Labeled. Typecast. Stuck.
Told to be shorter or taller, younger or older, funnier, prettier. Told
your time will come.
We want to get unstuck, to find our own unique ways to use theater to engage with the world around us.
We want to give theater artists the chance to make the work they want to make, not the work the industry tells them they should be making.
Founded in December 2016, Pigeonholed is a non-profit theater company based in NYC and founded by NYU Tisch classmates Sasha Lazare and Justin Cimino. Our first production was "Detroit," by Lisa D'Amour, at the IATI Theater in March 2017, directed by Lauren Z. Adleman.
In October 2017, we held "A Live Reading of The Princess Bride" to benefit Pigeonholed at Raven's Head Public House in Astoria, Queens, directed by Justin Cimino.
In January 2018, we produced the third-ever presentation of "Not Clown" by Austin-based Physical Plant Theater's Steve Moore and Carlos Trevino at the Robert Moss Theater, directed by Daniel Adams.
In Spring 2018 we opened our Education wing (head over to the "Education" tab to find out more!)
Head to the Productions tab to find out about our recently announced 2019-2020 season!
SASHA LAZARE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sasha holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Applied Theatre. Favorite roles include Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Sharon in Detroit, and Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as various film and TV roles. She teaches children’s theatre classes throughout Brooklyn and is a volunteer with Zara Aina, a nonprofit that brings theater and clowning to at-risk youth. She also has a puppy named Eloise and will show you a photo if you ask politely.
JUSTIN CIMINO FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Justin received his BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, training at the Meisner Studio. He has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. As an actor, he has performed Off-Broadway and in many other productions in NYC. He has workshopped solo work under Austin Pendleton at The Directors Company. He has been a teaching artist for 15 years. He is currently the Education Director and Operations Manager for Zara Aina, a nonprofit organization that brings theater to at-risk communities in Madagascar and the United States. He was hired by UNICEF to use Zara Aina’s theater work to mobilize communities in Madagascar to fight polio. He has devised, written, and directed several original shows based on Malagasy folktales with Zara Aina’s Malagasy Youth Company. He has brought Zara Aina’s work to rural Southern Alabama, building original pageant-style shows with community members ages 4-84. Justin has directed and taught clowning and the devised “moment work” of the Tectonic Theater Project at NYU Tisch, Columbia University, the Studio/NY, and The Public’s Shakespeare Initiative. Recently Justin devised, wrote, and directed documentary theater pieces about a Jackson Heights hoarder, a triple amputee who runs a Hospice Center, and a 90-year-old woman who used to hunt Nazis. In the spring of 2019, Justin received a SU-CASA grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to build an original piece of theater with senior citizens in Queens.
OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE & RESIDENT STAGE MANAGER
Lindsey holds a dual concentration degree from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater, & Dance in Stage Management and Theater Education. She has taught and directed theater for children of all ages, most recently directing an adaptation of Stuart Little. Lindsey served as a founding member and Director of Education for ProjectSOAR, a non-profit to promote arts education in under funded schools. She also facilitated rehabilitative theater classes for incarcerated men, specializing in devising new work. Selected Stage Management credits: #yourmemorial (Pigeonholed); The Glass Menagerie (Pigeonholed); Blood at the Root (Michigan Premiere); Sunday in the Park With George (Interlochen) Insurrection: Holding History (University of Michigan).
Photo credit: Gabriel Frye-Behar
Rashidah Bernay Fowler
Fiona Rae Brunner
Lauren Z. Adleman
Morgan Leigh Beach
Rachel Denise April