Executive Board Meeting 12/14/15 Notes

In the interest of keeping the membership informed, we as an executive board have decided to begin publishing the “minutes” from our open executive board meetings. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email stage@bu.edu!



  • Reminder email about upcoming auditions to those new members who did not get cast last semester
    • Abi will write the draft – the list (shared by Kyle on Google Drive) will be split up between executive board members


  • Show order will be decided today


  • Senior Diva Showcase happened, was “a good time for all”


  • Went to SAO
  • Made sure almost every reimbursement went through
  • Karen’s reimbursement will take a little longer due to it costing more than $175
  • Talked to SABO – going to need to give them the Home Depot gift card and reexamine that policy
  • Laramie Project rights are secured
  • Full-year dues members have been recorded in a list
  • Rights for Angels in America and for Private Lives; those rights need to be secured ASAP
  • New shirt design is ready and advertising for orders will begin by first GM


  • Chose Assistant Director, Zachary King
  • Stop requesting us on YouDo – that is for eboard only


  • Spoke with WM and OB TAs about “loving the space.”
  • Three strike policy: if a group violates Space Safety Protocols 3 times, a fee of ~$50 will be incurred; potentially a “security deposit” sort of idea. 5 infractions revokes the group’s Space usage/rental privileges.
  • We shall see how much the dumpster for Space Cleaning costs
  • Marat/Sade will finally return the tub and chairs to Emerson tomorrow
  • Tech signups for Spring 2015 have begun!


  • Lights in the space – still dark.
  • When are we meeting next year?
    • Target Monday the 19th of January, 6PM, IT building

Show Order

  • Aryeh raises concerns about tech show / Laramie conflicts
    • Camille clarifies her tech show will be less “involved” than last year’s, will consider Laramie first

Angels in America: Auditions and Tech clarifications

  • Auditions – when do they happen?
    • Auditions: same week, Cara will determine her cast after main stage directors determine their casts. Unanimous vote!
  • Tech
    • Cara determines her tech list after Camille puts up the initial draft
      • Camille will provide help if necessary or requested
      • Cara will initially receive a stage manager and a producer
    • Integrate office hours idea with Angels?


  • Polarization of people who really want to do tech versus everyone else
  • Jamie’s Ideas to Improve this Situation
    • 1) Recruit tech people at auditions?
    • 2) On audition form: are you interested in tech?
    • 3) Get feedback from crews. Google form?

Show Order

  • Miraculously, no conflict. Order is:
    • Laramie Project
    • Angels in America
    • Hail Satan!
    • Private Lives

Staged Reading Pitches & Other Reminders

Hello membership! I am happy to announce the two pitches we received for the Spring 2015 Staged Reading. They are, in alphabetical order:

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (Part 1), by Tony Kushner, pitched by Cara Dwyer

August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts, pitched by Emily Prescott

A reminder that both Cara and Emily will speak about their pitches at the 4th and Final General Meeting this Sunday at 7 PM in the Agganis Student Theater. We encourage you to attend and offer any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have about the pitches. After the GM concludes, the executive board will convene and decide which pitch will be selected, with an announcement of the final season coming shortly thereafter.

Also remember that SPACE CLEANING is on Sunday the 7th from 11AM to 6PM in The Space. Each show needs to accumulate 40 cumulative hours of cleaning time to be eligible for BUSTies, which we will be voting on that evening at the 4th GM!

Finally, a reminder that our Fall 2014 One Acts and Monologues Festival goes up this Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th at 8PM in the Student Theater! The performance is free and first come served.

Have wonderful weeks!

Spring 2015 Season & Pitches for Staged Reading

Hello membership!

For those of you who missed the voting period or news about our 3rd General Meeting (and shame on you), here is our Spring 2015 Season:

The Laramie Project (Charity Show), by Moises Kaufman, directed by Aryeh Harris-Shapiro
Private Lives, by Noel Coward, directed by Joseph McLaughlin
Hail Satan!, by Mac Rogers, directed by Kyle Tague

(Note: the above season order is not final.)

However! Our season is not yet complete. In addition to three mainstages, the executive board is restarting an old Stage Troupe tradition: the staged or semi-staged reading, which will go up in the Student Theater. For those unaware, a staged/semi-staged reading refers to a performance of a play without advanced technical elements. This means the production will have a directing team, a cast, a producing team, and a stage management team – but nothing else. It will be up to the directing team if there will be blocking or simple-to-acquire props, hence “semi-staged.” The show will also not be memorized and will be performed with scripts in-hand, hence “reading.”

There are many advantages to reintroducing the staged reading. It will provide expanded acting opportunities without putting additional stress on our current technical resources – it is in essence a “fourth show” without a crew. By not including technical elements, we have the special opportunity to put on a play that would not otherwise be possible in our Student Theater space (something to keep in mind when selecting a play to pitch). Does your favorite show require a three-story set or expansive fire effects? This may be a great opportunity to see it performed! In addition, by distilling the performance down to exclusively acting and performance, this show will have a unique opportunity to forge an intense, focused director-actor relationship and deep exploration of the chosen text.

Interested in pitching? Great! Download the “Staged Reading Pitch Form” (which will be available under “Forms & Resources” shortly), fill it out, and email the completed form along with a .pdf copy of the script to our president, Abi Oshins, at aoshins@bu.edu. The pitch deadline is December 3rd at 5 PM. Following that deadline, pitches and directing teams will be announced on this blog. On December 7th, following the 4th General Meeting and Space Cleaning, we will have a “town hall meeting” in which directing teams will briefly describe their show and vision and how it would work as a staged reading. Interested members may offer their thoughts and concerns. Following this meeting, the executive board will collectively make a selection to be posted later that evening.

Keep in mind the executive board is looking for a show that will translate well to a staged reading. In addition, we look favorably upon shows that have robust cast sizes and  reasonable gender ratios. (Keep in mind we currently only have an 18-actor season for our mainstages). Finally, consider pitching a show that is well-established and has good public awareness: a staged reading can be a hard sell, and we want people to see and enjoy our work. A more established work will more likely draw an audience.

Interested in acting in this staged reading? Auditions will be held one week following main stage auditions next semester. Actors cast in a main stage are asked to not audition in order to give the rest of our acting base additional opportunities.

That’s about it. Have questions, comments, concerns? Feel free to email stage@bu.edu or raise them at any open executive board meeting (Sundays at 6 PM). Have great weeks!

Fall 2014 One Acts & Monologue Festival Cast List

We are proud to announce the cast lists and monologuers for the Fall 2014 One Acts and Monologue Festival! This was our most competitive one acts session in many years, and we thank everyone for taking the time to come out and audition. If you were cast, expect to be contacted by your director shortly. If you weren’t, don’t fret – more acting opportunities are coming up soon.

“Anastasia as a Movie as a Musical”
Sean – Sam Hoffman
Mariah – Taylor Tessitore
Anastasia – Karlie Fitzgerald
Dimitri – Ryan Kelly
Rubien – David Hunt
Male Actor (“Mactor”) – Eli Saracino
Female Actor (“Factor”) – Kerriann Kelleher
Techie Y – Camille Arvisu
Techie Z – Annie Tillis

Pete – Elliot Raff
Kate – Lucy Gamades

“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You”
Sister Mary Ignatius – Oriana Maurach Theo
Thomas – Nathan Wilgeroth
Diane – Alexa Benudiz
Gary – David Olson
Philomena – Danielle Hope Diamond
Aloysius – Zack King

“Sure Thing”
Bill – Ryan Chernin
Betty – Kaitlyn Jones


Hanna Anderson

Claire Buesser

Danny Ehrenpreis

Joseph McLaughlin

Have great weeks!

Charity Show & One Acts Festival Announcements!

Hello membership!

Our Vice President of Special Projects, Celia Gibson, met with the rest of the executive board this evening to approve both her 2015 Charity Show and Fall 2014 One Acts Festival selections.

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Charity Show will be The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Aryeh Harris-Shapiro.

Here are the selections for the Fall 2014 One Acts Festival:

Anastasia the Movie as a Musical,” written and directed by Michael Gobiel and Emily Prescott
“Novices,” directed by Abby Kass
“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All,” by Christopher Durang, directed by Kyle Tague
“Sure Thing,” by David Ives, directed by Ali Edwards and Alison Parker

Stay tuned for more information about audition times and locations!

Spring 2014 Pitch Season

Hello membership!

For the first time ever, we will be releasing the main stage pitches received for our Spring 2014 season. Any dues paying member is encouraged to attend our Third General Meeting on November 9th, 7 PM, in the Agganis Student Theater. At that meeting, you will hear the creative teams pitch their shows, as well as address any potential issues our reading committee came across in their evaluation. Then, you will have the opportunity to vote for the two mainstage shows you’d like to make up our spring 2014 season. (The Charity Show is selected by our Vice President of Special Projects, Celia Gibson.)

Remember that you are voting for a season, not just two shows you happen to like. And remember – democracy only works if people show up. No excuses: get there and vote!

Here are the shows that were submitted as main stages (in alphabetical order). Take advantage of the time you have from now until November 9th to research the shows and ask the creative teams questions. An informed vote is a good vote!

Hail Satan! (A Comedy in Two Acts) – Kyle Tague
Private Lives – Joseph McLaughlin
Romeo & Juliet – Celia Gibson
A Streetcar Named Desire – Shoshana Koff

The following were submitted for consideration for the Charity Show. The show that is not selected will reenter the regular voting pool for your consideration.

The Laramie Project – Aryeh Harris-Shapiro
Milk Milk Lemonade – Karen Loewy

Note: If you believe your pitch is missing, there’s a typo, or you notice any other sort of problem, please let me know. Have great weeks!

Fall 2014 Cast List (and other ramblings)

Okay, go ahead and CTRL-F your name. When you’re done, come back up here and read me.

Did you get cast? Let me be the first to offer a sincere, hearty congratulations! Stay tuned, as your directing team will contact you shortly to set up a first meeting.

If you did not get cast – I know it sucks. It’s happened to me. It happens to everyone at some point in their lives. Nothing I can say is going to make it better in this moment. But know this – just because you weren’t cast, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a good actor, and it doesn’t mean we didn’t want you. This was literally our most competitive season in the better part of a decade, due to both a lower show count and an unprecedented turnout of auditioning talent, new and old. Know that even if you weren’t cast, we appreciate and love you, and we want you to stick around. I’ve talked to so many folks who auditioned for Troupe their first semester, didn’t get cast, and never came back — not because they lost interest, but because they assumed we didn’t want them, or that they lacked in ability! This couldn’t be further from the truth. Inevitably, extremely talented people aren’t going to make the cast list due to sheer differences in supply and demand. But we have way more opportunities available to you this semester – come have fun and make theater with us. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Acting, writing and teching opportunities are available with no auditions or experience required October 3rd-4th for our 24 hour theater COMBAT event. If you’re interested — email me at stage@bu.edu, I’ll add you to the list, and you’ll be contacted as it gets closer. One Acts & Monologues Festival is also approaching, and with it, a plethora of new acting opportunities — if you’re on the email list, you’ll receive more information in the coming weeks.

Finally, our TECH MEETING is September 14th (this Sunday) at 2 PM in “The Space” (check the “Facilities” tab for directions). I know, I know – I can sense that hesitation and insistence through the computer – “I’m an actor, not a techie.” Stage Troupe’s motto is “learning by doing” – if you’ve never tried tech before, there literally isn’t a better time to start. I was exclusively an actor when I came to BU, and now I’m proficient in stage management, sound design, and producing — not a bad thing to add to your résumé or portfolio. We’ll teach you every element of whatever department interests you — lighting, sound, set design, stage management, producing and more — and help you grow as a techie, an artist, and a leader. We also love our techies – they actually make up at least half of our group and become absolutely integral to the show production process. I’m assuming some of you might be reading this, crestfallen, but on the fence. To someone who’s been there – do it. Come check out the tech meeting. You’ll be glad you did. And guess what? Once you’re part of our family (and yes, Troupe is a family), it’ll be time for spring auditions before you know it — and then you’ve got another shot at getting that part. Life’s too short to give up after one try.

I know this has been a trying week for all of us — auditions are always stressful, no matter the result. Everyone be safe and enjoy your weekend.


Into the Woods

Narrator/Mysterious Man- Victor Kholod
Baker- Andy Moeller
Baker’s Wife- Kelly Duffy
The Witch- Abi Oshins
Cinderella- Ali Edwards
Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf- Elliot Hanson
Little Red Riding Hood- Cameron Barney
Jack- Nathan Wilgeroth
Jack’s Mother- Brittany Martin
Rapunzel’s Prince- Matt Melleby
Rapunzel- Zoe Enscoe
Cinderella’s Stepmother-Ara Butler
Lucinda -Danielle Diamond
Florinda/Granny- Brittany Kamson
Cinderella’s Father- Joe Gambino
Steward- Mikey Giordano
Milky White- Claire Buesser

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Martha- Emily Prescott

George- Kyle Mitchell

Nick- Kyle Tague

Honey- Isabella Walpole


Marquis de Sade – Eli Brenna
Jean – Paul Marat – Jeremy Oshins
Charlotte Corday – Daniella Seidl

Herald – Paulina Ke

Coulmier – Sydney Charvat

Simonne Evrard – Melany Vázquez Heredia

Duperret – Michael Gobiel

Jacques Roux – Zack Kennedy

Rossignol- Hanna Eichen

Polpoch- Evan Creedon

Cucurucu- Abigail Kass

Kokol- Cory Azmon

Patient- Kaitlyn Jones

Patient- Kiko Macan

Patient- Rachel Smith

Patient- Zach King

Nurse- Alicia Winton

Nurse- Lucy Gamades

Guard- Ryan Kelly

Guard- Scott Backman

Fall 2014 Callbacks List

Hi Troupies! I hope you’ve enjoyed sweating all evening/refreshing this page relentlessly. After you’ve immediately scrolled down to see if your name is on this list, please READ THE REST OF THIS POST!

If your name is on one or more callback lists – fantastic, congratulations! Callbacks take place tomorrow, Thursday the 11th, from 5-10 PM, in PSY/SOC B51. The directing/creative team may email you additional instructions, so please check the email you provided on your audition sheet. Otherwise, please show up PROMPTLY AT 5 and expect to stay the entire time!

If you have an unavoidable conflict, please email stage@bu.edu IMMEDIATELY with the details of your conflict and when you expect to arrive. I will forward your email to the directing team, and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Finally, if you need to drop a callback, it’s okay. You can drop one at any time while you’re at callbacks – at the beginning, in the middle, or at the very end. Just let the relevant directing team know as soon as you do. Also note that if you are cast and then drop a show, you will not be permitted to audition for Stage Troupe for one semester.

If your name is NOT on any callback list – don’t fret! This was our most competitive season in recent memory, but we still want you to be part of the Troupe family! Our tech meeting is coming up on September 14th at 2 PM in “The Space” near Raising Cane’s – by all means, come and check it out… you may find a new passion in one of our technical departments!

Additionally, we have more acting opportunities coming up! COMBAT, our 24 hour theater event, is still looking for writers and actors – no auditions required. If you’re interested, email stage@bu.edu, and I’ll sign you up! The event takes place from 8 PM October 3rd to 8 AM October 4th for writers, and 8 AM to 8 PM October 4th for actors and technicians. Troupe has actually won an official Boston University award of excellence for this event, so don’t hesitate to join us!

The Fall One Acts & Monologues Festival is also on the horizon later in the semester – additional information will be emailed out once we have details on our show lineup and audition details!

Now then, enough plugging. Without any further ado, the Fall 2014 Callbacks List


Into the Woods


Abi Oshins

Ali Edwards

Alix Jansma

Ara Butler

Brittany Kamson

Brittany Martin

Cameron Barney

Claire Buesser

Chelsea Wolsel

Danielle Diamond

Emily Prescott

Isabella Walpole

Karlie Fitzgerald

Katie Aramento

Katie Logan

Kelly Duffy

MaryKate Hagerty

Pascal Serp

Sali Diakite

Taylor Tessitore

Zoe Enscoe


Andrew Velechanski

Andy Moller

David Olson

Eliot Hanson

Evan Creedon

Jeremy Oshins

Joe Gambino

Matt Melleby

Mikey Giordano

Nathan Wilgeroth

Raaid Arshad

Richard VonItter

Sean Burciago

Victor Kholod

Zach King

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Abi Oshins

Ali Edwards

Alix Jansma

Claire Buesser

Emily Prescott

Hanna Eichen

Isabella Walpole

Jenny Morris

Lucy Gamades

Morgan Lehofer

Taylor Tessitore

Toria Rainey

Zoe Enscoe


Daniel Reichling

David Olson

Eli Brenna

Eli Sarcino

Evan Creedon

Kyle Mitchell

Kyle Tague

Robby Finan



Abigail Kass

Ali Edwards

Alicia Winton

Audrey Wood

Cara Dwyer

Daniella Seidl

Danielle Diamond

Emily Prescott

Emily Zisko

Hanna Eichen

Isabella Walpole

Kaitlin Jones

Kelly Tapager

Lucy Gamades

Melany Vazquez Heredin

Pascale Serp

Paulina Ke

Rachel Smith

Sydney Chavat


Cory Azmon

Daniel Reighling

David Hunt

Eli Brenna

Evan Creden

Jeremy Oshins

Kiko Macan

Michael Gobiel

Ryan Kelly

Scott Backman

Zach King

Zack Kennedy

Summer Show 2014: Art Tech List

Thank you for signing up to spend your summer with Stage Troupe!

Below is the tech list for this year’s summer show,Yasmina Reza’s Art: 

TD- Julie Kaminski
Asst. TD- Aubrie Sanchez
Asst. TD- Stephanie Bont
SM- Celia Gibson
ASM- Aryeh Harris Shapiro
Lights- Alex Williams
Asst. lights- Michael Goodloe
Asst. lights- Emmanuel Dollinger
Sound- Jason Fox
Sound- Liana Gerstien
Costumes- Cilicia Rios
Costumes- Cassandra Kocek
Hair/Makeup- Cilicia Rios
Hair/makeup- Karen Loewy
Props- Eli Brenna
Props- Claire Buesser
Set Design- Eli Brenna
Set Design- Veronica Priest
Set Dec/Paint- Cara Mayberry
Set Dec/Paint- Olivia Hathaway
Set Dec/Paint- Michael Goodloe
Master Carpenter- Jason Fox
Build- Claire Buesser
Build- Kevin Ang
Build- Marissa Cheifetz


Come see this work of art this summer, starting in June! 


Important Troupe Announcements (GM 5)

Well, this is it Troupies. Our season has officially come to an end. We would like to second to congratulate Twelfth Night, One Acts, and you all, membership, on some really great productions and another fantastic season!

Which actually brings me to the best part of a Troupe year… our annual awards ceremony!




6:30 PM in the Colloquium Room, 9th Floor of Photonics

Bring your best dressed self, purchase your tickets on Eventbrite, and RSVP on Facebook so we know you’re coming! See you soon!

*You must be a dues paying member to attend BUSTies and you must purchase your ticket ahead of time as tickets will not be available at the door.

And as our year comes to an end, we have a few more




Congratulations to the cast of Summer Show 2014!


Directed by David Olson

Marc, Lauren Kolodkin

Serge, Kyle Mitchell

Yvan, Kyle Tague

Understudy, Cameron Barney


We still need techies! Summer show is not possible without tech. If you are interested please email our TA, Marissa, at mcheifet@bu.edu with your top 3 tech interests by Friday, May 2, at 5PM!


TA Announcement

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of announcing your Technical Advisor for the 2014-2015 season. Congratulations to Camille Arvisu, your new TA! The new board is finally complete! We cannot wait to see where you all lead Troupe in the future. Congratulations and best of luck baby board!


Troupe Videographer

With our current videographer taking over as the secretary elect, Troupe is in the market for a new videographer. You will have a brand new Troupe camera to record with and it’s a great way to take on a little more responsibility and get more involved with Troupe. Plus you get free tickets to all the shows! Talk about perks, am I right? If you have any questions or are interested in the position please contact Kyle at kptague@bu.edu!


That’s all for now friends. Cheers to a great year, now let’s party!