team be mean to me
sofya levitsky-weitz, playwright
Sofya is a current Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center and a member of EST/Youngblood. Plays include this party sucks (New York Theatre Workshop development), Intuitive Men (UCF’s Pegasus PlayLab, Williamstown, the Brick, the Tank), Gehinnom (current semi-finalist for O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, semi-finalist for Playwrights’ Realm and Princess Grace Award), Cannabis Passover (Playwrights’ Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre), be mean to me (semi-finalist for Premiere Stages at Keane, IATI Theater), and The Gleaming (commission, Steep Theatre, Chicago). Finalist for the Heideman Award and published in The Kenyon Review, the 53rd State Press Occasional, & (twice) in The Dionysian. She’s the official annual playwriting judge for Hendrix College’s playwriting competition and got her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage at Northwestern University. She teaches writing at St. John’s University and at The Playwrights’ Center. www.sofyaweitz.com
sarah blush, director
Sarah Blush directs, creates, and develops new work. She is the artistic director of the theatre company TV, whose plays include the critically acclaimed Sehnsucht (NYT Critics Pick; JACK), Power Couple (Ars Nova ANT Fest), and My Favorite Character Was the Talking Vase (HERE). Other directing: Clubbed Thumb, The Playwrights Center, NYU Graduate Acting, Playwrights Realm, The Atlantic Acting School, The Flea, The Tank, Dixon Place, NYU Abu Dhabi, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Associate/assistant directing: Daniel Aukin, Rachel Chavkin, Mark Wing-Davey, Young Jean Lee, Richard Nelson, among others. In VR, Sarah co-conceived/-directed CAVE, the largest multi-viewer virtual reality experience to date, which premiered at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada in 2018. 2018-19 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow; New York Society Library's Emerging Female Artist Grant; The Habitat's Directors Playground; New Georges Affiliated Artist. Upcoming: Be Mean to Me by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz at IATI; associate directing Mona Mansour’s The Vagrant Trilogy at The Public; 2019-20 New Georges Audrey Resident. sarahblush.com.
chandler rosenthal, “jean”
Chandler Rosenthal is a New York-based theater, film, and voice actor. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Chandler went on to Yale University, where she entered as a pre-med bio major and exited as an actor with an English degree. Three days after graduating, she embarked on a two-month, eleven-country world tour with her singing group, which remains one of the most extraordinary, intense, and formative experiences of her life. Chandler has always been drawn to stories guided by relationships, and the intimacies, frictions, weirdnesses, and bursts of hilarity two people can carry between them. And so, she is thrilled (and slightly stunned) to finally bring this story — Be Mean to Me — to a real live stage, after 18 months of talks and drafts and workshops. Most recently, Chandler appeared as the titular character in The First Intervention of Mugsy McVeigh and in the independent feature Family Obligations. She is extremely resistant to social media and is a proud non-member of Instagram (...for now?), but you can find out more on her website: www.chandlerrosenthal.com
calista small, “meril”
Calista Small grew up in sunny Los Angeles, where at a young age she developed a penchant for theater, acting, and the Pacific Ocean. Previous collaborations include work with The Neo-Futurist Theater, Redmoon Theater, and Filament Theater in Chicago as well as Richard Schechner of East Coast Artists in New York. She is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf and holds a B.A in Humanities from Yale University, where she received the Branford Arts Award for acting.
Her favorite word is "rhapsody."
For more information about past roles, go to: calistasmall.com
Hiram Delgado is an actor/ writer from Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico and moved to NYC to attend NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program.
marika kent, lighting designer
Marika Kent is a New York City based designer of new and classic plays, musical theater, opera, dance, experimental theater, puppetry and site-specific performance. Recent/upcoming: Roan @ The Gates (Luna Stage), Peter and the Starcatcher; Memphis (Cape Fear Regional Theater), Spelling Bee... (ACT of CT), Generation NYZ; Alaxsxa/Alaska; Beyond Sacred (Ping Chong + Co), Perp; Abigail's Party (The Barrow Group), Skinnamarink or The Peanut Butter Show; Now is the Time... (Little Lord), How To Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You on the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble), The Snow Maiden; Albert Herring (Manhattan School of Music) She; No Words; Box (Ariel Rivka Dance), Ajijaak on Turtle Island (IBEX Puppetry, The New Victory). Proud member of Wingspace Theatrical Design. www.marikakent.com
santiago orjuela-laverde, set designer
Santiago Orjuela-Laverde is a Colombian scenic and film designer based in NYC. His recent work includes Hamlet (Directed by Mark Wing-Davey), Measure for Measure (Directed by Stephen Hollis), La Cantante Calva en McDonald’s (Directed by Tara Elliot and produced by La Micro Theater), Richard III (Directed by Nana Dakin), The Great Disappointment (A new play by Rinne Groff, Directed by Mark Wing-Davey), Go Get the Axe (Urban Stages+FIG Productions). In Addition, his Scenic Design Associate work in White Noise (Written by Suzan-Lori Parks, Directed by Oskar Eustis at The Public Theater) and Salome (Directed by James Rutherford at the Irondale Ensemble Center). OPERA America 2019 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase Finalists with the Project The Little Prince (By Rachel Portman). Santiago completed his MFA in Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch. He is also the Co-Founder of the fashion and retail brand KUPA.co based in Colombia, with presence in Latin America, Europe, USA & Canada.
emily auciello, sound designer
Emily Auciello is a NYC based sound designer. She has designed at Atlantic Theater Company, Women's Project, The Kitchen, The Bushwick Starr, 59E59, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, JACK, Delaware REP, Two River Theater Company, Delaware Theater Center, Premiere Stages, TheaterWorks Hartford, Penguin Rep, and others. She has assisted/associate designed at The Music Box, Curran Theatre, MTC, The Public, LCT3, Signature Theatre, Little Shubert Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theatre, Soho Rep, Primary Stages, Roundabout Underground, Women’s Project, Rattlestick, Dallas Theatre Center, Barrington Stage, and others. Emily is a proud member of the feath3r theory. Love to Alex.