Carolyn Cook returned as Théâtre du Rêve’s Producing Artistic Director in July 2016. Carolyn Cook has more than twenty years’ experience as a professional actor, director, producer, teacher, and acting coach. She has performed with a wide range of Atlanta theatres including Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, Theatre in the Square, Seven Stages, Theater Emory, and of course, Théâtre du Rêve. Carolyn founded the company in 1996.
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 in October. 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 combine her two great loves, French and Theater, before–assistant directing and playing a lead role in a French play in 2011, interning for a theater company in Paris in 2012, and writing/directing/producing a play in French for her senior thesis–and is thrilled to continue doing so with TdR.
Anna believes very strongly in the capacity for change that the theater arts can provide, and is so happy to be part of the Jane, le renard et moi (Jane, the Fox and Me) project, which she will be stage managing in February 2015. Doing workshops with groups of kids is one of the best parts of her job. She is also focusing on marketing and development.
Caitlin Roe (Camp Director & Teaching Artist):
After coming to Théâtre du Rêve as an intern in June 2011, Caitlin Roe stepped in as the new Director of Education & Outreach in December of the same year. She transitioned to Interim Mangaing Director in April 2013 and became Executive Director in July 2013. She holds a B.A. in French from Catawba College in NC, where she also studied theatre and music. While at Catawba, Caitlin was a 2008 ACTF Irene Ryan Award Nominee for her role as Little Sally in Urinetown. In addition, she was the recipient of the Rice, Andrews Young Award for Foreign Language (2009) and the Augustin Daly Award for Excellence in Theatre (2010). Her background in education includes two years as an instructor/assistant director/co-vocal director for the PresRep theater camp in San Jose, CA. Fluent in English and French, she also taught English at the École Edmond Bour, a primary school in Gray, France. Since summer 2011, she has taught year-round French classes and summer camps for infants, youth and adolescents at the Alliance Française in Atlanta, helping to spearhead their Saturday Youth Program. In the theater community, Caitlin spent time onstage and off throughout her college career. After graduation, she served as Props Mistress for one summer with Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.
In the Atlanta arts community, she has provided French language and dialect coaching for the Horizon Theatre’s production of Madeline’s Christmas and served two consecutive years as Internship Coordinator for Essential Theatre’s Summer Play Festival, where she also served as Moderator for their 2013 Playwright Talkback series. For Théâtre du Rêve, she served as Child Wrangler for the re-mount production of The Red Balloon, performed as a Core Ensemble Member in TdR and Tanz Farm’s Re-member/Re-membré, goes into schools as a teaching artist with workshops and performances (Puppy Love/Fiancés en Herbe, By the Window/Par la Fenêtre, Fables Fantastiques!, Jane, le renard et moi), helped to adapt the touring version of Le Petit Prince, and production managed the same tour. She has also been seen at The Center for Puppetry Arts, Fishworks, and The Academy Theatre.
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
Baxter Jones, Vice Chair (Johnson Ward)
Jessie Cassar, Treasurer (Century Travel)
Helene Courault-Touré (Alliance Française d’Atlanta)
Alina Opreanu, Secretary (Georgia Institute for Technology)
Michelle Willis, Chair (HR Synergies, LLC)
Honorary Member: Thomas White (Oracle), Catherine Salvadore (UPS)