PLAYWRIGHT: Lisa Dowda is a writer/producer/investigator recently transplanted in Rochester. Favorite crowdsourced projects: she wrote and co-produced CHASING SANITATION: Falling In Love With New York’s Strongest, a photo narrative exhibition and website. She self-published her short story anthology, BREEDER at Blurb. MADONNA, MCVEIGH & ME is a solo show she wrote, produced and performed in LA’s fringe festival, later workshopping it as a full cast stage play, WACO with assistance from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Dramatists Guild Fund and donors.  She co-produced HOW TO MAKE MOVIES AT HOME, an indie award-winning film that premiered at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and won Best Filmmaker of the Year at Visionfest NYC. Born in Memphis, Lisa is a licensed private investigator with the local public defender and slogging through her current project, The Saturday Night Fever Chronicles: How I Became a Dick in Brooklyn.

PLAYWRIGHT: Louie Podlaski has been involved in theatre mostly in NY State as an actor but has also performed in Florida and Missouri. He is the recipient of several acting awards and one for writing the short play The Resurrection of Zoerina. Over the years he has had five productions of his work staged as a full evening at the MuCCC in Rochester which included multiple pieces; his most recent being the farce Ravengale in 2019 a tongue-in-cheek meta western in which he also portrayed the villain. He continues to write for the stage and is planning on another full production later this year.

PLAYWRIGHT: Taylor Terrance is a graduate of Second City Chicago’s Comedy Writing Program and so holds a strong love for SNL, Chicago, and Wrigley Field. During her time at Second City, she was a writer for the sketch show Shrimp and Buns. Though comedy is her preference, she loves all manner of script writing: plays, television, or film. Her short play Big Day was included at Rochester Fringe Fest 2019. She was a writer/cast member in Rochester’s performance of the nationally produced show Listen To Your Mother and will return in 2021 as a co-producer, script writer and coach. Taylor is also a frequent writer/performer at Rochester’s Speak Easy, a monthly storytelling event. Her autobiographical and humorous short essays can be found on her Facebook page, Taylor T Rants. Her essay “Winter Roads” was published in the winter anthology “A Celebration of Winter.” Taylor loves hanging out with her nieces and nephews and traveling. Her love language is Cheetos and she speaks fluent snark.


PERFORMER:  Casey Killoran
Casey is a theatre, film & television actress based in NYC. Upon graduating from The NYU Graduate Acting Program she immediately started producing her own content. Her first feature, Viral Beauty, was released theatrically in 2018 and is currently streaming online. Currently her short, Motherhood, is in its festival run. It won the Audience Choice Award at Hollyshorts and received nominations for Best Short and Best Production Design at the London-based Lonely Wolf Film Festival. She is in the process of learning ASL for her next leading role in the upcoming feature film, “3 Monkeys”.
PERFORMER: Hernan Sanchez Garcia
Hernan Sanchez Garcia is a soon to be graduate of The University of Rochester’s International Theater Program. From Long Island, Hernan was introduced to the performing arts through forensics at his previous institution, Nassau Community College, winning multiple awards in platform speaking and oral interpretation from 2017-2019. Upon coming to Rochester in 2019, Hernan became an active member of UR’s International Theater Program having appeared in four of its staged productions: New Voices Initiative, Everybody, The Government Inspector, and Terminal 3. New to theater, Hernan is excited to take part in his first production outside of school!
PERFORMER: Drea Bim is a Rochester native who has appeared in a number of local theatre productions. Notable roles include Cate (Blasted), Nurse and The Phrygian (Orestes 2.0), and Alexis (Liquidation). She has also been featured in “Come As You Are”, an all-women storytelling show at Rochester Fringe Festival 2017, and has been a radio co-host on Foreign Exchange, and an assistant producer and podcast editor for Almost Tuesday, both on local channel WAYO 104.3. Outside of theatre Drea pursues aerial arts performance, design, and adopting pets with missing limbs.
PERFORMER: Gregory Ludek is an actor and musician based in Rochester since 1983. Recent virtual projects include Pandemic Playreading Series’ Angels in America 2013 Revised Edition, AdHoc’s Zoom Your Own Adventure for Rochester Fringe Festival, RCP’s The Last Days of Falstaff by Justin Rielly for Shakespeare at Highland Bowl and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for WallByrd Theatre. Pre-pandemic performances include Hummingbird Theatre’s Broken Glass and Morning’s at Seven for Out Of Pocket, both presented at MuCCC. Greg is delighted to participate in Place Projectors/Conjure Box at The Spirit Room where he and Doris are known as The Lovely Ludeks.
PROP MASTER: Rob Mundschau is an embedded software engineer who is active in community theater and the arts. Rob has experience creating props and acting as a stagehand for local productions of The Nutcracker. Rob recently performed as a puppeteer in the short film The Molok.


FILM CREW: Clara Riedlinger is a filmmaker and photographer from Rochester NY. She received her BFA in Film and Video Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Film Production from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Both her documentary and fiction work seek out evidence of past lives and old spirits in the present realm, including personal mythologies, family folklore, and shadows of the other world. She is especially interested in Americana, mountain ballads, and the stories we tell ourselves about where we’re from and how we got here. Her work has been featured in several film festivals across the country, including Rochester’s High Falls Film Festival and the One Take Documentary Film Festival.
FILM CREW: Piper Jane Austin is an actor and filmmaker based in Rochester, NY. Her love of storytelling puts her both in front of and behind the camera, recently co-writing and featuring in the short film, Coffee Mug (2019), which was selected for the High Falls Women’s Film Festival as well as the Portland Unknown Film Festival. She is currently working on a collaborative poetry-film anthology. 

FILM CREW: Adam Schaefer blends an eclectic skillset into a filmmaking and art patronage career.  A continuous study of cinematography has led him to work on short films and documentaries.  Of particular interest is Rochester and Finger Lakes region of New York as both a character and creative prompt. 

Welcome Samantha Marchant!

Samantha is the Director of the Conjure Box portion of Place Projectors at The Spirit Room – welcome Samantha!


Samantha Marchant is playwright, director and dramaturg, based in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from Spalding University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing with a concentration in Playwriting (Fall 2015). Her work has been produced on both US coasts and has had readings all across the country and in Canada. Her writing has been published in The Louisville Review, Sick Lit Magazine and Women Writing Letters Season 3 and 4. Favorite directing credits include: Blasted by Sarah Kane and Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee – both productions at Bread and Water Theatre (Rochester, NY). She longs for what’s weird and a good laugh.

Upcoming: 139 State Street Rochester, NY (The Spirit Room)

PLACE PROJECTORS ‘Conjure Box’ Call for Plays and Performers

Location: 139 State St. Rochester, NY (The Spirit Room)

Contact: Annalisa Barron/ (814) 883-6532/

Call for Plays Description:

Place Projectors is partnering with the Spirit Room in a call for short (10 minute) ‘Micro-Theatre’ plays exploring the ‘The Veil Between This World and The Next’. Inspired by the Fox Sisters and their infamous demonstration of communicating with the dead through otherworldly ‘rappings’ at Corinthian Hall (just around the corner from The Spirit Room), our call for mirco-plays is open to young and old, amateur and professional, local and national to try their hand at exploring both this world and the next on stage. The Spirit Room has expanded and is proud to bring The Conjure Box, a new experimental theatre space, to downtown Rochester, NY. An object for the Spirit Room’s Place Projector will be made in response to each of the 3 selected micro-plays and will be used as the projected imagery for their sculpture. Participation in this Place Projectors event is voluntary and accompanied with a $100 stipend.

Play Requirements:

  • 10 Minutes Max
  • 4 Parts Max
  • No costumes/1 prop (performers will be in black, prop can be no larger than 12 x 12”)
  • Must be able to be performed on  a 10 x 10ft stage
  • Content must explore ‘The Veil Between This World and the Next’

*We encourage researching Corinthian Hall, The Spiritualist Movement and Rochester’s history for your short play but it is not required!*

Submissions must be sent to with ‘Place Projectors Conjure Box Call for Plays’ in the subject line by March 31st, 2021 to be considered. The 3 selected Playwrights will be announced on Friday, April 9th, 2021!

Available Performer Positions:

Place Projectors is currently accepting applications for a director as well as a group of 4 actors to rehearse and perform the selected micro-plays at the unveiling of the Spirit Room’s Place Projector on May 22nd, 2021.

To apply for the director position and/or audition to be one of the four actors please email with ‘Conjure Box Performer Inquiry’ in the subject line by March 25, 2021.

Welcome to Place Projectors Sui Liu!

Sui Liu’s artwork: