Wolf 359 (wolf359.org) is a New York City-based theater troupe that takes a chainsaw to language and pretension to create a new kind of American storytelling: brave, sexy, and painfully funny. Since the company’s founding in 1998, Wolf 359 shows have toured to Berlin, Chicago, and elsewhere; their last one-man show, The Ted Haggard Monologues, a New York Magazine Critic’s Pick, was filmed by HBO. In New York City, their work has been seen at PS 122, Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City, where they are currently Artists in Residence.
“a very gifted group of young artists” - Andy Horowitz, Culturebot
“Crowley ist ein begabter Zauberer.” - Manfred Strecker, Neue Westphälische Zeitung
MICHAEL YATES CROWLEY
Playwright & Performer
Michael Yates Crowley is a 2008-2009 Fellow in Playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Artist in Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. His plays have been performed in Berlin and Chicago, and in New York at PS 122, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, and Collective:Unconscious. His current one-man show, Righteous Money, will be produced at the Pleasance Courtyard this August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Other plays by Michael Yates Crowley include The Ted Haggard Monologues, winner of Artistic Excellence Prize at the Undergroundzero Festival, which has been filmed by HBO, translated and published in German, and adapted for feature film by Alexis Boling for Harmonium Films & Music. Also Evanston: A Rare Comedy, presented at Performance Space 122 and HERE Arts Center in 2009; RAG FUR BLOOD BONE, an adaptation of the Gilgamesh epic; and I can eat the sun, read at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Michael twice received the Seymour Brick Memorial Prize in Playwriting from Columbia University, where he studied English. Since 2005 he has curated Hearth Gods, a reading series in the East Village.
Michael Rau is a New York based director and adapter, specializing in new plays, re-imagined classics, and opera. His work has been presented at PS 122, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova and Dixon Place and his productions have toured to Germany, Greece, and Ecuador. He recently made his German language directing premiere with Thomas Bradshaw’s Was Ubrig Bleibt at Theater Bielefeld.
His New York credits include: Evanston: A Rare Comedy, The Ted Haggard Monologues (a New York Magazine Critic’s Pick) at the Collective: Unconscious, Righteous Money (Ars Nova, and toured to the Voices of Change festival in Berlin), The Italian Songbook, a chamber opera with the NYU Steinhardt School of Music, and an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, (developed in Papingo, Greece and presented at the Bushwick Starr). His show, the games we used to play, which he co-created with Max Goldblatt, took first place at Les Fêtes théâtrales du Suroît in 2005, and his production of Four Saints in Three Acts was selected as a noteworthy production of the 2008 Opera America Director/Designer Showcase. His production of The Great God Brown was selected for the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. He has directed readings of new plays for New York Theater Workshop, Primary Stages and the Dramatists Guild.
Michael Rau is a recipient of the Willard Fellowship, a 2006 Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship, a 2007 New Play Network Directing Fellowship and a 2008 TCG National Conference Grant. He has served as an assistant for John Turturro at Classic Stage Company, Les Waters at A.R.T., Anne Bogart at Glimmerglass Opera, and Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is currently an Artist in Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and is on the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU.
Belina Mizrahi recently graduated with an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama. While there, she was Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama, where she facilitated the production of 18 student shows in her final year, as well as being Associate Producer for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. She was the Management Fellow at The Public Theater in New York in spring 2009. Recent producing credits: Christmas is Miles Away (Babel Theatre Project); Antibiosis:, Skin Tight, The Surrender Tree, Missed Connections, The Homecoming Project (Yale Cabaret); Body & Sold (15 productions across the United States). Belina holds a BS in Astronomy & Physics from Yale and has been working in the theater since 2003.