A co-founder of Voice & Vision, Jean has developed and directed new works at V&V including Chiori Miyagawa’s I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour (The Culture Project, developed in the 2009 ENVISION Lab), The Good Life by Yeardley Smith (The Culture Project, developed in the 2003 ENVISION Lab) Ana Traina’s In Audela, Wendy Kesselman’s The Black Monk, Colette Burson’s A Dry and Thirsty Land, the world premiere of which she also directed at HERE in NYC, Sheila Schwartz’s Benefit of the Doubt; and productions of Dulcitius by Hrotswitha and Maricela de la Luz Lights the World by Jose Rivera. Other directing credits include projects at New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage & Film Company, Manhattan Class Company and the Mabou Mines/Suite, The Notebook by Wendy Kesselman at Boston’s Wheelock Theater and the musical Hans in Luck by librettist Margie Duffield and composer Dan Ashkenaze at The Blue Heron Theater in NYC. Ms. Wagner was the Associate Director on the 1998 Tony-nominated revival of The Diary of Anne Frank, and Twelve Dreams at Lincoln Center Theater directed by James Lapine. She is on the faculty of the Bard College Theater Program.
Rachael Hayes, Associate Producer
Rachael Hayes is a producer, director, and dramaturg. She joined Voice & Vision in 2007 as the Literary Coordinator for the ENVISION Retreat and became Associate Producer in 2009. She is a company member of Brooklyn-based Meat and Bone Theatre Company, for which she has developed and directed several new plays by local playwrights, including Alone at the Top by Emma Givens, A Week, Our Will, Away and Refuse by Oliver Devine Edsforth, and Bulba by Daniel John Kelley. She was Assistant Director on Voice & Vision’s 2009 production of Chiori Miyagawa’s I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour. She is a graduate of Bennington College.
Wendy Weckwerth, Dramaturg
Wendy Weckwerth is a teacher and freelance dramaturg. She is currently serving as a dramaturgical consultant to The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. In the past several years she has been on the faculties of Dartmouth, Colby and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and was a teaching fellow in the English and Theater Studies departments of Yale College. She was the associate editor of Theater, a publication of Yale School of Drama and Duke University Press, and is a two-time recipient of the John W. Gassner Memorial Prize for articles submitted to the magazine. She has served as dramaturg for V&V’s ENVISION Retreats since 2000. She has also worked on projects presented at The Playwrights' Center, P.S. 122, Ensemble Studio Theater, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale Cabaret. Along with Jean Wagner, she has adapted Calderón’s Life Is a Dream, and she is a translator of Strindberg's history plays. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.
LeeAnne Hutchison, Artistic Associate
LeeAnne is a performer who joined the Voice & Vision team in 1998 as Assistant Director for Maricela de la Luz Lights the World by Jose Rivera. She has performed in New York Theatre Workshop’s Body Sketch by Pirandello, in Mettawee River Theatre Company’s Psyche at the Kitchen, and in several plays at the Chelsea Repertory Theater, including performances of Viola in Twelfth Night, Alice in Vinegar Tom, and Rosemary in Rosemary with Ginger by Edward Allen Baker. She has directed and taught acting for the Youth Performance Workshop at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and for The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Creating Original Opera. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and has studied extensively in London and New York City.
Marya Mazor, Co-Founder
Marya co-founded Voice & Vision with Jean Wagner and served as its Artistic Director for eleven years. With V&V, Marya directed Jocasta, an opera based on the libretto by Helene Cixous; FireDance by Chiori Miyagawa; and The Fall and Repentance of Mary at the Metropolitan Museum Cloisters, among others. Other directing highlights include Philip Kan Gotanda’s Day Standing On its Head at Berkeley Repertory Theater and the Asian American Theater Company (West Coast premiere); Kia Corthron’s Come Down Burning at Long Wharf Theater; and the world premiere of Cary Wong’s Mirrors Remembered at New York Stage and Film Company. Her work has been seen at Nada, Dixon Place, the Boston Court Theater, Circle X, the Open Fist, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and in shows at the Walt Disney Parks, among others Marya was one of eight women chosen to participate in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, where she directed The Winged Man, featuring Ana Ortiz, written by Academy-Award Nominee Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries), which premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2008. Marya is a recipient of the 2003-2004 National Endowment of the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Directing Fellowship, and has taught at The New School, Vassar College, and Fordham University. Marya holds an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.
Production Manager Tara Mallen in Ruth Malaczech's master class at the 2004 ENVISION Retreat. Photo Jenny Levison.
Board of Directors
Anne Newman Bacal (Chair Emeritus)Vice President, Griffin Bacal, Inc (retired) LeeAnne Hutchison (Chair) Actor Mona-Louise Hyre (Treasurer) Freelance Producer and Theater Management Consultant Andrew Bloom Associate, Linklaters LLP, New York Amanda Cooper Company Manager, The House Foundation Dzu Do IT Manager--TIAA-CREF and Visual Artist Jennifer Gibbs Playwright/Performer Marya Mazor Co-Founder, Past Artistic Director, Voice & Vision Lynn Nottage Playwright Jean Wagner Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Voice & Vision
The ENVISION Community gathers for a reading of Saviana Stanescu's Lenin's Shoe. Photo Jenny Levison.
JoAnne Akalaitis Founding Member, Mabou Mines and Director of Theater Program, Bard College Len BerkmanDramaturg and Professor of Theater, Smith College Olympia DukakisActress Ruth MaleczechArtistic Director, Mabou Mines Max MayerProducing Director, New York Stage & Film Co. Estelle ParsonsActress Jennifer TiptonLighting Designer and Professor, Yale School of Drama Leslie UrdangProducer, Wildwood Enterprises/Southfork Pictures and President, True Pictures