Company One

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Shawn LaCount
Artistic Director

Sarah Shampnois
Managing Director

Mark Abby VanDerzee
Educational Director

Summer L. Williams
Director of Public Relations

Ilana M. Brownstein
Dir. of New Work

Natalie VanLandingham
Dir. of Marketing & Community Engagement

Sarah Cohan
HR Manager

Karthik Subramanian
Production Manager

Erin Basile
Asst. Production Manager

Mia Buchsbaum
Asst. Production Manager

Jessie Baxter
Dramaturg

Ramona Ostrowski
Dramaturg

John King
C1 Street Team Program Director

Mitch Gaynor
C1 Street Team Project Manager

Elizabeth Chase
Development Asst. & Office Manager

Stephanie Recio
Education Associate

Josh Glenn Kayden
Asst. to the Artistic Director

Ciera Sade
Asst. to the Dir. of New Work

Angel Elizabeth Rosa Bank
Stage One Teaching Artist

Kadahj Bennett
Stage One Teaching Artist

Obehi Janice
Stage One Teaching Artist

James Milord
Stage One Teaching Artist

Lydia Fuqua
C1 Street Team Member

Elyas Harris
C1 Street Team Member

Jasmine Oliveira
C1 Street Team Member

George Luke
Webmaster

 

Artistic Director: Shawn LaCount

SHAWN LACOUNT (Artistic Director): Shawn is a co-founder of Company One, a resident theatre company at the Boston Center for the Arts. Recent directorial credits include the Boston premieres of Annie Baker's THE FLICK (Elliot Norton nominee for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production); Kirsten Greenidge's SPLENDOR (IRNE Award nominee for Best New Play); Rajiv Joseph's BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO; Kris Diaz's THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production); Annie Baker's THE ALIENS (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production), the world premiere of GRIMM (IRNE Award nominee for Best New Play), the Boston premiere of THE OVERWHELMING by JT Rogers (Elliot Norton Award nominee for Outstanding Drama, Fringe); the Boston premiere of Haruki Murakami’s AFTER THE QUAKE (Elliot Norton Award nominee for Outstanding Drama, Fringe); Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS (IRNE nomination for Best Director and Best Musical); the Boston premiere of Noah Haidle’s MR. MARMALADE (Elliot Norton Award nominee for Outstanding Director/Outstanding Drama); the Boston premiere of AFTER ASHLEY by Gina Gionfriddo; and Anthony Burgess’ A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (featuring The Dresden Dolls). Shawn also directed Adam Rapp's PARAFFIN and NURSING at Emerson Stage. Shawn holds an MA Ed in theatre Education from Clark University and an MFA in Directing from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught at the Boston Arts Academy, Huntington Theatre Company, Tufts University, Stage One and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Managing Director: Sarah Shampnois

Sarah is a founding member of Company One. She holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Nonprofit Management from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University and a BA from Clark University. Sarah has worked for several non-profit agencies including AmeriCorps, New Jersey Community Water Watch, MassPIRG and the President's Council on Sustainable Development under President Clinton. She also served as the Educational Team Leader for NJWW and has taught environmental education and the arts in the Camden, NJ and Worcester, MA school systems. She has received training and has extensive experience in Community Organizing, Private and Corporate Fund Raising, Internship Supervision, and Media Relations.

Educational Director: Mark Abby VanDerzee

Mark, a co-founder of Company One, attended Clark University where he received his B.A. in Theatre Performance and dual certification in Elementary Education and K-12 Performing Arts, and received his MA Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Stage One, Company One's dramatic education program, is under Mark's helm, and over the past fourteen years, he has developed the curriculum for several different branches of the program: a Stage One summer camp, a series of intensive after-school theatre courses, an educational tour of ARTiculation, and short-term artist residencies. Currently, Company One runs four educational programs: Stage One: In School (a year-long artistic residency in five Boston Public High Schools), Stage One: Production Apprenticeships (a workforce development program providing teens with skills to bring to their chosen profession), Stage One: Professional Development for Actors (a series of 8 week classes designed to challenge and support developing artists), and Stage One: Curricular Connections (a free online curriculum guide presented with every show in Company One's season). Under Mark's guidance, Company One's Stage One program has now begun to educate people from the ages of 4 to 40 (and beyond) with quality artistic programming. Mark began his public school teaching career in the Worcester Public Schools, and currently teaches Technical Theater, Design for the Stage, Drama 1, and Advanced Improvisation at Brookline High School. Proudly, Mark is also an educator with Stage One.

Director of Public Relations: Summer L. Williams

Ms. Williams has been with Company One since its inception in 1998. An active member of the Board of Directors, Summer is a producer, director and educator for Company One. Her most recent professional directing credits include the controversial NEIGHBORS and the world premiere of GRIMM. In 2009, Ms. Williams won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director. Other regional credits include THE GOOD NEGRO, VOYEURS DE VENUS (Elliot Norton Award nominated), THE BLUEST EYE (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award nominated), THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, SPELL #7 (IRNE nominated), JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Best Fringe Production) TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 (IRNE nominated). Ms. Williams has also directed for the BU Playwrights Theatre, Brandeis University, Clark University, The Theater Offensive and Huntington Theatre Company. She is also a teacher of drama and director at Brookline High School and holds a B.A. in Theatre and well as a MA. Ed. in Urban Education. Ms. Williams serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both Stage Source and The Coolidge Corner Theatre.


Director of New Play Development: Ilana M. Brownstein

Ilana M. Brownstein is a dramaturg and director who teaches on the faculty of Boston University's School of Theatre. She is the former Literary Manager and dramaturg at the Huntington Theatre Company under Nicholas Martin. While there, she created and ran the Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPF) program and the Breaking Ground Festival, for which she won the 2008 Elliot Hayes Award, granted each year by Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas for excellence in dramaturgy. Her dramaturgy credits include the Broadway and Huntington productions of "Mauritius" by Theresa Rebeck; the development and premiere of HPF plays including Melinda Lopez's "Sonia Flew," and Ronan Noone's "The Atheist"; season productions at the Huntington 2003-2008; as well as productions at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Company One, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Yale Rep, and Yale Cabaret, among others. Playwrights with whom she has developed commissioned scripts include Mat Smart, Daniel Goldstein and Michael Friedman, Lydia Diamond, John Shea, and Naomi Iizuka. Ms. Brownstein has adjudicated dramaturgy and playwriting residencies and awards for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, and the New Play Institute at Arena Stage. Her articles have been published in "TheatreForum," "Theatre," "Slavic and East European Performance," and Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Prologue" and "Illuminations," among others. She is a former regional and executive vice president of LMDA, and serves as Arts Advisor to Jake Zimmerman, Missouri State Representative of the 83rd District. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and a B.A. in Directing from The College of Wooster.

Director of Marketing & Community Engagement:
Natalie VanLandingham

Natalie VanLandingham is an arts advocate, dancer, artist, writer, and dreamer whose bohemian ideals have led her in a world-wide pursuit of collaborating with like-minded souls. After studying arts administrations, dance, and marketing at Florida State University, Natalie has been moving all around working in the creative arts field in Tallahassee, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Maui, and Los Angeles. As a dancer, Natalie trained with Boston Ballet, Nutmeg Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and ballet legend, Suzanne Farrell. She has performed professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet, Tallahassee Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. She also served as the Scholarship Program Director at South Georgia Ballet, providing free dance classes for over 70 area children. She is the current Director of Boston Urban Ballet, a Boston-based youth company and outreach program. In addition to dancing, Natalie is very active in the visual art world and has served as an event coordinator at the MOMA in New York City and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. Her own artwork and illustrations have been featured in New York Magazine, The New Yorker and Vice. Natalie is simply thrilled to join the staff of Company One.

Production Manager: Karthik Subramanian

Karthik joined Company One in the Spring of 2009 as an Assistant Stage Manager for THE EMANCIPATION OF MANDY AND MIZ ELLIE. Past credits have included THE ALIENS, NEIGHBORS, THE BOOK OF GRACE, 1001 (Asst. Production Manager), GRIMM (Production Assistant) & THE EMANCIPATION OF MANDY AND MIZ ELLIE (Asst. Stage Manager). Over the course of two seasons, he has moved on from being an Asst. Stage Manager to a Production Manager for Second Stage. Karthik also works as a lighting designer at the Dept. of Student Affairs at Northeastern University.

HR Manager: Sarah Cohan

Sarah holds a B.A. in Technical Theatre (Stage Management) from The University of Vermont. She joined Company One as a stage manager in 2004 for A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and continued her work with the company on 103 WITHIN THE VEIL, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, and AFTER ASHLEY. She joined the full-time staff as Production Manager from 2007-2011, Production Supervisor from 2011-2014, and now serves as the company HR Manager. Sarah began stage managing in 1996, and has additional experience in direction, performance, lighting design, and sound design. She currently works as the Vision Sciences Laboratory Manager in the Psychology Department at Harvard University.

Assistant Production Manager: Erin Basile

Erin is a stage manager with a background in lighting, sound and performance who first joined Company One as stage manager for THE BROTHER / SISTER PLAYS in 2011. She continued to work with Company One, and was also the stage manager for LOVE PERSON, and SPLENDOR. Before returning to Boston in 2009, she worked around Chicago, and could most often be found at Strawdog Theatre Company where she was an ensemble member. Chicago favorites include: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, MARATHON 33 and TOOTH OF CRIME (2nd Dance) (Strawdog), REN FAIRE! A FISTFUL OF DUCATS (The Factory Theatre), and VALENTINE VICTORIOUS (The House Theatre). She attended Smith College in Northampton, MA where she first discovered the world of theatrical design. Erin is happy to be joining the Company One staff as the Assistant Production Manager.

Assistant Production Manager: Mia Buchsbaum

Mia is a recent Emerson College graduate with a degree in Theatre Studies and a minor in Business. Along with Company One she works with Boston Children's Theatre as an Associate Production Manager. She joined Company One as a Carpentry Fellow on The Flick. Originally from central Maine Mia considers Boston her second home and is excited to be joining the Company One team.

Dramaturg: Jessie Baxter

Jessie Baxter is a Boston-based dramaturg specializing in new work and nerdery of all kinds. She is the Literary Director and Co-Founder of Fresh Ink Theatre, a development and producing organization for New England-based playwrights. Jessie has previously worked at The Playwright's Center as a Core Apprentice Dramaturg, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center as a Literary Fellow, and The Denver Center Theatre Company as a Literary Intern. She has done developmental work with playwrights including Walt McGough, Dominique Morisseau, Christina Ham, Jess Foster, and Nina Louise Morrison. Her production dramaturgy credits include THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz at Company One, as well as Fresh Ink's GIRLS' SPORTS by Emily Kaye Lazzaro, FIRE ON EARTH by Patrick Gabridge, TROG AND CLAY by Michael Vukadinovich, and PRISCILLA DREAMS THE ANSWER by Walt McGough. Originally from Colorado, Jessie moved east to attend Emerson College, where she earned a BA in Theatre Studies and received the 2010 National Dramaturgy Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work on INCORRUPTIBLE by Michael Hollinger. She is a proud member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America and freelances in the Boston area as a dramaturg, director, and occasional sound designer.

Dramaturg: Ramona Ostrowski

Ramona is a dramaturg who is thrilled to have joined Company One. Previously, Ramona was the Literary Associate at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, where she worked on projects by Sam Hunter and Dan LeFranc, among others, and served as the Festival Dramaturg for the Young Playwrights Festival. She was an Artistic Intern at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA, where she wrote program notes and educational materials for various shows. Ramona is a graduate of Boston University.

C1 Street Team Program Director: John King

John J. King is part Texan and part Tyrannosaur. He lives in Boston where he makes plays|art|music, and scares little children who thought dinosaurs were dead. He has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Boondocks and an accent from his mama. Goals include recording a great dance tune, making impossible things from cardboard, and singing in a girl group. His personal mission is a devotion to creating and spreading delight. www.J-RexPlays.com

C1 Street Team Project Manager: Mitch Gaynor

A recent graduate of Salem State University, Mitch is a jack-of-all-trades communications professional with essentially zero theatre background. He has previously worked throughout greater BostonŐs restaurant scene and currently moonlights as a poet, a user experience web designer and music blogger. Despite lacking stage experience, his hospitality industry-honed people skills coupled with his studies in sociology and interpersonal communications make him a welcome addition to C1's new street team project which is specifically catered towards getting non-traditional theatergoers like himself out to see shows. It is rumored that he also dons a cape and fights crime on Non-football season Sundays.

Development Assistant/Office Manager: Elizabeth Chase

Elizabeth is a Michigan native who has been involved with theatre since she was young. With a degree in Communications and a passion for fundraising, she joined the administrative staff mid-way through Season 14 as the Development Associate/Office Manager. She is thrilled to be working in the nonprofit world with such an inspiring, collaborative, and innovative company. Elizabeth also hopes to eventually go back to school for training in Nonprofit Management and to one day find a use for her tap-dancing skills here at Company One.

Education Associate: Stephanie Recio

Stephanie, a Miami, Fl native and Boston newbie, is thrilled to join the Company One staff as an Education Associate and Teaching Assistant. She recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.F.A in Acting. She made her directorial debut this past April at Theatre UCF with T-Bone N Weasel by Jon Klein and This is How it Goes by Neil Labute. She taught Theatre at Lockhart Middle School where she also directed a production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR. Favorite Acting credits include Bachelorette (Gena) at the Orlando International Fringe Festival and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Mme de Tourvel) at Theatre UCF.

Assistant to the Artistic Director: Josh Glenn-Kayden

Josh is a Somerville, MA native and recent Tufts graduate thrilled to join Company One. At Tufts, he directed Tony Kushner's Terminating, East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis, and Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy as part of his senior thesis. Other Tufts directing credits include Pippin and Tennessee Williams' The Chalky White Substance. Josh has spent the past year as the Literary/Dramaturgy Intern at the A.R.T. where he assistant directed their production of Hansel and Gretel, line produced readings of Unnatural Acts and Sextet, and will be assisting on their upcoming production of Pirates of Penzance.

Asst. to the Director of New Work: Ciera Sade

Ciera Sade is an actor, singer, dancer, and playwright/poet originally from Tuscaloosa, AL and is excited about joining Company One this season. She graduated from Boston University in 2013 with her BFA in Acting and concentration in journalism. Some of her BU projects include The Skin of Our Teeth (Gladys), The Most Massive Woman Wins (Rennie), and The Shakespeare Project (Juliet). In addition to studying at BU, she spent a semester abroad studying classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) in 2012. Her credits at LAMDA include Julius Caesar (Cassius, Lucilius) and Richard III (Queen Elizabeth).

C1 Street Team Member: Lydia Fuqua

Lydia, a native Kansan, recently migrated to Boston to pursue a master's degree in Theatre Education at Emerson College. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Fort Hays State University. Since relocating to Boston, Lydia has worked with The Theater Offensive's True Colors Out Youth Theater Troupe and Boston Children's Theatre in social media and marketing. She is passionate about utilizing theater as a tool for social change and is ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Company One.

C1 Street Team Member: Elyas Harris

Elyas (Ely) Harris is a native of Boston, and excited to be apart of the Company One Team as a Street Team Member. Ely recently graduated from Bucknell University where he studied child/adolescent development (Education), political science, and dance. Ely also completed the theatre major program at the Boston Arts Academy. Ely directed two youth written scripts with the Asian American Civic Association of Boston. At Bucknell University, Ely directed a staff and student written show entitled the THIS IS ME Project, intended to encourage recognizing diversity on campus. Ely also acted in many student and faculty directed projects. Ely has many theatre and dance credits, and actively searches for more opportunities to share performing arts with audiences, especially youth. Ely currently works as a Special Education teacher with the Boston Public Schools. Ely has an obsession with avant-garde artist of the early 70's, and hats. Ely knows his future must incorporate theatre, sharing, and creating resources for urban youth, just not sure exactly how yet.

C1 Street Team Member: Jasmine Oliveira

Jasmine is a lively computer nerd who is active in her aspiration for positive social change and is why she was magnetized to Company One's mission. Along with Company One, she is an active mentor and member of Strong Women Strong Girls that promotes female social empowerment in the young girls of Boston. She is also a dancer, choreographer and programmer with a love of adventure and learning. As of now she is also seeking a Computer Science degree at UMass Boston.