Michole Biancosino

Michole Biancosino is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C., New York City and internationally over the past 25 years. With Project Y, she has led various professional productions, as producer, director, creator and writer.  Credits included the long-running shows, Trump Lear (co-created and directed) and the award-winning, David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet (co-created and directed), both of which toured regionally and performed at Edinburgh Fringe, as co-productions with Richard Jordan Productions (UK), The Pleasance, and Underbelly.  She directs solo artist Peter Michael Marino’s long-running solo shows, Show Up Kids! now running in Spanish- and Japanese-language versions.  Her most recent ventures in digital theatre-making and hybrid theatre can be seen at Other work includes both the digital and on-stage versions of the Infallible Award-winner PLANET OF THE GRAPES LIVE FROM NYC (Zoo Venues, Edinburgh 2021) and the cosmic raga opera, Waves of Gravity with Neel Murgai (LaMama CultureHub). She currently performs Lia Romeo’s Yoga With Jillian and is a producer of Project Y’s yearly Women in Theatre Festival. Recipient: SDC Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing.  Her work has been supported by grants from The Puffin Foundation, ART/NY, NY Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), The Dramatists Guild, and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She holds an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College. For more information:

Andrew W. Smith

Andrew W. Smith is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C., New York City and throughout the Unites States.  With Project Y, he has served as Producer, Company Manager, Director, Technical Director, and Actor over the 25 year producing history of the company.  He is a professional Actor and Director whose work has been seen throughout New York City, regionally, and internationally.    Selected regional acting work includes: Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project, Ars Nova, Studio Theatre, and Olney Center for the Arts. He toured with The National Players on their 50th anniversary as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac. Filmwork includes Lucid, Shooting Script, Death of a Nation (Winner:  Best Short, IndieFest 2011; Best in Show, Best Shorts Competition 2011), Under-Ground. Television work includes GONE, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Guiding Light.   With Project Y, he has received grants funding for work from New York State Council on the Arts, New York Department Cultural Affairs, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Puffin Foundation.   Andrew is currently an Associate Professor of Acting at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.  He is also graduate of the MFA Acting program at the University of California, San Diego, from which he received the Teaching Excellence Award upon graduation.

Antu Yacob

Antu Yacob is an Oromo, Ethiopian born, U.S. raised artist. She is an actor, filmmaker, playwright and producer. As an Associate Producer with Project Y Theatre, she curates All Hands on Deck, a commission series of new plays by female writers of the African diaspora. Her film Love in Submission was part of the Full Spectrum Features’ collection: Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities. The collection served as a case study in the diversity in Hollywood forum at Sundance 2021. The film screened in various festivals including New York African Film Festival, Women of the Lens (UK) and received an Honorable Mention in the Black Muslim Girl Fly Festival. Antu served as a producer for Adrian Luke Sinclair’s film Conjure, which won the Vanguard Award in the 2017 Hip Hop Film Festival. As an actor, her on screen credits include Rob Peace (written/directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor),  Jelly (2023 ABFF/HBO Short Film Award winner), Night Comes On,  “Inventing Anna”, The Other Two”, “Daredevil”, “Gypsy”, “Law & Order: SVU”, Adieu Lacan, Signs of AgingBrooklyn Park, Conjure.  Her stage credits include work with The Fire This Time Festival, American Slavery Project, Primary Stages, Sheen Center, Crossroads Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Luna Stage, Peterborough Players, Cincinnati Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pangea World Theatre and Pillsbury House Theatre. Her voice can be heard on the Druid Hills episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History and the audiobook Addis Ababa Noir by Maaza Mengiste. As a playwright, Antu is under commission through InterAct Theatre’s The Philly Cycle, with a world premiere production slated for Spring 2025. She is part of The Fire This Time Festival’s New Works Lab Cycle 4 cohort. Her solo show In The Gray was featured in United Solo Theatre Festival and the Symposium on African Global Migration. Her plays have premiered at Kampala International Theatre Festival (Uganda), Project Y Theatre, Theatre167 and Mile Square Theatre. She earned an MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  

Lia Romeo

Lia Romeo is a playwriting fellow at Juilliard. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway at 59E59 and regionally around the country, and have been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Lark, and elsewhere. Four of her plays have been recognized by the Kilroys List. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus. She is the associate artistic director with Project Y Theatre Company, and she teaches playwriting at Primary Stages/ESPA and in the M.A. program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She earned her B.A. from Princeton and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA.

Christopher G. Ulloth

Christopher G. Ulloth is a New York City based playwright, producer, and visual designer.  His plays have been recognized as finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, published by Indie Theater Now, nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and produced in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  Recent producing and visual design credits include: Project Y Theatre’s WOMEN IN THEATRE FESTIVAL; Elephant Room Productions’ THE FIFTH VITAL SIGN; SALAMANDER by Lisa VillaMil; and SUICIDE STORIES: GALLERY OF THE UNTOLD.  B.A.: Bloomsburg University.