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The Elephant In Every Room I Enter is a strikingly intimate solo show about Gardiner Comfort's experience as an actor with Tourette's.

Featuring Gardiner Comfort and Directed by Kel Haney.



Comfort is an actor and writer who was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when he was 7.  The Elephant in Every Room I Enter was developed with Kel Haney in Mabou Mines’ Resident Artist Project. Acting and writing credits: Original solo show YOU'RE NOT TOUGH, (HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place - directed by Kel Haney), JULIUS CAESAR (A.R.T.), CARDENIO (A.R.T., u/s), THE ZERO HOUR (13P), REENTRY (American Records), A PARSIFAL (PS122), RED BEADS (Mabou Mines), Richard Maxwell's HENRY IV, PART 1 (BAM, Hebbel Theatre - Berlin), FUNERAL GAMES (The Public - workshop), BE THE DEATH OF ME (The Civilians – workshop). Film/TV: THE PATH (HULU), DO I SOUND GAY? (Documentary with staged scenes).  MFA from ART.  For more info about Gardiner visit: I love you Colleen


Haney also with Gardiner Comfort: YOU’RE NOT TOUGH (HERE, Dixon Place). Recent directing credits include: Vickie Ramirez’s GLENBURN 12WP (Summer Shorts/59E59), Jonathan Caren’s THE RECOMMENDATION (The Flea), Kate Cortesi’s GREAT KILLS; James Christy’s AT LIBERTY HALL (Premiere Stages), Melisa Annis’ UNITED FRONT (Primary Stages/Fordham), and David Auburn’s FIFTH PLANET (Lincoln Center Education). She has directed and developed new work at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Directors Company, Cherry Lane, Keen Company, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Ma-Yi, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, NY Fringe Festival, Partial Comfort Productions, Rattlestick, Rising Phoenix Rep, Studio 42, Vampire Cowboys, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown & the 52nd Street Project.  Also: Mabou Mines Residency, Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange Program and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Up Next: Deborah Brevoort’s MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT at Premiere Stages. I AM THEM at a series of short films directed by Ms. Haney, releases later this year. @kelhaney

Caite Hevner Kemp
Co-Projection/Scenic Designer

New York: Triassic Parq, Soho Playhouse; Ugly Lies the Bone, Roundabout Underground; Tail! Spin!, Lynn Redgrave Theater; Parade, Avery Fisher Hall; Game Play, Ars Nova; Tales from My Parents’ Divorce, The Civilians. Regional: Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle 5th Avenue, Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Summer Lee Jack
Costume Designer

Jack is a Brooklyn based costume designer. Recent design credits include: Roméo et Juliette, The Classical Style, The Cows of Apollo, and Così fan tutte(Aspen Opera Theater Center), Das Land des Lächelns and A Little Night Music(Manhattan School of Music), Die Verschworenen/Die Winterreise(Hofstra Opera Theater), Carmen, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Eugene Onegin(Aspen Opera Theater Center). MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama.

Lianne Arnold
(Co-Projection/Scenic Designer)

Arnold, named a “2014 Young Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine, is a video & scenic designer who collaborates across genres in the theater, music and art worlds. The range of her work spans from the highly commercial (content artist for Marvel Universe Live!) to the avant garde (scenic design for the John King chance opera Dice Thrown). Lianne was the Associate Projection Designer on Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA, NYC). MFA from CalArts.

Elisheba Ittoop
Sound Design

Ittoop's designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Woolly Mammoth, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts.  For Alan.

Katie Houff
Stage Manager                                                                      

Houff is a freelance stage manager based out of Brooklyn, NY.  She graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a BA in Dance and for the past six summers has served as Production Stage Manager at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. She works regularly with Jody Oberfelder Projects, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, and Shen Wei Dance Arts.



Whitney Biancur
(Associate Producer)

Biancur is an actress working both in New York and regionally. Recent credits include: SAD AMERICANA (The Tank - written by Julia Doolittle & directed by Jacob Basri) and Phoenix Rising (Theater Row.)  Recent film/media: Footprints in the Sand (new comedy webseries) and Consequences (short thriller) both being released in 2017. Training: The Studio New York, BADA, Pearl Conservatory, ESPA, & Sarah Lawrence College. 

Daisy Long
(Lighting Designer)

Long is glad to be back with Kel, Gardiner and the gang for another production of ELEPHANT! Recent credits include: DRY LAND (Company One, Boston); MACBETH (AMERINDA); UNITED FRONT (Primary Stages/Fordham University); THE NOMAD; SMOKE (The Flea); GHOST STORIES (Cloud City/Tiny Little Band); YOU’RE NOT TOUGH (HERE Arts Center); PLATONOV (Columbia University); PHAETON; THE TROJAN WOMEN (NYU).

Dan Safer

is the Artistic Director of Witness Relocation, an NYC-based dance/theater company, and works as a freelance director and choreographer. Many thanks to Gardiner and Kel for the opportunity to be a part of this production.



Gardiner Comfort – Performer/Creator
Kel Haney – Director/Creator
Melanie Hopkins - General Manager
Lina Renzina - Assistant General Manager
Dan Safer – Choreographer
Eric Mercado - Production Manager
Katie Houff– Stage Manager
Mary Hickox - ASM
Nora Ives - Associate Director
Kevin Carillo – Associate Director
Caite Hevner Kemp – co-Projection/Scenic Designer
Lianne Arnold– Co-Projection/Scenic Designer
Summer Lee Jack – Costume Designer
Brenna McShane - Assistant Costume Designer
Daisy Long – Lighting Designer
Elisheba Ittoop – Sound Designer
John McKenna – Associate Sound Designer
Richard Hillman – Public Realations/Press Rep
Whitney Biancur – Associate Producer
Paper Swan (
Travis Stuart & Jason Zucker) - Videography
Graphic Designer - Michael Hoefler
Digital Marketing and Design by Hoefler Design

Originally developed through Mabou Mines' Artistic Residency


Jack Sharkey (Angel Donor), Carol Tambor Melisa Annis, John & Jane Comfort, Colleen Werthmann, Steve Harper, Eljon Wardally, Andrew Doga, Andrew Doga, Josh Martinez-Nelson, Josh Lefrancois, Liz Hynes, Olivia D'Ambrosio, Beth, Alley Scott, Michael