The Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre
Martin Blanco has worked in the performing arts for the last 30 years in various capacities including stage director, administrator, teacher, dramaturg and actor. He has taught a variety of theatre classes at SUNY Albany, and American University and English at The Academy Our Lady of Mercy at Lauralton Hall. He is a member of SDA the union of professional stage directors and choreographers, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Barbara Gaines has been away from the stage for years, but could think of no better place to return to the arts than The Flagpole Radio Café where she is a founding producer and performer. In her youth, Barbara worked extensively throughout New England in summer stock and dinner theatre productions. In addition to performing, Barbara enjoyed a robust career at IBM and in recent years as a celebrated pre-school teacher in Newtown and Bethel.
David Wheeler worked in theatre, film and television for thirty years before moving to Newtown and insisting that Martin and Barb let him be part of The Flagpole Radio Café. When he's not doing this, he's either designing something, illustrating something, or playing his guitar. He is married to that really pretty girl singer.
Kate Katcher debuted on Broadway opposite Zero Mostel and repeated the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof with Herschel Bernardi, directed by Jerome Robbins; Wonderful Town with Lauren Bacall; Two for the Seesaw directed by Judith Ivey; Adjoining Trances, a grant winning workshop production playing Carson McCullors to Keir Dullea's Tennessee Williams. Film, TV & New Media credits: Guiding Light; Made for Each Otherstarring the Masterson brothers and George Segal where she got to slap her husband… twice!; A Nice Drive & Planning Ahead, part of the "Husband and Wife" series of webisodes with actor/husband Don Striano, available on YouTube; Scared Stiff TV's Tiny's Halloween. Kate is currently Artistic Director of the Stray Kats Theatre Company, Newtown's first professional theatre company. She is thrilled to be a footnote in the career of budding auteur Max Galassi, appearing as Nora's Mom in "Youth"!