Our Mission:

SITI Company was built on the bedrock of ensemble. We believe that through the practice of collaboration, a group of artists working together over time can have a significant impact upon both contemporary theater and the world at large.

Through our performances, educational programs and collaborations with other artists and thinkers, SITI Company will continue to challenge the status quo, to train to achieve artistic excellence in every aspect of our work, and to offer new ways of seeing and of being as both artists and as global citizens.

SITI Company is committed to providing a gymnasium-for-the-soul where the interaction of art, artists, audiences and ideas inspire the possibility for change, optimism and hope.

SITI Company is:

Anne Bogart, Akiko Aizawa, J. Ed Araiza, Will Bond, Gian Murray Gianino, Leon Ingulsrud, Ellen Lauren, Kelly Maurer, Charles L. Mee Jr., Elizabeth Moreau, Tom Nelis, Barney O'Hanlon, Neil Patel, James Schuette, Brian Scott, Megan Wanlass Szalla, Stephen Duff Webber, Darron L West

Board of Trustees:

J. Ed Araiza, Anne Bogart, Gigi Bolt (Chair), Martha Coigney, Lauren Flanigan, Rena Chelouche Fogel, Jason Hackett (Secretary), Christopher Healy (Treasurer), Kim Ima, Kevin Kuhlke, Ellen Lauren, Thomas Mallon, Charles L. Mee, Barney O'Hanlon, Barbara Olsen Cummings, Leonard Perfido (Vice-Chair), Jaan Whitehead

Staff:

Megan Wanlass Szalla - Executive Director
Michelle Preston ­– Deputy Director
Vanessa Sparling – General Manager

 

  Anne Bogart (Artistic Director)

Anne Bogart is the Artistic Director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include 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. She is the author of three books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book and And Then, You Act.

 

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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: 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, Culture of Desire, Nicholas and Alexandra, Marina A Captive Spirit and systems/layers. Roles with SCOT include: The Trojan Women, Three Sisters and Dionysus. Theaters/festivals include BAM/Next Wave Festival, Under the Radar at the Public Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Court Theatre, Joyce Theater, Krannert Center, Los Angeles Opera, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Stage, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts and Women’s Project. International festivals/venues include: Edinburgh, Dublin, Bonn, Bobigny, Helsinki, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Bogota, São Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Toga and Moscow.

 

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J.Ed Araiza (Actor)

J.Ed Araiza has a long and varied experience working on multicultural and cross disciplinary projects as a writer, director and performer. As a playwright with seven original full-length plays produced, J.Ed Araiza is a member of The Dramatist Guild, Austin Script Works and NoPE. He has written the original plays: Medea Stories, C/o the Grove and The House all of which he directed at St. Edward's University; at the University of Minnesota he wrote and directed The Lost Project, A Night Time Fantasia. Other original plays directed include Where Do I Begin produced at Naropa in Boulder, Colorado and Water at Bowdoin College. He has directed Ladeeleroy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Vaudeville Vanya, and his musical adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in Austin Texas. SITI Company acting credits include: 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. Regional Theater acting credits include: The Cure at Troy, Yale Rep.(American Premiere); Santos and Santos, Mixed Blood Theatre; Keely and Du (original cast), Hartford Stage and ATL; 1969 ATL; Yerma, Arena Stage; Principia Scriptoria, A Contemporary Theatre; Picnic, ATL; Charley Bacon, South Coast Rep.; King Lear, Macbeth, La Victima, Los Angeles Theatre
Center. Off Broadway: Orestes, Occasional Grace, En Garde Arts; Eastern Standards, Duo Theatre; Body Game, Theatre for the New City; Raft of the Medusa, Minetta Lane Theatre and Nicholas and Alexandra at  The Los Angeles Opera. He has worked at The Julliard School of Drama as a movement consultant for several production and  also at the Yale School of Drama. He has directed bobrauschenbergamerica at the University of Houston and worked on the world premiere of Solitude at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. In October 2009 he directed the Voluspa at the National Theatre in Reykjavik Iceland.

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Will Bond (Actor)

Will Bond is a founding member of SITI Company. He has performed and toured nationally and internationally in SITI’s Orestes (by company member Charles L. Mee), The Medium (Obie award winner), Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire, Bob (Obies for light and sound and three Drama Desk Nominations including best solo performance of the year), War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds - The Radio Play, Cabin Pressure, bobrauschenbergamerica, La Dispute, Death and the Ploughman, Lilith and Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera), Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are and Antigone. He has toured with Tadashi Suzuki and SCOT in Dionysus and with Robert Wilson’s Persephone. Regional works include: Macbeth, The Lover, Creditors, Mystery of Irma Vep, Greater Tuna, Greetings, Holiday, Night Must Fall, Suddenly Last Summer, The Tempest, Hamlet. He has created original works including History of the World from the very Beginning with Christian Frederickson & SITI’s Brian Scott, Crash (temporary title) a work in progress also with Brian Scott in collaboration with Deborah Hay, and I’ll Crane For You a solo performance dance theater work commissioned from Deborah Hay.  Will is currently Artist-In-Residence in the theater department of Skidmore College.

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Gian Murray Gianino (Actor)

Gian Murray Gianino is proud to be the newest member of the SITI company. With the company he has perfomed in Radio Macbeth (The Public, DTW, Tour), bobrauschenbergamerica (BAM, DTW, Tour), Systems/Layers (Tour), Freshwater (WP), Who Do You Think You Are (Wexner) and War of the Worlds – The Radio Play (DTW). Select New York credits include Or, and Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (The Women’s Project), Paradise Park (Daniel Fish, Signature Theatre), Eurydice (Les Waters, Second Stage), Bone Portraits (Lear deBessonet, Walkerspace), and Al Pacino’s Salome readings (NY & LA). He has performed regionally and internationally including at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre Louisville, Provincetown Rep, The Court (Chicago), Stamford Performing Arts, Krannert, Walker, Wexner, MC93 Bobigny (France), Bonn Biennale and Dublin Theatre Festival. Film and TV credits include Doctors of the Dark Side (upcoming), Painting Abby Long, Dead Canaries, Tale of Two Corners, Hospitality, Up to the Roof, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, All My Children. G.M. is a graduate of Wesleyan University and is the third generation of a New York theatre family.

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Leon Ingulsrud (Actor/Director)

Leon Ingulsrud helped found SITI Company and has appeared in Orestes, Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera), Nicholas & Alexandra (LA Opera), bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Under Construction, Antigone and American Document with Martha Graham Dance Co. Previous to SITI, Mr. Ingulsrud was a member of the Suzuki Company of Toga for seven years, during which time Mr. Ingulsrud also served as a resident director at the ATM Arts Center in Mito, Japan. Mr. Ingulsrud served two years as the Associate Artistic Director of Swine Palace in Baton Rouge LA. Directorial credits include Endgame, The Hairy Ape, Macbeth, Martini Ceremony, Medea, Angel/Babel, Short Stories, The Sea, The Grapes of Wrath, The Tempest, Death of a Salesman, Saint Joan, Our Town, Laramie Project, Eurydice, Psyche, Callie’s Tally, Big Love, A Show Of Force, Jamestown, Dr. Faust and three different, original adaptations of Moby Dick. Mr. Ingulsrud has taught in workshops and universities around the world, translates Japanese theater texts into English, and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia.

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Ellen Lauren (Actor)

Associate artistic director for SITI. Company credits include: Under Construction, Radio MacBeth, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, Midsummer Night's Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, 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. National and international venues include: Bonn Germany, Iberoamericano Bogota, BAM Next Wave, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore Festivals; Wexner, Krannert and Walker Center for the Arts; In NY; Dance Theater Workshop, NYTW, CSC, Miller, Public, Joyce Theater. Regional credits with SITI include: San Jose Rep, ART Cambridge, Court Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville: (including Picnic, Adding Machine, Hay Fever, Miss Julie, Private Lives). Ongoing classes and residencies in the US and abroad over 18 years. Additional credits include The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins, New York City Opera -(Kosovar Award for Anna II) Marina, a Captive Spirit, all with Anne Bogart. Resident company member: StageWest, Mass., The Milwaukee Repertory, The Alley Theatre, Houston.  Associate artist for The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki; Venues include, Moscow Art Theatre, Toga Festival, Alexandrinksky Theatre, RSC, Theatre Olympics Athens and Shizuoka Japan, Buenos Aires Festival, Vienna Festival, Istanbul Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico Italy, Montpelier France, Hong Kong Festival. Ongoing faculty member: The Juilliard School of Drama; Associate Director Summer Training Program, Toga, Japan.  Fox Fellowship recipient for Distinguished Achievement 2008.

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Kelly Maurer (Actor)

Has been a member of SITI since its inception. With the company she has performed in many productions including Radio Macbeth, La Dispute, Hayfever, bobrauschenbergamerica, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Culture of Desire and  Cabin Pressure, and at such theatres as: NYTW, P.S. 122, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Arts Center, The Irish Life Theater Festival, Bobigny and the Edinburgh Festival. Regionally, Kelly has been seen as Rainbow in Maria Irene Fornes' 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 role of Jolly (as standby for Patti LuPone) in David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood on Broadway. Kelly was seen as Hermia in Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons. She also performed in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein and The Water Engine at the Atlantic, Off Broadway. Kelly teaches the Suzuki method of actor training and the Viewpoints training with SITI and at the Atlantic Theater Acting School, NYU and at workshops and universities throughout the US.

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Charles L. Mee  

Charles L. Mee (Playwright)

Charles L. Mee is the only playwright member of the SITI Company, for whom he has written Orestes 2.0, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, soot and spit (the musical), Under Construction and American Document. He has also written Vienna: Lusthaus, A Perfect Wedding, and a number of other plays in addition to his work inspired by Greek plays: Big Love, True Love, Trojan Women A Love Story and others. His plays have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, the Humana Festival, Steppenwolf, and other places in the United States as well as in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Vienna, Istanbul and elsewhere. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His complete works are available on the internet at charlesmee.org. His work is made possible by the support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Richard B. Fisher.

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Elizabeth Moreau (Stage Manager)

With SITI: Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, La Dispute, Hayfever, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica, Score, and systems/layers (with the band Rachel’s), and has toured these as well as Bob, Room, War of the Worlds, WOW-The Radio Play, and Cabin Pressure to theaters including: NYTW, CSC, the Walker, the Wexner, Performing Arts Chicago, the Krannert, On the Boards, B.I.T.E. (London), Israel Festival, Bonn Biennale, MC93 (Bobigny), Melbourne Festival & the Singapore Festival. NYcredits include: Dirty Blonde and Bells are Ringing on B’way, also work at the Public, NYTW, Vineyard, MTC, CSC, and the Play Co.. She has worked on Gull and Shutter with Lightbox, and Match-Play with the Rude Mechs.  Elizabeth is the Associate Production Manager at the Public Theater, Artistic Associate for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.  She is also a member of the Women’s Project Producers Lab.

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Tom Nelis (Actor)

SITI CO: Score; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; War of the Worlds; War of the Worlds - Radio Play; Going, Going, Gone; The Medium; Orestes. Broadway:  The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Aida.  Off Broadway: Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecencies, (Mineta Lane), The Cryptogram (West Side Theatre), Hot ‘N’ Throbbin (Signature), Richard III, Henry IV, the title role in Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (NYSF/PUBLIC THEATER), Hot Mouth (Manhattan Theater Club), Another Person is a Foreign Country,  The Trojan Women/ A Love Story, Strange Feet (En Garde Arts), Pearls for Pigs (Ontological Hysterical Theater), Laurie Anderson's Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (BAM).  Also regional theaters throughout the country.  Mr Nelis is a founding member of SITI CO.  He has additionally performed with The Suzuki Company of Toga in Dionysus.  Awards; OBIE (The Medium), San Diego Circle Critics Award (Wintertime), Drama League Nomination (Score), Barrymore Nomination (Candide).  MFA, UC SAN DIEGO

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Barney O'Hanlon (Actor/Choreographer)

Barney O’Hanlon has been a SITI Company member since 1994 and collaborator with Anne Bogart since 1986. International: Dublin Theatre Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Prague Quadrennial, MC93 Bobigny, France, Bonn Biennial, Festival Iberoamericano, Bogota, Kaleideskop Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford on Avon. New York: BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, PS 122, Dance Theatre Workshop, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera. Regional: American Repertory Theater, Trinity Rep., Alley Theater, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Steppenwolf, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, Portland Stage, UCLA Performing Arts, Walker and Wexner Arts Centers, the Krannert Art Center, Austin's Rude Mechs (with Deborah Hay) and numerous Humana Festivals. Other: Los Angeles Opera, Opera Omaha, Prince Music Theater and most recently, SITI Company’s collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company on American Document.

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Neil Patel  

Neil Patel (Designer)

With SITI Company: Under Construction, Hotel Cassiopeia, War of the Worlds, The Adding Machine, Private Lives, Hayfever, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Room, Bob and Score. Broadway: Wonderland, Oleanna, [title of show], Sideman (West End and Kennedy Center), ‘Night Mother, Ring of Fire. West End: Underneath the Lintel. Off Broadway: Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, Second Stage, Vineyard Theater, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Regional: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theater Group, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Alley Theater, Arena Stage, Alliance Theater. International: Royal Shakespeare Company, Edinburgh International Festival, Parco Theater Tokyo, Theater Archa, Hebbel Theater. Opera: New York City Opera, Montreal Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theater St. Louis, Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theater. Dance: Shadowland (Pilobolus). Television and Film: In Treatment (HBO), Alone (Gregory Orr Productions). Helen Hayes Award, EDDY Award, Numerous Drama Desk and Hewes Nominations, 1996 and 2001 OBIE for sustained excellence. www.neilpateldesign.com

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James Schuette (Designer)

James Schuette has designed over 15 productions for SITI Company.  Recent work includes Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s Brother/Sister plays directed by Tina Landau (McCarter Theatre, Public Theatre and Steppenwolf), Ghosts of Versailles directed by James Robinson (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Wexford Festival), Endgame directed by Frank Galati (Steppenwolf) and Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts directed by Tina Landau (Broadway/Music Box).  His work has been seen at the American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 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 Theatre, 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, Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Colorado and internationally.  Upcoming projects include La Cenerentola (Minnesota Opera), La Fille du Regiment and The Death of Klinghoffer (Opera Theatre of St Louis), Nixon in China (Canadian Opera Company), Un Ballo in Maschera (Washington National Opera).

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Brian Scott  

Brian Scott (Designer)

With SITI Company: American Document, Antigone, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica (2004 Henry Hewes Design Award), systems/layers, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play.  With Rude Mechanicals: The Method Gun, Lipstick Traces, Big Love, Cherrywood, Matchplay. Classic Stage Company: The Age of Iron, Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III, The Tempest.  With Playwrights Horizons: Dead Man’s Cell Phone.  With NYTW: Songs From an Unmade Bed.

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Megan Wanlass Szalla (Executive Director)

Megan Wanlass Szalla has been a member of SITI Company since 1995. Megan was the company stage manager for five years prior to becoming SITI’s Executive Director. In her tenure with SITI, Megan has helped to create over 28 shows. She began working with Anne Bogart during The Adding Machine at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 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 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).

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Stephen Duff Webber (Actor)

Stephen Duff Webber has performed with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in theaters all over the U.S. and at festivals around the world including The Kennedy Center, BAM, The Humana Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, American Repertory Theater, The Israel Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Bogota Theater Festival. Off Broadway: 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). SITI Credits: American Document, Antigone, Radio Macbeth (Macbeth), Hotel Cassiopeia, 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 - The Radio Play (Orson Welles), Short Stories. Regional Theater: American Repertory Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville (Betrayal, Glengarry Glen Ross), Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Magic Theater, Portland Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Stage West

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Darron West  

Darron L West (Designer)

A SITI Company member since 1993 and first collaborated with Anne Bogart in 1990 while resident sound designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  His work has been heard in over 400 productions both nationally and internationally. His accolades include a 1998 OBIE award for SITI's BOB, a 2000 Princess Grace Award, an Entertainment Design Magazine EDDY, the 2004 and 2005 Henry Hewes Design award, and a 2006 Lortell 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 SITI Company’s War of the Worlds – The Radio Play (National Tour).

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