DoubleDeckerProductions exists to advance the cause of human understanding by creating theatrical productions at the highest level of artistic excellence and making them affordable for the broadest community.
Jenny Sterlin was born and raised in England. After high school, she trained at Birmingham Theatre School. She performed and directed in England, Canada, California and Boston before moving to New York where she has worked On Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, on TV, and in film. She has a B.A. in English from UMass Boston and devised and taught courses in Classical Theatre, History of Theatre, Scene Study, and Introduction to Storytelling. Jenny has recorded over one hundred audiobooks for various publishers and production houses. With her husband, Bernard Sterlin, Jenny started the Rubicon Theatre Company in 1997. Over the years it has produced a mixture of full productions and staged readings. In 2012, the name of the company was changed to DoubleDeckerProductions. One of Jenny's mentors is Moliere, who combined extraordinary theatricality with an ironic wisdom and an impeccable perception of the nature of human beings.
Laurie Prose was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and now resides in Greenwich, Connecticut. She received a BFA in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase and became a Certified Gemologist after completing the Gemology and Diamond Grading program at GIA . As a working artist, Laurie designed, fabricated and sold one of a kind jewelry. She also held several positions in the Music Industry and Television. With a lifelong passion for theater, she joined the production team at the Castillo Theatre on West 42nd Street in New York, and worked on plays such as Votes, Ain’t Never Been Easy and The Store; One Block East of Jerome. For The Store, she was the assistant and interim stage manager. Laurie is thrilled to join DoubleDeckerProductions as Associate Producer for the upcoming presentation of Meshahnye, by Maxim Gorky, directed by Jenny Sterlin. She sends a big thank you to Jenny for this fantastic and exciting opportunity!
He is actor, singer, performer, author, and activist. He has won a Tony, and he has hosted the Tonys and been nominated for an Emmy for doing so. He made back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls; he has played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, Eli Gold on The Good Wife for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG award nominations; he is the author of five books including a #1 New York Times best-selling memoir; he appeared on Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, topless in Playgirl and naked on the cover of his second album. He has received over forty awards for his humanitarian-ism and social activism, three honorary doctorates, both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was awarded an OBE for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014; and he has a soap called Cumming In A Bar, and a bar called Club Cumming!
Judith Ivey is the recipient of Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and countless others for her stage and film work. She has starred in four television series, the most memorable being Designing Women. Her Broadway performances include The Heiress for which she was nominated for a fourth time for the Tony Award and as Mrs Thatcher in The Audience. Other favourite stage roles include Eppie Lederer/Ann Landers in The lady with All the Answers, Shirley Valentine and The Glass Menagerie for which she received the Lucille Lortel Award. Ms. Ivey’s most recent directing credits are the Ladies Foursome at the Public Theatre in Maine and Chapatti at the North Coast Rep. in California. She also directed Steel Magnolias and the world premiere of Carapace at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. New York directing credits include Vanities - the musical, Secrets of a Soccermom, the Butcher of Baraboo, Fugue and Southern Comforts. "It is always exciting to be at the beginning and this next stage in Jenny Sterlin's company is exciting."
Richard Martin read both Chemical Engineering and History at University College, London. Maybe this led him to believe that neither Science nor the Arts have all the answers, but in both entwined should one seek for truth. And where better to start than in a theatre: that Aladdin’s cave of art and artifice where there is ever the opportunity to create ‘a kingdom for a stage, princes to act, and monarchs to
behold the swelling scene.’
Richard found his muse in weaving, and has made fine English woollen cloth for over 40 years. He writes and lectures a bit on diverse subjects, and takes a politely libertarian view on most things. Richard lives in The Cotswolds, about 20 miles west of Oxford.
For 26 years, Susan Rothschild worked for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the agency responsible for overseeing City Support for hundreds of NYC cultural organizations such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Botanical Garden. Positions held by Ms. Rothschild at DCA included Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for Cultural Institutions. Susan was responsible for the creation and restructuring of nonprofit cultural organizations and the creation and implementation of new initiatives. Prior to DCA, Susan was an associate at Coudert Brothers where she had a diversified commercial litigation practice. She received a BA from Barnard and a JD from Columbia School of Law. Susan loves being a part of Double Decker because, knowing Jenny, she is confident that DoubleDeckerProductions will be defined by elegance, professionalism, a deep commitment to people of all ages and backgrounds (both in terms of actors and audiences), challenging material that deserves to be better known, and most of all, because theater—when done well—can be sheer magic.
Tessa Thompson is an actress who was born and brought up in Los Angeles. Her first professional stage debut was in the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest when she was 18. The next year she earned her first NAACP nomination for playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1936. Followed quickly by TV roles in Cold Case, Veronica Mars and Greys Anatomy. In 2009 she won a Best Actor award from the American Black Film Festival for Mississippi Damned and a year later she won a Black Reel Award for playing Nyla in For Colored Girls. Her breakout role in Dear White People garnered awards and acclamation, as did playing Wallis in Grantham and Rose, Diane Nash in Selma, Bianca in Creed and Valkarie in Thor Ragnarok for which she was nominated for a BAFTA in the Rising Star category. She played Sasha Doran in TV’s 666 Park Ave, Sarah L Freeman in Copper and is playing Charlotte Hale in Westworld. in 2016 Tessa resorted to her first love — theatre, and played Valerie Johnston in Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond at Second Stage in New York. This was quickly followed by leading roles in the films Sorry to Bother you, Annihilation and Furlough. Tessa is known for her political activism, and enjoys roles that challenge complicated issues like race and gender.
Hailing from beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Alex began her love affair with the performing arts at her local Western dinner theater. After progressing from showgirl to stage manager, she ventured east to pursue a Theatre degree from the University of Vermont. Now, having dabbled in film, toured nationally and expanded her technical skills to include light and sound design, Alex is elated to join the team of DoubleDeckerProductions - the next stage in her career of working with women-led organizations.
Leo Grinberg is thrilled to join the Double Decker Productions team! Born and raised in Magadan, Russia, Leo traveled to the US 15 years ago to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a musical theatre actor. He has received his education in Anchorage Alaska, then moved to New York City for additional training at The Acting Studio and Matt Farnsworth Voice studio. Regional: Oklahoma! (Curly), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus, Judas), Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Hedwig), Rocky Horror Show (Frankenfurter, Riff Raff, Rocky), Goldrush Girls (School boy). Off Broadway: The Final Days of Vincent Van Gogh(Theo Van Gogh), Pentecost (Grigory). Film: Big Miracle, The Frozen Ground, Wildlike. Leo is also a freelance graphic designer and a translator.