Meet the Creative Team
of
MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Jenny Grober (Director)   Jenny is a New York-based director, actor, and the Artistic Director of Encounters Theatre. Recent projects include  The Importance of Being Earnest  (Encounters Theatre),  Larvae  (Alchemical Theatre),  Much Ado About Nothing  (The Walter Munk Theatre),  and A Streetcar Named Desire  (UCSD). Jenny has served as an assistant to Ed Iskandar, Sarah Wansley, and Kim Rubenstein among others. She received a BA in Theatre from UC San Diego and is a 2018-2019 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Class Member.  www.jennygrober.com

Jenny Grober (Director)

Jenny is a New York-based director, actor, and the Artistic Director of Encounters Theatre. Recent projects include The Importance of Being Earnest (Encounters Theatre), Larvae (Alchemical Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (The Walter Munk Theatre), and A Streetcar Named Desire (UCSD). Jenny has served as an assistant to Ed Iskandar, Sarah Wansley, and Kim Rubenstein among others. She received a BA in Theatre from UC San Diego and is a 2018-2019 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Class Member. www.jennygrober.com

Lauren Lay (Assistant Director)   Nazlah is a New York based actress whose most recent credits include Gwendolen in  The Importance of Being Earnest  (Encounters Theatre), Malcolm, Witch 2, and Lady Macduff in  Macbeth  (New York Shakespeare Company), and Juliet in an inner city educational tour of  Romeo and Juliet . Recent film credits include starring as Spoon in Michael Irish’s latest feature film  Permanent Collection . Nazlah Black received her BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts(2016) and this fall will be attending The Pig Iron School in pursuit of receiving her MFA in Devised Performance.

Lauren Lay (Assistant Director)

Nazlah is a New York based actress whose most recent credits include Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest (Encounters Theatre), Malcolm, Witch 2, and Lady Macduff in Macbeth (New York Shakespeare Company), and Juliet in an inner city educational tour of Romeo and Juliet. Recent film credits include starring as Spoon in Michael Irish’s latest feature film Permanent Collection. Nazlah Black received her BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts(2016) and this fall will be attending The Pig Iron School in pursuit of receiving her MFA in Devised Performance.

Jordan Gehmaehlich (Stage Manager)   Jordan is honored to join Barefoot Shakespeare and Company of Fools as their Stage Manager for Measure for Measure. She is the Artistic and Administrative intern at Shrunken Shakespeare and the Production Manager for Eden Theater Company. She was Assistant to the Production Manager (Off-Broadway We are the Tigers). Stage Managing credits include: Scrambled Porn (Eden Theater Company), In The Heights (Booker T Washington High School), De Troya (Cara Mia Theatre),The Elephant Man (L.I.P Service Productions), What Visions Have I Seen (Shakespeare Dallas' School Tour). Jordan was a Teaching Artist at Watertower Theatre and Brookhaven College for 3 years, was the Project Coordinator for Arts Mission Cliff, and acted as the Dallas Director for the interactive Murder Mystery Company.

Jordan Gehmaehlich (Stage Manager)

Jordan is honored to join Barefoot Shakespeare and Company of Fools as their Stage Manager for Measure for Measure. She is the Artistic and Administrative intern at Shrunken Shakespeare and the Production Manager for Eden Theater Company. She was Assistant to the Production Manager (Off-Broadway We are the Tigers). Stage Managing credits include: Scrambled Porn (Eden Theater Company), In The Heights (Booker T Washington High School), De Troya (Cara Mia Theatre),The Elephant Man (L.I.P Service Productions), What Visions Have I Seen (Shakespeare Dallas' School Tour). Jordan was a Teaching Artist at Watertower Theatre and Brookhaven College for 3 years, was the Project Coordinator for Arts Mission Cliff, and acted as the Dallas Director for the interactive Murder Mystery Company.

 
Brooke M. Haney (Intimacy Director)   Brooke is a New York City based Actor/Director who has worked internationally in the Philippines, and regionally in Seattle, Boston, Orlando, and Kentucky. She is a current NYC company member at Only Make Believe, the Artistic Producer and Director of the Apprentice Program for Daughters of Troy, and an Adjunct Professor of Acting at Marymount Manhattan College, where she directs in the playwriting projects. “Consent is sexy!”  www.brookemhaney.com  @brookemhaney

Brooke M. Haney (Intimacy Director)

Brooke is a New York City based Actor/Director who has worked internationally in the Philippines, and regionally in Seattle, Boston, Orlando, and Kentucky. She is a current NYC company member at Only Make Believe, the Artistic Producer and Director of the Apprentice Program for Daughters of Troy, and an Adjunct Professor of Acting at Marymount Manhattan College, where she directs in the playwriting projects. “Consent is sexy!” www.brookemhaney.com @brookemhaney

 
Nancy Chamberlain (Composer)   Nancy is a collaborative pianist at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege and Summer programs in the Musical Theater, Opera and Choral departments. She holds an M.M. in Piano from Manhattan School of Music, and the Premier Prix in Piano and Chamber Music from the Conservatoire National in Nice, France, where she studied as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Nancy has worked as a pianist at Telsey and Co. for the Broadway production of  Wicked . She has recorded two albums of original songs on the Boncha label, and has performed as a singer/songwriter at Triad, C- Note and The Bitter End.

Nancy Chamberlain (Composer)

Nancy is a collaborative pianist at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege and Summer programs in the Musical Theater, Opera and Choral departments. She holds an M.M. in Piano from Manhattan School of Music, and the Premier Prix in Piano and Chamber Music from the Conservatoire National in Nice, France, where she studied as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Nancy has worked as a pianist at Telsey and Co. for the Broadway production of Wicked. She has recorded two albums of original songs on the Boncha label, and has performed as a singer/songwriter at Triad, C- Note and The Bitter End.

RheAnn Mennefield (Asst. Intimacy Director)   RheAnn is a New York based theatre artist and filmmaker. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Arts with the two concentrations of Directing and Writing for The Stage. She draws much of her inspiration from her Mississippi childhood where she was mesmerized by folklore and historical African American fiction. Her most recent directorial works include  The Swan  by Elizabeth Egloff   and  Rag and Bone  by Noah Haidle.

RheAnn Mennefield (Asst. Intimacy Director)

RheAnn is a New York based theatre artist and filmmaker. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Arts with the two concentrations of Directing and Writing for The Stage. She draws much of her inspiration from her Mississippi childhood where she was mesmerized by folklore and historical African American fiction. Her most recent directorial works include The Swan by Elizabeth Egloff and Rag and Bone by Noah Haidle.

 
Melissa Farinelli (Sound & Lighting Design)   Melissa Farinelli is directing graduate from the University of Northern Colorado who often volunteered for electrics and fell into sound design after creating squall for a production of The Tempest. She has also Stage Managed for multiple independent theater companies and is the Technical Director for Cupcake Lady Productions. She has most recently worked on  Long Rail North  for NYC Fringe and  Inside Danny's Box  for the 1st Irish Festival. Favorite shows include  The Trojan Women  (The New Collectives),  The   Crucible  and  Proof (Sink or Swim Rep),  All Through the Night  and  Anatol (City Show),  All My Sons  (Morning Side Players),  Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbucking Pirate Adventure  (CAGE Theater/ NYC Fringe),  Comfort Women: A New Musical  and  Interview  (Dimo Kim Music Factory).

Melissa Farinelli (Sound & Lighting Design)

Melissa Farinelli is directing graduate from the University of Northern Colorado who often volunteered for electrics and fell into sound design after creating squall for a production of The Tempest. She has also Stage Managed for multiple independent theater companies and is the Technical Director for Cupcake Lady Productions. She has most recently worked on Long Rail North for NYC Fringe and Inside Danny's Box for the 1st Irish Festival. Favorite shows include The Trojan Women (The New Collectives), The Crucible and Proof(Sink or Swim Rep), All Through the Night and Anatol(City Show), All My Sons (Morning Side Players), Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbucking Pirate Adventure (CAGE Theater/ NYC Fringe), Comfort Women: A New Musical and Interview (Dimo Kim Music Factory).

Dispatch Combat Collective (Fight Direction)   Dispatch Combat Collective is a stage combat group based in New York City. Dispatch provides choreography for projects ranging from Shepard to Shakespeare as well as classes and workshops for students of all ages and experience levels. Recent choreography projects include:  Romeo and Juliet  (The Woolgatherers),  Cabaret  (Skidmore College),  The Crucible  (Hunger Theater), and  Macbeth  (The No Name Collective). The group also creates individualized curricula for educational and community groups as well as students who want to take private lessons in the discipline of their choice.  www.dispatchcombat.com

Dispatch Combat Collective (Fight Direction)

Dispatch Combat Collective is a stage combat group based in New York City. Dispatch provides choreography for projects ranging from Shepard to Shakespeare as well as classes and workshops for students of all ages and experience levels. Recent choreography projects include: Romeo and Juliet (The Woolgatherers), Cabaret (Skidmore College), The Crucible (Hunger Theater), and Macbeth (The No Name Collective). The group also creates individualized curricula for educational and community groups as well as students who want to take private lessons in the discipline of their choice. www.dispatchcombat.com

 

COMPANY OF FOOLS™  2019