BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CYNDY A. MARION — Producing Artistic Director. A native New Yorker, Cyndy was named one of nytheatre.com's “People of the Year” for 2007. She directed the world premiere of her first play YOU ARE PERFECT for WHTC as well as the recent Los Angeles production. Other WHTC directing credits include: A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, EYES FOR CONSUELA, I CAN'T IMAGINE TOMORROW, 'NIGHT, MOTHER, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL, SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, BURIED CHILD, THE LATE HENRY MOSS, STATES OF SHOCK, A LIE OF THE MIND, TRUE WEST and the Workshop productions of HALF and FREEZER DREAMS. Other directing credits include: the world premieres of THE BOOK OF LAMBERT and MINA by Obie-winner Leslie Lee (La MaMa E.T.C.), PB&J (NYC International Fringe Festival), LA TURISTA and RED CROSS (Michael Chekhov Theatre Co.), TWISTER WITH AN OCTOPUS and ARTHUR MURRAY TAUGHT ME DANCING IN A HURRY (The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), FOOL FOR LOVE and MUD (Brooklyn College), LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC (American Theatre of Actors), 12 ANGRY MEN and FIGHTING THE GORILLA (Riant Theatre) and THE MANDALA (The White Heron Inc.). She has directed readings of new plays for WHTC, La MaMa E.T.C., New Dramatists, Theater for the New City, and PRTT. Cyndy holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College where she was the 2001 recipient of the Joel Zwick Scholarship in directing. She is a member of the Board of Directors at The Players, Co-Founder of The Producers Circle, and a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and The Dramatists Guild.
LORETTA HUNT MARION — Director of Development. Loretta has worked in educational publishing at Scholastic Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for 55 years currently as a consultant. She has served as WHTC's Director of Development since 2003 and has been a major force behind the company's development. Loretta is a member of The Players and sings with Uptown Sound and the NYC ENCORE Chorale and ROCKS groups.
VANESSA R. BOMBARDIERI — Managing Director. Worked as Dramaturg/Assoc. Director on WHTC’s YOU ARE PERFECT, A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, EYES FOR CONSUELA, I CAN'T IMAGINE TOMORROW, 'NIGHT, MOTHER, FREEZER DREAMS, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL and SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS. Other WHTC credits include the Lab production of her one-act play EVERYBODY DIES IN FEBRUARY, Director for the staged readings of BROKEN STORY by Cyndy A. Marion and THE WITCHES’ AVENUE (A EULOGY) by Greg Lemoine, and Assistant Director on HALF, also by Greg Lemoine. Vanessa worked as Assistant Director on Cyndy A. Marion’s productions of MINA (a new play by Obie-winner Leslie Lee at LaMaMa, E.T.C.) and PB&J (NYC Fringe Festival). She also worked as an Associate Producer for Crossing Jamaica Avenue's production of THOUSAND YEARS WAITING at PS 122. Directing credits include: Eugene Ionesco's THE PAINTING and her own adaptation of Samuel Beckett's HAPPY DAYS. Regional and Summer stock credits include: The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival and The New Repertory Theatre. Vanessa holds a BA in Theatre Directing from Bard College.
ROD SWEITZER — Founding Artistic Director. New York stage credits include: CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL, SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, BURIED CHILD, THE LATE HENRY MOSS, STATES OF SHOCK, A LIE OF THE MIND, and TRUE WEST (WHTC); ARTHUR MURRAY TAUGHT ME DANCING IN A HURRY (PRTT). LA credits include: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (PRT), FOOTE NOTES & THE IDIOT BOX (Open Fist Theater Company), OUT IN THE WOODS (Zeitgeist Theater Company), THE GUN (Electric Lodge). Film credits include: THEY WANT DICK DICKSTER, CHRIST RISING, A HOOKER AND A DIRT ROAD END, DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL, and PSYCHO COP II. TV Credits include: RENT AN ELF, HOUSE OF DEADLY SECRETS, MARRIED WITH SECRETS, CHERNOBYL: ZONE OF EXCLUSION, GUIDING LIGHT, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE WORLD TURNS.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
CYNDY A. MARION
GREGORY S. BENDELIUS
KATY CASHIN – Resident Dance Choreographer - is a NYC-based choreographer. WHTC shows include A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, YOU ARE PERFECT, EYES FOR CONSUELA. Other recent credits include The Tallahassee Ballet’s RHYTHM EXPLOSION, EVENING OF MUSIC AND DANCE, THE NUTCRACKER, South Georgia Ballet, and Brown Bag Dance. She is currently pursuing her masters of public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She received her BFA in dance performance and BA in history from Southern Methodist University.
MICHAEL G. CHIN - Resident Fight Choreographer - is a member of AEA, AFTRA/SAG and SDC, as well as being a sanctioned master instructor and choreographer with the Society of American Fighting Directors. He serves as fight director in residence for both White Horse and Pan Asian Rep in New York City. He has taught, choreographed, and consulted on Broadway as well as for Juilliard, The Mint, La MaMa ETC, National Asian American Theatre Company, The Public, The Vineyard Theatre, New York University, Henry Street Settlement, The Drama League, and The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Currently, he is on adjunct faculty at Muhlenberg, Brooklyn College and Pace University.
ANDY EVAN COHEN -Resident Sound Designer - WHTC credits: A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, YOU ARE PERFECT, EYES FOR CONSUELA, I CAN'T IMAGINE TOMORROW, and 'NIGHT, MOTHER. Other recent credits include off-Broadway's IN BED WITH ROY COHN, I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (MasterWorks Theatre); THE AMERICAN SOLDIER (59E59, Edinburgh Fringe, Midtown International Theater Festival); LUCKY CHICK (Fringe NYC and FringeNYC Encores); IN VESTMENTS (2015 NYIT Award for Overall Production), UNMETIONABLES (2015 NYIT Nominee for Original Music), and many productions for T. Schreiber Theatre including SUMMER & SMOKE and HOT L BALTIMORE. Education: Oberlin and The Manhattan School for Music. www.andycomusic.com
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JULIE FOH - Resident Dialect Coach - is a NYC-based voice coach and teacher. WHTC shows include A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, YOU ARE PERFECT, EYES FOR CONSUELA, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. Other recent coaching credits include THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST (Tectonic Theater Project at BAM); THE DANISH WIDOW and THE BABYLON LINE (New York Stage and Film); MURDER FOR TWO, THE TUTORS and MODERN TERRORISM (Second Stage); WASPS and MISS LILLY GETS BONED (Studio 42); NIGHTLANDS (New Georges). She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and of Knight-Thompson Speechwork, and she is currently on faculty at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts and at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, CT.
JOE GIANONO — Resident Composer/Arranger. Joe designed original music for the WHTC productions of A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, YOU ARE PERFECT, EYES FOR CONSUELA, I CAN'T IMAGINE TOMORROW, 'NIGHT MOTHER, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL, SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS and IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL. Other credits include: Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, New York Philharmonic, BBC, Juilliard Symphony Orchestras, among others, Paul Taylor Dance Company, NBA, NY Yankees, The British Rock Symphony, Radio City Music Hall, over 30 Broadway & regional musicals, Film & Television: Booty Call, Two Much, Chip 'n Dale's Rescue Rangers, Kite, Dora the Explorer. His music can be heard on the E –Entertainment television network. Joe composes and produces music for his record company. His new cd Story Teller will be released shortly. Recently, the Beryllium Piano Quartet released their new cd, Beryllium Performs Chamber Music of Joe Gianono. His new ballet in 3 acts, Sayadio And The Magic Cup, is based on a Native American Indian legend. His music has been featured on Exploring Music on WQXR, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Cdbaby and all major digital distributors and can be heard on YouTube. Please visit: www.joegianono.com.
ANDIS GJONI – Resident Set Designer – was born in Tirana Albania to an artistic family. WHTC Set Design: EYES FOR CONSUELA & HALF. Other set design credits include: ONE HALF AND ONE STUPID, THE SERVANTS, MISS JULIE, OUTSIDE IT SNOWS by V. Salemme, THE STAR WITHOUT A NAME by M. Sebastian, IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE by R. Budina, WEST SIDE STORY. New York set design: UNCLE VANYA, PB&J by T. Dairman, set and costumes for the musical KISS ME KATE, set design, costumes and co-directing of the opera PORGY & BESS , MINA and THE BOOK OF LAMBERT by L. Lee (La MaMa),THE HIGHER EDUCATION OF KHALID AMIR by M. Bower, the world premiere of the opera VILLA DIODATI by M. J. Spektor, (for which he received an honorary mention at the NYMF Awards), THE SERVANT BOSS by G. Pergolesi with the New Jersey State Opera, HANSEL & GRETEL by E. Hamperdink, set design and directing of the comedy THE OPEN COUPLE by Dario Fo, set design of ALBANIAN EXCELLENCE National Opera Theater Tirana Albania, set design and directing of the show ALBANIAN WOMEN OF NEW YORK at Symphony Space Theater. In 2018 on the occasion of his 50th birthday he produced and created sets and costumes for the comedy IS HE DEAD? by Mark Twain, which he also translated and directed. Andis is director of the board of the not for profit organization Albanian Excellence that promotes Albanian culture and heritage, and also supports the theater and performing arts.
DEREK NYE LOCKWOOD–Resident Costumer Designer. Originally from Ojai, CA, Derek has a BFA in Theater from California Institute of the Arts. Derek designed costumes for the WHTC productions of A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, YOU ARE PERFECT, EYES FOR CONSUELA, FREEZER DREAMS and ‘NIGHT, MOTHER. Some of Derek's other credits include South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Titanic, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, and White Christmas directed by Randy Skinner, all at Westchester Broadway Theater. Derek just finished Supervising the Broadway tour of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden. Derek enjoys designing for Film, TV, and Theater.
DEBRA LEIGH SIEGEL — Resident Lighting Designer. Deb has been working with White Horse since its beginning in 2002. WHTC credits include: lighting and costume design for BURIED CHILD, THE LATE HENRY MOSS, and STATES OF SHOCK; lighting design for A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, YOU ARE PERFECT, EYES FOR CONSUELA, I CAN'T IMAGINE TOMORROW, 'NIGHT, MOTHER, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL, SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, TRUE WEST and the workshop productions of FREEZER DREAMS and HALF; and costume design for A LIE OF THE MIND. Debra is also a freelance designer who has designed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Bradley Playhouse, Windham Theatre Guild, Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Wings Theatre Company, Michael Chekhov Theater Company, Mansfield Council for the Arts, Hackmatack Playhouse, and the Harry Hope Theatre. She holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design with a concentration in Costume Design from the University of Connecticut. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Three Rivers Community College. She also designs for dance, puppetry, and opera.
JEN WIENER — Resident Stage Manger. Jen appeared in WHTC's workshop production of FREEZER DREAMS. She also Assistant Stage Managed WHTC’s productions of A CAVALIER FOR MILADY, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT, YOU ARE PERFECT(NYC), EYES FOR CONSUELA, SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, BURIED CHILD, IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, and the workshop production of HALF. She is also currently with The Ophelia Theatre Group in Astoria and Staged Managed their production of Almost, Maine and Assistant Stage Managed Mary's Little Monster, Floyd Collins and Rockabye Hamlet. She has Assistant Directed and ASM'd multiple shows with Adam Roebuck Productions including SIMPATICO, TAPE, and TRACERS. She has also worked on performances in The Midtown International Theatre Festival and Fringe NYC. She acted her way through college and ended up with a B.A. in theater from SUNY Binghamton. She is proud to be a member of the White Horse family.