Jennifer Pierro - Co-Founder & CEO/CFO
Jennifer Pierro is the Co-Founder & CEO/CFO at Manhattan Repertory Theatre.
Jennifer is an Italian American Actress/Voice-Over Artist and a proud member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA unions. She started her acting career at the age of 16 at the famous HB Studio in Greenwich Village NYC under the guidance of Jeanne Kaplan. Over the years she has performed in and around NYC doing Theatre, Film, TV & Voice-Overs. She currently resides in NYC with her incredible partner/love of her life Ken Wolf and their amazing adorable little actress dog Roma Pierro-Wolf.
For more information, please visit: www.jenniferpierro.com
Ken Wolf - Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Ken Wolf is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Rep and the author of over 20 plays. He has also directed over 85 productions including The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Sisters, Tales of Terror, Men, The Match Game, Le Cygne, The Living Room, War in a Golf Cart, Past Perfect, A Model T in the Amazon, The BIGOT, Medicine, The Accidental Christmas Romance, Ghost, Tonality, The Bridge and Blackout.
As Artistic Director at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, he has produced over 1000 full length plays and over 4500 short pieces.
As an actor, he has portrayed such roles as Mozart in Amadeus, Vershinin in The Three Sisters, and Biff in The Death of a Salesman.
His One Man play The People in my Hips was hailed by Martin Denton of nytheatre.com as being “unlike any theatre piece I have ever seen.” And Lise Avery of Anything Goes!! Internationally Syndicated Radio said “THE PEOPLE IN MY HIPS is one of the most extraordinary pieces of theatre I have seen on or Off-Broadway in years. Mr. Wolf’s script is nearly flawless in its eloquence and is one of those rare pieces of work that reminds us of our common humanity. Mr. Wolf’s one-man performance is exquisite, inspiring, courageous and beautifully constructed.” Recently, he received rave reviews with the amazing 7lb Morkie Roma Pierro-Wolf, in his play DAD AND THE DOG, New York City’s first One Man One Dog show. He is a passionate teacher and creative artist.
He lives with the incredible Jennifer Pierro and the adorable Roma Pierro-Wolf in Manhattan.
Matthew Hill - Theatre Master
Matthew is currently the Theatre Master at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. After graduating from SUNY Purchase College in 2009. Matt started to work primarily in house management at a number of different theatres. Such as the Penguin Repertory Theatre in Stony Point, New York and at the Cultural Arts Center at SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. As a writer, Matthew has also had the great pleasure of having worked at Manhattan Repertory Theatre this past year with his show, “Tales from Front of House” about all the crazy house management related stories that have happened over the years.
Richard Thomas Henle - Resident Playwright
and Manhattan Rep Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Richard Thomas Henle is a writer/director/actor that has written over 35 plays and film scripts, to date has completed 6 films, and since 2009 has done 27 plays at Manhattan Rep. Richard also a huge music fan has always found the "music" choices for his projects just as important as a character, in fact feels it is to be used as such.
Richard is looking forward to another great year of doing shows at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. He is looking to continue to touch on subjects important to him. He has found the LIVE STAGE is like no other thing, which again traces back to his Musical roots and loves and idols, who champion the LIVE setting. Putting together a cast and doing rehearsals and doing a run of shows is the same to Richard as putting together a band and going on the road together, and that bond you have is a MUST for the outcome to be all it can be.
For more information on Richard Thomas Henle, please visit his FACEBOOK PAGE and also the "Lifelines Productions" Page for more info.
Lawrence F Schwabacher - Resident Playwright
Lawrence F Schwabacher thrives on the theater experience has been producing his plays on stage for over twenty years. It all started with the performance of his play Friends back on June 11, 1993 @ New Actors’ Workshop NYC. He has written over 127 plays and 66 monologues to date. Larry was a recipient of 2008 Literary Arts Award from Council of Arts & Humanities of Staten Island for Food For Thought, three short plays [Café Ole, Doing Lunch, & Cheese Doodle Fingers]. He was the theater coordinator for the Village Playwrights at the Wings Theater [12/2006-06/2008]. One of his ongoing projects is “Larry’s Women” a series of original female monologues has seen several performances. His plays have been in Turnip Festival, Swing, 2008 & Moon Glow 2012; Love Creek Festival, Necklace 2009; Samuel French FestivalAlways Us 2007; Drop Your Shorts FestivalRendezvous 2000 and was a three time winner of The Strawberry One Act Festival at the Riant Theatre NYC, Swing 96, Hot Fudge Sundae 97, & Fifteen Minutes Until Places 98. Larry is a founding member of The Staten Island Playwright’s Collective [Established 2008]. He has also created and produced several benefits at Snug Harbor Culture Center Staten Island to raise AIDS awareness: Night of Voices 3yrs, Christmas in August, Tapestry [two performances] & Voices. His most performed play as been Cheese Doodle Fingers to date. His journey continues.
Albert Repicci - Resident Playwright
This summer’s production of the dance/play, Once Upon a Rose, one of Repicci’s favorite and most sentimental creations, will mark his fifth performance series at Manhattan Repertory Theatre this year. He credits its success to his beautiful, talented and committed cast, technician and choreographer. His previous works include the two act Off Broadway production, Honor Bound, a touching and riveting drama which The Center of the Aisle hailed as, ”Smartly written and skillfully directed,” while, Theatre Scene, claimed, “Its fast paced dialogue is engaging and crackles with the clash of idealistic youth versus jaded middle age.” Talkin Broadway added, “Honor Bound, raises important ideas about trust, friendship, and of course, honor.”
Other plays include, The Haberdasher, which Repicci also directed, was performed in Jan 2015 in the short play competition at Manhattan Repertory Theatre.
Published works by Repicci also include a Christmas story, The Girl with the Red Scarf, Nantucket Musings, a book of light verse and a short overview history of the island, and the baseball memoir, Bringing Satch Home.
As a special foreign correspondent for The Greenwich Times, Repiccireported on the Khmer Rouge genocide trials of Comrade Duch(the perpetrator of the killing fields), in Cambodia, and also on the Nazi war crime trial of Oskar Groening (guard at Auschwitz concentration camp), in Luneburg, Germany. He has also compiled a portfolio of silent films and produced the documentary, Dentistry in the Bush, as well as having worked as an associate producer on several Off Broadway and regional theatre productions.
Phil Way - Resident Playwright
PHIL WAY is a filmmaker, award-winning playwright, and occasional dabbler in poetry and prose. His work has been produced at various venues in NYC including MRT, The Players Theatre, The PIT Loft, and the Theatre at St. Clements, as well as Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn, NJ. He graduated from Penn State University in 2001 with a degree in Film. His addiction to live theatre started with his first hit of acting when he was cast as Sir Henry in the Bedford County Players’ production of Hound of the Baskervilles in 1995. Phil went on to enjoy over a decade of acting and directing shows with this talented theatre group in Bedford, PA. Also, Phil spent two years as actor and assistant production manager at Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Virginia Beach, VA. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Phil is always hard at work on the next production.
Coni Koepfinger - Resident Playwright
Currently the creative director and host of two new media programs, DETERMINED WOMEN and AIRPLAY, Coni Koepfinger is an internationally published and produced playwright and librettist. In addition to teaching composition, she is a contributing writer for the Center of Conscious Creativity LA and a board member of the International Center for Women Playwrights; on the Media Arts Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation; a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Indie Theatre Now, New York Theatre Experience and the League of Professional Theatre Women.
Now working full time as a playwright with her creative partner Joe Izen, they are developing three major works: a fierce look at political corruption in the face of ancient mythology in The Eve of Beltane; Schoolhouse, a musical that steps beyond ordinary beats; and a futurevision of man and machine in Singularity: A Brave New Musical.
Recent productions include: Turbulence: the Madness of Art commissioned by Mara Mills at the HVCCA; Garrett the Blue Giraffe at the Thespis Festival New York; her 1996 metadrama SideShow which played at Manhattan Repertory; and Coffeehouse Magik in the NYC UNFRINGED FEST at The Secret Theatre. Her play Candledancing, The Voice of Julian of Norwich received “Best Score” for its musical tapestry and requiem by London composer Robert Hugill. And most recently, her futuristic dystopian full-length, Sleeping with Destiny made it to the semifinals in international competition while another play Get the Message was recently published in the international anthology Visions of the Future.
Her path has been carefully planned, her undergad in theatre led her to a Masters in Literary and Cultural Theatre at Carnegie Mellon, she was the artistic director of the first Women’s Theatre Company in Pittsburgh and has authorized an large body of work that was driven by her repulsion to senseless violence and absolute meaninglessness of hate. All of Koepfinger’s work examines the imaginary boundaries and artificial conditionings that move humanity away from the ability to love.
The Guardian, Mother /Daughter Monologues; ICWP Press Anthology. 2009.
Candledancing: The Voice of Julian of Norwich. Tate Publishing. 2009.
Formative Stages: A New Pedagogy for Creative Writing.
The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. 2006.
8th National Symposium on Theater in Academe, Washington and Lee University. 2007.
Rudolph’s Big Secret, One-Act Children’s Play. DramaSource. 2002
Jack & the Talkback Beanstalk, One-Act Children’s Musical DramaSource. 2001
Staging Stories from Real Life. Breckenridge & Koepfinger. Penn State University. 2007.
Arthur W. French III
Arthur W. French III has been writing plays since he was a teenager. His first play “Teens Today” was first produced at Maxwell Glanville’s American Community Theater. The play then was a finalist in the New York Annual Young Playwright’s Festival at the Circle Repertory Company. Mr. French’s works include “Circuit Breakers” which was a winner in the Samuel French One Act play Competition. His other play “Bitter Apples” was a winner in the Strawberry One Act Festival. Mr. French has studied Playwriting with Steve Carter, Leslie Lee, and Henry Miller