EILEEN FISCHER (Playwright) also writes poems, stories, reviews, and essays. Her publications have appeared in a wide range of journals, magazines, and books. Many years ago the Yale Summer Cabaret in New Haven, Connecticut, produced her play A Hunger Artist, adapted from Kafka’s short story. More recently, her play The Perfect Medium was produced by the Ryan Repertory Company in 2007. Waiting For Pessoa was developed and performed at RRC in November and December, 2012. Eileen Fischer earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in dramatic literature and criticism from Yale University. She is Professor of Humanities at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
JOHN SANNUTO (Watcher #2, Director and Choreographer) has worked as an actor, singer and dancer, as well as a director and choreographer for the past forty years. He spent many of those years with Ryan Repertory Company. His most recent credits include, Emperor Hadrian in Antinous by Amelia Arenas, Harry Warren in Introducing Harry Warren: The Tin Pan Alley Years by Julia Riva, Madame de Montreuil in Yukio Mishima’s Madame De Sade, Al Jolson in James Racheff and Ted Kociolek’s Jolson: A Vaudeville, and Oscar Wilde in Eileen Fischer’s The Perfect Medium. John is Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech and the Theatre Program Coordinator at Long Island University´s Brooklyn Campus and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Speech at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
CHARLES PORTER (Composer) wrote music for Eileen Fischer’s play The Perfect Medium produced by the Ryan Repertory Company in 2007. Porter has composed over one hundred works including orchestral pieces, chamber works, choral settings, song cycles, and music for the theatre. His compositions have been heard throughout the United States and in Canada. His work has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Fellows Orchestra, the Haydn-Mozart Chamber Orchestra, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, The Pro Arte String Quartet, and the Alliance for American Song. His many awards and honors include a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Composition Fellowship at Tanglewood, Yaddo residencies, ASCAP Awards, and a winning entry in the ISCM Composer’s Competition. Porter earned a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, and holds additional degrees from Queens College/CUNY and Oberlin College. He is a Professor of Music at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
PATRICIA DODD (Watcher #1) has studied acting with Herbert Berghof, Michael Beckett, Uta Hagen, and Austin Pendleton. She has performed in a number of Off-Off Broadway theatre productions: The Invisible Miss Whitney at Theatre for the New City and HB Studio, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads at the Flatiron Playhouse, Twilight in Berlin by George Hammer, and Shape-Up by William Packard, all directed by Mr. Michael Beckett. She also performed in Mortal Coils by Fred Stroppel at the Mint Theatre, directed by Ed Setrakian. Patricia has performed as a day player on CBS’s Guiding Light. She wishes to thank her collaborators on this production for the opportunity to share the experience of such a fascinating play.
BASIL HORN (Watcher #3) was born and raised in Moscow. Due to the hardships he had there, he moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his acting and singing. In 2007, he joined the Ryan Repertory Company as a set decorator and videographer. A year later, he gave his first American vocal performance in Ryan Rep’s benefit, The Songs of Harry Warren and went on to play multiple roles in the musical Introducing Harry Warren: the Tin Pan Alley Years also with RRC. In 2009, Basil played Charlotte in Yukio Mishima’s Madam De Sade at Long Island University. In 2011 he designed sound and media projections for Antinous in the First Floor Theater at La Mama. In spring, 2012, Basil had the great opportunity to work on his first full-length production, Fires In The Mirror, where he played an orthodox Jewish woman, a Jewish community leader, and a young Russian Jewish man. Also in 2012, he acted in a short graduate student film at Long Island University about honor killing in the Islamic culture. Basil continues to work in film and television. He is featured in the short film 5 Minutes by Wilson M’Biavanga, which won Honorary Mention at the 2013 Los Angeles Movie Awards in the NYLA International Film Festival. For the New York International Fringe Festival, Basil performs the same role he played in Waiting For Pessoa in November and December at RRC. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Jazz Music at Long Island University.
SHAWN E. LOCKATON (Alvaro De Campos) moved to New York City last August to pursue a career as an actor and singer. He studied music education and musical theater with an emphasis on vocal training at Youngstown State University. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Shawn performed extensively in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Most recently, Shawn staged managed, operated the light board, and performed the role of Alvaro De Campos in Waiting For Pessoa at Ryan Repertory Company last year. He feels honored to be playing this role again for the New York International Fringe Festival. Other New York credits include serving as an onstage production assistant for Love Machine at the Incubator Arts Project and as the Light and Sound Board Operator for Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at the Lee Strasburg Theater and Film Institute. Regional acting credits include: Doody in Grease, Gordon in Rent, Riff-Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Dickon in The Secret Garden, Frederick Barrett in Titanic: A New Musical, Linus Van Pelt in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Robert in Proof. For his favorite role as Bat-Boy in Bat-Boy: The Musical, he won a community recognition award. Regional directing credits include: The Madwoman of Chaillot, Death Takes a Holiday, An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, Sorry…Wrong Number, and Noises Off! Shawn also worked as a background actor for the television shows Boardwalk Empire, Smash, and Person of Interest.
CONSTANCE RODGERS (Production Stage Manager and Sound Board Operator) is excited to once again be working with her Pessoa family. Since moving to New York last August she has been busy doing background and extra work for television and films. Although new to stage managing, she is no stranger to the theater and has contributed as both a performer and choreographer in many shows throughout Pennsylvania. Her favorite theatre credits include: Jan in Grease and Lin in The Great American Trailer Park both at New Castle Playhouse, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors with the Butler Musical Theatre Guilde, Donna in The Taffetas at Butler Little Theatre and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical: The Musical with Butler Summer Dramatics. Constance is very excited to be involved with Waiting For Pessoa and the New York International Fringe Festival. She looks forward to many more opportunities in New