Meet the inaugural cohort of 4D:
JAMES BARTELLE (Dramatist) is the Associate Artistic Director of The NOLA Project theatre company as well as an Artistic Associate of Poor Yorick. A dozen of his 10-Minute plays have been featured in Southern Rep’s 6×6 and Cross-Town Reading Series. His play CARRIER: A PIGEON LOVE STORY was commissioned by Ten Bones Theatre in NYC. He has written programing for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra including BAND TOGETHER: A HISTORY OF THE SAENGER and BAND TOGETHER: SATCHMO’S STORY. His one- act play, WRISTS AND FLOWERS (premiering in March) was commissioned by Second Star Performance Collective as part of the 2017 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. For The NOLA Project, James has written A KINGDOM OF STATUES, SHE REMEMBERS, and THE SPIDER QUEEN (co-written with Alex Martinez Wallace) which will premiere May of 2017 in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
KEAH MOFFETT (Dramatist) lives by this motto: Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Mississippi-born and New Orleans-raised, Keah graduated from Ben Franklin High School. She is a cum laude graduate of Hampton University in Virginia and Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of writing began when she was 7, when, after reading about Hong Kong, she wrote a book about a Chinese child detective named Lang Kim. Her book received accolades and praise from her teachers and mom. Currently, she writes short films and hopes that she can eventually make her own movies and television shows that tell stories that aren’t always seen in mainstream media.
LESLIE NIPKOW (Dramatist) is thrilled to be chosen to participate in 4D. Her plays have been seen in such theaters as NYC’s La MaMa, the Women’s Project, and the Ohio. Her solo play, GUARDING ERICA, is published in Vintage Books’ TALK TO ME: MONOLOGUE PLAYS. Recently, her screenplay, SALT OF THE EARTH, was a Stowe Story Labs Selected Project and Top-Ten Finalist in the UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition. She is currently finishing her first book, HOW TO KISS LIKE A MOVIE STAR, winner of the 2016 Launchpad-Tracking Board Manuscript Prize. In her spare time, she boxes and explores NOLA.
AUSTIN ALWARD (Director) moved to New Orleans a month before Hurricane Katrina to write a screenplay about Mississippi art potter George Ohr. He makes his living doing camera work for movies and TV. Austin has directed a number of short films and music videos in both the US and France. He is currently involved with an effort to explore how mixed reality technologies are innovating the ways by which people create, share and experience narrative.
MEGAN EILEEN KOSMOSKI (Director) is a director/producer new to New Orleans. She is so excited to be working with Southern Rep in their new 4D program! She has directed in NOLA for 6×6, 3×3, and the Two for Tennessee Fest. Her favorite directing credits include: SOLITARY by Stephanie Garrison (Second Star Productions, NOLA), DANCE LESSONS by Josh Konigsberg (Williamstown Theatre Festival), MAHOGANY BROWN AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING KID by Gina Femia (Brick Theatre, NYC), CRUMBLE by Sheila Callaghan (Hartke Theater, DC), WERTHER by Jules Massenet (Iconoclassic, NYC), and THE LESSON by Eugene Ionesco (The Callan, DC). http://www.megankosmoski.com/
CAMMIE WEST (Director) is a New Orleans native and is honored to be a part of 4D. She has been working as a theatre artist for many years, but has only recently begun to direct. Last year, Cammie was nominated for a Big Easy Award along with her co-director, Christopher Bentivegna, for the World Premiere of TERMINATOR: THE MUSICAL. When not performing or creating theatre, Cammie works as a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences Charter School, an arts-integrated elementary school. Her most impressive production to date is her son, Finnian, who, like his parents before him, is a born-performer.
DOLORES HOOPER (Dramaturg) has an MLIS from Drexel University in Philadelphia and currently lives in New Orleans with her cat, Oscar. She has always had a great love of theater, but mostly as an audience member, with one brief and shining moment when a play she wrote was produced and performed on stage many years ago. Professionally she is a Certified Digital Archive Specialist but her other interests include: origami and other paper arts, puzzles and cryptograms, and a nice cup of tea.
MICHELLE LEPORI (Dramaturg) is a writer, artist, and actress from California who recently graduated summa cum laude in Language and Culture from the University of New Orleans. Her poetry and art is in ELLIPSES, WEST WING CRAIC, and CATAHOULA MAGAZINE (2016). She’s done readings across the country and recently spoke at ULL on “the Permission of Poetry,” urging young artists against self-censorship. An advocate for creative identity expression, Lepori has done performance art at the House of Blues, been on the reality TV show SPLIT ENDS, and performed in Southern Rep’s production of AIRLINE HIGHWAY.
PAUL WERNER (Dramaturg) has been an actor, director, playwright, and teacher for 48 years. He earned a Masters degree in Theatre & Film from UNO and was head of the Playwrights Unit at the CAC. Recently he has written plays for Southern Rep’s 3×3 and 6×6 series. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.