LiveArt in a Day: Meet the Directors

Meet the Directors!

April 4, 2015  6pm-11pm

LiveArtDC is excited to have these amazing directors for LiveArt in a Day on April 4th at the Anacostia Arts Center! Read below to learn more about them and then buy your tickets today!


Kathleen AckerleyKathleen Akerley

Kathleen Akerley is the Artistic Director of Longacre Lea where she has produced and directed Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Man With Bags, The Dumb Waiter, The Power of the Dog, her own adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Cat’s Cradle,’ and her own plays including Pol Pot & Associates, LLP, and Something Past in Front of the Light.  She has also directed and/or acted with Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, CapFringe, Catalyst Theatre, Cherry Red, Forum Theatre, Glamonstrosity, Olney Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, SourceFest, Theater Alliance, Washington Shakespeare Co. (now WSC AvantBard), and Washington Stage Guild.


 Nick DePintoNick DePinto

Nick DePinto is a Washington DC based Actor, Educator, Director, Musician & Visual Artist. He is currently performing in Shear Madness at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. You have seen him acting onstage around DC at Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington Stage Guild, Constellation Theatre, Lean & Hungry Theatre, Hub Theatre, You have seen him rocking onstage around DC at The Velvet Lounge, Iota Cafe, Tree House Lounge, Axum, Empire and others with his powerfolk band The Dusty Stars or his comedy-rock duo A Rustic Riot. He recently had his first DC art exhibition (Muse/Goddess: Feminine Archetypes in the Era of Aesthetic Ubiquity) at GallAerie. He loves collaborating, has high standards & loves chicken korma. When you see Nick feel free to talk to him about anything you want but the best topics to engage him on are usually somewhere amidst the intersections of comic books, Shakespeare, Rock ‘n’ roll, Politics, Sociology & Sex.


Alex FernandezAlexander Fernandez

Always happy to join this merry, eclectic band of artists, Alex is once again brought out of artistic semi-retirement to pitch in with LiveArtDC’s annual day of playmaking!  A veteran of the D.C. area theatre arts scene for over 25 years, Alex has worked extensively with local institutions including Gala Hispanic Theatre, The Kennedy Center, the In Series, and City Artistic Partnerships.  Although his “other work” keeps him fairly busy, Alex always likes to keep at least one hand in the theatre world.


 Matt RipaMatt Ripa

Matt Ripa is the Producing Artistic Director of DOORWAY ARTS ENSEMBLE and the Artistic Director of the DC Queer Theatre Festival. Matt most recently directed the world premiere of MORNING, MIRANDA by local playwright Stephen Spotswood. He directed and dramaturged GODIVA DATES & ONE NIGHT STANDS at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival written by local performer and poet Regie Cabico. Matt also produces and curates the Annual DC Queer Theatre Festival. At Forum Theatre, Matt directed WE TIRESIAS, which won the 2012 DC City Paper’s choice for Best New Play and TheatreMania’s audience award for Best Drama at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival. He has served as director and assistant director at companies throughout the Washington region, including Imagination Stage, Forum Theatre, Pinky Swear Productions, Rorschach Theatre Company, Doorway Arts Ensemble, Landless Theatre Company and Traveling Players. Matt was awarded a Creative Community Fund grant to write and direct a production in collaboration with choreographer Jane Franklin and composer Brad Linde. The result, A GREAT(ER) DEPRESSION, in which he also performed, was featured at the Source Festival in 2010.


Jason Shot 2Jason Schlafstein

Jason Schlafstein is the Co-Founder of Flying V, with whom he has directed The Pirate Laureate and the King of the SeaYou, or Whatever I Can Get (Co-Production with Disco Jesus Productions, Winner of 2014 Capital Fringe Festival Best Musical), UnpluggedThe Best of Craigslist, The Pirate Laureate of Port Town, Me and the Devil Blues, Become What You Are, and was Associate Director on Flying V Fights: Love is a Battlefield. He is a three time Best Director winner at Bethesda Play in a Day and is a former recipient of the Creative Communities Grant from Cultural DC. He is a proud Company Member of both Flying V and Crash of Rhinos, and a Board Member of Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District.He is thrilled to return to the Chartreuse and to be working again with his most frequent Theatrical Team Up Partner in Zachary Fernebok. Up next he will Co-Direct Flying V Fights: Heroes and Monsters with his World’s Finest partner Jon Rubin. Be Awesome.