Behind the Scenes

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Richard Kuranda
founding artistic director

Richard got his start at the age of 12 in Northeastern Pa. acting for Pulitzer Prize winner Jason Miller in a production of That Championship Season.  He attended WVU for undergraduate work and then went on to NYC’s burgeoning independent film scene in the 1990s where he worked with Bill Plympton, Sydney Lumet, and Eduardo Machado.  He then attended the New School for Social Research/Actors Studio Drama School where he earned two Masters degrees under Arthur Penn and Romulus Linney.

After school, he served as the Head of Operations at NY’s Signature Theater Company under James Houghton for 2 years where he managed two Theaters on 42nd St. before accepting a senior administrator post at The New School/ASDS with James Lipton.  During a 5-year period, he worked towards the expansion of the Repertory season, television show as well as the expansion of the campus to include the Westbeth Theater Complex.  Kuranda co-founded Epic Repertory Theater in NYC and in a three-year span produced nearly 24 Off-Broadway plays including premieres by David Auburn, JT Rogers, Romulus Linney, and Lee Blessing.  He went on to become the Associate Artistic Director, Interim Artistic Director and then Producing Director for the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre Center. While at the O’Neill, Kuranda was credited by the New York Times as restoring confidence to its national programs with the addition of Michael Bush, Wendy C. Goldberg, and Oz Scott. Projects developed under his tenure at the O’Neill included In The Heights and {title of show} amongst others which have debuted at nearly every major regional theater in the US.

He is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio (early work at the Actors Studio included a 6-month development of Oedipus Rex with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Estelle Parsons).  His film work is a permanent part of the MOMA Collection; he’s a former advocate for the United Nations, Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona 2004. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and The Stage Directors and Choreographers.  Kuranda serves as a Mentor for the Kennedy Center, Arts In Crisis program. Five years ago, Richard moved to Crystal Lake and started a family with his wife Alicia.  They are very proud of their four children and the community.

   


Carolyn Voss
director of production

Carolyn finds herself pursuing new challenges as the Director of Production for the Raue Center for the Arts since March of 2018.  This follows four years in service as the center's Lighting Supervisor and Master Electrician.

She previously worked as the Resident Lighting Designer and Assistant Technical Director at Lexington Children’s Theater, overseeing more than thirty shows and completing four regional tours with the company.  Other notable professional residencies include New London Barn Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, The American Dance Festival, and Stagedoor Manor.

Prior to coming onboard full-time at Raue Center, Carolyn also worked as a freelance designer in the greater Chicago area.  Her work has appeared with companies including Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Wilmette Center for the Arts, Trapdoor Theater, Rasaka Theater Company, Factory Theater, and Babes with Blades.  Her scenic design for Through the Leaves at Side Project received a 2014 Jeff Nomination.

Carolyn completed her MFA in Production Design and Technology at Ohio University.  Honors earned there include the Martha and Harmon Foster fellowship, a USITT Peggy Ezekial Outstanding award, and Honors at SETC’s graduate lighting design competition as well as Ohio University’s student expo.

Her undergraduate degree comes from Grinnell College, where she served on the theater department’s Student Educational Policy Committee and earned Phi Beta Kappa membership.

Outside of theater, Carolyn can be found scaling rock walls, gathered around the board gaming table, and improving her skills in the kitchen.


Caitlin Quinn headshotCaitlin I. Quinn
production stage manager

Caitlin wanted to be a stage manager before she even knew exactly what a stage manager was. She walked into the recruiting meeting of her high school drama club her freshman year, said, "Yeah, I want to do that." and she hasn't looked back since.

Caitlin completed a double major in English: Creative Writing and theatre at Towson University in four years. She has found a passion for new play development and stage combat. One of her favorite projects to date has been The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy which combined those two loves. 
 
Caitlin has worked as a stage manager or as a part of the stage management team for Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Live Action Theatre, Red Branch Theatre Company, Pumpkin Theatre, and Generous Company. She has also worked in corporate events for the global marketing company Viva Creative, based out of Rockville, Maryland. She is proud to be the production stage manager for Williams Street Repertory.
 
 

William Schmiel
resident scenic artist

William Schmiel earned his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, Goodman School of Drama.  He has more than 40 years of professional design experience.  He worked at Insight Theatre, The Municipal Opera, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Stages, The St. Louis Ballet Company, The New Theatre, Theatre Project Company;  as well as at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City.  For WSRep, the last designed  DEATH OF A SALESMAN, ART, [TITLE OF SHOW] and painted PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE.


 

WSR Production Staff

Carolyn Voss, director of production
Kyle Schneider, sound supervisor/production assistant
Matt Claypool, master electrician/facilities coordinator
William Schmiel, resident scenic artist

WSR Administrative Staff

Richard Kuranda, founding artistic director
Caitlin I. Quinn, company manager
Ari DeGenova, associate company manager
Alicia Regan, grants coordinator
Miriam Naponelli, marketing director
Michele V. Knight, marketing manager/reading series program manager
Janie Ragsdale, marketing associate/social media coordinator
James Knight, economic development manager
Kayti Sault, house manager

 

 

 

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