Resident Directors

July 19, 2017

Resident Directors

Kareem Fahmy
Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent. He recently co-developed and directed the world premieres of Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Sheen Center) – a New York Times Critic’s Pick – and Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre). He is currently a Resident Director at The Flea, a member of Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, and was a 2015 Director-in-Residence at The New Museum. He’s worked extensively in new play development with organizations including New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Fresh Ground Pepper, Ma-Yi, and Berkeley Rep. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, and NTYW’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. Kareem has assisted Tony Award-winners Michael Mayer (The Illusion, Signature Theatre) and John Tiffany (Once, NYTW). In Montreal he directed the Canadian premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus and Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels. Kareem is a proud member of Rising Circle Theater Collective, a founding member of |the claque|, and is an NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia.

David Monteagudo
is a Brooklyn-based director and producer. He has developed and produced work with The Flea, The Atlantic, Theater for the New City, and Ma-Yi Theaters amongst others. His project Under the Hood which melds game theory and theatrical conventions was featured in the 2014 Come out and Play Festival and will be presented as part of The Best Games Festival in Pittsburgh. He is a founding member of State of Play.

Lilleth Glimcher
Lilleth is a live performance and film director / creator / designer. Lilleth makes political and sensorial theater that challenges the audience to be active and culpable. She is currently developing a participatory event about space-time, and a physical theater adaptation of Artaud’s Jet de Sang. NY Directing credits include The Blast [The Chelsea Hotel], The Gleaming [Dixon Place], CAENIS [PACE Gallery], Houseworld [associate at Ars Nova’s Ant Fest + San Damiano mission], #serials @ The Flea, 1969: The Second Man [Ant Fest], Trailblazers [NYMF], and various at TinyRhino, Plumage, and the NYU Dept. of Dramatic Writing. She has also directed two short films: WYLD and DID I (starring André Gregory). Lilleth’s assistant directing credits include Ivo Van Hove (upcoming LA transfer, A View from the Bridge), André Gregory (ongoing, Hedda Gabler), 600 Highwaymen (EU/US Tour, The Public’s Under the Radar), Niegel Smith (Take Care), Michael McQuilken, Shira Milikowsky, Emily Reilly & Stephanie Hayes, and Lily Whitsitt. Lilleth graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Psychology and secondary in Dramatic Arts.

Anne Cecelia Haney
Anne Cecelia Haney is a Brooklyn-based director, translator, and musician. Blending a text-based approach with a surrealist aesthetic, she makes plays that explore human perception of time + reality, society’s engagement with rural communities, and the power + wildness of the female body. In addition to The Flea, Anne has developed work in NYC at The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Old Sound Room Performance Ensemble, The Brick Theater, Cloud City, Rising Circle Theater Collective, IRT, Emerging Artists Theater, Columbia University, and the NYU Department of Dramatic Writing; in Los Angeles at Highways Performance Space; in various warehouses, bookstores, and living rooms across the USA; and on a patio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has assisted director Michael McQuilken on productions for BAM’s Next Wave Festival and the Prototype Festival, and writer/director Adam Rapp at The Flea and Atlantic Theater Company.
BA:Comparative Literature, the University of Virginia.

Kate Moore Heaney
Kate Moore Heaney is a director, playwright, and producer committed to promoting empathy and investigating social, political, and human rights issues through theatre. She has directed and developed new work for #serials @ The Flea, Fundamental Theatre Project, The Director’s
Gathering JAM, Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Secret Theatre, The 24 Hour Plays:
Nationals, TinyRhino, Rising Sun Performance Company, Playwrights at the Grand, and YES
NOISE (on the High Line). In addition to serving as a Resident Director at The Flea, Kate has also
worked, trained, and assistant directed at McCarter Theatre (2014-15 Directing/Producing Assistant), The Shakespeare Society, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, CRY HAVOC, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and the Théâtre du Châtelet. She has assisted directors such as Emily Mann, Mark Brokaw,Portia Krieger, Adam Immerwahr, and Michael Unger. Kate is also the Producing Artistic Associate at Noor Theatre, where she previously associate-produced the Highlight Reading Series and 48 Hour Forum and currently serves as research dramaturg for a play in development. Kate graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with Distinction in Theatre Studies and Psychology.

Kimille Howard
Kimille Howard is a freelance director, producer, writer, filmmaker, and occasional sound designer from Carmel, Indiana. She recently worked at McCarter Theatre where she assisted Emily Mann on the world premier of Sharyn Rothstein’s All the Days, Jade King Carroll on August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Stephen Wadsworth on Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors. Other recent credits include: Pardon My French (dir.), Multistages Theatre Company’s Comida De Puta (asst. dir.), Not in this Room (dir.) for the 2015 Fire This Time Festival, Where We Flounder (dir. and playwright) at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Byrony Lavery’s Frozen (producer with Cornice Productions), The French Theatrical Foundation’s national tour of Molière Malgré Moi (associate producer), Boot Camp (dir.), The Other Mozart (associate producer), Partly Cloud People Production’s Dolores (asst. dir., sound designer, stage manager), Holy Land (associate producer), and various readings. She is also an
admin/writer for, associate producer of The American Slavery Project, and an associate member of The League of Professional Theatre Women.

Eugene Ma
Eugene Ma is an international multidisciplinary theatre-maker. Trained primarily as a director, Eugene has helmed works by Paula Vogel, Thornton Wilder, Moliere, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Mike Lew, Shane Sakhrani and Saviana Stanescu. As an actor,Eugene has performed at venues such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Wallis Annenberg Center L.A., La Mama E.T.C., P.S. 122, Joe’s Pub @ the Public, the late Ontological-Hysteric and the late Ohio Theatre, working with visionaries like Mary Zimmerman, Christopher Bayes, Stan Lai, Josh Fox, Ruth Maleczech and Sutton Foster. As a composer/music director, his music has been heard at the Yale School of Drama, Joe’s Pub and Urban Stages, receiving a Drama Desk nomination recognizing his score for The Man Who Laughs in 2013! A certified teacher of Clown and Commedia dell’Arte, Eugene completed his teaching apprenticeship with Christopher Bayes (Head of
Physical Acting, Yale School of Drama) at Yale and Juilliard. He has since guest taught at Yale College, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Fordham University, NYU and PPAS. AEA.

Marina McClure

Marina McClure directs theater, opera and spectacles throughout the US and in Canada and South Africa. Her work has been presented by REDCAT, American Conservatory Theater’s Costume Shop, HERE, The Flea, chashama, JACK, United Solo, Dixon Place, FringeNYC, Vox Theater, Peterborough Players, Northern Stage, The Kennedy Center, Hotel Helix, CapFringe, the Hilton Arts Festival, The Theatre Centre, Superhero Clubhouse and Handspring Puppet Company.

She teaches directing at The National Theater Institute and regularly is a guest artist at Dartmouth College. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a script reader for the Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Group.

She has assisted Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home – Sundance), Anne Bogart/SITI Company (BAM Next Wave), Nataki Garrett (An Octoroon – Woolly Mammoth) and Maria Morett (Getty Villa). Upcoming: Hannah Rittner’s The Unbelievers (Summerworks, Toronto), Sarah Farrington’s Leisure, Labor, Lust (The Mount, Lenox, MA), Gramophonic’s new folk opera Tear a Root from the Earth (DC). MFA: CalArts.

Associate Artists

Tom Costello
Tom has been a Resident Director at The Flea since 2011, where he has directed Smoke by Kim Davies, The Wundelsteipen (and other difficult roles for young people); #serials@theflea: Lucifer ex Machina by Sevan K. Greene, Undesirables by Jeff Ronan; The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet – Act 3, The Honest Whore – Act 3; The Flying Latke (co-director, 2011). Elsewhere, he has directed Libra Theater Company’s The Thirteenth Commandment by Joshua H. Cohen; Pipeline Theatre Company’s productions of Sleepless City by Tim Chawaga, Shakespeare the Dead by Alex Mills (Dream Up Festival) and Bubble and Squeak by Evan Twohy which was a finalist in the 2011 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. He has also directed numerous productions for Atlantic Acting School where he is also a member of the faculty.

Benjamin H. Kamine
Benjamin Kamine is a Manhattan-based stage director with a focus on new work. Recent credits
include the world premiere of Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw (Goodman Theatre), the New York premiere of Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), and the West Coast premiere of Samsara by Lauren Yee (Chance Theater). Kamine is an Associate Artist at The Flea Theater and the Resident Director at the Jewish Plays Project. He has developed new work with Ars Nova, Berkeley Rep, Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Civilians, Ensemble Studio Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, PlayPenn, Playwrights Realm, Primary Stages, and Soho Rep among many others. Academic directing includes Brooklyn College, NYU, and University of the Arts. He has been a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, the Civilians R&D Group, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and he was a 14-15 LABA Fellow. Upcoming: A Comedy of Manors by Zoe Samuel (Adirondack Theatre Festival). Member: SDC.

Kristan Seemel

Before coming to New York five years ago, Kristan was a freelance director in Oregon for the better part of a decade. While on the other coast, he worked for eight seasons at Portland Center Stage, first as a Literary Associate and later as Corporate Development Associate during the organization’s transition into the historic Armory Theater, a world-renowned Green Building project. Kristan came up in the theater working on new plays,serving as dramaturg on a score of premiere productions and developmental workshops. His passion for new American writing is clear from his direction of premiers such as Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love by Mallery Avidon and The Electric Lighthouse by Ed Himes (The Flea). Other new plays Kristan has directed include Mutt by Lava Alapai (Many Hats Collective) and The Verspiary by Matthew Zrebski (Stark Raving Theatre) as well as NW regional premieres of Carlos Murillo’s Mimesophobia (Sand & Glass Productions), The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (TheatreVertigo) and Mac Wellman’s A Murder of Crows (defunkt theatre). He has developed new plays with Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb (SuperLab), The Lark, Brave New World Repertory Theater, Spookfish and The Barn Arts Collective. Kristan is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program in directing and while in Providence he helmed workshop productions Oh Guru Guru Guru by Mallery Avidon and The Darkson Chronicles by Theo Goodell. Recent favorite revivals include Brecht & Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi (Brown/Trinity Rep) and Hamlet (CoHo Productions). Kristan’s staging of Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (defunkt theatre) garnered him a Portland Dramatic Critics Circle award (Drammy) for Outstanding Direction. Some of his favorite assisting credits include Gurney’s AJAX, The Mysteries (The Flea), A Raisin in the Sun, A Christmas Carol and Camelot (Trinity Rep).

Kristan is a proud alumnus of the 2012/13 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the SDCF Observership Program. Check out for more info.

Danya Taymor
Danya Taymor is a director and translator original from Northern California. Recent work includes Sarah Gancher’s The Place We Built (The Flea, World Premiere), Justin Kuritzkes’ The Sensuality Party (The New Group, World Premiere), Anna Moench’s In Quietness at Walker Space (Dutch Kills), Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (Stella Adler), Susan Soon-He Stanton’s Cygnus (Women’s Project), Brian Watkins’ Wyoming (Lesser America, World Premiere) and My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea, World Premier, NY Times/Time Out Critics Pick), Lucy Teitler’s Engagements (Ensemble Studio Theater), I Hate Fucking Mexicans (The Flea, U.S. premiere) and Shakespeare’s The Tempest (NYU/Stella Adler). Translations include Alejandro Ricaño’s We Are Getting Better at Saying Goodbye, Luis Enrique Guitierrez Ortiz Monasterio’s I Hate Fucking Mexicans, and Ettore Scola’s Working on a Special Day. She is a 2014-2016 Time Warner Directing Fellow at Women’s Project, a 2050 fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, an Artist in Residence at Theatre for a New Audience, an Associate Artist at The Flea Theater, New Georges Affiliated Artist and a semi-finalist for the Lange-Taylor prize with Dominic Bracco for The Northern Pass. She is a frequent volunteer at Covenant House, has taught theater in Ecuador and Slovakia. Other awards/fellowships include: Van Lier Directing Fellowship; Gates Foundation Grant, Rough Draft Residency at the Drama League and Lincoln Center Directors Lab. BA: Duke Univesrity. Upcoming work: Antoinette Nwandu’s Flat Sam (Play Penn), Dan McCabe’s Christina Martinez (The Juilliard School)

Courtney Ulrich
Courtney Ulrich is a New York based director, who grew up in London, UK, although you would never know from her accent. Past directing credits include Tommy Smith’s White Hot (The Flea), #serials@theflea, American Nightcap (INTAR), Sousepaw: A Baseball Story and Real Dead Ghosts, both by Jonathan A. Goldberg (Shelby Company), Kim Davies’ The Love of Richard Nixon (24 Hour Plays) and The Closing Doors by Christopher Sullivan (The Tank). She has worked in New York with Dixon Place, New Dramatists, Target Margin Theater, Rising Circle Rep, The Foundry Theatre, The Culture Project and Powerhouse/NYSAF at Vassar College, in LA with Cornerstone Theater Company, and in DC with Sojourn Theatre Company and Arena Stage. She earned her B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from Georgetown University where she won the Donn B. Murphy Award for Excellence in Theater. There she directed the DC premiere of The Pain and The Itch, by Bruce Norris, and two original devised works: Still Me about the experiences of LGBTQ students on campus, and Watermelon Season, an exploration of migrant workers and the agriculture industry, based on her research in Immokalee, Florida. She is delighted to be a Resident Director at The Flea Theater and a party of the vibrant community.

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