Thanks to our past staff & volunteers alike who have donated their time & talents to the Playhouse on Park blog!
Amanda is delighted to join the Playhouse on Park family as blog curator and contributor. A director, actor, and teaching artist, she has traveled the country as a touring actor with Hampstead Stage Company, performing everywhere from rural Montana to New York City. Shortly after touring with Hampstead, Amanda became the company’s Associate Artistic Director and a resident company member, directing several of Hampstead’s summer mainstage and nationally touring productions. Currently, she is a guest artist and director with the University of Hartford’s drama program and the manager of the Windsor Art Center, a visual and performing arts space located in downtown Windsor. She is a proud member of DirectorsLabChicago and an alumna of the O’Neill National Theater Institute. Amanda is eager to share behind-scenes-insights with the readers and is looking forward to this process!
Taryn Balchunas is a local independent writer. A West Hartford native, Taryn graduated in May 2013 from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing where she studied all genres of creative writing. A year out of college, her senior creative thesis, a collection of short stories, was published as an eBook by Thought Catalog Books. In addition to being a blog contributor, Taryn has volunteered her time at the Playhouse as a grant backstory writer, teaching assistant for the Creative Kids acting classes, as well as an occasional painter.
Literary Intern ’09/Contributor
Naomi is currently studying in Israel at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English Literature, and has been reading, writing, and journaling for as long as she can remember. As Playhouse on Park’s Literary Intern in the summer of 2009, she founded the Playhouse blog, inaugurating it with weekly posts about actors, productions, and summer events. Since then, she has started her own blog, In Judith’s Room, and her love of art in all forms continues to be the driving force in her life.
Renee is a junior public relations major and theatre arts minor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She grew up in West Hartford, attending Wolcott Elementary School and Conard High School. She plans to graduate from Howard and then move to New York City to embark on a career in theatrical publicity. Her ultimate goal is to bring new and innovative theatre to the world. She also plans to use her Howard University education to advocate for the theatre as a teaching tool, and formula to ensure success in the lives of young children and youth. No matter what differences we may all have, there is always a home for everyone in the theatre.
Marketing & PR Intern/Contributor
Maggie is one of Playhouse on Park’s summer interns! Maggie is from Portland, Oregon but is currently living in West Hartford. She is a rising junior at Fairfield University and is a double major in theatre and theatre administration and management. This is her second administrative internship and she is thoroughly enjoying herself! Maggie loves to perform as well and has been focusing that energy towards singing at Main Stage Mondays at A.C. Petersen’s. Stay tuned for her blogs!
Former Marketing/PR Associate
Caitlin is a Simsbury resident who has loved theatre and the performing arts for essentially her whole life. Having graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in theatre, she has ventured in every aspect of the field, from acting and playwriting to production and administration. She is currently attending graduate school for a marketing MBA.
Kat Iacobucci works in advertising for CT1 Media and enjoys writing whenever possible, especially about food and theater. She has a wiggly baby at home and enjoys living in the Greater Hartford Area with all it has to offer culturally. You can find her on Twitter @Twittikat if you’re so inclined.
Actress and Kindergarten Teacher/Contributor
Jenna Levitt has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. A kindergarten teacher by day, Jenna’s other true passion is performing in musical theatre productions throughout Connecticut. She has performed at Playhouse on Park several times over the past few years- most recently in Swinging on a Star in July 2012, under the superb direction of Darlene Zoller and Colin Britt. She also frequently performs with the Cabaret during Falcetti Fridays in Blue Back Square along with other talented members of Playhouse on Park. Jenna grew up in West Hartford and currently resides in Bristol.
Anthony J. Piccione
Theatre Major at ECSU, Playwright & Actor/Contributor
Anthony is thrilled to be combining his passion for both theatre and writing by contributing to the Playhouse on Park blog! Piccione has been involved in Connecticut theatre for several years as an actor, production assistant, assistant stage manager, assistant director and teaching artist. He has taught acting classes to students in the past at the Hartford Children’s Theatre and the New Britain Youth Theatre. As a writer, Piccione has written numerous short plays, poems, short stories and essays, many of which can be found and read on his blog. His one-act comedy entitled The Good, the Bad and the Stupid became the first play he wrote to be produced in a theatre company during the 2013 24 Hour Play Festival at Playhouse on Park. Anthony is also working on a full-length drama called We the People, which is scheduled to be presented in the form of a staged reading in November 2013. Aside from theatre and writing, Piccione’s interests include music, film, painting, history, politics, philosophy, cooking, and spending time with his friends and family. He is currently studying theatre at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut. To learn more about Anthony and his work, please visit his personal blog at www.anthonyjpiccione.blogspot.com
Kelly is a sophomore at Trinity College double majoring in English and American Studies. Having stage managed numerous plays and musicals in both high school and college, she is excited to further her involvement in the theatre community by blogging for Playhouse on Park. She looks forward to sharing a variety of posts about the ins and outs at Playhouse!
MacKenzie Leigh Friedmann
Actress-Rosie and Sally Bowles u/s in Cabaret/Guest Contributor
Playhouse on Park: Lily (The Clowns: A Rock Opera), Dancer/Ensemble (Swinging on a Star), Soloist/Dancer (Mamma D’s Outrageous Romp). The Hartt School: Strange Woman/Counselor Robinson (Big River), Ruth/Ringer (Book of Days), Choreographer/Ensemble (Working), Assistant to the Choreographer (Nine). MacKenzie is currently pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at the Hartt School and is a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
Erin Lindsey Krom
Actress-Sally Bowles in Cabaret/Guest Contributor
Selected credits include: Everyman Theatre (Private Lives), The Secret Theatre (Side Show), Tuacahn Amphitheatre (Peter Pan, South Pacific), Totem Pole Playhouse (It Could Be Any One of Us), Pittsburgh Rep Company (The Visit), Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (A Woman of No Importance), Pittsburgh Playhouse (Anything Goes), and Rhinoceros (Dog & Pony Show –Best Supporting Actress –Pittsburgh Post Gazette). www.erinlindseykrom.com