Paul Moser (Producing Artistic Director of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival; Director of Macbeth and Inherit the Wind). After earning his BA in Theater Arts and Dramatic Literature from Brown University, Mr. Moser began his professional career as an Equity Stage Manager in NYC, working at theaters such as Soho Rep and the Roundabout. He went on to earn his MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama studying with Lloyd Richards and Ming Cho Lee. Mr. Moser then served as Associate Artistic Director of the Indiana Repertory Theater, directing close to two dozen shows, including critically acclaimed productions of The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tobacco Road, Torch Song Trilogy, ‘night Mother, and Virginia. Other regional directing credits include productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Theatre Virginia, Portland Stage (where his production of A Walk in the Woods received a “Best of Maine” award), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Theater, Spectrum Stage, Cleveland Playhouse and New Harmony Theater. Mr. Moser began teaching Acting and Directing at Oberlin in 1990 and served as Director of the Theater & Dance Program from 2000 to 2009. At last count, he has directed over two dozen plays at the College, including works by Shakespeare, Molière, Chekhov, Shaw, Wedekind, Ibsen, Pinter, Blitzstein, Hart, Shepard, Shawn, and Bogosian. In 1992, he formed The Black River Theater Company, which developed two of his own original political plays, The Trouble with Dinosaurs and Sanctuary; from 1997 to 2001, BRTC produced free family-oriented Shakespeare productions. In 2009, with the help of colleagues, President Marvin Krislov, and former students, Mr. Moser launched the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, directing its inaugural productions of The Glass Menagerie and The Tempest, and subsequently, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, Hamlet, Bus Stop, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Light Up the Sky, As You Like It, Come Back Little Sheba, All's Well That Ends Well, and Treasure Island.
Zach Weinberg (Director of Anne of Green Gables; Associate Producer; Elijah in Inherit the Wind) is a Chicago-based theater director and an Oberlin College alumnus ('14). This is his third season with OSTF where he previously worked on The Secret Garden (Director), As You Like It (Oliver), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter Van Daan). Chicago credits include Redmoon Theater (Ass't Director, Winter Pageant 2014; Directing Apprentice), Iron Legs (Director/co-creator, Humanities), Oracle Productions (Assistant Director, The America Play), and directing an upcoming world-premiere adaptation as part of the Director's Haven at Haven Theatre. Oberlin credits include The New Electric Ballroom (Director), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Rosencrantz), The Winter's Tale (Shepard), and Boy Gets Girl (Director).
Krystal Balleza (Costume Stitcher/Wardrobe Intern) is a second-year Wig and Makeup Design/Costume Construction major at Webster Conservatory. This is her first season with OSTF. Recent works include Dogfight (Wig Technician; Webster Studio), The Miser (Wardrobe Supervisor; Webster Studio), Stagedoor (Wig Technician; Webster Mainstage), and The Pajama Game (Wig Technician; Webster Mainstage).
Olivia DeToma (Stage Manager for Macbeth; Projections Designer; Company Photographer/Videographer) is a rising fourth-year at Oberlin College from Middlesex County, MA, studying Film and Theater. Past Oberlin College Stage Management credits include Death and the Maiden (Assistant Stage Manager), Pericles (Assistant Stage Manager), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Production Stage Manager). Oberlin Summer Theater Festival credits include Crumbs From the Table of Joy (Stage Manager), All’s Well That Ends Well (Assistant Stage Manager), and Treasure Island (Assistant Stage Manager). This is her second summer with OSTF.
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Sam Fisher (Sound Designer/Composer) is an emerging artist in theatrical music and sound design. A 2014 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's TIMARA program, Sam has since acted as the Kulas Composer Fellow at Cleveland Public Theater and Harry Weininger Sound Fellow at Berkeley Rep. In his fifth season with OSTF, Sam hopes to invite you deeper into the world of our plays with immersive, transportive sound scores.
Brooke McPherson (General Tech Intern) is a fourth-year at Stephen F. Austin State University working on her BA in Theatre Arts with a focus on Technical Theatre. Brooke has worked as a Carpenter and an Electrician on many shows including: Clybourne Park, Stephen F Austin's Festival of New American Plays, Macbeth, and Arabian Nights. This is Brooke’s first summer here with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and she could not be more excited for the opportunity.
Janie Spencer (General Tech Intern) just graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Theatre Arts. This is Janie's first summer with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and she is very excited to be a part of the team. Janie's previous work experiences include being Master Electrician for ECU productions such as: Assassins, The Great God Brown, and Kiss Me, Kate.
Kirsten Walsh (Wardrobe Intern) is currently a Theatre Arts major with a concentration in costume design at SUNY New Paltz. This is Kirsten's first season at OSTF. Previous college credits include Dresser/Scenic Carpenter for The Taming of the Shrew, Wardrobe Supervisor for The Marriage Proposal and The Brute, and Spotlight Operator/Scenic Carpenter for Avenue Q.
Ryan Linskey (Company Manager; Assistant Stage Manager for Anne of Green Gables; Cooper in Inherit the Wind) is a rising second-year at Oberlin College from Princeton Junction, New Jersey majoring in Anthropology and Theatre, and is thrilled to be spending his first summer with OSTF. Past Oberlin College credits include Psycho Beach Party (Assistant Stage Manager), The Monsters Underneath (Assistant Stage Manager), and The Baltimore Waltz (Production Assistant). Favorite high school theater credits include The Curious Savage (Samuel Savage), Grease (Stage Manager), The Bandaged Man (Director), The Laramie Project (Fred Phelps, et al.), Legally Blonde (Stage Manager), and He’s Really a Great Guy (Director). He also worked as a production assistant on The Piano Lesson at Princeton, New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre. In the fall Ryan will be directing The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia? through the Oberlin Student Theater Association and in the spring he will be assistant directing and stage managing Melancholy Play through the Oberlin Lab Series.
Samantha L. Paradis
Samantha L. Paradis (Production Stage Manager; Stage Manager for Inherit the Wind; Assistant Stage Manager for Macbeth) will be a third year MFA stage manager at the University of Iowa in the fall. This is her first season with OSTF. Her University of Iowa credits include: 2016 Iowa New Play Festival (Associate Production Stage Manager), 2016 Iowa New Play Festival Reading Series, Arcadia, Silo Tree, Sea of Trees (Stage Manager), Striking 12, The Gondoliers, and Iphigenia Crash Land Falls. . . (Assistant Stage Manager).
Tom Cline (Master Electrician) is a third year Theater major at Oberlin College. Oberlin credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle (Assistant Stage Manager), the naming of everyday marvels (Lighting Designer), append (Lighting Designer), The Monsters Underneath (Lighting Designer), Family Happiness (Master Electrician), and Psycho Beach Party (Production Stage Manager). He will also be the Production Stage Manager for the fall MainStage production of Spring Awakening.
Victoria Morales (Stage Manager for Anne of Green Gables; Assistant Stage Manager for Inherit the Wind) is very excited to be joining the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival for the 2016 season! A recent graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Victoria has a BA in theatre with a focus in Stage Management. She recently completed a Southeastern tour of Tuxedo Junction with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: SFB, In the Next Room and Peter and the Starcatcher. After OSTF, Victoria will be Joining the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre as a stage management resident for the 2016-2017 season. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support and the cast and staff for their amazing work and constant collaboration.
The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival 2016 season is made possible by generous support from Oberlin College and Conservatory, City of Oberlin/Oberlin Business Partnership, John P. Murphy Foundation, Nord Family Foundation, the Nordson Corporation Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and audience members.
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