Staff

Staff
 
Jess Conda -  Artistic Director - has been working in Philadelphia as an actor, administrator and teaching artist since 2003. With Brat Productions, she has appeared onstage in Moby Dick--Rehearsed, Grease and Desist, Eye 95: Re-tarred, A 24 Hour The Bald Soprano, Haunted Poe and Carrie. As Production Manager: A 24 Hour The Bald Soprano ('10), Naked Cocktail ('08). As Stage Manager: Popsicle's Departure, 1989 (Philadelphia, NYC, Edinburgh and Glasgow premieres).  Jess received a Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble in A 24 Hour The Bald Soprano, and also for Pay Up with Pig Iron Theatre Company. Other acting credits include work with Shakespeare in Clark Park, Flashpoint Theatre Company, The Walnut Street Theatre, Cabaret Red Light, Revival Burlesque and The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. BFA: Arcadia University.
 
Melissa Rodis - Managing Director - Melissa is a theatre artist, dancer, choreographer, producer, and arts administrator with a background in theatre production and small business management. She is committed to the development and accessibility of all aspects of the arts – whether front of house, back of house, in house or out of house. Having graduated from Amherst College with a BA Theatre and Dance and English, Melissa has lived, worked, and artisted in Philadelphia, in Massachusetts, and in Melbourne, Australia.

 
Elena Grace Smith - Production Manager - Elena is an administrator and technician dedicated to supporting the creation and sustaining of live art, theatre, and music.  With Brat, she has previously worked on: MEANWHILE...,  Popsicle's Departure 1989, and Eternal Glamnation. Elena entered the Philadelphia theatre scene through an internship in The Arden Theatre Company's costume shop in 2010 and has been exploring where her talents fit into the theatre world ever since. A native of Maple Glen, PA and a graduate of Earlham College with a BFA in Classical Studies; Elena is currently a 2012/2013 apprentice with InterAct Theatre Company.
 
Douglas Williams - Development Associate - has worked on the administrative staff for Manhattan Theatre Club, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and the Transport Group. As a playwright he is a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Silver Award Winner. His play Shitheads was a semifinalist at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Playwrights Conference. Other plays include Four's the Floor (SoLow Festival), Holly’s Dead Soldiers (A Breakfast Play) (FringeArts 2013) and Now I Am A Wrecking Ball, which was developed with the support of Wide Eyed Productions. He is a graduate of Temple University and lives in Philadelphia.

Resident Artist

Scott Sheppard - Resident Aritst - is an actor/creator in Philadelphia and the Artistic Director of Groundswell Players, a Philadelphia-based physical theatre company that invents raucous and imaginative plays that engage an actor-driven, highly collaborative, research-based creative process. In 2012 Groundswell received critical acclaim for its most recent production Hackles, which Citypaper described as “elegantly staged with beauty and grace.” For the past two years, Scott has been selected for Fringearts’ highly competitive Jumpstart program. In the Spring of 2013, Scott graduated from the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training where he studied Le Coq’s physical theatre methods, movement analysis, dance, and acrobatics. One of his latest projects, Underground Railroad Game, will be presented in a fringe-managed venue at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and he has just presentied Groundswell’s fifth original piece, Go Long Big Softie, in the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.