Lily Mannon

Founder of Bitter Maiden Productions, Lily is a NYC based theater and filmmaker working across the country to develop groundbreaking new works and arts initiatives uplifting communities commonly misrepresented or excluded from creative narratives. 

Her work specializes in community building and recovery advocacy through the arts, using storytelling as a means to disrupt audiences emotional stasis on nationally critical issues.

Lily first began developing these projects under the guidance and mentorship of Director, Actor, and Producer Bryce Dallas Howard, as a part of the Nine Muses Entertainment Lab. Further honing the practice, she has since directed and produced projects with the Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, PBS Charlotte, Blumenthal Arts (associated w/the Broadway League), the National Association of Recovery High Schools, 92NY (or “The 92nd Street Y’) and Nine Muses Entertainment Lab.

Lily holds a B.F.A in Theater and Film Production, from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she first met and studied under the tutelage of Professor Nate Flower – a now trusted collaborative partner.

Creator & Producer

Nate Flower

Nate is the Associate Artistic Director of the Axial Theatre Co. and Founder of the Hudson Valley Moving Company(HVMCo) – a physical performance collective.  He is the Head of Movement Training at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio and an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He is currently the Program Director for the MSNR(Meisner) Studio @ Tisch Drama.  Nathan served for three years as Associate Chair of Tisch Drama.  As a Certified Williamson Practitioner, he has spent 20 years developing his own uniquely integrated process for movement training and physical performance as well as role-preparation/coaching for stage & camera performance. 

Recent directing and performance projects include HVMCo.’s Maximum Occupancy (Industry City, Brooklyn) collaborating with theater maker Youlim Nam on her play New Year’s Day/Sae Hae (El Barrios Artspace), directing playwright Kate Benson’s new work, Where Are We Going? (Tisch Drama) and on-set physical coaching for season 5 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon).


Bitter Maiden Writers Collective

Sonja Hansen

Sonja Hansen is interested in learning how to live as a human being. In her endeavors to understand how to take care of herself and each other, Sonja enjoys digging into natural stewardship, humor, behavior, justice and lived experience. She reflects upon and processes her findings through comedy, writing and the performing arts. 

Originally from Sacramento, Sonja now finds herself in Jersey City, NJ. By day, Sonja is a preschool teacher at It Takes A Village and Wonderforest Nature Preschool and a marketing consultant for the environmental theater troupe Superhero Clubhouse. By night, Sonja performs improvised comedy. And by dawn, Sonja surfs when she can. 

While majoring in Earth Systems at Stanford University, Sonja pursued the Land Track with a Notation in Science Communication and a Notation in Cardinal Service. She studied abroad in Santiago, Chile; Amman, Jordan; and Istanbul, Turkey. During her summers she worked as a communications intern for environmental non-profits and advocacy groups, such as The Climate Reality Project, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, and BlueGreen Alliance.

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Lizzy Freuhling

Lizzy Fruehling is a writer, performer, and director. She studied the Meisner technique at NYU Tisch and at The William Esper Studio. Some of her favorite projects include Watch Me Cool Down at NYU Meisner (writer, dir.) Mere Exposure at The Brick Theater (writer, dir.), Constellations at Playwrights Downtown (dir.), and the short film Fish Out of Water (writer, actor, dir.).

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