Tim Kolman has lived many lives in many countries. He was born and raised in London. His parents were German Jewish refugees. Tim will tell you that ‘The Roses in June’ is not an autobiographical play. He was educated at the prestigious public (private) St Paul’s School, London.
He studied Scots law at the University of Glasgow where he graduated with a double honors degree in Jurisprudence and Politics. He is a lifetime member of The Middle Temple in London, one of the 4 medieval Inns of Court which trains barristers. He ‘escaped’ before he had to wear a wig and gown. Tim is a combat veteran of the IDF. He lived in Israel for over 3 years, marrying in Jerusalem and coming to the United States just in time to see the Phillies win the World Series. He continued his study of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was an Editor of the Law Review. When not writing his extensive novel and next play, Tim practices law with his law firm, Kolman Ely PC. When asked about the play, Tim said;
“The trauma of a refugee does not end when the refugee finds sanctuary. It simmers, barely below the surface. Trauma is a memory and no people remember and integrate trauma better than Jews. The Jewish people have memorialized their trauma, which runs 5000 years, from their slavery in Egypt through the destruction of the First and Second Temples all the way to the Holocaust and beyond. Their suffering and experience are always a warning to the rest of the world.”
Stephen Maxamillion Stahl, award winning film and theatre director, producer, writer and teacher has been called “a superb artist” who fills his work with “sincerity and passion”, according to critics worldwide. For more than 30 years this Philadelphia native has been delighting audiences with his powerful direction and writing as well as sharing his knowledge and experience with students of all ages.
Stahl has directed over 250 professional theatrical productions from London’s West End through Europe, New York and most of the United States. His production and directorial credits include numerous stage shows, award winning films, decades of writing for theatre, film,benefit and award shows, television, industrial as well as commercial broadcast. Previously he was honored to direct Lady Day which he authored. The show starred Dee Dee Bridgewater and played New York City at The Shubert Theatre on 42 St. Other productions of Lady Day featured Hattie Winston, Tonya Pinkins and Ann Duquesnay. Recently in 2016 he completed the feature film She Is Watching and the critical acclaimed New York City production of Sanctuary , which starred Susanne Sulby. This show also enjoyed recent runs in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Scotland. A seasoned writer, producer and director, Stahl received his early training at Hedgerow Theatre under Jasper Deeter and Rose Schulman. Hedgerow, located in Montgomery County, PA was an early derivative of The Group Theatre founded by Elia Kazan, Harold Clurman and Stella Adler. Stephen then moved to New York City and studied with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio. Mr.Stahl has directed, written for, produced and worked with such legendary artists as Billy Joel, Patti LaBelle, Nell Carter, Kathy Sledge, Sandy Duncan, Gregory Hines, Wendy O’ Williams, Jason Bateman, Lynne Thigpen, Phyllis Hyman, Kitty Kallen, Lolatta Holloway, Hall & Oates, Chris Penn, Mink Stole, Grant Shaud, Debralee Scott, Divine, Julie Gold, Clint Homes, Peggy King, Bill Cosby, Tommy Femia, Lynne Carter, Dick Clark, Bobby Rydell, Estelle Getty, Teddy Pendergrass, Patty Hearst and Terry Burrell, just to name drop a few!
Susanne Sulby, a theatre veteran, is equally comfortable on stage and behind the scenes. As an artist-preneur, her skills range from producing, to acting, to helping an actor find their voice in a role.
Her most recently produced play, Sanctuary, received rave reviews on its international tour culminating in an off-Broadway debut at The Lion Theatre. Sanctuary was deemed “urgent and compelling!” with “exquisite and mesmerizing” video and design elements.
Ms. Sulby has produced events ranging in scope from off-Broadway productions to simple salons staged in one’s home. Her passion is to bring forth to the stage the human voice, the human condition and through this, bring us all a little closer to each other.
An established actor, designated Linklater voice instructor, dialect coach and voiceover artist, Ms. Sulby delights in the diversity of her career. She has performed in many various genres including Shakespeare, Improvisation, Film, Dance and Poetry. She has taught voice for the actor, Shakespeare and acting for over 30 years at various institutions of higher learning (The University of The Arts, The Linklater Center, Walnut Street Theatre) and in her own private studio. Dialect coaching credits include Theatre Horizon, The Ford’s Theatre, the film Cover and working with David O. Russell on the 2012 Oscar-winning film, Silver Linings Playbook, serving as the dialect coach for Best Supporting Actress nominee Jacki Weaver.