DIRECTORS

AMANDA BASCHNAGEL, SING TO ME NOW

Amanda Baschnagel is a director, an innovator, and a lifelong student of theater.  She graduated from Boise State University’s Theatre Department with a BA in dramatic writing and directing. During her time Boise State, she directed A Bright New Boise (BSU Mainstage),Consider the Oyster (TMA), and was the Assistant Director for the Language Archive, Seminar, and Hamlet. Since graduating she has worked with Amanda Ashley and Leslie Durham on their NEA funded research, directed for Homegrown Theatre with their 5th Annual Horrific Puppet Affair and Every Man Shift (for all the rest), toured in an Idaho Theatre for Youth production of Stuart Little, spent the summer at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center as the Artistic Director Intern and co-founded Campfire Theatre Festival. She is thrilled to bring this festival to life, and work with all these amazing artists.

NICHOLAS DE LOS SANTOS, LIFE

Nicholas De Los Santos is a Los Angeles-based writer/director and member of the
Dramatists Guild of America and The Playwrights’ Center. Nicholas is a recent
graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Playwriting Program and recipient of
the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Fellowship. Nicholas’ recent directing
credits include First Chair Theatre Company’s inaugural production of The Last Five
Years and Loyola Marymount University Theatre & Dance Department’s invited
productions of Time Stands Still and The Tutor (Parts I & II).

JENA SUGAY, THE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK PAGEANT PLAY

Originally a Kalamazoo-based director, Jena served as the artistic director and founding
member of the Metallic Mannequin Company, dedicated to producing new works by Kalamazoo
artists. Additionally, she spent time as the resident director of Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, a
social advocacy theatre troupe, as well as an elementary and high school teaching artist in the
Michigan area. A recent Chicago transfer, she is excited to see what the city has in store for her!
jenasugay.weebly.com

 

TRACY SUNDERLAND, NEW EDEN

Tracy Sunderland is a professional writer, director, actor and teacher working in theatre
and film. She is the Artistic Director of the physical art ensemble Migration Theory, and
an Associate Artist with Boise Contemporary Theater. She also teaches at Boise State
University. Tracy received the 2015 Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship in
Filmmaking Award and the 2015 Boise State Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award.
https://arts.idaho.gov/arts/tracy-sunderland/

DANIELLA WHEELOCK, BAD DATE

Daniella Wheelock recently finished a nine-month directing residency at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre as an Emerging Professional Resident. She has a degree in Directing from the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University, and will be moving to Chicago this winter. Recent directing credits include: The Fault of Falling (San Diego International Fringe Festival); Life, Goat, and Sonder: a Devised Piece (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Webster Conservatory). daniellawheelock.com

 

actors

PHIL ATLAKSON, LIFE

Phil Atlakson is a playwright and filmmaker who has written for Robert Redford’s Wildwood Productions, Paramount Pictures, and 20thCentury Fox Studios. His most recent film, Mommy’s Land, shot in Cambodia over a six-year period, recently premiered at Full Frame Film Festival and won the Amnesty International Award at the Sicili Ambiente Festival in Italy this past July. His stage directing credits include critically acclaimed Off-Broadway productions of Macbeth and his own plays The Ascetic of Lincoln County and Leapfrog Through Time and Space. He is the recipient of the Stanley Drama Prize, The Kennedy Center Medallion, and numerous grants and fellowships. He is a recurring participant in the Norton Island Writer’s Residency Program, a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, PEN-America, and the Playwright’s Center, and currently teaches Dramatic Writing at Boise State University.

ALEXANDER BOUNYAVONG, BAD DATE

I'm a student at Boise State University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts with a Dance option. Born and raised in Boise nearly my whole life; I love every aspect of this city. I've grown up very family and community oriented, especially being raised in a family-owned restaurant business. It's all about giving. I aspire to influence and help grow the passion of performing with the city that helped raise me.

LESLIE DURHAM, BAD DATE

Dr. Leslie Durham is Director of the School of the Arts and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State University. She is a professional dramaturg and the author of several articles and three books: Staging Gertrude Stein: Absence, Culture, and the Landscape of the American Alternative Theatre, Theatre Lives: An Introduction to Theatre (with Sally
Shedd), and Women’s Voices on American Stages in the Early Twenty-First Century: Sarah Ruhl and Her Contemporaries. Her current research project on the impact of universities on the arts ecologies of three cities in the Intermountain West is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

JAIME NEBEKER, LIFE

Jaime is a local Boise artist. As an actor, puppeteer, puppet maker, choreographer, and teaching artist, she feels fortunate to work in this budding theatre community that she loves. Jaime has a particular passion for working on new plays and has had the great opportunity to do so many times through HomeGrown Theatre’s BLiP play reading series and their Annual Horrific Puppet Affair. Other standout new plays Jaime has had the pleasure to be in are “Me and My Shadow” by Heidi Kraay, “Air Heart” by Dwayne Blackaller, “Every Man Shift (For All The Rest)” by Chad Ethan Shohet, “Maggie Lumiere and the Ghost Train” by Dwayne Blackaller and Tracy Sunderland, and “A Nightime Survival Guide” by Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark. Cheers to Campfire Theatre Festival for creating another avenue for the development of new plays!

SARAH PRIDDY, BAD DATE LIFE

Sarah Priddy is a graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in International Relations. A Boise native, Sarah has been active in the theatre scene from a young age and has continued her passion for the arts through the years. When she is not acting or reading a good book, Sarah works full time running a Job Training Program for refugee woman through the Boise-based non-profit Full Circle Exchange.

TIARA THOMPSON, SING TO ME NOW NEW EDEN

Tiara is an Idaho native who loves mountains, rivers, lakes, sunsets/rises… Basically nature of any kind. Antithetical to this, she spends most of her time inside an office as an academic advisor (though she loves education and helping people). Tiara is an aspiring writer, director, and all-around theater maker in addition to her continued acting and music-related pursuits. Favorite role thus far is Marianne in Constellations. *We have all the time we've always had*

MATT BALTZELL, LIFE

Matthew Baltzell has been a writer and actor in the Boise community for years. He is a graduate of BSU's theatre department. He has studied improv at NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade theater, written for several comedy troupes, and more recently was a finalist in Boise's Funniest Peron's stand-up comedy competition. He is honored to work with Campfire and bring the work of talented writers and artists to life.

DAKOTAH BROWN, SING TO ME NOW BAD DATE

Dakotah Brown is a theatre maker currently living in Boise. He has worked for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival as an actor/teacher for nearly a decade, and several other theater companies in town in different capacities. He has come to wear several different hats overs the years, from Playwright to Burlesque performer, to fight choreographer, to director. Make-believe is his favorite thing to do in the world, and he's thrilled and humbled to be able to make a living doing his favorite thing.

JOEL HROMA, LIFE

Joel is a local Boise actor and is in his fourth year at Boise State University. Some of the credits he has are Bobby Strong in Urinetown, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, and Antonio/Verges in Much Ado About Nothing. He works on other projects such as the podcast Fools of the Fifth Facade with Cameron Needham and worked on a short film called Coup de Grace as Ernest. He is very excited to be apart of the first Campfire Theatre Festival.

CAMERON NEEDHAM, NEW EDEN BAD DATE

Cameron is feeling downright rhapsodic to be involved in the first annual Campfire Theatre Festival! As a professional artist based out of Boise, he has been fortunate enough to perform regionally at Boise Contemporary Theater, Company of Fools, and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. If you dare to know more, check out some additional shenanigans at camerondneedham.com.

JODEEN REVERE, BAD DATE THE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK PAGEANT PLAY

Jodeen Revere is a long time actor and Boise resident. She has performed with Boise Contemporary Theater, Alley Rep and Idaho Theater for Youth.Her resume includes "How To Hide Your Monster", "Rapture, Blister, Burn," "Vanya, Sonja, Masha and Spike", "Love Person", "The Cripple of Inishman" and "Valpariso".   She has participated in readings for HomeGrown Theater and Death Rattle Writers Conference. She can be spotted in commercials, recognized in Voice Over work, and pop up when you least expect it in local independent films. She is a huge supporter of the arts in all of their forms and is super pleased to be part of this first year of Campfire Theater. She is a thai massage therapist, writer and yoga teacher in hiding. Her daughter Lily is her favorite human.

KELLY BARKER, LIFE BAD DATE

Kelly Anne Barker likes her gin neat, her room messy, and her gin neat. She is an avid theater-goer, reader of plays and manuscripts, watcher of old movies and lover of music. Kelly is currently enrolled in the Boise State University Theater Arts Program where she is Play Liaison of the Theatre Majors Association. She is also a Board of Trustees member for Boise Contemporary Theater. Stage credits include The Flick, Crimes of the Heart, U.S .Drag and Matt and Ben. She acted in a handful of local Boise film projects like …And Beyond(television), DAD (short film), and Mainspring (feature film). This summer she has taught with Idaho Shakespeare Festival and attended Pig Iron's summer session in Philadelphia where she studied presence, masks, the red nose clown, and ordered many "city wide specials." Above anything else Kelly is a wife and is not a regular mom—she’s a cool mom!

CHRIS CANFIELD, LIFE

Chris Canfield is an actor, teacher, and director from the Boise area. Specializing in Shakespeare, he is the artistic director and founder of the Boise Bard Players. Chris received his bachelors degree in theatre arts from Boise State University. Chris recently appeared as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and taught the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's high school apprenticeship program.

DAVID KEPNER, SING TO ME NOW THE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK PAGEANT PLAY

David is proud to be apart of the first annual Campfire Theatre Festival! He is currently finishing school at Boise State University for his BA in Theatre Education. His credits include Prentiss in Company of Fool’s Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as numerous credits in Boise State’s Theatre Program; most recent credits being Dennis in This is Our Youth, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Hector in Troilus and Cressida. David hopes to continue his future acting education in Los Angeles or New York to receive his MFA.

JORDAN PETERSON, LIFE

Jordan Peterson obtained his B.A. in Theatre from Whitworth University, then toured the US, Canada, Korea, and Japan with the Missoula Children's Theatre before coming home to Boise. Jordan can be seen in various shows and readings around the Boise area. Stage favorites include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Bean in Love Song, and Clown 1 in The 39 Steps. When not performing Jordan enjoys drinking coffee, watching movies with his wife, and walking their dog.

JENNIFER STOCKWELL, THE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK PAGEANT PLAY

Jennifer Page Stockwell absolutely loves Idaho, and that’s why she decided to build her career in this beautiful state. A graduate of BSU with a BA in performance, Jen has worked as an artist in both film and stage for nearly 20 years. An actor, director, instructor, and devisor, Jen works with many companies including Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Alley Rep, Homegrown Theater, Trout Jousters, Stolz Marketing, and NXNW. She recently completed two films, Hank Patterson’s Camp Hagadawgada, and The Poorest Man in the World. Favorite plays include Disenchanted, Rapture Blister Burn, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Polaroid Stories, Cabaret, and Cinderella.  Jen loves her work as an instructor for BCT’s Theater Lab, where she guides young artists to create a brand new play in a few short weeks. Jen performs improv comedy, and is a scenario actor at the Idaho State Police Academy.

VERONICA VON TOBEL, SING TO ME NOW LIFE

Veronica Von Tobel graduated with a B.A. in Theater Arts from Boise State University. She has worked as an actor around Boise for 10 years. Some of her favorite roles were: Daphne Anderson in Boise Contemporary Theater’s World Premiere of Margin of Error: Or the Unassailable Wisdom of the Mouse and the Scorpion, Dorcus in Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Winter’s Tale, Cassandra in Alley Repertory Theater’s production of Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, and most recently Beatrice in the Boise Bard Player’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Veronica has also appeared in six of Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s educational touring productions, as well as several Boise Contemporary Theater Children’s Readings. Along with acting, Veronica has taught theater to kids all across the state and is currently the education manager at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

AMANDA BASCHNAGEL, THE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK PAGEANT PLAY

Amanda Baschnagel is a director, an innovator, and a lifelong student of theater.  She graduated from Boise State University’s Theatre Department with a BA in dramatic writing and directing. During her time Boise State, she directed A Bright New Boise (BSU Mainstage),Consider the Oyster (TMA), and was the Assistant Director for the Language Archive, Seminar, and Hamlet. Since graduating she has worked with Amanda Ashley and Leslie Durham on their NEA funded research, directed for Homegrown Theatre with their 5th Annual Horrific Puppet Affair and Every Man Shift (for all the rest), toured in an Idaho Theatre for Youth production of Stuart Little, spent the summer at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center as the Artistic Director Intern and co-founded Campfire Theatre Festival. She is thrilled to bring this festival to life, and work with all these amazing artists.

MERRY DAVIDSON, BAD DATE

Merry M Davidson is ecstatic to be part of this staged reading series!  Having participated in several projects this year, including “Best Novice film” in the I48 competition and an upcoming web mini-series, Merry feels blessed to utilize her passions in acting, as well as the biological sciences.   She wants to thank her family for their loving and enthusiastic support and God for making this possible!

LUKE MASSENGILL, NEW EDEN & THE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK PAGEANT PLAY

Luke Massengill began his professional career in Italy where he worked as an actor, writer and producer. After returning stateside, Luke has worked with many different theaters including the Idaho, Pennsylvania and Montana Shakespeare Festivals, as well as playing the roles of Puck, Iago, Macbeth, Mercutio and Shylock. Luke is also active in film, voice-over and teaching theater and Shakespeare to children from elementary through high school.

ANN PRICE, LIFE

Ann is a voice and dialect coach, as well as a director and actor. She has worked in Boise for over fifteen years with Boise Contemporary Theater, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Company of Fools in Hailey. Ann was the dialect coach for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Constellations at BCT. She directed The Krumblin Foundation and Eleemosynary. She has performed in several 5x5 readings including The Roommate and Incognito. Ann teaches voice and dialects and GDdirects in the Department of Theatre Arts at Boise State University.

CAITLIN SUSEN HARTSHORN, SING TO ME NOW

designers and crew

BRANDON WASHINGTON, LIGHTING DESIGNER: SING TO ME NOW LIFE

Brandon is a lighting designer who works in Portland, OR and Boise, ID. He is currently studying Theatre Arts with a Design Emphasis at Boise State University. Past theatrical lighting design credits include: The Flick (Boise State University), Little Women (Treasure Valley Children's Theater), Peter
Pan In Neverland (Broadway Rose Theatre Company), Aladdin Jr. (Treasure Valley Youth Theater). Past dance lighting design credits include: Tattered Testaments (Project Flux), Slantways (Boise State University Dance Concert).
Coming up: Journey's End (Boise State University). Many thanks to Raquel and Gene. Endless love to Mom and Dad.

LAURA SUNDERLIN, SOUND DESIGNER: NEW EDEN, BAD DATE THE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK PAGEANT PLAY

Laura graduated from Boise State University this spring. She has designed sound for the BSU Theatre Department, The Theatre Majors Association, and HomeGrown Theatre. She has also designed lighting for The Theatre Majors Association and currently designing for The College of Idaho. She is very excited to be working with Campfire Theatre Festival. Laura has loved working with new plays ever since she interned at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center last summer.

NATASHA ERDMANN, ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: SING TO ME NOW, BAD DATE NEW EDEN

Natasha Erdmann is a lifelong theater lover and thespian based in Boise, ID. Throughout her life she has worn nearly every hat in the theater industry including acting, writing, costuming, and lighting to name but a few. All of this work has culminated in her receiving her BA with an emphasis in directing from Boise State University's Theater Department in Spring 2017. She is now excited to come back from a short break from the stage and continuing doing what she loves; learning and growing in the theater. Various shows she has worked on include: Wicked (touring, dresser), The Sound of Music (touring,
dresser), Stop Kiss (Boise State Theater Majors Association, as Callie), and LARP: The Musical (Boise State Theater Majors Association, props assistant).

 
 
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