The 5-year-old Weird Sisters Theatre Project, which generally produces a pair of shows in the summer but did not this year, is changing its starting lineup.
Company founders Kelly Criss, Veronika Duerr, Jaclyn Hofmann, Megan Rose Houchins and Tiffany Porter will remain on the board of directors but hand full-time responsibilities to what they call “the next up-and-coming group of powerhouse female artists.” This change is effective immediately.
“It became very clear this past year that as the five of us were all moving on to new (and exciting) career and personal adventures we had less and less time to produce together,” Hofmann says. “I keep thinking of it like ‘SNL.’ With every new cast comes a fresh, unique energy and personality.”
Weird Sisters, which has staged such works as Anton in Show Business, Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, was created to cultivate opportunities for women in the arts with a commitment to producing works by women for everyone.
The new leadership team:
Shelli Delgado, an Atlanta-based actor, has a B.A. in theater and English from the University of Georgia. She has been seen onstage at the Alliance, Aurora and Georgia Ensemble theaters; Actor’s Express; and Serenbe Playhouse, among others. She’s the co-producer and writer of the Atlanta comedy web series “Quarter Life.”
Rachel Frawley, an Atlanta-based actor and a Weird Sisters company member, earned her B.F.A. in theater from Michigan State University. She’s a graduate of the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse’s apprentice company and a master class student at the Company Acting Studio. She’s most recently been seen onstage in The Revolutionists at 7 Stages and The Crucible at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.
Kate Donadio MacQueen, an Atlanta-based actor for more than 12 years, is a graduate of the NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She’s been seen onstage at Actor’s Express, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatre in the Square and Theatrical Outfit, and has recently begun directing.
Julie Skrzypek, an Atlanta-based collaborator and director, has a B.F.A in theater and just began a world tour with the performance piece Rules of the Game, a collaboration by singer/producer Pharrell Williams, scenic designer Daniel Arsham and celebrated modern dancer/choreographer Jonah Bokaer. She has worked with Synchronicity Theatre, the Shakespeare Tavern and Weird Sisters, among others.
- Rebekah Suellau, a director, playwright and producer focusing on new-play development, has an M.F.A. in writing for stage and screen from Florida State University. She’s a founding member of the Atlanta producing collective The Seedling Project and has directed short plays for the Weird Sisters’ Night of Twisted Tales and at Horizon Theatre. Her play Kept Woman is scheduled to premiere off-Broadway this fall as part of the 2016 Araca Project.