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Anton Floyd, Terrell Wheeler and Jaime Lincoln Smith in Carnaval, 2013
(Photo Credit Steven Lawler)

Our Staff

Ari Laura Kreith

Ari Laura Kreith

Artistic Director

ARI LAURA KREITH is the Artistic Director of Luna Stage. She comes to Luna from Theatre 167, where she was the founding Artistic Director and conceived and directed The Jackson Heights Trilogy: 167 TONGUES, YOU ARE NOW THE OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE, and JACKSON HEIGHTS 3AM (PBS Pick-of-the-Week) - three full-length plays collaboratively written by 18 playwrights featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in 14 languages, inspired by the world's most diverse neighborhood. Other directing highlights include MOURNING SUN, which premiered at Theatre 167 and toured to Uganda, and PIRIRA, which received the 2014 NYIT Award for Outstanding Premiere Production Of A Play and transferred Off-Broadway. Commissioned projects include several pieces for Queens Theatre's WORLDS FAIR PLAYS (NY Times Critics' Pick,) I LIKE TO BE HERE: JACKSON HEIGHTS REVISITED, or, THIS IS A MANGO at the New Ohio for the Obie-winning Theatre:Village Festival, and the National Geographic-sponsored HOW WE ARE CONNECTED at Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio. Musical theatre highlights include DREAMHOUSE, which she also co-created, and the European premiere of Adam Guettel's MYTHS AND HYMNS. Ari crafted immersive, site-specific projects for Queens Museum and the NY Transit Museum, and adapted a touring version of Marina Budhos' novel WATCHED, which explores the impact of surveillance on Muslim-American communities. With Theatre 167, Ari received the 2015 NYIT Caffe Cino Award for consistently producing outstanding innovative theatre. Ari also received the 2016 LPTW Lucille Lortel Visionary Award in recognition of her work as a director and the body of work Theatre 167 has created under her leadership. BA: Yale University. MFA: UC Davis.

Miriam Gardin

Miriam Gardin

Managing Director

Miriam Gardin is thrilled to join the Luna team. Miriam curated and produced the 2nd ReelAbilities: NJ Disabilities Film Festival in 2014, and both the 2013 and 2014 New Jersey Jewish Film Festivals. As a communications and programming consultant, Miriam worked with Situation Cares, and then Situation Project, providing expertise that helped instill creativity in young students and nurture emerging artists. She previously served as director of development at The Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), and interim director of development at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. As an account executive for Situation Interactive, Miriam worked with Disney Theatrical Group, 2econd Stage Theatre, and The Broadway League, among others. As a fundraising advisor, she helped launch the Riverview Jazz Festival in Jersey City, NJ, and supported 24/6: A Jewish Theatre Company. Prior organizations include Performing Arts Chicago - where Miriam helped produce the International Festival of Puppet Theatre in 2000, and Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble.

Her theatre work has brought Miriam on stage, on screen, and behind the scenes in Chicago, Washington, DC, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, and Israel. She produced and directed The Divine Mr. Average in DC's inaugural Capital Fringe Festival and presented Twister Cabaret, an evening of new solo theatre works in Chicago, and she has won awards and critical acclaim for as a stage performance. Miriam helped create and lead the Beit Shemesh Health Initiative, a public-private collaboration in Israel that educated at-risk youth about good health and values through medical seminars and theatre work, culminating in performances for the community.

MFA: Performing Arts Management, Brooklyn College | BFA: Theatre Performance, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Dan Viola

Dan Viola

Production and Facilities Manager

Dan Viola has worked as a Stage Manager and Production Manager throughout the NY/NJ/PA area over the past decade having worked as an on productions with American Repertory Ballet, the McCarter Theatre Center's Education Division, the Bucks County Playhouse, Infused Quirk Productions [Founder], and many more. A graduate of Rider University with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts, he pursued work in Educational Theatre at the McCarter of Princeton, NJ, Black Box Studios of Teaneck, NJ, and Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ. He began work at Luna Stage Company as a Sound & Projection Operator in 2013 and went on to become their Assistant Stage Manager, then their Resident AEA Stage Manager. Though his hometown is a stone's throw away in Bogota of Bergen County where his family still lives, he resides locally in Orange.

You can contact Dan via email at dan.viola@lunastage.org or by phone at (973) 395-5551 ext. 204.

Kaitlin Stilwell

Kaitlin Stilwell

Resident Dramaturg and Director of Audience and Community Engagement

Kaitlin Stilwell has worked in the literary offices of Urban Stages, The Mint Theater Company, the Hangar Theater, and McCarter Theatre, where she assisted playwrights Marina Carr, Danai Gurira and John Guare on premieres of their new plays. As a freelance dramaturg, she has developed plays with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Southern Writers' Project at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theater's Youth Ink! Festival, and with many individual writers. As an actor, Kaitlin toured North America as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof starring Chaim Topol, Theodore Bikel and Harvey Fierstein, alternatively. Kaitlin has done research for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Company in New York. Her postgraduate work in England culminated in a dissertation on the dramaturgy of climate change plays. Now a resident of Montclair, Kaitlin is so pleased to be working with such talented local playwrights and theater artists at Luna Stage.

You can contact Kaitlin via email at kaitlin.stilwell@lunastage.org.

Alexa Teebo

Alexa Teebo

Education Associate and Audience Services Manager

Alexa holds a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of West Florida and joined the Luna Stage family in 2015. Her performing and and administrative work in theater has involved participation in the NYC International Fringe Festival, The NJ One Minute Play Festival, various regional theater and Off Broadway performances, as well as nationally touring children's theater. Along with being involved in performance opportunities at Luna, she also assists with development and became Education Associate in 2017. She is most excited to be lending her time and energy into evolving children and youth programming here at the theater.

You can contact Alexa at alexa.teebo@lunastage.org.

Valerie Sanchez

Valerie Sanchez

Graphic Designer

Valerie Sanchez has an Associates in Web Graphic Design, a Bachelor's in Multimedia Design and Management, and Masters in Communications focusing on New Media and Marketing. Valerie has a passion for all aspects of design, especially branding and print design. Currently she works in the fields of both marketing and graphic design working as a Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer. Her well-rounded skills and experiences help her to understand that there are many aspects to both marketing and design, by creating work that is not only creative but also functional. Valerie is always proud to be a part of Luna Stage and helping to promote the amazing art and performances it brings to the community.

If you would like to know more about Valerie Sanchez, please visit her website: http://vdesigns.4ormat.com/home or contact her at valmasta@gmail.com.

Jane Mandel

Jane Mandel

Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

Jane Mandel (Director/Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus) holds an MFA from New York University School of the Arts and has had a career in the theatre as actress, director, teacher and producer. She is the founder of the non-profit theatre company, Luna Stage, and served as Artistic Director for over twenty years (now AD Emeritus). With her guidance Luna Stage earned a reputation for producing excellent, intelligent and provocative theatre. Scores of new and classic plays were brought to audiences through readings and full productions. One of her passions is for creating devised theatre. She created and directed In The Name of The Woman (the first show done at Luna Stage), and "we don't have enough sugar for the public" (an exploration of racism), created and co-directed The American Project (an exploration of what it means to be an American), and co-created and directed Mi Casa Tu Casa (a bilingual Latino- based play with music that has been touring in New Jersey.) Other directing credits include: Reckless by Craig Lucas, Rosa Loses Her Face by Kitty Chen, Burying Fiona, Rapture and Little Beasts by Jeanne Marshall, The Queen of Thebes and Friends and Relations by Arnold Rabin, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, The Other Side of Newark by Enid Rudd, Fair and Decent by Thomas Diggs, and Vita and Virginia adapted by Eileen Atkins. As Artistic Director she oversaw the productions of Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, The Whipping Man, The Dangers of Electric Lighting, The Old Settler and A Moon for the Misbegotton to name a few. She taught theatre games and improvisation/acting at NYU School of the Arts where she was a full time faculty member, The New School, The Whole Theatre, Montclair State University, The Teaching Artist's Collective, and Luna Stage. She was a member of The Shaliko Theatre Company and acted in The Measures Taken, Ghosts and Woyzeck while in residence at The New York Shakespeare Festival and on tour. Jane currently directs, acts and coaches acting. You many contact her at jmandel9@gmail.com.

Upcoming Calendar

August 7 - August 8, 2018

SummerShares
Written and Performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb

October 4 - October 28, 2018

MainStage
by J. Stephen Brantley

November 29 - December 6, 2018

MainStage
by Camilo Almonacid

January 31 - February 24, 2019

MainStage
by Christina Gorman

April 4 - April 28, 2019

MainStage
by Gabriel Jason Dean