The Trauma Brain Project Team
DAYLE ANN HUNT
Aside from penning The Trauma Brain Project, Dayle Ann’s screenplay, Unspoken, could be called an “unconscious prequel” as it deals with turn-of-the-century, trauma-based anxiety, panic and depression in a character who has also been medicated and misdiagnosed with “hysteria.” A five-time finalist script, it placed in the top 15 percent of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and showcased at the IFP Market in NYC. The Winter House Haunting, also a multi-finalist screenplay, placed in the top 20 percent of the Nicholl Fellowships and took second place in the Cynosure Screenwriting Competition in LA; she is adapting it for the stage. Her play, Either/Or, was part of the Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival (MITF) in NY (Nom: Playwright's Award), and was a top three finalist with the Moondance Int’l Festival. She is a past presenter in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop for Castles (book and lyrics) based on a Herman Raucher novel, and co-authored Christmas Carol...ed!, with Dan Cooney, which had its world premiere at the Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter, MI. Other current projects include New World Comin', a 60's musical which began development with students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and The Long Lost Land of Color, a young readers novel. NYU graduate, Dramatists Guild, WGA
DEBORAH BARNES was raised in a theater-centric family. In her youth, she attended drama school, did voice-overs, TV, radio, print ads, and was a member of both SAG and AFTRA. She later switched gears and embarked on a 30-year career in the banking industry, attaining the position of Senior Risk Management Officer of the Financial Crimes Investigation department of a Chicago bank holding company. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in political science and is passionate about bringing attention to issues that affect women. Deborah is grateful to be joining The Trauma Brain Project where she hopes to contribute to this vitally important cause by combining her extensive business skills and love of theater.
"I think it's very important that this piece get done again, and done again, and again and again and again...."
(Actress Marsha Mason)
Original Director (NYC)
DIAAN AINSLEE began her career as an actress and dancer, working under the direction of such luminaries as George Abbott, Herbert Ross, Peter Gennaro and Abe Burrows (also as assistant to Mike Nichols and Neil Simon). Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow, Fiorello, Brigadoon, What Makes Sammy Run, Fools and Agnes of God. Numerous Regional credits include Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, She Loves Me, Guys & Dolls, Pajama Game and Showboat. TV credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, The Cosby Show, and Happy Days, among others. As a director/choreographer, Diaan has helmed numerous productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Vagina Monologues, Festival, Beach Blanket Babylon, Fragments and Pieces. She served as Artistic Director for Manhattan Edge Theatre Company (1991-2010) and has directed seminars on Public Speaking for Executives for corporations such as the United Way of NY and Nebraska Telephone. Diann is an acting teacher and coach in NYC to many Broadway performers, among them, Brian Darcy James, Jeff Calhoun and countless others. She is thrilled to be involved in this wonderful, important project! AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ACTRA
"...an incredible piece of dramatic writing...."