Kristin Heckler, Artistic Director
Kristin is a theatre director and producers residing in New York City. Favorite directing projects include Or, (NSD), #Pornstar University, Paraphilia: Everyone Has A Sexual Disorder (FringeNYC), How I Learned to Drive, Stop Kiss (Philadelphia Fringe Festival), The Coming World (NSD) and Godspell (Duke University). Her directing roots stem from Montgomery Theater in Souderton, PA where she assistant directed Becky Shaw, Jacob and Jack, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Any Wednesday. Although she has focused her career on directing, Kristin also enjoys performing and costume design. She grew up in Sellersville, PA holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from The New School for Drama and BA's in Women's Studies and Spanish from Duke University. Kristin is passionate about work which draws audience members into a familiar setting and challenges their preconceived notions of gender and sexuality in the location. Kristin can also be found on Uprooted Flower Truck, NYC's first, which she co-owns with her girlfriend, Ashley.
Lorne Svarc, Literary Manager
Lorne is a Montreal-born playwright living in New York City, who enjoys exploring various forms of narrative expression: working in theater, film and interactive media. He has an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama, a BA in History from Boston University and a DEC in Cinema and Communications from Dawson College. His plays include: Chained Woman (New School for Drama New Voices Festival), Paraphilia: Everyone Has a Sexual Disorder (NYC Fringe 2015), and “Live” from the Bullet Stopper (Dixon Place). Lorne is also passionate about education. From 2009-2013, he was in charge of Creative Programming for the English Montreal School Board’s 29 elementary school after-school programs, as well as facilitating theater and media projects at the Mackay Center School, which serves students with disabilities. Starting in the fall, he will be teaching creative arts at SAR Academy in the Bronx.
He lives with his wife Samara and dog Stewie who provide him with most of his best ideas.
MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama where he received the Newman Scholar for excellence in acting. Jacob-Sebastian has also trained at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles and was selected as one of fourteen to study at The Labyrinth Theatre Company under the direction of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and is currently a member of the prestigious Naked Angles Theatre Company. Select professional NYC theatre credits include: Uncle Vanya (Uncle Vanya), Greg (A Kid Like Jake), Jonah (Boundless,) Iago (Othello), Alan (Equus), George (Titus Rex), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Tom (Glass Menagerie)
Jacob-Sebastian's one man show, Eyes Closed,Lips Parted was just chosen to make its debut at the Studio Theatre on Theatre Row. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his dog Zucchini.
Sarah Raimondi, Artist
Sarah is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Film credits: Amelia (2016), Dead Reckoning (2016). Off-Broadway/New York Credits: Fred Hammond's, Cain and Able (Isabella), Shakespeare Shakedown's Hamlet (Hamlet) and A Midsummer Night's Dream(Hermia). Recognize Theatre's How I Learned to Drive (Li'l Bit), Zach Weed's dark comedy, I Broke a Plate (Deb). Love always to M, D, C & P
Pauline Sherrow, Artist
Pauline is an Actress, Dancer, Stand Up Comic and Nichiren Buddhist. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute and has trained with Matthew Corozine Studio and The Kimball Studio. Select credits: T.V./film: Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll (FX), The Onion News Network (IFC), SNL (NBC), All My Children (ABC), How to Make it in America (HBO), Ironside (NBC), Vinyl (HBO), The Winning Season (Dir. James C. Strouse), Split (Dir. Deborah Kampmeier).
Aurea Tomeski, Artist
Aurea Tomeski is a New York based actor and producer. Her producing credits include the new musical Deployed (Gallery Players, NYNW Festival), Inside Alfie (The Barrow Group), and Tristmas, an annual fundraiser benefiting Toys for Tots. As an actor, she performed most recently in the title role of Theatre Uzume's Lamia at the New York Fringe. Other New York credits include: The Improbable Fall, Rise, & Fall of John Law (Dreamscape Theatre), What We Lost (Theatre Uzume), Dead Special Crabs (Wide Eyed Productions), Women and Wallace (Box Colony Theatre), Tapefaces (Ars Nova). Regional credits: Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Julius Caesar (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festiva), Macbeth (California Shakespeare Company), Oliver Twist (A Noise Within), Entropy General (Alive Theatre), History of the Devil (The Garage Theatre). MFA from The New School, Associate Artist with Wide Eyed Productions. When not on stage, you can find her flexing her massage therapist skills or working to reach her goal of running all the way around the island of Manhattan in one go. www.aureatomeski.com