CARRIE HEITMAN (Co-Artistic Director) Originally from Michigan, she attended Kalamazoo College, receiving the Nelda K. Balch Scholarship for theater. She received her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill earning the Louise Lamont Award for Excellence and awarded Honors in all areas of performance.  She has appeared Off-Broadway, regionally, and traveled extensively performing in the UK, Poland, Russia and Malaysia.  NYC favorites: The Cherry Lane (Phallacy), The Pearl (The Winter’s Tale), The Women’s Project, DTW, The New Ohio, The Abingdon, Mark Morris Dance Center and many others. TV/Film: Lipstick Jungle, A Piece of Cake, The Patriot, Everything’s Gonna Be Pink (Roni Ezra, Oscar Nominee), What About Us? (w/Jasmine Guy). Carrie is a Master teaching artist with the Roundabout Theatre Company.

CHAD LINDSEY (Co-Artistic Director) is an actor, director, and artist based in New York. He holds a BA in music from Valparaiso University. He is the co-artistic director of Hook & Eye Theater. On his way to becoming a theater director, he danced with modern dance companies, apprenticed with a furniture designer for six years, won a snow sculpting contest, choreographed a ballet or two, was in a boy band, mowed lawns, and spent a decade facing himself on the packaging of hair-spiking gel. Chad directed Hook & Eye Theater's The Summoners (2014), God is a Verb (2015), She-She-She (2018), and Echo & Narcissus (2019). Recent performances include: Standartenführer in Barry Manilow's Broadway World Award-winning Harmony at the Ahmanson (LA), Classic Stage Company’s Midsummer (NYC), Pig Iron Theatre's Obie Award-winning Chekhov Lizardbrain, and Liz Swados’ Kaspar Hauser at The Flea Theater in NYC. Chad's film credits include: It's Complicated, Girls will be Girls (Sundance), Straight Jacket, Totally Sexy Loser,  and Caught. On television he has co-starred or guest starred on Unforgettable (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS), Royal Pains (USA), The Beautiful Life (CBS), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), One Life to Live (ABC), and many others. 


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ELIZABETH LONDON (Core Member) is an actor, director, and master Shakespeare teaching artist.  New York appearances include Off-Broadway, downtown, gala benefits/concerts, the internet series 35, as well as work regionally with Vermont Stage, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Burning Coal (Raleigh), Painted Pride (Philadelphia), Deertrees (Maine), New Noises (Colorado), and internationally with the Shakespeare Revue Company.  Recent directing includes 5-actor tours of Pinocchio (Infinity Theatre/Arts for All) and Romeo and Juliet (Classics on Tour).  Elizabeth has recorded many audio books, including directing and playing Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice for JBI, The Tanakh for JPS, spoken-word on singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey’s Deep Blue, and voice dubbing for anime.  Elizabeth holds a BFA in Film from NYU, has trained with SITI and BADA, and is a longtime teaching artist for TFANA and the Metropolitan Opera. She is a member of Actors’ Equity and is having a blast working with Hook & Eye.

EMILY KUNKEL (Core Member) REGIONAL: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Barrington Stage Company, Westport Country Playhouse. NEW YORK: Gotham Stage, Incubator Arts, EstroGenius, Fringe. Emily Kunkel is a graduate of Fordham University's Theatre program and an alumnus of The Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice program.  She is a member of threescienes sketch comedy team. 

VIRGINIA VENK (Core Member) helped in the creation of Unlawful Gatherings, the first piece of the company.  She has performed with Clowns Ex Machina, an all female comedy troupe, since 2005 and was part of the 50th Anniversary Season of Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa theater.  Other New York plays include Ionesco's The Lesson (Soho Repertory Theater) Samuel Becket's, Rockaby (Westbeth), Pennylyn White’s, Bocca Alla Lupa (Access Theater), Harold Pinter’s, A Kind of Alaska and No Dogs Allowed by Shel Silverstein (TAI Theater).  In 2012 she debuted her one woman show at The Brooklyn Art Exchange.   

NYLDA RIA MARK (Core Member) Has been apart of various off, off broadway productions over the past couple years. You can find her on the web via web series pilot We Be Nurses, and an independent feature entitled Vitelli's. You can also see her guest star in the second season web series of So Soha, on YouTube, which is recently an official selection, nominated for best ensemble cast by LA-WebFest 2018. She will also appear this year in a web commercial for Blue Man Group at some point this year. She has her B.A. from Western Michigan University and an MFA from University of California, Irvine. She would like to thank her friends and colleagues at Hook & Eye, along with her friends and family for their continuing love and support.


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CYNTHIA BABAK (Core Member) is a multi-disciplinary theater artist with over 20 years’ experience in the New York theater world. She is also a founding member of Brooklyn’s Brave New World Rep, where  in recent years she directed Arthur Miller’s THE AMERICAN CLOCK, and Lynn Nottage’s  FABULATION.  Cynthia recently played Jake’s Mom in the video comedy LIFE SUCKS; and her two-woman comedy show with Michael Huston, BABES IN THE WOODS, continues to amuse in venues throughout NYC.

JAMIE EFFROS (Core Member) is an NYC-based performer/writer/director and voice-over talent.  He most recently appeared in Woodshed Collective’s lauded immersive theater experience, Empire Travel Agency. Jamie met Chad Lindsey in the olden days, when they were both members of the Bats: the resident company of The Flea Theater, and he is thrilled to be working with Hook and Eye for the first time.  More info at


LEAH MCVEIGH (Production Manager)

Leah has been working as a professional Stage Manager and Production Manager since 2004. Credits include, A Raison in the Sun (Broadway), Vital Theatre Company, Virginia Opera Company, Brevard Music Center, Queens College Opera and Musical Productions, NYU Tisch Graduate Acting productions, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. For the last seven years Leah has also been working as a teaching artist in public schools throughout NYC. Leah holds a BFA from the Conservatory for Entertainment Design and Technology at Purchase College, State University of New York.