Meet the Apprentices!

Sarah HartmannSarah Hartmann  (Artistic Apprentice)

Sarah is a New York based director, playwright, and actor.  Directing credits include her own adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Greyhound (Player’s Theatre); Bare Naked Drama (The Cherry Pit); Sorry, Wrong Number (Minor Latham Theatre); The Hitch-Hiker (UCSB); and staged readings of Home (Dramatist’s Guild) and Bleach (Barnard College).  Further credits include assistant directing The Merchant of Venice, Street Scene, Romeo and Juliet, All’s Well That Ends Well, MacbethArms and the Man (The Juilliard School), Family Furniture, Miracle on South Division St (White Heron Theatre), Spark (Access Theatre), Streetcar Named Desire (UCSB), and What of the Night (Barnard College); acting in The Golden Cockerel (Casa Italiana), yellow electras (Ontological/Hysteric Theatre), and title roles in Mariana Pineda and Elektra (Oval House Theatre).  She spent a year studying at the British American Drama Academy, holds an AB from Barnard College, and an MA from Columbia University. 

Jennifer DiamondJennifer Diamond (Arts Administration Apprentice)

Jennifer is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a recent graduate from the Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Writing Seminars and minored in both Theatre Arts and Women, Gender, & Sexuality. She is a founding company member and Director of New Work with the IRNE-nominated Circuit Theatre Company in Boston. This past year she served as the Development Intern at the Everyman Theatre and as the Literary Management Intern at the Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore. In addition to arts administration, Jennifer is interested in playwriting and improv comedy.

Damian DominguezDamian Dominguez (Costumes Apprentice)

Born and raised in Dalton, GA, Damian Dominguez is very excited to join Hartford Stage for the 2014-2015 season. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a double major in Music and Theatre, he accepted a position back in Dalton, GA teaching middle school band. After the school year ended, he chose to follow a different career path, eventually landing a call center job for a major disability insurance company in Chattanooga, TN.  While working in Chattanooga, he rekindled his passion for theatre by volunteering with a local theatre company, eventually serving on the board of directors. From being on stage to designing the costumes for a full production, he learned theatre was a part of his life he could never abandon, and he eventually sought out opportunties to finally get back on track in his dream field. He is very excited to add this upcoming experience to his journey and is looking forward to meeting his new Hartford Stage family. 

Stephanie WilsonStephanie Wilson (Development Apprentice)

Stephanie Wilson is from Chicago, Illinois and graduated from University of Richmond with a BA in Music with a concentration in Arts Management. She was recently a finalist for the MA Arts Leadership program at DePaul University and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. While in Chicago, she assisted in donor relations and cultivation as the Development Intern at Goodman Theatre. She has also worked at Youth Company Chicago, a musical theater company for children, and the Modlin Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Richmond. Her experience in the arts also includes songwriting and producing music at East End Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia. She is excited to be joining Hartford Stage this season!

Krista DeVellisKrista DeVellis (Morningstar Education Apprentice)

Krista DeVellis is a performing and teaching artist with a talent for making objects come to life.  She is a graduate of Skidmore College with a bachelor of science in Theater.  As an educational outreach intern for the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA she assisted in teaching puppetry workshops and communicated with local schools for educational opportunities.  While at the Accademia Dell’Arte in Arezzo Italy, she studied various physical aspects of theatre, including mask, acrobatics, and puppetry. Krista has worked as an Assistant in the Costume Shop for Skidmore’s Theatre Department.  Her costuming work includes assistant designing for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Back County Crimes.  She has appeared onstage at Skidmore in their productions of Back County Crimes,The Highwayman, and Ludlow. Her work with Skidmore’s Cabaret Troupe includes acting in a production of The Fantasticks, and leading several puppetry workshops with the casts of Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors.

Krista is a native of Duxbury, MA.  In her free time, she enjoys playing banjo, reading plays, singing, drawing, and juggling.  She looks forward to pursuing a career in theatre education.

Natalie PertzNatalie Pertz (Morningstar Education Apprentice)

Born and raised in Ashtabula, Ohio, Natalie recently graduated from Gannon University with a B.A. in Theatre and Communication Arts. Recent teaching experiences include: for The Erie Arts and Culture Grow Up Great Grant as a workshop facilitator and director of “The Biggest Little House in the Forest” for Pre-K students, for the Erie City School District and for the Martin Luther King Center as a Theater Arts teacher. Natalie is particularly excited to fuse her love of theatre with education and social justice.

Kimberly ShepherdKimberly Shepherd (Marketing Apprentice)

Kimberly is a native Midwesterner originally from the St. Louis area. She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University where she earned her BA in Theatre with a Minor in History. She has also studied at the British American Drama Academy in London and while in New York wrote, produced, and performed her own solo performance piece. In college she tried her hand at many other areas of theatre, such as scenic production, props, electrics, and costumes, but didn’t fall in love with anything else as much as performance until she joined Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville as their 2013-2014 Professional Marketing Intern. This summer she spent her fifth season at Pioneer Playhouse in Kentucky where, in addition to her usual work acting, stage managing, and assistant directing, she served as their New Media/Outreach Coordinator contributing to their social media and education efforts, including being a guest artist in the prison playwriting program ‘Voices Inside’. She is more than excited to continue her pursuit of an arts marketing career at Hartford Stage.

Amanda TozziAmanda Tozzi (Production/Company Management Apprentice)

Amanda has a B.S. in Theater from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She was born and raised in Brewster, New York. Amanda began in theater working on The King and I in Middle School.  Once in High School she worked on every play she could, then after graduating in 2009 she went on to SUNY Oneonta. Amanda has worked on such plays as The Drowsy Chaperone, Clybourne Park, As You Like It, and Fools. She is an avid movie connoisseur and in her free time she enjoys dancing and photography.

Sarah MorganSarah Morgan (Properties Apprentice)

Sarah Morgan is a recent graduate of the Theatre Design and Technology program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her focus is in Scenic Design and Properties. Some of her credits include working as a Props Artisan for Utah Festival Opera’s 2014 season, the Scenic Designer for Theatre UCF’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone, and the Props/ Puppet Designer for Orlando Repertory Theatre’s Busytown. In her spare time, Sarah also enjoys fine wood working and leather working.

Martina RodriguezMartina Rodriguez (Scenic Arts Apprentice)

Martina grew up in the small town of Chester in upstate New York.  She graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz with a bachelor’s of arts, where she studied theatre arts with an emphasis on scene painting and set design.  Her plan is to go to graduate school for set design within the next few years. She loves theatre because it allows her to play in the world of her imagination and explore new ideas. It’s the inspiring, collaborative, and creative process that she finds intoxicating.  In her spare time, Martina likes to draw, paint, and explore, as well as travel to new places and meet new people, and hopes to continue to move around from place to place and explore the world that’s out there.