Donna J. Bungo (Crew)
Donna made her Fringe debut last year with Meryl Cohn's And Sophie Comes Too, and her other festival experience includes Kathleen Warnock's Grieving for Genevieve at the Midtown International Festival, and three productions with En Avant Playwrights. She will be backstage for Chris Weikel's Penny Penniworth this fall at Emerging Artists Theatre, of which she is a proud member.
Morry Campell (Sound Designer)
Morry wears a lot of hats: singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer, sound engineer, and music producer, to name a few. As a singer/guitarist, has appeared at venues throughout the City, including CBGB’s 313 Gallery, the Triad Theatre, the Duplex, the Vintage Café, Rockwood Music Hall, the C-Note, the Creek and the Cave and Don’t Tell Mama’s. Morry has written and performed songs for several NYC theatre companies, including TOSOS and Bottom’s Dream Arts. This is his second sound design/composer gig for TOSOS, the first being the premiere of Mark Finley’s The Mermaid, directed by Barry Childs.
In the spring of 2008, Morry released his debut CD, long way home, prompting the short but very descriptive review from noted playwright Doric Wilson, “It’s f**king brilliant!” The CD has been climbing the Stonewall Society’s Outvoice Music Chart ever since, cracked the top 10 in November of 2009, and is currently taking its sweet time climbing back down, currently #15.
Barry Childs (Administrative Director)
TOSOS directing credits: the world premiere of Robert Patrick’s Hollywood at Sunset (2004 oobr award), the staged reading of Tom Eyen’s Sarah B. Divine (Look Again! Series) and Mark Finley’s The Mermaid. Producing credits: Doric Wilson’s Street Theater (The Eagle NYC); Weikel’s Penny Penniworth (2003 FringeNYC Festival) and Mark Finley’s adaptation of Young Stowaways in Space. Other NYC directing credits: Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling and Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale (Bottom’s Dream Arts); The Flushing Cycle (Queens Theatre in the Park) and Joe Orton’s The Erpingham Camp. West Coast: Charles Ludlam’s Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde, Maeterlinck’s The Intruder and Tom Eyen’s My Next Husband Will Be a Beauty. Barry holds a Ph.D. in theater history from the University of Oregon, and has taught numerous classes in acting and theater history at the University of North Dakota, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Oregon. email@example.com.
Sara Clemens (Sound Board Operator)
Sara Clemens loves all secretaries equally, but these Secretaries are more equal than others. She enjoys the fact that she's lost count of how many times she's been a sound board operator, and hopes to continue adding to the blur for a long time. She's also an actor, writer, and sound designer. But what she really wants to do is direct.
Mark Finley (Artistic Director/Director)
Mark Finley made his Off-Broadway directorial debut with Chris Weikel's "must see" comedy hit Penny Penniworth last season. (It returns this fall at Emerging Artists Theatre) His TOSOS production of Meryl Cohn's And Sophie Comes Too was a hit at the 2009 NY International Fringe Festival moving into the Encore Series. Other TOSOS directing credits include five Doric Wilson plays: And He Made a Her, A Perfect Relationship (2003 OOBR Award), Street Theater and staged readings of The West Street Gang and Now She Dances!; five Chris Weikel plays: Pig Tale, Speaking Parts, Gareth & Lynette; Penny Penniworth and Weikel Works; New York Minutes, a musical revue of the songs of the late John Wallowitch (which he also conceived); a historic production of Lanford Wilson's The Madness of Lady Bright featuring Michael Lynch; Eisenstein's Monster, an evening of short plays by Linda Eisenstein; Kevin Brofsky's Dancing Straight; and his own adaptation of Young Stowaways in Space. A revival of his play How Do We Get Her in the Water? opened Movie Lover, a Triple Feature, and The Mermaid premiered in 2005 and is published by United Stages. EAT produced his play The Chiselers as part of the 2009 Spring EATfest, and Swans are Mean in the 2010 EATfest. Mark directed Kathleen Warnock's Some are People and Chris Weikel's Pig Tale at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Robin Kaufman (ACR)
Robin Kaufman joined TOSOS in 2009 as ACR for the FringeNYC Festival production of Meryl Cohn's And Sophie Comes Too, following the company to the extended run for the Encore Series performances. House Manager for the 2010 staged reading of Doric Wilson's Street Theater at The Center.Robin is honored to be staff house manager for TOSOS.
Anitha M. Koshy (Assistant Director)
Anitha is an alumna of CUNY Lehman college where she studied Communications and Theatre with, among others, William M. Hoffman. While there she acted in several plays including Tartuffe, Pirates of Penzance, Cyrano, and Waiting for Godot. She is also a former student of the PIT where she does improv and most recently she's worked with The Red Harlem Readers.
Ian Marshall (Fight Director)
Ian Marshall has had two decades' experience telling stories through staged and filmed violence. He's on faculty at HB Studio and has taught at Yale, NYU, CAP21 and the NY Film Academy, among other schools. He is also a director, playwright and co-founder of United Stages. He is on the Honorary Board of TOSOS.
Ellen Reilly (Costumes)
Ellen Reilly designs costumes because she is an actress. She has provided some memorable outfits along the way: vulvic fur dresses for David Bell’s Star F***ers, a leopard print onesie for Chris Weikel’s Dansport, as well as various priests, nuns, gigolos, those in transition, and countless other characters (appropriately) on the fringe. Her costumes were last seen in TOSOS’ 2009 Fringe favorite, And Sophie Comes Too. As actress and improviser, Ellen is an active member of TOSOS, The Courthouse Theatre Company, The Improvoholics, as well as Emerging Artists Theatre Company where she will be reprising her role in Chris Weikel’s Penny Penniworth Off-Broadway this fall along side Jamie Heinlein.
Jennifer Marie Russo (Stage Manager)
Jennifer Marie Russo (Stage Manager): New York: Spring Eatfest 2010, Wonder Woman, The Play About a Naked Guy, Real Danger, Edenville (Emerging Artists); 15/20 reading series (APAC); Pig Tale (TOSOS); Richard III, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Mary Stuart, Scapin, As You Like It (New York Classical Theatre); Take Me Out, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (The Gallery Players); The Necklace (The Talking Band). International: Pig Tale (Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival) Regional: Antigone, The Golden Rooms of Nero, The Miser, Amadeus, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and many more (Cornell University, Resident Stage Manager 8 yrs); Joel Grey, The Road to Cabaret (The Hangar Theatre); Cymbeline, The Millionairess (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). MFA Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Kathleen Warnock (Director, Chesley/Chambers series)
Kathleen Warnock is a playwright and editor. She has been a member of TOSOS since the reading of her play "The Audience," (later renamed "Rock the Line"). "Rock the Line" was later produced by Emerging Artists Theatre in its Triple Threat. She has coordinated the Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwrights project for 3 years, and among the plays that have gone on to full productions are: Meryl Cohn's "And Sophie Comes Too," (TOSOS/NYFringe, 2009); Chris Weikel's "Pig Tale," (Wings/TOSOS, 2008, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2009); Daniel Talbott's "Slipping" (Rattlestick, 2009), Mark Finley's "The Chiselers" (Emerging Artists Theatre, 2008). She also curates the reading series Drunken! Careening! Writers! at KGB Bar the third Thursday of every month (since 2004). Her plays are published by Samuel French, United Stages, Dramatic Publishing and others. She is series editor for Best Lesbian Erotica (Cleis). She is a member of The Dramatists Guild. www.kathleenwarnock.com
Chris Weikel (Assistant Costume Design)
As the resident costume designer for TOSOS, designed Street Theater, Tales Told, A Perfect Relationship, Young Stowaways In Space, Speaking Parts, Dancing Straight, The Mermaid and And He Made A Her all because he can’t say no to Mark Finley. Also with Finley: Follies Of Grandeur at Theatre for the New City as well as the EAT Off-Broadway production of Penny Penniworth under the name “House of Goody” (Shhh…). He was also privileged to co-design the TOSOS reading of Charles Busch’s The Lady In Question with the divine Ellen Reilly. Other Credits include: The Belle Of Amherst at Queens Theater in the Park, Phantom at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack, and the Off-Broadway production of A Ritual Of Faith directed by Igor Goldin.
Doric Wilson (Founder)
Doric Wilson (playwright, TOSOS general director & founder) was one of the first playwrights at NYC’s legendary Caffe Cino, his comedy And He Made a Her* opened there in 1961. The success of his Cino plays helped, in the words of playwright Robert Patrick, “establish the Cino as a venue for new plays, and materially contributed to the then emerging concept of Off-Off Broadway.” Now She Dances!, his fantasia on the trial of Oscar Wilde, is considered central to the development of modern queer theater. A pioneer of the Off-Off-Broadway movement, he has written, directed, produced and/or designed hundreds of productions and was a founding member of Circle Repertory Theater and the Barr/Wilder/Albee Playwright’s Unit. In 1959, His first queer political action protesting sniper attacks against gays at a nearby park lead to his leaving the University of Washington. A participant in the Stonewall uprising, he was active in the early days of GAA (Gay Activist Alliance). Doric Wilson received the first Robert Chesley Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gay Theatre (1994); the 2007 IT (Innovative Theatre) Award for Artistic Achievement; and, in 2009, the ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre. This year, he received the 2010 Passion-Fruit Award for Enduring and Continuing Pioneer Work in LGBT Theater. His major plays, The West Street Gang, A Perfect Relationship, Now She Dances!, Forever After and Street Theater, have been staples of the GLBT theater scene since the 1970s. He is working on a new play: The Boy Next Door. His plays are published by United Stages. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.doricwilson.com, blog: doricwilson.blogspot.com)