Who is Tactus?

Tactus Theatre Project is a collective of theatre artists who came together to create Eurydice in Market East for the 2011 Philly Fringe, and then stayed together to continue to engage the communities they love. After a not only positive, but also productive and conversation-producing run in Philadelphia, Tactus decided to update and bring their show to New York City. We are determined to continue creating new, beautiful, and community-challenging pieces in Philadelphia and beyond. We are excited to be discovering the questions, thoughts, and artistic forms that resonate with friends, neighbors, and audiences.

Tactus is:

Adrian Bridges (Sound Designer) is a guitarist, composer, and writer living in New York City.  He is excited to be rejoining Tactus and rebuilding the soundscapes which he created for Eurydice in Market East for the new production Eurydice in Grand Central.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in composition from New York University, where he recently completed his undergraduate studies in jazz guitar, earning a Presser Scholarship for his senior year.  Adrian has performed on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass in a host of settings, ranging from Italy’s top jazz clubs to New York’s fringe theatre scene.  A 2007 National Young Playwrights Runner-Up, Adrian has delved more and more into theatre, as a pit orchestra musician, music director, sound designer, and even actor in Less Than Rent Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Three Sisters: Little Town Blues. For more information and coming performances, visit www.adrianbridges.com.

Chris Feige (Composer) is a graduate student in music composition at York University in Toronto. He has been writing music for more than 10 years and playing piano for over 20 years. His main musical focus is writing for small classical and jazz ensembles, but also has extensive experience in computer-based sequencing. He has written scores for animated shorts and incidental music for live stage productions, and is currently pursuing opportunities is scoring for film, tv, and video games.

Nina Giacobbe (Performer) appeared in the 2011 Philly Fringe run of Eurydice in Market East, and is thrilled, delighted, and all-around giddy to return to Tactus and all things snake-bitten.  She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Muhlenberg College, and studied physical theatre and mask at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.  Since graduating, Nina has gravitated towards original theatre pieces, including SPILL (2010 Phila. Fringe) and the skin you leave behind (Punch Theatre; NYC).  Summer 2011 brought her back to Arezzo, where she had the honor of performing Betty Shamieh’s Architecture at the first annual CrisisArt Festival with Punch Theatre.  She also thinks that unicorns are pretty swell, but zombies eat brains and that’s pretty cool too.

Ashely W. Mills (Lighting Designer) is ecstatic to be working Tactus Theatre Project again on Eurydice. Other Lighting Design credits include Barrington Stage Company: High School Musical Two and Seussical at Northern Stage: Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!; and Project Playwright. Ashley has also worked at Barrington Stage Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, Surflight Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Peterborough Players, The Palace Theatre, and Seacoast Repertory Theatre.  He graduated from New England College with a BA in Theatre in 2005, and is currently the Master Electrician at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.

Sarah Mitteldorf (Director) loved working on the original production of Eurydice in Market East and is excited to be developing the piece further this spring. Most recently, she is directed Nobody But Somebody, a new work by Davon Clark, for the Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC). In 2010, she created and directed Spill for the Philly Fringe. She has also worked in stage management, production, and theatre education, as well as assistant directed with various arts organizations in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. She is constantly amazed by the talented, dedicated, and insightful artists she works with – collaborators who challenge her to become a stronger artists and support her through the process.

Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez (Performer) is a Philadelphia based actress by night and EgoPo Classic Theater’s Company Manager by day. Rachel has also acted with EgoPo over the years; her favorite EgoPo projects include their college version of Spring Awakening, which went on to be performed at the Merriam Theater for ACTF, as well as their adaptation of Beckett’s Company. Rachel has also worked with The Walking Fish Theater, Media Res Theater Company, and Represented. She received her B.A. in Theater Arts from Rowan University. Favorite undergrad credits include: Ballet Fetiche, Man Who Walked Between the Towers, SubUrbia, and Fools.

Samantha Rose Schwab (Writer, Performer, Choreographer) studied both theatre and biology at Barnard College. She continues this incongruous career as a graduate student in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University and as an environmental educator, while also writing and performing in theatre with Tactus, and learning and teaching aerial circus arts. Past credits include: performances in The Beggar’s Opera (Miller Theatre, NYC) and Eurydice in Market East (2010 Phila. Fringe); as well as the staged reading of her original play Savage (Minor Latham Playhouse, NYC). She is honored to be intellectually and creatively challenged every day by her colleagues in both science and art.

Olivia Weiss (Performer) is a recent graduate of West Chester University with a BA in Musical Theatre. She was recently seen as Eliante in The Misanthrope, and White Woman in Nobody but Somebody. She is very excited about working on “Eurydice” with this talented group of people. She would like to thank her family, Jim, and friends for all their love and support in pursuing her dream.

The following people were original members of Tactus and key to the development of Eurydice in Market East:

Ashley Alter  (Performer, Writer) received a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College with Honors in Music, then bade farewell to the Hudson Valley and set up house in Philly. During her academic tenure, she sang with all of the Music Department and student choirs, performing at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center and festivals such as ACDA and NCCO. In addition, she has studied with The Tallis Scholars; at Westminster Choir College; the Berkshire Choral Festival; The Julliard School; and Songfest. Most recently, Ashley has worked at The Wilma Theater as an arts administrator and educator and continues this work as a teaching artist in Philadelphia public schools by day. She currently studies classical voice with retired Curtis Institute of Music faculty member Marianne Casiello, and performs in the chorus and as a soloist with Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia as well as Svitanya, an Eastern European women’s vocal ensemble.

Carolina Millard(Performer, Choreographer) graduated with a double major in Theatre and Dance from Muhlenberg College. There, she choreographed, directed and, performed multiple pieces including the role of Dr. Anna Balcar in Vaclav Havel’s The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, a ACTF finals nominee. Since 2010, Carolina has worked in the tri-state area as well as abroad. She performed with Dance Theatre X, Tactus Theatre Project, and Punch Theatre where she performed the lead role in Betty Shamieh’s Architecture at Accademia Del Arte’s international CrisisArt Festival. Currently, Carolina is an ensemble member of Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play but, when she is not at the performing, she can be found selling cheese and coffee at the Flourtown Farmer’s Market, managing her party music blog That’s My Baby or, simply cracking a joke or two.


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