Erinn Hartley is the Executive Artistic Director and founder of Anam Cara Theatre Company. She is a well-rounded theatre artist and an educator. In addition to her work with Anam Cara, Hartley works as a freelance Teaching Artist for organizations which include LEAF Schools & Streets, TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools), and a local homeschool cooperative. Before moving to Asheville in 2008, Hartley worked in the Twin Cities for companies which include the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, and the Jungle Theatre. Hartley is a 2013 recipient of an Asheville Area Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant for her work as a theatre director in Western North Carolina.
Kim Hartley is proud to be involved with Anam Cara both as a performer and as its Development Director. She first encountered Anam Cara in early 2011 and has been involved in many productions since, including Big Love, We are The 99%, and Petroleum Sundaes for Everyone!. Kim has enjoyed watching Anam Cara grow and flourish and is excited to see its creative community develop even further. In addition to her role at Anam Cara she is also a songwriter and singer.
Kristen has been involved with Anam Cara since 2011. She has worked with the theatre company as a performer in mainstage productions as well as the Asheville Fringe Festival. She is the founder of and a performer in Accordion Time Machine, Anam Cara’s experimental theatre ensemble. She is a proud member of the Board and is excited to be a part of the great work that Anam Cara produces.
Missy Bell has been involved with Anam Cara since she moved to Asheville following a year-long road trip in 2014. She is a current member of Accordion Time Machine and has been seen on the Anam Cara Stage in Paradise Park Zoo, Farmer Dave’s Bicycle Powered Dream World and Woman: Revised. She looks forward to directing And Everything Nice in the 2015/2016 season and is proud of her past ACTC directing work on Butterfly and Romeo and Juliet. Missy is the current administrative director at the School for Creativity and Invention and holds a master’s degree in Creativity and Adolescent Development. An educator on days off from theatre, she spent several years teaching in the public school system, unschools her own children, and team teaches English and theatre at a local homeschool cooperative.
Laura Davis has been an integral member of Anam Cara Theatre Company since its inception. She has mainly worked behind the scenes doing everything ranging from marketing, fundraising, serving as Chairperson of the Board to organizing and recruiting volunteers. Laura is proud to call Anam Cara Theatre home and is pleased to work with so many similarly awkward people. “I want to invite everyone to come see at least one of our shows. We are truly different from other theatres you may have visited before. Everything we do, everything we stand for is built around our love and commitment of our mission statement. People who come see our shows leave with such a sense of wonder, even a sense of feeling like they are a part of the Anam Cara family. Come check us out!”
Amanda DePaola grew up in Asheville. She loves reading and currently holds a number of jobs, as people tend to do in this lovely town. She first became involved with Anam Cara as a performer, a little over three years ago and has continued to be involved in one way or another ever since. She was immediately struck by the warm and open sense of community the theatre cultivates and has enjoyed watching it grow. She is very proud and thankful to be a part of the Advisory Board.
Michelle Grasty has been involved with Anam Cara since 2012, and has loved being a part of such a dynamic community. Michelle’s favorite experience with the theatre would have to be reading an excerpt from Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” in the buff for Naked Girls Reading. Besides being a “naked girl”, Michelle has also performed in Anam Cara’s cabarets & fundraisers. Michelle has served on the Advisory Board since 2013, where she has found great joy working with volunteers, fundraising, and spreading the excitement of the theatre with others. Michelle is also a member of Les Filles Charme dance troupe, loves her book club, is an avid runner/yogi/champagne drinker, and can segue any conversation into being about her cats. She serves as Fundraising Committee co-leader.
Sarah Ballard stage managed Anam Cara’s very first show The Vagina Monologues and was immediately impressed with the company’s ability to produce innovative work, even when working with a well-known script. Sarah has continued working within Anam Cara in various capacities which include stage managing, occasional house managing, and at one point serving as the board secretary. She loves how Anam Cara’s shows always push boundaries and are most often ensemble-driven. One of her favorite things the company has produced is the Naked Girls Reading series. Sarah enjoys the outdoors and theatre opportunities of the Asheville area.
Dylan G. Suter is a musician, electrician, and all around technician. He is an avid theater enthusiast and has performed with Anam Cara on multiple projects since 2013 including Twelve Treatises on Memory, Petroleum Sundaes for Everyone!, Goblin Market: A Southern Gothic Opry, and Farmer Dave’s Bicycle Powered Dream World. He currently supervises students on the Electric Crew at Warren Wilson College, as well as running a side business as an electrical contractor and another restoring vintage motorcycles. Dylan is excited about his position on the board, and looks forward to seeing you at a show! He serves as Volunteer Coordinator
Michael Rose serves as Anam Cara’s webmaster and has been a part of the advisory board since 2013. He has performed in several of Anam Cara’s productions; these roles include Carl in The Baltimore Waltz, the character B in Crave, the head goblin in Goblin Market: A Southern Gothic Opry, and FBI Man in Roadkill Confidential. He currently attends school at NC State for analytics. Mike loves his Anam Cara family very much.
Schree Chavdarov uses her background in social justice to connect communities to their most valuable resources. Her experience brought her from grant-writing for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade in New Orleans to serving as community arts coordinator for LEAF Community Arts in Asheville, NC. In addition to her work in cultural and community development, Schree serves on the Board of Directors of Our Children’s Place and coordinates outreach opportunities for the Gathering Place Project, housed in the NC Arts Council. Along with her extensive background in cultural & community development, Schree received her BA in Africana Women’s Studies and Entrepreneurship from Bennett College and is currently in the Master’s in Entrepreneurship Program at Western Carolina University.
Craig Colont has been a volunteer with Anam Cara since 2012, and recently joined the Advisory Board in 2015. He loves the mission of the theater and is excited to be more involved. In his spare time, Craig enjoys working on cars, tinkering with tools, tending to his & Michelle’s chickens and kitties, and running.
Jocelyn Reese has supported Anam Cara through its fund-raising efforts and helped guide its revision for its core mission statement. An active member of the local Asheville performing and visual arts community, she co-produces the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival with her husband each January. This 4 day performing arts festival highlights new and emerging interdisciplinary performances from both local and imported artists for culturally adventurous audiences. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and painting and creating site specific installations.
Jocelyn has extensive experience in arts education, arts programming and school administration. She currently works as the Visual Arts Specialist for ArtSpace Charter School. Her job experiences vary from LEAF Schools & Streets Director, Assistant Principal for Asheville City Schools, and Art Teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She is passionate about bringing the arts to youth and is an active participant in social justice causes.