(Writer) a native Californian, is a kindergarten teacher by day and an artist, wedding photographer, and writer the rest of the time. Anna has written and performed work for the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. She has also been lucky enough to have written “A Jewish Pastry” a few seasons ago for JWT’s show God Plans and Woman Laughs
. After such a fantastic experience, Anna was compelled to write “A Free Jew in the Reich” for the JWT show Uncuffed
. She would like to thank her family and friends for their incredible support, and especially her mama for being such an inspiration to her.
BARBARA KOLETSKY (Stage Manager/Assistant Producer) has most recently worked on the production side of Jewish Women’s Theatre. Prior to that, for three seasons she was responsible for catering. Now Barbara is thrilled to be moving into stage management for JWT at The Braid. Barbara is also the owner of RSVP Party Planning, where as an experienced party planner she has produced many events, specializing in charitable organizations but with many corporate and private clients as well. Barbara was born in New York and moved to California for a career in marketing and promotions for Polygram Records and Elektra Atlantic Corp. She regularly volunteers at the Grossman Burn Center with her service dog, Rodney.
HOWARD KRUPNICK (Actor) left show business in 1962 and decided to get back into it in 1975. On the big screen, Howard can be seen in Earl’s Your Uncle, Escape from Heavenly Acres, One Hour at the Butterfly, The Rat Pack, Why Do Fools Fall in Love? and Blade. On stage, he played Abe in Beau Jest, Jacob in American Klezmer, Artie in Welcome to the Moon, Momus in the Los Angeles Opera production of La Boheme, Boris in The Fifty-Year-Old Game of Gin Rummy, Mr. Baker in Come Blow Your Horn, God in Evelyn’s Choice, Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof, Brodsky in Brodsky and the Bandit, Stanley in The Broadway Play, and Professor Lifshitz in Guilt, a one-man show.
JAMES LEVINSON (Technical Director) graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2010. At Allegheny College he acted in two productions, The Cherry Orchard, where he played Yepikhodov, and Servant of Two Masters, where he played Florindo. During his primary education, he appeared in numerous talent shows.
SUSAN MORGENSTERN (Director) began directing in college by staging musical theatre concert readings while co-teaching American Musical Comedy with Tom Lehrer at UC Santa Cruz. She went on to teach and direct at the renowned Stage Door Manor, a performing arts camp in upstate New York. In Los Angeles, for Theatre West, Susan has directed selections from David Ives’ All in the Timing, the musicals Just Too Cool, book by Mary Garripoli, music by Phil Orem, and Saturday Night at Grossinger’s, book by Stephen Cole, music by Claibe Richardson, as well as Barbara Nell Beery’s play, The Socialization of Ruthie Shapiro. At the Falcon Theatre she directed Leap, by Arnold Margolin, Surviving Sex, by David Landsberg, and the hit comedy, The Psychic, by Sam Bobrick. Susan directed Happy Days, a New Musical, book by Garry Marshall, music/lyrics by Paul Williams, at Cabrillo Music Theatre. For the Skylight Theatre, she directed an INKubator series fully staged presentation of Ghost-s, a Musical About a Musical, book by Kincaid Jones, music by Brian Woodbury, as well as an extended-run production of Meryl Cohn’s comedy Reasons to Live. In 2014, Susan began working as a consultant show director at Disneyland Parks and Resorts, Anaheim. She has directed several JWT salon shows, including The Moment You Knew; Sex, Lies, and Virtual Relationships; Untold Stories of Biblical Proportions; and Uncuffed.
LILI NANUS (Writer) is a third-year student at Mount Saint Mary’s University, majoring in psychology. Her piece, “Motherly Love,” is based on one of many conversations she has had through the years with her eccentric Jewish mother, Susan, a writer and a rabbi. Born in Russia and adopted when 11 months old, she has a complex relationship with her Jewish and Russian backgrounds. This is her first attempt at writing and she is honored to have her piece included in this show. Lili is currently no longer on OK Cupid but intends to return sometime in the future.
MONICA PIPER (Writer/Performer) is an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and stand-up comic. She has written for the sit-coms Roseanne, Mad About You, and Veronica’s Closet and was head writer of the #1 children’s animated series Rugrats.