Paul Moser (Producing Artistic Director of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, Director of Picnic)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.
Holly Handman-Lopez (Director of Little Women, Choreographer of Romeo & Juliet, Picnic) is delighted to return to OSTF to direct Little Women and choreograph Romeo and Juliet and Picnic. She joined the Oberlin College Dance faculty in 2003 after a decade of performing and choreographing professionally in New York City. Since arriving in Oberlin she has collaborated on numerous concert works, straight and musical theater pieces, and operas; most recently, Angels in America,Winter’s Tale, The Miracle Worker, Spring Awakening, and Mr Burns. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her contemporary dance/theater work and has been recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle for Superior Achievement in Choreography. In addition to Paul Moser, for his support and generosity, Holly would like to thank the outstanding cast and crew of Little Women for their unwavering commitment to capital storytelling.
Joey Rizzolo (Director of Romeo & Juliet) is a writer, director, father, and MFA directing candidate at The New School in New York. Prior to spending 12 years making new work with the NY Neo-Futurists (producers of the East Village staple The Infinite Wrench and Joey’s original play Locker #4173b for which he received the Outstanding Performance Art IT Award), he was a Kennedy Center playwright and has since directed a myraid of plays and projects, most recently 2 world-premiere plays by Charles Mee (Life and On the Street Where I Live), Yeauxlanda Kay’s Bible Study for Heathens, Miles Orduña's Vacancies, and Henry IV, Part 1. Joey has worked on a number of OSTF plays as a fight choreographer and director in recent years. In the fall, he will be directing Bernard Marie Koltés' play, Roberto Zucco.
Jeremy Benjamin (Lighting Designer) is pleased to be Resident Lighting Designer for his 8th consecutive season at OSTF. Mr. Benjamin has taught Lighting Production and Lighting Design courses at Oberlin College for the past 12 years. In addition, Mr. Benjamin is currently the Director of Theatre at Lorain County Community College. Recent productions include Angels in America, Turn of the Screw, The Bluest Eye, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and Denial. As a lighting designer, Mr. Benjamin’s work has been seen at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Department, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels, Great Lakes Theater Festival, King’s Productions, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The Musical Theatre Project, Ohio Dance Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Paramount Productions, Pointe of Departure Dance, and the Village Playhouse.
Laura Carlson-Tarantowski (Head Scenic Artist)After more than 20 years as a free-lance designer and painter and most recently the resident set designer for Near West Theater, Laura joined the Oberlin Theater production and teaching staff in 2016. While at Near West 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, and Cesear’s Forum as well as in educational settings at Baldwin-Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University. Recent set designs at Oberlin College include Angels in America (parts 1 and 2), The Bluest Eye, Angel’s Bone, and The Marriage of Figaro. Recent Dobama Theatre productions include Slow Girl, The Call and Brownsville Song (b-side for Trey).
Casey Labbate (Associate Producer, Christine in Picnic) is thrilled to be back for a second season with OSTF. She will be a third year with a major in Theater and in History. At Oberlin she has been a part of Melancholy Play (Assistant Stage Manager), Heathers (Heather Chandler, choreographer), the Directing One Acts in Hidden In This Picture (Robert) and Elemenoe Pea (Simone), Angels in America (Assistant Stage Manager), and The Book of Jessica (Co-Director, Stage Manager). Last summer at OSTF she managed the box office and acted in The Winter's Tale (Dorcas, Dion, Gentleman II).
Susanna Bordelon (Wardrobe Assistant) has come all the way from rural Minnesota to be a part of OSTF for the first time! She will be a fifth year Apparel Design and Development student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is looking forward to finding inspiration in the costumes from this season’s designs as inspiration for her senior collection. Past costume work for a tiny opera house in Mantorville, Minnesota (including many melodramas alongside shows like: Murder at the Rutherford House, Nunsense, Nuncrackers, and Church Basement Ladies all performed through the Mantorville Theatre Company) has led her to delve more into the prospect of costume design as a possible future career.
Abigail Bowman (Company Manager, Publicity Coordinator)is a rising Junior at Oberlin College Majoring in Theater and Education from New York City. Past Oberlin theatrical credits include Twelfth Night (Antonio), Stop Kiss (Mrs. Winsley) and Chamber Play (Zoe). Last semester she directed and choreographed Oberlin Musical Theater Association's production of Merrily We Roll Along. Next semester she will choreograph Oberlin Musical Theater Association's production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Sam Eisner (Electrics Production Staff)is an Oberlin College student from Philadelphia. She is a Theater major with a concentration in lighting design and directing. She has designed for many shows, including Chamber Play and the Directing class’ One Act plays. She also works in the Electrics shop during the year. Next semester she will direct The Sisters Rosensweig as her Directing capstone. In the spring semester, she will study in New York City.
Piper Hill (Composer/Sound Designer)is a Mathematics and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) double-degree student at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Piper’s previous theater experience includes acting roles such as Paulette in Legally Blonde, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Cathy Connolly / Marge Murray in The Laramie Project Cycle at his high school in New Albany, OH. Before transferring to Oberlin, he was a student at the University of Chicago, where he composed for Fire Escape Films and conducted research on pitch perception at Nusbaum Lab. He is thoroughly enjoying his first season with OSTF!
Alex Howell (Stage Manager for Little Women, Assistant Stage Manager for Picnic) will be a second year at Oberlin College in the Fall. Past Oberlin stage management credits include: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and The Tap Project. Back home in Seattle, he has worked with Arts West Playhouse and the Seattle Public Theater as well as with his high school drama department. This summer has been a wild and exciting adventure. Enjoy the show!
Delaney Kelly (Box Office Manager, Publicity Coordinator) is a rising junior at Oberlin College with a major in Theater. She is a North Royalton, Ohio native and has been attending OSTF shows since its inception! Previous credits include: Oberlin Student Theater Association’s Stop Kiss (Stage Manager), Oberlin Mainstage’s Angels in America (Asst. Stage Manager), and Oberlin labseries’ Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew). She also works in Creative Arts Therapy at Kendal and as a Course Writing Associate through the College’s Rhetoric & Composition program.
Bridget Kline (Wardrobe Assistant) is joining OSTF for her first season! Bridget will be entering her second year at Baldwin Wallace University with majors in Theatre: Design and Technology with a costume concentration and French. Her minor is Studio Art. During the school year, she works in the costume shop at BW and will be assisting in the costume design for Cabaret in the fall of 2018 before studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France for the spring semester 2019. Previously, she has assisted in the costuming of BW productions A View from the Bridge, Fyoo Zh En 2018, Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Anything Goes.
Helena Rankin (Assistant Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet, Stage Manager for Picnic)is thrilled to be participating in OSTF for her first season! She is a rising senior at Marywood University in Scranton, PA where she is pursuing a BA in Arts Administration. Her previous collegiate theatre credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (PSM), A Streetcar Named Desire (PSM), Sunday in the Park with George (PSM), Godspell (House Manager), and Songs for a New World (Box Office Assistant).
Delaynie Rizer (Assistant Stage Manager for Little Women, Stage Manager for Romeo & Juliet)is a senior at the University of Tennessee, where she is working for a BA in Theatre. She is also an AEA candidate for stage management. Past Internships: Studio Theatre in D.C., Nashville Children’s Theatre. Past Credits at the Clarence Brown Theatre: A Lesson Before Dying (ASM), The Crucible, (ASM), A Christmas Carol (ASM), Top Girls (ASM),Three Sisters (ASM), Alabama Story (ASM), The Dream of the Burning Boy (SM). Other: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas (SM). Much love to her parents. For Sophie Scholl.
Max Robinson (Electrics Production Staff)is a rising fourth year from New York City. He is a Theater major with a concentration in lighting design and acting performance. He has designed the lighting for many shows at Oberlin, including The Tap Project, and has served as the light board op for multiple performances and operas. He has a great interest in experimental and sight-specific theater.