Robyne Parrish, Artistic Director, Co-Director, Education
Robyne Parrish – Artistic Director, Gilbert Theater, Co-Director Education – Parrish relocated to Fayetteville from NYC where she worked as Director, Actor and teaching artist. She is the FoundingArtistic Director of Sonnet Repertory Theatre, NYC now in it’s 11th season. www.sonnetrepertorytheatre.org. Since moving to NYC in 1998, she has worked on (Assistant to the Company Manager WICKED) and off Broadway (Mint Theatre, Musicals Tonight! New York Music Festival, etc.), regionally and in national tours. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Parrish had the great fortune of studying under Patsy Rodenburg and Ian McKellen at the Royal National Theatre in London. Parrish has an extensive resume of film and television work and is a member of AEA, AFTRA and SAG. www.RobyneParrish.com
Ms. Parrish earned her BFA in Theatre at the UNCSA and spent the last few years as a Graduate Fellow Candidate at the prestigious Conservatory for the Performing Arts (COPA) at Point Park University in the MFA in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy Program where she taught Theatre, Voice and Speech, Shakespeare and Mask. In addition, Ms. Parrish completed an MA degree in Psychology August, 2009. Currently Parrish teaches Stanislavsky and directs at the School of Theatre Training at Charlotte Children’s Theatre and travels regularly for Directing and Acting gigs around the states.
Ms. Parrish has a long history of education in the arts. Active in performance. Robyne is an advocate of continuing and life-long education in the theatre, having studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and around New York City. Robyne has worked in education and children’s theatre as a director, playwright and teacher and has been integral in theatre and music education initiatives in various schools and summer programs in up-state New York. In addition, she worked as musical director with Crossroads Diversity Program, an after school drama program for underprivileged youth in NYC and spent a year on staff as a teaching artist with Periwinkle National Theatre, directing acting programs in schools throughout New York City.
Lynn Pryer, Founding Artistic Director
Lynn Pryer is the Gilbert Theater’s founder, and served as Artistic Director until 2012. He still attends every show, and frequently provides valuable input and guidance.
Jeremy Fiebig, Managing Director and Co-Director, Education
Jeremy Fiebig is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fayetteville State University and a graduate of the Mary Baldwin College/American Shakespeare Center program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance and William Jewell College. A director, designer, and scholar-practitioner, he balances a generalist focus with directing, design and production work, and a strong interest in Shakespeare’s early modern staging practices and audiences.
He has served as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for the American Shakespeare Center’s 2006 Resident Troupe season including productions of As You Like It, Macbeth, The Tempest with director Giles Block (Master of Words at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), and Othello, a season featured in the Wall Street Journal. He is a former president and artistic director of the University Wits, a graduate performance organization. He has directed As You Like It for Gilbert Theater, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at FSU, Twelfth Night, True West, Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest, Godspell, and Peer Gynt at Waldorf College, Measure for Measure at Indiana Wesleyan University, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale, and Macbeth as part of the M.Litt-MFA program, The Pied Piper for Golden Duck Productions in Staunton, Virginia, Yasmina Reza’s Art while at William Jewell College, and The Tempest and Timon of Athens for the ASC’s Young Company. He has served as production supervisor for King John, Pericles, The Vagina Monologues, Top Girls, Quilters, and over a dozen iterations of The 24 Hour Theatre Project. Jeremy has performed in nearly 40 productions in the past decade. Highlights include Richard in Richard III, Jaques in As You Like It, Claudius in Hamlet, the title role in King John, Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost , Malcolm and Duncan in Macbeth, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Antony in Sweeney Todd, and many others. Jeremy is a four-time Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan nominee and an Equity Member Candidate.
Professor Fiebig serves as Editor-in-Chief for The Shakespeare Standard. He is also founder and artistic director of Sweet Tea Shakespeare.
Paul Shaw, Technical Director
David Little, Set Designer
Lindsay Myers, Assistant to the Artistic Director/Glee Coordinator
Originally from New Jersey, Lindsay has been involved in theater since she was a child. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A in Drama and moved to Fayetteville in 2008 where she served as the Office Manager for Cape Fear Regional Theatre for two years. Lindsay has also performed in numerous Regional and Community Theater productions both in New Jersey and North Carolina. Favorite productions include Footloose (Rusty), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Angel), The Full Monty (Georgie), As You Like It (Celia). Besides performing, Lindsay has also taught and directed classes in theater, musical theater, dance and acting for children and teens. In addition to her Office Manager duties, Lindsay is also involved in our Gilbert Conservatory and serves as a Coordinator and Instructor for the Gilbert Glee Program. When she is not at the Theater, she works as a Research Associate for CARCO Group Inc and enjoys spending time with her husband, Anthony, daughter, Laila and their three dogs.
Michelle Zaun, Resident Stage Manager & Company Manager
Michelle Zaun is incredibly excited to be the Company Manager and Resident SM for The Gilbert Theater. She is currently in her third year of college at Campbell University, majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management. She would like to thank Robyne Parrish and the rest of the Gilbert staff and crew for all of their amazing hard work in every show. Specifically, she would like to thank her phenomenal ASM, Meghann Redding, for sticking by her side in every show and making these productions so wonderful. They would not be the same without her.
Toria Jones, Box Office Manager, Office Assistant
Toria is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Romance Languages. At UNC, she was a member of UNC Student Television where she acted in many different shows such asCommon Men, Bluelite District, RAVE and Darkness Falls. She was also the executive producer and director of UNC STV’s longest running show, Off the Cuff. Toria was a player in Interactive Theatre Carolina, a troupe that addresses social issues in the community and performed shows with audience interaction. Toria is a Fayetteville native who has starred in a locally produced movie, as well as other Gilbert Theater shows including former productions of A Christmas Carol, Lysistrata and many various roles as a member of The River Valley Players, a troupe that used theater to raise funds for various local charities in Cumberland County. She has also trained with The Acting Corps, a critically acclaimed company of Los Angeles, California. After coming home to Fayetteville, she has returned to the Gilbert Theater as an intern and Box Office Manager.
James Johnson, Graphic Designer
James has worked on stage and behind the scenes with the Gilbert Theater since he was 18, and the theater was still being run out of the home of Gilbert founder Lynn Pryer. Outside of the world of theater he has spent much of his adult life first as an arts journalist, then as an editor and finally as a publisher of the music and arts monthly magazine, the Fayetteville FEED. After ceasing publication of the FEED James has switched his focus to doing graphic design work.
Ruth Crews, Education Coordinator
Ruth Crews started acting at the age of six, writing at the age of eight, and singing almost before she could talk. In pursuit of her goal to be a lifelong storyteller, she earned a BA in Music & Theatre from King College and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Georgia. Her professional acting career includes work at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, GA, where she performed the role of Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She is a published author (Gatekeeper, OakTara Publishers 2011; Gatekeeper II: The Leaving pending September 2012), playwright, director, and teacher.
Martha Sisk, Props Mistress
Tom Sisk, Master Carpenter
Stephen Miles, Playwright-in-residence
Tiara Rankins, Gilbert Ensemble
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
Sara Oswald, President
Dr. Gerald Ellison, Vice-President
Antionett Gage, Secretary
Monica Stokes, Treasurer