a collective for artists to incubate and present new works of art.
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 (Direction) has been the Artistic Director of 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
S. Jones Ly (Managing Director / Jazz Program 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