Ryan Victor Pierce, Eagle Project Founder & Artistic Director
Ryan Victor "Little Eagle" Pierce is a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape actor, singer, and director in New York City. Upon graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Ryan has performed at such renown New York institutions as the Public Theater, LaMaMa E.T.C., New York Theater Workshop, New Dramatists, and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. In 2012, Ryan founded Eagle Project, and has helped lead the company to collaborate with such organizations as the Public Theater and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In 2014, Ryan's one man piece, Survivor... was performed at the United Nations, and will be developed into a full production in the future.
Elise Marenson, Wide Blossoms Playwright
Elise Marenson appeared in more than thirty stage productions before leaving acting in favor of writing. In 2015, her play Real Estate of Emergency, a cry against neighborhood gentrification, was produced at the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York. Her play Learn To Drive was voted Best Drama at the First Stage Los Angeles Playwrights Festival in 2014. A production of her play Colony was featured in the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival. Also in 2014, her comedy Head Trauma played at the Roy Arias Theatre. In 2011, she wrote and directed Straight From The Rib gleaned from her life experience, with twenty-seven monologues performed by a cast of nine women of all ages. She directed productions at the Abingdon Theatre, WorkShop Theater Company, Samuel French OOB Festival, New Center Stages, Strawberry Theatre Festival, Sounding Theater, Atlantic Theater School, Westbeth Theatre, The Triad, as well as numerous readings.
Ms. Marenson’s feature length screenplays Jeremy, Malcolm, and Bess, Spacious Skies, Chorus Girl, and Picked Out, were finalists in Ace Fest, Filmmakers International, Scriptapalooza, and Chesterfield Writers Film Project competitions. Two scripts are currently under option. She wrote and directed Joanie and Amalia which earned jury mention at the International Short Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand. She is a script consultant and has taught acting, using what she learned from her teacher Uta Hagen. Her theater reviews appear at thefrontrowcenter.com. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and NY Women in Film & Television. Elise recently completed the two-hour pilot for an upcoming TV crime series. She is currently developing two full length stage plays, American Flamingos and Comfort Zones.
Larissa FastHorse, Vanishing Point Playwright
Larissa FastHorse is an award winning playwright, director, and choreographer based in Santa Monica. Larissa's produced plays include Urban Rez, Landless, Average Family, Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation, and Cherokee Family Reunion. Three new plays, Vanishing Point, What Would Crazy Horse Do? and The Thanksgiving Play, are being produced over the next year. She has written commissions for Cornerstone Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, AlterTheater, Kennedy Center TYA, Native Voices at the Autry, Artist’s Rep, The Eagle Project and Mountainside Theatre. She developed plays with Kansas City Rep, Artist’s Rep in Portland, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Larissa was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year and numerous Ford and NEA Grants. She is a current member of the Playwright’s Union, Director’s Lab West 2015, Theatre Communications Group board of directors, Playwright’s Center Core Writers and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Lakota Nation. www.hoganhorsestudio.com (Photo credit to Conor Horgan)
Jessi D. Hill, Lost Voices Director (Wide Blossoms and Vanishing Point)
Jessi D. Hillis a theatre director based in New York City. New York credits include new work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, The Playwrights’ Center, Primary Stages, Labyrinth, The Women’s Project, 59E59, The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, Culture Project, The Acting Company, The Barrow Group, PS122, Abingdon, Baruch Performing Arts Center, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, Naked Angels, The Wild Project, and others. She has been a director in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Fordham University, Long Island University, Powerhouse/NY Stage & Film, NYU/Tisch, Strasberg, CAP21, The Atlantic School, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Hunter College and others. Her work has been seen internationally in Edinburgh, London, New Zealand, Berlin and Hamburg. MFA: Yale. Member SDC. Current projects: www.jessidhill.com
Rachel Alt, Lost Voices Production Manager
Rachel has spent the last 20 years in the NYC theater scene producing, directing, managing and founding theater companies. Favorite companies include True North Ensemble, Founder; Kings County Shakespeare, Producing Artistic Director; For Love and Duty Players, Production Manager; Phoenix Players, Board Member and, of course, The Eagle Project, Production Manager. Many thanks to Ryan for his vision and for asking Rachel to be a part of it all!!
Edward T. Morris, Lost Voices Set Designer
Edward has designed for Yale Repertory Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, The Barrow Group, Atlantic Theater Co., and Opera Memphis, among many others. Education: BFA, University of Michigan; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Faculty: New School for Drama. Member: United Scenic Artists Local# 829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. www.edwardtmorris.com
Miriam Nilofa Crowe, Lost Voices Lighting Designer
Miriam designs regularly for Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash (The River and the Thread), Ko-Ryo Dance and Lila Downs. Regional: Fences (Triad Stage). Recent New York projects include home/sick and SeagullMachine (The Assembly), Who Mourns for Bob the Goon? (HERE), Acronym and Aeolus (Baryshnikov Arts Center), 6 Characters – a family album (Theodora Skipitares), 2Hymnvb (Anneke Hansen), Medea (Bryan Davidson Blue), The Ragged Claws (Cherry Lane), Honky (Urban Stages), The Penalty (Apothetae), What It Means to Disappear Here (Ugly Rhino), Gorilla (SATC), RescYou (Eckert+Sorenson-Jolink) and Symphony for the Dance Floor (BAM). She is a founding member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and has an MFA from Yale. www.wingspace.com/miriam
Izzy Fields, Lost Voices Costume Designer
Izzy, originally from Houston, TX, is a New York based costume designer for stage and film. Recent New York theatre credits: THE WEDGE HORSE, AT THE TABLE, BREATHING TIME and THE FAIRE all for Fault Line Theatre Company. THE GOLDEN BRIDE, LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME and FYVUSH FINKEL LIVE! all at National Yiddish Theatre. CONSENT at Roundabout Black Box, AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE at Joyce Theatre, and SHIPS at The Wild Project. THE CRUCIBLE, THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK and THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE all at Atlantic Theatre Company, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM at Secret Theatre. Regional: Bucks County Playhouse, Reskin Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. www.izzyfieldsdesigns.com
Emma Wilk, Lost Voices Sound Designer
Emma is an NYC-based sound designer. Recent/favorite credits include: Ms Oriental (Glicker-Millstein, Barnard), Big River, Gypsy and Quartet, (Sharon Playhouse, Sharon CT), Gorey (HERE Arts Center), Visiting Hours (TheaterLab), The Way We Get By (ATG), The Crucible (Atlantic Stage 2), Tigers Be Still (Drilling Company), Mass: A New Musical (The Brick). Emmamwilk.com
Laura Rohrman, Press Representative
Laura is a NYC playwright and marketing specialist who grew up in Northern California. She has over 10 years’ experience working as a marketing manager and public relations specialist, but her heart is in theater. Laura has always had a strong interest in Native cultures, so she is very happy to be working with The Eagle Project once again. Past shows where she handled press include: Wood Bones, Broken Heart Land and Comfort Women: The Musical. Laura is a produced and published playwright and has an MFA from the New School for Drama.