In its first successful year, Corkscrew Theater Festival presented five world premiere productions and was featured in The New York Times, Village Voice, Playbill, on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show, and more.
Corkscrew is a collaboration between The Brewing Dept., a nonprofit theater collective that seeks to improve and remake the traditional model of theatrical production according to the principles of artistic collaboration, and producer Alexander Donnelly’s Fortress Productions. The Brewing Dept. has developed and premiered work at HERE Arts Center, FringeNYC, Planet Connections, the New York Society Library, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Dixon Place, the Rochester Fringe Festival, and outdoors in Riverside Park.
Fortress’s work on Broadway includes Sunday in the Park with George, Waitress (Co-producer) and Oh Hello. Alex’s other credits include Dream Ticket (Fringe Festival, winner for best director) and Plath (Fringe Festival, sold out run and nationally reviewed) both of which made the Producer’s Perspective list of “10 shows that stand out at Fringe.” Most recently, Fortress co-produced Providence, RI in The Tank’s Flint and Tinder series.
Artistic Director Thomas Kapusta
Thomas Kapusta is a director, producer, and co-founder of The Brewing Dept. (TBD), with whom he directed Othello and Matthew McShane's Beware of Dog. In 2016, he assistant directed Great Expectations at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Producer Alexander Donnelly
Alexander Donnelly is a producer and founder of Fortress Productions; his work on Broadway includes Oh Hello, Waitress, and Sunday in the Park with George.
Marketing Director Alex Hare
Alex Hare is a director focused on new musicals and community-building theater. Recent credits include Autoportrait (Dixon Place) and Chains Don't Rattle Themselves (The Songwriter's Orchestra). Assistant credits: School of Rock, Side Show.
Literary Director Matthew McShane
Matthew McShane is an actor and playwright. With TBD, he has appeared in The Lady from the Sea, HamletGhosts, and Othello, and last year his play Beware of Dog received its premiere with TBD.