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From The Founders


Jason Peck & Jonathan Winn 2021

This year we returned to live theatre after canceling our 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our twin mandates were to perform outdoors for Covid safety, and to participate in the national conversation on race, equity, and social justice. The result was The Suburbs, an innovative, roving production of three world premieres performed at three Ridgefield landmarks. While an active hurricane season forced the cancellation of four of our twelve performances, we still managed to welcome 633 patrons, each of whom packed their own lawn chair and followed the production from the Keeler Tavern Museum, to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, to the West Lane Inn. Many said it was unlike anything they’d ever experienced. The critics agreed:

“Three bold, intriguing, and entertaining original plays” — OnStage

“The play opens a window onto the experience of those who serve the elite.” — The Newtown Bee

“Brilliantly blends history, spirituality, and creativity” — BroadwayWorld

“Quite an adventurous return to live theatre” — Talkin’ Broadway

This fall, we welcomed three new board members, and quickly got to work imagining a return to indoor theatre in 2022. The world has been reshaped by the past two years. In addition to the pandemic, we’ve seen political and civil unrest, economic gyrations, and the compounding consequences of global climate change. The arts are not immune. 2021 witnessed the collapse of important institutions like The Lark and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. From Williamstown to Westwood, we’ve seen high-profile departures, staff walkouts, and season shakeups at major U.S. theatres. Many artists are making the agonizing decision to leave the profession entirely — further evidence that our ancient art is very much at a crossroads.

In this fraught moment of history, Thrown Stone has not only survived — we have thrived. We deeply appreciate our board, collaborators, staff, audience, and most especially our donors and partners, who make everything we do possible. New stories matter. The way we tell these stories matters. Together, we must re-imagine what theatre can be in our region.

Our Strategic Priorities

  1. Building Our Body of Work
    The theme of our 2022 season will be #GirlPower, and feature two new plays premieres about friendship, competition, and coming of age in today’s world.

    Thrown Stone will continue its work in new play development. We have just launched the 068 Magazine Playwriting Fellowship, and will continue our commission of Ammi: Reframing America by Jacqueline Goldfinger.

  2. A Humane and Sustainable Workplace
    We have always believed that the manner in which theatre is made matters as much as the final product, and every year we strive to live up to those ideals. In 2022, we want to take this head-on by adding to our headcount, doubling down on DEIA+, instituting $15 per hour minimum compensation, and improving housing, transportation, and hospitality for our artists.

  3. Imagining a Permanent Residence
    In the mid-term, we are actively holding conversations to explore options for a permanent residence. We look forward to working closely with our partners as we evolve our operating model and help redefine the role of new theatre in Connecticut.

We welcome your questions, comments, or suggestions on these strategic priorities.

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2021 Season Recap


Thrown Stone presented our 2021 season in partnership with The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and West Lane Inn. Three world premieres performed at the three Ridgefield landmarks, August 28 – September 12, 2021.

Commissioned as short, site-specific works by Catherine Yu, Tony Meneses, and Phanésia Pharel performed as a single “roving production” (where the audience follows the action from location to location). In this very unusual year, we made a very unusual commitment to commission and present three world-premieres within the span of just nine months. Because of the extraordinary talent and perseverance of our artists, the result was an uncannily fresh take on the identity and destiny of our community.

An Education finds a famous young academic giving a lecture on the value of the classics to the Ridgefield Board of Education. His vision of antiquity is radically inclusive, but as a person of color, will he ever truly be seen? Catherine Yu’s new play considers “what we’ve lost to spectacle” in a world where the classics and white supremacy have become entangled.

The Caterers by Tony Meneses was in homage to Jean Genet’s The Maids, and features a diverse group of young workers catering an engagement party at the Aldrich some fifty years in the future. Working while on display in extravagant party gowns, and confronted with “high-society hi jinx,” they fantasize about what it must be like to be the protagonists in their own narratives.

Should We Dance Instead? follows Ned and Betsy Armstrong — the now-famous operators of the Ridgefield Underground Railroad — resurrected in today’s world, where their family homestead is on the market for $28 million. In Phanésia Pharel’s captivating new play, the Armstrongs reclaim their moral legacy and more importantly, their own happiness.

Performances were set outdoors specifically to help reduce the risk of Covid transmission. Working under Actors’ Equity Association’s Fully Vaccinated Safety Rider, four staff members were certified as Covid Safety Officers, and with the input of our company members, developed safety protocols that met or exceeded the union’s requirements. Testing was a critical part of our plan, which was generously provided by RVNAhealth.

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Democratizing Our Season Selection

As part of her summer internship, Talia Hankin blogged about The Suburbs. Her five pieces covered the process and the experience of making new theatre from the perspectives of the audience, the creative team, the interns, and the cast. In On Democratizing Season Selection, she told the story of our nascent process for evaluating new plays. Company Manager Pippa Walton worked with Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Winn to fuse a New Economics Foundation audience experience framework with categories from the National New Play Network’s New Play Exchange (NPX) into an easy-to-complete questionnaire for readers and audience members. The hope was that the survey would provide structured and meaningful feedback for Artistic Directors as they evaluate material for future seasons. 

A lot of completed questionnaires were needed to test that hypothesis. Enter Ridgefield High School students Evelyn Carr and Liam Huff, who read and evaluated over 30 new plays in three weeks, as part of their summer internship curriculum. 

When the initial results showed promise, Walton and Winn presented an early draft of the questionnaire at a meeting of the National New Play Network. Member companies offered their feedback and requested copies of the questionnaire for their own testing. The modularity of the format and the adaptability of the questionnaire indicates numerous use cases, from literary departments in larger theatres, to collecting audience feedback at readings and workshops. What started in Thrown Stone’s 2021 high school intern program could benefit theatres across the country.

Providentially, one of the plays evaluated over the summer was Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer. Evelyn Carr discovered it in a NPX search for material that centers female characters, and it quickly made its way to the top of our list.


Friendship, competition, and coming of age in today’s world | 2022 Season Preview

Thrown Stone’s 2022 season will feature two New England premieres to be performed in repertory July 14 – August 6, 2022: Athena by Gracie Gardner, and Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer. Athena, 2018 New York Times Critic’s Pick, was originally commissioned and performed by the Hearth Theatre. Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer had its premiere at FringeNYC 2016, and was discovered for Thrown Stone by Evelyn Carr.

“I stumbled across Hysterical! while searching for female-centered plays, particularly plays focused on young women,” said Carr. “It’s such an entertaining and informative piece of art and definitely stays with you long after it’s over.”

Both plays candidly and poignantly explore the absurdity, the agony, and the swagger of adolescence and athletics — from a girl’s point of view. Both plays will be directed by acclaimed director and Fairfield, CT resident, Tracy Brigden.

Athena by Gracie Gardner

Mary Wallace and Athena are brave, and seventeen, and fencers, and training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They wish they were friends.

Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer

It’s the Bandits’ best year EVER! Until… one by one, the cheerleading squad succumbs to a mysterious illness. As the traditional pecking order is upended, the girls’ relationships are tested. With a deceptively comedic first act, Hysterical! addresses serious subject matter, examining the vulnerabilities of teenage girls and the poignancy of life on the cusp of adulthood.

Gracie Gardner
Gracie Gardner
Elenna Stauffer
Elenna Stauffer
Tracy Brigden
Tracy Brigden

Company News

New Play Development

The 068 Magazine Playwriting Fellowship

On October 5th, we got the tragic news of the sudden closure of The Lark, a developmental theatre company in New York that has been instrumental in supporting the work of hundreds of playwrights, including Thrown Stone collaborators Jacqueline Goldfinger, Molly Smith Metzler, and Anna Moench. Then we learned that our brilliant Suburbs collaborator, Phanésia Pharel, had been a finalist for The Lark’s 2022 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship when the company folded. This program’s dissolution leaves some of the best and brightest new talents without crucial early-career support. We were fortunate to give Ms. Pharel her first professional production, and with major support from 068 Magazine, we have created our own fellowship for this talented playwright. While we have secured over half of the necessary funding, we are still looking to cover a substantial gap. To find out how you can support this important new fellowship, please contact us.

The Commission Continues


Workshops and readings of Jacqueline Goldfinger’s new work, Ammi: Reframing America will continue in 2022. Collaboration with noted Ammi Phillips historian and collector Barbara Holdridge, and The American Folk Art Museum, has been fruitful, and we look forward to inviting you to take part in the development of this new play. We are grateful to Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust for their continued support of this work.

Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog (Detail). Ammi Phillips 1830-1835

Kolton Harris, Kevin Mambo, and Kate Schardt Join Thrown Stone’s Board

Kolton Harris
Kolton Harris

Mr. Harris currently serves as Program Associate for the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Formerly the Artistic Director and current chair of the board of Writer’s Block Ink, a social justice youth theatre in New London, CT, Harris is also an accomplished recording artist, producer, and musician.
“I’m elated to join the innovative fabric of Thrown Stone as we embark on the journey of generating an environment conducive to powerful imaginative theatre that can instigate real change in the world.”

Kevin Mambo
Kevin Mambo

Mr. Mambo starred in the Broadway production of the musical Fela!, appeared in numerous productions of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage across the country. He recently appeared on the Netflix series Luke Cage and Hit & Run; and just completed shooting the Barack and Michelle Obama-produced biopic, Rustin, directed by George C. Wolfe.
“The theatre is a well where we as humans come to see our reflection, and to be nourished. It changes our perspectives and is often a living snapshot of our most intimate moments and concerns. A place where we speak the unspeakable. With this, there is an amazing ability to impact those around us.”

Kate Schardt
Kate Schardt

Ms. Schardt is a global leader with over 18 years of insights and analytics experience. Currently the Senior Director of Global Insights at PepsiCo, Schardt is focused on raising the bar on creative & brand excellence through digital technology and partnerships. She previously worked on Unilever’s global brands at Nielsen.
“I am excited to be joining at this time — as the prolonged pandemic has tried and tested us all ­— when driving connections within our community is more vital than ever. Thrown Stone has a critical role to play in bringing our community together and driving engaging and thought-provoking conversations.”



To engage our region with new and reimagined theatre in intimate settings, creating a body of work that moves, connects, and challenges all who join the conversation.


Jason Peck & Jonathan Winn,
Co-Artistic Directors

Richard Harrison, Artistic Associate

Maria McConville, Artistic Associate


Thrown Stone is a 501(c)(3) organization.
EIN: 81-1683094.
D-U-N-S Number: 080603526.

2017-2021 IRS Form 990, Bylaws, Conflict Of Interest Policy, and Sexual Harassment Policy available upon request.


We thank our generous donors, grantors, and sponsors for their financial support, along with generous in-kind donations from individuals and businesses for media, services, artist housing/travel, and catering. Many of our donors allowed us to apply their support from 2020-2021 to the 2021-22 seasons.

Of our 2021 expenses, 95% represented the direct costs of production — artist and other salaries, commissions and licensing, production, space rental and marketing costs. The other 5% is development and general operating costs.

We anticipate a substantial increase in our 2022 expenses compared to 2021, due to an increase in the number of artists and staff, and added production complexity. We also continue our work on a new play commission and a playwriting fellowship. As always, we are counting on your support again to help us build our body of work and re-imagine what theatre can be in Ridgefield.


 ExpensesNet Assets
2022 EST.$299,476$48,456

2021 Income

ADonations & Grants$129,700
BIn-Kind Donations$29,000
CTicket Sales, Concessions, Other$35,800

2021 Expenses

AProduction, Space Rental, Marketing$47,100
BArtist and Other Salaries$76,600
CCommissions & Licensing$17,800
EGeneral Operating$3,400

95% of our expenses go directly into our programs



Debut Summer Reading Series: The Fields of Blue and Glow by August Schulenberg and Blink by Kate Moira Ryan at the Ridgefield Library

Chekhov International Theatre Festival staged reading of Milk by Ross Dunsmore


The U.S. Premiere of Milk by Ross Dunsmore at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance

Chekhov International Theatre Festival staged reading of The Butcher by Gwydion Suilebhan


The New England Premiere of The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger and The East Coast Premiere of Where All Good Rabbits Go by Karina Cochran, in repertory at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance


The Connecticut Premiere of Cry it Out by Molly Smith Metzler and The New England Premiere of Birds of North America by Anna Moench, in repertory at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance

Staged reading of Willing by Claire Glubiak at the Ridgefield Library


Productions cancelled due to COVID-19.


The World Premiere of The Suburbs: The Caterers by Tony Meneses, Should We Dance Instead?
by Phanésia Pharel, and An Education: How To Confront the Classics by Catherine Yu;
Full-length commission of Ammi: Reframing America by Jacqueline Goldfinger.



The New England Premieres of Athena by Gracie Gardner and Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer, in repertory; Full-length commission of Ammi: Reframing America by Jacqueline Goldfinger (continued); 068 Magazine Playwriting Fellowship.

2021 Partners

Media Partners

Ridgefield Magazine & Wilton Magazine*

Underwriters ($10,000+)

The Leir Foundation
The Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust
U.S. Small Business Administration

Producing ($5,000+)

The Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust
Connecticut Department
of Economic and Community
Development Office of the Arts
The Burry Fredrik Foundation
Ridgefield Thrift Shop
The Aldrich Contemporary
Art Museum*
Keeler Tavern Museum
& History Center*
West Lane Inn*

Sustaining ($2,500+)

The Borman Family Foundation
The First Congregational Church of Ridgefield*
Ridgefield Drive UR Car*

Contributing ($1,000+)

Art of Pour Craft Cocktails*
The Ancient Mariner
Bailey’s Backyard*
Barts® Arborists
Fairfield County Bank
The Goldstone Family Foundation
The Wadsworth R. Lewis Fund
Litchfield Distillery*
Tequila Escape*

Supporting ($500+)

Chuck Jennes Photography*
Dimitri’s Diner*
Nod Hill Brewery*
Nutmeg Cleaners*
Squash’s Ridgefield Office Supply*
Stacey’s Totally Baked*

2021 Individual Donors

Executive Producer ($5,000+)

In memory of Linda Almira

Sapphire ($1,000+)

Richard & Karen Calo
Mark Foster
Jon & Kim Jodka
Andrew & Jeanine Levine
Dean & Theresa Miller
Daniela Sikora*
Jon & Allison Stockel
Vicki & Bob Trainer
Alicia & Bob Wyckoff

EMERALD ($500+)

Jeffrey & Linda Krulwich
Amanda Curtin & Jonathan Winn

Aquamarine ($100+)

ACT of Connecticut
The Axler Family
Christine Boris
John Chopourian
Margaret Curtin
Sally & Barclay Griffiths
Lenore Herbst
Hattie Herman
Barbara Manners
Thomas McIntyre
Thea M. Niles
Alana & Jason Peck
John Pratt
Gina Pulice
David & Judy Shapiro
Lili Schroppe
Paul & Judi Stoogenke
J.R. Sullivan
Joel Third
Carole Vignoli
John Vignoli
Kimberly Wilson
Rachel Wimpee

Amethyst ($50+)

Susie Buckley
Deborah Carlson
Amy Day
The DiLaura Family
Lisa Hobbs
Christine Horzepa
Jane Jawlik
Skylar Lazarus-Morley
Carolyn Marble
Christina Nolan
F.E. Padolf & Co., CPA’S, P.C.
Cindy Rigby
Kirsten Salley
Vivian Sorvall
Eva Welchman

Quartz ($25+)

Phyllis Appel
Hildegard Grob
Billie Karner
Brenda McKinley
Michael Moore
Clare Parme
Peter Pesce
Eileen Peterson
Lenka Pichlikova
Jeremy Sawruk
Claire Simard
Jodi Stewart
Kerry Tyler
Wendy Vickrey
Frances Walton
Angela Whitford


The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Connecticut Arts Alliance
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
Harvard Community Partners
Keeler Tavern Museum
& History Center
National New Play Network
Ridgefield Arts Council
Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce
Ridgefield Chorale
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission
Ridgefield Historical Society
Ridgefield Library
West Lane Inn

Special Thanks

Actor’s Equity Association
DeeDee Batteast
Namulen Bayarsaihan
Christine Carnicelli
Amanda Curtin
Jennifer DiLaura
Kerry Anne Ducey
Andy Forsyth
Hildegard Grob
Lesley Lambton
Jesse Lee Church
Claudia Lonkin
Mike & Kathryn Malwitz
Rudy Marconi
Cybele Maylone
Geoffrey Morris
Lindsay Oppedisano
Danille Petrie
Amy Piantaggini
The Ridgefield Chorale
Laura Shatkus
Daniela Sikora & Keitha Kinne
Adam Szymkowicz
Joel Third
Howard Turner
Vicki Trainer
John Vignoli
The Walton Family


Thank you for being part of the Thrown Stone Family

*Includes in-kind donation of goods or services
We apologize for any errors or omissions — please email us with any corrections or if you wish to remain anonymous in the future.


Ross Dunsmore
Ross Dunsmore

“Working with Thrown Stone was a fantastic experience for me. They reached out, took a risk, and I’m deeply grateful for the connection they made with a fellow artist far away.” — Ross Dunsmore, Milk, 2017

Jacqueline Goldfinger
Jacqueline Goldfinger

“I wish that all theaters were as exuberant and innovative as Thrown Stone. They understand that both today’s audiences and the future of the American theatre rest on producing a wide-range of new work that exemplifies the breadth, depth, and spirit of the American experience.” — Jacqueline Goldfinger, The Arsonists, 2018

Karina Cochran
Karina Cochran

“I am so grateful for my experience with Thrown Stone. The whole performance was a dream. I was thrilled with the level of talent they were able to bring in, from the set design to the actors. They really tried to find ways to make the production benefit the writer, and they saw the script to its fullest vision.” — Karina Cochran, Where All Good Rabbits Go, 2018

Anna Moench
Anna Moench

“Thrown Stone is an incredibly dedicated group of artists who champion complex, vital new work. I was so honored to have a play in their season, and although I live far from Connecticut, I felt very included in the process and production. Every writer should send them plays!” — Anna Moench, Birds of North America, 2019

Molly Smith Metzler
Molly Smith Metzler

“Jason and Jonathan clearly create an environment that demands integrity, and it shows: Thrown Stone has quickly established itself as a true playwright’s theater, where today’s playwrights WANT to be programmed. I am very grateful to Thrown Stone for having me, and I’ll be very eager to work with them again!” — Molly Smith Metzler, Cry It Out, 2019

Catherine Yu
Catherine Yu

“Thrown Stone is a brilliantly nimble theatre company that is truly a blessing to work with. I am full of gratitude for the experience I had with the Thrown Stone staff and company and admire the level of craft and attention they gave to ensure a positive experience for the artists and their community.” — Catherine Yu, An Education, 2021

Tony Meneses
Tony Meneses

“Working with Thrown Stone was a miracle. By which I mean all the circumstances that led to our show felt against all odds (a pandemic, severe weather, and for me beating my head against a wall trying to solve the ending of my play!). But through all that we came out on the other side with a beautiful production and collaboration. This was one of the loveliest experiences and groups of people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, hands down.” — Tony Meneses, The Caterers, 2021

Phanésia Pharel
Phanésia Pharel

“Thrown Stone is one of the most organized and thoughtful theaters I’ve had the privilege of working with. My Suburbs commission was the closest thing I’ve felt to magic. I am so excited to see how Thrown Stone challenges the American Theatre in the next ten years. They are committed to taking meaningful risks.”
Phanésia Pharel, Should We Dance Instead?, 2021