Meet the 2017 Company
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Katherine DeBoer (Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale) is pleased to return for her fourth season at OSTF, where she has appeared in Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (Gerte Schulte), Light Up The Sky (Frances Black) and The Cradle Will Rock (Mrs. Mister). Her career has taken her to New York, across the country, and to numerous venues right here at home in Northeast Ohio, including Playhouse Square, Cleveland Playhouse, Cain Park, Porthouse Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre and many more. THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS: The Will Rogers Follies (National Tour); South Pacific (Akron Symphony); Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Carrie The Musical, Next to Normal (Beck Center); Caroline Or Change (Karamu); Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Ohio Shakespeare Festival). FILM: Love Finds You In Sugarcreek. TRAINING: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, BA from Baldwin Wallace University, JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. www.katherinedeboer.com
Pete Ferry (Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker) is pleased to return for his seventh season at OSTF. Pete has appeared previously in Treasure Island as Captain Smollett, Hamlet as Claudius, Bus Stop as Sheriff Will Masters, Twelfth Night as Sir Toby Belch, The Secret Garden as Ben Weatherstaff and last season in Anne of Green Gables as Matthew Cuthbert. Recently Pete appeared in Every Good Boy Deserves Favor as The Colonel at The Cleveland Playhouse, and in Kin as Adam at Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights.
Karen Nelson Moser (Mother in Barefoot in the Park) appeared last season as Marilla in Anne of Green Gables for OSTF. Prior to that, Ms. Moser was Countess Rousillion in All’s Well That Ends Well, Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba, Stella Livingston in Light Up The Sky, Gertrude in Hamlet, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and Mrs. Webb in Our Town. She has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1981. Over the years, she has performed in San Francisco, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire, and New Harmony, Indiana. She spent six seasons as a company member with the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, where she met her husband, Paul. Representative roles include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Constance in She Stoops to Conquer, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarah in Children of a Lesser God, Diane in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Lucy in Dracula, Lee in Marvin’s Room, Natasha in Three Sisters, Margot in Dial M for Murder, and Elmire in Tartuffe. Ms. Moser holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Allen O’Reilly (Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale) is delighted to make his debut with Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival! Allen recently had the great pleasure of working with Paul Moser in the recent production of Denial at Oberlin College. Other Cleveland area credits include: The Beck Center in Billy Elliot and The Cleveland Treatment Center in INCOGNEGRO. Prior to that Allen was an associate artist with Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta for twenty-four seasons. Favorite roles include: Gayev in The Cherry Orchard, Truscott in Loot, and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Film and TV credits include: Legacy, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Crimes and Mr. Meanors, Sleepy Hollow and TURN: Washington’s Spies. Allen has also narrated over forty audio books, most recently Sons of Wichita. Allen is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA and he is delighted to share the stage at OSTF this summer with his wonderful and talented wife Teresa Deberry! Love to our two boys Evan and Aidan!
Minor Cline (Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Mamillius/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is returning to OSTF for a second season. In 2015, they appeared in Treasure Island and served as box office and house management staff. Minor graduated from Oberlin College in 2015 and now resides in Cleveland Heights. Recent acting credits include Balthazar/First Merchant in The Comedy of Errors (Ohio Shakespeare Festival), Calvin in Hot 'n' Throbbing (Dunamis Theater) and Rhodia in Broken Codes (Theater Ninjas/Ohio City Theater Project). As an Oberlin College student, they appeared in Pericles as Pericles/Boult and Man of La Mancha as Barber/Maria.
Dave Cotton (Anagnos in The Miracle Worker, Antigonus/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) has just completed his fifth and final year teaching theater classes at LCCC. He directed Exit the Body there last semester. He was last seen at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival in Macbeth and as the mayor in Inherit the Wind. Dave holds a BA from Trinity U. and an MA from Northwestern U. He is retired from a full career at Marion L. Steele H.S. in Amherst where he taught English, Speech, Drama and TV production.
Teresa DeBerry (Paulina in The Winter’s Tale) is thrilled to be returning for her second season with OSTF. Last season, Teresa appeared as Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables and Mrs. Blair in Inherit the Wind. She has recently moved from Atlanta where she worked with the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Theatre Emory, Horizon Theatre and Synchronicity, among others. Teresa has spent several decades as a professional actor, dancer, director and choreographer. Among her favorite rolls are Lady Macbeth and Mistress Quickly from the Shakespeare canon, Dabby Bryant from Our Country's Good and Katherine from The Secret Rapture. Since moving to Cleveland in August 2015, Teresa has appeared as Miss Havisham in The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns Great Expectations and Lillie Ann in Barbecue at Cleveland Public Theatre, the Mother Superior in Sister Act at Karamu House and Oona Eyebright with McKringle Productions.
Mike Frye (Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is from Oberlin, OH and has performed in theaters across Lorain and Cuyahoga County, including Workshop Players, Olde Town Hall, Blank Canvas, French Creek, and with Theater Ninjas. He is also a member of the Cleveland-area comedy troupe Casually Late Stampede.
Jordan Golding (Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Autolycus/Time in The Winter’s Tale, composer for The Winter's Tale) is an Oberlin College graduate ('15) who is currently working in Chicago, and is thrilled to be back for another season. Other OSTF credits include: Macbeth (Macduff), Treasure Island (George Merry), Secret Garden (Colin Craven), All's Well That Ends Well (Lord Dumaine), As You Like It (Lord Amiens), Inherit the Wind (Bannister/Radio Man), and Come Back, Little Sheba (Bruce). Chicago credits include: Eurydice (Orpheus, Promethean Theatre Ensemble), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jackson, Timber Lake Playhouse), 24 Words (Pal, Stage 773), and Rebel (Quinn, Theater Wit).
Christine Impara (Perdita/Ensemble in The Winter's Tale, Servant in The Miracle Worker) is an intended theatre major at Oberlin College. This is Christine's first OSTF production. Recently Christine was Olivia in Oberlin College's production of Twelfth Night and part of the Ensemble in Chess. She appeared Oberlin's Student Directed One Acts as Phyllis in Central Park West and Arnall in Line.
Andrew Knode (Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale) is enjoying his first year with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Andrew is coming fresh off a production of That Championship Season as James. Other Theater: Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Godspell (Judas), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Francis Flute) with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Directing: It's a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play and Children of Eden, A Year with Frog and Toad, Harvey, Cinderella. He is also a Co-Host of the award winning TV Show, Entertainment Pix. Many thanks to his always supportive wife MaryBeth. Follow @andrewknode
Nathan Krasner (James Keller in The Miracle Worker, Camillo in The Winter’s Tale, Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park) is a Philadelphia-born Obie alumnus (‘13) and second year Actors Studio Drama School MFA student based in NYC. He is thrilled to return for his third season at OSTF! Previously at OSTF he has acted in Inherit the Wind (Bert Cates), Treasure Island (Israel Hands), Macbeth (Ross), and All’s Well That Ends Well (Lord Dumaine). New York stage credits include The Changeling (Vermandero, Easy Leap Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio, Mercury Glass Theater), and Sad Americana (Matt, the Tank). Other stage credits include Spring's Awakening (Melchior, Oval House Theatre) and Far From Heaven (Ensemble, Williamstown Theatre Festival). He has taught high school theatre in San Francisco, where he also accrued a number of independent film credits. He'd like to thank his family for their support and his cast for always daring to play.
Casey Labbate (Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale, Box Office Manager) is so grateful for her first season with OSTF. Casey will be a second year theater and history double major at Oberlin College. Oberlin theater credits include Melancholy Play (Assistant Stage Manager), Hidden in this Picture (Robert), and Elemeno Pea (Simone). This January she choreographed Bonnie and Clyde at the Studio Theatre in Little Rock, AR. This fall she will be choreographing Heathers: The Musical for the Oberlin Musical Theater Association.
David L. Munnell (Clown in The Winter’s Tale) EMC is excited to be returning this year to the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival for his third year in a row. Last year he performed as the Porter/Witch in Macbeth and Mr. Meeker in Inherit the Wind. Past roles include Treasure Island (Ben Gunn; OSTF), All’s Well That Ends Well (Lavatch; OSTF), The Tempest (Trinculo; Miami Shakespeare), The Pheasant Plucker’s Son (Man 2/Writer; NYC), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Erroneus/Protean; TheatreZone in Naples, FL), and Annie (Harold Ickes, Stephen Foster Theatre, KY).
Llewellyn Nuñez (Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is an actor, writer, arts educator, and Oberlin alumna (’13) based in NYC. Most recently she appeared in The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of Macbeth (1st Witch). Northeast Ohio credits include Bus Stop (Cherie, Actor’s Summit Theater), Time Stands Still (Mandy), The Big Meal (Nicole), and Belleville (Abby) at Dobama, and Iphigenia 2.0 (Bridesmaid, Cleveland Public Theatre). Llewellyn was last seen on the OSTF stage in the festival’s 2012 season (Sister Mister, The Cradle Will Rock), and she is excited to be back this summer after a few years of adventuring. She would like to thank her loved ones back home for their encouragement and support, this summer and always.
Will Osborn (Doctor/Servant in The Miracle Worker, Florizel/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale, Delivery Man in Barefoot in the Park) is from Boston, MA and has been acting since he was a kid. As an actor at Oberlin College, he has performed in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Wally O’Hara), Trans-Dudes: The Musical! (Gay at Bar), The Wedding Band (The Bell Man), and Almost, Maine (Wes, Randy, Phil, and Danny). At the New Repertory Theater in Watertown, MA, he performed in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge/Peter Cratchit). Will is also a director. He directed Line as part of the Oberlin Student Directed One Acts, and Almost, Maine. He also speaks Spanish.
John J. Polk (Old Shepherd/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is pleased to be back for a second season with OSTF; he appeared last summer in “The Scottish Play” (Duncan, Old Siward) and Inherit The Wind (The Judge). He has brought a parade of authority figures, blowhards, villains and foils to theaters throughout Northeast Ohio, including productions such as Lend Me A Tenor (Henry Saunders), Mary Poppins (Admiral Boom, The Chairman), Annie (Cordell Hull), My Favorite Year (King Kaiser), and Urinetown: The Musical (Senator Fipp) at The Beck Center For The Arts in Lakewood. Other favorite shows include Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Floyd Collins (Ed Bishop), Our Town (Doc Gibbs), and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Dale Harding) at Blank Canvas Theater, Spirits To Enforce (The Snow-Heavy Branch) and Fever/Dream (Fred Clotaldo) at Cleveland Public Theatre, and The Woman Hater (Stephens, The Steward) at Mamai Theater Company. Not having had the summer repertory experience while at Miami University (Ohio) in the Early Pleistocene period, it has been a pleasure to spend the summer in college with such a talented acting company and distinguished production staff. Thanks and love as always to His Charming Wife, Laura, who knows for sure he doesn’t do it for the money…
Debra Rose (Viney in The Miracle Worker) has previously appeared in OSTF productions including Anne of Green Gables (Ms. Barry); Inherit the Wind (Mrs. Brady); All’s Well That Ends Well (Widow Capilet), Twelfth Night (Maria), The Cradle Will Rock (Ella Hammer), A Raisin in the Sun (Lena Younger), Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs), and A Wrinkle in Time (Mrs. Whatzit). Other Oberlin College productions include The Compromise (Margaret Washington), and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Nellie). Miss Rose is founder of Healing Melodies, a program targeted to seniors that uses music and comedy as therapy. She is also an artist, writer, and speaker. Find out more atwww.debraroseconnect.com.
Laura Starnik (Aunt Ev in The Miracle Worker) is delighted to return to OSTF, where she last appeared in Come Back, Little Sheba. Laura has worked at many theaters in Northeast Ohio: Beck Center, Blank Canvas, Clague Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, convergence-continuum, Dobama, Karamu, Mamai, none too fragile, Playwrights Local and Weathervane. She recently performed the role of Mrs. Kirby in the Karamu production of You Can’t Take it With You. Other recent credits include All The Way at Cleveland Play House and Lady Windermere’s Fan at Mamai.
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.
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Paul Moser (Producing Artistic Director of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival; Director of Barefoot in the Park and The Winter’s Tale) 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, Treasure Island, Macbeth and Inherit the Wind.
Katy Early (Director of The Miracle Worker). Thrilled to back at OSTF for her second season, Katy is grateful for the opportunity to direct The Miracle Worker with this incredible company. Katy is equally at home in musical theater, opera, and straight theater as an actor, singer, and director. She recently graduated from Oberlin College & Conservatory ('16) with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in Theater, where her past directing credits include Chekhov's one-act play, The Bear; Jake Heggie's chamber opera, Again; and Kander and Ebb's musical, Cabaret. Katy spent three and a half years teaching Shakespeare classes and directing at the Oberlin Drama at Grafton prison program where she assistant directed Shakespeare's The Tempest and Othello in addition to scenes from Julius Caesar and several of August Wilson's plays. In 2016, she assistant directed And Yet Will Speak, which Lillian White ('16) directed and co-devised with the men of the ODAG ensemble. Favorite college performance credits include Ruth in Flaherty and Ahrens' Dessa Rose, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Mrs. Alving in Ibsen's Ghosts. New to the New York City theater and music communities, Katy looks forward to lots of future collaboration in NYC in addition to Cleveland, Boston, and beyond! www.katyearly.com
Laura Carlson-Tarantowski (Scenic Designer for The Miracle Worker) joined the Oberlin Theater production staff in 2016 after more than 20 years as a freelance designer and painter and most recently the resident set and graphic designer for Near West Theater. While there she designed the sets for over 20 large-scale musicals and had a hand in creating the decorative concepts throughout their new building in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland. She has also enjoyed designing at other Cleveland institutions including Dobama Theater, Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Cesear’s Forum and Cain Park as well as in educational settings at Baldwin-Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University. Laura has a BA in Theater from Brenau College and an MFA in Set Design from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Recent set designs include Spring Awakening, Cendrillon, Denial, Family Happiness and Psycho Beach Party at Oberlin.
Meihan Guo (Production Stage Manager, Stage Manager for Barefoot in the Park, Assistant Stage Manager for The Winter's Tale) is a first year graduate student in the Louisiana Tech University Department of Theatre. There she received her undergraduate degree with a BA in Speech and a concentration in Theatre. She has served as the Production Stage Manager for Laundry and Bourbon & Lone Star, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A...My Name is Alice, and She Kills Monsters. She also was the Stage Management Mentor for Tartuffe and Rumors. Her first experience in Stage Management was as the Assistant Stage Manager for Doubt, A Parable. She received the Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management Tech Tony Award in both 2015 and 2016.
Holly Handman-Lopez (Choreographer) is a member of the Oberlin College Dance faculty and has had the pleasure of working with OSTF since 2010. As a choreographer, she has created numerous concert works, and designed movement for plays, musicals, and operas; most recently, Tarry the Night (commissioned by Neos Dance Theatre), Spring Awakening (director Chris Flaharty), Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Cleveland Public Theater, director Matthew Wright), eleven years in (duet with Bobby Wesner), and The Only Way (original evening-length dance/theater piece), for which she was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. In her creative process, Holly has had the privilege of collaborating with composers, actors, directors, poets, artists, architects, scholars and videographers. She has been awarded numerous guest-artist residencies at such institutions as New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and The New School. Holly danced professionally in New York City where she worked with many prominent choreographers, including David Dorfman, Nicholas Leichter, and Lisa Race; and performed extensively in New York City venues, as well as touring nationally and internationally. Most recently she has performed as a guest with Neos Dance Theatre, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre and internationally acclaimed poet Esther Dischereit.
Henrietta Key (Associate Producer) is excited to be participating in OSTF for her first season! She will be a fourth year Theater major concentrating in Arts Administration and minoring in Computer Science at Oberlin College. During the school year, she resides on the board of the Oberlin Student Theater Association as the Co-Chair and also holds the position of Managing Assistant for the Theater Department. In the past, she has interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MetLive Arts Administration and Production Intern), San Francisco Playhouse (Education Associate), and the Ogunquit Playhouse (Marketing and Public Relations Intern).
Sophie Koester (Stage Manager for The Miracle Worker, Assistant Stage Manager for Barefoot in the Park) is a recent SUNY Purchase graduate with a BFA in Design/Technology with a concentration in Stage Management. This is Sophie's first summer at OSTF and she is very excited to be a part of the team! Past credits include: Apparition (PSM), Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? (PSM), Young People's Chorus 2017 Gala (ASM), DVF Awards 2017 (PA), and Celebrate! Brooklyn (Artist Services).
Ryan Linskey (Company Manager, Public Relations Head) is a rising junior majoring in Theater and Anthropology at Oberlin College from Princeton Junction, New Jersey. His Oberlin College directing credits include The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (Director) and Melancholy Play (Assistant Director) and his Oberlin College stage management credits include The Baltimore Waltz, The Monsters Underneath, Psycho Beach Party (Assistant Stage Manager), Melancholy Play, and Triplet (Stage Manager). Outside of Oberlin, Ryan worked on The Piano Lesson at Princeton, NJ's McCarter Theatre Center. In the fall, Ryan will be directing Heathers: The Musical through the Oberlin Musical Theater Association.
Talia Roland-Kalb (Wardrobe Assistant) is thrilled to be joining the OSTF team for the 2017 season! She has just finished her first year at Oberlin College where she is majoring in Theater. Her recent acting credits include Fly By Night (Daphne) with the Oberlin Musical Theater Association and Bat Boy (Shelley Parker) with the Footlight Club in Boston. Recent costuming credits include Eight with OBERON's Boston Teen Acting Troupe and Love's Labour's Lost with Brookline High School.
Mary Claire Smalley (Stage Manager for The Winter’s Tale, Assistant Stage Manager for The Miracle Worker) is a rising senior at the University of Evansville majoring in Stage Management and Applied Math. Previous University of Evansville credits include: Silent Sky, Oklahoma!, Richard III, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Wild Party.
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!
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