Playbill: Mix & Match, August 1, 2019

Commissioned by
En Garde Arts

Hosted by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, part of Summer of Stage.

Mix & Match

Written by Leila Buck++
Directed and developed by Tamilla Woodard
Dramaturg: Salma Zohdi
Stage Manager: Hollis Duggans

Performed by: Hend Ayoub*, Leila Buck*, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy*, Rawya El Chab, Evan Maltby*, Pete McElligott, Amy Lynn Stewart*

* denotes member of the Actors’ Equity Association

++Fueled by improvisations with Melis Aker, Ali Andre Ali, Rawya El Chab, Gamze Ceylan, Victoria Nassif, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Heather Raffo, Jens Rasmussen, and Rasha Zamamiri

Artist Bios

Leila Buck* (Playwright/MC) has performed and developed her work at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Public Theatre, BRICLab, Mosaic Theatre, Arena Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, and the Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award).  As artist-in-residence for Wesleyan University’s Doris Duke Building Bridges grant, she received the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Award for work about the (mis)representation of Muslims in the U.S.A. State Dept. Speaker Specialist and Cultural Envoy, she has lived, performed, and taught theatrical tools for literacy, conflict resolution, and intercultural communication to U.N. delegates, aid workers, youth, educators and business leaders throughout the U.S., Europe, China, Australia, and 11 Arab countries.  Publication: Four Arab-American Plays; Innovation in Five Acts; Etching Our Own Image: Voices from the Arab American Art MovementAmerican Theatre; TCG’s Finding Home SalonStages of Resistance (ed. Caridad Svich). Inaugural Emerging Writers Group – Public Theater.  Usual Suspect – NYTW.  Adjunct professor – NYU.

Tamilla Woodard

Tamilla Woodard (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of WP Theater (Formerly Women’s Project) and is currently AD for Hadestown on Broadway. She is the co-founder of PopUP Theatrics, which has created immersive and participatory theatre for audiences in Europe, South America, Mexico and the US since 2007 and she serves as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi-year initiative of The Working Theater. She’s an alum of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and a graduate of Yale School of Drama. Her work has been seen at A.C.T., The Atlantic, The Working Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYTW, HERE, New Georges, Culture Project, Cleveland Public, Salt Lake Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Kitchen Theatre, and at festivals Internationally. She has directed and taught at NYU Tisch Graduate Acting, Suny-Purchase, Pace, Fordham, Webster Conservatory of Theatre, American Academy of Dramatic Art and Queens College.

Hend Ayoub

Hend Ayoub (Mona)* Theatre: Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams and its previous run at Los Angeles’s Mark Taper Forum; Yale Repertory Theatre’s Kiss, Veils (world premiere, Portland Stage; Barrington Stage). Television: Transparent, Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, The Looming Tower, Madam Secretary, Damages, Royal Pains, Feed the Beast, Comedy Central’s The Watch List. Film: Emmy Award-winning film Death of a President and the award-winning film Private.

Caitlin Nasema Cassidy

Caitlin Nasema Cassidy* (Noor) is an NY-based actor-theatremaker. She is a Lab Fellow and Co-Artistic Director of LubDub Theatre Co. Caitlin received a 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress for Paradise (Central Square Theatre). Other acting credits include NY Times Critic’s Pick Pay No Attention to the Girl (Target Margin) and Middle East MixFest (Atlantic Theater). This year, she is developing work at The Orchard Project, Page 73, NYTW, Spoleto Festival, and more.

Rawya El Chab

Rawya El Chab (Salwa) Rawya means storyteller in Arabic. Trained in Lebanon, she has a broad experience working in the performing arts and developing techniques to tell stories that question social boundaries and taboos in her community, addressing issues of oppression, marginalization, and the limits of ownership of the body.

Evan Maltby

Evan Maltby* (Connor) is an actor and poet. In NYC, he’s performed and/or developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, The Flea, Pipeline Theatre Company, New Light Theater Project, The PIT, The Tank, Ma-Yi Theater Company, The Civilians, Primary Stages, and more. @evanmaltby, 

Pete McElligott

Pete McElligott (Matt) is an actor, director, writer, and teacher.  He is a founding member of The NOLA Project in New Orleans and the Ten Bones Theatre Company in New York. The work of both companies has been featured in American Theater, The New Yorker, TimeOut, Village Voice, and The New York Times.

Amy Lynn Stewart

Amy Lynn Stewart* (Kate) NYC: Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center), Ragged Claws (Cherry Lane), Gideon’s Knot (Project Y), Rattlers (Flux Theatre), Viral (NYC Fringe Fest – Best Actress – Theatre World, ITBA, Talkin’ Broadway) Regional: Appropriate (Humana Festival), Intimate Apparel (Two River, Indiana Rep, Syracuse Stage), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (English Theatre of Frankfurt), Beauty (La Jolla), Fallen Angels (Dorset Theatre), Fiction (Florida Studio Theatre) TV: “I Know This Much Is True”, “House of Cards”,  “Shades of Blue”, “Unforgettable”, “I Love You But I Lied” M.F.A. UCSD (La Jolla)

Salma Zohdi

Salma Zohdi (Dramaturg) is an Egyptian Dramaturg based in New York. She is a recipient of  two international fellowship awards from the American Association for University Women.  In Egypt, she was an Assistant Director in the feature film Al Kobar (The Bigshots); she then  joined Alumni Community Theatre as their PR & Marketing Manager. She has worked as a producer, teaching artist, stage manager, playwright, dramaturg, translator, and assistant director. Highlights from her work in Egypt include The Marriage Proposal, Jack or the Submission, The Dinosaur Play, Art, Waiting for Godot, and El Gaw Gameel (The Weather is Nice). Credits at Columbia University include The Next War, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, and Undrown’d. NYC credits include Nathan the Wise, The Mecca Tales, “Arab Classic Plays”, American Dreams & Arabian Nights, “Re-Reading Oppression”, and The Yacoubian Building.
MA: American University in Cairo – English & Comparative Literature. MFA: Columbia University – Theatre (Dramaturgy).

En Garde Arts, which was originally founded in 1986 and re-launched with a revitalized mission in 2013, creates, produces and presents bold theatre experiences that reach across artistic, physical and social boundaries. We aim to increase empathy and open-mindedness by illuminating nuanced perspectives and unspoken truths behind the salient issues of our time.
Anne Hamburger, Founder & Artistic Director
Heather Cohn, Executive Director

Mix & Match is supported in part by:

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Founded in 1980, has become the cultural “bridge” presenting and producing multicultural programming for its diverse and urban community. 
Its mission is to produce high-quality programming that’s inclusive to Queens residents and become a home to emerging artists from all part of the world. LPAC.NYC
Steven Hitt, Artistic Director
Handan Ozbilgin, Co-Director