Our Team

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Claudia Catania, FOUNDER AND PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Claudia is the producing artistic director and host of Playing on Air. She founded Playing on Air in 2011 to share quality theater with the public by recording notable artists in short contemporary plays and delivering those shorts to the nation for free via public radio and podcast. She moderates a conversation with each short's playwright, director and cast following their takes. After stints as an actor and then as Associate Publisher of Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, Claudia was Producing Director of New Group, the not-for-profit off-Broadway theater company. She co-led the company from a penniless actor's collective in 1993 to a secure and vibrant producing entity in 1999. She produced 16 plays with The New Group including Mike Leigh's Ecstasy and Goose-Pimples, Ayub Khan-Din's East is East (with Manhattan Theater Club), Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth, Kevin Elyot's My Night with Reg and Stephen Bill's Curtains. She has since produced the New York run and national tour of TRUMBO about the black-listed screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, which opened with Ed Harris in workshop, Nathan Lane off-Broadway and toured nationally with Brian Dennehy. She has also produced short play festivals, documentary films and children's theater festivals.


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Bonnie Antosh, Literary Manager

Bonnie Antosh is an actor, playwright, and musician who performs Shakespeare and new plays across the country. Offstage, she's worked as a writer and digital branding guru for fashion labels, arts accessibility initiatives, and Scalawag Magazine. A South Carolinian now living in New York, she studied theater at Yale, where she received the Louis Sudler Prize.


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Michele O'Brien, Associate Producer

Michele is a director, writer, and lover of both podcasts and short plays. She directs new plays and musicals all over New York City, from Queens Theatre to the Tank. She's also a sketch comedy writer and performer whose work has been featured at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the PIT. Michele studied drama at Vassar College.


John Kilgore

John Kilgore, Sound Engineer

John has been a recording engineer and theater sound designer for many years. He has designed sound for shows both on and off-Broadway as well as in regional theaters. He has worked for directors Des McAnuff, David Esbjornsen, Joe Mantello, Dan Sullivan, Robert Falls and playwrights Len Jenkin and Mac Wellman, to name a few. His recording studio in the Theater District in Manhattan provides recording services to the Broadway, Cabaret, Jazz, Classical and Alternative music worlds. He has been composer Steve Reich's recording engineer since 1993, and often works with other contemporary composers and performers. Playing on Air fulfills a lifelong dream - to bring drama back to the radio.


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Tom Kochan, Composer

Emmy Award winning composer Tom Kochan is also a Drama Desk nominee for his score to Almost, Maine for Transport Group. He most recently wrote the music for Cheryl Stern’s one-woman show, Shoes and Baggage, at the cell theatre in NYC.  Other career highlights include: The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper at Williamstown Theatre Festival, two plays with Arthur Miller (at Roundabout and Williamstown), five CD’s with James Galway (on RCA Records), three NYC productions with filmmaker Mike Leigh (including the Obie Award winning Ecstasy), and the Jonathan Larson award winning musical Pretty to the Bone.


Lillian Laserson, Legal and Business Affairs

Lillian, formerly known as Superman's (and Batman's and Wonder Woman's) lawyer, spent 20 years at DC Comics, where she was General Counsel. Before that, she was Kermit and Miss Piggy's go-to girl for all things legal and business affairs at Jim Henson Productions. Now, in her own practice, Lillian represents producers, writers, artists and companies engaged in creative ventures. She loves playing a part in Playing on Air!

 

EmeritI Staff

Jess Applebaum, Lucy Fleming, Emily Ludolph, Ashley Minihan, Alessandra Most, Sacha Spitzer, Quynh Thai, Julia Wetherell

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Orren Alperstein

President of Canavan Foundation

David Auburn

Playwright

Claudia Catania

Founder, Artistic Director

Kate Crane

Documentary TV Producer

Lillian Laserson

Attorney

Don Silpe

Former CEO of Mosey’s, Inc.

 

Advisory Board

Playing on Air is served in an advisory capacity by a valuable group of working theater artists, including:

Jesse Eisenberg

Actor and Playwright

Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros

Playwright

Julie Halston

Actor

David Ives

Playwright

Lynn Nottage

Playwright

Seth Gelblum

In memorium

 

Special Thanks To

Lucy Andersen, Website, Print & Digital Collateral Design
Kate AndersenLogo Design