Rolande Duprey: Adminstrator, performer, designer, director, teacher. Rolande has a Master of Fine Arts degree in puppetry from the University of Connecticut. She has recently finished a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
She curated an exhibit about her mentor, Frank W. Ballard, at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry called, "Frank W. Ballard: An Odyssey of a Life in Puppetry."
She was asked to repair a Paul McPharlin horse marionette. For in-process photos and more more information, go the the horse page.
As a designer, she has worked for various schools and colleges as well as performance groups. See a brief portfolio of her design works.
As a director, she directed the Our Community Puppet Theatre project for Concerned Citizens for Humanity , helping to produce three programs teaching children about HIV/AIDS. She also directed "The Insect Play" at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre. She most recently directed Ecological Logic for Purple Rock Productions. Photos from her thesis project are here: Well Wishes.
She is a Teaching Artist with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
Elizabeth Wadsworth: Dollmaker, puppeteer and costumer, Elizabeth graduated from the University of Connecticut's puppet arts program in 1987, where she studied with Frank Ballard. Her original porcelain doll designs have been featured in Contemporary Dolls magazine. In addition to designing and building the sets, puppets and costumes for The Second Shepherd's Play she also adapted the script from the original medieval English. She designed and built the costumes for Purple Rock's Comedy of Errors puppets. She performs in Ecological Logic.
Bill Walach, Mandolinist, composer, and Hawaiian Guitarist. Bill has performed professionally since he was ten. He has composed and arranged for ballet, for dance therapy, and for several groups. He performs with various groups all over the United States and abroad, yet still has time to develop projects with Purple Rock Productions, performing Puppet Panorama and The Snowmaiden when needed. His repetoire includes historical tunes from the 18th century onward; Irish, Scottish, British, Polish and Russian favorites, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz and popular classics. Fax : (860) 870-1529.
Drew Scott, Actor, Director. Drew is the director of Comedy of Errors. He has a Masters of Fine Arts in directing from University of California at Irvine, is a member of Actors’ Equity Association; founding director of the Pacific Shakespeare Company; Also the Associate Artistic Director, Millbrook Playhouse. He directed the American premiere of Edward Bond’s Restoration. Has performed and directed with companies on both the East and West Coast such as Hartford Stage Company, The Odyssey Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The McCarter Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. He presently teaches at the University of Connecticut and at Quinnipiac University.
Frank Natter, Guitarist, composer, teacher. Frank is the musician for Comedy of Errors. He also composed and continues to perform the music for Ecological Logic. As a composer he's worked with the Judie Clark Dance Company. He is a founding member of Facets, guitar and voice duo; the author of The Total Acoustic Guitarist , Chords and Strums for Acoustic Guitar, and The Blues Eras for Guitar (Alfred Publishing Co.). He teaches at Face Arts Music in Deep River, Connecticut.
Thomas Schuttenhelm: Guitarist, composer. Tom is an experienced composer, performer, and a committed teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with an emphasis in guitar performance from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and a Masters in Music Composition from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. He received his doctorate in music composition and guitar performance. He is active as a solo artist and chamber musician, performing throughout the northeast. His compositions have been performed by The Gregg Smith Singers, The University of Hartford Orchestra, The Connecticut Yankee Chorale, and many other ensembles. He recently has received a Fulbright to work in Britain on a book about Sir Michael Tippett.
Carrie Crompton: Hammer dulcimer player for The Second Shepherd's Play, Carrie has enchanted audiences with her music since 1981 in concert halls, libraries, schools, churches and coffeehouses. Her "Barolk Folk" style of playing blends the elegance of Barogue with the energy of folk music. "The result of all this mixing and matching is a lot of unbridled kinetic energy adding up to a whole lot of joy" (Musical Heritage Review). Carrie's recordings with The Barolk Folk have won awards from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and from Parents Choice. Her latest recording is BACH DANCES, a colorful re-interpretation of Bach's solo dance music for chamber folk ensemble, featuring hammered dulcimer, violin, recorder, guitar and piano. Carrie teaches dulcimer at the Community School of the Arts and performs with the Village Fair Duo, which has been on the Touring Roster of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts since 1994. In addition to her work for Purple Rock Productions, she performs with the Tree of Life Ensemble and the TrebleMakers Children's Choir.
Robert Laughlin, Actor, writer, educator and puppeteer. Rob is the co-writer and puppeteer of Mother Nature Tells All. He also is Purple Rock's official videographer.
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