OUR FUNDERS

  • C. Pringle Charitable Foundation

  • Cabot Family Charitable Trust

  • Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust Fund

  • Clipper Ship Foundation

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  • Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park

  • Foley Hoag Foundation

  • Immigrant City Archives

  • Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation

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  • National Endowment for the Arts

  • Supreme Judicial Court Law Clerks Society

  • The White Fund

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TheatreEspresso is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. © Copyright 2008-2019 Theatre Espresso. All Rights Reserved.

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CAST & STAFF

STAFF

  • Shelley Bolman, Artistic Director

  • Kortney Adams, Managing Director

  • Nicole Vander Laan, Administrative Director & Stage Manager

  • Danny Bolton, Company Manager

  • Beth Dunakin, Education Director

Cast

  • Kortney Adams

  • James Bocock

  • Shelley Bolman

  • Danny Bolton

  • Jordan Clark

  • Amanda Collins

  • Derek Fraser

  • Woody Gaul

  • Matthew Kossack

  • Susan Lombardi-Verticelli

  • Cliff Odle

  • Dan Prior

  • Sophie Rich

  • Omar Robinson

  • Jenna Lea Scott

  • Lewis D. Wheeler

  • Alan R. White

Wendy Lement

Founder

Wendy Lement co-founded Theatre Espresso in 1992. She served as Producer of Wheelock Family Theatre, where she directed award-winning productions of Pippi Longstocking and The Taste of Sunrise. Prior to her appointment at Wheelock, she was a long-time Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre Department at Regis College, where she directed over thirty productions, including: Dancing at Lughnasa, Importance of Being Earnest, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and Steel Magnolias, which won a Moss Hart Award. Her production of The House of Bernarda Alba won the 2000 New England Region's American College Theatre Festival, sponsored by the Kennedy Center. 

Wendy's chapter "Theatre-in-Education as Catalyst for Civic Dialogue" was published in the 3rd edition of Learning Through Theatre, published by Routledge (2013).She is co-author of And Justice for Some: Exploring American Justice through Drama and Theatre, published by Heinemann Press (2005). Wendy's children's book, Keri Tarr: Cat Detective, was published by Breakaway Books (2004). Her plays include: Woman with the Red Kerchief, Salem's Daughters, King George III vs. Ruth Blay, Voicings: The Story of the Rosenberg Case, Dolphins: The Myth of Persephone, The Legend of the Christmas Rose, and Keri Tarr: Cat Detective (based on her children's book), which won the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's 2002 Unpublished Playreading Project. Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Shelley Bolman

Artistic Director

Shelley has been involved in over 100 productions as a theatre educator, actor, director, technician, producer and artistic director. His credits include New Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Hanover Theatre, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Lyric Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Charles Playhouse, Stoneham Theatre, The Village Theatre Project (founding member and Executive Committee), Hyperion Shakespeare Company (Harvard University), The Theatre Coop, Lyric West and Boston Theatre Works. Regional credits Olney Theatre Center, Barnstormers Theatre, Oldcastle Theatre, Foothills Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company and Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre. Shelley earned his BA from Vassar College and Master's in Theatre Education from Emerson College. He was the full time drama teacher at the Pike School in Andover and has taught extensively in both public and private schools throughout the greater Boston area. Shelley was the General Manager and Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston and is the Artistic Director of Theatre Espresso.

Kortney Adams

Managing Director

Kortney is a native of St. Louis, MO, but has been working as an actor, director, and teaching artist in Boston since 2002. Recent projects include Two Gentlemen of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare), Harriet Jacobs and the World Premiere of From Orchids to Octopi (Underground Railway Theater), Pippi Longstocking and Aladdin (Wheelock Family Theatre), Voyeurs de Venus (Company One), Doubt(Gloucester Stage Co.), After Mrs. Rochester (IRNE for Best Supporting Actress, Wellesley Summer Theatre) and the role of Barbara Demarco in the long-running hit Shear Madness. Films include “The Makeover”, “R.I.P.D.”, and “The Proposal”. In recent years, Kortney has been the Artistic Director of Deana's Educational Theater Company, Associate Director of Education for Wheelock Family Theatre, and the Associate Director for City Stage Co. of Boston, where she co-directed the professional performances on KidStage at the Boston Children's Museum. She is currently the Education Manager for Central Square Theater.

James Bocock

James Bocock is very excited to join the fine group of performers that make up Theatre Espresso! Since moving to Boston he has worked with several of the companies that make up Boston's thriving theater community including Bad Habit Productions, Argos Productions, The Nora Theatre Company, Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, New Urban Theatre Lab, Stickball Productions, The Huntington Theatre Company, Zeitgeist Stage Company and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Danny Bolton

Danny is thrilled to be entering his eighth season as a member of Theatre Espresso. As an actor, he has performed at a variety of theatres in the New England area, including Wheelock Family Theatre, The Company Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, Norwood Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston and Reagle Music Theatre. Danny divides his time between acting and teaching and directing and has had the good fortune to teach with such companies as Watertown Children’s Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, New Art Center in Newton, North Shore Music Theatre and City Spotlights at The Wang Center For The Performing Arts. The veteran of three national tours, Danny is a graduate of Boston College and continues to keep busy in video and commercial work in addition to his work onstage.

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark has been a member of Theatre Espresso since 2014! She works with many Boston area theatres. Her recent credits include Significant Other (Speakeasy Stage Co.); Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Light Up the Sky, and Death of a Salesman (Lyric Stage); Arabian Nights (Central Square Theater); The Trumpet of the Swan, Pinocchio, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Wheelock Family Theatre); You For Me For You and She Kills Monsters (Company One); and Blue Window (Brown Box Theatre Project). She also works with other educational and interactive theatre companies such as True to Life Training and The Bok Players. Jordan holds a degree in Vocal Performance from The University of the Incarnate Word in her hometown of San Antonio, TX.

Amanda Collins

Amanda began her journey with Theatre Espresso by interning with the company during her junior year at Regis College, where she earned a BA in History and Theatre. Upon graduating, she joined Theatre Espresso and has been a company member ever since. She has worked with many Boston area theaters including Gloucester Stage, Boston Playwrights’, Wheelock Family Theater, Underground Railway, Nora Theatre Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), Cape Rep, Publick Theatre Boston, Orfeo Group, Commonwealth Shakespeare, New Rep, and The Modern Theatre. She has also worked with The Outfit in NYC and Philadelphia, American Stage in Florida, and was a founding member of the Harbor Stage Company. Amanda also performs in improv-based training programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, helping medical professionals improve communication skills in challenging medical situations. Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Boston's Finest (ABC Pilot) Film: Sea of Trees. Amanda is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

Derek Fraser

Derek is proud to be a part of Theatre Espresso.  As a local actor, director, and teaching artist, Derek has performed with 11:11 Theatre Company, Another Country Productions, Bad Habit Productions, Holland Productions, Mill 6 Collaborative and Commonwealth Shakespeare.  Roles include: Charlie Fox in Speed-the-Plow (BHP); Antigonous & Autolycus in The Winter's Tale (BHP); Dougie in The Quiet Infinite (11:11); and Leo Tolstoy in The Lady with the Red Kerchief.  He most recently directed Struck with 11:11 Theatre Company as part of their Evening of Almost and assistant directed Arcadia with BHP.  Derek graduated from UMass Amherst with a BA in Theatre and English.

Woody Gaul

Woody has worked with numerous professional and semi-professional companies in the Boston area, including the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Bridge Repertory Theater, Arts After Hours, and the Apollinaire Theatre Company. Woody studied acting at the University of Maine, Orono, and with the New Actors Workshop and numerous other studios in New York City. He works as an acting coach and has previously worked as a theater instructor at the high school level, and has adjudicated for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild competition for the past five years.

Matthew Kossack

Matthew has been acting, directing and choreographing throughout the Boston area since graduating from Boston College in 2004; BA in English, concentration in Theatre Arts.  Area acting credits include:  The Music Man, La Cage aux Folles, Hello Dolly and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Reagle Music Theatre), Urinetown (Lyric Stage and Massasoit Theatre Co.), Gypsy (Footlight Club), She Loves Me (Arlington Friends), Swing! (Acting Up) and Still Life with Iris (Regis Theatre Company). He has directed and choreographed for The Longwood Players, Open Door Theater, Newton Country Players, Apollinaire Theatre Co., Curtain Call and The Performing Arts Connection and is the Artistic Director of Artbarn Community Theater, a youth theatre in Brookline.

Susan Lombardi-Verticelli

Susan joined Theatre Espresso in 2007. When not performing with Theatre Espresso, Susan is a working actor who has been seen in many local productions and on television. Susan also enjoys being behind the scenes as a producer for The Travel Channel, The History Channel, TLC and other networks. Susan combines her experience and education (BS in Acting and Communication Studies from Emerson College and MA in Communication Studies from Suffolk University) by helping individuals and organizations with their communication and presentation needs. Having worked in the Boston Public Schools for five years, the Theatre Espresso mission is very close to Susan's heart.

Cliff Odle

Cliff is a long time Theatre Espresso member who has appeared in all of the current Theatre Espresso shows at one point or another. Currently he is understudying in Uprising on King Street, The Trial of Anthony Burns, and The Nine Who Dared. He has also appeared on stage in several productions in New York, Boston and Southern California. Some of his roles have included Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Mister in King Hedley II, Troy Maxon in Fences, and Lucien P. Smith in The Boys Next Door. He has worked with a variety of stage companies such as The Huntington Theatre, Company One, Peabody Playhouse and The Second Stage Theatre Company, and The Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. He has also performed classical roles such as Tartuffe and Richard III. Cliff recently directed a production of his one-act play, Running the Bulls, and Mr. Glass by Jonathan Dent for New Urban Theatre Lab. He is currently teaching in the Performing Arts Department at UMass Boston.

Dan Prior

Dan is delighted to be joining Theatre Espresso in their mission to inspire critical thinking in students through interactive theater. Dan is a Boston based actor, writer, musician and voice teacher who has had the pleasure of working with numerous fringe and large stage theaters in the area including: Reagle Music Theatre, Wellesley Rep., History at Play, Bad Habit Productions, Maiden Phoenix, Arts After Hours, Imaginary Beasts and others. Favorite Boston area credits include Robbie Fay in A Man of No Importance (Bad Habit Productions) Enoch Snow in Carousel (Reagle Music Theater), Jamie in The Last Five Years (Arts After Hours), Jasiu in Polish Joke (Titanic Theatre Company), Rhode in Three Sisters (Wellesley Summer Theater), and Edwin Ayer in Speakyeasy Circus (Boston Circus Guild and ART). Dan received a dual Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College in Vocal Performance (concentration in Opera and Jazz) and Music Education. As a writer, Dan’s works have been produced locally by The Boston Circus Guild, and ART.

Sophie Rich

Sophie is a drama educator, director, actress, and Boston native. Sophie graduated from Northwestern University, where she was awarded the Winifred Ward Award for creative drama. Her Boston-area performing credits include IRNE-winning productions at New Repertory Theatre and Speakeasy Stage Company, as well as other favorites such as The Huntington Theatre Company and Wheelock Family Theatre. Sophie is the Education Director of Boston Theater Company, where she designs and runs Shakespeare programming touring to schools around MA. She teaches students of all ages at The Atrium School, The Winsor School, Wheelock Family Theater, Watertown Children's Theatre, and more. She can be seen performing on KidStage at the Boston Children's Museum, or tap dancing in her spare time.

Omar Robinson

Omar has been a member of Theatre Espresso since 2012. Recent credits include: The School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Romeo & Juliet, Pericles, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet in the title role (Actors' Shakespeare Project), Superior Donuts (Elliot Norton Award Nominee), The Death of a Salesman, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Hunchback of Seville (Trinity Repertory Company), Dog Paddle (Bridge Repertory Theater), Fire on Earth (Fresh Ink Theatre). Omar received a BA in Acting and Television/Video Production from Emerson College.

Jenna Lea Scott

Jenna Lea Scott is an actress, teaching artist, director and choreographer who got her training in musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. In 2004, she was one of four actors to receive the Walnut Street Theatre’s Dorothy Hass Acting Apprenticeship. This allowed her to tour 4 shows in repertory all over Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.  Jenna has performed for such companies as Wheelock Family Theatre, The Depot Theatre (NY), Stoneham Theatre, Derryfield Repertory Theatre (NH), Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), Foothills Theatre Company, Forestburg Playhouse (NY), Deana’s Fund, Periwinkle National Theatre  (NY), and The Reader’s Theatre Workshop (NY). Jenna enjoys teaching her love of the performing arts to students at the Turtle Lane Playhouse Summer Theatre Workshop, The New School of Music, and for PALS.  Born in South Korea, Jenna was adopted and raised in Acton, MA. When not performing and teaching, Jenna is a babysitter/nanny and loves to spend her free time with her two cockatiels Arimi and Renee. 

Lewis D. Wheeler

Lewis joined Theatre Espresso in 2008. He has worked at various theatres in the Boston area – recent productions include Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), where he has performed for the past 3 seasons, No Exit at Payomet in Truro, Brecht’s The Life of Galileo at Underground Railway/Central Square Theater, Playboy of the Western World at Wellesley Summer Theatre. Other credits include Pinter’s No Man’s Land (IRNE nominee, Best Supporting Actor) (American Repertory Theatre); Doubt (Gloucester Stage); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, The Underpants, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); Arcadia (IRNE nominee, Best Actor), Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida (Publick Theatre); Silence, Cyrano (New Rep); Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); Butley (Huntington Theatre); Julius Caesar, title roles in Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); The Mousetrap (Stoneham); The Weir (TCAN); A Perfect Ganesh (Vineyard Playhouse). Film and television credits include The Company Men (with Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones), Don McKay, Underdog, Pink Panther 2, Laddie in Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood (Showtime). Lewis performs with several interactive training programs at Boston Children’s Hospital and IPEP (Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice), helping medical professionals with communication skills in particularly difficult medical situations. Lewis also produced the documentary LEADING TO WAR (www.LeadingToWar.com), about the build-up to the Iraq War. Lewis studied theatre and film studies at Cornell University and received his MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI). 

Alan R. White

Alan is probably best known as "The Guy on the Freedom Trail Poster". He was most recently seen on stage in Macbeth with It's a Fiasco Theater, and Matchless and the Happy Prince at Central Square theater. He has performed at FringeNYC, The Tennessee Williams Festival, and multiple New England Theaters. He's performed in feature and short films seen on 3 continents and in over 10 regional commercials. Alan continues to study his craft always striving to grow and improve his art. He studies with stage and screen professionals from all over the country. Alan is grateful to be a continuing member of Theatre Espresso and still believes the company's mission of using applied theatre to engage young minds is one of the most worthwhile things he has ever done.

 

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