An integral part of Public Works Improvisational Theater Company since the 1970s, Lee took over as Artistic Director of the company in 2001 after founding member Marlene Rasnick’s passing. The California native, born in 1941, has had successful careers as a Fundamentalist Evangelist preacher, radio host, actor, writer, producer, union organizer, husband, father, grandfather to many & champion for the under-served & wronged. A staple of the Silverlake arts community, Lee continues to be on the forefront of accessible, socially-relevant performing arts productions
Lee has been with the company since 1979. He has helped to create, direct and perform in virtually all the original plays and performance art pieces produced by the company since then. He has also been seen on television on Mama’s Family, Webster, Home Improvement, and MADtv. Before moving to Los Angeles in the late seventies, Boek was a well-known performer and radio personality in northern California, where he was known as Brother Lee Love of the Survival Revival Hour on KZAP-FM radio in the late sixties.
Peter Kors brings a wealth of professional experience in theatre, music and performing arts education to Confessions of a Pulpiteer. He has performed with the innovative children’s theatre group We Tell Stories and was featured in a number of productions with the Mark Taper Forum’s P.L.A.Y (Performing for Los Angeles Youth). As a theatre arts teaching artist, both in the classroom and as a presenter of Professional Development workshops, Peter is a veteran Master Teaching Artist on the roster of the Los Angeles County Music Center, and joined the roster at the Orange County Performing Arts Center as a Master Teaching Artist in 2003. Peter is a cofounder of the internationally acclaimed Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in Northern California, and teaches an acting class to high school students every summer at Inner Spark, the California State Summer School for the Arts at the California Institute for the Arts.
Peter is a popular actor and storyteller with audiences throughout Los Angeles. He has been featured in films, on television—guest starring on “The West Wing” (NBC) and co-starring on “Bram and Alice,” (CBS) — as well as in interactive media, and as a voice actor in numerous films, commercials and television shows. He has performed on stage in cities from Seattle to San Francisco to San Diego, including the Mark Taper Forum Main Stage in Los Angeles.
Peter studied Music and Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University and became a protégé of the internationally acclaimed Commedia Dell’ Arte teacher, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. His two biggest professional learning experiences were when he was the featured Comic Mime performing with Leontyne Price at the San Francisco Opera, and — his favorite “gig”— when, as a very young member of a youth chorus way back in the 60s, he performed and recorded with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.
A product of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, folk music scene, Mitch recorded two albums for the Prestige label in the 1960's. He also accompanied Rosalie Sorrels on her seminal album If I Could Be The Rain. Towards the end of the decade, he drifted west and, with Mark Spoelstra and Mayne Smith, formed the country-rock band Frontier. After Frontier disbanded, Mitch worked as lead guitarist in a number of Northern California honky-tonks, and continued as a studio guitarist and producer with other artists, including Dave Van Ronk and Eric von Schmidt. In 1976 he joined his father at Folklore Productions, where he worked as agent and/or manager for Doc & Merle Watson, Taj Mahal and others. He produced albums for the Watsons (including one Grammy-winner), and also for John Renbourn,Rosalie Sorrels, Robin Flower and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Resuming their performing and songwriting partnership, Mitch Greenhill & Mayne Smith released two albums and toured Britain and Italy.
In the mid-1980's, Mitchell began Folklore Productions' involvement in theater. On Broadway, he composed original music for An Almost Holy Picture, a dramatic play starring Kevin Bacon. At the Mark Taper Forum, The Waiting Room(mainstage, 1994) and Getting Away With Murder (cabaret, 1992) were recognized by Drama-Logue Awards for sound design and original music, respectively. At South Coast Repertory his 1997 work on Sidney Bechet Killed A Man also received a Drama-Logue Award. He has also composed and/or designed for Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, the Huntington in Boston, Arena Stage in Washington and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Film credits include Walter Hill's The Long Riders and Todd Haynes' Safe.
Mitch's early Prestige recordings have been reissued on Fantasy as Shepherd of the City Blues. Also available on CD are Storm Coming and Back Where We've Never Been, by Mitch Greenhill & Mayne Smith.
Roberta Levitow, director, dramaturg, and teacher, has directed over fifty productions in NYC, LA, and nationally with a focus on new work for the American theatre. A co-founder of Theatre Without Borders, she is committed to fostering dialogue among theatre artists around the world including extensive work in Romania and East Africa. She is currently an Associate Artist with the Sundance Theatre Program's Sundance East Africa initiative. She was a member of the Creative Team that created BENEDICTUS by Motti Lerner - a collaboration of Iranian, Israeli and US artists. Awards and honors include being named the American Honoree at the 15th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 2003 and the Alan Schneider Award in 1992 for directorial excellence. She has also received Fulbright Senior Specialist assignments at Makerere University (Uganda), the National University of Theatre & Film (Romania), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her accomplishments and writings are featured in The New York Times, AMERICAN THEATRE Magazine, Theatre in Crisis?: Performance Manifestos for a New Century, The South Atlantic Quarterly, and Writing the World: On Globalization. A graduate of Stanford University, she has previously taught at UCLA and Bennington College.