Meet the cast and creative of TEACH

Join us on June 23rd for the latest reading in our New Works Initiative, TEACH written by Donna Hoke and directed by Gregg Wiggans.  There are two opportunities to hear this new work: 2pm and 7pm. While tickets are free, you must RSVP at to attend this reading.  Please include your name, indicate which performance you will attend, and let us know how many seats you will need.


Donna Hoke (Playwright) Resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, Donna’s work has been seen in 46 states and on five continents. Plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List), and ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill finalist); she has also been nominated for both the Primus and Blackburn Prizes.

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. She has received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and is a two-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS). For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice—the only woman to ever receive the designation. 

Donna serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and also as Western New York regional representative. In addition, she is a blogger, and moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play(Applause, 2017), and at

Gregg Wiggans (Director) Broadway: Assistant Director/Ockrent Directing Fellow on Promises, Promises. Assistant Executive Producer How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Off Broadway: AFTEROrlando, Kristin Chenoweth: This One’s Personal, Ripcords. For Transport Group, Gregg has contributed to over 10 productions, readings and laboratories. Regional: Occupiers Tragedy (Actors Theater of Louisville), Barge (Actors Theater of Louisville). The Illuminations(DanceRink/State TheaterMinneapolis), . Internationally: The Chocolate Wall, Ladies, Sam Hunter’s Clarkston (Baltic Playwrights Conference in Estonia) He has also worked with Paper Mill Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Lark, The Goodman, Actor’s Salon of D.C., Austin Script Works, Casa Manana, Austin Lyric Opera, Arena Stage. Television: Assistant Executive Producer, SMASH (NBC), 2nd Assistant Director, IT COULD BE WORSE (Hulu) Gregg is member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, and faculty member for the National Theater Institute. He is proud graduate University of Texas at Austin.

Alton Alburo (Male Emerson) has performed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ma-Yi, The Flea, Target Margin Lab, New Dramatists, The Civilians, NYSAF, The Lark, La MaMa, IRT, New Light Theater Project, Two Headed Rep, Concrete Temple, PEN World Voices, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), ArtsEmerson (MA), Connecticut Free Shakespeare (CT), Red Cloud Opera House (NE), among others. TV/Film: “Friends From College;” “Two Girls | 1 Asian;” Breakfast; Exchange; The Hedgehog Dilemma. Alton is on the board of Undiscovered Countries, a bimonthly new and developing works festival.

Casey Hartnett (Female Emerson) is excited to make her T. Schreiber Studio debut! Casey is a graduate of the William Esper Studio’s two-year training program under the instruction of Suzanne Esper. She is currently continuing her training with Terry Schreiber. Her New York stage experience has included sketch comedy shows around NYC. She has also produced and acted in several independent films and web series, including “The Crash” (2017) and the upcoming film “The Buried Girl” in which she acts opposite Elizabeth Mitchell. She is the creator of two comedic web series about taboo women’s issues and is the NYC Lead Ambassador for the organization #HappyPeriod, organizing donation drives to collect menstrual products for the homeless. Casey thanks her family and friends for supporting her two crazy passions of acting and period activism.  Instagram: @caseyhartnett and @we.are.happyperiodnyc

Alex Kirshy (Stage Directions Reader) Alex Kirshy is a New York based actor who made his New York Theater debut last year in Oona O’Leary’s Please Go Gentle Into That Good Night. For his undergraduate education, Alex Kirshy went to Kenyon College, where he studied Drama and English. In his time there, he worked on many productions, including playing Vanya in Uncle Vanya, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Walker and Ned in Three Days of Rain, and originating the role of Angus in Wendy McLeod’s The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky. He also interned with the Kenyon Playwrights Conference each summer from 2015 to 2017, where he was involved was involved in readings of many new plays. He enjoys writing, reading, and games of every kind, and when he isn’t acting, he can be found working on various projects and catching up on long-completed television shows. He is thrilled be here and wants to thank everyone involved and, of course, his parents.

Geoff Pictor (Male Chris) is a Buffalo born actor singer and teacher. Most recent productions include Bachelor Agreement (Manhattan Repertory Theater), Tabula Rasa a premier jazz opera (Cantanti Project), Louisiana Bacchae (Red Thread Theater), Brilliant Works of Art (reading, Writer’s Theater of New Jersey), and All Quiet on the Western Front (New Phoenix Theater). Geoff is a proud student of Doriane Elliott, a member of the University Glee Club, and its subset group The Ten. Geoff gives special thanks to Donna Hoke for her brilliant works of words and his partner in crime Kelsey George Mogensen for her continued love and support.

Lisa Rochlin (Female Chris) Lisa has studied with various teachers at T. Schreiber Studio, HB Studio and the Aquila Ensemble Theater. Most recently, Lisa studied with Terry Schreiber in the role of Honey from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other roles of study at T. Schreiber include Mary from Mauritius, Sarah from Time Stands Still and Claire from Proof. Additionally, Lisa studied with the Aquila Ensemble Theater in the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and played Belle in Florida State University’s Mainstage production of A Christmas Carol. Lisa is also a certified fitness instructor who teaches Zumba and regularly attends classes at Broadway Dance Center.

Alexis Suarez (Ken James) is an actor and producer known for The Comedian (2016) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows (2016), and Weiner-Dog (2016). He has appeared in numerous prime time and cable television roles, including IFC’s comedy series “Benders”, “Gotham” (FX), “Shades of Blue” (NBC), and HBOs critically acclaimed drama series, “The Night Of”. Born and raised in NYC, Alexis has been actively performing for 20+ years and producing for almost a decade. He is represented by BLOC and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

RSVP to the reading of TEACH

Join us on June Saturday, 23rd for the latest reading in our New Works Initiative, TEACH written by Donna Hoke and directed by Gregg Wiggans.  There are two opportunities to hear this new work: 2pm and 7pm. While tickets are free, you must RSVP at to attend this reading.  Please include your name, indicate which performance you will attend, and let us know how many seats you will need. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  You will be notified via email when your reservation is made.


Join us on May 5th for the latest reading in our New Works Initiative, HALCYON DAYS written by Josh Drimmer and directed by Joan Kane.  There are two opportunities to hear this new work: 3pm and 7pm. While tickets are free, you must RSVP at to attend this reading.  Please include your name, indicate which performance you will attend, and let us know how many seats you will need.

Meet the Creative Team behind ‘What Happened That Night’

From L to R, top to bottom:

Abigail Milnor-Sweetser (Jenna) is a classically and contemporary trained actress living in NYC Favourite credits include Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, People, Places & Things, Three Sisters. Feature film, Badpuss: A Popumentary (Indieflix). Along with her training at the Actors Studio Drama School, she studied at the LAMDA and the BADA in the UK. She’s worked with esteemed actors and directors such as Fiona Shaw, Simon Callow, Brian Cox, James Bundy, Peter Francis James, and UK director Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet, Barbican Centre featuring Benedict Cumberbatch). Additional training includes The National Theatre Institute, the William Esper Studio, and the Robert X. Modica Studio, and has a BA in theatre from Smith College. She is also in the feature film, Badpuss: A Popumentary.

Allison Benko (Director)is a theatre director based in Brooklyn. Her work as a director includes Another Mikado (upcoming, Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Society, also adaptor), A Doll’s House: A New Opera (Central Square Theatre, also co-lyricist), Secret Death of Puppets (New York Public Library), Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Gloucester Stage Company), and Twelfth Night (Powerhouse Park). Notable assistant direction includes Oslo at Lincoln Center Theatre (Tony & Obie Awards for Best Play). Benko has studied ritualistic shadow puppetry at the Tholpavakoothu Puppet Centre in Kerala, India, and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. B.A. Tufts University.

Celey Schumer (Kate) Celey is an actress, writer, and comedian. She performs sketch comedy regularly with the highly talented BoogieManja program, produces a weekly comedy podcast called Still Got It (waxing nostalgic about classic childhood movies), and tells jokes on stage whenever asked. You can see her in the upcoming film Bite Me, the webseries Extra/Ordinary, or probably in a yogurt commercial. She knows more about Harry Potter than you do, and is very passionate about snacks.”

Cinthia Chen (Assistant Director) works in both in film and theater. In film, her work includes editing and producing for Five Sisters Productions on King, Queens & In-Betweens  (2017) and Half The History (2015-) respectively; assisting on Charles River Media’s The Ascendants Anthology (2016) and production designing for Ben Haven Taylor’s In the Off-Season (2017). In theater, she conceived and directed a ‘live cinema theater’ production, Anna May Wong: The Actress Who Died a Thousand Deaths (Balch Arena Theater) which received Talamas Film Sponsorship. Chen has also trained in kunqu opera under the London Jing Kun Opera Association, as well as Japanese noh theater through the Kyoto Arts Center with Shingo Kateyama of the Kanze School of Noh. She holds a B.A. in International Literary and Visual Studies from Tufts University.

Chris Cimperman (Derek) A New York native with credits ranging from theatre to TV. Trained at the Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He recently finished working on a new horror film set in the Adirondacks set to release this summer. Chris is very excited to have joined the cast of “What Happened That Night” and looks forward to working on the play.

Daniel Jared Hersh (Benny) D.J. Hersh is an actor and singer from southern California. He recently celebrated his one year anniversary of living in NYC! He is a graduate of AMDA where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite past roles include Arpad in She Loves Me, Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. D.J. works by day as a singing waiter at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, and he will be going on tour this spring with Peppa Pig Live! He would like to thank Allison for this opportunity, and his family and friends for always believing in him.

Jonathan Dauermann (Kevin) is delighted to be performing once again at the T. Schreiber Studio. Jonathan was recently part of the Studio’s December reading of the play Ribbon Creek and also appeared in last year’s Schreiber Shorts festival, starring in the play No Soap!. For many years an operatic performer, Jonathan switched to dramatic work over the last two years, performing classic roles like Prospero, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Leonato, and most recently, Pishchik in The Cherry Orchard. Jonathan can now be seen playing a guy (poorly) playing King Lear in the recently premiered a webseries, Footprints in the Sand, now viewable on YouTube.

Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, and elsewhere, and have been developed at the Lark and San Francisco Playhouse, among other places. She has been nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg Award for best new play and the NYIT Award for outstanding full-length play, and has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention).  Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith & Kraus.  She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Melanie Glancy (Producer) recently debuted as Janice in Loose Ends here at T. Schreiber Studio, Directed by Terry Schreiber, Assistant Directed/Stage Managed The Snowmaker alongside Terry Schreiber, and now Producing all readings for The New Works Initiative here at T. Schreiber including Ribbon Creek and now What Happened. Other acting credits include Gabrielle Rejane in The Ladies of the Camiellas and Jaquenetta in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Thank you to T.Schreiber Studio for all of the incredible opportunities.