Founding Artistic Directors

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Diane Davis Steiker

A contributing playwright, director and producer for ETC, Diane’s mission is to build a collaborative environment where a variety of performers can come together to create cutting edge theater. She is currently an HB Studios Residency Fellow, and is working on her full length play Unspoken Rules for production. She has written and directed several ten-minute plays produced by Amios Shotz at the Kraine Theatre. Under the direction of Arlene Hutton at The Barrow Group, and Julie McKee at HB Studios, she continues to develop her playwriting skills in their weekly workshops. Diane has also directed a variety of plays in both New York and Vermont, received a BA in Theatre from Bennington College, studied acting at The Royal Academy in London and with Sandy Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Early in her career, she interned with Lees Strasberg and Ellen Chenoweth at The Actors Studio. Diane is currently a Board of Director for The Amoralists Theatre Company.

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Cassandra Paras

A performer, writer and director, Cassandra is excited to help facilitate bringing artists together to create theater that is both traditional and experimental. As a working artist in New York City, she recently performed as Arianne, in Lizzie Vieh's The Lonliest Number at the Flamboyan, and is currently working on a script for a full length movie. She performs in both theater and film, such as Dan Auerbach's, Waiting on a Song, and on stage as Alice in Clinch, produced by Vertigo Theater Company. Her previous credits include Jeri in Love and Human Remains, produced by Jen Rudolph, originating the role of Cathy in the Amoralist production of The Cheaters Club, and the critically acclaimed Matilda in The Bad and the Better, directed by Daniel Aukin. Cassandra continues to make short films, most notably Sketch, City on Angels, How to Break Up with your Mother, and Happy for the 48 Hour Film Project. A master make-up artist Cassandra works on a variety of music videos, commercials and photo shoots. as a production assistant and make-up artist. She is a standing member of SAG-AFTRA.

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David Rosen

Producing Consultant

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Matt Pilieci

Matthew Pilieci was born in Brooklyn, but spent many of his formative years near the beach in Florida. He is an actor, producer and bar owner who has been back in NYC for the last 20+ years. In 2007 he co-founded the critically acclaimed theater company The Amoralists, taking on the role of Director of New Talent/Co Artistic Director for over twelve productions. With The Amoralists Matt had a hand in producing and acting in numerous NY Times Critics Pics and had the pleasure to work with critically acclaimed directors such as Adam Rapp and Mark Roberts. Matt is gracious and very excited to be working with ETC.

Production Manager

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Jordan Gemaehlich

Jordan is honored to join Eden Theater's team as their Stage Manager for Scrambled Porn. She is the Artistic and Administrative intern at Shrunken Shakespeare, and was Assistant to the Production Manager (Off-Broadway We are the Tigers). Assistant Directing credits includes: Miss Julie, The Cherry Orchard (The Classics Theatre Project), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Resolute Theatre Project). Directing credits include: A Most Peculiar Man (Luckenbooth Theatre Co). Stage Managing credits include: In The Heights (Booker T Washington High School), De Troya (Cara Mia Theatre),The Elephant Man (L.I.P Service Productions), What Visions Have I Seen (Shakespeare Dallas' School Tour). Jordan was a Teaching Artist at Watertower Theatre and Brookhaven College for 3 years, was the Project Coordinator for Arts Mission Cliff, and acted as the Dallas Director for the interactive Murder Mystery Company.

Associate Set Designer

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Al Schatz

Alfred Schatz is a Brooklyn-based artist with a fine arts degree from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. His theater credits include design work for The Amoralists Theatre Company (most notably Derek Ahonen’s Pied Pipers Of The Lower East Side, Happy In The Poorhouse, The Bad And The Better and The Cheaters Club, Lyle Kessler’s Collision and Adam Rapp’s Ghosts in the Cottonwoods and Animals And Plants). Additionally, he has designed shows for Wide Eyed Productions’ The Trojan Women & Keep, Camisade Theatre Company’s production of Samuel Brett Williams’ Derby Day and No-Win Productions’ Woyzeck, FJF. Most recently he designed the set for Lee Breuer’s Glass Guignol, produced by Mabou Mines.

artistic associates

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Brennan Vickery

A performance artist who has collaborated with other artists at BAM, Joe’s Pub, Abrons, and New York Theater Workshop. He’s presented his solo shows at Dixon Place (Bad Skin, HOT! Fest 2017), The Wild Project (Secret Science Fair), Foley Gallery (I Don’t Want to Live Here Anymore), D Lounge (The Artist is Not Present), and The PIT (Diversity 101). Brennan curated performances for Endless Editions’ Biennial (2016) and has been an associate artist with New York Live Arts, and makes music under the alias Bren.

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Niccolo Walsh

Raised in Southern California by two designers for film, television, theatre and opera, Niccolò was a creator from an early age, starting work as a performer with the Los Angeles Childrens Chorus and the Los Angeles Opera, then receiving a degree from Emerson College. Recent credits include the short films FALL ‘99 and SUNSET; SUNSET won the Audience Award for Best LGBT Film at the 2017 Rhode Island International Film Festival, and was official selection of 10+ festivals to date, including NewFest NYC and The Palm Springs International Shortfest.

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Ran Xia

A playwright and director from Shanghai, Ran regularly works on NYC stages including Pomegrenade at IRT; Harmony at HERE Arts Center; De Profundis at The Cell; Byron In Velvet Dance Shoes at The Wild Project; Tre Ex Machina at the Kraine, and Echo & Siren with The Tank as their Resident Director. She recently directed the world premiere of Ben Gassman's  Independent Study, and the US premiere of Ailís Ní Ríain's The Tallest Man in the World.  A current Resident Director at The Flea, Ran assisted directed several mainstage productions.

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Phillip Estrera

An Actor

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An Actress

Alex Peperman

Director, Actor, Producer