Michole Biancosino is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College and Producer and Curator of the 21st Century Theatre Festival (with Cláudio Medeiros). Michole is a director who has been developing and directing new works for the stage for over 20 years. As the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company, Michole has a track record of launching world premieres in NYC, regionally, and internationally. She co-created “Trump Lear” with actor/comedian David Carl, which had a year-long run downtown before selling out Edinburgh Fringe two seasons in a row. Another co-creation, “Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet,” enjoyed two hit Fringe runs where it won Outstanding Solo Performance award – in NY and Edinburgh – before touring the US including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Recent directing world premieres include “Three Musketeers 1941” by Megan Monaghan Rivas, “Connected” by Lia Romeo, “Cindy” and “Sleeping Beauty” by Amina Henry, amongst many other new plays. As a writer/deviser Michole has collaborated with Emmy-Award winning writer Addie Walsh, solo performer Dana Jacks, The Fire This Time Festival’s Kevin R Free, Brooklyn Generator AD Bixby Elliot, and the company of Tadpole Rep (India), among others. Her productions have won multiple NY Innovative Theatre Awards, a United Solo Award, and Best Of and Critics’ Pick from The New York Times and TimeOutNY. MFA in Directing: Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Recipient: SDC Gielgud Award for Classical Directing.
Cláudio Medeiros is Producer and Curator of the 21st Century Theatre Festival (with Michole Biancosino). He has been teaching at Middlebury since 2001. He has directed a wide range of plays for Middlebury’s theatre program: The Baltimore Waltz, A Midsummer NCight’s Dream, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Big Love, and In The Next Room (or the vibrator play), to name a few. In 2018, he directed Professor Su Tan’s opera Lotus Lives in Montreal. He is currently working on an English translation of three plays by Griselda Gambaro, Argentina’s most important female playwright. Medeiros is also a master instructor with Pinnacle Performance, a company that uses theatre pedagogy to help individuals become more engaging and influential communicators. A native of Brazil, Medeiros has lived in North America most of his life. He holds a PhD in theatre from the University of California at Berkeley. He divides his time between Middlebury and Montreal.
Stephanie Miller is a senior Theatre and Neuroscience double major from Westford, MA. Middlebury production credits include Middletown, Enron (stage manager), The Possibilities (ASM, PTP/NYC), Lungs (director), Beyond the Vagina [Monologues] (co-director), The Violet Sisters. This spring she is directing Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. as her senior thesis, as well as MCMT’s production of Working. She is also the Zookeeper this year and has worked in New York with PTP/NYC and Project Y’s WIT Festival. In addition to her role as Assistant Producer for the 21st Century Theatre Festival, she is producing The Pussy Grabber Plays with Cheryl Faraone.
Madeline Ciocci is a senior Theatre major with a Linguistics minor from Peterborough, NH. She is the Marketing Manager for the festival, and is interning with Michole for winter term in administrative roles for the season. Her Middlebury theatre credits include Airswimming, The Bacchae 2.1, Constellations, Men on Boats, An Enemy of the People, Enron, Cabaret, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and choreography and assistant direction for Spring Awakening: The Musical. She has been in the company of PTP/NYC for the past two summers, acting in Havel: The Passion of Thought this past summer, and acting in The After Dinner Joke and assistant stage managing Brecht on Brecht the previous year. She will be joining them for a third summer this year. She is the stage manager for Middlebury Discount Comedy, a member of the RIDDIM World Dance Troupe, a tour guide, a house manager at the CFA, Crossroads barista, and works at the mail center. Madeline will be performing in The Pussy Grabber Plays during the 21st Theatre Festival and Danny in the Deep Blue Sea this spring.