Staff, Officers, Board & Advisory Council



Co Presidents – Maxine Kern & Pamela Hunt
VP Programming – Susan Bernfield
VP Communications – Amanda Pekoe
VP Membership – Lisa Rothe
Co-Secretary – Dorothy Leeds
Co-Secretary – Shellen Lubin
Treasurer – Anne Stewart FitzRoy
Assistant Treasurer- Josephine Heck


Richarda Abrams
Pat Addiss
Margot Astrachan
Ivy Ausrin
Jenny Lyn Bader
Susan Bernfield
Judith Binus
Shaun Bennet Frauntleroy
Kelli Lynn Harrison
Mari Lyn Henry
Pam Hunt
Maxine Kern
Dorothy Leeds
Shellen Lubin
Melissa Maxwell
Romy Nordlinger
Dael Orlandersmith
Carmel Owen
Amanda Pekoe
Lisa Rothe
Helen Sneed
Sheila Speller


Katie Rosin


Susan Dietz
Heidi Ettinger
Joan Firestone
Jane Harmon
Julia Miles
Wallace Munro
Enid Nemy
Sheilah Rae
Rachel Reiner
Harriet Slaughter
Elizabeth Williams


Julia Miles 1982-1984
Doris Cole Abrahams 1984-1988
Billie Allen 1984-1988
Berenice Weiler 1988-1992
Lynda Sturner 1988-1992
Amie Brockway 1992-1994
Kathleen Gaffney 1992-1994
Shari Upbin 1994-1999
Isobel Robins 1999-2003
Harriet Slaughter 1999-2003, 2005-2007
Sheilah Rae 2003-2005
Joan Firestone 2005-2007
Lynne Rogers 2007-2009
Naomi Grabel 2009-2011
Rachel Reiner 2009-2011
Kristin Marting 2011-2013
Lorca Peress 2011-2014


Administrative Director – Lizzy Bryce

LPTW Executive Officers

Maxine Kern is a dramaturg and playwright. Her recent dramaturgy includes Final Analysis by Otho Eskins, As it Is in Heaven by Arlene Hutton, Savannah Black and Blue by Raymond Jones, The Book of Lambert by Leslie Lee and For the Time Being  by W.H. Auden. She is presently working on a play about the social activist, Emma Goldman. She has also been part of the artistic staff of The McCarter Theater, The New York Shakespeare Public Theater, New Georges, The George St Playhouse, Company One Theater and New Dramatists, Inc. She is Co-President of The League of Professional Theatre Women.


Pam Hunt has been a professional theater director/choreographer for over 30 years. She has specialized in both plays and musicals in over 100 productions.  In NYC she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “The Musical of Musicals” and also received the Kevin Kline Award.  Her production of Carnival! received the Outer Critics Circle award for Best Revival.   She has directed numerous productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Coconut Grove Theatre, GEVA Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Papermill Playhouse and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.  Prestigious stock productions include The MUNY St. Louis, TUTS Atlanta, Pittsburgh CLO, Ogunquit and Westport Playhouses, plus 20 years at the famed Cape Playhouse in MA.  Pam has served on the LPTW board and directed several productions in the LPTW short play festival. She is on the Advisory Board for the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts.

Lisa Rothe was recently nominated for SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction for the Drama Desk nominated production of Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC (also produced at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the SoloNova Festival in NYC). Other projects: Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin & composer Sarah Kirkland Snider at Playmakers Repertory Company and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Chautauqua Theatre Company. Future: Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl at People’s Light & Theatre Company, with Ellen McLaughlin and Rinde Eckert. Lisa is also currently developing a new opera about Ada Byron (Ada) by composer Kim Sherman and librettist Margaret Vandenburg, which was presented last spring as a part of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s Development Series. Lisa has workshopped, developed and directed over one hundred new plays and musicals, working with many award winning writers. In NY, she has directed and/or developed work with Lark Play Development Center, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Epic Theatre Ensemble, New Georges, The Women’s Project, Primary Stages, The Foundry, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 52nd Street Project, Naked Angels, BAM, Summer Play Festival, NYMF, Midtown International Theatre Festival (Best Director), National Actors Theater , Keen Company (Keen Teens), Orchard Project, Voice & Vision, HERE, Dixon Place, among others. Lisa has taught and directed at many theatre programs around the country including NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, Chautauqua Conservatory, the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) at Primary Stages and many others. She is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and Director’s Lab, as well as a Drama League alum, Fox Fellow, alum of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab and is currently serving on the boards of the League of Professional Theatre Women as the VP of Membership as well as the Theatre World Awards. Lisa is also the director of Offsite Programs and Partnerships at the Lark Play Development Center where she deals with providing expanded opportunities for playwrights, aimed at advancing new work to production nationally and globally.

Dorothy Leeds is known not only as a “Bad Woman” but as the Questioning Crusader. Wearing 2 ½ hats, she is the performer of Good Lessons from Bad Women, The Hot Water Club and the author of The 7 Powers of Questions, Smart Questions, PowerSpeak, and Marketing Yourself. And the ½ hat? Film critic for MSNBC. Having had a previous career on Broadway, she is delighted that her six career adventures have taken her back into show business. She serves on the Board of The League of Professional Theatre Women as Co-Secretary. Leeds also serves the League’s Networking and Programming Committees and Women Stage the World Project. Advocating for wWomen and Equal Pay and Opportunity, she is also on the Board of the New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA).


Shellen Lubin got seriously involved with LPTW activities the day she joined, directing Susan Merson’s 10-minute play I BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE starring David Rasche in our festival at New World Stages, serving on the Board, and now as Co-Secretary and as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee.  She has written and directed numerous plays, musicals, and cabaret acts, most recently directing the 28th and 29th Annual Bistro Awards (for Sherry Eaker, Producer) and BETWEEN PRETTY PLACES, a Musical Ghost Story (play by Susan Merson, music & lyrics by Lubin, additional music by Matthew Gandolfo) at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA and at Here Arts Center in Soho. Her songs have been sung by herself and many others, including years of performances on the cabaret circuit, Milos Forman’s first American film, TAKING OFF, and a special on WBAI-FM called SHELLEN LUBIN, SONGWRITER/SINGER. As a vocal and acting coach, she has coached performers on and off Broadway, on tour, and in the studio.  She is a member of most unions and guilds, the National Theatre Conference, and is Co-President of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, representing LPTW on the Board of Directors. @shlubin @MonMornQuote

LPTW Administrative Staff