Sarah Schol – Actress (Ona)

Sarah ScholSarah Schol is thrilled to work on such a wonderful play with such amazing people. A Philadelphia-based actor, Sarah has worked locally with the Walnut Street Theatre, Brat Productions, EgoPo Classic Theater, Luna Theater Company, IRC, Walking Fish Theater, BCKSEET, PDC, and Passage Theater Company, and as a teacher with Storybook Musical Theater. She is on the Artistic Advisory Board of EgoPo Classic Theater, and holds her degree in Theatre from Hamilton College.

John Lopes – Actor (Voice of Newscaster 1)

John Lopes is a well known stage actor in Philadelphia.  He teaches acting at Temple University, where he received his MFA.  John portrays George Washington in Philadelphia and across the United States for Once Upon a Nation and for American Historical Theatre.

Lorna Howley – Director

Lorna HowleyLorna is delighted to have worked on this challenging play with such a talented and collaborative team.Lorna has performed with Gas & Electric Arts, Ego Po, and most recently the Bearded Ladies. She also writes and directs programs for Historic Philadelphia. Lorna has also worked with McCarter Theater’s Department of Education as a teacher, performer and co-created The Odyssey Experience. In June Lorna will return to puppetry when she performs Emma’s Parlor with Martina Plag at the International Toy Theater Festival. Thank you all for coming to the show and thank you Jennifer for your passion and energy!

Lance O. Kniskern – Set Designer

Lance Kniskern (Set Designer) has been working in the Philadelphia Area as a freelance scenic carpenter, artist and set designer for the past twelve years. Recent design credits include Hairspray: The Musical with Media Theater (Broadway World’s winner for Best Set Design in Philadelphia for 2012), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone with Plays & Players and It‘s My Party: The Women in Comedy Project with 1812 Productions. Other design credits include Wolf Performing Arts Center (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Madhouse Theatre Company (Playing Leni), Amaryllis Theatre Company (Lydia), Villanova University (Mother Courage and Her Children) among others. Upcoming: scenic design for Alan Zweibel’s Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner-A Sort of Love Story for 1812 Productions. Lance holds an MA from Villanova University.

Amanda Jensen – Lighting Designer

Amanda JensenAmanda Jensen has made Philly her home town ever since finishing up her residency in electrics at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven at the end of 2007.   Currently she is the Technical Director at Plays and Players, and the production manager for the emerging theatre company InVersion.  You can also find her hanging around Theatre Exile as an assistant production manager (North Plan)  or as the master electrician (North of the Boulevard).  This winter she was the lighting designer for Brey Ann Berrett’s senior project for UArts titled Self: Same.

Christine Bater – Stage Manager

Christine Bater

Born and raised in South Jersey, Christine received her BFA in Theatre Production from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. While at college, she had the opportunity to study abroad in London at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and intern at the Royal Court Theatre. Favorite stage management credits include: Hands Across Veronica (Eternal Spiral Project), Stop Kiss (The Jameson Project), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Simpatico Theatre Project), and Cryptogram (Simpatico Theatre Project). In her other life, she is a senior administrative assistant for the Haub School of Business Office of the Dean at Saint Joseph’s University.

Julee C. Mahon – Choreographer / House Manager

Julee MahonJulee hails from Bridgewater, New Jersey. She has been dancing for nineteen wonderful years. She graduated from the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School’s Gifted and Talented Dance Performance Program under the administration of Temple Alumni Sheila Buttermore. She has just completed her BFA in Dance as well as a minor in history  from Temple University. Julee has choreographed numerous works for The Temple University Student Dance Concert’s and recently showed her work “We Will Rock You” as a part of Kun-Yang Lin’s Inhale Performance Series. She is very excited and honored to be apart of this process and thanks Jennifer Hoffmaster for giving her this amazing opportunity

Emma L. MacDonald – Assistant Lighting Designer

Emma HeadshotEmma is a graduating B.F.A. student at Temple University.  She has worked in the Conwell Dance Theater as a stage hand, house manager, lighting designer and stage manager for the past three years. She is grateful for what she has learned in her time at Temple University, but is ready to begin her professional career in dance and technical theater. She is very excited to work with Jennifer Hoffmaster on this commendable thesis project, as her first step in her professional life.

Julian Alexander Mykytiuch – Musician

Julian Alexander MykytiuchJulian is a recent graduate of Temple University with a BA in music composition.  He composes in a wide variety of styles including contemporary classical, folk/world music, electronic music, and rock/pop.  Julian was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and was surrounded by Ukrainian culture in his early years.

Benjamin Carlson – Sound Designer / Webmaster 

Ben is a librarian working with emerging technologies at the University of Villanova School of Law.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in library science from Drexel University.

Jennifer L. Hoffmaster – Producer / Dramaturg

Jennifer HoffmasterJennifer is producing this play as part of her master’s thesis in the Central and Eastern European Studies program at La Salle University.  She is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.  Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Temple University.   She has worked for People’s Light and Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre Project, B. Someday Productions, Ademide Theatre Ensemble, the Walnut Street Theatre, Opera Delaware, and Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Oleksandr Irvanets – Playwright – Read a full bio on the Playwright page

Taras Koznarsky and Marta Baziuk – Translators

Taras Koznarsky is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Ukrainian, Russian and comparative Slavic literature and culture courses.  His research interests, as pursued in several recent articles, include Ukrainian-Russian literary relationships in the nineteenth century, the shaping of modern Ukrainian cultural and national identity, and the text of Kyiv: constructions of the city in Ukrainian, Russian, Jewish, and Polish literary and cultural imaginations, 1800s-2000s. His current manuscript projects examine the working of ethno-cultural stereotypes of Ukrainians and Russians in the shaping of Gogol’s literary career; and the Trial of Beilis as a battle of media and political and cultural imaginations in which the text of Kyiv as a frontier city plays a pivotal role.


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