Creators

 

Playwright-Producer

CAROL SCHNEIDER has worked as an actor for twenty-five years on and off Broadway, in regional theater, studio movies and films that have played at such festivals as Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival and Slam Dance. She served for several years as assistant director and teacher for the Actors Conservatory. She is currently frequently engaged as an actress creating  dozens character voices in a variety of accents in numerous audiobooks for publishers such as Tantor Media, Audible and Scholastic.

During her participation in the two-year intensive Writer’s Bootcamp, she completed a screenplay adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Villette as well as an original screenplay entitled Regarding Savagery based on the childhoods of Gallaudet and Clerc. Two of her short plays, Rockets Under the House and Of Concern were performed at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab 2008 and 2010 Galas in Great Barrington, MA.      Ms. Schneider attended Interlochen Arts Academy and was a Paulette Goddard Remarque Scholar at NYU School of the Arts where she trained at Circle-In-the-Square. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

 

Director-Producer

JOE CACACI  produced the award winning Boston premiere of David Mamet’s American Buffalo  and was Producing Director of NY’s Provincetown Playhouse, where he co-produced Mr. Mamet’s OBIE winning play Edmond. He was the founding Artistic Director of East Coast Arts where he produced twenty world premiere plays over seven seasons, including work by Shel Silverstein.    He has directed plays for The NY Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theater (for Joseph Papp), The Westport Playhouse, Coconut Grove Theatre and commercially in NY and LA. He directed the world premiere of Victor Bumbalo’s Questa, which was produced by David Milch, featuring Wendie Malick, Dorian Harwood and Mr. Lauria. Most recently, he directed and co-produced the world premiere of Against the Rising Sea, by Kelly Masterson at Queens Theater in the Park. It starred Elizabeth Franz.  Mr. Cacaci’s own plays have been produced at The Public, The Long Wharf and at The Alley Theatre in Houston as well as commercially in  NY and LA. His latest play, Keeping Time, had its world premiere workshop at The Berkshire Playwrights Lab this past summer.

Joe co-created the CBS prime time series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, starring Sharon Gless and has been the Executive Producer  of two prime time series, SHOWTIME ‘s The Hoop Life, starring Mykelti Williamson, Mr. Harwood, Mr. Lauria and Gregory Hines (Cacaci wrote and directed the final episode, starring Mr. Durning, Edward Asner and Roger Robinson) and CBSTheEducation of Max Bickford, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. He wrote the episodes that brought Eli Wallach and Peter O’Toole to the show. He was an Executive Producer with David Black and Mr. Dreyfuss of Mr. Black’s series Copshop, for PBS, and directed the pilot episode, which starred Mr. Dreyfuss, Blair Brown and Jay Thomas.  He directed the indie feature Stranger in My House, that starred Lindsay Crouse, and which now plays repeatedly on LIFETIME.

Joe recently wrote, Invisible Men, a screenplay about the Negro Leagues, for Odyssey Networks and just completed post production as director of the  indie feature Snatched, starring Andrew McCarthy and Ernest Borginine.

A founding co-Artistic Director (with Jim Frangione, Bob Jaffe and Matthew Penn) of The Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington, MA, created to develop and present new plays by established and emerging writers, Joe also currently teaches television writing in the graduate programs of the Film School at Columbia University and NYU.

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