Matt Alford - Larry Schumaker Etc. Matt is a member of The Judith Shakespeare Co., The Honest Liars, and The Liars League. New York Theater includes Wilde Tales (Theater for the New City), To Whom it May Concern (The Arclight), The Return (The Access), In Vino Veritas (La MaMa ETC), and many more. Matt is currently the acting Artistic Director of Equalogy INC, a theater-for-social-change company combatting acquaintance rape and dating violence in 15 states. He is super thankful for the entire Split Knuckle team.
John Bixler Ben Brody, Ernest Shackleton. The Curious Case of Phineas Gage (workshop), Macbeth (2014 SALT award - Best Actor), The Baltimore Waltz, The Full Monty, Noises Off, Odysseus DOA, Vigil (2013 SALT nomination for best actor) and s;c, (The Red House), Pirates of Penzance, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, and Guys and Dolls (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Tired Old Queen at The Movies Live! (Abingdon Theatre), House & Garden, Johnny Guitar (Actor’s Playhouse), Shining City, Master Harold And The Boys (Gables Stage), and The Last Sunday In June, Lying In State (Caldwell Theatre). John can be seen on YouTube in the web series “Tired Old Queen At The Movies” with Steve Hayes. John graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in performance from Ohio University.
Lucy Brown Costume Design: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse – Legally Blonde, 9-5 The Musical, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Ring Of Fire; Promises Promises, The Buddy Holly Story, Musical Theatre Festival – Neurosis The Musical, Altar Boyz. Connecticut Repertory Theatre – All In The Timing, Rent, Hair, A Man For All Seasons, Pentecost, Macbeth. Split Knuckle Theatre Company - Endurance. A Doll’s House, Gene Frankel Theatre. Costume Design for Revolution Dancewear Company. Costume Sketch Artist - feature films Cinderella, New Year’s Eve; Noises Off, Delaware Rep., A Night At The El Hombre Café, Off Broadway. Costume Design Assistant - The Box, Soho London.
Nat Cassidy (Mark, etc.) is an award-winning actor/writer/musician who has performed throughout the New York City at venues such as The Players Theatre, The Players Club, 59E59, MTC, Gallery Players, Manhattan Theatre Source, CSC, Cherry Lane, Primary Stages, and many others. Films include: "High Maintenance," They Will Outlive Us All (Best Actor, Route 66 International Film Festival). Published scripts include Any Day Now (NYIT Award Winner), The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots (NYIT Award Winner), The Eternal Husband, Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape, I Am Providence (NYIT Award Winner), Old Familiar Faces, Pierce, and Goldsboro. Nat was commissioned by The Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera to write the libretto for a new opera which The Washington Times called “brilliant” and “remarkable.” Nat was named one of nytheatre's 2011 People of the Year for his contribution to the NY independent theatre scene. www.natcassidy.com
Music- Ken Clark, composer for Endurance. Ken has been doing shows for the Uconn Drama Department since 1979, and teaching piano class for the Music Department since 1981. He is very pleased to have contributed to the development of this work!
Lindsay Cummings (Dramaturg "The Curious Case of Phineas Gague) is an Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches dramaturgy, script analysis, and dramatic literature. She has worked in the literary and education departments at Portland Stage Company and Actors Theatre of Louisville. As a dramaturg, she is particularly interested in new play development, adaptation, and devised work, and is thrilled to be engaging in collaborative work with Split Knuckle Theatre Company. Cummings received her PhD from Cornell University, and is currently working on a book about empathy in political theatre and theatre for social change.
John is proud to be performing his first show with Split Knuckle Theater Co., THE CURIOUS CASE OF PHINEAS GAGE. A Minnesota native, John is member of BREAD Arts Collective and CORE Artists Ensemble. He would like to thank Greg and Jason for including him in this inspiring process, and Vince, for his patience. You can see John Sundays, this fall in RISE AND FALL at People Lounge on the lower east side.
Walter Spivey, etc. Film: God of Love, Winner 2011 Academy Award for Live Action Short. Asockalypse (post-production) NYC: Fafner, The Ring Part 1 and 2 and 3, St Mark’s Theatre. First Prize, The ArcLight Theatre. The Golden Ass, The Vortex Theatre. Regional: Connecticut Rep: Walter Burns, His Girl Friday. Two River Theatre, NJ: Borachio, Much Ado About Nothing. North Carolina Shakespeare: Borachio, Much Ado About Nothing. Ferdinand, The Tempest; Oswald, King Lear. Great River Shakespeare, MN: Lucentio, Taming Of The Shrew. Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Chorus, Williams, Constable of France, Henry V; Nathaniel, Loves Labors Lost. Web: writer and host of Trailer Hitch for complex.com MFA: UConn, Dale AJ Rose.
Sarah is a graphic designer who works closely with Seth Bloom and Greg Webster in the creation and maintenance of the site you now see! She is working full-time as a pre-press technician and has the crazy cat lady trope well under way. She lives with her two cats, Kodi and Eevee, and spends her free time playing video games, watching Korean dramas, and spending far too much money on animated films. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in May '13 with degrees in Communication and Communication Design.
Andrew Lynch is a composer/performer, resident music director of 3 Sticks, and founding member and co-artistic director of the Brooklyn performance space Cloud City. He has composed over a dozen original music theatre pieces including Paper Plane, a Time Out New York Critic's Pick at the 2012 NYC Fringe Festival, and Le Gourmand or Gluttony, which the New York Times called "rich in musical abundance...so pleasing to the palate, it deserves a bigger plate." His work has been performed at venues such as Ars Nova, Dixon Place, One Arm Red, Governors Island, and Cloud City. He studied in the BMI Professional Contemporary Songwriting Workshop, the Nautilus Composer Librettist Studio, Beloit College, and the Berklee School of Music.
Dassia Posner (Dramaturg Endurance) Steppenwolf credits include Three Sisters (dramaturg and literal translator). Additional dramaturgy credits include Pride and Prejudice, A Flea in Her Ear, Othello, Tommy, Comedy of Errors, Galileo (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); Tears of Heaven (National Theatre, Korea); and Endurance (Split Knuckle Theatre). A Russian theatre historian, Dassia studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University, where she teaches Russian theatre history, history of directing, dramaturgy, and puppetry. Her co-edited book The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance will be published in the summer of 2014. She is also currently writing a book on Russian theatricalist directors entitledThe Director’s Prism. She is a graduate of Tufts University.
Nick (Playwright) is a New York based writer. He is a founding company member and resident playwright of Four Humors Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has developed nine shows with the company. In New York City his work has been seen at Dixon Place, The Secret Theatre, Ars Nova, The Tank, One Arm Red and the New York International Fringe Festival. Regional credits include Shakespeare and Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre. He is currently developing an immersive adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne with Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis to premiere in the summer of 2015. He graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a BA in Theatre Arts, where he was the two time recipient of the Arthur Ballet Award for Playwriting.
Paul is a puppet and theater designer, creator, and performer. Currently, he is the Puppetry Technical Supervisor at the University of Connecticut Puppetry Arts Program. At UCONN, Paul guides students through the process of designing, creating, and performing puppets for their projects and for Connecticut Repertory Theater. His profound love of machines and the parts that make them go; along with his obsession with the people of the industrial age are the driving forces behind much of his work. Paul attempts to push theater forward by infusing traditional forms and techniques with 21st century materials and processes.
Susan Tolis - Costume Designer, Fabricator. Susan currently works as the Costume Shop Manager for the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Puppetry from Uconn and a Master’s degree in Costume Design. She has worked as a designer and fabricator of puppets, masks, mascots, specialty props and costumes for theatre companies (Lincoln Center Theatre, NETworks Presentations, LLC, Hartford Stage, Theatreworks, Downtown Cabaret Theatre), ballet companies (Hartford Ballet, Boston Ballet, Wausau Ballet), film and television companies (Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Productions), and educational and social service companies (Concerned Citizens for Humanity), as well as a variety of other private clients and small businesses.