Who We Are
Nicholas Martin-Smith
(Producing Artistic Director) It was his grandfather’s cousin, playwright, Edward Martyn, who along with W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory of Poole, founded Dublin’s Abby Theatre.  Mr. Martin-Smith has been the Artistic Director of the Hudson Warehouse since its inception in the winter of 2004.  He directed, and appeared in the company’s inaugural production of The Tempest the following summer.  He also directed Twelfth Night: Or What You Will, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, as well as Hamlet.  It was Mr. Martin-Smith’s concept of a fractured Hamlet, personified in three distinctly separate manifestations of the title role, that was realized in the 2009 season’s innovative production. This production was based on the adaptation by Joe Hamel and Nicholas Martin-Smith that was very well received by critics and audiences alike. Other directorial credits include Hotel America at the Metropolitan and Think Twice with the O.T.C. both of which had the film rights picked up. Mr. Martin-Smith also directed The Night of January the 16th with the O.T.C. and Finding Mr. Right at the New York Comedy Club.  Mr. Martin-Smith has worked for years as an actor, most recently appearing Off-Broadway as Frank Deluca in The Rise of Dorothy Hale at St. Luke’s Theatre and as Hartrison Brent in Perfect Crime at the Snapple Theatre Center. Also Off Broadway  as Angelo in Measure for Measure (Soho Rep), Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (Douglas Fairbanks) and as Antyphilus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Riverside Shakespeare Co.).  He also appeared in New York as Claudius in Hamlet, the Duke of Cornwall in King Lear and as King Magnus in The Apple Cart, under the direction of David Scott all at Theatre Ten-Ten. Other roles include Dr. Lvov in Ivanov at The Mint Theatre, Pentheus in Chuck Mee’s adaptation of The Bacchae, and Lt. Charles in Renee Phillippi’s adaptation of The Adding Machine at 78th Street Theatre Lab.  Regionally he has appeared in The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing both at Boston’s Publick Theatre, and as Konstantine in The Seagull at the A.R.T. in Cambridge.  He also appeared as Franny in Balm in Gilead, John Polk in Am I Blue, and in the title role of David Mamet’s Edmond, all at the Alley Theatre Company.  Television credits include, “Law & Order,” “Another World” and “Spencer: For Hire.”  Film credits include “Picture Perfect,” “Carlito’s Way,” “The Clothes Line” and “Boys Night Out”.  He received his B.F.A. from Tulane University and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College where he was a graduate fellow. In addition to teaching at Brooklyn College, Mr. Martin-Smith has taught acting at Marymount Manhattan College, St. Francis College and at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, as well as at his own studio.  He is the recipient of the Monroe Lippman Founder’s Award for Acting, and a Best in Boston Award for his performance in the title role of David Mamet’s Edmond.

Mission Statement

The mission of Hudson Warehouse is to present the classics in exciting productions inspired by our past and relevant to our present day. We want to educate the novice and enthrall the well-versed. We embrace the traditional and innovative, the classical and the modern classic. Through the dedication, passion and intelligence of all our theater artists, we bring these works to life. When our work elicits a true emotional response from an audience member, this experience reaffirms that theatre is a “ware” that is essential to daily life.

Susane Lee
(Assistant Artistic Director)
Susane has extensive experience in both television and stage. She began her television career at WGBH PBS in Boston where she worked on the NOVA Science Series for three years. She came to NYC and spent twelve years working as a Producer and Writer for Channel 13/WNET.

During this time, she travelled to more than 100 cities across the U.S., researching story ideas, finding experts in their field, and producing and writing one hour prime-time documentaries for PBS. Working with casting agents and attending talent showcases, she has auditioned countless actors for her series over the years. She has had the privilege of working with many talented actors including Roy Schneider, Matthew Modine, James Naughton, as well as many renown experts and filmmakers from around the world. She was the Co-Principal Investigator for two 'National Science Foundation' grants, one which awarded her $1.6 million for her multi-part PBS series.

She was hired by The Heinz Center and NASA to produce and write their "State of the Nation's Ecosystems Report" for the development of their PBS series. She won the 'PBS Communication Award' in 1999 as well as a Fellowship from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She has been a freelance Producer, Writer, and Script Consultant on numerous television and film projects over the years and continues to be. For a longer list of her television credits, 'click here.'

Susane is a Lifetime Member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and, starting five years ago, has been directing their popular 'Screenplay Reading Series.' Working closely with NYC casting agents and professional actors, she has directed these works on stage at both the JCC on the Upper Westside and at Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center.

Susane started the WGAE's 'Writing Mentoring Program' in 2006, enlisting the Guild's members as mentors. For the pilot program, she worked with an organization for foster children. She then partnered WGAE with '826 NYC,' a literary organization founded by author Dave Eggers. This collaboration resulted in a program in which the teenage participants wrote radio dramas, one-on-one, with Guild mentors. These dramas were then broadcast on public radio WNYC. This Writing Mentorship is still on-going today. Susane also led writing workshops in NYC public high schools. A member of the Guild's Activities Committee since 1997, she is involved in helping to organize their annual awards dinners, benefit events, and other high profile workshops.

For Hudson Warehouse, she has produced their three show summer season since 2010. In 2012, she directed their June production of Comedy of Errors and in June of 2013, directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. She wrote the adaptation for the Warehouse's August 2013 production of The Three Musketeers, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, for which she also Assistant Directed. She was also the Assistant Director of Richard III in August 2012. Susane founded and is the Director of the Warehouse's 'Writers-a-Go-Go' (WAGG) contemporary play reading series which promotes the works of living writers with lively staged readings in a bar setting. She most recently directed a staged reading of Through Andrew's Eyes, written by emerging playwright Oscar Cabrera, in spring 2013.

November 2013, Susane will remount her production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (abridged) at the Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Arts Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side which marks the Warehouse's very first indoor production. She will also create the curriculum for and co-teach an after school Playwriting & Drama Program for young people at the Goddard Riverside Community Center for 2013-2014 school year.

Susane won an 'Urban Artist Initiative Grant for Literature' in 2006 and a 'New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship' grant for Nonfiction Literature in 2005. Susane published a memoir in the February 2010 issue of MORE Magazine entitled "The I Ching Daughter," available on-line. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA.

Nick DeVita
(Artistic Associate) made his Hudson Warehouse debut as Malcolm in the 2007 production of Macbeth.  Since then Nick has appeared in other Warehouse productions such as Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, Trojan Women, Cyrano, and Romeo & Juliet. Mr. DeVita also serves as Hudson Warehouse's technology advisor, running their Twitter feed (@HudsonWarehouse ) and their Foursquare location. Mr. DeVita has also worked with The Williamstown Theater Festival under the artistic direction of Roger Reese in their 2006 season in their productions of Romeo & Juliet as well as the original workshop production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Mr. DeVita can be seen in a recurring role in Playstation 3's "It Only Does Everything" commercial series with Playstation spokesperson Kevin Butler as well as Best Buy and Geek Squad's on-line and television ad campaigns.  Mr. DeVita has studied at the American Musical Dramatic Academy as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.
Amanda Renee Baker
(Artistic Associate) A New York resident since 2009, Amanda is proud to be an Artistic Associate with Hudson Warehouse where she has appeared as Valerie in Trojan Women, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Masha in The Seagull and Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew.

She has also participated in several staged readings with The Warehouse, Misfit Toys Rep and ESPA Primary Stages. Regionally Amanda originated the role of Norma Baxter in the world premier of Topher Payne's Perfect Arrangement with Atlanta's Process Theatre Company. She understudied the roles of Annie in the regional premier of Mat Smart's The 13th of Paris and Miss Clavel in Madeline's Christmas at the Horizon Theatre Company.

Amanda grew up in southern Indiana and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied acting with Howard Jensen. In addition to her extensive work as an actor Amanda directed productions of Measure for Measure, Betrayal, Jean-Paul Sartre's The Flies, Trista Baldwin's Patty Red Pants at the Bloomington Playwright's Project, and a collaborative multi-media production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Prior to her relocating to New York, Amanda had the honor of studying with the Moscow Art Theatre School, where she appeared as Charlotta Ivanovna in selections from The Cherry Orchard under the direction of Mikhail Lobanov.

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