Creative Team

Adam Blanshay, Director. Most recent credits include assisting Jack Cummings III on The Transport Group’s revival of Hello Again, assisting Christopher Alden on The Tales of Hoffmann at Santa Fe Opera, and directing intern on the Broadway production of Billy Elliot. Additional credits include: off-Broadway: Piaf: Love Conquers All (SoHo Playhouse/Ntl Tour), The Black Monk (Theatre Row), The Second Tosca (45th Street Theatre), Clean (Urban Stages), A Woman Of Will (Daryl Roth Theatre); Regional: In Piazza San Domenico (Centaur Theatre, Montreal), Evita (Moyse Hall, Montreal). His producing credits include Broadway: Jerusalem, Catch Me If You Can, How To Succeed…(starring Daniel Radcliffe) The Scottsboro Boys; off-Broadway: Tales From The Tunnel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; FringeNYC: All Day Suckers, His Greatness; Australia: Doctor Zhivago (Associate Producer). Adam is a graduate of McGill University.

Jesse Marchese, Assistant Director, is both excited and incredibly honored to be welcomed back to FringeNYC where he last played the role of company manager for RadioTheatreNYC’s production of The Mole People in 2008.  He is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he directed both Falsettoland and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Through the college, Jesse was also able to assist Barbara Siman, Charles Repole and Patricia Birch on numerous workshops at the York Theatre.  Jesse’s work as a director was last represented Off-Broadway at New World Stages with MosesMogilee’s original production of Ghosts of Provincetown: two one-act plays.  A proud member of AEA, Jesse would like to thank Adam and the entire production team of The Apartment for this wonderful experience.

Sorrel (Tomlinson) Barnard, writer, produced the award-winning FringeNYC Festival hit, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal, as well as the 2006 FringeNYC production Broken Hands by Moby Pomerance.  She also produced the acclaimed New York production of Tom Rowan’s The Second Tosca. For the past couple of years, she has been working on her greatest and most challenging production to date – her son, Ansel. The Apartment is her playwriting debut.

Melissa (Picarello) Moran, writer,  is excited to be welcomed back to the NY Fringe Festival.  Previously, she performed on stage in Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God.  Melissa is proud to have lent herself to the development of many talented playwrights, most recently Tom Rowan’s debut of The Second Tosca.  After spending the last two years in her role as mother to her baby, Jax, Melissa is excited to return to the trade and present The Apartment as her writing debut.

Lindsay Joy Murphy, writer,  is a Brooklyn based playwright and a proud member of the LabRats Theater Company. The LabRats just featured her new play “The Unearthing of the Sisters Flanagan” for their R.A.W. series this past spring. Last year, her play “Severance” was produced by the Barracuda Theater Club. Her short pieces have appeared in venues from the Kennedy Center to the Bowery Poetry Club. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2002 and is currently studying with Padraic Lillis of the LAByrinth Theatre Company.

David Scott, writer,  is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a recent graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. David wrote and produced the 2008 FringeNYC debut of I Love You, Petty, & Favre, which received the Village Voice Audience Favorite Award. While attending NYU he was a Wasserman recipient for his film Finding Michael. David’s short script Coffee Circumstantial was a finalist in Golden Brad Screenwriting Awards as well as the Cinema City International Film Festival, and his feature spec titled Tupelo Honey was a quarter-finalist in the Page Awards. He resides in NYC, but is Wisconsin native and bleeds green and gold for the World Champion Green Bay Packers. David dedicates his piece to Khaharam.

Kate Russo, Producer,  is a producer, consultant, actor and native New Yorker.  She graduated magna cum laude from the USC School of Theatre as a Renaissance Scholar in 2003 and spent several years thereafter working in film and television in Los Angeles.  She also attended the British American Drama Academy in London, England.  Recent production credits include the recently released feature film Split Ends (in which she also appears), and the Annual Tommy Awards (New World Stages, NYU Skirball Center), which has attracted the talents of some of Broadway’s brightest and has raised over $100,000 for college scholarships for New York area students.  Most recently, Kate produced Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.  She remains a rabid USC football fan and is thrilled to be a part of FringeNYC for the first time!

Aislinn Curry, Stage Manager, is excited to return to NYCfringe, having participated in 2008. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Columbia University, where her recent stage management credits are numerous, but favorites include Oresteia and The Three Bears. In New York, she works with Extant Arts Company and Lunar Energy Productions. Regionally, at the Theatre At Monmouth and at Bowdoin College, where she earned her AB in Classics and Theatre. Proud Brooklyn native. Interning at 101 Productions, Ltd. Check out the other Fringe show she’s stage managing – Before Placing Me On Your Shelf.

Bobby McElver, Sound Designer, is a sound designer and musician. He recently joined The Wooster Group and is a company member. You will hear his work next year in The Wooster Group’s Troilus & Cressida and can see him perform (as well as sound design) in The Wooster Group’s/New York City Player’s Early Plays (working title). Recent non-Wooster designs: In The Pony Palace/Football (Half Straddle), The Moth & The Flame (Target Margin), Candy Tastes Nice (HERE), The Day On Which A Man Dies (Target Margin), LEARM/em> (Young Jean Lee, assistant sound design). Technical work: Soho Rep, The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, CATCH. More: www.bobbymcelver.com.

Jeffrey Potter-Watts, Set and Costume Design, is happy to be part of the fringe festival and this company. Most recently he designed costumes for Royal Family Production’s Nobody Suspects a Butterfly featuring Anthony Rapp and Sean Cullen. For eleven years he taught theatre in both high school and at The University of Maine and directed the multi-award winning Lawrence Theatre Company. He is a published and produced playwright and his play Redemption of the Vampyre had a recent staged reading in New York. Other credits include Fundamental Theatre Project’s off-Broadway Trans-Euro Express and 3-D Hamlet: a Lost Generation. www.jmwatts.net

Adam Blumenthal, Lighting Design, travels between New York and Los Angeles working as both a lighting and scenic designer. Most recently he lit the West Coast premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical The Adding Machine (Odyssey Theatre) and was an assistant to Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer on A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theatre). New York credits include: Roschman Dance (Flamboyan Theatre), I Want the World to See That I Can Cry (Theatre Row), The Theatre Shows, a Three Night Concert Event (Players Theatre), Ten Fingers a Play of Magic (Axis),  and assistant design for Three Travelers (Theatre at St. Clements), Eye of God and Hardball (Theatre Row). Up coming architectural installation for a new showroom at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency.  LA Credits include, It’s Magic! (Kodak Theatre), Jacques Brel (Colony); Oni Dance (The Alexandria); Unmerciful Good Fortune (The Underground); Sick, bonded and Ruby Tragically Rotund (Playwrights Arena @ LATC); Sarafina! (LATC); Romeo and Juliet (Met Theatre); The Arsonists, Taking Steps, The Brig, The Chicago Conspiracy Trial, Proof, and Great Expectations: A New Musical (Odyssey); Invasion: The Musical (Hudson), and Yeehad! The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe). He was also lighting designer for the world premiere of Milt Larsen and Dick Sherman’s Pazzazz! The Musical (Granada), assistant to Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer on 9 to 5 (Ahmanson), and associate lighting designer with Jules Fisher on Ricky Jay: A Rogues Gallery (Geffen). Adam is also a professional magician working frequently for private and corporate clients.

Erika Bracy (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be involved in any aspect of the creation of theater and feels honored to join a group of such passionate and talented people! She worked this year as an Assistant Director for August Strindberg’s The Father, and was also an Assistant Associate of the Green Team/ Charity Coordination for The Planet Connections Theater Festivity.  Ms. Bracy went to school for Acting at The New York Film Academy.  Her acting roles include Peaches from Mafia Wedding (a dinner theater), Jamie from short film Misdirection, and she also lent her voice as a singer for Murder in the Cathedral and Manhattan Project
Bridget Barkan(Original Music) is currently performing worldwide with the Scissor Sisters who opened for Lady Gaga this Spring. Bridget has worked with various different producers and artists including Hip-Hop legend Q-tip, Chris Sholar, Gary Gunn, The Beatnuts, The Burrell Brothers, Chris Liggio (Ginger Rose), Mark Wilson, legendary DJ Todd Terry, David Maurice and Melvin Van Peebles. She has performed sold out shows at the Blue Note, Mercury Lounge, Drom, Fat Baby, Public Assembly, Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall and was an official performer at Sundance 2009. 
Theatrical expression in every fiber of her being, it comes as no surprise that Bridget’s foundation as a performer began as a child actress and has continued through her adult life. She starred in the HBO film Everyday People, co-starred with Maggie Gyllenhaal in SherryBaby, appeared in the war film Redacted directed by Brian DePalma and performed in one of the earliest productions of the Broadway hit Spring Awakening just to name a few.