Find Out More About Our Creative Team
Joel Greenhouse (Writer / Creator)
Joel Greenhouse co-authored “ Have I Got A Girl For You, The Frankenstein musical,” which was produced Off Broadway at the Second Avenue Theatre and in Regional Theatres. Other works include “An Evening with Nurse Strain,” (co-author, St. Marks Playhouse), “Last Chance for Happiness” (Terry Schreiber Studio), “Twisted,” (Judith Anderson Theatre) and “Goodbye Already,” (Neil Simon Festival – Best New Play award). As a comedy writer and performer he has appeared with improv and comedy groups throughout the city including “First Amendment” and “Joan Crawford’s Children,” toured with “Vaudeville 78,” starring Donald O’Connor, Eddie Fisher and Ronnie Spector and was a member of the comedy duo, “Borneman and Greenhouse,” (Best Comedy Duo – National Association of Concerts and Cabaret Artists) appearing in clubs throughout the country and performing and writing scores of radio commercials, most notably for Dr. Ruth, the sex therapist. He is a member of Mick Casale’s Dramatic Writing Workshop and the “East Broadway Theatre Project.”
Joe John Battista (Director)
Actor/Photographer/Graphic Artist/Videographer) Artistic Director of the Historic 13th Street Repertory Theater and a member of Actor’s Equity, and the Dramatist Guild. Graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts who studied with William Hickey, Stephen Strimpbell, Uta Hagen, Eve Collier, Hugh Whitfield, Jack Melanos, Paul J. Curtis and Gates Mcfadden. At the age of 21 he was hired as a Director at the Bucks County Playhouse but soon realized that New York theater was his first love and soon was directing experimental theater off-Broadway. Joe also is a professional photographer and has worked for the Ford, Elite, Zoli, Wilhelmina and Legends agencies. ... Joe has been involved in hundreds of plays and musicals including Women Behind Bars Starring Amy Stiller.. and was lead guitarist for the bands, Razor Engine and Electric Landlady, he also appeared and played blues in “Lone Star” starring . In July, Joe directed an original play “Before We’re Gone”, written by Jerry Small, produced by Bahr Productions, a film production company from Los Angeles, California. Production Consultant/Graphics Designer for “Dress of Fire” with Austen Pendleton and Angelica Page.Joe is directing an experimental project “Uno Momento”, and also has directed for Emmy Ed to Award winning Seth Freeman, Joe Recently Directed The “ Un American And Larry and Lucy .. At Theater For The New City which is headed by Executive Director Crystal Field
Joe is thrilled to be Directing Cold Blooded coming November written By Joel Greenhouse in November 2022
Peter W. Dizozza ( Music Composer)
Peter is a music composer and in-house counsel for Cinema VII, the entertainment collective that administers his creative catalog. In 2021, he received a City Artist Corps grant from The New York Foundation for the Arts to develop his musical theater project, Tunnel (from Suez to Candlewood) at Theater for the New City (with help from Joe Battista and others). Sample his work on the channels youtube.com/dizozza, youtube.com/cinemavii, and youtube.com/cviirecordings.
Hillary Wyatt (Producer)
Is the owner of PawPrint Productions, a small productions company that specializes in Off and Off Off Broadway shows.
Wendy Tonken (Costumes/Props)
Was Associate Artistic Director of the 13th Street Rep., where she’s been a teaching artist, actress, and director for the last 30 years. She has also done costumes and production design for off-Broadway shows at the Village Gate (Slaphappy) and Perry St. Theater (Practice). Most recently, Wendy's work has been seen here at TNC, in the plays Life in the Rye (2018) and The Unamerican (2022), both by Claude Solnik, and larry and Lucy by Peter Welch (2022). Wendy is thrilled to be a part of Cold Blooded and to once again be collaborating with Director Joe Battista.
Mark Marcante (Sets)
Mark Marcante is a Director, Actor and award-winning Production Designer. He did the Set Design for DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the American Yiddish Theater. He did Set Design for Obie winner HEATHEN VALLEY by Romulus Linney; and set design for Kennedy Center Award/Obie winner HIROSHIMA by Yoko Ono and Ron Destro. Mark has done sets for many shows including TIME SQUARE ANGEL by Charles Busch, 1918: A HOUSE DIVIDED by Barbara Kahn and THE FACULTY ROOM by Mario Fratti. He has also directed many plays Off /Off Off Broadway including SHAREHOLDERS VALUE, AMERICAS FAVORITE NEWSCASTER, HEATHER SMILEY FOR PRESIDENT, THE FOLK SINGER, AN AMERICAN WORKER, SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING, BENEDICTUS, THE CAPITAL VENTRILOQUIST LIFE KNOCKS, STRANGELY WONDERFUL, ONE DIRECTOR AGAINST HIS CAST and RUZZANTE RETURNS. Mark Co-Directed Phoebe Legere’s SHAKESPEARE AND ELIZABETH and Co-Directed Phoebe Legere’s LET EVERY CHILD SING. Mark studied Commedia Dell Ar'te with Allessando Bressennelo and Michelle Connena from the T.A.G Teatro in Venice Italy. He studied Mime with Bill George from Touchstone Mime Company. He has been production director at Theater for the New city since 1984 to present.
Brian Park (Lighting Design/Sound)
Brian Park has been working with lights and sound design at TNC since 2018. He has run sound and lights at various other off-Broadway theaters on the Lower East Side.
Mikaela Blanchard (Stage Manager)
Mikaela is a Stage Manager originally from CT. In high school, she started stage managing for dance competitions, while simultaneously helping her mother open her own studio in 2010 called Dance Progressions. Since then, she’s worked with three different national competitions, as well as two dance studios, managing various large events and shows. In college, she started working with Red Monkey Theater Group in the Bronx, and has since worked on seven productions between 2017 and 2022, most recently Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In April 2022, she managed a staged reading of Domnica Radulescu’s Exile is My Home, which was produced by the Romanian Cultural Institute. She just closed Fun and Games at Theater for the New City in October 2022. Currently, Mikaela is working towards her MBA at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. You can follow her journeys throughout NYC and life on Instagram @mikaela_amelia
Kevin Murray (drums)
Kevin Murray is drummer, saxophonist, improviser, and organizer who uses various objects and extended techniques to further his vocabulary in a wide variety of musical settings, with a focus on free improvisation. He co-curates the Pool Improvised Music Series and 1039 Records, both based in Brooklyn.
MIKE PRIDE (drums)
Based out of New York City since 2000, Mike Pride performs solo, leads jazz quartet From Bacteria To Boys, the 7-drummer installation Drummer's Corpse, and the piano trio I Hate Work. He is also co-leader of the ensembles Three-Layer Cake (w/ Mike Watt and Brandon Seabrook) & Pulverize The Sound. Pride is renowned for his ability to excel in a wide range of genres and ensembles. He has worked with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions Of Dead Cops, toured extensively on four continents, appeared on more than 100 recordings, and toured arenas worldwide opening for comedian Amy Schumer with Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore.
Pride’s versatility doesn’t end with his eclectic résumé as a popular sideman and leader/co-leader of many active ensembles spanning the worlds of modern-jazz, avant-rock, noise and free jazz. He is also a busy educator and clinician, a composer for TV shows, video games, podcasts and websites, and a visual artist.
David Gibbs/DARR Publicity (Press Rep)
David Gibbs (he/him) is the founder of DARR Publicity, a boutique entertainment press agency specializing in theater, dance, film, music and unique theatrical experiences. Clients include The Amoralists, Company XIV, FIAF, Ice Factory Festival, La MaMa, Molière in the Park, New Ohio Theatre, NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival, Pig Iron, PTP/NYC and Red Seed Films. David has publicized shows at many Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway venues throughout NYC. His clients have won Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Obie and Off Broadway Alliance Awards. https://www.DarrPublicity.com/
Mari Tompkins (Assistant Director)
Mari Tompkins is a third year at Tisch School of the Arts (New York University), studying Performance Studies and Dramatic Literature. She is currently directing student work in university this fall. Mari hopes to make her life in the theater as a director and a playwright.
Nicole Greenhouse (Social Media and Digital Content Manager)
Nicole Greenhouse is an archivist and theater enthusiast living in New York City. Since coming back from the COVID-19 shutdown, she has seen over 60 Broadway and off-Broadway productions (that's like 2 shows a week!).