ELIZA SIMPSON - AEA, Founder and Executive Director
She is a New York City based performer (AEA)and director. After graduating from Rutgers University she collaborated with companies like Playwrights Horizons, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, New George's, The Lark, The Flea Theater, and New Plays for Young Audiences through NYU on the creation new work. In 2015 she joined the cast of "The Woodsman" and continued to collaborate and perform in the Role of Nimme for 3 years at 59E59 Theaters and then in the transfer to New World Stages. As an artistic associate of Strangemen and Co. she helped to develop movement, staging, and scripts of projects in development. During "The Woodsman" she turned her producing abilities to her own passion project. Partnering with Lauren Nordvig and Amanda A. Lederer she created The Mother Line Story Project which has produced 9 original shows featuring over a hundred performers regionally and internationally.
LAUREN NORDVIG, AEA – Director of Education and Development
Florida born and raised, Lauren has been performing in NYC for the past decade. She is a Gator Grad and Company Member of The Hippodrome State Theatre where she helped found and implement a Diversity Leadership Board. She has also worked with Shakespeare's Globe on their US Development Initiative and is an alum of The Shakespeare Society Ambassadors, which helped plan fundraising and academic events for members and acclaimed performers as the organization joined forces with The Public. She has collaborated with The Pearl Theatre Co, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Lark, Bedlam, Playwrights Horizons, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Lake Dillon Theatre Co, and was overjoyed to appear as Ma Chopper in the Off-bway hit "The Woodsman" at 59E59/New World Stages. She continues to work as an Artistic Associate of Strangemen&Co, and has participated in developing numerous workshop productions. She's been a puppeteer, an aerial artist in Russia, and a Bway press agency intern...but she is most proud of Directing and Producing The Mother Line Story Project.