john BergmanBergman is the founder and director of Stonewall Arts Project, Inc., and Geese Theatre Company USA, as well as a founder/teacher of Geese Company UK, and Transcena (Romania). He is an internationally renowned theatre director and trainer with 25 years of experience in creating theatre in and with the criminal justice system, supporting staff in humane interactions with prisoners, setting up and delivering therapeutic and theatre based programming, creating original criminal justice staffed educational theatre productions, and consulting to the criminal justice systems on treatment delivery, staff training, and ethical behavior. Bergman and his companies have created over 30 theatre performances within and touring to prisons around the world. He has worked in 45 states in the U.S., as well as internationally in Brazil, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia. Currently, Bergman splits his work between staff development, drama therapy based ethics training for commissioners and administrators, training officers to work therapeutically with violent offenders, creating original theatre works with offenders and community members, and working as a drama therapist with violent and sexual offenders.
Borreca is associate professor of dramatic literature and dramaturgy and head of the playwriting and dramaturgy programs at the University of Iowa. He has worked as a dramaturg with a number of leading theatre artists, including Athol Fugard, Wole Soyinka, Theodora Skipitares, David Gothard, and Naomi Wallace in such venues as the Yale Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, LaMama ETC, Oxford Stage Company in the U.K., and T.P.T (Theatre Project Tokyo) in Japan. His research interests include contemporary British and American theatre, new play dramaturgy, and political dramaturgy. His articles and reviews have appeared in TDR (The Drama Review), Modern Drama, and Theatre Journal; as well as in several books, including Dramaturgy in American Theatre, What is Dramaturgy? and Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America. Borreca is a contributor to the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Drama and is at work on a comprehensive study of the British history play since World War II.
In 2010, Gogerty’s play Bad Panda was officially banned in China. Other career highlights include Feet First in the Water with a Baby in My Teeth, which debuted in a variety of theatres across the country in 2011. Her album of comic songs, Big Damn Heroes, is a tribute album to the defunct TV show Firefly and is available on CDBaby.com, iTunes, and wherever online music is sold. She also has an album about Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Her musical Love Jerry, a fact-based drama about the long-term effects of child sexual abuse, continues to be produced around the country despite the odds of a sex abuse musical getting produced anywhere. It was last seen in Philadelphia in June 2010. Her solo show, Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant, was listed in the Top Ten Best Shows of 2009 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Henke has worked as a professional actor, director, and educator after receiving her M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington. She was an associate artist and resident acting company member for four seasons at the Sacramento Theatre Company, where she was also the director of STC-2, a 10-month young professionals training conservatory. With STC-2, she developed and directed The Tale, a rock musical about Greek mythology that toured Greece and headlined the Miaoulia Festival. In Los Angeles, she taught at the University of Southern California, the Center Theatre Group, and at A Noise Within Theatre, assistant directed The Heretic Mysteries with LA Theater Ensemble, and expanded her on-camera resume, including a web series for HBO’s True Blood. She is an assistant professor of acting and directing at Miami University in Oxford, OH. A longtime member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Henke is also an SAFD certified actor/combatant and yoga teacher. She is currently training to be certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework TM.
Director (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Moss is core faculty as the resident professional artist for the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University where he is lead faculty for the New Play Directing Certificate program. Bob began his teaching career in 1983 at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, an affiliate program of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 1990 he took over as director of the school and continued teaching there until he left in 1997 for Syracuse University’s Drama Department. He has also taught directing at Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland. Bob has been an artistic director for 37 years, and continues to direct regionally. He directed the reading of Taylor Gruenloh’s An Initial Condition in last year’s Festival and as full productions at Mill Mountain Theatre and the Robert Moss Theatre in New York as part of the 2015 Winter Festival of New Works. Bob has served on the theatre panels of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and is currently on the board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Planned Guests for Summer 2016
Because of the rotating nature of the program, faculty and guests are listed subject to availability. Please check this page frequently for updated information.
David Blakely, director, Actor, Designer, Musician, playwright
Blakely’s plays have been produced all over the U.S., and include: Tales of Shoogilly, 2003 Getchell Award winner; Laying Felt, Mockingbird Theatre’s 2003 New Southern Theatre Festival Winner; Frankenstein, David Mark Cohen Finalist, 2008; Lime Green Jackals, finalist, Seven Devils Playwriting Conference and HotCity Theatre’s New Play Festival, 2010. His children’s musical, based on John R. Erickson’s book, Hank the Cow Dog and Monkey Business, debuted during SummerStage June 2012. He recently received the Kennedy Center Medallion for his “extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre.” Blakely received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He is the theatre program director and an associate professor at Rogers State University, in Oklahoma, and a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc. In spite of playing the accordion for over 40 years, he can still tell a joke.
mark charney, playwright, dramaturg, theatre scholar
Charney joined Texas Tech University in the summer of 2012 as the new chair of the department of theatre and dance after having served as director of theatre for the department of performing arts at Clemson University, where he was named professor emeritus. He also serves as national coordinator of the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy and Dramaturgy Initiative through the Kennedy Center, and works each summer with Dan Sullivan and the National Critics Institute in Waterford, Connecticut at the O’Neill as their associate director (poised to take over in 2015). Charney won the Outstanding Theatre Educator Award from SCTA in 2005, is a 10-time recipient of the Clemson University Board of Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence, and a recipient of the gold and bronze medallions from the Kennedy Center. He served two terms as Secretary of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, where he now serves on the Executive Task Force. He is the focus group coordinator for the Playwrights and Creative Team group at ATHE.
preston lane, director, playwright
Lane is the founding artistic director of Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC. He is in his 15th season at Triad Stage where he has directed more than 50 productions. He was a 2014 finalist for the SDC Zelda Fichandler Award and a recipient of an NC Arts Council Playwright Fellowship and the Betty Cone Medal of the Arts. Other productions include the U.S. premiere of Inexpressible Island and The Night of the Iguana. As a playwright, Lane’s plays and adaptations have been produced at Triad Stage and other theatres and universities. His work with musician Laurelyn Dossett includes Brother Wolf, Beautiful Star, Bloody Blackbeard, Providence Gap, and Snow Queen. He has taught at UNCG, NC A&T, UNCSA, Greensboro College, SMU, and the Professional Actors Workshop at the Dallas Theater Center. He is an alumnus of the Drama League of New York’s Director’s Project. A native of Boone, NC, he received his B.F.A. from UNCSA and his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
Vic Mignogna, Actor, Producer, Web Series Director
Mignogna has been acting for stage and screen since he was eight years old. He has been in more than 300 animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Zero in Vampire Knight, Broly in Dragonball Z, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, and Hikaru in Macross. He also played roles in G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie, and is currently playing characters in many others. Mignogna has also been a professional music composer/singer/producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio, and CD. He has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series, including the award-winning web series “Star Trek Continues,” for which he is executive producer, directing, and playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk.
Roland Tec, Producer, Director
Tec is the director of membership for the Dramatists Guild of America where he has spearheaded several educational initiatives, including Self-Production Boot Camp which originated in New York and has since been offered in other cities throughout the country. Notable film credits include two features which he wrote, directed, and produced and which were released theatrically and on DVD both in the U.S. and abroad, All the Rage and We Pedal Uphill. In the theatre, Tec’s experience includes having served as artistic director of Boston’s groundbreaking New Opera Theatre Ensemble for 12 years. He is a member of the Producers Council of the Producers Guild of America and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. His play Bodily Function was an O’Neill Finalist and won the Yukon Gold Prize for Excellence in Playwriting at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska. He was one of three New York writers commissioned by Resonance Ensemble to write a new play inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1. The result is his current project, Kennedy V, the focus of which is the struggles and missteps of a junior senator from Massachusetts named Teddy Kennedy.