July 18th, 2023

“It was because of OOBA that we were organized and that all of this happened. It wasn't random. We were very organized and we were right at that moment. At that moment, we were right.” - Bob Moss

In 1972, a group of New York theatre makers realized something was “off” when they noticed the limited amount of funding and resources available for their community. This group set out to fill in some of those gaps, and thus OOBA (the Off-Off Broadway Alliance) was formed!

Tune in as Audrey Rush chats it up with Stephen Facey, Barnet Kellman, and Bob Moss about the ‘Then & Now’ of A.R.T./New York.


Stephen Facey’s work in the arts began as a teenage apprentice and later company member of the Provincetown Repertory at the Provincetown Playhouse on MacDougal Street. After a year at South Coast Repertory in California, Stephen returned to New York to serve as the Parish Administrator of St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, where he managed the nascent Arts Projects (comprising Theatre Genesis, The Poetry Project, The Film Project and later Danspace). He also organized and directed the Preservation Youth Project, a pioneering work and training program for young residents of the City’s neighborhoods focused on the preservation and, ultimately, the post-fire restorations of both St. Mark’s Church and its historic Rectory. Stephen is the retired Executive Vice President of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine where he had responsibility for the Cathedral’s array of cultural, educational, social outreach, and preservation programs. Stephen is a trustee of Movement Research, The Chocolate Factory Theater, and the New York Preservation Archive Project.

Barnet Kellman made his film directing debut with the 20th Century Fox screen adaptation of Key Exchange starring Brooke Adams. He went on to direct Dolly Parton and James Woods in Straight Talk for Disney, and Stinkers for Sony. He is perhaps best known as one of the preeminent directors of television pilots. He won two Emmy Awards and a Directors Guild Award for his work on Murphy Brown. In addition to the pilot, he directed the first seventy-five episodes of Murphy, as well as the series’ final episode at the end of its initial ten-year run, and the New Years’ finale of its 2018 reboot.

Kellman’s other pilots include the acclaimed Mad About You, starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, the long-running series Suddenly Susan starring Brooke Shields, The George Lopez Show, and he created the Gene Wilder series, Something Wilder. In all he is responsible for over thirty pilots, more than half of which have gone to series. For over twenty years there was always at least one - and as many as six - of his shows on the air, along with innumerable episodes in reruns. Barnet directed the movie Mary and Rhoda, which reunited Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper, and has directed episodes of E.R., Alias, Ally McBeal,Monk, and The Middle. In all, he has  received seven Emmy and three DGA nominations for his work on the small screen. Before moving to Los Angeles, Kellman was a prominent director of American play premieres including on Broadway: Breakfast with Les and Bess.  Off-Broadway: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Key Exchange, The Loman Family Picnic, Friends, Domino Courts, The Good Parts, Heat. Regional: Defiled, Domestic Issues, Benefit of a Doubt, and In The Boom Boom Room. He spent eight seasons as a director at the Eugene O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference and was an associate director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Most recently he directed the premiere of Out of the Mouths of Babes, starring Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey, at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Kellman was educated at Colgate University and the Yale School of Drama. He received his Ph.D. from Union Institute. He is a professor of directing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is the founder of the school’s comedy program, producer of six editions of the biennial USC Comedy Festival, and holds the Robin Williams Endowed Chair in Comedy.

Robert “Bob” Moss is an American director and founder of Playwrights Horizons. From 1971 to 1981 he founded and ran Playwrights Horizons, The Queens Theater in the Park, and helped develop Theater Row on West 42nd Street.  In 1982, he became the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca and ran it until he took over Syracuse Stage from 1996 to 2008.  He served on the board of OOBA (now ART/NY) for five years and during the same time period sat on the Equity Showcase Code Committee.  He has been a Board Member of the SDC Foundation, TCG, the Drama League Directors Project, and a panelist for both the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  His extensive directing contracts include LORT, SPT and University.  His teaching credits include initiating the undergraduate directing program at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School (affiliated with NYU) and The Lab Company at the Hangar.  Prior to all this, he culminated an active stage manager career as PSM with the touring APA Repertory Company in residence for four years in L.A., Toronto, Ann Arbor, and at the Lyceum on Broadway.

Audrey Rush (she/her)- A.R.T./New York's Senior Manager of Individual Giving is dedicated to creating innovative and compassionate spaces where theatre makers and supporters can come together.  Her work ranges from event coordination and community outreach to the development of A.R.T./New York's individual donor programming and messaging. Outside of the virtual office, Audrey is a comedy writer, director, performer, and the cohost of If These Walls... A Storytelling Podcast. She divides her time between New York and Columbus, Ohio, where she proudly dons her "Fun Aunt" hat.


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