Michel Hausmann is a Venezuelan-born theater director, producer, and writer. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Miami New Drama, the resident company and operator of the historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. Michel is the bookwriter and director of The Golem Of Havana, a critically-acclaimed original musical that has been produced across the country including a sold-out, extended run at the Colony Theatre. Under his artistic leadership Miami New Drama has produced: Our Town (also Director), Queen of Basel (also Director), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (in co-production with Asolo Rep) Terror (Directed by Gregory Mosher), One Night in Miami…(Directed by Carl Cofield), Fake (Directed by Carl Andress), Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy (also Director), Viva La Parranda! and A Special Day (in co-production with The Play Company.) Hausmann’s Off-Broadway credits include the New York Premiere of Vassily Sigarev’s Black Milk and the New York premiere of The Color Of Desire, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nilo Cruz. He was the co-founder and Artistic Director of an award-winning theater company in Venezuela where he directed over a dozen productions. Michel received a BA from Emerson College and an MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University. He is a Drama League Award winner, New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellow, an IRNE nominee, a Silver Palm Award winner, Richard Rodgers Award finalist, and a two-time Knights Arts Challenge Award recipient. Michel is a husband, father of three, and a dog lover.
Our Team of Creative MiNDS
Nicholas Richberg is an award-winning producer, actor, and theater executive who has received critical acclaim for his broad range of work. He served as Managing Director of Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center, where he produced the world premieres of Christopher Demos-Brown’s Stripped, Michael McKeever’s After, and Fuácata! or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe, as well as award winning productions of Rapture, Blister, Burn, Pinter’s The Caretaker, Topdog/Underdog, and Sondheim’s Passion and Sunday in the Park with George (Carbonell Award, Best Production of a Musical). Stage acting credits include Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy (Miami New Drama), Peter and the Starcatcher (Adrienne Arsht Center, Carbonell Award, Best Actor in a Play), Fun Home (Zoetic Stage, Silver Palm Award, Cabonell Nom.), Terry Teachout’s Billy and Me (Palm Beach Dramaworks, Carbonell Nom.). He has received nine Carbonell Award nominations and has twice been named Best Actor by Miami New Times. A Miami native, Richberg is a member of Miami Foundation Miami Leaders class of 2015, holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and is a graduate of Miami Country Day School and University of Miami.
Moisés Kaufman was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in September 2016. He is also a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. Prior Broadway credits: The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) with Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. He’s the artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, co-founder and Artistic Associate of Miami New Drama, and a Guggenheim Playwriting Fellow.
Jessica Kaschube a multi-faceted theater manager with a passion for regional theatre. Her previous experience includes: Company Manager of Mad Cow Theatre (2017-2018), General Manager for GableStage (2013-2017), and various technical and managerial capacities for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Montana Repertory Theatre, Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Alpine Theatre Project (2005-2013). She is a graduate of The University of Montana with a BFA in Technical Theatre and Design.
Director of Programming
Claudia Urdaneta is from Venezuela with B.A. in Political Sciences from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from NYU. Formerly the President of the Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas (2014-2017), Executive Director of Caracas International Theater Festival (2001-2013), Executive Producer of Miami World Theater Festival (2005), Executive Director of Danzahoy Dance Company (1988-2001), in charge of all the productions for the Teatro Teresa Carreño and its numerous international tours. A member of La Red (Network of Cultural Promoters of Latin America and the Caribbean), President of La Red for two terms, and a member of the Advisory Board in three terms. Co-founder and President of the Caribbean Network of Art Presenters – CARIBNET) (1997- 2001). She is a recipient of the Venezuelan National Artists Award for Best Contemporary Dance Producer.
Director of Education
Vyana Preti s a Venezuelan-born educator, theater director, writer, and community organizer leader holding a B.A in Philosophy from Universidad Central de Venezuela. She was part of the Direction Department with Palo de Agua, an award-winning theater company founded by Michel Hausmann. Her interest in theater, community and social change has led her to be the General Manager in the re-opening of the “Teatro de Petare César Rengifo” and she founded a Theater School for kids and teenagers in Petare (Caracas), one of the largest and most dangerous favelas in Latin America where she was the academic director for nine years. She is the writer and artistic director of several children’s plays, among them the trilogy of “Ratón y Vampiro” based on the tales of Yolanda Pantin. She co-founded and co-owned Lugar Común Bookstores, 6 cultural spaces dedicated to cultural activities in Venezuela. She was selected for the International Visitor Leadership Program Promoting Social Change Through the Arts of the U.S. Department of State and is currently part of the Theatre Communications Group “Rising of Leaders of Color Round 4”. She is thrilled to be further developing the Miami New Drama Educational Program.
Steven Nuñez joined Miami New Drama in 2016, and has worked in a variety of capacities on many of their past productions, including A Special Day, Terror, Our Town, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Queen of Basel, The Album, and One Night in Miami. He graduated with a BFA from New World School of the Arts, and has been active in the Miami arts community for some time, where he has worked on a variety of collaborative pieces with a wide range of artists.
Stephanie Debrecht is a graduate of the University of Miami with a BA in Theatre Arts, currently working as the House Manager for Miami New Drama. Previous stage management credits include: The Album and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Miami New Drama), Children of Eden and As You Like It (Ring Theatre), and See What I Wanna See (Hecht Studio Theatre).
Company & Media Manager
Claudia Campos is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, focus in directing and communications. She has worked abroad in Theatre Education at Florida State University London, was assistant director and stage manager for Puras Cosas Maravillosas (Colony Theatre), and Social Media Director for Gente Ociosa (Colony Theatre). As a native born Cuban, now living in Miami, FL, Claudia believes Theatre should be attuned to the changes the world is making, and that audiences should feel seen, heard, and represented by the stories being told.