Meet The Creative Team

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Jane Arnfield

Jane Arnfield (Director) is a Reader in Arts specializing in Theatre & Performance at Northumbria University UK, where she also serves as Program Director of Fine Art.

An active theatre practitioner and actor since graduating from Dartington College of Arts UK in 1988, Jane’s main work has been as a member of three ensembles: Mike Alfreds’ theatre company Method & Madness, the David Glass Ensemble—through which she facilitated and lead Lost Child Projects in South East Asia, South America, & Europe—and Northern Stage Ensemble UK. She has worked with international theatre director Mike Alfreds at the Hampstead Theatre, Young Vic, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London and New York, playing Imogen in Cymbeline opposite Mark Rylance.

As a researcher, Jane is focused on investigating the form of autobiographical performance, collecting data of survival mechanisms deployed by humans in catastrophic circumstances. She is an Associate Artist and member of the museum team for The Sleuk Rith Institute, a research organization and memorial in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that hosts the largest collection of genocide-related material in Southeast Asia.

Jane’s company Human Remain, born in 2012, provides a home for her solo performance work Geneva, The Gymnast, and The Tin Ring (www.thetinring.com), as well as collaborative work with Lilia Rubin (The Fall), the Defiant Requiem Foundation (www.defiantrequiem.org), and The Forge UK (www.intheforge.com). The next Human Remain solo performance project is an adaptation of Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, directed by Mike Alfreds. Human Remain is committed to sharing performances and associated educational toolkits with universities, non-government organizations, policy makers, lecturers, teachers, students, and the public.

Upcoming: The Tin Ring at the Festival of Love at the South Bank London (August 17-19, 2016). Written by Zdenka Fantlova and adapted from the book by Mike Alfreds & Jane Arnfield, The Tin Ring is directed by Mike Alfreds, performed by Jane Arnfield, and produced by Human Remain & The Forge. (www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-tin-ring-97881)

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Lilia Rubin

Lilia Rubin (Playwright) is thrilled to embark on this second collaboration with Jane Arnfield and Katie Doherty after The Fall’s triumphant international premiere at Northumbria Performing Arts (NPA) & Northern Stage UK! A multidisciplinary theatre artist, Lilia has written, directed, produced, and performed in her original work at the Experimental Theatre Wing (ROJO, Drinks are on Pearl) and 440 Studios, where her play The September Girls garnered a 2012 Emerging Jewish Artist Fellowship. A world traveler with a love of teaching, Lilia is a fervent believer in theatre as a vehicle for cultural exchange and understanding. She has taught English to Buddhist monks in Nepal, lead acting classes for children in rural Guatemala, studied the work of Federico Garcia Lorca in Spain, and accompanied Theater Mitu on a research retreat in Japan. But for all her wild adventures, she is certain that no experience will ever be as humbling as presenting The Fall in its rightful home: New York City. Lilia holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she originated the role of Meg in We Are All in Paradise (dir. Lear deBessonet & Todd Almond), and starred as Richard in Richard III (Classical Studio). Other favorite acting credits include Clara in Debacles (hotINK/The Lark), the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank (New Repertory Theatre), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Stoneham Theatre).

Katie Doherty (Music Director) is an award winning singer-songwriter. In the UK, she was worked with artists such as Nitin Sawhney, Kathryn Tickell, and Howard Goodall. As a composer and musical director she has worked under the direction of Samuel West with the Royal Shakespeare Company and more recently with Northern Stage on five highly acclaimed Christmas Productions. As well as her solo work, Kate regularly tours with the acclaimed folk duo Broom Bezzums, who are based in Germany.

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Katie Doherty

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Thomas Wesson
Thomas Wesson (Company Representative) is an actor, writer and producer in film and theater. Where he is “from” is more of a story than a place: he grew up in Brazil, Romania, Peru, Japan and visited dozens of countries in between. Home is where the heart is; in family and things you love. Working on thought provoking productions like The Fall is a way of going home and exploring the world all at once. Thomas is a tennis lover, fitness nut and seeker of great books to read. Thank you to Lilia Rubin, The Fringe Festival and theater-goers everywhere!

Elizabeth M. Stewart (Lighting Design): Recent productions include Songs of Body (Daya Yoga), The Cave: A Folk Opera (Access Theater), The Extraordinary Fall of the Four Legged Woman (Flights of Fantasy East), A Dream Play (Artilliers) Student Body (The Flea), and Artaud! Artaud! (Artilliers). Upcoming: Tubular (WeBroadway’s Womens Work Festival), MOUSE (The Brick) elizabethmstewart.myportfolio.com

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Elizabeth M. Stewart
Anna Crouch (Stage Manager) is a theater artist and educator based in New York. She recently received her BFA with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Recent credits include LEAR and The Skriker with NYU’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School, as well as working as an intern for The Bushwick Starr, including their Big Green Theater program, working with fifth graders to write plays about ecological issues. Stage management credits include Assistance with the Joust Theater Company, and Ghost Quartet at the Bushwick Starr.

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Aiden Dreskin
Aiden Dreskin (Sound Designer) is a Director, Playwright, and Sound Designer based in NYC. He is a recent alum of NYU Tisch’s Department of Drama, where he studied at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and the New Studio on Broadway. Most recently, he directed and designed sound for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead through PHTS. For more information and media, visit www.aidendreskin.com.