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IYVON EDEBIRI (artistic director and host) is a storyteller, producer and arts administrator. Born in Nigeria, Iyvon grew up in Brooklyn and went on to attend LaGuardia High School for the Arts, where she studied classical vocal music. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2013, where she earned a degree in International & Global Studies and Italian Studies with minors in Anthropology and Theatre Arts. Shortly after receiving her B.A., Iyvon was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship to conduct research in Italy, where she conducted ethnographic research with Italian natives and African immigrants to Italy and later assistant directed and dramaturged two American musicals in the city of Bologna, including the Italian National Premiere of Ragtime and Sweeney Todd: Il Barbiere di Fleet Street. Iyvon has worked at Primary Stages, Sundance Institute Theatre Program and The Public Theater and was recently awarded a Future of Audio Fellowship from The DO School in Berlin, Germany. When Iyvon is not busy producing, line-producing and company managing theater projects in the field of new play development and off-Broadway productions, you can find her consuming a ridiculous amount of television and wine. Don't worry though - Iyvon made sure that she got her MA in Arts Administration from Baruch College of the City of New York (CUNY) too.
KATY DONNELLY (producing director) is a producer for Business Lunch Productions and Dumpling House Media. Raised in upstate New York & the Hudson Valley, she graduated from SUNY New Paltz and has worked as News Director for WFNP and Program Director at WGXC before moving to Brooklyn to work on narrative, documentary, and corporate projects.
TODD KIRKLAND (managing director) is a technologist and digital ads consultant. Born and raised in the Boston area, he went on to graduate from Brandeis University in 2013, earning a degree in Computer Science. After graduating, he moved to Ann Arbor to start his career as an IT Resident at Google. Now, in Brooklyn, Todd is working as a Google Ads Business Operations Manager. During his free time, Todd is building both his DJ and improv skills. He also hosts his own podcast, The Todd Talks.
RY SZELONG (artistic associate) is a playwright/performer/director+ originally from the Bay Area, CA. He’s a 2018 Fellow with LAMBDA Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, University Settlement's Performance Project, and is a SPACE on Ryder Farm Greenhouse Residency Finalist. His own work has been presented at Nuyoricans Poets Cafe, INTAR's Steep Salons, Triskelion Arts, Ars Nova ANT Fest, The Tank, DCTV, Cloud City, Dixon Place HOT Festival, and on Governor’s Island as a 2017 Public Works Department Resident Artist. He’s worked with (and wrangled a chicken between boroughs for) such companies as Sister Sylvester at The Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, Little Lord at Abrons Arts Center, Rady & Bloom at HERE Arts Center & JACK, Pan Pan Theatre at Skirball Center, Classic Stage Company, and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. BFA from NYU Tisch: Playwrights Horizons Theater School where he is a TA and mentor. If you are planning to buy him a drink at some point, he suggests you instead put that money towards his upcoming retreat funds. When he’s not doing this stuff, he's enjoying linguistics and non sequiturs, trying new bubble tea flavors, dancing in heels, or falling down wikipedia holes as he supports those who dismantle conventions of spectatorship, beauty, theatricality, and white heteropatriarchy.
BLAYZE TEICHER (artistic associate) is a Brooklyn-based theatre/film director. She moved to New York immediately after receiving her bachelor's in Creative Writing and Theatre from Florida State University. Favorite productions include The Diplomats (Winner: Outstanding Direction, Fresh Fruit Festival, Downtown Urban Arts Festival) by Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Charlie’s Waiting (Under St. Marks) by Melisa Annis, and Mother Knows Best (Access Theater) by Deb Radloff. Other credits include Alexander Sage Oyen's A Night Like This in concert at Feinstein's/54 Below, Andrew Rincón’s I Wanna Fuck Like Romeo and Juliet (The Parsnip Ship), and Andrew Rincón’s You Got That Same Kind of Lonely (Amios). As a filmmaker, her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Broadway World TV, and Funny or Die. Blayze has assisted for Portia Krieger (2ST Uptown, NYMF), Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Carolyn Cantor, Lauren Keating, and Sarna Lapine. BlayzeTeicher.com
Gilberto Rosa (summer intern) is a risingsenior at Brandeis University studying African and Afro-American Studies and English. Originally from the South Bronx, he is excited to be traveling ALL the way to Brooklyn to work with the amazing production staff and artists at the Parsnip this summer. Simultaneously, Gilberto will be completing his fellowship as a Schomburg-Mellon Humanities fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where he will work with other faculty on his personal research. He has previously held positions at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Museum. He enjoys listening to podcasts and looking up people’s astrological birth charts.
to be paired with our Season Four plays (SUBMIT HERE BY AUGUST 17th). As you know, each of our plays engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors! Before you send in your music for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from our past seasons.
Each play selected as part of our season will have one evening to be recorded in front of a live audience as a reading. A guest musician, like yourself, would be paired with the play to supplement the experience of hearing the text. We finish off the recording with a short and personal interview between the playwright and our host, Iyvon Edebiri. The recording is then edited and released as a podcast soon after.
We can't wait to get your submission and listen to your music!
Are you a director, actor, or otherwise want to be involved on the show? Send us a brief introduction with your resume/online headshot.