Gardiner Comfort (Co-Creator/Performer) 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). MFA from ART. For more info about Gardiner visit: www.gardinercomfort.com. Thank you Kel and the talented design team and crew for creating this show. I love you Colleen.
Kel Haney (Co-Director/Director) 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. www.kelhaney.com @kelhaney
Summer Lee Jack (Costume Designer) 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. www.summerleejack.com.
Caite 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. www.caitekemp.com
Katie Houff (Stage Manager) 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.
Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Design) Her 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. www.elishebaittoop.com For Alan.
Whitney Biancur (Associate Producer) is a Brooklyn based actress, recently in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Gallery Players), ROMEO AND JULIET (Snow Falcon), MONKEY (La MaMa) & KINGS COUNTY: S2E3 (Hovering Giraffe.) Training: BADA, Pearl Conservatory, ESPA, & Sarah Lawrence College. She's worked for The Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, & Pan Asian Repertory. http://www.whitneybiancur.com/ @WhitneyBiancur
Dan Safer (Choreographer) 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.