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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

Rachel Gorman (Marketing and Development Director) is originally from
Washington, DC. She began her career in her hometown, ultimately 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

Laura Friedmann is a recent college graduate of Loyola University where she received her BA in Theatre Arts. There, she performed in several mainstage productions including: SPINNING INTO BUTTER, TROJAN WOMEN, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Originally from Cincinnati, Laura is delighted to have found homes in the community of New Orleans and
with the Southern Rep family. Since beginning at Southern Rep as an eager intern in the Spring of 2012, she has helped to develop several curriculums for Arts Education, directed children’s productions and workshops, and performed in A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

  Jessica Podewell, Literary Manager

Jessica Podewell received her MFA in Acting and New Works at the Ohio State University, and her BFA from Webster University. She originally hails from New Orleans and currently teaches at Tulane. Jessica has worked professionally in theatres throughout Austin, Chicago, and New York. She is also a proud founding member of the children’s theatre The Patchwork Players.
  Lesley DeMartin, Box Office Manager

Lesley DeMartin has been on the staff of Southern Rep since the Fall of 2011. Received her B.A. in music at Bard College in upstate New York. She has performed with various choruses and orchestras around the Hudson Valley and New York City. Before Southern Rep, she worked at the Front of House Manager at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College. She is currently working on her masters in mental health counseling at Loyola University New Orleans.
  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.
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