Volunteer Manager–Andrew Calvert

 

Andrew Calvert currently serves as A Public Fits volunteer manager.  As a native Brit he grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne and later trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has performed all over the world with credits including Blue Man Group, Stage Entertainment, and Norwegian Cruise Line. He worked previously with A Public Fit on their reading of Incognito and recently directed a reading of Closer by Patrick Marber. With his previous work with A Public Fit, Andrew also portrayed Jason in Wit, the Gentleman Caller in A Glass Menagerie (awarded Best Supporting Actor by Las Vegas Valley Theater Awards) and Dr. Frederick Treeves in The Elephant Man (for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a play). He has much love and gratitude to all at the APF family.

Development Associate–Gabriella Giocomo

 

Gabriella Giocomo couldn’t be happier to be making a life in the theatre. Before joining A Public Fit’s quest to cultivate its community of patrons, she honed her fundraising skills with Chicago’s premiere dance company, The Joffrey Ballet. Gaby is also an occasional performer and director, but closest to her heart is her work as a playwright. So far, her writing has been seen and heard in Chicago, Lake Tahoe, and here in Las Vegas. She is also a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

Production Assistant – Thaisa Monteiro

Thaisa Monteiro was born & raised in Brazil and moved to Las Vegas in 2012. She has a BS in physical education with a specialty in cardiac rehabilitation. She was a competitor on the Brazilian Taekwon-Do national team and currently trains and teaches jiu-jitsu here in Las Vegas. She successfully completed her acting training at one of the best schools in São Paulo. Thaisa’s previous stage management credits include APF’s readings of Closer, Red, The Realistic Joneses and Fool for Love and their mainstage production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She’s also a talented performer and has been seen locally in APF’s Wit and A Summons from the Tinker…, Signature Production’s Mary Poppins and as an extra in the feature film Poor Boy. Local productions and events have also featured her crafting talents.

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 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: Other Desert Cities, Body Awareness and 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.