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 Human Incubator (The World Egg), Wives Tale (Exquisite Corpse Company) The Merry Wives of Windsor (Opera House Arts), Unequilibrium (HERE Arts), The Life Model (On The Boards), Artaud Artaud (Signature Theatre), Kit & Dabney (Live Source @ La MaMa), Bitch: A Play About Antigone (Capital Fringe Festival). Most recently she assisted Daniel Aukin on the world premiere of Fulfillment Center (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Desdemona Chiang on the regional premiere of Smart People (Long Wharf Theatre). Previously Julia has worked with Bond Street Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club and co-founded the Empty Chair Theatre. She is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and an resident artist with Exquisite Corpse Company. She trained with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Folger Shakespeare Library (DC), American Shakespeare Center (VA), Synetic Theatre (VA), The Shakespeare Forum (NY) and has a BA from the University of Washington. www.juliasears.org
Maggie Moore (Associate Director/ Co-creator) is a storyteller and strategic communicator who specializes in promoting women in traditionally male dominated spaces. Moore works with the Rhize team's Activated Majority initiative, and was previously an organizer in North Carolina with the Hillary Clinton campaign. In 2016 she delivered a 52.3% national point win in Pitt County, helped reclaim the NC governorship, and her organizing produced higher early voting returns than 2008 to keep the county blue. Moore 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, Moore graduated from the University of Washington and strongly believes in the glory that is the Pacific Northwest. (@MaggieM012)
Adrienne Brammer (Sgt. Kalli Kovas/ Co-writer/ Veteran liaison) 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. Off-Broadway: Blueprint Specials (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum); New York: Shadow of Doubt (Investigation Discovery), Our Trojan War (Brooklyn Academy of Music). She is an alumna of the Veterans Immersion Program at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Mission Continues, having worked in the Marketing Department at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. Adrienne is a founding member of Society of Artistic Veterans (501(c)(3)) and is currently the Project Manager for OurVeterans.nyc, the NYC Veterans Alliance’s extensive online calendar of events for NYC-area veterans. Adrienne received a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and once walked the catwalk with fellow women veterans to open New York Fashion Week. AdrienneBrammer.com
Rebecca Hirota (Sgt. Athena Pajau Yan Kostopolis/Co-writer) Rebecca is a New York based actor/writer/choreographer hailing from Hawaii. Selected New York: Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club), Romeo & Juliet (Classic Stage Company-YC), Artaud Artaud (New Works @ Signature), The Tower (HERE Arts Center) & MotherBoard (AntiMatter Collective). Selected Regional and International: Jane Eyre (Cincinnati Playhouse & Milwaukee Repertory Theatres), Fault (TheatreSquared), The Most Deserving (Denver Center), Caviar on Credit (The Guthrie), 36 Views (The Huntington & Quantum Theatre), Big Love (Czech Republic) & Miss Saigon (Forestburgh Playhouse). TV: "Elementary", "Gossip Girl", "Unforgettable", and "Law & Order". She is so proud to be a part of this project, honored to share this subject and over the moon to be working with these amazing collaborators. She holds an MFA from Columbia University.
Sandra W. Lee (ATÉ/ Co-writer) 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 with 8 years of service. 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). Off-Broadway: Blueprint Specials (The Public Theater), Comfort Women: A New Musical (Theatre at St. Clements). Selected New York: The Home Show (Lincoln Center), Interabang (Ars Nova), The Telling Project (Bay Street Theatre). Selected Regional: Rent (Ivoryton Playhouse), Next to Normal, South Pacific (LTM), Avenue Q (OHP), Addams Family (CCT), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Diamondhead Theatre). 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. She also performs around the country for organizations such as Got Your 6 (501(c)(3)) and The Veteran Artist Program (501(c)(3)). www.sandrawlee.com @sandrawlee
Jay Myers (Sgt. Richard Lampido/Co-writer) Until moving to New York, Jay lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest. Selected Regional: Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Waiting for Godot (Arts on the Waterfront),Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys (Washington Ensemble Theater), Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, Kavalier and Clay (Book-it Repertory Theater) among others. His first feature film, "Dead Body", is scheduled to be released this year. He has two degrees from the University of Washington, in Drama and Psychology, and is attending NYU’s Graduate Acting program. www.jaymyers.actor
Victoria Nassif (Lt. Anouk Eshara/Co-writer) New York: Measure for Measure (New York Classical Theatre), Artaud Artaud (New Plays Now @ Signature). Regional: R&J: Damascus (TheatreSquared), 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). After years of classical work, Victoria is thrilled to be a part of crafting and illuminating new stories that empower the voices of women, and feels lucky and inspired to be doing it with this team. BFA Southern Methodist University. Tremendous thanks to my family and friends for their endless support and love.
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.
Damion J. Williams (Pvt. Reo/Co-writer) has performed in The Improv Cafe with radio personality Tiffany Bacon of 100.3 The Beat, Fiddler On The Roof , Taming Of The Shrew, Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp, The Greatest Life That Never Was, Faces of Life (The Walnut Theatre), and The Twilight Zone. He was the recipient of the First Place Trophy awarded in the Magner Nichols Monologue Contest and the Daphne Nichols Herbert Communication Arts Award in Theatre. He was awarded Best Dance and Physical Movement Category at the Capital Fringe Festival for his role in Antigone. Damion has also appeared in Investigation ID, Smash, Do No Harm and Law Abiding Citizen. He has been cast in four web series with one being awarded the Best Web series done in NY by the Brooklyn Web Fest in October 2015. In 2015 he was cast in a Independent Feature Film "Career Opportunities In Organized Crime" which made history for being the first virtual reality/conventional film to be entered into the Sundance Film Festival 2016.
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.