David Staller - Founding Artistic Director
David Staller is a producer, director, writer, designer and humanitarian. In 2006 he created Gingold Theatrical Group to present work championing human rights with the writings and precepts of George Bernard Shaw as its guide. Now in its 12th year, GTG boasts several programs, all inspired by the insights of GBS.
Mr. Staller casts and directs all PROJECT SHAW readings. He adapts each script, using all available versions of Shaw's scripts, notes, letters and production sketches to create the most comprehensive script for each presentation.
He has also directed all of GTG’s full productions as part of GTG’s SHAW NEW YORK festivals. These Off-Broadway productions include WIDOWERS' HOUSES at the Beckett Theatre, MAJOR BARBARA and YOU NEVER CAN TELL at the Pearl Theatre Company, and MAN AND SUPERMAN at the Irish Repertory Theatre. They were filmed for the New York Public Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center for their archives. These full production were part of GTG's SHAW NEW YORK festivals, which include symposiums, concerts, readings, discussions and debates—all led by Mr. Staller.
In the spring of 2011, he directed Shaw's CANDIDA at the Two River Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ.
He is both director and dramaturge for the new plays commissioned by GTG as part of its PRESS CUTTINGS program. These plays include David Cote's OTHERLAND, which was named a finalist in the 2015 National Playwrights Converence at the O'Neill Theatre Center.
He has produced and directed many plays, concerts and special productions in New York and around the world, including (for the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences) the French National event at the Deauville Film Festival honoring the 50th anniversary of the D-Day Allied Invasion.
Through GTG, David has also helmed several educational programs, most notably at Baruch College and with inner-city teens at Lighthouse International. Currently, he is partnering with Prof. Andrew Flescher at SUNY Stony Brook teaching ‘Drama in English: George Bernard Shaw, Provocateur.’
He studied acting and directing with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen in New York, Lee Strasberg in Los Angeles, and at RADA in London. As a teenager, he was in the apprentice Joffrey Ballet Company in New York. He then joined the Rostropovich master 'cello class at USC. While studying at USC, he became 'script doctor' for several film and television production companies. Coming back to New York, he returned to acting, appearing in three Broadway plays, almost 50 off-Broadway plays, and many regional theatre productions. He was given a Drama League 'distinguished performer' citation for his performance in GASLIGHT at the Irish Repertory Theatre Company in New York. He has appeared in many television shows and commercials, particularly voice-overs. He has also had a successful career as a cabaret and concert headliner. He performed his one-man show, NOEL&COLE, at Carnegie Hall in 1993. During all of this, he continued writing and became a scriptwriter for Turner Entertainment. David is also a long-time member of The Actors Company Theatre in New York.
He is a frequent guest lecturer at schools, clubs and organizations, and has become the go-to speaker for all things Shaw. Since 2010, he has been chosen to give the annual keynote address at the International Shaw Society symposium at Canada’s Shaw Festival, and gave the keynote address for the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 45th annual convention in April 2014.
Mr. Staller, who lives in Manhattan, designs all posters and postcards for GTG. All scripts created for GTG's Project Shaw are registered. To lease these scripts for performance please contact GTG. E-mail David
Alyce Stark - General Manager
Alyce Stark is the General Manager of Gingold Theatrical Group and is primarily responsible for the day-to-day business management of the company. She works closely with GTG’s Founding Artistic Director on all aspects of the growing business, including organization’s special events and planning for the future including the producing season and the growing business.
Previously, Alyce worked as Company Manager with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and served as Company Manager with The Acting Company in New York, working with their 2009-2011 and 2001-2005 National Tours, overseeing implementation of all interactions between clients, vendors, and staff while coordinating all parts of the national tour that performed in 40 cities. In 2010 Alyce toured with the Tectonic Theater Project’s Laramie Project National Tour, in the capacity of Company Manager.
Also in the Arts arena, Alyce was Operations Associate for Herbert Barrett Management in New York. She has served as Company Manager for Theater by the Seas in South Kingstown, and as Production Assistant at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, where she additionally held the position of Front House Manager/Box Office Assistant for Performing Arts Events.
Besides working and developing expertise with Performing Arts Organizations and Event Planning, Alyce was also with Sextant Search Partners, an Executive Search firm in New York, as Research Associate. In this capacity, she provided administrative and research support to 4 partners and 5 principals in the firm.
Since 2008, Alyce has been Volunteer Coordinator for Amnesty International USA and a vital part of the NYC Women’s Human Rights Action Team. In this capacity, she develops, implements, and promotes events, workshops, and projects in addition to implementing campaign and development goals. She is particularly adept at managing outreach efforts for community and membership driven engagement. Alyce is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and has taken Event Management Courses at NYU. Email Alyce
Stephen Brown-Fried - Associate Director
Stephen Brown-Fried is a theatre director based in New York City whose work has been seen at The Public Theater, the National Asian American Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theater, Sundance Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Trinity Shakespeare, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare and at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, as well as at training programs including The Yale School of Drama, NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting, SMU/Meadows School of the Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the Artistic Associate & Casting Director at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, where his directing credits include Misalliance, All's Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, and other plays. He holds a BA in History and Drama from Stanford University, an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, is Head of Directing (MFA & BFA) at The New School College of Performing Arts, School of Drama, and is a Lecturer in Directing at The Yale School of Drama.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ethan E. Litwin, Chairman
Richard Weinberg, Vice Chairman
Richard Terrano, Treasurer
Pamela Singleton, Finance Committee Chair
Morgan J. Feder, Secretary
Maggie Buchwald, Development Consultant
Andrew M. Flescher, Education Consultant
GTG ADVISORY BOARD
Tom Cannon Jr.
Marylee Martin Terrano
M. Graham Coleman
Sally Ann Howes
Mary Beth Peil
Jon Patrick Walker
Diane Stilwell Weinberg
Mimi Evans, Development Consultant
Barbara Perlov, Grant Writer
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
M. Graham Coleman
Law Offices of Gayle Boesky
Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
Stage Management Team
Nathan K. Claus
Dina Paola Rodriguez
Aaron Heflich Shapiro
Volunteer Office Staff
Mary Ann Gray
David Staller has his hand on Shaw's shoulder.
This statue is in Niagara-On-The-Lake, site of the Shaw Festival in Canada.
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