The Production Crew for The Balcony

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Jamie Lyons
(co- director/producer)
Avid surfer, educator, writer, filmmaker, sailor and stage director who received his AB and PhD from Stanford University. For theatre he has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, The Public Theater, La Mama ETC, PS122, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and for six years with the avant-garde New York based theatre company, Mabou Mines. Jamie’s directing work includes that of William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, The Tempest), Cyril Tourneur (Revenger’s Tragedy), Samuel Beckett (Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I, Rockaby, Footfalls, Quad), Harold Pinter (Mountain Language), Sam Shepard (Cowboy Mouth, The Unseen Hand), Peter Weiss (Marat/Sade), Lee Breuer (Prelude to a Death in Venice) and Heiner Müller (Hamletmachine). In recent years Jamie has taught at Stanford University, UCLA, USF, Yale and San Quentin State Prison.


Michael Hunter
(co- director/producer)
A director, performance curator, and Lecturer at the California College of the Arts.  At Stanford he received his PhD in Drama and Directing.  His directorial work in the Bay Area and the UK has included Calderòn, Orton, Genet, Ionesco, and Kushner, as well as his own plays, which he has presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Michael runs a regular performance series in his home, and is a founding member of The Collected Works.


Latifa Medjdoub
(visual art and costumes)
Born in France, Latifa Medjdoub has been living and working in San Francisco since 2000. Amongst her various projects are sculpture, printing, painting, social art pieces and costume design. Her work’s most consistent theme is the mixing of genres, tools, and techniques, an approach perfectly suited to her continued exploration of the phenomenon of mixity and hybridization that continually redefine global culture and communities. While training at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du textile of Roubaix, France in 1994, Latifa realized her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Textile and Fine Arts of Roubaix. In Paris from 1996, she worked on theater, opera, film, performance and couture productions as a costumes designer and fiber artist. That period saw collaborations with leading artists including Philippe Guillotel, Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle, Christian Lacroix, Gabriella Pescucci, Marina Draghici and directors Philippe Decouflé, Yves Angelo, Marcel Maréchal, Raul Ruiz, Chris Terrio. Her work has been shown at the Museum of textile and fine arts, Roubaix France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC.


Angrette McCloskey
A New York based set designer and carpenter having recently relocated to the Bay Area. Angrette has worked in theater and film for the past 8 years. Her notable design credits include Swimming to Spalding directed by Richard Schechner and The Bacchae directed by Kevin Kulhke at the Warsaw International Theatre Festival, as well assistant credits on Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, and English National Opera. As a scholar Angrette writes about the intersections of architecture and scenography, construction as performance, and the work of the “building-body” as an embodied approach to construction. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Stanford University’s Department of Theater & Performance Studies and holds a BFA in Scenic Design and MA in Performance Studies from New York University.


Nathaniel Berman
(music director/composer)
A faculty member at UC Santa Cruz since 2007, he is conductor of the UCSC Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble, and has appeared as guest conductor of UCSC Orchestra.  He has frequently participated as conductor in the April in Santa Cruz Festival of New Music at UCSC, and worked with UCSC Opera Theater as Music Director of Riddle Me, a commissioned chamber opera by Alan Shearer. Nathaniel is Music Director of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, a position he has held since 2011, and has appeared as guest conductor of the Santa Cruz County Symphony in annual collaborative concerts with the Youth Symphony.  Berman also holds the position of Assistant Conductor with Peninsula Symphony, where he conducts the annual Family Concert and appears regularly on the podium at subscription concerts.  A strong advocate for new music, Nathaniel is the resident conductor of the San Francisco-based new music ensemble Wild Rumpus, with whom he has led premieres of commissioned works by Ruben Naeff, Lee Weisert, Yao Chen, Dan Van Hassel, and many others.  In August of 2014 he worked with members of Bang on a Can All-Stars and Alarm Will Sound on recording composer Jenny Olivia Johnson’s forthcoming album Don’t Look Back.


Derek Philips
(sound artist)
A composer and sound artist in San Francisco. His work has been played or performed at The DeYoung Museum, The Exit Theater, The Garage, Kunst-Stoff Arts, The Performance Art Institute (SF), Jack Arts (NY), Z/KU (Berlin), and Stanford University. He studied literature at UC San Diego.


M. G. Renu Cappelli
Originally hails from Italy and from Maui, Hawaii. Her work intervenes into normative models of community and identity: exploring temporal place, heart space, and the travails of difference and density. She completed her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley in 2007, and has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. She is a scholar, a teacher, a puppeteer, and a dancer, currently completing her Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology–the “cure by love.”

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Jamie Freebury
(production manager)
A peripatetic San Francisco native, Jamie has worked in local theater and on small scale film productions since 2010. Most notably he wrote and produced the short film Are You Still Still There?, which won the San Francisco 24 Hour Film Racing Contest in 2011. Jamie holds an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. He loves Medieval Poetry, Critical Theory and the the semi­ illegal act of putting them together. He is honored to join Collected Works in producing this rich and challenging version of The Balcony.

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Megan Hillard
(properties guru)


Niki Ulehla
(art director)
An artist, jewelry designer, puppet maker and performer. Originally from Tennessee, she lived in Texas, Alabama, Germany, Georgia, Massachusetts and the Marshall Islands before coming to California in 1997 to study painting at Stanford University. Her work is all hand-made in her San Francisco studio.


Elizabeth Nordt
(producer/community outreach)
An educator, director and performer. Comfortable working in preschools, board rooms, factories, churches, and universities, she synthesizes the big picture and the minutia of everyday life. She earned her Ph.D. in Drama from Stanford University and MA in performance studies at New York University where she studied with Augusto Boal whose work she continues to incorporate in her own. Early in her career, she was the business manager for Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA where she later collaborated with Cornerstone Theatre by assisting directing Steelbound under Bill Rauch. She has directed shows by Ibsen, Beth Henley, María Irene Fornes, and David Henry Hwang, among others. Having travelled on six continents, her  interests lie at the intersection of cultures, including political, technical and artistic.


Ariane Fehrenkamp
(design consultant)
Ariane Fehrenkamp practices architecture in San Francisco. Her approach to architecture explores aesthetics and materials in the creation of spaces that are responsive to people, the site and the environment. She studied at Harvard and RISD, and received her Master of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, prior to which she was a staff writer at Sculpture magazine in Washington, DC. This collaboration on a theatrical design for an artist collective combines her commitment to community-minded projects and her passion for artistic innovation. Ariane was also involved with the Collected Works production of Princess Ivona in the Winter of 2013.


John Hadden
(script consultant)
John Hadden was a founding member of Shakespeare & Co, cofounder/artistic director of Counterpoint Theater (Boston), artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Co (Cambridge, NY) and associate artist with We Players. His plays have have been seen in places like LaMaMa ETC, PS 122, EST and The Good Ear Review. King Fool played last summer with We Players; The Long Run played in November at the Wharton Salon; his book Travels with a Masked Man is due out this year with Arcade Publishing; his solo show by the same name is an ongoing project.

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