artist bios

anecdota: producing company Take What Is Yours marks anecdota’s first production.  Erica and Jill co-founded the company dedicated to visually poetic storytelling mined from historic, imagistic and physical research.

ERICA FAE: originally conceived of Take What Is Yours, Co-writer, performs as “Alice” – As writer/performer, Fae’s solo play A Girl Joan (based on the imagined heart-life of Joan of Arc) was commissioned by DTW, and performed at NYTW, The Culture Project, and HERE, where she was also awarded a HARP residency to develop new work.  Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide and received awards for Best Short and Best Actress.  As actor, she has worked with Martha Clarke (Vienna Lusthaus at NYTW, Midsummer at A.R.T, Hans Christian Andersen at A.C.T.), Rachel Dickstein/Ripe Time, and Ping Chong, among others; and can be seen in films Synecdoche New York, The Savages, Little Children, Please Give, and others.  She was Movement Coach/Director for Hamlet at Yale Rep (dir. James Bundy), The Golden Dragon for The Play Company (dir. Ed Iskandar), and 2 seasons for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Co.  She teaches physical acting (Grotowski lineage) at Yale School of Drama and The New School for Drama (MFA programs).  She’s also taught at NYU’s ETW (where she studied), a Master Class for the SITI Company, and co-teaches an annual summer intensive  For more visit

JILL A. SAMUELS: Director, Co-writer, Scenic Concept – For more than a decade, Jill has been working and creating at the intersection of theatre, performance, poetry, puppetry, film, dance, music and politics. Her work as an multi-disciplinary writer, director and artist has appeared in over 40 festivals and venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia.  She has worked for and with the Museum of Modern Art, the Public Theater, Ideal Film, Reverse Angle, The Obama Campaign, The Democracy Collaborative, Boca del Lupo Theater, Ripe Time, The South Wing Theater, JoAnne Akalaitis, Lisa Peterson, Deke Weaver, Ivan Talijancic, and many others.  She is a graduate of Brown University and a Resident Artist of undergroundzero.  Jill was nominated for a Henry Hewes Design Award for Scenic Design on Take What Is Yours.

collaborating artists on Take What Is Yours:

Justine Williams, Assistant Director – Justine is co-artistic director of and a performer with The Glass Contraption, an ensemble-based theater company that has developed and presented numerous original works at The Public Theater, the NY Clown Theater Festival, Ars Nova and The Kitchen in NYC, Gowanus Arts and Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn, as well as at the National Arts Festival in South Africa. Her acting credits include: A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Berkeley Rep/ Yale Rep); My New Best Friend (Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Rep); Journey to the Ocean (with the Foundry Theater, directed by Aya Ogawa); T.S. Elliot’s Murder in the Cathedral (with Hoi Polloi, directed by Alec Duffy); Lorca’s Don Cristobal, Billy Club Man (HERE/St. Ann’s Warehouse); Galileo and Illyria (Shakespeare Theater of NJ); The Illusion (Chautauqua Theatre); and O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon (directed by CHi-wang Yang). Training: Brown University, The Actors Center, and Ecole Philippe Gaulier.  Justine teaches workshops in clown and physical theater at universities, community-based organizations and for theater companies around the globe.

Kristin Worrall, Sound Design – Kristin Worrall is a sound designer and musician. She is a member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma  [Life and Times Episodes 1-3No Dice, Poetics, Rambo Solo] and Hotel Savant [Parsifal, The Cenci, Archery Contest, Men Go Down].  This is her second production with Ms. Samuels.  Her work has been seen and heard on the Food Network, The Conan O’Brien Show, PS 122, NY Theater Workshop, The Watermill Center, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Public, the NY Fringe Festival, The Ohio Theatre, La Mama, Tonic, Knitting Factory, Here, and many others.

Tal Yarden, Projection Design – Lush Valley, Sounding (HERE), Ludwig (Münchner Kammerspiele), The Russians, Children of the Sun, Cries & Whispers, Antonioni Project, Angels in America, Roman Tragedies, and Mourning Becomes Electra (Toneelgroep Amsterdam), Futura (NAATCO), Edward II, Misanthrope (Schaubühne, Berlin), Pop! (Yale Rep), Sounding (HERE), The Night Watcher (Primary Stages), Mozart’s Idomeneo (La Monnaie, Brussels), Distracted (Roundabout), Little Foxes, Beast, Liberty City, The Misanthrope, and Kaos (New York Theater Workshop),ZOOM (ZviDance), Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp), Le Petit Morte (PS122), The King is Dead, Not Garden (Stephen Petronio Company), and Reza Abdoh’s Tight Right White and Quotations from a Ruined

Alison Brummer, Lighting Design – Alison previously worked with director Jill A. Samuels on Mean Solar Day (CSV) and Ondine (Walkerspace).  Other theater & dance projects include several with dir/artist Kate Browne: Moths (WaxWorks), Animal Within (PS122), reworkingCassandra (Edinbourgh Fringe), Needles (NY Performance Works), The Casandra Project (Ontologic-Hysteric). Other NYC shows include Live Sax Acts David Dorfman & Dan Froot (Thalia Theater); EGO dir by David Michael Friend (HERE); The Too Noble Brothers dir by Bill Rouch (Cornerstone & NYSF); Depth of Sight written & prod by Crystal Skillman (HERE); Superlatives written and performed by Amy Ziff (HERE); Mac Wellman’s Dracula dir David Karl Lee (78th St. Theater Lab); Guinevere dir by Eric Nightingale (78th St. Theater Lab); R.A.W. Chor by Mia Michaels (92st Theater).  Alison has also toured internationally as the Lighting Designer for singers Diamanda Galas, Regina Spektor, and Elivs Costello.

Alixandra Gage Englund, Costume Design – Credits include: An Error of the Moon (Off Broadway;) You Can’t Take It With You, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chautauqua Theatre Company;) The Tempest, Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theatre NJ;) The Seagull, Leah’s Train (NAATCO;) Dog & Wolf (59 E 59th;) Midnight Angel (Skylight Opera;) The Comedy of Errors (Yale Rep;) Guest From the Future (Bard Summerscape;) Hell, an Opera (PS122;) The Busybody (Fordham University;) and Christine.1403. (short film). Alixandra has also designed for a number of NY companies including Youngblood/ EST, Spankin’ Yanks, Columbia Stages, SPF, The Chocolate Factory, The Women’s Project, and Chamber Dance Project, and is a founding member of Wingspace Theatrical Design. Education: Brown University; Yale School of Drama.  Upcoming: Songs From the Uproar at The Kitchen.

Deb O, Set Consultant – Deb O is an environment, set, costume and puppet designer. Some of her most recent set and costume credits include The Seagull, Ivanov, Platonov, Uncle Vanya, (Lake Lucille, NY) The Daughters (a new rock opera, Cap 21, NY) The Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines, PS 122) Heaven On Earth (Witness Relocation, La Mama) Broke Wide Open (Medicine Show Theatre, NY) Five Days In March (Witness Relocation, La Mama, NY) The Savannah Disputation (Old Globe, CA) The Greeks pt 3 (Julliard, NY) Expatriate (New Musical, Culture Project, NY) Salsalandia (La Jolla Playhouse, CA) The Lacy Project (Premiere, Yale & Ohio Theatre, NY) Jihad the Musical (Edinburgh Festival, Scotland) The Mistakes Madeline Made (Yale Rep, CT).  She also teaches design at NYU, PHTS. 

Wayne Maugans, Cast, “The Man” – Broadway: August: Osage County. National Tour: Tuesdays With Morrie. Off-Broadway: Kinsey (Michael Weller Theater); Between Us (MTC); Chicago (Sam Shepard) and A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White (both at Signature Theatre Company); Tourists and Refugees II (MTC); bodySONGS (NYSF/Public Theater); O’Neill (Blue Heron Theater); Lusting After Pipino’s Wife (Primary Stages). Regional: True West (Two River Theater); Arms and the Man (Seaside Music Theater); All My Sons (Actors Theater Louisville); Dinner With Friends (Cleveland Play House); The Glass Menagerie (Yale Rep); Twelfth Night and Biloxi Blues (Capital Repertory Theatre); Women and Water (Atlantic Theater Company); My Mother’s Courage (7 Stages). Film: WakeAmerican AdoboDog’s LifeRemembering SexThe Search for One-Eye Jimmy, and Johnny Suede. Television: Third Watch, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Big EasyTribecaAs the World Turns, One Life To LiveToo Big To Fail (HBO), and Nurse Jackie.

Corey Sullivan, Cast, Guard – Off Broadway: The Bacchae (The Public/NYSF); NY Premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey (Beckett Theater). Off-Off/Regional Highlights: Untitled World’s Fair Play (The Debate Society/Ny Stage and Film/Powerhouse); Grizzly Adams (Joe’s Pub); The Sporting Life (Studio 42); Straight Up Vampire (Joe’s Pub); Nosemaker’s Apprentice (Terrible Baby/Brick); The Real Thing (Walkerspace); Little Building(Galapagos). He is an Associate Artist of Theater Mitu, with whom he most recently performed Death of a Salesmanand Chaos in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Other Mitu productions include The Apostle Project (4th St/NYTW);Myth Cycle: Ahraihsak (Under the Radar); Happy Accident #1 (Ulster Ballet). He’s been a resident artist at The Watermill Center, Sundance Theatre Lab and New York Theater Workshop.

Adrian Jevicki, Cast, Guard/Gandor – Adrian Jevicki is a Brooklyn-based dance and theater maker, creating inter-disciplinary works about the relationships between people and things. He has presented work at The Tank, The Brick, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Spoke The Hub, Galapagos, Jacob’s Pillow, NACL, chashama, University of Chicago, apexART, Chanel 13 (NY public TV), High Concept Laboratories (Chicago), Vaudeville Park, and Irondale  Center as well as various bars and clubs across NYC. He is also lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work with such notable theater and dance artists/companies as Jill Samuels, Elke Rindfleisch, Collision Theory, Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Rachel Cohen, In Parenthesis, projectLIMB, OperaCabal, and Piper McKenzie Productions. He is a graduate of Brown University.

David Riley, Cast, Guard – David is a California based actor who has had the fortune to work on both coasts as well as abroad. On Camera credits include work with MTV and Disney as well as multiple regional and national commercials. NY Theatre: Wearing Lorca’s Bowtie (The Duke Theater), Take What Is Yours (The New Ohio Theatre), Barnaby (BoCoCa festival), Iris (New School for Drama). For the past 3 years David has worked in New York and Holland with acclaimed Dutch theater company “Orkater” in The New Island Festival (NY, 2009), De Parade (NL, 2010), and will return to The Netherlands this summer for the Over Het IJ Festival. Education: The New School for Drama (MFA Acting) and the University of San Francisco (BA Performing Arts and Social Justice).

Courtney Stallings, Cast, Nurse – Courtney is a recent graduate of The New School for Drama, where she received her M.F.A. in acting.  For her undergraduate studies she majored in Performing Arts and Social Justice, at The University of San Francisco.  She is a founding member of Directly Deported Theatre Collective, which will be launching their first piece this summer!  She is thrilled to be a part of the Take What Is Yours ensemble, once again.

Kate Hamill, Associate Producer – Kate Hamill is an actor and writer. Acting credits include Walk Two Moons (Theatreworks) All That Fall (Cherry Lane), Dreams of a West Texas Marsupial Girl (State Theatre), The Crucible (Hangar Theatre), When the Levee Broke (Workshop Theater Co.) Internet Famous (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Youngblood) Our Country’s Good (Hoerner Theatre).  Kate recently completed an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, due to be produced in 2012/2013 by BEDLAM Theatre Co. She most recently associate-produced Saint Joan with BEDLAM. BFA Acting from Ithaca College, member AEA.

Rebecca Otto, National Advisor – Rebecca has been instrumental in bringing Take What Is Yours to GW Lisner Auditorium for multimedia staged readings, benefiting the National Women’s History Museum.  She also reached out beyond theatre circles to engage key women’s groups during the run in May 2012.  RBO Communications Strategies is also advising and assisting other participants of the Suffrage Centennial Celebration in D.C. March 1-3, 2013.  Otto is also a playwright (Of Love and Elephants, Arnot the Elegant), solo performer (Anger Camp, RAW), and PR strategist, writer, and executive speechwriter for corporations and nonprofits in San Francisco, Sonoma, CA and in D.C.


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