Meet the Board: Sarah Zapiain
With a lot of our board members, you'll notice that they've been involved in the performing or designing aspect of our productions in the past or concurrently with their board position. That's because our board members are made up of our VFR Family.
The best way I can describe my job would be as the Official Scribe to the Board—I schedule and organize our meetings, help everyone stay on track with the projects they’re working on, and generally try to be a help to the group!
Although originally from Virginia, I moved to Milwaukee to be a part of Voices Found Rep. I earned my degree at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, with a minor in Psychology, and attended summer long intensives with the British-American Drama Academy and Shakespeare & Company, where I was lucky to meet the future founders of VFR. I was eager to rejoin my comrades in Milwaukee once I heard of VFR’s exciting work, and acted in Richard III, Twelfth Night, King John, Macbeth, and directed Hamlet.
I am proud to be working with such a vibrant, talented and hard-working group of young people that make VFR a reality. Going into our 3rd season, we are working tirelessly to refine our process as a company and learn new ways to be our most efficient and organized selves. As we pass milestone after milestone, I am reminded that we would not still be here if it weren’t for the support of our friends and family who support our shows, even in the most creative of ways. So THANK YOU to everyone reading this: you are the reason we’re not another statistic.
As a normal-person-job, I am a dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Greenfield, which is pretty awesome. Again, I am super lucky and super grateful. Something most people don’t know about me is that I can ride a unicycle, and, fun fact, I’ve broken my neck before! Yeah, crazy story, ask me about it sometime.
That’s all for me! PM me if you’d like to know more about the shenanigans we get up to at VFR, and most of all don’t forget to have a great day. Stay in school, kids.
VFR Family on VFR
By: Brittany Ann Meister
We are one week into Hamlet rehearsals!
This week, I wanted to ask our VFR family about their thoughts on VFR. I wanted to know what they thought set us apart. Here's what some of them had to say:
Kira Renkas (Actor): I do have a real soft spot for this theater company. I’ve performed in two of their shows now, and everyone is so young and optimistic that it is a lovely breath of fresh air. For a group containing many young folk in their early twenties, they are exceptionally bright and smart, so I can’t help but admire them. They had a vision, saw something they were truly passionate about and believed in, and they ran with it full speed ahead. They already display a good sense of “the business”, so it’s quite inspiring.
Claire Tidwell (Community Liaison and Actor))We are young people. We are a place for young people made by young people.
Alexis Furseth (Social Media Master, Actor):The people. The generous, caring, inclusive, brilliant people.
Sarah Zapiain (Board Member, Actor, and Director): What I love about VFR, and what separates us from other companies is that we're not doing this for any other reason other than we can't live without it. Why do we spend our precious little free time in a rehearsal room in the basement of a mall? Because
not only are we young, hard working, passionate millenials, but we are artists. A mentor of mine once told the founders of VFR and myself 2 years ago,"We put on clothes that aren't ours and shout into the dark. That's what we do." Why do we need theatre? Because it's what we do.
Alec Lachman (HR, Actor, Director): The people. Doing theatre for no other reason than to do it and doing it our way. Dusting shakespeare off and making it relevant to modern audiences. Giving artists, young and old opportunities that they wouldn't normally get
Brittany Meister (Blogger, Actor): I like VFR because it's a group of people that has certain rituals and procedures just like any theatre company, but they are very open to other ideas and interpretations. It's truly an open playing space fueled by the passion of the artists who occupy it.
Keep your eyes peeled for more info on Hamlet coming up, as well as some exciting new projects from VFR!
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