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The Wonderful Remix of OZ
Hollie Elizabeth Klem
Production Manager/ Director/ Music Designer
Hollie Elizabeth Klem is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, specializing in the theatrical studio program. After graduation she produced the original play, "Remember Me", the spark that ultimately resulted in the conception of today's Haberdasher Theatre, Inc. Acting as Haberdasher Theatre's Artistic Director, Hollie and her artistic team continue to produce quality entertainment and events for the New York community. Her work with Haberdasher Theatre, Inc. has received positive reviews as a performer, director and artistic director.
Awards and exhibits include first place in the category of mixed media- Lake and Geauga County Secondary School Art Show, Black History-Black Culture exhibit-Kent State University's Geauga Branch Art Gallery and Free Arts NY in conjunction with Thesia Arts- featured fine artist (2009 exhibit), The Art of Fashion intermix gallery held at Webster Hall, NYC ( 2010 exhibit), Artist for Lespwa; Donation of original work for the relief fund in Haiti- Art show and auction held in Dayton, New Jersey ( 2010 exhibit)
Her work can be viewed online at www.hollieelizabethklem.com
Stage Manager/ Publicity/ Sales
Like many of you, Keri Taylor arrived to New York from a small town. The Big Apple brought exciting new changes to her life and has inspired new heights and depths of creativity! After graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy , she was elated to join others seeking a way to make it better with a "do it yourself" attitude when others were too lazy to get things done. Thus, our theatre company was born. After the first two years of finding out who our company is and what we want to accomplish, as well as helping to produce our first two shows, Remember Me (assistant director) and Asexual Revolution(Layla), the learning process was a tremendous achievement that still resonates today. Throughout those years she wrote her first short one-act show titled Manager of the Month which was accepted into the 2007 Strawberry One Act Festival and performed at The American Theatre of Actors. The following show, Dr. Faustus, brought the new challenge of comic relief as Keri has never considered herself the "funny" one of the group. She was also very pleased to be working with her good friend Tyler D. Hall as director. The following year brought Alice in Wonderland and role of The White Rabbit. This show had a wonderfully hilarious cast to work with and a wonderful theatre to work in as well! After this, she was allowed to work on set again, this time for The Cyclops, where she was able to use her child-like painting skills to create a children's pop-up like set out of cardboard. The 2009 season brought two new experiences. The first was that the company was contacted with new work from an outside source whose father wrote original teleplays in the 1950's that Haberdasher was asked to perform. Haderdasher worked with a new director who cast her as the leading lady in the role of Arlene for Arnold Shulman's Lost, which is still relevant today. This was a humbling role to take as well as meeting the playwright himself, Mr. Shulman. Following this production, Keri was put into position as production manager on the next show, The Maderati, by Richard Greenberg.
Keri believes the possibilities are endless and with dedicated focus and energy
A proud Haberdasher since 2007, Christen holds an MA in English from Seton Hall University, where she taught writing for seven years and where she founded a campus-wide play reading series called Script-as-Lit. She’s taught "Art and Culture in Public Service" and “Writing for the Public Service Sector” at Rutgers University, Newark, and in 2012, she joined the faculty as a Writing Lecturer at John Jay College, CUNY. When she’s not teaching or acting, Christen writes creative nonfiction and performance reviews for The Shakespeare Bulletin, a quarterly journal published by John Hopkins University Press. She has studied theatre at The New Actor’s Workshop, HB Studios, and Wagner College. She is also the Education Director for Dramatic Adventure Theatre, with whom she has taught theatre and playwriting in Ecuador and Slovakia. She is also a company member at Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a new theatre collective in Hell’s Kitchen. Favorite New York theatre credits include Rena in Haberdasher's own The Maderati, the Mad Hatter in the Off-Broadway Alice in Wonderland at the Actor's Temple Theatre, Angkasa in Jason Williamson’s Arok of Java at EPBB, and Marvel in Child’s Drawing of a Monster with Vacant Lot Theatre.
This is Joseph's fifth production with Haberdasher, and his first time working on the creative team! Previous productions with Haberdasher are Adam of the Apes, Dracula, Doctor Faustus, and Wizard of Oz. Regionally appearing in Cats (Mister Mistoffelees), and A Chorus line (Don). Most recently seen dancing with :pushing progress in their spring choreographers showcase. Love and Gratitude to all in this production, especially Hollie Klem! Thank you!
Set Design/ Advertising (print and digital)
Original from Ecuador, South American, Link has been in theatre for a while. This is Link's second production with Haberdasher Theatre. As the the president of The Fashion Institute of Technology's Theater Ensemble, he produced and appeared in several shows like "Spoon River Anthology", "Second Sunday", "Into The Woods" & "Rumors". He stage designed for most of this shows as well as other theater productions like Festival 56's "Cabaret", "Annie Get Your Gun" & "Songs of a New World". As a graphic artist, Link's portfolio is also very theatre oriented, being often hired by theatre companies to design show posters, programs and websites. Thank you to Keri and Hollie for their patience to my madness.
Check out more of Link's work at www.linksalas.com
Prop Designer/ Kickstarter Manager
Nick moved to New York City from Toronto, Canada in 2005 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, of which he is a graduate. Post graduation, he quickly found himself working for Theatron Inc., an off-off Broadway theater company based in Queens, where he worked for three and a half years. Within those three years Nick found himself learning more about the theater than just acting. He became Theatron's development manager and key production manager. During those three years, Nick also put his foot in Haberdasher's door as a benefit coordinator. Slowly as time went by, he found himself working for Haberdasher in more areas than one. After gracefully leaving Theatron, Nick became a full-time member of Haberdasher and has been with the company ever since, working as stage manager, production manager, lighting designer, benefit coordinator, and in many other capacities.
His theatrical roles include Leandre in The Doctor in Spite of Himself, the title role in The Cyclops, Dr. Jack Seward in Dracula: A Dark Comedy, Keene Esterhazy in The Maderati, and Tony Aronica in Savage in Limbo. He is thrilled to be a part of a company that is more than just work but a family that sees theatre as an expression of life. Go Haberdashers!
Costume Designer/ Character Photography
Katie Grammes grew up in Maryland and lived in the same house her entire life. She always loved art and played with every medium she could. Her dream was that one day she would come to New York City and pursue an art career. When she was at the end of her 9th grade at Hereford High School, she discovered that photography was a newfound love and she wanted to blend this with all she had discovered in the art world. She also knew that she wanted to attend the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Katie is now 21 living in New York City attending her senior year at SVA and will graduate with a major in photography. Her photographs that she takes hold characters that she has created with her multiple loves of different art mediums such as painting and sewing etc. Last year Hollie Klem saw her images and asked her to be the costume designer, makeup designer and character photographer for last year’s Wizard of Oz. This year the show was re-casted and new friends were discovered as well. Katie Grammes is the character photographer and costume designer. Katie has been involved in many wonderful opportunities since coming to this magical city. She hopes you all enjoy the show.
Kate Devine is a freelance lighting designer and electrician based in New York City. She hails from North Carolina, and received a BFA in Theatre Design from UNC-Greensboro in 2010. Currently she runs the spotlight at Avenue Q. Recent design credits include Grease (DreamYard Project) and A Chanukah Charol (New World Stages).