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Who We Are Blog

Chris Kaminstein

Shannon Flaherty

Co-Artistic Director

Chris Kaminstein is a writer, director, actor, and co-Artistic Director of Goat in the Road.  He has been featured on the cover of American Theatre with company member Will Bowling for work on their original 2010 production, Our Man.  He is the co-writer and creator of GRP’s Instant Misunderstanding (residencies at North American Cultural Laboratory and Ko Festival), Our Man, This Sweaty City (episodic podcast), and Numb.  He is a frequent collaborator with members of the film company Court 13.  Chris’ directing credits include Catch the Wall by Gabrielle Reisman (Dillard University), Major Swelling’s Salvation Salve Medicine Show by Andrew Vaught, and ee me and pollock thee (Big Easy Award nomination).  Chris has appeared in plays at Southern Rep (New Orleans), Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble (Bloomsburg, PA), Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Chashama (NYC), and at Spoke the Hub (Brooklyn).  Additionally, he is an improviser with the nationally touring group machine A.  He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in theater studies, teaches part time with  KID smART, and in the summers at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen MI.  

Shannon Flaherty

Shannon Flaherty

Shannon Flaherty is a performer, arts administrator, and educator originally from New Hampshire. She is co-Artistic Director of Goat in the Road, and is the project director, as well as a teaching artist, for GRP's young playwrights' program, Play/Write. Shannon has been in many GRP productions including Major Swelling's Salvation Salve Medicine Show, The Don Effect, and The Future is a Fancyland Place, and is a  co-writer for This Sweaty City. Shannon has also appeared on stage with Skin Horse Theater, Cripple Creek Theatre Co., and Dillard University. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006 and has been living in New Orleans since 2008.

William Bowling

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

William Bowling is a writer, performer, and musician residing in New Orleans and is a co-Artistic Director of Goat in the Road. He has co-written and performed in GRP's Whatever Just Happened..., The Meese Papers, Our Man, and Instant Misunderstanding and has composed original scores for GRP's Calculus of Hope, Major Swelling's Salvation Salve Medicine Show, The Don Effect, and The Future is a Fancyland Place. Additionally, he works extensively with New Orleans ensembles Mondo Bizarro and Artspot Productions, and is in the current touring ensemble of Cry You One. Will works for the National Performance Network.

Leslie Boles Kraus

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member, Social Media Coordinator

Leslie Boles Kraus is a performer and massage therapist from Lancaster, PA. She received her B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained in the Experimental Theatre Wing, Stella Adler Studio, and International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam. Since moving to New Orleans in 2011, she has appeared in The Clifton Monroe ChroniclesBoy's LifeMauritius, and Southern Rep's 3x3 and 6x6 play series. Other favorite roles include Rosalind in As You Like It and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream with The People's Shakespeare Project in PA. Last but certainly not least, she is a proud and sassy member of the Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties dance team!   

Todd d'Amour

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

Todd d'Amour grew up in New Orleans and graduated from DeLaSalle High School. After graduating with a degree in biopsychology from Syracuse University, Todd then received a degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Todd spent 12 years in New York City and returned to his hometown 3 years ago. Stage credits include Southern Rep's The Lily's Revenge (The Curtain) and Venus in Fur (Thomas), which toured to the GEVA Theatre Rochester and will be remounted in Lafayette in May 2015, as well as The American Theatre Project's A Member of the White Race (Davey Caron), Goat in the Road's This Sweaty City and Numb. His latest feature film, Wendell and the Lemon (Wendell) is now surfing the festival circuit.

Owen Ever

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

Owen Ever moved to New Orleans in 2009 after attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. Here, in collaboration with many, he has fostered a life as an interdisciplinary theater maker. With Goat in the Road he has contributed to This Sweaty City, Numb and Uncle Vanya Quarterlife Crisis. Ever is the properties and set designer for LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater and has performed with The Black Forest Fancies, New Noise, Skin Horse, Allways Theater and Vagabond Inventions. He is a curator and docent at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and for two spellbound weeks each summer he becomes Professor Kerfuffle of the Hogwarts camp for young wizards.   

Darci Fulcher

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member, Goat in the Schools Project Director

Darci Jens Fulcher is a deviser, performer and producer of theatre. She received her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in 2014. Darci believes in using theatre to foster empathy, create civic dialogue, and empower student voices in their communities and has worked many years as a teaching artist in New York City, and now New Orleans.

Mack Guillory III

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

Mack Guillory is a theatre-maker and performer from Lake Charles, LA. He is currently finishing up his B.A in Black Arts & Culture and Theatre Arts at Loyola University in New Orleans. He was last seen in GRP's Uncle Vanya: Quarter-Life Crisis. Since moving to New Orleans he has appeared in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Revolt of the Beavers, and The Tempest. He loves people, places, and things, but primarily people. 

Ian Hoch

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

Ian Hoch has enjoyed playing a diverse range of characters since coming to New Orleans in 2002 to study drama at Loyola University; everything from a singing, dancing Bobby Jindal to a strung-out, life-weary junkie in a New York City gutter. He is a veteran improviser at The New Movement - New Orleans, appearing most often in the hybrid improv/theater send up "You Don't Know the Half of It." On screen, he has appeared in minor roles on "Treme," "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," "Hours," and "22 Jump Street" but his real love is for the stage. He has two Big Easy Award nominations to date and was named "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama" for his work in 2012's "Balm in Gilead." Ian is also a member of the Cripple Creek Theatre Co.

 

 

Dylan Hunter

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

Dylan Hunter is an actor and a musician originally from Birmingham, Alabama. In his past three years in New Orleans he has appeared on the stage numerous times, most recently as Macbeth in Skin Horse Theatre's production of, you guessed it, William Shakespeare's Macbeth, being called for his part "a young actor to watch" by New Orlean's Gambit magazineHe has worked with Goat in the Road on their Sweaty City City podcast series, playing the piano and a variety of colorful characters, including a drunk or two. Other parts include the Cheshire Cat in NOLA Project's Adventures in Wonderland, Alder in Cripple Creek Theatre Company's Possum Kingdom, and Jim, Tom, and Kenneth in Clybourne Park (Cripple Creek)In addition to his time on stage, he also pursues his passions for collage and Peruvian hang-gliding. Or does he? 

 

Francesca McKenzie

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

Francesca McKenzie is a theatre maker, educator, community organizer and yogi originally from California and now at home in New Orleans. She has performed with numerous local companies such as Junebug Productions, Le Petit Vieux Carre, The NOLA Project, and Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and is also a company member of Cripple Creek Theatre Co. Past credits include Bride Love in Southern Rep's Lily's Revenge, Titania in Tulane Shakespeare Festival’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and direction for Cripple Creek Theatre Co.'s Clybourne Park. She has written blogs on New Orleans theater for ArtsFwd (artsfwd.org) and HowlRound (howlround.com). Francesca is a graduate of The New Movement improv school and a member of the improv troupe Horse Cops. When she isn't performing or producing theatrical work, you may find her teaching playwriting classes through GRP's Play/Write program or teaching yoga in the greater New Orleans area. McKenzie believes in theatre as a tool for relationship building and liberation. Follow her @cheskamckenzie.

Becka McLaughlin

Shannon Flaherty

Ensemble Member

Becka McLaughlin has been stage managing and making theater in New Orleans since 2008. She loves organizing information, things, and people, and has enjoyed working with Goat in the Road since The Future Is A Fancyland Place in 2011Other recent local theater projects include Macbeth with Skin Horse Theater and Cry You One with Artspot Productions and Mondo Bizarro.