Janet Bentley (director of "Abu Casem's Slippers") is a director and dramaturg.  She holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, a BA in theatre from the University of South Florida, and has trained in piano, dance, voice (opera and musical theatre) and acting.  She is a frequent director for Nylon Fusion Theatre Company and has also staged productions at Theater for the New City, FringeNYC 2016, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2016, T. Schreiber Studio and Emma's Attic Productions at Tutusville (FL)Playhouse, among others.  For August Strindberg Rep's "To Damascus, Part II," she co-designed sound and video, co-composed original music with Andy Evan Cohen and created original paintings and hand-drawn images for animation.