Meet the Production Staff…
MATTHEW T. TEICHNER (Director, Lighting Designer, Set Designer) is an entertainment industry veteran with more than 100 productions to his credit as director, designer, and/or stage manager. In 2011 he directed Jonathan Larson’s RENT at The Egg [Swyer Theater] (Our Own ProductionS), which received the award for Best Musical in the Times Union Reader’s Poll, along with awards from TANYS for direction and costume design, among others. Additional directing/design credits include; Shadowlands (CLT); Evita, The Who’s Tommy, Grease, Annie, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (SLOC); Kindertransport, Six Degrees of Separation, Flesh & Blood, Criminal Hearts, A Streetcar Named Desire (ACT); Visiting Mr. Green, Godspell (VS); Master Class, Urban Legends (Queen’s Theater); How I Learned To Drive (Confetti Stage); Tale of The Allergist’s Wife (SCP); and Urinetown (RPI Players), among many others. Matthew is the lighting director for Upstate Concert Hall (formerly Northern Lights) and has been working as a concert/live entertainment lighting designer since 2008 having done lighting for hundreds of bands/artists including Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree), All American Rejects, NAS, Kevin Costner & The Modern West, WuTang Clan, DMX, Panic! At The Disco, Seether, Alter Bridge, Volbeat, Mac Miller, Social Distortion, Halestorm, KORN, Snoop Dogg, The Misfits, Wale, Method Man, 30 Seconds To Mars, 10 Years, Dashboard Confessional, and The Used. He has worked for Proctors, Lake George Opera, Miami Opera, Vassar College Reperatory Dance Theater, Revolution Hall, Putnam Den, and Vanaver Caravan. He attended Union College and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
MATTHEW STREIFERT (Music Director) is excited to be joining the creative team at OOPS after appearing on stage as Mark in their award winning 2011 production of RENT. Matthew teaches general music, chorus, and theater at The Albany Academies. He holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from SUNY Albany and is presently working toward an M.A. in Music Education from Boston University.
GREGORY THEODORE MARSH (Choreographer) is happy to be making his OOPS debut. Choreography credits include; My Fair Lady (Capital Repertory Theatre); West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Chicago, Pippin, Oliver! (Albany High School); High School Musical (Park Playhouse); The Wiz & Seussical, Jr. (Park Playhouse II); Annie, Jr. (Park Playhouse Kidz); and Aida, Hairspray, Next To Normal (SLOC). Favorite roles include Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity (SLOC), Newt Lee in Parade (Spotlight Players), Chino in West Side Story (Park Playhouse), and Johnny Casino in Grease (Park Playhouse). He is the winner of two SLOC High School Musical Theater Awards for Outstanding Choreography for Oliver! and Pippin (AHS) and one TANYS award for Excellence in Choreography for Hairspray (SLOC). He wishes to thank his friends and family for their continued support.
NORMAN EICK (Co-Producer) has been producing, directing, providing audio and lighting design or performing for more than 35 years. Past productions include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, where he received TANYS Awards for Directing and Set Design, Annie Get Your Gun (TANYS Award for Co-Directing) and Oliver! (TANYS Award as Producer). He has also provided lighting or audio design for productions of High School Musical, Dear Edwina, Seussical, Godspell, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man and A Christmas Carol to name just a few. Norm’s most recent projects include performing the roles of Sancho in Man of La Mancha (Not So Common Players), and Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (SLOC). Other favorite roles include The Proprietor in Assassins (RPI Players), Maj. Gen. Stanley in Pirates of Penzance (Our Own Productions), Mr. Bumble in Oliver! (Spotlight Players), The Giver in The Giver (Confetti Stage) and Jacob & Potiphar in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Timothy Murphy Playhouse). Norm currently serves as the President on the Board of Directors for Our Own Productions, Inc. An award winning Producer/Director by trade, Norm has produced, directed or production managed over 300 TV Spots and Corporate Videos throughout his career.
LARISSA GROESBECK (Stage Manager) fell in love with theater when she was nine years old, after her parents sent her to a summer theater camp for a week. Since then she has performed in several shows and also has more recently discovered her passion for Stage Managing. Larissa is a Graduate of St. Lawrence University with a dual BA in History and Performance and Communication Arts, where she learned the logistics behind being a proper Stage Manager. Some of her favorite roles include Annie in The Loves of Anatol, Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God, and Annelle in Steel Magnolias. Locally, Larissa has Stage Managed productions of Oliver, Hairspray, Grease (CLT); Wizard of Oz and Into the (Glove Performing Arts Center); and Man Who Came to Dinner (CTG at the Fenmore Gallery in Proctors). She has also had the privilege of Stage Managing The Dybbuk (Theater for A New City’s Dream- Up Festival) in New York City, as well as Mr. Maugham at Home (New End Theatre) in Hampstead, London. She is very thankful to be currently working on Spring Awakening for Our Own ProductionS.
GRACE McCARTHY (Assistant Director) is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Matt on this fabulous production. She co-directs her a cappella group at school, has directed school shows and is slated to direct The Putnam County Spelling Bee at SLOC next spring. Grace has also appeared as a performer in many local productions. Thank you, Matt, and all the cast and crew for this amazing experience!
EMILY THORNTON (Assistant Choreographer) is thrilled to be working on this production of Spring Awakening for Our Own Productions. This is her first time working as an assistant choreographer and she is honored to be working with this amazing cast and crew. She would like to thank Greg Marsh for getting her this gig as well as her family and friends. Break a leg everyone!
CHRISTOPHER A. SEMERAD (Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant) Chris’ love of the technical theatre comes from striving to maintain a Director’s vision of a work of theatre and supervising the numerous the behind-the-scenes elements that go into a production. Chris’ recent work includes Assistant Stage Manager for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors, Next to Normal, and Hairspray (Schenectady Light Opera Co.), Flyman and Stage Technician for In The Heights and Guys and Dolls (C-R Productions at Cohoes Music Hall), Lighting Design/Technician for Avenue Q, Chicago, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Local Actors Guild of Saratoga), Lighting Design/Technician for The Last Five Years (Harmony Productions in association with Local Actors Guild of Saratoga) as a benefit for The American Cancer Society, Lighting Design/Technician for A Raisin in the Sun (Our Own ProductionS, Inc.), Production Stage Manager for Altar Boyz (Our Own ProductionS, Inc.), Backstage Manager for RENT (Our Own ProductionS, Inc. at the Sawyer Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts at the Empire State Plaza in The Egg). Mr. Semerad has not appeared on Law & Order: SVU. Mr. Semerad is a full-time Real Estate Paralegal at the Law Offices of Sciocchetti & Abbott, PLLC in Latham, New York.
DOUG BOETTNER (Publicity) is relatively new to Community Theater but is a vocal soloist and a current member of the Mendelssohn Club of Albany. When he’s not singing he is raising funds for groups like the Leukemia Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the National Kidney Foundation. He has appeared in My Fair Lady and Altar Boyz, both staged by Our Own Productions.
BRANDON BULLOCK (Master Carpenter) has been involved in community theater in the Capital District since moving to the area in 2006. This is Brandon’s first involvement with Our Own Productions and he is excited to not only have the opportunity to work with OOPS, but to work again with many of the cast and crew members. His set construction credits include RENT, Annie, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and 13 (Proctors) for Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC). He has also volunteered his construction skills at local theaters, such as The Glove Theater. Brandon enjoys the challenge of building sets with both traditional and non-traditional materials. He is experienced in all areas of construction and enjoys home addition and remodeling projects the most. Brandon would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support.
BARRY STREIFERT (Sound Design) is delighted to work with Our Own ProductionS again, having sound designed most recently for You’ve Got Hate Mail, and Altar Boyz. Barry was Ass’t Director for The 39 Steps (HMT). Other favorite appearances include Gus Klingman in Southern Comforts (EAG), Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly! (FPNENY) and Gov. Jack Slaton in Parade (Spotlight Players). Barry enjoys all aspects of theater. He has been a technical designer or appeared in nearly 100 productions in the Capital Region with nearly a dozen theater companies and holds TANYS awards for Sound Design and Execution Mrs Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (Confetti Stage) and Direction for The Boxcar Children (Confetti Stage).
SUE ELIASHUK (Co-Producer)
JEAN ROSE (Wardrobe)