Corkscrew Theater Festival, co-produced by The Brewing Dept. and Fortress Productions, is a curated presentation of new work by early career artists concentrated over four weeks at the Paradise Factory Theater in August 2017. True to TBD’s mission of hand-in-hand development and production, the festival will contain five fully realized productions receiving eight performances each, and four “reading slots” for work to be heard publicly for the first time.
Cody Holliday Haefner is a NYC based theater director. He graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts after completing his senior thesis in directing, mounting a production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Gloryday. Credits with The Brewing Dept. include the world premiere production of Sylvia Khoury’s The Arab, a reading of Brian LaPerche’s NAKED at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and TBD’s recent production of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, co-directed with Thomas Kapusta. Other recent New York credits include a workshop of Nathalie Molina Niño’s Terremoto at Barnard College, and The Connected: Bundle #1 at HERE Arts Center with FringeNYC.
Emily Kaplan is a theatremaker based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from Barnard College, Emily has performed, directed, and assisted at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, The Juilliard School, 59E59, Incubator Arts Project, and New Dramatists, among others. As an actor, Emily performed in TBD’s production of The Lady from the Sea, and will be featured in The May Event. Her production of bobrauschenbergamerica was produced by TBD in 2013 and will be remounted this summer. Emily currently works for Signature Theatre Company.
Thomas Kapusta is a founding member of TBD and a graduate of Columbia University. In the spring of 2013, as part of TBD’s First Cycle, he directed the world premiere of Jenny Vallancourt’s The Living Room at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, where the production won Outstanding Ensemble and was nominated for five other Festivity Awards. His TBD credits include producing Emily Kaplan’s new staging of bobrauschenbergamerica and co-directing Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea alongside Cody Haefner. At Columbia, he directed Jean-Paul Sartre’s Dirty Hands, as well as Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and Hamlet, and he completed his degree in history with a thesis on the “resistance theater” of occupied Paris during the Second World War. He currently serves as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of Royal Shakespeare Company America.
Brian LaPerche is a writer, director, and actor who graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a BA in English. At Columbia he directed productions of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman as well as an outdoor, interactive production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He wrote and starred in The Connected: Bundle #1 at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. His most recent play Naked was workshopped with The Brewing Dept. in early 2013 and was a part of the Fresh Fruit Festival All Out Arts Reading Series. Acting credits with TBD include The Living Room, bobrauchenbergamerica, and The Lady from the Sea.
Jenny Vallancourt is an Equity actor based in New York City. She is a graduate of Barnard College, where she studied English and Theatre. Since graduating from Barnard, she has performed both regionally and in many theaters around the city. Recent credits include Eve in Mia McCullough’s Since Africa with The Red Fern Theatre Company, Brandy in Prince at the Gene Frankel Theatre, and Kerry in the world-premiere of Release Point with the New Jersey Repertory Company. At NJ Rep she has also appeared in the world-premieres of Bookends, directed by Ken Jenkins, and October 1962. TBD presented her play The Living Room as part of the 2013 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. She also appeared as Hilda Wangel in TBD’s production of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea at the 133rd Street Arts Center. Visit Jenny online at jennyvallancourt.com.
9/25/15 – broadwayworld.com – HAMLETGHOSTS Heads to First Niagara Rochester Fringe
8/6/15 – Onstageblog.com – REVIEW: HAMLETGHOSTS at HERE Arts
7/28/15 – Playbill.com – Shakespeare Meets Lady Gaga in HAMLETGHOSTS
8/14/14 – timeout.com – bobrauschenbergamerica returns to Riverside Park
5/6/14 – indietheaternow.com – Indie Theater Now publishes Jenny Vallancourt’s THE LIVING ROOM
8/27/13 – broadwayworld.com – The Brewing Dept. to present BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA, 8/30
8/5/13 – UPDATE! THE LIVING ROOM wins for OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY, MUSICAL, or EVENING OF ONE-ACTS
7/22/13 – plannetconnections.org – THE LIVING ROOM is nominated for SIX Festivity awards – check out all the nominees here.
5/23/13 – broadwayworld.com – THE LIVING ROOM Will Play the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
Over our first three years of programming, The Brewing Dept.’s work has been performed at HERE Arts Center, The NY International Fringe Festival, The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (where our production of The Living Room won the award for Best Ensemble), The Rochester Fringe Festival, The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, The New York Society Library, The Nuyorican Poets Café, Dixon Place, and outdoors in Riverside Park. Our work has been called a reminder that “experimentation in theatrical form is not a lost art.” With your support, we’ve mounted world-premieres, produced new stagings of contemporary and classical plays, and developed emerging playwrights’ works. We have nurtured emerging creative voices, enabling them and nearly sixty associated actors, designers, devisers, dramaturgs, and clowns to hone their craft in pursuit of shared artistic goals.
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