Biographies

listed alphabetically


Paul Besaw
Paul Besaw (The Misa Table Co-Artistic Director/1905 Choreographer) is an independent choreographer with a primary interest in developing original dance/theatre and his work has been seen throughout the US. He is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of The Misa Table, a performance collective devoted to original, collaboratively devised theatre projects. He is also the founder and Artistic Coordinator of The Solo Workshop, a multidisciplinary group of dance, music, theatre, film, writing, and visual artists focused on solo performance creation. He has performed in the work of numerous choreographers, including Jan Van Dyke, John Gamble, Sally Bomer, Jack Arnold, Kayvon Pourazar, Susan Levine, and Sherone Price and has been a guest choreographer for Dale Scholl Dance/Art, the Sacramento Black Art of Dance, and numerous colleges and universities. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Dance at The University of Vermont, hired in 2006 to build a new academic dance program. A New Hampshire native, Paul received his BA in Theatre from Keene State College and his MFA in Dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Jonathan Fielding
Jonathan is very excited to have the opportunity to work on the 1905 project in Amherst. Performance credits include the Broadway productions of The Seagull at the Walter Kerr and Pygmalion with Roundabout Theatre Company. He recently performed for the grand re-opening of the Ford's Theatre in DC in The Heavens are Hung in Black commemorating the 200th aniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. NYC credits include Kicker (Triptych Theatre), The History of Julia Pastrana…, Leonce and Lena (Amphibian). Regional: The Bald Soprano, Laughing Wild, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Mistakes Madeline Made (W.H.A.T.), Below the Belt (Amphibian - FW Weekly Critics Pick-Best Actor), Lincolnesque (TX - Circle Theater), Rough Crossing (Public Theatre of Maine). TV: Guiding Light. Jonathan was a voice artist for the dialect text book Classically Speaking by Patricia Fletcher. MFA: Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Michael Hoch
Michael has worked in the theater world for 25 years as a producer, dramaturge, actor, and director. He co-founded the Misa Table / Triptych Theatre in 2003, whose aim is to develop new works and re-imagine existing works through a multidisciplinary collaborative development process. Along with 1905, Triptych has produced over a dozen off-Broadway and regional projects in the last 5 years, including “Kicker” by Robert Simonson in New York, NY, Mud by Maria Irene Fornes in Los Angeles, CA, and Mistakes Madeline Made by Elizabeth Meriwether in Boulder, CO. Michael is also currently a board member and producer with The Lobster Theater Project in San Francisco, and recently produced Pure Shock Value by Matt Pelfrey and two sketch comedy shows, Killing My Lobster Hits Highway 101 and KML Patronizes the Arts. In the mid-1990s in Boston, he co-founded the Mill 6 Collaborative with fellow Misa Table member, Jason Lambert, which continues to mount comic productions of new and existing work. Michael has an MBA from Northeastern University and BA in Literature from Boston University.


Jason Lambert
Jason Lambert has spent the last twenty years studying, making, performing and teaching theatre. He has worked as a professional actor and theatre maker  with organizations throughout the country, including Annex Theatre (Seattle, company member), Mill 6 (Boston, co-founder), Theatre de la Jeune Lune, (Minneapolis, artistic fellow – regional Tony  2005), and Penguin Rep (New York, performer and co-literary manager).  A founder of the Misa Table, a collaborative theatre making workshop begun in 2004, Jason continues to act, write, and direct, and to explore and facilitate processes of collaborative theatre making. He currently teaches English and Theatre at Contoocook Valley Regional High School in Peterborough, NH, and in addition to many artist teaching residencies in public and charter schools, Jason has taught theatre at Keene State College in New Hampshire and at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Jason has a BA in History  from Yale and an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Luis Rodriguez
Born in San Juan Puerto Rico, started studying music at the age of 16.
Graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a BA on Humanities/ Music concentration. Co-founder of the Afro-Caribbean music group Iyawo (2000) and founder of Nudo (a singer-songwriter project fusing elements of jazz and afro Caribbean rhythms, 2006). As a composer and music performer have worked with several ballet and theater companies including Ballet Lili Castro, Ballet La Perla, Ballet Municipal de San Juan, choreographer Patricia Hernandez and theater director Rosa Luisa Marquez, Desideratum inc. (theater company) and others. As a singer songwriter have played in United States, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Spain. Co-founder of Taller Ce the first cultural cooperative in Puerto Rico (2003).


Matthew Walley
Matt has a varied performance background with experience as a stunt man in Tucson, an “aerial puppeteer” with Mabou Mines in New York City, and as the co-creator of his own Shakespeare theatre. He recently graduated with his MFA from Dell’Arte--the International School of Physical Theatre.


Sarah Wiggin
Sarah is a professional actor and director who has worked in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. Sarah earned her MFA in Acting & Directing from the University of Arizona. Sarah continues working toward her professional certification in the Alexander Technique at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique where she is studying with Joan and Alex Murray.  Sarah is a proud working member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG). She has worked professionally with theatres such as The Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, and The Folger Theatre. Her on-camera work includes Law & Order: SVU and God’s and Generals, as well as independent film, industrial, and print work. Sarah directed professionally at Venus Theatre and assisted Aaron Posner on his Helen Hayes Award Winning production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Folger Theatre. Her own production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile earned Baltimore City Paper’s #4 slot in their “Top Ten: the Year in Theatre” list. Sarah is also an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University.  This fall she will be directing Macbeth as part of their production season.

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