Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco has worked and trained with Accademia del Teatro alla Scala and Centro Teatro, as well as working extensively with the Mamadou Dioume, Yoshi Oida and the great Peter Brook. He moved to New York city in 2006 continuing his director’s training under Robert Ellermann at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Insitute. Since 2008 Francesco, together with Anatol Yusef, is the artistic director of FIXITSOLIFE theatre company. In 2010 they produced Jason Odell William’s The Science of Guilt which had a successful run at the DR2 Theatre in NYC. Other Off Broadway credits include: Proof by David Auburn, Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson, William and the Tradesmen by Eli James, American Addict by Ricky Butler and Nineteenhundred by Alessandro Baricco. Francesco is a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Directors LAB.
Jess Erick is an actor, teacher, coach, director, singer/songwriter and playwright. She has coached and directed with Rachel Jones for the HM Acting Student Workshops for several years. A former student of HMacting, she worked her way through every level of class and became a member of Axial Theatre for a number of years. She has worked with children providing guitar lessons as well as an Assistant Art Teacher at Karafin High School. Her goal is always to free her students, and teach them how best to work with themselves and others, while having fun and feeling secure.
Gabrielle Fox, an award winning playwright, has had her plays produced throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Most recently, she won the Planet Activist Award for her fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Her play The Home also won awards for outstanding play writing, and overall production. After studying with Erik Ehn in La MaMa Umbria, her one act play was presented in the La MaMa New Playwright Marathon in New York in 2014. Gabrielle facilitates play writing workshops for the Young Author's Conference and the Ossining School district.
Rachel Jones is a member of Actors' Equity and Screen Actors' Guild. She toured the US and Canada with the first national tour of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly and has acted in several films and commercials. Rachel was a founding member of New York's Avalon Repertory Theatre where she both acted and directed. She has studied the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner and Uta Hagen. Ms. Jones currently acts with and directs for The Axial Theatre.
Lori Lowe has been a member of SAG/AFTRA for 40 years. She has over 200 commercial, TV, theatre and film credits ranging from the classic film Caddyshack to the vintage Soap Opera Another World. She directed the original, full-length Off B'way play Beautiful Dreamer at the Pearl Theater. She toured the EAST COAST with Breakfast with Les and Bess starring Betsy Palmer and performed in Noel Coward's Hayfever at the Village Repertory. Her TV movie credits include NBC's "The Asphalt Cowboy " with Max Baer Jr. A protégé of Anna Deavere Smith, Lori is honored to have been an original cast member of Smith's "On The Road, Actors are Madmen" at the Ward Nasse Gallery in NY. She is a graduate of a two-year Meisner program under Greg Zittel, one of Sanford Meisner's select few teaching assistants. Lori directed 3 One Acts in the Summer Student Performance Workshop at HM Acting last summer. She also directed “Twisted Valentines” “The Anniversary at Thanksgiving “ and “Comfort and Joy “ at the Axial Theater Playwright Reading Series this winter and is thrilled to be back for such a special class this summer.
Howard Meyer is a playwright, director and founding Artistic Director of Axial Theatre and Howard Meyer's Acting Program. Howard’s plays include The Kiss, All That’s Fair, The Contract, Lost in Paradise, AngelBeast, Cherrie & Jerry, the monologues Calculus and Horus, WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community, Radiance, Maybe Never Fell, (Roundtable readings at Lark Play Development Center, May and October 2013, directed by Lisa Rothe), the ‘Number Trilogy,’ a collection of one acts (Three, Five, Twenty) and Paint Made Flesh, (Roundtable reading at Lark Play Development Center, April 2014; semi-finalist for the 2015 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference). Radiance was produced at Axial Theatre in spring, 2013 featuring Obie award-winning actor Chris McCann. Radiance was a two time semi-finalist (2011, 2012) at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist (2012) at the Hormel New Works Festival at the Phoenix Theatre. Lost In Paradise is under an option for a motion picture. WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community was read at The Barrow Group, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays at 9 and Pacific Resident Theatre and was presented at Axial Theatre in November, 2010 directed by Drama Desk award-winner, Josh Hecht. The production featured LABrynth Theater Company co-founder, David Deblinger, and Emmy-nominated actor, Jon Lindstrom. Howard was recently selected as one of the 50 artists to be honored as a part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary celebration. In 1998 Howard co-founded Axial Theatre, now in its 16th season developing and presenting new and classic plays in Westchester County, NY. Under his artistic direction, Axial has produced over 50 premieres of one-act and full length plays since the theatre’s inaugural performance in the winter of 2000. www.axialtheatre.org, www.howardmeyer.info