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Aimée Hayes, Producing Artistic Director

As Producing Artistic Director of Southern Rep, Hayes has focused on new play development with the launch of a monthly PLAYLAB; PINTS & PLAYS, a monthly reading series for new plays; 6x6 and 3x3, monthly play slams; the NEW PLAY BACCHANAL; and The RUBY PRIZE, an annual $10K new play award for a female playwright of color. At Southern Rep she has directed the World Premieres of WOLVES and AFTERLIFE by Steve Yockey, SICK by Zayd Dohrn, WITH A BANG by Pete McElligott; THE MAGIC TOWER and THE PRETTY TRAP by Tennessee Williams; and the regional premieres of VENUS IN FUR, THE LILY’S REVENGE, RED, IN THE NEXT ROOM (or THE VIBRATOR PLAY), THE CLEAN HOUSE, SPEECH & DEBATE, and GREY GARDENS. Hayes has often appeared on the stage most recently as Blanche Dubois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and will play Hannah Jelkes in Southern Rep’s upcoming THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. As a member of the National New Play Network, Hayes has served on the Showcase of New Plays panel and has often directed in the MFA Playwright Showcase at the Kennedy Center. Hayes was a directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville under Jon Jory. She earned her directing MFA from Tulane University, and an English BA magna cum laude from Loyola University. Gambit Weekly named Hayes its 2012 Theatre Person of the Year and she was one of New Orleans Magazine’s 2008 People to Watch. She serves as Chair of the Governance Committee on the executive board on the board of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).


Rachel Gorman, Marketing and Development Director

Originally from Washington, D.C., Gorman began her career in her hometown, becoming the Outreach and Special Events Manager for the Committee for Economic Development, a national public policy organization. After re-locating to New Orleans, Rachel worked in a variety of capacities for the Contemporary Arts Center and consulted for the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music before assuming her current position at Southern Rep. In her spare time, Rachel serves on the Leadership Council of the international contemporary art biennial, Prospect New Orleans, and moonlights as a feature contributor for popular online arts publications Pelican Bomb and The Pink Line Project’s Pink Noise. She graduated with distinction from The College of William and Mary in 2008.


Elizabeth Harwood, Arts Coordinator/ Production Stage Manager

Elizabeth Harwood is from northern Virginia and received her BA in Theatre with High onors from the University of Hawai’i. In Denver, CO she worked at Curious Theatre Company for 3 seasons as a Stage Manager, the Artistic Coordinator, and also as the Production Manager. She was also the Tour Stage Manager of AMERIVILLE by Universes. Recent productions with Southern Rep include: VENUS IN FUR, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, WOLVES, THE LILY’S REVENGE, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, RED, GOD OF CARNAGE, THE NORMAN CONQUESTS and INTRINGULIS.


Laura Friedmann, Education Director / YONOLA Leader

A Theatre Arts graduate of Loyola University, Friedmann has performed in several productions including: SPINNING INTO BUTTER, TROJAN WOMEN, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and most recently, PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Since beginning at Southern Rep in the Spring 2012, she has developed several curriculums for the Free and Discount Student Matinee Programs, taught two semesters of YONOLA at Success PREP Academy, and led numerous children’s productions and workshops including PETER PAN, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, SWEENEY TODD, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, THE WIZARD OF OZ, Disney’s CINDERELLA, Disney’s 101 DALMATIONS Kids and Disney’s ARISTOCATS Kids.

  Jessica Podewell, Literary Manager

Originally from New Orleans, Podewell received her BFA from Webster University, and her MFA in Acting and New Works at the Ohio State University. She has worked professionally in theatres throughout Austin, Chicago, and New York, as well as New Orleans, and was most recently seen on stage in Southern Rep’s THE TOTALITARIANS. She is a proud founding member of the children’s theatre The Patchwork Players, and currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in Tulane University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
 Lesley DeMartin, Box Office Manager

With Southern Rep since Fall 2011, DeMartin received her B.A. in vocal performance at Bard College in upstate New York. Prior to Southern Rep, she held a position as the Front of House Manager at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College. She is currently working on her master's degree in mental health counseling at Loyola University New Orleans, is a member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus, the 9th Ward Opera Company, and is a church soloist. 
Gabrielle Reisman, NNPN Playwright in Residence

Gabrielle Reisman is a playwright and director based in New Orleans and New York. She is founding member of Underbelly- a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey-plays in forgotten spaces, as well as a member of The NOLA Project, and former artistic director of The Alamo Underground. Gabrielle's plays have been produced in New Orleans, New York, Champaign, Chicago, and Austin and have been translated into German. She’s taught playwriting and theatre making at UT Austin, The Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and at public schools throughout New Orleans. Her playCatch the Wall won the Kennedy Center’s 2012 Rosa Parks Award. Other honors include a Continuing Fellowship from UT Austin, as well as Storer Boone, Big Easy, and Austin Critics Table nominations. Gabrielle’s first four full lengths are published in the 2007 anthology More Pepper by Hot Lead Press. BA, University of New Orleans, MFA, University of Texas at Austin.
  Joshua Smith, Box Office Associate

An aspiring New Orleans actor/musician, Smith is a vocal percussionist for local hip hop group, The Harbinger Projekt, and was most recently seen on stage in Southern Rep’s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. 
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