Novenas for a Lost Hospital
Creative Team

CUSI CRAM (Playwright): Cram’s plays have been produced by LAByrinth Theater Company, Primary Stages, The Denver Center, South Coast Repertory, The Williamstown Theater Festival, New Georges, and on stages large and petite all over the country. She has written on numerous television programs for both kids and adults and been nominated for three Emmy Awards. She is currently an Assistant Arts Professor in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. She has lived on West 11th street for over 25 years.

GUY LANCASTER (Dramaturg) learned a lot about New York as a proofreader for The New York Observer. He has written for the WGBH children’s series, Arthur, and the NBC/Time Life series, Lost Civilizations. Other recent NY obsessions include the NYC telephone booth and the Flatiron district (for Sage Coombe architects); NY State politics and the MTA (for different activist groups); and Hart Island (upcoming performance, Hudson River Park AIDS Memorial). But it has been through the prism of St Vincent’s that he has understood the history of the Village and NYC most intimately in the past two years. He has lived here on one street or another for almost 30 years.

DANIELLA TOPOL (Director) is the Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.  World-premiere productions include: Martyna Majok’s Ironbound (Rattlestick; Roundhouse; Steppenwolf’s First Look, NY Times Critics’ Pick), Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick) and Row After Row (Women’s Project), Cori Thomas’s  When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre/P73/Women’s Proj; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Rachel Bonds’s  Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Lascivious Something (Women’s Project),  Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Tony Meneses’s Guadalupe in the Guest Room (Two River), Catherine Treischmann’s How the World Began (South Coast Rep and Women’s Project), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (MaYi and Magic). Topol has been the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center, New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Associate Producing Director of City Theatre.

EDISA WEEKS (Choreographer) is an educator, performer, maker, choreographer and founder of DELIRIOUS Dances. She creates multimedia interdisciplinary work, that merges theater with dance to explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and sweetest dreams. She grew up in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Brooklyn, NY. She has a BA from Brown University, and received a full fellowship to attend New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts where she obtained an MFA in choreography. She has had the pleasure of performing with Annie–B Parsons Big Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Dance Brazil, Jane Comfort, Jon Kinzel, Muna Tseng, Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Group, Sally Silvers, Spencer/Colton Dance, among others. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at Queens College.

SERGE OSSORGUINE (Composer) Born in Brooklyn to Russian immigrants, Serge Ossorguine is an audio engineer, composer, designer who creates sound content and technology infrastructure using a fundamental aesthetic principal derived from his training as a musician:  "An instrument must be in tune and be easy to play, and then practice, practice, practice." His multi-faceted career includes theater sound design (Broadway and off-Broadway), post production mixing for television, film, documentary, sound effects recording and design, and live sweetening for broadcast, film scoring, and game audio design and authoring. Serge consults architects on A/V, network design, and acoustics. Serge is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work while staff sound effects artist at ABC News and ABC Daytime (1995, 1997), He also has won a Telly Award (2016).

CAROLYN MRAZ (Set Designer) is a Brooklyn-based designer. Previously at Rattlestick: {my lingerie play}. Other favorites: I'll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr), Marjana and the Forty Thieves (Target Margin), Charlatan (Ars Nova), and Spaceman (Loading Dock). Carolyn teaches at the University of the Arts, and is an Oberlin alum with an MFA from NYU/Tisch.

ARI FULTON (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer for stage, film, opera and dance. Ms. Fulton has over 15 years experience working with theatrical costumes. She has trained at DePaul University, receiving a BFA in Costume Design. Ms. Fulton followed her undergraduate studies, with receiving a MFA in Design for Stage and Film, from New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts. Ms. Fulton has designed in Paris, Ghana, and Nigeria. Recently, she has wrapped design for the feature film Nigerian Prince, shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Prince is 2017’s Tribeca and AT&T New Voices recipient, receiving a grant of one million dollars. Ms. Fulton is the recipient of the Lily Creative Spirt Award for her design of theatrical costumes. Ms. Fulton is most interested in captivating the imagination, by creating iconic characters that stick with the viewer, long after the performance has ended. Ms. Fulton is currently on faculty at Queensborough Community College where she teaches Costume Design.

SINAN REFIK ZAFAR (Sound Designer) is a New York based sound designer and composer. [Broadway] What The Constitution Means to Me. [Off-Broadwqy] What The Constitution Means to Me (NYTW, Clubbed Thumb); What To Send Up When It Goes Down, And She Would Stand Like This (The Movement Theatre Co); Hamlet (Waterwell); Intelligence (Next Door @ NYTW); Richard in 9 Poses (Clubbed Thumb). [Regional] A Human Being of a Sort (Williamstown Theatre Festival); What The Constitution Means to Me (Berkeley Rep); The Language Archive (Theatreworks Silicon Valley); Jump (Playmakers Rep); peerless (Yale Rep); The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Wolves, Detroit, Intimate Apparel (TheatreSquared); We are Proud to Present (Yale Dramat); Midsummer (Tiltyard), Macbeth (d. Will Frears). Wingspace. [Edu] M.F.A., Yale School of Drama; B.A., UC Irvine. sinanzafar.com

EM WEINSTEIN (Associate Director) is a writer and director of theater, film and opera. Em has written and/or directed work for companies such as New Georges, the 52nd Street Project, Shakespeare & Company, Glasshouse Lab, Collaboraction, Working Theater, En Garde Arts, The Museum of Ice Cream, the Orchard Project, and the Prototype Festival. Em’s short film Candace played numerous festivals worldwide including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, and the American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Film. Em has an M.F.A. in Directing from Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Smith College. www.emweinstein.com

AARON GONZALEZ (Technical Director) is a Director, Actor, Designer, Stage Manager and graduate of UNCSA. Projection Design: GHETTO KLOWN (Lyceum), Resident Director/ASM: BILLY ELLIOT National Tour. Associate Director/Ensemble BILLY ELLIOT (MUNY, Music Theatre Wichita, Gateway Playhouse) SM: THE LION KING (Minskoff), TIME STANDS STILL (MTC & The Cort), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (Studio 54 & Public Theatre). PM: Brian Cox’s UNIVERSAL, AN EVENING WITH NOEL FIELDING (US Tour). TD: LEWISTON/CLARKSTON, LOCKDOWN (Rattlestick), RECENT ALIEN ABDUCTIONS (Play Co), PLANO, SUMMERWORKS (Clubbed Thumb), RRRED/NEUROSIS (DR2). Video Sup: KPOP (Ars Nova). ACTOR: BULL on CBS. aarongonzalez.info

RHYS ROFFEY (Props Designer) is a transmasculine designer, actor, and choreographer based in NYC. His recent props credits include Accidentally Brave (DR2 Theater), Outside of Eden (New Ohio), and upcoming production of No One is Forgotten (Rattlestick). www.rhys-roffey.com