Meet the Crew
Ed Falco’s most recent play to be produced is Possum Dreams, which premiered in July 2014 at None Too Fragile Theatre in Akron, Ohio, directed by Sean Derry. In March 2015, Prodigal Productions produced Possum Dreams in New York at Shetler Studio’s Theatre 54, with the same director and cast as the Akron production. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called Possum Dreams “a kinky, unhinged cousin to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and God of Carnage,”
and included it among the ten best plays on Cleveland stages in 2014. In 2015 The Road Theater in Los Angeles selected his play, The Miscreant, for their Summer Playwrights Festival. Several earlier plays have been produced in and around Virginia, where Falco teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is also the author of novels, short story and poetry collections, and various works of literary and experimental fiction. More information is available on his website, www.edfalco.us.
Patricia Raun is a professional actor (member of AEA), teacher, and Director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech where she shares the powerful tools of theatre to develop skills of connection and communication in people in highly specialized fields — helping them to discover ways to become more direct, personal, spontaneous, and responsive. As an actor and theatre voice specialist, her mission is to promote transformation by developing healthy and varied voices — both literal and figurative — in individuals, institutions, and communities. Her credentials include a professional internship in voice at the American Repertory Theatre, Harvard and work with the voice and text department of the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon. Her particular interests include empathy development, serious games and roleplay, collaborative problem solving, and values-based leadership. Recent directing credits on campus include The Wolves (2020), Decision Height (2018), and The Importance
of Being Earnest (2018).
Associate Director and Voice/Text Coach
William Goblirsch teaches Introduction to Acting and Introduction to Applied Collaborative Techniques as a Post-MFA Fellow at Virginia Tech. He specializes in Meisner Technique, with an interest in comedy and new work. His most recent professional credits include The Laramie Project (Iron Crow Theatre), An Inspector Calls (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Pride and Prejudice (Annapolis Shakespeare Company). William holds an Master in Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Iowa.
Quinn Sipes is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in Stage Management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia, in Greek and Theatre. Before attending Virginia Tech, he worked for a year as an electrician for Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia. Virginia Tech credits include, he was stage manager for The Tempestuous and Tessellated Tens: A Mismatch of Ten-Minute Plays (Stage
Manager), and The Santaland Diaries and The Wolves (Assistant Stage Manager).
Assistant Stage Manager
Allen Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has had a colorful career with many adventures including regional theater, 15 national tours, and mixing on Broadway. Past work includes: Resident Sound Designer at Flat Rock Playhouse, FOH mixer for A Little Night Music on Broadway (which was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Sound Design), Technical Director/Production Manager at the Jefferson Center, Head of Sound at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, FOH mixer on First National Tour of Dirty Dancing, FOH mixer on First National Tour of Cash, Ring of Fire, vacation cover for FOH mixer on First National Tour of Newsies, FOH mixer on National Tour of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Fantasticks, Babes In Toyland, A2 on national tours of Sweeney Todd, Annie, The Who’s Tommy (Tokyo), Miss Saigon, and others. Recently, Allen has consulted with Radford University on musical theater projects and tackles sound design for Roanoke Children’s Theater. Thanks to my family and especially my wife Carrie.
Rachel Nunn is a first-year M.F.A. candidate in the Arts Leadership program. She hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Theatre. She has worked as a performer, director, arts administrator, and theatre designer around the North Carolina Triangle area since 2014, most recently co-directing a fully-realized Zoom production of Carson Kreitzer’s Freakshow for Women’s Theatre Festival of Raleigh. She is excited by the possibilities in online theatre-making, and is thrilled to have a chance to participate in this project.
Shannon Clarke is a senior double majoring in technical theatre with a focus in sound design, and business management. Her previous involvements in the School of Performing Arts include The Wolves, Decision Height and The Foreigner (Assistant Sound Designer); and Angels in America: Part One Millennium Approaches and How I Learned to Drive (Sound Designer). She also spent the summer working for Pacific Conservatory Theatre on A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and The Addams Family. Shannon got her start at Encore Theatrical Company in Morristown, Tennessee. This company continues to support her and many other young artists. She is so excited to have the opportunity to share this new theatrical experience with you.
Brandon Teague is thrilled to be a member of the soundscape team for his first production as a Foley artist. He is a theatre design major with interests in sound design and directing.
Zed Mohr is a sophomore studying theatre technology and design. This is his first production at Virginia Tech and he is impassioned to become more involved in the future. Amidst strange times and modifications to performances, Zed is ecstatic to have found an excellent cast and crew to work with on an amazing project such as The Cretans.
Jacob Lee is a freshman majoring in theatre and is very excited to be a part of his first production at Virginia Tech despite being fully virtual. He hopes you enjoy this production of The Cretans.