Stephan Wolfert, (USA Army, ’86-’93, Medic & Infantry) Stephan left a career in the military for a life in the theatre. Since leaving the Army, as an Infantry officer, he has: received his Master of Fine Arts degree, in theatre, from Trinity Rep Conservatory; helped create and direct the military segments for Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel’s Tony-award winning Broadway musical Movin’ Out; co-created the largest touring Shakespeare Company in New England and taught acting and Shakespeare at Cornell University. Stephan has performed throughout the entire U.S. and acted in, and/or directed over half of Shakespeare’s canon. Currently, Stephan teaches and directs at the Antelope Valley College. He is the founding artistic director of both the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts and Shakespeare & Veterans.
Eric Tucker (US Navy) Eric has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He has directed such esteemed actors as William Hurt, Ed Asner, Campbell Scott and Laura Esterman. In July 2011, Eric directed a workshop production of Mate by Lolly Ward at The Actors Gang in Los Angeles. Recent work in New York includes the world premiere of Diana Arnolds 86′d (Theatre Row), Stephen Jeffreys’ The Libertine (Fools Theatre and Playhouse Creatures), and Nate Edelman’s The Belle of Belfast (Cherry Lane). Regional highlights include Hamlet (with William Hurt, Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles), the world premiere of Deb Royal’s adaptation of Richard Adams’ Watership Down (Burning Coal), the North American premiere of David Williamson’s Sanctuary (Veterans Center for the Performing Arts, L.A.), Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and Measure for Measure (Redlands Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (Trinity Rep), Dan OBrien’s Voyage of the Carcass (Brown Playwrights Festival). For Shakespeare and Company he directed Tina Packer’s Women of Will Cycle and Women of Will: Overview (which also toured the U.S.A. and England), Theresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates and three Pinter one-acts under the title of Pinter’s Mirror (Berkshire Theatre Critics Top Ten Director and Production of the Year, 2009). For his Los Angeles based company, Bighead, he has directed Macbeth (nominated Best Overall Production and Best Director by LA Weekly) and Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan (L.A. Critics Circle Top 10). For his Providence based company, Beowulf, he has directed Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Parts I & II. He is one half of the two-man theatre company, Deux Bites, for which he has adapted, directed and performed in Richard III and Dale Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha. He spent one season as Artistic Director of The Gamm in Providence, R.I. He is currently in development with Ed Asner and Peter Cook on his play Uranium + Peaches. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project, a former member of the Breadloaf Acting Ensemble, as well as an acting and directing teacher. He received his M.F.A. in Acting from the Trinity Rep Conservatory and is a proud member of Equity since 1996. He resides in New York City.
Bruce Cervi (Son of Veteran)After many stops around the world, courtesy of a U.S. Air Force step-dad, native Californian Bruce Cervi returned to the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas, where he was featured in such plays as Zorba, Camelot, The Taming of the Shrew, The Lady’s Not for Burning, Indians, and Man of La Mancha. He moved back to the L.A. area in the mid 70’s, where he was featured in such works as Echoes and When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder, with guest appearances on TV series such as Airwolf and Walker, Texas Ranger. After a 25 year absence from the stage, Bruce appeared in the Uprising Theatre Company’s 2005 production of MacBeth at the Court Theatre. In 2008, Bruce has appeared as Brandon Fisher in the pilot “Life in General” for on-line network Strike TV; as “the producer” in a short film “The Hollywood Sign” for director John Charter; and as a lead character in the short film “KinShip”, which he also co-wrote and co-produced.
Kristen Lee Kelly landed in Los Angeles in 2004 after a successful career as an actor New York working in such shows as the Original Broadway Cast of RENT, the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show and the 1st national tour of The Vagina Monologues. She is also a founding member of the groundbreaking theatre company VIA theatre lead by Brian Jucha and Anne Bogart. Moving to LA Kristen fell in love with not only the city but the city’s vibrant theatre scene and soon started producing forming Green Beetle Productions with Jennifer Chambers. Kristen went on to produce and act in the world premieres of both Stephen Belber’s The Muscles In Our Toes at the El Portal Theatre and Sam Wolfson’s PLAY DATES at Theatre Asylum. Kristen has also been seen in numerous productions around the city including Echo’s Hammer at The Boston Court, Dusk Rings A Bell at The Blank and Pageant of the Seasons at The Bootleg Theatre.
Randy Burmbaugh (Volunteer of VCPA, ten years) Randy has designed lighting for over fifty theatrical productions in a variety of styles and venues and his work has been honored with numerous design awards. He enjoys the interplay of technology and art, and in addition to theatical projects, has provided designs for NASA and Walt Disney Imagineering. He co-founded the performance group Something Completely Different, has served on the executive boards of several community and arts organizations, and is an adjunct faculty member at Antelope Valley College. Randy counts many veterans among his friends and family, including his father. He’s impressed by the diversity of veterans’ stories he’s discovered while becoming involved in the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts.
Brian Monahan, “WHEELS” & CO-WRITER of FIT FOR SOCIETY. The son of a career Navy Chaplain, brother of an Air Force veteran of the second Iraq War, grandson of a WWII Army veteran, and grandson of a career Airman, Brian has been seen as Angel in Cider house Rules Parts I & II at Trinity Rep, Tim Allgood in Noises Off at the Cape Playhouse, Alex in A Clockwork Orange at the Gamm Theatre, Patrick Stone in Inventing Van Gogh and Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at PCPA/Theatrefest, and over 200 performances of A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep and Geva Theatre Center. Brian holds an MFA from the Trinity Rep Conservatory.
VCPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Jason Cleveland Director/Treasurer
Dr. Colin Cox Director/Secretary
Stephan Wolfert Director/President
ADVISORS TO THE VCPA
Twyla Tharp, Tony-Award winning director and choreographer
Manny Azenberg, Broadway Producer
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theatre (NYC)
Randy Reinholz, Artistic Director of Native Voices
Jean Bruce-Scott, T.V. Actor and Executive Producer of Native Voices
Dr. David Feldshuh, Emmy Award Winning Writer and Artistic Director at Cornell University
Dr. Jason Cleveland, Chairman of Asylum Research
Dr. Colin Cox, Artistic Director of Will & Company Theatre