Production Team


JOHN WHALAN (Producer)

EMILY COMISAR (Associate Producer) is a playwright, producer, and general manager working on new plays and musicals in New York City.

Emily’s short plays have appeared as part of reading series produced by Lone Star Theatre Co. and aWe Creative Group, and she is one of the writers, directors, and producers of “Group: The Webseries,” the inaugural web series by SeaDog Productions. Her full length work includes The Last Hurrah (Northwestern University), Track Twelve (FringeNYC), and Moonlighting (Lone Star Theatre Co.) Management and producing credits include: Cosplay (The Brick Theater), Before & After (Schapiro Theater at Columbia University),Vestige (Cloud City) and Track Twelve (FringeNYC)She also serves as the Managing Director of Lone Star Theatre Co.

Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies from the Northwestern University School of Communications, with specialties in critical studies, adaptation of narrative for the stage, and multimedia performance.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Italian Language and Media from Middlebury College. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Management & Producing program.

MONIQUE HOLT (Director of Artistic Sign Language-DASL- a.k.a. Sign Coach) is thrilled to be asked to be on the MOS production team, especially working on an original play which is her favorite part of theatre. Plus, she gets to explore an LSF prior to the “modern version” of LSF (Langue des Signes Français) which she learned from her days living in Paris. After she portrayed Deaf Cordelia for Shakespeare Theatre Company‘s KING LEAR, she developed a system for signing Shakespeare. And she has used it in all her Shakespeare productions. For 4 straight years, she worked for Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF-Ashland) as a script translator (from text to sign notation) and Actors’ sign coach. Also as a DASL, she worked with OSF theatrical interpreters – preparing them to interpret the shows. In NYC, she has worked as a DASL for TDF/TAP shows on Broadway. Also working as a DASL for touring shows in NJ, PA & MA. She’s a Jane of all trades: actress, stage/film director, sign-coaching actors, teaching acting and script translating & notating. She has a BFA in Acting from TSOA/NYU and MFA in Theatre from Towson University.

ANNIE WIEGAND (Lighting Design) is a freelance lighting designer who happens to be Deaf. New York City: Spring Awakening (Broadway, 2nd Assistant), Square Peg, Round Hole (Tectonic Theatre Project, Associate); Miss Nowhere Diner (Akadēmeia Theatre) (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Best Lighting Design Nominee); The Medicine Showdown (The Flying Carpet Theatre Company); A Hard Wall at High Speed (Astoria Performing Arts Center, Associate). Boston: The Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theatre); Phedre, Othello (Actors Shakespeare Project), The Forgetting Curve (Bridge Repertory), Tribes (Speakeasy Stage Company); Colossal, You For Me For You, Love Person (Company One). Adjunct Professor, Theatre Arts Department, Gallaudet University; Producing Director, New York Deaf Theatre; Lighting Director, The Acting Company Tours 2010-2013.

MARCIE FRIEDMAN (Production Stage Manager) Recently: And a Nightingale Sang (Westpost Country Playhouse), Bernstein Mass (Philadelphia Orchestra) National Tour: The Acting Company, Kennedy Center’s Nobody’s Perfect, a musical for children that was simultaneously sung, in American Sign Language and open captioned. Select New York: Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club workshop), Scandalous (5th Avenue Theatre workshop), Born Bad (Soho Rep), 50 Words (MCC Theater), NYMF, NAMT, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Midsummer Night Swing. Select Regional: Philadelphia Orchestra, Media Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Human Race Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, People’s Light & Theatre Company. Proud member Actors’ Equity.

LAUREN VAICELS (ASM, Interpreter) has  worked on and off stage with various theaters in Queens and Long Island since she was 8 years old.  Most recently she operated the light board for New York Deaf Theater‘s production of Save The Human.  Lauren annually works on shows presented by Broadway Blockbusters, JABEN USA Productions.  She has also worked with Untitled Theater Company #61 on their Off-Broadway production of Fairy Tales of the Absurd (2004). Lauren is a graduate of the ASL-English Interpretation Program at LaGuardia Community College and a job coach at Lexington Center for the Deaf.

MEGHAN DIXON (Publicity)

MECHELLE LASSITER (Assistant Publicist & Web Master)

MICHAEL W. SPROUSE (Assistant ASL Master) has a B.A. in Theatre Arts, from Gallaudet University. He previously was the assistant to the ASL Masters for the initial run of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, now currently playing on Broadway, while at Gallaudet, he was the ASL Master for Lysistrata, ASL Consultant for Hamlet, L’Abbé de L’Epee: A Satire. He also directed several works including Samuel Beckett’s Krapp Last Tape. He last appeared on stage Winter 2013 as Tiny Tim Cratchit in Faction of Fools Theatre Company’s  A Commedia Christmas Carol. Additional credits can be found on his website.

He aspires to pursue a career in ASL translation for Film, TV and Stage.  He wishes to thank Monique Holt, Colin Analco, Tyrone Giordano and Ethan Sinnott for pushing him beyond his limits, James McGowan for his undying support.

CANDACE BROECKER (ASL Interpreter Mentor) Candace also regularly interprets theatre on Broadway, and at The New Victory Theater.

TANIA O’BRIEN (Artwork & Graphics), ALAN ROTHSTEIN (Photographs)