THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY STAFF
CRYSTAL FIELD, OBIE Award-winning actress Crystal Field is co-founder and Artistic Director of Theater for the New City (TNC). Under her leadership, TNC has produced over 800 new plays which have garnered a Pulitzer Prize and over 43 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC has also nurtured the talents of Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, Romulus Linney, Richard Foreman, Lee Breuer, Miguel Piñero, Charles Busch, Moises Kaufman, Vin Diesel, Adrien Brody, Eduardo Machado, Jean-Claude van Itallie and Tim Robbins. Ms. Field’s staunch belief in the civic necessity of theater has manifested itself in the creation of several major New York City events such as the original Village Halloween Parade, the Annual Native American Pow-Wow and the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Ms. Field is also the Director, Author, and Choreographer of TNC’s award-winning 5-Borough Annual Free Summer Street Theater Program, which tours an original musical with an integrated company of 50 through under-served neighborhoods of New York City. The unique multi-disciplinary format of TNC’s Arts-in-Education Program was created by Ms. Field, who continues to serve as the Project Director. Ms. Field was a member of the original Lincoln Center Company under the direction of Elia Kazan, Harold Clurman, and Robert Whitehead. She was also a member of the Judson Poets Theater and Andre Gregory’s Theater of the Living Arts. She won an OBIE Award for her performance in Arthur Sainer’s DAY OLD BREAD. Other notable performances include her work inBIRDY, SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, RADIO DAYS, LITTLE CHILDREN, LAW & ORDER and most recently, THE RAFT, with Ed Asner. Ms. Field was recently awarded the NY Post’s Liberty Community Medal for her service to the Lower East Side.
MARK MARCANTE has been the Production Manager of TNC since 1984 and was responsible for organizing the relocation of TNC in 1986. He designed the lighting, scene shop and storage facility for the new building and is currently responsible for maintaining the facility and assisting in the technical realization of TNC’s 30 to 40 new plays per year, including set design for several TNC productions per year and the installation of scenic elements and lights for all of TNC’s Community Festivals. He is also an instructor for TNC’s Arts-in-Eduction Program. Prior to working at TNC, Mr. Marcante was the theatrical and technical consultant for the Arts Connection, visiting high schools in all five New York City boroughs to advise on the upgrading of school theater facilities, including auditorium design, lighting, public assembly, and sound. Mr. Marcante hails from Pennsylvania and worked as the technical supervisor at the Allentown Arts Center. He was also a workshop instructor for the Youth Advocate Program in Allentown, where he developed and implemented a new treatment program for encouraging self-confidence through improvisational acting. As an actor, he has led the award-winning Annual Summer Street Theater ensemble since 1986 and played lead roles in several critically acclaimed productions at TNC.
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ALEXANDER BARTENIEFF is TNC’s Lighting Director and Board Member. He has performed in numerous award-winning shows. He is a leading company member and Crew Chief for TNC’s Award-winning Street Theater company. He has also been a lead teaching artist for TNC’s Afterschool Arts-In-Education program. Currently, he is TNC’s Resident Lighting Director and Designer. He has designed many shows here at TNC including Pulitzer winner Nilo Cruz’s “Sotto Voce”, and also for shows at La MaMa, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Abington Theater, and Theater Row. He has also served as the Lighting Designer for TNC’s Festivals, including the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts and the Village Halloween Costume Ball. Alex also works with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, where he is a lead teacher, lighting designer, and puppeteer. Alex is also the Manager and operator of TNC’s Concession stand.
EMILY PEZZELLA is TNC’s Executive Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Queens College. This is her first job out of College. Emily handles the management of TNC’s office, including meeting and interviewing Interns and Volunteers and coordinating the rehearsal schedule for all of TNC’s productions. She gives tours of the space to prospective renters and assists TNC’s Executive Director, Crystal Field. Emily was instrumental in expanding TNC’s e-mail list to 10,000 names. She has also served as an Assistant Director for TNC’s Award-winning Summer Street Theater tour and the annual Love N’ Courage Benefit.
MICHAEL SCOTT-PRICE is the newly appointed Director of New Projects at Theater for the New City. Michael still maintains his role as Literary Manager at TNC. You are welcome to send your new stage projects for (full/co) production consideration to him at email@example.com He is a director/creator and artistic director of the Asteroid B612 Theatre Company. Michael has written and directed productions presented nationally as well as in Canada, Ireland, and England. As a playwright, Michael’s play LYNCH PLAY was selected for a performance residency at Antioch College (2006). He has studied at the School of Physical Theatre in London, England and the Odin Teatret in Holstebro Denmark. Scott-Price is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. He also serves as curator of TNC’s NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD Readings Series, Scratch Night at TNC (works-in-progress) and of its summer festival known as DREAM UP FESTIVAL.
Bill Bradford is the Administrative Director of Theater for the New City.
Sophia Dumasig is the Development & Marketing Administrator at Theater for the New City. She just recently moved to the United States to pursue her passion for non-profit development. She has experience in Corporate Operational Management, Sales and Customer Service.
DAN KELLEY is the House Manager at TNC. He is present on all show nights.