The Spartan Theatre
The Spartan Leadership
While a wide circle of talented theatre artists (living in and around New York City) lends its efforts to The Spartan’s mission and vision, the following people remain our creative center:
• Robert Grady (Artistic Director) - A 1996 graduate of Trinity Repertory Company’s Conservatory, Bob received his B.A. in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994. He directed The Spartan’s critically-acclaimed New York premiere production (Much Ado About Nothing) and will be directing John Stepppling’s Standard of the Breed, set to open in May 2002. His two one-acts, Kokospoko and The Cook and the Garlic, were produced in Providence, Rhode Island. Bob has worked with such esteemed theatre professionals as: Oskar Eustis, Stefan Mueller, David Henry Hwang, Eugene Lee, David Schweitzer, Brian Kulick, and Kent Gash. Members of the New York press deemed his acting in and direction of The Spartan’s Much Ado About Nothing “irresistible” and “stellar,” respectively.
• Rebecca Poole (Managing Director) - Currently in her first year of training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Rebecca also is a 1996 graduate of Trinity Repertory’s Conservatory where she was the recipient of the Ida M. Crabtree scholarship. She received an Academy of American Poets Award for her manuscript, Breath’s Weight, and won the Edelstein-Keller Teaching/ Writing Award from the University of Minnesota. In Brooklyn, her play, Handstand, was produced by The Gallery Players. She has a B.A. in English from Rhode Island College where she received several honors for her writing and scholarship. She has acted in theatres across New England and in New York City, including: Expanded Arts, Trinity Rep., 2nd Story Theatre, Alias Stage, Theater at Monmouth, and Northstar Theatre. Her acting has been singled out for its intelligence, grace, and fierceness. She has a monthly column at actorsupdate.com.
• Matthew A. Anderson (Design Consultant) – Matt most recently won an Emmy for his team’s design work on CBS’s Good Grief Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schultz. A graduate of Cal-Arts as well as the University of Northern Iowa, Matt designs for theatre and television in New York and all over the country, working with esteemed artists such as Santo Loquasto, Mark Wendland, Derek McLane and Michael Epstein. Matt was the design consultant for The Spartan’s highly-praised production of Much Ado and will be head designer for our May 2002 production of Standard of the Breed.
• Robert Casey, Jr. (Production Consultant) - Bob is a native of Rhode Island and a 1995 graduate of Trinity Rep. Conservatory. On Trinity’s mainstage, he acted under the direction of David Schweitzer and Brian Kulick. Since moving to New York, he has acted with companies like Expanded Arts, The Key Theatre, NADA ShowWorld, and La Belle Epoque. His acting has garnered praise for its clarity, intelligence, and ingenuity.
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