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Matthew McCray [email] – Chairman & Vision Committee Chair
Artistic Director, Son of Semele Ensemble
Bio
Matthew McCray

Matthew McCray

Matthew received the 2014 SAGE Award and LA Drama Critics Circle Award for his direction of SOSE’s Our Class (also “Best Production of the Year,” LADCC). He has directed productions and/or workshops at Center Theatre Group, REDCAT, Bootleg Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, Rogue Machine, Circle X, Moving Arts and others, as well as for Chapman University, College of the Canyons, CalArts and University of California-Riverside. Recent credits: Our Class and The City (SOSE), Machinal (Chapman), Rent (College of the Canyons), Death of a Salesgirl (Bootleg), Eternal Thou (Studio at South Coast Repertory). He has also received three LA Weekly Theatre Award nominations and one Ovation Award nomination for Direction, as well as an LA Weekly Award for Video Design. Matthew has been an Ovation Voter since 2008 and is currently the Chairman of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles/intimate (TPLLA/intimate).

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John Lacey [email] – Vice Chair & Membership Committee Chair
Independent Producer
Bio
John R. Lacey

John R. Lacey

John R. Lacey started as an actor studying with Lee Strasberg at Master Classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute with David Groh, Lanie Kazan, Theresa Russell, Andrew Stevens and Stephanie Zimbalist, and as a Foreign Observer at The Actors Studio West, where he performed in Maurice Maeterlinck’s “The Blue Bird” directed by Lee and Anna Strasberg. He directed Anthony Geary in Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer” and performed in “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Strasberg Institute. He later became theater manager for United Artists and actor for Aries Films (“Expertos en Pinchazos”), ATC Television’s “Gente Como la Gente” soap opera and “El Show de Velazco Ferrero” in Argentina, where he was a disciple of theatre master Agustin Alezzo. He was head writer for Univision/Televisa’s hit sitcom “El Extraterrestre.” He wrote, directed & produced “The Debt” at Sociedad Hebraica LatinoAmericana and “Executive Encounter” at Casa de Espana, also performing in “Playmates” and “The Husband Raffle” at the Lope de Vega Theatre. He wrote book, music & lyrics for “Humor en la Nieve” and “Transformacion Magica” at DelaCova Theatre in Buenos AIres. L.A. audiences saw him in Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” and Alhambra Players production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I.” John was also Entertainment Editor and film/theater critic for GRAFICA Magazine, studying screenplay writing for TV/ Film at UCLA and LACC, Oxford University (UK), University of Antwerp (Belgium), UC Berkeley Performance Leadership, University of No. Carolina (Greensboro Center for Creative Leadership), and has Bachelor and Masters degrees from Pepperdine University. He has been Casa de Espana Cultural Director/ Board of Directors member and Theatre West, where he wrote, directed and produced “The Tango Singer”. John is a member of the Dramatists Guild (DG), Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC), dual member of Actors Studio Playwrights/ Directors Unit (P/DU) and currently 1st Vice-Chairman of the Theatrical Producers League- Los Angeles (TPL-LA) and Membership Committee Chair. Most recently, John directed “Showdown at the Temple of Meat” for Greenway Court Theatre in West L.A. at the Temple of Meat and Gardel’s Tango, which he wrote, directed and produced for IP Entertainment Productions at The Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Ave

John is also CEO of Intellectual Property Entertainment Productions LLC and is currently in development of a new project for the 2017 season, “The Surrealists”, about the three amigos: Salvador Dali, Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel when they were room-mates at the Academy of Art in Madrid in the 1920s- and the woman that came between them, Gala Elouard.

Darin Anthony [email] – Vice Chair & Standards Committee Chair
Artistic Director, Moving Arts
Bio
Darin Anthony

Darin Anthony

Darin Anthony, is the Artistic Director of Moving Arts, a company dedicated to the development, production and promotion of adventurous new work by Los Angeles artists. Most recently he directed the west coast premiere’s of The Kill-or-Dies by Meghan Brown, Viral by Mac Rogers andThe Gun Show by EM Lewis for Moving Arts as well as the premiere of Nureyev’s Eyes by David Rush at American Stages.

Other productions include the The New York premieres of The Good Boy (Abington) and The Incident Report (The Lion). World premieres include S.O.E.(Bootleg), Beatrice Basso’s adaptation of Goldoni’s The Antiquarian’s Family (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Street Angel Diaries at The Theatre @ Boston Court, Before we go Home (Radar LA & La Jolla Playhouse),The Closeness of the Horizon and London’s Scars (Odyssey Theatre), Sidhe (The Road), Seven Santas (The Open Fist), Leonard’s Voice (Moving Arts Car Plays), HEADS, American Way (The Blank Theatre), Smudge (Syzygy),The Boarding House (InterACT). West coast premieres of Gidion’s Knot and US Drag (Furious Theatre), A Hole in the Dark and Amy and David Sedarias’ The Book of Liz (The Blank Theatre)

He has directed academically at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre of Arts and Miami University of Ohio.

Darin’s film directing debut, Hitting the Cycle, was awarded Best Feature Film by The Manhattan Film Festival. He also directed and developed the web series Before we go to Sleep with Steve Serpas.

His productions have received many awards and nominations including The Ovation Award, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, The LA Weekly Awards, Stage Scene LA and The Backstage Garland Awards. Darin is a Vice-chair of The Board of The Theater Producers League of Los Angeles.

Scott Guy [email] – Secretary
Executive Director, New Musicals, Inc.
Bio
Scott Guy

Scott Guy

Scott has been actively involved as a writer and producer in both theatre and television.  He has six Emmy nominations, and over 100 produced television scripts for Warner Bros., FOX-TV, Disney, Discovery Channel, PBS, etc.   Current/recent projects:  Deaf West Theatre; McCoy Rigby Productions; Placido Domingo; Disney (musical version of Pirates of the Caribbean); Corday Productions (Days of Our Lives); East West Players, and twelve short musicals for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017.  Scott is currently the Executive Director of New Musicals Inc. where he supervises online writers’ workshops, lyric labs, and script consultations.

www.scott guy.biz  or  www.nmi.org

Howard Teichman [email] – Treasurer
Artistic Director, West Coast Jewish Theatre
Bio
Howard Teichman

Howard Teichman

HOWARD TEICHMAN (Artistic Director/Director / Producer) As the Artistic Director for the West Coast Jewish Theatre, Howard has dedicated his life in the theatre to bringing Jewish thematic plays to the second largest Jewish community in the United States. Howard has produced and directed numerous and unusual Jewish plays; that bridge cultures or reflect Jewish life in a positive and educative light. He is currently the Treasurer and Board member of “The Producers League of Los Angeles.

His list of productions include; his current world premiere by Steven G. Simon and Howard Teichman’s “FUGU” opening in 2017, in 2015 Howard produced and directed Hindi Brooks’ “ROMANCE.COM”, and Anat Gov’s “O MY GOD” starring Mike Burstyn. In 2014 Howard produced and directed Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man” which garnered an “O RECOMMENDED” by The Los Angeles Stage Alliance and was Critic’s Pick in numerous media outlets throughout the Los Angeles area including the LA Weekly and The LA Times. His production in 2013 of Herb Gardner’s “I’m Not Rappaport” was met with delight by all our audiences. In 2012 his production Mark Harelik’s “The Immigrant the Musical” was nominated for an Ovation award for best lead actor in a musical and also that year Howard produced David Ives’ “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656. That production was a West Coast Premiere and was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Circle Desk Award for lead actor and play. Both productions were received most favorably by both audiences and critics alike.

Howard also produced a Los Angeles Premiere of James Sherman’s “The God of Isaac” directed by Darin Anthony. This show was quite a crowd pleaser. Howard’s production that he directed and co-produced with Theatre 40 and West Coast Jewish Theatre was Murray Schisgal’s “LUV”. The production garnered a Critic’s Pick in Back Stage West and for his efforts received a Best Director award from the Beverly Hills Outlook for 2011. Earlier in 2011, Howard produced for the West Coast Jewish Theatre the critically successful and “O RECOMMENDED” by The Los Angeles Stage Alliance “Broken Glass” by Arthur Miller.

During the 2009-2010 season as Producer/Artistic Director for the West Coast Jewish Theatre, Howard produced and directed to critical acclaim and review Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, Daniel Goldfarb’s “Sarah Sarah”, and Jeffrey Sweet’s “The Value of Names” all at the Pico Playhouse. In 2008, Howard independently produced and directed another one of James Sherman’s plays “From Door to Door” at the Electric Lodge. Howard has also directed such successful productions as; Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” and “Rumors”, Daniel Goldfarb’s “Modern Orthodox”, for which he was nominated, best comedy director by The L.A. Weekly. Howard Teichman’s “Simcha” for which he wrote, directed, and performed received a Back Stage West Critics Pick, Howard Teichmann’s “Solid Gold Cadillac”, and Leon Katz’s “The Three Cuckolds” for which he received a Los Angeles Times Critics Pick. Howard has produced or directed theatre in Los Angeles for over thirty-two years. Born in Toronto, Canada, he then moved to Chicago. While in Chicago, he became a member of the prestigious “Second City” improvisational troupe where he wrote and performed an original play called “Commedia” and was an assistant director on the original production of David Mamet’s “Duck Variations”. Howard holds a B.A. and M.F.A in Theatre from UCLA.

Martha Demson [email] – Union Committee Chair
Artistic Director, Open Fist Theatre
Bio
Martha Demson

Martha Demson

Matthew received the 2014 SAGE Award and LA Drama Critics Circle Award for his direction of SOSE’s Our Class (also “Best Production of the Year,” LADCC). He has directed productions and/or workshops at Center Theatre Group, REDCAT, Bootleg Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, Rogue Machine, Circle X, Moving Arts and others, as well as for Chapman University, College of the Canyons, CalArts and University of California-Riverside. Recent credits: Our Class and The City (SOSE), Machinal (Chapman), Rent (College of the Canyons), Death of a Salesgirl (Bootleg), Eternal Thou (Studio at South Coast Repertory). He has also received three LA Weekly Theatre Award nominations and one Ovation Award nomination for Direction, as well as an LA Weekly Award for Video Design. Matthew has been an Ovation Voter since 2008 and is currently the Chairman of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles/intimate (TPLLA/intimate).

www.matthewmccray.com

Greg Crafts [email] – Marketing Committee Chair
Managing Director, Theatre Unleashed
Bio
Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

A multi-hyphenate creative artist, Greg resides in the Arts District of North Hollywood, California with his beloved wife, Jenn, and their two cats. He is a founding member of Theatre Unleashed and is proud to serve as its Managing Director. He is also a card-carrying member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity and the Dramatists Guild of America, a founding Board Member of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles and a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. As of the 2015-2016 season, Greg is proud to add “Ovation Voter” to his list of titles and accomplishments in the LA Theatre community.

Besides pursuing creative endeavors, Greg’s interests include supporting local theatre, reading, playing video games, designing web sites, participating in 5k mud runs, collecting comic books, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and practicing martial arts. He also nurses an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox.

http://www.gregorycrafts.com
Also, twitter.com/gregory_crafts and facebook.com/gregory.crafts

Daniel Shoenman [email]
Artistic Director, Inkwell Theatre
Bio
Daniel Shoenman

Daniel Shoenman

Daniel proudly serves as Artistic Director of The Inkwell Theater, after having been its Producing Director for 7 years. In that time, he has developed and produced over two dozen new plays, such as the critically acclaimed Sunset Park, AfterMath, Moment in the Sun, and Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over at the Matrix Theatre. In New York, he presented Kobo Abe’s The Green Stockings (American and English language premiere) and developed original work at The Flea Theater. His most recently authored play, The Ohio 4th, premiered at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre. Additional Artistic and Production credits include: Mark Taper Forum (New Works Festival), New York International Fringe Festival, The Wooster Group, Playboy Jazz Festival, the Wadsworth Theater, UCLA live, and Target Margin Theater.