Suzanne Bachner • Playwright & Director
is an award winning playwright and director. Her play, CIRCLE, ran for five months Off Broadway, was performed nationally and called “ingenious” by The New York Times. Her new two-actor production of CIRCLE is currently optioned for production in Australia following a 4-month 7-City Sold Out International Tour during which it was awarded Most Daring Show of the London Fringe. The Good Adoptee, Suzanne’s new play starring Anna Bridgforth, premiered in the United Solo Theatre Festival and won awards for Best Autobiographical Script and Best Actress and was included in Indie Theater Now’s Best Plays 2017 Anthology. Under Suzanne’s direction, the show has toured to the London Fringe and all over the U.S. including productions in FL, OH, IN, MO, TX, MA, Albany and a 7-week 9-city Connecticut tour. Playwriting and directing: a six month NYC run of her cult hit, Icons & Outcasts; a five month NYC run and an international tour of BITE and multiple NYC productions of her celebrated kaleidoscopic memoir play, We Call Her Benny, which Broadway World called “the future of theatre”. Her plays have been seen at PS NBC@HERE, the Duplex, the National Arts Club, the Michael Weller Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage Company, Mercury Players Theatre and 20th Century Fox at the Coronet Theater in LA, among others. Other plays include Screwdrivers & Sunday Brunch, Alexandra Triptych, Don’t Let Destiny Push You Around, Jump Start, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Temptation, Sex Ed, Flirting with Reality and Twin Studies. Current solo show directing and development: Bob Brader’s internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning solo shows including Spitting In The Face Of The Devil and Smoker and Gloria Rosen’s award-winning Listen…Can You Hear Me Now? Suzanne studied playwriting with Romulus Linney and Adrienne Kennedy and holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University. She is a four-time OOBR Award winner, Playwright-in-Residence Emeritus at The Actors Institute and a member of the United Solo Academy and the Dramatists Guild.
Anna Bridgforth • Performer
is an award-winning actress and Virginia native who has lived in NYC since 2004. She started her career as a scream queen working in independent film where she starred in several features, including The Wickeds, Kamikazes: A Deathography, Holler Creek Canyon and The Screening among others. She fell in love with the New York stage and began working on productions big and small. These include the JMTC Theatre production of BITE; which she has done twice, both in it’s original incarnation at The Red Room Theater in the East Village in 2005 and again as a part of the Orlando International Fringe Festival in 2014. Also with JMTC, Anna originated the role of Young Anna in the critically acclaimed play, We Call Her Benny as part of the FRIGID New York Festival, as well as in its own run at the Michael Weller Theatre in 2008. Other New York theater includes Measure for Measure and An Ideal Husband with Big Rodent Theater Company, and Hope with tripNYC. After appearing in a burlesque comedy at Broadway Comedy Club in 2008, Anna has been hosting and performing burlesque all over the country as Boo Bess. With her own unique version of theatrical striptease, Boo has hosted, sung and stripped her way across the stages of City Winery, The Highline Ballroom, The Slipper Room, The Bell House, Verboten, The Coney Island Sideshow, Times Scare, The Kraine Theater, Bathtub Gin and everywhere from Detroit to Denver to New Orleans. She's traveled all over the country with touring burlesque troupe Twirly Whirly Burly Q and continues to host and perform regularly in NYC. She recently self produced a trailer called By Night about artists living and working with duality in the New York nightlife community that she is continuing to develop. Anna starred in her first solo show, Suzanne Bachner’s The Good Adoptee, which premiered as one of 150 shows in the United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row in 2015 and for which she won the coveted Best Actress Award. The Good Adoptee has gone on to travel all over the country and beyond, including a run in the London International Fringe Festival as well as a 9 city tour of Connecticut, and shows in Cleveland, Austin, Massachusetts and NYC. Adventures in social justice via theatre with JMTC Theatre continue!
Bob Brader • Dramaturg
is an award winning actor, writer and monologist. Spitting In The Face Of The Devil, Bob’s acclaimed solo show, has toured all over the U.S. and Canada and won 7 Best of Awards including Best Show of the London Fringe and Best Script and Best Encore at the Untied Solo Theatre Festival. Bob’s brand new retelling of the story on the RISK! Podcast was called by RISK! creator and host Kevin Allison: "An absolute stunner. Bob Brader's story ‘Spitting in the Face Of The Devil’ is one of our best episodes ever." Bob made his international debut at the London Fringe Festival with his second solo show, Preparation Hex, a hemorrhoid tale and love story, which toured Canada and played in NYC at the Directors Company and the United Solo Festival. His new monologue, Smoker, had its world premiere on Theatre Row as part of United Solo, where it won the Best Autobiographical Show Award and went on to a highly acclaimed Canadian tour. Bob’s numerous acting credits include headlining the two-actor NYC run as well as the sold-out international tour of CIRCLE (Most Daring Show, London Fringe). He was in the original cast of We Call Her Benny and performed in both the recent tour and original five-month NYC run of BITE with JMTC Theatre, for which he is Executive Director. Other New York Theatre credits include Bryan Enk and Matt Gray’s supernatural theatrical serial, Penny Dreadful, at the Brick Theater (Teddy Roosevelt) and numerous DMTheatrics’ productions: Girls School Vampire, Bitch Macbeth, Who in the Hell is the Real Live Lorelei Lee? and Antony and Cleopatra (Caesar, OOBR Award). Film credits include Eat Me and DelanoCelli Productions’ award winning Brooklyn in July. Bob trained with the Stella Adler Conservatory at the Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the United Solo Academy, SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild.
Katie Chai • Lighting & Sound Design
A stage manager and technician originally from Dallas, TX and a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, she has worked with many companies in New York City, including American Globe Theatre, Horse Trade Theater Group, Playwright's Realm and others. She has also worked with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, NY Frigid Festival and the NYC Fringe Festival.
Michael Koch • Graphic Design
is a freelance graphic designer and Resident Graphic Designer of JMTC Theatre.
Shar Adrias • Video Production & Production Photography
is the owner and Creative Director of Movements by Shar. Shar established a film company in 2005. Having been a dancer all her life and a choreographer, she brings a special kind of texture and vision to her projects. She operates on instinct and feeling, rather than math and science. Specializing in documentary and dance, her passion is in the art of story telling. "The world is so full of stories. I'd like to tell as many I can, for as long as I can.”
JMTC Theatre • Producer
is an award-winning, international, artist-driven theatre company creating powerful, visceral, passionate theatrical experiences that are provocative and transformative. By partnering with national and international non-profit organizations, JMTC Theatre combines art and advocacy to raise funds and awareness. Founded in London in 1994 by Patrick Hillan, JMTC Theatre is based in NYC and has produced over 50 productions in New York City and collaborated with over 100 incredible theater artists. Past productions include Suzanne Bachner’s award-winning Off Broadway hit, CIRCLE; Thom Fudal’s daring production of Shakespeare’s Othello starring Patrick Hillan and Geoffrey Owens; Bob Brader’s acclaimed solo show, Spitting In The Face Of The Devil and Suzanne Bachner’s celebrated kaleidoscopic memoir play, We Call Her Benny. JMTC has presented work at PSNBC@HERE and 20th Century Fox at the Coronet Theater in LA, The Duplex, The National Arts Club, Flicks on 66 Wild West Digital Shootout (Finalist), the first-ever and 2nd annual FRIGID New York Festival, the Midtown International Theatre Festival (Best of the Fest) and the London Fringe Festival, among many others. JMTC ran its own unique white box theater space in Chelsea for four years, is a Resident Company Emeritus at Pulse Ensemble Theatre, the Actors Institute (now TAI Resources) and Horse Trade Theater Group, and has received four OOBR Awards, 14 Best in Fest Awards and Spirit of the Fringe from the London Fringe.