Director of Education – Kopy Kopatich

Kopy Kopatich is the creator and founder of the High School Jesters Improv League in the Clark County School District and is in the process of expanding the program to other states. He began his study of the art of improvisation at the world’s largest chain of improv comedy performance centers: ComedySportz in Milwaukee (the birthplace of ComedySportz).  Upon leaving Milwaukee, Kopy came to Las Vegas and created what is now Las Vegas’s Longest Running Improv Comedy Company under his brand, Jest Serendipity.  He and Jest Serendipity have held several residencies on The Strip and work many private and corporate events both locally and nationally. As the Director of Education for A Public Fit, Kopy will be incorporating themes from APF productions into his improvisational work with students, whether through improvising dramatic scenes, parody, or something entirely new.

Graphic Designer – David Adler

 

Las Vegas native David Adler is an award-winning art director, designer and advertising strategist with 30 years of experience in resort, retail and entertainment marketing. His clientele has included luxury destinations Wynn Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and The Palazzo as well as retail development for M&M’s World, MGM Grand and brand development for Adventures by Disney. David was a member of the Rainbow Company Theatre where he first studied scenic and costume design. He majored in 0erforming arts and theatrical design and minored in architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His theatrical design credits include Of Mice And Men for New West Theatre, Driving Miss Daisy for Actors Repertory Theatre, Caesars Royal Procession for Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino and Love’s Labour’s Lost for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. David is also a reformed Mime with long-running engagements at Caesars Palace, The Aladdin Hotel & Casino and Circus Circus. Don’t laugh. It was a very good living!

Production Assistant – Brieanna Ramthun

 

Brieanna Ramthun recently completed her BA in theatre arts design & technology at UNLV. Some local SM credits include: The Women at the College of Southern Nevada; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Super Summer Theatre; and Bomb-itty of Errors at NCT. Brie’s previous SM credits with APF: Body Awareness & The River.

Costume Design – Mariya Radeva-Nedyalkova

 

Mariya Radeva-Nedyalkova holds a MFA in design and technology for theatre from UNLV. She had designed costumes for all of APF’s Mainstage Productions to-date. Her design credits with NCT include: A Streetcar Named Desire; The Seagull; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; On the Verge; Arcadia; and Equus. As a resident at The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, she created the costumes for Wizard of Oz, The Reluctant Dragon, Peter Pan (co-produced with NCT), Suessical, Bridge to Terabithia, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Nightingale, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Meet me in St. Louis and The Nevada Series. Mariya has also spent the past two summers in Arkansas working as Costume Designer & Costume Shop Manager for the Opera in the Ozarks. She is designed costumes for the opera’s productions of Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, Don Giovanni, Albert Herring, Il Tabarro, Pagliacci, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen and Susannah. Currently, Mariya is also teaching Costume Construction at CSN.

Promotions – Jamie Carvelli-Pikrone

 

Jamie Carvelli-Pikrone made her APF onstage debut in When the Rain Stops Falling in 2016. She has also been featured in productions with Cockroach Theatre Company: Detective Morris in The Nether, Jenny/Lisa Simpson in Mr. Burns, Estelle in No Exit and Lulu in The Birthday Party. Other favorite roles include Marjorie in Extremities, Dottie in Killer Joe, and Lavinia in Titus Andronicus. She studied theatre at UNLV. She loves playing soccer and reading plays.

Lighting Design – Joshua Wroblewski

 

Josh Wroblewski is a native of Illinois and has been involved with theatrical lighting since his high school days. He received his BFA in theatre with an emphasis in lighting from Millikin University, and his MFA in lighting design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Josh has worked as an educator, lighting designer and master electrician in many places including Las Vegas, Chicago, Oklahoma, and Michigan. After completing his MFA, Josh stayed in Las Vegas for a time and joined A Public Fit from their inception as their Resident Lighting Designer while working in many venues and on different projects like the MGM New Year’s Eve event and Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo Casino and Resort. Josh received a Las Vegas Valley Theatre Award for his lighting design on APF’s Foxfinder (2015).

Lighting is Josh’s true passion and he loves sharing that with others through teaching, designing and collaborating. Check out his other work at www.jwlightingdesign.com.

Production Manager – Brandi Blackman

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Brandi serves as Production Manager for A Public Fit Theatre Company (along with company manager duties) as well as working in Las Vegas as a freelance production stage manager for local theatre companies such as A Public Fit, Signature Productions, Second Star to the Right Productions, Baked Stage Entertainment, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada Conservatory Theatre and Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada. She also worked as a production assistant for America’s Got Talent – LIVE at the Palazzo. A sampling of her PSM credits in addition to most of APF’s Mainstage productions to-date include Machinal, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Producers and Equus. She has managed productions in a variety of venues that include found spaces, traditional proscenium theaters, intimate black box settings and large outdoor amphitheaters. Brandi’s undergraduate and graduate academic studies encompassed a wide variety of subjects including theatre history, entertainment & fine art law, management, design, and even physics and mathematics. Brandi’s family traveled a lot while she was growing up: she’s been kissed by a seal, experienced Alaskan mosquitoes (like dragonflies, really!), and owns a brick-sized piece of the Berlin wall that she broke off on her own. She is an avid reader and enjoys mentoring youth.

APF Founder/Producing Director – Joseph Kucan

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Joseph Kucan is a native Las Vegan and co-founder of A Public Fit. He has been involved in the local theatre community for the past 40 years, starting as a founding member of the award-winning Rainbow Company and later serving for 10 years as its Educational Director. His work in multi-media as the Senior Producing Director of Dramatic Assets for Electronic Arts helped him to stumble, dizzy and ill-prepared, into world-wide fame as the iconic villain “Kane” in the best-selling computer game “Command&Conquer.”

Kucan has directed a vast number of theatrical productions at a number of theatre companies. During his stint at Rainbow Company, shows directed by Kucan included Big River,Fools,The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria and Puss in Boots as well as the world premiere productions of Weyland’s Sword,The Sugar House, Dog-Pound Boy and many, many others. Kucan also served on the staff of Directors for IceFire Performance Group in Stowe, VT directing Summer Stock seasons including the musicals Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line and Fiddler on the Roof. As the Producing Director of Dramatic Assets for Electronic Arts/Westwood Studios, Kucan helmed the multi-million dollar computer game franchises Command&Conquer, Dune, C&C: Red Alert, Lands of Lore, The Legend of Kyrandia as well as Blade Runner, Pirates: the Legend of the Black Kat, NOX, and Monopoly CD-ROM, the world’s first mass-marketed computer game to be played over the internet. As a fight choreographer, Kucan has safely staged the violence for a number of productions including Macbeth, The Learned Ladies, Foxfinder, I’m Not Rappaport, Private Lives, Company, Moby Dick, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, West Side Story, and Cinders. In 2008, Kucan was awarded a Guinness World Record for “Longest Recurring Actor in a Videogame Franchise” for his recurring role as “Kane.”