Of Farms and Fables combines the efforts of professional and non-professional artists by engaging artists in farm work and farm workers in storytelling and acting. The result will be an original performance in October of 2011 which will engage performers and audience in dialogue about local agriculture, farming, and the future of small family farms in Maine.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Introducing the 2010 Of Farms and Fables Artistic Team!

The 2010 Artistic Team has been assembled! We are thrilled to welcome Cory, Keith, and Claire to Of Farms and Fables.

Cory Tamler, Playwright

Cory Tamler is currently a bit of a vagabond. She’s been Chicago-based since November 2009, where her playwriting projects include Sketchbook X with Collaboraction, an ensemble-written adaptation of Iphigenia for which she was a lead artist, and the 2010 Fresh Eyes Project with Red Tape Theatre. In Pittsburgh, her plays have been given productions or workshops by the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, Future Tenant, Yinzerspielen, and Redeye Theatre Project. Her work has also been produced in Troy, NY (Bakerloo Theatre Project) and Augsburg, Germany (Theater Panoptikum). She studied physics at the University of Pittsburgh, among other things, and spent the better part of her first seven months in Chicago learning the ropes of the theatre admin world as an intern at About Face Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company. She also writes grants for the side project. Collaboration is her joy, as is theatre that is engaged in, born of, informed by, and in conversation with community.

Keith Anctil, Actor

Keith Anctil has been seen on stages from Boothbay to Boston, Machias to Manhattan and points in between. He has worked with many companies including The Theater Project, Mad Horse Theater, AddVerb Productions, Open Waters Theater, Running Over Productions, City Theater, The Stage, Shakespeare and Company. He also performs improv with The Escapists and is a founding member of ACORN's Naked Shakespeare Ensemble. Keith does extensive film work with Page Street Studios, Bernard Smith Productions and Gitgo Productions. When not performing, Keith runs theater education programs at Cheverus High School, The Breakwater School, ACORN Studios and is the founder and artistic director of the Wescott Theater Company.

Jennie Hahn, Director

Jennie Hahn was born in Thomaston, ME, and received her training in community-based theater from Cornerstone Theater Company. A student of the inaugural Cornerstone Institute in 2004, Jennie worked on seven Cornerstone productions between 2002 and 2005. In 2006, Jennie returned to her home state of Maine to found Open Waters Theatre Arts. Since that time, she has produced and created Living History, The Stone Fisherman, FeverFest 2008, and Choirspeak: The Maine Woods. Fundamentally a performer, Jennie has appeared with One Year Lease in Northern Greece and NYC, and with Ken Roht's Orphean Circus in LA. She has trained with the SITI Company in Los Angeles, and holds a B.A. with Honors in Drama from Vassar College. Jennie received a 2010 Personal Grant from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust in support of Of Farms and Fables. She lives in South Portland with her husband Wade and her one year-old son Simon.

Claire Guyer, Company Manager

Claire Guyer was born and raised in Thomaston Maine and fell in love with theatre at an early age. By the time she left for university in Halifax NS, she had participated in 120 productions and concerts as a performer, writer, technician and director. While studying at the University of King's College, Claire trained in devised theater with Zuppa Theater Co. and earned her BA with honors in Theater Studies and Early Modern Studies. She currently lives in Portland Maine where she has worked in viewpoints training, is a company member and puppeteer with Edsil/LEPANTO and a director at the Children's Museum and Theater of Maine.