Anna & Kitty, Inc. is a 501(c)3 registered not-for-profit organization devoted to female leadership and education through arts. Our mission is to present the diverse, intellectually engaging and language-rich work by female-identifying artists.
We seek to develop and produce and educate through artistic work that attempts to make the world better through cultural interrogation. Through curricular workshops, hands-on coursework, and institutional collaborations, we create spaces for initiative and exploration. Anna & Kitty, Inc. has co-produced and taught with Fault Line Theater, the Tank, COJECO, 14STY and LABA Second Stage.
By continuing to shine a light on under-represented artists and making space for young artistic voices, we can provide crucial support and raise the standards of American arts and culture as a benchmark of personal and global development.
Our name comes from the dual heroines of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Anna & Kitty, as well as the fictional character "Kitty" to whom Anne Frank addressed many of her diary entries. Drawing on the power of writing and self-expression, we aim to re-center and uplift women's voices and imaginations in cultural and artistic narratives.
Erin Capistrano graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English and Theater Studies, and has trained in acting, movement and voice at LAMDA, RADA and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She received her M.A. in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London, where she wrote her dissertation on gender and the law in the plays of Shakespeare and Webster. She also interned with Headlong Theatre in London.
She is currently the Head of Theater Studies for the Waterwell Drama Program at the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC, teaching classes in theatre history and dramatic literature. She is the co-founder of Old Hat Theatre, a classical theatre company based in Brooklyn.
Selected acting credits include Sing, Goddess! (HERE Arts Center), Dumpster Fire (SheNYC) Alkestis, Trial by Fire (Columbia Stages), Julius Caesar (Gallery Players), Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Chekhov Project, Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Old Hat), The Poisons (NY Fringe), Doctor Faustus (King’s Players) and other work with Fault Line Theatre, The Amoralists, Queen's Shakespeare, Taksu Theatre and Terra Incognita. Her dramaturgical work includes The Russian & the Jew (with Anna & Kitty, at the Tank), Closing Night (HERE Arts Center), The Time of Your Life (Hunter College) and short films (during lockdown) for Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater.
Her writing credits include Sing, Goddess! (HERE Arts Center) and Dr. Zoom, or Love Like You’ve Never Been Muted (Fault Line).
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 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). New York 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 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) and her play Scheiss Book premiered at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row where it won Best Show as well as the Backstage Magazine Audience Choice Award. She has been published by the LABA Journal as well as Lilith Magazine and writes sketch with her partner Allison Minick with Main Wench. She is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency and Cyd LeVin Associates.