Nadine Bernard, Playwright
Nadine Bernard is a playwright and actor currently residing in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She currently has a writing residency at CAP21 in New York City. Her play, In the Shadow of My Son, appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007 and has been produced in the past several years throughout the USA and Canada. A monologue from the play is published in the Smith and Kraus The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2008. Other plays include, The Way to Summer, (Directors Company with Tovah Feldshuh and Russell G. Jones, Staged Reading, 2012, Lark Play Development Center, 2011, New Play Festival, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 2009) Miss Valentine (Staged Reading, The Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair, 2010, Clifton Arts Center, Clifton, NJ, 2011)Waiting For Fame to Come, (Downstage, 2005), The Almost Baby, (Kitchen Theatre, 2001), The Jizo Story (Creative Theater, 1995). She is currently developing the play Veils, about a group of New Jersey women whose belly dancing class turns into a support group (Staged Reading, Gary Kupper Director, NYC 2012 ; Developmental Reading, Dreamcatchers, South Orange, NJ, 2011), and Then Let the Fish Go about our society's obsession with connecting through network marketing. She has a BA from Cornell University and an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches theater at the Montclair Cooperative School in Montclair, NJ. She is the founder of Out of the Shadow Productions. She recently toured hospitals in New Jersey with her solo show of excerpts from In the Shadow of My Son.
Sara Katzoff, Director
A director, actor and teaching artist, Sara Katzoff is the artistic director and co-founder of The Berkshire Fringe Festival and Bazaar Productions. A graduate of Bard College at Simon's Rock and Dell'Arte International, Sara's background is in devised theater. She has performed nationally with Landis & Company, A Mixed Company and Dell’Arte and has appeared in My Children, My Africa!, 900 Dreams, Othello and Shotgun Wedding. As a director, Ms. Katzoff recently collaborated on Iris Dauterman's The Waypoint at MASS MoCA (Bazaar Productions artist in residency) and Kelli Newby's Grounded as part of WAM's 24 hour theater project. Select directing credits include Alice's Profile (Made In The Berkshires Festival) The Stalk (Mountain Road School) and Crimes of The Heart (Bard College at Simon’s Rock)
Ivy Austin is a native New Yorker and lifelong theatre professional. Her performance career has taken her from Broadway to New York City Opera, to National Public Radio, and Sesame Street. She created and produced countless musical series at the The World Financial Center in collaboration with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Camp Broadway, the Library of Congress, WNYC, and WFC Arts & Events, featuring premier artists from Broadway, Opera, Jazz, and Rock & Roll. Guest stars Rita Moreno, Judy Kaye, Tovah Feldshuh, Rob Fisher, Marin Mazzie, Christine Ebersole, Bill Charlap, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andrea McArdle, and Ann Hampton Callaway appeared in Ivy’s acclaimed events, “Women On Broadway,” “Women in Cabaret,” “The Tony Awards-50 Years of Broadway’s Best Musicals,” “A Centennial Salute to George & Ira Gershwin,” “Happy Birthday New York!” “Songs from Shubert Stages,” “Spring Fling,” and “Great Songwriters of Hollywood.”
Ivy Austin’s success as featured vocalist and voice-over artist on “A Prairie Home Companion” lead to creating and producing radio specials for National Public Radio, “Christmas at Rainbow Corner,” (Co-Producer) and “Her Funny Valentine,” (Producer).
Current theatrical projects are “Sweetie” (Associate Producer) directed by Patricia Birch, and “Miss Valentine--Theatre for the Heart” (Producer). Ivy is affiliated with SunnySpot Celebrations (www.sunnyspotentertainment.com) (Associate Producer) "Bringing Broadway to Your Guests!”
Singer, writer, lyricist, educator, and mother, Ivy is a graduate of Performing Arts and Colgate University. Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and League of Professional Theatre Women. For more information, please visit www.ivyaustin.com
Nancy Rosin, Consultant
Nancy Rosin has been a passionate collector of Valentines and Expressions of Love for nearly forty years. Her collection of more than 10,000 items encompasses the full range of this theme – from birth, friendship, love and marriage, to mourning – and has become a formidable research archive. Nancy is President of the National Valentine Collectors’ Association (www.valentinecollectors.com) and President of the Ephemera Society of America (www.ephemerasociety.org). She has written extensively, created her own collectors’ video, and appeared on numerous television programs – enthusiastically sharing the beauty and history of these wondrous objects. Five books, recently created for the scrapbook industry, bring her ephemera into contemporary society, where reproduction and digital formats are able to reach a new audience. She has shown her Valentines on Martha Stewart Living, The Incurable Collector, articles at Victoriana.com, a video on history.com and through Ebay live Valentine chats for eight years, in addition to contributing articles to various ephemera magazines.