Mara Gannon (writer/performer) is a writer, performer, dialect coach, and educator. She is a founding member of The New Collectives. Mara holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Wagner College and an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Mara was a Professor at Wagner College where she taught Shakespeare, Voice and Diction, Dialects, Public Speaking, and Acting, in addition to dialect/voice coaching WCT’s Main Stage productions. Credits: Steve Got Raped[The New Collectives/FRINGE NYC], The Witches [The New Collectives/Wandering Bark], Devil Lay Me Down [Theatre for a New City], Romeo and Juliet[Mercury Glass Theatre], how i learned to become a superhero [Apothecary Theatre Co.], King’s River [Foxhole Entertainment], #nyc [UglyRhino], Macbeth [American Globe Theatre], The Triumph of Love, The Crucible, Laundry and Bourbon, Dispatches From Hell, Wilde Abandon(original cast), and The Infinite Dust(original cast) with Rutgers Theatre Company.
Dave Monteagudo (Director) is a theater director, trans-media storyteller, and an activist. He is the co-founder of State of Play whose work has been presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in partnership with the Met Media Lab and Google Cardboard, The Pan American Games, The Museum of the Moving Image, and others. NY Directing Credits include but i cd only whisper [The Flea Theater, Audelco Award Nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble], Devil Lay Me Down [Theater for a New City], The 1s and 2s [The Tank], The Get-a-Way [The Flea Theater], Beautiful Hands [Samuel French Festival Finalist]. He has directed two short films: Joan of Arc & Plastic Jesus, worked as 1st A.D. on the feature film El Gallo, and served as the Casting and V.O. Director for the pilot of the animated series Camp Turtleback. As a guest artist, David has worked with Ma-Yi Theater, The Atlantic Theater, Mason Gross School of the Arts, NYU Dept. of Dramatic Writing, Columbia University, The NYU Game Center, and The Barn Arts Collective.
The New Collectives is New York based theatre & film collective. We began to take shape in February 2014 while working onThe Witches, a four person adaptation of Macbeth. After a successful workshop production in August 2014, Giverny Petitmermet, Dan Morrison, Sarah Moore and Mara Gannon decided to make their collaboration official & The New Collectives were formed in January 2015. Our mission is to create new, intimate & innovative works drawing inspiration from classic plays, develop contemporary work, & cultivate an environment for educational growth with ourselves and the local community. In July 2015, The New Collectives ran a successful week long Shakespeare summer camp in Brooklyn, forming our education branch, The Young Collectives. Helmed by Education Director Erin Maxon & Education Associate Julia Levine, The Young Collectives has expanded its education programing to include teaching artist workshops, in school workshops & holiday Shakespeare camps, in addition to our Shakespeare summer camps. In October 2015, after reworking the script & expanding the cast to 6, The New Collectives, in association with Wandering Bark Theatre Company, produced a full production of The Witches, at The Access Theatre in NYC. In August 2016, The New Collectives brought the world premiere of Sam Gooley’s Steve Got Raped. to the New York International Fringe Festival! For more information visit www.thenewcollectives.com