital Scalar article “Hearing the Music of the Hemispheres” won the ATHE-ASTR Award for Best Digital Article in 2016. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and is a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop. She is Assistant Arts Professor, Department of Drama, Tisch, NYU. www.erinbmee.com
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jenny Lyn Bader cherishes This is Not a Theatre Company, where she co-wrote Café Play (Cornelia St. Café) and wrote The International Local: 7, a “phoneplay” featured in the 2018 NY Int’l Fringe Festival and available for download on the app Subway Plays. Her other plays include None of the Above (New Georges) also produced on Theater Row; Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award (O’Neill Center); In Flight (Turn to Flesh Productions); and Mona Lisa Speaks (Kravis Center). One-acts include Miss America (NY Int’l Fringe Festival, “Best of Fringe” selection) and Worldness (Humana Festival of New American Plays). Jenny Lyn co-founded Theatre 167, where she co-wrote The Jackson Heights Trilogy. Twelve of her one-acts are published in Smith & Kraus’ Best 10-Minute Play series. Her work has also been published by Vintage, Applause, Dramatists Play Service, and the Lincoln Center Theater Review. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, she has been a Lark Playwriting Fellow (nominated by Wendy Wasserstein) and was a frequent contributor to the New York Times “Week in Review.” Jenny Lyn is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Playwrights Gallery. She is a 2019 Athena Theatre Playwriting Fellow.
Ezra Brain is a writer, director, and dramaturg based in New York City, and was the dramaturg for This Is Not A Theatre Company's sold-out run of "Cafe Play" in 2018. Ezra has directed for Bears Ensemble Theatre, Left Field Theatre, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Literacy Theatre (where they also served as Artistic Director). Their writing has been performed at the Tank, Literacy Theatre, Stop Pretending Theatre Project, The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2019, Ezra's play "She's Gone" was a part of the inaugural season of the Art Garage--the first ever non-profit theatre in the United States dedicated to producing work by and for the transgender community. They are a Founding Ensemble Member of Embodied Theatre Project. Ezra is also an award-winning teaching artist and has been published in HowlRound and Left Voice.
Marisa LaRuffa is a New York based actor/singer/dancer/collaborator/Scorpio. She is a company member of This Is Not a Theater Company, where she performed in Café Play 2018 and Theater in the Dark: Carpe Diem. Other NY work: Stand Up and Cheer... (The Paperbag Players). Education: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway (Class of 2018). Marisa also has an immense passion for teaching and animals/the planet, and hopes to cultivate some empathy for what’s left of our future. marisalaruffa.com
Recent credits: Cafe Play (2017/18), Pool Play, This Is Not A Subway Ride and Versailles 2016 (This Is Not A Theatre Company), Androboros (Peculiar Works Project), Son of Cock Strong (PWP), Lynn Nottage’s Las Meninas (New Brooklyn Theatre) and Richard Schechner’s world premiere of Imagining O (East Coast Artists.) Her background is in physical theatre, devised work, and dance theatre. Caiti has trained at the John DeSotelle Studio, The Actors Movement Studio Conservatory, Headlong Dance Theatre, and The University of the Arts (BFA). She is a certified teacher of the Williamson Technique for Movement and has taught at the John Desotelle Studio and the Sovereignty School for Love.
Jonathan Matthews began with This is Not a Theatre Company in 2015 as a dancer and choreographer, performing a solo for bathtub in Versailles 20(15-17). He then branched out to movement direction for other actors in Where Have All the Glaciers Gone and Pool Play 2.0, where he began acting in the repertory as well. Pool Play saw Jonathan traveling abroad to the 9th International Theatre Festival of Kerala, as well as receiving praise from the New York Times for his work on the show’s 2017 NYC run. He returned the same year for Café Play, for which he continued to dance, choreograph, and act, but additionally took up sound design, composing a score for his own dream ballet in its 2018 revival. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in music, Jonathan studied with Phyllis Lamhut, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Stephen Petronio, and contributed to the processes of original works by Pamela Pietro, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Kendra Portier, and Deborah Jowitt. His studies have taken him abroad to Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Toscana Dance HUB. A collaborative musician, Jonathan accompanies technique classes at his alma mater, created original scores for Giada Ferrone, Patrick Corbin, Gaspard Louis, and Rashaun Mitchell, music directs for The Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble and Queens Shakespeare, Inc., and sings tenor with the Cecilia Chorus of New York. He performs for diverse troupes, including mishiDance, ChristinaNoel & The Creature, and Darrah Carr Dance, and his own company, BREAKTIME, has been in residence at Chez Bushwick, Gallim Dance, and Franklin Chthonics. His criticism can be found at Eye On Dance and the Arts, The Dance Enthusiast, Time Out NY, and The Journal of Dance Education. An avid teacher of children, licensed in yoga pedagogy through the Perri Institute for Mind and Body, Jonathan seeks to share multidisciplinary study through physical practice.
Richard McBride is a Brooklyn based actor, originally from a few different places but mainly, Baltimore, MD. He is thrilled to be joining the This Is Not A Theatre Company family! Richard studied Musical Theatre at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Some of his past favorite roles include Johnny Williams in ‘No Place to Be Somebody’, Cory in ‘Fences’, and Chris in ‘Café Play’! Richard is so excited to start creating new works with his new family at TINATC!
Two-time Obie-award winning playwright Charles Mee has worked with Ivo Van Hove, Jan Lauwers, Anne Bogart, Elizabeth Streb, Tina Landau, and numerous other theatrical luminaries. His plays have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, 2nd Stage, La Mama, the Humana Festival, Steppenwolf, and other places in the United States as well as in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Vienna, Istanbul and elsewhere. He was honored with a full season of his plays at the Signature Theatre. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Award of Merit in drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Obie awards, a Laura Pels Award, the Booth Award, and the Richard B. Fisher Award. His plays – which include Big Love, True Love, First Love, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Orestes 2.0, Trojan Women A Love Story – are all available on the internet at www.charlesmee.org. He is also the author of a number of books of history (Meeting at Potsdam, The Marshall Plan, The End of Order) that have been selections of the Book of the Month Club and the History Book Club. His work is made possible by the support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Richard B. Fisher
Nicole Orabona is an actor, collaborator, and cat lover who lives on a boat. With a passion for interactive, immersive, and devised theatre, she has trained with the SITI company, The Interactive PlayLab, and Playing with Reality. She is a company member of Bated Breath Theatre Company and This is Not a Theatre Company. Recent collaborations include Simon Huck’s A. Human, Cafe Play with This is Not a Theatre Company, The Future of Storytelling Conference, Live in Theater, 8Players, and the Sterling Renaissance Festival. She holds a BA from Boise State University.
Amanda Thickpenny is a company member of TINATC, having performed in Pool Play, and Café Play. OFF-BROADWAY: Don Juan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Pearl Theatre Company). NEW YORK: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyra Theater), The Tempest (First Day Productions), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline (Hip to Hip Theatre Company). REGIONAL: The Dog in the Manger (The Shakespeare Theatre), Brainpeople, Dream Sailors (Rorschach Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Prince Caspian (Hampstead Stage). INTERNATIONAL: YouMeBumBumTrain (London’s hit immersive experience), and L’Esprit des Railes (Friches Theatre Urbain in Paris). EDUCATION: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.
Colin Waitt is a playwright, producer, and performer. With TINATC: As a writer: Spare Some Change (The L Train) as part of Subway Plays and various scenes in Cafe Play and Where Have All the Glaciers Gone? As a performer: Versailles, Pool Play, Where Have All the Glaciers Gone? Elsewhere, Colin's work has been produced by The PIT, The Tank, Dixon Place, Undiscovered Countries, and The Minnesota Fringe Festival. His short play, The Pain of Loving You, was a finalist for the Ken Davenport Short Play Prize. His musical, Little, was developed and performed at Barn Arts in Maine. Colin produced the original run of Puffs at The Peoples Improv Theater and is an associate producer on its record-breaking off-Broadway at New World Stages. He is reteaming with the creative team behind Puffs to make The Magnificent Revengers. Colin is an Associate Producer at Tilted Windmills Theatricals.
Andrew Wehnke is a Brooklyn based Experience Designer and Storyteller. Andrew is the founding co-artistic director of Silver Dream Projects, an immersive theater company located in Brooklyn. His work includes: The Dream Factory (Creator, and Experience Designer). Planets of the Universe (Dixon Place, Playwright/Director), Femme Fatale (Dixon Place, Director). Andrew is currently in his final year at SUNY Purchase studying Theater and Performance. Many thanks to David Bassuk, Peter Sprague, Rosanna Lindmarker and MacKenzie Huneke for mentoring him to be the artist he is today.