Meet The Creative Team

Martin M. Zuckerman (Playwright)

Martin is a former mathematics professor at the City College of the City University of New York. Among his full-time plays that have been produced in New York are The Aspern Papers, The Assistant, Summer, and Manhattan Transfer. Martin would like to thank Jack de Palma, Hersh Ellis, Janice Goldberg, Susan Green, Tammy Ryan, Lezley Steele, and the members of the Dramatists Guild Playwrights Group for their many valuable suggestions that aided the writing of this play. 

Hersh Ellis (Co-Director)

Hersh is a New York based theater director and filmmaker. He recently directed to world premiere of A.I. thriller “Disruption” Off-West End at the park theatre. It received ★★★★★ and ★★★★ reviews from dozens of major outlets, with Metro saying, “It is rare that a hot-topic play turns out to be so good”. The Daily Express called it, “Sharply directed by New Yorker Hersh Ellis,” and the Evening Standard wrote, “This witty, incisive AI play could hardly be more timely.” It was a Harper’s Bazaar Culture List pick for summer 2023, and plans to move to the West End next year, which will make it the first West End play about the A.I. revolution.

He made his London debut with the world premiere of Crystal Skillman’s “Rain and Zoe Save the World” Off West End at the Jermyn St. Theatre. An epic about teen climate activists, Broadway World West End called it “visually beautiful and its politics are sharp” and it was called “An inspired piece of physical theater” by The Stage.

Hersh directed close to 20 productions at Home Grown Theatre Co., where he served as artistic director for six seasons. He’s worked on pieces at the Public Theatre, Classic Stage, New World Stages, Urban Stages, and Theatre Row.

He has several film projects currently in development, including writing and directing an unannounced feature film “The SCIF” adapted from a NY Times series exposing rampant cases of PTSD among military drone pilots.

He’s a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an alum of the Pace University Performing Arts, an SDC Associate Member, and is represented by A3 Artists.

Susan Kohn Green (Co-Director)

Susan has directed D-Day, Through the Looking-Glass, Tom Sawyer, Becky, and the Slave Boy, Jim, Royalty and Revolution, and Lady Jane Grey’s Pretty Little Head, as well as the musical, Manhattan Transfer: Forgotten Songs, Unforgettable Stories. She recently had a reading of a full-length musical, Summer, for which she wrote the music and lyrics. She has authored two published books: Self-Portrait with Wings (Little, Brown, and Company) and Gentle Gorilla, the Story of Patty Cake (Richard Marek Publishers). 

Zoë Hurwitz (Scenis Design)

Zoë is a designer working in New York and London. Selected US venues include Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center, The Lucille Lortel Theatre, Greenwich House Theatre, Geva Centre, Here Arts Centre, Ars Nova (AntFest), The Wild Project, The Sheen Center and Brown/Trinity Rep. UK venues include Hampstead Theatre, The Duke of York’s Theatre, West End (for National Youth Theatre) The National Theatre (Connections/New Views Festival), The Orange Tree, Soho Theatre, The Park, Jermyn Street Theatre, Mercury Theatre, The New Diorama, The Royal Court, and the Director’s Programme at the Young Vic.

Zoë was a winner of the 2019 Linbury Prize for Stage Design at the National Theatre and won the 2022 JMK development award with director Emerald Crankson. She has twice been a finalist in the Off West End Awards for Best Set Design and and took first place in the Emerging Set Design category at World Stage Design 2022. Her recent show at Soho Theatre London – Age Is A Feeling, by Haley McGee and directed by Adam Brace, was a 2023 Olivier Award Nominee. She has an MFA from NYU Tisch.

Amy Sutton (Costume Design)

Recent design credits include: Apples in Winter (Denizen Theatre), Bounce (Short Film), Sparring Partner (Short Film), Summer Shorts (59E59th Theaters), and 100 Years of Fashion (Glamour Magazine online).  Recent assistant design credits include: The Connector (MCC), Parade (Broadway), Some Like It Hot (Broadway) & Hamilton (National Tour/International). Amy received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and holds a BFA in Theater, with a minor in Art History, from New York University. She is a proud member of USA 829. 

Nic Vincent (Lighting Design)

Nic is a Brooklyn-based lighting designer. He designs for theatre, dance, opera, film, and everything in-between. Recent off-broadway includes; Lincoln Center Theater LCT 3, Roundabout, Atlantic, 59E59, Theatre Row, New Ohio, and New York Live Arts. Other Credits include BONEZ, Thurgood (People’s Light); The Salvagers, El Huracán (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Indigo Room (Under the Radar / La Mama); Wolf Play, Everybody, Constellations (Brown / Trinity Rep); NIGHTGOWNS (Sasha Velour / Quibi); The Barber of Seville (Sacramento Opera), All the Lonely Women, DirectorJam (Rattlestick). M.F.A: Yale School of Drama. Member: Associated Designers of Canada ADC IATSE 659.

Frederick Kennedy (Sound Design)

Frederick Kennedy is a Canadian-American sound designer, musician, and composer. Recent work includes Malvolio and Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre of Harlem), It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play (Hartford Stage), The Power of the Dog (Juilliard), The Folks at Home (Baltimore Center Stage), Kisses Through the Glass (audio play for Two River Theater), The Forbidden City (audio play for Lincoln Center Theatre), and Native Son (Acting Company). In addition to theatrical design, he has worked for more than two decades as a jazz drummer, appearing on dozens of recordings and touring throughout North America and Europe. Member United Scenic Artists, Local 829; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Yana Biryükova (Projection Design)

Yana Biryukova is a video artist and theatre designer based in New York City. Theatrical designs include collaborations with Hartford Stage, Resident Ensemble Players, Krymov Lab NYC, Barrington Stage Company, Mason Holdings, Miami New Drama, Westport Country Playhouse, Red Bull Theater, The Working Theater, Yale University, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale Opera, Yale Cabaret, Irish Repertory Theatre among others. In addition to theatre Yana edits films and designs video installations. Her work was presented at the Venice Biennale 2022, Yale Art Gallery, Catskill Art Society. Yana has lectured at Harvard, Yale and Colgate universities. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Anna Dorodnykh (Props)

Anna Dorodnykh: Off-Broadway: Love + Science (Props Designer), A Sherlock Carol (Deck/Props), Romeo & Bernadette (Deck/Props); National Tour: Odyssey (Props Designer); Regional: CSTC – Atlanta, West Side Story (Associate Director); Int’l Tour: The Original Broadway Production of Evita (Resident Director, China Tour 2019).

Sean T. McGrath (Production Management)

Sean has held various positions for shows & events for Mike Birbiglia, Audible Theater at Minetta Lane, The Barrow Group, Dutch Kills and Colt Coeur, to name a few. Select production management credits: 17 Minutes, The Antelope Party, The Wild Parrots of Campbell, All the Rage. Select audio engineer credits: Mike Birbiglia’s The New One, Proof of Love, The Way She Spoke. He currently works as a project manager for The Lighting Design Group.

Sordelet Inc (Fight Direction / Armorer)

Rick Sordelet and his sons Christian and Collin created Sordelet Inc., a Native-owned action movement company with 35 years experience. They have done 80 Broadway productions including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Current national tours of Tina, Jesus Christ Superstar and Peter Pan. Fifty-two first-class productions worldwide. Resident fight/intimacy directors for Santa Fe Opera since 2015 with many operas, films and loads of television productions to their credit. They teach at William Esper Studio, HB Studio, CUNY Harlem, Montclair State and 22 years at Yale School of Drama. Rick is a board member for Red Bull Theater. They also run a publishing company called SordeletINK. To learn more, visit or

Karim Muasher (Intimacy Direction)

Karim is a theatre maker, educator and intimacy director. He was part of the first-ever intimacy directing certification cohort with intimacy directors and coordinators, trained under Claire Warden and Cha Ramos. His approach brings together consent-based practice with the Lecoq pedagogy and Alexander Technique. Recent projects include intimacy directing Spring Awakening and Small Mouth Sounds at Pace University and teaching the principles of consent at the International Thespian Festival.

Kelly Hardy (Production Stage Manager)

Broadway: Anastasia, The Real Thing. New York: 2nd Stage, Fiasco Theatre, Lincoln Center – LCT3, The Public, Vineyard Theatre, Red Bull Theatre, NYMF, Theatre for a New Audience, Working Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Actors Company Theatre. Regional: Hartford Stage, The Huntington, The REV Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Trinity Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, North Coast Rep, Bard SummerScape, Bucks County Playhouse. International: Royal College of Music, London; Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Education: UC San Diego.

Julie Gottfried (Assistant Stage Manager)

Julie Gottfried holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Central Florida. 
Select Credits: Off Broadway – Drunk Shakespeare (PSM); Goldie, Max & Milk (ASM); Candida (ASM); The Democracy Project (ASM) Regional – Million Dollar Quartet (PSM), Applause (PSM); Animals out of Paper (ASM); Event Work– ALF-CIO 2022 Convention (ASM), The Drama League Awards 2022/2023 (ASM)

Stephanie Klapper Casting (Casting)

SKC’s award-winning work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, on concert stages, film and streaming media. Select recent credits include Fun Home 10th anniversary concert (additional casting); The Night of the Iguana (Off-Broadway); Partnership (Mint Theater); Dig (Primary Stages); The Gospel According to Heather (Off-Broadway); and Shane (world premiere CPHP/Guthrie). Select film/TV: Liz Phair (anniversary tour, short film); “Ranked,” the musical/HBO documentary; Netuser; television: “Lazytown”; audio movie: “ElfQuest.” SKC is passionate about arts education and working with creative teams to develop new work and expand the scope of established work. We are dedicated to continuing to expand and champion diversity, equity and inclusion in the business. Connecting creative, caring people to each other to make extraordinary things happen is amongst Stephanie’s greatest joys. @stephanieklappercasting

Keith Sherman & Associates (National Press Representative)

KSA is the communications firm for a diverse range of entertainment, arts, lifestyles and international brands. KSA has represented hundreds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, films, television broadcasts, music projects and major events globally. The company represented The New York Times for a decade, the Tony Awards for 18 years and the Drama Desk Awards for ten years.

Leanne Schanzer Promotions (Advertising & Marketing)

A full-service boutique marketing & advertising agency creating innovative strategic campaigns for more than 40 years. Specializing in ticket selling initiatives, promotional partnerships, media placement across all platforms (including full & partial trade), grassroots outreaches & special events. LSP’s services have delivered maximum value, heightened brand awareness & effective sales driven campaigns for over 450 Broadway & Off- Broadway productions, theatre companies, entertainment venues and the hospitality industry.

Theater of Yesteryear (Producer)

Plays that take place in a world that was and that will never again be.