Lexa Grace’s (director, The Presidents) Philadelphia directing credits include Villanova Theatre’s second annual studio production We Must Share Everything; a devised piece that explored the theme of privacy in the modern age. Lexa is the founding artistic director of SKITco, a Los Angeles based theater company, where she directed The Most Important Thing To Do Is Really Listen and Smiley Face. Lexa served as the co-president of The New School’s Theatre Collective, where she directed Maybe I Should Just Chop My Dick Off: A Christmas Story, Close Encounters, and Breakfast. Lexa also works as a dramaturg, costume designer, and event producer. Lexa is completing her masters in theater with a nonprofit certificate at Villanova University. Her graduate directing thesis production of Chuck Mee’s Bedtime Stories will premiere the first week of June.
Sarah Knittel (creator–performer, peepSHOW) is the 2017 Resident Artist for Automatic Arts. She is a theater maker, teaching artist, improviser, and muse in Philadelphia. Recent grad of the Pig Iron School of Advanced Performance Training. She has performed in numerous Nice and Fresh evenings for both Automatic Arts (The Recruits, Sadie Remembered, Joni and the Doorman) and Hella Fresh Theater (Autopia, Magick and Glitter). She has also performed with Hedgerow Theater, Pig Iron, Philly Shakes, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Luna, Manayunk Theater Co., and Phenomenal Animals among others.
.Josh McIlvain (series curator and writer of The Presidents and actor-director in BALK) is a Philadelphia-based playwright and theater artist. He founded the Nice and Fresh series in 2013, curates the series, and writes and directs a new work of theater for each show. He is also the artistic director of Automatic Arts, formerly SmokeyScout Productions, which he founded with Deborah Crocker in 2008; in addition to the Nice and Fresh series, the company produces shows written and directed by Josh, and collaborations with other artists. His solo show SLIDESHOW debuted at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2014 to critical praise; and continues to be performed periodically. Additionally, he has had more than 115 productions of some 70 plays throughout the U.S., including more than 38 New York City productions. He lives in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife Deborah Crocker and children Jasper and Ginger.
Ed Miller (performer, BALK) has worked with Theatre Exile, Arden Theatre, Swim Pony, and Revolution Shakespeare. He is a member of Tongue and Groove spontaneous theater. He has previously performed in Automatic Arts’s (formely SmokeyScout Productions) American Wisdom, Boothe House (April 2016 Nice and Fresh), and at last summer’s Home Entertainment (at Cliveden) as a host, coproducer, performer, and writer. He also stars as Gary Pierce in The Wonderful World of Gary Pierce videos Creeks and Bridges.
Her work tends to have something to do with women, relationships and a desire to connect and find a place in the world.
Mark Wheeler (The Presidents) is a second-year graduate student in Theatre at Villanova University. He has been seen as “J-Man” in The Evaluation Room, Villanova Theatre’s first student-produced “studio show”, and as Mr. John Brooke in Little Women. He earned his BA in Media Arts from Wesley College where he was active in The Wesley College Players (the college’s drama club) as well as the Wesley Contemporary/Jazz Ensemble as a guitarist. Mark is also a graduate assistant in the Office of Research Administration at Villanova.