In the world of technical direction and scenic construction, GRSF’s founding company member and resident technical director, Erik Paulson, provided in-house technical direction for Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show during the Republican National Convention in St Paul, and designed sets for Tyrone and Ralph at St. Paul’s History Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Park Square Theatre, and for As You Like It (for which he also designed lights) at UW-River Falls, where he will also serve as Technical Director for the Spring, 2009 semester. Erik provided technical direction for the longest running holiday show in the Twin Cities, Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, which is currently playing at the State Theatre.
Logan Jambik, GRSF Assistant Technical Director, perhaps best known for the height of his Mohawk haircut, has been kept busy as a Master Electrician and scenic carpenter at many theatres in the Twin Cities, and is now serving as Technical Director at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, where he supervised construction of productions of The Producers, Altar Boyz, and Another Night Before Christmas. Currently he is overseeing construction of the Chanhassen’s upcoming Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
GRSF Stage Managers Christi Spann (seasons 1, 2, 3, & 5) and Amanda Weener (seasons 4 & 5), have been shepherding productions in Denver, Colorado and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, respectively. Christi is completing
her duties on the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker and beginning work on DCTC’s world premiere production of Dusty and the Big Bad World. Amanda has led productions of State of the Union and A Christmas Carol at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and will work on Mirandolina and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, to be guest directed at MRT by Ben Barnes, resident director at Dublin Ireland’s Abbey Theatre.
Other of GRSF’s quiet but essential behind-scenes-craftspeople include Ruth George (2008 Properties Director),
who returned to the University of Arizona-Tucson to complete her graduate degree where she has designed props for productions of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and will begin work on her thesis design project, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man after the holiday break.
Kyle Schellinger, also of the University of Arizona-Tucson, and a two-season veteran of GRSF, served as draper for the Utah Shakespearean Festival fall season productions of Gaslight and Julius Caesar, and has just become staff draper at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he’s draped productions of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, A Christmas Carol, and The Triumph of Love.
Other GRSF’ers currently making their home in the American South include WSU grads Jeffrey and Ali Mosser, who are residing in Louisville, Kentucky, where Jeff is fulfilling an education internship at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
GRSF’s irrepresible Education Coordinator, Amrita Ramanan, will return from a several week hiatus to India, where she and her husband will participate in traditional Hindu wedding rituals during the holidays, to resume her work in the Education/Dramaturgy department at Washington, DC’s Arena Theatre. This is Amrita’s second year as part of the fertile theatre scene in our nation’s capital; last year, she served as Education Intern at DC’s Shakespeare Theatre.
Jef Awada (Movement Coach, Season 5), returned to Webster University’s Theatre Conservatory in St. Louis to resume duties as Movement Instructor on the acting faculty. Jef also directed a production of Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare St. Louis this Fall and is currently acting in a production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Jef just received word that he has been granted a fellowship to study in New Delhi, India immediately following his return assignment as GRSF’s 2009 season Movement Coach.
Former stage management intern Cristine Czerwinski now makes Milwaukee, Wisconsin her home, where she works as an Assistant Stage Manager at Skylight Opera Theatre and has served as an electrician at SOT and Milwaukee Champer Theatre. Cristine also worked for First Stage Children’s Theatre in Milwaukee and, before it closed its doors several weeks ago, at Milwaukee Shakespeare Company.
In addition to his current directing assigment, Saint Joan, which opens in early January at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, GRSF Producing Director Paul Barnes made his Washington, DC directorial debut with a production oof Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 at the Folger Library Theatre (garnering positive mention in the October 29 edition of Newsweek Magazine), and also directed Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest at Nevada Conservatory Theatre at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Upcoming assignments include Shakepseare’s Romeo and Juliet at PIoneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, featuring GRSF’er’s Michael Fitzpatrick (Lord Capulet), David Graham Jones (Mercutio) and Michael Brusasco (Tybalt). Jones played Hotspur in the Folger HIV. Following the PTC/SLC assignment, Barnes will direct Noel Coward’s Hay Fever at his undergraduate alma mater, California State University-Fullerton.
GRSF Founding and Associate Director Alec Wild directed a much-acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Chattauqua Theatre Institute in upstate New York and a new play, Anonymous, at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. Wild currently makes his home in St. Louis.
GRSF Associate Director and founding company member Doug Scholz-Carlson continued as Assistant Director for the operatic adapation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath in Pittsburgh, Pennsvlvania, and is currently understudying several roles in the Guthrie Theatre’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
GRSF Production Manager Daniel Munson has just published his fourth play, to be released by Eldridge Plays & Musicals, and will join the theatre faculty at Winona State University for the spring semester.
Several GRSF company members from current and past seasons gathered at Washington, DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre in late October to honor the life and career of beloved founding company member and resident costume designer Rosemary Ingham, who passed away while visiting Winona last summer. And, on the other end of the life spectrum, Andrew and Kate Carlson (seasons 3, 4, & 5) report that baby Lyda, now 7 months old, is able to sit up a and retrieve and hold her own pacifier nearly 50% of the time, a feat for which Andrew takes only partial credit. In between parenting duties, completion of a PhD (Andrew) and teaching (Kate), Andrew is preparing to deliver a major paper on Shakespeare’s Othello at the Mid America Theatre Conference in Chicago this spring.