SITI Company Members
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Akiko Aizawa has been a member of SITI Company since 1997, after seven years as a member of the Suzuki Company of Toga. With SITI: Trojan Women, Cafe Variations, American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, bobrauschenbergamerica, Freshwater, Hotel Cassiopeia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intimations for Saxophone, La Dispute, War of the Worlds, and systems/layers. Roles with SCOT include: Trojan Women, Three Sisters and Dionysus. Theaters/festivals include BAM, the Public Theater, ART, Arena Stage, Court Theatre, Joyce Theater, Krannert Center, Los Angeles Opera, NYTW and New York Live Arts. International festivals/venues include: Edinburgh, Dublin, Bonn, Bobigny, Helsinki, Melbourne, Bogota, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toga and Moscow. Akiko is originally from Akita, Japan.
J.Ed Araiza is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and has a degree in Bilingual Theatre from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. His SITI Company credits include Trojan Women, Under Construction, Hotel Cassiopeia, Midsummer Night’s Dream, systems/layers, bobrauschenbergamerica, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, War of the Worlds: The Radio Play, Who Do You Think You Are and Radio Macbeth (Dramaturgy). J.Ed has long and varied experiences working on multicultural, cross-disciplinary projects as a writer, director and performer. As a playwright with seven original full-length plays produced, J.Ed is also a member of The Dramatist Guild, Austin Script Works and NoPE, and a former member of El Teatro de la Esperanza and the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
New York City. Bard College (BA) and New York University (MA). Works with SITI: Café Variations, Trojan Women, American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, La Dispute, Score, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, War of the Worlds: The Radio Play, Alice’s Adventures, Culture of Desire, Bob, Going, Going, Gone, Small Lives/Big Dreams, The Medium, Noel Coward’s Hay Fever and Private Lives, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, and Charles Mee’s Orestes. Professor at Columbia University. Author of four books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book, And Then, You Act and Conversations with Anne.
Will Bond grew up in Delaware. He received a BA in English Literature from Albright College and an MFA from University of Pittsburgh. SITI credits include The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire, Cabin Pressure, War of the Worlds (by Naomi Iizuka for SITI), Lilith & Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera), War of the Worlds: The Radio Play, Bob, (Drama Desk Nomination), La Dispute, bobrauschenbergamerica, Radio MacBeth, Who Do You Think You Are?, Death and the Ploughman, Antigone, and Rite of Spring project with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
As a member of SITI, G.M. has helped create and performed in Café Variations, Trojan Women, Radio Macbeth, bobrauschenbergamerica, Systems/Layers, and Freshwater. New York credits include work at BAM, Second Stage, Signature Theatre, The Public, Women’s Project, SoHo Rep, and HERE Arts. He has performed regionally and internationally including at Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre Louisville (Humana Festival), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Getty Villa (LA), The Court (Chicago), Krannert, Walker, Wexner, MC93 Bobigny (France), Bonn Biennale and Dublin Theatre Festival. TV/film credits include White Collar, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, All My Children, Dead Canaries and Hospitality. B.A. Wesleyan University. Acting apprentice, ATL. G.M. is the third generation of a New York theatre family.
Leon Ingulsrud was born and grew up in Japan. After serving as a member of the Suzuki Company Of Toga for seven years, he helped to found SITI Company and has appeared in Orestes, Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera), Nicholas & Alexandra (Los Angeles Opera), bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Antigone, American Document (with Martha Graham Dance Co.), War of the Worlds; Radio Play, Trojan Women, Cafe Variations and Continuous Replay (with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.). Mr. Ingulsrud has taught in workshops and universities around the world, and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University.
Founding Member. SITI credits include Café Variations, Under Construction, Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, Orestes, and American Document (with Martha Graham Dance Co.). Festivals include Bonn, Iberoamericano Bogota, BAM Next Wave, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore; Wexner, Krannert and Walker Center for the Arts. In NY: Live Arts NY, NYTW, CSC, Women’s Project, Miller, Public, Joyce Theaters. Regional credits with SITI include San Jose Rep, ART Cambridge, Court Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare, Actors Theatre of Louisville. SITI training residencies in the U.S. and abroad since 1993. Fox Fellowship Distinguished Achievement 2008.
Kelly has been a member of SITI since its inception. SITI credits include Orestes, American Document, Radio Macbeth, La Dispute, Hayfever, bobrauschenbergamerica, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Culture of Desire and Cabin Pressure, and theatres including The Joyce, NYTW, P.S. 122, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Arts Center, The Irish Life Theater Festival, Under the Radar (NYC’s Public Theater), Bobigny (Paris) and the Edinburgh Festival. Regional credits include Rainbow in And What of the Night at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Hamlet at StageWest and Christine in Miss Julie at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Internationally, she has toured with Tadashi Suzuki in the Suzuki Company of Toga’s Dionysus and director Robert Wilson in Persephone. She performed the roles of Jolly (as standby for Patti LuPone) in The Old Neighborhood on Broadway and Hermia in Dead Man Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons. She also performed in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein and The Water Engine at the Atlantic. Kelly teaches with SITI and the Atlantic Theater Acting School, at NYU and workshops and universities throughout the U.S.
Chuck Mee grew up in Illinois, headed east and graduated from Harvard College. He wrote Orestes 2.0, the first play done by the SITI Company when it was first formed, and has also written bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Under Construction and American Document for SITI. Among other awards, he is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His complete works are available online at charlesmee.org. His work is made possible by the support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Richard B. Fisher.
MFA, UC San Diego
With SITI: Café Variations, Under Construction, Antigone, bobraushenbergamerica, Score, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, War of the Worlds, The Radio Play, Going Going Gone, The Medium, Orestes
From Cape Cod, MA. Barney graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA (with honors) in drama. SITI Company credits include Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire, War of the Worlds: Radio Play, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, Short Stories, Hayfever, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, bobrauschenbergamerica, Radio Macbeth, Room (movement), Seven Deadly Sins and Lilith (New York City Opera), Nicholas and Alexandra (Los Angeles Opera), Hotel Cassiopeia, Under Construction, systems/layers (director/choreographer), Antigone, Trojan Women, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are?, American Document (with the Martha Graham Dance Co.) and Café Variations.
SITI member since 1997. Productions with SITI include Café Variations, Under Construction, Hotel Cassiopeia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Score, Room, Bob, Hayfever, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, Alice’s Adventures, Culture of Desire, Adding Machine and Private Lives. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of California at San Diego.
Brian H Scott hails from New York City. Brian is a SITI Company member and has designed lighting for Cafe Variations, Trojan Women, Antigone, American Document in collaboration with the Martha Graham company, Under Construction, WhoDoYouThinkYouAre, Hotel Cassioepia, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica(Henry Hewes Design Award 2004), War of the Worlds Radio Play, Macbeth, and a dance collaboration with the musical groups Rachel’s and ‘’Systems/Layers. Additionally, he has had the pleasure of assiting Mimi Jordan Sherin on Bob, Cabin Pressure, War of the Worlds, The Medium, Small Live/Big Dreams, Going Going Gone, Miss Julie, Private Lives, Alice’s Adventures, Culture of Desire, and The Adding Machine. With Christopher Akerlind on SITI Productions Room, Score and Midsummer Nights Dream.
James Schuette has designed over 15 productions for SITI Company. Recent work includes set and/or costume designs for Paula Vogel’s Civil War Christmas directed by Tina Landau (New York Theatre Workshop), Carmen directed by Anne Bogart (Glimmerglass), Sweet Bird of Youth directed by David Cromer (Goodman Theatre), The March written and directed by Frank Galati (Steppenwolf), and The Death of Klinghoffer and Alice in Wonderland directed by James Robinson (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). His work has been seen at the American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Long Wharf, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Papermill Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Trinity Rep, Vineyard Theatre, Yale Rep, Boston Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Minnesota Opera. Upcoming projects include Norma (Washington National Opera), Belleville (Steppenwolf), Champion (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), and Dolores Claiborne (San Francisco Opera).
Megan Wanlass (Executive Director)
Has been a member of SITI Company since 1995 and its Executive Director since 2000. In her tenure with SITI, Megan has helped to create over 30 shows. She began working with Anne Bogart during The Adding Machine at Actors Theatre of Louisville (1995). She has an Arts Administration Certificate from New York University, attended the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University Business School, was a member of the Arts Leadership Institute Charter Class at Teachers College, Columbia University, is participating in the National Arts Strategies Executive Leadership Program and holds a B.A. in Theater from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Megan currently serves on the board of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as the chair of the Enrichment Committee at the Pearls Hawthorne School.
With SITI since 1994: Café Variations, American Document, Antigone, Radio Macbeth (Macbeth), Hotel Cassiopeia, Under Construction, Freshwater, Death and the Ploughman, War of the Worlds (Orson Welles), bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers (with Rachel’s), La Dispute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabin Pressure, Going Going Gone, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Private Lives, Hay Fever, War of the Worlds: Radio Play (Orson Welles), Short Stories. New York: Death and the Ploughman (CSC), War of the Worlds (BAM), Culture of Desire (NYTW), Trojan Women 2.0 (En Garde Arts), Freshwater (Women’s Project), Hotel Cassiopeia (BAM), American Document (Joyce), Antigone (NYLA), Radio Macbeth (Public), Radio Play (Joe’s Pub). Regional: American Repertory Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Magic Theater, Kennedy Center, Portland Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Stage West.
A SITI Company member since 1993, Darron first collaborated with Anne Bogart in 1990 while resident sound designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville. His work has been heard in over 500 productions nationally and internationally. Accolades include a 2012 Tony Award for Peter and the Starcatcher, a 1998 Obie award for SITI’s BOB, the 2000 Princess Grace Award, an Entertainment Design Magazine Eddy, the 2004 and 2005 Henry Hewes Design award, and a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award. As director: Kid Simple (2004 Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Eurydice (Children’s Theater Co., Minneapolis), Big Love (Rude Mechanicals, Austin, Texas) and co-director of SITI Company’s War of the Worlds: The Radio Play and Radio Macbeth.