SUSAN CHARLOTTE (Founding Artistic Director, Producer, Writer) is an award-winning playwright who is the recipient of the prestigious Joseph Kesselring Award. A prolific writer, she has written ten full-lengths plays, forty one-acts and eight screenplays. Her plays have enjoyed productions throughout New York for over twenty years, including the recent world premiere called The Shoemaker which played to sold-out audiences. The play starred Danny Aiello and was directed by Antony Marsellis, who also worked on the film version, A Broken Sole, which was released theatrically in 2007. Other productions include the Off Broadway premieres of She’s of a Certain Age and Love Divided By/Times Three, which has an original score by four time Emmy Award winner, Billy Goldenberg. Additional film credits include: Come On, which premiered at the International Hamptons Film Festival and Love Divided By, (based on her play) which has an original score by Philip Glass and was chosen to open MoMA’s Titus II Theatre. Her TV credits include: CBS' “The Comedy Zone”, which starred Patty Duke and Paul Reiser and daytime series, “Loving" and "Guiding Light." Fascinated by the creative impulse, she wrote two acclaimed books, Creativity and Creativity In Film. She further explored this impulse in her work as a professor at Columbia University (where she received her MFA), New York University and in such non-traditional places as Riker's Island. She also founded a school for writers, Prism Playhouse and two theatre companies--Food For Thought Productions (winner of the NAC's Gold Medal in Drama) and the not-for-profit theatre, Cause Célèbre. She collaborated with theatre icon Peter Stone on her latest project entitled The Round Table. Susan is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the WGA.
JOHN E. DONNELLY, ESQ. Upon graduation from Cornell University, and Columbia University School of Law, John Donnelly began his legal career with the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, from 1963 to 1970 in its antitrust and litigation group. He then joined the legal department of American Standard, Inc. (1970- 1973), and was Counsel to The Deltec Banking Corporation in Nassau, Bahamas from 1973 to 1975. He was then, from 1975 to 2003, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Carey Energy Group, 60 companies comprising the petroleum, shipping, and nonprofit interests of Edward M. Carey. He entered private practice after Mr. Carey's death in 2003, and has represented a wide variety of business and nonprofit clients, and boards of directors, in the areas of corporate and commercial law, corporate governance, petroleum and shipping law, antitrust, nonprofit governance and law, contracts, real estate and tax law. In the nonprofit area, he is serving as a director, secretary and counsel to The Mabel Mercer Foundation, Cause Célèbre, the Coffee House, and the Dutch Treat Club.
FRITZ WEAVER Broadway: Chalk Garden (Tony nomination), Miss Lonelyhearts, Angels Fall, Child's Play (Tony Award), Absurd Person Singular, Ring Round The Moon (Lincoln Center Theatre); Musicals: Baker Street (as Sherlock Holmes), My Fair Lady (1968 revival), All American, directed by Joshua Logan. Off-Broadway: The Way of the World, The White Devil (Derwent Award), Family Reunion, Power and the Glory, Peer Gynt, Great God Brown, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. Stratford: Hamlet (title role), directed by John Houseman; Macbeth (title role), directed by Michael Kahn; The Tempest; Julius Caesar; King John. Folger Shakespeare Theatre: King Lear (title role), directed by Michael Kahn. Regional: Tale Told and Sorrows of Frederick (Mark Taper Forum), Beethoven's Tenth (Ahmanson). Films: Fail Safe, Marathon Man, Black Sunday, Power, Demon Seed, Walk in the Spring Rain. Television: "Holocaust"; "Martian Chronicles" (mini series); "Antigone" (PBS); guest appearances on all networks; Reader Symphony Space Selected Shorts. Married to the actress Rochelle Oliver.
MARIAN SELDES (Emeritus) appeared at Primary Stages in Terrence McNally’s Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams. Her many Broadway credits: 45 Seconds From Broadway, Deathtrap (Tony nomination), The Merchant, Equus, Father's Day (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Before You Go, A Delicate Balance (Tony Award), Tiny Alice, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, A Gift of Time, The Wall, The Chalk Garden, Ondine, The High Ground, The Tower Beyond Tragedy, That Lady, Crime and Punishment, Medea. For Lincoln Center Theater, she has appeared in Dinner at Eight, Ring Round the Moon (Tony nominations) and Ivanov. Off-Broadway: Diff’rent, The Ginger Man (Obie), Isadora Duncan (Obie), Painting Churches (Outer Critics Circle Award), Richard II, Richard III, Mercy Street, Dear Liar, A Bright Room Called Day, Three Tall Women, The Torch-Bearers, The Butterfly Collection, The Play About the Baby, Helen, Play Yourself and Beckett/Albee. Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Royal Family, The Matchmaker, The Skin of our Teeth and the premiere of Dedication. She received the Obie Award for Sustained Achievement and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1996. She authored The Bright Lights: A Theatre Life and Time Together, a novel.
Director of Education and Outreach/Producer
MARY J. DAVIS is Director of Education and Outreach for both Food For Thought Productions and Cause Célèbre. With Cause Célèbre, she has produced Tennessee Williams' The Pretty Trap; Susan Charlotte's The Shoemaker and She’s of a Certain Age. She has also produced James Wesley's Unbroken Circle and Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. She is a pro bono lawyer for the ACLU. Education: BA (Education) from Arcadia University ; JD from Temple University School of Law; MA (Liberal Studies) from Villanova University.
CHRISTOPHER HART began his theatrical career here in New York as a producer, Off Broadway, before being associated with the Tony nominated Song and Dance, by Andrew Lloyd Weber starring Bernadette Peters, and the Tony nominated Blood Knot, by Athol Fugard. He moved to California to produce the TV series based on his father Moss Hart’s and George S. Kaufman’s classic comedy You Can't Take It With You, starring Harry Morgan. While in LA he became artistic director of the Malibu Stage Company, and as a director his dozens of productions were nominated and won numerous awards, including Ovations, Robbies, Dramalogues, and LA Drama Critics Circle awards. He directed regionally including The Geffen Playhouse, and several theaters in Chicago. For television he directed for the HBO series, "Tales From The Crypt" He is pleased to have recently returned home to New York with his beautiful wife, the Robbie Award winning Beth Taylor Hart, and daughter Emma.
ANTONY MARSELLIS continues to move between the worlds of theatre, film and television. He has directed numerous plays around the city and country including Harold Pinter’s Night School, Samuel Beckett’s Krapps Last Tape and Happy Days, as well as the stage version of his critically acclaimed films, Men of Manhattan and A Broken Sole. He has had the privilege of collaborating on stage and screen with the finest of New York’s acting community including: Danny Aiello, Peter Bogdonovich, Len Cariou, Tyne Daly, Bob Dishy, Christine Ebersole, Penny Fuller, Judd Hirsch, Katharine Houghton, Judith Light, Tony Roberts, Marian Seldes, John Shea, Frances Sternhagen, Elaine Stritch, and Kathleen Turner. Other plays include: Susan Charlotte’s The Shoemaker, Tom Fontana’s This Is On Me, A.R. Gurney’s The Love Course, and Tennessee Williams’ The Pretty Trap.