MEET THE COMPANY
TAI VERLEY Artistic Director/Community Engagement Director
Tai Verley is an actor and teaching artist who moved to Philadelphia over 3 years ago from New York, where she was born and raised. She holds a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Acting from The New School for Drama. As an actor, she has worked professionally all around the US with companies like Elm Shakespeare Co., The Shakespeare Forum, Fusion Theatre Co., Philadelphia Artists' Collective and across the pond with the UK's Old Vic New Voices program. As a teaching artist, she has taught students - young and old - under the aegis of Theatre Horizon, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Thankfully and proudly, she is also member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFRA. For any other tidbits, please go to www.taiverley.com
GRIFFIN STANTON-AMEISEN Founding Artistic Director
Griffin is a Philadelphia based actor, producer and teacher. He grew up outside of Philly in Bryn Mawr, PA. After high school, Griffin pursued a B.A. in Theatre from Temple University where he studied with Kevin Cotter, David Ingram, Dan Kern and Donna Snow. Following this, he moved out west for three years for further training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he obtained an M.F.A. in performance under the tutelage of Robert Benedetti, Rayme Cornell, Phil Hubbard and Michael Lugering. Upon graduation he came back home to Philly to begin his acting career. Griffin has worked at The Walnut Street Theatre, Quintessence Theatre Group, Act II Playhouse, the National Constitution Center, Luna Theatre, Simpatico Theatre Project, Brat Productions, Curio Theatre, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Theatre Horizon, Playpenn, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, as well as repeatedly with The Delaware Shakespeare Festival, EgoPo Classic Theatre and The Renegade Company (where he serves as associate artistic director). As a teacher, Griffin has worked with Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Lantern Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Theatre Horizon. For more info go to www.griffinsa.com.
JESSICA DALCANTON Artistic Advisor/Educational Director (2013-2019)
Jessica graduated from Villanova with a Masters in Theatre and has been working globally ever since. As an actor, she has worked professionally in Cyprus, Prague, CA, MO, TX, NJ, NY and Philadelphia. Jessica has served as the resident dramaturg for Mauckingbird Theatre Co. and Act II Playhouse. She holds a certification from the International Theatre Symposium in Greece, LIMS and a BFA from the University of North Texas. She adores teaching and has had the privilege to do so at Gwynedd Mercy College, Temple University, Lantern Theatre, Wolf P.A.C, Theatre Horizon, Project Learn School, Montgomery County College and The Baldwin School. She is currently the co-artistic director of Iris Theatre Company. www.jessicadalcanton.com
DANIEL KONTZ Art Director
Daniel Kontz is a Multimedia Designer from London, England, based in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from West Chester University in 2011 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, the JP Adler Award for Excellence in Theatre, and the Maverick Award for Excellence in Theatre. In the Philadelphia theatre industry, Daniel is a Sound and Video Designer. Sound Design credits in Philadelphia include productions with InterAct Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre Project, Azuka Theatre, Plays & Players, The Renegade Company, and Matchbox Theatre. Outside of Philadelphia, his work has been seen and heard in the VI São Carlos Videodance Festival in Brazil, Columbia University's New Plays Now Festival, the NYC Fringe Festival, The Left Out Festival, and the American College Dance Festival. You can check out Daniel's work at www.danielkontzdesign.com
MITCHELL BLOOM Artistic Advisor/Development Associate (2013-2019)
Mitchell Bloom is a recent graduate of the M.A. Theatre program at Villanova University,which he attended on scholarship as a Graduate Acting Scholar. While at Villanova, Mitchell acted in seven productions and was recognized with the Brian G. Morgan Memorial Theatre Award. He has acted with a number of companies regionally including Iron Age Theatre Company, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Opera Collective, and Temple University, where he holds a B.A. in English. A resident of Philadelphia since 2007, Mitchell works in administrative positions with a number of organizations including Philadelphia Young Playwrights (Development and Communications Associate), Mauckingbird Theatre Company (Director of Development), and The Crossing (Grant Writer). He is a member of Writers on the Rocks, an informal playwriting group that meets weekly to discuss and develop new work. His first play, Borne, received a reading at Villanova.
SEAN BRADLEY Resident Fight Choreographer
Sean Bradley has earned a First Class Honors Master of Arts from University College Dublin in Drama and Performance Studies as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. Sean has worked as a Fight Choreographer on productions in Philadelphia, New York, and Dublin, Ireland. He has achieved proficiency in all eight weapons the Society of American Fight Directors offer for proficiency testing. Past Fight Choreography includes Phaedra's Love (Parallax Theatre), Playdaters (Matchbox Theatre), Othello (Goodwill Theatre), In The Blood (The Brind School), and Dog Sees God (Round Table Theatre). He worked for The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute as a Fight Instructor in 2011 and 2012. Sean also has worked as an Actor in Philadelphia since 2009. Past Acting credits include: Hamlet, She Stoops to Conquer, Antigone, The Venetian Twins, The Merchant of Venice, Apology, Measure for Measure (Quintessence Theatre Group), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Lord of the Flies (Curio Theater), Playdaters (Matchbox Theatre) Hamlet, As You Like It (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Winners (Round Table Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Horizon), The History Boys (Arden Theatre Company), Othello (Goodwill Theatre).