GUEST ARTISTS

CLAIRE KAVANAH


Claire is an actor, dancer and all around theatre type. She is a fairly recent graduate of the UMass Amherst theatre program. While attending UMass she performed in many department productions including: Big Love, Life is a Dream, House of Desires, The Reincarnation of Jamie Brown, The Chairs, and Ondine. She also participated in a number of student projects, most notably, Fool for Love. Before relocating to the Valley Claire produced and performed in Art and King Lear for the Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington. Claireperformed in Hampshire Shakespeare’s productions of Much Ado about Nothing and King Lear and she also worked as an education artist for Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Last summer Claire performed in The Ordinary Theater’s productions of Our Town Revisited and The Joys of Fantasy. She was most recently seen in the August Company’s production ofTaming of the Shrew and the brief yet gripping 5 Minute Sound of Music. She makes her living slinging beer.

ERIN MCKEOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin is an internationally known musician, writer, and producer. With 7 full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she has spent the last 10 yearscrafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer. Her latest album, Hundreds of Lions, is out now on Righteous Babe Records.

 JULIAN OLF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian directed and taught dramaturgy and playwriting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His screenplayANTHONY, inspired by Shakespeare’sHAMLET, received a Gold Award at WorldFest International Film Festival and was given a professional reading by The Drama Garage of Hollywood. His screen adaptation of Henry James’s short story,THE LIAR, was finalist in America’s Best Screenplays. Olf’s short stage comedy,1-900-SEX-DATE, won first prize in the Nantucket Short Play Competition. It received productions by the Nantucket Actor’s Theater, the West Coast Ensemble (L.A.), New Century Theater (Northampton, MA) and Phare Play Productions (NYC). His short dramas have received numerous productions:“I LUV BETSY + JOEY + MARY LOU . . .”andFUN WITH JAY LENO: A SHAMELESS DOMESTIC DRAMAwere seen in NYC and Baton Rouge;UNAIRED PUBLIC RADIO SEGMENT, in Vancouver & Amherst; andSWF: A LOVE STORY FOR THE STAGE, in Boston. Olf’s one-character play(PEOPLE ALMOST ALWAYS SMELL GOOD IN THE ART MUSEUM)was produced at UMass-Amherst, with the author performing the role. It was published in the Fall, 2008 issue of the Massachusetts Reviewand was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

 DENNIS QUINN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis is a writer and actor. Last season he was Lucentio in the August Company’s Taming of the Shrew, and most recently he played Rolf in their abbreviated Sound of Music. He teaches English and Drama at Central High School in Springfield.

 HARLEY ERDMAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harley is a translator, dramaturg, playwright, and theater historian who is a professor of theater at the University of Massachusetts. He has translated plays by both classic Spanish and contemporary Latin American playwrights, and is completing an anthology of plays by 17th century Spanish women. He has also written extensively on Jews on the American stage, and is the author of the book /Staging the Jew/. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts, just a short walk from where The August Company performed /Taming of the Shrew/.

KERRY STRAYER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry has appeared in “Gone” and “FMSOM” with The August Company.  He has also worked with Hampshire Shakespeare Company, The Theater Project, and  Commonwealth Opera, among other theater companies in the Valley.  His appearance in The August Company’s “As You Like It” this summer will mark his twelfth Shakespearean production.

 PAM VICTOR 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam is a homeschooling mother, a teacher, an improv comedian, an actress, and a writer. Pam is the founding member of the improv comedy troupe “The Ha-Ha’s” and produces “The Happier Valley Comedy Show.” Pam enjoys bringing theatrical joy to children and their tall companions with Paintbox Theater where she has appeared as a Blue Fairy, a Princess, and a Fox among other roles. Pam is the author of the sci-fi/therapeutic fiction children’s chapter book “Baj and the Word Launcher: Space Age Asperger Adventures in Communication” (Jessica Kingsley, Publ.) Pam’s writing heart lets loose and dances joyfully all over her blog “My Nephew is a Poodle,” where she writes mostly true essays.

MY NEPHEW IS A POODLE: http://pamvictor.blogspot.com/