Ari Laura Kreith
Ari Laura Kreith is the Artistic Director of Luna Stage, where she recently directed Jenny Lyn Bader's 'Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library,' Gabriel Jason Dean’s 'Heartland' and J.Stephen Brantley’s 'Pirira.' She conceived and is currently co-creating Luna's 'Voting Writes Project' for performance in August-November 2020, and conceived/co-directed Luna's site-specific 'Secret Cities' program. Ari is also the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre 167, where she conceived and directed 'The Jackson Heights Trilogy'— '167 Tongues,' 'You Are Now The Owner Of This Suitcase,' and 'Jackson Heights 3AM' — three full-length plays collaboratively written by 18 playwrights featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in 14 languages, inspired by the world’s most diverse neighborhood. Other directing highlights include 'Mourning Sun,' which premiered at Theatre 167 and toured to Uganda; the world premiere of Tina Howe’s 'Singing Beach;' commissions for Queens Theatre and the New Ohio; and the European premiere of Adam Guettel’s 'Myths and Hymns.' Ari has developed immersive, site-specific projects for Luna Stage, Queens Museum and the NY Transit Museum. A recipient of the LPTW Lucille Lortel Visionary Award and the NYIT Caffe Cino Fellowship, Ari received her BA from Yale and her MFA from UC Davis. Ari grew up in 27 countries.
Joey Yow is an educator, theatre practitioner, and filmmaker. A teacher at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ, Joey leads the Technical Theatre and Film programs and is highly involved in community service and student leadership. An accomplished storyteller and filmmaker with over twenty years in the performing and visual arts, Joey is passionate about guiding teens to find their voice as artists, collaborators, and engaged citizens.
Liz Cesario is celebrating her 10th season as Luna’s Production Manager. She is also an Equity stage manager, and has worked in many areas of theatre, including opera, straight plays, comedies, and children’s shows. Liz has experience managing a wide range of theatre sizes, from the union-staffed Bushnell Theater, which seats 2800, to the 99-seat MainStage at Luna. Liz received her BFA from The University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut.
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin is a writer, producer, and marketing specialist. Kaela’s a founding member of Undiscovered Countries, a Brooklyn-based incubator of new and developing interdisciplinary art. Kaela is a 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, a 2021 Alliance Theater/Kendeda Playwriting Award finalist, and the recipient of six Kennedy Center playwriting awards, including the Mark Twain Comic Playwriting Award and two Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Awards. Kaela’s plays have been developed with Montana Repertory Theater and Indiana University. They've been produced in New York at venues like Dixon Place, the New Ohio, and Ars Nova. Marketing includes work with Performance Space New York (previously PS122), Undiscovered Countries, and China's largest travel company, Ctrip. MFA, Indiana University; BFA, NYU www.kaelameishinggarvin.com | @kaemeishing on IG, Twitter
Annika is a writer and performer from New York State. She has been featured on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Cinemax’s The Knick. Writing credits include the short film Not Cool (LA Indie Film Fest, SoHo Short Film Fest), in which she also starred, as well as the one-woman show You Met Me at a Very Strange Time in My Life (TriBeCa Snowballs Festival). Her feature film script Straight On ’Til Morning received multiple table reads in NYC. Annika has also written and performed music with indie rock group Bevy. She received her MFA in acting from the American Repertory Theater/ Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and her BA in theater and comparative literature from Oberlin College.
Ann Coughlin has fifty plus years’ experience in arts administration, as the Executive Secretary to the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as the Executive Assistant to the owner of the Herbert Barrett Management, and as the Company Administrator of the Metropolitan Opera. She is delighted to have found another professional home at Luna Stage.
Turron Kofi Alleyne
Director of Community Engagement
Turron Kofi Alleyne has worked with some of Hollywood’s most esteemed A-List directors, producers, and actors such as: Spike Lee, Jonathan Nolan, Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Saldana, Michael B. Jordan, Lawrence Fishburne, and others. He’s been featured in Independent Films that have premiered at various prestigious Film Festivals which include: Sundance, Tribeca, ABFF, LA Film Festival, Vails Film Festival and more. He’s currently featured as a Recurring Guest Star in the new ABC hit series “FOR LIFE” as Officer Calvin Newcombe. Mr. Alleyne is also a Writer, Director and Producer for the screen; as well as the stage.