The Neighborhood Theatre Project is a theatre company that uses interviews and conversations to create original, verbatim theatre that is current, relevant and vital to our living culture.

We believe that every story deserves to be told, and therefore, every person should have access to the arts. We aim to make this happen by theatricalizing real stories from diverse populations around the globe in order to connect and deepen our understanding of one another.

Julia Schonberg

Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Julia is an actor, theatre maker, and teaching artist based in NY. She originally created the idea for The Neighborhood Theatre Project many years ago while working on a shadow-puppet show in the community of Somerville, Massachusetts. Over the past decade, Julia has worked and trained with The Boston Center for American Performance, Houses on the Moon Theatre Company, Superhero Clubhouse, Writopia Lab, Columbia Stages, Double Edge Theatre Company, In The Water Theatre Company, The Barrow Group, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, and received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. Most recently, Julia began producing and acting in original short films, created in collaboration with her brother, Adam, a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She is also a certified teaching artist throughout all 5 boroughs in NYC, leading classes in the creation of theatre, acting, shakespeare, improvisation, creative movement, yoga, and drama therapy techniques. As a playwright and creator, Julia has created and produced monologues and short plays from interviews and stories in and around NYC, leading to the official founding of The Neighborhood Theatre Project.

Ellie Jackson

Co-Artistic Director

Ellie is a New York based actor and theatre artist.  She earned a degree in theater through studies at the University of Southern California and the British American Drama Academy in London.  After college, she gained experience on "the other side" of the camera as a production coordinator and producer working on both large commercial and small independent projects. 
In her continuing work as an actor, improviser and storyteller Ellie has been a part of multiple independent theatre and film projects, from Los Angeles to New York to Minneapolis and Montreal. 

As an actor and producer Ellie seeks to develop and participate in projects that share human stories truthfully.  She is driven by a passionate belief in the unique power that theatre and film have not only to delight and entertain, but also to create opportunities where an audience can recognize a part of their own humanity reflected back to them - perhaps in an unexpected way.

Annabelle Cousins 

Artistic Associate

Annabelle is an actor, comedian, and theatre educator based in Manhattan. With a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, Annabelle aims to create collaborative and relevant theatre within the community. Studying abroad at L'Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo Italy, Annabelle practiced physical theatre, canovaccio writing, and philosophy of the arts. She has worked at both NHSI Cherubs and Boston University Summer Theatre Institute as an educator and teaching assistant for young theatre artists, and currently volunteers at The 52nd St Project as a Smart-Partner Mentor. Theatrical credits included Nina in The Nina Variations (Boston University), Caroline Sackeroff in Robert Brustein’s new play, Exposed (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), as well as Amy in Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly) (The Alpha NYC). Annabelle also dabbles in Improv Comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade and is working on an upcoming Web Series, titled Anxiety.

Andrew Garrett

Director of The Willmar Project

​Andrew Garrett is bi-coastal (Seattle & New York) creative leader passionate about new work, community and strengthening the connection between art and society. Although he is primarily a director, producer and educator, he is also an experienced playwright, performer and photographer.
Recent projects include Rona Siddiqui: Halfghan on a Mission (The Kennedy Center), Northwest Bookshelf: Adventure Musical Theatre (5th Avenue Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog of the Nighttime (Village Theatre), Orphans & Outsiders (The American Theatre for Actors), Lord of the Flies (Syracuse University), and New York Theatre Workshop’s Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop (New York Theatre Workshop, London South Bank University, North Carolina Stage Company, Santiago A Mil International Theatre Festival, and Stage Craft Studio). He has helped develop work with The Scratch, Village Theatre, Act Theatre, One Coast Collaboration, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New York Theatre Workshop, The Neighborhood Theatre Project, Normal Ave, The Tribe, and RADD Productions.

He received a BFA in Acting with an emphasis in Directing from Syracuse University. He has also received training through the Araca Project, New York University, Roundabout Theatre Company, The TEAM, artsEquity, The Arts in Education Roundtable of New York City, and New York Theatre Workshop (Former Education Associate).