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ABOUT US

Image Theater is a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation that produces original, unpublished theatrical plays and musicals by New England playwrights and composers.

Being playwrights and composers ourselves, the board of directors seek to create a theater that can prove itself as a testing ground for new and exciting voices in the theater. Festivals will also be produced that feature many of New England’s top playwrights and composers, allowing local audiences to sample a variety of offerings from many short works. It is our belief that the Greater Boston area harbors some of the finest writers in the country, and, by helping to shine a light on their works with quality local actors, directors, and technical staff, the Image Theater can be an important first stepping stone for these exciting artists.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JERRY BISANTZ

Jerry has been involved in the theater in the Boston area for over thirty years as an actor, singer, director and playwright. His politically incorrect comedy "Boys At Play" is the recipient of the "Best New Play 1999" Award from the Independent Reviewers of New England and will be published by Bakers Plays. ("Boys At Play"... nimbly blends satire with farce and has more than a few memorable lines"-D. Frieze, "Backstage") Two of his ten minute plays, "Sex Education" and "Romance 101" are also to be published in the upcoming "Best Of The Boston Theater Marathon". Jerry's play "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" won both the "Playwrights' Choice" award and the "Best Play" award at the 2003 Playwrights' Platform Summer Festival. Jerry's one act play "Fallen Star" was a finalist in the 1997 EMACT Festival at Brandeis University and won him the "Excellence In Playwriting" Award. "Sunday Visitors" garnered the "Playwrights' Choice"Award at the 1998 Playwrights' Platform Festival in Boston, and his ten minute play "Tit For Tat" was the runner up for that award in 1999. Jerry's ten minute plays "Y-2 Krack'd" and "Romance 101" and "Sex Education" were performed in the prestigious "Boston Theater Marathon". He was also the founder and producer of Waltham's Hovey Players' "Summer Shorts Festival", which celebrated its eighth year. Jerry serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights Platform and he lives in Lowell, MA with his lovely wife Sharon, his two great kids Kate and Max, and Lucy, the wonderdog. For a complete listing of Jerry's plays, see www.storyfoundry.com.

 

 

ANN GARVIN, Artistic Director

Ann has been involved in theater for over a decade, covering every aspect of production from directing, performing, stage managing and producing, to the running of sound and lights. She has stage managed the Summer Shorts Festival in 2003 and 2004, serving as co-producer in 2004. Other stage managing credits include Playwrights’ Platform 33rd Annual Festival Of New Plays 2005, Annie Get Your Gun, and Grease, (Turtle Lane Playhouse), Meds On Spec (ACME Festival of New Works), and Showroom (Summer Shorts 2003). Ann served as Assistant Stage Manager for Nine, Evita, and Once Upon A Mattress, all at Turtle Lane Playhouse. Acting roles include the role of Shaindel in Fiddler On The Roof, Lady in Waiting in Once Upon A Mattress, Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver, Morris’s mother and the Landlady in Rags as well as roles in Sweet Charity and Phantom. Ann lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her two talented and wonderful kids Ryan and Kelsey, her very supportive and incredibly patient husband Bill and a menagerie of pets. Also, she is a registered nurse , so theater is a natural for her… she’s used to taking care of sick people!

 

 

 

 

ALEX SAVITZKY, Technical Director

Alex has loved working in theatre since his early days at Needham High School.  These days he shares his time with many theatrical projects including his role as Resident Sound Designer at Turtle Lane Playhouse and Director of The Full Body Cast, the Rocky Horror troupe in Harvard Square.  In addition to Sound Design, Alex has also assisted in Lighting Design, set crew, run crew, and Stage Managing.  Alex is thrilled to have been working with Image Theater since its inception and putting his talents to good use with their many innovative productions.  When he’s not running around between theaters or working as an IT Manager during the day Alex spends the rest of his time with his (finally done expanding!) family.  Alex lives in Marlborough, MA with his beautiful and supportive wife Ruthie and four kids Devin, Paige, Jordan, and recently added Zoey.