About the Storm Theatre
"Now is a time to storm; why art thou still?" TA, III, i, l.264
Storms are variously identified with disturbances of the natural atmosphere as well as the landscape of the soul. They can encompass explosions of both an electrical or a passionate nature and have been represented as assaults, sometimes violent, upon fortified citadels or secret, internal retreats.
A group of like-minded individuals shared a desire to establish a theatre company that would create a meaningful impact on the lives of the people who came to its productions. The "Storm" struck them as an ideal image of what their efforts might accomplish. A storm grows from elemental forces and, inevitably, explodes one reality in to another; it is a journey through catharsis to regeneration. Just as the Globe and The Rose portrayed the breadth and complexity of the lives Shakespeare uncovered on those stages, so The Storm was an apt choice to reflect the theatre experiences they hoped to project for their audiences; a reawakening to the awe-inspiring truths of our shared humanity, its beauty and its potential.
Since 1997, when it was established as a not-for-profit company, the theatre has drawn upon the resources of its founders, some acting friends and a growing cadre of professional associates whose commitment to theatre has been enhanced by the creative freedom fostered here; as a consequence, utilizing established classics, under-acknowledged gems from the world repertory and vigorous, new visions of life today, The Storm has succeeded in offering audiences compelling documentation of what it means to be human.
There have been a variety of storms - some intense, others brief, always restorative.
Welcome to our storm. Please come out for many more.
Peter Dobbins, Artistic Director —
Peter is a cofounder of The Storm Theatre, and has directed such Storm productions as T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, Dion Boucicault’s The Shaughraun, John Regis’s Stavrogin’s Confession, Stewart Parker’s Spokesong, William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, Karol Wojtyla’s The Jeweler’s Shop, Job, Jeremiah, and Our God’s Brother, the North American Premiere of House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and the world premieres of The Last Starfighter by Skip Kennon and Fred Landau and Linnea by John Regis. As an actor, he has been seen as Alfred Evelyn in Edward Bulwar Lytton’s Money and Lolo in Pirandello’s Henry IV and has played leading roles in various regional theatres.
Stephen Logan Day, Associate Artistic Director —
Stephen has fulifilled a variety of functions for the Storm Theatre since 1997, as diverse as producing and directing 'Ross', to serving as Bicycle Mechanic & Consultant on Spokesong. For the Storm, Stephen also directed The Power and The Glory, The Rougeries of Scapin, and Noon Divide (co-director with Peter Dobbins) and served as Assistant Director on Arrah na Pogue, As You Like It, The Time of Your Life, Twelfth Night, Gillette, Stavrogin's Confession, and The Brute. Recently he also produced Kara Johnstad's internationally acclaimed show, Le Grand Love, presented in New York City and Berlin with Rolfe Zielke, Rhani Krija and Stephan Braun. As an actor, Stephen has played more than 50 roles in a wide variety of genres and venues in New York and Regionally. His education includes Boston University, Uta Hagen and Yale School of Drama.
Robert Carroll, Director of Development —
Robert's Storm Theatre credits include Time of Your Life, As You Like It, The Shaughraun, Jeremiah, and The Tidings Brought to Mary. He is also the author of a T.V. pilot "Reasonable Doubt" (two actors who get tricked into going to law school) and a play The Believers (political consultants struggling with trying to win an election during the first few hours of Primary Day). Robert has extensive experience as a political consultant for Congressional, NYC Comptroller, NY City Council, and District Leader campaigns. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton where he studied Theater and History, he has done further training at Stella Adler Studios, the Atlantic Theatre and with Austin Pendleton. Robert is a member of The Alchemy Theater Company of Manhattan and has worked with many other theater companies around New York. Robert recently earned a law degree from New York Law School.
Sawyer Mastrandrea, Operations Manager —
Sawyer has been involved with the Storm Theatre since 2009. As Operations Manager for Storm, he makes things happen. He has also served as House Manager, Box Office and Asst. Stage Manager when needed. Primarily an actor, The Storm production of The Time of Your Life was his first professional stage appearance. Since then he has been seen in multiple Storm productions, including As You Like It, Arrah-Na-Pogue, and The President to name a few. He recently played Dan in Robert Carroll's staged reading of The Believers for The Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan at the DR2. Training includes Peter Dobbins, Stephen Logan Day, Atlantic Theater School's 2.5 yr conservatory, and Caymichael Patten.
Board of Directors
Peter Dobbins, President
Rev. Luke M. Sweeney, S.T.L.
Jodi Schoenbrun Carter
The Storm Theatre was founded in 1997 as a nonprofit theatre company and has 501C(3) status. Donations are 100% tax deductible.