The Manton Avenue Project’s company of actors, designers, directors, dramaturges and classroom assistants come from a pool of incredibly talented volunteers who are involved in Providence’s lively performing arts community in many capacities, and work with other local groups like Elemental Theatre, Wilbury Group, Strange Attractor, Gamm Theatre, and Trinity Repertory, to name a few.
Meg Sullivan, Executive Artistic Director
Meg received her MFA in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance in 2007, and is a company member of Austin-based Rude Mechs. There she served as the co-director of their education program, Grrl Action, from 2008 to 2010, advancing girls’ self-efficacy and resilience through original solo performance works. Meg originated the role of Annabellee in Rude Mechs’ operetta I’ve Never Been So Happy, winner of the NEA’s Distinguished New Play Development Award. It was presented at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in January 2011 as part of the New Play Festival and by the Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in LA in October 2011. Meg is also a dancer and performed for several years with The Meeting Point (chr. Julie Nathanielsz), whose Working the Line performance at the 2011 Fusebox Festival was awarded Best Short Work by the Austin Critics Circle. For Women and Their Work in Austin, Meg coordinated Learning Through the Arts, a professional development program that helped teachers integrate more arts-based lesson plans to core curriculum. Meg taught acting and theatre history at Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin, where she also served as a consultant and workshop facilitator for the Living Newspaper project of the Humanities Institute, and a guest curator, choreographer and director for the Harry Ransom Center.
As a community-engaged artist, Meg creates and performs multi-media performance works that explore issues of place, memory, history, and social justice. Her most recent project, Veja Doolitte: Live in Concert, directed by Susie Schutt, was presented in 2013-2014 at The Wilbury Group as part their new play development program, and at the RISD Museum, as part of Local Acts Exhibit, during a week of performance she curated titled Story-lines. Other performers during this week included Katie Pearl, Nicole Maynard, Kelly Seigh, Stephanie Turner, and Melody Ruffin-Ward.
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Emily Lewis, Manager of Programs
Emily Lewis holds a BA in English, and community and organizational studies and an associates degree in foreign language. Emily is a highly regarded actor in Rhode Island. Notable roles include Frankie from Frankie and Johnie in the Clair De Lune, and Ivy in August, Osage County, both at Second Story. Emily has acted in numerous productions across New England, and has volunteered over the past six years as an actor and dramaturge for The Manton Avenue Project. Her favorite MAP roles include the queen in Iysis’s play about chess pieces left behind at the Statue of Liberty, and the dog princess in Andrea’s play about spies in a cat vs. dog battle for water. Recently, Emily coordinated MAP’s summer performance series at the Roger Williams National Memorial and is thrilled to be on board as the organization’s first-ever program manager.
Photo credit: Bonnie Griffin
Kimberly Dahl, Manager of Operations + Development
Kim joined MAP with over a decade’s experience in higher ed and program development, primarily at the University of Texas at Austin. There she served as assistant director of the Arabic Flagship Program and department manager of Middle Eastern Studies.
Kim received her MA in linguistics at UT Austin where she researched Spanish-English code-switching. Watch the documentary short, Bilingualism in Bayside, Texas, she filmed with UT colleagues here. Kim is now studying speech-language pathology at the University of Rhode Island.
Kim’s favorite things are travel, books, and tacos.
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