Miriam Weiner (Writer, Director) has been a director and dramaturge in New York City for over 20 years. As the Literary Associate of the Tony-Award winning Off-Broadway company, Vineyard Theatre, she works alongside Artistic Directors Sarah Stern and Doug Aibel developing projects by new and established writers that go on to influence work across the country. Currently, she’s the creative consultant for Bruce Hornsby’s new musical SCKBSTD. Her directing work has been seen at The Drama League’s Directors Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab. Her children’s book SHAKESPEARE’S SEASONS is available from Downtown Bookworks. Miriam is a proud member of the Beehive Dramaturgical Studio, Tepper Semester/Syracuse University Faculty, Brooklyn College Directing MFA, Drama League Directors Fellow, New Georges Associated Artist, New Georges Board Member.
Katie Sammis (Writer) is a novelist who is also a screen writer. At one point, she considered getting her PhD in environmental studies to try and fix the world, but more recently hopes that she can reach people and effect change through her creative voice. With engineering and economic degrees from Cornell and Stanford University, she can dissect the complicated issues surrounding global climate change, but believes that people learn more through story and dramatic tension then through lectures and hysterical lamenting (sorry, Al Gore)
Kate Phelan (Director of Photography, Pirector) lensed the first season of TOSH.O and the Emmy nominated web series HONESTY both for Comedy Central. She’s shot promos for CBS, VH1, TBS, Nickelodeon and E! as well as pilots for MTV & VH1. Feature film FALL TO RISE screened at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Film series in 2015. Kate is also a returning part time camera operator on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Season 4). Currently on the festival circuit is her short VISIT 57. Kate was short-listed for AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women in 2016. katephelan.net.
Marin Gazzaniga (Creative Consultant, Producer) is a writer, producer and filmmaker who has created video and digital projects for top entertainment brands including HBO, IFC, Turner, AMC and Lionsgate and wrote, produced and acted in the independent film SO CLOSE based on her stage play. She has written for Emmy-nominated and award- winning TV and online series and her original TV pilots have been honored by The Black List, the PAGE Awards, and The WriteHer List. She is the narrative features programmer for the Brooklyn Film Festival, 2016. BA: Columbia College; MA in creative writing, City College, CUNY. Member: Dramatist’s Guild, Writer’s Guild, SAG, Author’s Guild.