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VICHET CHUM is an actor, writer, director, and avid fan of early 2000's pop music. He graduated from the University of Evansville (BFA in acting) and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA in acting). Regionally, he's worked at the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Huntington Theatre Company, the Guthrie Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and the New Harmony Theatre. In New York, he's played at/with The Cherry Lane Theatre, Theater for the New City, the Slant Theatre Project, INTAR Theatre, Amios, UglyRhino, and Billy & Company. In late 2011, Vichet sent an email out to couple of artists in hopes that a great collision like this would happen, and he could not be more proud to watch that become the Group Lab. Texas, yall.
EMILY KITCHENS received her BFA from the University of Evansville and her MFA from A.C.T. Some favorite theatre credits include Lauren/Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva Theatre Center), Jean/The Tall Girls (Alliance Theater), Dell/Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Denver Center New Play Summit), Natasha/Three Sisters adapted by Sarah Ruhl (Yale Repertory Theatre/Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Betsy & Lindsey/Clybourne Park(American Conservatory Theater); Lady Windermere/Lady Windermere's Fan, Miranda/The Tempest, (California Shakespeare Theater); Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). GOFIGHTWIN!
PAUL KITE is a creator, director, actor, deviser, banjo picker, transmitter, etc. livin' and workin' in NYC. In the past, he has played with Lincoln Center Theatre, The Pearl Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Working Theatre, Three Day Hangover, The New Harmony Project, Amios and Red Stage Theatre to name a few. He received a BS in theatre from the University of Evansville and an MFA in acting from Rutgers. Do it for the Fat Lady.
MATTHEW ELLIS MURPHY is not an alumnus of the University of Evansville, but is grateful to these eight UET mafiosi / fellow Group Lab members for so strongly anchoring his New York experience. He has also worked with city-based companies including the Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective, Amios, Sonnet Rep, Examined Man Theater, Sparkification Productions, Gallery Players, the Lark and the NYU/Tisch Actor Lab, and regionally with PlayMakers Rep and the Guthrie and Passage Theaters. He is equally grateful for the training he received at Lawrence University (BA/BMus) and UNC-Chapel Hill (MFA), and for his family: holding down the Murphy fort through Minnesota winters since 1985.
Born and raised in the hills of KY, MARIANNE MILLER has adventured all over America in search of theatre. She found artistic homes in Kentucky (of course), Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York City, and she has finally settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan (for now!). Along with her on these journeys she totes several instruments and she enjoys playing music as much as she does acting. She also takes her pearls and her cast iron skillets to remind her of home, and she is currently striving to create the notion of home in the Group Lab and elsewhere.
JENNA PANTHER spends her time swinging on the low-flying trapeze, collaborating on strange & exuberant theatrical experiments and hiking on Bear Mountain. She’s currently working with her Group Lab buddies on Raft, a new play by Emily Kitchens. Some favorite recent acting credits include: Mercutio/R&J Star Crossed Death Match (Three Day Hangover), John Adams/The President Plays (Ars Nova's ANT Fest), Susie/BEARS (SansA at 59E59). Recent directing credits include There’s a Light on Yonder Mountain (Amios at Under St. Marks) and Fat Joey (Samuel French OOB Festival). Jenna earned a BS in Theatre (yes, it’s a real degree) from the University of Evansville and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. She’s a proud a native of Louisville, KY - home of the most exciting two minutes in sports.
KYLE SCHAEFER is an actor, director, and collaborative theatrical entrepreneur from Tulsa, OK. He received his BS from the University of Evansville and MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. He most recently appeared in Hold Onto Your Butts (a live two-man and foley artist shot-for-shot reimagining of Jurassic Park) which was extended at the PIT. As a director he recently worked with fellow Group Labbie Vichet Chum in KNYUM at the Cherry Lane Theater (All For One Festival 2013). He has also directed many short projects and new plays at A.C.T., Williamstown Theater Festival, and Sink or Swim Rep. He has performed in NYC, nationally and internationally at A.C.T., WTF, Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Kennedy Center, New Harmony Project, College International de Cannes, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, San Francisco Symphony, Arkansas Rep, Tulsa Ballet, Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective, The Crook Theater Company, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and many more. He lives on the UWS with Kristin, the love of his life, Romeo, their gray Maine Coon with a Les Mis obsession, and their new kitten, Pudgely.
LAURA JO SCHUSTER hails from the Midwest, and she is excessive with pleases and thank yous. After graduating from the University of Evansville she piled everything she owned in her car and drove straight to New York City, where she's been ever since. Laura Jo is a playwright has developed many projects with The Group Lab, most recently a workshop of The Dinosaur Play. She couldn't be more please to be working with such a fantastic group of artists and friends.
JESS WATKINS lives here in NYC (... Queens). She is a lapsed vegetarian from Texas. She likes Italian reds, and prefers to sit at the bar. When she is in the mood to live the dream, she does stand up. She is a textbook Pisces. She is a member of The Group Lab, and also really likes to work with The Civilians. She is so glad you're here. BFA: University of Evansville. MFA: University of California, San Diego.