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Lessons In Survival

Part 1: October 6 - November 1

Conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas, Reggie D. White
Directed by Tyler Thomas
Video Design and Editing by Josiah Davis
Sound Design by Daniel Kluger
Production Design by You-Shin Chen
Production Coordinator Clarissa Marie Ligon
Performed by The Commissary
With Kyle Beltran, Dan Butler, Helen Cespedes, Kalyne Coleman, Crystal Dickinson, Brandon Dirden, Ricardy Fabre, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Nicole Lewis, Nana Mensah, Joe Morton, Deirdre O’Connell, Keith Randolph Smith, Ryan Spahn, Chris Stack, Myra Lucretia Taylor, TL Thompson, Nicole Villamil, Victoria Villier, Reggie D. White
Deirdre O’Connell (She/Her) Recent favorite theatre includes: Dana H by Lucas Hnath (Los Angeles Ovation Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Goodman Theater and Vineyard Theatre), Before The Meeting by Adam Bock (Williamstown Theater Festival), Thunderbodies by Kate Tarker (Soho Rep), Fulfillment Center by Abe Koogler (Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations) and By the Water by Sharyn Rothstein (Lortel nomination, Manhattan Theatre Club), Terminus by Gabriel Jason Dean (New York Theatre Workshop), The Way West by Mona Mansour and Thinner Than Water by Melissa Ross (Labyrinth), Judy by Max Posner (Page 73), Little Children Dream of God by Jeff Augustin (Manhattan Theatre Club), Scarcity by Lucy Thurber (Rattlestick), The Vandal by Hamish Linklater (The Flea), Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker (Obie and Drama Desk Awards; Playwrights Horizons), In the Wake by Lisa Kron (Los Angeles Ovation Award, Richard Seff Actors’ Equity Award, Lortel nomination,Kirk Douglas Theatre and Public Theatre), In the Blood by Susan Lori Parks (Public Theatre). Other favorite writers she has performed include Jenkins, Wellman, Schulman, Nelson, Meyer, Fornes, Shepard, Smith, and Chekhov. Recent films include Diane, Lez Bomb, I Am a Seagull, The Boy Downstairs, Gabriel, Synecdoche, NY, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. TV includes recurring roles on “One Dollar”, “The Path”, “The Affair”, and “Nurse Jackie”. She has an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Performance, a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation and a Lilly Award.

Tyler Thomas

Tyler Thomas, Director (She/Hers), is a director and choreographer, currently based in NYC. Her work has most recently been shown at The New Ohio, Signature Theatre, The Flea, HERE Arts Center, NYMF, Paradise Factory, and NYU Tisch. As an associate and assistant, she has worked with directors such as Lear deBessonet, Taibi Magar, Whitney White, Young Jean Lee, Lee Sunday Evans, Niegel Smith, and Jo Bonney, as well as with the Builders Association as Associate Dramaturg. Tyler is a former SDCF Observer, member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, Visiting Artist at the Athens Conservatoire in Greece, Resident Director at The Flea, current 2050 NYTW Fellow and Foeller Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She holds a BFA in Drama and MA in Arts & Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts.

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Marin Ireland

Marin Ireland, Actor (She/Hers), theatre credits include Reasons to be Pretty, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony. Her other New York credits include The Big Knife and After Miss Julie (Broadway), Ironbound at Rattlestick, Kill Floor at Lincoln Center, Blasted and Marie Antoinette, both at Soho Rep, Three Sisters at Classic Stage, Cyclone at Studio Dante (Obie Award), and In The Wake at the Public Theatre. Some of her TV and film work includes the second season of the “Umbrella Academy”, “Girls”, “Homeland”, “Masters of Sex”, The Divide, “The Slap”, “Sneaky Pete”, Glass Chin (Independent Spirit nomination 2016), Sparrows Dance, The Family Fang, 28 Hotel Rooms, The Irishman, Hell or High Water, and the Lifetime movie Flint, about the Flint water crisis, playing activist Melissa Mays. She co-founded the website hrforthearts.org with civil rights and liberties lawyer Norman Siegel, which aims to be a resource to help address harassment and bullying within the arts community.

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Peter Mark Kendall

Peter Mark Kendall (He/Him), Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Nom for “Best Revival”), The Rose Tattoo (The Acting Company: with Patti LuPone & Bobby Cannavale). Off-Broadway: Blue Ridge (The Atlantic), The Harvest (LCT3), Mercury Fur (The New Group), Joe’s Pub (with Whitney White), Judson, Partial Comfort. Regional: Lake Lucille Chekhov, Bay Street, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Rep., Chautauqua, Gloucester Stage, Baltimore Shakespeare, Studio Theatre (DC), Rep Stage, Kennedy Center. Film: Entangled, Time Out of Mind, Louder Than Bombs, The Ticket (TriBeCa), The Rest of Us, Seven Lovers. Television: “Strange Angel”, "Outpost” (series regular); “Girls,” “The Americans,” “Chicago Med,” “Eye Candy” (recurring); “Awkwafina...from Queens;” “The Good Fight;” “Gotham;” “Law and Order: SVU;” “The Leftovers;” “Blue Bloods;” “Public Morals.” Upcoming TV: “The President is Missing” on Showtime (recurring); Upcoming films: The Scottish Play, Top Gun: Maverick. Education: M.F.A., Brown/Trinity Rep. Peter is also a musician, and creates music with the band Hickory.

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Reggie D. White

Reggie D. White, Actor (He/Him), Broadway: The Inheritance (Drama Desk Award for Best Play), International: Flood In The Valley (China). Off-Broadway: Hundred Days, I & You, For The Last Time. Regional: The Luckiest (La Jolla Playhouse),The Bluest Eye (Arden Theatre), And She Would Stand Like This (The Movement Theatre Company), Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr), The Last Tiger in Haiti (Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse), Party People (Berkeley Rep). Film & TV: “Gotham”, “Blindspot”, “The Parent ‘Hood”, Buzzer, Medias Res, Stranger In Blood. Training: Atlantic Theater School, Cal State Hayward. Reggie is a Company Member of The Williams Project - a living wage theatre company. Reggie is also a recipient of the TBA Titan Award and the TCG Fox Fellowship. www.reggiedwhite.net

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Kyle Beltran

Kyle Beltran (He/Him) Broadway: The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout), In The Heights (Broadway, first national tour). Off-Broadway: Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theater Company), Fire in Dreamland (The Public), Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb), The Amateurs (Vineyard Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public, Delacorte), Head of Passes (The Public), The Flick (Barrow Street Theatre), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre), The Fortress of Solitude (The Public), Choir Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova), 10 Things to Do Before I Die (Second Stage) Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Steppenwolf Theatre, Yale Rep, The Old Globe. Film/TV: “Inventing Anna” (Netflix, upcoming), “The Shivering Truth” (Adult Swim), Equity (Sony Pictures Classics), “Horace and Pete” (Pig Newton), “The Big C” (Showtime) “Unforgettable” (CBS, recurring.) BFA in Drama, Carnegie Mellon.

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Dan Butler

Dan Butler, Actor (He/Him), is an actor, writer, director, and producer, Dan’s many acting credits most recently include Irish Rep’s highly acclaimed on-line production of The Weir. Other favorites include - Broadway: Travesties (Roundabout), Twentieth Century (Roundabout), The Hothouse (Broadway). Off-Broadway/Regional: Slow Food (Dorset Playhouse), WarholCapote (A.R.T.), Crime and Punishment (Trinity Rep.), Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse), Old Money (Lincoln Center), The Only Thing Worse You Could’ve Told Me … (Writer. Actor’s Playhouse, Drama Desk/Outer Critics nominations), Beast, Emerald City (New York Theatre Workshop), Lisbon Traviata (Manhattan Theatre Club/Mark Taper Forum), The Widow Claire (Circle in the Square Downtown). Film: Crazy Stupid Love, Karl Rove, I Love You (co-writer/director), Pearl (adaptor/director), Enemy of the State, Fixing Frank, Silence of the Lambs. TV: “Modern Love”, “The Mist”, “Prayers for Bobby”, “Hey, Arnold”, “Frasier” (7 seasons as Bulldog). Upcoming: Blonde (Netflix), All My Life (Universal). Co-founder of Fuller Road Artist Residency in Vermont with Jackson Gay and Richard Waterhouse.

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You-Shin Chen

You-Shin Chen (Scenic Designer) is a USA based Taiwanese scenic designer. As a storyteller, she centers human in the process of creating a three dimensional space for the characters to live in as well as the viewers’ experience. She is committed to diversity and humanity. She is a recipient at The Lilly Awards and Lucille Lortel Awards. Recent theater credits include: SKiNFoLK (the Bushwick Starr & National Black Theatre); UGLY (the feath3r theory & the Bushwick Starr); Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (ArsNova); Monsoon Season (AFO Theatre); Man of God (InterAct Theatre Company); Eclipsed (Berlind Theater, PQ’19 inclusion) ]. Associate scenic designer for Moby Dick (A.R.T., Des. Mimi Lien.) You-Shin is a member of Local USA829, IASTE. www.youshinchen.com

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Kalyne Coleman

Kalyne Coleman (She/Hers) is from Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate from the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA in Acting program. She has a BA in Communications and Theater from the University of Pennsylvania and additional training from the Black Arts Theater Intensive, Actors Studio Drama School, and Goldsmiths University of London. Coming up, she will participate in the 2020 ABC Discovers Talent Showcase. Last summer, she originated the role of Leigh in the World Premiere of America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro by Stacey Rose at Barrington Stage Company. This production won the 2019 Broadway World Berkshires Outstanding Play Production Award. Theater credits include Nella Pea in Black Odyssey (Trinity Rep), Gabriella in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Selector in How We Got On, Mrs. Sauce in Marie Antoinette, and Henrietta in Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Brown/Trinity Rep),Young Fannie Lou/Myrlie Evers, A Seat at the Table (Rites and Reason), Lady Anne, Richard III and Rosaline, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Academy at Stratford) Beneatha, Raisin in the Sun and Latisha, The Story (4A, UPenn). Fun Fact: I used to work at Drama Book Shop in NYC and credit them with a 2nd MFA education.

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Josiah Davis

Josiah Davis (He/Him) is a multi-disciplinary artist. A director, choreographer, performer, designer; the work intersects expressive movement, live music, emerging technology, and ritual to breathe new life into physical storytelling. Asking, how can we create space for people to be in sync when we are pulled apart by invisible systems? He is the Associate Artistic Director of On The Verge Theatre Company-Santa Barbara, a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow, a Theatre Lumina company member. He has collaborated as an associate/assistant with Regina Taylor, Tyne Rafaeli, John Rando, Oliver Butler, Jose Luis Valenzuela, Helena Kaut-Howson & Kathryn Hunter. He received an MFA from Brown/Trinity in Directing and a BA from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. josiah-davis.com | onthevergefest.com

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Crystal Dickinson

Crystal Dickinson (She/Her) is an Actor, Educator and a New Jersey Native. Her Broadway credits include in the Tony Award Winning Play, Clybourne Park, for which she received an illustrious Theater World Award, and Tony Nominated Play, You Can’t Take It With You, alongside James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne. She has also performed Off Broadway at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons and The Signature Theater and most recently Theater for A New Audience. She has worked with Thomas Kail, Michael Greif , Scott Ellis, Bryan Cranston, Wendell Pierce, Pam Mackinnon, Lila Neugebauer, Leigh Silverman and Kenny Leon. Film and Television credits include: Collateral Beauty, I Origins, This Is Where I Leave You, “The Good Wife”, “New Amsterdam”, a recurring role on Showtime’s “The Chi” and an upcoming appearance on ABC’s “For Life”. Crystal has also had an illustrious career teaching acting and coaching at Julliard, Stella Adler Studio, Spelman College, NYU, Princeton, Pace University and both of her Alumni schools, University of Illinois and Seton Hall University. A proud MFA graduate of The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she also studied at the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art and is an elite member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

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Ricardy Fabre

Ricardy Fabre (He/Him) is thrilled about having the opportunity to work with Vineyard Theatre. Ricardy is a Native New Yorker and recent graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting program. Theatre credits include: The Christians (Chautauqua Theatre Company), As You Like It (Chautauqua Theatre Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Seattle Rep), Our Town (Portland Center Stage), A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep).

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Yonatan Gebeyehu

Yonatan Gebeyehu (He/Him) is an actor based in Brooklyn. NEW YORK: Timon of Athens (Theatre for a New Audience), I Thought I Would Die, But I Didn’t (New Georges / The Tank ). REGIONAL: Timon of Athens, Everybody (Shakespeare Theatre Company ), Go. Please. Go. (Montana Rep), The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Manor), Noises Off, Romeo and Juliet (Chautauqua Theater Company), Christmas Carol (Portland Stage), Revolt. She said. Revolt Again., Strange Men, How to Use a Knife ( UCSD / La Jolla Playhouse ). TELEVISION: “Elementary”, “Madame Secretary” (CBS). WEB: “86’d” (Bric Arts). BA in English Literature: Columbia University; MFA in Acting: UCSD.

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Nicole Lewis

Nicole Lewis has been seen on television in “New Amsterdam”, “The Good Fight”, “The Blacklist”, “Mozart in the Jungle”, “Odd Mom Out”, “Blue Bloods”, “A Gifted Man”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Mercy”, “As the World Turns”, “Naked Brothers Band”, and in the feature films The Comedian, Across the Universe, A Beautiful Mind and London Betty. Nicole has also performed on Broadway in Rent (Joanne); and the original companies of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (2019 Revival), Hair (2009 Tony Award Best Revival), and Lennon. Off Broadway she has played Angela in Zawe Ashton’s For All The Women Who Thought They Were Mad (Soho Rep., Whitney White dir.), Isabella in Measure for Measure and Lady Macduff in Macbeth (The Public Theater), Grace in Abby Rosebrock’s Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theatre Company), Kate Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam Theatre Company, dir. Eric Tucker), Boy Gets Girl and Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regionally, she has worked with Paula Vogel at Baltimore Center Stage, played Ann Deever in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (Intiman Theater in Seattle), Kate in David Lindsay Abaire’s Good People (Geva Theater/Indiana Rep), and Jory in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar (ATC); in addition to works at Philadelphia Theater Company, The Old Globe (San Diego), Hartford Stage and ACT (San Francisco) amongst others. Special Engagements include the Original Works: Far But Close by/with Daniel Beaty (Dance Theater of Harlem), Flowers are Sleeping by/with Eisa Davis (Symphony Space) and Revival: Son House by Keith Glover (Geva Theater Festival). Nicole is a prolific Voice Artist, having recorded for Dreamworks’ Madagascar, PBS’s “NOVA” and several podcasts and audiobooks for Penguin Audio, Simon & Schuster and Audible including Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age (New York Times #7 best seller Audio Fiction), Michelle Harper’s The Beauty in Breaking, Zinzi Clemmons’ What We Lose, a novel, and Sarah Kuhn’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. She is a Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, The Commissary Play Group, The Actor’s Center, and graduate of Yale University (BA) and ACT (MFA). She adds to her honors, an NHT Award Nomination for her portrayal of Asaka in Once On This Island at Weathervane Theater where she also directed Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, David Mamet’s Race and Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo. In addition to her extensive career as an Actor and Director, she is an Assistant Professor of Acting at Emerson College.

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Nana Mensah

Nana Mensah TV/FILM: She can be found in Judd Apatow's recently released, King of Staten Island, starring SNL's Pete Davidson. She recurs as Dr. Camilla Candelario on NBC's “New Amsterdam”, and as Josephine Achola in Seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix's “13 Reasons Why”. She has guest starred on CBS's “Evil”, “The Good Fight”, and “Madam Secretary''. She wrote, directed and stars in the forthcoming independent film Queen of Glory and also played the role of Sade for two seasons of the popular series, “An African City” (2015 Golden Movie Award Winner, 2016 AMVCA Nominee). THEATER: When COVID hit, Nana was about to go into tech for Jocelyn Bioh's much anticipated play, Nollywood Dreams at MCC Theater's mainstage. Prior to that, she played the role of Mitra in Clubbed Thumb Summerworks's sold out production of Lunch Bunch, which was a New York Times Critics' Pick. Most notably, she played Tamyra in the New York premiere of Tracy Letts' Man from Nebraska at Second Stage Theater, directed by Tony Winner and MacArthur Genius Award recipient, David Cromer. For that role she was nominated for a 2017 Lucille Lortel Award, a 2017 Outer Critics' Circle Award, and a 2017 AUDELCO Award. She also starred as 'Clare' in the hit 2016 OBIE Award-winning play, I'll Never Love Again (a chamber piece) by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Clare Barron. WRITER: As a TV writer, Nana recently finished the second season of Netflix's short form series “BONDING”; a comedy about BDSM, in which she also will play a starring role. She sold Imperium, an hour-long drama pilot to AMC Studios. Her short film script, Step Nine, a finalist for Tribeca Institute's Through Her Lens award, is being developed into a series for Showtime Networks, produced alongside Sarah Jessica Parker's Pretty Matches Productions and Refinery29.

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Keith Randolph Smith

Keith Randolph Smith (He/Him) BROADWAY: Jitney; American Psycho; Fences; Come Back Little Sheba; King Hedley II; The Piano Lesson; Salome OFF-BROADWAY: Lockdown; Holiday Heart; Intimacy; Paradise Blue; The Revolving Cycles; Before It Hits Home REGIONAL: How To Catch Creation; The Dreams Of Sarah Breedlove; Water By The Spoonful; Looking Over The President’s Shoulder; Les Trois Dumas; Antony and Cleopatra FILM and TV: Anesthesia; Malcolm X; Path To Paradise; Girl Six; Backstreet Justice; Journeymen; ”The Good Wife”; I’ll Fly Away; “Law and Order”; “Cosby”; Onion

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Chris Stack

Chris Stack (He/Him) NYC: The Secret Life of Bees and Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theater), Ugly Lies The Bone (Roundabout Underground) Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep), Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theater), Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons), Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep), Killers & Other Family (Rattlestick). Regional: What Happened When (Echo Theater L.A.), The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Goodman Theater), Love in the Wars (Bard Summerscape), Love & Communication (Passage Theater); Film and TV: “Law & Order: SVU”, “Blue Bloods”, “White Collar”, “One Life To Live”, “As The World Turns”, “Damages”, “Third Watch”, “Conviction”, “The Education of Max Bickford”, Either Side of Midnight (upcoming), Evening, The Mini, School of Rock, Roger Dodger, Small Collection, and Juke.

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Myra Lucretia Taylor

Myra Tyler (She/Hers) BROADWAY: Tina- The Tina Turner Musical, Nine, Macbeth, Electra, MuleBone, A Streetcar Named Desire. NATIONAL TOUR: Wicked (Madame Morrible). LCT: The Rolling Stone, Chronicle of a Death Foretold. OFF-BROADWAY: The Tempest (The Public Theater's Mobile Unit), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova; Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress), School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (MCC; Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Featured Actress). International: The Winter’s Tale, Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company). Regional includes Williamstown Theatre Festival, Two River and McCarter. Film: See You Yesterday (Netflix), Ben is Back, The Big Sick, Unsane, Madeline’s Madeline, Catfight. TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Atlanta,” “Girls.” Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.

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Victoria Villier

Victoria Villier (She/hers) is an actor and multidisciplinary artist based in NYC. Victoria is fascinated with the concept of Radical Imagination, a term from abolitionist and activist Angela Davis, and will embark on that journey within her art and life. She is very appreciative and beaming with gratitude for her fellow theatre mates on cultivating a sacred space for liberation. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance and Costume Design from Marymount Manhattan College. Previous theatre credits include Oracular Recall (The Motor Company), LORDES (New Ohio Theatre), Blanks (Signature Theater), Chasing The New White Whale (La MaMa), Avalon (Opera House Arts), and The Hysteria Plays: Deliverance and Astronaut (or Frantic Action) at Dixon Place. 2019 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence program at Ken Kesey Farm. www.victoriavillier.com

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Deirdre O’Connell

Deirdre O’Connell (She/Her) Recent favorite theatre includes: Dana H by Lucas Hnath (Los Angeles Ovation Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Goodman Theater and Vineyard Theatre), Before The Meeting by Adam Bock (Williamstown Theater Festival), Thunderbodies by Kate Tarker (Soho Rep), Fulfillment Center by Abe Koogler (Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations) and By the Water by Sharyn Rothstein (Lortel nomination, Manhattan Theatre Club), Terminus by Gabriel Jason Dean (New York Theatre Workshop), The Way West by Mona Mansour and Thinner Than Water by Melissa Ross (Labyrinth), Judy by Max Posner (Page 73), Little Children Dream of God by Jeff Augustin (Manhattan Theatre Club), Scarcity by Lucy Thurber (Rattlestick), The Vandal by Hamish Linklater (The Flea), Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker (Obie and Drama Desk Awards; Playwrights Horizons), In the Wake by Lisa Kron (Los Angeles Ovation Award, Richard Seff Actors’ Equity Award, Lortel nomination,Kirk Douglas Theatre and Public Theatre), In the Blood by Susan Lori Parks (Public Theatre). Other favorite writers she has performed include Jenkins, Wellman, Schulman, Nelson, Meyer, Fornes, Shepard, Smith, and Chekhov. Recent films include Diane, Lez Bomb, I Am a Seagull, The Boy Downstairs, Gabriel, Synecdoche, NY, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. TV includes recurring roles on “One Dollar”, “The Path”, “The Affair”, and “Nurse Jackie”. She has an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Performance, a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation and a Lilly Award.

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TL Thompson

TL Thompson (They/Them/T) credits include: Broadway: Straight White Men (Person In Charge u/s) at Second Stage Theater. Theater: Is This A Room (Agent Taylor) at Vineyard Theatre, Waafrika 123 (Aweeno) at Criminal Queerness Festival, NERVOUS/SYSTEM (Pollster) at BAM Next Wave, AFTER (Company) at Public Theater Podcasts, Meet Cute Podcast. “Adventures in New America”, “Welcome to Nightvale”. Webseries: “THESE/THEMS” (TI), Dir. Jett Garrison. THE HUNTED (Nic), Dir. Crystal Arnette. Films: Flu$h (Wrex), Dir. Heather Acs. Friday Afternoon Dir. Paige Campbell. TL is also in the NY Neo Futurist, who performs frequently in The Infinite Wrench, an ongoing attempt to perform 30 plays in one hour. TLThompsonactor.com.

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Ryan Spahn

RYAN SPAHN (He/Him) Off-Broadway: Mr. Toole (59E59), How To Load A Musket (59E59), Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow (MCC and Williamstown), Daniel’s Husband (Westside Theatre, Primary Stages, and Penguin Rep), Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage and Transport Group), Still at Risk (Theatre for the New City), Exit Strategy (Primary Stages and Philadelphia Theatre Company), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre and Goodman Theatre). Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (co-writer), Grantham and Rose (writer), Woven (writer). Playwright: Inspired By True Events (developed at New York Stage & Film and Vineyard Theatre), Nora Highland (presented at Pride Plays and semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference), Blessed and Highly Favored (developed at EST, Hangar Theatre, and Martha's Vineyard Playhouse). Training: The Juilliard School. Ryan will appear in the upcoming season of “Modern Love” (Amazon) and his play Nora Highland was shot as a feature film during the pandemic.

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Lessons In Survival Calendar

Week 1
October 6 at 8:30PM
EP 1: “Survival Is Not A One Time Decision”
Nina Simone; Lorraine Hansberry; Audre Lorde/Blanche Cook

October 7 at 8:30PM
EP 2: “I'm Trying to Make You See Something”
James Baldwin/Dick Cavett/Paul Weiss
Followed by live Tweeting the Vice Presidential debate with The Commissary.

October 8 at 8:30PM
Live Open Rehearsal*

October 11 at 5:30PM
Live Community Conversation**

Week 2
October 13 at 8:30PM
EP 3: “When You Say Revolution... What do You Mean?”
Angela Davis; Georgia Gilmore; Fannie Lou Hamer

October 14 at 8:30PM
EP 4: “The Old Leadership is Dead”
Bayard Rustin

October 15 at 8:30PM
Live Open Rehearsal*

October 18 at 5:30PM
Live Community Conversation**

Week 3
October 20 at 8:30PM
EP 5: “Something is Beginning to Crack”
Maya Angelou/Mavis Nicholson; James Baldwin/Mavis Nicholson

October 21 at 8:30PM
EP 6: “This Country's My Problem and Your Problem”
Toni Morrison/Charlie Rose; James Baldwin and R.H. Darden

October 22 at 8:30PM
Live Open Rehearsal*

October 25 at 5:30PM
Live Community Conversation**

Week 4
October 27 at 8:30PM
EP 7: “Lie To Me”
James Baldwin/Nikki Giovanni (Parts 1 & 2 of 4)

October 28 at 8:30PM
EP 8: “To Teach is a Revolutionary Act”
James Baldwin/Nikki Giovanni (Part 3 & 4 of 4)

October 29 at 8:30PM
Live Open Rehearsal*

November 1 at 5:30PM
Live Community Conversation**


*Open Rehearsals are ticketed events that provide an inside look into The Commissary's process of rehearsing and creating LESSONS IN SURVIVAL. Each week, a group of actors and director Tyler Thomas will explore material not seen in other episodes, working on it and talking candidly about the content and the process.

**Community Conversations are free and open to the public and can be viewed on The Vineyard's YouTube and Facebook pages.