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Chris Wells


CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.

As an actor, he has worked with directors Anne Bogart, Bill Rauch, Chay Yew, Tracy Young, Pam McKinnon and more. Regional credits include Baltimore Centerstage, Yale Rep, San Jose Rep, Alabama Shakes, Mark Taper. Originally from LA, Wells was a resident of New York for 10 plus years, where his work was seen at Joe’s Pub, HERE, Clubbed Thumb, Dixon Place, The Marquee, The NY Fringe Festival, Starlight Lounge. He co-founded the artists collective, Are We Not Grown Ups, which performed in unorthodox venues around New York City.

As frontman, Wells played the LA club scene with his band Chris Wells and The Highballs featuring The International Kittens and, with collaborator Fred Cassidy, he created Christy and The Nonos, celebrating the depths of pop music.

Original works for theatre include: Liberty! a play about a boy who wants to be The Statue of Liberty when he grows up; A Fairy Tale (with Dan Parker and Tracy Young), a queer archetype performance ritual; Nowhere to Run, a Buddhist pop-opera; and Olsen Terror, the two-man cult musical about a middle-aged man who believes he is turning into the Olsen Twins.

In October 2007, Wells founded The Secret City, an organization that worships art with live performance events. As curator, host and producer, Wells has presented an endless variety of artists, from Grammy Winner Rosanne Cash, Tony Winners Stew and Michael Cerveris to downtown fixtures Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Eisa Davis, Jennifer Miller, John Fleck and Jomama Jones, not to mention jugglers, ballerinas, marching bands, singer/songwriters, tap dancers, beatboxers, poets, fire eaters, classical musicians, hula dancers and many, many more in a setting that celebrates the sacred in art.

Wells’ theatrical work has been honored with two LA Weekly Awards for Best Actor, a shared Garland award for playwrighting, and many Ovation awards for participating in ensemble created work.

In 2007, Wells was honored with The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists for his work in support of playwrights and new play development.

And, in 2010, Wells received a special citation Obie Award for creating The Secret City, and for service to the artistic community of New York City.

Wells recently moved to Woodstock, NY, where he is madly at work on his first book, The Bermuda Triangle Inn – a Memoir in 29 Stories.




Robert Lucy

Robert Lucy

I have been painting and drawing professionally for over 25 years, and loving animals for my whole life. I have a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I lived for 15 years and made a reputation for myself painting still lifes, landscapes, portraits and colored pencil drawings. I grew up in St. Louis, and after leaving Chicago spent several years on the Oregon Coast. I now live in NYC and have a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


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Charlotte Booker

Charlotte Booker

Charlotte Booker is an actress/writer/teacher based in New York City, and has been a Secret City fan for years. She appeared on Broadway in both revivals of Garson Kanin’s BORN YESTERDAY, in 1989 with Madeline Kahn and Ed Asner, and in 2011 with Nina Arianda and Robert Sean Leonard. Other New York credits include TEN CHIMNEYS, DEATHBED, FIVE GENOCIDES, FUGUE, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, and the title role in BITCH!, which she also wrote. Over the last thirty+ years, her numerous regional roles have ranged from Ophelia in HAMLET to Ann Landers in the solo show LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, at theatres all over the place. She played Honey on the short-lived TV series HI HONEY, I’M HOME, and has made guest appearances on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, LAW AND ORDER CI, THIRD WATCH, NEWSRADIO, MURPHY BROWN, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and many others. Charlotte co-created and performed in the long-running comedy show CAUSE CELEB! in New York, exploiting her lifelong obsession with autobiographies and reading out loud. She enjoys volunteering for the Andrew Heiskell branch of the New York Public Library audio books studio as a narrator, and has also adapted books for audio. She has taught and coached actors of all ages, in New York and Los Angeles. Charlotte recently appeared in the short film BRAZZAVILLE TEENAGER, directed by and starring Michael Cera, and is in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. She sends greetings from Naples, Florida, where she is currently in rehearsal for the new play SOMETHING INTANGIBLE.

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Paula D’Alessandris


Paula D’Alessandris is the Artistic Director/founder of Mind The Gap Theatre in NYC which is dedicated to new British plays.  She is also a freelance director primarily focusing on new play development. Paula received the 2013 Mike Ockrent Directing Fellowship.  For more information visit or


Ayun Halliday

Ayun Haliday

Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky zine and author of the self-mocking autobiographies No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late, The Big Rumpus Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste, and Job Hopper. Little children know Ayun as the author of Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo, illustrated by Dan Santat. Teens know her as the author of Peanut, a graphic novel illustrated by Paul Hoppe. And Luddite vagabonds may recognize her as the author of the analog guidebook, The Zinester’s Guide to NYC. Her dream is to play the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.




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