There have been many amazing people who have served on the Board of Directors over the past years. Some served for one year, some for several. All were important! You can find their names, bios, and photos below. (Note: Many bios below were the bios published when they were still serving on the board, but a few have been updated!)
Barri Tsavaris - Special Projects Director Barri served as Seoul Players Artistic Director from 2011-2015. She has a BS in Film from Boston University and hails from New York, where she performed and taught improv and sketch comedy for eight years before transplanting herself to Seoul in 2010. Her play I WILL FOLLOW debuted in the 2009 NY International Fringe Festival and NO TAMPONS IN PARADISE was performed and workshopped in New York. Favorite Seoul roles include Ophelia, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Joan in "Sexual Perversity in Chicago, "the moaner" in The Vagina Monologues, and Germain in "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." Seoul directing credits include David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," Tom Stoppard's "The Real Inspector Hound," and "The Vagina Monologues" (twice!). Her short play, "Anthropology," won 3rd place in the 2013 Seoul Players Ten Minute Play Festival.
South African native Heshina Pillay, is a BA Honours Graduate in Theatre and Drama and Performance, as well as Culture and Media Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban. Heshina is an actor and voice artist in Seoul. She has written and directed a Brechtian play called “Paying Attention to a Free Show.” She currently runs and presents a travel and lifestyle blog and YouTube channel called “The Haute Hesh.”
ANGI BELSLY - RESIDENT STAGE MANAGER Angi dipped her toes into stage management while attending Goshen College in Indiana. She began working with the various theater companies here in Seoul in 2011 and has now stage managed over a dozen productions. Her favorites include Night at The Paradise, Hamlet, Thaiing the Knot, The Real Inspector Hound, and Top Girls. She has been the Resident Stage Manager for Seoul Players since August of 2011.
Sarah hails from San Antonio, Texas and has been in Korea for over 3 years. She has enjoyed working with the talented artists of Seoul and looking for to her future collaborating with this thriving theatre community. Her Seoul credits include stage managing for Camarata's Wizard of Oz, Playworks Seoul's A Nightmare Before Christmas Musical, Seoul Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Seoul Players' 10 Minute Play Festival, and Production Manager for the 2015 Spring Mainstage of Top Girls and Glengarry Glen Ross
Hailing from the great state of Texas, Shawn Harrison, having already underwhelmed audiences in the music world, is looking to expand his horizons and try new things by branching out in to theater as he closes out his first year here in Korea. He enjoys cooking, cheap alcohol, playing League of Legends, and spending what little free time she has with his wife, Sarah, as well as their two cats.
JOE HALVARSON - WEB MASTER Joe Halvarson is a lover of the arts from Forest Lake, MN. He came to Korea by way of Minneapolis a few years after securing a degree in English from the Univeristy of Minnesota, Morris. Joe began making web pages soon after his family got their first computer in 1998. His first website was for a little thing, you've probably heard of it, Downstairs Basement Championship Wrestling. That was made on Angelfire and can be located using the Internet Archive. Currently he hopes he makes better webpages (and writes better poetry than that) and performs improv whenever possible. Joe began his improv love in 2002 in college. After graduating he was a member of The T-Rex Force, Treppenwitz and performed with ComedySportz in Minneapolis, MN. Joe used to perform with Seoul City Improv. He's now back in Minneapolis and working at HUGE Improv Theater in the evenings and a real job during the day.
MEAGHAN HARDING - ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR Meaghan is a native of Newfoundland, Canada. She worked as a stage manager, designer, actor, and dancer in Ottawa, Montreal, Fogo, and St. John's before moving to Korea in 2009. Favourite Seoul credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (stage manager), The Ravagers (actor), The Architect Becomes a Tree (dancer) and A Streetcar Named Desire (costume design). She has also produced more plays here in Seoul than she cares to count, and is working towards an M.Ed. from Framingham State University in her spare time.
JASON STONE - ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE Jason is a director, singer, actor, dancer from Chisago Lakes, MN. Jason holds a Theatre Performance degree from MN State University, Mankato. He has performed in many shows including The Medora Musical, an international tour of Babes in Toyland, and his favorite, the title role in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is very excited to be a part of the ever growing ex-pat theater community in Seoul!
CAEL ANTON, ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE Cael is a composer, singer, and actor from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. When composing and recording, Cael makes texture-intensive tracks that use strong rhythmic juxtaposition to create dramatic structure. When performing music live, Cael builds loops that leave you scratching your head in wonder and shaking your booty in delight. He recently appeared as Stanley Kowalski in Seoul Players production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He is excited to be releasing his debut solo album, The Architect Becomes a Tree, in 2012. Find out more at (the soon to be created) caelanton.com.
JESSICA ADEL - OUTREACH DIRECTOR Jessica Adel is a transplanted Canadian actor, singer, writer, and promoter of strong community living who now calls Korea home. Working as The Director of Community Outreach, she hopes to build strong partnerships between the ex-pat and Korean theatre communities of Seoul. With interests ranging from yoga to digital art, from dancing to bunnies and moon-gazing, it's a wonder she finds time to feed herself and crawl in to bed each night.
Though she misses maple cookies and the occasional moose sighting, Jessica plans to continue building social ties in lovely, mulit-colour ribbons all over the city of Seoul, and sees herself settling here for a substantial amount of time... or, at least until the next full moon.
QUINN OLBRICH - ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE Quinn enjoys taking part in musicals, straight theater, and dance pieces. In Seoul he has appeared in You Art Not Alone (Seoul Players), Yellow Face (Probationary Theatre), and Seussical (Camarata), to name a few. He has directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for Probationary Theatre and looks forward to more directing projects in the future. He also has a passion for writing and is studying to become a broadcast journalist.
MATT HAWKINS - TREASURER Matt enjoys helping out behind the scenes in any way he can, whether it be rewiring lights, getting sandwiches, being tall, or you know, managing all of our finances for us, without which we would never get anything done!
HEIDI JEDLICKA - ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR Heidi Jedlicka was the Administrative Director of Seoul Players. Hailing from Sioux Falls, SD USA she holds a degree in Theatre from The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN USA. While in University she was fortunate to travel to Europe and China which fostered her love of theatre in international and non-traditional settings. After two children's theatre tours with South Dakota based Children's Theatre Company of Sioux Falls and Minnesota based CLIMB Theatre, she worked with several Minneapolis based companies before heading to Korea in 2009. When she's not answering Seoul Players emails, or teaching small children, you can find her lavishing attention on her grumpy turtle, Alfie or eating carbs.
BLAKE E. BOLAN - ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE Blake E. Bolan was an Artistic Associate of Seoul Players. She earned a degree in theater from the University of Kansas. She acted and directed for an experimental theatre workshop for 11 years and she completed an internship with the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre in New York City. She is a founding member of the Minneapolis-based Savage Umbrella theater company. Last year she acted in Seoul Players' The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and directed Wintertime. She is currently leading the Seoul workshop of The Ravagers, co-produced by Savage Umbrella, Seoul Players, and The Workshop Division.
MARGARET WHITTUM Margaret Whittum has directed Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and True West, among others. Favorite roles include Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. Margaret has directed in Seoul, Edinburgh, Denver and Colorado Springs.
She has written two original shows, Love the Radio Edit, a one-act comedy performed entirely in song lyrics, which ran successfully at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Teeth, an educational ESL children's musical, which has run five times in Seoul. She resides between Seoul, South Korea, and Denver, Colorado, where she is an actor, director and voice actor. She founded the Seoul City Improv comedy group in 2007. SCI performs regularly in Seoul, as well as touring to Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Canada. Margaret is a graduate of Colorado College.
JONATHAN SHARROCK Jonathan Sharrock is an Australian businessman who was based in Seoul from 2002 to 2007. To this day he is still trying to work out who he sufficiently upset to get sent to Korea, but he now enjoys the kimchi, soju and karaoke on a global basis. Whilst Jonathan's thespian activities normally took place on the wrong side of the bar at any of the usual haunts around Seoul, playing Les in Bouncers was his formal acting debut. After the departure of the Seoul Players founder Roman Zolnierczyk in 2005, Jonathan took the reins for his last 2 years in Seoul and was responsible for producing Never Swim Alone, This is a Play, and Hitchcock Blonde.
PAMELA MUNOZ - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Pamela has been involved with Seoul Players since 2006. Beginning as a Front of House volunteer, she soon became a member of the Seoul Players Board to help with its communications activities in the community. She has lived in Korea since 2005 and has seen Seoul's theatre scene flourish over the years. WIth a long history in the performing arts back in Canada and her Public Relations background, she has been thrilled to be part of the growing professionalism of Seoul Players. With her departure from Seoul, Pamela will remain as a Communications Consultant to Seoul Players and is looking forward to the exciting future the group holds as a vibrant component to Seoul's growing international scene.
JESSICA RAU - OUTREACH ASSOCIATE Jessica is a Chicago native and commercial music performance grad from Belmont University. She has been a Seoulite for six years and works as a voice actor and studio singer. Catch her regularly with the acoustic duo, Just Friends. Jessica is thankful for such a collaborative creative community in Seoul.
*Jessica is now living in L.A., performing music and working as a voice actress.
LYLE ARNASON - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR A graduate of Minnesota State University's drama program, Lyle Arnason served as Artistic Director of Seoul Players for three years, during which time he directed, produced, and acted in many shows for the company. Favorite past credits include William Barfe in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Frank in Wintertime and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which he directed. Lyle has returned to the U.S.A and we all wish him many successes there!
STEPHANIE FOSTER - OUTREACH ASSOCIATE Stephanie Ann Foster served Seoul Players as an outreach associate. She hails from southern California, where life on her grandfather's ranch and an ample supply of old wedding dresses taught her the magic of effort and whimsy combined. While in California she became a founding member of the San Jacinto Valley Shakespeare Festival, and cavorted for two seasons with the Renaissance comedy troupe Marlowe's Shadowe. She then went on to tour for four years as an actress, director, and unit leader with the Covenant Players drama ministry. Performances in prisons, military bases, churches, schools, and on street corners convinced her that theatre works in any space, and the audiences of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, and South Korea, confirmed that it captivates in any culture.
Stephanie taught British literature and Drama at an international school in Seoul for four years. While pursuing an MA in Shakespeare and Education through the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, she dabbled in improv, badgered others about Shakespeare, and impulsively handed her soul off to the stage, appearing in twelve Seoul productions. She also served as a board member for the Seoul Shakespeare Company, and co-founded Cut Glass Theatre.
Now based in San Francisco as the Artistic Director of Cut Glass Theatre, she'd like to buy you a veggie burger, reorganize your cabinets, and involve you (even from a distance) in the madness.
ADAM LOFBOMM - OUTREACH ASSOCIATE Adam Lofbomm, from Nashville, Tennessee, USA served Seoul Players as an outreach associate. Raised in the home of two visual artists, Adam has always been creative. As an actor, Adam has graced Korean television screens and voiced countless video games, television programs and audio books. As a visual artist, Adam blurs the lines between photography and painting and was recently granted a residency with Seoul Museum of Art's Nanji studio. He brings big ideas, artistic know-how, and a real community awareness to the Seoul Players board.
ROMAN ZOLNIERCZYK Roman Zolnierczyk originally founded Seoul Players in 2001.