All For One Offers First Collaborative Panel Series: SOLO THEATER DIRECTORS, 6/30

All For One Offers First Collaborative Panel Series: SOLO THEATER DIRECTORS, 6/30

In the world of theater, collaboration is essential to success. The director-writer partnership in solo theater is, for many, the most important partnership in the process of developing a show for a successful performance or run. Yet how do solo theater artists identify what collaborators their show needs, connect with these professionals at the most appropriate stages of their show's development, and properly evaluate who might be the best fit for the production's highest success?

All For One, the New York based theater company dedicated to solo performance, receives inquiries from our community regularly on all these fronts. All For One has gone a step further to create a series of free panels that will bring together collaborators in specific areas of solo theater for discussion, community Q & A, and opportunities for networking and one-on-one interaction around solo performance shows and goals.

On Monday, June 30th, please join All For One for its first panel in this new series: Solo Theater Directors. For this panel All For One is bringing together a select group of solo theater's most dynamic and award-winning directors to introduce them to our community, discuss key topics and questions in solo theater direction and collaboration, and learn more about their work and show interests.

The Solo Theater Directors Panel is All For One's first panel in the Collaborators Panel Series. The panel will include: Jean-Michele Gregory, Jessi D. Hill, Julie Kline, David Drake, Padraic Lillis, and Joe Ricci and will be presented free of charge at Theatrelab.

All For One's Solo Theater Directors Panel is key in All For One's mission to educate and foster a supportive community for solo artists by facilitating an open conversation about their performances and work. This panel will open a forum for artists to connect to established theater artists and have their questions and concerns directly answered.

The Solo Theater Directors Panel will be on June 30th from 7 to 10 PM at Theatrelab at 357 W. 36th St. on the 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Av.) Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. To learn more and to RSVP go to

Theatrelab is an ADA accessible space.

About the Panelists:

Jessi D. Hill is Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective where she curates soloNOVA Arts and the Groundworks new play development programs. As a freelance director, recent projects include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater/ Joes' Pub, Hoxton Hall (London), The Playwrights' Center, Primary Stages, Chicago Dramatists, The New Group, Culture Project, New Dramatists, Dixon Place, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, The Women's Project, Youngblood, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and others. She has directed dozens of solo productions, most recently Human Fruit Bowl by Andrea Kuchlewska featuring Harmony Stempel at Baruch Performing Arts Center and Lucie Pohl's Hi, Hitler! which will be performed in the Edinburg Fringe this summer. She has been Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company, a Director-in-Residence at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a guest artist in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Fordham University, Long Island University, Powerhouse/ NY Stage & Film, NYU/ Tisch, Atlantic, Playwrights Horizons, Strasberg, Hunter College, and others. MFA Directing: Yale. Member SDC

Padraic Lillis was named a Indie Theater Now Person of the Year in 2013, awarded the NY IT Award for Outstanding Director for Lindsay Joy's Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen and the New York International Fringe Festival's Outstanding Excellence in Direction for Lee Kaplan's, Bully. Other recent solo shows include: Adina Taubman's award winning A Line In the Sand, Kelly Kinsella's When Thoughts Attack, he also co-wrote and directed How to do a One Person Show with Kelly, Cindy Keiter's The General's Daughter, and he performs his own solo show How to Survive Crack Addiction. Padraic is the Artistic Director of The Farm Theater and a life long Yankee fan.

Julie Kline is an actor, director, and producer living in Brooklyn. She developed and directed Erin Layton's solo show Magdalen, detailing the lives of girls held in the Magdalen Laundries in Ireland, produced at the NYC and Santa Cruz Fringe Festivals, and the United Solo Festival 2013, where it was awarded Best Documentary Script. She has advised solo works by Dan Hoyle and Pamela Jackson, and wrote and performed her own solo show, Remedies, at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and as part of the Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan Theater Source. Up-coming: Journey of a Bombshell written and performed by Melissa Ritz about the life of big-band leader Ina Ray Hutton, premiering at the United Solo Festival in October 2014.

Joe Ricci came to directing through his work as an actor, writer, and dramaturg. But his love affair with the solo form began when he directed the solo show Dining Alone, performed by Tricia Brouk. Since getting involved with AFO in 2011, he has directed three shows which appeared as part of the All For One Theater Festival: The Panic Diaries, You Want Me to do What? and The Purpose Project. The Purpose Project has since gone on to receive race reviews with performances in NJ, NY and St. Louis. Upcoming projects: Imagine: A Concert of Hope, Whiskeyland! and Third Party Ruling.

David Drake is an actor, writer, and director who is most widely known as the Obie Award-winning creator of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, one of the longest- running solo shows in New York theater history. On screen David has appeared in The Good Wife, Law & Order, Philadelphia, It's Pat, Longtime Companion. David's directing credits include new works at the Sundance Theater Lab, The Public's Under the Radar, NYMF, NYC Fringe, Rattlestick, and the world premiere of Taylor Mac's Obie Award-winning The Lily's Revenge. David Currently teaches the "Solo Show Shop" masterclass at Abrons Arts Center in NYC.

Jean-Michele Gregory works as a director, editor, and dramaturg, focusing on extemporaneous theatrical works that live in the moment they are told. Working primarily with solo artist, for sixteen years she has been Mike Daisey's chief co-conspirator, staging his monologues at venues across the globe including the Public Theater, The Sydney Opera House, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the Spoleto Festival, T: BA Festival, Under the Radar Festival, and many more. Other notable collaborators include New York storyteller Martin Dockery (Wanderlust, The Surprise) and author and performer Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch, Optimism). She has taught the art of first person narrative at Colby College and told her own stories onstage with The Moth, The Liar Show, Women of Letters, and Speakeasy. Her writing has appeared in Brevity and The New York Sun and she is currently at work on a memoir about her family's exodus from Poland and what it means to forgive.



357 W. 36th St.

3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Av.)

New York, NY 10018


All For One's Solo Theater Directors Panel is FREE! Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP at

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