Carol Schneider is a writer, actor and teacher from New York City. She has worked on Broadway and Off Broadway, in regional theatre, and in studio films as well as independents which have gone onto Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival and Slam Dance. She has served as assistant artistic director of the Actor’s Conservatory in New York. Her short plays, Rockets Under the Houseand Of Concern premiered in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s 2008 and 2010 galas. Her screenplay, Little Village In My Head, was recently optioned by Dreyfuss-James productions. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.
Joe Cacaci is a writer, producer, and professor who received a BA at Manhattan College in NY and a Masters at Emerson College in Boston.
He has directed plays at The Public (for Joseph Papp), Westport Playhouse, Coconut Grove and commercially in NY & LA. His own plays have been produced at The Public, Long Wharf, Coconut Grove, The Alley Theatre, and commercially in LA. Joe produced the Boston premiere of Mamet’s American Buffalo and co-produced the Obie winning NY premier of Mamet’s Edmond. As founding Artistic Director of East Coast Arts, he produced 20 new plays. A founding co-Artistic Director of Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington, MA, he recently directed the world premier of James Tyler’s SomeOld Black Man, then directed and co-produced the NY premiere, featuring Wendell Pierce and Tony winner, Roger Robinson.
Joe co-created the CBS series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill and has been Executive Producer of three series, SHOWTIME’s The Hoop Life,CBS’s The Education of Max Bickford, and PBS’s Copshop. Joe directed that pilot.
He has written movies for ABC, CBS and NBC, and directed two indie features, and teaches TV writing in the graduate film program at Columbia University and the undergraduate Film Studies program at Wesleyan University.
Joe has directed, written and/or produced for such luminaries as Peter O’Toole, Eli Wallach, Edward Asner, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning, Gregory Hines, Richard Dreyfuss, Blair Brown, and Marcia Gay Harden.
Christopher Tester has appeared in over several theatre productions in the United States. Most recently he took on the leading role as John Singer in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and as Perchik in The Fiddler on the Roof along with Sandra Mae Frank. His acting credits include several leading roles with the New York Deaf Theatre productions. He works as a consultant and interpreter for different theatre companies. ASL consultant (Broadway’s Next to Normal, and NYDT’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde), British Sign Language consultant for the US premiere of Constellations with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson and as an American Sign Language interpreter (Off-Broadway’s Melissa Arctic, Ain’t Misbehavin’; Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Trying). He is also a co-founder of ASL Cabaret NYC, which is a platform for Deaf and hearing actors to experiment in performing musicals together. He recently relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue his PhD to enhance his consulting and interpreting research work.
DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC SIGN LANGUAGE
Deepa Shastri has extensive experience of working in the cultural sector on various levels for the last 13 years. In the past year, she has been involved in numerous of productions as a BSL consultant/director, creditials includes - ear for eye at Royal Court Theatre, The Meeting at Chichester Festival Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic, Puzzle Creatures with Neon Dance at The Place, Snow with Holly Nobel Dance, Moon for 2Faced Dance and Not I with Tourettehero at Battersea Arts Centre.
As an actress, she acted in the following short films - Hands Solo, The Kiss and All Day, a comedy - Deaf Funny for 3 series. Deepa has acted on screen for Channel 4 deaf drama series called Rush, BBC See Hear’s Switch and on stage, Fingersmiths Ltd production called Frozen as Agnetha using bilingual approach theatre using both spoken English and BSL. She performed a sign song at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony for London 2012.
She was an Associate Producer for Unlimited, as part of London 2012 festival programme and Liverpool’s DaDa Festival. She is an expert on deaf and hard of hearing audience development as well has a specialist knowlege in theatre access solutions such as BSL interpretation/translation and captioning.
Rod Jorge is the founder of both Dreamatorium Theatre and London-based production company Not a School Night. As a filmmaker, animator and multi-pronged producer, Rod has spearheaded projects in feature and short films, music videos, commercials, corporate, animation, and charity awareness campaigns. His latest feature film AYNI, an ambitious documentary about alt-medicine and autism, is set to be released in 2019.
Luna Tosin is a producer at Dreamatorium Theatre. After graduating in Law at Centro Universitário UniFAE, in Curitiba - Brazil, Luna came to London to study acting and got her Masters degree in Fine Arts at East 15 Acting School. Since then she has acted in a number of theatre productions, and is currently striving to bring to life new productions that she believes in.
George Mann is co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum and Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic. A practitioner, actor, writer and director, George trained for two years at the École Internationale de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris (2004-2006) after graduating from Royal Holloway University of London with a 1st in Theatre Studies in 2004. As well as creating theatre, George regularly runs workshops, master classes and outreach programs, examples include directing Battersea Art Centre’s Homegrown Company in Oct-Dec 2014, as a Visiting Acting Tutor at Rose Bruford Drama College, and leading Ad Infinitum’s master classes for a diverse range of participants.