Artists' Bios

MIKE SCHLITT (Writer, Performer)
A founding member of the Actorsí Gang Theatre, two-time winner of the New York International Fringe Festivalís Outstanding Solo Performance award, and a recipient of the LADCC Margaret Harford award for outstanding contribution to Los Angeles Theater. Since 1983, he has produced, directed, written or performed in over 40 Actorsí Gang Productions. Favorites include directing the American Premiere of Georg Taboriís MEIN KAMPF (Backstage West Garland Award Winner), adapting and directing Gogolís THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (L.A. Weekly award nominee), co-writing and directing LITTLE MAN IN THE BOX (Dramalogue award winner, included in L.A. Timesí top 10 productions of the year), developing and directing ASYLUM (Dramalogue award winner) and directing and performing in two separate productions of the long running hit KLUB (L.A. Weekly award-Best Revival 2008). His work as a solo performer has been seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and New York: DRIVE, HE SAID (Saxon Lee Gallery), MIKEíS INCREDIBLE INDIAN ADVENTURE (LATC, Flea Theatre, Portland Center Stage), JESUS RIDE (Here Arts, Soho Playhouse, Elephant Asylum, the Marsh) He has also made short films for Epic Records IN THE STUDIO WITH TENACIOUS D, FXM Network, JOEíS GYRO PALACE and Sony Pictures STUDIO HEAD. He is currently writing a new multi-media performance piece PATRIOT ACT - a comic meditation on the US Histories (both fact and fiction). By day, he works in creative marketing where he has helped build advertising campaigns for hundreds of films including ZERO DARK THIRTY, SKYFALL, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN, MEN IN BLACK, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. His original podcast series EARLY BIRD SPECIAL can be heard on itunes or on this site.


TRACY YOUNG (Director)
For the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed and co-adapted Moliereís THE IMAGINARY INVALID, Goldoniís THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS; and directed Luis Alfaroís BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. She co-created and directed MEDEA/MACBETH/CINDERELLA (with Bill Rauch) for Yale Repertory Theatre. For six years, Ms.Young was an artistic associate at the Cornerstone Theatre, directing several productions, including Shishir Kurupís MERCHANT OF VENICE (Taper Too Workshop) and Yehuda Hymanís CENTER OF THE STAR (Greenway Court). Original works include DREAMPLAY, a site specific piece performed in a swimming pool, and two long-running hit musicals HYSTERIA and EUPHORIA (Actorsí Gang). A multiple recipient of Ovation, L.A. Weekly and Backstage West Garland awards for directing and playwriting; she has received a P.E.N. West playwriting award, Center Theatre Groupís Robert Sherwood Directing Award, and was a finalist for Theatre Communications Groupís Allen Schneider Directing Award.


DONNA JO THORNDALE (Producer)
Donna Jo Thorndale is a producer, teacher, and and performing theatre artist from Lexington, Kentucky. She has been a member of The Actors' Gang since 2004 and has served as the Company Tour Manger. As an actress, she most recently was directed by Jon Kellam in TARTUFFE and by Tony Award winning director Dominique Serrand in RED NOSES. As Jewell Rae Jeffers (Celebrity Chef and Home Economist), she produced her 12 episode webseries in honor of the 2008 Presidential Election, "Tastes Like Home," for Funnyordie.com. Additionally, she produces and hosts ALL CAKE, NO FILE: The Johnny Cash Prison Tribute Cooking Show in CA State Prisons. Professional training includes Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Actors' Theatre of Louisville, and study with director Anne Bogart, SITI Company. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky with Minors in Dance, Forestry and Political Science.


MATTHEW McCRAY (Producer)
Producer Matthew McCray is the Founding Artistic Director of Son of Semele Ensemble, profiled by American Theatre in 2004 as one of the countryís top up-and-coming theatre ensembles. In 2008, McCray was in residence at Center Theatre Group developing FENCEROW TO FENCEROW, his play about American agriculture, sustainable food and the obesity epidemic. His most recent directorial work includes the world premieres of Stephanie Fleischmannís WHAT THE MOON SAW (Son of Semele), Steve Lozierís DOOMSAYER (Moving Arts), and Meredith Steinmanís THE MEETING (Circle X), as well as the West Coast premiere of Edward Anthonyís WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH (Rogue Machine). He garnered a 2007 LA Weekly Award for "Multi-Media/Projections" for his production of Caridad Svichís IPHIGENIA--A RAVE FABLE and in 2003 he accepted the Ovation Award for "Best Musical Production (Intimate Venue)" for Son of Semeleís ANIMAL FARM. matthewmccray.com


CORBETT BARKLIE (Producer)
Corbett has produced a number of award-winning shows including Keythe Farley & Eva Andersonís spaghetti western with music, STRANGER; Robert Pryorís WONDERLAND; Michael Bonnabelís THE GOOD BOY, and the two most recent installments of the 99CENT ONLY SHOW--CALENDAR GIRL COMPETITION AND SAME-O all at Bootleg Theater. Since 2000, Corbett has operated her own arts consulting business and has worked with individual artists as well as arts organizations of all disciplines. Corbett was the founding Director of Loretta Theatre, the Executive Director of ARTS Inc., and served as the Deputy Director of Development for Center Theater Group. She worked with the National Endowment for the Arts as an assessor and consultant in their Challenge & Advancement Program. Since 2002, Corbett has been an Adjunct Professor in the University of Southern California, School of Theatre.

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