SITI Company Members

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Akiko Aizawa (Actor)

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: Persians, Steel Hammer, A Rite(w/Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), Cafe Variations, Radio Macbeth, Trojan Women (After Euripides), American Document(w/Martha Graham Dance Company), Antigone, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, bobrauschenbergamerica, Freshwater, Hotel Cassiopeia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intimations for Saxophone, La Dispute, War of the Worlds, Culture of Desire and systems/layers. Roles with SCOT include: Trojan Women, Three Sisters and Dionysus. Theaters/festivals include BAM, the Public Theater, Wexner Center, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Joyce Theater, ArtsEmerson, Krannert Center, Los Angeles Opera, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Live Arts, Carolina Performing Arts and Getty Villa. International festivals/venues include: Edinburgh, Dublin, Bonn, Bobigny, Helsinki, Tbilisi, Melbourne, Bogota, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toga and Moscow.

J.Ed Araiza (Actor)

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. In 2013 he was appointed Professor and Head of Graduate Acting at UCLA

Anne Bogart (Co-Artistic Director)

Photo by Craig SchwartzPhoto by Craig SchwartzNew 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 (Actor)

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Will Bond grew up in Delaware. He received a BA in English Literature from Albright College and an MFA in acting 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, A Rite with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Persians.

Gian-Murray Gianino (Actor)

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As a member of SITI, G.M. has helped create and performed in Persians, Steel Hammer, 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, GettyVilla (LA), The Court (Chicago), Krannert, Walker, Wexner, MC93 Bobigny (France), Bonn Biennale and Dublin Theatre Festival. With SITI, he has taught all over the globe. B.A. Wesleyan University. Acting apprentice, ATL.
G.M. is the third generation of a New York theatre family.

Leon Ingulsrud (Co-Artistic Director)

Mr. Ingulsrud is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors and helped found SITI Company. He 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, A Rite (with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.), Persians, the theater is a blank page, and directed Hanjo. Mr. Ingulsrud has taught in workshops and universities around the world, and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University.

Ellen Lauren (Co-Artistic Director)

Photo by Al Foote IIIPhoto by Al Foote IIICo-Artistic Director, founding member. SITI credits include Persians, Trojan Women(After Euripides), A Rite(with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance) 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, Seven Deadly Sins at Lincoln Center, 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. InNY: 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, Fox Fellowship Distinguished Achievement 2008-2010.

Kelly Maurer (Actor)

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.

Charles L. Mee (Playwright)

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 His work is made possible by the support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Richard B. Fisher.

Ellen M. Lavaia (Production Stage Manager)

Originally from San Francisco, Mrs. Lavaia now resides in New York City.  SITI Company productions include Steel Hammer, Persians, Café Variations, Radio Macbeth, the theater is a blank page, Bob, and Chess Match No. 5. Broadway credits include The Lion King, Annie, Matilda, and Les Misérables. Additional New York Credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with New York City Center Encores!; Macbeth and A Man’s a Man with Classic Stage Company; Shen Wei Dance Arts at the Park Avenue Armory.  Mezzera has toured internationally through China, Georgia, Hong Kong, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. She had the opportunity to work on The Sound of Music Live! and the 2013 Tony Awards. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Local 764, and SITI Company.  


Barney O’Hanlon (Actor)

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.) A Rite (with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.) and Café Variations. Barney most recently choreographed the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy for Lincoln Center Theater.

Neil Patel (Scenic Designer)

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 (Designer)

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 (Designer)

James has designed scenery and/or costumes for over 17 SITI Company productions.  His work has been seen at American Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, BAM, Berkeley Rep, Classic Stage, Court Theatre,  Goodman Theatre,  La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, NY Live Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Papermill Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons,  Public Theatre/NY Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Steppenwolf, Signature Theatre, Trinity Rep, Vineyard Theatre, Wexner Center, Yale Rep, Boston Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis,  San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera Seattle Opera, and internationally.


Megan Wanlass

Has been a member of SITI Company since 1995, and was its Executive Director from 2000-2014. In her tenure with SITI, Megan helped to create over 30 shows. She began working with Anne Bogart during production of 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 as the Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. 

Stephen Duff Webber (Actor)

With SITI nationally and internationally: Persians (Getty Villa), A Rite (with BTJAZ Dance Co.), Steel Hammer, Café Variations, American Document (with Martha Graham Dance Co.), 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: The Golden Dragon (Playco), 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.

Darron L West (Sound Designer)

A SITI Company member since 1993 Darron first collaborated with Anne Bogart in 1990 while resident sound designer at Actors Theater of Louisville. His work has been heard in over 500 productions nationally and internationally. His accolades include the 2012 Tony Award, the Princess Grace Statue, the OBIE, the Henry Hewes Design Award and the Lucille Lortel.  As director: Kid Simple (2004 Humana Festival), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Eurydice (Children’s Theater Company), Big Love (Rude Mechs) and co-director of SITI Company’s War of The Worlds The Radio Play and Radio Macbeth.