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Meet the Team

playwright & actress

Jolie wrote GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS last year as a 21-year-old NYU drama student. After spending years searching for juicy, honest, and funny roles for young actresses and not finding much, she decided to write it herself.  Jolie tweets under the alias @princess_labia, where she promotes self-empowerment as well as works to destigmatize mental illness. PAPER Magazine included her in their “Amazing Women to Follow on the Internet in 2016 (and Always)” article and Mashable listed her in their “40 Times Ladies Ruled the World in 2015” issue. She created (and curates) #selfiearmy as well as last summer’s body-positive #thighreading.  People Magazine, the Today Show, MTV, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health, and BBC have all written about Jolie’s social impact.  Jolie received her BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts a few weeks ago, where she studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Stonestreet Studios; she also studied playwrighting and screenwriting at NYU’s Rita & Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing.  Jolie is very proud to be making her NYC debut (outside of NYU) as a playwright and actress in this year’s FringeNYC.


Shira-Lee Shalit is an award-winning director, chosen by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists out of 12,000 directors for his Fox/DreamWorks TV show, On The Lot.  Associate Artistic Director of the Barefoot Theatre Company, she is a member of the newly formed Directors Unit at the Actors Studio, led by Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons. Shira-Lee has directed many productions, workshops and staged readings, most notably Stephen Belber’s Fault Lines (TBG Theatre), Adam Rapp’s Through the Yellow Hour and Halley Feiffer’s How to Win Friends Then Kill Them (LAByrinth Theatre Intensive Ensemble), Maggie Bofill’s The Hate Inside or Second Fiddle (EST, LAByrinth) and many more at Dixon Place, The Actors Studio, NYMadness, Nylon Fusion, The Lark, Vertigo Theater, Jewish Plays Project, Thespis Theatre and the Writers Guild Screenplay Series. Shira-Lee’s feature film debut, A-List, won the Audience Award at the Milan International Film Festival, and the Gold Remy Award for Best Comedy at Worldfest. Her short film, Full Cycle which she wrote,was a Regional Finalist in the Student Academy Awards. Shira-Lee is a member of the Actors Studio PDU, NYMadness, and is on faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division.


Corinne Woods is a Brooklyn-based theater maker, producer, and arts administrator. She is the General Manager of Ma-Yi Theater Company, and the founder of Not Without Rage, a queer theatre collective. She has worked with a range of theater and dance companies including All For One, Random Access Theatre, Untitled Theater Company #61, The Lark Play Development Center, Ballet for Young Audiences, and Snorks and Pins Productions.

designer/marketing director

Paris is a designer and animation artist living in NYC. After graduating from The University of Michigan's Stamp's School of Art & Design, Paris started working at Trollback + Company. You can find Paris' design and animation work in many commercials, title sequences and on broadcast. She has had her independant film featured at the Williamsburg International Film Festival and at the Michigan Theater for the Stamp's Senior Showcase.

stage manager

Nikki holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder and currently resides in Brooklyn. Previous New York credits include Universal Robots, The Honeycomb Trilogy Part III: Sovereign, Frankenstein Upstairs, Sovereign (Gideon Productions) Patronage, a sex thing (Not Without Rage), Cuckooed, Devil in a Box  (All For One Theater), Sleep No More (PunchdrunkNYC), Dear Albert Einstein, Ballerina Swan, Wanda's Monster (New York City Children’s Theater) The Blood Brothers Present... Raw Feed (Nosedive Productions), and Have Mercy (Manhattan Theatre Source). 

assistant producer

Sean is a New York-based theatre administrator and actor. He is currently an Administrative Assistant at Ma-Yi Theater Company, the nation’s preeminent incubator for new work by Asian American playwrights, where he manages the company’s online communications, social media, and patron database. Sean has worked with the National Asian American Theatre Company, ZACH Theatre, Story Wranglers, Texas Performing Arts, and the Cohen New Works Festival.

lighting designer

Kate August is an elusive creature of the off Broadway and off-off Broadway theater.  Working regularly as a Stage Manager, Designer (lights and sound), Playwright and Tech Operator at both the SoHo Playhouse and the Players Theatre. Past favorite projects include but are not limited to Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer (Soho Playhouse), Imbible (Soho Playhouse, Hornblower Cruises, the Elekra), Monday Night Magic (Magical Nights), Rubber Ducks and Sunsets (Ground Up Productions), Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire (Kind Strangers Productions), and Excuse My Dust (produced by Michael Shannon and Soho Playhouse Inc).  The last time she was spotted on stage during a performance was many years ago on off Broadway as Dancing Lesbian Nun #2 in Blair Fell's Burning Habits, episode 6. (Afterwards she quickly retreated back to her booth). She also has a profound enjoyment of waffles...

costume designer

Sean is a Costume Designer and artist living in NYC. Before moving to the city, he received his MFA in Costume Design from the University of South Carolina. Most recently, he has been a Costume Assistant for NBC's Saturday Night Live and Showtimes Billions. He previously assisted on the Broadway productions of Bullets Over Broadway the Musical and On the 20th Century; and, the Off-Broadway productions of Between Riverside and Crazy and Dinner with the Boys. Sean's favorite Costume Designs include The Women (Stella Adler Studio of Acting), L'Architruc (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and King Lear (University of South Carolina Theatre). 

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