Specialty Workshops

Three Special Workshops This Fall

Hurray! Your short play was accepted into that festival—but now you need a director. Could you direct it yourself? How do you find a director and how do you work with them? Or, perhaps you are an actor who is tired of waiting for the phone to ring and would like to generate work for yourself? Join us this fall as Luna invites three ​artists​ in to answer your questions, talk you through the basics, and demonstrate techniques, all from their unique perspectives.

Directing a Reading
Led by Nancy Robillard
Saturday, October 22nd from 2-5

The Director/Playwright Relationship: Ways of Working Together
Led by Ari Laura Kreith
Saturday, October 29th from 2-5

​Writing for Yourself: Creating a One-Person Show
Led by Susan Stein
Saturday, November 5th from 2-5,/

​​Join us for ​just $25 a workshop!

About The Guest Artists Who Will Be Leading The Workshops

Nancy Robillard

Nancy Robillard
Directing a Reading

Nancy Robillard is a director who is dedicated to developing new work. Some of her favorite projects have been at Luna Stage, where she has directed several productions. Robillard has a number of world premieres to her credit: Old Love New Love (Luna), Rosemary & I, Rosa Loses her Face, Unsinkable Women, Honor and the River (Luna), Slow Dance with a Hot Pickup, and the off-Broadway musical, National Pastime. Other New York productions: Culture Project, Vital Theatre, Directors Company, Red Fern Theatre, Algonquin Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Up Theatre Company and HERE. Regional: the Kennedy Center, Walnut Street Theatre, MetroStage, Northern Stage, Surflight Theatre, Open Stage of Harrisburg, Gateway Playhouse, Keystone Rep, Tri-Arts and Theater Masters’ national new play festival in Aspen/NYC. Robillard received an MFA in directing from Illinois State University, has taught acting and directing at several colleges and is a frequent guest director for the M.F.A. dramatic writing program at New York University. She is Director of Evaluations for Main Street Musicals, which is dedicated to developing new musicals throughout the U.S. Robillard is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Ari Laura Kreith

Ari Laura Kreith
The Director/Playwright Relationship: Ways of Working Together

ARI LAURA KREITH is passionate about new play development! She is the Artistic Director of Theatre 167, where she conceived/directed The Jackson Heights Trilogy—167 TONGUES, YOU ARE NOW THE OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE and JACKSON HEIGHTS 3AM—collaboratively written by 18 playwrights featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in 14 languages, inspired by the most diverse neighborhood in the world. Her production of PIRIRA, set simultaneously in Malawi and New York, received the 2014 NYIT Award for Outstanding Premiere Of A Play and transferred Off-Broadway. Other new play highlights include MOURNING SUN, which will tour to Uganda this fall, and DOUBLE VISION, selected for the NYFringe Encores series. Her company has been commissioned by Queens Theatre and the New Ohio/Theatre Village Festival, and has developed immersive/site-specific projects for Queens Museum of Art and the NYC Transit Museum. With Theatre 167, Ari received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and the 2015 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation for consistently producing outstanding work. BA: Yale University. MFA: UC Davis.

Susan Stein

Susan Stein
Writing for Yourself: Creating a One-Person Show

Susan Stein is an actor, playwright and teaching artist in NYC. Stein has spent the past five years touring her original play, Etty, (directed by Austin Pendleton) to theatres, universities, schools and prisons throughout the United States and parts of Europe. She has been an artist/scholar in residence at Cambridge University, Duquesne, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Chapman University. Regionally, Stein appeared as Gorgeous Teitelbaum in Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig. Stein appeared in Arthur Miller's American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton at HB Playwrights Foundation. She was seen at Luna Stage as the wife in Bathsheeba Doran's A Parent's Evening. Stein leads workshops in playwriting, writing and acting throughout the US and UK. Susan studied acting at NYU Graduate School and SUNY Purchase.

Upcoming Calendar

Feb. 2 - Mar. 5

Mainstage
A World Premiere by Obie Award-Winner Nikkole Salter, author of Carnaval and Lines in the Dust

March 13, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Nathan Alan Davis

Apr. 13 - May. 13

Mainstage
A World Premiere by Andrew Rosendorf

April 17, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Vince Gatton

April 30, 7:00 pm

Jazz Series
Featuring the Music of Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder

May. 15 - May. 16

New Moon Reading Series