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Our Staff

SUZANNE BARABAS (Artistic Director)
For NJ Rep, SuzAnne directed Find Me a Voice, North Fork (premiere), Immortal Interlude (premiere), Octet (premiere), Till Morning Comes (premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin, premiere), The Adjustment, 10% of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky & Schwartz, Apostasy (premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (premiere), Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, Puma (premiere), Night Train (premiere), Just In Time: The Judy Holliday Story, Bakersfield Mist, Annapurna, Happy, Broomstick (premiere), Lucky Me (premiere), Swimming at the Ritz (U.S. premiere), and The Realization of Emily Linder (premiere). SuzAnne directed productions of The Housewives of Mannheim at 59E59 Theater (NYC), Ensemble Theater of Santa Barbara (CA), and Phoenix Theater (Indianapolis). In addition, she directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road among others. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, BMI, the Dramatists Guild, SDC, and LPTW.
SUNJAY VENKATRAMAN (Marketing and PR Director)
is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a passion for the arts. In high school, Sunjay served as the student representative for the Matawan Board of Education. In this role his goal was to bring awareness to the art programs at all the schools in the district resulting in an arts budget increase. In college he worked for the Student Union Board of Governors that brought concerts, comedy shows, and lectures on campus. Sunjay would like to thank SuzAnne, Gabor and the Board for giving him the opportunity to represent NJRep.
ROBERT BAIRD (Director of Education)
graduated from Duke University in 2008 with a dual major in Theater Studies and Public Policy. After a career in the telecommunications and legal consulting worlds, he's thrilled to jump back into the world of the theater. At Duke he directed, produced, and acted in numerous productions for the Hoof 'n' Horn Theater Company as well as Duke University Theater Studies. He also assistant directed a staged reading of Labyrinth Theater Company's Going After Alice. He won the Jody McAuliffe Award given to the top student director in his class, and his thesis project, directing John Patrick Shanley's the dreamer examines his pillow, was awarded highest distinction. Thanks to Gabor and SuzAnne for bringing me aboard the team - excited for what's to come at NJ Rep!

EVAN BERGMAN (Associate Artistic Director) Over the years Evan has directed over 15 productions for New Jersey Rep, many of them world premieres. He is extremely proud of the body of work and the theaters ability to identify a wide range of talented playwrights deserving to have their plays produced. He has also directed world premieres at many other theater including Ensemble Studio Theater, The Duke, Daryl Roth, Barrington Stage, Jane Street, Playwrights Horizon, Arclight, The Tiffaney and 59E59. His film work includes the recent short film Day Zero which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was called" A cautionary tale, perfectly realized" by Oscar award winning Director James Ivory. Dig A Hole, Find A Finger, Palm Springs and Newport Beach International Film Festivals and his Documentary for Warner Music Group featuring Roger Daltry (The Who), Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire). Currently he is in pre-production for a new Feature film he wrote about the life of Oyster Farmers called Life on the Flats which starts principle filming in the spring of 2023.

JANE E. HUBER (Artistic Associate) Janey began her relationship at NJ Rep in 2004 as a patron & quickly became a subscriber: "They had me at Whores!" Janey brought close to 30 years of administrative experience to her 5-year role as Managing Director and is thrilled to remain in the NJ Rep family as Artistic Associate. Her previous theater management position was as Operations Director of Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ. Janey has also been a Quality Assurance Consultant in healthcare since 1988 including 18 years at the Reading Birth & Women's Center in PA and 10 years at the Frontier School of Midwifery in Kentucky. She served as Chief Financial Officer and then Executive Director of the Institute of Midwifery, Women, & Health, and Clinical Site Coordinator of The Midwifery Institute, both at Philadelphia University. She also served as the Director of Patient Services for a large Planned Parenthood affiliate in Pennsylvania for 2 years and for 11 years prior to that, worked at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA as a biology professor; serving as Academic Dean during her last 5 years at the college. Her BA and MS degrees, from East Stroudsburg University, are in aquatic biology.
KRISTIN PFEIFER (Production Stage Manager) NYC Credits: Hedwig and The Angry Inch Nat'l Tour (Production Asst.) Opera: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Assistant Stage Manager, Yale Opera) Regional: Multiple Family Dwelling (NJ Rep), Love Letters w/ Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick (NJ Rep),The Crucible (Assistant Stage Manager, Cleveland Playhouse) White Guy on a Bus (Production Stage Manager, Passage Theatre) The Fabulous Lipitones (Production Stage Manager, George St. Playhouse) The Cat and the Canary, Oliver! (Production Stage Manager, Berkshire Theatre Festival) And some of her favorite shows from her many years as Assistant Stage Manager at the George St. Playhouse include: It Shoulda Been You Directed by David Hyde Pierce, Calvin Berger Directed by Kathleen Marshall and The Toxic Avenger Directed by John Rando. Kristin is a proud member of Actor's Equity.
BRIAN P. SNYDER (Technical Director) Brian has been an artist, carpenter, and prop builder since 2003 for several companies in NY and NJ including The Art Department, PVS, Stone Dog Studios, Two River Theater Company, and NJ Repertory Company. After 4 years of teaching Visual Arts and Stagecraft at Lakewood High School he returned to world of freelance and made his debut as Technical Director and Master Carpenter here at NJ Rep in 2014.
ROSE RICCARDI (Stage Manager) Riccardi has been a NJ Rep Company member since 1998. She has worked on over a hundred productions for the Rep including: The Housewives of Mannheim (Alan Brody), The Little Hours (David Bucknam), Fern Hill (Michael Tucker), Dead Ringer (Gino Dilorio), Naked By The River (Michael Folie), Adult Fiction (Brian Mori), Bookends (Katharine Houghton, Dianne Adams, James McDowell), Whores (Lee Blessing), Donna Orbits The Moon (Ian August), Find Me A Voice (SuzAnne Barabas, Gabor Barabas) Off-Broadway credits include: Songbird by Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard, Butler by Richard Strand, The Violin (Dan McCormick), The Road to Damascus (Tom Dulack), Terms of Endearment (Dan Gordon), Poetic License (Jack Canfora), On A Stool At The End Of The Bar (Robert Callely), A Better Place (Wendy Beckett), Murder In The First (Dan Gordon), Martin Luther on Trial (Chris Cragin-Day), Phoenix (Scott Organ), In The Pocket "A Sideman's Tale (James Manos Jr. and Mark Rivera) Rose has also been a proud member of Actors' Equity since 1999.
RACHAEL MALLOY (Assistant Stage Manager) Malloy is very excited to be starting their career with NJ Rep. Previous credit highlights include: 7 Deadly Sins NYC with Tectonic Theatre Project (Show Operator) and Northampton Community College's Summer Theatre (Tech Intern). College theatre: Head Over Heels (Assistant Stage Manager), FAME (Stage Manager), Into The Woods (Assistant Stage Manager), Cabaret (Stage Manager).
JAMES LOCKHART (Master Electrician) Lockhart has the pleasure of working as the Master Electrician for NJ Repertory Company. He is a young, vibrant freelance lighting designer & master electrician that has worked in the tri-state. He has a comprehensive set of skills.
GABOR BARABAS (Executive Producer)

For NJ Rep, he has produced over 80 world premieres including Ends, A World I Never Made, North Fork, Octet, The Girl With the High Rouge, In Search of Red River Dog, Naked by the River, An Unhappy Woman, Immortal Interlude, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch, Till Morning Comes, Slave Shack, Panama, Big Boys, Winterizing the Summer House, Piaf in Vienna, The Color of Flesh, Emil, Touch of Rapture, Beyond Gravity,  A Child’s Guide to Innocence, The Good Daughter, Apostasy, The Best Man, Tilt Angel, Love and Murder, tempOdyssey, October 1962, Place Setting, And Her Hair Went With Her, Engaging Shaw, Poetic License, The Housewives of Mannheim, Dead Ringer, Exposure Time (recipient of and Edgerton New American Plays Award), Character Assassins, The Tangled Skirt (nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America), PumaNight TrainThe Judy Holliday Story, Jericho (recipient of and Edgerton New American Plays Award), American Stare, Release Point, Esther’s Moustache, Ants, Noir, Happy, Broomstick, Admit One, A View of the Mountains, Butler (recipient of and Edgerton New American Plays Award), Lucky Me, Dinner with the Boys, Angels and Ministers of Grace, and the musicals Immortal Interlude,Bookends, The Little Hours (recipient of and Edgerton New American Plays Award), and Date of  Lifetime. His book Miklos RadnotiThe Complete Poetry in Hungarian and English was recently published by McFarland.

JOEL STONE (Literary Manager) Joel was formerly the artistic director of Off-Off Broadway's The Theatre Asylum. On May 17, 1998, his play Horrors of Doctor Moreau (published by Samuel French, Inc.) became the first script-in-hand reading to debut at New Jersey Repertory Company. The following year, his short play The Age of Miracles premiered at NJ Rep and went on to be a finalist at the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Also in 1999, NJ Rep presented "Written in Stone", an evening of Joel's short plays, including The Speck of Dust in Bugsy's Eye (featuring the late Kim Hunter). In 2001, he co-produced "One Night With You", a collection of six short plays about Elvis, created exclusively by NJ Rep playwrights. From 2000-2002, he was the Theatre Education Coordinator for the New York City Board/Department of Education. He has written and directed for all four NJ Rep Theatre Brut Festivals, including Prairie Dogs (2004), Abilene (2004), Trouble on the PATH (2005), Seven4Seven (2006), and The Purgatory of Charlie Hustle (2008). In 2012, Joel directed the acclaimed MainStage production of Gino DiIorio's Release Point. In 2014, Joel was the Director/Mentor of the award-winning NJ Rep Young Playwrights Project, "Shelter From The Storm", in which local high school students wrote short plays about Hurricane Sandy. For the past three years, he has been an adjunct professor of playwriting at Monmouth University and recently taught the initial playwriting class for New Jersey Repertory Company's West End Arts Center. Currently, he is the literary manager for NJ Rep. He was recently commissioned by NJPAC to write The Calling, his first full-length play in decades.
GAIL WINAR (Artistic Associate/Education Consultant) Gail is an Artistic Associate at NJ Rep, and has worked the company for 15+ years as a director, producer, and actor. At NJ Rep, she directed the 2018 premiere of Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz; the mainstage musical Don't Hug Me; one-act plays for Theatre Brut during its last three seasons at the West End Arts Center; and numerous script-in-hand readings. Gail has also directed for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland (seven seasons); George Street Playhouse; Classics on Tour; American Globe Theatre; and Shotgun Productions – to name a few. Gail currently works with the Education Department at the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway and has taught at Kean University in Union, NJ; Marymount Manhattan College, CUNY/QCC, NYU/Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film School; Columbia University Teachers College and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School.
DEE DEE IRWIN (Managing Director) Dee Dee joined New Jersey Repertory Company in October 2022, bringing with her almost 30 years of experience in the performing arts and live events industry. Prior to coming to NJRep, Dee Dee spent nine years as the Director of Marketing and Communications/Associate Producer for Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and 12 years as part of the Broadway in Hollywood team for Nederlander's beautiful Pantages theatre in Hollywood, CA. Dee Dee can also be found playing with puppets as part of the gang that produces Brian Henson's Puppet Up! Uncensored at the legendary Jim Henson Company Lot. While in Laguna Beach, Dee Dee served as chair for the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance, saw the theatre turn 100 years old and produced much of the virtual programming during the pandemic. Originally from Los Angeles, Dee Dee holds an MA in Humanities, a BA in Theatre, and is a proud member of IATSE 857. Special shout out to the love of her life, her dog Pickle, who you might see roaming the theatre and giving his opinion on, well, pretty much everything.
JOE CACACI (Artistic Associate) co-created the CBS prime time series The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, starring Sharon Gless and has been the Executive Producer of two prime time series, SHOWTIME 's The Hoop Life, starring Dan Lauria, Mykelti Williamson and Gregory Hines and CBS's The Education of Max Bickford, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. He wrote and directed the final episode of The Hoop Life, which starred Charles Durning and Edward Asner. He wrote the episodes of Max Bickford, that brought Eli Wallach and Peter O'Toole to the show. Joe was an Executive Producer with David Black and Mr. Dreyfuss of Mr. Black's PBS series Copshop, and directed the pilot episode, which starred Mr. Dreyfuss, Blair Brown and Jay Thomas. He has written and produced numerous movies for all three major networks, starring actors like Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Meredith Baxter, Joanna Kerns and Adam Arkin to name just a few. Joe has directed two indie features, Stranger in My House, starring Lindsay Crouse, and National Lampoon's, Snatched, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Jay Thomas and Ernest Borginine. He wrote, directed and co-produced, with Black Ice Entertainment, the short film, Food for Thought, for Joe Mantegna's Quickbites series, which aired on KCET in August of 2012, featuring Tony Shalhoub and Minnie Driver and which was selected to open the 2013 Berkshire International Film Festival. He directed and executive produced, with Black Ice,, the short film, Halftime, written by Richard Dresser and featuring Treat Williams. The film was also selected for BIFF, 2013, was awarded the second runner up prize at the Williamstown Film Festival and is part of a new venture that Joe started with Black Ice, to produce original short films for distribution on the internet, TV and theatrical release. Along with Odyssey Networks, Joe is currently putting together financing for Invisible Men, a feature film he wrote about baseball's Negro Leagues. Info at In the theater, Joe produced the award winning Boston premiere of David Mamet's American Buffalo and was Producing Director of NY's Provincetown Playhouse where he co-produced Mr. Mamet's OBIE winning play Edmond. He was the founding Artistic Director of East Coast Arts where he produced twenty world premiere plays over seven seasons, including work by Shel Silverstein, which Joe directed. He was Producing Director of The Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble in Los Angeles (with founding Artistic Director Dan Lauria), where over 500 new plays were given staged readings in the Monday Night Reading Series. Joe has directed plays for The NY Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theater (for the late Joseph Papp), The Westport Playhouse, Coconut Grove Theatre and commercially in New York and in Los Angeles, where he directed the world premiere of Victor Bumbalo's Questa, featuring Wendie Malick, Dorian Harwood and Dan Lauria, produced by David Milch. At Queens Theater in the Park, he directed the world premiere of Against the Rising Sea, by Kelly Masterson. It starred Elizabeth Franz. Most recently, he directed the world premiere workshop of Carol Schneider's Movements of the Soul, which was performed in English and American Sign Language (ASL). It was produced in association with the late Jeffrey Ash and NY Theater Workshop. He will direct the world premiere of Richard Dresser's new play, Closure, to star Wendie Malick and Gary Cole, at New Jersey Rep in June. Joe's own plays have been produced at The Public, The Long Wharf and at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He is a founding co-Artistic Director of Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington, MA, with Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn. Joe teaches television writing in the graduate programs of the Film School at Columbia University and at the Tisch School at NYU and in the undergraduate film department at Wesleyan University.