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
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.
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.