The Filigree Theatre embraces the dual roots of the word ‘filigree’ (seed and thread) in its mission with an aim to serve both as a ‘seed’ by incubating, supporting and celebrating emerging artists in Austin and as a ‘thread’ by forging artistic ties between Austin and theatre communities in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. Elizabeth V. Newman serves as Artistic Director and Co-Managing Director and Stephanie Moore serves as Co-Managing Director. To learn more, please visit www.filigreetheatre.com
EVN Productions is an independent production company with the goal of creating innovative projects through championing new voices and emerging talent in film and theatre. To date, EVN Productions has produced critically acclaimed works in New York, Los Angeles and in the company’s new home of Austin, Texas. To learn more, please visit, www.evnproductionsatx.com
Zac Thomas is a native of Butte, Montana. He studied Acting at the University of Montana. He is the Artistic Director of the Buttenik Ensemble and founder of the Covellite Theater in Butte, MT. Since arriving in Austin he has been seen as Joe in 'Waiting For Lefty' with Street Corner Arts, Lee Harvey Oswald in 'The Sniper's Nest' with EVN Productions, Steve in 'Welcome To The Moon' with Austin Hot Nights, Alphonse de Saligny in "The King of Texas' with Hyde Park Theater, Bebe in "The Explorer's Club" and the Mime in 'The Arkansaw Bear' with Austin Playhouse, an Ensemble member in 'Circle The Wagons', 'Sacred Space', and 'Again' with The Exchange Artists, and as an Ensemble member in 'Random Acts of Magic' with Scriptworks. His recent film credits include 'The Orphan Girl' with Chisel Industries, 'Love Like Gold' with Skye Grace Bennet Productions, 'Strange Birds' with The Table Assembly, 'Feral' with Sorcery Films, and 'Seven Eves' with Wheel of Fire Productions. Zac also works as a Technical Director and has recently built for 'Cold Water Army' with Tegan McCloud, 'Skylight' with Street Corner Arts, 'The Realistic Joneses' with Hyde Park Theater, 'Trevor' and 'Hand To God' with Capital T Theater, and 'The Wolf' and 'The Woodstove' with MT+NYC Collaborative. He is also the Lead Carpenter for The BKPK Co. Lab. He is the lead singer for the band 'Table'. He is the founder of RabbitRung Puppetry and Design.
Marie Fahlgren received her BFA in Acting from The University of Montana-Missoula, while she toured nationally with The Montana Repertory Theatre’s productions of To Kill a Mockingbird (Scout) and Lost In Yonkers (Arty). Marie grew up performing on the Fort Peck Summer Theatre stage, some of her favorite roles include, Louise in Gypsy, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Women in 39 Steps, Vera in The Odd Couple (Female Version), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, and Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly. Other roles include Tish in Dog Sees God, Dainty June in Gypsy, and Candy Starr in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Since moving to Austin, she has had the privilege to work with Last Act Theatre Company (Mocha), The Exchange Artists (Circle the Wagons and Again), performed with the Back Pack Co. Lab, Penfold Theatre’s Murder on the Rails, and Scriptworks’ Out of Ink and One Minute Play Festivals. Marie has most recently found a home on Austin Playhouse’s stage, where she is a company member, and has performed in their productions of The Real Thing (Debbie), The Philadelphia Story (Dinah Lord), and The Arkansaw Bear (Little Bear). Marie is also Austin Playhouse’s Theatre For Youth Coordinator, a program that provides FREE Theatre to young audiences. When Marie isn’t performing she teaches Kids Yoga at The Little Yoga House and is founder of her own yoga company, Love,Yoga.
Daniel Arnold (Playwright) a graduate of the UofA’s BFA Acting program, Daniel also took scriptwriting at the UofA, Workshop West, the National Screen Institute, and did mentorships with Sharon Pollock and Daniel MacIvor. He has performed with theatres across Canada garnering two Edmonton Sterling Awards, two more nominations, and four Vancouver Jessie nominations. His written work includes the short films The Janitors, co-written/directed with Matthew Kowalchuk (winner of the NSI Drama Prize), Mayor Mulligan, co-written with Medina Hahn (winner of "Best Writing" at Film Racing), and War with Ricki and Rich (National Screen Institute). He co-wrote the plays Tuesdays & Sundays, Clear Sunny Day, and Any Night with Medina Hahn, and adapted the play Lawrence & Holloman into a feature film which won the Canadian Comedy Award for "Best Feature". He and Medina have been adapting Any Night into a feature film as well, and they are the protege recipients of Canada's most prestigious theatre award, The Siminovitch Prize. Visit him at www.dualminds.com
Medina Hahn (Playwright) is a multi-award winning actress, writer, mother, wife and the co-producer of Dualminds. She holds two performance degrees and is a graduate of the University of Victoria Theatre Program and the University of Alberta’s Conservatory Acting Program. As an actress, she has performed on numerous stages throughout Canada, in New Mexico, San Francisco, New York City and in Scotland and the Czech Republic. As a writer, Medina came to play creation after working extensively as an actor on new Canadian plays. With Daniel Arnold, she has written and toured the stage plays Tuesdays & Sundays and Any Night. Their radio adaptation of Tuesdays & Sundays was also broadcast on BBC and CBC,and their feature film adaptation of Any Night recently received the “CFF Super Channel Screenplay Award.” Visit her at www.dualminds.com
Elizabeth V. Newman (Director/Producer) graduated from Yale with a BA in Art History and Theater Studies. She earned her MFA in Film Production at Boston University. Her stage directing credits include: Mocha (Austin); The Sniper’s Nest (Austin); Goodnight Children Everywhere (London, ON, Canada); The Park Bench (London, ON, Canada); Fragments (Los Angeles) and The Glass Menagerie (New York). She was awarded three Sudler Grants for the Creative Arts. She had written and directed a dozen short films in New York, New Haven, Boston and Los Angeles. Her short film ‘Hatched: a Tale of Great Egg-spectations’ premiered at the New Filmmakers New York and Toronto Women in Film & Television Short Film Showcase. Her MFA thesis project, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ was a finalist at the Redstone Film Festival. Her feature script, ‘Shattering’, was included as an Emerging Narrative at the IFP Conference. Her theatrical producing credits include the World Premiere of Mocha by Eleanor Burgess (Austin); the World Premiere of Nights of Noir! by Casey Wilson (Los Angeles); the West Coast Premiere of Orange Lemon Egg Canary by Rinne Groff (Los Angeles); the American Premiere of Clocks and Whistles by Samuel Adamson, (NewYork); Dutchman by Leroy Jones (New York) and Speed The Plow by David Mamet (New Haven). She serves on the B. Iden Payne Awards Council as well as the board of Yale in Hollywood. She is the principal of EVN Productions, an independent film and theatre production company. Visit: elizabethVnewman.com
Stephanie Moore (Producer) has been involved in the film industry for seven years. She has experience as both a producer and production assistant on web-series, features, music videos, and shorts. Her credits include a producing role on “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, and production assisting on “Synkhole” and #ATown. Her passion for film and filmmakers comes from her work with festivals such as Austin Film Festival and South by Southwest, where she works directly with the filmmakers as a filmmaker liaison and theater manager for many years. She has worked with such films as “Winter in the Blood”, “Black or White”, “Beneath the Darkness”, “Hunger”, and “Burning Bodhi” as a filmmaker liaison. She is also currently in development for two feature films and a web-series, as well as pre-production for a short film.
Erica Gionfriddo (Choreographer) is a dancer, choreographer, and co-founder and director of ARCOS Dance. She received a BFA at Shenandoah Conservatory and has performed the repertoire of choreographers including Anna Sokolow, David Parsons, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Arturo Fernandez, and Luciana Achugar. She has been commissioned to choreograph for Moorehead State University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Motion X Dance DC, Texas State University, and INTERDANSA, where her work toured in Catalonia, Spain. In Austin, Erica has received Critics Table nominations and a B Iden Payne award for her choreography. She is a certified Pilates Mat Teacher Trainer, GYROKINESIS®* and GYROTONIC®* trainer, and an adjunct lecturer in dance at University of Texas at Austin.
Chris Conard (Lighting Design & Technical Director) is a local freelance Designer, Artist, and Carpenter working in Austin TX. Chris graduated with a BFA in Technical Theatre Design in May of 2014 from Santa Fe University of Art and Design; Chris believes that all of his Art should equally indulge both form and function. If you would like to view some of Chris Conard’s additional work please visit: jchrisconard.com.
Eliot Gray Fisher (Sound Design) is a media artist who propels the integration of new media and compelling dramatic narrative in performance as a director of ARCOS Dance—work that has been recognized in Austin with a Critics Table award. He studied interdisciplinary arts at Goddard College and has composed music and designed sound for short and feature film, theater, and dance, created documentary and animated shorts, built interactive installations, and written and directed original theater. Merging forms and concepts from outside conventional territories for art, he seeks to create ever more directly engaging and participatory relationships with audiences.
Vanessa Montano (Set Design) has always had an interest in creating art. As her practice has developed she has become more and more involved in 3 dimensional work and has found theatre the perfect place to create interactive 3dimensional spaces that share a narrative.
Gary Thomas (Los Angeles Stage Manager) From performer to creator Gary Thomas has an extensive background in entertainment. His skills as a producer, director, and choreographer are unmatched. Some of his clients include; Sprint, Wahl, and General Motors.He has performed on International Cruise Ships and for Disney World in Florida. Gary has taught Master Dance Classes across the US and around the world. He has created Shows and Events in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Tokyo, and Shanghai. LA Theatre credits include Breathing Room, Dirt, TwoRooms, This is our Youth, and Meat Puppet. His company, UNMATCHED Entertainment specializes in Live events. www.unmatchedent.com
Karl C. Leone(Los Angeles Assist. Stage Manager) is an actor, writer, director and visual artist from New York. Karl’s original works of theatre, poetry, performance, and installation have been commissioned by sites such as: La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, Art Basel Miami via Create Collect, Governors Island Arts Alliance, NYC Poetry Festival, The Java Project as well as many other venues. He is proud graduate of The New School University (NYC) as well as attendee of the summer writing program at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa (Boulder, CO). As a recent Los Angeles transplant, Karl is searching for a range of dedicated range of artists (dancers, musicians, actors, filmmakers) to collaborate on new live performance and video projects with. karlleone.tumblr.com / firstname.lastname@example.org