The Team

Scott Barton (FRED)

Performed last year in Theater Breaking Through Barriers’ production of Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, playing Julian Farrar.  He played Ken Talley, Jr. in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  He appeared as the Vagrant in the York Theatre Company's production of The Cherry Orchard.  He was a member of the ensemble in Still Standing at Primary Stages and Don't Tell Mama.  He toured Europe with the International Theatre of Vienna, Austria, playing the Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie, and Slim in Of Mice and Men.  For Theatre In Motion, he took part in residencies and workshops raising disability awareness for New York City schoolchildren.  He earned a BFA and an MA from NYU, where he studied with Stella Adler and Mario Siletti, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.  Other credits:  Title role in Hamlet, Mark Antony in Julius  Caesar, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Valere in Tartuffe, Aramis in The Three Musketeers (National Theatre of the Performing Arts); Sam Craig in Our Town, Servilius in Timon of Athens (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival); Touchstone in Eastward Ho! (1010 Players); Joey Keyston in Butley (Jersey City Actors' Workshop); Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Cromwell in Anne of the Thousand Days, George Gibbs in Our Town, Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Heritage Playhouse); Roman Citizen in Julius Caesar (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Film:  Union, written and directed by Julia Myers.

Tara Elliott (director)

Tara is a director, writer, producer and educator who creates theater that is often immersive, sometimes site specific, and always asking questions about how we tell and perceive stories. She developed and directed the acclaimed one-woman shoBurq Off! and is a producer of the Gotham Award winning web series Shugs & Fats. She is committed to making theater with and for communities and individuals that lack opportunities for creative expression, and is cofounder of Brooklyn Acts, a free performing arts program that tells stories by and about Brooklyn teens. She aims to blur the line between performer and audience as often as possible and is a member of the multimedia oriented Exquisite Corpse Company. She has created and directed educational, community, and professional theater in Russia, Italy, France, Chile, Costa Rica, London, New York and in various U.S. states. Her work asks questions about the human experience of shame, the cultural experience of sameness and otherness, and the use of power structures such as language, gender, class, race, and belief. She is an MFA Directing candidate at Brooklyn College.

Haejin Han (lighting designer)

Haejin Han is a stage manager and an lighting designer. She was an assistant production manager in the "Brigadoon" on Broadway; she also was an assistant technical director for the "Hero" at the Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater. Also she stage managed at the BAM Harvey Theater for "Sweet Science Suite". She also received the outstanding stage manager award at the New York Innovative Theater awards, 2014. Her lighting design credits are "Window" "Burq off" "Sunken Cathedral" "MoM a Rock Concert Musical" "Love at Home" She worked with many dance companies; "Elisa Monte" "Gabriel Roth" "Nimbus Dance Works" "277 Dance Project". Currently, she is working at Martha Graham Dance Company as a production supervisor. Also, She is touring with "Burq off" production as stage manager/Lighting Designer in LA, SF, UK and Asia. She is honor to participate in "Toscana" ! More info, please visit


Nicole Kontolefa (SUE)

Nicole Kontolefa is a native New Yawker. She graduated from Laguardia HS of Performing Arts and then The Moscow Art Theater School. She co-founded Studio Six, the only American offshoot of the Russian theater. As managing director she has translated new plays, premiered adaptations of literary works and performed in cities near and far. Her film and television work can be seen at

Caitie Miller (stage manager)

Caitie  is a stage manager, scenic and lighting designer. Her recent credits include stage managing We Were Children for the Thespis Theater Festival, I Want to Kill Lena Dunham for the NY Fringe Festival, and assistant stage managing Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro at the Astoria Performing Arts Center. She was also the scenic designer for Serena Berman's Wisdom and Other Short Plays at The Davenport Theater, and lighting designer for Warp Speed: A Sci-Fi Parody Musical for Mid-town International Theater Festival. She is thrilled to contribute to the creation of such a lyrical and haunting work and would like to thank Marta and Tara for inviting her to take part. Her work is dedicated to her sister Allie, whose memory she carries with her all the time and is always with her. 

Marta Mondelli (playwright/EMMA)

Marta was born and raised in Italy, where she worked as an actress both in theater and movies. She moved to New York City in 2002 where she kept acting while starting a career in writing.

Her first novel in Italian, Occhi di cane, cuore di cervo was published in Italy in 2011. Her first script, Eve’s Story, was finalist in the competition Screenplay Festival 2005. In 2010 she wrote and directed her first feature film, The Contenders, which won the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Honolulu International Film Festival that same year. Her third screenplay, A Small Accident, received an Honorable Mention at the “Table Read My Screenplay” Contest during the Sundance Film Festival 2011. The Window, her first play, had a very successful run at the Cherry Lane Theater Studio in January 2014.

Lance Olds (LARRY)

Credits: Carnival! (Kennedy Center), Footloose (1st National Tour), Richard III (Seattle Rep), Mark Twain’s Blues (DR2 Theatre), A Scythe of Time (NYMF 2016), The Bones of Giants (EST Sloan Project Workshop), Chorus of Lost Places (Women's Project's Global Cooling: The Women Chill), The War – A Love Story (HERE American Living Room), The Troubadour Struck by Lightning (FringeNYC), Doughboy (FringeNYC), The Time of Your Life (Chain Lightning Theatre Co.), Missouri Legend (Metropolitan Playhouse), Jack's Back! (T. Schreiber Theatre), Cloaked (CAP21). Film/TV: MTV's Eye Candy, Far From Heaven, principal ballroom dancing in Enchanted and Mona Lisa Smile.

Betsy Rugg (costume designer)

Betsy Rugg-Hinds is currently attending Brooklyn College working towards her MFA in Theatrical Design. Past credits include subUrbia, and Trojan Women quiet theatre, Alter Boyz Seattle Musical Theatre, The Fever New Muses Theatre, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers The Peterborough Players, Oh, Coward! The Peterborough Players.

Mariana Sanchez (set designer)

Mariana is a scenic designer with a background in architecture, based in the New York area. She was drawn to set design because of her interest in experimenting with how emotions impact and transform space and because of her love for theater.

Her set design credits include: The River Bride (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Troy (The Public Theater), War (Yale Repertory Theater), Chained Woman (The New School for Drama), Peter Pan (Yale University Theater), As You Like It (Yale University Theater), Quartet, The Bird BathAll of What You Love and None of What You Hate (Yale Cabaret), Cenizas de Piedra (Teatro la Paz). 

Mariana grew up in Mexico and worked as an architect in Mexico City for six years before moving to the U.S. She earned an MFA in Scenic Design from the Yale School of Drama, where she received  The Donald and Zorca Oenslager Fellowship Award in Design, The Ray Klausen Design Scholarship and The McDougal Scholarship, in adition to the FONCA Artistic Residency Scholarship from Mexico. Previously, she earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the National University of Mexico (UNAM).