Clutch Productions, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging female artists in theatre and film. By commissioning and producing original works, Clutch provides vital creative space for female writers, directors, actors, and designers to collaborate and work together.
The Women in combat theatre project
Julia Sears (Director/ Co-creator) straddles the world of art and activism to create communication across disparate sectors with similar goals for social justice. Selected Directing: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Opera House Arts), Unequilibrium (HERE Arts: Exquisite Corpse Company), The Life Model (Associate Director; On The Boards), Artaud Artaud (Signature Theatre), The World Egg (Fresh Ground Pepper), Kit & Dabney (Live Source: La MaMa), Bitch: A Play About Antigone (Capital Fringe Festival). Previously Julia has worked with Bond Street Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club and co-founded the Empty Chair Theatre Company. She is an affiliated artist with the Mad/Ecstatic Collective and Exquisite Corpse Company. She is a part of the Society of Directors and Choreographers’ 2016-2017 Observership Class. She trained with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The American Shakespeare Center, Synetic Theatre, and has her BA from the University of Washington.
Maggie Moore (Associate Director/ Co-creator) is a storyteller and strategic communicator who believes in promoting women in traditionally male dominated space. She was most recently an organizer in North Carolina with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Her work in Pitt County resulted in higher early voting returns than 2008, keeping the county blue. Maggie was previously the Government Outreach Lead at Democracy Works and the Deputy Director of Leadership Development at the Truman National Security Project. While at Truman she started the No Exceptions campaign to support full combat inclusion for women in the armed forces. Most of her professional career has been centered around organizing diverse and talented individuals towards a common goal. Originally from the great state of Oregon, Maggie graduated from the University of Washington and strongly believes in the glory that is the Pacific Northwest.
Adrienne Brammer (Sgt. Kalli Kovas/ Co-writer) is a 14-year Air Force veteran who worked as a broadcast journalist and combat videographer. She’s been assigned to South Korea, Iceland, Italy, and South Carolina and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Adrienne moved to New York City to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College and once walked the catwalk with fellow women veterans to open New York Fashion Week. She participated in the Veterans Immersion Program at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is a The Mission Continues Alum/Fellow, having worked in the Marketing Department at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. Recently she appeared in Blueprint Specials at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Shadow of Doubt (episode 208) on Investigation Discovery. Adrienne is a founding member of Society of Artistic Veterans (501(c)(3)) and is currently the Project Manager for OurVeterans.nyc, an online calendar of events for NYC-area veterans. AdrienneBrammer.com
Rebecca Hirota (Sgt. Athena Pajau Yan Kostopolis/Co-writer) Selected New York credits include Romeo & Juliet(Classic Stage Company), Artaud/Artaud (Signature), The Tower (HERE Arts Center) &MotherBoard (AntiMatter Collective). Selected Regional and International: Fault(TheatreSquared), The Most Deserving (Denver Center), Caviar on Credit (The Guthrie), 36 Vews (The Huntington & Quantum Theatre) & Miss Saigon (Forestburgh Playhouse). TV: "Elementary", "Gossip Girl", "Unforgettable", and "Law & Order". She holds an MFA from Columbia University.
Sandra W. Lee (ATÉ/ Co-writer) is West Coast native who grew up in Portland, Oregon. While there, she studied International Relations, Social Sciences and Music at Portland State University – before joining the U.S. Army Special Operations Command shortly after the 9/11 attacks, where she reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon returning from her deployment in Iraq where she sustained injury, she completed her Bachelor’s degree and transitioned to Hawaii. During this time she worked and performed with NYC theatre artists such as Darren Lee (Allegiance, Broadway 2015) and Greg Zane (The King and I, Broadway 2015). Sandra made her Off-Broadway debut as Goeun Kim, the lead role in Comfort Women: A New Musical at the Theatre at St. Clements, was a featured artist in VAP’s The Home Show at Lincoln Center, has performed several times at Broadway’s supper club 54 Below and travels across the country performing for the Veteran Artists Program. Most recently she was in the production of Rent at the Ivoryton Playhouse and was the guest soloist with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, CO. Sandra splits her time between NYC and Manchester, CT, where she is on the Governing and Artistic Boards of The Little Theatre of Manchester 501(c)(3), and is often a guest/keynote speaker as a disabled veteran for corporations and organizations regarding Military Sexual Trauma (MST), PTS, TBI and her service in the military www.sandrawlee.com
Jay Myers (Sgt. Richard Lampido/Co-writer) Recently, Jay has been seen at Seattle Shakespeare Company in Richard II, as Bushy, in Much Ado About Nothing, as Claudio, and in Love's Labour's Lost. Recently, he performed in Arts on the Waterfront's Waiting for Godot as Vladimir, and the Washington Ensemble Theatre's Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys. Jay holds a BA in Drama and a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, where he performed in various productions including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Eurydice, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Rough Magic, among others.
Victoria Nassif (Lt. Anouk Eshara/Co-writer) New York: Measure for Measure (New York Classical Theatre), Artaud/Artaud (New Plays Now @ Signature Center). Regional: Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Doctor’s Dilemma (American Players Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V(Shakespeare Santa Cruz); King Lear (Great River Shakespeare Festival). BFA Southern Methodist University.
Jessica Vera (Col. Maya De Los Santos/Co-writer) is a New York based actor/writer/producer with roots in Ohio and Texas. Recent stage credits include: Artaud/Artaud (Columbia University/Signature Theater), world premiere of Don Nigro’s A Snowfall in Berlin (Nylon Fusion), The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana…(Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth, TX). She was a participant in Columbia University’s exchange program with la Fémis, France’s national film school, with Israel Horovitz. She also co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning web series, Scout & Maggie, produced and acted in A Year in the Life, and was a Unit Production Manager on the independent film, What Goes Around. Graduate of University of Texas at Austin (BFA), AEA, SAG-AFTRA(e) and proud daughter and sister of Army and Air Force veterans. Next up: staged reading of the life of Mary Anning. www.JessicaVera.net
Emma Walton (Pvt. Joan Boudica/Co-writer) is a Brooklyn-based actor, singer, and theater artist. Emma is the marketing director for the Brooklyn-based integrated arts company, Exquisite Corpse Company (ECC), with whom she has starred in and promoted four shows in the last three years. Performance credits for NYC and London include; Secession 2015 produced by ECC on Governors Island, Artaud/Artaud (Signature Theater), Bathroom Etiquette (Manhattan Theater Club), The Faltese Malcon (The Tank NYC), UnEquilibrium produced by ECC at HERE Arts Center NYC, Furniture Porn (The Tank NYC), ODD.A.SEE produced by ECC at Arts@Renaissance, Antigone (LAMDA), Henry VI (LAMDA), GOODBAR (Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival). Emma received her Masters Degree in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and graduated with Honors in Theater from Oberlin College.
Josiah Grimm (Producer) is a New York-based theater professional and producer. He has spent the last few years working on the administrative staffs at Manhattan Theatre Club and The Public Theater. Producing credits include Jeremy Kamp’s Gutting (National Black Theatre) and /VANITAS/ (Dixon Place) by Zachary Small.