Matt Okin (BBS/BBPAC Artistic Director), founded Black Box Studios in 2007 and opened The Black Box Performing Arts Center in November 2015. Recent directing credits include: Hair; Talk Radio; Griller; Peer Gynt; Buried Child; Hand To God; Heathers The Musical: High School Edition (teens); Disgraced; Cloud 9; Skip & Rivkah's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience; The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?; Blood Brothers A Musical; Evil Dead The Musical; Bad Jews; RMTI's production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; True Groove Productions' Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth (workshop); The Pillowman; and Passing Strange (all at BBPAC); the Off-Broadway premiere of This Time, A New Musical Romance (at Theater For The New City, as well as BBPAC); and the BBS Ensemble's Falsettos "In Concert", House Of Blue Leaves, and Next To Normal (bergenPAC), among many others. As a playwright, director, and composer, Matt's original plays and musicals include: Beltsville/Rockville, Part One: Rise Of The Goatman (NJ readings/workshops), Out Of Whack: The All-Kids Rock Musical (devised, at Theater For The New City), Soul Searching (45th Street Theater, DR2 Theater, D-Lounge, and the NYMF), Generations (various NYC venues and NYMF), and A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience (NYC and national tours). Other original plays, produced both in New York and on national tours, include: Second Chances, Twist Of Faith, Walter Liked To Sit In His Big Backyard, Cherry Hill, The Ugly Wife, and Pigs. Matt received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts. He has two grad school-age daughters, Rachel and Arielle.
BLACK BOX REPERTORY COMPANY MEMBERS
|Allison Falkenstern (Administrative Director/Education Director) has been working at Black Box since June 2017. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in British Studies. She has been heavily involved with this past season including credits such as: Macbeth (Director), Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Director), Griller (Assistant Director) Dog Sees God (CB's Sister), Peer Gynt (Kari/Begriffenfeldt). She has also served as a Teaching Artist for Black Box's own students as well as for the Black Box Musical Theater Experience in Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck.|
|Jason Felix (Facilities Manager) first appearance at Black Box was in September 2016, as Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical. Since then, he has been continuously involved with this magnificent theater as an actor in plays and musicals, stage manager, lighting designer, set desinger, assistant director, and more.|
|Michael Gardiner (Managing Director) is honored to serve as a member of the Black Box Repertory Company. He is also an actor, director, and teaching artist. Mike is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication. As an actor, he has appeared in over 12 Black Box productions. As a teaching artist, he works with Arts Horizons, for Black Box's long-running YACHAD improv program for young adults, as well as with the Adult Acting Workshop. He directed Twelfth Night, the inaugural production of Black Box Studios' Shakespeare in the Park program produced in parternship with The Township of Teaneck. michael-gardiner.com|
|Sara Giacomini (Education Director & Administrative Director) is ecstatic to serve as a member of the Black Box Repertory Company. Sara is also an actor and teaching artist at Black Box. She is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University, where she earned her BA in Musical Theatre. She has appeared in numerous Black Box productions, and recently returned after touring the country as Sally in The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions/TheatreworksUSA). During the year, she teaches Black Box's Musical Theater Workshop for Kids class. Other teaching credits include: George Street Playhouse and Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. "Never apologize for your art." saragiacomini.com|
|Samuel Hapner-Goldman (Technical Director) is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, from which he holds a BA in Theatre Arts. He has performed in several Black Box shows including Griller, Talk Radio, HAIR, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night. Samuel's technical credits include Griller (sound design), Talk Radio (sound design), and Macbeth (set construction).|
|Nimon Ibrahimaj (Technical Director) is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, where he received a BA in Technical Theatre. This past season he has been the lead Lighting and Sound Designer, as well as Master Carpenter, on all of BBPAC's production. Additionally, Nimon works as a freelance carpenter.|
|Nachi Lederer (Teaching Artist) has been a part of the Black Box family since he was a student in 2009. Nachi wrote a children's musical, SPROUTED!, inspired by the story of Jack and the Beanstalk that was workshopped at the theatre. In addition to choreographing a number of professional productions at Black Box, Nachi teaches dance to the children and teens who take classes at the theater. His performance credits at Black Box include Dog Sees God (Beethoven), Griller (Dylan), Talk Radio (Callers), and Junie B. Jones the Musical (Herb/Chenille). He also taught for the Black Box Musical Theater Experience at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Nachi is currently resuming his studies at Muhlenberg College this fall, where he's majoring in Theatre and Dance, but he will most certainly continue working on all things Black Box while at school!|
|Danielle MacMath (Managing Director) has been performing with Black Box since 2016, and is honored to be a founding member of the Repertory Company. Danielle is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, with a BA in Musical Theater and Literature, and a Masters in Teaching. Since graduating, she has been acting and teaching in the NJ/NY area. DanielleMacMath.com|
|Larissa Terese (Literary and Special Events Coordinator) is a proud member of the Black Box Repertory Company. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts and concentration in musical theatre. While in school, Larissa spent a semester in England studying text and play analysis. Further experience includes work with Pixie Dust Players and Springville Center for the Arts. Larissa has been an active member at Black Box since 2017, serving as an actor, stage manager, and general staff.|
|Rob Parmelee (Web Administrator & Facilities Manager) runs the BBPAC web site and e-commerce initiatives. By day, he runs the web sites for the mighty Roundabout Theatre Company. You can see him doing bad stand-up comedy on Open Mic Nights at Black Box. He also occasionally plays bass in BBPAC musical productions and can be found playing with his band, Juice Box Heroes (NJ). Check them out on Facebook.|
Sari Rosen (Teaching Artist In Training) is an incoming freshman at Montclair State University to study education! She has been performing, doing tech and teaching at Black Box for about 10 years now, both as a student and professionally.