2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Fest


2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Fest

Theaterlab – 137 W 14th St NYC [map]

7 Nights, 21 original, never been produced, one act works-in-progress

20 female playwrights, 21 female directors

2010_EFVPFThe mission of the Playwright’s Festival is to give female playwrights the opportunity to hear their words off the page so they can develop their writing voice with professional actors in front of a live audience.

Production Staff

The Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest is a series of 21 readings over the course of 7 nights. This year’s theme is The Seven Ages of Man:

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Audience Favorite will be presented with $50 in gift certificates to The Drama Book Shop.

Company Favorite will be given the opportunity to expand the piece to 90 mins and be fully produced the following summer: July 2011.

Come on out, VOTE for your favorite, stay for the reception!

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Production Staff

Itohan Aghayere (Resident Actor, Advertising) is a Candian born Nigerian-American with a desire to be a part of bringing dynamic theater to the masses. She is a recent graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and theater studies. She continues to pursue her passion for politics through her work in New York and Washington while pursuing her love for acting as a second year graduate student at Columbia University in the School of the Arts.


Alessandra A. Alma (Publicist) A New Jersey native, Alessandra began her career in the United States Air Force as a Communications and Information Officer. She served as the Unit Public Affairs Officer at Andrews AFB, MD where she was responsible for VIP visits, public relations and special ceremonies. Alessandra is a regular contributor to several online magazine websites covering events such as the Latin Grammy Awards, Latin Billboard Awards, and Latin Alternative Music Conference. She has a B.S. in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is pursing an M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.


Michelle Cote (Resident Stage Manager) is a second year Columbia School of the Arts graduate student pursuing her MFA in Stage Management. She received her BA from Florida International University. Stage Managing credits include: Lydia’s Funeral VideoThe Telephone PlaysPolisSnow FleasThe Would-Be Room,Evolutionism or DammitWe Took the ShortcutThe Private Life of Inga SnyderReefer Madness: the MusicalThe Cook1000 HomosexualsAs Bees in Honey Drown, and Proof.


Sarah Eismann (Artistic Director) a native Jersey girl, got her BFA in Drama and Biology at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Among others she has performed with the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Center REP, Pear Avenue Theatre, Playhouse West, the long and short form improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network podcasts. Sarah is also a proud member of Woman’s Will – San Francisco Bay Area’s All Female Shakespeare Company, and the founder of Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Sarah is happy to be part of the Columbia 2012 MFA Acting family.


Ellen Joffred (Dramaturg – The Schoolboy) received her B.A. in French and Theater from Dickinson College and spent her junior year in Toulouse, France, interning at Theater Sorano. She has dramaturged and acted at Pendragon Theater in upstate NY (Dramaturg for Angels in AmericaPerestroika, & for the WP of Andre Gregory’sBone Songs, and also performing as Luisa in The Fantasticks). Ellen also acts as Vice President of the Board, vocal coach, and core ensemble member of Vagabond Acting Troupe- a physical-based experimental theatre company based in PA. Now a second-year MFA Dramaturgy candidate at Columbia, she’s thrilled and honored to be collaborating with Manhattan Shakes.


Tiffany Vega (Resident Producer) is a second year Theatre Management and Producing M.F.A. candidate at Columbia University. She is also currently the Management and Production Intern at TeatroStageFest 2010 and will soon become a Producing Intern with the Hip Hop Theater Festival. She directed, stage managed, and produced several productions that were part of The Ultimate Latina Theater Festival in New York City in 2008 and 2009. She is a 2009 recipient of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. B.A.: University of Maryland-College Park.


Chrissy Capobianco (Assistant Stage Manager) is a 1st year MFA stage management major here at Columbia and is very excited to be working with ManhattanShakes!. Previous credits include production manager for World Poverty Events for 1Voice World, ASM for the 75th Save the Children’s Foundation at Lincoln Center, PSM for Ak-47 Sing Along at the NYC Fringe Festival, as well as interning for the Wendy Williams show, and PA for other TV networks.