Creative Team

JESSICA FLEITMAN (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright and fiction writer whose plays have been developed and produced on both coasts; notably, in The New York International Fringe Festival (The Average-Sized Mermaid), 48NYC Off-Broadway, The Museum of Jewish Heritage (Hip Hop Reflections), UC Santa Barbara's Summer Theater Lab (Word of the Day), and Manhattan Theatre Source (G Train Exodus), among others. She is the past recipient of The Corwin Award in Playwriting and a commission from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Magic Theatre. Her short story, Amber Wong-Cohen, was a finalist for the 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize and is available as a “single” on Amazon, as well as in Mixer Publishing’s Of Love & Death Anthology, in which the story was also published. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

PAULA D’ALESSANDRIS (Director) is the Artistic Director and Founder of Mind The Gap Theatre (MTG), New York’s premiere Anglo-American theatre company dedicated to producing new British plays and creating an exchange of works between the US and UK.  Favorite directing credits with Mind The Gap include the world premiere of The Cleric at 59E59 Theaters; NY premiere of David Eldridge's Under The Blue Sky; Gary Owen’s In The Pipeline; her stage adaptation of Gary Oldman’s Nil By Mouth, and many others. She directed three consecutive winners at the Samuel French Festival (all of which have been published) and many pieces in MTG’s popular BritBits series. Other credits include: Walter Vs. The Water Authority at 59E59; her multiple-award-winning productions at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival of the outrageous comedies Stampede! and The Butter Bin.

MIND THE GAP THEATRE (Producer) exists to produce and promote new British writing in the US and to foster an exchange of new work between the US and UK. They are producing Deuteranomaly at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity as a first step in introducing new American plays to an international audience, with the intent to eventually produce in the UK as part of their cross-Atlantic exchange of new works.

THE PLANET CONNECTIONS THEATRE FESTIVITY (Festival) is New York‘s premiere eco-friendly theatre festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festival seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.

JOHN MICHAEL CROTTY (Production Stage Manager) Since 2005 John has lived out a career as a professional Stage Manager that he is very proud about and looks forward to furthering this career even more. John has worked in some major NYC venues such as Carnegie Hall. He has also worked with wonderful Off-Broadway productions in the major festivals such as the NYFringe, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the Greenwich Musical Festival.

ARTEM KREIMER (Lighting Designer) recently moved to New York, having just graduated Washington University in St. Louis.  He is a designer, an actor, and a statistician and will be studying at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting this summer.  This is his first lighting design in the city.  In St. Louis, he designed for the Wash U Performing Arts Department - most recently Radio Free Emerson and Anatol - as well as for The Slaughter Project.  He remounted one of the pieces from The Slaughter Project's CARAVAN at the 4th Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival.  He is a proud recipient John G. Jutkowitz Prize in Performing Arts.

CHRIS ESPIRITU (Graphic Designer) is a member of the award-winning design studio, gdloft (, based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through the years, he’s been an active freelance designer as well as a graphic designer for the American Kennel Club in New York City. On his spare time, he contributes his services to various organizations, businesses and charities.

JOE WEHRY (Photographer) Joe Wehry is a photographer of people and places around New York, Berlin, London and Cardiff. Although he shoots color images, black and white film is the preferred method to his madness. In addition to personal projects, commercial work includes private and corporate events as well as images for musicians, performers and other creative professionals.

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