Join us by zoom on March 20 at 7:00 pm. for the second Spring 2023 Literary Coffeehouse featuring theatre artists Mattie Barber-Bockelman and Teresa Cruz.
Mattie Barber-Bockelman is an actor, writer, new media producer, and theater artist based in New York City. As a member of La MaMa’s Great Jones Repertory Company, Mattie has performed as Elektra in Balkan Bordello in Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, and New York and as Helen and Andromache in The Trojan Women by Elizabeth Swados, directed by Andrei Serban at La MaMa. Other performance credits include BAM (Next Wave Festival 2022), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Brick, Theater for the New City, BAAD!, and WOW Café. Directing credits include Dixon Place (HOT! Festival 2022) and CultureHub. She has trained with Double Edge Theatre, LAByrinth Theatre, Michael Chekhov School, Strasberg Institute, and La MaMa Umbria’s Symposium on Theater for Social Change and Community Engagement with Belarus Free Theatre. Mattie is the Producing Director at CultureHub, where she works collaboratively to advance the work of artists experimenting with emerging technologies in search of new artistic forms. Most recently, Mattie wrote and performed in Ride the Wave at The VORTEX.
Teresa Cruz is a Canada-born, Texas-raised director, multi-disciplinary artist, and producer of live events. She has worked on events, productions, and processes across the country at Berkeley Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, The Drama League, Lincoln Center Theater, Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, Ars Nova, the Apollo, the Kennedy Center, and VORTEX Rep Co in Austin where she is currently the Associate Artistic Director. VORTEX Directing Credits include: P3M5 (2017), She Kills Monsters (SYT 2018), Origin Story (2020), The VORTEX Odyssey (2020), Ride the Wave (2023). She graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Psychology and Theatre.