WHO WE ARE
Isabella won a Best Supporting Actress award at the 2017 International Filmmaker Festival in Milan and a 2016 Silver Acting Award at the NY Indies for her role as Aunt Shirley in the movie, Growing Up Fat and Albanian. She also starred in Oscar Sharp’s Bull and Kay Adshead’s The Count. She recently appeared in New York at Stage Left and in an award-winning fringe theatre production of Dahn Hiuni’s Murmurs and Incantations and regionally at Hilton Head Arts Center, Franklin Stage, and Cape May Stage. She began her theatre career in London in several productions for the Cherub Company, including Andrew Visnevski’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial. Following repertory theatre appearances and national touring, Knight emigrated to the United States, where she quickly found work in regional theatre. Off-Broadway, Isabella produced, translated and starred in Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s The Little Manor in association with the Polish Theatre Institute and Women’s Interart Theatre. She has a BA from The University of Sussex and a post-graduate diploma from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. She is a member of Actors’ Equity, British Actors' Equity, and SAG-AFTRA.
Jeffrey has served as theatre manager at award-winning New York companies (The RAPP Theatre Company, Long Island Stage, and The New Theatre of Brooklyn) and as literary manager for regional theatres, including StageWest and Merrimack Rep. Ranbom holds a BA with honors in English from Bowdoin College and did coursework in theatre at the University of London. He also has been a theatre publicist, a sponsorship development consultant on Broadway, and the developer of grant funded educational symposia for Long Island Stage.
Matthew has worked onstage in Chicago at Strawdog Theatre (Big Love, Great Expectations), The House Theatre of Chicago (Rose and the Rime), and Redmoon (Boneshaker, Skelebration). Offstage he has worked in education at Lookingglass Theatre and as a producer for Redmoon’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Over the last two years, Matthew has become a mainstay at the Foundation of Arts in Northeast Arkansas. Credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Bill Sykes in Oliver, and Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. He has directed A Christmas Carol and Little Women for the FOA. He is a graduate of Northwestern University (Theatre and Economics) where he studied acting and directing with David Catlin and David Kersnar, and narrative adaptation with Mary Zimmerman. His vocal coach was Linda Gates. Matthew is an expert in consumer profiling and path to purchase and has created explosive 7-figure growth for several brand manufacturers on Amazon.com. Love to his wife Allie.
Playwright in Residence
Dahn is an Israeli-American playwright, visual artist and academic. His play Murmurs and Incantations won the Award of Excellence for Playwriting at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival, where it played the historic Soho Playhouse. Other plays include One Man Show, Call Waiting, and Interview. As solo performance artist, Mr. Hiuni has been presented at P.S. 122, Franklin Furnace, Artists Space, The Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and The Walker Art Center. Mr. Hiuni has taught at School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, SUNY, Hofstra, and at the National Theatre School of Canada. He holds an MFA in Performance Art and a PhD in Performance Studies—both from Penn State. Mr. Hiuni was featured in the Summer 2017 issue of The Dramatist magazine, the national publication of the Dramatists Guild of America.
In New York, Desiree appeared in Dream Ticket (NY Fringe). Recent Chicago credits include Urinetown (Boho Theater--Jeff Nominee for Best Musical 2017), On the Town (Marriott Lincolnshire Theater), Mill Girls (Etopia Reading/Music Theater Company) Never the Bridesmaid (The Oil Lamp Theater), The Beecher Sisters (Awkward Pause Theater), and Lunacy (Jackalope Theater). In Los Angeles, Desiree was featured in Empire Burlesque at The Broad Stage Theater and in a new musical, A Zombie, A Dragon and a Vampire Who Sparkles (LA Fringe). She co-wrote (with director David H. Bell, Ryan Bernsten, Chris Anselmo) a new musical, Atlantic. This collaboration between Noisemaker Productions, Northwestern University, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received critical acclaim. She was recently seen in a principal role in Clickhole’s "500lb Man". Film credits include the ICF 48 Hour Film Festival and the independent productions Ginger, Life, Specious, Drinking Games and Mia’s Night Out (Producer). Desiree’s training includes work with John Rosenfeld and Doug Warhit, Groundlings for Improv, Vagabond School of the Arts, and Acting Studio Chicago. She is a member of the Group Rep Theatre in LA and Deadline Junkies, a comedy writing collective. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University in Theatre and Musical Theatre.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Seth's work has been performed in NYC, LA, and Chicago. Under his production company Piece of Work Productions, he conceived, wrote, and produced commercials for a wide range of companies, and developed two shows. His play Possum was developed by Debtors Theater in LA; he was a runner-up for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference; his short film Out of Here was an official selection for the Los Angeles Comedy Festival; he is the co-creator of the sketch comedy show True Love & Company; excerpts from his latest play The Fake is being presented by the Classical Theatre of Harlem; and some of his short fiction is set to be published in the inaugural edition of Protean Magazine.
Director of Development
Linda is currently a pro-bono grant writer at God’s Love We Deliver, a New York City non-profit organization founded in 1985 that delivers medically tailored meals to people living with severe illnesses. She previously worked in the Development office of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Her corporate career included developing and executing marketing and communications strategies and plans for major global financial services and consulting firms. Linda holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.B.A. degree in Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a certificate in Fundraising from the NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.
Joscelyne is a New York based actor. Originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, she earned a BFA in Acting with honors at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA and went on to obtain her MFA in Acting from CUNY Brooklyn College. She has appeared in various productions in Pittsburgh and Off Off Broadway in New York. Joscelyne is a member of the Board of Directors of The Players, a private social club for artists and patrons of the arts in Gramercy where she spends much of her free time volunteering on various committees, performing, networking and even playing softball and billiards.
Marek has appeared in productions at Portland Stage, The Public, The Flea, and Theatre for the New City as well as independent shorts Bushwick Boys, Experience, Bind, The Count, and Beware the Beast I Worship. A member of Actors’ Equity, Marek attended the School of American Ballet in the Advanced Men’s Program and is an alumnus of Professional Performing Arts School and Northwestern University’s Drama School. He has designed and constructed productions throughout the greater New York City area. When he is not involved in theatre, he serves as owner of Bind Design, Inc., fabricating window displays, custom furniture, and overseeing the remodeling of NYC residences.
A passionate proponent of reviving lost dramatic classics, until September 2017, Andrew served as Head of MA Courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at St Mary’s University, London. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he began his career at the Young Vic Theatre. In 1978, he created The Cherub Company London, a pioneering ensemble that, under his artistic leadership for 25 years, rediscovered forgotten classics such as Life is a Dream, The Two Noble Kinsmen and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. He introduced European drama to the UK repertoire and toured numerous productions in thirteen countries on three continents, in places as far apart as Holland and Zimbabwe, Spain and Iraq, and Pakistan and the Sudan. Andrew presented his productions at many festivals in Britain and abroad and counts seven Edinburgh Festival Fringe premières. Andrew’s freelance work as a director includes: Hamlet at the National Theatre in Thessaloniki, Greece; Wild Honey, Macbeth and Hamlet with the Contemporary Theatre Company in Athens, Holland and Poland; the first British multi-ethnic production of Romeo & Juliet at the Young Vic (1982); the British premières of two plays by Poland’s outstanding contemporary poet and dramatist, Tadeusz Rózewicz, The Trap and Mariage Blanc (New End, London); and a revival of Brecht’s The Life of Edward II of England in London and on UK tour. He currently runs Theatre Alive! — a charity promoting the work of new professionals with creative aspirations in theatre. Andrew is a member of The Directors Guild of Great Britain, British Actors’ Equity and the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts in Salzburg.
Board of Advisors
SEXTANT PRODUCTIONS is guided by a distinguished board of advisors. They address a wide range of issues that help to build the company, including leadership development, fundraising, marketing, communications, and financial management.
Monique Charbonneau, Advisor
Bertrand Garbassi, Creative Director, Publicis
Gabrielle Kelly, Producer, AFI Screenwriting Showcase
Yvonne Kierlanczyk, 1919 Investment Counsel, Affiliate of Stifel Financial
Sheppard Ranbom, President, CommunicationWorks, LLC
Nina Saglimbeni, Managing Director of Lazard Asset Management (retired)
Dino Saglimbeni, Teacher, New York City Public Schools (retired)
Elza Zagreda, CEO, Rocky from Da Bronx Productions; writer and producer of, and lead actress in, the award-winning movie, Growing Up Fat and Albanian; Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Pace University