Matthew Bamberg-Johnson (Artistic Director) earned his B.A. in Theater and Dance from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and received his MFA in Acting from the California Institute in the arts, where he gained a broad range of experience in Dramatic and Comedic roles for stage and screen. In addition to his work as a co-artistic director of The Speakeasy Society, Matthew currently teaches acting, voice, and speech for Celerity Educational Group, a group of charter schools in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Genevieve Gearhart (Artistic Director) is an actor, director, dancer and choreographer. Genevieve’s work has been seen at the Getty Villa, REDCAT, the Ohio Theater, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and several found spaces in Los Angeles and New York. She serves as Co-Artistic Director for The Speakeasy Society, an immersive entertainment company creating unforgettable work in unexpected places. Genevieve received her MFA in Acting from California Institute for the Arts and her BA in Dance and Theatre from Manhattanville College.
Julianne Just (Artistic Director) is a Los Angeles based theater/opera director and co-artistic director of The Speakeasy Society. Directing credits include: Ibsen's Little Eyolf, Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Purcell's Baroque Semi-Opera Spectacular -The Fairy Queen, various new operas, plays, and unique site-specific events. She has also done concept development for Creative Entertainment at Walt Disney Imagineering and holds an MFA in Directing from the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Theater & Literature from Sarah Lawrence College.
Chris Porter (Associate Artistic Director) is a Los Angeles-based writer, sound designer, and award-winning composer of concert works, film, theater, and other performance events (such as an original piece commissioned for the 2010 GLOW Festival performed on the Santa Monica Pier Carousel). Chris earned his MFA in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and a BMA in Music Composition from Baldwin-Wallace University.
John Henningsen (Producing Director) is a creative producer with over twenty years experience working in non-profit theatre and over a decade as an arts manager. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Emporia State University, and a Master Fine Arts in Theater Management and Producing from California Institute of the Arts.
Michael Bates (Associate Artistic Director) is an actor and writer and has performed with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Theatricum Botanicum, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and at the Bootleg Theatre. He is a native Angeleno, and hold a BA from Santa Clara University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.
Collaborating Artists include:
Emily Alpern, Rose Arscott, Michael Aurelio, Jonathan Bangs, Emma Barrow, Michael Bates, Sam Breen, Sam Brittan, Erica Carpenter, Claire Chapelli, Lindsay Coryne, James Michael Cowan, Jenny Curtis, Zach Davidson, Erica Dawson, Alexander Demers, Tommy Dickie, Hayden Ezzy, Emily Faris, Cristina Mercedes Fernandez, Ben Fordham, Natalie Fryman, Martin Gimenez, Matthew Grathwol, Emma Zakes Green, Jenny Greer, Christie Harms, Zan Headley, Julia Henning, Nils Jansson, Nora King, Jeremy Kinser, Pete Laughlin, Kestrel Leah, Andrew Lia, Jacob Loeb, Aubree Lynn, Alexis Macnab, Moira MacDonald, Anna Martín, Paul Matthis, John McCormick, Sallie Merkel, Amy Millan, Gilbert Molina, Thomas Constantine Moore, Nikhil Pai, Juan Parada, Robert Paterno, Michael Pignatelli, Colleen Pulawski, Richard Pluim, Paula Rebelo, Vincent Richards, Megan Rippey, Eddie Rodriguez, Corey Rogers, Mieko Romming, Felicia Rose, Jessica Rosilyn, Elisa Rosin, Olivia Sandoval, Elena Sanz, Josh Seidlitz, Zachary Schwartz, Amanda Jane Shank, Chynna Skye, Sandy Simona, Gabriela Trigo, Kalean Ung, Erin Walley, Harley Ware, Brendan White, and Anne Yatco, Cathrin Farrar