Helene Kvale was the founding Artistic Director of Bated Breath Theatre Company where she conceived and directed Hunger, The Parkville Project and her translation of A Doll’s House. As an actor, Helene performed regularly on the West End stage and at The National Theater, most notably opposite Ian McKellen in Richard III, as well as on tour and in regional productions across the UK. TV and film work include Prime Suspect, Soldier Soldier and Tomorrow La Scala! (BAFTA nominee, Un Certain Regard, Cannes). Helene is on the performance faculty at the University of Connecticut where she regularly directs for Connecticut Repertory Theater. She is an alumn of The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Helene co-wrote the independent film Burning Blue (Lionsgate) with DMW Greer and has written for television and stage. www.helenekvale.com
Greg Webster is a founding member of Bated Breath Theatre Company and was movement director for A Doll's House, The Parkville Project and Hunger. He has worked as an actor, director, teacher, and choreographer from Broadway to the West End as well as regional theaters throughout the United States. Greg is the founding Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Split Knuckle Theatre Company, which has performed in 22 countries to date. Northeast credits include Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theater, Shakespeare and Company Connecticut Repertory Theater.
Teaching: Assistant Professor of Movement Theater at the professional actor-training program at University of Connecticut and is responsible for teaching the pedagogy of the French theater master Jacques Lecoq and Stage Combat.
Education/Training: He is a graduate of the London International School for Performing Arts. He holds an M.F.A. University of Missouri Kansas City. He is an accomplished Martial artist, Authentic Pilates instructor, Gyrotonic ® teacher and Personal trainer. He holds a black belt in Aikido and is a former Golden Gloves boxer.
Michael Bradford is a founding member of Bated Breath Theatre Company and writer of The Parkville Project. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College CUNY and is Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and playwriting. His full-length and one-act plays have been produced at various venues in New York, including Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, the LARK Play Developmental Center, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally and internationally, his work has premiered at the Hygienic Arts Theatre (New London, Ct), eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. (Chicago, IL.), the Playhouse on Park Theatre (Hartford, Ct.), the HERE Art Center (NYC), A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle, WA.), the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (Storrs, CT.), and the Brixton East Theatre, London (UK). His workshops, readings, and residencies include the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship (NYC), The Negro Ensemble Co. at the Signature Theatre (NYC), Liminal Studios (London), the LARK Developmental Theatre (NYC), the New York Stage and Film Company Residency at Vassar, NY, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Writing Fellowship. In 2013 his play OLIVES AND BLOOD was translated into Spanish for a staged reading in the Federico Garcia Salon at the Centro Cultural Dulce Maria Loynaz (Havana, Cuba). Internationally he is the recipient of the Research Scholar Fulbright to Granada, Spain, has led writing workshops at Teatro Oficina Theatre Company, Guimareas, Portugal and the University of Theatre, Tirgu-Mures, Romania. His work is published by Dr. Cicero Press (Woodstock, NY), Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. (NY, NY) and can also be found in the anthology, “Seven More Different Plays”, edited by Mac Wellman.
Paul began his career as an industrial designer working in the toy industry. Working for a consulting firm, he was involved in all aspects of toy product development, brainstorming new ideas, model making, prototype development, design, and some manufacturing. As he approached 10 years in the toy industry, Paul felt the need for new challenges.
In 2004 Paul entered graduate school at the University of Connecticut in the Puppetry Program. Three years later, as he was finishing his MFA the growing program at UConn hired him as the Puppetry Technical Supervisor. At UConn, Paul guides students through the process of designing, creating, and performing puppets for their projects and for Connecticut Repertory Theater. His profound love of machines and the parts that make them go; along with his obsession with the people of the industrial age are the driving forces behind much of his work. Paul attempts to push the art of puppetry forward by infusing traditional forms and techniques with 21st century materials and processes.
Paul pursues the art of craft in his spare time. He is a talented woodworker, blacksmith, and tinkerer. In his home shop/studio he hones an intentionally wide variety of skills, he interprets the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” as something to aspire to rather than to be avoided. He is inspired by the artists/scientists of the renaissance to have a wide and deep toolbox to reach into for any particular project.
Paul is the founder of the Hartford Art Sled Derby, an annual event where people come together to share art and experience the creativity and excitement of sliding down a snowy hill in an original creation – Art Sledding.
Paul has designed and brought to life many puppets and props for Bated Breath.
Casey McDougal is a founding member of Bated Breath Theatre Company and served as Development Director during production of A Doll’s House (Gene Frankel Theater) and The Parkville Project (Playhouse on Park). A graduate of the University of Connecticut BFA Acting Program, theatre credits include: Night of the Iguana (Berkshire Theatre Group), A Falling from Grace (Hartford Stage workshop), Marat Sade (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Doubt (Chestnut Street Playhouse). Film: Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game (with Martin Landau), Backseat (with Christian Bale & Amy Adams), and the controversial After Last Season (Mark Region). Awards for producing and directing include the Regional Emmy Award for Excellence (PSA Newman’s Own Foundation) and Best Web Series at the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival (Holding, the web series).