Artistic & Managing Director. Founder. Technical Theater. Design. Admin. Actor.
GTP Executive Director Anna Lien has been the engine behind 17 shows and counting since graduating from the College of William and Mary in 2009. Frustrated with the lack of theater opportunities for new and career-building theater artists, she started GTP in 2011. Trained as a teacher (Mary Baldwin College), she manages, builds, designs, and directs for experienced and novice thespians alike, averaging six productions a year for the last four years. She also teaches basic fighting techniques, cleans up spills, makes terrible puns, decent fake blood & good pizza. She is immersed in both classic and contemporary theater, and comes from a background in summer stock, Shakespeare, & Oscar Wilde.
Cory Capron is Gorilla's artist-of all trades. As a local teen, he was a member of No Shame Theater and Charlottesville Robotics, a student at Light House Studio, and a singer-songwriter. Since graduating from the University of Virginia in 2009, he has dabbled in play-writing, digital music and experimental film. He will analyze your text, score your show, build its props, develop your performance, shoot that web-trailer, paint that set, and get you a coffee. He brings to GTP his strong background in Media Studies and Literature.
Storytelling, House Manager
Charlie Gilliam is an actor, storyteller, and improvisor from Charlottesville. When he isn't onstage Charlie is an electrician and is responsible for the pretty lights in the lobby.
Kendall aiguier stewart
Kendall Aiguier Stewart crawled out of the gutter and into Gorilla Theater within three weeks of moving to Charlottesville and she hasn't left since. A proud Boston Native, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emerson College and cut her teeth in the Boston Fringe scene.
Booking, Tech Director
Jack Rakes is an actor, an improvisor, and a blacksmith. Yes, really a blacksmith--any sword you've seen on stage is one he made. In his spare time he plays video games, draws, and fixes things. Email him if you want to rent the space!
Robert Holden is an actor, director, designer, filmmaker and technical expert. He's a one-man show graciously sharing his talents with the rest of the GTP team. Name any job on a production and he has probably done it.
Props Manager, Artistic Associate
Emily Lien has been with Gorilla since its formation. She enjoys long walks in the woods, dancing at Goth Night, and making the best props around. Bloody ones are her specialty.
A regular on the GTP stage, Andy Davis is also the Artistic Director of our sister company, Bent Improv. BentTheatre.weebly.com.