Photograph: Vanessa Viola -

Photograph: Vanessa Viola -

Writer/Actor/ProducerLorien Haynes

A professional actress in the UK, Lorien toured as Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Christine in Miss Julie and has worked in national film, television and radio. 

A 2016 semi-finalist for The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Lorien’s screenplay of Good Grief was also shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab [Jan 2017]. The play was workshopped in summer 2016 by New York Stage and Film with John Slattery directing. And a workshop production under the new title Butterside Down was staged in LA in spring 2017.

Lorien wrote and produced An Open Secret for Oscar nominated director Amy Berg, [2015]. She has adapted Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister for the stage and has two further plays; A Man and a Woman about the legacy of sexual assault on a woman's subsequent relationships and The Lift - a co-write about racial profiling and women's rights set in 2022.

Her other projects include a film adaptation of The Taming of The Shrew with Ben Lawson,  a half hour comedy pilot called The Actress and a one hour drama called War Reporter - both with UK producers This Red Rock Ltd.

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Actor - William McKinney

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, William received the TSSAA Award for Best Actor for his performance as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and moved to New York to pursue a scholarship at the New York School for Film and Television.  

His theater credits include the  Hollywood Fringe Festival’s production of Rock and Roll’s Greatest Lovers and Act One Theater's production of How to Succeed in Business.  His film credits include Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown and lead roles in the films Blue Like Jazz, American Exorcism, The Identical, and the award winning short; Warm, Smooth, Mean.

Having just completed filming on two features; Journey to Royal and A Great Movie, William starred as Adam in the LA production of Butterside Down and is thrilled to be continuing his journey with a 2018 return to NYC.



Actor - Emma Deigman

Emma Deigman (Edei) is a singer-songwriter and actress from the UK. Following the success of her single Loved - which reached no.4 in the list of most played love songs that year - and two major support tours in the UK, she moved to the US and signed a recording deal with RH Music.

Emma, going under the artist name Edei, has spent the past few years performing shows around the US while writing and recording her album, with the single I’ll Go being released in 2015.

Emma’s theatre credits include Les Miserables and Annie in London’s West End. Film and TV credits include Daniel Deronda and Last Orders. Emma is excited to get back on the stage with Butterside Down. During the run of the play, Emma will perform a number of acoustic shows around NYC. Dates and venues to be confirmed.


Director/Producer - Traci Burwitz Mariano

A B.A in Theater from Indiana State University, an M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University and a Drama League Directing Fellow, Traci's work has been seen at the Village Gate, the Shakespeare Festival (NYU Dramatic Writing Program), Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Lambs Theatre.

Traci directed the premiere of Mona Z. Smith’s All That Remains for the Kuma Kahua Theatre in Honolulu, Hawaii. And she directed the premieres of Smith’s Becoming Something at the Kraine Theater, NYC and Borderlands at Soho Rep, NYC.

Her new play work includes Christopher Kyle's Boca, Berlin, This Blessed Knot and the American Living Room Festival premieres of La Stigmata and Rachel. Traci also directed Kyle's adaptations of Hamlet, The Changeling and Brecht's Baal.



Producer - Travis Leete

After graduating Yale Divinity School and law school at the University of the Pacific, Travis moved to Austin, Texas where he worked as a policy attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, a nonprofit organization endeavoring to reform the criminal justice system and reduce incarceration. There he helped draft legislation and advocate for policy aimed at improving the adult criminal justice system.

Returning to his native California, Travis parlayed his background into business development and joined an executive team responsible for establishing and managing the corporate infrastructure and buildout of ATX Tacos, a unique food concept in LA.

Drawing from his experiences in law, politics, and business – and maintaining his interest in human rights and social activism – Travis did what any sensible person would do and followed his heart into the stable and lucrative discipline of theater and film.  Travis joined the Butterside Down production team in spring 2017, during its Los Angeles run, and is now delighted to be continuing on in its New York productions. 


Producer - Justin Sintic

Justin is an actor, writer and producer who splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles. He has a degree in Theatre and Masters of Science in Journalism from Quinnipiac University, Connecticut and his training includes Tony Greco, Jocelyn Jones and Greta Seacat.

Notable theatre credits include: John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, An Old Story and Women of Manhattan. Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project (Long Wharf Theatre, CT). Terry Quinn's Bad Evidence (Elephant Theatre, LA) and Eric Bogosian's Suburbia. His television work includes: Jessica Jones (Netflix), Southland (TNT), Criminal Minds (CBS), Suburgatory (ABC) and national commercials for Nokia, Wells Fargo, Time Warner Cable, Nike, Tylenol, ESPN and Labatt Blue.

Justin is excited to join the production team of Butterside Down and has been cast in the staged reading of Lorien’s Haynes next play, A Man and A Woman.


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Maggie Davis – Stage Manager

Happy to be joining this project! Stage and production management credits include: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Delaware Theatre Company); two seasons with Pennsylvania Shakespeare FestivalYours, Anne, among other productions (Half Moon Theatre); Seven seasons with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, including A Midsummer Night's Dream (with The Pearl Theatre Company); Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church);  Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour); Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre)Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.

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Cathy Small – Costume Designer

Recent Design credits include Androboros with PeculiarWorks Company at Fraunces Tavern Museum, NYC; The Icarus Play, by Anne Phelan at the Open Source Gallery; The Bet, A New Musical by Tony Sportiello and David Wolfson, directed by Tom Herman and Cindercellar by Joan Liman, directed by Joyia Bradley with The Midtown International Theatre Festival. 912 Oz with Sanctuary Playwrights Theater at TheaterLab NYC, and Breaking The Silence with Theatre Resources Unlimited at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland – both directed by Katrin Hilbe. Recent Assistant Design credits include Wicked –The Musical’s many touring companies, costumes by Susan Hilferty. Cathy is also a Teaching Artist with Roundabout Theatre Company’s Education Department.