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ANDREW VICTOR MYERS (HE/HIM)

Founding Artistic Director

Originally from Batavia, Illinois, Andrew has been a resident of New York City for over six years. Prior to his move to the Big Apple, he studied elementary education before switching to theatre at Waubonsee College under Dr. Maria Boundas Bakalis. During college, Andrew was seen in Rehearsal for Murder, The Shakespeare Project, Elvis People, Legally Blonde, and a self-written one man show entitled It Will Never Happen, telling the story of homosexual Holocaust survivor. Combining his experience in elementary education and theatre, Andrew worked at Curtain Up Classroom in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, as an assistant director and teacher. In February 2019, Andrew produced and directed one of his favorite plays, Holding The Man, adapted by Australian playwright Tommy Murphy, as a benefit reading for Gay Men's Health Crisis. This led to the fulfillment of a lifelong dream when he founded Stay True, an LGBTQ+ theatre company in June 2019, in honor or World Pride. Andrew also directed Stay True’s debut Off-Broadway production Adam & Brian by Craig Donnelly in November 2019. Additionally, Andrew has worked for Ticketing and Subscribers Services at Manhattan Theatre Club and New York City Ballet. Andrew is currently employed at The John Gore Organization-Broadway Across America/Broadway.com. When Andrew isn’t working at Stay True, he can be found in the audience at a show or the ballet (once we're allowed). He loves laughing with his friends at brunch or over a glass of bubbly!​

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ANNE KARYNA BAKAN (SHE/HER)

Associate Artistic Director

is a NYC-based director and dramaturg drawn to work that embodies a fourth-wave feminist critique of patriarchy, capitalism and social injustice. She meets one-on-one with playwrights to consult regarding their works in development and has produced readings and workshops of plays at a variety of developmental stages. Anne works to uplift and develop the voices of women+ and queer artists, reshaping the classical canon to include work by writers whose group memberships have historically been forcibly excluded from cultural and theatrical spaces. In her free time and on the walls of her apartment, Anne dabbles in Ecofeminist-inspired visual art and installations. Anne founded Sarah Lawrence College’s Graduate New Play Development Series and currently works as part of the Front of House team at 59E59 Theaters. Previously, she worked at Dobama Theatre as the Assistant Managing Director, Front of House Manager and Coordinator of the Playwrights’ GYM. Anne is originally from Cleveland by way of Lyon, France. BA: Baldwin Wallace College and Conservatory. MFA: Sarah Lawrence College. Cats: Felicity June and Sawyer Emile. @anne.karyna.b  Website: annekarynabakan.com

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RYAN ANDREW ARTHUR (HE/HIM)

Artistic Assistant

is an actor, producer, director, & teaching artist. Ryan trained at Montclair State University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ryan currently resides on the Upper East Side with his dog, London. He is originally from Simsbury CT. Ryan's favorite theatre experience is The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Selected Actor Credits include Alan in Equus, Dickon in The Secret Garden, Felix in The Normal Heart, and Jem in To Kill A Mockingbird. Fun Fact about Ryan: He loves Dinosaurs and Crab Rangoon. Ryan is a Kennedy Center ACTF Irene Ryan National Nominee. @RyanAndrewArthur 

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HSI-AN CHEN (SHE/HER)

Graphic Designer​