Board of Directors
Beth Ann Hopkins
Joby Earle, Patrick Harvey, Michael Hanson
Beth Ann Hopkins, Jonathan Hopkins,
Beth Jastroch, Jessica Weiss, Katie Willmorth
Taylor Valentine, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
Beth Ann Hopkins - Artistic Director
Beth Ann Hopkins is an actor, director and producer. She is the co-founder and the Artistic Director of Smith Street Stage. Beth Ann just returned from filming her first feature with Roll the Bones Theater Company at Grantstown Castle in County Tipperary, Ireland playing the role of Gertrude in their adaptation of Hamlet, titled HAMLET IN THE GOLDEN VALE. They also created an Immersive theatre experience as well as a Virtual Realty short film in collaboration with the National Theater of London. Recent Acting Credits include: U.S. PREMIERE UNITY 1918 - (Project Theater) HENRY IV, PARTS 1 & 2 (Smith Street Stage), Paulinka in A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY (Columbia Stages) directed by Scott Ebersold and Anne Hamilton’s EVENT OF A THREAD (Park Avenue Armory). Beth Ann will return to the Directors chair this fall with an original adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People with Smith Street Stage artists in their Early Stages series. http://www.hopkinsbethann.com/
Jonathan Hopkins - Executive Director
Jonathan is the Executive Director of Smith Street Stage and was one of the founding members of Smith Street Stage, playing Romeo and Lady Capulet in the five actor Romeo and Juliet that he developed with Artistic Director Beth Ann Hopkins. Since then he's directed Smith Street Stage's Macbeth and Julius Caesar, and acted in Henry IV, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and Christmas Carol: A Radio Play. As an actor he's worked Off-Broadway for The Pearl, Project:Theater, and the FringeNYC Encore Series at the SoHo Playhouse, and regionally in New York, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia, including productions of The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet. He graduated from NYU with honors and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He teaches at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where he's directed productions of Coriolanus, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, The Nina Variations, Moby Dick: Rehearsed, Shakespeare's King Phycus, and adaptations of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Ovid's Metamorphoses.
Jessica Lane Weiss - Director of education
Jessica Lane Weiss is a graduate of NYU and the Stella Adler Studio. She studied stage combat under Joe Travers of Swordplay. Smith Street Stage credits include directing Julius Caesar, assistant directing Twelfth Night, fight design for Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Julius Caesar, and acting in Christmas Carol: A Radio Play. Additional acting credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Merchant of Venice (Nerissa), As You Like It (Audrey), and The Three Musketeers (Constance/Fight Captain) with the Actor's Shakespeare Company and The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon) and The Way You Look Tonight (Nora) with Shadowlawn Stage. Additional fight design credits include Hal and Hotspur for the Actor's Shakespeare Company and Peter Pan for the Children's Aid Society.
Joby Earle - Director of Outreach
Joby is an actor, director and voice and speech teacher. With Smith Street Stage he has appeared in both Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and directed Henry IV. Other theatre credits include the Broadway production of War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater; Owners (Yale Rep); The Tempest (A.R.T. and South Coast Rep); The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Berkshire Theatre Group), The Pitmen Painters (Palm Beach Dramaworks); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Theater House). He is a faculty member at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He received his MFA at Yale School of Drama.
Patrick Harvey is a New York based actor. Past work with Smith Street Stage includes roles in The Tempest (Caliban), Macbeth (Weird Sister), Twelfth Night (Feste), Julius Caesar (Casca), and Much Ado About Nothing (Conrade), as well as Smith Street Stage's off-Broadway debut in Christmas Carol: A Radio Play and assistant directing HENRY IV, parts 1 and 2. Patrick has acted at the Signature Theatre with the Columbia University School of the Arts, and regionally in New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Washington, DC. Patrick graduated from New York University, and trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Beth Jastroch is a New York based playwright, director and occasional actress. She is a graduate of New York University and the Stella Adler Studio. Beth has worked with Smith Street Stage since 2010 and is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful community driven company.
Katie is a New York City based actress. Company credits: Belle in Christmas Carol: A Radio Play at The Pearl Theater and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar in Carroll Park. Other favorite acting credits include Miranda in The Tempest (Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lakes Theater), Essie in The Devil’s Disciple (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Rosalind in As You Like It, Chris in Dancing at Lughnasa, various roles in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (dir. John Gould Rubin) all at Stella Adler Studio. Katie graduated from NYU, training at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Michael first appeared for Smith Street Stage as Orsino in Twelfth Night and returned to play Hotspur and Pistol in Henry IV. Stage credits include BangGalore!, #Reagan-Cross (Beckett Theatre), Cliff in Cabaret, Macheath in The Threepenny Opera, Dick Powell in Shakespeare in Hollywood (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Actors Shakespeare Company), An Enemy of the People (Playhouse on Park, directed by Kyle Fable), as well as Taking Steps, An Italian Straw Hat, Into the Woods, and Cmplt Wrks Wm Shkspr Abrdg for the Hope Repertory Theater. Michael received his BFA from the Unniversity of Connecticut.
Allie Grant - COMPANY MANAGER
Allie Grant is a Project/Stage Manager currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Smith Street Stage PSM Credits include Richard III, The Tempest, and Miss Julie. Allie currently project manages the Creative Department at Blue Man Productions.