The Bent Quill Players is a New York City based theatre company. We focus on producing classical plays and new works that examine the past and its relevance to our own time. Our first production, Susana Centlivre’s The Busybody, had a great run in August 2010 in Fort Tryon Park. Currently, we are working on a series of web videos that put classical theatre pieces and characters into a modern landscape.
Meaghan Cross, Founder & Artistic Director
Meaghan is an actor, singer, sometimes dancer, comedian and now producer. Performing since the age of five, Meaghan always knew that she wanted to be involved in theater. She attended Sarah Lawrence College, studying theater, vocal music, and literature and graduated in 2008. Meaghan is a member of The Nitestar Program, where she is an actor/educator/activist, using theatre to educate NYC school children on health-based topics. She also teaches children theatre skills at Theatre Arts Workshop in Westchester.
Irena (Raney) Cumbow, Founder & Literary Manager
Raney is a director and stage manager currently residing in Washington Heights. She hails from Seattle, Washington where she grew up attending local theater, opera, and Shakespeare in the park. She attended Sarah Lawrence College where she studied theater directing, European history, and literature. As a stage manager she has had the opportunity to work with Wooden O (Seattle), National Asian American Theater Company (New York), and Theater Mitu (New York). Irena directed The Bent Quill Players’ first production, The Busybody, which premiered in August.
Chelsea Rodriguez, Publicity and Marketing Coordinator
Chelsea graduated in 2008 Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University where she danced with Wallie Wolfgruber, Alan Danielson, and Lynda Davis. She is currently working with Rakia! Dance, Sawtooth Dancers, and The Movement Farm. Most recently she had the pleasure to work with Elizabeth Streb on a new piece titled “Human Fountain” which premiered in December 2010. She will be choreographing for a production of Dr. Faustus directed by Andrew Valenitine, set to premiere in February 2012. Chelsea is honored to be involved with The Bent Quill Players.
Nevan Scott, Managing Director
Nevan has a strong appetite for performance which is not always well-fed. At Sarah Lawrence College, he studied acting, directing, dance, and puppetry. These days he mostly takes on web projects and hopes to someday be the first actor-typographer. He is thrilled to be involved with The Bent Quill Players.
The Bent Quill Players produce theater that utilizes the resources of artists to create work that is accessible and affordable. The company was formed to develop artistic expression and talent by bringing to life classical and historical works. Above all, The Bent Quill Players hope to provide entertainment for audience and artist alike in order to foster common interest and connection through theater.