Liesl Tommy, director of Lynx’s inaugural production, gets Tony Nomination for Best Director!

May 10th, 2016


Liesl Tommy, who directed Lynx Ensemble’s inaugural production of Christopher Durang’s “Laughing Wild,” in 2003, has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for “Eclipsed,” by Danai Gurira, for which Liesl also won a Lucille Lortel Award this year.  The entire Lynx team is thrilled and incredibly proud of Liesl.

Lynx Co-Produced “A MODERN LOVE” Broadway Cabaret!

December 12th, 2014
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On November 10th, 2014, Lynx co-produced “A MODERN LOVE”: A Broadway Cabaret celebrating the launch of Mark O’Connell, LCSW’s book, Modern Brides & Modern Grooms, and benefitting IHI Therapy Center!  At The Out NYC Hotel.

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Lucas Papaelias and J Michael Zygo from ONCE: The Musical


Jennifer Mudge


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Justin Deabler and Mark O’Connell

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Jon-Michael Reese

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Miss Perfidia

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Jennifer Mudge and Christina Decicco


DJ’s Andrew Andrew

Lynx will Co-Produce “A Modern Love Cabaret!”

October 3rd, 2014


Mark O’Connell’s book, “Modern Brides & Modern Grooms,” is available for pre-order. Click on the links below!

June 16th, 2014


Stay tuned for Lynx’s theatrical celebration of Mark’s book launch, November, 2014!


Lynx is sending Bill Bowers’ to Edinburgh!!

June 11th, 2013

Lynx is proud to co-produce Bill Bowers’ phenomenal one person play It Goes Without Saying at the Edingburgh Fringe Festival this summer! Aug. 1st – Aug. 25th (not the 13th), at the Hill Street Solo Theatre (Fringe Venue 41) at 22:05 (60 min.) Fringe Box-Office: 0131 226 0000

For NYC residents, Bill will perform It Goes Without Saying at the East of Edinburgh festival at 59 E. 59th on July 12 13,19, 20, 26, and 27th.

Acting OUT!

June 19th, 2011

The following short film, entitled ACTING OUT, is a collection of interviews with lesbian and gay self identified actors, who share their professional experiences – particularly in terms of pressure they feel to contort their instinctive gender presentations, in order to appeal to casting directors, producers and other powerful people in the entertainment business. Casting director Brette Goldstein very honestly and eloquently shares her experiences working with gender nonconforming actors, and the way the business responds to them.

Don’t Act, Don’t Tell:
Discrimination Based on Gender Nonconformity in the Entertainment Industry and the Clinical Setting
by Mark O’Connell, LCSW, MFA

Published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, Vol 16 Issue (3)

The author describes anti-homosexual attitudes in the entertainment industry. Effeminate male actors generally have a hard time being cast, whether for gay or straight roles. Attitudes in the performing arts mirror those in society as a whole. Case reports are interspersed in the discussion to illustrate the points.

There is a “don’t ask, don’t tell” practice in the hiring of actors for film, theater, and television—but it is certainly as ubiquitous in casting for the world’s stage as well. Here is how it works: actors can avoid discrimination so long as they do not disclose being homosexual. What is considered to be a disclosure in this case can be verbal, but is more often non-verbal, and merely a casting director’s perception or interpretation of the actor’s sexuality based on their gender presentation. This practice limits work for out and “seemingly gay” actors, and also severely limits audience perceptions of both homosexuality and gender. A simple example of this can be found in the film Brokeback Mountain, for which straight, masculine movie stars were hired to play gay men. By restricting the presence of gender-nonconforming people in film, television, and theater, the message, “you are permitted to be gay, just don’t flaunt your identity” (Yoshino, 2006), reverberates like an earthquake and without anyone having to claim responsibility or fix the problem. Until this phenomenon is brought to the surface – by naming and aggressively discussing it – homophobic discrimination will continue on and below the surface. Specifically we can expect to see more job discrimination, bullying, suicides, and hate crimes against gender-nonconforming people (both gay and straight)……

Lynx is chosen as a TOP TEN Finalist in the SPACE ON WHITE SPACE GIVEAWAY!

July 7th, 2010


April 14th, 2010

Watch our short video entry for free space to develop THE HEYOKAH PROJET by Bill Bowers.

The Heyokah is a contrary clown who holds total wisdom and teaches the People through laughter and opposites.

2009 Benefit Gala Photos

April 2nd, 2010
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Bill Bowers.


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Cynthia Nixon and Bill Bowers.


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Mark O’Connell, Deborah C. Smith, Aileen Barry, and Lucas Papaelias.


Lucas Papaelias and Jesse Alick.


Didi Conn and Bill Bowers.



Mark O’Connell and Justin Deabler.

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Mark O’Connell and Aileen Barry.

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Didi Conn.


Bill Bowers, Mark O’Connell, Cynthia Nixon, and Aileen Barry.



Bill Bowers Gala Performance

July 26th, 2009

Lynx Ensemble Theater Logo
very proudly presents


in a Gala Performance of his acclaimed, one-man show


to benefit Lynx Ensemble’s 2010 Season!

festivities will continue with a fabulous

cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.

Monday, December 7th at 7PM
The Neighborhood Playhouse Theater, NYC



We hope you’ll join us!  This gala evening will support Lynx Ensemble Theater’s thrilling 2010 Season, in which we’ll continue to present stereotype-shattering plays in all stages of development, and launch THE HEYOKAH PROJECT, a community-based theater initiative conceived and crafted by Bill Bowers.


As an actor, mime and educator, Bill has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His extensive training and heartfelt personal style of acting and pantomime have led him on an incredible journey from regional stage to tours, television, film, and Broadway. Bill has appeared on Broadway in The Lion King and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and on the stages of Radio City Music HallMadison Square Garden, and the Kennedy Center. An accomplished actor, educator, and mime, Bill has studied with Marcel Marceau and has pioneered an irreverent mime style that’s all his own. Bill’s solo plays have garnered rave reviews across the nation. He is featured in the film Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullockand Hugh Grant. In 2007, Bill starred in Lynx Ensemble Theater’s workshop of stellYY by Justin Deabler at HERE Arts Center in NYC.  To visit Bill’s website, CLICK HERE.


Lynx Ensemble Theater is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that explores the nature of identity, exploding stereotyping and engendering empathy and understanding between diverse people.

Lynx Ensemble Theater is a member of A.R.T./New York and a recipient of grant awards from the Nancy Quinn Fund, the Katherine Dalglish Fund,
the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, and the Ernest O. Reaugh Foundation.