Walter Kmiec (Artistic Director) is a founding member of Endstation, appearing in its very first production, The Tell-Tale Heart and the Mind of Poe. He co-wrote and directed the world premiere of Endstation’s The Two Gentlemen of Virginia and directed its world premiere of Tearrance Chisholm’s In Sweet Remembrance. Additional directing credits include an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline as well as Counter/Top and The Whole Bunch. Walter also been featured in many Endstation productions as a performer, including the title roles of both Hamlet and Macbeth as well as roles in Assassins, The Taming of the Shrew, My Brother’s Knife, and Twelfth Night. In addition to performing with Endstation, Walter has also performed in productions for the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, appearing as Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice and as Nathaniel Hawthorne in Kathleen Cahill’s Pulitzer-Prize nominated Charm. Other OST credits include Hamlet and All’s Well That End’s Well. He is a graduate of Florida State University’s M.F.A. Directing Program.
Maryam R. Brown (Managing Director) joined Endstation Theatre Company in 2016. Growing up snuggled between the Peaks of Otter and Smith Mountain Lake, Maryam has made her life in the Lynchburg area graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (Randolph College) in 2002. Bringing her love for the stories of our region and theatre together with over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, Maryam is thrilled to be part of the Endstation team.
Krista Franco (Scenic Designer, Production Manager) is a founding member of Endstation Theatre Company and serves as the Resident Scenic Designer and Production Manager. Currently, Krista is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Stetson University in Deland, FL. In addition to technical production & design courses she is a Coleman Fellow focusing on Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Krista holds an MFA in Scenic Design from Florida State University and a BA in Architectural Design from Clemson University. She has held faculty and designer positions at Washington and Lee University, Sweet Briar College, Randolph College and Connecticut College. Krista has also worked as a scenic artist at several regional theatre companies, including the Utah Shakespearean Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and Yale Repertory Theatre. She is incredibly proud of the work Endstation produces and is inspired by the collaborative nature of the artists we engage with year to year.
John Kiselica (Resident Lighting and Sound Designer) is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in lighting and sound design. He is the Resident Sound Designer and Master Electrician for Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers, FL and acts as the Lighting and Sound Supervisor for year round consultation and project specific work. He has worked on a national tour, Buddy: the Buddy Holly Musical, as the master electrician after a contract with Royal Caribbean International as a stage technician. Commercial theatrical work includes installing Prodigy Hoists, an automated rigging system from Electronic Theatre Controls. John continues to freelance in addition to his seasonal position with Florida Rep in the professional, academic and community theatre circles.
Josh Mikel (Resident Playwright) is an Atlanta based multi-disciplined artist. A six time published playwright, his works include Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island (Playscripts Inc.), The Monster Hunters (Playscripts Inc., Winner of the KCACTF Theatre for Young Audiences Award), and Lillian Likes It (Winner of the 2015 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award). He works as an actor in film and TV having appeared in the television shows Nashville (ABC), Hindsight (VH1), and the forthcoming Game of Silence (NBC) He can also be spotted in the films Last Shift, Dirty Grandpa, and the forthcoming Independence Day: Resurgence. He is an illustrator and music video director, having directed videos for the acts Waxahatchee, Against Me!, and his own band Look Mexico for which he is the longtime drummer. His latest play The Whole Bunch world premiered with Endstation spring of 2016.
Aaron C. Thomas (Resident Dramaturg) has worked as the resident dramaturg for Endstation since 2010, working on shows such as Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Big River, and Comedy of Errors. As a dramaturg he has also worked with the Brooklyn-based collective The American Laboratory, as well as with playwrights in Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He is currently assistant professor of theatre history and literature in the School of Performing Arts of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His work has been published in Modern Drama, Theatre Survey, Theatre Topics, and American Theatre magazine. For more information visit www.aaroncthomasphd.com.