THE TEAM

 
  Lisa Schlesinger: Playwright   Lisa Schlesinger is a playwright. A recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award, the BBC International Playwriting Award, and a finalist for a United States Artists Fellowship, her work is produced in the U.S. and internationally and published in American Theatre Magazine, Performing Arts Journal, Theatre Communications Group, Broadway Play Publishing, NoPassport and the New York Times. She teaches at the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.   lisaschlesinger.com

Lisa Schlesinger: Playwright

Lisa Schlesinger is a playwright. A recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award, the BBC International Playwriting Award, and a finalist for a United States Artists Fellowship, her work is produced in the U.S. and internationally and published in American Theatre Magazine, Performing Arts Journal, Theatre Communications Group, Broadway Play Publishing, NoPassport and the New York Times. She teaches at the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. lisaschlesinger.com

  Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer   Hailed as a Virtuoso and Intensely Soulful by the New York Times and Spellbinding by the New Yorker, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. Born in Damascus, Kinan was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of New York’s Juilliard school, Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music from the CUNY in 2013. He is artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble, and a frequent guest faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Kinan is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.   kinanazmeh.com

Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer

Hailed as a Virtuoso and Intensely Soulful by the New York Times and Spellbinding by the New Yorker, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. Born in Damascus, Kinan was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of New York’s Juilliard school, Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music from the CUNY in 2013. He is artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble, and a frequent guest faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Kinan is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. kinanazmeh.com

  Marion Schoevaert: Theater Director   Marion has been developing her own style of physical theater for 25 years in New York, Seoul and France. She has directed, produced and choreographed more than 20 theater shows, operas and shadow plays, blending dance-theater, rhythmic text and live music. In Korea, she has directed a North Korean mass dance propaganda play with 2 orchestras and 100 actors, performed at Korean National University of Art. Her work has been called “A triumph” (Fabienne Darge, Le Monde), “A creation of a new myth” (Michel Vinaver, La Gazette Jaune), “Post-modern perfection” (Helen Shaw, Time Out NY).

Marion Schoevaert: Theater Director

Marion has been developing her own style of physical theater for 25 years in New York, Seoul and France. She has directed, produced and choreographed more than 20 theater shows, operas and shadow plays, blending dance-theater, rhythmic text and live music. In Korea, she has directed a North Korean mass dance propaganda play with 2 orchestras and 100 actors, performed at Korean National University of Art. Her work has been called “A triumph” (Fabienne Darge, Le Monde), “A creation of a new myth” (Michel Vinaver, La Gazette Jaune), “Post-modern perfection” (Helen Shaw, Time Out NY).

  Irina Patkanian: Filmmaker   Irina Patkanian is an award winning filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar, MacDowell fellow, and a professor of film in the Television and Radio department of Brooklyn College. Irina is a recipient of grants from American Association of University Women, NYSCA, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations. Irina makes “creative documentaries” weaving fiction and non-fiction; live action and stop motion animation, film and theater. Her films have played and won awards in many film festivals: DOC NYC, Ann Arbor, Black Maria, STARZ, Hot Springs, among others.   irinapatkanian.com

Irina Patkanian: Filmmaker

Irina Patkanian is an award winning filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar, MacDowell fellow, and a professor of film in the Television and Radio department of Brooklyn College. Irina is a recipient of grants from American Association of University Women, NYSCA, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations. Irina makes “creative documentaries” weaving fiction and non-fiction; live action and stop motion animation, film and theater. Her films have played and won awards in many film festivals: DOC NYC, Ann Arbor, Black Maria, STARZ, Hot Springs, among others. irinapatkanian.com

  Nilou Safinya: Producer   Nilou is a film, TV and theatre producer with a mission to bring cultures and people together through the arts. Her most recent film is an IFP Narrative Lab and Gotham Award Winning feature film, JULIA BLUE (2018). Her many credits in NY theatre, including work with Juilliard and the award-winning Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Nilou co-founded Eyes Up Here Productions, a creative production company specializing in artful and strategic storytelling and the production of branded video content. Her clients include the NY Academy of Sciences, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and The Institute for Policy Studies. Nilou also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Noor Theatre, in residence at The New York Theatre Workshop.  lailouproductions.com

Nilou Safinya: Producer

Nilou is a film, TV and theatre producer with a mission to bring cultures and people together through the arts. Her most recent film is an IFP Narrative Lab and Gotham Award Winning feature film, JULIA BLUE (2018). Her many credits in NY theatre, including work with Juilliard and the award-winning Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Nilou co-founded Eyes Up Here Productions, a creative production company specializing in artful and strategic storytelling and the production of branded video content. Her clients include the NY Academy of Sciences, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and The Institute for Policy Studies. Nilou also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Noor Theatre, in residence at The New York Theatre Workshop. lailouproductions.com

  Layale Chaker: Iphigenia, Violin   Winner of the Ruth Anderson Competition, 2017, Layale started music at age 8 at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon, at the Conservatoire de Paris-CRR, Columbia University in New York, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts, recitals and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia. Upcoming in 2018: Solo violin and orchestra in Oxford, performances at Université de Bordeaux, Sorbonne-Université, MUCEM Museum, Walton Theatre, Cité Internationale des Arts, and Konzerthaus Berlin.   layalechaker.com

Layale Chaker: Iphigenia, Violin

Winner of the Ruth Anderson Competition, 2017, Layale started music at age 8 at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon, at the Conservatoire de Paris-CRR, Columbia University in New York, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts, recitals and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia. Upcoming in 2018: Solo violin and orchestra in Oxford, performances at Université de Bordeaux, Sorbonne-Université, MUCEM Museum, Walton Theatre, Cité Internationale des Arts, and Konzerthaus Berlin. layalechaker.com

  George de la Peña: Choreographer   George is a multi-disciplinary performer-director-choreographer-researcher who continues to seek new knowledge through the arts and sciences. He has had the honor to work with many choreographers including George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Clarke, Alonzo King, Kenneth MacMillan, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Dwight Rhoden, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Doug Varone, Dan Wagoner, and many others. In 1978 he portrayed Vaslav Nijinsky in the Paramount Pictures/Herbert Ross film Nijinsky. George is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Laboratory.

George de la Peña: Choreographer

George is a multi-disciplinary performer-director-choreographer-researcher who continues to seek new knowledge through the arts and sciences. He has had the honor to work with many choreographers including George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Clarke, Alonzo King, Kenneth MacMillan, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Dwight Rhoden, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Doug Varone, Dan Wagoner, and many others. In 1978 he portrayed Vaslav Nijinsky in the Paramount Pictures/Herbert Ross film Nijinsky. George is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Laboratory.

 
 

PRODUCTION COMPANIES

LAILOU PRODUCTIONS, LLC.  is a Film, TV and Theatre production company based in NYC. Syrian-British writer and actor, Laith Nakli, and Iranian-American Producer, Nilou Safinya, founded the company in order to tell often experienced but not-so-often told stories of universal humanity.

IN PARENTHESES is a nonprofit New York based film and theater company founded by Marion Schoevaert and Irina Patkanian in1994. Our films have played at more than a hundred festivals, incl. Ann Arbor, STARZ Denver, Black Maria, Palm Springs, DOC NYC  and many others. Our plays have been performed at Lincoln Center, Ohio Theater, 59E59 Theater in New York; Seoul Arts Center, Korea; Theatre Dijon Bourgogne, France and others. Our work received support from NYSCA, CEC ArtsLink, Beaumarchais Foundation, the French Cultural Services, and Jerome foundations and critical acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Time Out, Theater Magazine, Theater Yale, Le Monde, Korean Theatre Review, International Herald Tribune. 

PRODUCING PARTNERS: University of Iowa, Hancher Auditorium

  Tae Sup Lee: Set Designer   M.F.A. in Design, Graduate school of Brooklyn College, M.A. in Scene Design at Hongik University and B.F.A. in Painting, Chungang University. Mr. Lee is Professor, Dept. of Musical & Theatre, Yongin University. He is awarded Dong – A Theatre Award; Best Scenic Design by Donga Daily Newspaper; The Best Scenic Design 2005, The Korean Center of Assiteji; The Best Scenic Design 2000, Korean Musical Grand Awards, Sport Jungang. Special Award, Korean Dance Critic Awards.The Best Scenic Design, The Year of Drama. The Best Scenic Design, Seoul Theater Festival. He has worked in opera, musical and theaters in the biggest venues in Korea, and with national Korean companies.  taesuplee.com

Tae Sup Lee: Set Designer

M.F.A. in Design, Graduate school of Brooklyn College, M.A. in Scene Design at Hongik University and B.F.A. in Painting, Chungang University. Mr. Lee is Professor, Dept. of Musical & Theatre, Yongin University. He is awarded Dong – A Theatre Award; Best Scenic Design by Donga Daily Newspaper; The Best Scenic Design 2005, The Korean Center of Assiteji; The Best Scenic Design 2000, Korean Musical Grand Awards, Sport Jungang. Special Award, Korean Dance Critic Awards.The Best Scenic Design, The Year of Drama. The Best Scenic Design, Seoul Theater Festival. He has worked in opera, musical and theaters in the biggest venues in Korea, and with national Korean companies. taesuplee.com