Aporia: An Evening of Sublime Paradoxes (On Demand) Creative

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Director, Morning Was Safe
Marie Ingrisano Isner
Most recently, Marie directed Overtones at the Heights Players. Previously, Marie directed "Getting Off in Brooklyn" an original one-act festival with Ryan Rep and "Christmas in the Land of Oz". With the Heights Players, Marie directed the original play "Morning Was Safe" as part of the Director's Workshops in 2019. NYC acting credits include The Vagina Monologues, Anything's Dream (NYC Premiere) and Steel Magnolias and numerous shows at Ryan Repertory Company including, A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, Peter Rabbit, Robin Hood, and many benefits saluting Harry Warren. Marie is a graduate of the Long Island High School for the Arts and Muhlenberg College.
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Director, Icarus and Amina
Roberta Raymond
Roberta Raymond studied classical dance at the School of American Ballet and acting at The Actor’s Studio under Alan Cohen. She performed with the New York City Ballet as a child in the Nutcracker Suite as well as with the Bolshoi ballet in Sleeping Beauty. As an actor and performer, she performed on the road for Williams Gerard Productions and International Show. She has directed musicals and dramatic works, in the USA and abroad. Her current interest lies in blending movement and devising (Le Coq) to explore new performance possibilities. Her directing credits include Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Laramie Project, A Few Good Men, A View from the Bridge, A Late Snow, A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles, The Wizard of Oz, Crazy for You, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady; she ran her own small company in Germany, where she directed several original projects. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and Continental Philosophy.
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Playwright, Morning Was Safe
Gabriel Nathan
Gabriel Nathan is an author, editor, actor, and a mental health and suicide awareness advocate. He is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, an online publication that features stories of mental health, empowerment, and change. He is a man of diverse interests, and he owns more neckties than is reasonable. He is an occasional playwright. His based-on-true-events play, “Son of a Dog” (about the investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990) was produced at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5 in 2016. Gabe raises mental health awareness, generates conversations around suicide prevention, and spreads a message of hope with his 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, Herbie the Love Bug replica that bears the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on its rear window. Gabe and Herbie have a robust presence on Instagram. He created a feature-length documentary film called “A Beautiful Day Tomorrow: Taking Suicide Awareness on the Road” which documents his 11-day East Coast road trip in Herbie, talking to suicide loss and attempt survivors, and members of the general public he met along his way about suicide and its prevention. You may view the film, and learn more about Gabe and Herbie on Instagram @lovebugtrumpshate
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Playwright, Icarus and Amina
Yasmine Rana
Yasmine Rana’s recent work includes Paradise, The Fallen, and After Rome with the Jerusalem English Theater and Theater in the Rough, International Human Rights Arts Festival at the Wild Project (Leena and Rose at the Barre), Mile Square Theatre and Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey (After Rome) Luna Stage (At the Barre), and Tara Arts of London (Amanda). Plays have been developed at theaters including Women's Work Festival of Canada (2021), La MaMa Experimental Theatre, among others. Awards include a NJ State Council on the Arts TRANSITional Art Project grant (2019), New Jersey State Council on the Arts Award in Playwriting (2015), and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Playwriting. Publications include The Alabama Literary Review, Blackbird, The Contemporary European Idea, The Kenyon Review, Lilith, TDR: The Drama Review, Woman Around Town, and anthologies, The Best Contemporary Monologues, The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men’s and Women’s Monologues, and The War Zone is My Bed and Other Plays. In addition to being a playwright, Yasmine is an educator, mentor to new playwrights (Northeastern University, Chicago) and drama therapist (Registered Drama Therapist and New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist). She has worked in Bosnia, The Republic of Georgia, and Switzerland. Yasmine received her BFA and MFA degrees in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Master of Art in Teaching degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University where she specialized in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She studied Drama Therapy at the New School’s Creative Arts Therapies Program and International Trauma Studies at New York University. Yasmine is the co-host and co-producer of “Conversations with Ken and Yasmine” and is represented by Susan Gurman in New York.www.yasminebeverlyrana.com
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Film & Editing
Luke DiCola
Luke DiCola is an established video production professional with clients such as UGG, Stuart Weitzman, Snapchat and NYU on his roster. Additionally, Luke owns and operates Long Island music recording studio Music Attic, which is also home to a music discovery series that he produces. Luke recently released his debut solo album under his own name, he enjoys watching news bloopers on YouTube from time to time, and became an unofficial mixologist during quarantine.
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Camera Operator
Chris Burgess
Chris Burgess is a young playwright originally from Massachusetts and currently living in Brooklyn. Since getting into theatre at 18, he has acted in productions like Supid Fucking Bird, 116 Square Feet, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He has a Bachelor’s in Media Arts from LIU Brooklyn and is currently getting his Master’s in Theatre at Hunter College. The Instagram Post is Chris’ first fully-produced play.
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Graphic Design
Amanda Enriquez
is a New York City based costume and graphic designer. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of The Heights Players as the Graphics & Media Chair. When not designing graphics and media for Ryan Repertory Company, Amanda is a passionate costume designer whose work has been seen Off-Broadway with Good Morning New York, a new musical and Simius - Broadway Bound Festival.

Ryan Repertory Company Board of Directors 2021

Bill Block 

Chris Burgess, Emeritus 

Victor Gluck 

Basil Horn

Marie Ingrisano Isner

Tony Marinelli 

Barbara Parisi

Roberta Raymond, Emeritus 

John Sannuto