The Vagrancy is a not-for-profit theatre company. It was founded in 2007 in New York City by Caitlin Hart and Alia Wilson. It has been LA based since 2009 and is currently under the Artistic Direction of Caitlin Hart.
Caitlin Hart / Founder & Artistic Director
Caitlin Hart holds a B.A in Theatre Arts from Aquinas College and completed the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2 Year Professional Acting Conservatory in NYC. Directing credits with The Vagrancy include: Maria Irene Fornes’ What of the Night? (West Coast Premiere), Tommy Smith’s White Hot (LA Premiere), Tim J. Lord’s Down in the Face of God (World Premiere), Maria Irene Fornes’ Springtime (NYC), Gary Owen’s The Drowned World (LA Premiere), Joe Tracz’s Phenomenon of Decline (LA Premiere) and Kate McMannus’s The Next Available Operator. Other directing credits include: Kim Rosenstock’s 99 Ways to Fuck a Swan (The Illyrian Players Theatre Co.), Peter Sinn-Nachtrieb’s Boom! (Alive Theatre), Jonathan Larson’s Rent (Co-Director/Over the Moon Productions), the world premiere of Nick Zill’s Obama Spy Drama (City in a Swamp Productions) the world premiere of Angie Light’s Unexpectedly Expecting (Asylum Theatre) and Before the Great Leveling (Hayworth Theatre). Caitlin is a lover of new play development and has directed many new play readings, workshops and shorts. www.caitlinhartdirector.com
Rani O'Brien / Managing Director
Rani O’Brien is a director, producer, writer and teacher. She has studied directing at La MaMa Umbria’s International Symposium for Directors, Second City, and earned her BFA at The Theatre Conservatory at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She is currently directing a world premier for the Second City about the 2016 Primary Presidential Candidates called Candidate Confessions : a 2016 Cabaret. Selected directing credits include: Girl on Gurl: an unusually queer sketch revue, The Lollygaggers, The PurrSuit of Happiness, The Big Funk and Les Miserables. www.raniobrien.com
Abbey Fenbert / Literary Manager
Abbey Fenbert is a writer from Detroit, MI. Her work celebrates empathy, living in truth, and women having lots of lines.
She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University and a BA from NYU. Her graduate thesis, Sickle, features an all-female ensemble and deals with the Ukrainian Holodomor (a genocidal starvation campaign under Stalin). It was a Finalist for the 2016 National Playwrights Conference. Her latest play, Child, was developed with the 2015-16 Vagrant Writers and presented at the Blossoming Reading Series in July. Other original plays have been produced or developed by the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, Matrix Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights' Theatre and the Boston Theater Marathon. She's received multiple honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, including the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting. Fenbert served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where she developed education projects with youth that combined theater and social justice.
Doug Oliphant / Resident Movement Director
Doug Oliphant is an LA-based theatre director, movement director and fight choreographer and serves as Artistic Director for Drive Theatre Company. He’s directed full productions of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Drive Theatre Company), Bluenose (Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre), his original show There is Truth, Love is Real (Hollywood Fringe), Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Central Connecticut State University), as well as music videos for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents co-author Karen Weinberg and alt. rock band Sleep Well. Recently developed/directed new play readings of Megan Breen’s Jackson Demands (The Vagrancy) and Steve Sherman’s Stained Glass Windows (Drive Theatre Company). He’s assistant directed for David Esbjornson, Sean Daniels, Steve Cosson and Jerry Dixon at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, as well as Ron Sossi at The Odyssey Theatre. Recent movement directing credits include Down in the Face of God (The Vagrancy) and Group (LA Theatre Ensemble). Recent fight choreography credits include Conk and Bone (Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse), What the Butler Saw (Odyssey Theatre), and Company, The Rimers of Eldritch, and The Servant of Two Masters (Chapman University). At The Kennedy Center, he was awarded the 2009 regional and national SDC Directing Fellowship Award for his achievements in the American College Theatre Festival. Doug received his BFA in Theatre at Central Connecticut State University, studied theatre at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (Russia). He also serves as production coordinator for Directors Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse and is an associate member of SDC. www.DougOliphant.com
Past Co-Artistic Directors:
Sabina Ptasznik (2013-2014) Alia Wilson (2007 & 2010-2012)