Sing the Body Electric Cast & Crew

Wed, 03/14/2018


 MARY LEE BEDNAREK (Claire) Mary Lee Bednarek is pleased to be returning to Theatre Exile where she last appeared in the award-winning production of Killer Joe. She has worked with many Philadelphia companies including Lantern, Egopo, Azuka, PAC, Simpatico, New Paradise Laboratories, New City, Hedgerow and Act II Playhouse. She has also worked abroad with Teatro Delle Due in Italy and the Jo Strømgren Company in Norway.

KIMBERLY S. FAIRBANKS is excited to be a part of this world premiere. Most recent credits include; Theatre: Internationally: I Will Speak for Myself (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Off Broadway: I Will Speak for Myself (59E59 Theater); The Mecca Tales (Sheen Center); Regional: Passing Strange (The Wilma Theater) Human Rites (Interact Theatre); Television: Instinct (CBS); Madam Secretary (CBS); The Looming Tower (Hulu); Delco Proper (Comedy Central); House of Cards (Netflix); The Family (ABC); Film: Glass (M. Night Shyamalan, Writer/Director) and Untouchable (Neil Burger, Director). Kimberly is a National Partners American Theatre Classical Acting Award Recipient and a Barrymore Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical.

Trevor couldn't be happier to be returning to Exile for Sing the Body Electric!  A Philadelphia based actor, most recently he has appeared in Delaware Shakespeare Festivals Community Tour production of As You Like It, and Interact Theaters How to use a Knife.   Thanks to Deb for having me here, and to the whole cast.  Love to Campbell.  Enjoy the show!

Anthony Lawton has acted in Philadelphia for twenty-four years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut); “man” in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1812); and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden). In 2005, Lawton received grants from the Independence Foundation and Philadelphia Theatre Initiative to write and develop The Foocy, which garnered five Barrymore nominations (including Best New Play). In 2016, his adaptation of The Light Princess (with music by Alex Bechtel) was nominated for 8 Barrymores, winning for Best Original Music. The Philadelphia City Paper named him the city’s “Best One-Man Theatre” for his solo productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. For more information on these shows, go to:

Kishia Nixon is thrilled to be a part of Theatre Exile's production of Sing The Body Electric. She has been recently seen in Azuka Theatre's Ready Steady Yeti Go! and How We Got On, Dragon Eyes Theatre Follow me through the Gates, PlayPenn’s reading of House of the Negro Insane, and Egopo's Theatre The Children's hour. She holds a BFA in acting from Arcadia University. She is dedicating all her performances to her Dad; he was her greatest fan and biggest support, she misses him every day. Thank you to all her family, friends, and colleagues. God bless!



MICHAEL HOLLINGER (Playwright) Previously produced plays include Under the Skin, Ghost-Writer, Opus, Tooth and Claw, Red Herring, Incorruptible, Tiny Island, and An Empty Plate in the Café Du Grand Boeuf, all of which premiered at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company and which have together enjoyed numerous productions around the country, in New York City and abroad.  Work premiered elsewhere includes: Hope and Gravity at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre; a new translation of Cyrano (co-adapted with Aaron Posner) at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and the musical A Wonderful Noise (co-authored with Vance Lehmkuhl) at Colorado’s Creede Repertory Theatre.  The most recent premiere was the new musical TouchTones (co-authored with composer Robert Maggio) at the Arden in October 2017.  Awards include a Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy, an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, four Barrymore Awards (including the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist), nominations for Lucille Lortel and John Gassner awards, and fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  Michael is a Professor of Theatre at Villanova University, where he also serves as Artistic Director of Villanova Theatre, and a proud alumnus of New Dramatists.  He shares a life with actor/educator Megan Bellwoar, and their children Benjamin and Willa.

DEBORAH BLOCK (Director) has been a consistent figure in the Philadelphia arts community for over 30 years as a dramaturg, producer, curator, choreographer, educator and a director. She has received much recognition for her professional and educational work including receiving the Independence Fellowship in the Arts and the Albert Benzwie Award for playwriting. She is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, now FringeArts, and was the program director for ten years. She received her MFA at Temple University. Deborah has been with Theatre Exile for 12 years and has directed Guards at the Taj, Smoke, Red Speedo, Cock, The English Bride, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Iron, Hunter Gatherers, dark play or stories for boys, Roosters and collaborated on Hearts & Soles. Love to Doug & Josh.

JESS DARLING (Stage & Production Manager) Jess is a Philadelphia-based stage and production manager. This is her fifth season in Exile. She has also worked with 11th Hour Theatre Company, FringeArts, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, New Paradise Laboratories, Flashpoint, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Maples Repertory Theatre, and Mauckingbird Theatre Company. She was recently elected Judge of Elections in her division in South Philly. Black lives matter.

COURTNEY BANKS (Assistant Stage Manager) is originally from Southern Kansas and moved to Philadelphia 3 years ago. She is a graduate from Temple University class of 2017 with a degree in theater. She is currently working with Theatre Exile for their 2017/2018 season as the Assistant Stage Manager.

ROBIN I SHANE (Costume Designer) Recent productions include Iphigenia At Aulis and The Captive (PAC), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Theater of NJ), and the upcoming ms. estrada at The Flea in NYC. Passage Theater (Resident Designer): Paradise, Fixed, White Guy On The Bus, and The Goldilocks Zone, and others. Other Philadelphia productions include: EgoPo: Hairy Ape, Stairs to the Roof, Death of a Salesman, A Doll’s House and Lady from the Sea.  Other productions include Greetings! and God of Carnage (Montgomery Theater), Xanadu, Dreamgirls and The Rocky Horror Show (Revision Theater) and Brundibar; Comedy on the Bridge and But The Giraffe (The New Victory Theater/Yale Rep/ Berkeley Rep). Other credits include Jean Cocteau Rep, Soho Rep, The Mint, Chicago Opera Theater, The Juilliard School, New York University and The Harrisburg Opera, as well as the large and small screen. MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

MASHA TSIMRING (Lighting Designer) is a lighting and sometimes set designer living in New York City and working wherever the wind takes her. She was born in Russia, raised in Southern California, and spends as much of her time near the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as possible. She’s been lucky enough to collaborate in many genres, weaving between theatre of all sorts, dance, opera, and experimental works that live somewhere in between. She holds an MFA in Design from Yale School of Drama and a BFA from Emerson College. Her work has taken her to theaters and companies across the country including The Shakespeare Theatre, The Kitchen, CalShakes, Playmakers Rep, Marin Theatre Co, Berkeley Rep, Bushwick Starr, Page 73, FringeArts, Baryshnikov Art Center, The Wilma, Triad Stage, and many others. Her work has also been seen internationally in Canada, Russia, the Netherlands, Ecuador, and Chile. She is a proud member of USA829.

ELIZABETH ATKINSON (Sound Designer & Composer) is delighted to be working with Theatre Exile again.  Liz is currently based in Philadelphia, after many years in Pittsburgh where she was Resident Sound Designer at the City Theatre Company.  Her freelance career includes regional theatre credits at The Wilma, Simpatico Theatre Project, InterAct Theatre, Inis Nua Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Quantum Theatre, and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named her sound designer of the year in 2003, 2006, and 2007.  She is a faculty member at Swarthmore College, and previously at Point Park University and Carnegie Mellon University. Liz has also had the honor of exhibiting at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Prague Quadrennials.

COLIN MCILVAINE (Scenic Designer) Most recent design credits include: White (Theatre Horizon), Human Rites (Interact Theatre), Ideation (Theatre Exile).  Colin’s recent assistant and associate design credits include: Venus (Signature Theatre), Pipeline (Lincoln Center), Quartett (Spoleto).  In addition to his freelance career, Colin is an adjunct lecturer at The University of the Arts and Temple University.  B.A. University of Maryland; MFA Scenic Design Temple University.

ALICIA CROSBY (Props Master) is an actor, creator and designer in Philadelphia. Recent work includes Dear Diary LOL with Antigravity theater (actor, creator), Period of Animate Existence with Pig Iron Theatre Co. (Props Designer) and Hello Blackout with New Paradise Laboratories (Props Designer).

FLAMMEL & HAMMER (Technical Director / Scenic Shop)(Joe Daniels/Technical Director) is a Philadelphia based business. The company was founded by Lauren Tracy (Flannel) and Joe Daniels (Hammer). With over 10 years’ experience and 100 productions under their (tool) belts they have the knowledge and skills to bring any scenic construction to life. They are thrilled to be working with Theatre Exile again after building Ideation and Really. In addition, their work can be seen onstage at the Drake with Azuka Theatre and Inis Nua Theatre Company as well as at the Lantern Theatre Company.