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NPC COMPANY

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Kate MueTH

FOUNDER & ARTIST DIRECTOR

Kate Mueth founded the award-winning The Neo-Political Cowgirls (NPC)18 years ago to help fill the dearth of opportunities for and stories from the perspectives of women and the underrepresented on our theater landscape. She conceives, writes, choreographs and directs new, site-specific theater and dance theater that is “Mind-bending, gorgeous, provocative and wild” in execution. Kate is an Equity actor, a proud Board Member and Officer Emeritus for The League of Professional Theatre Women, and co-founder of The East Hampton Arts Council. 

 

Kate has worked as actor/director/choreographer with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Cathy Curtin, Aida Turturro, Tony Walton, Peter Boyle, Laura Gomez, Florencia Lozano and more. She has performed and/or directed at Lincoln Center, Bay Street Theater, Guild Hall, in Berlin, Helsinki and in regional venues. NPC is the 2024 Performing Arts company in residence at LongHouse Reserve where in 2023 Kate created three performances to activate the gorgeous sculpture and garden grounds. NPC’s 2023 production, THE DREAMER (A Midsummer Night’s Dream Through The Eyes of a Young Girl,) was awarded grant funding from The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest and enjoyed four lives, among them an Off-Broadway run at HERE Arts, LTV Studios, and at LongHouse Reserve. Her upcoming summer of ’24 devised production playing at LongHouse involves Shakespeare’s women stuck in limbo and has earned NPC their second round of funding from The NEA and Arts Midwest. Favorite acting roles include Lady M, Varya, and Mrs. Wadhurst in Tonight at 8:30 with Blythe Danner. 

 

History of new, devised works for NPC includes BAUBO, Wody Girtch Mama, Trojan Women Redux, ZIMA!, VOYEUR, EVE, B(e)RD and countless one-offs. HYSTERIA, a “surround fear experience” played to East End audiences as well as attendees at The Old South Church in Boston fall of 2019. The summers of 2016/17 her production of ANDROMEDA, a “Myth for the masses," Gave voice to the universal refugee," in its performance on the hills of Montauk under the stars. EVE, a 13-room, immersive experience, enjoyed two seasons in the Hamptons then an Off-Broadway run in the fall of 2015 at The Gym at Judson. VOYEUR, a branded NPC site-specific experiential performance made in various unusual spaces, made its European debut in Berlin in July of 2015. 

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Kate has a lengthy biography in theater arts teaching and curriculum building over the past 30 years. Her work in conceiving, developing, directing and teaching theater arts programs continues to annually serve and empower our community’s youth, at-risk, marginalized populations, and through creative programs for women. She has furthered her passion for Arts Education by training with the prestigious Arts Leadership program at Lincoln Center and trained with Jacob’s Pillow in their celebrated Curriculum In Motion Institute and now serves on their advisory board. She centers her work around shifting American culture to become more invested in the performing arts as ignition for human connection, problem-solving, and thriving. 

 

She is mother to August Gladstone, a 2022 Emerson College graduate now residing in Los Angeles working for 3Arts Entertainment as he builds towards becoming a show runner and writing for film and television. She is proud to share her life with the talented Josh Gladstone, her favorite collaborator. Kate splits her time with work between East Hampton, NYC, nationally and internationally and loves working in college and university settings.

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HOLLYBETH GOURLAY

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Holly 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. 

 

See more at www.HollyBethGourlay.com

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CHAMALLIE LAVIDA SINGH

DEI OUTREACH ASSOCIATE

Chamallie Lavida Singh is a New York-based artist who received her BA in Theatre Arts and Political Science. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, producer and director. She has collaborated and created independent projects in film and theatre.

 

Her theatre credits include performing in the devised play Who Could Have Predicted?based on the impact of COVID 19 on communities of color. Also, she directed Jitney,Arms and the Manand a student One-Act play festival, Elite, produced at City College of New York. In addition, she worked as an actress and writer for the short independent film Unspeakable.

 

As an artist, she is dedicated to using theatre as a platform to facilitate community-driven change to highlight and provoke consciousness around injustices that plague our society and environment. She believes in cultivating her personal experience as an activist and utilizing it to create music and stories to bring life to the world through theatre and film.

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SUSAN STOUT

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

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. 

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