Artistic & Production Team

Created and Performed by Liz Parker & Rachel Sullivan

Directed by Elise Thoron

Production Stage Manager/Associate Director: Margaret Baughman

Puppetry & Mask Design/Direction by Spica Wobbe

Original Music by Vlada Yaneva

Set Design by Peiyi Wong

Lighting Design by Sarah Johnston

Sound Design by Elia Chuaqui

Costume Design by Cat Fisher

Movement Direction: Billy Higgins

Props/Assistant Set Designer: Sonya Plenefisch

 
 
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RACHEL SULLIVAN AND LIZ PARKER: CO-CREATORS/ PERFORMERS

Liz and Rachel (creators/performers of Layer the Walls) have been co-collaborators since 2010. They are dedicated to creating and touring new plays for young audiences and their work has been seen at venues throughout New York City including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Bushwick Starr, The New York International Fringe Festival, and Urban Stages. In collaboration with Urban Stages’ Outreach Program, they have previously devised four touring plays: Tales of Snow, South of the Border, Lucy’s Question, and Blown Away by Poetry. Rachel and Liz Liz and Rachel infuse their work with a sense of wonder. They choose topics that inspire their own curiosity and imagination and utilize highly theatrical forms of performance including puppetry mask and music to transport and engage audiences. The pair has a signature two person performance style that relies on creative storytelling and innovative use of form.

Liz Parker has traveled the country as a performer, most recently with a one person stage performance of Lois Lowry's 'The Giver' adapted by Elise Thoron. She performs with Spica Wobbe's puppet company Double Image Theater Company and was seen performing with Spica at the La Mama Puppet Festival. Liz has a Master's Degree in Applied Theater and over a decade of experience as a teaching artist. She has taught, directed and performed in public schools, libraries, prisons, trauma-informed institutions, museums, summer camps and senior centers throughout the five boroughs. Liz has worked for Lincoln Center Theater, The New Victory Theater, The Museum of the City of New York, The Child Abuse Prevention Program, New York City Children's Theater, viBe Theater Experience and Young Audiences New York.

Rachel Sullivan: is Artistic Director of Honest Accomplice Theatre (HAT) -- a non-profit with a mission to create original theater and media that seeks to expand the way women and trans people are seen by others and themselves.   With HAT she has co-directed touring productions The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged and ReconFIGUREd, as well as The Trans Literacy Project, a free videos series on YouTube. Prior to Honest Accomplice, Rachel was Program Director at Urban Stages where she was responsible for community outreach and creating touring performances for young people.  She teaches courses on devising at Brandeis University. BS Northwestern University, MA in Applied Theater CUNY/SPS.

 
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ELISE THORON: DIRECTOR

Thoron’s plays have been produced in the United States, Europe, Japan, Cuba: Green Violin, music by Frank London, (Nine Contemporary Jewish Plays); Prozak and the Platypus, music by Jill Sobule (CD/graphic novella); Charlotte: Life? Or Theater? based on paintings by Charlotte Salomon, music by Gary Fagin. Recycling: washi tales with Japanese paper artist, Kyoko Ibe, and traditional Japanese musicians.  Her Afro-Cuban Yiddish opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire with Frank London just had its North American premiere at Peak Performances, after a first production at Opera de la Calle in Havana. As Associate Artistic Director at American Place Theatre, Elise co-founded, Literature to Life, a highly successful theater literacy program now in its third decade nationwide. For Lit to Life she adapted and directed Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (also at Book-it Theater in Seattle), Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Lowry’s The Giver, and developed County of Kings with Tony award-winning spoken-word poet, Lemon Andersen, which went on to the Public Theater and venues around the world.   www.elisethoron.com

 
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MARGARET BAUGHMAN: ASsistant DIRECTOR/PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Margaret is a New York City-based director, dramaturg, and stage manager that focuses in new play and musical development. Recent credits include What’s Up America? I’m Reptilian. (Director at The Dirty Blondes & Undiscovered Countries), A Chip on Her Shoulder (Assistant Director & PSM through Honest Accomplice Theatre), Cymbeline (PSM at Barefoot Shakespeare), The Trial of Faith (Assistant Director & PSM at WinterFest 2018), 24WORDS (Director at Steppenwolf Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Assistant Dramaturg at Oregon Shakespeare Theatre). She is a proud alum of The Theatre School at DePaul University and her full portfolio can be found online: www.MargaretCBaughman@.com.

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SPICA WOBBE: PUPPETRY AND MASK DESIGN AND DIRECTION

Spica Wobbe (Shu-yun Cheng) is a puppetry artist originally from Taiwan. Her work has been seen in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Holland, Germany, Israel, Austria and the U.S. Now based in NYC, she works as a puppet designer, performer, and teaching artist since she received her M.A. in Educational Theater from New York University. Spica established Double Image Theater Lab in 2011 to create cross-cultural productions through object and light manipulation, music, and poetry. She received the Exemplary Teaching Artist Award from New York University in 2014. She was the featured artist in “Shadow, Light… Hide & Seek Exhibit” at Wenshan Theater in Taipei in 2015 and “Heaven of Puppets Exhibit” at Taipei Puppet Museum in 2016. She co-created The Memory Project with Karen Oughtred (2016), storytelling through visual arts, theater, and puppetry for culturally diverse senior centers. The project received LMCC SU-CASA and Creative Learning grants in 2017.

 
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VLADA YANEVA: ORIGINAL MUSIC composer

Bulgarian pianist and educator Vlada Yaneva has performed throughout the US and Europe. Vlada and her husband, pianist Matthew Harrison, created Masterwork Conversations, a lecture-recital series dedicated to creating a more personal relationship with the audience through an open conversation. This is her fourth puppetry play composition engagement. Previous collaboration includes I Laid an Egg (Double Image Theater Lab). Check out www.MasterworkConversations.com and www.TrioCabrini.com for more information.


 

PEIYI WONG: SET DESIGN

Peiyi is a Brooklyn-based designer and interdisciplinary artist.  She designs sets, installation, and costume for performance and film. Selected NY credits: Memoirs of a…Unicorn (NY Live Arts/Collapsable Hole, 2018 Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design), some higher glimmer in a landscape of flat (Buran Theater/Collapsable Hole), A Hunger Artist (Sinking Ship/The Tank), Charleses (Glass Bandits/The Tank; 2017 Hewes Design Award nomination), Now is the Time (Abrons Arts/Little Lord), The Tower (HERE Arts/Antimatter Collective), Chekhov’s The Bet (Columbia Stages/lonely painter project).  Current and upcoming: The Emperor’s New Clothes and Other Stories by Hans Christian Andersen (NYC Children’s Theater), and with performance collective, the Lonely Painter Project: Beast Thing by Aleshea Harris (Williams College), Mukh Agni (Ars Nova Makers Lab), Rasgos Asiaticos (Soho Rep Lab).  MFA, CalArts. www.peiyiameliawong.com.

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CAT FISHER: COSTUME DESIGN

Cat has designed over 100 shows for theater, dance, film, and television, is a 2008 member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, a New York State Council for the Arts awards recipient for design work at Abrons Arts Center, and has been recognized with an Outstanding Costume award, Hamlet Bound and Unbound, 2012 Midtown International Theatre Festival; 2011 Planet Connections Theatre Festival  (Costume award, The God Particle); and, nominated for best costume in the 2018 London International Film Festival . Her work has been seen at 59e59th; NYC Fringe Festival and many other NYC Festivals; The Prague Fringe Festival; The Producer's Club; Riverside Theatre, and is often favorably reviewed. Catherine (Cat) has IMDb credits for both acting and design and is a founding member of Honest Accomplice Theatre.

 

SARAH JOHNSTON: LIGHTING DESIGN

Selected credits: The Brobot Johnson Experience (The Bushwick Starr); Squeamish (Theatre Row); Speak Up, Rise Up (The Connelly Theater); Brobot Johnson (The Bushwick Starr); Charleses (The Brick Theater); I’m Bleeding All Over the Place (LaMama - Ellen Stewart Theater); A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (The Night Shift at IRT); Acappella: The Musical(NYMF);Emily Climbs; Daredevil (The Brick Theater); The Harper's Play (JACK); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Happily Ever; Miss Julie (NWT); The Downtown Loop(3LD). Associate Lighting Designer: Moulin Rouge (Boston Colonial); Jagged Little Pill (ART); Saint Joan (MTC); The Little Foxes (The Samuel Friedman Theater, MTC); Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theatre); American Psycho(Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre); The Humans (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre; Laura Pels Theatre); Invisible Thread (2econd Stage);10 out of 12 (Soho Rep.); Pretty Filthy (Abrons Arts Center). Associate Creative Director: Drake. Sarah is a graduate of Brooklyn College. www.sarahjohnstonlighting.com

 
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ELIA CHUAQUI: SOUND DESIGN

Elia Chuaqui (Sound Designer) is an international sound designer and playwright. Most recently she was invited to Ciego de Avila by the Cuban Council of the Arts to sound design for the People’s Scene festival. She has written and sound designed with the experimental Puerto Rican company One-Eighth Theater in Cuba and through their artistic residency at New Ohio Theatre and IRT. She has designed and composed theater and workshops Off-Broadway with companies including, but not limited to, Noor Theatre, Cloud of Fools, INTAR Theatre, New Dramatists and The Clemente. Upcoming playwright and sound design: NUMBNESS: Chapter 2 with One-Eighth Theater.


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Movement Direction: Billy Higgins

Billy is an actor, movement director, and devising artist. Billy performs in Mary Zimmerman’s Treasure Island, and with the Turkmen State Circus, and Nimble Arts Circus. His ensemble devised play Hell To Pay, has toured through the Western United States and Canada. His piece, Of Pitching & Privateers, toured by traditional sailing ship internationally. Billy directed the Irish national premiere of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged for the Dublin Shakespeare Festival. He has worked with  Clowns Without Borders and was a folk singer at the 2015 San Francisco Sea Music Festival.  B.F.A. University of Wyoming, M.Ph. Trinity College Dublin, and M.F.A. Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. www.billy-higgins.com.

 
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Props/Assistant Set Designer: Sonya Plenefisch

Sonya Plenefisch is a UK trained scenic and props designer & maker based in Brooklyn. In London, they were one of the twelve young up and coming designers whose work was exhibited at the National Theatre for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017. Their most recent NYC productions include Into the Woods in Bay Ridge, The House of Bernarda Alba at the Gene Frankel Theatre, Heist! Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre, Troilus & Cressida at Under St. Marks, and Their Food Tastes Better When They See Us Starving (or, Coriolanus) at the Brick. www.sonyaplenefisch.com