the cell

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

Nancy Manocherian

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

Kira Simring (Artistic Director) Kira directed the cell’s premier productions of BlackoutDinner and Delusion, and Guilty. She is the resident director for The Center for Contemporary Opera’s Atilier Series. Other recent NY directing venues: Then to The New School, The Actors Studio, Bank Street Theatre, Triple A Productions, American Theatre of Actors, Waters Edge Writers, Slice of Life Theatre Co. and New Village Arts Theatre, and Connecticut Grand Opera. MFA in Directing: the Actors Studio Drama School of New School University (Schubert Fellow). BA in Anthropology: Smith College.

 

 

S. Jones Ly

S. Jones Ly

Mackenzie Meeks

Mackenzie Meeks

Brian Reager

Brian Reager

S. Jones Ly (Managing and IT Director)
Bio to come.

 

 

 

 

Mackenzie Meeks (Production Manager) 

Mackenzie is a freelance stage manager living in New York City. She recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in stage management and producing. She also works with New York Theatre Barn as the producing coordinator of their D-Lounge series. She has a passion for musical theatre and new work and has worked at NYMF as a stage manager the past two summers. She loves her family at the cell.

 

 

 

Brian Reager (Director of Audience Development) 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. www.brianreager.com