Katonah Classic Stage is a non-profit, professional theatre company committed to producing the most engaging classic and contemporary plays that will enrapture audiences in Northern Westchester.
The mission of Katonah Classic Stage (KCS) is to inspire and engage audiences with our commitment to community and artistic excellence both on and off the stage. We strive for a transformative experience, through empathy and imagination, by offering exceptional, collaborative, diverse, and professional productions of classical and contemporary plays with a core commitment to Shakespeare and other master dramatists.
KCS is committed to a diverse, inclusive, environment where all artists, staff, volunteers, and members feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias.
We’re committed to being nondiscriminatory and providing equal opportunities for employment, volunteering, and advancement in all areas of our work.
We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our theatre and we strive to listen to their views and give them value.
We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. We are an organization that celebrates the richness of our community.
KCS will establish a deep engagement with the community of Westchester County while at the same time positioning ourselves as a destination theatre for both the New York City metropolitan area and the lower Hudson Valley. KCS will hire from both the Katonah area and NYC in order to assemble casts and crews comprised of exceptional talent and allow for local artists and artisans to work alongside professionals, providing an enriching opportunity for everyone.
Over time, KCS will perform multiple productions in rep over the course of a full season. In addition to making classical theater accessible for all via its productions, KCS is dedicated to developing thriving educational outreach and Shakespeare training programs for both youth and adults. KCS will establish an artistic home for actors, artisans, musicians, and designers that audiences can look forward to seeing season after season.
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Board of Directors
Trent Dawson is an actor, director, producer, and writer based in New York. Throughout his career, he has worked most notably on Broadway (The Herbal Bed), Off Broadway (Maple & Vine at Playwrights Horizons, The Memorandum and A Man for All Seasons on Theatre Row) and at regional theatres including Baltimore Center Stage (The Homecoming, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Misalliance), McCarter Theatre (School for Scandal), Westport Country Playhouse (Beyond Therapy), Prince Music Theatre (Pal Joey), Geva (The Miser), as well as countless productions of Shakespeare and other classic and contemporary works at theatres across the country. Trent has also starred in film and television, including Homeland, NCIS, The Good Wife, NCIS: LA, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, General Hospital and Castle. He received three Emmy nominations for his longstanding role as Henry Coleman on As the World Turns. As a director, Trent has helmed numerous play productions throughout NYC, as well as film, including his original short films, The Six and Everywhere, and, most recently, his first feature-length film, Macbeth. <a href=”http://www.trentdawson.com/”>www.trentdawson.com</a>.
Lea is thrilled to return to KCS after playing Carol in Oleanna last season. Regional: 4,000 Miles (Westport Country Playhouse), The Miracle Worker (Judson Theatre), As You Like It, Cyrano de Bergerac, Into the Woods (Texas Shakespeare Festival). Film/TV: “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS), ”FBI” (CBS), “This is the Night” (Blumhouse). Lea was born and raised in Honolulu. Training: Carnegie Mellon. Many thanks to the KCS family and my team. leadimarchi.com
CHRISTA SCOTT-REED is a New York City based director and actor. She is delighted to return to KCS after directing Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), starring Trent Dawson. She most recently directed the Off-Broadway production and 28 city National Tour of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Her other Off-Broadway directing credits include A Man for All Seasons starring Michael Countryman and Carolyn McCormick and the first New York revival of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands, starring Daniel Gerroll. She directed multiple virtual theatre productions in 2022/21 which collectively received over 150,000 views. As an actor, Christa has performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway, at Second Stage, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Irish Repertory Theatre, Mint Theatre, New World Stages, Keen Company (and more) and on dozens of notable regional stages. Her most recent television credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FBI, The Good Fight, The Other Two, Madam Secretary, The Loudest Voice and Elementary. Christa is the Literary Manager for Fellowship for Performing Arts and a Part-Time Faculty Member at the School of Drama at the New School. Member: SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. christascottreed.com
BRENDA WITHERS is an actor, playwright, and co-founder of the Harbor Stage Company (Dindin, The River) on Cape Cod. Onstage credits include the Guthrie (Emma), McCarter Theatre (Crimes of the Heart, Midsummer), A.R.T. (Gloria: A Life), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Circle Mirror Transformation, This Random World), Hartford Stage (Abundance), and the Folger (Cyrano). Her plays have been produced at places like Northern Stage, Two River, Portland Stage, Urbanite Theatre, Hudson Stage Company, and Amphibian Stage. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
JONATHAN FIELDING is a theater artist who lives in Irvington, NY. He has performed on Broadway <em>(The Play That Goes Wrong, Noises Off, The Seagull)</em> as well as regionally (The Old Globe, Penguin Rep, The Public Theatre of Maine). Jonathan is a founder of the Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, MA where he still spends his summers putting on plays. He has also been on Television <em>(Law and Order: SVU, Gotham, Castle Rock),</em> and is currently filming a role on HBO's <em>The Gilded Age</em>. He holds a BFA from Texas Christian University and an MFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is very thankful to work with Katonah Classic Stage on this play.
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JORDAN LAGE studied acting with playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy from 1981 to 1985 while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama at New York University.
Before graduating, at Mamet's suggestion, he and fellow classmates co-founded the Atlantic Theater Company now based in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He has performed in more than a hundred productions with Atlantic on stage and for radio since 1985.
Jordan made his stage debut in 1978. In addition to working extensively in film, television, on stage, and radio for over 40 years, Jordan has appeared in almost 2 dozen of David Mamet's plays and 5 of his films.
Jordan teaches acting, script analysis, sketch comedy writing, does audition coaching, and conducts his Acting the Plays of David Mamet workshop, most recently at the Atlantic Theater School in NYC where he was on faculty for 27 years. His students have included Jessica Alba, Jason Ritter, Simon Helberg, Eloise Mumford, and Vicky Jeudy.
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