Dina Janis has served as the artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival for the past seven years, where she recently directed the acclaimed production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson, as well as past productions of The Whipping Man by Mathew Lopez and Out of the City by Leslie Ayvazian. As part of her work at the Festival, Janis runs the acclaimed Dorset Theatre Festival New Play Development Program in conjunction with Theresa Rebeck and The Lark New Play Development Center. Writers Janis has hosted as part of this program include Martyna Majok, Adam Rapp, Samuel L. Hunter, Sherry Kramer, Laura Eason, and Cusi Cram, among others. She has served as one of the contributors to the renowned Kilroy List for the past two years. This list attempts to address gender equity in new play production nationally. During the summers of 2005–08, Janis hosted the renowned LAByrinth Theatre Company and their well-known Lab Intensive at Bennington College. This intensive brought more than 150 top theatre artists together for two weeks each summer for the purpose of developing new plays. Some of the artists who have participated in the past include Eric Bogosian, Sam Rockwell, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ellen Burstyn, John Patrick Shanley, and Stephen Adly Guirgis. Janis is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio, currently led by Ellen Burstyn, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel. As an actor she trained directly with Kim Stanley, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, and Sanford Meisner. She has taught at Bennington since 2000. Read more about Dina here.
Will Rucker first came to Dorset Theatre Festival in its 39th season as the stage manager for Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World. Now as Producing Director, Will works with Artistic/Executive Director Dina Janis to continue the festival’s mission of producing theatre that matters and to expand its commitment to new play development. As a stage manager in New York City, his various non-profit, educational, and commercial credits include the Atlantic Theatre Company, The Working Theater, and The Playwrights Realm. Most recently, he mounted the Off-Broadway return of comedian Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed! Will has worked with leading new playwrights including Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (War at Yale Repertory Theatre), Anna Ziegler (A Delicate Ship at the Playwrights Realm), Phillip Howze (abominable and Self Portraits at Lincoln Center Education), and Hansol Jung (Cardboard Piano). His stage management credits at Dorset also include Downstairs with Tim and Tyne Daly by Theresa Rebeck and The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez. Will is a founding producer of The Party Line, a Brooklyn-based performance company with a penchant for confetti and found spaces. With The Party Line, Will has produced Emily Zemba’s drag-queen-murder-tale We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun and POP!, a walk-around festival in Bushwick, Brooklyn’s bars and public spaces. Will’s past producing projects have played regionally and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. As a theatre educator, he has served as a guest artist at the Yale School of Drama, New York City’s New School for Drama, and has taught Shakespeare and improvisation in Virginia juvenile correction centers. He received his MFA in stage management from the Yale School of Drama, where he served as an artistic director of the Yale Cabaret. Will has worked as an actor, director, stage manager, production manager, theatre educator, floral designer, crepe-maker, and tasting room manager. Originally from Virginia, he attended the University of Virginia. Will is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Director of Design
Michel Giannitti has been with Dorset Theatre Festival for 8 years, the first 6 as producing director. His lighting designs include the original Broadway production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, 45 productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC (including five years as resident lighting designer), 26 productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and multiple productions at Trinity Rep, Capital Rep, Portland Stage, Shakespeare & Company, and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. He’s also designed for Barrington Stage, Chautauqua Theater Company, Virginia Stage, Indiana Rep, George Street Playhouse, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Huntington, Yale Rep, and Olney. New York lighting designs include Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce, The Kitchen, Here Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama, and Sounding Beckett, originally produced at the Library of Congress. He has been on the Bennington College Faculty since 1992. As a Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient, he taught in New Zealand and Romania. MFA: Yale School of Drama; BA: Bates College. www.michaelgiannitti.com.
Interim General Manager
Marissa Hutton is an arts professional and dance maker. Past projects include The Dead (Irish Repertory Theatre), The Hairy Ape, An Occupation of Loss, (Park Avenue Armory), the FreePlay Project. Recent performance and choreography includes Do You Know These People (Movement Research), Super Natural (Creators Collective), Hush Up Sweet Charlotte (Performatica, Mexico), The Tank XYZ series (NYC). She served as Dorset Theatre Festival’s company manager during the 2017 summer season.
Marketing & External Communications Manager
Natalie Redmond comes to Dorset from the comparably-wintery-but-much-flatter state of Michigan. Previously, she has worked in marketing departments at Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Detroit Public Theatre. Natalie holds a BA in English and Theatre from Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI.
Judy Bowman Casting
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