Our staff is made up of top-notch professionals from New York City and around the country.
Elizabeth Davis – Acting Instructor
Elizabeth Davis is a Tony Award nominated actor, recently seen alongside three-time Emmy Award winner Christopher Lloyd, and Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik, helming Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Obie Award winning Classic Stage Company. She is a 2013 Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellow as playwright/performer in her solo work, Joe, at Off Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre. She was mentored by Tony Award winner Enda Walsh. She came previously from the Tony and Grammy winning musical, Once, where she received her nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, originating her role at American Repertory Theatre in Boston and Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop.
Other Off Broadway credits include The 39 Steps at New World Stages, Wolves at 59E59, Dally with the Devil and Emily (IT Award Winner) at Theatre Row. Regional credits include: The Misanthrope (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Ride the Tiger (Florida Stage), Doubt (Gulfshore Playhouse), Streetcar Named Desire, (The Cleveland Playhouse), and You Can’t Take It With You (Great Lakes Theatre Festival). TV credits include: Fringe, All My Children, White Collar. Other TV appearances have included The David Letterman Show, The View, America’s Got Talent, and The Today Show. National campaign work includes: Trident, Crest, LG, and Comcast.
She was also seen in Lincoln Center’s Portraits in Dramatic Time and has made multiple performance at the acclaimed 54 Below Studio. She has been married to her husband, Jordan, for the last five years.
D.T. SLOUFFMAN – Documentary Film Making Instructor
D.T. Slouffman is a television veteran whose career began at the ABC television network, working on many top productions including Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, and the Bowl Championship Series. D.T. founded 21 Productions USA in 2001 to afford him the opportunity to work as a contract producer for TLC, TNT, TBS, NBC/Universal, USA Network, Versus, and CBS, among others. His hard work is manifested in projects including the documentary Scandal On Thin Ice for Lifetime Television, a series of features for CBS focusing on actor Paul Newman’s second career as an IndyCar owner, the Discovery Channel’s Rebuilt: The Human Body Shop, and the reality game Dream Job for ESPN.
D.T. recently produced episodes of I Found the Gown for TLC and reports and features for Turner Sports’ Inside the NBA. He has traversed the continental United States and 17 countries to bring sports coverage, documentary stories, and entertainment programming into America’s living rooms. For his efforts, D.T. has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with five Emmy Awards and seven additional nominations.
LORI FISCHER – Playwriting Instructor
Lori Fischer is the 2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow.
Recent Credits: Is This Heaven, Evan? by Lori Fischer, Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, produced in the BeSpoke Musicals Festival at The York Theatre Company, NYC. Petie by Lori Fischer produced at the Duke Energy Theatre by Starving Artist Productions, 2013. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, which played Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre in 2006 and was published by Samuel French in 2007. Her work has been seen at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Stonestreet Film Festival, the RipFest Film Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Adirondack Theatre Festival. Lori received her MFA from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department in 2008. In Summer 2013, The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers by Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer will be produced at Capitol Repertory Theatre.
Film Credits: Lori’s short film Dottie’s Thanksgiving Pickle starring Olympia Dukakis, Nancy Opel and Joey Collins was recently featured in the Hollywood Shorts Festival and was an official selection for the New Jersey International Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, the Buffalo Niagara Film festival and the Long Island International Film Expo and the Appalachian International Film Festival. In 2010 her musical The Water Knows My Name was produced at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and her one-act The Burning was produced in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2011, her play Thoughts of Rome was produced by the Georgetown Theatre Company in the Capitol Fringe Festival. Her feature film Chasing Taste will be released in 2014. As an actress, Ms. Fischer created the Off-Broadway role of Barbara Jean in her show Barbara’s Blue Kitchen and Lee in the hit musical Cowgirls.
Most recently, Lori performed the role of Bonnie in her play Petie at the Duke Energy Theatre and Elmadora in the musical Son of a Gun at the Beckett Theatre, NYC. She’s also appeared in the films Welcome to the World and Chasing Taste. A two-time All American in Track and Field, she has sung the National Anthem for the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds.
DAN ROCHE – PRODUCING & THEATER MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTOR
Dan currently works alongside Max McLean as Associate Producer at Fellowship for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he is part of developing such stage productions as The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, Magic by GK Chesterton, and a new play about Martin Luther.
Prior to this, he founded The Bird and Baby Theatre Company in West Chicago, IL, a company committed to producing at least one production each year based on the works of “Inkling” authors: Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers and others. He created Big Leap Productions, LLC in Chicago, a commercial theatrical production company where Dan looked for the underdogs: smaller, yet-to-be discovered pieces that he believed he could help develop into theatrical hits on a national level. Big Leap’s Chicago hits included One Man Lord of the Rings, The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy (which had a seven-month Off Broadway run in NYC after two seasons in Chicago), and a critically acclaimed Equity revival of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. He co-produced the Mark St. Germain play The God Committee Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre.
While teaching in Orlando, FL, Dan founded and was Producing Artistic Director of Gramercy Theatre of Orlando, an experimental ‘for-profit’ company in a 501c-3 theatre company town. He raised the financing and produced two seasons of plays and musicals, each one as its own LLC and directed each of them. His production there of The Last Five Years, starring stage and film’s Jack Noseworthy and Melissa Minyard was reviewed and received accolades nationally. As well as his work with Max McLean, Dan is currently developing two projects of his own for future production in NYC.
CHRISTOPHER DOMIG – Acting Instructor
Christopher J. Domig was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria. After finishing Gymnasium, he moved to Chicago to pursue further studies in Psychology, Philosophy and Theatre at Wheaton College, IL (BA). He received his MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University.
Christopher has worked in theatre and film in the USA and Europe and speaks German and English fluently. Distinguished accomplishments include the English World Premiere of Dirt by Robert Schneider in New York for which he received the Outstanding Actor Award-FringeNYC. The International Tour of Dirt followed to great critical success with over 100 performances, and was received in Edinburgh, Vancouver B.C., Berlin, and London.
He received an Innovative Theatre Award nomination for his work in Mysterious Way. He has had the opportunity to work with Academy Nominated director Bobby Garabedian on his film Renew. Feature films include Second Story Man, Small of Her Back, 3 People I’ve Never Heard Of, and Bastards Of Young. He plays piano, guitar, accordion, and harmonica and has composed two albums: Hovering Above Water and Epithalamium.
CHRIS CRAGIN DAY – Program Director
Chris Cragin Day is a playwright and an Assistant Professor or Writing and Theater at The King’s College. Her new musical, Son of a Gun, co-written with Don and Lori Chaffer, was recently produced by Firebone Theatre at The Beckett. Before this production, Son of a Gun was part of the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, and also played at Joe’s Pub. Chris is a proud alumni of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater where her play, The River Nun, was presented in the 2009 Spotlight Series.
Other New York productions include Emily, An Amethyst Remembrance by Firebone Theatre, Deadheading Roses by Firebone Theatre, L&M and Milking Success at the Nuyorican Poets Café, and Dig and They Know Something We Don’t at Horse Trade Theater. Beyond New York, her plays have been presented by No Passport Theater (DC), Burning Coal Theater (Raleigh, NC), Acacia Theater (Milwaukee, IL), ArtWithin (Atlanta), The Keller Theater (Germany), the South East Theater Conference, Baylor University, and Garner Webb University. Awards and Commissions include: O’Neill Music Theater Conference 2012, Yale Music Theater Institute Finalist, Richard Rogers Award Finalist, Fellowship of the Performing Arts new play commission, Spark and Echo new play commission, commission from award-winning author Ian Morgan Cron for a book to stage adaptation, commission from ArtWithin Theater.
Chris also freelances as a screenwriter and story supervisor for Motion Capture NYC. She and her husband, Steve Day, are founding members of Firebone Theatre. Follow Chris on Twitter at @chriscraginday.
Off-Broadway: Anthem (Baryshnikov Arts Center); Look Upon Our Lowliness (TMTC); Minotaur (Directors Fest 2012); Rio: A New Musical (NYMF); The Glass Menagerie; Dreamgirls (Kumble Theater); Henry V (CTH).
Regional: Blue Door (Playmakers Repertory Company); … and L.A. is Burning (Florida Studio Theatre); Bloody Blackbeard (Triad Stage); A Christmas Carol (Actors Theater of Louisville & Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Well, A Streetcar Named Desire
Television: The Following, FOX (The Cleveland Play House); CASE / Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program.
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