PLAYWRIGHTS

2021

Amanda DeLalla is a NY based writer and actress. She holds a B.S. in Comm. Arts from St. John’s University and currently works at 321 Theatrical Management. Onstage roles include Mother (The Oldest Boy), Gilmer (Godspell), Margot Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Ms. Darbus (Disney’s High School Musical), and Officer Brophy (Arsenic and Old Lace). As a writer, she is the lyricist and librettist for three musicals as well as three full-length dramas and a solo show. Her work has been presented in a variety of venues, including Lincoln Center, The Tank, Dixon Place, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. As a rule, Amanda uses her experiences with living on the autism spectrum to craft stories about emotion and resilience.

Kseniya Ignatova-Yates is a poet and playwright living and working in New York City. She has been an active member of the WPC since its inception in 2018. Her work with the collective includes one-act plays Yaffa (2018) and Orbit (2019), as well as her first video piece, Perpetuum Mobile (2020).

Ariel Marcus-Hollenbeck is a Staten Island native with a flair for whimsy, and the zest for the spoken word. She is honored to be surrounded by creative artists within the WPC. As a director, actor, playwright, and Artistic Director of Educational Theatre Company IlluminArt Productions, Ariel is always ready to collaborate with others. When she is not typing on her keyboard or performing on stage, she can be found tossing her flag with the Monsignor Farrell Marching Band as one of their instructors.

Helene Montagna has been a member of the Women’s Playwright Collective since 2019. She also serves as the Playwright in Residence at Sea View Playwright's Theatre in Staten Island. Her work has been produced in various venues throughout New York City. Helene has been a recipient of grants from Staten Island Arts for her plays "Don't Hang Up" and an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart". In 2014, Helene was a Romulus Linney Playwriting Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She has studied playwriting at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company (Master Class) in New York City, and with playwright/poet Dan O'Brien (New York City and Sewanee).

Miranda Mortensen is a Music Education Major studying at Wagner College. This is her second year in the Women's Playwright Collective and loves to write in her free time as well as performing in the Staten Island Theatre Community. Miranda also spends her days educating students on music and theatre.

Ariana Nicoletta is an artist and educator from Staten Island, New York.  

An avid playwright, she has had her works produced and published. Her original short play, “The Time Traveler’s Daughter,” was produced by the Sundog Theatre Company. Her one woman show “Joiamia” was published by Penguin Random House as a part of their Creative Writing anthology. She is also a member and co-founder of Women Playwright’s Collective, with which she produced, directed, and wrote her play “Over a Cup of Coffee” in June 2018, as well as her one-woman show “The Female Conundrum” in September 2019 and wrote/directed“Little Light in a Nimbus” August 2020. 

Besides the arts, Ariana holds a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Education in Adolescent Education. She teaches English and AP Literature and Composition to high school seniors and holds an Education Residency with the Roundabout Theatre Company, with which she assistant teaches the Roundabout Youth Ensemble (RYE) of Manhattan.

Esmé Maria Ng (they/she) is an early career, Staten Island-raised Playwright, Actor, Dramaturg, and Art Model. Their work typically centers around Asian American, Queer, and Feminine identities, and seeks to examine how theater’s historical hierarchies of power can be erased and re-written. Esmé is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Theater and American Studies, concentrating in Race and Ethnicity at Wesleyan University.

Carissa Pignatelli by day is a nurse but by night her imagination takes over and she goes back to being an actress and poet. Always the avid people watcher, Pignatelli’s characters will always be people she has observed closely. Everyone has some story to tell, and Pignatelli likes bringing those experiences to life so even if you were not present you'll feel like you are.

Amy Puleo has worked in the Staten Island arts scene for almost a decade. She began her theatrical career at CSI. While earning her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, she participated in several productions as a stage manager and actor. Post graduation, she was hired on as a stage hand and production manager for The Center for the Arts at The College of Staten Island. For the three years, she has been a company member with The Staten Island Shakespearean Theater Company. As one of the founding members, writing with the Women's Playwright Collective has been one of her most rewarding artistic experiences.

Kerry Robinson is a Staten Island born actor that began writing with the collective back in 2018 when it was founded. After graduating from CSI with a BS in Dramatic Arts, she has spent a lot of time performing on the island, primarily with the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company. Her works with the collective have been deeply based on her own inner struggles with anxiety and how she tries to relate to others around her. Though she was unable to participate last year, she is very excited to be back this year to work with the many talented women in the collective, both returning and new.