Annie G. Levy (co-founder) is a New York-based International director, collaborative artist and educator who frequently works with Mythology and Ritual.
Her current warner|shaw projects include Six Seeds: The Persephone Project, a collaborative piece exploring the myth of Persephone and its relevance to contemporary womanhood and The Latvia Project, a piece about personal mythology and national identity. Right now she is also working on Daniel Kelley’s Sharon is My Name, an exploration of Shylock and his current role in contemporary American Jewish consciousness, as well as serving as dramaturg on a new piece about artificial intelligence.
Selected other New York credits include the off Broadway premiere of Nurses!, Gomorrah (HERE Arts Center), The B File (78th Street Theatre Lab) and The Jewbird (Stanford Meisner Theatre and Untitled Theater Company #61). Annie’s International credits include The Assembly Rooms (Edinburgh, Scotland), Discoteca di Storia (Rome, Italy) and Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada).
Annie is a founding member and the resident director of the Northwoods Theatre Company where her past credits include The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht, The Hero of Kabul by Marc Goldsmith, and company created Garden. Walk. Wonder. (based on the respective poetry of Ra’hel, Charles Reznikoff and Shel Silverstein) and Harvest (based on the mythology of Bob Dylan).
She is the recipient of a Steven Spielberg Fellowship in Theatre Arts Education, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival directing assistantship and is a 2010 LMCC Uptown/Downtown Artist. Annie is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, an associated member of SDC and is the co-founder Sweet: Actors Reading Writers, a monthly series bringing poetry/prose writers and actors together. She is currently an adjunct professor of theatre at Pace University and a teaching artist with the Manhattan New Music Project and The NYC Student Shakespeare Initiative.
Franny Silverman (co-founder) has built a career out of playing make-believe, making messes, and having lots of feelings and questions.
Her warner|shaw projects include Six Seeds: The Persephone Project (Perspehone/Vixen, Co-creator), The Latvia Project (Actor) and Recalulating Home (Playwright). Franny’s recent and upcoming performances include As You Like It (Rosalind) and The American Clock (Doris, Edie) with Brave New World Repertory (BNWRep), a workshop of A People by Lauren Feldman (Terranova Collective Groundbreakers) and live sketch comedy with The Dept. of Etc. (The Magnet Theater, The PIT). Selected other NY credits include Strangers (Incubator Arts/Shalimar), Coupling Heuristic (Estrogenius Extended-run), Natural History (NYCFringe), Between Two Worlds (writer/director Marcia Jean Kurtz, HB Playwrights), and Alice in Wonderland (Queens Theatre in the Park). Franny has had the pleasure of doing workshops and readings with The Culture Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Epic Theatre Ensemble, BNWRep, CUNY Grad Center/Romanian Cultural Institute, Multistages, Electric Pear, The Potluck, and Sweet: Actors Reading Writers.
A founding member of Storahtelling (Assoc. Artistic Director 2003-08) and Northwoods Ramah Theatre (NRT), Franny co-created over 50 pieces including Sabbath Queen (The Belt Theater and The Actor’s Temple Theater), The Jewbird (NRT, Untitled Theatre Company #61’s Festival of Jewish Theatre & Ideas) and Bloody Esther (City Winery). Her interactive installation of the Passover seder, UnSeder|DisOrder, was presented by Chashama’s “Process is Fundamental” and she is the stage director of Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s acclaimed song-cycle Mayim Rabim/Great Waters (BRICLab, PS122 Best of the Boroughs, Wexner Center, Chicago Cultural Center). Franny is also a member of Brooklyn-based BNWRep, co-founder of c(mad) artist workshop, a recipient of the Spielberg Fellowship in Theatre-Arts Education, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Mara Leventhal (co-conspirator) is a producer, writer, non-profit veteran and one-time political operative whose resume no longer fits on one page.
As a communications specialist for hire, she writes copy and creates PR campaigns for corporate and non-profit clients. She is currently a producer and fill-in host of “Let’s Talk About It,” a weekly progressive talk radio show on Miami’s 880 AM.
She honed her writing and producing skills during three years at MSNBC, producing segments with expert guests and NBC News correspondents during breaking news including wars, tsunamis and hurricanes. While developing a frightening affection for murder trials and kidnappings, Mara perfected the “…and now to the White House” segue and a zen approach to working with overstressed editors when every second counts. Her freelance writing has appeared in Forbes.com and the Miami New Times and her PR campaigns for theatre and non-profit organizations have garnered print and TV stories in outlets including The New York Times, Time Out and NBC Miami.
Mara is proud of her work in the non-profit sector, beginning as a disaster relief volunteer in post-Katrina New Orleans. This experience led to a full-time job in the communications department of the American Red Cross in Greater New York. Since relocating to sunny Miami, Mara served as event coordinator and communications director for Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade County. During the 2008 election cycle, she was hired by the Florida Democratic Party to manage a State Senate campaign. She then joined a government relations firm, connecting businesses and government agencies to build public-private partnerships.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mara earned a bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University.