Find Out More About Our Creative Team
Joel Greenhouse (Writer / Creator)
Joel Greenhouse co-authored Have I Got A Girl For You, The Frankenstein Musical, which was produced off-Broadway at the Second Avenue Theatre and in Regional Theatres. Other works include An Evening with Nurse Strain (co-author, St. Marks Playhouse), Last Chance for Happiness (Terry Schreiber Studio), Twisted (Judith Anderson Theatre), and Goodbye Already (Neil Simon Festival – Best New Play award). As a comedy writer and performer, he has appeared with improv and comedy groups throughout the city, including First Amendment and Joan Crawford’s Children, toured with Vaudeville 78, starring Donald O’Connor, Eddie Fisher, and Ronnie Spector, and was a member of the comedy duo, Borneman and Greenhouse, (Best Comedy Duo – National Association of Concerts and Cabaret Artists) appearing in clubs throughout the country and performing and writing scores of radio commercials, most notably for Dr. Ruth, the sex therapist. He is a member of Mick Casale’s Dramatic Writing Workshop and the East Broadway Theatre Project.
Joe John Battista (Director)
Actor/Photographer/Graphic Artist/Videographer) Artistic Director of the Historic 13th Street Repertory Theater and a member of Actor’s Equity and the Dramatist Guild. Graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts who studied with William Hickey, Stephen Strimpbell, Uta Hagen, Eve Collier, Hugh Whitfield, Jack Melanos, Paul J. Curtis, and Gates Mcfadden. At the age of 21, he was hired as a director at the Bucks County Playhouse but soon realized that New York theater was his first love and soon was directing experimental theater off-Broadway. Joe also is a professional photographer and has worked for the Ford, Elite, Zoli, Wilhelmina, and Legends agencies. Joe has been involved in hundreds of plays and musicals, including Women Behind Bars starring Amy Stiller, and was the lead guitarist for Razor Engine and Electric Landlady. He also appeared and played blues in Lone Star. In July, Joe directed an original play, Before We’re Gone, written by Jerry Small and produced by Bahr Productions, a film production company from Los Angeles, California. Production consultant/graphics designer for Dress of Fire with Austen Pendleton and Angelica Page. Joe is directing an experimental project, Uno Momento, and also has directed for Emmy Ed to the award-winning Seth Freeman. Joe recently directed The Un American and Larry and Lucy at Theater For The New City, headed by executive director Crystal Field.
Peter W. Dizozza (Music Composer)
Peter is a music composer and in-house counsel for Cinema VII, the entertainment collective that administers his creative catalog. In 2021, he received a City Artist Corps grant from The New York Foundation for the Arts to develop his musical theater project, Tunnel (from Suez to Candlewood), at Theater for the New City (with help from Joe Battista and others). Sample his work on the channels youtube.com/dizozza, youtube.com/cinemavii, and youtube.com/cviirecordings.
Hillary Wyatt (Producer)
Is the owner of PawPrint Productions, a small productions company that specializes in Off and Off Off Broadway shows.
Wendy Tonken (Costumes/Props)
Was the associate artistic director of the 13th Street Rep., where she’s been a teaching artist, actress, and director for the last 30 years. She has also done costumes and production design for off-Broadway shows at the Village Gate (Slaphappy) and Perry St. Theater (Practice). Most recently, Wendy's work has been seen here at TNC in the plays Life in the Rye (2018) and The Unamerican (2022), both by Claude Solnik and Larry and Lucy by Peter Welch (2022). Wendy is thrilled to be a part of Cold Blooded and to once again be collaborating with director Joe Battista.
Mark Marcante (Sets)
Mark Marcante is a director, actor, and award-winning production designer. He did the set design for Death of a Salesman at the American Yiddish Theater. He did set design for Obie winner Heathen Valley by Romulus Linney, and set design for Kennedy Center Award/Obie winner Hiroshima by Yoko Ono and Ron Destro. Mark has done sets for many shows, including Time Square Angel by Charles Busch, 1918: A House Divided by Barbara Kahn, and The Faculty Room by Mario Fratti. He has also directed many plays off/off-off-Broadway, including Shareholders Value, Americas Favorite Newscaster, Heather Smiley for President, The Folk Singer, An American Worker, Samantha and the Glass Ceiling, Benedictus, The Capital Ventriloquist Life Knocks, Strangely Wonderful, One Director Against His Cast, and Ruzzante Returns. Mark co-directed Phoebe Legere’s Shakespeare and Elizabeth and co-directed Phoebe Legere’s Let Every Child Sing. Mark studied Commedia Dell Ar'te with Allessando Bressennelo and Michelle Connena from the T.A.G Teatro in Venice, Italy. He studied Mime with Bill George from Touchstone Mime Company. He has been the production director at Theater for the New City since 1984 to present.
Brian Park (Lighting Design/Sound)
Brian Park has been working with lights and sound design at TNC since 2018. He has run sound and lights at various other off-Broadway theaters on the Lower East Side.
Sevin Ceviker (Choreographer)
Sevin Ceviker is an actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer with a unique Middle Eastern flavor.
My first role ever was a tree in The Wizard of Oz in Istanbul, my hometown. I was seven years old when I got that part, and I remember the glamour of the lights and the sparkle of the dust on stage. It was magical. I was the best tree on that stage! From that point on, my heart was filled, and there was no turning back. I remember that as a young child, I’d dress up in front of my grandma’s big mirror and imagine myself a star in the movies. I would shut the bedroom door and dive into a world that I created in my mind and act and dance away for hours on end.
Dance was my first love and my way of expressing myself. I studied and became a professional dancer. I have traveled the world with many dance companies, including my own, and have explored many different styles of dance, as it gives me so much joy. I continue to study and work to develop all my abilities and am shifting my focus to acting for both stage and camera. The sky's the limit.
Creativity runs through my blood and makes me feel alive. Expressing emotions through the lenses of different characters and art forms makes me break free. That stagestruck little girl has never left me. I love portraying different characters with all the sincerity of that child who still lives in me.
Some credits include: Dance/Theater: Martha Graham Dance Company, Esther the Musical, Red Shoes, Cinderella, Sketch of NY... TV/Film: And Just Like That, Marvelous Ms. Maisel, Spectrum, The Best of Me … Choreography: bEarth, Bold Boy the Musical, To Love...
John King (Stage Manager)
John King is a composer, performer, and professional organizer. He is dedicated to craft profound and empathetic experiences in both his personal and professional life. Some of his New York credits include: composer of Blood Countess (a new musical) at Lincoln Center's Across A Crowded Room workshop, stage manager of The Neon Coven's Oscar at the Crown at 3 Dollar Bill, & co-director of That Which Thou Canst Undo (a devised, immersive installation inspired by Titus Andronicus) at SQUARE1. John is an advocate and member of Mutual Aid Diabetes which was created as a direct crisis response to the for-profit healthcare industry in the US. For more information visit mutualaiddiabetes.com to learn, donate, or request help.
Kevin Murray (Drums)
Kevin Murray is a drummer, saxophonist, improviser, and organizer who uses various objects and extended techniques to further his vocabulary in a wide variety of musical settings, with a focus on free improvisation. He co-curates the Pool Improvised Music Series and 1039 Records, both based in Brooklyn.
David Gibbs/DARR Publicity (Press Rep)
David Gibbs (he/him) is the founder of DARR Publicity, a boutique entertainment press agency specializing in theater, dance, film, music, and unique theatrical experiences. Clients include The Amoralists, Company XIV, FIAF, Ice Factory Festival, La MaMa, Molière in the Park, New Ohio Theatre, NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival, Pig Iron, PTP/NYC, and Red Seed Films. David has publicized shows at many Off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway venues throughout NYC. His clients have won Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and Off Broadway Alliance Awards.
Mari Tompkins (Assistant Director)
Mari Tompkins is a third year at Tisch School of the Arts (New York University), studying Performance Studies and Dramatic Literature. She is currently directing student work at the university this fall. Mari hopes to make her life in the theater as a director and a playwright.
Robert Z Designs LLC (Brand Design / Digital and Social Content)
Robert Z Designs LLC is a one-man creative powerhouse offering exceptional, award-winning design and art direction for clients in retail, CPG, stage and film productions and more. For over 20 years, our focus has been storytelling, collaborating with fellow creatives to bring their messages to life in engaging ways.