John Martello (Artistic Director) has been an actor, producer and director for over 40 years. As an actor, he has appeared in regional theaters and Off-Broadway in everything from Shakespeare to Sugar Babies.He starred in the Off-Broadway production of The Lodger at the New York Workshop Theatre and received critical acclaim for his solo performance in Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, at the Irish Repertory Company. As Artistic Director of the Double Image Theatre, Mr. Martello produced, wrote and starred in the acclaimed one-man show Damon Runyon’s Tales of Broadway. At the Double Image, he also produced the musical revue Daugherty & Field Off-Broadway which ran for a year and was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award. He produced Simon Gray’s The Old Masters starring Sam Waterston, Brian Murray and Shirley Knight at the Long Wharf Theater.
As Executive Director of The Players for 20 years, Mr. Martello produced hundreds of presentations, including evenings honoring Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer, Gregory Peck, Marian Seldes, Peter O’Toole, Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, Gerald Schoenfeld, Angela Lansbury, Edward Albee and dozens of other theatrical luminaries. He was the recipient, in 2001, of the Pirandello Medallion presented by the Pirandello Society of America to acknowledge his performing, producing and directing the work of that great playwright. As a founder of Helluva Theatre Company, he appeared as Andrew Undershaft in HTC's premier production of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara and produced PIRANDELLO 150, a year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Luigi Pirandello. This festival included readings, presentations of Pirandello's one-act plays and a highly-acclaimed film series, PIRANDELLO ON FILM, at NYC's legendary Film Forum.
Alex Dmitriev (Associate Artistic Director) has directed across the US, Canada and in London. He was Artistic Director of the Toronto Center for the Arts and the Associate Artistic Director of Canada's prestigious Manitoba Theatre Centre and was Resident Director at the North Carolina State Theatre for two seasons. Most recently, he directed Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge for Brave New World Repertory Theatre, the World Premier of Ken Jaworowski’s Believers for the Workshop Theater Company in New York. He has directed seven productions for York Theatre Company, including the Drama Desk-nominated production of Lost in the Stars, and critically acclaimed productions of Alan Ayckbourn's Taking Steps and How the Other Half Loves. Other work in New York includes Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas for Irish Rep; Let Us Now Praise Famous Men for Village Theatre Company; Mrs. Warren's Profession for Pearl Theatre; and Bedtime Story for Actors Studio. Regionally, he has directed at Philadelphia Drama Guild, Virginia Stage Company, McCarter Theatre Company and Actors Theatre of Louisville among others. He directed Doonreagan, about Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and his mistress, Assia Wevill, at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London and the OFFIE nominated Straight To The Heart at the Arts Theatre Upstairs . For the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York he directed A Happy End by Iddo Netanyahu, the world premieres of Berilla Kerr's German Games and Evangeline and God, as well Barton Bishop’s Graduation Day and God’s Daughter. Alex is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.