WHO WE ARE
Ms. Hess is an actor, playwright, director, Arts educator and artistic director of the newly-formed company, The Hess Collective: www.thehesscollective.com
The Hess Collective’s inaugural work, LOVE TRADE, premiered at La MaMa during their Tony-Award 2018 season. Their subsequent work, SPOILED, was presented in a developmental workshop at Dixon Place in 2019; the premiere - the second co-production with La MaMa - originally slated for early 2020, will take place in the near future.
Ms. Hess’ other ensemble works include PERFECT CURIOSITY, developed at The O’Neill Theater Center and NYU; SCARBERIA, developed at TheaterLab and La MaMa; NOMADS, developed at The New Group and The Lark.
Elizabeth has performed her acclaimed solo work around the globe: DUST TO DUST in Bucharest, Kiel, Stockholm, Prishtina and New York, Off-Broadway and UN Conference on Gender Violence; LIVING OPENLY & NOTORIOUSLY, in Berlin, Bath, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Toronto, Yerevan and Off-Broadway.
Ms. Hess’ 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 Clarissa Explains It All; Law & Order; All My Children and Another World. Film credits include: Handsome Harry; Italian Lessons and Soldier’s Heart.
Her book, ACTING & BEING: Explorations in Embodied Performance, published by Macmillan in 2017, is based on her hybrid approach - culled from teaching acting/performance/playwriting primarily at New York University and masterclasses/ 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 sponsored by Regione Venezia in Italy; Columbia Global Center (CGC) in Chile; US State Department as an ACULSPEC (American Cultural Specialist) in Armenia ; participated in the ITI / UNESCO Conference in The Philippines; sat on the jury of the ITI Thespis Mono Festival in Germany and Saint Muse Festival in Mongolia and conducted a playwriting / acting workshop in 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!