Alexandra Herzan, Chair
Mindy Stern, Vice Chair
Norma Rosenberg, Secretary
Oliver Lennox, Treasurer
Michael Margitich, Chair Emeritus
Valerie DiFebo
Dr. Soumi Eachempati
Anna May Feige
Ella Foshay
Kathy Fuld
Bruce Kovner
Katherine Kovner
Roberta Pereira
Esther Rosenberg
Anna Deavere Smith


Debbie Bisno
Michael Cumpsty
John Dias
Peter Friedman
Amy Herzog
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Lisa Kron
Todd London
Ellen McLaughlin
Reshma Shetty
Leigh Silverman


Katherine Kovner, Founding Artistic Director
Roberta Pereira, Producing Director
Alexis Williams, Associate Artistic Director
Patti Anne Miller, Development Manager
Céline Delcayre, General Manager
Francisco Mendoza, Marketing Associate
Emily Cribbins, Development Assistant
Chelsea Fryer, Artistic Assistant
Mona Moriya, General Management Assistant
Blake Zidell & Associates, Press Representatives
Daniel J. Vasquez Productions, Photography & Videography



Katherine Kovner
Founding Artistic Director

Katherine can be occasionally glimpsed behind a towering stack of scripts. If not, chances are you’ll find her reading a great book. Katherine’s prodigious script-reading powers paid off when she came across Dov and Ali by Anna Ziegler, Substitution by Anton Dudley, and Crane Story by Jen Silverman, all of which she directed for the Realm. As a producer she has brought the works of Mfoniso Udofia, Sarah DeLappe, Michael Yates Crowley, Gonzalo Rodríguez Risco, Christopher Wall, Ethan Lipton, Lauren Yee and Elizabeth Irwin to the stage in productions that have been nominated for 4 Outer Critic Circle awards, 7 Lortel awards, 4 Drama Desk awards and been a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. Through the Writing Fellowship program Katherine has helped 35 talented writers develop plays that have gone on to 46 productions all across the country.  A graduate of Brown University before founding The Realm, Katherine was a freelance director, the Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company, a directing fellow at The Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab, and a member of 2008 Soho Rep Writer Director Lab. She was the 2014 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theater Women.

Roberta Pereira
Producing Director

Roberta Pereira grew up down the street from the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but several years ago she exchanged balmy weather for the bright lights of New York City. Before joining The Playwrights Realm, Roberta was at Bisno Productions where she developed and produced plays and musicals, including A Red Orchid Theater's Off-Broadway premiere of The Opponent by Brett Neveu; Tony-nominated play Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally, starring Tyne Daly; the Olivier award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along on the West End; and the Broadway premiere of Grace by Craig Wright, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, and Ed Asner. Previously, Roberta was an Associate Producer at Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, Executive Producer of Yale Summer Cabaret in New Haven and she produced all the auxiliary events for the 2006 Dublin International Theatre Festival. Roberta is also the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Dress Circle Publishing, the premier publisher of theater-themed books. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale School of Drama’s Theater Management program.