ARTHUR PHILLIPS (Playwright) - Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion.
His first novel, Prague, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and receivedThe Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel. His second novel, The Egyptologist, was an international bestseller, and was on more than a dozen “Best of 2004” lists. Angelica, his third novel, made The Washington Post best fiction of 2007 and led that paper to call him "One of the best writers in America." The Song Is You was a New York Times Notable Book, on the Post's best of 2009 list, and inspired Kirkus to write, "Phillips still looks like the best American novelist to have emerged in the present decade."
His fifth book, The Tragedy of Arthur, was published April, 2011, to critical acclaim, including being named a New York Times Notable Book.
The play taken from that book received its world premiere reading at New York's Public Theater in 2011 and is being developed for a full stage production.
His work has been published in twenty-seven languages, and is the source of three films currently in development with Endgame Entertainment, Focus Films, and Cinetic.
He is also creating a series for HBO/Pretty Matches Productions, and has two other television pilots in development.
He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.
JORDAN REEVES (Director) - Jordan is a New York based actor, director and fight choreographer. He holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep. He is also a founding member of the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project. Some of his favorite Guerrilla roles include Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Richard in Richard III, The Duke in Measure for Measure, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Dennis in This is Our Youth. He has directed productions all over the country, from Maine to Florida and is currently adapting and directing Arthur Phillips' critically acclaimed new work The Tragedy of Arthur here in New York. Regional Credits include: Trinity Repertory Company (Cyrano, Romeo and Juliet) Orlando Shakespeare Festival (Oedipus @ the Crossroads, Jack and the Beanstalk) New American Theatre (Three Musketeers, Arsenic and Old Lace) and Deertrees Theater (LUV, Two for the Seesaw).
LYNNE PORTER (Set Designer) - Lynne is delighted to be designing for the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project. She has designed extensively for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, where she was recently appointed an Affiliated Artist of the Ensemble. Her design credits there include Doubt, Dracula, The Clean House, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, and Superior Donuts. She also designed the world premiere of Jon Jory's adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. She is Resident Designer in the Theatre Program at Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she also serves as the Academic Director for Creative Life Residential College, a program focused on inspiring the creative impulse. She has designed for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, the Arden Theatre, the Horizon Theatre, the Penobscot Theatre, the Maine Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Shakespeare Ventures, as well as the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival, where she also served as the Associate Artistic Director. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in scenic design from Indiana University. www.LynnePorter.com
MELISSA MIZELL (Lighting Designer) - Melissa designs for theater, opera, fashion and events. Previous GSP: Taming of the Shrew, King John and Julius Caesar. Selected Theater credits: The Drama League DirectorFest 2011 and 2012, Trouble In Mind (Yale Repertory Theatre), Twelfth Night (Leviathan Lab), 40 Weeks and Kiss me… (Inviolet Rep), Ghosts and Uncle Vanya (Extant Arts), The Real Thing (Walkerspace), Dancing at Lughnasa (Juilliard), Cendrillon and Falstaff (Rutgers Opera Dept.), and several productions at Chautauqua Theater Company and Princeton University. Melissa is the Resident House Designer at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and often lights private events at the Guggenheim Museum NYC as well as several other premiere New York City venues. Fashion design includes Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. MFA from Yale School of Drama.
DAVID ARE (Composer / Sound Designer) - David Are’s work as a composer and lyricist includes the musical immersion experience WALKER IN BABYLON (also a GSP collaboration, directed by Jordan Reeves and designed by Jacques Roy), along with the reality TV musical THE HIT MACHINE, a children’s musical of CHARLOTTE’S WEB, and the one-act romance ANY OTHER WAY.
David has released three albums of music including the recently released companion concept albums, A FEW FOR FRIENDS and FRIENDS FOR A FEW, which features Broadway stars Gavin Creel, Caissie Levy, Leslie Odom Jr., Lauren Molina, among many others. David’s first album of pop/folk songs, Storytellers Ball, premiered at the world famous Bitter End in Greenwich Village, and David has performed his music at venues ranging from CBGB's to Joe’s Pub to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
David graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan and later received his Masters in Music Theory from City College of the City University of New York, where his thesis on the music of Outkast was published into a book by VDM Publishing. David has taught master classes at such renowned schools of music as New York University and Indiana University at Bloomington.
In 2009, David co-founded New Make Do Productions with his producing partner and friend, Logan Lipton. A theatre and film company established to imagine, develop, and produce engaging entertainment from the ground up, New Make Do is focused on the organic infusion of extensive multimedia into live performance.
David has also performed leading roles on Broadway (in the Beach Boys musical Good Vibrations), Off-Broadway (at Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center), in Broadway National Tours (in Mamma Mia!), and at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (in West Side Story).
You can see more of David’s creative work and play at www.DavidAre.com
LEA REEVES (Costume Designer) - Lea Reeves is a sought after costume designer from Tallahassee, Florida with 20 years' experience in local and regional theatre. Her main body of work for the last 15 years has been to design for Young Actors Theatre in Tallahassee, which is one of the premiere youth theatres in the nation. This is Lea's third artistic collaboration with GSP, making her NYC debut with our production of Julius Caesar. Lea also designs frequently with other noted designer and Broadway producer Lisa Peacock.
DARRYLEE VANOUDENHOVE (Stage Manager) - DarrylLee is delighted to be working with the dedicated and talented family that is The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project. The Tragedy of Arthur is her third show with GSP, following Taming of the Shrew and King John. In addition, she has been the stage manager for Breaking the Proscenium/Standard Bear's ZOMBIES, The Room's Walled In, the Midtown International Theatre Festival's Always Be Ready, The Ateh Theater Company’s Weekend at an English Country Estate, MadDog Experimental’s I/O, Danbury, CT’s production of The Nutcracker, and Phil Soltanoff’s Macbeth Project. She received her BA in Dance and Theatre, and English Literature, at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.