It wasn’t very long ago that I rediscovered my sixth-grade journal and began writing the script that would become Bully. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to make contact with adults and children, teachers and students who have listened to my story and shared their own. We have been honest with each other and we have been healing together. We are learning what it means to take a stand and it is a privilege and an honor to be a part of that process.
I am deeply grateful to the team of people that have been ready and willing to support this effort and spend time on increasing awareness about the show and its message. I also want to thank the thousands of people who’ve seen the show and we’re excited to keep going.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our website and I look forward to hearing from you.
Lee J. Kaplan
Actor, Writer, Producer
Lee has performed Bully for more than 12,000 people since premiering the show. Lee made his off-Broadway debut in a production of Penny Penniworth with the Emerging Artists Theatre company and has been seen in numerous short films and web shorts. As a voiceover artist, Lee has recorded spots for Baskin-Robbins, Nissan, Grey Goose Vodka, Tommy Hilfiger and many others. Samples of recent acting and voiceover work are available at Lee’s personal website. Lee also owns and operates a video editing business called MakeItReel, working with artists to assemble demo and performance reels.
Padraic has worked on Broadway, National Tours, Off-Broadway, Tony Award winning Regional Theaters. This past season he directed FLIGHT , at the DR2 Theater Off-Broadway, his play, Pooter McGraw Is Not Dead Party , was commissioned and produced at Clark University, and he directed Kelly Kinsella’s solo show When Thoughts Attack as part of the SoloNova Festival. Padraic also directed Underneath the Lintel at Geva Theater, where his play Lake Effect was also part of the Festival of New Works. His Off-Broadway directing credits include: Scott Hudson’s Sweet Storm with Alchemy Theatre in Association with LAByrinth Theater Company, Michael Puzzo’s The Dirty Talk for Spare Change Productions at Center Stage, New York, (Nominated for NY IT Outstanding Director), Matt Hoverman’s In Transit , for the New York International Fringe Festival, (Awarded Best Play), A Line In The Sand , Adina Taubman’s docudrama based on the school shootings at Columbine for the Midtown International Theater Festival, (Awarded Best Production). Padraic also directed the National Tour of She Loves Me . He is currently adapting the best selling novel Strangers on a Bridge for Palermo Productions. His play Lights Up On the Fade Out premiered this past summer at the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles. His other plays: Two Thirds Home , was produced in New York by the Broken Watch Theater and is published by Dramatist Play Services, Inc.; Ronnie’s Mask was produced in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Performance Garage. He was awarded the Dayton Hudson Distinguished Artist Fellowship to be in residence at Carlton College. Padraic is an adjunct professor with the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU, the Resident Director for Alchemy Theater in Manhattan, a company member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, an alumnus of The Drama League Director’s Project, and a lifelong Yankee fan. www.padraiclillis.com
Curriculum Development / Educational Consultant
Shirley Feldman stepped into the field of education in California as the director of a nonprofit organization that developed literacy and mentor partnerships between colleges, universities, community groups and public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. She brought with her the value of collaboration and community engagement in education as a teacher. Shirley has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in Florida, California, Massachusetts, New York City, and Beirut, Lebanon. While teaching, Shirley continued to work in higher education as an Adjunct Lecturer, guiding both prospective and veteran teachers in Literacy and ESL theory and pedagogical practices. As a first generation American (and native New Yorker), Shirley’s passion has been working with English Language Learners. Shirley currently works as a Literacy and ELL educational consultant with Generation Ready in New York City, where she leads professional development workshops, coaches, and consults teachers in grades k-12 throughout the Northeast Region. She has developed English Language Arts and English as a Second Language curriculum for Amplify and Teaching Matters, Inc. After witnessing students share personal reflections with Lee during several post-show Q&A sessions, Shirley realized how prevalent bullying is in so many young people’s lives. Bullying is a reality that continues to haunt too many students and the Bully show is a unique, safe, and authentic way for a school community to tackle this issue collectively. Through collaboration with Lee, Shirley developed a curriculum that will extend the show beyond the performance and engage students and teachers with reflections, conversations, and, most importantly, creative outlets to confront the crisis of bullying together.
Production Stage Manager, Lead Marketer
Hope comes from a two year run as the PSM for the national tour of Rock of Ages , which recently returned from Singapore. In the last several months, she has been the PSM on The No Rules Sketch Show at Signature Theatre, A House of Glass at Arena Stage, the workshop of Lights Rise on Grace at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Awake and Sing at Olney Theatre Center. She has been the PSM on the national tours of My Fair Lady and Young Frankenstein , as well as Studio Theatre’s The Big Meal , Imagination Stage’s Wake Up, Brother Bear , F#@king Up Everything and Bully at Capital Fringe, and a workshop of Lights Rise on Grace at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. She worked previously as Resident and Touring Stage Manager for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Associate Production Manager on Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey’s Bellobration . Her background also includes directing and writing, and she is making her DC directing debut with The Little Crane and The Long Journey at Capital Fringe 2015. Some of her favorite projects have included Theory of Mind , Courting Vampires , Into the Woods , and SHOUT the Mod Musical.
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New York credits include the world premiere of Steve Martin’s adaptation of The Underpants , and the premieres of John Patrick Shanley’s Dirty Story and Sailor Song . LABrynth credits include Stephen Belber’s A Small Melodramatic Story and Robert Glaudini’s Dutch Heart of Man . Regional credits include Lee Blessing’s Winning Streak (George Street Playhouse), Stones In His Pockets (Alley Theatre), and The Colored Museum (Crossroads). For more info please visit elizabethrhodes.net.