Orietta Crispino (Artistic Director) is an accomplished theatre artist, born in Italy. She is a graduate of the prestigious Piccolo Teatro School in Milan, where she worked with the major Italian directors Giorgio Strehler and Massimo Castri. She later taught acting and directing there. Among her many theatre projects are: Passport No. 23.922, a piece she wrote and directed on the life of Tina Modotti; and a three year-project in Trieste directing the plays of Pirandello’s Italian contemporaries. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women. In addition to her theatre work, Ms. Crispino has done art projects on the body in its performative aspect. Her body research culminated in a performance piece with the photographer Vibeke Jensen, Camera Obscura, shown at PS1 in New York, Bogota and Trieste. Her most recent productions at Theaterlab are Three Sisters Come and Go and Snow in the Living Room, a retelling of the Brothers Grimms’ Snow White.
Ms. Crispino’s acting credits include The Library (Crossing the Line Festival, FIAF); In the House of My Beloved (Women’s Project); The Living Room Series (HERE); Dancing, not Dead (The Internationalists); Dante (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), and Snow in the Living Room (Theaterlab).
Jolene Noelle (Program Director) is a freelance dramaturg, director, and theatrical wanderer. Her interests include devised theatre, physical theatre, and anything that exists in extremes. Jolene has been investigating the efficacy of horror aesthetics on stage, often directing and writing about the horror genre. Recent credits include: Dramaturg: Exposure, Next In Line Productions; The Hour of the Star, Columbia Stages; Ripper, Times Scare; Lilith, Columbia Univ. Asst. Director: BLACKOUT: House. Director: Video Clare, Columbia Univ. Literary Fellow: Geva Theatre.
Gahlia Eden (Studio Manager) is a freelance stage manager/writer/actor with a focus in comedy. She recently worked with Christine Renee Miller on her show Such Nice Shoes at Theaterlab. Additional Stage Managing credits include: Amy Stiller’s Just Trust (Dixon Place, Theater Workshop of Nantucket, Afterglow Festival), and the upcoming production of Chicken by Patricia Kositzky (Dixon Place). Gahlia is currently working on writing her own solo show, and is in pre-production for her own web series which will be released in September of 2017. Gahlia is delighted to join the Theaterlab team and looks forward to working with the entire Theaterlab community.
Lanie Zipoy (Grant Writer // Media Manager) is a Memphis-born, New York-based theater and film producer. She also has extensive experience in grant writing for non-profits and individual artists as well as social media development. At Theaterlab, Lanie currently co-produces the DAMN! Film Series, a film series celebrating short films. She has also produced Voices Inside/Out, a theatrical exchange program that supported the playwriting program and the professional playwriting residency at a medium security prison in Kentucky, at Theaterlab. She was a Time Warner Fellow of the 2012-2014 Women’s Project Lab.