Founders

  • MARKUS POTTER
    MARKUS POTTER
    Producing Artistic Director
  • GAYLE DAMIANO WAXENBERG
    GAYLE DAMIANO WAXENBERG
    Executive Director

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MARKUS POTTER
Producing Artistic Director

Markus Potter is the Producing Artistic Director of NewYorkRep. This past season he served as Interim Artistic Director of Theatre Aspen. Recent direction includes Stalking the Bogeyman off-Broadway at New World Stages (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, NYTimes critics pick), London’s Southwark Playhouse (Off West End Award nomination for best production and direction), Church & State at New World Stages (off-Broadway Alliance nomination for best new play), Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath at Center Rep, Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods by Tammy Ryan at The Portland Stage Company, Why You Beasting by David Don Miller (Time Out NY critic’s pick), Weston Playhouse, North Carolina Stage Company, and New Jersey Rep. As an actor: Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, ACT, Denver Center, Tour of Death of a Salesman with Christopher Lloyd. As producer: The Velocity of Autumn on Broadway (Estelle Parsons’s Tony Award nomination. Markus received his MFA from Columbia University, and is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas.

He is from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was raised by his mother who emigrated from Germany, and his step-father, a civil rights activist and Montford Point Marine, who was recently presented the Congressional Gold Metal for “outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marines.”

Markus is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, where he serves on the Executive Board nominating committee, The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, and the NAMT selection committee.

 

 

GAYLE DAMIANO WAXENBERG
Executive Director

Gayle’s career began on Wall Street where she managed the marketing and corporate communications for a premiere investment bank. During her 11 years there, she won a multitude of awards for the creative and strategic campaigns she directed. She later started her own marketing consulting firm, Waxenberg & Associates, working with advertising, public relations and direct marketing firms servicing the financial industry.   A born advocate, she left the for-profit sector and committed her self to raising awareness for those less fortunate. Combining her extensive business experience and philanthropic work, she began giving “voice” to the different communities she served, and continues to serve; domestic abuse victims, hospice patients, substance abuse victims, immigrants, at-risk children and mental health patients. Gayle has been repeatedly honored for her service by the organizations she serves.

Recognizing the power of the stories she captured, she launched the Telling Company in 2012 as a forum for telling real-life stories influencing social change through art.  She has now brought The Telling Company to NewYorkRep becoming a founding member with Markus Potter.

Her first play, A Bitter Pill, premiered in 2016 at the Hudson Guild Theater, as part of the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival. Gayle also produced the mulit-award winning film Influence, and the London production of Stalking the Bogeyman, which received an Off-West End (Offie nomination) for best production and direction. Produced readings included Ben Elton’s Olivier award winning play, Popcorn, starring Sharon Stone and Stacey Keach. She is proud to have launched and produced a community based program of readings, Thought Bubbles, to bring new theatrical work free to people who may not otherwise have access.

Gayle is also a Founder/Past President and currently a Board Member of The Graham School Education Foundation, which serves New York City’s most at-risk, underserved children, a Board Member of Danza Espanza, The American Spanish Dance Theater, and was an elected official.   She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Resources Unlimited and a member of the League of Professional Theater Women.