Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based writer-actor who loves hearing an audience laugh. She is delighted to return to NJ Rep after working here as an actor in Mercy. Her play The Future Is Female… received its world premiere at the Flint Repertory Theater last winter. It was a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and her Rage Play was named to the 2020 Kilroys List. Her Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times nationally after its world premiere at LA’s East West Players and an Off-Broadway production in which she also starred. Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by the Hegira in Washington, DC, and Satisfaction had a developmental run at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. One-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, You Are Here, and A More Perfect Date have been produced in New York City and regionally. Nandita has acted in world premiers of new plays by Richard Dresser, Madhuri Shekar, Chelsea Marcantel, Adam Szymkowicz, and Eric Pfeffinger as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting, a 2018 Mellon Creative Research Fellowship at the University of Washington School of Drama in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company, and 2022 Hermitage Fellowship. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, dtfwaw, and the Dramatists Guild. She sits on the Steering Committee of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) which received Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater last year. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University. www.nanditashenoy.com
PETER J. KUO
PETER J. KUO is a theatre director, producer, writer, and educator focusing on raising the visibility of marginalized communities. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in San Francisco where he is the Director of the Conservatory at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), where he serves on the Staff EDI Committee. Recently directing Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft entirely on Zoom, he is a huge proponent for Live Video Theatre and its ability to be accessible to all.
He earned his MFA in Directing at The New School for Drama in New York City. Named as one of TCG’s Rising Leaders of Color in the Round 3 cohort, he is also a co-founder of Artists at Play, an Asian American theatre collective that produces Los Angeles premieres of works for Asian Americans. For Artists at Play, he directed their inaugural production of Lauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman (Backstage Critic’s Pick), and Michael Golamco’s Cowboy Versus Samurai; as well as readings of Boni Alvarez’s Marabella, Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman, and Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends. He served as the production manager for A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (GLAAD and Ovation Nominated). Other favorite directing credits include Christopher Chen’s MUTT: Let’s All Talk About Race!, Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, Elizabeth Wong’s Letters to a Student Revolutionary, Jackie Sibblies-Drury’s We Are Proud to Present…, and Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World.
For NJ Rep, many productions and staged readings over the past two decades, among them Circumference of a Squirrel, Tour De Farce, and most recently DW Gregory’s Memoirs of a Forgotten Man. This spring directed the world premiere of Dan Lauria’s Just Another Day at Shadowland Stages (NY), where he is Associate Artist, and in the past several years directed the US premiere of John Cleese’s new farce Bang Bang! (w/Sean Astin & Scott Shepherd) and the East Coast premiere of Jeff Daniels’ Flint. Co-wrote and directed the music-theatre piece Shostakovich and the Black Monk, in collaboration with the multiple-Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet, which has been performed around the world from the Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, and Ravinia Festivals in the US to the Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea, with a rotating cast including David Strathairn, Sean Astin, Jay O. Sanders, Richard Thomas, Evie Colbert, Jeff DeMunn, and Len Cariou. His adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s Trouble Is My Business had its world premiere at Portland Stage. In three decades of collaboration with writer and journalist Jim Lehrer, Glossman adapted & directed Lehrer’s novels Kick the Can, The Special Prisoner (w/William Schallert), directed his play The Will and Bart Show; and is currently developing Lehrer’s final play, Glock. During lockdown, Glossman directed for NJ Rep world premieres of video productions written for Zoom: Lia Romeo’s Sitting and Talking (w/Wendie Malick & Dan Lauria), Ken Weitzman’s Fire in the Garden (w/Sean Astin), and Nicky Glossman’s Portrait of a Woman in Repose (w/Paula Prentiss & Tony Shalhoub). Last summer, at Shadowland, he directed the world premiere of the time-traveling adventure Safe Home, which he has co-written with Tom Hanks.
Inda Craig-Galván writes stuff – mostly plays and TV. Her work often explores intra-racial conflicts and politics within the African-American community. Grounded in reality with a touch of magical realism that fucks with time & memories. Inda’s currently developing new works of theatre on commission with The Old Globe and Round House Theatre. Produced plays include A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER (Skylight Theatre & Playwrights’ Arena co-production, Los Angeles), BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA (Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles) I GO SOMEWHERE ELSE (Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles). Inda is the recipient of the Kesselring Prize, Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award, Blue Ink Playwriting Prize, Jane Chambers Student Award for Feminist Playwriting, and Stage Raw Best Playwright Award. Inda’s plays have been included on the Kilroys List (twice) and Steppenwolf Theatre’s The Mix. Inda has developed & presented work at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NNPN Showcase, Ashland New Play Festival, Orlando Shakes, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, The Old Globe Powers New Voices Festival, Kitchen Dog Theatre New Works Festival, Black & Latino Playwrights Conference, WomenWorks, Humanitas, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Skylight Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Intiman, and others. Aside from theatre, Inda is a TV writer on the upcoming series: Will Trent (ABC). She previously wrote on the JJ Abrams series Demimonde (HBO), the upcoming Happy Face (Paramount+), How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), and The Rookie (ABC). She is in development with Universal TV Studios to write and executive produce Cotton Club Princess, adapted from the novel by Karla Diggs. a hit dog will holler, Inda’s 4-episode fiction podcast adapted from her play, was produced by Radiotopia.fm and is available now wherever you get your podcasts.
DR. LYMAN HIDALGO-NYQUIST
KEVIN O’ROURKE has performed on Broadway in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, SPOILS OF WAR, and ALONE TOGETHER, as well as THE CITY OF CONVERSATION at Lincoln Center, OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at The White Heron, THE NIGHT ALIVE at John Drew, productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, Roundabout, Long Wharf, Primary Stages, Barrington Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Baltimore’s Centerstage. His roles on television include MADAM SERETARY, LAW AND ORDER, THE SOPRANOS, OUTSIDERS, ELEMENTARY and VEEP. He also won a SAG Award for his role as Edward Bader on BOARDWALK EMPIRE and was nominated for his role on AMC’s REMEMBER WENN. His film credits include THE IRISHMAN with Robert DiNiro and Al Pacino, AMERICAN PICKLE, VICE VERSA, THE AVIATOR, TATOO and FREEHELD. As a director, Kevin staged the NY premiere of Abi Morgan’s TENDER, Jonathon Draxton’s SOLDIER at HERE Arts Center, and THE PHYSICISTS at Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 2005 he founded the WILLIAMS COLLEGE SUMMER THEATRE LAB and for 10 years served as its Artistic Director.
You may know her from her multiple Emmy nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, or as Izzy’s tender but ditzy Mom on GREY’S ANATOMY (for which she earned her 4th EMMY nod) or a murderous realtor on MONK or a sociopathic serial killer on LAW AND ORDER:SVU, coming to terms with her long lost daughter on RIZZOLI & ISLES, speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund or beating up Larry David on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Her 5th EMMY nomination came in 2021 as Lead Actress in a digital series -THE GAZE www.thegazeseries.com Currently you can find her starring in the series JOE PICKETT based on the best seller of the same name. Previously she starred opposite Kirsten Dunst in the Showtime series ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, and HOME BEFORE DARK for Apple. Many recurring roles include REBEL with Katy Sagal and Andy Garcia, CW’s DYNASTY and CBS’s CRIMINAL MINDS, Showtime’s SHAMELESS, Netflix’s THE RANCH opposite Sam Elliott, Amazon’s THE LAST TYCOON, and the critically acclaimed series QUEEN SUGAR produced by Ava DuVernay. Also, Jenny Mollen’s series I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY I AM for ABC digital, the unforgettable crossover episode of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and SCANDAL, BLUNT TALK with Sir Patrick Stewart and NBC’s GAME OF SILENCE and several beloved holiday movies including the 2-time GLAAD Award nominated THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE on Hallmark. She headlined her own comedy series FIRED UP with Leah Rimini, Mark Feurestein and Jonathan Banks for NBC and starred in LADIES MAN starring Alfred Molina and Betty White for CBS. Other prominent appearances include her much Twittered about stints on ONE TREE HILL and DROP DEAD DIVA Audiences saw her on COMMUNITY, THE MENTALIST, BODY OF PROOF. Film work includes, SOLACE with Sir Anthony Hopkins, THE LOST HUSBAND with Leslie Bibb and Josh Duhamel, OF MIND AND MUSIC with Anjeannue Ellis and the indie hit MIDDLE OF NOWHERE directed by Ava DuVernay (Best Director at Sundance Film Fest 2012; two GOTHAM AWARD and four SPIRIT nominations.) She headlined her own comedy series FIRED UP with Leah Rimini, Mark Feurestein and Jonathan Banks for NBC and starred in LADIES MAN starring Alfred Molina and Betty White for CBS. Other prominent appearances include her much Twittered about stints on ONE TREE HILL and DROP DEAD DIVA Audiences saw her on COMMUNITY, THE MENTALIST, BODY OF PROOF. An accomplished stage actress, and 2012 Lunt-Fontane Ten Chimneys Fellow, Sharon most recently appeared as Katharine Graham in a solo play about the lauded publisher of the Washington Post, and the IAMA Theatre Company member in the West Coast premiere of A KID LIKE JAKE directed by Jennifer Chambers. LA theatre includes her acclaimed performance in THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX at the Mark Taper Forum, playing twenty different women in the LOVE, NOEL cabaret at The Wallis, -Noel Coward’s final play, A. SONG AT TWILIGHT and as Vivian Leigh in ORSON’S SHADOW for which she was nominated for an Ovation Award, and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award. She created the role of Maureen in the premier of Theresa Rebeck’s POOR BEHAVIOR at the Mark Taper Forum and her last Broadway appearance was as Velma Kelly in CHICAGO. Sharon earned her BA in Journalism in 1983 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while playing leads in many productions at UNC-CH Playmakers Repertory Theater including THE THREE SISTERS, THE GREEKS, and Juliet in an original musical of Shakespeare’s most famous romance called STAR-CROSSED LOVERS. She has been honored with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, served on the BoD for the University’s General Alumni Association. She is the 2nd VP of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and is current Chair of the Board of Heal The Bay. Other acknowledgments of achievement include Prism, Method Fest, and Drama Logue Awards.
D. W. GREGORY
D.W. Gregory’s plays frequently explore political issues through a personal lens and with a comedic twist. The New York Times called her “a playwright with a talent to enlighten and provoke” for her most-produced work, Radium Girls, about the famous case of industrial poisoning. Other plays include Memoirs of a Forgotten Man, a National New Play Network rolling world premiere (Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shadowland Stages, New Jersey Repertory Company); Molumby’s Million (Iron Age Theatre), nominated for a Barrymore Award by Theatre Philadelphia; A Thing of Beauty, winner of the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s 2023 Charles M. Getchell New Play Award; The Good Daughter and October 1962 (New Jersey Repertory Company); and a new musical comedy, The Yellow Stocking Play, with composer Steven M. Alper and lyricist Sarah Knapp. Her plays have been developed through the support of AATE, the National New Play Network (NNPN), the Playwrights’ Center, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the HBMG Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. A member of the Dramatists Guild, Gregory is an affiliated writer with the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and an affiliated artist with NNPN. Gregory also writes for youth theatre (Salvation Road and Penny Candy) and makes occasional appearances as a teaching artist. For five years in a row, Dramatics magazine named Radium Girls among the 10 Most-Produced Plays in American High-School Theatre.
MICHELLE JOYNER (Director/Dramaturg) Michelle has been at the helm of The Shot from its earliest development phase at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. She currently lives in The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, and has helmed plays there with Shakespeare and Co., Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Great Barrington Public Theatre and Theatre Fest. West Coast: Center Stage, Santa Monica Rep, Greenlight Productions, and LA Women’s Shakespeare Co. Internationally: The EdinburghFringe Festival. She is an accomplished stage and screen actor with a long career and has written ten studio screenplays. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, WGA, and DG. Her first full-length play IODINE will have a reading this year in the Berkshires. She leads THE LONG TABLE, a woman’s writing group.
Playwright / Cast
After premiering his one-man show, What Doesn’t Kill You, here at NJ Rep, the show was recently produced at The International Gay Dublin Theatre festival where it received a 5 Star review in the Irish Times and was nominated for three Oscar Wilde Awards. He was co-creator and director of NJ Rep’s recent musical, The Pin Up Girls and his play Multiple Family Dwelling was produced here in 2018. As a writer, Off Broadway credits include: Popcorn Falls directed by Tony Award Winner Christian Borle, Pete ‘n’ Keely (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations), The Audience (Drama Desk nomination), Being Audrey (Transport Group, NEA Grant recipient), The Gorges Motel (NY Fringe Festival). A Terrance McNally Award finalist, his plays have been performed and developed at The Vineyard Theatre, Second Stage, Long Wharf, Walnut Street, Goodspeed, Denver Theatre Center, New Jersey Rep and Papermill Playhouse. Co-Writer: A Christmas Survival Guide, The Rat Pack Lounge (Carbonell nomination) and The Bikinis. Next up: NOW COMES THE FUN PART at Penguin Rep. As an actor he’s performed on Broadway in: Mary Poppins, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1776, City Of Angels, A Grand Night For Singing and Once Upon A Mattress. Some film and television: HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’, ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’, Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’, ‘The Report’, ‘Oceans 8’, ‘The Americans’, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Public Morals’, ‘Madam Secretary’ and ‘The Sopranos’. He is thrilled to be working with this wonderful team at New Jersey
Broadway & National Tours: MARY POPPINS, KINKY BOOTS, EVITA, MY FAIR LADY, THE KING & I, CS Lewis’ THE GREAT DIVORCE and THE BOY FRIEND (Directed by Julie Andrews) Off-B’way: POPCORN FALLS (Directed by Christian Borle) DESPERATE MEASURES (New World Stages) LIBERTY (Theatre 80) THE KID WHO WOULD BE POPE (Ars Nova) MARDI GRAS/THE LAST WORD (York) BROKEN HANDS (NY Fringe Festival Award of Excellence), THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, TONY AND TINA’S WEDDING. Regionally, Tom has performed at many of the top theatre across the country, such as Goodspeed, St. Louis Rep, Gateway, Ogunquit, Cincinnati Playhouse, FL Rep, etc. TV & Film: LAW & ORDER, THE GOOD FIGHT, SUBMISSIONS ONLY, MARRY ME & as “Prof. Ed M. Ology” & “Mimi” on the children’s YouTube series THE HELLO YOU! SHOW. Graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.