Faculty

Kate Clarke

Kate Clarke is the Program Director of Theatre at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. A graduate of Oberlin College (BA) and the University of Washington (MFA), she holds teacher certifications in Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and Open Source Forms (http://opensourceforms.com/teachers), and is a skilled singer, actress, movement theatre artist and voice talent. Previously Kate has taught at Oberlin Theater Institute, The University of Washington, Tulane University, and CUNY Hunter College, as well serving as a private coach for actors in auditioning and voice New York City. She is the co-artistic director (with Neal Utterback) of The Gravity Partners, whose artistic home at Juniata serves as an incubator for the development, performing and professional installation of new work. Kate is a proud member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors' Guild.

Recently at Juniata, Kate has directed Metamorphoses, Arcadia and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and this year will direct Middletown by Will Eno. She will also perform as part of Juniata's "Hothouse" series in Kafka's Monkey directed by Rick Wamer.

www.kateclarke.org

Neal Utterback

Neal Utterback graduated with a BA in Theatre from Coastal Carolina University, an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida, and is completing his Ph.D. in Theatre with a minor in Cognitive Science at Indiana University. As an actor, Neal has worked regionally and in New York City. “Stagehands: Gestures and the Embodied Actor,” his dissertation, is based on empirical research that he is leading and will explore how actors use (consciously and unconsciously) gestures in rehearsal and performance to disambiguate language, expand meaning, and memorize text. His scholarly work has been presented at conferences around the world and he has co-chaired a new graduate conference at Indiana University. A playwright and theatre-maker, his play second. is published in NYTE's Plays and Playwrights 2005 as well as monologue and scene books for actors. The Picture (of Dorian Gray), Neal’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s infamous novel, premiered at the Absolutâ Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland.  The highly physical, ensemble-based production earned nominations for Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Writing in Theatre

Jessie Sullivan

Jessie Sullivan is a Technical Director who has worked along the eastern coast of the US for the past 14 years.  Originally from NY Jessie came to the Halbritter Center for Performing Arts in 2006 for the opening of the new center and inaugural performance in the von Liebig Theatre.  She is not only the Technical Director for the Juniata College Theatre department but also the Halbritter Center itself.

With a background in stage management, construction, welding, and electrics she has worked in both indoor and outdoor facilities at The ATA Theatre NY, Ashlawn Opera Festival VA, Trump Plaza NJ, The Hardrock Casino FL, and McCarter Theatre NJ.

Having worked with a wide range of performance types-dance, opera, roadhouses, touring shows, and in house productions Jessie has specific training and experience in managing and overseeing venues with multiple performances and productions occurring concurrently.

In addition to her professional work Jessie has also been involved in educational outreach programs with school age children from grade school to college in both NY and VA.

TGP Performance Lab: Core Teachers 2014/15

Stephanie Skura

Stephanie Skura, a radical & perpetual innovator & Bessie award-winner, is a choreographer, director, performer, teacher & writer. Called "reliably irreverent," she has toured professionally for three decades in 13 countries & 30 states. Her current work integrates an innovative approach to language, continuing her life-long investigations of the boundaries & intersections of dance, theater, poetry and performance.

Skura directed a New York City-based touring company for 15 years, received seven Choreography Fellowships & five Dance company Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and grants & commissions from many corporations, foundations, government agencies & performing companies worldwide. Her work has toured at major festivals in Zurich, Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, France & Canada, and at such US venues as the Walker Art Center In Minneapolis, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and in New York City at Roulette, Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summerstage, Danspace Project, and Performance Space 122.

An innovative teacher & mentor, Skura's influence on countless students, teachers, artists, choreographers, and audience members has been a major force in the field of dance and performance. With a deep respect for individual diversity, and a sturdy respect for the subconscious, her work is guided by integration of body/mind/heart, creativity & technique, form & content, art & healing, intellect & intuition.

Skura was on graduate faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama for 5 years, on core faculty at the Skinner Releasing Institute for 14 years, and is creator/director of Open Source Forms Teacher Certification, with centers in Seattle & Italy. She holds a BFA & MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and was Associate Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, an elemental theater company affiliated with Juniata College 2004-10. Her non-fiction & poetry have appeared in several literary journals, and in Dance Magazine, the Village Voice, Contact Quarterly, and the book Reimaging America: Art & Social Change.

At Juniata College, Skura wrote and directed The Corduroy Prayer and Two Huts, and was the choreographer for Pippin, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Standing Stone, and Crispin the Cross of Lead. She served as Associate Director for Nine Gates, Enrico IV, and Return.

Skura currently lives near Seattle. For more information, please visit Stephanie's website: http://www.stephanieskura.com/

Rick Wamer

In 1982, Rick Wamer began his studies of mime at The Goldston School for Mimes in Gambier, Ohio, under the direction of Gregg Goldston. He continued this pursuit of mime, participating in Marcel Marceau’s U.S. Seminars in 1985, ‘86 and ‘87 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has assisted Mr. Marceau in later Seminars. He now serves with Lorie Heald as Artistic Director of The School for Mime Theatre in Gambier, Ohio and Theatrical Mime Theatre in Tucson, Arizona.

Rick’s solo performances, collaborations and residencies have delighted and entertained audiences of all ages throughout North America, in Asia, Eastern Europe and the West Indies. His one-man show Geometries: Performing Art Experiments by a Not-So Mathematical Genius, a fast-paced performance mingling mime and monologue has been delighting audiences throughout North America since it’ premier in 1994. He toured for several years as a founding member of The Invisible People Mime Theatre and contributed his choreography to their effort. Other major projects have included performances in Warsaw, Poland, with Bartek Ostapczuk, Gregg Goldston and Lorie Heald at the Mithynarodowy Festiwal Snuki Mimu, and upon several occasions in Eastern China with Alithea Mime Theatre, and Theatrical Mime Theatre’s 5-member mime ensemble at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. Most recently Wamer performed at the first Panphys Physical Theatre Festival in Skopje, Macedonia, for which he won “Best of Festival” and in May, 2009 he represented the United States in a Festival for Peace among Jewish and Palestinian Israelis in Shefa-'Amr, Israel. Besides directing Theatrical Mime Theatre with Lorie Heald, Rick holds an M.F.A in Theatre Arts from the University of Arizona and serves as the Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) Program Coordinator, working with the Tucson Unified School District. References to Wamer and his artistry can be found in two significant, recent publications: From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond, by Annette Lust, page 184, and Innovate the Pixar Way: Business Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Corporate Playground, by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson, pages 58 and 64. He makes his home in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. For more information, please visit Rick’s website: www.theatricalmimetheatre.org

Amy Smith

Amy Smith is Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater along with Andrew Simonet and David Brick. She received her BA in Dance and Religion from Wesleyan University, and later studied at the Center for New Dance Development in Holland. In addition to Headlong, Amy has performed in the works of Deborah Hay, Ishmael Houston Jones, and other choreographers. She has also performed extensively in theater and cabaret, and has won both a Barrymore (Philadelphia Theatre Award) for 1812 Productions' Suburban Love Songs and a Bessie (New York Dance Award) for Headlong's ST*R W*RS and other stories.  In 2011 she choreographed a co-production of The Cunning Little Vixen for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Curtis Institute of Music. She also played the role of Jane Fonda in Theatre Exile's That Pretty Pretty. Teaching has long been a great passion of Amy’s and she has taught and lectured at Rutgers University, Drexel University, Stephens College, and many other schools. In 2008, Headlong started the Headlong Performance Institute, a semester intensive training program for college students and recent graduates. Amy is Finance Director for Headlong, and often serves as a mentor to younger artists and companies in Philadelphia, helping them increase their financial literacy and improve their financial management skills.

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright is a theater artist who creates original work and directs plays of all kinds. She is the artistic director of Applied Mechanics, with whom she has created ten immersive performance pieces, including the 26-person historical fantasia Vainglorious: The Epic Feats of Notable Persons in Europe after the Revolution and the critically acclaimed We Are Bandits. Rebecca has directed and dramaturged for PlayPenn, the Lark Play Development Center, and InterAct Theatre Company. She has developed work with Philadelphia-based performers for First Person Arts, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Micro-Fest Philadelphia, and SoLow Festival. Recent directing credits include Sarah Flood in Salem Mass at The Flea, Sophie Gets the Horns with The Riot Group, Merry Wives of Windsor with Shakespeare in Clark Park, 17 Border Crossings with Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, and Joan of Arc: Voices in the Fire with graduating MFA students at Columbia University, co-directed with Kristin Linklater. Rebecca has worked with students at the University of Michigan, the University of the Arts, Temple University, Arcadia University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Minnesota. She is a recipient of an Independence Fellowship and her production of Slip/Shot at Flashpoint won the 2012 Brown Martin/Philadelphia Award.

Associate TGP Guest Artists 2014/2015