Fordham/Primary Stages Faculty
Director, Fordham Theatre
Matthew is the Director of the Theatre Program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and the co-artistic director of Creation Production Company, which he founded with Susan Mosakowski.
His plays include The Seven Deadly Elements, based on the collage novel by Max Ernst, Eye Figure Fiction, Untitled (The Dark Ages Flat Out), The American Mysteries, The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo, Visions of Don Juan, The Tower, a science fiction opera, Chaos, with Michael Gordon, The Window Man, a musical with Bruce Barthol and Greg Pliska, Phaedra, Throwin’ Bones, which began as a collaboration with architects Diller + Scofidio titled Skin at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Luscious Music, which he performed as a solo at the Architecture Museum of Basel, and Abandon, with a score by Andrew Ingkavet.
His work also includes the creation with Philip Glass and Molissa Fenley of A Descent into the Maelström for Australia’s Adelaide Festival. His directing projects include Molière and Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire for the Long Beach Opera, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Downtown Uptown Festival, and several plays by Jeffrey M. Jones.
He is an active alumnus of New Dramatists. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the McKnight and Hammerstein Foundations, commissions from the NEA, NYSCA, and Meet the Composer, and a 2008 award from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
He earned his MFA from the Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009 NoPassport Press published Matthew Maguire: Three Plays. His awards include an OBIE Award for Performance and an OBIE Award for Direction.
Managing Director, Primary Stages
Since 2004, Elliot has served as the Managing Director of Primary Stages, a 27 year old Off-Broadway theatre which inspires, supports, and shares the art of playwriting. He has produced more than 30 premieres with Primary Stages by a terrific range of writers including an international tour of In the Continuum by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter and Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote. As General Manager of the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, he initiated its recent renovation and produced productions of Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Joseph Chaiken, and Irene O'Gardens, Women on Fire, among many other productions.
As General Manger and Associate Director of Signature Theater Company in New York for its first nine years, he established Signature's first home on West 42nd street and worked with Romulus Linney, Lee Blessing, Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Sheppard, Arthur Miller, John Guare, and Maria Irene Fornes to present their seaons of plays. Fox also served as General Manager of an internet consulting firm and the Chief Operating Officer of a software development company for several years.
He is a graduate of Brandeis University, has served on the boards of Primary Stages, Signature Theatre Company, the Foundry Theatre, and The Off-Broadway League. He served as a mentor for the Kennedy Center's Arts in Crisis program, and on panels for New York State Council on the Arts, and the Alliance of Resident Theatre/NY.
Literary Manager, Primary Stages
Tessa is the Literary Manager of Primary Stages and the Director of the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). She created The Primetime Reading Series, shepherding early readings of Michael Hollinger's, Opus, Lee Blessing's, A Body of Water, and Tina Howe's, Chasing Manet all of which were later produced at Primary Stages. Her dramaturgical work is most expressly been seen in Cusi Cram's, A Lifetime Burning, Tina Howe's, Chasing Manet, Willy Holtzman's, Something You Did, Horton Foote's, Dividing the Estate (on and off-broadway), Michael Hollinger's Opus, and A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood. She has worked on and off broadway and regionally as a freelance dramaturg with such artists as Terrence McNally, Michael Blakemore, Brooke Berman, Maria Mileaf, and Christopher Durang.
As the Director of ESPA, she creates and monitors the curriculum and collaborative opportunites for over 1,500 emerging artists. She holds a BA from Barnard College and studied Dramaturge and Script Development at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Recent Panelist for the Dramatists Guild's Women's Initiative and Co-Producer of the 5th Annual New York Minute Play Festival and the 2009 Town Hall discussion on Gender Disparity in Theatre.
Member: LMDA, League of Professional Theatre Women, Rising Phoenix Repertory, 24Seven Lab.
Daniel Alexander Jones
Playwright, Fordham Univeristy
Daniel makes live art. An award-winning performer, writer and director, American Theatre Magazine named him "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decades to come." His unconventional body of work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths, Phoenix Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and Lena) and devised work (Qualities of Light, Clayangels).
In collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Daniel, as his "altar-ego" Jomama Jones (called "a true theatrical original" by Backstage Magazine), has released the CDs Lone Star and Radiate; has performed in concert at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space; and sold out a theatrical run of the critically acclaimed show Radiate, directed by Kym Moore at Soho Rep.
Daniel holds a degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Theatre from Brown University. He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fordham University and previously taught in the MFA programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College.
Daniel is a Creative Capital grantee, a MAP Fund grantee, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a Core Member of the Playwrights' Center, a national company member of Pillsbury House Theatre and a newly appointed Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media at Columbia College, Chicago. Daniel received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006 in recognition of his body of work.
Playwright, Primary Stages
Cusi’s plays include: Dusty and the Big Bad World, Radiance, Lucy and the Conquest, Fuente, The End of it All,The Wild Inside, and A Lifetime Burning. Her work has been produced by: Primary Stages, The Denver Theater Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, LAByrinth Theater Company, Barrington Stage, Princeton University, New Georges and South Coast Repertory, amongst others. Cusi has received three Emmy award nominations for her extensive writing in children’s television. Her play, Dusty and the Big Bad World was optioned by Points West Films (Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm, producers). She most recently was a writer on Showtime’s series, “The Big C”, starring Laura Linney. She is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet and sits on the board of Leah’s FEWW (Fund for Emerging Women Writers) and The Lily’s. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard.