Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to provide asylum to highly charged subjects and characters. With ensemble-driven performance we investigate to inspire curiosity, empathy, and action. We seek a freer world and believe theater is both the means and the ends. For The Debates, we are providing asylum—a safe and heightened place for investigation—to the democratic process, using our theatrical tools to empower voters. We vehemently believe both theater and democracy should be widely accessible and seek to provide an open door and welcome mat at every step of the process. During The Debates 2016, we were able to raise enough money to make every event and performance completely free for the audience. For The Debates 2020 we seek to remove as many barriers for entry as possible, including those that are experiential, social, and financial. www.theaterinasylum.com
Paul Bedard (TIA Co-Artistic Director)
Paul Bedard is a New York City-based theater director and activist. He is a founder and artistic director of Theater in Asylum, which strives to provide asylum to highly-charged subjects and characters. Recent directing credits include Daphne at The IRT Theater, The Infernal Machine at The Hangar Theatre, and ¡Olé! in the Prague International Fringe Festival. Paul is a Drama League Directing Fellow and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.paulhbedard.com
Katie Palmer (TIA Co-Artistic Director)
Katie Palmer is a choreographer, theater maker, teaching artist and advocate. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, recent NYC Choreography Credits include: In Fields Where They Lay (The New Ohio), Held Momentarily (The Sheen Center, NYC Fringe ENCORES Series), ¡Olé! (Prague International Fringe Festival, NYC: UNDER St Marks), Sweeney Todd, Falsettos, Once on This Island. Katie works with Disney Theatrical Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Center for Arts Education and Together in Dance as a Dance and Musical Theater Teaching Artist in the public schools of New York. Katie is also Communications Director of The League of Independent Theater, an advocacy group for the makers of Independent Theater in New York City.
Kathryn Appleton (TIA Managing Director)
Kathryn Appleton is a theater producer based in New York. Past producing credits include #Coriolanus; ¡Olé!, Revolution in 1, and Frankenstein; HALF written by Rebecca Foresman, Assistant Poetry Editor at the New Yorker; Lemon Cake, directed by Julia Locascio, Assistant Costume Designer on the War Horse tour; and the live-streamed stage reading of The Idealist, featuring Alison Pill and Tony Roberts. Upon graduating with a B.A. from Columbia University, Kathryn worked on the Broadway show Time Stands Still. She is currently the Marketing Manager at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Managing Director of Theater in Asylum.
Hilarie Spangler TIA community Engagement Manager
Always a lover of the interdisciplinary, Hilarie Spangler practices as a musician, music director, arts producer, storyteller and activist interested in the pursuit of truth, community with a deep commitment to storytelling. She currently is NYC Based working as a freelance music director and as the Director of Programs, Grants and Ventures for FreshGrass Foundation. She is also the co-founder of Cardinal Cross Arts Collective, which uses interdisciplinary theater and rural-urban exchange to produce, amplify, and celebrate the art of women and other Appalachian people whose stories are seldom told on stage. Her biggest exploration is around community music-making and living in the “space in between.”
Samantha Keogh TIA Resident Dramaturg
Samantha Keogh is a performer, writer and dramaturg. Her previous credits with the company include ¡Olé! (dramaturg, Tour Manager for U.S. tour, Company Manager for tour to Prague), #Coriolanus (dramaturg), Extraordinary (dramaturg, performer), and Revolution in 1 (performer). Other dramaturgy credits include Stoopdreamer, The McGowan Trilogy, Hard Times: An American Musical, and The Irish Cell with The Cell NYC. Previous performance credits include Love, NY (LaTiDo), Pirates of Penzance (Fiddlehead Theater Company), Oklahoma!, Hot L Baltimore, and Titus Andronicus. She trains in Butoh with The Ume Group and is a member of The Parish Choir at Grace Church in Union Square. For more information go to www.samanthakeogh.com.
The DeBATES 2020
Staged adaptations of the 2020 Presidential Debates. Coming September 2019.
All expenditures for The Debates are paid for by Theater in Asylum. No action, script line, voting guide, or event is authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Theater in Asylum does not endorse any candidate in this race. We simply want more people, people like you, to engage and participate. While many moments in our shows are mimicked alongside video (our way of quoting) others are departures meant to serve only as parody and satire. No copyright infringement, defamation, libel, or slander is intended. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us. Please don’t sue us!