Susanna Apgar (Founder, Artistic Director) is a Western Massachusetts based actor, writer, and director. Past performances include: Hampshire Shakespeare Company: Othello; Shakespeare & Company: Henry V, The Celebration; Boston Theatre Works: Othello; Smith College Department of Theatre: Some Mother’s Son, Reasons to Live, The Siegels of Montauk, Seeing Read; Gallatin Arts Festival: A Rap on Race; Dixon Place: Seeing Read; Northampton Playwrights’ Lab Play-by-Play Series: The Final Say; Silverthorne Theater Company: The Skin of Our Teeth; Majestic Theater: A Streetcar Named Desire, Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Academy of Music Theatre: Uncle Vanya; Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project: VFRTC, Dessert First, Swaying; Ghost Light Theater: Sex With Strangers. Directing credits include: Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project: Jordan, The Will; Smith College Department of Theatre: Dust, Lindy Luck; Easthampton BookFest: Myth, Move; Dixon Place: Seeing Read, El Camino Del Rey; Shakespeare & Company Education Department: Much Ado About Nothing. Susanna has also served on the Steering Committee, and as Pre-Production Coordinator, for the Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project since 2015, in addition to performing, writing, and directing for the event. Susanna trained as an actor, director, and teacher with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and as a playwright at Smith College. She holds a B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Tisch, N.Y.U. After taking a decade off from theatre to play and coach Roller Derby, to earn two degrees, and to enjoy a few adventures, Susanna could not be happier to come home to Western Massachusetts, and to the stage.
Kyle Boatwright (Board President) is an Amherst-based actor, musician, and writer. A long-time resident of the Pioneer Valley, she is deeply committed to equality, change, education, and activism through exceptional artistry. Regional acting credits: Mr. Burns (Mrs. Krabappel), Rent (Mimi), Seminar (Izzy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Schwarzy), Lena’s March (Lena Horne), God is Dead (Colin Powell), A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Simone). Kyle is also an acclaimed music director, award-winning composer, vocal coach, and music designer. She holds a B.A. in theatre, music, and creative writing, and has trained with Moscow Art Theatre (USA) as part of the Stanislavsky Summer Fellowship. In addition to her work with Strident Theatre, Kyle is the Co-Founder and Director of Rise Up Productions MA, a progressive Pioneer Valley collective that produces musical and theatrical benefits to support marginalized (yet core) communities in the area. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Northampton 24-Hour Theater Project. When not on stage, Kyle can be found on elaborate cross-country drives, living the farm life in Oregon, or just kickin’ it with the Noho music scene.