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Board of Directors

Carol Lippert Gray, Chair

Carol Lippert Gray has had an eclectic career as both an award-winning public relations professional, specializing in the not-for-profit arena, and journalist, writing in fields as diverse as crafts and corporate finance, philanthropy and parenting. She is most proud, however, of her two daughters and two grandchildren. A New York native and chauvinist, she lives and works in Manhattan, and is thrilled to be associated with the Cherry Lane, a New York institution with a luminous history and vibrant future.

Laura Fredricks, Vice Chair

Laura Fredricks is a multi-million dollar ASK-maker who, as Founder & CEO of THE ASK, teaches nonprofits and philanthropic professionals how to confidently, willingly and successfully THE ASK for charitable dollars. Fredricks is today's leading authority on "How to ASK for Money – and More of It!" She has helped organizations worldwide raise multi-millions through her unique approach to fundraising. She is author of "THE ASK: How to ASK for your Nonprofit Cause, Creative Project and Business Venture." Prior to opening her own company, Laura was the vice president for philanthropy at Pace University in New York City, where she raised $92 million in six years. She has been teaching nonprofit business management and fundraising techniques since 1994 for several universities. Laura holds a communication degree from Rutgers College and a law degree from Western New England College School of Law.
   

Margarida De Brito, Treasurer

Margarida De Brito is a New York based producer with over two decades of experience in financial and compliance services; previously the executive director and head of fixed income compliance at Morgan Stanley, and currently Managing Director at Societe Generale. Margarida currently serves as secretary on the board of Cherry Lane Theatre; her previous theatre productions include, “Second Sun” (Signature Theatre, Staged Reading), “Dead Dog Park” (59E59) and “Out Of The Mouth Of Babes” (Cherry Lane Theatre); and independent film, “Earth Beneath My Feet” (Selected: Cannes-Court Métrage, Los Angeles Cinefest, Sydney World Film Festival), “SOFIE” (2017) and feature film, “The Dark Room”, slated for filming in Fall 2017. 

Kathryn Donaldson

A philanthropist and engrained member of her Greenwich Village community, Kathryn Donaldson has been an active member of the Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association from 1974 on, serving as its president since 1993. She currently serves as Patrol Leader and Treasurer of the Christopher Street Patrol and is a founding member and Treasurer of the Greenwich Village Block Associations. Additionally, she is a member of the Greenwich Village Community Task Force and a volunteer and board member at The Caring Community. She served on the Cherry Lane’s Advisory Board from 2010 to 2013, at which point she took a seat on its Board of Directors. Kathryn is the recipient of a Proclamation from the Manhattan Borough President for her years of service to the community through beautification of the neighborhood, funding local non-profits, and supporting community members in need. Before retiring in 1999, she was a school teacher in Yonkers for 34 years.

Angelina Fiordellisi, 
Cherry Lane Theatre Founder,
Artistic Director, Producer
Board President

Producer: Off-Broadway: Out of the Mouths of Babes by Israel Horovitz, starring Judith Ivey and Estelle Parsons (commission), Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, directed by Joseph Chaikin (filmed by Lincoln Center), Huck and Holden by Rajiv Joseph, Me, My Mouth and I  written by and starring Joy Behar, To the Bone by Lisa Ramirez, The American Dream and The Sandbox written and directed by Edward Albee (filmed by Lincoln Center), Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall (Audelco Award and Best New Play nomination) St. Lucy's Eyes by Bridgette Wimberly (3 Audelco Awards, filmed by Lincoln Center) slag heap by Anton Dudley, Bhutan by Daisy Foote (John Glassner Award Nomination OCC, New York Stage and Film co-production) Havana Is Waiting by Eduardo Machado (Humana Finalist, filmed by Lincoln Center), Dutchman by Amiri Baraka (filmed by Lincoln Center), Black Humor: the comedy of Lewis Black, directed by Mark Linn-Baker (Drama Desk Nomination), Women on Fire by Irene O'Garden starring Judith Ivey (Drama Desk Nomination, Lortel Nomination, OCC nomination), Jailbait by Deirdre O'Conner (filmed by Lincoln Center), Open Heart written by and starring Robbie Benson, The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey, Lady With All The Answers by David Rambo starring Judith Ivey, Fugue by Lee Thuna, Nunsense written  and directed by Danny Goggin (25th Anniversary). Co-Productions: One Night… by Charles Fuller (CLT commission, Rattlestick), Ingmar Bergman's Nora directed by Austin Pendleton (La Femme), Scarcity by Lucy Thurber (Obie Award, Rattlestick), Lascivious Something by Sheila Callaghan (Womens' Project), The Traveling Lady by Horton Foote, directed by Austin Pendleton (La Femme), The Ladies by Anne Washburn (Chashama), Gun Club by Hunt Holman (Hypothetical), The View From Here by Margaret Dulaney (Lamb's Theater), The Gravity of Honey by Bruce Rogers (Dublin Fringe, LA, Detroit), 15 Minutes by Bathsheba Doran (Edinburgh Fringe). Broadway Co-Producer: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf  by Edward Albee (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic's Circle, Drama League Awards), The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno (Drama Desk Award).  Off-Off Broadway:  1998 created Cherry Lane Studio and Special Projects, Celebrating Black Playwrights and Celebrating Women Playwrights Programs, 20+ productions. New Play Development:  Created and Co-Founded Cherry Lane Mentor Project with Edward Albee, Charles Fuller, A. R. Gurney, Tony Kushner, Wendy Wasserstein, Michael Weller, and Susann Brinkley (OBIE Award, 20 seasons, having served 50+ playwrights with productions), Participating Artist:  The New Harmony Project (8 seasons, advisory board), New York Stage and Film (4 seasons), Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays (3 seasons), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Labyrinth Theater Company.  Memberships: AEA, AFTRA, SAG, NOIAW, League of Professional Theater Women, League of Off-Broadway Theater Owners and Producers. BFA from the University of Detroit, MFA scholarship Asolo Conservatory of Theater. Professional Teachers/Mentors: Jose Quintero, Edward Albee, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Charles Nelson Reilly, Manuel Duque, David Regal and Billie Allen. Performance credits available upon request. Most Valued credits: Wife by Matt Williams, Mater by Matisse Mulliez and Fred Williams.

 

Joseph Piacentile

Joseph Piacentile, M.D., who goes simply by “Dr. Joe,” is the Founder and CEO of Whistleblowers Against Fraud (“WAF”). Dr. Joe has dedicated more than 23 years of his professional career to seeking justice against those who commit fraud against the U.S. government. Dr. Joe’s passion for advancing social justice and creating safer, more secure communities is complimented by his passion for the arts – specifically the theater. Through their entertainment company, LB Theatricals, Dr. Joe and his wife Darcie have invested in and or produced a number of Broadway shows, namely Farragut North, Cinderella, Lucky Guy, Hand to God and The Homecoming, in 2007-2008, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and won The Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play. Dr. Joe himself, started out life as a professional musician, member of Local 802 in New York. Together they raise five gifted and spirited daughters, who all follow in the family tradition and are longstanding members SAG/AFTRA and Actors’ Equity. Dr. Joe is a proud board member of the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation and Cherry Lane Theatre. A member of Mensa International and a licensed physician, Dr. Joe earned his double major in Philosophy and Biology from Fordham University and his Doctor of Medicine from Georgetown Medical School.

Kit Seidel

Kit’s Broadway credits include Talk Radio, November, Speed-the-Plow, Blithe Spirit, and Hair. She made her New York producing debut with Bill W. and Dr. Bob. She is especially delighted to be part of Cherry Lane Theatre’s board as it reaffirms her commitment to new works in the theater. Kit is an elected official in her hometown government in Milwaukee and an enthusiastic garden club member. She is president of the NSCDA in the State of Wisconsin.

Matt Williams, Secretary Matt Williams is best known as the creator and executive producer of the hit series Roseanne and the co-creator and executive producer of Home Improvement, one of the most successful programs in television history. He worked on The Cosby Show as writer/producer for three seasons, during which time his work was honored with Emmy and Humanitas nominations, as well as sharing a Peabody Award for outstanding achievement in television writing. He also served as co-creator of the Cosby spin-off, A Different World.  In 1989, he formed Wind Dancer Production Group and under the Wind Dancer banner, co-created and executive produced Home Improvement, Carol & Company, starring Carol Burnette, Buddies with Dave Chappelle, Thunder Alley, Soul Man and Costello. Once again, his work received Emmy and Humanitas nominations, as well as winning numerous People's Choice Awards.  Some film work includes:  producing and directing Where The Heart Is, starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd and producing the romantic comedy What Women Want with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.  Most recently, he co-wrote, produced, and directed Walker Payne, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Jason Patric, Sam Shepard, Drea de Matteo, KaDee Strickland and Bruce Dern.  Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Cherry Lane Theatre.
Bridgette Wimberly

Cherry Lane Theatre presented the World Premiere production of Bridgette Wimberly's St. Lucy’s Eyes in its Discovery Series, 2001 starring Ruby Dee (Audelco Awards and a Kesselring Nomination), following a workshop in Cherry Lane's Mentor Project 1999, mentored by Wendy Wasserstein. Bridgette’s works include productions at: The Women’s Project, Cherry Lane Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Arena Stage. Recent credits include: The Separation of Blood,EST/Alfred P. Sloan Science Foundation-commissioned play, World Premiere, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, 2007; Rally, 2009 and Modern Romance, 2011, Ensemble Studio Theatre; From Breast Cancer to Broadway, Karamu House Theatre, 2010; several Susan G. Komen grants for From Breast Cancer to Broadway, a program she created to teach playwriting to breast cancer survivors, staged in Cleveland and New York at Cherry Lane, Cleveland Play House, and Pregones Theatres. Most recently, Bridgette has written the libretto for Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD with composer Daniel Schnyder, which has been awarded a grant from OPERA America and is set to open at Opera Philadelphia in June 2015. 

David Youse

Four Things Productions President David Youse is committed to building awareness to non-profit organizations by producing live theater events through his experience and knowledge as an actor and advocate for over twenty-five years.  David produced the very successful 25th Anniversary reading of The Normal Heart, by Larry Kramer, in Los Angeles, at The Geffen Playhouse, which benefited The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s, Jeffrey Goodman Clinic, prior to it's Broadway run. David was born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and studied acting in New York, where he attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  As an actor, he is a member of The Production Company, in Los Angeles, and has appeared in more than thirty successful television series.  David has enjoyed recurring roles on Chicago Hope, Beverly HIlls, 90210, China Beach and Days Of Our Lives.  In film, he can be seen in THE NEIGHBOR, THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB, FAKE and BLOODHOUNDS OF BROADWAY, among others.  

 

Advisory Board

Sara Baldassi | Michael Cohn | Carolyn Rossi Copeland | Julie Crosby | Joyce DeNicola-Friedman | Roberta Golubock | Judy Gordon | Judith Ivey | Harry King | Judith Marinoff Cohn | Lisa Ramirez | Robin Rothstein | Sam Rudy

Honorary Board, Commemorative

Billie Allen | Carol Levine | José Quintero

Staff

(l to r) Janio Marrero, Angela Schnatter, Diane Alianiello, Reed Ridgley, Hillary Cohen, Seri Lawrence, and Angelina Fiordellisi.

Angelina Fiordellisi
Executive Director, Founder
 

Seri Lawrence
Producing Artistic Director 
Seri Lawrence became Interim Co-Producing Artistic Director at Cherry Lane Theatre in August 2016. Previously, she served as Cherry Lane’s Literary Manager and Associate Producer. Seri is very proud of her work on Out of the Mouths of Babes, The Surgeon and Her Daughters, Cherry Lane School, and 11 seasons of Mentor Project. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University and is a candidate for a PhD in Comparative Literature at CUNY’s Graduate Center.
 

Janio Marrero
Producing Artistic Director
Janio Marrero became Interim Co-Producing Artistic Director at Cherry Lane Theatre in August 2016. Previously, he has served as the Cherry Lane's Facilities Director and Technical Director. Janio is also very proud of his work on Dutchman, Hoodoo Love, Huck and Holden as Production Manager with the Cherry Lane Theatre and Peerless, King Lear, and The Ragged Claws as Production Manager with the Cherry Lane's Mentor Project. He is a founding writer, performer, director, and producer for his outrageous New York sketch comedy troupe, FUCT. Janio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Fordham University.   
 

Diane Alianiello
General Manager
Diane Alianiello began serving as the Cherry Lane Theatre General Manager in September 2015. Prior to that she has worked extensively in company management and general management for many top production offices in the city including CESA Entertainment, Running Subway, Roy Gabay Productions, Richard Frankel Productions, Stuart Thompson Productions, and WestBeth Entertainment. She served as the Managing Director for terraNOVA Collective 2009–2012 and was part of the 2008-2010 Women’s Project Producer’s Lab. Diane holds a BA in Theatre from Florida State University and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.
 

Reed Ridgley
Development Manager
Reed Ridgley was hired as Development Manager in January 2016. Reed previously held management roles for the Vineyard Theatre, Classic Stage Company, the BAM Next Wave festival, and The New York Musical Theatre Festival. His production highlights include The Scottsboro Boys, The Book of Mormon (Workshops), The Long Christmas Ride Home, Carrie, A Boy And His Soul by Colman Domingo, Wig Out! by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and [title of show]. Reed is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
 

Michael A. Hennessy
Assistant to Founder and Executive Director

Mary Geerlof, Shannon McDermott, Ryan Ostendorf, Charles Shipman
House Managers

Chris Blasting
Box Office Treasurer
 

Joyce DeNicola-Friedman
Friedman & La Rosa Business Management, Inc.
Finance Director

George Forbes, Nancy Hurvitz, Jeffrey Shubart, Sonal Chhugani
Lucille Lortel Foundation
Theater Management

Monica Bell, Korey Caron, Jenny Crakes, Derick Edgren, Melina Finck
Spring 2018 Interns
 

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