Carly Feinman (Book and Lyrics) -- Carly is a playwright, poet and storyteller living and working in New York City. She is mystified by the possibilities and limitations of language, and her works often interrogate the relationship between language and meaningful human connection. In addition to her work being produced at NYMF this summer, her play Reflux will also be making its Off-Broadway debut at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in August. Previously, Carly has assisted Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes on projects such as the screenplay adaptation of her musical In The Heights (written with Lin-Manuel Miranda).
Tyler Thomas (Director) -- Tyler is a theater director and choreographer, most interested in developing new work that reframes marginal space and event. Her work has most recently been shown at HERE Arts Center, Paradise Factory, The Performing Garage, the Athens Conservatoire, and at various theaters across NYU. Recent assistant credits include Miss You Like Hell at The Public Theater and Is God Is at Soho Rep. Upcoming: she is developing a stage adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, participating in Lincoln Center's 2018 Directors Lab, and assistant directing at The Public and Atlantic Theater Company. Education: BFA in Drama/MA in Arts Politics from NYU.
Cassie Willson (Composer) -- Cassie is a composer, music director, and performer based in New York City. She has served as a copyist on Hamilton and an assistant music director at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Cassie is interested in making accessible music that challenges listeners. She is also super into 20th-century Bulgarian folk music and would love to talk about it with you.
Nora Thompson (Choreographer) -- Nora lives and works in New York City as a dance-maker, visual artist, and arts administrator. Her work aims to pull theoretical ideas into the body, grounding them in physicality. Since arriving in New York City, she has started a seasonal outdoor improvisation class, performed a durational visual performance piece, Centipede, for multiple events, and has begun development on an evening-length solo work. Currently she serves as a grant writer for the Abrons Art Center and assists renowned dance artist Eiko Otake with writing and outreach.
Cynthia Tong (Producer) -- As a producer and arts administrator, Cynthia Tong is motivated and inspired by movers, thinkers, and creators around her. This summer, she is working on the festival premieres of two of Carly Feinman's works: If Sand Were Stone and Reflux. Most recently, she co-produced an independent, feature film, Noah Wise. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University and has a background in dance.