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
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.
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
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.