SUSAN CHARLOTTE (Writer, Founding Artistic Director and Producer) – Her multi-faceted career started with Prism Blues. Based on her work as a prison counselor, the play earned her a place in Columbia’s MFA program and won the prestigious Joseph Kesselring Award. Her 60 plus full length and one-act plays have enjoyed productions throughout the country. They include: The Shoemaker starring Danny Aiello, directed by Antony Marsellis; Sublet; Twenty Litres Of Petrol; She’s Of A Certain Age & The Round Table (with theatre icon Peter Stone). Her acclaimed play, Love Divided By, which was originally produced by the Actors Studio, was made into a film with an original score by Philip Glass. The film was chosen to reopen MoMA’s Titus II theatre. Susan also collaborated with Emmy-Award winning composer, Billy Goldenberg, on several songs. Her TV credits include; CBS– the “Comedy Zone” with Patty Duke & Paul Reiser), daytime series “Guiding Light” and shows for Lifetime TV. Her films include: Something Like That, A Broken Sole, Come On (International Hamptons Film Festival) & Out Of Your Hands. Articles: “NY” & “Playbill”. Books: “Creativity” & “Creativity in Film”. She has been a professor at: Columbia Univeristy, NYU and City College. She has served as a judge for the Cable Ace Awards & the Albee Festival. She is the Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning theatre company, Food For Thought Productions & Cause Celebre. Her play, The Hairdresser, starring Louise Lasser and Stephen Schnetzer, is currently playing in New York. When Truth Is Not Enough, her play about voter suppression, directed by Antony Marsellis, has been touring the country. The Canadian Broadcast Corporation aired a segment on this Project in September 2016. Susan is currently working on several new scripts, including Too Fragile For Life.
MARY J. DAVIS (Producer) is Director of Education and Outreach for both Food For Thought Productions and Cause Célèbre. With Cause Célèbre, she has produced Tennessee Williams’ The Pretty Trap, Susan Charlotte’s She’s of a Certain Age, and co-produced The Shoemaker. She has also produced James Wesley’s Unbroken Circle and Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. She is a pro bono lawyer for the ACLU. Education: BA (Education) from Arcadia University ; JD from Temple University School of Law; MA (Liberal Studies) from Villanova University.
DONALD MONROE (Co-Producer) divides his time between his home in High Point, North Carolina and New York. Following twenty-five years in corporate management positions in N.C., N.Y., and Europe, he taught developmental math for thirteen years at his local community college. He enthusiastically supports the theatre program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he served on the executive board of Theatre Angels. He assisted in the productions of staged readings of Gerald Locklin and George Carroll’s The Toad Poems in NYC, The Broach Theatre in Greensboro and at UNCG, and the staged reading of George Carroll’s Dragon and Koo also at UNCG. Don is extremely proud to be a part of Food For Thought Productions. Many thanks to Susan Charlotte for the opportunity.
JOHN GOING (Resident Director) – Regional Theatre: Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Hartford Stage, Syracuse Stage, Houston’s Alley Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Tennessee Repertory, as well as Holiday (Olney Theatre Centre), Major Barbara (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Cincinnati Playhouse), My Fair Lady (St. Louis MUNY), Love! Valour! Compassion! (DC’s Studio Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Northshore Music Theatre). On Broadway he directed Tony LoBianco in HIZZONER!. Off-Broadway credits include Mart Crowley’s A Breeze from the Gulf. He has worked in Moscow, Johannesburg, Toronto and Winnipeg. For the Opera Theatre of St. Louis he has staged The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein and Don Pasquale. A four-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, he won the Outstanding Director Award for his production of The Miser at the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. His production of Inherit the Wind, starring Robert Vaughan and E. G. Marshall, at the Paper Mill Playhouse won Showtime’s Excellence in the American Theatre Citation. He was the associate artistic director of the Alaska Repertory Theatre, resident director for the Cleveland Play House, and is currently associate artistic director of the Olney Theatre Centre in Maryland. He also assisted the late Sir Tyrone Guthrie during the inaugural season of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.
CHRISTOPHER HART (Resident Director) His directing work includes his father, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You, at the Geffen Playhouse, as well as an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning play for NBC Television with Harry Morgan as Grandpa. He was artistic director for the Malibu Stage Company in Los Angeles for several years, and directed regionally both in LA and Chicago. He has directed for NPR and LA Theatreworks on the radio, and he also directed for HBO and Fox Television on “TALES FROM THE CRYPT”. As a producer on Broadway he was recently represented by Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, which starred Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Greer. He also was part of the Tony Award winning team that produced HAIR on Broadway, as well as the successful road company, and the London production of HAIR.
ANTONY MARSELLIS (Resident Director) In a long career in the theatre (over 50 plays) he has directed most of the commercial works of the all the major playwrights. In addition he has directed other titles such as: Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman; Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes, Night School & Some Kind of Alaska; Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days & Krapp’s Last Tape; Arthur Miller’s A Memory of Two Mondays, Clara, Elegy for a Lady & The Last Yankee; Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act; Eugene Ionescu’s The Bold Soprano, The Chairs, The Lesson; Luigi Pirandello’s The Man with the Flower in his Mouth & The Other Son; Thorton Wilder’s A Ringing of Door Bells, Bernice, Cement Hands, In Shakespear and the Bible, Queens of France, The Rivers under the earth & The Wreck on the 5:25; Tennessee Williams’ In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Something Unspoken, Talk To Me Like The Rain and Let me Listen; Also the stage versions of two of his films, Men of Manhattan & A Broken Sole. He’s had the privelege of working as a director with the finest of NY’s acting community including Danny Aiello, Peter Bogdonovich, Zoe Caldwell, Len Cariou, Tyne Daly, Christine Ebersole, Richard Easton, Judd Hirsch, Judith Light, Tony Roberts, Marian Seldes, Carole Shelley, Frances Sternhagen, Elaine Stritch, Marlo Thomas & other Tony and Academy Award winners. Premieres: Susan Charlotte’s The Shoemaker & When Truth is not Enough; Tom Fontana’s This Is On Me; A.R. Gurney’s The Love Course; Tennessee Williams’ The Pretty Trap. Current projects: Susan Charlotte’s The Hairdresser & When Truth Is Not Enough, (national tour), collaborating on a new version of Rod Sterling’s “The Twilight Zone” for PBS and working on a new translation of Jean Anouilh’s L’Alouette.
KENNETH MARTIN (Founding Member) is President of Black Diamond Enterprises. He recently produced a new play by Clive Barker entitled History of the Devil and is working on an improvisational dinner theatre piece entitled Commensality. Mr. Martin is one of the original producers of Food For Thought Productions.
EDWARD POMERANTZ (Founding Member) has written a movie, Caught; a novel, Into It; a play, Brisburial, A Feast; a screenplay, The Gold Bug (an Emmy-winner); and over 30 commercial screenplays for movies and televison. He is a Professor of Screenwriting at Columbia University, City College of New York, and the WGA. As one of the founding members and writers of Food For Thought Productions, Mr. Pomerantz’s one-act plays, Nothing Personal and A Change of Pace, (originally published by Ms. Magazine), were performed in the inaugural series by Betty Buckley, Marlo Thomas, Barbara Feldon, Judith Light, Daniel McDonald and Jason Culp.