SerahRose Roth. Executive Artistic Director ...is an actress, director and educator. She has developed and taught innovative programs for all ages at New Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Yellow Taxi Productions, Boston Children’s Museum, and Chicago Children’s Museum. With GAN-e-meed: Played the title role in Hamlet, featuring an all-female cast; Directed Silence and Lucy Dreaming. Additional Directing Credits include Hamlet (Newton South and North High Schools), Electra (Newton South High School), Inherit the Wind & A Mid Summer Night’s Dream (Littleton High School). Acting Credits include the long-running improv spoof Frodo-A-Go-Go: The Rings Recycled (Directed by Robyn Okrant, author of Living Oprah) as All the Women including Aerosmith (The Free Associates), Hamlet as Ophelia (First Folio Shakespeare and The Theatre Co-op), George K. Goes to Work as Mysterious Janitor (Rough & Tumble Theatre Co.), Arcadia as Thomasina Coverly (Brandeis Theatre Company), and Fight! Return of the Jed-Pie as Multiple Combatants (Atlantis Playmakers). SerahRose is a consultant for the inclusion of theatre education in the early childhood classroom. She has presented her early childhood pedagogy at the National Association for the Education of the Young Child annual conference and Southern Early Childhood Education annual conference. She holds the great honor of spear-heading this theatrical adventure and looks forward with excitement to the seasons to come. You can follow her personal and professional exploits on her blog. SerahRose holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and an advanced certificate from Boston University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership.
Jen Alison Lewis, Director of Publicity & Director of Career Labs…is an actress, acting teacher, director, administrator and Mom. She holds a BFA from NYU and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and StageSource. In December 2011 she will be directing in GAN-e-meed’s Not A Box New Play Festival and acting in Stickball Productions’ Friends of Eddie Coyle. Acting credits include Kate in Taming of the Shrew; Living Out (Lyric Stage); many many new play readings (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); voice-overs; commercials; and independent films. Directing jobs include Reindeer Monologues (Dec 09) and In Bloom (SLAMBoston). She was an Office Associate at StageSource for four years and Associate Editor on The Source 2003-2004. www.jenalisonlewis.com.
Amy West, Marketing Associate…is an actress, art history department administrator, mother, marketing associate for this awesome company and student at the Michael Chekhov Actors Studio in Boston. Some recent work includes Codes of Conduct with Fort Point Theatre Channel, Hollow, Reindeer Monologues, Bright Ideas with Atlantis Playmakers, and numerous readings, SLAMS.
Sarah Katz, Graphic Designer…If it needs to be printed, Sarah will most likely design it. She enhances her design with illustrations, such as the one for Silence (Winter 2010). Her work can be viewed on her blog.
Samson Quaintance, Production Manager…is happy to continue involvement with GAN-e-meed Theater Project. Currently Samson works as a wilderness educator, but will be shifting his focus to more traditional teaching this fall. In theater, Samson’s credits include mostly stage management with some design, direction, and producing. Favorite productions are Hamlet, The Threepenny Opera, Balm in Gilead, & Sweeney Todd.
SarahBrook Vanaman, Summer Intern…is a student at NYU Tisch. She and SerahRose first met at Newton South High School where SerahRose pushed her to find a deeper voice, literally, as the title role in Sophocles’ Electra. She first joined GAN-e-meed as an actress in Lucy Dreaming. As a rock-star intern, she single-handedly transcribed the video footage from Boston’s Glass Proscenium and continues to help with general creative admin projects like researching publicity ops, writing press releases, and sitting in on oh-so-important meetings. She has no idea this bio has been written for her.
Board of Directors
SerahRose Roth. Board Chair…See bio above.
Erin Scanlon. Board Chair…During the school year Erin teaches at a childcare center in Cambridge, MA where she learns how to discover and live in the moment from many small teachers. Erin is a theater graduate of Clark University. Local and Regional Credits include: Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CFS), Cloud Nine (The Longwood Players), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare NOW!), Our Country’s Good(The Theatre Cooperative), The Crucible (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Off-off Broadway: Blood Sky (The Looking Glass Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Wild Duck (The Jean Cocteau Repertory).
Lucy Robinson. Board Secretary…is an actress, a former teacher of children with special needs, and a community worker. She has performed in Shakespeare, contemporary dramas such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Broadway type musicals, Gilbert and Sulivan operettas, independent films, commercials, voice-overs, radio and television dramas, and also produced many productions, too. Right now she is working with the Renaissance Center at UMass recording The Henriad for radio.
Justin Rowland. Board Treasurer…is the Production Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. His technical experience both as Director and Carpenter include working with Northlight Theatre, Light Opera Works, Chicago Opera Theatre, Blue Man Group (Chicago), Penobscot Theatre Company, Maine Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Noble Fool Theatre, and a tour to Egypt with Pegasus Players. He is an adjunct professor at Umass Lowell, teaching Stagecraft and Introduction to Theatrical Design.
Samson Quaintance. Board Member. See above for bio.
Jen Alison Lewis. Board Member. See above for bio.
Board of Director Alums
Kristina Szilagyi. Board Member…is an actress and playwright.
Katie Kelly-Hankin. Board Member
Christopher James Webb. Board Member and Producing Director of Hamlet, Spring 2010…is an actor, director, and educator. Local credits include: Louis in Angels in America Parts 1 and 2 (Boston Theatre Works), As Bees in Honey Drown and Complete Works for William Shakespeare (Foothills Theatre) as well as regsional credits at Borealis Theatre Company, Michingan Shakespeare Festival, Artists and Playwrights Initiative, Whole Art Theatre and Denver Center Theatre Company. He has directed for Foothills, New Repertory Theatre, New Rep On Tour, Stoneham Theatre’s Young Company and the Boston Theatre Marathon. He is on the Acting Faculty at Boston Conservatory and is the Education Associate for New Rep. He holds an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.