David Staller - Artistic Director and Founder
David Staller created GTG in 2006 in order to present work championing human rights with Bernard Shaw as its inspiration. He was born in Glencoe, Illinois and grew up spending time with his mother there and with his father in London.
He studied acting and directing with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen in New York, Lee Strasberg in Los Angeles, and at RADA in London. As a teenager, he was in the apprentice Joffrey Ballet Company in New York. He then joined the Rostropovich master 'cello class at USC. While studying at USC, he took script writing courses and almost immediately became 'script doctor' for several film and television production companies. Coming back to New York, he returned to acting, appearing in three Broadway plays, almost 50 off-Broadway plays, and many regional theatre productions. He was given a Drama League 'distinguished performer' citation for his performance in GASLIGHT at the Irish Repertory Theatre Company in New York. He has appeared in many television shows and commercials, particularly voice-overs. He has also had a successful career as a cabaret and concert headliner. He performed his one-man show, NOEL&COLE, at Carnegie Hall in 1993. During all of this, he continued writing and became a scriptwriter for Turner Entertainment. David is also a long-time member of The Actors Company Theatre in New York.
He has produced and directed many plays, concerts and special productions in New York and around the world, including (for the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences) the French National event at the Deauville Film Festival honoring the 50th anniversary of the D-Day Allied Invasion.
In the spring of 2011, he directed Shaw's CANDIDA at the Two River Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ. David directed his adaptation of Shaw's MAN AND SUPERMAN as a co-production with The Irish Repertory Theatre in their space. GTG's Shaw New York 2013 found GTG partnering with The Pearl Theatre Company to present his adaptation of Shaw's remarkable comedy, YOU NEVER CAN TELL, which he also directed. This year, he will also be directing this Shaw's provocative comedy, MAJOR BARBARA, as part of Shaw New York 2014, which will bring The Pearl Theatre Company and GTG together again as partners.
Mr. Staller casts and directs all Project Shaw readings. He adapts each script, using all available versions of Shaw's scripts, notes, letters and production sketches to create the most comprehensive script for each presentation.
Through GTG, David has also helmed several educational programs, most notably at Baruch College and with inner-city teens at Lighthouse International. Currently, he is partnering with Prof. Andrew Flescher at SUNY Stony Brook teaching ‘Drama in English: George Bernard Shaw, Provocateur.’
He is a frequent guest lecturer at schools, clubs and organizations, and has become the go-to speaker for all things Shaw. Since 2010, he has been chosen to give the annual keynote address at the International Shaw Society symposium at Canada’s Shaw Festival, and gave the keynote address for the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 45th annual convention in April 2014.
Mr. Staller, who lives in Manhattan, designs all posters and postcards for GTG. All scripts created for GTG's Project Shaw are registered. To lease these scripts for performance please contact GTG. E-mail David
"Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire,
you will what you imagine
and at last you create what you will."
Cori Gardner - General Manager
Cori was a managing partner in RIOT Entertainment, which was a lead producer on the smash Off-Broadway hit Bat Boy: The Musical, which won both the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other RIOT productions have included Rooms in the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Frank Wildhorn and Friends in Concert and a workshop of Dark of the Moon. E-mail Cori
"If you cannot hide the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."
Sophie Kurtze - Development Associate
Sophie Kurtze works closely with both Gingold Theatrical Group’s Founding Artistic Director and General Manager in composing and implementing a revised and renewed approach to the company’s development. She focuses primarily on prospect research, grant applications, and donor tracking.
In addition to her position at GTG, Sophie is a Grants Assistant with Brooklyn Arts Council. She assists the Grants Manager and Associate with the implementation of seminars for prospective applicants, participates in one-on-one draft review, and processes applications for three separate funding sources.
Sophie is also a Technical Collaborator with the New York Neo-Futurists, and has worked intermittently with Ensemble Studio Theatre in multiple capacities ranging from Producing, to Sound Design, to Stage Management. Occasionally she will House Manage productions for The Juilliard School Drama Division, after completing their year-long Professional Internship program in May of 2014.
Sophie is originally from Baltimore, and holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied Theatre Production and Human Rights. Prior to graduation, Sophie worked as a Student Development Officer for The Fund for Sarah Lawrence.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Richard Weinberg, Chairman
Ethan E. Litwin, Vice Chairman
Pamela Singleton, Finance Committee Chair
Richard Terrano, Treasurer
Morgan J. Feder, Secretary
Andrew M. Flescher
GTG ADVISORY BOARD
Tom Cannon Jr.
Marylee Martin Terrano
M. Graham Coleman
Sally Ann Howes
George S. Irving
Mary Beth Peil
Jon Patrick Walker
Diane S. Weinberg
Sophie Kurtze, Development Associate
Rachelle Butler, Development Consultant
Barbara Perlov, Grant Writer
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
M. Graham Coleman
Law Offices of Gayle Boesky
Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
Stage Management Team
Nathan K. Claus
Dina Paola Rodriguez
Aaron Heflich Shapiro
Volunteer Office Staff
Mary Ann Gray
David Staller has his hand on Shaw's shoulder.
This statue is in Niagara-On-The-Lake, site of the Shaw Festival in Canada.
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