Visionbox Vail

Visionbox Vail Summer Theatre Institute 2020 Season 1

The Visiobox Vail Summer Theatre Institute is a new performing arts program, founded by Jennifer McCray Rincon and Bill Pullman, that provides high school and college students with training in acting and multimedia design in the beautiful setting of Vail, Colorado. Our training, rooted in graduate-level curriculum and taught by theatre professionals, includes Acting, Movement, Speech & Voice, Singing, Projection Design and Puppet Design. 

 

Visionbox Studio will also produce new multimedia performance work by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists as part of the Visionbox Vail Summer Theatre Institute. In 2019, Visionbox produced All the World: A Festival of Solo Shakespeare Projects with the Visionbox Studio professional Ensemble at the Vail Mountain School as part of their first summer residency. In 2020, Visionbox plans to bring a world premiere of Seeking Charlie Russell, a new one man show by renowned theatre and film actor Bill Pullman as part of the first full Summer Theatre Institute program.

Visionbox Vail Summer Theatre Institute 2020

July 13th - August 8th, 2020: Visionbox will offer two two-week design and actor training intensives for high school and college students from Colorado and all over the United States, taught by theatre professionals in residence at the Vail Mountain School.

July 13th - July 25th, 2020:

Design Internship Seeking Charlie Russell, written and performed by Bill Pullman

 

Up to 12 students will be admitted to an internship program that will include classes in projection design, taught by Los Angeles designer Sean Cawelti and object and puppet design taught by internationally renowned designer Jack Pullman. Interns will also assist and observe the rehearsal and production of Bill Pullman’s newest work, Seeking Charlie Russell, which will perform July 21st and 22nd at the Peter Abuisi Theatre in Vail. On July 23rd - 25th, students will present independent design projects for family and general audiences at the Vail Mountain School.

 

July 27th - August 8th, 2020:

Acting Intensive

 

Up to 16 students will be admitted into a two week acting intensive that will culminate in performances for family and audiences. Students will participate in a conservatory style curriculum that includes skills classes in dance, movement, speech & voice, stage combat and singing. All acting classes will be taught by Jennifer McCray Rincon. This program will prepare students for ongoing work in high school, colleges and conservatory programs. While the program supports students interested in pursuing the performing arts at a college and professional level, the training will also help any student with advanced text analysis skills, public speaking and ensemble work.

Anyone interested in applying for the Design Internship and/or the Acting Intensive should email us at:

 

info@visionbox.org, ATTN: Visionbox Vail

Jennifer McCray Rincon

Co-Artistic Director, Master Acting Instructor, Co-Director - Seeking Charlie Russell

Jennifer McCray Rincón received her BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She was recipient of an NEA Directing Fellowship at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia. After many years in New York, Ms. Rincón came to Denver as the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she remained from 1991 through 2008. At the DCPA Ms. Rincón taught acting in the 3-year MFA Acting program and directed over 100 productions including Equus, Othello, The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The 365 Project, Monte Carlo, and Expedition 6 by Bill Pullman. Locally, Ms. Rincon has directed for El Centro Su Teatro, Shadow Theatre, The Historic Old Elitches Theatre, and was Founding Artistic Director of the Lizard Head Theatre Company in Telluride.


Since founding Visionbox Studio in 2010 Jennifer McCray Rincon has taught acting to Denver student and professional actors in five week sequences culminating in  performances. She has also developed and directed a number of workshops and productions for Visionbox including: The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, Lydie Breeze by John Guare, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, 2xTENN by Tennessee Williams, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with William Youmans, The Othello Project, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and My Two Sisters, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.

Bill Pullman

Co-Artistic Director, New Play Development, Writer and Actor - Seeking Charlie Russell

Bill Pullman (Co-Artistic Director, Resident Artist, Writer and Actor, Seeking Charlie Russell) has film credits that span ninety features with directors including David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Mel Brooks, Roland Emerich, and Nora Efron. His Broadway credits include Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?


He has been nominated for four Drama Desk awards for Best Actor. He directed and produced the TNT movie The Virginian (Best Picture/Wrangler Award, 2000). For his role in the current cable series The Sinner he has been nominated for a Critics Circle Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In his community work, he co-founded  Hollywood Orchard, a non-profit initiative that, since 2011, has organized neighbors to harvest and share fruit from urban environments. Bill serves on the boards of Alfred University and If Not Us Then Who.

Sean Cawelti

Lead Projection Designer - Seeking Charlie Russell

Sean Cawelti (Lead Projection Designer, Seeking Charlie Russell ) is a director, puppet / video designer and creator of
immersive and site-specific experiences. Sean is a graduate from the University of California Irvine with honors in Directing, studied puppetry at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He is the founding Artistic Director of Rogue Artists Ensemble in Los Angeles and has won awards for his work as a designer, director and playwright, including a UNIMA Citation of Excellence and the Sherwood Award from the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles . His work has been seen at the Getty Villa, South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Cornerstone Theater Co., Chicago Opera Theater, LA Theatre Works, The Geffen Playhouse, Long Beach Opera, Imago Theater in Portland, NY City Opera and the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Sean is a member of USA829. www.seancawelti.com

Jack Pullman

Puppet and Object Designer - Seeking Charlie Russell

Jack Pullman (Puppet and Object Designer, Seeking Charlie Russell ) is an artist and puppet designer/fabricator based in Los Angeles, California. Cherished productions include Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta and Woodboy Dogfish, both with the Rogue Artists Ensemble, and Plikten Kaller under director Petter Width Kristiansen in Oslo, Norway. He is also the principal designer for Norwegian art-pop band Moviestar. Jack is excited to return to VisionBox to explore the life and work of Charlie Russell.

Daphne Bichler

Assistant to the Artistic Directors

Originally from Germany, Daphne is an actor and theatre artist who came to the U.S. in 2015 to follow her passion and continue her professional theatre education. While pursuing her BA in Acting at Columbia College Chicago, she also completed internships at O'Connor Casting Company and the Goodman Theatre. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2019, she decided it was time for a new home base and moved to Denver to continue her artistic career here. She is very excited to be a part of the Visionbox team and to assist Ms. Rincon while exploring Colorado and growing as an artist.

Areas of interest include: Stage Combat, Voiceover and Physical Theatre. 

Gary Logan

Voice & Speech Instructor

GARY LOGAN, M.F.A., Associate Professor, Speech and Dialects (Tenured)
Gary Logan is the Associate Professor of Speech and Dialects at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and was formerly the director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's MFA program, the Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he also taught Ear-Training and Acting: Shakespeare. He is the author of the highly acclaimed The Eloquent Shakespeare: A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works, with Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue (University of Chicago Press), and is the recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award. He has worked as a voice, text, and dialect coach on over 140 professional productions, with companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, the Denver Center, the Kennedy Center, Chautauqua Theatre, and many more. Clients to whom he has taught dialects include Tyne Daly, Scott Bakula, Christine Lahti, and Brian Bedford. Frequently invited to be a Visiting Guest Artist to share his expertise in Phonetics, Shakespeare's Language, and Dialects, he has taught at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland, the Stratford Festival of Canada, Dartmouth College, and the Chautauqua Theatre Company Conservatory, just to name a few. He has held permanent and adjunct positions at the Academy for Classical Acting, The George Washington University, the University of Maryland, the National Theatre Conservatory (where he was mentored by Tony Church, founding member of the RSC), the University of Denver, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has directed over 40 plays, for both professional theatres and for MFA programs, and has acted in scores of plays at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, the Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, the Denver Center Theatre, Denver, and many others. He was on the Board of Advisors for the National Center for Voice and Speech, and has been a senior faculty member of Canada's annual National Voice Intensive for more than twenty years. Working closely with directors such as Michael Kahn, Sir Peter Hall, John Barton, Maria Aitken, Stephen Wadsworth, Vivienne Benesch, David Muse, Robert Richmond, Nagle Jackson, Israel Hicks, Ethan McSweeny, and Laird Williamson, he has become a trusted colleague and practitioner of dialects, phonetics, rhetoric, voice, and acting. He holds an MFA from ACT, where his teachers included Bill Ball, Edith Skinner, Yat Malmgren, Allen Fletcher, and Catherine Fitzmaurice. He has been in or produced over 800 voice-overs and continues to enjoy studio work. Recently, his poetry was published in Poets Are Present, an anthology.


 

Morgan Kulas

Movement Instructor

Morgan Kulas is a Movement, Meditation Teacher, and Artist. She is the founder of MindSpace Meditation Center and is on staff as a Teacher and Choreographer at Vail Valley Academy of Dance, both of which are in Edwards, Colorado. She received a BFA in Acting from The Theater Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts where she was gifted a scholarship to continue her dance training at Hubbard Street. She works in the mediums of physical narrative and intermedia. Her work has been featured at Visionbox Theater Company, Chicago College of Performing Arts, The Spertus Institute in Chicago, Tedx, Colorado University, Vail Valley Academy of Dance, Art in Public Places, among others. She enjoys creating work and teaching in a way that supports the flowering of consciousness.

Alexandra C. Trosper

Singing Instructor

Alexandra C. Trosper completed her Master’s in Vocal Performance with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Colorado State University. While achieving her Master’s degree, she was selected to be an apprentice artist for Opera Fort Collins. There she performed her first Professional role as Delah in the Opera Gift of the Magi, Hannah the Merry Widow, Johanna Sweeney Todd, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Laticia Old Maid and the Thief, Queen of the Night Magic Flute, Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Sally Die Fledermaus, and Fredrika A Little Night Music, Barbarina Le Nozze diFigaro. She has been asked to sing at various fundraisers for cancer, children’s hospitals and schools in Africa. She has performed internationally in Germany at the International Performing Arts Institute and young artist in China at the East China Normal University. She served as a teaching fellow this past year in Germany International Performing Opera Institute. Trosper has performed with Boulder Symphony and Fort Collins symphony. In the Vail Valley she has performed as a featured artist for the Black Diamond Ball, soloist for a Night with Mozart at Nottingham Park, she played Truvey in Steel Magnolias the play. In Glenwood at the Riviera Musical Series: as Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Cosette in Les Miserables and Lori in Oklahoma, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar and she has sang on Opera evenings at the Riviera as well as the Redstone Castle in Redstone Colorado.

Alexandra Trosper is currently the Choral and Musical Director at Battle Mountain High school. This year her top Altitude Choir placed 2nd out of 26 choirs in the state of California. Trosper has musically directed Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast and Legally Blonde. Helped co-direct plays such as Flowers for Algernon, Diary of Anne Frank and the Curious Savage.Last year, 2018-2019 Ms. Trosper received the "Outstanding Educator of the Year" for the Eagle Country Schools District.  

Bill Youmans

Acting Music

Film: BIRDMAN, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, MRS. SOFFEL, NADINE, COMPROMISING POSITIONS, FRESH HORSES.  TV: THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL, PRIVATE HISTORY OF A CAMPAIGN THAT FAILED (Peabody) 666 PARK AVE. (Recurring); L&Os; Broadway: Original casts: WICKED; CAROUSEL (2018 revival);THE LITTLE FOXES (w. Elizableth Taylor); THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION (Aaron Sorkin); BIG RIVER; TITANIC; BAZ LUHRMANN's LA BOHEME; FINIAN'S RAINBOW (revival); BRIGHT STAR (Steve Martin); PIRATE QUEEN (Boublil and Schoenberg of Les Miz).  Also BILLY ELLIOT and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Many Off-Broadway; most recently, Government Inspector; also Skin of Our Teeth and Julie Taymor’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre for a New Audience.

Tony Bender

Theatre Director

Tony is the Theatre Director for the Vail Mountain School in Vail, Colorado. Originally from Pennsylvania, some of his past experiences include acting, directing, company and production management, voice acting, and radio, to name only a few. Tony is a vocal proponent of Arts Education, and is ecstatic to host Visionbox at VMS, and looks forward to expanding the Theatre culture in the Vail Valley.

Visionbox Vail Faculty