GABRIEL SHANKS (Director/Writer)

One of the directors of Peculiar Works Project's Village Fragments (2007 OBIE Award), Gabriel has directed over fifty theatrical productions at HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, The Red Room, Abingdon Theatre Complex, Bank Street Theatre, Present Company Theatorium, the Arthur Seelen Theatre, the Ohio Theatre, Peculiar Works Project, the Independent Theater, New Georges and at Judson House (NYC); Theatre Project,14 Karat Cabaret, and AXIS Theatre (Baltimore); Source Theatre Company, Theatre Conspiracy, DCAC, Tavern Stage, American Stage, the Corcoran Gallery, and Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.); OutProud Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, and Seven Stages Performing Arts Center (Atlanta); and venues in Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vienna and Budapest, among others. He has directed area and world premieres by Theresa Rebeck, Brad Fraser, Patricia Smith, Daniel MacIvor, and Michael Hollinger. His recent directing credits include Charles Ludlam's Conquest of the Universe, Lanford Wilson's The Madness of Lady Bright, Victoria Wolfe's In Ithaca, When Physics Saved My Life and Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.

Prior to MadShag, Gabriel was the artistic director for two seasons at Creative Mechanics Theatre Company. While there, he created Better and Worse (StART Series, NYC) and Stealing Pears (The Don Quixote Project, Peculiar Works, NYC), and directed productions of Steven Berkoff's Fall of the House of Usher (Best Productions of 2004, Backstage), Bertolt Brecht's Edward II, and Frank Blocker's Southern Gothic Novel, which premiered at the Red Room and was selected to perform at the 2004 National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. He also produced two short-work festivals, Free:Space and Stage This!, supporting the work of hundreds of artists and companies.

Gabriel is also the former artistic director of Funkopolis, the noted performance ensemble. With Funkopolis, he conceived and directed Pierced, 3 Stories To The Ground, rite #55/wonderwall elegy and Bochenski's Brain, as well as the acclaimed production of Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man, chosen as one of the Five Best Theatre Productions of the Year by Baltimore City Paper and the Baltimore Alternative. For 3 Stories To The Ground, Gabriel received the 1998 Theatre Project Honor for Outstanding Vision in the Theatre.

As a playwright; Gabriel's 17 plays have been seen in dozens of productions in the U.S. and in Vienna, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. He is the recipient of the Mazumdar New Play Award, the Southern Young Playwrights Award, and the Kressler Prize, among others. His play Overanalysis was chosen as one of the "Best Short Plays of All Time" in 2001, and has been produced in almost every major city in the United States as well as Japan and Argentina. His collaboration with Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin, Scooter and Bootlick, was presented at the FUSE Festival, produced by HERE and Dixon Place.

Upcoming MadShag projects include his first-ever cabaret show at NYC's famed Metropolian Room, featuring musicians Dennis Blackwell and Jason Hart; workshops of Jean Genet's The Maids and Stephen Jeffrey's The Libertine; an original piece with Erik C. Bruce and Kay Mitchell based on the life of Erzsébet Báthory; a solo poetry performance, Tectonic; and a Baltimore production of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice.

Gabriel was honored as a "New Arts Leader" by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. He received his B.A. in Theatre from Georgia State University and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Experimental Theatre Program at Towson University. By day, he is a Managing Director of The Drama League of New York, Inc., one of the nation's oldest and most renowned theatre advocacy organizations.

SHANNON MADDOX (Director/Designer)

Having worked extensively as a performer and in costume design, Shannon has recently been seen onstage in New York in Stealing Pears (Peculiar Works Project), Better and Worse (stART Series), Bochenski's Brain (HERE), rite #55/wonderwall elegy (The Judson House Project), Audioplay: Safe (CHARAS/El Bohio), 3 Stories to the Ground (Present Company Theatorium), and as Harper Pitt in the MadShag production of Angels in America. A member of the ensemble Funkopolis, Shannon starred in the company's productions of An Exquisite Dream of Fire and Wings.

As a designer, she created original work for many of the shows listed above. She has also recently designed regional productions of Bat Boy, Once Upon A Mattress, Jeffrey, and The Laramie Project, which she also assistant directed. Collaborating with Gabriel Shanks, she has designed costumes for Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man, Marlane Meyer's Etta Jenks, and the original work Pierced. She has her MFA from Towson University, and has taught gestural performance in workshops across the country.

KAY MITCHELL (Director/Writer/Dramaturg)

Kay has created a number of pieces with MadShag since joining the company in 2005, including the workshop production of Significant Blur and The Madness of Lady Bright (co-directed with Gabriel Shanks). She recently directed Leonard Melfi's Birdbath for Peculiar Works, and will help MadShag's workshop reading of The Circle in August 2007 at the Theater at CenterStage/NY. She is also developing the company's original piece, Dragging The Day, with Gabriel and Shannon, for 2008.


Allen is the head Propsmaster at Hartford Stage Company. Previously, he headed the Prop Departments of George Street Playhouse, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse, and has also been resident Prop Designer at most of these theatres, designing shows such as The Seagull, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Christmas Carol, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mummified Deer, and Quills. With the MadShag partners, he has created the scenic environments of Angels in America, Edward II, and Fall of the House of Usher.

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