Founding Artistic Director

Producing credits include Lombardi on Broadway; the Off-Broadway premieres of Sweet Storm by Scott Hudson (in association with LAByrinth Theater), Umbrella by L. Pontius, Harvest by David Wright Crawford and The Vietnamization of New Jersey by Christopher Durang; Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, and Zayd Dohrn’s Haymarket, Permanent Whole Life (Alchemy Theatre Company @ The New York International Fringe Festival), and Shameless (Red Friday Productions in Boston). Directorial work for Alchemy includes The Vietnamization of New Jersey, Haymarket, Speed-the-Plow, The Normal Heart, and Ned Campbell’s Ollie Utz is Free; New York: the premiere of PeopleSpeak by John Augustine at 59E59 Theaters (Summer Shorts Festival 2); Boston: Shameless, Martin Jones’ Old Soldiers at Theatre Cooperative; the premieres of Henry Kimmel’s Tainted Window and Paul Mohrbacher’s Samarkand for The Atlantis Playmaker’s Festival; John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, James Christy’s Creep, and Jean Genet’s The Maids at Actor’s Workshop. Additional directing credits include Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe, Play, Act Without Words I and Act Without Words II at the Moscow Art Theatre School; Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine, Elizabeth Egloff’s The Swan, and Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 at American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Assistant Director (while playing the role of “Gavrila”) on Yuri Yeremin’s production of Chekhov’s Ivanov, starring Debra Winger and Arliss Howard, and on the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne, directed by Marcus Stern, at American Repertory Theatre. He has taught at Boston’s Actors Workshop. Member SSDC.

Fran Kirmser
Development Director
Acting Artistic Associate
Robert Carroll

Robert Carroll is a native New Yorker and a recent graduate of Binghamton University (SUNY), where he studied Theatre and History. Since graduation, Robert has been acting in theatre and film in NYC. Robert is excited to work with, learn from, and help all those associated with Alchemy Theatre Company. Recent roles include “Harry” in The Time Of Your Life (Storm Theatre), “Gus/Augustus” in Arcadia (Phare Play), “Sullivan” in The Shaughraun (Storm Theatre), “The Jumper” in Jump (Riant-Strawberry Once Act Festival), “Carroll” in The Fish Can Dance, part of the 21he Theatre Festival Who Wears Short Shorts (Phare Play), and “Brother Andrew” in Jeremiah, part of The Karol Wojtyla Theatre Festival (Storm Theatre). Robert will appear in the upcoming film A Rogue in Londinium. He currently studies with Austin Pendleton at H.B. Studios. As well as acting, Robert does freelance political consulting and is currently writing a screenplay about New York City politics.

Literary Director
Susan Gross

Susan Gross is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut with Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan as “Liat” in Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey. Regional credits include: Cyrano (New Repertory Theatre), A Little Night Music (Lyric Stage), Out at Sea, The Pole (Stoneham Theatre), Almost Asleep, Acts of Futility: Six Samuel Beckett One-Acts (Molasses Tank Productions) and the New England premiere of Popcorn (Zeitgeist Stage). Other regional credits include Improv Asylum (Boston), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia where she is originally from. She has been a big fan of Durang since performing in Baby with the Bathwater, once in college and again professionally in Boston (in different roles). She’s also a big fan of Robert Saxner since he directed her in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea while in Boston. Film: actor and stand-in for Rebecca Pidgeon on the independent film Advice and Dissent (Eli Wallach, John Pankow). Susan holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Roanoke College. Proud member of AEA.

David H. Friedlander, Esq.
Legal Counsel
Press Representative

Kevin P. McAnarney (Press Representative for Umbrella) has a varied background in public relations, casting and management. Kevin has handled major concerts on Broadway; international dance attractions and special events at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater, Carnegie Hall and others including two Katharine Hepburn tributes as well as the first NYC Academy Awards benefit. He did national press for Cirque du Soleil for four years and helped to open Mystere, in Las Vegas; tours of the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble to only name a few. For six years, he represented the Drama Desk Awards. He was honored to be the B’way press rep for Love! Valour! Compassion! (the first show ever to win the 5 top New York Theatre Awards in one season including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Obie Awards). KPM Associates (Grant Lindsey, associate) was the Broadway press agent for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; Some other NYC clients include: A R Gurney’s Sylvia; Children’s Defense League; Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Alisa Alonzo); Theater Hall of Fame, Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino, National Dance Week; Madrid’s Ballet Ullate; the musical john and jen; Moiseyev Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets Grandiva; and Moisés Kaufman and the award-winning hits Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. They continue to represent Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Career Transitions for Dancers and others. Mr. McAnarney managed a 13-city tour of the musical Camelot starring Rock Hudson; Cape Cod Melody Tent and Beacon Theatre. He was also a union treasurer and box office manager. Kevin was a member of the organizing of Broadway Cares and helped write the mission statement; an organizing member of B’WAY (Better Wellness And You), the Wellness Committee for the theatre industry. He is serving his tenth term on the Board of Governors of ATPAM.


Padraic Lillis (Director) this year directed Michael Puzzo’s The Dirty Talk (nominated NYIT Outstanding Director), Adina Taubman’s documentary play on Columbine, A Line in the Sand for the Midtown International Theater Festival (Awarded Best Production), was the dramaturg for Michael Lluberes’ The Boy in the Bathroom for the New York Musical Theater Festival (Awarded Most Promising New Musical and Best Book) and his play Ronnie’s Mask was produced in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Performance Garage as part of Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 7 and his full-length play Two Thirds Home was produced in New York by the Broken Watch Theater and is to be published by Dramatist Play Services, Inc. As a director he has worked with: Manhattan Theater Club, The Roundabout, New York Theater Workshop, The Pearl, The Lark, Young Playwrights Festival, The Labyrinth Theater, The McCarter Theater, Portland Stage Company, and The Playwrights Center of Minneapolis. He also directed the National Tour of She Loves Me. Padraic is a Usual Suspect with New York Theater Workshop, an alumnus of the Drama League Director’s Project, a company member of the Labyrinth Theater since 2004 and a lifelong Yankee fan.

Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn received his MFA from NYU and is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard. His plays have been produced and developed at Woolly Mammoth, The Alliance Theatre, South Coast Rep, the Marin Theatre Company, Kitchen Dog, Southern Rep, ATC, Boston Playwrights’, New Jersey Rep, Aurora Theatre, and Alchemy Theatre of Manhattan. He is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize, the NNPN Continued Life of New Plays Fund, the Sky Cooper Prize, the Jean Kennedy Smith Award, an IRNE for Best New Play, and residencies with Alchemy Theatre, Seven Devils, Chautauqua, and the Royal Court Theatre of London.

Artistic Associate
Birgit Huppuch

New York Credits: Haymarket (Alchemy Theatre Company), Scapin (NYClassical Theatre), In The Air (u/s). Regional Credits include: Haymarket (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Smiler Becoming Yank (Huntington Breaking Ground Reading Festival); Proof, Private Eyes (WHAT); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (New Repertory Theatre); Defying Gravity (Merrimack Rep); The Henry VI Chronicles (Shakespeare & Company); Monticel’, The Glider (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre — 2005 IRNE nominee for Best Supporting Actress in small co. for The Glider); Molly Sweeney (Mill Pond Center for the Arts — Spotlight Reader’s Choice Award for Best Actress in a Play); Shiloh Rules, The Man Who Came to Dinner (New Century); Don’t Dress for Dinner, See How They Run (Foothills Theatre).

Artistic Associate
Morgan Baker

Morgan Baker (“Rafael Lamas” in Harvest) graduated from Villanova University with a Master’s degree in Theatre and has been working in theatre and film in NYC since early 2000. Recent roles include “Peter” in Lunch Hour (Heiress Productions), “Dr. Gahagan” in Haymarket (Alchemy Theatre Company), “John” in Welcome Home Steve (MadAir Productions), “Ferenczi” in Where Three Roads Meet (Midtown Intl Theatre Fest), “George” in Barman and “Logan” in Naked Girls Drinking! (both with Bon Bock Productions). Film credits include Privacy, Leaving New Hope, and Crickett and the Little Girl Power along with an appearance on the CBS series Hack.

Larry Pontius
Artistic Associate
Company Photographer
Resident Set Designer

Lea Umberger (Set/Costume Designer) is excited that her Off-Broadway debut is with Padraic Lillis and Alchemy Theatre Company. Umbrella is her seventh design collaboration with Padraic. Previous shows include A Line in the Sand (MITF 2007 — Best Overall Solo Production), Savage In Limbo (Sheperds. At 78th Street Theater Lab, NYC), The Dirty Talk (Spare Change Production at Center Stage and NY Fringe Festival 2005, NYC), Recreating Keiter (NYC), Foul Stench of Death (NYC) and Taming of the Shrew (Summer Rep — New Paltz). Recent Costume designs include Gem of the Ocean (American Stage, St Petersburg, FL), The Rape of Lucrece (Washington Shakespeare Company — Washington, DC), All My Sons starring Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin (Shadowlands Theatre — Ellenville, NY); Big River (feature film, released in 2006); Anton in Show Business, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden (SUNY — New Paltz); Emma (Byrdcliffe Theater — Woodstock); Betrayal (Fountainhead Theatre — Washington DC); Richard 3 (Judith Shakespeare Company — NYC); Schmaltz (78th Street Theatre Lab — NYC); Duchess of Malfi (Kings County Shakespeare Company, NYC). Recent set designs: Moonlight and Magnolias (American Stage, St Petersburg, FL), Savage in Limbo (Sheperds. At 78th Street Theater Lab, NYC), The Rape of Lucrece (Washington Shakespeare Company, Washington, DC), Betrayal (Fountainhead Theatre — Washington DC); The Hairy Ape (SUNY — New Paltz); Schmaltz (78th Street Theatre Lab); Auntie Mayhem (Bank Street Theatre). Film credits include Production Design for over 17 shorts including Gasoline, The Cheetah and the Reaper, The Property of Hub Cain, Party Boys, Time and the Hour Run; Art Director for Bam Bam and Celeste, NY Unit, Big River. Design MFA-NYU Design for Stage and Film 2003. To see more of her work please visit

Graphic Designer
Web Development


Board of Directors

Jack Carroll
Zayd Dohrn
Susan Gross
Robert Saxner

Board of Advisors

Jack Carroll
Michael Cyril Creighton

Christopher Durang is a playwright whose plays include A History of the American Film (Tony nomination, Best Book of a Musical, 1978), The Actor’s Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Obie award; off-Bway run 1981-83), Beyond Therapy (on Broadway in 1982, with Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow), Baby with the Bathwater (Playwrights Horizons, 1983), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Public Theatre, 1985; Obie award, Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award), Laughing Wild (Playwrights Horizons, 1987), Durang/Durang (an evening of six plays at Manhattan Theatre Club, 1994, including the Tennessee Williams’ parody, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls), Sex and Longing (Lincoln Center Theatre production at the Cort Theatre, 1996, starring Sigourney Weaver), and Betty’s Summer Vacation (Playwrights Horizons, 1999; Obie award).

His most recent works are Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, which premiered at City Theatre in Pittsburgh in 2002. And the musical Adrift in Macao, with music by Peter Melnick and book and lyrics by Durang, which premiered at New York Stage and Film in summer 2002, and is under option for off-Broadway 2003-04.

Durang is also a performer, and acted with E. Katherine Kerr in the N.Y. premiere of Laughing Wild, and with Jean Smart in the L.A. production. He shared in an acting ensemble Obie for The Marriage of Bette and Boo; and with John Augustine and Sherry Anderson has performed his crackpot cabaret Chris Durang and Dawne at the Criterion Center, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Williamstown Summer Cabaret, and the Triad, winning a 1996 Bistro Award.

In the early 80s, he and Sigourney Weaver co-wrote and performed in their acclaimed Brecht-Weill parody, Das Lusitania Songspiel, and were both nominated for Drama Desk awards for Best Performer in a Musical.

In 1993 he sang in the five person off-Broadway Sondheim revue, Putting It Together, with Julie Andrews at the Manhattan Theatre Club. And he played a singing Congressman in the Encores presentation of Call Me Madam with Tyne Daly at City Center.

In movies, he has appeared in The Secret of My Success, Mr. North, The Butcher’s Wife, Housesitter, and The Cowboy Way, among others.

He has a B.A. from Harvard College, and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama.

In 1995 he won the prestigious three-year Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers Award; as part of his grant, he ran a writing workshop for adult children of alcoholics. In 2000 he won the Sidney Kingsley Playwriting Award.

Grove Press publishes several of his plays. Smith and Kraus recently published two new collections: “Christopher Durang: 27 Short Plays” and “Christopher Durang: Complete Full-Length Plays” (1975-1995). Grove has recently published Betty’s Summer Vacation.

Since 1994 he has been co-chair with Marsha Norman of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School in Manhattan.

He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

J.J. Kandel
Lisa J. Nicholas
Arno Selco