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    Sean Eastman

    Artistic Director : Director President Ubu : Director The Break Up of Cause and Effect 

    Sean has been involved in theatre, whether it is as an actor, director, student or teacher, for the past sixteen years.   Born into a family of teachers, it is not surprising that Sean has actively sought out some of the highest caliber pedagogy offered in the theatrical arena.

    After attending Kimball Union Academy for high school, Sean ran off to join the Bread and Puppet circus, after which he started his college career at Carnegie Mellon University in their B.F.A. program.     Later Sean transferred to Sarah Lawrence College where he majored in Theatre and creative writing.   During his stay at S.L.C., he took a year abroad to study at L’Ecole International du Théatre de Jacques Lecoq where he studied movement, gestural theatre in all its forms, mask work, clowning, and improvisation under international masters.   While in Paris, Sean co-founded the Pirate Theatre (an international improvisation troupe) and Prospero’s Wagon Players (a Shakespearean street theatre troupe).Upon returning to Upper Valley Sean became the stage director for Revels North in the ’01 to ’04 seasons.   He was also a teacher at Runnemede School, an independent day school in central New Hampshire, where he taught theatre to Grades Kindergarten through 12th for three years.   And most recently has been working with NESE for the past two years as their workshop coordinator and instructor.

    Sean’s professional acting work has been seen locally, in New England Shakespeare Ensemble’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  as Snug, and in the Christmas Revels 2003 production as W.B. Yeats.   Additional roles include; Estragon in  Waiting for Godot  (Paris Theatre Festival), Guildenstern in  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead  (Prospero’s Wagon Players), and Victor in Lorca’s  Yerma  (Meriden Players), and in numerous college performances.   As a director, Sean has been at the helm of many productions, including:  Rhinoceros,  The  Tempest, and  Krapp’s  Last  Tape  (The New Animal Theatre);  Our  Town,  Inherit  The  Wind,  Where  The  Wild  Things,   The  Bremen  Town  Musicians  and  The  Importance of Being Earnest  (Twilight Arts) and The Story of the Man who Turned into a Dog  (Catskill One-Act Festival).     Sean would like to thank his glorious family and friends for supporting him, and giving guidance, as he has traveled the intriguing road that Momentum has established.  

     Malik Rumeau

     Pa Ubu

    Malik Rumeau is very excited to be joining Momentum Theatre Troupe for the second time this season! Previous credits with MTT include directing 'Jabberwocky' and his role as Alonso in A Tempest, both during MTT's 2010 season. Malik holds diplomas from École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, and Keral Kalamandalam National Academy of Arts in South India where he appeared in numerous roles directed by Kalamandalam Subramania. While studying in India, Malik was also invited to teach at the National Academy of Music in Kerala and at the National Dramatic Arts Conservatory in New Delhi.

    In 2002, Malik collaborated with Alain Olivier at the National Dramatic Center de Saint-Denis (TGP), where he worked both as a choreographer and an actor on various shows. From 2007 to 2009, he was assistant to the staging of “Le Cid” by Pierre Corneille for both the national and international tours

    In 2007, Malik wrote and directed his first short film, titled “Quelques heures à attendre”. Working under Emergence Program in 2008, he co-wrote with Uda Benyamina the film “Sur la route du paradis” which received the « selective grant » from the National Cinema Center in November of 2009 as well as prestigious prizes in many international film festivals. In 2014, their first feature film script, produced by Easy Tiger Film  got the « advance revenu grant » from the National Cinema Center.

    In 2012 Malik launched the 1000 VISAGES Théâtre department (non benefit cultural association) with the creation of the piece Haute Serveillance by Jean Genet, which was staged at Théâtre de l'Envol with the support of the town of Viry-Chatillon and the General Council of Essonne. In Spring of 2014, Malik directed a production of Molière's Les Fourberries de Scapin which featured MTT artistic director Sean Eastman with the support of Spédidam, the town of Viry-Chatillon, Corbeil-Essonne and Les Ulis Theaters. Since 2013 he’s the artistic director of the Festival ThéâtreTalents that aims to spot and broadcast emerging theatre troupes for Paris’region.

    Footage from Scapin can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkqpbcZgtpw 

     

    Jasmine Roth

    Director Henry V : Ma Ubu 

     After Stage Managing the 2014 Tour, Jasmine is thrilled to be joining Momentum as an actor and director. A graduate from Union College, Jasmine studied theater and dance intensively, approaching her craft onstage and behind the scenes, and eventually graduating with honors and winning several awards for her accomplishments. She also trained with the Powerhouse Apprentice Program and Saratoga Shakespeare Company both in upstate NY. She recently directed "The Diary of Anne Frank" with the Majestic Theatre in Manchester, NH, and acted in "Scenes from the Big Picture" with Solas Nua in Boston. Although a NH native, Jasmine's somewhat more permanent home than the truck, is in Tucson, AZ where she is actively involved with regional professional theatre. She looks forward to hitting the road and to once again combine her love of travel with theater. 

     

    Marion Xardel

    Costume Designer  

    After the meeting with the Costume maker Karine Vintache during her last year of Condé MASTER school in Paris. She studied for five years to receive a MANAA, a Fashion BTS of Design and environment, then in 2010, she received a  MASTER of Design Global. Marion found her vocation.

    She began her show career as an assistant costumer on projects; “La Villégiature” by Goldoni managed by Thomas Quillardet and Jeanne Candel, for the theatre (2010). And in the same way for the cinema “Sur la route du Paradis”, a medium length film executed by Uda Benyamina(2011).

    For the last four years, Marion worked in cooperation with Karine Vintache. They worked for Valère novarina, “le Vivier des Noms”, presented during the Avignon festival in 2015. She recently began, an international career in Lausane, Switzerland especially with Fabrice Gorgera for the creation “Manger Seul” (2014).

    But she flies alone too and worked for “Confession d’histoire” directed by Ugo Bimar (2015), as well as Malik Rumeau who staged “Les Fourberies de Scapin” by Molière (2014). The same year, this meeting with Malik took her to America where she worked for Momentum Theatre Troupe. Then she created the costumes for the play “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Sean Eastman, “OwnLife” directed by Malik Rumeau, and an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Proposal” directed by Ryan Collins. This summer she came back to America for a second time to design and create the costumes for : “Ubu” directed by Sean Eastman, and Henri V directed by Jasmine Roth.

     

    Jay Foster-Grover

    Stage Manager

    This is Jay's first year with Momentum, and he is very excited to work with the Troupe. Jay is from Canton, NY, where he has worked as an electrician for Community Performance Series for the past two years. An avid lover of the outdoors, Jay has traversed the country exploring the National Parks. He has been to all four corners of the United States. He is a Junior at Union College, studying Theatre and Electrical Engineering. In college, he lives in the environmental theme house and is very active in the environmental movement on campus. He hopes to pursue technical direction and lighting design after college. He enjoys expanding his skill set, working on carpentry, welding, electrical engineering, stage management, landscaping, lighting and sound design, and his awesome guitar playing. He looks forward to living on the road with this talented group.

     Arielle Strauss

    Ensemble : Henry : Effect

     Arielle is thrilled to be traveling with Momentum Theatre Troupe for the third time this summer! She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2013, where she studied Theater, Creative Writing, and the Spanish Language. Arielle maintains a vegan lifestyle and enjoys playing percussion, journaling, and is a die-hard Xena:Warrior Princess fan. Recent theater credits include Momentum Theatre Troupe's Juliet and Her Romeo and fellow SLC alum Rachel Greenhoe's Monkey. She would like to thank Momentum for continuing to challenge her artistically and for being a source of acceptance.

     

    Estelle Graczyk

    Ensemble : King of France : Cause

    Estelle graduated from the conservatory of Cergy in France, where she studied theater and dance for three years. After her graduation, she and other members created the company “Scrabble on the Beach”, with whom she wrote and directed her first play “Le dernier jour d’Annie-Chantal”, and acted in a French musical “Trois nuits d’amour et quelques extras”. She acted with several companies : “Suivez-moi Jeune Homme” in Gildas Milin’s Clara 69, and “les Arces” in Les Fées ont soif by Denise Boucher. Now she’s working with the company “les trois coups l’oeuvre” in Feydeau’s On purge bébé, and in a show of texts written by Charlotte Delbo. She met Sean Eastman while she acted in Les Fourberies de Scapin by Molière, directed by Malik Rumeau. She’s happy to continue this collaboration on the Summer Tour 2015. She will be performing in Malik’s next direction, “Ruy Blas” by Victor Hugo.

     

    Pierre Boucher

    Ensemble : Catherine and the Daphin : Cause

     

    Pierre Boucher began studying theatre in 2009 at the conservatory of
    Maisons-Laffitte with Nathalie Sevilla. Then, he joined les ateliers
    du sudden and l’école du Jeu directed by Delphine Eliet.

    In parallel, he played Le Théâtre Obligatoire et autres textes written
    by Karl Valentin staged by Nathalie Sevilla, then at Avignon Festival
    where he played successively Des âmes sur le béton des villes,
    spectacle staged by Rémi Prin with textes by Jean-Pierre Siméon, and
    Romeo et Juliette by William Shakespeare within Collectif ExEchos. In
    2014, he played in Les Fourberies de Scapin staged by Malik Rumeau. In
    2015, he played in Le Petit Oiseau Blanc ou la Naissance de Peter Pan
    staged by Rémi Prin (adapted from the work of J.M. Barrie) and in Et
    la Nuit Chante by Jon Fosse.

    He will play in 2015/2016 in President Ubu (in english) adapted by the
    work of Alfred Jarry, staged by Sean Eastman, Les Femmes Savantes,
    with the Collectif ExEchos and Ruy Blas, staged by Malik Rumeau.

    In collaboration with Nathalie Sevilla, he animates and plays since
    2010 in spectacles created by Theatre Laboratory, workshops for
    troubled youth (handicap, delinquency...)