DEB GOTTESMAN, CO-FOUNDER
Deb Gottesman is a founder and co-director of The Theatre Lab. She is also a professional actress who has performed frequently at Woolly Mammoth Theatre as well as at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Theater Alliance, and with the Washington Shakespeare Company, among many others. She has directed more than fifteen productions at The Theatre Lab, including Ragtime, The Crucible, The Grapes of Wrath and Jane Eyre, as well as productions for National Geographic and Catholic University’s Musical Theatre Department. Deb received her M.F.A. from Catholic University and has taught drama at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth and American University. She is a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Linowes Leadership Award for her contributions to arts education for underserved populations. Along with Buzz Mauro, she has co-authored three books on applied acting, all published by Penguin Putnam.
THOMAS WORKMAN, LIFE STORIES INSTRUCTOR
Thomas Workman has been making socially conscious theater and film in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years. The former artistic director of City at Peace and associate director of Everyday Theater, two award-winning organizations, Mr. Workman has also directed plays and films for Sunshipp Productions, the Anacostia Oral History Project, and the Crossroads Theater Company. He has taught drama workshops for The Bethesda Academy of Dramatic Arts, the NAMES Project, City Lights School, and the I Have a Dream Foundation. Mr. Workman has been a director of The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories program since 2005. He finds it very fulfilling to see the women of N Street tell their stories on stage after such long journeys.
BUZZ MAURO, CO-FOUNDER
Buzz Mauro is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab and a Helen Hayes Award nominee who has performed with Signature Theatre, Ford's, Studio, The Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and many other companies. He received his B.A. from Yale University and has an M.F.A. in Acting from Catholic University. Along with Deb Gottesman he is the founder of Center Stage Communications, a unique consulting firm specializing in the application of acting techniques to the business world. Together they are the authors of three books on applied acting:The Interview Rehearsal Book, Taking Center Stage, and The Best Answer, all published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Putnam.
JENNIFER L NELSON, PLAYWRIGHT
Jennifer L. Nelson is a Washington, D.C.-based director and playwright, and is currently an Artistic and Legacy Project advisor at Ford’s Theatre (http://www.fords.org/lincoln-legacy-project). A Helen Hayes and Larry Neal Playwriting Award winner, her most recent play 24, 7, 365 was produced by Theatre of the First Amendment. She is honored to know the remarkable women whose stories make up HOW I GOT OVER.