Who We Are
Susane Lee (Executive Artistic Director)Susane has extensive experience in both television and stage. She began her television career at WGBH PBS in Boston where she worked on the NOVA Science Series for three years. She came to NYC and spent twelve years working as a Producer and Writer for Channel 13/WNET. During this time, she travelled to more than 100 cities across the U.S., researching story ideas, finding experts in their field, and producing and writing one hour prime-time documentaries for PBS. Working with casting agents and attending talent showcases, she has auditioned countless actors for her series over the years. She has had the privilege of working with many talented actors including Roy Schneider, Matthew Modine, James Naughton, as well as many renown experts and filmmakers from around the world. She was the Co-Principal Investigator for two 'National Science Foundation' grants, one which awarded her $1.6 million for her multi-part PBS series. She produced and wrote for NASA and The Heinz Center their "State of the Nation's Ecosystems Report " for the development of their PBS series. She won the 'PBS Communication Award' in 1999 as well as a Fellowship from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She has been a freelance Producer, Writer, and Script Consultant on numerous television and film projects over the years and continues to be. For a longer list of her television credits, 'click here.' Susane is a Lifetime Member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and, starting six years ago, produced and directed their popular 'Screenplay Reading Series.' Working closely with NYC casting agents and professional actors, she has directed these works on stage at both the JCC on the Upper Westside and at Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center. Susane also started the WGAE's 'Writing Mentoring Program' in 2006, enlisting the Guild's members as mentors. For the pilot program, she worked with an organization for foster children. The teenagers wrote radio dramas which were broadcast on public radio WNYC. The Writing Mentorship is on-going today. Susane also led writing workshops in NYC public high schools. A member of the Guild's Activities Committee since 1997, she is involved in helping organize their annual awards dinners, benefit events, and other workshops. For Hudson Warehouse, she has produced their season since 2010. In November 2014, she directed The Warehouse's very first contemporary play, "Same River Twice," by Benjamin Elterman. In June of 2013, she directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (abridged) for their summer stage and remounted it again the fall of 2013 at The Bernie Wohl Center on Manhattan's Upper West side, which marked the Warehouse's first indoor production. She wrote the adaptation for the Warehouse's August 2013 world premiere production of The Three Musketeers , based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, for which she also Assistant Directed. In 2012, she directed their June production of Comedy of Errors as well as was Assistant Director of Richard III that August. Susane founded and is the Director of the Warehouse's 'Writers-a-Go-Go' (W.A.G.G.) contemporary play reading series which promotes the works of living writers with lively staged readings. She most recently directed a staged reading of Michael Menger's Sweet Morning in 2014 and Through Andrew's Eyes , written by Oscar Cabrera in the spring 2013. To date, W.A.G.G. has mounted 9 staged readings of new plays. She also teaches Acting and Playwriting at the Goddard Riverside Community Center for their senior center and After School. As part of the Warehouse's Outreach program, Susane has directed plays for colleges and schools. Susane was a Finalist for the 2013 Wai Look Award, given by the Asian American Arts Alliance for those who "outstandingly contributed to the arts." She also won an 'Urban Artist Initiative Grant for Literature' in 2006 and a 'New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship' grant for Nonfiction Literature in 2005. Susane published a memoir in the February 2010 issue of MORE Magazine entitled "The I Ching Daughter," available on-line. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA.
Nathan Mattingly (Associate Artistic Director)Nathan Mattingly is a New York City-based actor, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He made his Hudson Classical Theater Company debut in their 2015 production of Henry 4.1, and has served as Musical Director of the company since 2016. As an actor, Nathan has been seen at Hudson Classical as King Richard in Richard II, Horatio in Hamlet, D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra, Agis in The Triumph of Love, and Aeneas in Trojan Women, among others.
Other New York theatre includes Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (Greenwood Lake Theater) and Hundred Aker Wood (Hudson Guild Theatre). Film: "Ramona", "Wanted" (2016 Cannes Short Selection). Nathan has composed original music for productions of Much Ado About Nothing (Hudson Classical), Othello (Hudson Classical), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snarks/ACC). He is also a guitarist, singer, pianist, and oboist.
Nathan was classically trained at the London Dramatic Academy and in master classes with Henry Goodman and Ben Whishaw. He is a graduate of the Cornell University acting program, where he was a Christopher Reeve scholar.
Nicholas Martin-Smith (Associate Artistic Director)Mr. Martin-Smith founded Hudson Classical Theater Company in 2004 and served as its Artistic Director for 18 years. A passionate teaching artist during his tenure he worked hard to forge relationships with the NYC Parks Department, the Department of Corrections and with many communities of the Upper West Side through Goddard Riverside's Community Arts Program.
In addition to teaching at Brooklyn College, Mr. Martin-Smith has taught acting at Marymount Manhattan College, St. Francis College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the Riverside Park Conservancy, and the New York City Department of Corrections. He also coaches privately and holds his Monday Night Actor's Salon.
For Hudson Classical Theater Company he has directed, among other plays, an original adaptation of Cyrano by Joseph Hamel, Romeo and Juliet (twice) as well as Julius Caesar, at Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center for the Arts where HCTC is the resident theater company.
Mr. Martin-Smith also had the pleasure of directing the world premiere of a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's "The D'Artagnan Romances" which includes The Three Musketeers, The Three Musketeers: Twenty Years Later, and The Man in the Iron Mask. All adapted by his long-time collaborator Susane Lee.
Mr. Martin-Smith has worked for years as an actor, having appeared as Egeon in the HCTC's Comedy of Errors, Lord Hastings in Richard III, and as René d'Herblay aka the musketeer Aramis in The Three Musketeers: Twenty Years Later and The Man in the iron Mask. He also appeared in the title role of Shakespeare's TITUS, which he co-directed with Fight Director Jared Kirby. Most recently he appeared as Gerard de Villefort in HCTC's world premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo, also adapted by Susane Lee. It was the fourth and final installment of "The Dumas Adventures," an ambitious four year project which began in 2017 with The Three Musketeers.
Off-Broadway he has appeared as Frank Deluca in The Rise of Dorothy Hale at St. Luke's Theatre and as Harrison Brent in Perfect Crime at the Snapple Theatre Center. Also Off Broadway as Angelo in Measure for Measure (Soho Rep), Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (Douglas Fairbanks) and as Antyphilus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Riverside Shakespeare Co.). In New York he has also appeared as King Magnus in G. B. Shaw's The Apple Cart, under the direction of David Scott, Dr. Lvov in Ivanov at The Mint Theatre, Pentheus in Chuck Mee's adaptation of The Bacchae, and Lt. Charles in Renee Phillippi's adaptation of The Adding Machine at 78th Street Theatre Lab. Regionally he has appeared in The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing both at Boston's Publick Theatre, and as Konstantine in The Seagull at the A.R.T. in Cambridge. He also appeared as Franny in Balm in Gilead, John Polk in Am I Blue, and in the title role of David Mamet's Edmond, all at the Alley Theatre Company in Cambridge.
He received his B.F.A. from Tulane University and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College where he was a graduate fellow. He is the recipient of the 'Monroe Lippman Founder's Award for Acting,' and a 'Best of Boston Award' for his performance in the title role of David Mamet's Edmond.
Roger Dale Stude (Director of 'Writers-a-Go-Go')Roger Dale Stude is a small-town Missouri native who moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduation, he supported himself by working at the Drama Book Shop and continued his interest in classical theater at the Kings County Shakespeare Company, appearing over the years in their productions of The Beaux Stratagem , As You Like It , The Tempest, The Rover , The Rivals , and Romeo and Juliet . Roger also worked for the Pearl Theatre as an understudy in their productions of Mirandolina , The Phantom Lady , and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
He is a founding member of True North Ensemble, and appeared for them as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and as Scrooge in A Bronx Christmas Carol . Also with True North he served as Assistant Director for their production of The Taming of the Shrew , and directed productions of Chekhov's The Proposal and David Ives' Arabian Nights .
Mr. Stude's professional relationship with Nicholas Martin-Smith began at the Objectivist Theatre Company's Production of The Night of January 16th , and he was pleased to continue working with Nicholas as an actor with Hudson Warehouse, beginning in 2008 as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing , and following up with the Warehouse in, among others, Hamlet , Cyrano , The Seagull, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, The Triumph of Love, Romeo and Juliet, and as Falstaff in Henry 4.1.
Other New York credits include Caesar in Julius Caesar and Bushy in Richard II for A Crew of Patches, Chater in Arcadia , Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile , and Sturman in The Clearing for Phoenix Players; Sorin in The Seagull for STEPS Theatre Company; and Claudius in Hamlet at LaMama. He also played Gulliver in Gulliver's Travels for an entire summer at the Swedish Marionette Theatre in Central Park, with puppets, but that's redundant.
Since 2017, Roger has been Director of Writers-a-Go-Go (W.A.G.G. for short, though it is surprisingly difficult to type), the Warehouse's outreach to new writers and works. As Director, he co-produced the 2018 Valentine's Day program at the Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center. He has also written, acted, and directed as part of this annual festival. He promises much more from W.A.G.G. to come.
Paul Singleton (Equity Liaison)Paul Singleton is an Artist in Residence, and has previously played King Henry in Henry IV, Part 1, Chorus in Henry V and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing with Hudson Warehouse. New York Theater includes: Shakespeare at the Greene Space ‑ Brutus in Julius Caesar (New York Public Radio); Grit in a Sensitive Instrument (one-man play, Vineyard Theater – Cable TV also); When I Grow Up (lead, Playwright's Horizons Festival); Careless Love (by John Olive – NY premiere), The Winter's Tale, The Blue Carbuncle (also at Theatre Encino, Los Angeles). Regional includes The Tempest, Idiot's Delight, The Golden Age, Fallen Angels, The School for Scandal, P.S. Your Cat is Dead, Bedroom Farce. TV includes: "Conan O'Brien," "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and Comedy Central. Love always to Nina and Paulie.
John-Ross Winter (Costume Designer)John-Ross has most recently been the costume designer for Hudson Classical Theater's production of Sense and Sensibility this past winter. He has also designed Hudson's Summer 2019 production of The Man in the Iron Mask. He was an assistant Costume Designer for Broadway Bares: Game Night and designed a production of Iphagenia at Aulis for Spiritfox Productions in Summer 2017. He has created costumes, props, and set pieces for stars such as Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, Ginger Zee, Heidi Klum, Meghan McCaine, and has done work for television programs "Gotham", "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner", "The View", and "Good Morning America."
New York Combat for Stage & Screen (Fight Choreography)Led by Jared Kirby, New York Combat for Stage and Screen has been choreographing fights for Hudson Classical Theater Company since 2009 for both our outdoor shows and indoor productions. With over 25 years of experience in fight choreography and training actors, NYCSS is ready to help actors hone their craft and aid productions in navigating staged violence. NYCSS has two main goals:
1) Prepare actors to use violence in their roles through physical training and teaching actable choices so violence becomes a tool to reveal character
2) Provide productions with customized fight choreography which enhances your show, reveals character, and uses violence as a storytelling tool
Rebecca Lingner (Director of Branding)Rebecca is a brand strategist who specializes in non-profit branding. She is currently the Director of Branding at the Mount Sinai Health System. As a consultant, she has worked with a range of organizations in theater, health care and education, including Columbia University Medical Center, Adirondack Museum and TIAA. She has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Baruch College. She’s been a devoted audience member of Hudson Warehouse since 2014 and is excited to help both in front and behind the curtain.
Bryan Bryk (Archivist)Bryan most recently played Albert in our August 2021 production of The Count of Monte Cristo . He also played Costard in the company's Love's Labor's Lost in July 2021. Bryan has performed in several Shakespeare productions around the city including Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Stage & Lion Theatre Company), Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queen's Shakespeare). He's a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater. Bryan can be seen weekly online as a member of the improv group "Quest For The Missing Scripts."
Vince Phillip (Director of Information Technology)Vince Phillip is a native Texan, born in Brownwood. As an Army Brat he travelled extensively through his youth and became heavily involved in theatre through the Creative & Performing Arts Branch of the Morale Support Activities Division of the military in Ft Carson, Colorado and the Berlin Brigade in Berlin, Germany. Upon his graduation from high school in Berlin, he attended The University of Texas at Austin where received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre.
Mr. Phillip then relocated to Dallas, Texas where, along with working freelance in theatre and film, accepted the position of company member and business manager for The Gryphon Players, a classical theatre company. Mr. Phillip later joined Actors Equity Association doing summer Shakespeare in Fort Worth and then packed up his '92 Harley-Davidson and moved to New York City.
Once in New York he accepted the position of company member and business manager for the theatre group TheatreRats, Inc. and held that position for four years. Mr. Phillip has since done numerous projects in theatre and independent film. For the Warehouse, Mr. Phillip has appeared as Le Bret in Cyrano and Montague in Romeo and Juliet in their summer 2010 productions.