Members of |the claque|


Kareem Fahmy (Founding Member) Kareem is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent. With |the claque| he has directed Monet Hurst-Mendoza’s Veil’d: A Fairytale and Darcy Fowler’s The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight, both as part of QuaDs. Kareem has worked extensively in new play development with companies including New York Theatre Workshop (Emerging Artist of Color Fellow), Second Stage Theatre (Van Lier Directing Fellow), Berkeley Repertory Theater (Ground Floor Series), Sundance Institute Theatre (PEN World Voices Series), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, and Noor Theatre. NYC credits (selected): Steven Levenson’s Seven Minutes in HeavenLove Dr. Mueller (also adaptor), Don Juan Does New Jersey (adapted from Molière), Lion in the StreetsA First Class ManProfessional SkepticismThe Collected Works of Billy the KidDrums in the NightCurse of the Starving Class. In Montreal, as founder and Artistic Director of The Alternate Theatre, he directed the Canadian premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus and Naomi Iizuka’sLanguage of Angels as well as Constance Congdon’s Tales of the Lost Formicans and Patrick Marber’s Closer. As Assistant Director: The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Once (NYTW, John Tiffany, director), Tony Kushner’s The Illusion (Signature Theatre, Michael Mayer, director), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys and True (Second Stage, Scott Ellis, director), William Saroyan’s The Cave Dwellers (The Pearl Theater). Kareem is a proud member of Rising Circle Theatre Collective, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and is a Usual Suspect at NYTW. MFA: Columbia.

Nickey Frankel (Member, Production Manager QuaDs 2012) is a scenic designer, prop/design consultant, special effects coordinator and visual artist. She has designed shows at Labyrinth Theatre Company, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Flea Theatre, The Public Theatre, Classic Stage Company, The Ohio, Unicorn Theatre for Children, Covent Garden Opera Festival, The Cherry Lane Theatre, and The New Victory Theatre. She is currently the Production Manager at The Times Center, the New York Times venue. Nickey is thrilled to be part of the Quick and Dirties and is a new member |the claque|.

Jenny Gomez (Social Media and PR strategist, Member) A social media strategist by day, a stage performer by night. Jenny currently works for the city of NY, making sure social media is buzzing about the greatest city in the world. She is also developing a one woman show about gender in comedy and will hopefully be seen on stage very soon in a tantalizing Off-Broadway production. She’d like to thank all the amazing artists involved in this Quick and Dirty process and hopes we can keep tweeting about it for months to come!

Alex Grubbs (Member) was thrilled to participate with |the claque| as an actor in 2013 QUaDs in Rob Askins’ Wrench. Along with Stephen Stout, Alex co-hosts and co-produces #serials@theflea, where he has produced more than 70 playwrights and over 200 plays. Acting credits include a cautionary tail, These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea Theater), Passing Through, Sin in the City (The Dirty Blondes) Acedia (TheaterlabNYC) Tea Party (Columbia’s Schapiro Theater). He’s participated in readings at Cherry Lane, Culture Project NYC and Exit Pursued by a Bear. Regional credits include: Ajax, Philoctetes and Women of Trachis (Theater of War) Rum and Vodka (Outside the Wire) The 39 Steps and Barefoot in the Park (Heritage Theater Festival) and The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado about Nothing (Oxford Shakespeare Festival) M.F.A in Acting from the University of Virginia.

Piama Habibullah (Producer QuaDs 2011, Media Designer, Founding Member) is a Brooklyn-based new media designer.  She has completed the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU / Tisch School of the Arts, and has a BFA in industrial and communication design from Carnegie Mellon University and Les Ateliers / ENSCI in Paris, France. Her masters thesis focused on a one-man show, Koranic Fatigue, depicting the various faces of Islam. Projects: media design for the American Woman exhibition for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, graphic + video design for Spy Garbo produced by 3-Legged Dog and Affinity Company Theater, video design for multimedia theater (Fire Island at 3LD, Rods and Cables at 3LD, The Diary of a Teenage Girl at 3LD, Radio Purgatory by Theater The presented at Dixon Place and ISPA 2011), producer and director of short films, See ZEE, Let Me Know and Acoustic Kitty, and video artist for Brooklyn: Now, featured in the vBrooklyn video festival at NYU / Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.

Katharine Henner (Founding Member) is a multi-disciplinary writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the resident writer of the Goddamn Cobras film collective, co-founder of BOOMSLANG theatre company, and co-author of Brooklyn Home Companion. She is currently directing a 10-episode series, “Nights in UltraViolet” that she co-wrote with Matt Cook of The Cheap Thriller. She is also in post-production for her western novella film, “No Man’s Land” that will be screened this summer. Katharine’s plays have been staged by Ex-Libris, BOOMSLANG, and Left Hip Productions. In London, she has been produced by The Other Theatre Company, Mirrorface Productions, and Rumination Theatre Company. Katharine received her Masters degree in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

J. Holtham (Member)  With |the claque|: The (IR)regulars (co-writer, 2012), January 2nd (QuADs, 2012), Togetherness (QuADs, 2011). LA: Nice Guy (Brimmer Street Theatre Company), The Miss Julie Dream Project (Fell Swoop Playwrights), Snakeskin Suit (Unknown Artists). Recent NYC: School Night (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Doing Something Good (Red Fern Theatre Company), Favored Nations (The Fire This Time Festival). TV/Webseries: In The ‘Wood, Straight Out of the Closet, Noisemaker Blues. Member: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Fell Swoop Playwrights, Brimmer Street Theatre Company.

Ethan Hova (QuaDs Producer and Artist Liaison 2011-13, Founding Member) is an actor and producer recently relocated to New York from Los Angeles. Screen credits: “ER” (Dr. Ken Mazer), “E-Ring(Aarif), “NCIS”, and the feature film Accepted(Graduate Student). Selected theater: Spinning The Times (Origin Theater Company; Best Actor, 2009 1st Irish Festival), Rhioceros (UglyRhino: a Microseason), Macbeth (Open Fist Theater Company), Richard II(Quantum Theater). Ethan is also the co-founder of Monday Night Reading Series, a forum where new plays can be heard by New York audiences for the first time. He’s a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s acting program and a proud member of AEA and SAG.

Sarita Lou (movement choreographer, Unpleasant Men, QuaDs 2012, Member) is a dancer, choreographer and educator. Having worked in film, television and theater as a dancer and choreographer, she continually seeks ways to share her love of movement with the world.Career Highlights; Choreography – The House of Von Macrame, Is it Already Dusk?, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Day is Done, Four Sea Interludes Ballet, Trickster at the Gate.  Career Highlights; Movement Direction – Unpleasant Men, August: Osage County, God of Vengeance, Cloud 9. Career Highlights; TV and Film – Convict of Conviction, Lighthouse, Hip Hop Cardio with Sarita Lou, Tell Me ‘Bout It. Sarita Lou has presented work throughout New York including venues such as Dixon Place, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Judson Church and the Gagosian Gallery. She was recently named the 2013 Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theater Artist in Residence.

Amy Rose Marsh (Member) makes and helps develop plays and performance works. Her work has been seen with/at Ars Nova, the In/Out Festival, Boomslang, Arts in Bushwick, Concrete Temple Theatre, Elf Queen Productions, Greenpoint Open Studios, The Hourglass Group, The Deconstructive Theatre Project, Yes Gallery, Columbia University and Spectre Box. She has also worked with Annex Theatre, Emerald City Scene, and A.C.T. in Seattle; iDiom Theatre and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington; and the Alumni Theatre in Toronto. She is one half of the brilliant theatre creation team ARM AND EL BEAU, (with Eric Beauzay) and is an Associate Artist with Concrete Temple Theatre. Amy holds a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A./B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington.

Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Member of the Octo-group, Member) Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Member) is an NYC-based playwright and director from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays include The Annex, Homecoming(Bare Bones Ensemble), In The Waiting Line, Shangri-L.A., Lilia (Rising Circle Theater Collective), Jane’s Room (Looking Glass Theatre), andVeil’d, (Rising Circle Theater Collective, |the claque|). Monet holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts, with concentrations in directing and playwriting from Marymount Manhattan College, where she received the 2009 Gold Key for Excellence in Theatre Arts, Writing for the Stage. Finalist for Hangar Theatre’s Playwriting Residency (2010), Youngblood (2009 & 2010), Old Vic New Voices T.S. Elliot US/UK Exchange (2011), Lark Play Development Center’s Playwright’s Week (2011) and Van Lier Fellowship (2012). Semi-finalist for the Julliard School Playwriting Fellowship (2012 & 2013) and the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab (2012-2014). Proud member: The Dramatist Guild of America, Rising Circle Theater Collective, and |the claque|.

Anna Moench‘s (writer Great Eastern QuaDs 2011, writer of The (IR)regulars 2012, Member) plays include Hunger, In Quietness (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Great Eastern, and The Pillow Book (59E59).  Other productions of her work have been seen at the Old Vic, The Flea, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, The Kraine, The Looking Glass Theatre, and FringeNYC.  Anna has developed plays with The Public Theater, The Lark, [the claque], 3Graces Theater Co., the Great Plains Conference, the Last Frontier Conference, The Inkwell, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where she was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar . Awards include the 2012 Van Lier Fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center, the Jerome Foundation’s 2009 Travel Grant and the 2010 T.S. Eliot Exchange with the Old Vic. Anna is a two-time recipient of the EST/Sloan Commission and has also been commissioned by Red Fern Theatre Company and Haggard Middle School in Plano, TX.  She has been a writer in residence at the Tofte Lake Center, the Vineyard Arts Project, and the FAR Space. Anna is a current member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre and a former member of the 2011 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and New Georges’ writer-director lab, The Jam.  She is currently working on a Joint-Stock commission for NYU Tisch with director David Frederic Chapman.  Her play for young actors, Backwards At The Speed Of Light, is being published by Playscripts.

Vanessa Pereda-Felix (Member) Credits with |the claque| include: Phantom Band, The Friendship of Her Thighs, Daniel and Spencer: Friends Forever and was previously |the claque|‘s Special Events Coordinator. Her other credits include: The House of Von Macrame (The Management), The Big Green Theatre Festival (The Big Green Theatre), Songs For A New World (Branching Out Musical Productions), Into the Woods (Brooklyn Players), and The Hey-Ya Brothers (New York Downtown Clown). A bubbly spunkeroo, living the life of a yoga retail coordinator by day and an actress by night, she passionately believes in cupcakes, kittens, yoga, collaboration in the arts, and making theatre accessible for all. She lives happily with her husband Jay, and cat Raisin, in Brooklyn.

Joseph Riippi (Member) With |the claque|: The (ir)Regulars (2012) and Research: A Novel for Performance (2011). Author of the books Because (2014), A Cloth House (2013), and The Orange Suitcase (2011). A novel adaptation of Research: A Novel for Performance will be published in 2014.

Megan Sass (Member, social media) The Claque: Reading of In the Middle as part of the first QuaDs. Other Theatre (actor): Playboy of the Western World, Henry IV Part 1 (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Surrender (International WOW), Deflowering Waldo (Collaborative Stages),Macbeth (Extant Arts), Odyssey: the Epic Musical (Odyssey Theatricals). Other Theatre (writer): Fan-Boy (Samuel French OOB Festival finalist),In the Middle (Development Series with The Active Theater), The Bell (LeftHip Productions), Joan 3:16 (Extra Pulp Ensemble), The Accident(Manhattan Rep), The Stand-Ups (#serials@TheFlea). Film/Television/Sketch: “How to Talk Dirty,” “Honest Holiday Cards Song,” “Angel Dust” (CollegeHumor), “What Would You Do?” (ABC), “Nuh-Uh” (Iron Mule Comedy Shorts), “Stop the Bleeding!” (Believe Theatrical), “Hot Mess” (Hot Mess Productions). Megan is also a member of Storahtelling, and writes for @Megan_Sass

Mark Snyder’s (Founding Member) With |the claque|: HIStory (by Frank Paiva, The QuaDs, 2013), The (IR)Regulars(2012), A Decent Stretch (The QuaDs, 2012), Wipe Away (Samuel French OOB Festival, 2010)  Other plays/projects:  Solo show Since You Asked Me To(Magic Time @ Judston, 2013), As Wide As I Can See (At Hand Theatre @ HERE, 2012), Lila Cante (At Hand Theatre, 2009), Corsets (2010), The Beanbag Game, Lilith on Today, and The Sounds of Ice.  BA, Otterbein College. MFA, Ohio University.  Mark writes, reads, and runs in Brooklyn.

Trey Tatum (playwright) is a displaced hick from the Alabama Gulf Coast. He writes plays and music about the dirty, magical underbelly of this world. Recent credits include a residency at Robert Wilson’s The Watermill Center, a public presentation at Lincoln Center and the 2013 Women’s Center Stage Festival at The Culture Project. Trey was a 2011 Princess Grace semi-finalist and a finalist for the 2011 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Trey is the former Programming Director at The Tank, a nonprofit presenter of the arts in Midtown and currently lives in Cincinnati, OH.

SONY DSCJacob A. Ware – Noble/Birth (Quads 2012), The (IR)regulars. Work includes: Cabaret (Park Playhouse). TV: Boardwalk Empire (HBO). Film: Introduction To The Schnelling 3000. Co-founder of the sketch series Steel Drum In Space and Doin’ Everythin’. For much more, please




Carl Wiemann (lighting designer QuaDs 2012, 2011) is a lighting designer for theater, dance, opera, and architecture. He was a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, he is the lighting director for dance company The Chase Brock Experience, and he was previously a founding member and resident designer at Exit Pursued by a Bear. Recent stage credits include: CLEMENCY (Boston Lyric Opera), THE HOUSE OF VON MACRAMÉ (Bushwick Starr), TRANSFORMATIONS (The Boston Conservatory), THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES (The Flea, EPBB), MACHINAL (Columbia University), and every lab performance at Exit Pursued by a Bear’s original Hell’s Kitchen loft. In 2009, Carl founded Sense Lighting Design, a consultancy in architectural and exhibit lighting design that specializes in high-end retail, residential, institutional, and hospitality projects, as well as branding and exhibition design. Selected projects include the inaugural Bahamas National Pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennale, an Audemars Piguet sponsored art collectors lounge at the 2013 Art Basel fairs, and a traveling experiential exhibition celebrating the history of Audemars Piguet’s signature brand, the Royal Oak. Carl is a member of the Board of Directors of the Designers’ Lighting Forum (DLFNY), a 79 year old organization devoted to promoting the power of light in design. Additional project info at /

Jason Bruffy is a Director and Producer based in New York. He has over 30 production credits as a director and twice as many as a producer. Projects with [the claque] include Far From the Trees and HIStory (QuaDs 2013) and The Irregulars (2011). Most recently he completed shooting for three web series: AmericanMD, CaucAsian and Josey & Nat (due out in 2013). Jason has worked Off-Broadway as Associate Producer for Soho Rep (Obie Award winning Born Bad) and Resident Director and Associate Producer for Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally he has served as Associate Artist of Florida Studio Theatre and Producing Artistic Director of both Salt Lake Acting Company and Know Theatre of Cincinnati. He has directed for numerous companies including: The Flea (NYC), 45th St Theatre (NYC), Interact Theatre (PA), Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (FL), Spoleto Festival USA (SC), Cincinnati Opera (OH), Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (OH), and Wayside Theatre (VA). Jason is also the founding producer of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, now entering into its tenth season and is the largest performing arts festival in Ohio.

Joshua Conkel is a writer of plays, graphic novels and TV pilots. He is also a Navy brat from rural Washington State. Plays include MilkMilkLemonade (Best Off Off Broadway Show of 2009-NY Press, published by Playscripts), The Chalk Boy (Published by Original Works Publishing), Lonesome Winter (co-written with Megan Hill)The Sluts of Sutton Drive, I Wanna Destroy You, Sprawl, The House of Von Macrame as well as countless short plays. Conkel’s work has been seen all over the world and developed by The Management, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic/New Voices, Dixon Place, The Flea and more. He is a member of The Management, where he served as Artistic Director for six years, as well as a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sons of Tennessee, and The Dramatists Guild. He is currently finishing a graphic novel adaptation of The Chalk Boy for First Second Books, an imprint of Macmillan, and editing his first short film, . Alumnist of Youngblood, The Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab and the TS Eliot Old Vic US/UK Exchange. BFA in theater, Cornish College of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jay's Headshot Black & WhiteJay Felix hails from California where he received his BA in Theatre Arts from CSU Fresno. His New York credits include works with the Oxford Shakespeare Company playing roles as King Duncan in Macbeth and Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, and with Ugly Rhino’s Tiny Rhino series. He has also been the voice for a series of commercials for Kaplan University, and continues his voice over training at EDGE Studio. He lives in Bay Ridge with his lovely wife Vanessa and their mean cat Raisin.






Danya Taymor– For the claque, Danya directed Wrench by Robert Askins for the 2013 Quick and Dirties. Past directing credits include I Hate Fucking Mexicans (U.S. premiere), Romeo and Juliet, The Honest Whore and serials@the Flea. Awards/fellowships include: Van Lier Directing Fellowship; Gates Foundation Grant; Sudler Prize, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2013. She is a Resident Director at the Flea Theater.