Mr. Bock helped Jack Cummings III develop The Audience, nominated for three 2005 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. His play The Shaker Chair,produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville in the Humana Festival in 2005, was nominated for the Kesselring Prize. The Typographer's Dream has been produced in New York City and San Francisco, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Berkeley in 2006. Mr. Bock's play Thursday was produced in San Francisco with a 2003 NEA grant.
These and other plays have been read or workshopped at New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, NYC's Vineyard Theater, Soho Rep, Underwood Theater, Rude Mechanicals NYC, the JAW/West Festival at Portland Center Stage, Printer's Devil, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theater, Salt Lake Actors Company, Southwark Theater, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, New Works at Perry-Mansfield, and Clubbed Thumb. Mr. Bock is an artistic associate at Shotgun Players and Encore Theater, and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
MISTI B. WILLS (Director) NY directing credits include Off-Broadway: In Search of Euphoria and Twilight the Musical (assistant director) at New World Stages, Off-Off Broadway: Afterlight (NY Fringe Festival 09, Cherry Lane Theatre), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Sister Co), The Pearl Merchant, Songs for a New World, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Fave Regional/Academic: Fires in the Mirror, Thistleblossoms, A Thing of Beauty, West Side Story, The Music Man, Alice in Wonderland, Our Town, and a national tour of The Imaginary Invalid. Misti holds a Master of Arts degree in theatre education from Emerson College and has studied with Anne Bogart, Michael Mayer and David Mamet. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She is currently the Resident Director for Shakespeare's Sister Company and on the acting faculty of the New York Film Academy and Long Island University. www.mistiwills.com
JUMP FOR JOY PRODUCTIONS, led by founder and artistic director Samantha Payne Garland, seeks to engage audiences with compelling theater. Collaborating with a rotating cast of associate producers and artists, Jump for Joy stages classic and contemporary plays, with a focus on professional productions that don't break the bank. And because Jump for Joy believes that all great theater deserves a great audience, the team works hard to promote their projects and engage with audiences who don't normally attend live theater. They want to invite everyone to feel connected to this most elemental form of storytelling.