Our Staff

Ari Laura Kreith
Artistic Director

Contact: ari.laura.kreith@lunastage.org

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.

Turron Kofi Alleyne
Community Engagement Coordinator

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.

Annika Franklin
Company Administrator

Contact: annika.franklin@lunastage.org

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.  

Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin

Contact: kaelamgarvin@gmail.com

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    

Holly Lehren
Artistic Associate

Contact: holly.lehren@lunastage.org

Holly Lehren graduated with honors in 2019 from Muhlenberg College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Theatre with a concentration in Directing. She co-founded Muhlenberg's premier Drag Troupe in 2017 and acted as creative director until 2019. She is a 2020 Fulbright Scholarship semi-finalist. She is currently the artistic associate at the Luna Stage Theatre Co. in West Orange, NJ.

Alexander Oleksy
Community Engagement Coordinator

Contact: aso303@nyu.edu

Alexander Oleksy is an NYC based director and teaching artist originally from The Woodlands, TX. He has a strong background in directing, production, and applied theatre, and possesses a passion for creating challenging art, especially for young audiences. Currently studying Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt, his goal is to help new audiences fall in love with exciting and accessible theatre like he did in middle and high school. Selected directing credits include: Seussical the Musical (Lamplighters NYU), Friendsgiving (Uproar Theatre Corps), and How to Own a Gun in America (College Park Theatre).

Liz Cesario
Maggie Borgen
Artistic Intern
Susan Hyon

Contact: magfilm2013@gmail.com

Maggie Borgen is a senior at Montclair High School. She is the Founder and Director of In Harmony Montclair, a nonprofit run by teens that raises money for local charities through benefit concerts and other events. In 2018, Maggie directed, wrote for, and acted in Code Red, a series of short plays at Luna Stage about school shootings as well as for Not Just Another Statistic, short plays about gun violence staged at Theatre 167 in NYC. Maggie is President of the MHS Democrats Club. This past spring, Maggie coordinated and edited the MHS Democrats’ Youth & Politics video series about Montclair’s municipal election. 

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