Elizabeth Van Meter – Writer/Performer/Video
Elizabeth Van Meter is an award winning documentary filmmaker, storyteller, producer and founder of The Purpose Project. Her documentary work has taken her from the Andes Mountains of Peru to the Tohoku region of Japan (Hand in Hand, Lincoln Center 2014). Elizabeth directed and produced 40 short films for Gorgeous Entertainment documenting the lives of Japanese Americans. Ms. Van Meter also founded The Purpose Project, an organization searching out individuals who are bringing forth change in their communities, helping them achieve a dream and sharing their stories. She premiered her solo multi-media piece, The Purpose Project: Thao’s Library, at the Cherry Lane Theater, NYC, with versions appearing throughout the US. Van Meter’s first feature length documentary film Thao’s Library is premiering in AMC Theatres nationwide and will be available on DVD in Walmart stores and VOD the spring of 2016. Elizabeth is a graduate of UNCSA.
Stephen M. Katz – Director of Photography
Stephen M Katz is co-founder of Wéyo and an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker. In 2008, Stephen was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year international. He was also ranked third in the world in the Best of Photojournalism competition sponsored by the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA). Over the years, he has received numerous other state, regional and national photography awards, including top honors from the NPPA’s Northern Short Course Photographer of the Year; Southern Short Course Photographer of the Year, The Associated Press and The Society for News Design. He has partnered with several non-government organizations and the United Nations to document global health issues in over 40 developing countries, most recently in West and Central Africa. Stephen has an under graduate degree in anthropology from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in journalism and public relations from Temple University.
Christopher Tyree – Video
Christopher Tyree is the co-founder of Wéyo and an award-winning documentary photographer, filmmaker and writer with more than 17 years of experience covering assignments on nearly every continent for a variety of publications and agencies. He graduated with honors from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in anthropology. He earned a master’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University. His photography and editing have been recognized nationally and internationally, earning him numerous awards from esteemed competitions, including Pictures of the Year international, National Press Photographers Association, The Society for News Design, and The Associated Press. His work has also been published in many of the nation’s major newspapers and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, and Mother Jones. Christopher has worked for several nonprofits, including Physicians for Peace, Flashes of Hope, The Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Norfolk Foundation.
Kyle McKeveny – Video
Kyle McKeveny is a New York City based freelance Producer, Music Supervisor, Shooter, and Editor. In 2011, he saw the release of his first feature documentary film, “The Legend of Masty Huba.” At Gorgeous Entertainment he served as Director of Licensing & Special Projects for 4 years, and also coordinated and oversaw video content creation on many long term projects. Kyle has also leant his talents consistently towards creating a union between music and film, both as a Music Supervisor and as a Music Video director and producer. His work has taken him all over the country, and in the case of The Purpose Project he had the pleasure of travelling to Vietnam with Ms. Van Meter to help film this wonderful project.
Greg Slagle – Editor
Greg Slagle is co-founder and creative director of Kinetiscope, an award-winning production company that specializes in directorial, animation/design and editorial. As a director Greg created theatrical projections for the Off-Broadway musical Ministry of Progress where he received rave reviews. Most recently he worked with famed Colombian director, Javier Gutierrez, creating all theatrical projections for See What I Wanna See, in Seoul Korea. His films have been screened in many festivals such as Toronto, San Francisco, ResFest and Big Apple. His film The Projectionist won 2nd prize for best comedy at BIFF. Selected commercial work includes Sony, Amex, AMC, Chevy, A&E and most recently HBO’s How to Make it in America and NBC’s Triple Crown. Music videos include Los Amigos Invisibles, Death Cab for Cutie, Anthony David and Sage Francis. Greg has just released the short film, The Windermere Guest, which takes place around the clamorous events of 1928 NYC.
Joe Ricci – Director
Joe Ricci directed two shows at the AFO Festival in 2012, The Purpose Project: Thao’s Library and You Want Me to Do WHAT?!?. Most recently, Joe directed The Panic Diaries, written and performed by four-time National Monologue Slam Champion Katie Northlich. This multi-character tour-de-force was presented at the Cherry Lane as part of the NYC Fringe Festival, where it received rave reviews and was named best solo show of the Fringe by Mateo Moreno. Excerpts, called “Pieces of Panic”, were presented at last year’s All for One Festival at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Prior to that, he directed the solo show Hardware Dreams at Theatre for the New City. Filled with music and dance, it follows a young woman from modern day New York to her childhood in Santurce Puerto Rico. His love affair with the solo form started when he directed the solo dance show Dining Alone, performed by Tricia Brouk. It was a collection of solos that she had performed throughout her career. As an actor, he recently made his Broadway debut as Mike in the hit A View from the Bridge starring Live Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson. And he hopes to be returning this fall in Empire. He can also be seen monthly as the writer and Co-host for Vintage Variety at the Triad theatre.
Jeffrey Chrzczon – Producer
Jeffrey Chrzczon has enjoyed 21 years working as Producer, General Manager and Company Manager of live theatrical and concert productions. Broadway credits: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee, The Lyons starring Linda Lavin, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde, Sandra Bernhard’s “I’m Still Here Damn it!”, Patti Labelle on Broadway, The Kentucky Cycle, and Solitary Confinement starring Stacey Keach. Off-Broadway: Falling, Manipulation, The Irish Repertory Theatre, TeatroStageFest, The Marijuana-Logues starring Tommy Chong, RFK, Dr. Sex, and Ministry Of Progress. National tours: Damn Yankees, Spider-Man Live! stunt spectacular, Saturday Night Fever, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, Evita, Selena the Musical, Man of La Mancha starring Robert Goulet, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Jesus Christ Superstar, She Loves Me, and Hair.
All For One Theater Festival
The All For One Theater Festival presents outstanding solo shows that inform and inspire, together with workshops and panels to enhance the development and appreciation of solo performance. The festival serves as a curated gateway to a network of performing and teaching opportunities that All For One has begun, and will continue, to build.