Please note that Visonbox will comply with all Covid-19 Health restrictions as suggested or mandated by the State of Colorado and Town of Vail including, but not limited to social distancing, facial covering, hand washing and class size limits. If more students than 8-10 students apply per session we will accommodate students with extra staff and more than one group per class. Any of our faculty who do not reside in Colorado will teach workshops and classes online, but our Vail and Denver instructors will be teaching in person.
Summer Theatre Institute 2020 Season 1
The Visionbox Vail Summer Theatre Institute is a new theatre training program, founded by Jennifer McCray Rincon, in residence at the Vail Mountain School in the beautiful setting of Vail, Colorado. The Institute is assembling an extraordinary team of theatre professionals from different disciplines to work with high school and college students in an intensive, fully focused way. The training will combine skills classes in movement, voice and speech, stage combat, singing, projection design, and acting. After these morning skills classes students will rehearse and develop a new full length theatre project with our production team and other adult professional actors. At the end of each two week intensive students will perform for family, friends, and general audiences in the state of the art Peter Abuisi Theatre.
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 24th, 2020:
Theatre Training Intensive 1 - REALISM
Up to 16 students will be admitted to train in skills classes that include movement, singing, projection design, and acting. The material studied in acting classes will focus on American Classical Realism including writing by Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets, Lillian Helman, Arthur Miller, and finally Chekov. Scenes selected in classes will then be rehearsed by students with the Visionbox Ensemble professional actors and a project will be developed to perform for audiences at the end of the intensive. The project will take ideas and content from class work while developing a contemporary piece that will include actors, text, and innovative projection design.
July 27th - August 7th, 2020:
Theatre Training Intensive 2 - SHAKESPEARE
Up to 16 students will be admitted to train in skills classes that include acting music, movement, projection design, voice and speech, and stage combat. The material studied in the acting classes will focus on Shakespearean scansion, acting poetry, imaging, text analysis, and character. Each student will then have the opportunity to develop their own solo Shakespeare piece in collaboration with other actors with support from our design, technical, and directing team. Actors from the Visionbox Ensemble will also continue to develop their own solo pieces that will be presented in a festival with students at the end of the intensive. Visionbox Studio premiered some of these pieces last summer with All The World: A Festival of Solo Shakespeare Performances.
What is completely unique about this program is the partnership between young emerging artists and working adult professionals. Our students will act alongside our adult actors in a way that is not common in most high school, college, conservatory, or graduate settings. Our Visionbox Ensemble will not only teach acting but will also become lifelong mentors to these younger students. Our unique production work has been developed over many years in a style we call “low-friction” that focuses on the relationship between the actor, text, and new technologies in design.
While the Institute’s curriculum is geared toward high school and college students, other students are welcome to apply and will be considered. Students may also apply for both intensives which study very different material. While the Institute will benefit students interested in pursuing theatre in high school, college and beyond: other students will gain invaluable experience with complex text analysis, public speaking, collaboration in an ensemble, and the development of their own personal voice.
Visionbox Vail Faculty
Jennifer McCray Rincon
Founding Artistic Director/ Head of Acting
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 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
Assistant to the Artistic Director
Olivia is a performing and visual artist from Denver Co, specializing in dance, writing, music, and visual arts. She grew up in the theatre. She graduated from the Colorado Film School. And spent a year working in film in Los Angeles. She is excited to advance her personal career and honoured to be a new member of Visionbox Actors Studio. Her dream is to open her own in-home dance and visual arts studio and create multimedia performing art shows with her students.
Tal Arnold is proud to be the Associate Artistic Director of Visionbox. He began his theatrical career
here and has since worked in Denver, Chicago and LA as an Actor, Lighting Designer, Director and
Instructor. He has performed improv comedy at iO and the Comedy Club in Chicago. Visionbox
introduced him to the work and joy of the theatre, and he couldn't be more proud and grateful to be
Associate Artist Director
Head of Scenography & Interactive Media
Phillip Baldwin, MFA Yale, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University. Over 30 years of integrating the arts and design, with technology.
Is a scenographer, designer, author, educator, UX/UI consulting, business person, art and technology installation artist, associate professor of design and digital media, and immersive environment designer. He devotes equal effort to Academic/Professing fields as well as in the for-profit IT research fields. Has current research and authorship in the relationship of space to telematics and telepresence, Virtual reality and 'spaces of shared experience'. He designed for Film, the stage, Modern Dance, Events, and public projection mapping commissions. Recipient of four international awards in Design including the Rome Prize, Japan foundation prize, Korea foundation award, and Korean industrial development in STEAM and the creative tech curriculum Co-Pi of 700k from the Korean Minister of Culture.
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 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
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.
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.
Technical Theatre/Stage Combat/ Acting
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.