Elissa Goetschius, Artistic Director
Elissa is a multidisciplinary artist with a strong focus on
theatre and performance-based interactive installations. In theatre, she
recently directed A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Glass Mind Theatre, A BRIEF NARRATIVE OF AN EXTRAORDINARY BIRTH OF RABBITS and NIGHT SWEATS with the EMP Collective, an interdisciplinary theatre
company in Baltimore. Prior to that, she developed and directed REFLECTIONS with Andy Wassenich, a tour of short plays written by patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital, produced by Wandering Souls, and co-directed AMAZONS AND THEIR MEN with Michael Dove at Forum Theatre. Her ongoing collaboration with playwright Liz Maestri includes development of the plays SOMERSAULTING, TINDERBOX, FALLBEIL, CONDO CONDO CONDOLAND, and HOUSE BEAUTIFUL.
Recent non-theatre projects include collaborating on the inaugural issue of 24 Magazine (twentyfourmagazine.com) and “Layered Portraits,” a mixed-media installation piece for the 24 Hour City Project first presented at the
Intelligent Cities Conference and again as part of Digital Capital Week in 2011.
Formerly the Literary Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Elissa worked on many first and second
productions collaborating with playwrights and directors including David Adjmi, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Laura Schellhardt Armbrust, Daniel Aukin, Sheila Callaghan, Melissa James Gibson, Noah Haidle, Anne Kauffman, Pam
MacKinnon, Peter Nachtrieb, Howard Shalwitz, Rebecca Taichman, and John Vreeke. She has worked as a dramaturg at Portland Center Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Florida Stage, Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
She has worked for Manhattan Theatre Club, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, studied at the British American Drama Academy, and holds a degree in English from Columbia University.
Amissa Miller, Associate Artistic Director
Amissa Miller is a theater artist, educator, and arts administrator whose focus is on both creating and fostering opportunities for others to create. Her dramaturgy credits include Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai's Formosa (Ars Nova) and Say You Heard My Echo (Flushing Town Hall); Wilson Revised: A Celebration of August Wilson (The Movement Theatre Company/Studio Museum of Harlem); Santana Dempsey's The Other Box (Floating Train/New Georges); Koffi Kwahule's Bintou (The Movement Theatre Company), and Diane Paulus’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s Another Country (Riverside Theatre). As a writer, her work includes the Ignition Grant funded interview-theatre piece What Do You Do?, as well as the book and lyrics for Step (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ars Nova), a translation of Francisco Arrivi’s seminal Puerto Rican playVejigantes, and the short screenplay The Big Chop, which was selected as a Finalist in the 2012 Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition and a Quarter Finalist in the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. Amissa’s work in arts education includes her current role as a media instructor at Wide Angle Youth Media, as well as her work as a teaching artist with Opening Act New York. Her background in arts administration and outreach includescoordinating education and community programming at cultural institutions like the Maysles Institute, Dwyer Cultural Center, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has also worked in the literary departments of Playwrights Horizons and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Amissa holds a B.A. in Drama and Spanish from Spelman College and an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Script Development from Columbia University.