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Meet the Team
Jeremy Kucharek (Performer) is delighted to return to the Open Book (virtual) stage and grateful for the opportunity to participate in theatre after the eventful year we’ve had. Kucharek was previously seen at OBTC as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in 2019’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a performance which earned him his first Wilde Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play. You may have also seen Jeremy on stage at Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova in 2019’s Admissions and 2020’s Apple Season, the latter which garnered Kucharek his second Wilde Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play. Jeremy would like to thank Krista & OBTC for creating a space where artists enjoy safety and empowerment, for leading an example of diversity and inclusion in theatre, regardless of race or sexuality. Jeremy thanks YOU for supporting local theatre and looks forward to sharing space with you all again soon!
Joe Zarrow (Playwright) is delighted to be working with Open Book again after playing Watson in The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Wilde Award Winner Best Lead Actor in a Play). Joe’s school satire Principal Principle premiered in Chicago (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination, Best New Play), has been produced in cities ranging from Atlanta to Auckland, and is currently being produced digitally by Next Act Theater Milwaukee. Open Book’s own Krista Schafer Ewbank directed a workshop of Joe’s play Retcon, or Actually it’s a Play About Ethics in Superhero Journalism at Theatre Nova. Other favorite roles have included Jeffrey in The Totalitarians (Theatre Nova), Max in Comedy of Tenors (Tipping Point Theatre – Wilde Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actor in a Play), Alan in This (Windy City Playhouse), and some jerk on an episode of CHICAGO PD. Joe trained at the School at Steppenwolf. His favorite captain is still Kirk.
K Edmonds (Director) is a multi-faceted performer/director with many credits to her name. Productions include: Jeff Daniel’s Roadsigns, and Willow Run; both at the Purple Rose Theatre, Bessie Smith in Devil’s Music, The Revolutionists; both at Theatre Nova, Good People at Open Book Theatre, Rosie the Riveter at Wild Swan Theatre, Ain’t Misbehavin‘ at Performance Network Theatre and Ruined at Plowshares Theatre. An accomplished musician, writer, and award-winning director (Boxfest Detroit 2011), the latter of which enabled K to begin her multimedia company, K Edmonds Media. K is an alum of Second City Detroit and the International Academy of Design and Technology. She is thankful of the support from her mother and inspired by her daughter Kemistry, and a host of talented performers she has been blessed to work with throughout her career. This is K’s directorial debut with Open Book Theatre and she looks forward to many more endeavors with them!
Krista Schafer Ewbank (Artistic Director) is the founding Artistic Director of Open Book. She loves having an artistic home and providing a place for other artists to work and play, and has been particularly proud of keeping live performance going in new ways during a global pandemic. Krista received Wilde Awards for her direction of The Watson Intelligence and her performance in Emilie, and was previously nominated for her performance in Boy Gets Girl as well as for her direction of Peter and the Starcatcher. A native Michigander, Krista holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University and has worked in theatres across the country acting, teaching, and directing. She confesses she knows more about Star Wars than Star Trek, but still has been enjoying this space adventure.
Maria Tejada (Production Manager) is a professional stage manager who has worked with several Michigan theatres including Water Works Theatre, Planet Ant and six years at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC even traveling to Macao, China with the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maria graduated from Grand Valley State University with degrees in Theater and Spanish. She is a facilitator with Detroit Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in Prison program, the Company Manager for Roustabout Theatre Troupe and she is so excited to now be a part of Open Book Theatre Company!