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The Team


Marianne Driscoll            Playwright

Kira Simring                      Director

Gertjan Houben                Production Designer

Brian Reager                      Assistant Director

Mackenzie Meeks             Production Stage Manager

Sienna Zoe Allen              Costume Designer

Charles Mueller                Sound Designer


Marianne Driscoll, Writer


Marianne is a resident artist at the cell. Her last play,  McGoldrick's Thread played to sold out performances at St. Mark's Theatre 80 in the East Village. McGoldrick's Thread was part of the 1st Irish Theatre
Festival and won top honors including Best Production, Best Director (Kira Simring) and Best Choreography. Marianne has been creating images and stories her entire life, running her own portrait studio, as well as documenting numerous events on film, both in the U.S and abroad.

Kira Simring,  Script Development and Director

Kira is the Artistic Director of the cell.  A professional director for over 15 years, Kira has worked closely with writers to develop and realize their work. Most recently, she directed the New York Times Critic's Pick Hard Times, An American Musical by Larry Kirwan. Outside of the cell, Kira's direction has been seen in venues throughout NYC, including The New Theatre Row Theatres, City Center's VOX at NYU's Skirball Theatre, The Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space and 80 St. Mark's Theatre. Regional venues include CenterStage in Baltimore, New Village Arts in San Diego, and The Connecticut Grand Opera

Nancy Manocherian, Founding Artistic Director

Nancy is a lyricist, playwright and producer.  Writing credit include: Hey Jude, Urban Stages.  Sin!; Rio, a Brazilian musical novella (Theatre for the New City); and Dinner and Delusion, an opera co-written with composer Michael Sahl (The Center for Contemporary Opera/New York city Opera’s VOX Festival)   Her passion is for the arts and her dream is the cell, a 21st century salon.

the cell

the cell, A Twenty First Century Salon  (Nancy Manocherian, Founding Artistic Director and Kira Simring, Artistic Director) is dedicated to creating works to mine the mind, pierce the heart, and awaken the soul. the cell is a not-for-profit collective for artists to incubate and present new work.  


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