The Double Edge Ensemble is led by Stacy Klein, founder and artistic director; Carlos Uriona, actor and ensemble leader; Matthew Glassman, actor and executive director; Hayley Brown, actor and co-op manager; Jeremy Louise Eaton, actor and associate director of training programs; Adam Bright, actor and technical/facilities director; and Milena Dabova, actor and associate director of marketing; with Hannah Jarrell (actor and associate director of community development), and Carroll Durand (co-founder, actor, designer).
The Double Edge Company includes resident artists and apprentices Amrita Ramanan (associate producer), Joanna Caplan (admin, hospitality), Andrew Todd (associate technical and lighting director), Amanda Miller (costumiere, marketing assistant), Sarah Cormier (designer, development), Evan Barth (technician, admin), Walken Schweigert (resident company, musician) and Ryan O'Connor (writer, lanscaping). Long-term collaborators include Brian Fairley (sound and projector design/co-director), Charlestown Working Theater co-directors Jennifer Johnson and John Peitso (actors, Summer Spectacle associate presenters). Jeff Bird (designer), Nancy Milliken (visual artist), Hayley Wood (painter), Rachel Silverman (painter), Jim and Bill Vieira (stone masonery), Harry Dodson (landscape design), Maria Baranova (photographer), Beckie Kravetz (mask maker), and James Latzel (lighting designer) are also regular collaborating artists.
The Double Edge Center of Living Culture is run by Matthew Glassman, executive director, with Stacy Klein, Carlos Uriona, Adam Bright, Jeremy Louise Eaton, Hannah Jarrell, and Milena Dabova.
Stacy Klein is the Founder/ Artistic Director of Double Edge. Under her leadership, the company has grown for 32 years into one of the foremost laboratory ensemble theatres in the United States, applying rigorous physical training and the principle of an actor’s autonomy to create work in an ensemble laboratory setting. The three original performance cycles Klein directed have earned her international recognition for daring and innovation. Likewise, her work in creating the 'living culture' of The Farm, Double Edge's international center for performance and exchange, has been groundbreaking.
Klein is presently working on
The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century),
a kaleidoscopic spectacle of history that depicts major events of the 20th century in a theatrical style inspired by Chagall’s vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest. The Grand Parade premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013, followed by its Russian premiere at The Golden Mask Festival in Moscow in March.
Organizing and producing extra-theatrical events has also been central in Klein's work. Her projects include the 1980-81 International Womyn's Theatre Festivals in Boston, the US / Latin American Spiral Mirror Project (1996-2001), the summer Ex-CHANGE programs (2002-4) and, with Poland's Gardzienice Theatre, the International Consortium for Theatre Practices (1999–2001). The ongoing Conversations series, convened with Philip Arnoult, brings internationally renowned artists, writers, and thinkers to the Farm for wide-ranging discussions, broadcast live over the internet.
Klein's methodology has been profiled in New Theatre Quarterly, American Theatre, Theater Heute, TheatreForum, and TDR, among others, and she has written for Theater Topics and The Open Page. She is currently co-authoring a book with renowned Moscow Times writer John Freedman. Klein received the 2006 OTTO award, the MCC Artist Award (1999), an InRoads grant (1998), and was a Mentor in the New Generations Mentorship Program. She holds a PhD (Theatre History and Criticism) from Tufts University, MA (Political Theatre Education) from Goddard College, and BFA (Directing) from Boston University. In 2013, Stacy received the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award which recognizes exemplary individual artists who have proven their artistic vitality and commitment to their field.
Carlos Uriona (Actor & Ensemble Leader) is an actor and puppeteer from Argentina, and has worked with the company since 1996. Uriona is presently working on
The Grand Parade, a kaleidoscopic spectacle of history which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013. Uriona is a co-creator of the theatre's previous cycle of work, the Garden of Intimacy and Desire, and has created leading roles in all four performances of that cycle, including Maarten Soetendrop in the Disappearance and Don Quixote in the UnPOSSESSED. In 2002, Uriona co-founded Double Edge's annual summer series of Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Spectacle performances. Closely connected to this work is Uriona's role as the leader of Double Edge's grassroots campaigns and audience development initiatives. For this he has drawn from his previous work in Argentina, particularly the PLAZA performance project, which brought together thousands of young participants and spectators in squares throughout Buenos Aires. Uriona received an Arts International Inroads Grant, a Lila Wallace APAP award, and was a co-recipient of the Doris Duke/Andrew Mellon/TCG New Generations Mentorship Award.
Before coming to Double Edge, Uriona founded the award-winning puppet theatre Diablomundo, named one of the "Top Ten Most Important Argentine Theatres of the 20th Century¨ by the Association of Argentinean Critics. Uriona co-created and performed in more than 15 performances with Diablomundo, both original works and adaptations, which toured internationally. In 1992, Diablomundo was invited to the First International Puppet Festival produced by the Henson Foundation, as one of the 16 international participant companies. In addition to his work with Diablomundo, Uriona organized groups of self-managed actors and artist cooperatives as his contribution to the Argentine fight for freedom during the military dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1982. These groups included the Agrupacion para el Teatro Rioplatense (1978), Teatro del Ateneo (1978) and Nucleo de Artistas del Sur (1982). In 1985, he was one of the the founding members of the Movimiento de Teatro Popular (MOTEPO) a movement of theatres that worked to decentralize and collaborate with high quality art forms in non conventional theatre places, streets, factories, neighborhoods. Uriona also served as Managing Director at the Clarence Brown Theater in Tennessee in 1995-1996.
Matthew Glassman (Actor & Executive Director) began working with Double Edge Theatre in 2000. He directs The Farm Center - an International Center for Training, Collaboration and Exchange, which hosts educational programs for emerging artists, indoor and outdoor performances, community events and international artistic exchange.
Glassman is currently working on The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century), which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013, followed by its Russian premiere at The Golden Mask Festival in Moscow. He has also co-created the last three performances of Double Edge’s Garden of Intimacy and Desire cycle in leading acting roles. In Republic of Dreams, based on the work of Polish-Jewish artist Bruno Schulz, Glassman developed the autobiographical role of Joseph/Bruno Schulz. He also created the role of Sancho Panza in the UnPOSSESSED, which premiered at La MaMa ETC (2004), and has toured to numerous venues in the US and abroad, including festivals in Spain and Poland, and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Glassman has led training for workshops at Emerson College, UMASS Amherst, NYU, Columbia University, Boston University, University of Georgia, MIT, Trinity College, The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and others. He has worked extensively in elementary schools throughout New England under National and State Arts in Education and was recently awarded the Mary Lyon Foundation “Spirit of Adventure Award” for innovative support of local education.
serves on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, co-leads the National Rural Arts & Culture Working group and has served as a grant
panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jeremy Louise Eaton (Actor & Associate Director of Student Programs) has worked with Double Edge since 2004 and became a core group member in June 2009. She has created roles in four company and nine Summer Spectacle performances including The Grand Parade, Shahrazad and
The Odyssey (2011, 2012).
Eaton manages the company's student outreach and development initiatives and leads training for the theatre's student and university training programs, including the company's 2010 training residency at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Eaton graduated from Guilford College with a BS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Theatre, and served in Greensboro, N.C. as a grassroots organizer for the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the US. She represented Double Edge for the US Artists Initiative at the 2009 Year of Grotowski in Wroclaw, Poland, in June 2009.
Adam Bright (Actor & Technical/ Facilities Director) is originally from London, England. He began working with the company in 2005 and became a core group member in January 2010. Bright is Actor and Technical Director of Double Edge's most recent performance, The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century). He also created the role of Detective Demotte in
the Disappearance, and has appeared in four company performances and eight Summer Spectacles.
Bright manages the theatre’s facilities and grounds, production/ tech, as well as company calendars and scheduling. He leads training for the company’s student training programs, including the 2007 performance residency at Brandeis University. He holds an honors degree in Theatre from Hull University, where he was an assistant director and actor in a national award-winning original performance Unlucky for Some (2004). In England, he worked with the National Youth Theatre, Theatre Training Initiative, and Israeli artist Yoram Monzensan among many others.
Hayley Brown (Actor, Co-op Manager) has worked with Double Edge since 2003, creating roles in four company and eleven Summer Spectacle performances including Madame Petra / The Barber in the UnPOSSESSED, the Firebird in The Firebird (2010) and Circe in The Odyssey (2011, 2012). She is currently working on The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century), which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013.
With the Double Edge company, she has trained with renowned theatre-makers and musicians from around the world, including Rena Mirecka (Poland), Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (Oakland, CA), Russian composer Alexander Bakshi and vocalist Lyudmila Bakshi. She completed the Intensive Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts, with a focus on aerial fabric and due trapeze. Prior to Double Edge she was a competitive gymnast and participated in the All Western District Music Festival Choir from 1995-99. Brown holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University Without Walls program at UMASS and is a native of Western Massachusetts.
Hannah Jarrell (Actor & Associate Director of Community Development) began working with the company in 2006. She has developed supporting roles in six summer spectacle performances, including Penelope in The Odyssey (2011, 2012) and co-created two Double Edge Second Stage performances, most recently The Unanswered Question: a Charles Ives Project. She is also a trainer for Double Edge’s student programs and leads the theatre's work with K-12 programming.
Jarrell currently servers on the board of the Fostering Art and Culture Project. Prior to Double Edge, she was Managing Director and Performer with Time & Space Limited, an experimental theatre group and community arts organization in upstate New York, where she spent four years. She is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX where she received her BA in Theatre, German, and Spanish.
Milena Dabova (Actor & Associate Director of Marketing) began working with Double Edge Theatre in 2008 and became a core member in 2013. She is currently working on
The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century), which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013. Dabova has performed in four of the company's Summer Spectacles and two Second Stage productions. She was part of the 2010 Moscow research trip that hailed the beginning of the Chagall Project. Originally from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Dabova has worked with several performance groups both in the US and abroad, including Frida Dance Company and Wire Monkey Dance, and was trained in rhythmic gymnastics, aikido and dance. She holds a BA summa cum laude in Theater and Dance and Psychology from Amherst College.
Carroll Durand (Co-Founder/ Actor/ Designer) co-founded Double Edge Theatre with Stacy Klein in 1982. She has developed numerous roles for the theatre in The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century), Shahrazad, the FIREBIRD, the Disappearance, and Republic of Dreams. Durand also created roles and performed in Double Edge’s The Song Trilogy (1987-1999) and The Women’s Cycle (1982-1986).
Prior to Double Edge, Durand designed over 100 productions and established an international reputation as an authority on baroque sceneography. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation grant, and was recognized as the "Best in Boston¨ twice for scenic design and once for performance. Durand holds a BFA in Painting, an MFA in Stage Design and a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from Tufts University.