The mission of Collective Hole Productions (CHP), founded in 2006, is to blur the traditional lines between the writing, rehearsal and performance phases of each project. The CHP approach is to bring the director’s eye and storytelling skills to the writing process and to involve the playwright in the challenge of bringing the page to the stage. 

To date, Collective Hole has conceived, developed and produced: Run the Maze, Burn the Maze (2006), Tucker in a Box (2007), Appetite for Destruction (2008) and Magnitude of the Slope (2010).

Collective Hole is committed to proving that if an emerging arts institution can make community participation a core value then that can be the standard for all arts organizations no matter the size. In the past, Collective Hole has contributed a portion of its ticket sales to the Robin Hood Foundation, provided free tickets for students from poorly performing New York City high schools and partnered with environmentally conscious companies to produce merchandise and to provide web hosting services.

CHP is also dedicated to involving a diverse group of people in making each season possible.  Current CHP-ers include a magazine editor, an event planner, a coordinator from the youth food movement, a program director for a cancer initiative and a photographer.

Meet CHP

Rebecca V. Nellis: Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Rebecca developed, directed and produced Collective Hole’s first four Off, Off Broadway plays (Magnitude of the Slope, Appetite for Destruction, Tucker in a Box and Run the Maze, Burn the Maze).  Also in New York, Rebecca has worked with Falling Plaster, Common Ground Stage and Film Company, The Flock Theatre Company, Nevermore, Inc. and The Theatre for the New City.  Rebecca worked in the casting departments of the Paper Mill Playhouse and the television show Lateline.  Additionally, she was a teaching artist at the City Lights Youth Theatre.  Before moving to New York, Rebecca studied theatre at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.  She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Experimental Theatre Wing.  Outside of the theatre, Rebecca is the Director of Programs for the CEW Foundation’s Cancer and Careers initiative.

Paul Sapp: Playwright
Paul has worked as a playwright, actor, stage manager and director for Collective Hole Productions, the Poison Cup Players, Axis Theater, the Children's Theater Association and the Tennessee Project. Among his favorite credits are Hamlet, Home To Center, Birthing Stations, I Never Saw Another Butterfly and The Continuing Adventures of Ashira 69: Alley Class' Gorgeous Guide to Etiquette and Subterfuge. Paul is a graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore, where he was the co-founder of the Poison Cup Players theater company and wrote and directed the original play That We Should Meet Again. Away from the stage, Paul is a copywriter and brand strategist for a New York marketing agency.

Julia A. Middleton: Resident Production/Stage Manager
Julia brings sass, sarcasm and charm to the role of Collective Hole’s Resident Production/Stage Manager/‘Hey Jules will you…’ girl.  When not designing light cues, taping cell phone ring tones, negotiating with Joey for a loaner coffin, or buying shades, she is lobbying for a lady chicken named Chuck in her urban dwelling.  Additionally, Ms. Middleton is working with Growing Power, hands-on helping kids learn where their food comes from.

Stacey C. Rivera: Production Support (aka Theatrical Spanx)
Stacey believes those too lazy to do should at least support. An NYU graduate, magazine editor and Sagittarius, Stacey looks forward to her 4th season of garbage bag buying, printing and catering. She hopes to one day be the CHP dramaturge from its Bermudian outpost.

Erin D. Coffey: Production Support (aka President, Talent Relations)
Erin is an event planner by trade and wholly inartistic by nature. A character actor with no character, her magically delicious personality has often been the high (and low) point of many a Collective Hole Productions casting.  This is her second bio.

Nina Morrison: Casting Consultant
Nina is a writer and director.  Her newest play Forest Maiden premiered in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival.  Nina was a 2008-2009 WORKSPACE Writer-in-Residence, a residency program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Nina wrote and directed Supernatural Break Room in 2006, a piece created in collaboration with the performers.  Nina was the co-writer of voiceover for Puzzlehead, a film directed by James Bai which world premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.  In 2004 Nina wrote and directed Muffin Is Evil at OfficeOps Performance Space.  Nina graduated from Mary Washington College in 1996 with a BA in Theater.

Brian Morvant: Actor, Writer, Production Support
As an actor, Brian has performed on stage in Mother Courage (Public Theater), the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Screen Play (Flea Theater / the BATS), Whiskey Beer & Apple Pie (Abingdon Stage) and Tucker in a Box and Appetite for Destruction with Collective Hole. He can also be seen in the feature films Bringing Up Bobby (Glowing Nose), The Penny (Filmweavers), the web series A World of Her PWN (Escapist Magazine), and Guiding Light (CBS). As a stunt performer, Brian has done 57 fights in over 30 productions, including Kings (NBC), Gnarls Barkley (MTV), and independent film. Brian is so happy to be part of the Collective Hole team.

Edward P. Clapp: Co-Founder, Resident Playwright 2006-2008

Edward wrote and co-produced three Off, Off Broadway plays (Appetite for Destruction, Run the Maze, Burn the Maze, Tucker in a Box).  As a spoken word artist, Edward has performed throughout the US and Europe at venues such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland), Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France), The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC) and as a featured author at the Guild Hall Summer Writer’s Series (East Hampton, NY).  His poems have appeared in literary journals including The Dudley Review, Quarterlife, Avocado, Confluence, Nerve (U.K.) and Kilometer Zero.  Edward’s fiction has been published in Word Jig—an Anthology of New Scottish Fiction (Hanging Loose Press, 2003) and Philly Fiction (Don Ron Press, 2006).  Edward received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, his Masters of Letters from the University of Glasgow and his Ed. M. in Arts Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Edward is currently a doctoral student and teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  His research interests include the social, cultural and neurological bases of creativity, as well as developing strategies to address the impending generational shift in leadership within the arts.

Additional Collaborators

Barnett Cohen, actor
Blythe Coons, actor

Garrett Feek, actor

Stefanie Frame, actor

Sara Gozalo, actor

Rebecca Gurian, photography, videography, set crew
Matt Huffman, actor

Kurt Rodeghiero, actor

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