About midtown direct rep


Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), the resident theater company of The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ, is a professional, ensemble-based theater company of over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who call South Orange and Maplewood home. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals focusing on work that reflects our diverse community. Midtown Direct Rep is also the local presenter of the hugely successful event Listen to Your Mother, which showcases local writers and performers each year around Mother’s Day. Company members include two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk, Tony Award-nominees Stephanie J. Block, Megan Lawrence, and Christiane Noll, plus Sebastian Arcelus, Joel de la Fuente, Bradley Dean, and many others. Guest actors have included James McDonald, Michelle Hurst, Geoffrey Arend, and Academy Award®-winner Olympia Dukakis.  Recent projects include work by Matt Schatz, Kate Moira Ryan, Y York, Jack Canfora, Peter Flaherty, Jeremy Desmon, Chad Hardin, James Hindman, Chisa Hutchison, David Johnston, Kait Kerrigan, Kara Lee Korthron, David Myers, Sandy Rustin, John Walch, Douglas J. Cohen, Zoe Samuel, Mark Kendall, Cheri Steinkellner, Matt Williams, Rob Zellers and others. The Company is led by Interim Managing Director Ondine Landa Abramson and Artistic Advisors Sandy Rustin and Steven Tabakin.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.


Ondine Landa Abramson (Chair)
Paul Bartick
Evan Fleischer
Matthew Lefferts
Budd Mishkin

Chair of Membership Committee
Vanessa Pollock

Emeritus Artistic Directors
Jeremy Dobrish
Sandy Rustin


Interim Managing Director
Ondine Landa Abramson

Artistic Advisors
Sandy Rustin
Steven Tabakin

Resident Casting Director
Gayle Seay