Acting Company

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Janiah Bowen-Pride (Martha in The Miracle Worker) is eight years old and is going into fourth grade at Prospect Elementary School. This is Janiah's very first play! Janiah has loved being involved in dance groups such as Girl's Emotion, Ty Squad, and the liturgical dance group at her church where she is also in the choir. She is very excited to be a part of OSTF this summer!

Luka Sergent-Mani (Percy in The Miracle Worker) is happy to be a part of OSTF again.  His first appearance was last summer in Macbeth.  Luka is in sixth grade at Langston Middle School.  When he isn't hamming it up on stage, he's playing soccer or swimming and diving from the high board.  Luka says thanks to his cast mates and the director for helping him discover the fun and challenge in acting, and he also thanks his mom, dad and super cool sister for their encouragement to be in OSTF.

Stephen Pallas (Boy’s Voice in The Miracle Worker) is in his second season with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Last year, he was Howard in Inherit the Wind.  Stephen spent his elementary years at Open Door Christian Schools and performed in Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin, and Dorothy in Wonderland.  He is a member of the Oberlin Choristers and has been since 2010. Stephen is involved in karate, baseball, and basketball.  Stephen is heading into 8th grade at Midview and is a member of the band where he is a percussionist.

Production Team

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Anton Crooks (Sound Designer/Resident Master Electrician) started at Oberlin College full-time in March of 2017.  He received his BFA in Theater Arts, Design and Production with a concentration in Electrics from East Carolina University in 2015. Since graduating, Anton has worked professionally as a Technician for places such as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, ECU Loessin Playhouse, and OSTF. He also has worked as a lighting designer extensively in Dance, shows including Beauty and the Beast for the Greenville Civic Ballet, the Dance at Wright series at ECU, and as a recreation artist for the Koresh Dance Company. Sound Design credits include shows such as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and assistant/associate designs on shows including A Streetcar Named Desire, Kiss Me Kate, and The Tragedy of Coriolanus. Master Electrician credits include shows such as Return to the Forbidden Planet, Schoolhouse Rock, and Treasure Island, to name a few. Anton has worked as a Master Electrician and Technical Director for OSTF in prior years.

Jessica Harron (Properties Coordinator) is in in her junior year at Ithaca College getting a BFA in Theatrical Production Arts, with a concentration in Scenic Design. Her recent credits include Scenic Designer for A Servant of Two Masters at Ithaca College’s McCarrol Studio, Charge Scenic Artist for The Cradle Will Rock at Ithaca College’s Clark Theatre, and Master Carpenter/Props Master for Winter Bodies: Dance Show at Ithaca College’s Horner Theatre.

Abby Magee (Production Intern) is entering her second year in Syracuse University's Theater Design and Technology program with a concentration in scenic design. She graduated from Kittatinny Regional High School, NJ in 2016 where she was the technical director and scenic designer. She hopes to work in production for theater or live music.

Joseph P. Natt (Senior Technical Director) is happy to kick off the ninth summer season of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival.  He was Resident Technical Director for OSTF the past two summers for As You Like It, Come Back, Little Sheba, Secret Garden, Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, and Light Up the Sky.  He was Technical Director in OSTF seasons 1 through 5 for shows such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cradle Will Rock, Our Town, A Wrinkle In Time, The Glass Menagerie, and The Tempest.  Joe is starting his 12th year at Oberlin College and has worked on shows like Spring Awakening, Denial, the opera of Street Scene, Assassins, Death of a Salesman, Reefer Madness, and Flora the Red Menace. Joe received his BFA in Theater Set Design and Technology in 1997 from Kent State University.  Joe has worked professionally as Technical Director for Lyric Opera Cleveland as well as five seasons at The Cleveland Playhouse on a variety of shows. He dedicates his work this summer to Molly, Maggie, Tess and Bea.

April Rock (Costume Designer/Costume Shop Supervisor) holds a MFA in Costume Design from Kent State University. She is a local costume designer, technician and textile artist and has worked as the resident costume designer for the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival since 2011 where she has designed Anne of Green Gables, As You Like It, The Secret Garden, The Diary of Anne Frank, Light Up the Sky, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Raisin in the Sun. Recent design credits include The Wiz and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Near West Theatre and Thoroughly Modern Millie for Kent State University.

Dan Schumacher (Summer Technical Director) is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a BFA in Production Design and Technology and is very grateful for the opportunity to be this season’s Technical Director. Dan has previously worked at Heritage Theater Festival and Stagedoor Manor. Dan hopes you enjoy the show!

Janie Spencer (Summer Master Electrician) graduated from East Carolina University in Spring 2016 with a BFA in Theatre Arts, Design and Production. This is Janie's second summer with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and she is very excited to be a part of the team again. Janie's previous work experiences include being Master Electrician for ECU productions such as: Assassins, The Great God Brown, and Kiss Me, Kate.

Vince Tose (Assistant Technical Director) studied Theatrical Production, Design, and Technology at Ohio University. He worked on 20+ shows at OU as a carpenter, painter, run crew lead, Assistant Technical Directorand Technical Director. Vince worked as a carpenter and run crew lead for two summers at the Heritage Summer Theater Festival in Charlottesville, VA, in 2013 and 2014. Afterwards, Vince went to Stagedoor Manor in New York as a carpenter and run crew at during their 2015, 40th Anniversary season.

Abby Twining (Production Intern) is graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, with a B.A. in Theatre.  She now works as a scenic designer and scenic painter, doing work locally and on the east coast.  Her design credits include The Mikado, King John, and Honk! Jr., and she has contributed scenic painting work for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Coriolanus, and Exit the King.  Abby is excited to be returning to her hometown for OSTF's ninth season, and thanks her family, friends, Jeff Herrmann, Jonathan Wentz, and Ron Newell for their unending support!

 

Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

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