MacIntyre Dixon (the visitor)
MacIntyre Dixon has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres all over the country, and in films and television. He was most recently seen in Shakespeare in the Park’s As You Like It (2012). Some of his Broadway performances were in Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline),The Tempest (with Patrick Stewart), The Crucible (with Liam Neeson), Gypsy (Bernadette Peters),The Threepenny Opera (with Sting), Beauty And The Beast,1776, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and the National Tour of Guys and Dolls. Off-Broadway he was seen in Comic Potential, Arms And The Man, Room Service, Kevin Kline’s Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming Of The Shrew, and Second City. He also co-created and performed in the comedy Stewed Prunes at the Circle In The Square. FILMS include It’s Kind of a Funny Story, School of Rock, In And Out, A River Runs Through it, Secret Of My Success, Popeye, and Reds. He is currently performing in The Fantasticks in New York.
Colin Pip Dixon (young man, violin & composer)
- Recently relocated to New York after living and working for 14 years in Paris. His compositions include: Inovcation, for soprano, violin & viola, Suite Khamush, for voice, violin and cello based on the poetry of Rumi (performed in Paris, Lyon, Saintes, Belgium, etc); music for the theater piece Etty Hillesum (Paris, Avignon, Brussels, Geneva, Montreal, QuebecCity, etc.); original music for the play The Tolstoy Diaries (Sarasota Fl, Paris, Lyon, Brussels). Pieces for chamber music with narrator include Chekhov Triptych (Paris, New York, Boston), The Happy Prince (Paris, New York) and The Velveteen Rabbit (orchestra as well) (Paris, London). His compositions have received grants from the French institutions SACEM & SPEDIDAM and the French cultural magazine “Etudes” described the music of Suite Khamush: “Admirable music which is both ancient and new, contemporary and traditional, clear yet passionate, with rough, sensual and transparent sounds.” As a musician in the theater: The Cherry Orchard, Primo Levi, Pinocchio, Dancing Color Box (circus show), Cyrano de Bergerac, La Premiere Seconde. He has performed in various chamber music groups and orchestras in France and other European countries, including a chamber concert in Yerevan, Armenia (2007), and has taught violin in France’s National Conservatories in Reims and Versailles, among others. In 2010 he was honored to be invited to play at Les Invalides, Paris for the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s death. As an actor: La Premiere Seconde (Paris, Lyon), Etty Hillesum (France, Belgium, Quebec, etc), Our Town (George), Into the Woods, etc. as well as appearances as a child in the films: Popeye (Robert Altman), and Paternity (Burt Reynolds). His studies took place at the High School of Music & Art, Mannes College of Music (prep.), a BA in music from Haverford College, and a year at the European Mozart Academy in Poland. His most important teachers have been Barbara Krakauer and Carol Amado. As a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner he gives workshops to other professional musicians. In 2006 his book of short stories entitled “…in God’s Flower Garden” was published in the U.S. by Pocol Press.
Arnaud Ghillebaert (viola & the shadow)
Originally from Paris, he moved to New York in September 2012. After being awarded his “premier prix” in violin and viola from various conservatories in the Paris area (St. Maur, Cachan), he went on to complete a Masters in viola and violin at the Royal College of Music in London. He continued in London playing for a year with the Southbank Sinfonia. With this same orchestra he was part of London’s National Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s and Andre Previn’s play with music Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. He toured Europe for two summers with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Bloomstedt in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As an orchestral musician he has performed regularly with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Mariner), The London Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Sympony Orchestra, The Scottish Opera and Opera North. He performs in festivals in Italy every summer as a member of the Quartetto con Fuoco. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Viola performance at StonyBrook University with Nick Chords (Silkroad Ensemble) and Larry Dutton (Emerson String Quartet).
Mathilde Schennen (director)
Mathilde Schennen is an actress/director originally from Brussels, Belgium where she studied at the Royal Conservatory of Mons and the Studio Herman Teirlinck. She went on to enjoy a career of contrasting roles, from Suzanna in Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro, to Zazie in Zazie in the Metro, by Raymond Queneau, and many other roles in both contemporary and classical theatre. She moved to New York in 2010 with the desire to broaden her artistic and cultural horizons and enrolled in a one-year acting program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. In New York she has appeared in Lorca Peress’s production of The Three Penny Opera, and in Eléonore Dyl’s production of Folie Pure. She also founded the No Perks Theatre Company and recently became the co-director of the association Theater France. With Theater France she recently performed in Voix de Femmes (Women’s Voices) at the United Nations. As director, she began in Belgium as assistant to directors such as Guy Theunissen and Laurent Capelluto. In New York she assisted Mary Kate Burke for Paddy Chayefsky’s Middle of the Night at the Monroe Theater. In 2011 Schennen directed Waiting for Godot at Manhattan’s Kraine Theatre and in 2012 Gogol’s Diary of a Madman at Under St. Marks. Madman has continued with performances in Zurich and Biel, Switzerland and will be presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013 along with her new production of Alexandra Devon’s His Majesty, the Devil. Mathilde Schennen has recently been chosen for Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab to take place in July 2013.
Rafael is an actor from Zurich, Switzerland. In June 2012 Rafael graduated from the Two-Year Certificate program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. After his New York debut as one of the leads in the original children’s musical Brothers and Sisters, he was seen as Estragon in the self-produced Waiting for Godot at the Kraine Theater in November 2011. In 2012 Rafael starred as the Father in the playEnvironmental Science and slipped into the roles of Christophe Turgis, a scholar, a prisoner and a guard in the play I Know All Save Myself Alone, both at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in New York.
Alexandra Devon (playwright)
Began in theatre as a professional actress at age l6 touring as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, then working with Mike Nicols & Paul Sills at Chicago’s Playwrights Theatre in the beginning days of the historic Second City improvisational theater. On Broadway, she was cast by the British director Sir Tyrone Guthrie in Chayevsky’s The Tenth Man & did the National Tour of The Impossible Years with Sam Levene. She had the honor to work with Eugene Ionesco, acting in the American premiere of Hunger & Thirst at the Berkshire Festival, and also to work with the great American playwright Thorton Wilder in his Plays for Bleeker Street directed by Jose Quintero at New York’s historic Circle In the Square Theater. For several years she worked in repertory and regional Theaters playing leading & featured roles (Sartre, Shaw, Schnitzler, Shakespeare, Moliere, Cocteau, Williams, Pirandello, Chekhov, etc.).
She enjoyed working with director Robert Altman in his film Popeye with Robin Williams for five months in Malta. On television she acted in the Esso series’ production of Moliere’s Forced Marriage and on the popular detective series, The Equalizer. She then began Pegasus, a New York City acting company with other New York actors and produced plays by Ionesco, Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Albee, Giraudoux, etc. As artistic director of Pegasus, she received a grant from the New York Council on the Arts and began a new series of work at the Cabaret Theater in Midtown Manhattan.
It was in searching for new and stimulating material for her theater that she turned to writing and began adapting, first, by special permission — J.D. Salinger’s Franny & Zooey. It was so well received that she went on to write His Majesty The Devil (inspired by a section of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov). Her next play, Underground – a Confession (based on Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground) was presented at off- broadway’s The New Theatre, the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville & at The Workshop Theatre Company on Theatre Row New York. The Cubiculo Theatre commissioned her to adapt Studs Terkel’s Division Street, America which the Soho News called “A splendid adaptation, charged with incredible joy, the mood created is Odetsian & like Odets’ best plays, leaves us with hope for humanity”. Other adaptations include Mee-ow, a musical revue based on the works of Lewis Carroll, which had an extended run at the St.Peter’s Gate.
Her biggest work, taking years of research, is The Tolstoy Diaries, first presented at the Rutgers University Festival. The play was the winner of the Sarasota Studio Theater’s Festival of New Plays competition, chosen out of 6,000 entries. It has since been translated and published in French (publishing house: L’Entretemps) and has had extended runs in Paris, produced by Theatre de l’Arc en Ciel. It has also toured throughout France and to Brussels. The French newspaper Reforme wrote about the play “This is a love which touches us deeply. A magnificent text: intense, in which the questions of loving another, love for life, love in daily life – but also love’s pain – resonate like an echo in all of our lives.” The Centre National du Livre (France’s NEA for books) gave a grant for the play’s publication and wrote “Beyond the pleasure produced by this truly beautiful story between two out-of-the-ordianry personalites, it is rare in today’s theater to put on stage a soul with such high aspirations, and at the same time a being so humanly anchored on the earth… Depth, an original form, rhythm and life, a wide range of colors – this play deserves to be published and performed in French.”
Her studies began at the University of Chicago and her acting training continued in New York with Morris Carnovsky and particularly with the American theater legend, Uta Hagen. Alexandra passed away in 2010.
Megan Lang (lighting designer)
Megan Lang is a lighting designer based in NYC. Lighting design credits include: Ruined (Fordham University), Waiting for Godot (Fordham Studio), The Way We Ain’t Supposed To (Fordham Studio), 70 Scenes of Halloween (Fordham Studio), DESIRE [a varsouviana] (Under St. Mark’s), Panoramania (The New Ohio), Mark Lamb Dance (Metro-Baptist Church), Experiments in Opera (Roulette-Brooklyn). Assistant lighting design: The Private Sector (Theatre for the New City), Invasion!I (Walkerspace),Swoony Planet (Fordham University),Measure for Measure (Fordham University), The Way of the World (Fordham University). meganlangld.com