Meet the Players

Ted BrackettTED BRACKETT became The Paper Bag Players Artistic Director in 2009. A member of the performing company since 1987, Ted worked closely with founding Artistic Director Judith Martin on Paper Bag Players scripts, designing props and sets, and performing in roles including the Plumber in Fix My Leak, the Peddler in Wizard Oil and the Broom in Lost and Found. In 2013, Ted took the company to Mexico to the Festival Internacional Chihuahua. The company performed 10 shows seen by over 8,000 children. Ted received his B.F.A. in Theater Arts from Syracuse University and is proud to be a part of The Brackett Refuge Education Fund, a non-profit organization that provides resources to build schools and finance scholarships, giving hope through education.

Kevin Richard WoodallKEVIN RICHARD WOODALL* has been a performing member of The Paper Bag Players for twenty-two seasons. Kevin, an Illinois State University graduate, is also proud to be the company’s Co-Director, Co-Writer and Lead Choreographer. His memorable and fan-making roles include the Bully in Big Bully, the Baby in Baby Mayhem, Cowboy K in Cowboy K and the Cowgirls, Spring in When Winter Stayed Too Long and Boom in Boom Surprise! Regionally, Kevin has had featured roles in BIG RIVER, INTO THE WOODS, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, THE FANTASTICKS, and THE MUSIC MAN. Kevin has toured as Sam The Postman in SESAME STREET LIVE 1…2…3… IMAGINE!
*Appears through the courtesy of Actors Equity Association

John StoneJOHN STONE has been Composer and Music Director of The Paper Bag Players since 2003, playing the electric keyboard at each show. He has also co-written material for the shows since the founding of the new creative ensemble in 2009. John’s chamber works have toured nationally and internationally, appearing most recently in the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. His Langston Hughes song-cycle, Daybreak in Alabama, has received numerous performances in the USA and France and was featured in the nationally broadcast radio series, Song of America, hosted by Thomas Hampson. In 2017, Met opera soloist Molly Fillmore sang the Daybreak cycle at the University of North Texas. John’s theater and film credits include the scores for Vanessa Redgrave’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. John has received grants from Meet the Composer as well as the W.K. Rose Fellowship of Vassar College. For more info, please visit johnkstone.com

Marisa LaruffaMARISA LARUFFA is a recent alumna of The NYU Department of Drama’s New Studio on Broadway, with a concentration in Musical Theater. She was recently seen at the Cornelia Street Cafe playing Laura the (not so good) server in CAFÉ PLAY with This Is Not a Theater Company. She is ecstatic to join The Paper Bag Players this season! Much love to her family, friends and dog, who are her everything. marisalaruffa.com

Lily Emilia SmithLILY EMILIA SMITH is a Pittsburgh native and an alumna of Syracuse University’s Musical Theater program. Some of Lily’s favorite credits include performing with the National Tour of ANNIE, playing Jellylorum in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s CATS, and performing in the 2013 season of Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY. Lily is thrilled and honored to be a part of her second Paper Bag Players show.

James HuggansJAMES HUGGANS is returning for his 18th season as Production Supervisor for The Paper Bag Players. James is a Rutgers University graduate who has worked in the NY area for over 25 years. During his time with The Bags, they have traveled extensively to places like Boston, Providence, Chicago, Maine, Alabama, and the Festival Internacional in Chihuahua, Mexico. James is a performer as well, with some of his favorite credits being Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET, and Roy in LONE STAR. James thanks his wife Mary for all her love and support.

Jon PeckJONATHAN PECK is in his tenth year as Scenic Artist with The Paper Bag Players and he thoroughly enjoys the challenge of bringing the stories and characters to life with his designs. Jonathan’s work has been shown in many exhibitions across the country. Outside of The Bags, he has created sets for several films including Isabella Rossellini’s “Seduce Me” series for IFC. In 2010, Jonathan attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as well as receiving his MFA from Yale.

Judith MartinJUDITH MARTIN (1917–2012) was a founding member of The Paper Bag Players in 1958 and Artistic Director from 1963 through 2009. Judith devoted herself to developing a contemporary theater for children. She wrote, designed, choreographed, directed and performed in 35 Paper Bag Players shows and co-authored five children’s books. Her awards include Parents Magazine’s “As They Grow” Award for having “truly made this world a better place for all children” and an American Theater Wing Design Award for her “sustained contribution to theatrical design,” the Children’s Theater Foundation Medallion for 2003 and a “Playful People Award” from Nick Jr. Magazine.

Staff

Ted Brackett, Artistic Director    Audrey Reilly, Managing Director

Board of Directors

Alison Harmelin, President    Miriam Hess, Vice President
Patricia Langer, Secretary

 

Raluca V. Allison
Vanessa Billotti
Judi Rappoport Blitzer
Chanda Chapin
Jacqueline Didier
Sharon Jacob
Elizabeth Lind Johnson
Stephanie Loeffler
Kathy Mele
Hiroko Murase
Martha Patricof
Susan Patricof
Joanna S. Rose
Tania Vital-Ahuja
Nancy Sipp

 

Judith Martin, Founding Artistic Director Judith Liss, Founding Managing Director