The Ensemble

J. Lerman – Proprietor / Director

Mark Lerman on stageMark is a freelance theatre director and the Proprietor / Director of the Virginia Theatre Machine.  He served as the Artistic Director at The Perishable Theatre in Providence, RI from 1990 to 2005. During this time, Perishable Theatre was at the forefront of introducing new voices to the American Theatre, and became nationally recognized as an incubator for the development of new plays.  At Perishable, Mark produced and/or presented over 140 productions. Learn more about Mark Lerman

Ed Whitacre – Master Thespian

Ed Whitacre, Master Thespian

Ed Whitacre studied acting at the Columbia School of Theatrical Arts and at Old Dominion University. He has performed in the Tidewater area since 1985 with companies and venues that include the Colonial Williamsburg 18th Century Play Series, Virginia Premier Theatre, Palomino Entertainment, The Williamsburg Players, Virginia Beach Little Theatre, the Wells Theatre, the Kimball Theatre, Wedgewood Renaissance, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and New Dominion Pictures. Learn more about Ed Whitacre

Mary Wadkins – Actress

Mary Wadkins is a professional actress, clown and dancer. She has performed extensively on stage in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco where she earned two nominations for outstanding performances of the year.  For over twelve years, she performed The Belle of Amherst across the country and in Europe and was featured in the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory.  In New York, she has performed clown on stage with the all-female troupe “Those in the Nose.”  Mary studied ballet and pointe for many years at New York’s world-renowned dance studio “Steps”, where her dance instructor, Kathryn Sullivan, choreographed two performance pieces specifically for her.  Mary was also a producer of The Gathering that ran on Broadway and starred Hal Linden. Learn more about Mary Wadkins

Janea Whitacre – Costume Designer

Janea Whitacre is Mistress of the Millinery and Mantua-making Trades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. For the past 26 years she has applied her Art History degree to the research and technical re-development of her two 18thc trades. This work was recognized in 1995 with the establishment of the Milliner and Mantua-maker’s Apprenticeship program with Janea as the first Journey- woman. Ten years later, she was promoted to Master (or in her case Mistress) of the Trade. Learn more about Janea Whitacre

Jeremy Woodward – Set Designer

Jeremy Woodward, Set designerJeremy Woodward designs and builds scenery, props, puppetry, and all manner of large and unusual objects for theater, film, TV, and a wide variety of non-profit, commercial, and governmental clients.  Projects in 2009-2010 include production design for two episodes of a new Frontline/American Experience documentary series titled God in America,  art direction for a primetime dramatic series on ABC, the art direction of two TV pilots, and set design for two feature films.  He regards the Virginia Theatre Machine as one of his finest accomplishments.  Learn more about Jeremy Woodward Find him online at

Bart Fasbender – Sound Designer

Bart has been the sound designer for over 100 productions in New York. He’s designed at The Public, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Atlantic Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Culture Project, Second Stage, Primary Stages, Symphony Space, Juilliard, Fordham University, Baruch PAC, Tribeca PAC, The Ohio, PS122, HERE, and regionally at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, Virginia Playwrights Theatre, The Northeast Theatre, The American Dance Festival, and more over the past 15 years. Learn more about Bart Fasbender

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