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.






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.


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.

LIZ ATKINSON (Sound Designer)

COLIN MCILVAINE (Scenic Designer)

ALICIA CROSBY (Props Master)

FLAMMEL & HAMMER (Technical Director / Scenic Shop)