Theater. Regie.

Far Away, Caryl Churchill, Schapiro Theater NYC, 2012

Far Away: A Stormproof Production by Mia Shen and Sina Heiss.


The Creative Production / Tech Team:


Daniela Lehner (DA, Origami)

Daniela Lehner is an austrian singer, dancer and actress (education: Performing Arts Studios Vienna) who is thrilled to be working with Sina and Mia again. After "Platonov" and "Saint Joan of the Slaughterhouses" in 2012, "Far Away" is the third production she's happy to be a part of!


Jessie O´Hearn (DA)

Jessie O’Hearn is a New York based director and costume designer. She graduates this May with a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Recent credits include costuming “Landscape of the Body” by John Guare in San Francisco, directing “For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls” by Christopher Durang at NYU, and production designing/costume coordinating a film called “Bohemian Lights” here in New York. Jessie is currently directing “Mud” by Maria Irene Fornes, which goes up this April at NYU.


Cameron Jefts (Dramaturgy)


Asa Benally (Costume Design)


Manuel Mitterhuber (Sound Design)


Vadim Ledvin (Lighting Design)


Lia Bonfilio (Choreography)

Lia Bonfilio received a BFA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and went on to join both Mordine and Company Dance Theater and Lucky Plush Productions, with whom she danced and toured for three years. She has also performed with Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco and Susan Rethorst, Daniela Hoff, Philippa Kaye, and Kathy Wasik in New York.


The Actors:


Mallory Holson (Younger Joan)

My name is Mallory Holson and I am 13 years old. I have been acting since I was 6 and I plan to continue with theater!


Lenore Marks (Harper)

Lenore is thrilled to be working with Sina and this amazingly talented cast! Training includes the Atlantic Theater Company, BADA and The Studio/New York. Find out why she can't rob a bank with you at


Andy Talen (Todd)

Andy is a second-year acting student at Columbia University. He has composed music for several shows including Caucasion Chalk Circle (Columbia Stages), The Amorous Quarrel & The Venetian Twins (Shakespeare & Company). He is thrilled to be working on this fascinating madness of a play with Sina and these talented actors and dancers.


Carla Lerner (Older Joan)

Carla Lerner is a graduate of the CalShakes Youth Conservatory and Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently in her second year of the Michael Howard Studios Conservatory. Her favorite roles she's worked on include Edgar in King Lear and Lillian in Paul Rudnik's I Hate Hamlet. She is elated to be working on this strange and wonderful play with a group of strange and wonderful people.


The Dancers:


Amanda McLeod

Amanda MacLeod is a freelance performing artist, and recent BFA graduate from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


K. Louise Layman

moved to New York city a year and a half ago to further pursue her career in contemporary dance. She is thrilled to be working on this project with such a great team of artists.uise Layman


Lin Qu

Lin Qu is a musical actress and assistant choreographer from China,she worked with the musical "love you Teresa" and "the joker's game", performing around China, HongKong, Taiwan and Korea.


Phoebe Rose Sanford

Phoebe Rose Sandford is a certified yoga instructor with Mind Body Dancer ®, performs with both mishiDance and Anne Zuerner, and is a founding member of RedCurrant Collective. Instead of sleeping, at night she is a maître d’ at swanky New York hotspot Buddakan and is pleasantly mediocre at the ukulele.


Laura Gilbert



Thanks to Florian Hackl for creative input and dramaturgical advice!

Thanks to Asher Rogers for the wonderful WAR ANIMAL paintings.

Thanks to Brian Kulick for suggesting to read this piece...

Thank you so much KJ for mentoring this project!


K.J. Holmes (mentor) is a dance artist and educator who has been exploring improvisation as process and performance for three decades. She is a graduate of the William Esper Studio (Meisner acting, 2009) and The School for Body-Mind Centering (r)(BMC, 1999) of which the play between is essential to her current practices. She is a 2012-14 Movement Research Artist in Residence and is currently performing with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People.