Jennifer barclay (Playwright)
jared mezzocchi (Director)
Jared Mezzocchi (Producing Artistic Director, Director, Ripe Frenzy, Playwright & Director, The Resisters) will have directed at Andy’s Summer Playhouse for 11 years this summer. He is happily within his fourth year as Producing Artistic Director. Between 2009 and 2018, he directed Donkey Xoteand Dick Tracy, as well as wrote/adapted and directed The Lost World, The BFG, The Little Prince, The Block, The Kid of Billy the Kid, Viewfinderand The Things We Keep. In 2017, he directed his first musical, Posted, written by Owen O’Reilly and composed by Duncan Pelletier, both of whom were dear friends of his when they were all Andy’s Kids back in the 1990’s. That same summer, Jared was awarded residency for four weeks at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.
Jared won a 2017 Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Henry Hewes Award for his projection design in Vietgone(Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC), and also was the first projections designer to receive the Princess Grace Award (2012). He was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk for his work on Vietgone. Additional New York credits includes Downtown Loop(3LD) and You are Dead. You are Here. (HERE Arts Center).
He is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth (The Nether, Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Chad Deity). Other D.C. credits includes I’ll Get You Back Again(Round House Theatre, directed by Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin), Smart People(Arena Stage), Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Studio Theatre) and Bell(National Geographic).
Regional credits include Portland Centerstage, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, and The Wilma. He has designed nationally and internationally for Big Art Group, the Builder’s Association, and Connect4Climate/Alcantara (Design Week: Milan, Italy).
Jared created and currently leads the Multimedia & Projection Curriculum within the MFA Design Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. In Fall 2018, Jared created and directed How to Catch a Star, based on the work of children’s author, Oliver Jeffers, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Jared is nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Play Adaptation for this production.
SOFIA HUSAINY (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR)
SOFIA IS EXTREMELY EXCITED TO BE JOINING THE ANDY’S TEAM IN ANOTHER CAPACITY. SOFIA IS A FORMER ANDY’S KID AND RECENT ALUMNA. SHE PERFORMED IN THE BLOCK (2014), POSTED (2017), AND THE THINGS WE KEEP (2018).
SOFIA WILL BE A SOPHOMORE AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS COMING FALL, BUT SHE IS ORIGINALLY FROM AMHERST, NEW HAMPSHIRE. SHE IS MAJORING IN NEUROSCIENCE IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES.
WHEN NOT STUDYING, SHE DEVOTES A LOT OF HER TIME TO ROTARY. SINCE THE SIXTH GRADE, SOFIA HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICE. SHE IS A FORMER EARLYACTOR, FORMER PRESIDENT OF HER INTERACT CLUB AND IS CURRENTLY ON THE BOARD OF HER UNIVERSITY'S ROTARACT CLUB. SOFIA IS A WORLD TRAVELER AND ENJOYS WORKING WITH CHILDREN. SHE RECENTLY COMPLETED A SERVICE TRIP TO COSTA RICA WHERE SHE WORKED ON ART PROJECTS WITH REFUGEE CHILDREN FROM NICARAGUA. FOR TWO YEARS SHE WORKED WITH THE AMHERST RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND WAS A TENNIS COACH TO ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN.
SOFIA LOVES TRAVELING, WALKING THE MALL IN D.C., SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY, AND SNUGGLING WITH HER CAT, CHARLOTTE. SHE IS PSYCHED TO BE A PART OF THE ANDY’S FAMILY AND THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY THAT SHE LOVES.
Aria sardella (Stage manager & sound designer)
ARIA SARDELLA (Stow, MA) is in the process of receiving her BFA in Theatre Production Arts with a focus in sound and costumes and a minor in business
as she enters her fourth year at Ithaca College. She was recently a part of Ithaca College's main stage production of Marisol, as Mixer and Sound Engineer, and Twelfth Night, as Sound Designer. She also contributed to The Earl McCarroll Studio’s productions of Skeleton Crew, as co-sound designer, and Ugly Lies the Bone, as Costume Designer.
She is currently in the works of many different projects such as, Ithaca College's fall 2019 main stage of Sister Act directed by Courtney Young (Costume Design), Andy's Summer Playhouse's productions URL vs IRL directed by Jonathan David Martin and Ripe Frenzy directed by Jared Mezzocchi (Sound Design), and Belle of Amherst directed by Norm Johnson (Sound Design). She is excited to be back at Andy’s for a second year, and to inspire others to join the creative world that the playhouse creates!
Peter Leibold (Lighting Design)
Peter Leibold is thrilled to be back for his second summer with Andy's.
When not in beautiful New Hampshire, Peter is a freelance lighting designer all over the country (and soon, the world). Peter recently earned his MFA degree in Theatrical Lighting from the University of Maryland, and comes to Andy's directly from the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He has designed at the Kennedy Center, Signature in the Schools, Dance Place, and extensively in the Clarice in the DC area, and at various companies in California. After The Resisters, Peter will be designing two shows in California at Sierra Repertory Theater, where he was the Resident Lighting Designer for three years.
Thanks to everyone at Andy's, particularly Jared and Katerina for getting him here and bringing him back this year.
MATT DEINHART (SET DESIGN)
Matthew Deinhart (Lighting Designer, Goblin Secrets, Scenic Designer, Ripe Frenzy & URL vs. IRL, Props Designer, URL vs. IRL) is a New York based production designer who is currently pursuing his MFA at Brooklyn College . Recent design credits include the scenic design for The Lesser Magoo, the lighting design for La Folie (Premiere), Porto, The Sandwich Program (Premiere), and Tongue Depressor (Premiere), and the projection design for the performance art piece This is a Cave (Premiere). Matthew is a 2015 graduate of Queens College with degrees in philosophy and theatre, and has been working as a freelance designer for five years.
Madi harte (Costume Design)
RAEVN BARTLETT (ASSOCIATE Projections DESIGN)
is a scenic designer currently entering her senior year at Ithaca College studying Theatre Production & Design. This summer marks over a decade of involvement for her at the playhouse, and each year she is thrilled to come back and work with this incredible team of artists and performers.
During her time at Ithaca College she has been the set designer for Luna Gale and The Diary of Adam and Eve (Earl McCarroll Studio Theatre) and the projection designer for Marisol (Hoerner Theatre).
Upcoming scenic design credits include Hedda Gabler (Earl McCarroll Studio Theatre), The Antigone Project (Clark Theatre), Marie Antoinette (Hoerner Theatre), and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Earl McCarroll Studio Theatre). Outside of Ithaca College, she will be projection designing The Belle of Amherst (The Cherry Artspace). Raven has also assisted on multiple scenic and projection design projects, including work as assistant scenic designer for Plano (Daniel Zimmerman, Connelly Theater), and the illustrator for Poor Yella Rednecks (Jared Mezzocchi, South Coast Rep & Manhattan Theatre Club).
Heather Stockwell (Props Design)
HEATHER STOCKWELL (Props Designer, Froggy, My Hero, The Things We Keep) returns for her fifth season at Andy’s designing props. She studied at The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and Parsons School of Design in NYC. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in using many different media in the arts and crafts realm, as well as many years of experience in making things and teaching kids and adults. She taught for many years locally at the Sharon Arts Center, Worcester Center for Arts & Crafts and The Beady Eye. She has also shown her work and taught nationally at The Whole Bead Shows and Bead and Button magazine shows. Her son, Woody, is a current “Andy’s Kid” in his eighth season and her sister,Wyckham, is returning this season to write and direct the tour, My Hero. Heather is thrilled to be back this year and to work with this great team of professional artists, designers and directors.
Veronika Duerr (Actor, Zoe)
LORENE CHESLEY (Actor, Felicia)
Lorene is thrilled to be joining Andy's Summer Playhouse for the first time! A native of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, Lorene grew up studying ballet and tap at The Davis Center, singing lessons with Ms. Dawn Reynolds and Okinawan Karate at the Murray Studio. However, as soon as Lorene played the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella, she knew acting was what she wanted to do with her life.
Lorene continued to follow her dream by attending Temple University and earning her BA in Theater and Communications. She wanted to delve deeper into her craft, so she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California San Diego.
After graduating from UCSD, Lorene relocated to Los Angeles and booked roles on Shameless, Perception and most recently The Fosters.
Jessica Gelter (Actor, Miriam)