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Laurel Ollstein
Giovanna Sardelli
Scott Aiello
Mary Beth Fisher
Jeremy Kahn
Katharine Lorraine
Carrie Paff
Katy Sullivan
Katherine Hamilton



LAUREL OLLSTEIN (Playwright) is a playwright/director based in Los Angeles whose produced plays include Laughter, Hope and a Sock in the Eye; CHEESE; Esther’s Moustache; OPA! the Musical; Dorothy Parker Is in the Bath; The Dark Ages; Bias Cut; and Showing Our Age. They Promised Her the Moon was showcased Off-Broadway and in new works festivals at The Old Globe and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. The critically acclaimed West Coast premiere production at The Old Globe in San Diego, was followed by the Northern California Premiere at TheatreWorks, both directed by Giovanna Sardelli. She has written commissions for The Getty Villa, About...Productions, New Jersey Rep, Playwrights’ Arena, and The Actors’ Gang. She is a recipient of Ovation, Garland, and LA Weekly Theater Awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council. Ms. Ollstein directs playwriting programs, writing and arts education in schools, and creates plays on social justice themes. She has been a faculty member at Cal Arts, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and Otis College of Art and Design.


GIOVANNA SARDELLI (Director) is TheatreWorks’ Artistic Associate and Director of New Works, and has directed They Promised Her the Moon, Archduke, Finks, Crimes of the Heart, The Velocity of Autumn, The North Pool, The Lake Effect, and Somewhere. She directed Describe the Night (Obie Award Best New Play, TW New Works Festival 2014) at Atlantic Theater Co. and at the Alley Theatre (during Hurricane Harvey!), the world premiere of Archduke (TW NWF 2016) at Mark Taper Forum, and Guards at the Taj (2017 Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play) for Geffen Playhouse. Off-Broadway world premieres include Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout Theatre Co.), Wildflower, Animals Out of Paper, and All This Intimacy (Second Stage). Her production of An Entomologist’s Love Story (TW NWF 2014), had its world premiere at SF Playhouse. Additional regional credits include: West Coast Premiere of They Promised Her the Moon (The Old Globe), Matthew Lopez’ The Whipping Man and Somewhere (The Old Globe), and numerous shows at Dorset Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Barrington Stage Co. and many others.


SCOTT AIELLO (Dr. Z/Po) Recent Theatre: The Prince of Providence (Trinity Rep), Support Group for Men (Contemporary American Theater Festival), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Asolo Rep). Television: Billions (HBO, recurring), The Good Fight (CBS, recurring), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Last O.G. (TBS), The Good Cop (Netflix). Narrator of over 125 audiobooks. Writer: Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon (Off-Broadway debut, 59E59 Theaters. Training: Juilliard.


MARY BETH FISHER (Hes) appeared in the West Coast premiere of Laurel Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon at the Old Globe directed by Giovanna Sardelli. Her many Chicago theatre credits include plays at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Co., Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, About Face Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Co., Northlight Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Co., and most recently she was seen in The Niceties at Writers’. NY credits include Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Roundabout Theatre Co. TV/Film: Saint Frances, Sense8, Chicago Justice, Chicago Fire, Without a Trace, Numb3rs, and many more.


JEREMY KAHN (Eddie) has been seen at TheatreWorks in Archduke and Peter and the Starcatcher as well as the New Works Festival readings of Laugh, The Disappearing Man, and Born in East Berlin. Other work includes productions with American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, San Diego Rep, Aurora Theatre Co., Marin Theatre Co., Center REP, Magic Theatre, SF Playhouse, Capital Stage, Jewel Theatre Co., and Shotgun Players. He holds a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. (he/him/his)


KATHARINE LORRAINE (Dina/Professor) is an actor, creator, and teacher. New York theatre includes: Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), We Are Here (Spiegelworld), The Gray Man (Pipeline Theatre Co.), and The Bad Years (Kerrigan and Lowdermilk). She is co-creator of @kioskseries, an Instagram original series, and a short film about healthcare in post production. She directed The Winter’s Tale as part of Juilliard’s Beyond the Machine festival, and assistant directed The Visitation (Witness). Graduate of Juilliard Drama, Group 42.


CARRIE PAFF (Phro) Off-Broadway: Alice in Calvin Trillin’s About Alice at Theatre for a New Audience and Ideation at 59E59 (New York Times Critic’s Pick). Regional: Arizona Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, SF Playhouse, ACT Seattle, Magic Theatre, San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre Co. Center REP, Capital Stage, Word for Word, and Marin Theatre Co. She can be heard in Pixar’s Finding Dory, The Good Dinosaur, and Lamp Life. She holds a master's degree from New York University. 


KATY SULLIVAN (Pandora) originated the role of Ani in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Manhattan Theatre Club. She has won Berkshire Theatre, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Ovation Award nominations and a Theatre World Award. Stage experiences include: Hedda Gabler, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Steel Magnolias, and more. TV: My Name is Earl, Last Man Standing, Legit, NCIS: New Orleans, and most recently Station 19. She is a four-time U.S. Champion in the 100m, among the first bilateral above the knee amputees to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. BFA in acting, Webster University’s Conservatory.


KATHERINE HAMILTON (Stage Directions) is an actress and director recently graduated from UCSB’s directing program. She was most recently seen onstage as Emmy in A Doll’s House Part 2 at Palo Alto Players. She is currently directing plays by Cheryl L. West and Jami Brandli for the UCSB Zoom festival Alone Together, and recently assistant directed Murder on the Orient Express at Indiana Rep (directed by Risa Brainin).