TIFFANY AMES (Le Beau/Audrey in As You Like It; Messenger in Come Back, Little Sheba) is a second year Theater and Africana Studies double major at Oberlin College from Charlottesville, VA. This is her first summer with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Many thanks to the wonderful OSTF cast and crew for their abundant talents and giving souls. Recent credits: The Vagina Monologues, Measure For Measure, Word ‘N The Beat: The Color of Cool (Oberlin College); Godspell (Four County Players).
DAVID BUGHER (Touchstone in As You Like It; Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden). Hello everyone.
DAVE COTTON (Adam/Corin in As You Like It; Ed Anderson in Come Back Little Sheba) teaches theater classes part-time at LCCC where he directed The Fantasticks last Fall. Most recently he was seen in A Thousand Cranes at True North. He was last seen at OSTF as William H. Gallagher in Light up the Sky and Mr. Kraler in The Diary of Anne Frank. Dave holds an MA in Theater from Northwestern and BA from Trinity U. He is a retired high school teacher. Dave dedicates his work this summer to the memory of James Coakley.
PETE FERRY* (Ben Weatherstaff in The Secret Garden, OC ’72) was an original member of The Oberlin Group ensemble, under the direction of Herbert Blau in the Inter-Arts Program at Oberlin from 1972 until the group relocated to Baltimore, MD in 1974. Productions included The Oresteia and The Donner Party – which toured Minneapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia, and finally concluded at Richard Schechner’s Performing Garage in New York. In Baltimore, the group re-formed as Kraken, with Pete as a member. They produced Crooked Eclipses and Elsinore at The New Theater Festival of Baltimore, which Blau and the members of Kraken helped to create in 1976, 1977, and 1978. Pete left the group in 1978 to become a member of the Young People’s Theater of Center Stage Associates in Baltimore. Pete appeared as Odysseus in The Odyssey (designed by Julie Taymor OC ’73) and as Merlin in The Once and Future King. Returning to the Cleveland area in 1982, Pete appeared in productions of Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story, and Showboat for Opera Cleveland; as “Pop” Nunzio in the much-acclaimed PlayhouseSquare production of Tony ’n Tina’s Wedding at the Hanna Theatre; and recently with Ensemble Theatre as Alvaro Mangiacavallo in The Rose Tattoo, as Alberto Barcos in The Magic Fire, and as Reed Hooker in Beth Henley’s The Lucky Spot, all performed at the Brooks Theater at Cleveland Play House. Pete returns for his fourth season at OSTF, where he appeared as Toby Belch in Twelfth Night in 2013, Will in Bus Stop in 2012, and as Claudius in Hamlet in 2011. Recent credits include appearances in the film “Take Shelter” as Melvin, and in the Cleveland Play House production of EGBDF as the Colonel.
TRACEY FIELD* (Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden) was last seen in Hall Auditorium as Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank. She has also appeared in various plays at local venues including Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, and The Beck Center for the Performing Arts. In Chicago, she worked with The Second City, Wisdom Bridge Theatre and Porchlight Theatre. In San Francisco, she has performed with The American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, and the Marin Theatre Company. She has also worked at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Illustrious Virginia City Players in Montana, and several companies in Seattle. She is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program of The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Tracey is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Tracey dedicates the 2014 season to the memory of her teacher and friend, Reuben Silver.
JORDAN GOLDING (Lord Amiens in As You Like It; Bruce in Come Back, Little Sheba; Colin Craven in The Secret Garden) is a rising Senior and Theater major at Oberlin. In addition to acting, he has been writing music and playing over five different instruments for at least 10 years, and has taught himself how to play each one. This is his first season as a member of the OSTF company. Previous credits include: Spring Awakening (Moritz, Spring 2012, OMTA), Boy Gets Girl (Mercer, Fall 2012, Oberlin Theater and Dance), 8 (Jeff, Spring 2012, OSTA), Dog Sees God (Technical Director and Fight Choreographer, Fall 2012, OSTA), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Fight Choreographer and Vocal Coach, Spring 2013, OSTA), Luz of the Moon (Neil and Papa/Adam, Spring 2013, Oberlin T&D), Journey to the West (Tripitaka Tang, Spring 2013, Oberlin T&D), My Ghosts, My Own (Ex G.I. and Finley Runney, Fall 2013, Oberlin T&D), Next to Normal (Doctor Fine and Doctor Madden, Fall 2013, OMTA), and Macbeth (Macbeth, Spring 2014, British American Drama Academy). He is delighted to share this wonderful experience with you.
RACHEL IBA (Lord/Violinist in As You Like It) is a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, having studied modern and baroque violin with Marilyn McDonald. At Oberlin, Rachel has played concertmaster and soloist roles in the Oberlin Chamber, Opera, and Baroque Orchestras, the Sinfonietta, and Contemporary ensemble. She was the recipient of the Marilyn McDonald Violin Scholarship, and the Louis and Annette Kaufman Prize in Violin. Passionate about collaborations within and across a range of art mediums, Rachel has also been actively involved in a diverse array of projects involving film, theater and electronic music, in and around the greater Cleveland area. She is also a devoted improv comic, and performs with the troupe, “Kid Business,” and writes, edits and performs for the all female sketch comedy group, “Deep South.”
KAREN NELSON MOSER* (Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba) most recently performed the role of Stella Livingston in Light Up The Sky for OSTF. Prior to that, Ms.Moser was 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 Theater 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, 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.
AXANDRE OGE (X-and-dr-e, Oh gee) (Dennis, William and various lords in As You Like It; Postman in Come Back Little Sheba; Gardener in The Secret Garden) is a Junior at Oberlin College from New York. Past Performances include: Frisbee in Step On A Crack, Tragedian in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Sebastian in OSTF 2013’s Twelfth Night, Homer and a conveneer in The Skin of Our Teeth, the baby Intern in Tech: The Musical, Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll and Hyde, Tenorio in Man of La Mancha, Chas in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and Aenaes in Trojan Women.
ELEANOR PHILIPS (Rosalind in As You Like It; Martha in The Secret Garden) is a Brooklyn-based actor and proud Oberlin alum. She is a company member at The Flea Theater, where she just finished the workshop and world premiere production of The Mysteries (dir. Ed Iskandar, 2014 Drama Desk Winner). Favorite Shakespeare productions include The Merry Wives of Windsor (Baited Bear Productions), Twelfth Night, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. She is thrilled to be returning to OSTF, where she previously appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cradle Will Rock. www.eleanorphilips.com
DANNY PRIKAZSKY (Charles/Silvius in As You Like It; Milkman in Come Back, Little Sheba; Mr. Pitcher in The Secret Garden) just graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Theater and Creative writing, and this will be his first appearance in the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Hailing from San Jose, CA, Danny has appeared in numerous performances during his Oberlin career including the Hall main stage performances of Ghosts (Jacob Engstrand) and Lucia Mad (Beckett), as well as the world premier staged reading of Romulus Linney’s The Flower Hunter (Frederick).
WILLIAM QUICK (Guard/Oliver Martext in As You Like It; Elmo in Come Back, Little Sheba; Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden). This is William Quick, a recent graduate of Oberlin College. He has no idea what he's doing. When he's not questioning the logic of theatrical plot devices, he's cooperating diligently with others. Having appeared in Oberlin productions such as The Real Inspector Hound (Magnus Muldoon) and The Bald Soprano (Mr. Martin), Will shall pop up throughout the productions to give his two cents (or nonsense, it isn't clear). Hardworking and happy to help, Will enjoys the theater-life for who it lets him meet and what it lets him do.
JOAN RAUBE-WILSON (Celia in As You Like It; Betty in The Secret Garden) is a senior at Oberlin College, and this is her first summer performing with OSTF. She has just returned from spending a semester in London, where she studied at the British American Drama Academy. Recent performance credits include The Tempest (Gonzala), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Gin), Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother), Spring Awakening (Martha), Vessel: A New Musical (Hera), and The Bald Soprano (Mary).
CHARLIE SPEARS (Lord/Bassist in As You Like It; Projection/Video Design for As You Like It & The Secret Garden) is an audiovisual artist and interaction designer originally from Boston, MA. He recently graduated both Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory of Music with degrees in Cinema Studies and Technology in Music and Related Arts. He studied conceptual art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2012) as well as at the 2013 European Exchange Academy in Berlin. Professionally, he has worked with the Blue Man Group Film Studio in New York, STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam, and the Oberlin Theater and Opera departments. This last year he was the Lead Media Associate at the Oberlin College Digital Arts Mentorship program and also taught a year-long class on electronic music for high school students at the Oberlin Community Music School.
LAURA STARNIK (Mrs. Coffman in Come Back, Little Sheba) is making her first appearance with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and proud to work with this gifted group of artists. Laura has helped tell the story in various stage productions throughout northeast Ohio and most recently appeared in This is Not the Play (Cleveland Public Theatre). Other plays that featured Laura include Humble Boy, Middletown and Sons of the Prophet (Dobama), Prelude To a Kiss (Ensemble), Brainpeople, The Internationalist, Kid Simple (convergence-continuum) and Ghost-Writer (Clague Playhouse). Thanks to every one of you for supporting live theater, with special credit to Darrell for all his goodness.
ZACH WEINBERG (Director of The Secret Garden; Oliver in As You Like It; Assistant to the Artistic Director) graduated from Oberlin College in 2014 with Highest Honors in Theatre and received the Helen Ward Memorial Prize in Theatre and Dance. This is his second season as a member of the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival company. Previous credits include Death and the Maiden (Scenic Designer), The New Electric Ballroom (Director), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Rosencrantz/Assistant Director), The Flower Hunter (Narrator, world premiere reading), The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter, OSTF ’13), Icarus’ Mother (Director), The Connection (Jaybird), The Winter’s Tale (Shepherd), Boy Gets Girl (Director), What You Left in the Ditch (Adaptor/Director), Spring Awakening (Co-Director/Ensemble), The Fantasticks (Director), The Real Inspector Hound (Director), Eurydice (Loud Stone), and Dinner (Director).
ANNIE WINNEG (Phebe in As You Like It; Marie in Come Back, Little Sheba; Mary in The Secret Garden) is a rising senior at Oberlin College currently studying Psychology and French. Last year, she performed as Anne in the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Previous credits at Oberlin College include The New Electric Ballroom (Breda), The Winter’s Tale (Perdita), Boy Gets Girl (Theresa), and many more. She would like to thank Paul for the opportunity to work with OSTF this summer; the cast and crew for their exceptional work and dedication; and her family for their constant support.
TOM WOODWARD* (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior in As You Like It) Regionally: The Big Meal, Middletown, A Bright New Boise (Cleveland Critic’s Circle Best Actor Nominee)/Dobama Theatre; Iphigenia 2.0 /co-production with Cleveland Public Theatre and Oberlin College Department of Theatre; Race/Beck Center for the Arts; The Elephant Man, Chekhov in Yalta, The Shadow Box/CSU Summer Stages; Machinal, Gross Indecency. . . /Kansas City Repertory Theatre; The Tempest, Twelfth Night/ Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. In Los Angeles: All My Sons/Egyptian Arena Theatre; Jack and Jill/ International City Theatre; Unexpected Tenderness/The Lee Strasberg Institute (L.A. Weekly and Backstage West Best Featured Actor in a Play); Film and Television: “General Hospital” (recurring character), “Home Improvement,” “Cora Unashamed,” “Salem’s Ghost.” Tom is thrilled to be a part of OSTF, and is a very proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
MATTHEW WRIGHT* (Jacques in As You Like It; Doc in Come Back, Little Sheba) is an actor, director and theatre educator whose work has taken him across the United States. As an actor he has appeared at such nationally acclaimed regional theatres as La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre of Buffalo, Trinity Repertory Company, New Theatre, Actors’ Playhouse, and many others. Since moving to the Cleveland area ten years ago, Matthew has appeared at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, The Beck Center for the Performing Arts, The College of Wooster, Opera Cleveland, Actors’ Summit, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Oberlin College. This summer marks Matthew’s fifth year as a company member of OSTF where he has appeared as Prospero in The Tempest, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, The Aviator in The Little Prince, Polonius in Hamlet, Professor Lyman in Bus Stop, Editor Daily in The Cradle Will Rock, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Carleton Fitzgerald in Light Up The Sky. Matthew has served on the faculties of The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Florida Atlantic University, where he headed the graduate actor training program for ten years. He is currently the Program Director and Associate Professor of Theater at Oberlin College where he has directed Three Sisters, Dancing At Lughnasa, A Bright Room Called Day, Vieux Carre, Reefer Madness, English Channel, Beautiful Thing, Flora the Red Menace, Ghosts, and the Oberlin College/Cleveland Public Theatre co-production of Iphigenia 2.0. Matthew has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1988.
COLIN WULFF (Orlando in As You Like It; Turk in Come Back, Little Sheba; Dickon in The Secret Garden) is a 2014 Oberlin alum from Tallahassee, FL. He is eagerly returning for his second season with OSTF, in which he previously played Fabian in Twelfth Night. Additional Oberlin credits include Kenny in Flora the Red Menace, Matt in The Fantasticks, a soldier in Iphigenia 2.0 (in collaboration with both the Oberlin Theater Department and Cleveland Public Theater), Michael in God of Carnage, Howard in Boy Gets Girl, The Baker in Into the Woods, Dan in Next to Normal, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and most recently as Osvald in this year’s spring main-stage production of Ghosts. He has many people both here and at home between instructors, peers, friends, and family, to thank for the continuously exciting and fulfilling projects in which he’s been able to participate.
Actors’ Equity Association (“AEA” or “Equity”), founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 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 and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.
PAUL MOSER (Producing Artistic Director, Scenic Designer, and Director: As You Like It; Come Back, Little Sheba) With the help of colleagues and former students, Moser launched the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival in 2009, directing its inaugural productions of The Glass Menagerie and The Tempest, and subsequently, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bus Stop, Twelfth Night, and Light Up The Sky. Mr. Moser began teaching acting and directing at Oberlin in 1990, where he served as Director of the Theater & Dance Program from 2000-2009. At last count, he has directed over two dozen plays at the college, including works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Shaw, Wedekind, Ibsen, Pinter, Blitzstein, Hart, Shepard, Shawn, and Bogosian. Professionally, he has worked at Soho Rep, The Roundabout, Yale Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Theatre Virginia, Portland Stage (where his production of A Walk in the Woods received a “Best of Maine” award), Phoenix Theater (Indianapolis), Spectrum Stage, the New Harmony Theater and the Indiana Repertory Theater (where he served as Associate Artistic Director). He holds degrees from Brown University (BA) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA, Directing) and has been a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) since 1986.
JEREMY K. BENJAMIN (Lighting Supervisor/Designer) just completed his seventh year as a visiting artist and designer at Oberlin College, teaching lighting technology and design classes and designing lighting for numerous OC productions. As a freelance lighting designer his 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, Stages Repertory Theatre of Houston and the Village Playhouse. Mr. Benjamin serves as Director of Theatre at Lorain County Community College, where he has been teaching for 24 years. Jeremy is happy to be returning for his fourth season as lighting supervisor/designer for OSTF.
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM (Master Electrician/Lighting Designer for Secret Garden) is a recent graduate from Oberlin College with a major in Theater (Design, Directing) and minor in Computer Science. Michael has also studied with the production and design studio at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Previous design credits include Oberlin: for The Oberlin College Theater Dept.: God of Carnage; Man of La Mancha (asst. to Carolyn Wong); Follow Me to Nellie’s; for Oberlin Conservatory: Scholar, Monk, Snake; Too Many Sopranos; for Oberlin Dance Dept.: Compress/real ease; Dis|connect; for Oberlin Musical Theater Association: The Fantasticks, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods. Professionally Michael has worked in New York for Marymount School of Manhattan (Resident, Spring 2013, including Jim Gaffigan), Midtown International Theater Festival (The Dickening), NYU Experimental Theater Wing (Monster, Lucid, En Tránsito), Playwrights Horizons Theater School (Mud), Planet Connections Theater Festivity (Resident, Summer 2013, Summer 2014). mactheatrical.com.
KESTREL FELT (Stage Manager for As You Like It, Deck Stage Manager for Come Back, Little Sheba and The Secret Garden) is a junior English and Theater double major at Oberlin College. Though this is her first season with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, she has worked on numerous productions at Oberlin, including Death and the Maiden (Stage Manager), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Stage Manager), The Promise (Asst. Stage Manager), The Language Archive (Stage Manager), The Winter’s Tale (Stage Manager), and Boy Gets Girl (Asst. Stage Manager). Many thanks and much love to all who have supported her.
ANNA FEUER (Associate Producer), Art History major OC class of ‘14, has appeared both on- and off-stage at Oberlin in numerous shows. Her acting credits include Eurydice (Loud Stone), The Real Inspector Hound (Mrs. Drudge), ‘Dentity Crisis (Madame Fromage), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Alfred). Behind the scenes, she has worked on The Fantasticks (Stage Manager), Spring Awakening (Asst. Stage Manager), The Connection (Stage Manager), and The New Electric Ballroom (Stage Manager). After OSTF, she plans to move back to her hometown of Chicago where she will work towards a career in library science.
SAMUEL FISHER (Sound Designer/Composer) is a 2014 alum, who graduated with a major in Technology in Music and Related Arts at Oberlin Conservatory. This is his third season writing music, designing sound, and making video projections for OSTF. Sam is a frequent collaborator in Oberlin theater and dance. Past projects include the OASIS arts intensive, culminating in the production of Water Ways at Cleveland Public Theatre, for which Sam wrote live vocal music, mysterious electronic background music, and played the ukulele in a vaudevillian duet with Lisa Yanofsky. He has also sound-designed The Language Archive, The New Electric Ballroom, scored two pieces in the Spring Dance Showcase, and produced the score for Stefan Berg’s senior film project, Color Organology. His proudest work includes his self-titled album as Countless Others, the score for Never Let Go, the score for the soon to-be-released iPhone game TinyBot, the sound design for Fight!, and the music for OSTF’s 2012 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
MIRANDA FRIEL (Scenic Artist/Props Master). Credits include: The Metamorphoses (Props Designer, Brown University Shakespeare On the Green), The New Electric Ballroom (Scenic Designer, Oberlin College Theater) Dead Man’s Cellphone (Scenic and Costume Designer, Oberlin College Theater), Word N The Beat: the Color of Cool (Scenic Artist, Oberlin College Theater in partnership with the Oberlin Africana Studies Department) Cabaret (Scenic Designer, Oberlin Musical Theater Association), Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Scenic Designer, Oberlin Student Theater Association). Professionally, Miranda has interned at New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (wardrobe) and at Calfornia Musical Theater’s Summer Music Circus (costumes, props, scenery). Having recently transferred from Oberlin, she is currently a rising senior at Brown University, where she studies Theater and works as a Technical Assistant, hanging lights and constructing and painting sets for college productions. At Brown, she is a member of the Brown University Sock and Buskin Theater Board, a student organization that works in partnership with Theater faculty to select programming and determine the department’s theatrical season. This is her second summer at the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival.
HOLLY HANDMAN-LOPEZ (Choreographer/Fight Choreographer, As You Like It) This is Holly’s third wonderful summer with OSTF. Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Oberlin College, she has choreographed numerous concert works, both straight and musical theater pieces and operas; most recently, eleven years in, Strut, Clink, Splat and Yours Faithfully (original works), Iphigenia 2.0, L’enfant et les sortileges, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Flora the Red Menace. She has been awarded guest-artist residencies at such prestigious institutions as NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and The New School. As a dancer, she has performed extensively in New York City venues, and toured nationally and internationally with David Dorfman Dance, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Lisa Race and Dancers and with poet Esther Dischereit. ***Holly will be performing with Neos Dance Theatre on July 10th in Tappan Square at 8:30 -- free -- bring a blanket or lawn chair!!***
KERRY McCARTHY (Costumer Designer for Come Back, Little Sheba/Costume Associate) is currently a second year MFA candidate in costume design at Kent State University. Most recently, she has served as costume designer for Kent’s production of Pride and Prejudice, directed by Joseph Hanreddy and for The World Above Us, a dance piece in Kent’s dance concert, Dance ‘13: This Time. Kerry has also had the pleasure to work as a make up artist for the Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of NOVA. In addition, she has stage managed and assisted in sound and costume design in various productions as an undergraduate at Kent State University - Stark and Kent campuses. This is Kerry’s second summer at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and is delighted to be back!
HANNAH MONTGOMERY (Production Stage Manager; Stage Manager: Come Back Little Sheba, The Secret Garden). This is Hannah’s second season at OSTF and her first as Production Stage Manager. She is a senior at Oberlin College majoring in Comparative Literature with a minor in Latin. Previous credits with the festival include the 2013 season where she stage-managed Light Up the Sky and assistant stage-managed Twelfth Night and The Diary of Anne Frank. Other credits include Ghosts (Assistant Stage Manager, Oberlin College), two runs of God of Carnage (Production Stage Manager and Assistant Director, Oberlin College), Lucia Mad (Assistant Stage Manager, Oberlin College), and Unexpected Journeys/ Why I Had to Dance (Assistant Stage Manager, produced jointly by Cleveland Playhouse and Oberlin College) along with a wide array of dance and student productions. She would like to thank Paul, Kestrel, Kirsten, and the company at large for being such pleasures to work with.
JOSEPH P. NATT (Technical Director) Mr. Natt is happy to be back for his sixth summer with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. He was Technical Coordinator for OSTF last summer for Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, and Light Up the Sky. He was Technical Director in past OSTF summers for shows such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bus Stop, The Cradle Will Rock, The Little Prince, A Raisin In The Sun, Hamlet, Our Town, A Wrinkle In Time, Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie and The Tempest. Joe started at Oberlin College in September of 2005 and has worked on shows like the opera of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Assassins, Death of a Salesman, Reefer Madness, Flora the Red Menace, Where has Tommy Flowers Gone?, Man of La Mancha and Ghosts. Joe received his BFA in Theater Set Design and Technology in 1997 from Kent State University. While he was there he worked on several productions such as Vinegar Tom, Hair, Romeo and Juliet, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Little Shop of Horrors. Joe has worked on over 80 productions.Joe has worked professionally on Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, Pirates of Penzance and Das Barbecu as Technical Director for Lyric Opera Cleveland. He also worked for five seasons at The Cleveland Play House on a variety of shows such as Wonderful Life, The Invisible Man, Eliot Ness in Cleveland, Small Family Business, Touch the Names, and Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede. He also survived 72 performances of The Sound of Music as Crew Chief at the Carousel Dinner Theater in Akron, Ohio. He dedicates his work this summer to Molly, Maggie, Tess and baby Bea.
APRIL ROCK (Costume Supervisor/Costume Designer for As You Like It & The Secret Garden) is currently pursuing her MFA in Costume Design at Kent State University where she has designed KSU’s main stage productions of Plain and Fancy and Big Love. April has also worked as an Assistant Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for KSU productions such as Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Brigadoon and Grease. This is her fourth summer with the OSTF (Past OSTF costume designs include The Diary of Anne Frank, Light Up the Sky, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Raisin in the Sun) and she is thrilled to help bring free theatre to the Cleveland area with such a wonderful company.
BENJAMIN SANDBERG (Demolition Consultant) is thrilled to be returning to OSTF for a 5th season. Recent notable credits include the title role in Street Car Named Desire and the lead opposite Lauren Bacall in Turn of the Screw. Despite his many theatrical achievements, Professor Sandberg is most well known for his position as a recluse author, living in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. His most familiar titles are the international best-selling novel Common Misconceptions of Metallurgy and the lesser known, but no less beloved, War, What Is It Good For?. Despite his reclusiveness, indeed perhaps due to it, most governments, (excepting Greece due to ongoing litigation) recognize the eminent scholar for the role he played in mediating the recent Crimean crisis. Vladimir Putin himself conferred the State Prize of the Russian Federation on Doctor Sandberg for his role as interpreter and badminton partner extraordinaire . Additionally, he is recognized as the prevalent authority on extraterrestrial life, having discovered eleven distinct intergalactic species. In the scientific community, he has worked and co-authored many papers on the life and times of cephalopods. Jaques Cousteau has said “Sir Sandberg is a magician with anything under the sea. Or over the sea. Really, everything he touches turns to kelp.” Other notable figures have reflected on the contributions to humanity made by Mr. Sandberg, saying “The real genius behind the flux capacitor” (Emmett “Doc” Brown) and “A real life superhero” (Anthony Stark). Moving forward, Sir Sandberg hopes to solve the cancer epidemic through the introduction of poison oak oil to cancerous cells and become an advocate for 3-D printers being installed in every home in an effort to bring the means of production to the people.
KRISTEN VAIL (Assistant Stage Manager) is a rising sophomore at Oberlin College. Her previous credits for the Oberlin Theater Department include: The Promise (Assistant Stage Manager), as well as Follow Me to Nellie’s (Assistant Lighting Designer). During her time at Oberlin she has worked as a technical assistant to Jonathan Maag, the Master Electrician for Oberlin College theater. She is looking forward to many a pleasant production here at Oberlin.