In a theater, or a place where theatre can happen, there exists Will. At the least, Will is born out of mere words on a page, a creation of the playwright; But you could say Will is anyone, anywhere, anytime. Battling their own existence from creation to dust, Will questions reality, explores human connection, and admits deafening loneliness and crippling insecurity in the common pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. With Will, we witness what it means to be utterly and horribly human. don’t feed the bear is a raw opportunity to follow one character’s journey to find connection: connection with life, art, and ultimately the people in front of them.
Cam is thrilled to be bringing don’t feed the bear to life with Brown Box. Previous Brown Box credits include: Cymbeline, Hamlet, and The Hotel Nepenthe. Other credits: Crimes of The Heart and Dancing Lessons (2nd Story Theater), James Franco and Me (Epic Theater Company), Once Upon A Mattress (FPAC), and Angels in America. Cam also regularly performs with C.O.A.A.S.T and their touring production of Four Legs to Stand On. He would like to thank Ashley and his family for their constant love and never ending support and the Brown Box team for having faith in this show. Thank you!
Alex Lonati (Director)
Alex Lonati is delighted to return to Brown Box, after directing The Hotel Nepenthe (also featuring Cam Torres!) at Brown Box last spring and serving as their Producer for three and a half years. Other directing credits include Hot Dog Christmas and The Pop-Up Prohibition Party, bothat SpeakEasy Stage Company. Alex is currently on staff as the Development Operations and Special Events Manager at SpeakEasy*, is on the board of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, and is pursuing a Masters in Arts Administration at Boston University. She was named the Theatre Community Member of the Year by ArtsImpulse in May 2016.
Kyler Taustin is the co-founder of Brown Box Theatre Project and has served as the Executive Artistic Director since its founding. Originally hailing from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Kyler has first hand knowledge of challenges faced by those living in areas where cultural opportunities are limited and distance is a barrier to access of the arts. Kyler received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and soon thereafter founded Brown Box Theatre Project to return home to invigorate a culturally vibrant community in his hometown. For Brown Box, Kyler directed all 6 installments of Outdoor Free Shakespeare (Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Romeo and Juliet, and TwelfthNight). Contemporary productions Kyler directed include BrilliantTraces, LabRats, Echoes, TwoWrongs, The Nina Variations, Some Explicit Polaroids, and Two Rooms. As part of the Boxer Shorts series, Kyler directed Capricho, Play, and Talk to Me Like the Rain. Kyler was the co-director for both devised bi-lingual collaborations with Brown Box’s Mexican sister company Ícaro Compañia Teatral (When We Lived Together in the Belly of the Whale; No Soy Lo Que Soy). Kyler is honored to lead Brown Box as it strives to serve communities up and down the east coast as it has his home region.
Ashley Cabral – PRODUCER
Ashley holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. She currently works as a Behavior Therapist for children on the Autism Spectrum and loves every second. Ashley was involved in a variety of productions during high school and college. After a long hiatus from the theatre world, Ashley is thrilled to be a part of the Brown Box administrative team.
Geena Forristall – PRODUCER
Geena M. Forristall is a Boston area artist working in theatre, dance, and TV/film. She’s previously worked for companies such as Lyric Stage, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Off The Grid, Company One, Punchdrunk NYC/Emursive, and the international tour of Kultar’s Mime. Geena has a personal commitment to accessibility, inclusivity, and diversity in the arts, and works toward a goal of universal arts access. She’s a proud alumna of Hofstra University, where she holds a BFA in Theatre Arts Production.
Kayla Norton – STAGE MANAGER
Kayla Norton is a senior pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in technical theatre at Salem State University. She is excited to be joining Brown Box for the third time, previous credits include Broadway Jukebox and Mox Nox (workshop). Other recent management credits include Poison of Choice (SSU), Macbeth (SSU), House of Macbeth (SSU), Almost, Maine (SSU Student Theatre Ensemble).
Connor O'Brien – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Connor is thrilled to be working with Brown Box Theatre Project for the fifth time, having previously worked on their productions of Broadway Jukebox, The Hotel Nepenthe,Hamlet, and As You Like it. He recently graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Theatre Studies, with a production concentration. Select credits from Northeastern include: After Miss Julie (LD), After the End (LD). Recently, he was the Assistant Lighting Designer on Shakespeare in Love at SpeakEasy Stage Company. He can mostly be found working as a freelance technician at many theaters around Boston.
Matthew Williams – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Matthew Williams (Technical Director): Matthew is a graduate of Emerson College where he studied Theatrical Design and Technology concentrating in Technical Direction. He is currently employed as the Assistant Technical Director at Boston Conservatory at Berkeley. His most recent credits include The Ouroboros Trilogy with Beth Morison Productions (Rail Chief and Deck Crew), The Birds and The Bees with Sleeping Weasel (Technical Director), and Il Campanello and L’Amico Fritz with Boston Midsummer Opera (Technical Director).
Joey Guthman – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Joey Guthman (Lighting Designer): Joey is elated to return to Brown Box Theatre Project for a sixth time with Hamlet. Previous Lighting Designs at BBTP include: Cymbeline, Tamingof the Shrew, Songs For A New World, Blue Window and Macbeth. Elsewhere, Joey has designed up and down both coasts: credits including BloodSugar (Highways); What Happened to Where I’ve Been (Attic Theatre Collective); Sisters Three (Inkwell Theatre); Ajax in Iraq (Not Man Apart Theatre), Stray (Bootleg Theatre), InfidelityinPieces (Greenway Court Theatre), Neva (Shock Pulse Theatre), The Wong Street Journal (REDCAT, Miami Light Project, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts), Tell Me I’m Pretty (Greenway Court Theatre, REDCAT, Bootleg Theatre), DeathPlay (Circle X Theatre), and SwarmCell (Greenway Court Theatre). He is a teaching artist at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA. He has had the pleasure of working alongside esteemed designers at Center Theatre Group, Geffen Playhouse, Wooly Mammoth, Long Wharf Theatre, South Coast Rep, Music Academy of the West, ArtsEmerson, UCSD, USC, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, and Matrix Theatre. Huge thank you to the hardest working Artistic Director and Stage Manager in the world: Kyler and Erica. Emerson College, BFA. JoeyGuthmanDesign.com
Chelsea Kerl – COSTUME DESIGNER
Chelsea Kerl (Costume Design) is pleased to be back with Brown Box for her seventh show, having previously designed Cymbeline, Brilliant Traces, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. Chelsea has been a freelance costume designer in the Boston area since receiving her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University in 2014; she previously attended the University of Maryland, where she received degrees in both Theatre and English. Select recent credits include Grand Concourse (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Wellesley Repertory Theatre), Intimate Exchanges (Nora Theatre Company), Warrior Class (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Luna Gale (Stoneham Theatre), Big Love (Brandeis University), and Assassins (New Repertory Theatre). Chelsea is also the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and adjunct costume professor at Wellesley College. More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com.
Megan Kineen – PROPERTIES DESIGNER
Megan F. Kinneen (Properties Designer) Megan is excited to be back with Brown Box Theatre, previous credits include From Water to Dust and Blue Window (set design). Other Boston area design credits in Boston include Measure for Measure (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), Meet Me in St. Louis and Christmas on the Air (Stoneham Theatre), Silent Rage (A.R.T. Institute), The Love of the Nightingale (Hub Theatre), Translations (Bad Habit Productions), Stupid F***ing Bird and Caucasian Chalk Circle (Apollinaire Theatre), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Theatre Productions). In addition to her work in theatre as a set designer and scenic artist, Megan is currently a Master’s of Architecture candidate at the Boston Architectural College. Her portfolio can be found online at mfkdesign.com.