MISSION

THEATRE SHOULD BE AN EXPERIENCE. A game, a ritual, a carnival, and a water park. The audience should be able to play however they like, wherever they like, whenever they like. Or just sit and watch the show. THEATRE SHOULD BE PHENOMENAL. Mystical and epic. Reaching for the grand metaphysical mysteries of the deepest, darkest corners of the imagination. THEATRE SHOULD BE ANIMAL. Dogs wrestling for a bone. Dolphins jumping in the surf. Salamanders sunning themselves. Visceral and immediate. Raw and unrefined. Organic. Grass-fed. Free range. A theatre of the senses: seeing the story, feeling the story, hearing, smelling, and tasting the story.  

 

ARTISTS

GRANT W. BOLOPUE is an actor who has performed in a variety of roles mainly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has been on tour to Greece with a production of Ajax and was also a part of the debut of Snake-Bitten in Philadelphia, PA. He has experience as an improvisational performer and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Stockton University.

TAYLOR CAWLEY is an actor living and working in Philadelphia. Her most notable roles include Rosetta/Ibid in The Profession (Stockton University), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Stockton University) and, most recently, Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Atlantic City Players). She received her BA in Theatre Performance from Stockton University. Taylor helped develop the Poetry as Drama series at Stockton University, with which she traveled to Dublin, Nicosia, and Athens, working as both an actor and director. She currently serves as creative consultant for the Poetry as Drama series, working as a liaison between Stockton University and the Rosenbach Museum and Library and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

KATHLEEN GAFFNEY has been involved with the Phenomenal Animals and their sister company, Odd Act Theatre Group, since 2010 and got her start as a poster designer for The Devil and Daniel Webster. Since then, she has worked on a total of eight Odd Act productions including Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Aside from set design, she has crocheted and sold stuffed animals locally and internationally. Kathleen currently works for Montclair State University's Department of Health Promotion where she designs educational brochures and displays.

KATE SPARACIO is a theatre artist based in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked internationally in Greece, England, and Cyprus as an actor and director, and has served as visiting artist at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge, England. She has performed with the Phenomenal Animals in productions including The Sea Monster and Snake-Bitten­ in Philadelphia and Alice in Wonderland in NJ. She directed a production of Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) at Stockton University where she received her BA in Theatre. 

NATALIE TENNER is a freelance dramaturg and adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre at the University of Mary Washington.  She has studied and conducted research in the US, England, and Germany.  She has served as production dramaturg for Odd Act Theatre Group for Straw Girl, A Wild Play, How the Money Goes,and Dr. Faustus. Her new play dramaturgy with the Phenomenal Animals includes Tales of an Island Shipwreck, Snake-Bitten,and Lacey Ward: Girl Detective. She has also served as dramaturg for Constellation Theatre’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Faction of Fool’s Titus Andronicus, and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest. She teaches dramatic literature and a seminar on horror in the theatre.  Her work is published in Theatre Symposium.

ROBERT C. THOMPSON is an international writer and director, having worked in various roles on productions staged in the US, Canada, Scotland, and China. He has directed the debut of seven new plays and two devised productions including Snake-Bitten in Philadelphia, PA, A Wild Play in London, Ontario, and The Fountain of Youth in Princeton, NJ. He is a professional storyteller and interactive performance artist who has served as an artist-in-residence at Lock Haven University, Stockton University, and Washington's Crossing Historic Park. He holds a PhD in performance studies from the University of Maryland and is currently an instructor of theatre and the humanities at Chesapeake College where he has directed productions of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and The Children's Hour. His research has been published in The Journal of American Culture.