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Psittacus is a group of collaborators in the theatrical art form. Representing actors, directors, designers, and writers, Psittacus is a NYC-based nonprofit producing theatrical events, multimedia presentations, development and readings of new work, and educational and outreach activities.
Collectively, Psittacus's artists have several decades' worth of experience in the professional theater nationwide and internationally, and have collaborated to bring innovative theater to thousands. Drawing from their shared experience, the company works in a physical-based, cinematic style which looks to our past to help us understand our present. The central philosophy of Psittacus's work is to seek out points along the human continuum wherein "who we were then" intersects with "who we are now."
Executive Artistic Director
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Benjamin Sherman - Technical Director
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Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Louis has spent the better part of 20 years in the theater as an actor, director, writer, and educator.
Recent work in NYC includes: Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), I Am the Wind (59E59), Cyclops: A Rock Opera (47th St Theater, NYMF Award Outstanding Individual Performance, Pulitzer Prize nom, 3 LA Weekly Theatre Award noms); Titus, Robert Woodruff (Segal Center). Recent regional work includes: The Tempest, directed by Aaron Posner & Teller, magic by Teller, movement by Pilobolus, music by Tom Waits (Smith Center, Las Vegas; ART, Boston; South Coast Rep, Costa Mesa); Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Robert Richmond (Helen Hayes Award Nominee, Folger Theatre, DC); director of Stoppard's Arcadia (University of South Carolina); etc.
Off-Broadway credits include: New Victory Theater, CSC, 45 Bleecker, John Jay, BaruchPAC, Skirball Center, Carnegie Hall, etc. Regional credits include: Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Alabama Shakes, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Folger Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Orlando Shakes, Alpine Theater Project, Lost Colony, etc. TV includes: Benders, The Knick, Law & Order (mothership and Criminal Intent), All My Children, The Unusuals, etc.
As an educator: guest artist/director, University of South Carolina; guest faculty University of Southern California; masterclasses at NYU, Rutgers, UNC, Dartmouth, USCD, Emerson, SUNY Purchase, Washington College, etc.
Winner, 2012 Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Henry VIII, Folger Theatre. Read some of Louis' writing about Shakespeare here: http://spotlight.folger.edu/author/louisbutelli/
Robert is originally from Hastings, England and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He spent fourteen years as the Associate Artistic Director of the Aquila Theatre Company in New York City, during which time he directed over 50 productions that toured across the US, played Off-Broadway, and toured Europe.
For Aquila, he played both artistic and senior managerial roles, leading programming, fundraising, union negotiations, and educational training programs. In 2003, Aquila became a flagship company for the National Endowment for the Arts "Shakespeare in American Communities" initiative for which he directed a command performance at the White House for former-president George W. Bush. This was the first time Shakespeare had been performed at the White House in over 25 years.
Robert is known for his mission to reinvigorate theatre with imagination, innovation and relevance. He is passionate about developing theatre into an art form that will sustain and transform in the 21st century, revitalizing audiences and rewarding them for their patronage
Currently, Robert is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina where he also serves as Associate Chair/Co-Artistic Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Head of Undergraduate Studies and Performance. His freelance directing career continues to take him all over the nation. His productions at the Folger Theatre in Washington DC have broken box office records and have garnered excellent reviews and several Helen Hayes Awards.
Chas LiBretto is a writer, director, and actor from New Jersey. He is the Co-Creator of Pulitzer nominated Cyclops: A Rock Opera and A Tale Told by An Idiot. Recent writing work includes The Pleasure of Ruins, Waiting for the Day, See-More-Glass (with Emma Stanton), Miranda the Teenage Satanist (with Kristin Slaney), Blue Christmas ("Just fantastic" - Nicky Silver) and Song of Rage, a play with music about labor icon Joe Hill.
He recently completed work on a novel, The True History of Lucian of Samosata and the Doom Legions of the Mad Moon (adapted from the play he authored). He is currently writing and developing The Fragments, a series of short plays inspired by lost Euripides texts, the first part of which (Laodamiad) was workshopped this spring ("The writing is stunning," - Anne Bogart).
His work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Pasadena Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Columbia University, The Sargent Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Lost Colony, and Son of Semele Theatre.
He is an Ars Nova Uncharted resident, currently working on the book for The Royal Pyrate, a new musical with music and lyrics by Landon Marcus (Cyclops). He is a playwriting MFA candidate at Columbia University, studying under Chuck Mee, Lynn Nottage, and David Henry Hwang.
Nathan Winkelstein is an actor, director, and teacher currently residing in DC. He serves as the Associate Artistic Director for Psittacus Productions. He is also the Director of Master Classes for Red Bull Theater Company as well as the Assistant Producer and Director for Red Bull’s Obie Award winning Revelation Reading Series.
Nathan has acted with numerous companies around the country and in the UK, including Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare Theater Company (for whom he is currently a resident Teaching Artist), W.H.A.T., LCTe, The Folger, Red Bull, The Tobacco Factory and many others.He received his BA in Theater from the University at Buffalo and his Masters in Classical Acting from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK. When not acting, directing or teaching, Nathan can often be found writing new plays or adapting classic ones. His current pet adaptation is a four actor ‘Hamlet,’ and his current pet writing project is a verse play about Edward, the Black Prince of Wales.
Follow on Twitter: @chaslibretto