Designers | Associates
Jessica Kaplow Applebaum (Literary Manager / Dramaturg) celebrates twelve years of working with One Year Lease.  In 2004 she earned her Masters in Performance Studies at NYU and served as editorial assistant for TDR: The Drama Review. A contributing scholar for Columbia University Press' Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Jessica also dabbles in the blog world; you can find her thoughts on performance and everyday life at Enlightened Distraction. She will receive an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University in 2012 and is proudly a member of Network of Ensemble Theatres.
Amanda Culp (Dramaturg) began working with OYL in 2007 as an apprentice on Ariel Dorfman’s Widows and has been with the company ever since. Amanda specializes in classical theater texts and comparative mythologies, and currently works with medieval Sanskrit dramas and Indian performance aesthetics. She recently received her M.A. in Relgion from Yale, and will soon begin her PhD in Theatre at Columbia University
Sarah K Dell'Orto (Development Associate) In addition to her work as a Grant Writer for One Year Lease, Sarah Dell’Orto is the Managing Consultant, Institutional Giving for Advance NYC, a boutique development consulting and special events firm. She specializes in foundation and government giving, and has worked with a wide range of arts organizations, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of the funding community and valuable perspective on the particular needs of organizations of all sizes. She previously served as the Grants Manager at Signature Theatre, where she managed a portfolio of 40 institutional funders totaling nearly $1M. She has also worked as an institutional giving consultant for Naked Angels, GroundUP Productions, and The Uprising. 
Leah Donovan (Associated Artist/Contributer) is an actor and theatre maker. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she has trained and performed internationally, gaining her BA Hons in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and later attending SITI Conservatory, NYC for 9 months in 2014/15.  In NYC, she created a theatre collective - Future Husband - with 4 other SITI Conservatory alumni, performing their own devised works.  Singapore: Ringside (National Museum).  Sydney:  MilkMilkLemonade (New Theatre), Something Natural But Very Childish (The Old Fitz).  NYC: Future Husband's Wake: The List of People I Haven't Met (Dixon Place, HOT Festival), Happy Days (SITI LAB, Directed by SITI's Leon Ingulsrud).  Film: (stunt double)Battle of the Dammed (Boku Films).
Devin McDuffee (Associated Artist/Contributer) Devin McDuffee is a New York based actor who specializes in ensemble based work as well as heightened physicality/animal movement work. Through his career he has portrayed the following animals onstage: a horse, Cerberus the three headed dog, a pig, a rhinoceros, an ape, a crocodile, and a magical cat named Skazka. He is a part of Convergence Theater Collective a New York company that creates new and innovative dance and theater productions. He is a core member of their dance theater show Babel, which explores the creation of language and community through movement and acrobatics. Devin graduated from Vassar College in 2014 with honors and a BA in drama. He is also a licensed personal trainer at Equinox, and specializes in body weight movement and calisthenics. He hopes to break into the world of motion capture as a way of bridging his love for acting and experimental movement work.
Olivia McGiff (Associated Artist/Contributer) is a visual artist and theater maker. She received her B.A. in Drama from Vassar College, earning the Molly Thacher Kazan Memorial prize for distinction in the Theater Arts.  She has directed a cat circus, designed a nightclub, and painted in Greek mountains.  As a designer, Olivia has collaborated with Portland Stage, CAP Stage, Dixon Place, and The Debate Society. In 2013, Olivia fell in love with OYL, joining the company as an apprentice. She has had the joy of working and creating with the company since. www.oliviamcgiff.com
Scott Fetterman (Sound and Video Designer) is a designer of audiovisual solutions for fashion, film, and theater – he first joined OYL for its 2012 season, designing sound and projections for pool (no water) and sound for Skin Tight. He received his B.A. in Theater and B.S. in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Scott is also an active member of experimental troupe Temporary Distortion (since 2011's NEWYORKLAND), and is the Lead Videographer for Red Stiletto Media, a fashion & lifestyle media company. www.scottfetterman.com
James Hunting (Resident Set Designer) Previous OYL shows include: Manmade Mistakes, The Killing Room, The Tender Mercies, Teaser Cow, The Bald Soprano, Reader, Death and the Maiden, Bed, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls..., PHAEDRA x3, Antigone, and Machinal. James has also designed sets for The Outhouse Theatre Company and Studio 42. When not designing sets, James’ day job is as a Special Effects Coordinator and Pyrotechnician at J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn where he works for clients such as NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, VH1, and on various print ads, catalogs, special events, and films.
Kenisha Kelly (Resident Costume Designer) has designed and worked on various dance, opera and theatre productions in a number of venues around the country. She is thrilled to be a part of the One Year Lease company of artists and has costumed designed for the company since the spring of 2014. Her OYL credits include; Stockholm, pool (no water) and PEMDAS.
Mike Riggs (Resident Lighting Designer) is a founding member of One Year Lease and has designed lighting for all of the productions in the company's ten-year history. He also works regularly with The Debate Society (Buddy Cop 2, The Snow Hen, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (613 Radical Acts of Prayer, An Act of Stitch and Stone), the Kennedy Center (The Art of Film Music, Some Enchanted Evening), and various regional opera, theater, and dance companies. Current and recent projects include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot with director Jessi Hill, The Merry Widow and La Traviata for Opera Tampa, and Vassar College's sesquicentennial celebration at Lincoln Center.  www.mikeriggsdesigns.com
Nicole Wood (Associated Artist/Contributer) Born in Rhinebeck, Nicole has been doing theater in and around the Hudson Valley ever since. She received her B.A. in Drama from Vassar College and graduated from the acting program at the Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School.  As an actor, Nicole has played roles ranging from "Honey" in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf to "Mary Tyrone" in Long Day's Journey into Night and "Myrrha/Psyche" in Metamorphoses. An original cast member of Vassar Voices, Nicole performed with the national tour and understudied Meryl Streep for the NYC premiere at Jazz @ Lincoln Center.  For film, Nicole played "Laura" in Walk the Fish (dir. Kathleen Man) and appears in the upcoming indie Grassroots (dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal). When she's not onstage, Nicole has worked as an administrative intern and summer office manager with Elevator Repair Service Theater.  Nicole first traveled with OYL as an apprentice in 2010 and continues to collaborate with the company in NYC.  She is greatly interested in exploring the intersection between film and theater.

 

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