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Company Biographies

Anne Bogart

Anne Bogart (Artistic Director)
Anne Bogart is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors of the SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include Persians, Steel Hammer, A Rite, Café Variations, Trojan Women (After Euripides), American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, La Dispute, Score, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds–the Radio Play, Cabin Pressure, Alice's Adventures, Culture of Desire, Bob, Going, Going, Gone, Small Lives/Big Dreams, The Medium, Noel Coward's Hay Fever and Private Lives, August Strindberg's Miss Julie, and Charles Mee's Orestes. She is the author of five books: A Director Prepares; The Viewpoints Book; And Then, You Act; Conversations with Anne and upcoming, What's the Story.

Akiko Aizawa (Actor)
Ms. Aizawa has been a member of SITI Company since 1997. With SITI: Persians, Steel Hammer, A Rite, Trojan Women (After Euripides), Café Variations, Radio Macbeth, American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, bobrauschenbergamerica, Freshwater, Hotel Cassiopeia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Intimations for Saxophone, La Dispute, War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds–the Radio Play, and systems/layers. Theaters/festivals include BAM, Humana, the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Joyce Theater, Guggenheim Museum, Park Avenue Armory, New York Live Arts, American Repertory Theater, Arts Emerson, Arena Stage, Court Theatre, Krannert Center, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Carolina Performing Arts, Wexner Center, Los Angeles Opera and Getty Villa. International festivals/venues include: Edinburgh, Dublin, Bonn, Bobigny, Helsinki, Melbourne, Bogota, São Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Toga and Moscow. Akiko is originally from Akita, Japan.

J. Ed Araiza (Actor)
Mr. Araiza has long and varied experiences working on multicultural and cross-disciplinary projects as a writer, director and performer. SITI Company acting credits include: Trojan Women (After Euripides), Under Construction, Hotel Cassiopeia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, systems/layers, bobrauschenbergamerica, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, War of the Worlds–the Radio Play, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth (Dramaturgy). Regional Theater acting credits include: The Cure at Troy, Yale Rep. Santos and Santos, Mixed Blood Theatre; Keely and Du (original cast), Hartford Stage and ATL; 1969 ATL; Yerma, Arena Stage; Principia Scriptoria, A Contemporary Theatre; Picnic, ATL; Charley Bacon, South Coast Rep.; King Lear, Macbeth, La Victima, LATC and Nicholas and Alexandra at The Los Angeles Opera. He has worked at The Juilliard School of Drama as a movement consultant for several productions and directed at several universities including bobrauschenbergamerica at the University of Houston. In 2009 he directed the Voluspa at the National Theatre in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Will Bond (Actor)
Will Bond is a founding member of SITI Company. He has performed internationally in SITI's Orestes, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire, Bob ( Drama Desk Nomination best solo performance), War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, bobrauschenbergamerica, Death and the Ploughman, Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are and Antigone. He has toured in Tadashi Suzuki's Dionysus and Robert Wilson's Persephone. Recently Will is touring with the SITI & Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company collaboration A RITE commissioned for the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring. Original works include History of the World from the very Beginning with Christian Frederickson & Brian Scott, I'll Crane For You solo dance work commissioned from Deborah Hay, The [IM]Perfect Human V.1 and Option Delete with Marianne Kim. Will was awarded a prestigious 2013 EMPAC Dance MOViES Commission for the short film Lost & Found with Marianne Kim and Brian Scott premiering at RPI in January 2015. He is newly published in the 2013 Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky. Will is currently Senior Artist-In-Residence in the theater department of Skidmore College.

Gian Murray Gianino (Actor)
As a member of SITI, Mr. Gianino has helped create and performed in Persians, Steel Hammer, Café Variations, Trojan Women (After Euripides), Radio Macbeth, bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers, and Freshwater. New York credits include work at BAM, Second Stage, Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, The Women's Project, SoHo Rep, and HERE Arts. He has performed regionally and internationally including at Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Getty Villa (LA), The Court (Chicago), Krannert Center, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center, MC93 Bobigny (France), Bonn Biennale and Dublin Theatre Festival. TV/Film credits include White Collar, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, All My Children, Dead Canaries and Hospitality. B.A. Wesleyan University. Acting Apprentice, ATL. G.M. is the third generation of a New York theater family.

Leon Ingulsrud (Actor/Director)
Mr. Ingulsrud is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors and helped found SITI Company. He has appeared in Orestes, Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera), Nicholas & Alexandra (L.A. Opera), bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Under Construction, Antigone, American Document with Martha Graham Dance Company, War of the Worlds – the Radio Play, Trojan Women (After Euripides), Café Variations, Persians, Continuous Replay with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and A Rite with SITI and BTJ/AZ. Previous to SITI, Ingulsrud was a member of the Suzuki Company of Toga for seven years, during which time he also served as a resident director at the ATM Arts Center in Mito, Japan. He served two years as the Associate Artistic Director of Swine Palace in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has taught in workshops and universities around the world, translates Japanese theater texts into English and holds an M.F.A. in directing from Columbia.

Ellen Lauren (Actor)
Ms. Lauren is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors and a Founding Member of SITI. Her credits include: Persians, Trojan Women (After Euripides), A Rite with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Café Variations, Under Construction, Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are, American Document with Martha Graham Dance Company, Death and the Ploughman, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, and Orestes. Festivals include: Bonn Germany, Iberoamericano Bogota, BAM Next Wave, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore; Wexner Center, Krannert Center and Walker Art Center; In New York: New York Live Arts, NYTW, CSC, The Women's Project, Miller Theatre, The Public Theater, Joyce Theater. Regional credits with SITI include: San Jose Rep, ART Cambridge, Court Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare, Actors Theatre of Louisville. SITI training residencies in the US and abroad since 1993. Additional credits include The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins, New York City Opera (Kosovar Award for Anna II) Marina, A Captive Spirit, all with Anne Bogart. Resident company member: StageWest Theatre, Mass., The Milwaukee Repertory, The Alley Theatre, Houston. Associate artist for The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) Under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki. Credits include: Dionysus, Oedipus, Waiting for Romeo, and King Lear. Venues include, Moscow Art Theatre, Toga Festival, AlexandrinskyTheatre, RSC, Theatre Olympic in Athens, and Olypmic Arts Festival in Shizuoka Japan, Buenos Aires Festival, Vienna Festival, Harbour Front Festival Toronto, Istanbul Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico Italy, Montpelier France, Hong Kong Festival. For over 6 years, headed the Toga International Suzuki Training Summer Program in Toga, Japan. Ongoing faculty member since 1995, The Juilliard School of Drama; Former Faculty member: Columbia University, Fordham University. Selected workshop list: Royal Shakespeare Company, Le Coq School Paris, Yale University, Harvard School of Drama. Selected Guest Artist Faculty: Carnegie Mellon University, Windsor University, Canada, Helsinki National Theater Academy, Iceland National Academy of the Arts. Fox Fellowship recipient for Distinguished Achievement 2008. Published in American Theater January 2011-In Search of Stillness.

Kelly Maurer (Actor)
Ms. Maurer has been a member of SITI since its inception. With the company she has performed in many productions including La Dispute, Hayfever, bobrauschenbergamerica, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire and Cabin Pressure, and at such theaters as: NYTW, P.S. 122, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Center, The Irish Life Theater Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Regionally, Kelly has been seen as Rainbow in Maria Irene Fornes' And What of the Night at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Hamlet at StageWest and Christine in Miss Julie at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Internationally, she has toured with Tadashi Suzuki in the Suzuki Company of Toga's Dionysus and director Robert Wilson in Persephone. She performed the role of Jolly (as standby for Patti LuPone) in David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood on Broadway. She also performed in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein and The Water Engine at the Atlantic, Off Broadway. Kelly teaches the Suzuki method of actor training and the Viewpoints training with SITI and at the Atlantic Theater Acting School, New York University, Columbia University and at workshops and universities throughout the US.

Charles L. Mee (Playwright)
Mr. Mee grew up in Illinois, headed east and graduated from Harvard College. He wrote Orestes 2.0, the first play that was done by the SITI Company when it was first formed, and has also written bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Under Construction and American Document for SITI. He has also written Vienna: Lusthaus, A Perfect Wedding, and a number of other plays in addition to his work inspired by Greek plays: Big Love, True Love, Trojan Women A Love Story and others. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His complete works are available on the Internet at His work has been made possible by the support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Richard B. Fisher.

Tom Nelis (Actor)
Mr. Nelis is a founding member of SITI Company and as such has appeared in Café Variations, American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Score, bobraushenbergamerica, A Midsummer Night's Dream, War of the Worlds–the Radio Play, Going, Going, Gone, The Medium, and Orestes. Nelis teaches Suzuki and Viewpoints training for SITI and is on the faculty of Barnard College. Broadway: Enron, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Aida. Off Broadway: Road Show, Richard III, Henry IV, the title role in Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Public Theater); Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons); Ipheginia 2.0, Hot 'N' Throbbin, (Signature Theatre); Passion, Orlando (Classic Stage Company); Septimus and Clarissa (Ripe Time); The Broken Heart, The Jew of Malta, The Merchant of Venice (Theater for a New Audience, The Royal Shakespeare Company); Ahab in Laurie Anderson's Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (BAM/World Tour); The Blue Sky is a Curse (The Talking Band); Dionysus (Suzuki Company of Toga); Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecencies (Mineta Lane); Hot Mouth (Manhattan Theatre Club); Pearls for Pigs (Richard Foreman/World Tour); The Trojan Woman/A Love Story, Strange Feet, Another Person is a Foreign Country (En Garde Arts). Regional theaters throughout the country. Awards: OBIE (The Medium, Drama League Nomination (Score), San Diego Critics Ensemble Award, (Wintertime), Barrymore Nomination (Candide). MFA, UC San Diego.

Barney O’Hanlon (Actor)
Mr. O'Hanlon has been a SITI Company member since 1994 and collaborator with Anne Bogart since 1986. International: Dublin Theatre Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Prague Quadrennial, MC93 Bobigny, France, Bonn Biennial, Festival Iberoamericano, Bogota, Kaleideskop Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford on Avon. New York: BAM's Next Wave Festival, Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera. Regional: American Repertory Theater, Trinity Rep., Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Steppenwolf, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, Portland Stage, UCLA Performing Arts, Walker and Wexner Arts Centers, the Krannert Center, Austin's Rude Mechs (with Deborah Hay) and numerous Humana Festivals. Other: Los Angeles Opera, Opera Omaha, Prince Music Theater and most recently, Café Variations, for Arts Emerson and SITI Company's collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company on American Document. Currently touring A Rite with SITI and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Barney most recently choreographed the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy for Lincoln Center Theater.

Neil Patel (Set Design)
SITI Member since 1997. Productions with SITI include Cafe Variations, Under Construction, Hotel Cassiopeia, Bob, War of the Worlds, Culture of Desire, Adding Machine, Private Lives. Neil Patel is an award winning New York based designer practicing in many disciplines including theatre, opera, dance, film, television and live events. He is best known for developing new work and bold interpretations of classic texts. Past credits include the Tony Award winning Side Man for Broadway, the West End and the Kennedy Center, the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner with Friends in New York and on national tour, the world premiere of Bright Sheng's Madame Mao at the Santa Fe Opera, Amon Miyamoto's production of Cosi Fan Tutte at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo which was awarded the Japanese National Art Festival Award for theatrical production, the production design for HBO's Peabody Award winning In Treatment and Shadowland for Pilobolus throughout Europe including the Folies Bergeres in Paris and the Komische Oper in Berlin. He has twice been recognized with an Obie Award for sustained excellence and has been the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award and numerous Henry Hewes and Drama Desk nominations. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of California at San Diego.

Michelle Preston (Executive Director/SITI Company)
Michelle Preston holds an M.F.A. in performing arts management from Brooklyn College and a B.F.A. in dance performance from Northern Illinois University. She began her career in arts administration at the Columbus Symphony Orchestra before coming to New York where she worked as a fundraiser for modern dance companies such as Urban Bush Women and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Prior to coming to SITI, she was the Manager of Planning & Projects for the School of American Ballet where she worked to implement recommendations from their strategic planning initiative. She has served on the board of Immediate Medium since 2009, was a participant in the 2011 Arts Leadership Institute hosted by the Arts and Business Council of New York, and has frequently served as a panelist for the Brooklyn Arts Council regrant program. She is an active member of the Brooklyn College Arts Management alumni group, the New York chapter of Women in Development, and the Emerging Leaders of New York Arts ­– a program of the Arts and Business Council of New York.

James Schuette (Set and Costume Design)
Mr. Schuette has designed over 15 productions for SITI Company. Recent work includes set and/or costume designs for Paula Vogel's Civil War Christmas directed by Tina Landau (New York Theatre Workshop), Carmen directed by Anne Bogart (Glimmerglass), Sweet Bird of Youth directed by David Cromer (Goodman Theatre), The March written and directed by Frank Galati (Steppenwolf), Norma (Washington National Opera), Belleville (Steppenwolf), Champion directed by James Robinson and Pirates of Penzance directed by Sean Curran (Opera Theatre of St Louis). His work has been seen at the American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Minneapolis Children's Theatre, Long Wharf, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Papermill Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Trinity Rep, Vineyard Theatre, Yale Rep, Boston Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Minnesota Opera. Upcoming projects include Dolores Claiborne (San Francisco Opera), Ricky Ian Gordon's 27 (Opera Theatre of St Louis) and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (Santa Fe Opera).

Brian H Scott (Light Design)
Mr. Scott hails from New York City. He is a SITI Company member and has designed lighting for Cafe Variations, Trojan Women in association with the Getty Villa, American Document with the Martha Graham company, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassioepia, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica (Henry Hewes Design Award 2004), War of the Worlds Radio Play. With Rude Mechanicals, he has designed Stop Hitting Yourself, Now Now Oh Now, Method Gun, I've Never Been So Happy, How Late It Was How Late, Lipstick Traces, Requium for Tesla, and Matchplay. He designed light for Ann Hamilton's the event of a thread. Recently he designed lighting for Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet's Landfall and Oh Guru Guru Guru and Death Tax with Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Stephen Duff Webber (Actor)
Mr. Webber has performed with SITI all over the world since 1994 in Persians, Steel Hammer, A Rite (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), Café Variations, American Document, Antigone, Radio Macbeth (Macbeth), Hotel Cassiopeia, Under Construction, Freshwater, Death and the Ploughman, War of the Worlds (Orson Welles), bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers (with Rachel's), La Dispute, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cabin Pressure, Going, Going, Gone, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Private Lives, Hay Fever, War of the Worlds-the Radio Play (Orson Welles), and Short Stories. NEW YORK: Death and the Ploughman (CSC), War of the Worlds (BAM), Culture of Desire (NYTW), Trojan Women 2.0 (En Garde Arts), Freshwater (Women's Project), The Golden Dragon (PlayCo), Radio Macbeth (Public), Hotel Cassiopeia (BAM), American Document (Joyce), Antigone (NYLA), Radio Play (Joe's Pub). REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Betrayal, Glengarry Glen Ross), Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Stage West. Mr. Webber has been studying, teaching and training with SITI Company for the last 20 years.

Darron L West (Sound Design)
Mr. West is a Tony and OBIE award winning sound designer whose work for theater and dance has been heard in over 500 Productions nationally and internationally on Broadway and off. His other accolades for sound design include the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel, the AUDELCO and he is a two time Henry Hewes Design Award winner and recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Award Statue.