The documentary follows three Hudson Valley residents over the course of a 10-week TMI Project storytelling workshop presented at The Mental Health Association in Ulster County (MHA). Along the way, the participants experience the transformative power of true storytelling; they face mental illness, childhood neglect and addiction head-on; and, ultimately, share deeply personal stories about love, loss and triumph. The documentary was shot by NorthGuild Films and premiered locally at The Woodstock Film Festival in 2018.
"Fortunately for theatre lovers, Denizen Theatre in New Paltz, has found not only a play that’s stimulating and well told, but also an actress and a director who are able to translate that play into an energizing and exciting piece of theatre... Denizen Theatre’s choice of a director for “Every Brilliant Thing” is as brilliant as the play itself. ...Tenuto’s skill shines through in every facet of this production."
- The Catskill Chronicle
Every Brilliant Thing
by Duncan MacMillian
starring Terri Weagant
America's Next Top
by Julie Novak and Eva Tenuto
starring Julie Novak
"Novak’s stand-up style autobiographical solo comedy America’s Next Top: One Top’s Hysterical Take on Life, Love, Tools, and Boxes. She focuses the piece using stories about her exploration of—and other people’s confusion around—her gender and sexual orientation... Director and co-writer Eva Tenuto (and, as the play reveals, wife to Novak) handles the limitations of festival producing well, managing a variety of lighting looks and well-timed simple projections that help shift the evening from pure stand-up to a more polished piece of theater."
WINNER: Best Comedic Script of 2014, United Solo Festival