Founding Members

Amanda Kate Joshi
Artistic Director

Amanda is a director, producer and occasional stage manager. She has worked on over 60 productions in various capacities, and in 2005, founded Wizard Oil Productions. Her educational background includes Oberlin College, Hunter College, Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School, Atlantic Theatre Company, and the British American Drama Academy. She has worked artistically with various companies in New York City including Roundtable Ensemble, The Lark, Abingdon Theatre Company, At Play and the 24 Hour Play Company. She has worked for both Materials for the Arts and New Dramatists, and is currently the Theatre Director for the Indo-American Arts Council.

Saida Cooper

Saida has been working in theatre since the third grade. She lives to perform but is just as equally excited to direct and produce. Saida studied theater at Bates College and the British American Drama Academy and is thrilled to be a founding member of this company. Her most recent Off-Off Broadway performances include The Adventures of Captain Neato-Man, Black Men Cry Too, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She worked as a Venue Director at the New York International Fringe Festival as well as the Theatre Manager at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Demi Williams

Demi moved to New York City in 1996 to attend college and pursue a career in theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre and Film Studies from Hunter College, CUNY, and has trained at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, UK. She has acted, directed and designed various projects in NY and Athens, Greece. Past projects include, Oedipus King, Our Town, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and A View from the Bridge. Demi also directed Last Exit Before Toll, by Carrie Goldstein, as part of Wizard Oil’s first show.

Ahmed Tigani

Ahmed studied Theatre at Hunter College. He works in many capacaties, as actor, director, lighting and sound designer. He works both on a collegiate and at a professional level. Some of his past productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, Dream Play, Othello, and Miss Julie. As of late, his attention has turned from the technical side of the theatre to directing and acting. He is the Coordinator of Direct Donations at Materials for the Arts.

Cynthia Jankowski

Cynthia graduated from Hunter College where she majored in Theatre and worked as the technical assistant. She has worked on various school productions including The Crucible, King Dusyanta, and Streetscene. Lately she’s worked on productions such as Silence, Escape from Bellevue, and the National Asian American Theater Festival. She is amazed to be working with such talented great people and is excited for what’s to come.

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It takes more than just six people to create a sucessful production. The following people have been working with Wizard Oil from the beginning and we’d like to give them proper recoginition:

Przemek Jaremko
Przemek was one of the original members of Wizard Oil Productions, as well as a resident playwright. He is currently studying acting in Warsaw, Poland. We look forward to working with him again when he returns to New York!

Rommel Genciana
Rommel has been performing with us since 2004 when he brought his infamous cabbie character to life. He starred in our first production Half Past Moonlight and has assisted us with many of our productions to date.

J. Steinberg
Happenstance. J wandered into one of our auditions last and has been with us ever since. He is a resident actor with Wizard Oil Productions as well as a wonderful Production Assistant.

Aaron Crosby
Aaron volunteers his time to Wizard Oil Productions most generously. He has House Managed, helped to facilitate auditions, and is generally on-call for anything we need.

Julia Jaremko
Julia is a wonderful asset to Wizard Oil Productions. Both House Managing and Box Office Managing, she travels down from upstate New York and has never missed a show.

Adam Sontag
Adam acted as a superhero in our first production and has been our hero ever since. Adam is extremely supportive and our sound genious, he’ll be playing piano for Welcome Home Steve!

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