Robert LuPone (Artistic Director) began his career as a dancer. A graduate of Juilliard, he studied under Antony Tudor, Jose Limon and Martha Graham. As an actor, Mr. LuPone recently performed on Broadway in A Thousand Clowns, True West, and A View from the Bridge. His numerous film and television appearances include recent parts in Comedy Central's new series Stella, Law & Order, The Door In the Floor, and a recurring role as Dr. Cusamano in The Sopranos. He won a Joseph Jefferson Award for his role as Crow in Tooth of the Crime, an Emmy nomination for his work on All My Children, and a Tony nomination for his role as Zach in the original cast of A Chorus Line.
Bernard Telsey (Artistic Director) graduated from New York University in 1981 with a degree in Theater Administration and Acting. While at NYU he interned with many not-for-profit theaters, acted and met Robert LuPone. During the early years MCC Theater became a place for artists of all kinds to develop their craft, and in 1986 the company received its not-for-profit status and began producing the plays it was developing. During this time, Mr. Telsey began working at Simon & Kumin Casting as an assistant, and then as a casting director at Risa Bramon & Billy Hopkins Casting. He opened his own casting office in 1988. He, along with his staff of casting directors and associates, have cast such Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as The Odd Couple, Color Purple, Tarzan, and Sweeney Todd. Other credits include Wicked, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up, Frozen, The Goat, Hairspray, Wit, La Bohème, Long Days Journey into Night, Anna and the Tropics, Rocky Horror Show, Taboo, Moon for the Misbegotten, Aida, Death of a Salesman, De La Guarda, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rent, Capeman, The Cryptogram, and Food Chain. His company has also cast for the New York Theater Workshop, Drama Dept, ACT in San Francisco, LaJolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Hartford Stage Company, and The Goodman Theatre. He also cast Peter Seller's international productions of Peony Pavilion, The Merchant of Venice and I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky. Film credits include RENT and the Untitled Julie Taymor Beatles Project. Additional credits include Pieces of April, Camp, Whoopie, HBO's Undefeated, Finding Forrester, Blair Witch the Sequel, The Bone Collector, and The Grey Zone. Along with his casting staff, he also casts all of the plays and readings produced by MCC Theater.
William Cantler (Artistic Director) started as a drama major at Washington & Lee University before a precipitous move to New York. He became involved with MCC Theater in 1984 and was instrumental in the evolution of the company into a non-profit producing organization with the creation of MCC's first New York production, Beirut by Alan Bowne. He directed productions for MCC including Just Horrible by Nicholas Kazan starring Bridget Fonda, and Mr. Bowne's Sharon and Billy starring Marisa Tomei. He has been involved in the selection and production of every show in MCC's history, including Wit, The Grey Zone, and Frozen, joining Bernie & Bob as an Artistic Director after a number of years as Associate AD. He is also a partner in Telsey + Company Casting, focusing on plays. Broadway credits include The Normal Heart, The Goat, Death of a Salesman, Anna In The Tropics, Enchanted April, Glengarry Glen Ross, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Moon For The Misbegotten, Frozen, Reasons To Be Pretty, and many more. He has also cast for the New York Theater Workshop, Drama Dept, ACT/SF, LaJolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Hartford Stage Company and The Goodman Theatre, and does all the casting for the Signature Theatre and the Atlantic Theater.
Blake West (Executive Director) joined MCC Theater as Director of Development in 2006 after four years as Director of Planning and Projects at Manhattan Theatre Club, where he oversaw all event-based fundraising initiatives. Prior to his non-profit work, he was an Account Executive at The Karpel Group, where he worked on marketing campaigns for numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Donkey Show, De La Guarda, The Laramie Project, James Joyce's The Dead, and others, as well as for television and film clients including Showtime, HBO and Miramax Films.
General Manager - Beth Dembrow
Company Manager/Associate General Manager - Megan Ringeling
Executive Assistant - Ariella Segal
Bookkeeper - Sherri Kotimsky
Dramaturg - Stephen Willems
Manager of Artistic Production & Development - Jessica Chase
Lead Reader - Jennie Contuzzi
Development Consultant - Sandra Davis
Manager of Major Gifts - Tori Scott
Manager of Special Events- Nick Vermane
Patron Program Manager & Board Liaison -Maggie Baker
Manager of Institutional Giving - Emily Comisar
Grantwriter - Jessica Goldberg
Development Assistant - Lauren Siff
Director of Marketing and Communications - Michael Crowley
Audience Services & Marketing Manager - Joyelle Cabato
Graphic Design - Ted Stephens III, The Numad Group
Press Representatives - Scott Braun and Michael Jorgensen, O+M Co.
Telefunding Manager - Kel Haney
Assitant Telefunding Manager - Maya McDonald
Telefunders - Jillian Goldstein, Noelle Franco, Mike Labbadia
Director of Education and Outreach - Caroline Azano
Education and Outreach Assistant - Lauren Annunziata
Youth Company Acting Lab Director - Jen Shirley
Youth Company Playwriting Lab Director - Lucy Thurber
Washington Heights Youth Company Director - Raphael Peacock
Playwriting Lab Assistant - Victor Cervantes
Master Teaching Artists - Matt Higgins, Albert Iturregui-Elias
Education Intern - Sam Hood Adrain
Youth Company Fellow - Lisa Purrone
Playwright-in-Residence - Neil LaBute
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