Kickwheel Ensemble Theater

About

Kickwheel Ensemble Theater is a group of artists who create original genre-blurring works for the stage.

Our collaborative use of heightened physicality, rich language, original music and innovative design excites the emotions and intellects of our audiences by exploring what is most outrageously human in all of us.

Open rehearsals, post show discussions and affordable tickets are some of the ways in which Kickwheel engages new and diverse audiences and promotes the medium of live theater.

Company Members

Michael Brahce, a native Texan, is an actor based out of New York City. As a member of Kickwheel Ensemble Theater, Michael has performed in Flark! and in DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike. He has performed with Enthuse Theater in The Good Person of Szechwan and The Decay of Cities: Orchard-less. Other recent productions include  A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Group), Roundheads and Peakheads (MoonRover), and The Cherry Orchard (Columbia Stages). When not on stage, Michael spends his time working at Trader Joe’s, where he can be found ordering, stacking, and displaying all of the dry produce.

Emma Dweck is a founding member of Kickwheel Ensemble Theater. She is a graduate of Skidmore College theater program, as well as the National Theater Institute and St. Petersburg Theater Arts Academie. Recent productions include DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike with Kickwheel Ensemble, Five Flights at Mixed Company, and Alice: End of Daze with Triple/Shadow at La Mama E.T.C. Emma also runs an acupuncture and healing arts practice in Millerton NY and Great Barrington, MA and is passionate about finding ways to nurture humanity through the arts and various healing modalities.

Sara Katzoff is the co-artistic director of Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe where she has been devising, developing and curating new work for the stage since 2005. Recent collaborations include: 10X10on10 (WAM Theatre/Upstreet Arts Festival), Miss Valentine (Pinto Gallery, NYC), Hurricane Hotel (Daniel Arts Center), The Memory In Bones (Made in the Berkshires Festival/Unicorn Theater), The Waypoint (MASS MoCA, artist in residence) and PASSAGE, slated to premiere in 2015. As a performer, Sara has toured nationally with Landis & Company and Dell’Arte and appeared in My Children… My Africa! (Rattler Productions), Shotgun Wedding (Dell’Arte Company), 900 Dreams (Spencertown Academy) and the world premiere of DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike at the Berkshire Fringe. Sara is a founding company member of Kickwheel Ensemble Theater, a graduate of the Dell’Arte International and holds a B.A in performance studies from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Timothy Ryan Olson, a co-artistic director of Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe, received his MFA in playwriting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School, where he was granted a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in the Arts by the United States Board of Higher Education. Ryan has sung and acted in a few off-off Broadway productions including A Christmas Carol (Personal Space Theatrics), Short Stories 4 (Native Aliens Theater Collective), Miss Milligan’s Third Grade Class Presents “Animal Farm” (Geek Ink), and Best Sex of the XXth Century Sale at Theater for the New City. His one act play, Cleaning House, was produced by NativeAliens as part of Short Stories 5. Most recently he wrote and directed the world premiere of DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike. Ryan is currently a full time theater faculty member at Bard High School Early College in Queens, NY.

Chris Tucci is a Co-Artistic Director of Bazaar Productions and Director of Theatre at the Heidelberg University School of Music and Theatre. Stage work includes The Flick at Short North Stage, The Whipping Man with New Players Theatre, Gallery Players and at the Columbia Arts Festival in Maryland, All My Sons at The Warner Theatre and Random Acts of Shakespeare at The Geffen Playhouse and Theatricum Botanicum. His film work includes The Rick (Cannes Film Festival), Contemplating Annie (LA International Film Festival), Company Retreat dir. Campbell Scott, and the winning short Through the Flowers (Lady Filmmakers Festival). He is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA.

Peter Wise grew up playing music in the Berkshires and studied percussion at SUNY Stony Brook and the Eastman School of Music, where he received the school’s first certificate in World Music. He has played with an eclectic array of musical ensembles and bands including Newspeak, Forever House, JG Thirlwell’s Maxorexia and Bobby Previte's VooDoo Orchestra. He has also toured as a percussionist with several innovative stage productions including Jason Craig and Dave Malloy's Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage and David T. Little's opera Dog Days. As sound designer for stage, credits include: Five Flights (Mixed Company), The Scissor Tango Variations (Bard College at Simon’s Rock), The Waypoint (Mass MoCA) and the world premiere of DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike, which he composed alongside playwright/lyricist Timothy Ryan Olson. Peter is a founder and co-artistic director of Bazaar Productions (Kickwheel Ensemble Theater/The Berkshire Fringe) and also owns and operates Square Candy Design, a boutique website design and development studio.