Meet Camp StrangewoOd
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Join us, every Sunday, and meet a new set of campers each week. These intrepid artists explore the campground of Camp Strangewood on one particularly strange night. This is where we would put more words about Camp Strangewood if we had them. But we don't. So stop looking for them and just keep scrolling, buster!
HANNAH PRYFOGLE (Artistic Director & Director — Episode 1)
is a Boston based director, producer, and founding Artistic Director of Sparkhaven Theatre. Having called Boston home since 2012, she is committed to the theatre community and focuses on uplifting the voices of new playwrights and other artists in the city. Her goal is to create space for all artists to tell stories. She has held staff positions at American Repertory Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Fresh Ink Theatre Company. Directing work includes performances at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, She Said...Festival, Boston Theatre Marathon, and Emerson College, with assisting credits at Fresh Ink Theatre Company and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Hannah holds a BFA from Emerson College. she/her/hers.
SHIRA GITLIN (Director — Episode 2)
is a director, designer, and theatre maker. Shira graduated from Hampshire College in 2017 with a degree in directing, devising, and musical theatre studies. Favorite directing credits include: Deep Blue (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Hampshire College), Shrek the Musical (Mohawk Trail Regional School), and Follow: A Walk in the Woods (Amherst College). Assistant Directing: ReconFIGUREd (Honest Accomplice Theatre), Bright Star (Upcoming; SpeakEasy Stage Company). Graduate of the Arden Professional Apprenticeship and a proud member of Ring of Keys. Shira most recently served as the Artistic Fellow for SpeakEasy Stage Company. they/them/theirs.
ANDREW CHILD (Director — Episode 3)
is thrilled to be making his Sparkhaven debut! Select recent directorial credits include The School for Lies (Clark University), Who Murdered Marie-Joelle? (Living Room Fest), The Wizard of Oz (Family Performing Arts Center), Laika (Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation), Roald Dahl’s The Witches, A Little Princess (Artists from Suburbia), Peter & Wendy (Leonard Bernstein Festival), Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew (Nemasket River Productions at the Oliver Mill Estate), Macbeth (Massasoit Community College), Peer Gynt, Incompleat Tragedy of Shakespeare’s Womyn (Brandeis University), Troilus & Cressida (Dragonfly Theater Co.), Pygmalion, and The Taming of the Shrew (Crowd Pleasers). Assistant directing credits include James & the Giant Peach (A.R.T.), and Exit the King (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Design credits include Clorilli (Villa la Pietra in Florence), Xerxes (New England Conservatory), and Aurash (new translation directed by Nikta Sabouri). he/him/his.
FRANCIS XAVIER NORTON (Director — Episode 4)
is a Latinx theatre-maker, composer, visual artist, and educator with various credits all over new England, with most recent directing credits being A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (TheatreInk), With Intent (Boston Theatre Marathon), Measure for Measure (MIT Shakespeare Ensemble), and Last Catastrophist (Assistant Director, Fresh Ink Theatre). They graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance in 2017, and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre in 2016. They were also a finalist for the KCACTF SDC Directing Fellowship in 2017. UPCOMING PROJECTS: Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry, Brown Box Theatre Project), and Romeo + Juliet (Paris, Hanover Theatre Rep). Accolades include: Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Harpy/Musician, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Apollinaire Theatre Company), KCACTF Dramaturgy Nominee 2017, a Special Recognition for the Arts award and a Who’s Who award from Salem State University. they/them/theirs.
AUDREY SERAPHIN (Director — Episode 5)
is an artist and arts administrator who works in the Boston theatre community as an actor, director, stage manager, and community organizer. By day, she is the Membership & Capacity Building Manager at ArtsBoston, where she runs the Network of Arts Administrators of Color (NAAC) Boston. Audrey moonlights as the Community Engagement Director at The Front Porch Arts Collective, a Black theatre company dedicated to eradicating racial injustice in Boston. Audrey’s theatrical passion is directing; recent projects include Coriolanus (Praxis Stage), a Zoom production of Long Day's Journey into Night, Shakespeare on Leadership (Boston Theater Company), Una Me Da Leche (She Said Festival), and This Is Not a True Story (Asian-American Theatre Artists of Boston). She has also assisted on the directorial teams of Breath & Imagination (Lyric Stage & Front Porch Arts Collective) and Long Day’s Journey into Night (Fort Point Theatre Channel). Audrey currently serves on SPARK Boston, Mayor Walsh’s volunteer council of 20- to 34-year-old's dedicated to promoting civic engagement among millennial residents of Boston. She is a graduate of Emerson College, where she earned a B.A. in Theatre Studies & Arts Management. Audrey is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts.
JASMINE BROOKS (Director — Episode 6)
Bio & Headshot coming soon... she/her/hers.
SLOTH LEVINE (Head Writer & Playwright — Episode 6)
is a trans theatremaker who directs and writes work that often explores the fantastic, spooky, and queer. Recent work has been seen at Sparkhaven Theatre, UMass Amherst, The Art Garage, Company One, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, Brown Box Theatre Project, and their own collective Milky Way Coffee Roasters. They are involved with the Gender Explosion Initiative with StageSource, advocating for gender diversity in New England theatre. They are a proud alumn of the Company One PlayLab Unit. In 2016 they received a BA in Theatre Studies: Directing & Playwriting from Emerson College. mslothlevine.com. they/them/theirs.
PHAEDRA MICHELLE SCOTT (Playwright — Episode 1)
is a playwright and dramaturg based in New York City. Her first play, DIASPORA! was a commissioned work through SpeakEasy Stages’s The Boston Project. She is a past resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm for her play PLANTATION BLACK, and is currently a member of the obie-award-winning playwriting ensemble, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater. She has been an arts and culture journalist for wbur, Boston’s NPR station; a content developer at the USS Constitution Museum where she made maritime history accessible through storytelling and media. She is the resident dramaturg of New Harmony Project. Scott has received a Bly Creative Capacity Grant for her work as dramaturg for Black Theater Commons as well as the recipient of the Frederick Douglass Fellowship for her research on August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle. She is a crocheter, horror fan and obscure history enthusiast.phaedrascott.com. she/her/hers.
JAMES LA BELLA (Playwright — Episode 2)
Writing Credits include Squeaky Fromme Love Song (Emerson Stage, The Blank Theater, Emerson TEGA Festival), American Ant Motel (Arts Garage Inc, The Blank Theater, Emerson College), Fine China Nightmare (Powerhouse Theater, Reground Theater Collective, Broken Slate Inc, Emerson Stage), and Mrs. Wrath (Reground Theater Reading Series). Literary Assistance at NYSAF, PlayPenn Theater Conference, and the Goodspeed Opera House. 2019 Betsy Carpenter Playwrighting Award Recipient. 2020 Rod Parker Playwrighting Award Recipient. he/him/his.
HAYLEY SPIVEY (Playwright — Episode 3)
is currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but previously worked and studied in Boston for seven years. She graduated from Boston University with a B.F.A in Theater Arts focusing on acting, playwriting, and dramaturgy. Her previous dramaturgical projects include Diaspora! (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Company One), and Peerless (Company One). Her acting credits include Twelfth Night (Lyric Stage Company and Actors' Shakespeare Project), Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Don't Give Up the Ship (Fresh Ink Theater), and Orlando (Lyric Stage Company). she/her/hers.
J. SEBASTIÁN ALBERDI (Playwright — Episode 4)
has developed work with speakeasy stage, fresh ink theatre, and campfire theatre festival. he was a 2018 lambda literary fellow, and was a finalist for the playwright’s center many voices fellowship. he loves horror movies (the campy ones too, if not more!), and currently lives in brookline, massachusetts with his boyfriend and their two roommates moby and fleabag, who are cats. he/him/his.
MARGE BUCKLEY (Playwright — Episode 5)
is a writer, performer, and model living in Minneapolis, MN. Her plays, including The Earth Room, Phylloxera!, and Anchortown, have been performed in Boston, Minneapolis, and New York City.She graduated from Emerson College in 2017. You can read her debut collection of short stories at margebuckley.net. she/her/hers.
ALEXIS SCHEER (Playwright — The Minisode)
Plays: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (WP Theater/Second Stage, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, NYT Critic’s Pick, Kilroy’s List, LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, Relentless Award semifinalist); Laughs in Spanish (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Kennedy Center’s Harold & Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award), Christina (Roe Green Award), and The Sensational (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville). Her work has been developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre Center, Cleveland Playhouse, San Diego REP, and others. Currently commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club and Second Stage. BFA: The Boston Conservatory. MFA: Boston University. www.alexisscheer.com. she/her/hers.
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ALISSA VOTH (Composer)
composes experimental music within the contemporary classical music tradition. Her music explores the narrative and communicative capabilities of composition through the intersections of music, data, and language. She often seeks to blur the line between vocalist and instrumentalist, between performer and character, and between speech and spoken sounds. Some of her notable collaborations have been with the ensemble Loadbang, flute soloist Sarah Brady, playwright M Sloth Levine, flute soloist Antonina Styczen, pianist Lucy Yao, the Rivers School Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, and tenor Joshua Scheid. Upcoming collaborations include the Quintilia Ensemble and cellist Seth Parker Woods. She also facilitates classes that allow students with various and complex disabilities to socially engage in musical practices. Her students learn a variety of instrumental, vocal, and musicianship skills in relevant styles and genres, supporting creative and expressive abilities as well as encouraging academic and socio-emotional development. she/her/hers.
GEENA M. FORRISTALL (Producer)
is a producer, AEA stage manager, and artist whose work centers on queerness, inclusive storytelling, and community building. In their work, Geena is interested in collaborative interdisciplinary art, with a focus on building relationships, connecting Boston's theatre and larger arts communities, and finding ways to uplift the voices of lgbtq+ artists. In addition to producing with Sparkhaven Theatre, Geena is the Membership Manager at StageSource, has previously produced with Brown Box Theatre Project, and has worked as a stage manager with Central Square Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Off The Grid, Company One, Theater for the New City, Punchdrunk NYC/Emursive's Sleep No More, and the international tour of Kultar's Mime, among others. Geena holds a BFA in Theatre Production from Hofstra University. they/them/theirs.
JOHN MEREDITH (Producer)
is a producer, arts administrator, and AEA stage manager. Stage Management credits include 1776, SIX (American Repertory Theater); Wig Out!, Shockheaded Peter, We Are Proud to Present... (Company One); A Guide for the Homesick, after all the terrible things I do, 2017 Summer Workshops (Huntington Theatre Company); The Hotel Nepenthe (Brown Box); Fiorello! (Berkshire Theatre Group & Off-Broadway Transfer); as well as Associate Producer of the MTA Playwrights Labs. They were previously the Operations Manager at StageSource, and continue their work there with the Gender Explosion Initiative for trans and non-binary inclusion and Line Drawn Initiative for harassment prevention in the performing arts. They hold a BFA in Stage & Production Management from Emerson College. johnmeredithstage.com. they/them/their.