Ms. Perfetti Williams was a 2014 New York Innovative Award nominated playwright (Retro Productions' An Appeal to the Woman of the House) and is the founder and producing artistic director of the all-female NYC-based theatre company, Carnival Girls Productions.
Stage plays include Carnival Girls, Kings Highway, Regular Coffee, Pretty Debris, Blood Turnip, White Paper, Cora: Streetwalker, Our Beds are Crowded: Seven Short Plays about Love, Fear and Sex, No-Fault: A Tale about the Big D in the Big Apple, Look for the Woman, Mary of New York and The Quickening, as well as over a dozen short plays. Her work’s been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Tampa, and her alma mater, Wells College.
Screenplays include Season of the Blonde, ManHunt and the short film, To Shine a Light on the World which she collaborated with producer Bill Fishman of Fall-Out Entertainment. A published novelist (Revolutions Per Minute, Regular Coffee), Ms. Perfetti Williams has a third contracted book in production. She's contributed to several magazines (Woman's World, Jane Magazine), newspapers and regularly blogs about motherhood (Mama Writes.).
Awards include Best of the Fest Girl Play 2010 Lesbian PlayReading Festival, Finalist Fusion Theatre 2009 Playwriting Festival, Oswego Players Playwriting Competition Winner 2008, H. Helena Zachos Prize, Class of 1905 Prize in Poetry, Catherine B. DePau Prize, Phoenix Literary Society Prize and Helen Gertrude Dean Award. She is a member of the International Women's Writing Guild.
Ms. Perfetti Williams has extensive experience in the entertainment industry as an assistant to singer/songwriters Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, and music/theatre mogul, Steve Leber. She's worked with numerous celebrities and entrepreneurs, as well as high-profile lawyers.
After over a decade in New York City, Ms. Perfetti Williams married and moved down the Jersey Shore where she makes her home with her husband, Greg, and toddler, Luke. Together they have a small family business; West Point Pleasant Teacup Candle Co. www.christieperfetti.com
Ms. White received the New York Innovative Theatre Award (IT) for Outstanding Director for her work on Vincent Marano’s Lights Narrow, which also received nominations for Best Premiere Production of a Play, and Best Full Length Script, which was produced by Teatro Obscura at the New York Fringe Festival. She also directed the world premiere of An Appeal to the Woman of the House, which received three IT Award nominations – Best Premier Production of a Play, Best Full Length Script and Best Actress for Heather E. Cunningham - who won the award - for Retro Productions.
Ms. White has directed Mark Lowenstern’s One is the Road in Super Shorts (IT award nomination for Best Short Play), as well as his Bloomingdale Road in You Are Here for the Workshop Theatre Company. She directed Greg Oliver Bodine’s multiple IT award nominee (Best Revival of a Play, Best Solo Perfomance and Best Lighting Design) Poe Times Two for Cape May Stage and the Workshop Theatre Company. She directed Mac Rogers in Ed Malin's Judge, Yuri and Executioner and Nat Cassidy in Malin's Generic Magic Realism (IT nominee for Best Solo Performance) both for the Frigid Festival. She directed the IT Award-winning (Nat Cassidy, Best Solo Performance) Things at the Doorstep - inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's work. She also had her writing debut, The Rationale, as a part of the 2012 Manhattan Theatre Source INgenius Festival. She has directed world premiere productions of: Catya McMullen's When Predator Dies, John C. Davenport’s Tough Love, Annalisa Loeffler’s A Spring Break and Julia Harman Cain’s Last Meal for the Manhattan Theatre Source Estrogenius Festival; and the North Shore Theatre Group's adaptations of Charlotte Gillman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and F. Marion Crawford’s The Screaming Kill / The Upper Berth.
Ms. White has also directed the independent feature film Snap, as well as several short films and documentaries. She has worked as a sound designer for Workshop, Theatre 1010 and the NY Fringe Festival and has provided foley effects for Pandora Machine Films and WWOW Cranston and Spade Radio.
Christie Perfetti-Williams (Writer, Executive Producer)
Heather E. Cunningham (Actress, Producer)
A Town Called Grace Films is a New York City based independent film company comprised of Director-Producer DeLisa M. White, Writer-Executive Producer Christie Perfetti Williams, and Actor-Producer Heather E. Cunningham. Grace gets it's name from the fictional town of Grace, Alabama from Christie Perfetti Williams' An Appeal to the Woman of the House, originally directed by White and starring and produced by Cunningham off-off Broadway for Retro Productions (and nominated for three New York Innovative Theatre Awards for script, production and best actress, which Cunningham won), which is the basis for their first film.
Grace is the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful, and A Town Called Grace Films is dedicated to telling stories which display these qualities. A Town Called Grace Films are about the grace it takes to do the right thing, no matter when or where you find yourself.
A Town Called Grace Films is profoundly dedicated to the idea of diversity in front of and behind the camera. It is our express wish to hire as many women and people of color as our budgets will allow. We believe that in order for stories to be universal, they must incorporate all voices.
Ms. Cunningham was recently awarded the 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Rose Walker in Retro Productions' An Appeal to the Woman of the House. She was previously nominated for that award in 2011 for her portrayal of Sheila in Michael Frayn's Benefactors. In 2007 she was a Back Stage East "Performance to Remember" for her role as Cheryl in Still Life, a documentary by Emily Mann. The short film she is in, President of the Fan Club, was an official selection at the 2014 Alexandria Film Festival and just won the audience favorite award at the New York Short Film Shoot Out.
Ms. Cunningham has appeared Off-Broadway as Mrs. Shandig in The Runner Stumbles (Bleecker Co/Arclight Theatre) and as a prisoner in Far Away (New York Theatre Workshop). She has performed in New York City for Retro Productions, MTWorks, KEF Productions, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Vital Theatre, The Soundtrack Series, and Boomerang Theater Company, among others. In addition to regional theater and national tours, her residency at Hedgerow Theatre included appearances in over a dozen productions.
Ms. Cunningham's acting has been called "phenomenal... absolutely breathtaking," "a performance of such strength, nobility, and beauty," a "marvel," and "a powerhouse." She has been hailed as a "beautiful woman with a fine voice and a glorious sense of fun." Peter Filichia of Playbill.com said "she has plenty of power... and is using it splendidly."
As an arts administrator she has worked for Second Stage Theatre, The Roundabout, the Culture Project, the Walnut Street Theatre, Media Theatre and Hedgerow Theatre. She was the project manager at United Stages, a company dedicated to producer support, marketing and audience development for "indie" theater. She is currently the producing artistic director of Retro Productions.
Ms. Cunningham is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, Retro Productions (which she founded), and the Mozzlestead Development Cast. www.heathercunningham.net
DeLisa White (Director, Producer)