Tuesday, April 22, 2014


...our 15th Anniversary SPRING GALA date...

Stay tuned for more exciting details...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet KEN URBAN (5/6 bareNaked Reading)...

We're stoked to have Ken join our list of playwrights this season for our bareNaked Reading Series!  Here's a closer look:  

Ken Urban is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been produced and developed at Summer Play Festival at The Public, Donmar Warehouse (London), TimeLine Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Studio 42, Theatre @ Boston Court, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Rep, Primary Stages, kef productions, Stable Cable, and The Huntington. In 2013, The Awake opened at 59E59 Theatres, starring Maulik Pancholy from Weeds and 30 RockThe New York Times named the show a Critics’ Pick and it played for a sold out run. The Correspondent is part of the 2013-14 season at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. The production features Thomas Jay Ryan, and is directed by Stephen Brackett. Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and he is a company member of Rising Phoenix Rep. The feature film adaptation of his play The Happy Sad, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Rodney Evans, premiered at Frameline and OutFest in 2013. The film screened at over fifteen film festivals both in the US and internationally, with theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles. The film is available on iTunes and DVD. He also wrote a short film I Am A Big Ball of Sadness (And I Want to Throw Myself from Your Roof), which screened as part of the Manhattan Short Film Festival in over 200 venues across six continents, and was awarded the Bronze Award by the audience. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. He plays in the band Occurrence and their new album DECKS was released in 2014. Their releases are available from Insound and Bandcamp. 

Please join us for our May bareNaked Reading!

By Ken Urban
Directed by Scott Illingworth

Casting announced soon!

Musical Guest: Will Hanza

Westbeth Community Room
55 Bethune Street (or enter at 155 Bank Street, 1 block south)

7:30pm doors, 8:00pm performance

Admission is $5 and includes drinks and snacks

Please RSVP to confirm your reservation as space is limited. To RSVP send an email with play title, number attending and contact info to: barefootrsvp@aol.com

Up next:
June bareNaked Reading
By Bernardo Cubria
Directed by Jerry Ruiz
Tuesday, June 3rd @ 7:30pm

Barefoot Theatre Company
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer

Live Music Provided by Timothy Dark; Dark Seed Entertainment

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We NEED your help...

We are currently in search of a business minded individual who is willing to grow with our company and help us reach greater goals as a professional ensemble of artists producing theater and film in New York City and Los Angeles.  

Barefoot Theatre Company, the critically acclaimed and award winning NYC & and LA based ensemble, currently in its 15th season, is now seeking applicants to fill the role of MANAGING DIRECTOR.

Barefoot Theatre Company’s focus is on ensemble collaboration: we present new and existing plays (lesser known works by established playwrights) and screenplays as public readings, workshops, and fully staged productions after we have explored them together as a collective.  We are dedicated to the idea of telling stories in an honest, straightforward manner – and are committed to the advancement of women and lesser heard voices.

Our aesthetic has been labeled a "...raw acting style" (NYTIMES) that is "powerful and commanding" (BACKSTAGE). We've been fortunate to collaborate with artists from Broadway, film and television including Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Gina Gershon, John Doman, Mickey Sumner, Jesse Eisenberg, John Magaro, Annabella Sciorra, and many others.  We have branched out to films (Barefoot Studio Pictures) along with Education work with our Outreach Program (Good Shepherd Services, Stella Adler, etc.), and organized and produced a fundraiser simply titled ROCKAWAY which raised money to help Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways.

In order to continue, to serve the artistic communities in New York and Los Angeles as well as to continue our growth as an ensemble dedicated to art and community outreach, we need fill this position with someone who is ready to hit the ground running, who shares our aesthetic and ready to grow with an ensemble.

Barefoot Theatre Company, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization).

The managing director will be responsible for working closely with the Artistic Director and the Director of Development to help fulfill Barefoot Theatre Company's mission. He or she will work diligently to improve the annual budget performance while consistently keeping the company's integrity and principles in mind, presenting financial and marketing reports to the board periodically as well as progress reports at the company’s monthly meetings.
The managing director must have a keen eye for developing industry trends, new opportunities, and any issues that may affect the company both regionally and nationally.

The managing director will work with many departments, including finance, marketing, development, planning, human resources, and administration and develop and track the progress of new programs and fundraising ideas that are resourceful and creative.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1) Creating programs and plans with artistic director.

2) Monitoring grants with development director and board members.

3) Being a spokesperson for foundations/ corporations/ government.

4) Pursuing new relations with business and community organizations.

5) Managing required reporting processes for grants and programs, so that they are completed accurately and in a timely manner.

6) Taking part in all hiring decisions and ensure that the staff have adequate resources and clarity to perform their jobs.

7) Overseeing all public materials, press releases, and website content while contributing to public and internal communication.

8) Helping to create strategic action plans to achieve long-term goals that have been approved by the board.

9) Keeping a watchful eye on the company's fiscal integrity which includes making annual budgets, working with the Artistic Director, staff and financial committee.

If you're interested in applying and setting up an appointment to meet with us, please email a brief personal statement outlining your goals, resume, and any other materials that will help give us a better sense of your work and interest.  Candidates should have experience with or enthusiasm for dealing with the public and must possess exemplary communication and leadership skills. He or she must be able to creatively problem solve and anticipate needs. Send all submissions to barefoottheatre@aol.com with Subject Line: Managing Director.

To learn more about our Ensemble please visit us at www.barefoottheatrecompany.org as well as all of our social media outlets.  

Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WHO'S WHO (Pirate by Jennifer Skura) bareNaked Reading Series.

welcome to our paperless program
for more info on event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/227528930778144/

Barefoot Theatre CompaNY
Season 2013-2014
bareNaked Reading Series
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer

proudly presents
written by
Jennifer Skura
directed by
Molly Marinik

April 1, 2014

Charlie……………….…………… Rebecca Nyahay
Linda…………………..…..…..… Lydia Gladstone*
Angel …………….….……..Alejandro Rodriguez*
Marcus……………..…………………Luca Pierucci*
Jorge/Bellhop…….……………….Mark Cisneros
Tiffany/Mallory……..….……………Raye Levine
Stage Directions………..………….Danny Rivera
*member AEA

Musical Guest: Jamie Stellini

West Beth Artists Community
55 Bethune Street

Music Booking by Darkseed Entertainment

May bareNaked Reading
By Ken Urban
Directed by Scott Illingworth
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:30pm

Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director

REBECCA NYAHAY is a hard working artist dedicated to the development of new work and creating work that has a lasting social impact.  She recently produced and starred in her first film, The Ribbon and appears as Nikki in the webseries Haywire www.haywireseries.com.  Some past favorite roles include White in Blacken the Bubble, C.B. inStreet Theater, Carol in North of Providence, Lady MacBeth in MacBeth, Li’l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Joan in Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Rosemary in Rosemary with Ginger.  Rebecca has helped develop many new works as both an actor and director and is currently producing a short film and webseries.  Rebecca is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and a LAByrinth Master Class Alumni.     www.rebeccanyahay.com

LYDIA GLADSTONE- For Barefoot she has worked offstage as a Costumer and onstage in the recent readings of The Ballad of Alejandro Lopez at Cherry Lane Theatre and the Fringe Festival-bound Rubble with Richard Kind.  In addition, she was n their stage productions of De Donde (OOBR award) and as Margaret/Vi in the acclaimed production of Dog Day Afternoon, on NYC’s Theatre Row.  Her work in NY, Regional, and Stock theatres include scores of characters.  Some recent favorite roles include Fraulein Schneider(Cabaret), Mrs. Lovett(Sweeney Todd), Nancy Shirley (Frozen), Rose (Gypsy), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Witch (Into the Woods-Best Actress Award),Sally Adams (Call Me Madam), and Kate (Broadway Bound).  Off-B’way she portrayed Bluma Jacobson in the acclaimed Harry and Eddie, at the Actors Temple. She appeared as Jeannette Burmeister in The Full Monty at its sold-out run at Vermont’s acclaimed Northern Stage, and as Iowa Housewife in Menopause the Musical.  Last spring she created the title role inPetunia, a garage musical.  Many musical reviews including Side by Side by Sondheim, Closer Than Ever, and Jacques Brel; several world premieres (two at the York Theatre’s acclaimed new musical showcases), and film/video works.  Her ‘day job’-resident costumer for Calhoun HS’s acclaimed On Tour Theatre Co. as well as other theatre companies.  Proud member of Barefoot Theatre Co.

Alejandro Rodriguez - New York credits include: Ghetto Babylon (59E59), Bird in the Hand (Theater for the New City), Romeo and Juliet (The Acting Company), House of Lear (Exit Pursued By a Bear), Base Track (Beyond the Machine Festival), East Village Chronicles (Metropolitan Playhouse). Regionally, he's worked at The Kennedy Center, the Guthrie Theatre, Denver Theater Center, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Arizona Theater Company and the Kitchen Theater, among others. Film and TV credits include: Dates from Hell (Discovery ID), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), and Emoticon ;). He's also helped to develop new plays through readings and workshops with Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, MCC and INTAR. A graduate of Juilliard and recipient of the Michel St. Denis Prize for outstanding achievement. 

LUCA PIERUCCI - proud member of Barefoot Theatre Co; recently seen in "The Place Beyond the Pines" with Ray Liotta and Bradley Cooper; lifetime member of the Actors Studio; thanks to Frankie and God

Mark G. Cisneros - 2002 OOBR Award winning actor Mark G. Cisneros has a career in Theater and Film spanning over 17 years. Theater: Walkabout by Marcus Haupt (the Flea Theater), The Sons of Juan Perez by Roberto De Los Reyes (the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater), and ?De Donde? By Mary Gallagher, his first play with the Barefoot Theatre Company (Looking Glass Theater). Television: Third Watch (with Ann Margaret) and As the World Turns; Film: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, New York, accepted to the Havana Film Festival in 2003; As producer with his previous company On A Quest he is proud to have produced and starred in two successful plays (La Habitacion by Barbara Colio-accepted to The NY International Fringe Festival, and Rising Sun, Falling Star by Yolanda Rodriguez at the 78th St Theater Lab). Mark is currently ensemble of the Barefoot Theatre Company and is currently working on the most important production of his life so far…his wedding plans!  As always Mark thanks his wonderful family and friends for their undying support of his artistic endeavors and of course dedicates all of his performances to his dear Lydia.

Raye Levine is a native New Yorker. She completed the 2-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio under Barbara Marchant. She performed in a reading of THE VOTE IN ORANGE as part of an awards ceremony for the insignia of Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on Playwirght Israel Horovitz from the Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, along with Kevin Kline, Bobby Cannavale, Judith Ivey and Angelina Fiordellisi. Raye is an Ensemble Member and Artistic Associate of the Barefoot Theatre Company and has performed with Barefoot in staged readings including PARKSLOPE, POUND FOR POUND, ON THE 5:31 directed by Jerry Ruiz and RESTLESSNESS OF DESIRE directed by Shira-Lee Shalit.

DANNY RIVERA is a New York City native, but didn't begin acting here until the Fall of 2011. Since then he's worked with The Flea Theater, Columbia University, The New York Shakespeare Exchange, and most recently with The Cake Shop Theater Company in the New York Premiere of Pains of Youth. He joined the Actors' Equity Association in the Fall of 2012.