Robin Gelfenbien (Writer, Performer, Producer, Hotdogger) is a comedy writer, storyteller and performer who recently wrote Rosie O’Donnell’s jokes, monologue and presenter introductions for the Matrix Awards. Featured presenters included Martha Stewart, Rupert Murdoch and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Robin’s original comedy songs have played in comedy clubs across North America and on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Raw Dog Comedy Channel. She’s appeared on Sirius’ “The Wiseguy Show” hosted by Vinny “Big Pussy” Pastore, VH1’s “Awesomely Badder Videos,” AMC’s “Liza Life Coach” with SNL alum, Cheri O’Teri, and she starred in a commercial directed by Spike Lee. Hailed as “the consummate storyteller,” Robin has told stories at the Moth, The Liar Show, HEEB Storytelling and RISK! She is the creator, producer and host of the storytelling series, “Yum’s the Word,” that features her homemade ice cream cakes. Robin has performed at the Toronto and Chicago Sketch Comedy Festivals and the DC Comedy Festival. She has also been featured in “Marie Claire”, performed on the Saturday Night Live stage and been pulled over for speeding in the Wienermobile…twice. www.robingelfenbien.com
Rachel Eckerling (Director, Top Dog) is a New York based freelance theater director focused primarily on developing new work. She worked for several years with Francis Ford Coppola on both theatre and film projects. Mr. Coppola commissioned her film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. Most recently directed: Andrea Caban’s Questions My Mother Can’t Answer at the soloNOVA Arts Festival, Larry Kunofsky’s The Un-Marrying Project at Paradise Factory, Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl at 3LD Arts and Technology Center and Rachel Evan’s Jew Wish at FringeNYC 2010. Rachel is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an affiliated artist of New Georges Theater Company.
Marcelo Añez (Sound Designer) is a four-time Grammy Award winner, his career expands over 2 decades. His sound design in short films have been screened at the New Directors/New Films Festival 2010 (“Slate” by Carmen Vidal) and the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival 2011 (“Angels” by Zach Kerschberg). His theater sound design credits include “Spy Garbo” dir. by Kevin Cunningham at 3LD, “Diary of a Teenage Girl” dir. by Rachel Eckerling and Sarah Cameron Sunde at 3LD, “Ex-Antwone” dir. by Juan Souki at PS122. Nominated for Outstanding Sound Design in the Midtown International Theater Festival NYC 2009 (“How to Make an American Family” dir. by Samuel Buggeln). His music engineering credits include artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, Placido Domingo, Jennifer Lopez, Los Amigos Invisibles and many others. www.JustaSong.com
Piama Habibullah (Media Designer) is a Brooklyn-based new media designer. She has completed the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU / Tisch School of the Arts, and has a BFA in industrial and communication design from Carnegie Mellon University and Les Ateliers / ENSCI in Paris, France. Her masters thesis focused on a one-man show, Koranic Fatigue, depicting the various faces of Islam. Projects: design for Spy Garbo, media design for the American Woman exhibition for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, producing director of the claque, an arts and performance conglomerate, video design for multimedia theater (Fire Island at 3LD, Rods and Cables at 3LD, The Diary of a Teenage Girl at 3LD, Radio Purgatory by Theater The presented at Dixon Place and ISPA 2011), producer and director of short films, See ZEE, Let Me Know and Acoustic Kitty, and video artist for Brooklyn: Now, featured in the Brooklyn video festival at NYU / Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.