Nick Leavens (Founder/Artistic Director)  is a director and producer with a focus on new works. With |the claque| Drunk Art Love, Unpleasant Men, Research: a novel for performance, and many readings. Selected directing credits include NEW YORK: Lieutenant of Inishmore (assistant director, Broadway/off-Broadway), The House of Von Macrame (The Management at the Bushwick Starr), Joan Jett of ArkMoonbase (The Flea Theatre), In The Middle (Active Theater), Meanwhile in BaghdadApocalypse: Book One (New York International Fringe Festival). He has also directed with the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, At Hand Theatre, Ugly Rhino, CAPS LOCK Theatre, Crashbox Theatre, SITEfest, the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, and Vital Theater as well as countless readings.

In addition to his role at |the claque| he was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a founding member of Brooklyn based performance and writers collective BOOMSLANG, is the President/Co-founder of vanity production company Coleavens Industries, was the Artistic Director/Producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in 2010 and the Producer of The Funny 2004, 2005. Nick was the Company Manager of Atlantic Theater Company from 2005-2007, Bay Street Theater in 2005, Pennsylvania Center Stage in 2003, Production Manager of Vital Theatre in 2004 and an Equity stage manager Off-Broadway.  He worked for five years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in various roles. Currently Nick is an Associate at GB Consulting Associates and Programming Associate at The Sheen Center a new off-Broadway arts complex in downtown Manhattan.

S. Quincy Beard (co-Literary Manager, Member) is an actor, director, coach, and dramaturg. With |the claque|: Phantom Band, Far from the Trees, The (IR)regulars, Research: a novel for performance, Daniel and Spencer: Friends Forever, and various readings and workshops.  Other credits include CLAYscapes, Mourning Lily, The Gated (all with The Collective), and various workshops and readings.  Directing credits include: Hughie, Trifles (Cart Before Horse), Warning: May Contain Nuts (The Collective).  Quincy also works at the William Esper Studio and as a private acting and speech coach.  She currently resides in Brooklyn.

Liz Carlson  (Producing Consultant, Member) With |the claque|: Producer, The Quick and Dirties: Pump Up The Play!; Director, Seasons of Salamander Blue by Jen Silverman; Director, January 2nd by J. Holtham. Liz has developed new work by many emerging artists at The New Group, The Dramatists Guild, EST, The Flea, The New School for Drama, and more. She is currently workshopping Seawife by Seth Moore and The Lobbyists. Other Selected Directing Credits: Architruc by Robert Pinget and A Bicycle Country by Nilo Cruz (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Dylan by Sidney Michaels (Do Not Go Gentle Productions); A Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky & C.F. Ramuz (Mannes The New School for Music). Liz also has numerous Assistant Directing credits, including Michael Greif, David Hyde Pierce, Kenneth Lonergan, and Leigh Silverman. Liz is the Artistic Director of Naked Angels and a 2013 Drama League Directors Project Fellow.



Samantha Sembler (co-Literary Manager, Event Producer, Member) With |the claque|: The Quick and Dirties: Pump Up The Play! (literary manager), |the claque| reads (literary manager and producer), Some Like it Cold ’12 & ’13 (Event Producer), Mac Off ’12 & ’13 (event prodeucer).  Readings and workshops of plays by Lucy Gillespie, Tim Plaehn, and Lanie Bernes.  Film/TV: “iLove” (New York International Film Festival, NY Independent Film Festival), “Fate”, “Trois”, “Girl, Unexpected”, and “Underground Man”.  She also currently works as Literary Associate and Box Office Manager for the Ensemble Studio Theatre. BA in Music and Theatre, concentrating in Acting and Performance Studies from Muhlenberg College.


David F. Chapman (Spotlight Fellowship Program Consultant) is a director, producer and writer based in New York City.  He has directed in many venues around NYC (including Ice Factory/Studio 42, NYU Grad Acting, 59E59, Joe’s Pub, and Canal Park Playhouse) as well as regionally and internationally.  He has been a Drama League Fellow, an MTC Directing Fellow, a Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident, a Fulbrighter in Hungary and a Luce Scholar in Vietnam.  As a solo performer, he has presented work around the US and in Edinburgh, Montreal, London, and elsewhere.  Formerly, David was the Director of the Core Company Apprentice Program at the Orchard Project.