NPC ADVISORY BOARD

BLYTHE DANNER earned a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and has received nominations for her roles in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, A Streetcar Named Desire and Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Her other Broadway credits include Blithe Spirit and Nice Work if You Can Get It and she has also appeared in Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado About Nothing, 4 plays with the Roundabout Theatre Company, and 20 years with The Williamstown Theatre Festival in plays by Chekov, Williams, Shaw and many more including last summer's The Blue Deep by Lucy Boyle.  On television she won two Emmy Awards for her role on Showtime’s Huff and was nominated twice for “Will and Grace” and for Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were the Mulvaneys.  She received a Golden Globe nomination for Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups. She also appeared in St. Elsewhere and Tattingers, both created by her late husband Bruce Paltrow.  Her film roles include Woody Allen's Alice, The Great Santini, Meet The Parents Series, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Sylvia, The Lucky One, Hello I Must be Going, 1776, and many more. She serves on several environmental boards as well as the National Board of Advocates of Planned Parenthood and through her late husband's fund at the Oral Cancer Foundation serves to bring awareness to the epidemic and ever increasing of numbers of oral cancer cases. oralcancerfoundation.org

DARING. BOLD. WILD. INNOVATIVE. 

WE ARE THE

NEO-POLITICAL COWGIRLS

JOB POTTER has been an environmentalist and local political figure for many years, a former Town Councilman and presently Chairman of the East Hampton Planning Board. He is a singer/songwriter in the Americana tradition, who often sits in with bands on harmonica, and  has produced two albums of original music. He enjoys creating events to that bring people together. With the painter Janet Jennings, he raised two children in East Hampton, Cary and Ben Potter, who presently are working and thriving in Brooklyn.

GABRIELLE T. RAACKE German-born artist Gabriele T. Raacke is known for her innovative and often whimsical reverse-painting-on-glass pieces but has simultaneously worked as a backdrop painter, set designer, and

producer. 

TONY WALTON  is a Director and Designer honored with 16 Tony Award nominations for his Broadway sets and costumes. Pippin; House of Blue Leaves; and Guys and Dolls won him the ‘Tony’.  Mary Poppins; The Boy Friend; The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express earned him 5 Academy Award nominations, All That Jazz the ‘Oscar’ and Death of a Salesman the ‘Emmy’.  His productions as director include Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Coward’s After the Ball; Shaw’s Major Barbara; The Devil’s Disciple and Candida - all for the Irish Rep. And for the John Drew he has directed Orson Welles’ Moby Dick, Rehearsed starring Peter Boyle; Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Gift of the Gorgon both starring Alec Baldwin.  In 1991 he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame.

SIMON JONES made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and has since appeared in Benefactors, The School for Scandal, Getting Married, Private Lives, The Real Inspector Hound, The Herbal Bed, Ring Round the Moon, Waiting in the Wings, and Blithe Spirit.  He was for ten years co-artistic director of TACT (“The best theatre company in New York” – WSJ, 2012), and has worked in all media (including playing Blythe Danner’s boyfriend in Tattingers TV series). Nonetheless he’s still best known as ‘Bridey’ inBrideshead Revisited and ‘Arthur Dent’ in the BBC Radio & TV series, "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy", and will headline in the stage version touring the UK extensively this fall.  www.simonjonesinfo.com and www.hitchikerslive.com.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

KATE MUETH is an Actor's Equity Union member who works as an actress, director and choreographer in theatre, t.v. and independent films. Ms. Mueth is in her seventh year as founder and Artistic Director of Neo-Political Cowgirls, a not-for-profit women's dance theatre company committed to making exciting theatrical work for women, telling their stories and leading workshops for girls and women in choreographing what they care about. Newly conceived, site specific works created for NPC: ZIMA!, Voyeur, Trojan Women Redux and Wody Girtch Mama. The last two summers NPC mounted EVE, a ground-breaking immersive dance theater experience which won Dan's Papers’ "Best of the Best" award for the best event in the Hamptons, summer 2012. NPC also was honored with "Best Theater Company" for the Dan's Papers’ annual award. Ms. Mueth also founded and Artistic Directed the award-winning Mulford Rep Theater Company, an Equity summer company in East Hampton. She has enjoyed directing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Sylvia, All in the Timing, Miss Electricity, Irma Vep and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, etc. Recent stage acting work includes Tonight at 8:30 at Guild Hall starring Blythe Danner which she also choreographed, directed by Tony Walton, Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank and Ann Putnum in The Crucible, both at Bay Street Theater, actor/ dancer (captain) for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center spring 2011 world premier of Monodramas, directed by Michael Counts with music by John Zorn, Molly Bloom in In the Room With Molly Bloom at the Manhattan Theatre Source and at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center (Residency Fellowship), Marjorie in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife at Mulford Rep. At the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall: U/S for the female roles in Equus starring Alec Baldwin and directed by Tony Walton, Germaine in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The "Stage Manager” role in Orson Welles’ Moby Dick Rehearsed starring Peter Boyle dir. Tony Walton, Gertrude in Hamlet, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, dir. Josh Gladstone, Miss B. in Enter Laughing with Eli Wallach, dir. Lew Stadlin. She assistant directed Harris Yulin for The Glass Menagerie, starring Amy Irving also at the Drew. Other favorite roles include Lady M. in Macbeth, Miranda in The Tempest, Medea in Sexodous, May in Mudd, numerous indie flicks and stunt work on All My Children.  She has directed, choreographed, acted in or produced many plays and play readings for The John Drew Theater, Bay Street, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, Mulford Rep, Haunted Mulford, etc.  She movement coached Tom Keneally's (Schindler's List) play Transport at New York's Irish Arts Center where she worked closely with musician/ lyricist Larry Kirwan of Black 47. Sitz and Jiggles, Ms. Mueth's newly formed sketch comedy film company just released the wonderfully ridiculous "Boys of Summer." Ms. Mueth is Founder and Co-Chair of the East Hampton Arts Council for the arts-vibrant destination town on the tip of Long Island. NPC is a company committed to ART AS ACTION and in being so works with charities to find ways to partner to illuminate their causes through our work. www.npcowgirls.org

QUINN JACKSON is a New York based artist who has sat on the board of the NPC since 2018. “As a writer and actor it gives me great pleasure to support the Neo Political Cowgirls in their mission to empower the female perspective and create evocative, important and diverse WORK. I hope the words written in these plays and those spoken in the talk back sessions will resonate and inspire others to speak their truths and come into their own POWER. The world is in a state of immense growth and our hope is that art can help to push the needle on change forward." 

 

SUSAN STOUT is an actress who has worked in film, TV and on stage.  Latest work: The Yeats Game, which explored the ideas of marriage and the struggle with one’s own identity. Favorite roles include:  Club from The Vagina Monologues/MMRP, at The Snapple Theater; Lyubov in The Cherry Orchard; Mrs. S  in Making Movies; and Karen in A Dawn In Winter. Moving to East Hampton has brought Susan the opportunity to work with Kate Mueth and NPC as a producer, actress, as well as participation in new play readings at Stony Brook. 

MALINI SINGH MCDONALD is a native New Yorker who received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature, Baruch College and her MFA in Directing, Actors Studio Drama School. She is a founder of both Black Henna Productions and Theatre Beyond Broadway. She has collaborated with The Anthropologists, Broadway Artists Connection, and Mind the Art Entertainment. Select directing theatre credits include The Wiz (Matsiko World Orphan Choir, Liberia); Torch Song Trilogy; Look Back in Anger, The Colored Museum, The Jewish Wife. Malini is on the board of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Statera Arts. Malini was a producer on the Broadway revival of Godspell as well as on the producing team of Chasing Rainbows at Paper Mill. She received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York. www.malinism.com and www.theatrebeyondbroadway.com.

 ANNA SKRENTA In a past life, Anna Skrenta received a BA in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College and hoofed it around the NYC off-off Broadway scene for a few years.  After living in London for 8 years, she is currently raising three spectacularly complex and wonderfully kind hearted human beings on the East End of Long Island.  She is an active member of the East Hampton Democratic Committee.  Anna is beyond delighted to be able to contribute to the life affirming work of the vibrant, heart centered and fearless Neo-Political Cowgirls.  

NPC TEAM 

HOLLYBETH GOURLAY (NPC producer) is a UK based actor and producer. She has has been working with the Neo-Political Cowgirls for over 5 years on multiple productions including; “EVE”, “Hysteria”, “B(ə)rd”, “Andromeda”and countless others. Her favourite TV and film credits include: Cassette, The Audition,  BBC's MIHigh and The Crash, Pokerface, The Appointment, Playtime, Etoile, No Mean City, Written and Transette Care. Her theatre background includes; 'Traveling While Black', ‘Gruff’, ’Nice T!ts’, ‘The Underpants’, ’A View from the Bridge’, 'Kiss Me Kate', ‘Old Haunts’ and ‘Annie’. She has most recently finished filming for Alan Moore’s The Show. www.hollybethgourlay.com

 

DANA CHITTAVONG (Arts Education Associate) is a theatre-maker, educator, and East Hampton native. She is also a former student of Kate Mueth. Dana is currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre Education at Emerson College. Her theatre credits include devised works such as “Home: A Playmaking Piece” and “What Moves Us,” both produced at Emerson College. She served as stage manager for “Stop Kiss” which was presented by Flawless Brown, an artistic collective and sisterhood exclusively for self identifying women and nonbinary people of color. She has also worked as an actress and producer for short films “Customer Effort” and “Once Upon a Time in 2006,” both written and directed by Nick Pucci. Dana is currently the host of “Can I Get You a Drink,” a podcast where she invites her friends to tell stories of love, life, and the arts. Dana’s focus is in creating work with love and social justice in mind.

 

EMILY OWENS PR (NPC press rep) is a media relations agency specializing in new plays premiering in New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 2007, EOPR has represented hundreds of productions Off and Off-Off Broadway. Her clients include performing arts venues, festivals, indie theatre companies, and self-producing artists. www.emilyowenspr.com

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