John Kazanjian (Director) is the founding Producing Artistic Director of the New City Theater. He was also the Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Second Company, and was the Associate Artistic Director of the former Empty Space Theater in Seattle. He is the recipient of many accolades and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellowship, a TPS Sustained Achievement Award, and a Goethe House Fellowship in Berlin. He has served as a guest director at ACT, Seattle Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Group Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and New Century Theater.
Mary Ewald (Performer) is a founding member of the New City Theater and has been acting professionally for over 30 years. Most recent credits include Everybody (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), and Timon in Timon of Athens (Seattle Shakespeare Company). She has worked at Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, Intiman, Empty Space, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Soho Rep NYC, Theatre X (Milwaukee & European Tour), and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her work at New City Theater includes playing the roles of Hamlet, Prospero, and Caliban, as well as Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days (all directed by John Kazanjian). Ewald has also performed in New City Theater-commissioned world premieres including: Maria Irene Fornes’ Enter the Night; MacArthur Fellowship Artists Richard Foreman’s Eddie Goes to Poetry City, and John Jesurun’s Snow; and Len Jenkin’s Pilgrims of the Night.
Nina Moser (Costume/Set Design) was the founding production designer for New City Theater in 1982. She has collaborated with John Kazanjian over the years on multiple productions and has been collaborating with Eve Cohen since 2011. She has numerous theater, dance , television, and film credits including Northern Exposure, and Guy Maddin’s Brand upon the Brain. She currently teaches Pilates and is very happy to be collaborating with the New City family.
Eve Cohen (Costume/Set Design) is a costume designer, visual artist, and performer who has been collaborating with Nina Moser and New City Theater since 2011. She is a founding member of the performance troupe The Rollvulvas (Blue Arts; Belle’s Bloom), and a frequent collaborator with Vodvil Theater (Shades of Parkland; Her Phantom Limb) and Janice Findley Productions (The Skriker).
Lindsay Smith (Lighting & Sound Design) has been a lighting and sound designer with New City Theater for many years. His designs there include The Unseen Hand, The Ghost Sonata, Fen, Far Away, The Designated Mourner, Happy Days, The Homebody, Mud, and Hamlet. Other design credits include: lights for Timon of Athens (Seattle Shakespeare Company); lights and sound for The Walworth Farce and Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre); sound for Amadeus, True West, and A Number (ACT); lights for Skin and Stray (Printer’s Devil Theater); lights for The Yellow Kid (Annex Theater); sound for All My Sons (Seattle Repertory Theatre); sound for Mother Hicks and Great Expectations (Seattle Children’s Theater); and lights for Sweeney Todd and Kiss Me Kate (Civic Light Opera).