Director: Abigail Zealey Bess
Abigail has worked extensively in New York’s film and theatre community as a director and filmmaker. With a resumé featuring work with the legendary Sidney Lumet, John Leguizamo, Kevin Smith, Matt LeBlanc, Frank Whaley and many others, her work has crossed boundaries and platforms for many years as an independent director and producer.
She has been directing theatre, specializing in new work since she arrived on these shores and established Weird Sisters, as a theatrical entity in 1997. Under the auspices of her company she has developed projects in collaboration with many writers both established and newly emerging on the New York scene.
She subsequently directed and produced her debut film, the award winning baseball trilogy, Play Ball!, that screened throughout the globe including the Berlin Film Festival, Cannes Director Fortnight, and at over forty American festivals including New York, Newport, Seattle and Savannah. In addition to garnering Best Film at seven American festivals, she was awarded 1st Prize for Best Short Film by woman director at the LA Women In Film Competition.
As a long-standing member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre based in New York, one of the leading developmental theatres of new plays in the USA, she has directed and produced numerous new works. Other NY theatres include The Foundry Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Soho Repertory Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Here and internationally the Edinburgh Festival, the Young Vic, the Strand Theatre, London.
She continues to head Weird Sisters developing theatrical ventures and feature film projects that promote and support prolific women artists and writers giving voice to new and exciting work. Latest Directing Projects include the ongoing webisode series with Amy Staats, entitled Here’s What I Like, and Now I’ll Tell You Why (LA Comedy Shorts 2010, 2011, Trimedia Film Festival 2011, Garden State Film Festival, Winter Film Awards, Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, Chashama Film Festival).
Other projects in development include a live animation feature-length script, 7 Variations on the Same Lover by Crystal Skillman, a magical short film, Icarus Stops For Breakfast by Holli Harmes, and Little Girls, Big Trouble, a high jinx comedy feature by Leslie Brockett.
Writer: Amy Staats
Writer: Amy Staats
Amy Staats is the author of the “Here’s What I Like…And Now I’ll Tell You Why” video series which has screened at LA Comedy Shorts, (2010, 2011) Connecticut Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Trimedia Film Festival (Audience Favorite) Chashama Film Festival, Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, BVEW’s Comedy night @ Bowery Poetry Club and Big Effin Deal @ The Cove. She was nominated for two awards in the 2012 Winter Film awards, including best screenplay for Mary and Louise, and best short film for Here’s What I Like: Fashion and Flowers. She received a New Voices Fellowship for her play MOVE and her short play The Changing of the Guard was produced at The Ensemble Studio Theatre and was published in the Best American Short Play Anthology. Other plays include Cat.her.in.e (MITF festival NYC) Valentine, (performed @ Galapagos, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, etc), Good Times/Bad Times (workshop: The Ensemble Studio Theatre Lexington Retreat) and her plays have been produced/work shopped/read at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Group, and regionally around the country.
Amy is currently working on a book of short memoir stories entitled What To Expect. She has had the pleasure of reading excerpts from What To Expect at Naked Angels Tuesdays @9, Access Theatre, and EST.
(See actor’s biography in the “Cast” section.)
Producer: Apolline Berty
Apolline Berty is a writer and producer based in New York City. Born in France, she moved to New York at an early age and studied English Literature at Swarthmore College. She is currently pursuing an MBA/MFA Dual Degree at New York University and producing as much as possible until graduation in 2014.
Art Director: Jennifer Kim
Born and educated in New York City, Jennifer Kim is a graduate of Pratt Institute of Art, where she studied traditional illustration, communications imaging, jewelry, and sculpture. She was selected to display her work in the Pratt Show 2010. In her own time, she has pursued costume design & fabrication, as well as a study of European history, in an effort to break into period piece production.