Staff

Mark Armstrong
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Mark Armstrong (he/him) is the Artistic Director of The 24 Hour Plays. Highlights from his tenure include annual productions of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, the Broadway and Los Angeles debuts of The 24 Hour Musicals, many partner events in the US and abroad, the growth of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, which have produced over 500 new theater pieces that have engaged millions of viewers around the world since March 2020. As a director, his collaborators include Emily Mann, Christopher Shinn, Dan O’Brien and many more. Instructor, The New School for Drama.
Madelyn Paquette
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Madelyn Paquette (she/her/hers) is a creative producer and a proud alum of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals. She is the Managing Producer at Moxie Arts NY, and the co-host of Talk This: It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone.
Ryan Duncan Ayala
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Ryan Duncan-Ayala is a Latine Producer and theatre maker based in Brooklyn and from Laredo, TX. He aims to foster new work development and create spaces and access for minoritized communities. They were the recipient of the 2019 Kennedy Center/LORT ASPIRE Arts Leadership Award and has previously worked with Colt Coeur, National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), The O’Neill, Syracuse Stage. Ryan is also the Founder/Lead Producer of El Centro Productions and has most recently worked on ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ at New York Theatre Workshop (CM) and the ‘RENT 25th Annual Farewell Tour’ (ACM/CSM). Off Broadway: ¡Americano! The Musical @ryanduncanayala

Serena Berman
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Monika Orzelowski is the Marketing and Development Assistant at The 24 Hour Plays. She is in her senior year at Hunter College, double majoring in Theater and Philosophy. She is a creative artist and theatre maker, interested in recognizing art in the everyday and exploring how the world embraces aesthetic responses. Monika hopes to create theatre that makes people think

Jake Beckhard
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Jake Beckhard is a creative producer, freelance director and dramaturg, and proud alum of The 24 Hour Plays Nationals. He is the Operations Co-Chair of the Fled Collective and the former Director of Performance at Chinatown Soup. He loves to help people find their people.

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Miranda Jean Larson (She/Her) lives in Philadelphia and works in Philly and NYC. She began her work as an actress, writer, and producer before coming to the 24 Hour Plays as an editor back in May of 2021. She was made Lead Editor in November 2021. As a teenager she taught herself how to edit for fun and never thought she would someday make it as part of her career. Miranda is a graduate of Pace University’s BA Acting program with a Minor in Film where she studied screenwriting, producing, and production. As a filmmaker, she produced a short film called “Innocence” which won multiple awards including Best Short Film at the IFFNY Film Festival in New York City, and won three awards at the Top Shorts Online Film Festival including Best Indie Film (March 2018). She is credited as writer, producer, co-director, and lead actress for the film. She is currently working on her first feature film script “Writing Theo”, which was recently accepted as a Semi-Finalist in ScreenCraft’s Screenwriting Fellowship. Miranda also edits for her home performing arts school Diamond Talent Productions putting together moving stage backgrounds for performances and recordings of their live shows.

Board of Directors

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Shari Soofian, President (she/her/hers) loves bringing people together. She is thrilled to be working with this incredible group of people to bring creative communities together and deliver time-limited theater to people across the world wherever they may be. In addition to being President of 24HP, Shari is the Director of Sales Strategy and Operations at LinkedIn, driven by their mission to help to connect professionals.
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J. Holtham (he/him/his) has been involved with television productions of PITCH (Fox), MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER (Freeform), MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES (Netflix), SUPERGIRL (CW), THE HANDMAIDS TALE (HULU). He has also been a part of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bespoke Plays, Ojai Playwrights Conference (Resident Dramaturg). He has also appeared in American Theatre, Thrillist, Slate, Parabasis. He is a proud product of public education.
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Julie L. Mercer, Secretary (she/hers/her) works as Corporate Counsel for a large commercial real estate company, mom of a toddler, avid reader and theatergoer, and excited to be on The 24 Hour Plays Board as we look to ensure the organization continues to grow and thrive.
armstrong
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Mark Armstrong (he/him) is the Artistic Director of The 24 Hour Plays. Highlights from his tenure include annual productions of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, the Broadway and Los Angeles debuts of The 24 Hour Musicals, many partner events in the US and abroad, the growth of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, which have produced over 500 new theater pieces that have engaged millions of viewers around the world since March 2020. As a director, his collaborators include Emily Mann, Christopher Shinn, Dan O’Brien and many more. Instructor, The New School for Drama.
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Lindsay Bowen is the VP of podcasts and entertainment content partnerships and head of podcast business affairs at Stitcher/Pandora/Sirius XM and the co-founder of The 24 Hour Company.
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Tina Fallon (she/her/hers) is the founding producer of The 24 Hour Plays. From 2016-2020 she served as Executive Director for Creative Affairs for the Dramatists Guild of America. She lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a real estate agent and arts advocate.
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Jerome Joseph Gentes (he/him/his) is a playwright, producer and executive director of TigerBear Productions, Jerome is a two-spirit Standing Rock Lakota and Fort Belknap A’aninin (Gros Ventre). He makes, builds, and presents stories through art, connectivity, and community. In 2014, he co-founded the Musical Cafe Showcase Series, a Berkeley, CA-based performance series. He co-produced Sheherezade’s Last Tales(2015 TBA Award for Outstanding Anthology) and PCSF PlayOffs (2016 TBA Finalist for Outstanding Anthology), and was a founding member of the Same Boat Theatre Collective. He works in software design and is on the boards of PlayGround SF and The 24 Hour Plays. Find out more about him and his company at tigerbearproductions.com.
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Emmanuel Wilson is a playwright, producer, and lifelong resident of New York City. Emmanuel serves as the current Managing Director of The Dramatists Guild after serving as Director of Membership. At age 18, Emmanuel founded the Blue Rose Stage Company and served as Artistic Director for 6 years. During his time at TADA! Youth Theater, he assisted in organizational and season planning, and produced a playwriting contest and reading series for teens. In 2003, he was selected as a New Generations Future Leader by Theater Communications Group.
Sara Lamm
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Sara Lamm (she/her/hers) once participated in a 10-night-straight run of The 24 Hour plays at legendary performance space PS122 and lived to tell the tale… she is currently a documentary filmmaker and mindfulness facilitator whose work focuses on community, creativity, and social change. Her films have been seen on PBS and in theaters, universities, and maternal health organizations worldwide. She also serves on the Earthjustice Council and on the board of The Church of Stop Shopping.
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Michael Schloss lives in Muttontown, New York, a wonderful village on Long Island that despite its strangely bucolic name is only 25 miles from NYC.  He has raised his two young adult sons there with his wife, Julie. He is actively involved in local government currently serving as a member of the village board of trustees.His involvement with the 24 Hour Plays has been constant over the past 15+ years helping produce programs and other materials under the same deadline and spirit of the plays. Ensuring that the printed pieces always look their best and arrive at the theater just in time always presents an event day challenge for his team.He studied Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California and still finds himself often in Los Angeles where his company LDI Connect has a west coast office and he is involved in numerous charitable organizations affiliated with USC.Michael has worked in the digital imaging and office technology industry for over 30 years and is an expert in the field of on demand print technologies and the constantly evolving marketing communication industry.
He enjoys his active participation in numerous organizations advancing the performing arts and education. Michael is an avid skier, die hard New York Mets fan, and enjoys traveling as much as his schedule permits.

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Lindsey Cashman (she/her/hers) started her career in news, soaps and episodic TV. Spent several years working in creative affairs for Martin Scorsese, followed by freelance script development and some producing. A stop at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as liaison to the film community and finally opened her own literary management company, Creative Management, devoted to New York based writers. A longtime supporter of The 24 Hour Plays, now proud to be on the board.
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Beth Wishnie is a theatre producer. On Broadway she co-produced Once On This Island (Tony Award), and Lifespan of A Fact with Daniel Radcliffe. Off-Broadway, she co-produced the award-winning Accidentally Brave. She was the producing director of Ovation award winning
The Hidden Theater Company in Los Angeles. During the Pandemic, Beth produced Together Apart, a virtual piece consisting of 10 original mini-musicals all written, composed and directed by Brown University Alumni to raise money for The Actors Fund. Before embarking on a
theatre career, she worked in Original Programming at HBO.

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Rotating Viral Monologues Project Managers: Patrick Surillo and Serena Berman.

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Rotating Video Editors Aubrey Ashlyn Rye, Kristina Teschner, and Matthew Kozak.
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Viral Monologues Social Media Team: Mackenna Goodrich, Monika Orzelowski, Jane Lindstrom, Katherine Benitez, Ana Webb

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Music supervisor: Mark T Evans.

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Benefit Manager: Laura Vogel

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Education and Outreach Ambassador: Anna Strout

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