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Mona Hennessy and Rachel Black-Spaulding in Vita and Virginia, 2012. (Photo Credit Steven Lawler)

Our Staff

Cheryl Katz

Cheryl Katz

Artistic Director

Cheryl Katz has been with Luna Stage since 2003. She served as Director of Play Development for eight years before becoming Associate Artistic Director in 2011. She was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. During her time at Luna, she has contributed to the development of over fifty new works for the stage and has directed the world premieres of Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf, The High Water Mark and King of the Mountains by Ben Clawson, Carnaval by Nikkole Salter, Mercy and The Firefly by Amy Hartman, The Fastest Woman Alive by Karen Sunde, the NJ professional premiere of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff, and all three Luna productions of The Man In Room 306 by Craig Alan Edwards (1995 and 2008 in New Jersey, 2010 in New York). Prior to her position at Luna, Cheryl developed and directed new plays in the New York area and worked as a producer, administrator and special projects manager for LaMama E.T.C., Under One Roof, Electronic Arts Intermix, Arts International and The School of Hard Knocks. She has worked in script development for The Young Playwrights Festival, The O'Neill Theatre Conference and The Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Dan Viola

Dan Viola

Production and Facilities Manager

Dan Viola has worked as a Stage Manager and Production Manager throughout the NY/NJ/PA area over the past decade having worked as an on productions with American Repertory Ballet, the McCarter Theatre Center's Education Division, the Bucks County Playhouse, Infused Quirk Productions [Founder], and many more. A graduate of Rider University with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts, he pursued work in Educational Theatre at the McCarter of Princeton, NJ, Black Box Studios of Teaneck, NJ, and Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ. He began work at Luna Stage Company as a Sound & Projection Operator in 2013 and went on to become their Assistant Stage Manager, then their Resident AEA Stage Manager. Though his hometown is a stone's throw away in Bogota of Bergen County where his family still lives, he resides locally in Orange.

You can contact Dan via email at dan.viola@lunastage.org or by phone at (973) 395-5551 ext. 204.

Kaitlin Stilwell

Kaitlin Stilwell

Resident Dramaturg and Director of Audience and Community Engagement

Kaitlin Stilwell has worked in the literary offices of Urban Stages, The Mint Theater Company, the Hangar Theater, and McCarter Theatre, where she assisted playwrights Marina Carr, Danai Gurira and John Guare on premieres of their new plays. As a freelance dramaturg, she has developed plays with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Southern Writers' Project at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theater's Youth Ink! Festival, and with many individual writers. As an actor, Kaitlin toured North America as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof starring Chaim Topol, Theodore Bikel and Harvey Fierstein, alternatively. Kaitlin has done research for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Company in New York. Her postgraduate work in England culminated in a dissertation on the dramaturgy of climate change plays. Now a resident of Montclair, Kaitlin is so pleased to be working with such talented local playwrights and theater artists at Luna Stage.

You can contact Kaitlin via email at kaitlin.stilwell@lunastage.org.

Alexa Teebo

Alexa Teebo

Education Associate and Audience Services Manager

Alexa holds a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of West Florida and joined the Luna Stage family in 2015. Her performing and and administrative work in theater has involved participation in the NYC International Fringe Festival, The NJ One Minute Play Festival, various regional theater and Off Broadway performances, as well as nationally touring children's theater. Along with being involved in performance opportunities at Luna, she also assists with development and became Education Associate in 2017. She is most excited to be lending her time and energy into evolving children and youth programming here at the theater.

You can contact Alexa at alexa.teebo@lunastage.org.

Joanna Warner

Joanna Warner

Administrative Assistant

Joanna Warner graduated from the University of West Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She was most recently seen at the Sterling Renaissance Festival illuminating lives through the gift of Interactive Theatre. She has also appeared in various shows such as Little Women: The Musical, Three Postcards, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Alongside her theatre work, Joanna has been teaching private voice and piano for three years, and has been the Music Director for various churches spanning from Florida to New York. Joanna is excited for the growth and enlightenment that being a part of the Luna family will provide.

You can contact Joanna at joanna.warner@lunastage.org or 973-395-5551 x202.

Valerie Sanchez

Valerie Sanchez

Graphic Designer

Valerie Sanchez has an Associates in Web Graphic Design, a Bachelor's in Multimedia Design and Management, and Masters in Communications focusing on New Media and Marketing. Valerie has a passion for all aspects of design, especially branding and print design. Currently she works in the fields of both marketing and graphic design working as a Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer. Her well-rounded skills and experiences help her to understand that there are many aspects to both marketing and design, by creating work that is not only creative but also functional. Valerie is always proud to be a part of Luna Stage and helping to promote the amazing art and performances it brings to the community.

If you would like to know more about Valerie Sanchez, please visit her website: http://vdesigns.4ormat.com/home or contact her at valmasta@gmail.com.

Niall Ng

Niall Ng

Artistic Resident

Niall Ng is a New Jersey-based theatre artist. His primary skills are in acting and directing, and he has also worked as a teacher and stage carpenter. His self-produced directing credits include Orphans and Rabbit Hole. He has assistant directed under John Plumpis, Spinning into Butter (Reading) with The Actor's Company Theatre (TACT). Regional Touring credits for acting include Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). University Theatre credits for acting include 99 Ways to F**k a Swan, The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He holds a BFA in Acting from Montclair State University. He joins Luna Stage as the 2017-2018 Artistic Resident, ready to continue his work as a director/producer and make socially-poignant theatre accessible to all. For more, visit www.niallng.com or email him at niallngartist@gmail.com.

Jacqueline Knollhuff

Jacqueline Knollhuff

Artistic Resident

Jacqueline Knollhuff is currently working toward her Master's in Theatre Studies at Montclair State. She was a member of the 2016-2017 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program. She has worked at the Burning Coal Theatre Company in North Carolina and the Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, where she was the Assistant Director to Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett. She most recently co-directed this spring's production of Euripides' Helen in the Montclair State ampatheatre. She joins Luna Stage as an Artistic Resident for the 2017-2018 season and looks forward to working on new plays develop and learning more about the workings of a professional theatre company. She hopes to eventually start her own theatre company, or to earn her PhD and teach theatre.

Jane Mandel

Jane Mandel

Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

Jane Mandel (Director/Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus) holds an MFA from New York University School of the Arts and has had a career in the theatre as actress, director, teacher and producer. She is the founder of the non-profit theatre company, Luna Stage, and served as Artistic Director for over twenty years (now AD Emeritus). With her guidance Luna Stage earned a reputation for producing excellent, intelligent and provocative theatre. Scores of new and classic plays were brought to audiences through readings and full productions. One of her passions is for creating devised theatre. She created and directed In The Name of The Woman (the first show done at Luna Stage), and "we don't have enough sugar for the public" (an exploration of racism), created and co-directed The American Project (an exploration of what it means to be an American), and co-created and directed Mi Casa Tu Casa (a bilingual Latino- based play with music that has been touring in New Jersey.) Other directing credits include: Reckless by Craig Lucas, Rosa Loses Her Face by Kitty Chen, Burying Fiona, Rapture and Little Beasts by Jeanne Marshall, The Queen of Thebes and Friends and Relations by Arnold Rabin, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, The Other Side of Newark by Enid Rudd, Fair and Decent by Thomas Diggs, and Vita and Virginia adapted by Eileen Atkins. As Artistic Director she oversaw the productions of Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, The Whipping Man, The Dangers of Electric Lighting, The Old Settler and A Moon for the Misbegotton to name a few. She taught theatre games and improvisation/acting at NYU School of the Arts where she was a full time faculty member, The New School, The Whole Theatre, Montclair State University, The Teaching Artist's Collective, and Luna Stage. She was a member of The Shaliko Theatre Company and acted in The Measures Taken, Ghosts and Woyzeck while in residence at The New York Shakespeare Festival and on tour. Jane currently directs, acts and coaches acting. You many contact her at jmandel9@gmail.com.

Upcoming Calendar

Oct. 6 - Oct. 7

Benefits and Special Events
A Very Special Benefit Event To Open Our Season

Nov. 2 - Nov. 19

Mainstage
By Laura Maria Censabella

Feb. 1 - Mar. 4

Mainstage
A World Premiere of a New Musical Commissioned by Luna Stage

Apr. 5 - May. 6

Mainstage
By Craig Alan Edwards