WHO WE ARE
ELIZABETH HESS, artistic director
Ms. Hess’ acclaimed solo work has been performed around the globe: SPOILED, at SUNY Conference on Masculinities and Stage Left Studio in New York; DUST TO DUST in Bucharest, Kiel, Stockholm, Prishtina and New York at LPTW New Play Festival, New World Stages; Stage Left Studio and UN Conference on Gender Violence; LIVING OPENLY & NOTORIOUSLY, a solo trilogy - BIRTH RITE, DESCENT, AT/ONE in Berlin, Bath, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Toronto, Yerevan and Off-Broadway. Other acting credits include work with The New Group, Women’s Project, Irish Rep, MTC and NYTW in New York, as well as extensive regional theaters. TV credits include 5 seasons starring on Clarissa Explains It All; Law & Order; Guiding Light; All My Children and Another World. Film credits include: Handsome Harry; A Bedtime Story; Italian Lessons; Buddy & Grace and Soldier’s Heart.
Elizabeth is currently developing several plays and projects: LOVE TRADE, a multidisciplinary performance piece; NO EVIL, a triptych of fabulist tales - PERFECT CURIOSITY, MELTDOWN, SALVAGED - developed at The O’Neill Center and NYU; NOMADS, a heightened realist work - developed at The New Group and The Lark. She is also writing a book, ACTING & BEING: Explorations in Embodied Experience - slated for publication with Macmillan in 2017 - based on her methodology culled from teaching acting/playwriting at New York University, National Theater Institute (The O’Neill), Fordham University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York Theater Intensives, New York Sumer School of the Arts, master classes and workshops internationally. Elizabeth is the recipient of a Madolin Cervantes Grant; ITI Armmono Festival Director’s Award; ITI Thespis Mono Festival Organizers and Audience Awards. Internationally, she was also an ACULSPEC (American Cultural Specialist) in Yerevan, Armenia where she taught master classes in playwriting and performance; participated in the ITI / UNESCO Conference in Manila, The Philippines; sat on the jury of the ITI Thespis Mono Festival in Kiel, Germany and Saint Muse Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia and conducted a playwriting / acting workshop in Prishtina, Kosovo, resulting in the devised work, INTERNALLY DISPLACED.
VICTORIA MCNAUGHTON, managing director
Victoria is a New York based producer, arts administrator, and dramaturg born and raised in Miami, Florida. She holds a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in New Work Development from Cornish College of The Arts. Raised by a single mom in a large Nicaraguan family she strives to tell stories of women and the immigrant experience. Previous theatrical experience includes two seasons as company manager for The Powerhouse Theater Festival training program, Company Management Apprentice for Asolo Repertory Theatre, an associate dramaturg & assistant director for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT Theatre-Seattle, & Red Caravan Productions, in addition to the role of producer or production manager on many independent productions. She’s also spent three years working in talent representation and is thrilled to be currently be working with The Hess Collective!
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