"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

IMG_0177INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Heather Shields was born and raised outside of Atlantic City in South Jersey. She attended the University of Richmond, studying Vocal Performance and Pre-Law. After working steadily as an actress and singer in NYC, she graduated from Columbia University  in 2013 with her Masters in Arts Administration. Heather first had the opportunity to work with APAC on its most recent play, In The Bones, as Line Producer. Heather is also the Managing Director of CitySalt Theatricals, producing dozens of concerts, fundraising events, unique summer camp experiences, and original works such as Huckleberry Haywood: A Spunk Rock Musical (NYMF 2011). Most recently, she was General Manager and Producer for Cloned! (NY Times Critics Pick and “Best of Fest” at NYMF 2014). She is also the co-creator and co-producer for Tune in Time, a wild musical theatre writing game show held monthly at The York Theatre. Heather was formerly the Creative Development Associate and Administrative Assistant for Dede Harris Productions from 2012 through 2014.

Dev-2 (1)ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Dev Bondarin is a New York based director of plays and musicals, both new and established. Directing credits include: In The Bones (APAC) Two Bugs are Better than One (New York City Children’s Theater), King Lear (American Bard Theater, two NYIT Award nominations), Reefer Madness (Gallery Players, NYIT Award nomination for Outstanding Musical), Raised by Lesbians (FringeNYC, 4 Stars Time Out), and numerous readings, concerts, and workshops. As Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, she has curated and directed an annual musical theater lab for the past six seasons, which has produced over 45 new, short musicals by established and emerging writers. Dev is also a member of MTWorks where she directed Cody Daigle’s A Home Across the Ocean, as well as readings and short plays. Dev is an SDC Observership recipient, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab as well an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the League of Professional Theatre Women. She holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a BA from Brandeis University.

PRODUCTION MANAGER Annie Jacobs moved to Queens in 2005, joining Showman Fabricators, a Queens based scene shop in production management followed by project management. There she worked on Broadway’s Little MermaidSweeney Todd25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, television’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, “Dr. Oz”, “Disney World’s American Idol Experience” and many others. She joined APAC in 2009 as production manager and has worked on all productions for the last 6 years.  She also currently serves as production manager for Queens Theatre. Before coming to New York she received her BFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University followed by her MFA from the School of Drama at Yale University. Find out more about Annie.

77MARKETING DIRECTOR Scott Armato is a cum laude graduate of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with degrees in Theatre Management and Marketing. He is currently enrolled online in Drexel University’s Master’s of Science in Arts Administration program. With almost thirty years of experience in nearly every aspect of theater – from lighting design to stage management to marketing to development to acting – recently, Scott has found himself in demand as a musical director, having worked on several dozen full-length musicals, children’s shows, and cabarets, including Spring Awakening, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Once on This Island, [title of show], Little Shop of Horrors and Spamalot. Favorite roles include Max Bialystock in The Producers, J. Bruce Ismay in Titanic, and Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men. In addition, Scott is a highly sought-after legit lyric baritone, available for weddings, funerals, or a random Tuesday in March that you’ve decided needs more music. He is noted for his improv workshops, which are both fun and a learning experience for young and old alike.

Katie Rosin headshot (1)PRESS AGENT Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR has worked with APAC since 2008, handling press for In The Bones, Allegro, The Cottage, Blood Brothers, Billy Witch, The Secret GardenA Hard Wall At High SpeedThe Human Comedy, MilkMilkLemonade, Children of EdenThe PillowmanThe Children’s Hour, RagtimeTriumph of Love. Katie was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical Brooklyn and the National Tour of Mother Load. She has been integral in multi-dimensional campaigns for IT Award recipients, GLAAD Award Winners and Drama Desk nominees. In April, Kampfire will be launching, a new digital entertainment destination for episodic fiction and reality programming for the world’s largest stage—the Internet. Kampfire clients include: All For One Theater Festival, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Tony Award Winning Double Play Connections, The League of Professional Theater Women, Manhattan Theatre Works, New York Innovative Theatre Awards, Queens Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, WorkShop Theater Company, and York Shakespeare Company.


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