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.
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 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.