ABOUT

Packed with young talent. In the risk-taking venture that is summer festival-going, encountering talent you want to see more of is a worthy payoff.
— The New York Times, on Corkscrew 2017

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. 

Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood and the company of Cradle Two Grave, Corkscrew 2017 (PC: A Jo)

Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood and the company of Cradle Two Grave, Corkscrew 2017 (PC: A Jo)

Ryan Molloy and Jules Forsberg-Lary in False Stars, Corkscrew 2017 (PC: Sam Sheppard)

Fortress’s work on Broadway includes Meteor ShowerSunday in the Park with George and Waitress (Co-producer). Current: Hundred Days at New York Theatre Workshop. 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.” Recently, Fortress co-produced Providence, RI in The Tank’s Flint and Tinder series.

 

FOUNDERS

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 RockSide 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.


STAFF

tech directors elizabeth schweitzer, christina tang

GENERAL MANAGER ANDREW RUBENBAUER

Press Agent John wyszniewski, Everyman Agency

GRAPHIC DESIGNER CINDY LOZITO

associate producer (DEVELOPMENT) 

dana jones

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (MARKETING) 

Victoria ungvarsky

 

Renee Rises, Jill Shackner, Alexander Katz, and Derek Christopher Murphy in Ex Habitus, Corkscrew 2017 (PC: Jo Chiang)

Renee Rises, Jill Shackner, Alexander Katz, and Derek Christopher Murphy in Ex Habitus, Corkscrew 2017 (PC: Jo Chiang)