Claudia Catania (Founder and Producing Artistic Producer) is the producing artistic director and host of Playing on Air. She founded Playing on Air (playingonair.org) to share quality theater with the public by recording notable artists in short contemporary plays and delivering those performances to the nation for free via public radio and podcast. After stints as an actress and then as Associate Publisher of Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, Claudia was Executive Producer of The New Group, a not-for-profit off-Broadway theater company. She co-led the company from a penniless actor’s cooperative in 1993 to a secure and vibrant producing entity in 1999. She produced 16 plays there 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.
Sacha Spitzer (Assistant Producer) is a long time radio listener and lover of all things NPR. As a graduate of SUNY Purchase’s Acting Conservatory. He is excited to be working in the world of radio for the first time, having worked at various non-profits including Diablo Theatre Company in California and Forever Families Through Adoption in Westchester, NY.
Lucy Fleming (Development Associate) is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she studied playwriting, acting, and religious studies. Her work has appeared at the Yale Playwrights Festival and the Cape Cod Theatre Project, and she was the 2016 recipient of the Norman Mailer National Writing Award in creative nonfiction. She’s listened to podcasts and plays for years, and is thrilled that now she can listen to both at the same time.
John Kilgore (Sound Engineer) 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.
Tom Kochan (Composer) is a Drama Desk nominee for his score to Almost, Maine for Transport Group. Other career highlights include: The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson 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. He is the proud recipient of an Emmy Award for his work on As The World Turns.
Lillian Laserson (Legal and Business Affairs) 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!
Lucy Andersen, Graphic Design
Kate Andersen, Graphic Design