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Production Manager

Mary Cate Mangum

Mary Cate Mangum (Production Manager) is an AEA Stage Manager and Director based in New York City. She also the resident Production Manager at 

Axial Theatre in Pleasantville, NY. 

Ms. Mangum was born and raised in Thomaston, Georgia and in 2011, she attended Shorter University with aspirations to study biology and nutrition. She would within the first two years of university take one theatre class, find a mentor, and fall in love: with theatre. 

From that point, she submerged into her studies and during her summers worked at Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC stage managing professional orchestras. She had the honor of meeting and working with Itzhak Perlman, Maestro Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops, and the Dvorak Bass Quintet. 

In 2015, she moved to New York City where she has since been stage managing and production managing for the past three years.

In the last few months, Ms. Mangum has recently began transitioning into directing. She recently had the pleasure of being Assistant Director for a reading of Alex Dinelaris’s play Still Life at New World Stages and plans to continue forwarding her directing career. 

Production Stage Manager

Jenna R Lazar

Jenna has been a stage manager and production manager in New York for over ten years, with extensive experience in theatre, film, and event work. 

Favorite projects include: The Mad Ones (59E59); The Drawer Boy (Soho Playhouse); Next to Normal - A Benefit Concert (QOD); I'm A Lot Like You (Salty Brine's Spectacular Living Record Collection); Summer Shorts (59E59 - eight seasons); Rose Garden's Valentine's Varieties (Triad Theatre); Halcyon Days (Oberon Theatre Ensemble); Pete(HER)Pan (NYTB); The Hummingbird's Tour (Theatere at St. Clements); Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theater Company); The Woolgatherer (dir. Chazz Palminteri); Order (dir. Austin Pendleton); Pimm's Mission (59E59); American Rapture (dir. Alexander Dinelaris); The Chekhov Dreams (Theatre Row); The Seafarer; The Mar Vista; Woman Before a Glass; Twelfth Night; and Hamlet. 

Jenna is also the Managing Director of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Proud Member AEA.

Assistant Stage Manager

Matthew Luppino

Thrilled to be working with Axial Theatre! Broadway: Bandstand, The Illusionists: Turn of the Century, The Illusionists: Live on Broadway. Off-Broadway/NYC: Just One Q/Ruby (The Public), Public Enemy, Stupid Fucking Bird (The Pearl Theatre Co.); Elizabeth Swados’s The Nomad (The Flea Theatre). Touring: The Lightning Thief (TheatreWorks/USA). Regional: Smart People (Kitchen Theatre Company); Cymbeline, The Tempest, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Taming (Shakespeare & Company); Veils, A Little More Alive, Engagements, Shining City, Butler (Barrington Stage Company); The Alchemist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Matthew is an alum of The College of New Jersey and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Many thanks to his friends and family for their continued support!

Lighting Designer

Shane Cassidy

Shane Cassidy (Lighting Designer) is very excited to be making his NYC debut with PMF.  Currently based out of Boston, Ma, Shane’s work has been seen in a multitude of theaters, arenas, corporate headquarters, and opera houses in the Northeast.  He most recently spent two years studying under Mark Stanley at Boston University in pursuit of his BFA in Lighting Design.  Following his sophomore year, Shane opted for a leave of absence to begin breaking into the industry on a larger scale.  Recent credits include: Spring Showcase (Kinetic Synergy Dance), Crimes of the Heart (Axial Theatre), Choreographer’s Concert (Dean College), Christmas Carol National Tour (Perseverance Productions), I & You (Jean’s Playhouse), The Hunger Artist (Furnace Fringe).  Shane would like to thank everyone involved with putting this show together for the engaging and creative experience it has been, as well as his friends and family in Boston for always supporting him.


AJ Wilhelm: DP

AJ Wilhelm is a New York City based freelance photographer and filmmaker whose work has been published by National Geographic, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, GQ, The FADER, Punk Magazine, Playboy España, NPR, Washington Post, SAVEUR, Wine Spectator, Tasting Table, and others. Born and raised in the midwest, AJ is a graduate of the University of Michigan. 

AJ is represented by National Geographic Creative.

Insta: #wilhelmaj

Nikita Carpenter: Camera One

Janice Min: Camera Two


Brian Lydell

Brian Lydell is a two time Emmy Award winning Music Director/Supervisor. He has spent more than 20 years in television. His credits include everything from daytime talk (The View) to Sports (Monday Night Football, NBA Finals), news (20/20, World News Now) and dramatic series (One Life to Live, As The World Turns and All My Children). Brian has expanded his talents to include sound in film such as “How We Got Away With It” and the short films “Visions of Joanna” and “Butterflies”. Brian’s current projects are “Tainted Dreams”, “Merce: The Series” and Professor of Audio/Music Technology at Bloomfield College. 

Makeup and Hair

Aria Ferraro

Aria Ferraro is an Italian born and raised artist who has been trained in the arts since a very young age. Her art studies have allowed her the opportunity to practice her skills in Rome, Milan, Los Angeles and New York.

In New York, Aria studied at the "Fame", art and performing arts school, Fiorello H. Laguardia and also obtained a bachelor degree in studio art with concentration in drawing and human anatomy at hunter college, continuing then her studies at the art students league of New York while assisting MOMA & other museums' resident artists. 

While in Los Angeles, Aria acquired a master in special effects make-up from the world's top make-up artistry school, cinema makeup school, where she had training in beauty make-up, airbrushing, body painting, prosthetic sculpting, molding, appliance and creation. Aria also trained at one of Hollywood's premiere special effects laboratories, mel, inc. And b2fx, working on projects for big studio clients such as universal and marvel while under the supervision of oscar and Emmy-winning industry professionals who still remain her dearest mentors throughout her career.

Aria's work can be found in features, shorts, commercials and music video. As well as designer look-books and fashion editorials.

As an artist, Aria is a cruelty-free & animal rights supporter 
Therefore the products in her kit reflect that.


Julie Michael

Julie is excited to be joining Cady McClain with Axial Theatre for Paint Made Flesh, after having worked with Cady on the short film "Butterflies". She has previously designed costumes for Hybrid Suite (Culturemart/HERE), Verano Place (NYFringe), and Bang on a Can (Road Trip/BAM). Upcoming shows include Vaudeville! (Circus Smirkus), STEAM (Circus Juventas), and Little Women & Shrek Jr. (Manhattan School of Music). More at

Technical Director

Frank Hartley

Frank Hartley is a freelance theater artist hailing from Rochester, NY. He is the Managing Director of the only Off-Broadway site-specific theater company Out of the Box Theatrics. Additionally, he moonlights as a stage director and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a tour guide. He enjoys nothing more than long walks along Riverside with Burt and Mary. Much love to the crew at The Cell and of PMF. Instagram: fhartley09

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