BROADWAY BOUND THEATRE FESTIVAL TEAM
Lenore Skomal is a theatre producer and career writer. An author of 17 books, including three bestsellers, she is the sole proprietor of Lenore M Skomal Productions, LLC, which produces her plays and Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. In addition to BBTF, she produced her Off Broadway comedy THE EXES (2019) and BLUFF at Hudson Guild (2016), both licensed plays with current productions in community and regional theatres. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER, her first book, is being made into a movie by Amfram Entertainment with a release date of Spring 2023. A proud member of the Commercial Theatre Institute, Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Communications Group, the National Newspaper Columnists Association, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Lenore is dedicated to empowering artists and dismantling racism within the theatre industry. www.lenoreskomal.org
Rick Sayers is a theatre producer and former newspaper publisher and editor and founder of BBTF, with over 50 years in the newspaper and communications industry. As a former editor of the Erie Times-News, publisher of the Connecticut Post, The National Sports Daily, Detroit News, and Boston Herald, he is a skilled manager at heart. Rick brings a passion to working with theatre professionals, especially playwrights, helping them develop their skills and hone their abilities to produce their own works with confidence and little stress. His motto is: Even though we're in the drama business, we don't need drama in our business.
Chris Phillips’ plays have been seen on both coasts, receiving two GLAAD Media Award nominations, the Playwriting award at the New York International Fringe Festival, and a grant from the Robert Chesley Foundation. Chris is a prolific writer and has adapted several of his award-winning plays to the screen. His film and TV scripts have been recognized in out rounds of multiple competitions, including the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, the Warner Bros. TV Writers Workshop, and the NBC Universal Emerging Writers Fellowship, among others. His second short film as writer/director screened in 2018 at festivals such as Outfest Los Angeles and the California Independent Film Festival, where he won Best Director of a Short.
JUAN RAMIREZ, JR.
Juan Ramirez, Jr. is a Borinquén-Chapín-Bronx internationally produced, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, monologist, actor, filmmaker and director. He has produced and developed work with Repertorio Español, Bay Area Playwrights, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, The Cherry Lane, Dramatist Guild, HBMG, Conch Shell Theater, IATI, Theatre Row, Dixon Place, The Landing Theatre, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Gi60, Raíces Theatre Company, Short + Sweet, NYU Abu Dhabi and The Bronx Repertory Company. He is Dramatist Guild member, a 2020 – 2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, founder of The PlayPen collective and R&R Productions, a NYC LatinX Playwright Circle member, an American Theatre Group member and a producing member of The Bronx Repertory Company. His published works include one-minute plays and he is currently developing an online catalogue of monologues. He instructs classes from improv to screenwriting at juvenile detention facilities, gifted student programs and workshops. As a film assessor and dramaturg, he advises development of new works for playwrights and theaters. He received his B.A. from Lehman College and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch. www.JuanRamirezJr.com
Dezi is a Black, gay, Christian, genderqueer theatre maker from Roselle, New Jersey. She is passionate, energetic, and will always bring 110% into a rehearsal process. Dezi loves pushing stylistic boundaries and often finds himself gravitating toward stories that focus on one of her intersections: blackness, queerness, and spirituality. Though her first passion was musical theatre, Dezi finds himself thoroughly enjoying the work that goes on behind the table. He thrives on collaboration and is happiest during a 6-hour team brainstorming session. Her work is empathetic, academic, and always asks big questions: it’s zany and all over the place but grounded in research and honesty. Through his performance, dramaturgy, and writing, she hopes to discover and share the beauties in life. www.dezitibbs.com
Emily Anne Goes is a recent graduate receiving her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (New Studio on Broadway). A performer, producer, designer, and activist, Emily has performed with professional theaters in both New York and San Jose, produced cabaret fundraisers, and worked as the NYC Regional Marketing Manager for Relovv. She's a member of the newly-established Collegiate Association for Artists of Color. Since studying at the Shanghai Theater Academy, Emily looks forward to fueling the possibilities within the theatre industry internationally and continuing to be an artist in productive, intersectional, and system-altering ways.
Musical Theatre Advisor
Cate Cammarata is an Off-Broadway producer, director, and dramaturg specializing in the development of new plays and musicals. Off-Broadway: The Assignment, My Father's Daughter. Regional: My Life is a Musical (Bay Street Theater), Bran Castle (Porchlight Theater) and numerous early developmental productions. Cate leads musical theater writing workshops in NYC and serves as the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited and the Director of Creative Development at MusicalWriters.com. She develops work with hip hop artists as the Associate Artistic Director for Rhymes Over Beats. She has a MFA in Dramaturgy and a BFA in Directing, and teaches at SUNY Stony Brook and Baruch College.
Duane Pagano has designed the lighting and/or scenery for any number of productions throughout NYC, some of which you may have seen. Currently he is employed at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as an Adjunct Professor. Personal highlights include, being left-handed, a graduate of the University of Miami and never having broken a bone. Professional highlights include the Best Lighting Design Award for his design of Godspell at the Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, Tn. and the NYIT award for Outstanding Lighting Design for The Navigator. Thanks for reading and enjoy your show. As always, he dedicates his work to his biggest fan.
Emily Hewitt started taking pictures when she was nine (the same year she got her first pair of glasses – there’s probably a connection) and she started working in theater when she was 16. It was many years later when she combined these two interests into a performance photography enterprise. Emily invites you to view her portfolio at www.emilyhewittphotography.com.
ALL ARTISTS ANTI-RACISM ADVISORY BOARD
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
MISSION: Dismantling institutional racism within the theatre industry
Zeynep Akca is a Brooklyn-based theatre maker mostly focused on directing, producing, and teaching artistry originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She has recently joined No Exit Theatre Collective (NETC) as Co-Artistic Director where she directs and technical directs readings and productions in addition to planning monthly seasons with her Co-Artistic Director Ben Natan. Her favorite directing credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (NETC), The Argentinian Prostitute Play (Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Theatre Row), Angels Don’t Ride Horses (The Loft), O, Earth (CUNY Grad Center), Cabaret, Next to Normal (Baruch College). She is a producer on SCOWL: Laddermageddonand SCOWL: Self Isolation Devastation, and “An Apology ... by Doctor John Faustus” (Church of the Intersession). Zeynep is currently getting an MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY SPS.
Emily Goes is a Filipinx-American originally from San Jose, CA. Emily is BBTF’s Social Media Manager and a member of the newly established Collegiate Association for Artists of Color. She grew up as a singer/dancer in the Bay Area, performing at Cedar Fair’s Great America, and producing cabaret fundraisers for Tabard Theatre’s Youth Programs where she spent the last month teaching children ages 8-11 how theater can be used as a tool for change. Since studying at the Shanghai Theater Academy and receiving her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (New Studio on Broadway), Emily has looked forward to fueling the possibilities within the theatre industry internationally and continuing to be an artist in productive, intersectional and system-altering ways.
Raised in Austin, Texas, Chris Phillips wrote and performed his own work in scholastic competition before starting his career with playwriting. His plays have been seen on both coasts in venues such as Celebration Theatre, SoHo Playhouse and the Cherry Lane Theater, receiving two GLAAD Media Award nominations, winning the award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting at the New York International Fringe Festival, and receiving a grant from the Robert Chesley Foundation, which supports LGBT playwrights. Moving from theatre to film & TV, Chris’s scripts have been recognized in out rounds of multiple competitions for features, shorts and television pilots, including the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and the Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition, among others. The short films he's directed have screened at festivals such as Outfest Los Angeles and the California Independent Film Festival, where he won Best Director of a Short. Continuing his mission to provoke discussion and always put what scares him most on the page, stage, or screen, Chris currently lives, writes, and continues to find inspiration in Los Angeles, California.
Juan Ramirez, Jr. is a Borinquén-Chapín-Bronx internationally produced, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, monologist, actor, filmmaker and director. He has produced and developed work with Repertorio Español, Bay Area Playwrights, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, The Cherry Lane, Dramatist Guild, HBMG, Conch Shell Theater, IATI, Theatre Row, Dixon Place, The Landing Theatre, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Gi60, Raíces Theatre Company, Short + Sweet, NYU Abu Dhabi and The Bronx Repertory Company. He is Dramatist Guild member, a 2020 – 2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, founder of The PlayPen collective and R&R Productions, a NYC LatinX Playwright Circle member, an American Theatre Group member and a producing member of The Bronx Repertory Company. His published works include one-minute plays and he is currently developing an online catalogue of monologues. As a teaching artist, he instructs classes from improv to screenwriting at juvenile detention facilities, gifted student programs and workshops. As a film assessor and dramaturg, he advises development of new works for playwrights and theaters. He received his B.A. from Lehman College and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch. www.JuanRamirezJr.com
Nikki M. Reed is from Dallas, Texas and currently works as stage Director,
Producer, Production Stage Manager and Lighting/Sound. She has also been a Director and has produced film in both Texas and New York. Her New York theater venues include: The Billie Holiday Theater, The Kraine Theater, Hudson Guild, Shetler’s Theater 54, The Tank and The Theater For the New City. Nikki currently has three stage productions and a feature film in development.
Dominique Rider is a director and dramaturg based in Brooklyn, New York. They believe in l[i/o]ving like it is the end of the world. Dominique’s work is concerned with answering the question: “What is a world unmade by slavery?” They have worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator at Harlem9, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Haiti Cultural Exchange, MCC, The Old Globe, The Lark, Soho Rep, The Atlantic, The Bushwick Starr, Clubbed Thumb, Long Wharf, Flux Theatre Ensemble, WP, The Movement Theatre Company, and The Black Lady Theatre. They are the director in residence for the National Black Theatre through 2021, a NAMT 2019 observer, and an inaugural member of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Directing Group.
Victor Vauban, Júnior is a former circus performer in love with the art of writing. As a dramatist, this award-winner playwright's works have been featured at the Theater for the New City, Strawberry Theater Festival, Thespis Theatre Festival, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Mid-Manhattan International Theater, The Secret Theater Festival, Writer’s Guild, The Guild magazine. His plays have been read at the Classical Theater of Harlem’s workshop. He began his writing career at the Writers-in-Performance workshop at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center under Program Director Mario Giacalone. Mr. Vauban’s works are attentive to the inevitable dilemmas society has faced since the beginning of its history. As a circus performer he has taught at the social program of Cirque du Soleil, Cirque du Monde and has performed with international circus companies UniverSoul Circus, Gran Circus Norte-Americano, Beto Carrero Show, Gran Bartholo Circus and Circus Amok. An eternal admirer of the arts, he is always willing to share his passion for arts with his students, friends, and community.