Matt Friedman, teaches filmmaking at The Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. He wrote the local independent feature comedy "Moving," was a Sloan Foundation fellow for science-themed screenplays at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and assistant directed the 2012 Superbowl commercial "Man's Best Friend." He is also active in local performing arts, having acted in and directed several plays, mostly at the Generic Theater, where he was a founding member of the Artistic Team and created a series of promotional comedy shorts. He has also kept himself busy over the years as a volunteer EMT and a graphic & web designer at Frame25 Productions.
Jeni Schaefer is the Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager at The Virginia Stage Company and has been Freelance designing regionally for the past 3 years. Regional credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, The Hound of the Baskervilles,Always Patsy Cline, Tom Jones, In the Book of, The Great Gatsby, The Comfort Team, The Fantasticks, Death of a Salesman, Red, Radio Golf, A Raisin in the Sun, Around the World in 80 days, Wit, Crowns, Billy Bishop goes to War, Hank Williams List Highway, The Elephant Man, Of Mice and Men, A Christmas Carol and To Kill a Mocking Bird to name a few. Mrs. Schaefer holds a Master of Arts in Communication /Theatre in Costume Design from Wichita State University and resides in Chesapeake Va. with her amazing Husband Tony and their two beautiful children Sara and Ethan.
Terry Jernigan, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. During high school TJ enrolled in drama to get to know a beautiful redhead girl and quickly fell in love. He has been acting ever since. TJ studied theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory and Old Dominion University. TJ enjoys stage as much as film with a much higher passion for improv. He has worked with Washington Improv Theatre Sports and Slap Happy, he is a founding member of Comedy Bowl and Who's Turn is it Anyway, and is the founder of The Boris Badinage Improvisational Troupe. He is currently working with Virginia Beach's comedy improv troupe The Improvisionaries. He is also working on Badges of Honor, The Warriors Lament. A play about a Vietnam Veteran who visits the families of the men who fell under his command. This play will tour. TJ teaches Performance Improv at GSA.
Douglas Hudson (guest artist) offers 20 years of experience working with youth and adults as a movement awareness and dance therapy coach throughout the United States & Europe. He is a licensed psychotherapist and massage therapist. Highlighted trainings include Authentic Movement with Janet Adler, Ph.D. and Process-Oriented Movement & Psychotherapy with Arnold Mindell, Ph.D. (Jungian Analyst). He also has a background in teaching Contact Improvisation. Douglas has coached and mentored youth in San Francisco, CA and students from the PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC-Chapel Hill. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill in Film & Communications with a minor in Psychology. His Masters of Arts in Psychology & Body-Oriented Therapy is from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Ron Newman is the Director of Education and Community Engagement with Virginia Stage Company. He has been a theater educator for nearly 40 years, and has made it his life's mission to create and foster innovative cross curricular arts education programming. Ron established and taught film studies, include film history, documentary film, and film production at Norfolk Academy for 17 years. He holds a BA in Theater Education, with a minor in film studies. He holds an MS in Education from Old Dominion University, and did his theater graduate studies at the University of Delaware and American University. Ron was the Director of Fine Arts, Theatre and Film and Norfolk Academy for 27 years. He has adapted and directed more than 30 classic children's literary works for the stage including, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The Pied Piper, Aesop's Fables, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Selfish Giant. Aside from writing, producing, and directing he has performed in over fifty productions, including the East Coast tour of Marlo Thomas' Free to Be... You and Me, and has been seen on local TV in over thirty Doctor Madblood episodes, and on stage with Virginia Musical Theater, The Generic Theater, and in Virginia Stage Company’s productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Tempest.
Kate Robinson is the Production Manager at The TCC Roper Performing Arts Center and has been professionally working in Hampton Roads since 2004 as a technician, stage manager, and lighting designer. She designs for both dance and theatre with many of the area’s professional and community companies, including: Todd Rosenlieb Dance and Virginia Ballet Theatre, as well as the TR and VBT Ensembles, Actor's Workshop Theatre of Virginia, and Thomas Nelson Performing Arts. She designs the lighting for all GSA Dance department concerts and has designed several of the Musical Theatre department productions, as well as various other GSA productions that have been performed at the Roper. She has worked at TNCC, The American Theatre, The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, The Sandler Center with VMT, The Wells, The Arts of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, and the Virginia Arts Festival. She is also the Technical Director of the Benjack Studio in the TR Dance Center. Kate has given Master Classes on the ETC lighting equipment in the Black Box as well as supervised tech theatre interns at the Roper. Kate holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from Ohio Wesleyan University and continues to educate herself by attending the ETC Cue and other conferences.