Meet Our Board.
So what does it take to run a company like Wide Eyed? It takes a whole board of passionate, creative, and inspiring people working towards a collective goal, that's what.
Leonora Bernstein, Education Chair
Leonora Bernstein is the Chair of Wide Eyed’s Educaton Committee. Before joining Wide Eyed, Leonora worked as both an in-school and after school teaching artist for several community-based organizations throughout New York City. Outside of New York she has worked in Dublin, for The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children and also in Boise with Idaho Theatre for Youth. Leonora has trained with leaders in the field of theatre and education, such as Dorothy Heathcote, Cecily O’Neill, Muireann Ahern and Phillip Taylor. Leonora holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Boise State University and a M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University.
Cate DiGirolamo, Board Member
Cate is a Lighting Designer and Production/Stage Manager who has worked for Gate Theatre Notting Hill, Royal Court Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Hightide Festival Theatre, and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, and more recently CAP21 and UglyRhino Productions in New York. She received her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Artistic Director, Wide Eyed West
Kristin is a theatre and film director/producer residing in Queens. As a director, her work focuses on the support and development of original works as well as the reimagining of new classics. She is successful acting/audition coach and her students have been invited into graduate programs and master classes as well as plays and film. She also serves as Artistic Director at Durango Arts Center Theatre in Durango, Colorado. She works with artists of all ages and most recently taught high school students in the New School for Drama’s Summer Acting Intensive. She holds an MFA in Directing from New School for Drama and a BA from The University of Northern Colorado where she studied performing arts. Recent New York City credits; Dead Special Crabs (Wide Eyed Productions), The Subject Was Roses (EST), At The Finish (Sam French OOB fest), The Old Forever New Things, Red Light Winter, Venus in Fur, (The New School for Drama), Leah in Vegas (NYFringeFest), Animals (Fringe NYC, winner outstanding directing award). Film credits include the short film Isolation and the upcoming web series Bar Crossed Lovers. She has explored the work of many emerging playwrights including; Dan Kitrosser, Nick Gandiello, Sam Byron, Bekah Brunstetter, Derek Ahonen, Brian Watkins. Favorite acting credits include: Mrs. Slater in A Devil Inside, Amy in First Base Coach, Lizzy in Noah's Arkansas, and many more!
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Artistic Director, Wide Eyed East
Stephanie is a director and educator residing in Brooklyn. As a director, her work focuses on text with heightened language with both the re-imagining of classical texts and the development of new work. As an educator and director of youth programs she tries to promote theatre education that can extend beyond production to become an accessible art form and tool for change in a community. Currently she is on faculty at The New School for Performing Arts and is the director of the New School for Drama’s Summer Acting Intensive. She holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from New School for Drama. Recent New York City credits; Butcher (Stella Adler Studio), Salt (Wide Eyed Productions), Die Kleinen (Mastodon Theater Company) The House Itself Does Not Burn, Eurydice, Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise, (The New School for Drama), First Love (RAL Productions), The Worst Year Ever (Fringe NYC). Regional credits include; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mendocino Theatre Co.) Trifles, The Changeling, Cancerland (Emerson College, Boston) A Burial at Thebes, Trojan Women, Women Beware Women (Common Classics, MA). She joined Wide Eyed Board of Directors in 2013 and is a member of their Education Committee & Board Development committees. For upcoming season information, or to just say hello, you can find her here:
Glauber Barbosa, Board Member
Glauber Barbosa is a Finance professional originally from Brazil residing in Manhattan. Current the Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis at Endurance, a global specialty insurance and reinsurance company based in Bermuda, he is responsible for business intelligence, analysis, annual plan, forecasting and reporting to the C-level executives. Prior joining Endurance Glauber spent 7 years in public accounting with Deloitte in Brazil and Bermuda. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, an MBA in Investment Analysis and is certified Corporate FP&A.
Will Farrell, Board Member
Aurea Tomeski, Board Member
Aurea Tomeski is a Manhattan based actor, producer, and teaching artist. Her producing credits include Deployed: The Musical (Gallery Players, NYNW Festival), Inside Alfie (The Barrow Group), and Tristmas, an annual showcase of original songs and short plays benefiting New York based charities. As an actor, she currently tours nationally in a one-woman adaptation of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Recent New York credits include: Lamia (NY Fringe), The Improbable Fall, Rise, & Fall of John Law (Dreamscape Theatre), What We Lost (Theatre Uzume), Women and Wallace (Box Colony Theatre), Tapefaces (Ars Nova). Favorite regional credits: Shakespeare in Love (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Julius Caesar (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festiva), Macbeth (California Shakespeare Company), Oliver Twist (A Noise Within), Entropy General (Alive Theatre), History of the Devil (The Garage Theatre). In 2014, Aurea originated the roles of Regina and Deirdre in Wide Eyed's Dead Special Crabs under the direction of Kristin Skye Hoffmann, and she served as a Guest Artist with the company for three years before joining the board. When not on stage or on set, you can find her flexing her massage therapist skills or working to reach her goal of running all the way around the island of Manhattan in one go. MFA from The New School. Find out more at www.aureatomeski.com
Kim Krane holds an MFA from Case Western/Cleveland Playhouse MFA training program. She is an associate producer for New York Shakespeare Exchange. She frequently acts with Amios’ Shotz, a monthly short play pressure cooker. Kim is a co-founder of Mastodon and proud to have produced the NY premieres of Elemeno Pea, Die Kleinen, KEEP and Mastodon’s Pint-Size Short Play series. She is passionate about new work and emerging artists. Favorite roles include: Emily Weldon (Butcher), Alice (Closer), Naomi (KEEP), Katrin (Mother Courage).
On a less formal note, Kim grew up playing April O'Neill, Maid Marion, Wendy, Emily in The Three Ninjas and anything that involved being a pirate. She doesn't know how to answer the question, "Where are you from?" but will cite Michigan (Kalamazoo <3), Arizona and California as three of several places if you ask her. She would like to thank her older brother and the Jeffrey boys for letting her play fierce women from a very young age.
Born in Albuquerque, raised in El Paso on a steady diet of Mexican food, classic films, and literary fiction, and Austin educated (St. Edward’s University, B.A. in Theatre Arts, summa cum laude), Amy Lee’s roots are currently set in northern Manhattan. She’s a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, Wide Eyed Productions’ core ensemble, and was inducted into the New York Theatre Experience (NYTE) Indie Theater Hall of Fame in 2013.
Check out more about Amy Lee at http://www.amyleepearsall.com