Education
Gabrielle Cody (Apprentice Program Director) is Professor in the Department of Drama at Vassar College where she has taught since 1992. She received her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale University. She concentrates her areas of teaching in dramatic literature, theory, and criticism, and performance studies. Cody is the author of Impossible Performances: Duras As Dramatist (NYU, New Foundations), the editor of Hardcore From the Heart: Annie Sprinkle Solo (Continuum), and the co-editor of Re:Direction, A Theoretical and Practical Guide (Routledge). She is also the co-General Editor along with Evert Sprinchorn, of The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, (Columbia University Press) and the editor of Performance Studies: The Key Concepts, forthcoming from Routledge.
 
Jackie Kristel (Apprentice Program Producer) has a long history working in the performing arts and education.  She holds a BA from Vassar College and a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a co-founder and current board member of One Year Lease, she has produced and performed in several productions including Antigone, The Oresteia, and Nothing of Origins, which she co-wrote.  Jackie is also a founding member and current board member of Studio 42, known for the Starving Artists Ball, which she helped create and produce.  She has worked with well-known casting agencies Walken-Jaffe Casting, Bowling-Miscia Casting and casting director Stephanie Corsalini to cast many notable film and TV projects such as Love Actually, Anger Management, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Mothman Prophecies, Hysterical Blindness, The Sopranos and Third Watch.  Her performances in film and television include appearances on Law and Order and Third Watch, as well as in independent features such as A Novel Romance, Shoe Store Romeo, Across the Universe, Greenpoint Tavern, and Hemispheres, which was featured at The Cannes Film Festival. Currently, she can be seen on the cabaret stages of New York City, performing her award winning show, A Girl You Should Know, which she also produced.
 
Shira Milikowsky (Apprentice Program Director) is the Artistic Associate at the A.R.T., where she directed the entirety of Taylor Mac’s five-act epic, The Lily’s Revenge (named one of the top ten theater events of 2012 by The Boston Globe) and Bob: A Life in Five Acts for the A.R.T. Institute. Her work has been seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Big Money), The New York International Fringe Festival (Mourn The Living Hector, winner of a Fringe Excellence Award for overall production), and extensively at New York’s Ars Nova, where she was the organization’s first Director-in-Residence.  Shira has received the Drama League Fellowship, the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship, and a scholarship from the Henry Luce Foundation to serve as a visiting artist at the Seoul Metropolitan Theater in Seoul, South Korea. She holds a BA in theater studies from Yale, and an MFA in directing from Columbia.
 
Tatiana Collet-Apraxine (2013 Artistic Assistant) was born in Paris, France, received her B.A in Drama from Vassar College in May 2013. At Vassar, she was a member of Woodshed, a non-hierarchical collaborative theater ensemble. Favorites roles at Vassar include  “Big Stone” in Eurydice (Dir. Ianthe Demos), “Yelena” in Uncle Vanya, “Nastasja” in The Cosmonaut’s last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union (her senior thesis in Drama), “The Village Idiot/Violet in Passion Play, “Mrs. Boeuf/Proprietor/Grocer” in Wooshed’s Rhinoceros. She wrote a short play called A Planet of Ashes and Snow, which received an Honorary Mention at the Marilyn Swartz Seven Playwriting award competition. She is also currently the assistant to the editor of the New York Theater Review. She attended the summer intensive at the Atlantic Acting School, and has trained at theNational Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, with Complicite in London, and alongside SITI Company in Saratoga Springs. She hopes to pursue training in Viewpoints, Suzuki, Lecoq and Clowning. She was an OYL apprentice in 2010, fell in love with the company, and is absolutely thrilled to continue collaborating with them.

 

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