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One Year Lease Theater Company


Jessica Kaplow Applebaum (Dramaturg) celebrates ten years of dramaturgy with One Year Lease Theater Company. Particular projects she is proud of are Clay McLeod Chapman's Teaser Cow, Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and Sarah Kane's Phaedra’s Love.  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 has also written articles for the upcoming book Performance Studies: The Key Concepts for Routledge.  She will receive an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University in 2012.


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. A recent graduate of Vassar College, Amanda specializes in classical theater texts and comparative mythologies. Her primary focus is in classical Indian theater, and she is currently pursuing a masters degree in Asian religion at Yale.  She would once again like to thank the Greeks for their mythology and insight into the human condition, and One Year Lease, for their continued exploration of these ancient stories.




Ianthe Demos (Artistic Director).  With OYL, Ianthe has directed Clay Mcleod Chapman's Teaser Cow, Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, Ariel Dorfman’s Resistance Trilogy which includes Death and the Maiden, Widows, and Reader; Brendan Cowell’s Bed; Caridad Svich’s Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that Was Once her Heart (a rave fable); PHAEDRA x 3 which included Jean Racine’s Phèdre, Matthew Maguire’s Phaedra and Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love; Jean Anouilh’s Antigone; Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal; John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger; August Strindberg’s Miss Julie; and Oresteia, translated and adapted from Aeschylus by Iason Demos and Yannis Papatheodorou. Other directorial credits include: Elizabeth Egloff’s Phaedra, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and King Lear. She is Vice President of CAMI Spectrum, a division of Columbia Artists Management and a director of Phototheatron in Athens, Greece.


Nick Flint (Director) was born and raised in Australia and is thrilled to be directing for OYL for the first time. Most recently he directed Jane Brodie’s Ride for Outhouse Theatre Company at 59E59 Street Theaters and the short film Upstanding. As an actor, he has performed with the major Australian state theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Co. in The Shape of Things and Melbourne Theatre Co. in The Recruit. TV credits have included ongoing roles on the Australian dramas Home & Away, All Saints, Love Bytes.  Film credits include lead roles in the features Ned, The Tumbler, Forgetting Fish by Brad Saville (for release this year), as well as numerous shorts. New York theater credits include Teaser Cow, The Bald Soprano, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls..., Bed, and Death and the Maiden (NYC and Athens productions) for OYL; 967 Tuna with the Australia Project and Reasonable Doubt (NY Fringe Festival award) at Cherry Lane. Up until recently he performed as one of The Flying Karamazov Brothers. He has trained extensively with the SITI Company.


Rosy Garner* (Stage Manager). Past credits include South Pacific (Sub), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The 39 Steps (Broadway), Saturn Returns, Angela’s Mixtape, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Off-Broadway), Regional: The 39 Steps, Present Laughter, Love’s Labours Lost (Huntington Theatre Company), Quartermaine’s Terms, Children, The Understudy, Cold Hard Cash, Dissonance, Party Come Here, Caravan Man (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet), La Sylphide and Seranade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New Visions (Boston Ballet). Member of Actors Equity Association, alumna of Boston University.


James Hunting (Set Design & Build) Previous OYL shows include: 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.


Daniel Keene (Playwright) has written for the theatre since 1979.  He has won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama twice, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Drama three times, the South Australian Literary Award for Drama, the Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award and the Sumner Locke Elliot Prize (New York).  He has also been awarded, with Ariette Taylor, the Kenneth Myer Medallion for the Performing Arts for his work with the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.  His work has been presented at the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide International Arts Festivals.  Since 2000 over 75 productions of his work have been presented in Europe, predominately in France (including at the Avignon Festival, Théâtre de la Commune in Paris, Scéne Nationale de Toulouse and at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris).  Seven volumes of his work (French translations by Severine Magois) have been published by éditions Theatrales, Paris.  Over the past three years more than a dozen of his plays have been performed and toured in France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal. His play, The Serpent’s Teeth, commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company, opened at The Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera house, in April 2008 and was the winner of the 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.  Daniel has recently completed Dreamers, for Compagnie Tabula Rasa in Toulouse as well as two short plays (Ali and The Visitor) to be performed in French High Schools for Compagnie La Federation, Lyon.  He has recently completed a commission for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Life Without Me, which will premiere at the Sumner Theatre in October as part of the Melbourne International Festival, produced by the MTC.  He has also recently completed a commission for The Sydney Theatre Company (The Bone Dance).  He is currently writing, with Alison Croggon, a new work for young audiences (Nightsongs) commissioned by the Bell Shakespeare Company.  In May 2010 his play Scissors, Paper, Rock opened at Théâtre de La Colline, Paris, and toured nationally from October 2010 until February 2011.  In February 2011 Dreamers premiered at Scéne Nationale de Toulouse. In November 2010 his play, The Nightwatchman, opened at Theatre Works in Melbourne.  http://danielkeene.com.au/


Kay Lee (Costume Design) has worked on numerous theatre and film projects, in both costume and production design. Theater credits include: Ondine (dir. Jill Samuels), Lapse (dir. Richard Toth), and several productions for One Year Lease such as Teaser Cow, The Bald Soprano, Widows, Reader, and PHAEDRA x3. Film credits include: Dear Lemon Lima, Day on Fire, Haber, and Stanley Cuba.

    Nathan Leigh (Sound Design/Original Music) is the sound designer and composer for The Debate Society and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. He was the designer-in-residence for the Brown/Trinity Consortium (2007–08 season), and Boston Theatre Works (2006–08). He has created the sound designs for American Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and Next Theatre and served as the arranger and musical director for Love Kills and Hostage Song by Kyle Jarrow. With Kyle Jarrow, he has cowritten the musicals The Consequences and Big Money. Nathan currently plays in the bands Super Mirage and A Thousand Ships.

Reigler Media | Marketing (Press Agent). Heidi Riegler is the founder and principal of Reigler Media | Marketing, a boutique public relations agency that provides services in marketing, public and media relations, sponsorship and event planning, specializing in the performing and visual arts. Recent clients include Symphony Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harlem Stage, East River Commedia, American Place Theater, Brooklyn Information and Culture, Riverside Theater, Midori & Friends and the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts as well as individual artists including Richard Maxwell, Daniel Alexander Jones, Debra Wanner, Emily Faulkner, Brenda Ray, Nami Yamamoto, Iris Klein, and other artists.  For more info: www.rieglermedia.net.


Mike Riggs (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.  Please visit www.mikeriggsdesigns.com.


Brian Michael Thomas (Graphics) runs Our Hero Productions, a graphics and book design agency based in Greenpoint. Past and current clients include: USA Today, LIFE Magazine, The Culture Project, CAMI, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Backstage, The Debate Society, Splinter Group Productions, and Studio 42, among others. He recently designed Matthew Mead’s Monster Halloween (Time Inc.) and is both the designer of and puzzle creator for Sports Illustrated Kids All-Star Picture Puzzles (Time Inc.) and the upcoming USA Today Picture Puzzles Across America (Andrews McMeel).

    Arielle Toelke (Makeup Design & Special Effects) has been working as a freelance makeup and effects artist for over five years.  Coming from an art background she has trained herself in all areas of makeup effects and prop fabrication. Some of her credits include HBO, the Smithsonian Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History. To view Arielle's work, please visit her website at www.arielletoelke.com