Boom Cast & Crew
Alex Koch (Jules)
Alex is thrilled to be making his Vermont Stage Company debut! A recent graduate of the University of Vermont, some of his previous credits include The Beaux’ Stratagem (Gloss), Stop Kiss (Peter), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), and Cloud Nine (Clive/Cathy). Alex would like to thank Cristina, the cast and crew, and his incredible family for their unending support. Enjoy the show!
Genevra MacPhail (Jo)
Genevra has worked in local theater since 2002. Past projects include Stephen Goldberg's Flying... and Who's Afraid of Edward Albee, Patrick Marber's Closer, Jordan Gullikson's Sea Room, Projection Films' Soul Keeper, and Keefe Healy's G-City Monologues and Fish Dancing, which toured to fringe festivals in the UK. She co-directed Green Candle's production of Concrete Kingdom, by Josh Bridgman, and was assistant director to Tara Lee Downs for Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, with Saints & Poets Productions. She was recently seen in Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon, with Small Potatoes Theater, Green Candle Theatre's The Napoleon 2012, and Vermont Stage Company's Boom. She is a founding member of Off Center for the Dramatic Arts.
Carol Spradling (Barbara)
Carol has worked professionally at regional theaters in Vermont and New York including several productions with Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier. Vermont audiences have seen her as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Ellie Long and Handel’s Messiah with the Vermont Philharmonic. She appeared in last summer’s STG production of Songs For A New World, as Buttercup in HMS Pinafore at Echo Valley, and Nancy in Oliver with Montpelier Theater Guild (opposite her son Richard in the title role!). Other favorite roles include The Witch (Into the Woods), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Alice (Closer), and Nancy (Oliver!). Carol is a graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She teaches music and theatre at FlynnArts as well as maintaining a private voice studio in Williston specializing in musical theater coaching and adult students. Carol is the Musical Director for Williston Central School and for Wesley United Methodist Church. Carol would like to thank her family, particularly her amazing 13 old son, Richard, for their support of her work in music and theater.
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (Playwright)
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include BOOM (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), T.I.C. (TRENCHCOAT IN COMMON), HUNTER GATHERERS (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize), COLORADO, and MULTIPLEX. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Public Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, and in the Bay Area at Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. His newest plays are BOB, (2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, 2010 Stavis Award), LITTER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE FRAMINGHAM DODECUTUPLETS, a commission for A.C.T. (2011) and a commission through the National New Play Network and New Dramatists. Peter holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Peter is a member of New Dramatists, a resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco and often works at the Z Space Studio in San Francisco. He likes to promote himself online at www.peternachtrieb.com.
Cristina Alicea (Director)
Cristina has been an arts administrator and director for over a decade. Prior to coming to Vermont Stage Company, she lived in New York for 9 years, directed over 20 plays, a majority of which were new plays by emerging playwrights, and worked with prominent organizations throughout the City including The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The FringeNYC Festival, The Soho Playhouse, and The Culture Project. Cristina is also the co-founder of MTWorks, a New York City based theatre company whose mission is to birth new plays inspired by playwrights and regions outside of New York, and served as its Executive Director for 5 seasons. With MTWorks she directed 5 world premieres and was the creator of their flagship program The National NewBorn Festival. Most recently, Cristina spent a year working as the Assistant to the Managing Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Cristina was a finalist for a Denham fellowship given by the SDC for emerging female directors, is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and is an associate member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers. Cristina has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from George Mason University.
Jim Dougherty (Technical Director)
Jim Dougherty is the Associate Technical Director of the Middlebury College Theatre Department. This is his third project working with the Vermont Stage Company and Scenic Designer Jenny Fulton, his second to be produced in the FlynnSpace and his first opportunity to collaborate with Director Cristina Alicea. Jim is also involved with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival both through Middlebury College's entries and in supporting the regional festivals. He has worked in the past with Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English Theatre Ensemble and the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge MA.
Travis Ellsworth (Scenic Design Assistant)
Travis Ellsworth is an emerging multi-media artist and writer based in Keene, NH.He attended Keene State College where he studied political science and theater, and worked in the Czech Republic where he was exposed to the work of Czech animation artists. He describes his own work as “too arty for the club scene, too clubby for the art galleries.” He is also a professional concrete contractor, and a big fan of Harry S. Truman. This is his first collaboration with Vermont Stage.
John B. Forbes (Lighting Designer)
John has previously designed the lighting for The Clean House, Photograph 51, Oliver Twist, The Glass Menagerie, Opus, My Ohio, King Lear , Inspecting Carol , Woody Guthrie's American Song, True West, Copenhagen, The Foreigner and The Drawer Boy at the Vermont Stage Company. In addition he has designed the lighting for productions at the Old Globe Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Center Repertory Company, and the Ensemble Theatre Company, all in California. He has also designed lighting for Theatre Aspen in Colorado; the Riverside Shakespeare Company and Theatre Matrix in New York; the Arizona Theatre Company, and Saint Michael's Playhouse, the Big APE Dance Company and Lost Nation Theatre in Vermont. He is the winner of three L. A. Dramalogue awards for his designs at the Old Globe Theatre and three Shelley Awards for his designs with the Center Repertory Company. He is the faculty lighting designer at the University of Vermont in the Department of Theatre, and his lighting design for UVM's production of Metamorphoses was displayed in the Gallery Exhibit at the World Stage Design Exhibition in Toronto. He has also taught at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego, and while at U.S.D., he also managed Shiley Theatre. In that capacity he served as the technical liaison between the University and the Presidential Debate Commission for the final Presidential Debate of 1996 held there.
Jenny C. Fulton (Scenic & Costume Designer)
Jenny Fulton designs space, objects and clothes for stage and film. She has designed regularly for Vermont Stage since 2001; recent productions include As You Like It, Photo 51, Oliver Twist, Opus, and Glass Menagerie. In NYC she's designed for Anne Kaufman and Clubbed Thumb, The Women's Project, Hunter Playwright's Festival,The Queen's Company, as well as the NY premier of Kathryn Blume's The Boycott. Regionally, American Repertory Theatre, Yale Rep, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare, North Shore Music Theatre, Northern Stage, Lost Nation, St. Mike's Playhouse, and others. Film design credits include PBS Channel 13's The American Novel, indie films and a zombie movie. She is also an educator and has taught theater and design at Hunter College/CUNY, Mt. Holyoke College, Keene State, and is presently teaching and designing at UVM and St. Michael's College. She earned her MFA from Yale School of Drama, is a member of USA Local 829, and divides her time between drafty Vermont farmhouse and small Brooklyn apartment.
Martha Goode (Sound Designer)
Favorite Sound Design credits include: The Comfort Team (Virginia Stage Company); Boom, As You Like It, The Clean House, Photograph 51 (Vermont Stage Company); Costa Rehab, Anaϊs Nin Goes to Hell, The Oath and Barrier Island (MTWorks); The Witlings (Magis Theatre Company); Every Man (winner Samuel French Short Play Festival), To Barcelona! and Eli and Cheryl Jump (Ignited States); Don't Shoot Your Eye Out! (The Brick Theatre).
Jamien Lundy Forrest (Production Stage Manager)
Jamien is delighted to return for the entire 2012-2013 season with Vermont Stage Company. Originally from VT, Jamien has lived and worked in theater all over the Northeast. While living in New York City, Jamien worked as the full time Technical Associate for Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education. She's stage managed Off-Broadway with The Gazillion Bubble Show. She also designed lights for the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and Wallis Knot Productions. Prior to that, she was the Technical Director for The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH where she enjoyed the added opportunity to direct several youth performances. She spent two seasons on tour with American Theater Arts for Youth. Currently, she spends her extra time in the FlynnSpace, designing lights for the Flynn Arts Youth Program. A 2001 UVM Theatre graduate, Jamien is happy to be back in Burlington with her husband and two year old son. Many thanks to Cristina for this opportunity and to the rest of the team for sharing their talent and hard work!
Ellen O'Brien (Assistant Stage Manager)
Ellen is delighted to be working on her sixth VT Stage show. As a teenager, she studied dance at the Banff School of Fine Arts, then went on to graduate from Colby College with a BA. She danced with the University of Iowa Dance Company until she attended dental school and graduated with a DDS. Since then she has been dividing her time between family, dentistry, and the performing arts. Favorite past theater endeavors include Lyric Theater's South Pacific, Liz Lerman's Hallelujah Project, Circle in the Square Theater School's summer musical theater program and cabaret, and Bill Reed Voice Studio's summer musical theater intensives and cabarets. Ellen has choreographed and taught dance at schools in Vermont and for the VSA Arts program. She's currently a member of VSA's Awareness Theater Company. Ellen thanks Cristina Alicea for this great opportunity. Thanks Tim, Alice, George, and James, for your love and support.
Sarah Simmons (Lighting Design Assistant)
Sarah originally hails from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, but has resided in Burlington for the past four years while attending the University of Vermont to study European History and Technical Theatre. Now that she has graduated this past May, she is very excited to be working in a professional capacity on this production here at VSC. Previous lighting credits include lighting designer for Winter Tales (VSC, 2011), lighting designer for [title of show] (UVM, 2012), and electrician on a multitude of productions over the past three years at UVM, VSC, and the Flynn mainstage. Sarah also has a passion for stage management and hopes to pursue both lighting and stage management opportunities in this future. She would like to thank John Forbes for his endless guidance and for bringing her along for this wonderful project. She would also like to thank her friends and family, as well as the entire VSC team for being so welcoming and supportive. Break a leg everyone!
Sue Wade (Props Master)
Sue Wade, delighted as always to be properties master, is thrilled to announce her fallback career, manufacturing flower pot bunnies.