showcasing early career theater artists

Renee Blinkwolt

Co-Producing Director

Renee makes things happen; preferably theatre and preferably smoothy. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Producing & Theatre Management from Columbia University and working as an Associate Producer with The Civilians.  She has worked as both a stage manager and director and combines both skill sets in her current role as producer. As Producing Manager of the Ensemble Studio Theatre she helmed OCTOBERFEST, PROJECT 35, RIDDLELIKELOVE (WITH A SIDE OF KETCHUP) by Julie Fitzpatrick and Douglas Anderson, SERENDIB By David Zellnik, and the 2007 MARATHON OF ONE-ACT PLAYS. Other Producing Credits include THE HOME FOR LOST BOYS, GET BENT! - A GENDER-BENDER CABARET, and HAPPY XXXMAS - HAPPY F-ING HOLIDAYS all for the Ostara Group and THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY (Assoc. Producer) for Red Bull Theatre Company. Off-Bway/Regional Management credits include: RELATIVITY (PSM) for Ensemble Studio Theatre, GOLD RUSH! & PLAY TO WIN (PSM) for Theatreworks/USA, BLACK AND WHITE BLUES & WHO IS FLOYD STEARN (PSM) for Martian Entertainment, THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY (PSM) for Red Bull Theatre Company, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (PSM) for the Hampton's Shakespeare Festival and 42ND STREET & MY FAIR LADY for PCPA Theatrefest. Directing credits include: AS YOU LIKE IT (AD) for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, KENNETH - WHAT IS THE FREQUENCY? (AD) for 78th Street Theatre Lab, THE LARAMIE PROJECT (AD) for Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and 4.48 PSYCHOSIS at Carnegie-Mellon University. In addition, she serves on the board of Carnegie-Mellon's New York Drama Alumni Clan .

Evan O'Brient

Co-Producing Director

Evan has been designing lighting and scenery for productions in New York and regionally since graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a BFA in design.  Currently, Evan is an Assistant Lighting Designer at Glimmerglass Opera as well as an Associate Designer at Arc3 Design.  In the spring, Evan will go on a world tour with Alvin Ailey American Dance Company as their Assistant Lighting Director.  Recent productions include: Rough Crossing, Sucker Fish Messiah, The Barber of Seville, The Revenger's Tragedy, Busted Jesus Comix, The Home for Lost Boys, and Watbanaland.  He was along on Ostara's maiden voyage in 2005 as both the lighting designer and co-producer with Renee Blinkwolt.  Evan worked for New York City Opera as an assistant lighting director for two years.

Carlos Armesto

Co-Producing Director

Carlos Armesto is Associate Artistic Director at Ensemble Studio Theatre. His most recent directing credits include SERENDIB by David Zellnik, THE BUS TO BUENOS AIRES by Curtis Moore and Thomas Mizer both at EST and ONNA FIELD with Diverse City Theatre at Theatre Row.  Current projects include ARIEL SHARON STANDS AT THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND DREAMS OF THEODOR HERZL by David Zellnik. Other credits include TRIANGLE by Curtis Moore, Thomas Mizer and Joshua Scher, THE GIMMICK by Dael Orlandersmith and STUPID KIDS by John C. Russell all at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Romulus Linney's THE UNWRITTEN SONG at the EST 2005 Marathon One-Act Festival; ANIMAL FARM and SPUNK at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama; and A LITTLE CLASS and BIG MISTAKE at Long Wharf Theatre. Mr. Armesto also served as Artistic Associate at the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. He holds an M.F.A. in directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and B.S. degrees in theater arts and chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of the Bill Foeller Fellowship for Directors, the Stephen Bochco Drama Scholarship, and the 2005 Princess Grace Award.

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