the cell

a collective for artists to incubate and present new works of art.

Nancy Manocherian

Nancy Manocherian (Founding Artistic Director) 
Nancy is a lyricist, playwright and producer.  Writing credits include: Sin!Rio, a Brazilian musical novella (Theatre for the New City); Dinner and Delusion, an opera co-written with composer Michael Sahl (The Center for Contemporary Opera/New York City Opera’s VOX Festival); Hey Jude. Her passion is for the arts and her dream is the cell, a 21st century salon.

Kira Simring

Kira Simring (Artistic Director) has been with Nancy Manocherian's the cell—an incubator for new theatrical works in the heart of New York City—since its inception in 2006. A professional director for over 15 years, Kira has worked closely with writers to develop and realize their work.  Her recent directing credits include the premieres of Crackskull Row by Honor Molloy (New York Times Critics’ Pick), Hard Times: An American Musical by Larry Kirwan (New York Times Critics’ Pick), and The McGowan Trilogy by Seamus Scanlon (New York and UK Premieres).  Kira's work has been seen at The New Theatre Row Theatres, The Skirball Center, The Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, The Connecticut Grand Opera, CenterStage in Baltimore and The Kino-Theatre outside of London.  Kira has been granted a Shubert Fellowship and is a three-time Origin Theatre 1st Irish Award Winner for Best Director. She received a BA in Anthropology from Smith College and her MFA at The New School for Drama.


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Brian Reager

Sulei Jonesly (Managing Director / Jazz Program Director)
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Brian Reager (Associate Director) is a New York based director.  At the cell he has directed The Real McGonagall, readings of Last Day, Inside Danny’s Box, and Collections of A Working Mind and assistant directed their recent productions of Stoopdreamer, Hey Jude, The Biscuit Club, Murakami Music: Stories of Loss and Nostalgia, The McGowan Trilogy, Hard Times: An American Musical, and McGoldrick's Thread.  Other favorite directing credits include Far Away and After Miss Julie (MMC).  Outside of the cell, Brian co-runs The Pantry: Reading Lab Series, a one day workshop that allows emerging playwrights the opportunity to develop new works for an audience.  Brian has worked with Distilled Theatre Company, The Vineyard, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Barn, and the New York Opera Exchange and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College.


Liz Flemming (Associate Producer) received a bachelor of music in Musical Theatre from Westminster School of Music. For over 15 years she has worked regionally and toured as a professional actor/singer/dancer.After 3 years working as a performer all over the U.S. she decided to come back to New York and make a difference within the New York community and founded her Non-For-Profit Out Of the Box Theatrics. Since 2015 she has produced and taken on several projects with her company and as a line producer for New York Theater Barn and as an associate producer and the cell. She is thrilled and honored to be a member of the cell






Frank Hartley (Facility Manager) is so excited to be a member of the cell. Also, he operates at the Box Theatrics, a site specific Off-Broadway theater company, that is dedicated to #changethestage. You can also find him around the city designing lights and sound, and taking his dog Burt and girlfriend Mary on long walks down Riverside. @fhartley09