Capital Repertory Theatre Welcomes Four New Associate Artists

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Four prominent theatre figures, two local and two NYC based, are welcomed into theREP’s Associate Artist Program this month.

Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP) welcomes four talented individuals into the 2021 class of Associate Artists – Gordon Greenberg, Barbara Howard, Stephanie Klapper and Jean-Remy Monnay. These four individuals join the members of the 2019 Class of Associate Artists, Kevin McGuire, Yvonne Perry, Freddy Ramirez and Josh D. Smith.

Associate Artists serve three-year terms where they act as ambassadors for theREP in the local and national theatre community.  As part of the program, Associate Artists will participate in at least one production per season, as (actor, musical director, choreographer, associate producer, etc.).

Associates are part of theREP’s artistic leadership team, serving as spokespersons for theREP to the community and from the community to theREP. Associates bring knowledge of playwrights, scripts, directors, designers, and actors to their projects and work directly with Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and Associate Artistic Director, Margaret E. Hall.

Each Associate has a wealth of experience in the theatre and has worked closely with theREP.  Associates are invited to share the resources of theREP to further their own personal goals as artistic leaders and artists. The Associate Artist program is meant to offer a true artistic home for each Associate. 

Gordon Greenberg is a director and writer living in New York, who has directed 11 productions at theREP. He has directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in London’s West End, written for television and stage, and developed, directed and produced new works for arts institutions across America. His acclaimed west end revival of Guys and Dolls was nominated for six Olivier Awards. Greenberg co-wrote and directed the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at Studio 54. Current projects include directing & co-writing The Secret of my SuccessDracula, A Comedy Of Terrors, Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big [Your Town Here] Christmas Show!, also directing Piaf/Dietrich andPort-Au-Prince. Other directing credits include; YentlFloyd CollinsJohnny BaseballTangledBlue Sky BoysEdges The MusicalJesus Christ, SuperstarMan Of La ManchaEvitaAssisted Loving,Luck Be A LadyRagsStars Of DavidPirates! Or Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder’dBand Geeks!The Baker’s Wife1776Half A SixpenceBarnum, The U.S. National Tour Of Guys & DollsDisney’s BelieveDisney Fantasy ChristeningWest Side StoryHappy Days, A New MusicalVanities, A New MusicalTheory Of ThreeCitizens Band: The Panic Is OnO. Henry’s LoversIt’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio PlayMeet Me In St. Louis: A Radio PlayWe The People33 VariationsCam JansenPeter PanThe Broadway Festival And The Broadway Divas. Gordon is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.

Barbara N. Howard was born and raised in Albany, New York. She is currently the Storyteller of theREP’s virtual STORY HOUR program for elementary children and a teaching artist for the theatre’s education programs at Arbor Hill Elementary School. Barbara has been seen on theREP stage in The Trip to Bountiful and has participated in many Next Act presentations as an actor and director. She attended schools within the Albany Catholic Diocese. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. Some of her recent performances include, Having Our Say (Sadie Delany), Caroline. or Change (Carrie Watts), Ain’t Misbehavin (Nell Carter), Reunion in Bartersville (Hattie Harper), A Raisin In The Sun (Lena Younger, Mama), Ragtime (Sarah’s friend), The Sound of Music (Sister Berthe), Mother I’m Here by Maria Bryce, The Voice of the Black Minister (Woman Minister), THE RETURN by Dan Dobeck, and Eggs for Easter. For sharing her artistic talents in so many ways, and for using music as a teaching tool, Mrs. Howard has received many awards. She is the recipient of the NYS Community Distinction Award, the Next Generation Service Honoree (for her community service efforts), the NYS Women in the Arts Distinction Award, and the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) Outstanding Achievement Award for the role of Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. She is also the recipient of the Black Women’s Association of Albany “Woman of Distinction” Award.

Stephanie Klapper is a New York based award-winning Casting Director who has been in the business for many years and has served as theREP’s Casting Director for almost three decades. Her work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, and film. Stephanie, along with her incredible casting team, comprise Stephanie Klapper Casting, an Independent Casting Group who is known for their limitless imagination and creativity and for their work on a wide range of projects all over the country and the world. Recent projects include: The Night of the Iguana (La Femme Theatre Productions); Chekhov/Tolstoy Love Stories (Mint); Sideways, the Experience (Peccadillo); A Sign of the Times(Off-Broadway); The 24-Hour Plays on Broadway Gala Celebrating Kathy Bates; Paradise Lost (FPA/Directors Company); Miss America’s Ugly Daughter (Off-Broadway);  Grace, a song cycle (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); Once on this Island (Cincinnati Playhouse/Actor’s Theatre); The Hope Hypothesis (Voyage Theatre Co.); The Importance of Being Earnest (NY Classical); Hamlet (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Daniel’s Husband (Penguin Rep/Primary Stages); Actually We’re F**ked (Cherry Lane Theatre);  A Letter to Harvey Milk (Off-Broadway); Pride and Prejudice (Kate Hamill)(Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival/Primary Stages); Candide, Westside Story and Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Orchestra). Select Recent Broadway includes: Bronx Bombers; A Christmas Story, the Musical; Dividing the Estate; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Select Film/TV credits include; Netuser; Epiphany V; Theresa Rebeck’s Poor Behavior; Stag; Alice Jacobs is Dead; The Feast of the Goat; Uncertain Terms; Altamont Now!; Sidewalk Stories; Roberta; Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising, the video; webisode: Battery Park; Parking Lot Chronicles; Highlights of a Mom’s Life. Television: Lazytown.

Jean-Remy Monnay is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY, Inc. Jean-Remy produced the region-wide collaboration, 8:46, in which theREP participated. He has worked on theREP stage, directing presentations for the Center for Law and Justice and is a member of theREP’s Community Bridge Building Program Neighbors for Neighbors. Jean-Remy grew up in Haiti and has been acting since he was about 8 years old in French and Creole. He moved to New York in the 80’s and in 1997 he moved to the Capital Region and has been performing since in various theatres in the community. He directed many plays including The Mountaintop, The Niceties, Fences, Yours For The Oppressed, Eclipsed, Intimate Apparel, Slow Dance On The Killing Ground, I Just Stop By To See The Man, A Lesson Before Dying, Réunion In Bartersville, Wedding BandReunion In Bartersville and Camp Logan, etc…  Films credits include; The History Channel’s The Revolution; Rachael’s Ward, 2007 Edwood Film Festival; Night Of Autumn;  Blood Conscious; Time Crunch; Follow Her and most recently appeared in the popular Netflix TV series – Grand Army. Remy retired as a Civil Servant of the State of New York in 2018 after thirty years of service. Remy is so pleased to be part of theREP’s family.

To learn more about all of the Artistic Leadership team visit https://capitalrep.org/artistic-leadership.

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