SANAZ GHAJARRAHIMI (Artistic Director) is an Iranian-American director, writer, and choreographer. Selected directing credits: NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR (Ars Nova, Theater for the New City, The Tank, East River Amphitheater); KILL TO EAT by Caridad Svich (Hangar Theatre); HOUSE (Brooklyn Lyceum); ORPHEUS AND THE PLASTIC MASQUERADE (Galapagos Art Space); HAMLET (Galapagos Art Space, Grace Exhibition Space); ROMEO AND JULIET (Access Theater); JET OF BLOOD by Antonin Artaud (Studio Theater). Recent Assistant Credits: PRIMA DONNA by Rufus Wainwright directed by Daniel Kramer (Manchester International Festival) and MAP OF THE WORLD directed by Robert Moss at New York University. Sanaz is a Drama League Alum and holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
BEN HOBBS (Associate Artistic Director) is a performer, choreographer and visual artist. Currently a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit FUERZABRUTA, BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also studied Chinese Opera at Shanghai Theater Academy and Dance at Point Park University. Selected Credits: NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR (Ars Nova, Theater for the New City, The Tank, East River Amphitheater); ORPHEUS AND THE PLASTIC MASQUERADE (Galapagos Art Space); ELEPHANT MAN (Wings Theatre); HAMLET (Galapagos Art Space, Grace Exhibition Space); ROMEO AND JULIET (Access Theater). Other credits include: LYNN BARR DANCE THEATRE (Judson Church, Kaatsbaan, 2007-2010).
VINCENT VAN SANTVOORD (Associate Director) has long been interested in history, especially in regards to modern cultural phenomena. Raised on a steady diet of new criticism, he struggles to clarify the constructs of reality in relation to the structure of his physical body. Vincent has acted in a number of NYU student films including THE GIANT (Dir. David Raboy), JOYEUX BORDEL (Dir. Sophie Tabet), and CAPEMAN (Dir. Erik Yue). He has worked with Sanaz Ghajarrahimi on such productions as NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR (Ars Nova, Theater for the New City, The Tank, East River Amphitheater), HOUSE (Brooklyn Lyceum), HAMLET (Galapagos Art Space) and other source performances at Brave New Works and Fresh Ground Pepper. He looks forward to performing in the Old Victory Theater’s production of Eugene O’Neil’s Sea Plays.
SARAH BLUSH (Fall 2011 Intern) is an actor, writer, director, and student at NYU Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She was an NHSI Cherub and an apprentice at Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she directed The Intervention by Jeff Whitty with the Workshop and worked on productions directed by David Cromer, Joe Grifasi, and Trip Cullman. In 2010 she was nominated for a National Capital Area Cappie for Lead Actress in a Play (Constanze, Amadeus), and from 2008-2010 received Critics Choice nods for her choreography (Aida, Damn Yankees). Sarah currently studies at Upright Citizens Brigade and Broadway Dance Center and interns with Colt Coeur.
EMILY BRAZEE (Company Member) was raised in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated in 2010 with her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. After her senior year at Ithaca she had the honor of being a member of the 2010 Hangar Theatre Lab Company where she was Antonia inMan of La Mancha (directed by Peter Flynn), and also met and worked with the wonderful Sanaz. Since moving to the city she has had the fortune of working with Built for Collapse onNuclear Love Affair since February 2011 and is beyond proud of its growth and success. Emily is also currently an improv/sketch comedy student at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre where she met and helped form her stellar sketch group “The Business End.” “Thank you to Sanaz, Ben, and every member of Built for Collapse for the honor of being a collaborative molecule in this amazingly atomic experience from the very beginning.”
VALENA DAVID is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Muhleberg College. Her recent works include Built for Collapse’s Orpheus and The Plastic Masquerade (Galapagos Art Space) and The Elephant Man (Wings Theatre). In addition to her work in theatre, Valena is a self taught photographer. Find out more at valenadavidphotography.com
ELINOR is a DC-born, Brooklyn-based designer, performer, and installation artist. Recent projects: The Way To Love Me by Ellie Evelyn (Scope Art Fair); FORCE LOVE SLASH THE WINGWOMAN (Grace Exhibition Space, Wagmag Benefit); The Hate Slayers (with Drew Vanderburg, Lumenfest); Taxonomy (Live Music Video’s Björkball). Wardrobe:Delocated; The Onion News Network; SEED (National Black Theater). Performance: Magic Future Box’s John Faustus and the Overclocked Death Drive (dir. Andrew J. Scoville) and Change of Skin (Exit Art’s Trickster Theater, dir. Papo Colo). She plays Cora on the webseries The Waiting Room.
EDDIE GUTIERREZ is a native New Yorker, multi-medium performer, and long term vegetarian. Past projects include collaboration on new work with Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project, Nutcracker: Rated R at Theater for the New City, a workshop production of Twilight: the Musical, as well as a slew of new play readings and flash mobs. Company member of Diego Funes’s De Funes Dance Company and Marinda Davis’s marInspired. Eddie’s original one-man show, Loveology, debuted at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing and was then showcased in Ars Nova’s 2nd Annual ANT Fest. B.F.A. NYU/Tisch.
MICHAEL KRASS Broadway: AFTER MISS JULIE; 2006 Tony Award nomination for THE CONSTANT WIFE; TWELVE ANGRY MEN; ‘NIGHT MOTHER; RECKLESS; AFTER THE FALL; HEDDA GABLER; THE LION IN WINTER; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN; THE REHEARSAL (Drama Desk nomination), more. Off-Broadway: THE NEW YORK IDEA (Atlantic Theater); THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Roundabout Theatre); SHIPWRECKED (Primary Stages); DISTRACTED (Roundabout Theatre); MACBETH (Public/Delacorte); SLOANE; WOMEN ON FIRE; LOBBY HERO; among many others. National Tours: ANGELS IN AMERICA; TWELVE ANGRY MEN; DRIVING MISS DAISY. Regional: Nine seasons at Williamstown; ten at the Hangar Theatre; Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare (two Jefferson nominations), etc. Film: Campbell Scott’s HAMLET.
NICOLE PALERMO (Fall 2011 Intern) is an actor currently studying at NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway. She has held leading roles in productions such as The Curious Savage, Our Town and Wonderful Town. Since starting at NYU, she has had martial arts, yoga, dance, singing, Shakespeare, clown and mask training and has been involved in numerous undergraduate student films. Nicole has enjoyed her experience with Tisch thus far and is thrilled to be assisting Built For Collapse in organization expansion.
ROOM 404 MEDIA is an award-winning media company founded by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent. Their designs have been called “chilling” and “sharply executed” by the New York Times. Selected Theatrical Designs: NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR (Ars Nova, Theater for the New City, The Tank, East River Amphitheater), HOUSE (Brooklyn Lyceum), JOHN FAUSTUS AND THE OVERCLOCKED DEATH DRIVE (The Tank); HOLIDAY REVUE (World Premiere, Oregon Ballet Theater Company), THE HISTORY OF WAR (NYMF), SEED (Hip Hop Theater Festival, Classical Theater of Harlem), THE GIRL IN THE PARK (Players Theater, 2010 NYC Fringe Festival), and WANTED (PS 122, soloNOVA Festival).
DEREK SMITH (Special Events Coordinator) is a theater artist from San Francisco. In two seasons at California Shakespeare Theater he worked as a teaching artist and conceptual assistant for THE PASTURES OF HEAVEN. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Theater Performance. Acting credits include INTO THE WOODS (New Village Arts); DEAR HARVEY (SDSU, KCACTF VIII, Diversionary Theatre); MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; HOTEL CASSIOPEIA (SDSU); ACCIDENTALLY PHYLLA OR ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A MAN, which he also co-wrote and directed. Film credits: LULU (dir. Alberto Massaresse); HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS (Student Emmy, dir. Iris Caffin); MILK (dir. Gus Van Sant). Other directing credits: BIG LOVE; INSIDE STORY (SDSU); RICHARD III (Cal Shakes Conservatory); MIDNIGHT RADIO (UCSD’s Loft).
JENNY BETH SNYDER is a Tennessee raised, long-Island City based director and theater artist. She is a co-founder of Fresh Ground Pepper NYC, a monthly event series devoted to the development of emerging art. She has had the privelege of directing several projects including the NY Premier of Ayn Rand’s Ideal in 59 E 59th Street’s America’s Off Broadway Festival. Otherwise, she finds herself lighting designing exciting up and coming works of art that are fuelled by generous collaboration much like working on Nuclear Love Affair.
COLLEEN TOOLE is a director and sound designer who has worked with such companies as Theater Mitu, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Columbia Stages. Recently, she was the sound designer in residence for the Lab Company at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, where she designed their KIDDSTUFF and Wedge seasons. Directing credits include Tongues, The Maker of Dreams, and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. She is a company member of Built for Collapse, an associate member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School.
NICOLE WEISS is made of almonds, avocados, and dark chocolate. She sings and writes songs sometimes too and wants to start a band with you. www.nicoleweiss.com
MARA WILSON has been acting professionally in film, television, and theatre since she was five years old. Her passion for all aspects of theatre led her to study at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts’ Playwrights Horizons Theater School, where she received her BFA in 2009. She now works as a playwright, performer, and dramaturg. She has performed and had her writing presented at The Tank, Galapagos Art Space, 3LD Arts Center, P.S. 122, and many other places. Upcoming plays include Thank You Ten and Sheeple.