Elizabeth Namen - Artistic Director
Elizabeth, the Artistic Director of Epoch Arts, heads up all artistic aspects of Epoch Arts as well as the theater department. She is the founder of the Ague Spring Players and Epoch Arts. She currently teaches 1-2 classes per semester and is the administrator of all Epoch Arts Days, Senior and Junior student plays, and the theater performances. She also devotes much of her time to volunteering for community events and fundraising for the organization. Elizabeth attended Trinity College majoring in Theater Arts. Her previous employment includes youth instruction at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, CT and teaching artists at The Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT.
Omar Namen - Musical Director and Technical Director
Omar coordinates all aspects of music and stage design for Epoch Arts performances. He oversees the music department and all recording sessions as well as music classes and Brookside Nights. He has experience as a journeyman carpenter and makes necessary renovations and improvements to the Epoch Arts space and provides Epoch Arts with all aspects of technical coordination for all events and performances. Omar attended Drexel University studying sound engineering and has volunteered for the organization for the past 16 years composing music, teaching classes, and designing and building sets.
Deb Robinson - Directors' Assistant
Deb is the newest member of our Epoch Board. She is dedicated to the belief that all children need a positive environment for growth and expression. She believes the many artistic outlets available at Epoch allow them to realize their often untapped creative potential while connecting with peers and the community. She serves on both the Board and on staff and offers a caring, devoted heart in her work here. Deb brings a strong community connection through her years of involvement in various areas of our community.
Teresa Spooner - Administrative Assistant
Teresa has been with Epoch Arts for the past 15 years. She has helped design and create costumes for a variety of performances and continues to do so. With experience in office manager and administration, Teresa became Epoch’s office administrative assistant in the fall of 2007. She oversees all the administrative staff and various capacities of management for the organization.
Rachel Martin - Assistant Artistic Director
Rachel has been a part of Epoch Arts for over 14 years. Beginning as an actress in the main stage plays, Rachel then volunteered her skills as teaching assistant for many classes and events. She has worked with youth in local community, church and library programs and has also traveled to work with children in China, Africa and Belize. She is a seasoned artist and has captured her love for children in her many paintings and drawings.Rachel co-teaches the girls group Breaking Silences and helps with productions,programs and planning.
Amanda Morris - Art Director
Jon Schroth - Digital Arts Director
Jon has been involved with Epoch Arts for the past 18 years. He has served various roles in the Mainstage plays from pit-musician/set-painter to graphic designer/videographer. He now runs the film department, teaching classes and organizing film festivals and movie nights. Jon received his degree from Ringling School of Art and Design before beginning a career in animated feature films with Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation. He continues to create independent films, for which he has received numerous awards. He has taught at NYU's Center for Advanced Digital Application and enjoys working with the youth at Epoch Arts. Jon also created and maintains the Epoch Arts website.
Ben Martin - Assistant Film and Theater Director
Ben is veteran to improv theater and has performed numerous times with the alumni troupe. Participating in the mainstage play he has also directed the student production, " Feather and Comfort," written and directed " Checked Out", performed in Art Responses and has contributed musically to a number of productions. Ben has been involved with a variety of outreach missions and travels, including Ethiopia and his recent travels to Australia and South Korea. This year Ben will teach the teen Improv Class and contribute musically and artistically to a variety of events.
Joshua Shook - Technical Staff
Sam Poe Bolton - Staff
Carrye Burr - Breaking Silences Assistant
Thanks for coming to Beautiful Things 2016
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