BRB 2016

BRB 2016

A week in the woods
July- August 2016
Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, PA

BRB is FGP’s annual arts development retreat. We take a handful of artists into the woods of rural Pennsylvania for a week to initiate their own projects, build collaborative relationships, and develop their artistic process.

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July 27th-Aug 7th in Nazareth, PA

During FGP’s annual artists’ retreat, FGP resident artists are invited to a week in the woods of rural Pennsylvania to initiate new projects, build collaborative relationships, develop their artistic process, and build structured feedback for their work with the help of the FGP team. All BRB residents are encouraged to spend part of their days outdoors on the grounds, and all attendees join together in the evening for share time and group dinners. It is as much a respite and a getaway from the city as it is a rigorous re-engagement with individual and collaborative craft. The retreat culminates in a showing on the grounds of the retreat space, where the FGP community is invited to an evening of 10 minutes from each new project.

Announcing our 2016 BRB Artists


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CALLAN STOUT is a NYC playwright and alum of FGP PGPG, a current member of the Pipeline Theatre Company’s 2016 Playlab and a founding member of Cockpit Writer’s Group. Callan wrote an adaption of The Jungle Book before it was cool, published by YouthPlays and recently performed in Cameroon. Her plays include: LEG (Hope on Stage Award Finalist, Princess Grace Award Semifinalist, Cherry Lane Mentor Project Semifinalist, everything but 3 New Plays, Truffle Theatre Company, 12 Peers Theatre), Breathing in the Rain (Columbia University), A Son for A Surfer (Savage Players, The Vagrancy and LA Female Playwrights Initiative, Truffle Theatre Company), American in Camera (Fresh Ground Pepper). BFA: NYU, Mlitt: Scotland, MFA pending: Columbia


HELEN BANNER is an associate artist with New Georges and a member of The Jam, their performance lab for emerging women theater artists. She grew up in the British Channel Islands and studied at Cambridge and the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where she completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing and was awarded the John Golden Graduate Playwriting Award. Her work has been developed at New Georges, the Wild Project, Dixon Place, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Lark, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference and she was a participant in the Ingram New Works Lab 2015-16 at Nashville Repertory Theater. Helen has been a Finalist for a 2015 InterACT 20/20 Commission, the Newman/Woodward Prize 2015, and the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize 2016 and a semi-finalist for the Stanley Drama Award 2015 and the 2016 P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Her choral play ICONS/IDOLS written in collaboration with the composer Grace Oberhofer for the Byzantine Choral Project is the opening show (Jun 29 – Jul 2) at the New Ohio’s Ice Factory 2016.


HANNAH VAUGHN Hannah Vaughn is a New York based writer and actor. She holds a BA in Acting from Christopher Newport University. Hannah is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the web series, Dates Like This and has written several short films. She is the writer of two educational one-acts for the Anne Frank Center USA. Her play Away From was workshopped at Dixon Place in 2015 and at Live Source’s Sourced Out in 2016. She is a member of The Pool writers group. For more visit


JORDAN SCHULZEis an artist born in San Marcos, Texas. He has lived in the United Arab Emirates, England, and the USA and researched theatrical practices throughout Asia and Europe. Reconciling his American identity in his travels has been the fuel for his art and for him as an artist.Using a devised directorial approach, each project has a new arc and progression. Part of the drive for generating new work for him is not just the end product but the path it takes to get there, experimenting with the creation process. Taking inspiration from cooking television shows and family recipes, musical scores and algorithmic patterns, his work attempts to use the complicated to discover the basics. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


TORI KEENAN-ZELT is originally and proudly from Pittsburgh. Tori writes curiosity-chasing plays that sniff out in-between spaces in big theatrical worlds. Many of them decide to be comedies. Recent/current work includes nbd, Seph, Air Space, Egypt Play, Truth Dare…, Episode #121: Catfight!, and others. She has developed/presented work around the country, including at Lark, The O’Neill, Yale Cabaret, EST, WTF, High Desert, FGP, #serials@theflea, Pittsburgh Fringe, Cold Basement, and beside unsuspecting Chipotle patrons. Recently, she has been an Ingram New Works Labber, PWC Core Apprentice, Jerome Finalist, Princess Grace Finalist, PoNY Nominee, Kilroys Nominee, and some other things. She is a member of Bastard Playground @ The Drama League, Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, & DGA. Some of her short plays are published by Next Stage Press. AB Harvard, MFA NYU Tisch Asia.


GIL VAROD is the lyricist/co-bookwriter for “Oedipus for Kids”, which extended and sold out as a Next Link Selection at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and is now published by Samuel French with productions across the North America. Other works include “time, et al” (FringeNYC) “The Commuters” (Lincoln Center/Riant Theatre), “A Jury Line”/“The Zegend of Lelda” (West Village Musical Theatre Festival; Best Musical/Lyrics/Book), “The Complete Works of Walt Disney Abridged” (Walt Disney Imagineering), “Poppy”, “Cosmic Crusaders III: The Final Battle: Part 1”, and “Gasoline: The Musical” (BMI Workshop). He may be most well-known for his website “Broadway Abridged” where his satirical scripts skewering plays and musicals are secretly passed around backstage by broadway cast members. Gil is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and loves animal sounds in Spanish.

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JOEL ESCHER is a NYC-based composer, music director and educator. He is the Music Supervisor of the Story Pirates and a Teaching Artist for Disney Theatrical Group, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, and The Trinity Church at Wall Street. Joel’s new musical, Martin Shkreli’s Game, with Lauren Gundrum, premiers this summer at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Joel’s new musical Sammy Spider, with Rebecca Schoffer, premiered at the Bronfman Center at 92Y Lexington in February 2016. Joel is currently a participant of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Joel holds a B.M. from Northwestern University in Vocal Performance and Music Direction, with a Certificate of Performance in Musical Theater (Joseph L. Siegal award recipient).


JEAN ANDUZULISJean is the Director of Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

MAX REUBENis a playwright, director, sometimes-actor, and founding member of AGGROCRAG – a Brooklyn-based theater company dedicated to creating original plays. His work has been seen at places like The Kraine, Ars Nova, The Culture Project, The Brooklyn Lyceum, The Tank, Underground Arts, and a cool apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Recent projects include: Bathtub (The Tank); We Hope You’re Out There (The Gallery Players Theatre); Gun City (Dixon Place). Upcoming: All of This is Completely True (Powerhouse Apprentice Company) and This Place is Definitely Haunted (AGGROCRAG). He also performs with the Brooklyn Soundpainting Company, and has been directing Gentlemen Party’s semi-monthly sketch comedy shows at The People’s Improv Theater since 2012. He currently teaches first year playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, an undergraduate drama studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

VICTORIA FLORES is a regional director and the Assistant Director of Playwrights Horizons Theater School at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She hails from California, summers on the Cape, and resides in Brooklyn. Favorite projects include: A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, ELEPHANT & PIGGIE: WE ARE IN A PLAY, A BALTIMORE WALTZ, A CLASS ACT, and her very first collaboration with Max Reuben, her senior year production of THE DUMB WAITER.


JOE CANTALUPO New York City based designer; fixtures, stage, and live events. Recent design credits: People Doing Math Live!(Incoming! Under the Radar, The Pub-
lic), Breathing in the Rain (Columbia University), A Great Big World Album Release Concerts (Troubadour LA and Gramercy Theater), Samsung Hope for Children Gala and Concert (Hammer-
stein Ballroom), Hip Hop Nutcracker (NJPAC and United Palace Theatre), Clown Bar (The Box), Charlatan (Ars Nova), Screenvision Upfront (Skylight Moynihan Station), Microsoft Visual Studio Launch (Spring Studios).

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GINA FEMIA plays include The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference), Annie and the Fat Man (Finalist, Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Playwrights), Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly (semi-finalist The O’Neill and The Princess Grace Award), For The Love Of (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre reading fest), Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid (The Brick’s Comic Book Theatre Festival), and Five-Sided Triangle (Dixon Place’s HOT!Fest, The Downtown Urban Theatre Festival).Her solo shows include Things I Don’t Want to Talk About (currently being developed with March Forth Productions), Undead Anonymous (The United Solo Festival, published on Indie Theatre now), It’s Like Love (Dixon Place) and Happily Never Ever (The United Solo Festival, Dixon Place, The Estrogenius Festival).She is a current member of Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab (The Mermaid Parade) and an Audrey Resident Alumni with New Georges (Accidental Burlesque). She is a writer for the webseries #GOINGHOMELESS and her first short film City Stars is being produced by Viscera Productions.

She is a member of Lather, Rinse, Repeat Collective, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and a New York Madness Company Member and has received residencies with NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm and Grin City Collective. She’s a 2-time nominee for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award and has received an Honorable Mention on the Kilroys. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize in Playwriting). Find out more:



MOLLY BEACH MURPHY is an NYC based playwright and director from Galveston, Texas. Plays: ‘Molly Murphy & Neil de Grasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth’ (Incubator Arts Project, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest), ‘Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert’ (Williamstown Theatre Festival, FGP Playground Playgroup), ‘The H20 Pool Bar at the San Luis Hotel’ (New Light Theater Project), ‘A Big Life for the Adventurous’ (The Habitat), ‘All Hallow’s Eve at the Amarillo Jehovah’s Witness Weekly Grief Group in the Backroom of the Y Just Off the Feeder’ (Ugly Rhino). Directing: ‘What It’s Like When Two Geeks Love Each Other’ (by Jaclyn Backhaus, Williamstown Theatre Festival), ‘Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert’ (WTF), ‘The Sparrow’ (Guest Director, SMU 2015), ‘Indigo Dai Immortal Men’ (IAP), ‘Morbid Poetry’ (IAP). Affiliations: Three-time artistic resident at the Incubator Arts Project, New Georges Affiliated Artist, JACK’s Creating Dangerously Writers Workshop, Ars Nova’s Project Residency (upcoming Fall 2016)

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ISAAC KLEIN is a director and writer of plays and musicals. His work has been seen at The O’Neill, The Flea, BAM, The York, Loft227, FGP, Crashbox, Pipeline, FringeNYC, LPAC, Abrons Arts Center, Theater Row, Judson Church, Guild Hall, Woolly Mammoth, and the Museum of Natural History, among others. Assistant/Associate credits include work for Peter Shaffer, The Public, Lincoln Center, LaMama, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the most recent Broadway revivals of Gypsy and West Side Story. Isaac is a founding member of SPACE on Ryder Farm, and a company member at Exit, Pursued By A Bear. BFA: UNCSA.

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MATTHEW JELLISON is the author of the play cycle the giants, the first two parts of which were produced by Loft 227 this past winter. He is the 2012 / 13 Kenan Playwriting Fellow at the Kennedy Center, an alumnus of the Freshground Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup and SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Semi-Finalist and two-time Playwriting Observor at the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference, and a finalist for the Soho Rep Writer / Director’s Lab. He works with kids a lot at the 52 nd Street Project. He went to UNCSA for acting. Matthew is a native New Yorker.

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THOMAS GIBBONS, a graduate of NYU TSOA, joined The Dance Cartel in 2012 (ONTHEFLOOR), after an arduous attempt at making it on Broadway. As a dancer, model and visual artist, he has acquired a singularly confusing portfolio ranging from Anne Imhof’s DEAL at MoMA PS1, video collaborations with NOWNESS, Yoko Ono and Tom Ford and The Public’s Shakespeare In The Park. Most recently seen in Authority Figure and TDC’s preview of Wet Clutch at CATCH. Thomas has shown excerpts of his own multimedia dance, Every Man’s Home (Is His WIfe’s Castle) at BKSD, Triskelion Arts and All Boats. He was listed as one of i-D Magazine’s “2015 Ones To Watch”.


JAY OWEN EISENBERG is a queer & trans actor, writer, and illustrator. His writing has been published by Akashic Books, University of California Press, and Scholastic Press, among others, and his illustrations have been featured all over, if you know where to look for them. When he isn’t pretending to be other people onstage or drawing cartoons, Jay spends his time as a teaching artist showing kids how to do those things. Up next, he’ll be working on his geological study/performance piece, BIG OLD ROCK, at SPACE on Ryder Farm as a resident this summer. BFA: NYU Tisch, Experimental Theatre Wing. To learn more, visit


RYANN WEIRis an actor/writer. Recent credits include: I Heard Sex Noises (Ars Nova), Dead In Brooklyn (The Brick), DEBUTANTE. (Ars Nova/Bernie Wohl), Golden Baby: Good Point! (Ars Nova), To the Left of the Pantry (Haruna Lee). Upcoming projects: CEO with Tiny Little Band (Abron’s Art Center), The Canary Kids (Barn Arts/Ars Nova Retreat at Williamstown) and a co-collaboration with Andrew Neisler about prospecting for gold, which will be developed at BRB. BFA NYU.


BEN GULLARD is a maker and artist living in Brooklyn. A recent graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch, Ben works equally in performance production and sculpture, as well as digital systems development.

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August 2nd-7th create work in Nazareth, PA
August 10th-13th workshop and present in NYC

The FGP BRB Summer Apprentice Program is an intensive program for current undergraduate students looking to hone their own process of making original work. For one week at FGP’s retreat space in Pennsylvania, BRB Apprentices are working as actors, makers, and thinkers closely alongside FGP’s Teaching Artists, who are working on their own professional projects. They partake in master classes led by FGP’s directors as well as from local community artists, all with the intention of helping them to start their own individual pieces. Teaching Artists have been asked to guide the students through rehearsal processes and include them in their own collaborative processes as they see fit. BRB Apprentices then bring their work to NYC for one week, where they further rehearse their pieces and learn more about professionals making art in New York by visiting rehearsals, seeing shows, and talking and meeting artists in the NYC scene. The Apprenticeship culminates in a showing in NYC at the Robert Moss Theater, where Apprentices showcase their work alongside FGP Residents and Teaching Artists.

Introducing our 2016 BRB Student Apprentices

Bella Grace Leitman Harris
Lia Fitzsimmons
Jenna Rush
Emmy Weissman
JB Douglas

Come party in the woods with FGP!
Saturday, August 2nd
Little Pond Retreat
92 S Penn Dixie Rd‎
Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064

Join the FGP BRB staff and retreat artists for a closing night, blow-out celebration.
Get there by 7:30pm for a special showing of work developed at BRB.
Stay afterward for a camp-out, grill-out bonfire.

Little Pond is just a quick 2 hour drive from NYC!
Or, round trip bus tickets are $44 from Port Authority to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We can pick you up at the bus station! Find more information on fares here:

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BRB is Fresh Ground Pepper’s annual arts development retreat. We take a handful of artists into the woods of rural Pennsylvania to initiate their own projects, build collaborative relationships, and develop their artistic process. And now they’re back in NYC…

Fresh Ground Pepper’s
BRB Reunion Show
Season 4

Saturday August 13th, 2016
Doors and Bar at 7:00pm
Performances at 7:30pm

46 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013

A casual showing of works-in-progess from the 2016 BRB retreat artists and apprentices. Come see the beginnings of some exciting new work and share a late-summer beer with FGP!

Featuring brand new work from:
Callan Stout
Helen Banner
Jonathan Alexandratos
Gil Varod and Joel Esher
Victoria Flores, Max Reuben and Jean Andzulis
Jordan Schulze and Tori Keenan-Zelt
Hannah Vaughn
Joe Cantalupo
Gina Femia
Ben Gullard
Jay Owen Eisenberg and Thomas Gibbons
Isaac Klein and Matthew Jellison
Ryann Weir and Andrew Neisler
The 2016 BRB Apprentices: JB Douglas, Jenna Rush, Lia Fitzsimmons, Bella Grace Leitman Harris, Emmy Weissman

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