Studio Theater in Exile was founded in 2005 by Mara Mills and Jeremy Gratt to produce Original Work. STIE seeks to serve two communities: the artist community and the public community. We are committed to working with underrepresented voices, both in the playwrights and content of plays we produce. Our productions explore difficult issues of identity, conflict, and displacement. Prioritizing audience interface, we partner with libraries, museums, galleries, and community centers. Theater promotes dialogue. We seek that connection.
Our mission is to work with playwrights from inception to production to bring their voices to the fore. We also work with visual artists, storytellers, musicians, poets and writers to integrate theater/performance with other genres. Our goal is to create dialogue - with audiences, between creators, and bring forth the lesser known artists in our community.
Artistic Director, Stage Direction and Dramaturgy
Mara Mills has been an educator, storyteller, writer, stage director and producer for over 40 years. In 1991, she founded the Herbert Mark Newman Theatre with Marsha Newman and Jeremy Gratt, at the Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville, NY. Her focus, at the theatre and in her teaching and storytelling, is to provide ways to creatively involve the community, examine social issues through the arts, and to introduce new work to the public. She received the 1995 East Coast Theater Conference award for Outstanding Service to Theater and the 2007 Cab Calloway Award for Theater. Mara is a published poet, playwright, and writer and has published academic integrated curriculum that brings together the arts and academic learning.
Jeremy Gratt is a set, sound and lighting designer who has worked professionally in theater since 1991, as one of the founders of the Herbert Mark Newman Theatre. Jeremy served as Managing and Technical Director of the Newman Theatre. Jeremy designed sets and lights, and composed original music, and sound scores for most of the shows at the Newman Theatre. While at the Newman, he taught technical theatre skills to students from the Cottage School. Since then Jeremy has worked as part of Theater in Odd Spaces with Mara Mills, and now is a co-founder of Studio Theater in Exile.
Karina Ramsey is a director and producer who has worked within various theater environments for 20 years. Alongside Alan Lutwin, she worked as Executive Producer for Westchester Collaborative Theater for 5 years. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University's Theater program, she is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from S.U.N.Y. Purchase.
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Ashley Antonia Lopez is New York City based Afro-Latina and graduated from Pace University with her BA in Devise Acting. Through her acting program, Ashley had the opportunity to perform in the Sibiu Theatre Festival. She also performed in an original piece titled, The Female Role Model Project, and performed in an immersive play called, An Immersive Theatrical Journey to Fight Human Trafficking. Now, she has created a new theater company called X|X Theater Company LLC. X|X Theater Company LLC is a Bronx based platform that uses devised theater, film and movement to empower Latine and BIPOC artists to tell their truth, unapologetically.
Jiyoung is delighted to be part of the Studio Theater in Exile team. Recent designs include: Comfort Women: A New Musical at Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons, Interview: A New Musical at St. Clement’s Theater, In the Heights at City College Academy of the Arts.