About Us

376660_4392661655501_50239285_n (1)Lively Productions is the producing entity behind Blogologues (est. Spring 2011), a live sketch comedy show in which the internet is performed verbatim onstage. Lively Productions is a registered 501(c)3 organization. For general inquiries, please email info@livelyproductions.org.

MISSION: We explore the intersection between storytelling and new media by creating live entertainment that brings people together to experience the media we usually experience alone. Our goal is to resonate with modern audiences and reinvigorate an appreciation of live theater. We’re also committed to promoting women’s voices: Our casts feature more women than men as a rule, and our Blogologues productions feature more female bloggers than men. Blogologues is our flagship project

The Team

Jen Jamula & Allison Goldberg, Creative Directors
Alli & Jen are co-creators of Blogologues and have been Co-Creative Directors of Lively Productions since August of 2010. Jen & Alli co-conceived, produced and performed in Blogologues beginning in May 2011, and have subsequently created and performed in 16 new versions of the show throughout lower Manhattan. Blogologues has been featured in The Daily Beast (“this is a great, intelligent, funny show”), Time Out New York (“Your Perfect Weekend”, print), The Huffington Post (“Blogologues proves that the internet and live theatre can live in harmony”), The New York Times (Aug. 2013 Critics’ Pick), CBS (“5 best things to do in NYC”) and more. As a result of the popularity of the stage show, the team has been hired to create comedic content for brands such as Time Out (“Tweet of the Week”), Mashable, The Guardian, and more. Alli & Jen have spoken and performed at several conferences, including SXSW, the ArtsTech Unconference, and TheLi.st Summit, and they give comedy + public speaking workshops for tech companies and student groups. Jen and Alli both graduated from Yale, and Lively Productions now proudly makes its home at AlleyNYC, the city’s best co-working space and the company’s official sponsor.

Casey Malone, Production Manager
Casey is a Production, Stage, and Events Manager, seamstress, and a Teaching Artist with Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School and Fordham School of the Arts. She received her BA in Theatre and Human Development with a focus in Social Justice from Eckerd College. Current NYC projects: IMCD Lighting, Inc., Pinkalicious with Vital Theatre Company, and Margarita & Max with Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival. She enjoys frolicking through parks, hanging out with her one-eyed pirate kitty, and listening to NPR.

Andrew Ash, Ensemble
Andrew is so happy to be a part of Lively Productions! New York: Lively Productions (Blogologues, The Rivals), Inwood Shakespeare Festival (Othello), TheatreWorks USA (Max & Ruby), Queens Players (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (A Christmas Carol, The Nina Variations, The Foreigner), Hangar Theatre (What Happened to Bill Viola?, Bluebeard, Two Donuts, The Wedding Reception). Film: The Cigar Collector, 101 Ways to Kill Yourself. Proud member of AEA.

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Dave suffers from full blown Peter Pan syndrome and has absolutely no interest in a cure. Recent credits include: Avenue Zoo (The Bronx Zoo), These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea Theatre), Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (Royal Pretenders), and multiple Blogologues productions. He does voice over work for early education software programs and animated film. He is a proud graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as a company member of The Flea Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre.


Mathew R. Cox, Ensemble
Matthew Cox is a 2011 graduate of Tarleton State University where he received a BFA in Theatre. He is an actor, improviser, writer and musician. Recent acting credits/favorite roles includes several productions of Blogologues with Lively Productions. More recently, he completed the 2011 Summer Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and is currently attending classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade training center. He dedicates this to Adrian.

IMG_2194 lower res. Danny Gardner, Ensemble
Danny is very F*@king  excited to be in Blogologues! Recent credits include: National Tours: Here to Stay – The Gershwin Experience and 42nd Street. Other Credits: Room 17B at 59E59, Time Step at the New Victory Theater, Neurosis at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Show Boat at Goodspeed Opera House, Noah Racey’s Pulse at the Asolo Rep, and Grease at Reading High School (playing opposite Jen Jamula). Love to Aleka!

Wendy Joy, Ensemble
Wendy Joy is a ball of sunshine and laughter and…yep, you guessed it JOY! At least, according to her mother. She is originally from Florida: the sunshine state (coincidence? we think not.) She studied acting and all aspects of the theatre at The University of South Florida and holds a BA in Theatre. She performs with Artistic New Directions improv team: Yes& and with Sunday Night Improv. You better have seen her in at least 1 of the 8 Blogologues she has performed in.

Adam Levinthal, Ensemble
Recent NYC credits: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Sonnet Rep), Goodbadugly (Manhattan Rep) and Blogologues at the St. Marks Theater. A graduate of the class of 2011 from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, favorite roles at school include Sydney Black (Light Up The Sky) and Ben Hubbard (The Little Foxes). Adam made his professional debut at the age of 16 in a joint production of Lost In Yonkers with the Walnut Street Theater and the Coconut Grove Playhouse.


Jackie-Renee-Robinson Jackie Renee Robinson, Ensemble
Jackie Robinson (yes) is originally from Gulf Breeze, FL. Since graduating from the University North Carolina School of the Arts in May of 2012, she has been in three Blogologues shows: Spooky Election Special, Health & Fitness, and Greatest Hits.  She also just closed a new play in the Midtown International Festival, and a production of Much Ado About Nothing. She is crazy excited to be a member of the Lively Productions team!

Elaine White, Filmmaker
Elaine has worked as a camera man, production assistant, director, editor, and other various production roles for everything from weddings to music videos to documentaries. She is proud of her background with Cows Come Home sketch comedy troupe, Mixed Signals improv toupe, and now, at last, the Lively Productions Blogologues webisodes. She graduated in 2012 from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Radio TV & Film and a minor in Theater.

Gary Berard, Ensemble
Gary is a graduate of Syracuse University and has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. Recent film credits: Chasing Yesterday (2014 Tribeca Film Festival), All The Beautiful Things (2014 Sundance Film Festival) and Not Now (2014 Cannes Film Festival). He considers one of his more enriching professional experiences to be working alongside Adrien Brody and director, Tony Kaye, on the feature film Detachment. www.garyberard.com

Emily Lenguadoro Magi Calcagne, Intern
Magi is a butt virgin. She can’t promise that she won’t do butt-stuff in the future but she can promise that she won’t want to. Magi’s favorite Yankee Candle scent is Beachwood. She studies screenwriting at Emerson College in Boston and expects to be denied a diploma in 2017 for some minor formality. She is a member of the Emerson sketch comedy troupe: Chocolate Cake City. Follow Magi on twitter: @crackcalcagne.


Isabel McCullough, Intern
Isabel is student at Yale Universty, studying Classics and Computer Science. As an intern for Lively Productions, she’s worked on redesigning livelyproductions.org and things like this page (which she hopes you enjoy perusing). She’s excited to be working with such a fun group of people!

Will Nixon, Intern
Will is an aspiring filmmaker, writer, and actor who’s way more excited to utter the phrase, “I have an internship in the city” than he should be. Truly, he’s thrilled to pursue his love for theater, comedy, and X-rated fanfiction with this incredible group of people. His hobbies include spilling coffee on himself at the beginning of his day, eating Magi’s food without asking for permission, and complaining about his desk chair around 2 PM. Look for him at a college near a Chipotle in Fall 2015.


 


Greg Edwards, Playwright
Greg has written lyrics for Neurosis (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SALT Award); book & lyrics for Taking the Plunge (NYMF, Samuel French OOB Festival) and Episcus & Edendus (Lively Productions); plays Craving for Travel (Off-Broadway) and Everaftering (Lively Productions); the game Jessica Plunkenstein & the Dusseldorf Conspiracy (PC Gamer UK, NYT Best Adventure Game); Honors: BMI Harrington Award, Fred Ebb Award (two-time finalist), and Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship (top-12 semifinalist). www.greged.com

Lisa Siciliano, Co-Founder Lisa is a co-founder of Lively Productions, and was a co-creative director from 2007-2008. Lisa Siciliano is an actress, director, writer, producer, and educator.  Since moving to the Windy City in the fall of 2008, Lisa has taught with Lifeline Theatre, American Theatre Company, ARCC Ballet, Emerald City Theatre, Lasalle Language Academy, the Swedish American Museum, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and with the Columbia College Summer Arts Camp.

Jessica Schnall, Cat Lady, Third Wheel
Jessica Schnall is a writer, newspaper copy editor and life partner to cats Teva and Isabel. As she’s never been published anywhere worth mentioning, and she’ll probably never pursue a career onstage thanks to her stoic disposition, she will repurpose parentheses to overshare. (She’s seen Elton John in concert more than 30 times.) (Her mom has accused her of having a “Julie Andrews fetish,” which she took as a compliment.) (Apparently, she has a thing for British geriatrics.)

selfie Ash Masrani, Social Media Intern
Ash is a student at The New School studying writing with a minor in live tweeting. She spends most of her time at Upright Citizens Brigade taking classes or watching shows (or constantly re-watching Love Actually on Netflix). She hopes to have a career in comedy in some form but will most likely end up having to marry rich and spend her days in country clubs, drinking mimosas. Lastly, Ash is pretty stoked to be part of the Blogologues team and spread the interwebs’ humor all over New York City.


Charlotte Kaufman, Intern
Charlotte is a rising senior at the Lycée Français de New York. She is an avid theater-goer and is the co-director of the Student Run English Theater group at her school. She co-wrote the most recent English Theater performance titled “Fakers”. She has been doing a lot of creative research for Lively Productions and is working hard to increase the organization’s media presence. She is thrilled to be a part of this exciting phase of the organization and to be working with such a creative group of people!

photo (33) Tom Zhou, Intern
Tom Zhou is a rising sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is studying film. As an intern with Lively Productions in the summer of 2013, Tom helped maintain the organization’s social media presence. He also helped research, film, and post for Blogologue’s partnership with Time Out New York: “Tweet of the Week,” and photographed rehearsals and events.

image Victoria Wong, Film & Marketing Intern
Victoria is an aspiring writer and producer studying at The New York FilmAcademy. She’s worked on a number of short films and just finished her first feature script. She’s also developing a scripted TV drama as well as a reality show. On her spare time she loves visiting different television and movie sets around New York.  Although her background is in film and television she is really excited to explore the world of theater with Lively Productions and couldn’t imagine a better group of people to do it with.

Sarah Dutille, Intern
Sarah is ecstatic to join Lively Productions as their general intern. After graduating with a Communications degree from SUNY Albany, she stumbled upon Lively Productions which had her at first Blogologue. She worked on Lively’s production of Blogologues: Younger Than Springtime and looks forward to a bright future in production.  All for peace & friendship.


Julienne Jones, Video & Graphic Design Intern
Julienne Jones is most known for her shining performance in The Abominable Blogologues: Tobogganing to 2012. In addition to being a stage sensation, she also acts as Lively Productions’ Media Producer, creating pretty little things like business cards, videos, and press packets! She is honored to be working alongside such talented and wonderful people.

Caroline Pocock, Marketing Intern
Caroline is a sophomore at New York University majoring in Global Liberal Studies with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Her studies include non-profit management and marketing, which she is exploring through her experience at Lively Productions. Caroline assists with research in marketing, grant writing, and outreach for Blogologues. She is thrilled to be working with such driven, inspirational people who make her laugh every day.

Emily Lenguadoro Emily Lenguardoro, Public Relations Intern
Emily is currently studying public relations, journalism and speech communications at Hofstra University, where she expects to graduate in May 2015. She has a great love for theater and NYC, and hopes to be able to combine all of her passions into a career soon. While interning with Lively Productions, Emily has gotten several media placements and worked as the house manager.

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  2. DOTTIE /

    Dear Blogologues,

    In response to a recent post by The East Village Local about your latest project, below are two rather theatrical items I recently posted on Facebook (hope they are of use). The first is very short. The second incident took about eight minutes…

    Dottie Wilson
    “the horror, the horror…” 
THIS MORNING, I found THREE giant, disgusting neon-green WORMS (w/ little white thingies/eggs! all over them) on my Tomato plants. I did scream — and they enjoyed a six-floor drop & splatter on cement. Contemplating RAID.

    Dottie Wilson
    Last month at 3am, I cleared over over 50! NYU students off my roof with a flashlight not a gun. Amanda was my inspiration/it felt GOOD — I was just so AWESOME! Note: am a major sound sleeper, told the people beforehand not to go on my fragile/re-built side, there was signage… They woke me up, to say the least. Well, better that than getting roof leaks! :D

    Pumpkin and Honey Bunny Pulp Fiction
    http://www.youtube.com

    Sincerely,

    Dottie

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