Who are the Directors?


Jocelyn Yuchia Chang is a Taipei-based theatre director, playwright and curator. She is also an energy healer and meditation leader. Her theater research focuses on the present in acting and directing. She has been the Artistic Director of ESP-I Performing Arts Group in Taiwan since 2009. (Taipei, Taiwan)


Chang Nai Wen is a director, actor and intercultural advisor in theatre, film and live art. Trained in Taiwan and Germany, she finds her identity in her artistic making, where the borders of any kind are dissolved. In 2008, she founded the production platform SISYPHOS, DER FLUGELEFANT in Berlin, which recruits artists across disciplines. Her vision is to playfully make use of the directness theatre provides and creates settings that enable a gentle mutual communication between the performers and the spectators. ((Taipei, Taiwan / Berlin, Germany)


Laura Caparrotti
is a director, actress, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect-coach, and curator with an Italian accent. She has studied and worked professionally for over ten years in Italy before relocating to NY where she founded KIT-Kairos Italy Theater, now the main Italian Theater Company in NY. And she can cook! (New York City / Rome, Italy)

Evan T. Cummings Raised in Rochester, NY and now based in New York City, Evan has worked in various locations throughout the northeast including Epiphany Theater in Saratoga Springs, Geva Theatre in Rochester, and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia where he directed the recent World
Premiere of The Man Stanley. NYC associations include LAByrinth Theater Company, Ego Actus, and Dalliance Theater Company. (New York City)

Annie G Levy is a theatre director, educator and collaborative performer, originally from New York City, who’s work has been seen around town, around the county and around the world. She is a co-founder of warner | shaw where she created and directed The Latvia Project (Dixon Place, Indiana University Paul Artist Residency), SIX SEEDS: The Persephone Project (Theatre at the Tank, Space on White) and TREE ARMY: The CCC Project (Figment – Governors Island). Other recent credits include AMANUENSiS by Lauren Feldman (Northwoods Theatre Company) and Eyes, Stones by Elana Bell, which Annie co-adapted with Bell (The Green Building).  Annie is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, an associate member of SDC and is a founding member of the literary series SWEET! Actors Reading Writers. She is an adjunct professor of theatre at Pace University.(New York City)

Esther Jun Originally trained as an actor in NYC, Esther completed her directing degree at Drama Centre London in 2006. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2010, and is a founding member of Directors Lab North based in Toronto, Canada. Selected Credits: Co-director: Hiding Words (Eventual Ashes); Strange Mary Strange (Theatre on the Verge); Director: Yellow Face (Hart House), Trout Stanley (Heart in Hand) Fear & Misery of the Third Reich (DeusXM), First Hand Woman (Fire Up Productions); workshops of Intent City (Eventual Ashes), La Commune (Heart in Hand Theatre) & Sex Tape Project (Fu-Gen). She also continues to act in film, TV & theatre-she was last seen as Janet in Soulpepper’s 2012 smash hit, Kim’s Convenience. (Toronto, Canada)

Orly Rabinyan, trained as a director in London and in Israel. Currently she is developing Site & Recite, based on the text of The Song of Songs. Previous work includes the London premiere of Honeypot by British playwright Julia Pascal. In Tel Aviv she wrote & directed A Drop in the Sea, and adapted & directed  the play 100 as a physical piece for 13 actors. She received the Habima Award for Entrepreneurship in the Theatre for directing at a British political drama festival co-produced by Israel’s Habima and London’s National Theatre. Orly is a member of The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. In 2011 she created a mini-lab in Tel Aviv concentrating on her adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s The Man with The Flower in his Mouth, which she continues to investigate this year at World Wide Lab event in New York. (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Vidhu Singh is a San Francisco based theater director, dramaturg and scholar. Her recent production, Dancing on Glass by Ram Ganesh Kamatham, was selected for the National Asian American Theater Festival in June 2011. She earned a Master’s degree in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a doctorate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Asian Theater Program. As part of her doctoral research in India, Vidhu became part of a nation-wide experiment documenting regional theater companies that blended Indian and Western actor-training techniques in their work. She is thrilled to collaborate with her talented colleagues during the World Wide Lab’s current residency at Irondale Center. (San Francisco/New Delhi, India)

Jay Stern Recent theater work include the world premiere of Hell is For Real, The Bardy Bunch: the War of the Families Partridge and Brady, and 20th Century Photograph, created with director Veronica Wigg. Through the World Wide Lab, Jay co-created the world premiere of Alien Attack! with director Chang Nai Wen at Teatro Due in Rome an adaptation of Agamemnon with director Ioli Andreadi at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, and Love is a Cancer with Laura Caparrotti at the Apollo Theater in Syros, Greece. Jay has also directed three feature films, and is the producer of the Iron Mule short comedy film festival, which has been screening in New York City since 2002. His latest feature, The Adventures of Paul and Marian, was completed in 2014. (New York City)

Laura Tesman is a director, actor, dramaturg, and playwright. Recent New York directing credits include Revolutions (Manhattan Theatre Source), Ti-Jean and His Brothers (Czech National Bohemian Hall), and the ensemble-based devised works Bound (4th Street Theater) and Nocturnal (in development). Select regional credits include Playboy of the Western World, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Metamporphoses, The DisputeBloody Poetry, Vinegar Tom, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, and her original theatre piece Petticoats & Pistols. She is the founding Artistic Director of Spleen Theatre and Pangaea Performance Ensemble. She directs the BA in Theater at Brooklyn College. (New York City)

Evan Tsitsias works as a director, producer, writer and performer. His plays include Strange Mary StrangeAftershockUnstuck and The Murmuration of Starlings. His short film BAGGED aired on the CBC and DC Shorts Film Fest. He’s trained and worked internationally and is the Artistic Director/Co -Founder of the Directors Lab North. (Toronto, Canada)