Carolyn Cook is the founder and first artistic director of TdR. She has studied French and theatre in Paris, and completed year-long courses in literature and linguistics at the Sorbonne. She brings more than twenty-five years’ experience to the company as a professional actor, director, producer, teacher, and coach. Carolyn has worked as an actor and/or director with many Atlanta theaters including Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, Theatre in the Square, Seven Stages, Theater Emory, Theatrical Outfit and Théâtre du Rêve. She has taught acting and theatre studies at Emory University, Oglethorpe University, Pebblebrook High School, and the Robert Mello Studio.
Anna Richardson first came to TdR as an intern during the Nearly New Festival in March 2014. She officially joined the company as Executive Assistant that October, and is now the Outreach Director. Anna graduated with honors in the French major from Goucher College in 2013, studied abroad twice in France, and has a lifelong love affair with the theater. She has been lucky to be able to continue to combine her two great loves, French and Theater.
Anna believes very strongly in the capacity for change that the theater arts can provide, and is so happy to be part of the rich Atlanta theatre community. In addition to working for TdR, she stage manages, acts, writes poetry, plays the flute, and directs.
Caitlin Roe (Camp Director & Teaching Artist):
Caitlin Roe has worked with Théâtre du Rêve in several capacities since 2011: intern, Director of Education & Outreach, Interim Managing Director, Executive Director and actor/teaching artist. She holds a B.A. in French from Catawba College in NC, where she also studied theatre and music. In the Atlanta, she has worked behind the scenes with Horizon Theatre, Essential Theatre, Théâtre du Rêve and the Academy Theatre. Also an actor and teaching artist, she brings workshops and performances to schools (Puppy Love/Fiancés en Herbe, By the Window/Par la Fenêtre, Fables Fantastiques!, Jane, le renard et moi, Le Petit Prince). She has also performed with The Center for Puppetry Arts, Fishworks, and The Academy Theatre, where she is currently serving as Production Manager. Caitlin speaks fluent English and French and provides French-language instruction for youth at the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta.
Gene Cofield (Bookkeeper)
Park Krausen (Artistic Associate/Producer/Actress):
Park has performed with the Lincoln Center Living Room Series, Hartford Stage Company, The Alliance Theatre, About Face Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, Actor’s Express, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (3 year company member), Georgia Shakespeare (where she is an associate artist), Theater Emory, Theater in the Square, Out of Hand Theater (Core Company Member), Théâtre du Rêve, Le Conservatoire National Supérieur D’Art Dramatique, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Krausen was named Atlanta’s Best Actress 2010 by the Sunday Paper and received two Suzi Awards (Atlanta’s Tony Awards), one for best musical ensemble with Vive La Fontaine!, created by Théâtre du Rêve, and another for best acting ensemble for Metamorphoses with Georgia Shakespeare. Two Suzi award nominations for best actress: Desdemona in Othello and Kate in Shrew the Musical. She was also on the steering committee for the International Year of Beckett Centennial Celebration. She performed L’Acteur Sacrifiant with TdR at the Festival des Francophonies Limoges, France, at Emory University and at Georgetown University in DC. She also translated Scott Turner Schofield’s Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps and performed with him in Lorient, France at CDDB.
As Artistic Director of Théâtre du Rêve, she commissioned a new play (Voir un Ami Pleurer) in 2007 from Belgian playwright Olivier Coyette, directed by Valery Warnotte of Paris. It performed in Atlanta, in Paris and toured the US in 2009. It was voted in the TOP TEN PLAYS of 2008 by the Sunday Paper. She also produced a piece called: La pièce entre la langue et l’identité—an investigation of the relationship between language and identity with texts from all over the Francophone world. It performed at community centers that accommodate large refugee populations and at a Moroccan restaurant. In February 2011, she produced a new stage adaptation of the beloved classic: The Red Balloon. This production was remounted in 2012. In addition, Park commissioned five new plays or adaptations for Théâtre du Rêve: most recently the adaptations/translations of two of the Feydeau shorts that comprise Lovers and Madmen: An Evening of Feydeau. She also commissioned another work in progress for TdR, a play entitled Celles d’en Haut/The Women from on High from Quebecois playwright Olivier Kemeid as part of a project called Quad-City Collaboration. This project sparks an artistic dialogue between artists from four major cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Montreal and Brussels. It will have its world premiere at a theater in Fulton County in 2013. Park speaks fluent English and French and enough German and Spanish to get by.
Other associate artists include:
Jessica Coale, Lighting Designer
Rachel Fowler, Director, Tour Manager
Adam Fristoe, Actor
Ariel Fristoe, Actor and Director
Peter Ganim, Director and Founding Artist
Liz Hartnett, former General Director, Actor, Translator, Stage Manager
William Hatten, Director, Actor, Translator/Adaptor
Chris Kayser, Actor and Founding Artist
Stephanie Richardson, Photographer
Zachary Roe, Education Props/Costumes/Sound
Board of directors
Jessie Cassar, Treasurer (Century Travel)
Helene Courault-Touré (Alliance Française d’Atlanta)
Jenn Dwyer (True Colors Theatre)
Baxter Jones, Vice Chair (Johnson Ward)
Alina Opreanu, Secretary (Georgia Institute for Technology)
Michelle Willis, Chair (HR Synergies, LLC)