Mara Lieberman (writer, director, producer) has served as Executive Artistic Director of award-winning Bated Breath Theatre Company since 2012. For Bated Breath she has directed and served as lead writer for all of Bated Breath’s shows since she took the helm including The Un-making of Toulouse-Lautrec, and award-winning Freedom: In 3 Acts (New England Museum Association’s Annual Conference in 2017, International Festival of Arts and Ideas). Mara wrote and directed Bated Breath’s interactive art auction play, Beneath the Gavel, which ran Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters and has had recurring performances at Broadway’s supper club, Feinstein’s/54 Below. Her new short play (co-written with Jamie Roach) The Pride of Christopher Street, premiered in December 2018 at The Up Close Festival at the New Ohio Theatre. She has also adapted and directed plays at New York Fringe Festival and HERE’s American Living Room Festival. Mara holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.
Bated Breath’s Managing Director, Lisa Timmel, is an experienced independent dramaturg who specializes in new play development and production. Previously, she was the director of new work at The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston where she collaborated with an impressive slate of emerging and established playwrights. Ms. Timmel has also served as director of new play development at Playwrights Horizons, interim dramaturg and advisor to the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, and artistic producer at Carole Shorenstein Hayes Productions. Trained in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at Columbia University (MFA), Ms. Timmel has also worked with developmental organizations including Sundance Theater Institute, Stacey Mindich Productions, New Dramatists and many more. She also served as an adjunct professor of dramatic literature at NYU and Columbia University School of the Arts. Ms. Timmel currently teaches at Queens College and is an officer on the board of the Women’s Project and Productions.