Gay Carducci (Managing Director) is one of the founding members of Curio Theatre. In it's infancy she spearheaded the educational arm of the theatre, starting off the first year with summer camp and year round classes. Soon we added outreach and have taught in many of the area schools including Lea, West Philly High, Spruce Hill Christian School, and Shaw Middle School. Gay began her directing career at Hedgerow Theatre where some of her favorites include The Fantasticks, Twelfth Night, and The Gingerbread Lady, as well as many children's shows that she helped develop, written by Margie Royal and Grey Kelsey. At Curio she has directed Macbeth, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Death and the Maiden, A Christmas Carol, Road, The Weir, Oleanna, Runner Stumbles and The Matter of Frank Schaefer.
Aetna Gallagher (Resident Costume Designer) is one of the founding members of Curio Theatre. Aetna studied acting at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia Canada where she also took up costume designing. Aetna designed for numerous Nova Scotia theatres as well as Hedgerow Theatre in PA. Aetna has acted in many Curio productions including Dancing at Lughnasa, Oedipussy , Noises Off. The Bald Soprano and The Cripple of Inishmann.
Harry Slack has been working for Curio since 2010. He has a BA in Philosophy. He has previously served as the Director of Education and Director of Development.
Tessa Kuhn (Education Associate) began taking classes at Curio’s school and summer camp during their first years. Since then she has been seen on Curio’s stage in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006) and Eurydice (2011) and could be found backstage at Lord of the Flies (2011). Tessa is a camp counselor at Curio Theatre Summer Camp. She is finishing up a Bachelor of Arts at York University in Toronto, Ontario with a focus in Devised Theatre and Playwriting.
Rachel Gluck (Marketing Assistant) as appeared in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Felleti), Great Expectations (Estella, et al.) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Ophelia/Tragedian). Other recent productions include Dan Rottenberg is Thinking about R@ping You with Forearmed Productions, and Superheroes Who Are Super at Plays & Players.
CJ Keller has a BA in English from James Madison University. He was a resident company member of Hedgerow Theater before joining Curio in 2006. He has performed in Curio's Catch-22, A Funeral Farce, What the Butler Saw, Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Eurydice, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
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Robin Stamey is a lighting designer, production manager, and producer based in Philadelphia. Lighting designs include Interact Theatre Company (Barrymore nomination for Best Overall Production: How to Use a Knife), Theatre Exile, Tribe of Fools (Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design: Fishtown), Curio Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Almanac, and the Berserker Residents as well as Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and University of the Arts. Production management credits include Shakespeare in Clark Park, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, Tiny Dynamite, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company (Barrymore award for Best Overall Production of a Musical: Lizzie), Almanac, Invisible River, Tribe of Fools, and Berserkers. Robin is currently the Programming & Operations Manager of the Philadelphia Design Center (www.phillydesigncenter.org ) as well as serving as a member of the Advisory Board for Theatrical Trainer (www.theatricaltrainer.com) and a company member of Curio.
Tina Taylor began volunteering with Curio during the 2010 season, and has been a part of their productions in various roles ever since. In addition to Production Assistant, Tina has assisted with costumes for years and is taking over as Costume Designer for Curio's 2016 production of The Birds. She has also worked with Laurel Hill Theatre, CCTC, and Players Club of Swarthmore. Originally from upstate NY, she has designed for various musical theater companies and continues to design under her own label. She’s happy to have the opportunity to support the creative and thought provoking work that Curio continues to create. www.tinataylordesigns.com
Ebeth Campbell has been working with Curio Theatre since relocating to West Philadelphia in 2011. She has served as Curio's Box Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator and briefly ran an Open Mic Night in Curio's Corner Stage. She has previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and tends to spend her summers devoting her time to art education, including her with with Camp Sojourner, a Philly based leadership camp for girls. She hails from the Midwest with a degree in psychology and passion for all things art. She is currently earning a Masters degree in Theatre and Nonprofit Management at Villanova University.
Beth Johnson graduated from Eastern University where she studied English, with a concentration in writing, and worked as the Theatre Department's Assistant Technical Director. She started working with Curio as an intern in 2009, worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for a season, and was the resident Stage Manager for 3 years. While she no longer stage manages, Beth spends her Saturdays running the box office as a volunteer, and bakes snacks for the actors when she has the time.
Brian McCann (Scenic Painter/Fight Choreographer) was in Curio Theatre's inaugural production of Macbeth. Since that time he has appeared as The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Prospero in The Tempest and in Death of a Salesman he played Charlie and Uncle Ben. Next season he will play Vladimir in Waiting for Godot. Brian has worked regionally at the Delaware Theatre Company, the McCarter Theater Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Arden Theatre Company, and 1812 Productions, amongst others. He is very proud to be a regular performer with the Philadelphia Artists Collective. Brian is also a 16-year member of ComedySportz Philadelphia.
Liam Castellan is a director, actor and writer who first worked with Curio in 2006. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Directing from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre program. Outside of Curio, he has directed for Hedgerow Theatre, Plays & Players, Philadelphia Dramatists Center, Northwestern, and Walking Fish Theatre, among others. As an actor, his work has been seen with Simpatico Theatre Project, EgoPo, Hedgerow, Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Shakespeare in Clark Park, and the Living Arts, Inc. world tour of Porgy and Bess. www.liamcastellan.com
Patrick Lamborn (b. 1988) is a composer, bassist, guitarist, and music educator residing in Philadelphia. Graduating from Temple University Esther Boyer's College of Music in 2011 with a BA in Jazz Performance on upright bass, he has performed at venues including but not limited to The Alice Tulley Theater at Lincoln Center, Verizon Hall & the Perlman Theater at the Kimmel Center, The Apollo Theater, Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club, The Philadelphia Art Museum's Art After Five, Bethlehem's Musikfest, Ortlieb's Jazz Haus, Chris' Jazz Cafe, and the Loew's Hotel. He has performed with Artists including but not limited to Stefon Harris, Jaleel Shaw, Savion Glover, Wycliffe Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Karryn Alison, Terell Stafford, Glenn McLelland, Javon Jackson, and Houston Person. In addition to playing jazz bass, Patrick has also played guitar in the alternative rock band Son Step featuring Jon Coyle, Chris Coyle, and Matt Scarano. In 2012, he switched his focus from performing to composing/sound design, providing original compositions in various styles for theaters throughout Philadelphia including Alamanac Dance Circus Theater, Lightning Rod Special, The Lantern Theatre, The Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (nominated for a Falstaff award for Best Sound Design/original score for his work on Much Ado About Nothing 2013), and Curio Theatre (runner up for Critics' Award for Best Sound Design for his work on Equus 2013).
Kathleen Soltan (Resident Stage Manager) graduated from Temple University with a "BA in Theater". Other credits include Asst. Stage Manager for Red Velvet, Intimate Apparel, and Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare & Company as well as Lend Me a Tenor and the Premiere Production of How to Make a Rope Swing at Cape May Stage. A few Stage Management credits incldue The Handmad's Tale, Noises Off!, Othello, Hamlet, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and In the Red and Brown Water. Thanks to Steve for writing my bio for me - Go Arcadia Knights!
Doug Greene is a Philadelphia based actor, designer, installation artist and devised theater maker. Doug is proud to be a new company member of Curio, where he previously appeared in Noises Off and The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary. Recently, the Painted Bride showcased Doug's writing, performing and installations in Memento Mori, his contribution to their Secret Show Series. Other recent collaborations include designing Quintessence Theatre Group's smash hit My Fair Lady, directing Kyra Baker's Witness for First PErson Arts and designing Revolution Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Up next, Doug will be designing Orbiter3's A People and The Bearded Ladies Bastille Day.
Paul Kuhn (Artistic Director) is a founding member of Curio Theatre. Paul is a graduate of the acting program at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. In Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Paul has appeared in many productions for Stephenville Festival, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador. Since moving to Pennsylvania he has performed at People’s Light, Hedgerow Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and Interact. He is also a skilled theatre technician and set designer having worked as Technical Director at the Wilma Theatre, set construction for The Walnut Theatre and taught lighting design at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
Tim Martin is a Designer, Stage and Production Manager from Bryn Mawr, PA. He has worked with dozens of theatre and dance companies including: Tribe of Fools, Commonwealth Classic Theatre, PearlDamour, Media Theater, Bristol Riverside Theater, InterAct, the Lantern, International Opera Theatre, Rebecca Davis Dance, Mum Puppettheatre, Enchantment Theatre and sundry others. In the academic world, Tim has also worked for Drexel University, West Chester University, Germantown Academy, The Shipley School and Swarthmore College. Tim is a long-time company member here at Curio and is the Associate Artistic Director. His “dayjob” is as the Asst. Production Manager at Longwood Gardens, where he is one of the designers for the Main Fountain Garden Shows. www.timothydanielmartin.com
Colleen Hughes (Company Manager) is a Philadelphia-based actor and movement artist. After training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC and receiving her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she came to Philly where she has worked with companies including EgoPo Classic Theatre, Swim Pony Performing Arts, and the Wilma Theater. In addition to working locally, Colleen has also traveled extensively with Enchantment Theatre Company on several national tours. She is most interested in collaborative, ensemble-based work and she specializes in physical theatre.
Arrie Callahan (Volunteer Coordinator) originally met many of the members of Curio years ago at Hedgerow Theatre and had the good fortune of reconnecting after a move to West Philly. When she asked if she could volunteer, she was presented with the opportunity to coordinate volunteers and manage the box office. She thought that sounded awesome and is excited to be greeting patrons for her third season with the company. In her spare time, she works in HR for an account-based marketing firm, enjoys long runs, and palling around with her best buds Ben and Aggy.
Steve Carpenter (Administrative Assistant) is a West Philly-based actor, designer, technician and teaching artist who holds his BFA in Acting from Arcadia University and is an alumnus of the Hedgerow Theatre Apprenticeship program. He has worked with such local companies as EgoPo Classic Theatre, Freedom Chapel Dinner Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Philly Theatre Workshop, Twilight Productions, South Camden Theatre Co., and GDP Productions. He has been a proud Curio company member since May 2011 where favorite credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Runner Stumbles, The Hound of the Baskervilles. and Noises Off.
Ken Opdenaker was last seen in The Frank Schaefer Project. Other Curio credits include Alonso in The Tempest, ensemble in Slaughterhouse-Five, ensemble in Great Expectations, Garcin in Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, and Eddie (and ensemble) in Jim Cartwright's Road. Other Curio credits include: The Green Bird, The King Stag and Catch-22.
Rich Bradford It started in North Philadelphia at Freedom Theatre. After taking classes with Johnnie Hobbs Rich became open to the world of theatre and begin to chase down that beautiful beast, armed with nothing but curiosity and a hunger to learn. His travels took him to Stella Alder Conservatory and then he hit the ground running working with theaters whose missions were about social change. From working with Ironage theatre (where he has been a company member for a few moons now) to doing tours up and the east coast preforming in show dealing with women rights and African American history. He has also been in shows in the Philadelphia area: Walnut St. Theatre (studio 5) Illinois 5, Society Hill Playhouse: The Bridge, Plays and Players: Death Of a Salesman and other venues as well. Now he is very excited and happy to be a Company member of the Curio Theatre family. Rich Bradford's upcoming one man show Called Love Letters From Fred: A Letter to My Unborn Child is a journey into the life of Fred Hampton whose impact on the People Movement was heavy intense and cut short because of murder and police brutality. A reading will take place on Dec 4th 5th and 6th to honor his life the on the anniversary of his tragic assassination and to show love for his service to the People... to all of people.
Eric Scotolati received his BA in Acting from West Chester University, and has been acting in the Philadelphia area since 2009. Curio Theatre Company has been a second home for him and he has acted in such Curio productions as The Weir, No Exit, Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Euridyce, Lord of the Flies, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and Great Expectations. In 2011 Eric was awarded Best Actor in a Play from Broadway World's 2011 Philly Awards. In addition to acting Eric has been a proud member of Curio's teaching staff since 2010. Other theatre companies Eric has acted with include: Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company, Inis Nua, Renegade Theatre Company, and Plays and Players. Thanks to Paul and Gay who took me in and continue to help me grow.
Isa St. Clair studied theater at Swarthmore College and has been acting professionally since 2011. At Curio she has appeared in Dancing at Lughnasa, Romeo & Juliet, Equus, The Runner Stumbles, and The Tempest. She has additionally worked with Applied Mechanics, Azuka Theatre, Commonwealth Classic Theatre, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Dragon’s Eye Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre Company, Iron Age Theatre, and Shakespeare in Clark Park, among others. She is a founding member of Murmuration Theater, a new company devoted to collaboratively producing new work, and is proud to work with young creators as a teaching artist in Philadelphia and Wilmington.
Dan Hodge is a proud Curio Company Member, where he has directed The Tempest, The Real Inspector Hound, Othello and Death of a Salesman. He is also the Co-founding Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective. where he directed The Duchess of Malfi, Mary Stuart and Timon of Athens among others. A busy actor in the region, has appeared at the Walnut Street Theater (Peter and the Starcatcher, Private Lives, The Mousetrap and The 39 Steps), The Arden (Equivocation), The Wilma (The Real Thing, Our Class) and the PAC (Creditors, Changes of Heart). His work in Around the World in 80 Days at Delaware Theater Company won him a Barrymore for Leading Actor, and his Roughman in Fair Maid of the West for the PAC won a Barrymore for supporting actor. Dan holds his MFA in Acting from the USD/Old Globe, San Diego.
Andrew Carroll has been a professional actor and theatre educator in Philadelphia since 2011. A graduate of the acting program at The University of the Arts, he has performed locally with The Arden, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, White Pines, Plays & Players, and Commonwealth Classic, to name a few. With Curio, he appeared as Garry in Noises Off, and is one of the acting teachers. Thanks to Gay and Paul for letting me share in this beautiful thing you've built.
Drew Petersen is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator. He currently is an educator with Park Avenue Armory, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New Victory Theater, AltSchool and he is the pre-primary drama teacher at the Blue School, a progressive elementary school in lower Manhattan founded by the Blue Man Group. As an artist, he is the Associate Artistic Director for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, a theater company devoted to creating high quality, original work for young audiences and their families. Drew has been commissioned to create and devise original work at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, Cleveland Playhouse Square. Past educational work includes The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He holds a M.A. in Educational Theater for Colleges and Communities from N.Y.U.
Chase Byrd is a Southern boy who moved to Philadelphia in 2014 after receiving his MFA in Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has worked as an actor, singer, musician, and dialectician with several companies in the area, including the Philadelphia Artists' Collective, Theatre Ariel, Inis Nua Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, the Arden, the Wilma, Hedgerow Theatre, and Philly Senior Stage. He became a proud member of the Curio Theatre Company in 2017 and has been seen on the Curio stage in Death of a Salesman (Happy), The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary (Leon/Rodolphe), Crimes of the Heart (Barnette), and Catch-22 (Yossarian). He thanks Paul and Gay for becoming his onstage family and for welcoming him into this incredible theatre company!
Meg Trelease (Director of Education).
Elizabeth Gallagher (Marketing Associate) .
Liz Carlson-Guerin (Director)
Leonard I Kelly (Dialect Coach)