IRA FUCHS – AUTHOR, is a lifelong resident of New York City. He graduated with a BA in English from Queens College of CUNY in 1974. While in college he started writing plays that were staged at the original Playwrights Horizons, founded by Bob Moss in a YWCA on Eighth Avenue.
After graduating he spent 45 years as an entrepreneur working with computer technology from mainframes to microcomputers. He has consulted and worked for companies such for AT&T and Microsoft. He is the author and publisher of two books on Microsoft’s SharePoint platform.
In 2016 he returned to writing plays and enrolled in a six week play writing workshop at Hollins University where Bob Moss is a faculty member. One assignment was to write a full length play, in three days, based on a news article published that day. In the NY Times was a story about the discovery of an escape tunnel in the Ponar death pits outside of Vilnius. He can be reached at email@example.com.
JOSEPH DISCHER – DIRECTOR is honored to be a part of the development of Vilnius. The New York Times has called his work “devastatingly effective,” “enchanting,” “beautiful,” “sensitively directed,” “exceedingly enjoyable” and “joyously funny.” Most recently, he directed the off-Broadway world premiere of The Violin starring Robert LuPone at 59E59. Mr. Discher also directed the NYC premiere of Ben Butler at 59E59, as well as regional productions at Barrington Stage Company, Majestic Theater, and the world premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company.
Other directing credits include: One Man Two Guvnors (Florida Studio Theater). The Weir, Red, and As You Like It (Theatreworks), A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wittenberg, Our Town, Henry IV: Part One, To Kill A Mockingbird, Arms and the Man, The Grapes of Wrath, The Tempest, Amadeus, The Play’s the Thing, Cymbeline, Galileo, Of Mice and Men, A Midwinter Night’s Dream, The Fantasticks, Twelfth Night, Scapin, Travels With My Aunt, Much Ado About Nothing, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ) Julius Caesar (The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis). He is also working with playwright Jonathan Kravetz on his new play about gun violence, Ground Glass.
Mr. Discher is an associate artist at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where he spent twenty years on staff as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director. He is also a violinist, professional tenor and audiobook narrator. In his spare time, he is a professional coach for actors in NYC and NJ. He is a member of SDC and AEA and a graduate of Drew University.
BRITTANY VASTA – SET DESIGNER is a Brooklyn based scenic designer for live performance. Growing up, she had the opportunity to live in many different places as the daughter of a US Army officer. This sort of nomadic lifestyle gave her a deep appreciation for the ephemeral and a lasting fascination for the way we carry stories from place to place; the way we share and shape space. She explored these interests by studying drawing, painting, psychology and theatre, ultimately earning her MFA in set design from New York University. Since then she has been freelance designing in NYC, regionally and internationally.
Some recent work includes: Happy Birthday Wanda June (The Duke); An Enemy of the People (Gene Frankel); DKDV (4TH St Theatre), Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet (Davenport); Sheila (A.R.T NY); Sehnsucht (JACK); Your Hair Looked Great (Abrons Arts Center); The Road to Damascus (59E59); My Purple Wig (Theatre Row); Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane); Welcome to Fear City, Sex with Strangers (KC Rep); My Name is Asher Lev (Portland Stage); Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); From the Author Of (UDel Rep); The Shakuntala Project (New Delhi). Recent associate design: The Lifespan of a Fact (Bway, Studio 54); Fairview (Soho Rep). United Scenic Artists USA-829. MFA, NYU. brittanyvasta.com.
HARRY FEINER – LIGHTING DESIGNER is a set and lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance. His work includes more than 45 Off-Broadway productions, as well as LORT and regional productions, including designs for: The Mint Theatre Co., The Peccadillo Theatre Company, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Pearl Theatre, The Directors Company, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, A Red Orchid Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Peoples’ Light & Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, GEVA, Premier Stages, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, Philadelphia Drama Guild, The Pennsylvania Stage Company, New Jersey Rep, & The Actors’ Studio.
He has designed for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Dance designs include Rioult Dance, Germaul Barnes’ Viewsonic Dance & North Carolina Dance Theatre. He has designed opera for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, Florida State Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Feiner has served as head of production for Lake George Opera Festival and resident designer for Missouri Repertory Theatre. Exhibitions include several Prague Quadrennials including the upcoming PQ 2019, The World Stage Design Exhibition and USITT Design Exhibitions.Mr. Feiner has received grants from the Graham and Tobin Foundations.
His awards include nominations and awards received in Boston, Connecticut and Santa Barbara, and company commendations with the Pearl Theatre Company (Drama Desk and Obies). He also received a CUNY Chancellor’s Honoree for Excellence award. Mr. Feiner has written on the relationship between consciousness studies, theatrical space and the arts, on which he has given several papers internationally, and published book chapters and conference anthologies. He teaches at Queens College, CUNY and served as department chair from 1999-2003.
DEVON PAINTER – COSTUME DESIGNER: Regional theatre credits feature designs for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Indiana Rep, Geva Theatre Center, Denver Center Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Rep, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Anchorage Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Contemporary American Theater Festival and 20 seasons at American Players Theatre in Wisconsin. Her most special associate design work was with the late great Desmond Heeley for The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011, for which he won a Tony Award. Her own design work was exhibited in Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Ms. Painter is a member of United Scenic Artists. Website: devonpainter.com
JANE SHAW – SOUND DESIGNER: New York Off-Broadway: The Price of Thomas Scott (Mint Theater), I Was Most Alive with You (Playwrights Horizons); Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club), Theatre for a New Audience, National Black Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, WP Theater, Repertorio Español, New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb. Regional: Hartford Stage Company, Cleveland Play House, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Two River Theater, Arena Stage, Denver Center Theatre. Recognition: Drama Desk, Connecticut Critics Circle, Henry Award, Bessie Award, Premios ACE 2012, NEA/TCG Career Development Grant, Meet the Composer Grant. Member: USA 829, TSDCA. Training: Harvard University, Yale School of Drama.
RICK SORDELET – FIGHT DIRECTOR and his son, Christian Kelly Sordelet are creators of Sordelet, Inc, with more than 30 years of action movement in the NYC theatre community, 68 Broadway productions, 66 first-class productions on five continents. They are also stunt coodinators with over 1,000 episodes of daytime TV and numerous feature films. With partner, author David Blixt, they run an e-publishing company called SordeletINK.