Sarah Hartmann is a New York based director, actor, and writer. Her work was most recently seen in CT at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford where her production of The Revolutionists won the CT Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble. Other recent work includes The Magic Flute with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Star-Crossed Lovers: A Romeo and Juliet Story with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. She is currently the Associate Director for the First National Tour of Anastasia, Managing Producer at Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts, and can be seen on the new Disney+ show Encore!. Previous directing credits include Star-Crossed Lovers: A Romeo and Juliet Story (DSO), Millennial Pink Falcon (NYU), The How and the Why (Shakerbridge Theater), her own radio play adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Sorry, Wrong Number (Barnard College), The Hitch-Hiker (UCSB) and staged readings at the New School, Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatist's Guild, and Barnard College. Associate directing credits include: Anastasia (Broadway), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2nd Nat'l Tour); Hamlet, Private Lives, Kiss Me, Kate (dir. Darko Tresnjak, Hartford Stage/The Old Globe), Matthew Lopez' World Premiere of Reverberation (Hartford Stage), The Marriage of Figaro (Charlottesville Opera), A Streetcar Named Desire (UCSB), The Merchant of Venice, Street Scene, Romeo and Juliet, All's Well That Ends Well, Macbeth, Arms and the Man (The Juilliard School). Acting credits include: Juliet (CSO, DSO), The Lyons (Shakerbridge Theatre); The Golden Cockerel (Casa Italiana), yellow electras (Ontological/Hysteric Theatre), and title roles in Mariana Pineda and Elektra (Oval House Theatre). She spent a year studying at the British American Drama Academy, holds an AB from Barnard. College, and an MA from Columbia University.
Described by the New York Times as "wonderfully real and raw," Liba Vaynberg is a first generation American writer and actor. Bilingual in English and Russian, she studied Molecular Biology & International Studies at Yale. She is the recipient of the inaugural commission at Rattlestick with CBE as well as the LABA 14STY Humor 2019-2020 Fellowship. Her play Round Table premiered at 59E59 (Times Square Chronicles 10 Best Plays of 2019) after workshops with Fault Line Theater’s IRONS IN THE FIRE. Other plays include Scheiss Book which premiered at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row where it won Best One-Woman Show as well as the Backstage Magazine Audience Choice Award. Scheiss Book was also produced by Dixon Place, Wild Project (with Wheelhouse Theater Project) and Stonewall Inn. The sequel Queen’s Quest was a 2018 SPACE on RYDER FARM finalist and presented by the 14STY as part of Tikkun. She is currently collaborating with Dina Vovsi on a new commission about the Brighton Beach Community through the Five Boroughs 1 City Initiative with Working Theater. Her play The Oxford Comma received an educational premiere at Xavier University. Her play with Emily Louise Perkins The Russian & The Jew was the recipient of a COJECO BluePrint Fellowship and was produced by the Tank. She has been published by the LABA Journal as well as Lilith Magazine and writes sketch with her partner Allison Minick with Main Wench. As a performer, she has recurred on New Amsterdam (NBC), Madam Secretary (CBS) and has appeared on Billy & Billie (DirecTV), The Deuce (HBO) and The Plot Against America (HBO). Performance highlights include Annie Blumberg in the PBS broadcast of The Soap Myth opposite Ed Asner, Black Milk at Classic Stage Company, Bekah Brunstetter’s Oregon Trail at the Women's Project, Novaya Zemlya at HERE, and Golem of Havana at La Mama. Regionally, she has worked at Yale, Williamstown Theater Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Penguin Rep and Miami New Drama. She is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency and Cyd LeVin Associates.
Anna & Kitty, Inc. is a 501(c)3 registered not-for-profit organization devoted to female leadership in and through the arts. Our mission is to present the diverse, intellectually engaging and language-rich work by female-identifying artists. We seek to develop and produce productions that attempt to make the world better through artistic interrogation. We are drawn to bold works that contain empathy and complexity, and, as a small company, we are committed to the curation of brave and progressive work, pinpoint what the artist needs to best manifest their ideas and work towards that goal. By continuing to shine a light on under-represented artists we can give these incredible artists crucial support and raise the artistic standard of American theater.
Sarah Hartmann & Liba Vaynberg are the co-artistic directors of Anna & Kitty, Inc. Frequent collaborations with Hybrids (Anna O'Donoghue, Helen Cespedes and Natasha Warner). Anna & Kitty, Inc. has co-produced with Fault Line Theater and the Tank and is currently developing new audio work with a digital start up. Hartmann is a director whose credits include the national tour of Anastasia as well as extensive regional work focusing on the development of new plays and musicals, and Vaynberg is a writer and performer whose credits include New Amsterdam and commissions for Rattlestick and the Working Theater.