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Mercedes Ruehl - is one of a handful of actors to win an Oscar (The Fisher King) and a Tony (Lost in Yonkers) in the same year. Recently, she was the recipient of an Obie Award for her portrayal of Peggy Guggenheim in the one woman show Woman Before A Glass. Her films include The Lost Child, The Minus Man, Gia, Subway Stories, Roseanna's Grave, Last Action Hero, Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People and Married to the Mob. She appeared in numerous Frazier episodes as Kate Costas. Recent theatre credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Patrick Stewart at The Guthrie and The Goat for which she received a Tony nomination. Ms. Ruehl has been a Manhattan Theatre Source supporter from the very beginning and returns when she can to see productions, do readings and lend her support to Estrogenius.

Brian O'Neil- Brian O'Neil, has helped launch the careers of hundreds of actors including Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick. He is the author of New York's #1 selling performing arts book, Acting As a Business: Strategies for Success, now in its 18th printing and recently hailed by Entertainment Weekly Magazine as a "show-biz industry bible"-- one of only two books ever written for actors to receive that accolade. Brian is also the author of the book Actors Take Action: A Career Guide for the Competitive Actor. He created the advice column "Actor's Cues and A's" for Back Stage, and his books are required or recommended reading in many conservatory training programs, including Yale and Juilliard. Brian lives in New York City and is the country's foremost lecturer on self-marketing techniques for actors. He is a guest speaker/guest faculty member at top drama schools across the nation (including Yale University School of Drama, The Juilliard School, The University of California, San Diego, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts).

Gary Garrison- Gary Garrison is the Artistic Director, Producer and a fulltime faculty of the Goldberg School of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has produced the last 17 Festival of New Works for NYU, working with over 300 playwrights, 150 directors, and hundreds of actors. At NYU, he annually produces the Marathon Festival of One-Act Plays, The Ten-Minute Play Festival, and The Screenwriting Festival. Garrison's plays include We Make A Wall -Empty Space Theatre, The Big Fat Naked Truth -Brooklyn Playworks, Circle Rep Lab, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Spectrum Stage, Manhattan Punchline, Alice's Fourth Floor-Second Generation Theatre Company, Scream With Laughter-Expanded Arts, Pulse EnsembleTheatre, Gawk -Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Turnip Theatre Festival, Scream With Laughter, Smoothness With Cool -Expanded Arts, Empty Rooms- Miranda Theatre, Sienna Theatre, Does Anybody Want A Miss Cow Bayou? -New York Rep, and When A Diva Dreams -Miranda Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre Company, MetroStage, African Globe Theatre Works. Scenes and monologues from We Make A Wall and When A Diva Dreams were included in the Best Men's Monologues of 1997, Best Women's Monologues of 1997, and Best Stage Scenes of 1997 (Smith & Kraus, Inc.) Gawk was recently published in A Grand Entrance: Scenes and Monologues for Mature Audiences. Heineman Press recently published his books Perfect Ten: Writing and Producing the 10-Minute Play and Monologues for Men by Men , following the enormous success of A Playwright's Survival Guide: Keeping the Drama in Your Work and Out of Your Life. He is a regular contributor to “The Dramatist�, the monthly publication of the Dramatists Guild.

Tom Christopoul- Tom was senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Cendant Corporation where he was responsible for the various corporate staff functions of the Company on a global basis, including human resources, event marketing, business development, information technology, telecommunications, corporate real estate, facilities, relationship management, and Cendant's call center operations functions. While in that role, he was also management representative to Cendant's compensation and policy committees of its board of directors and was chairman of the Company's employee benefits committee. He is also currently vice-chairman of the Cendant Charitable Foundation.
Previously, Tom was president of Cendant's alliance marketing division; executive vice president, corporate services, executive vice president, human resources; and senior vice president, human resources. He was also vice president of human resources of Cendant's predecessor company HFS, Incorporated. Before joining HFS in 1995, Tom directed labor and employee relations for the Nabisco Biscuit Company, a unit of RJR-Nabisco Holdings, Inc. He was formerly the division human resource manager for the refrigerated foods division of Nabisco.
He currently serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of Manhattan Theater Source and is a member of the board of advisors of the September 11th Children's Fund.

Terrell M. Jones

Ato Essandoh

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