Residency: April 24, 2015
Workshop 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Friday, April 24
Ingrid Sonnichsen has been an actress for over forty years, working on Broadway (Best Friend), Off-Broadway (Dylan, Measure for Measure) and in numerous regional theaters nationwide (the Guthrie, the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf, the Huntington, ART, the Charles, Ford’s Theater, etc.) She has appeared in national commercials, taught acting in Japan, directed in South Africa (WE and Them), and has been teaching acting at Carnegie Mellon for the last nineteen years. She taught previously at Northeastern University in Boston, Harvard, and Colby-Sawyer in New London, NH. Recently retired, Ms. Sonnichsen taught an adjunct acting class this fall at Point Park.
In 1995, while teaching acting at Harvard she was awarded a Certificate for Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University. In 2012, Ms. Sonnichsen received the College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Teaching from Carnegie Mellon.
Ms. Sonnichsen co-authored two books: Buy This Book, It’s Deductible: A Guide to Performer’s Taxes and The Source, (a guide for theater professionals in the New England region – now in it’s 14th Edition.) She was a member of the Shear Madness companies in Boston and at the Kennedy Center for ten years. Locally she has appeared in Comedy of Errors at the Pittsburgh Public, The Credeaux Canvas at the City Theatre, Major Barbara,The Dead and Hedda Gabler for the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, and The Crucible and Le Grand Meaulnes for Quantum Theater.
In the past two seasons she directed The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs and Inky
for Off the Wall Productions in Carnegie.
Performer for Good Person of Setzuan
Andy Hudson is excited to be working on his first project with the EIU Department of Theatre. An Illinois State University alum (2012, BM: Vocal Performance), he now works as a performer, director, music director, and voice teacher at a variety of venues, including frequent work at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, IL. Recent performing credits include Floyd Collins (Floyd, Station Theatre), Bat Boy: The Musical (Bat Boy, Charleston Alley Theatre), and 42nd Street (Oscar, TLOTS). www.ajthudson.com
Sound Designer for The Mousetrap
His comprehensive experience across all aspects of the entertainment industry give him a dynamic background in all things creative. His recent work in children’s television earned him a nomination for the coveted Annie Award for Best New Series for the global TV hit, Chuggington.
McHale’s ground-breaking production for T-Mobile, helped launch the brand in 122
countries, and with an extensive marketing resume, including soundtracks for
Budweiser, VW, Amtrak, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, Burger King, Geico, Visa,
Dunkin’ Donuts & Heineken, he has received every award and recognition the industry can bestow for production, copy and music, including having his work entered into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
As an entrepreneur McHale built the beautiful Irving Place Studios and grew his two man shop McHale-Barone into a global force. He directs and manages dynamic creative teams that set standards in the use of unexpected creative solutions.
Recently, McHale worked with Streamline Media as Chief Creative Officer, developing mobile games for Coke and a series of Mondelez Brands products.
Fools and Crazy People: Notes on an adventurous life
Residency January 12 - March 13, 2015
Marnie Andrews (Actor/Director/Writer) recently acted in the film, HITS, directed by David Cross, chosen for the 2014 Sundance Festival. She guest-starred in numerous prime time movies and dramas including ER, Murder One, Wonder Years, and a recurring role in Reasonable Doubts. Her 40 years of stage credits include leading roles in such varied shows as Camelot, The Killing of Sister George, The Fox, Passion, and The Glass Menagerie. She was honored with both Dramalogue and Garland Awards in Los Angeles.
The heart of her work centers on the development of new plays. As actor, she premiered and won accolades in Los Angeles for her performance in Caffeine Society, a play she helped to develop in New York with Merely Players, the company that helped launch the careers of playwrights Jose Rivera and Jeffrey Hatcher. Her writing received the Berrilla Kerr Playwrighting Award. Her next role is Emily in a world premiere of “The Realization of Emily Linder,” which will run in April and May of 2015, at New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch, NJ.
A director of 30 years, her credits are wide-ranging; her production of a modern translation of Trojan Womenwas chosen by the Getty Museum for an international conference of theatre professionals and renowned classical theatre scholars, her directing of Fifth of July won ensemble acting and technical awards through ACTF for her students at U/Albany, and her work as dramaturge on View from the Hudson helped garner a Geraldine Dodge Foundation grant. Included in other teaching stints are NYU, Oklahoma State University, and USC Graduate Film School as well as private coaching.
A poet and writer, she often collaborates with photographer Jeff Jacobson, publishing articles both here and abroad, including What Time Is It? a multimedia piece featured in New York and Guatemalan Festivals. Unions. AEA, SAG, AFTRA.
Residency Sept. 10-14, 2014
Andi Lyons (Guest Artist - Lighting Designer) is the Resident Lighting Designer and Professor of Theatrical Design and Technology at the University at Albany (State University of New York). She is the former Chair of the Department of Theatre, and continues to serve as Director of the Theatre Program in the newly formed Department of Music and Theatre at UAlbany. Professor Lyons teaches courses in design, technology, drafting, and stage management. Beyond designing more than one hundred major productions at her home campus, Andi has been involved in freelance activities with many professional companies over the years. Andi is a long-term, active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the association for design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts. She just completed a term on USITT’s Board of Directors and continues to chair the Caucus on Human Issues. She is also presently working with a group of lighting professionals to develop the Essential Skills for the Entertainment Technician (eSET) in lighting, which will result in a certification for entry-level employees through USITT.
Andi has received both the Chancellor’s Award and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University at Albany. At UAlbany, Professor Lyons just completed a three-year term as Vice-Chair/Chair/Immediate Past Chair of the University Senate, and she has also received both the SUNY Chancellor’s Award and the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service. Andi earned her MFA at Yale University School of Drama.
Residency August 18-21, 2014
Greg Poljacik, (Guest Artist - Fight Choreographer) in addition to being the inventor of the secret recipe for Gravity & Momentum’s stage blood products, Greg Poljacik has been working as a teacher and choreographer for over a decade. He has been instrumental in the training of thousands of theater students and professionals worldwide and has provided award winning choreography for over two dozen theater companies in Chicago. Currently Greg teaches stage combat at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and is a Research Assistant at the University of Chicago in the field of Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience. Greg also has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University Chicago and has taught at Regional workshops across the country, including co-coordinating the Winder Wonderland Workshop, the largest stage combat conference in the US. Greg is a teacher with the United Stuntmen’s Association, a member of SAG/AFTRA, the Society of American Fight Directors, AGMA, LBP stunts Chicago and Asylum Stunts. All of his work in the art of stage combat follows the principles of “Safety, Story, Substance.” www.gravityandmomentum.org