Louis Nowra (Playwright) is one of Australia’s leading playwrights. Born in Melbourne, his works have been performed by all of Australia’s major theatre companies and have also received many international productions. With over thirty plays in a career spanning four decades, some of his best-known works are Così, Summer of the Aliens, Radiance, The Golden Age, Inner Voices, Visions, Byzantine Flowers and The Boyce Trilogy. A number of his plays have been adapted for film, including Così, which starred Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Jacki Weaver and David Wenham. Other screenplay credits include Radiance, Map of the Human Heart, The Matchmaker and K-19: The Widowmaker. Nowra has also written non-fiction books, several novels, and two memoirs, The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon. Recently, he was one of the principal writers for the landmark documentary series First Australians. Nowra currently resides in Sydney with his wife, author Mandy Sayer.
Jesse Michael Mothershed (Director) is honored to have the opportunity to work on this amazing play and to direct the inaugural production for AME. He is so blessed to have such an incredible cast. As an Artist-in-Residence with Hudson Warehouse, he recently celebrated the critical and commercial success of Aphra Behn’s The Rover, part of their 2012 summer season, following a triumphant turn last season with The Taming of the Shrew. Other directing credits include: Lost Wisdom with the Short Play Lab (NY), and Safe Sex with the U of A’s One-Act Play Festival (AZ), for which he won the prestigious “Alphie” award for Best Director, as well as Best Overall Production. As an actor, he was most recently seen as Falstaff with Hudson Warehouse in last summer’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and as the Prince in their previous summer’s Romeo & Juliet. With York Shakespeare Company, he was seen as Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and Pilia-Borza in The Jew of Malta. Other favorite roles include: Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zangler in On the Razzle, Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Joe Pitt in Angels in America – Perestroika, Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap, and Bud Frump in How To Succeed.
Anna Demenkoff (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from the Theatre Design, Technology and Management program at Wagner College. She has been Stage Managing in New York City for four years working on various projects. Credits include The Seagull, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet with Hudson Warehouse as their Production Stage Manager. Other credits include When You Shake the Tree and Shape the Dream with Possible Arts. Anna would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support over the years.
Christopher Thompson (Scenic Design) Recent Design: Proof and An Ideal Husband (Sink or Swim Rep), The Woman Standing On The Moon (Urban Stages), The Magician, Feathers Sometimes Soar on the Breath of God, and May Festival of One Acts (Axial Theatre), Lady Windermere’s Fan and Bronx Kiss (Purchase Rep Theatre), The Mock Tempest (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), The Taming of the Shrew (Hamptons Shakespeare Festival). Assistant Design: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Fall to Earth (59E59), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Penguin Rep), Macy’s Christmas Windows 2010, For Colored Girls (Tyler Perry Studios). Christopher’s design for Lady Windermere’s Fan was exhibited at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Education: BFA in Scenic Design from SUNY Purchase College.
Emily Rose Parman (Costume Design) began her New York career at Theatre 1010, where in 2004 she won an Off-off Broadway Award with Lynn Marie-Macy for their design of All’s Well That Ends Well. An Artist in Residence with NYC-based classics company Hudson Warehouse, Ms. Parman just finished her 3rd season designing productions of The Comedy of Errors, The Rover and Richard III. Previous productions with that company include The Seagull, The Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano. A frequent contributor to the New York opera world, Ms. Parman’s credits as a designer include Tosca and La Traviata with Dicapo Opera Theatre, as well as The Stranger, The Triangle, and as an assistant designer, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Regional design credits include Much Ado About Nothing, 42nd Street, Into The Woods, All My Sons, Crimes of the Heart, Big River and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. She thanks Nathan for his love and support.
Greg Solomon (Lighting Design) has designed the lighting for 50 productions of plays, musicals, and dance in NY and at theater companies including Montgomery Theater, Shakespeare & Company, the New London Barn Playhouse, and the Spirit of Broadway Theater. As an assistant lighting designer, Greg has worked on plays at Irish Repertory Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, The New Group, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre and TV shows Anderson Cooper Live and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College.
David Margolin Lawson (Sound Design) Recent works include: Bronte: A Portrait Of Charlotte (Ars Nova), A Letter To Harvey Milk (NYMF/Signature Theatre), Our Lady Of 121st Street (Theatre Row), Lost On The Natchez Trace (Abingdon Theatre Co.), KMT (NYU), Beyond Words (Urban Stages), The Myths We Need (Purple Rep), The Sphinx Winx (Theatre Row), Stella (Muna Tseng/Danspace), Feeder: A Love Story (HERE), La Barberia (New World Stages), WTC View (59E59), DisOriented (Playwrights Horizons), Intimate Apparel (Two River Theater Co.), Exit/ Entrance (59E59), Alternative Methods (La MaMa E.T.C.), Ionescapades! (Juilliard), The First Breeze Of Summer (Signature Theatre Co.), several works with Studio Dante including Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters. David teaches Sound Design at Pace University.
Isla Borrell (Prop Master) Recent production design credits include short films Chaser, Twinkle and No Vagrancy. Isla has assisted on set design & props for Harper's Bazaar, Bloomingdales, Tommy Hilfiger, Vogue, Women's Health and Numéro. Theater credits include In The Next Room (prop master), Silly Cow (stage manager) and Crimes Of The Heart (stage manager). Così is Isla's New York theater debut.
Leah Gabriel (Dialect Coach) is an actress and dialect coach based in NYC. Recent New York credits include In The Ebb, The Lower Depths, Romeo and Juliet, Closer, Left Bank Bookseller, After the Fall. Regional and international credits include Company, Macbeth: The Rock Opera and Little Giants (UK tour).
David Sedgwick (Dialect Coach) Originally from Sydney, Australia, and having spent five years living in Japan and nearly seven years in the USA, David has been working with accents and dialects on a personal level for quite some time. He holds a degree in Performance and also an arts degree in Linguistics, and has been a teacher of English as a Second Language for over 15 years. Recently, he has coached members of The Seeing Place Theater in productions of Scotch Kiss, Closer, The Lover, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, working on Scottish, English, and Bronx accents. David is fascinated by accent and dialect work, and is excited to be working with Leah in helping the non-Aussies of Così blend in!
Nathan Oesterle (Fight Choreographer) hails from Michigan. When not acting in film or on the stage, he has been assistant fight directing shows with Hudson Warehouse and various films. He is currently playing Brom in the Be Bold! Productions’ Hollow at the Player’s Theatre. He would like to thank his family for encouraging him, Emily Rose Parman for sticking with him, Jesse Michael Mothershed for this amazing opportunity, and Jared Kirby for giving him the skills to do his job.
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