Who's in the Pack

The Pack is based in Brooklyn, New York. We hail from New Hampshire, New Jersey & New York, and in between have had other homes in: New Haven (CT), West Java (Indonesia), Philadelphia (PA), Boulder (CO), Juneau (AK), San Francisco (CA), Sardinia (Italy), Northampton (MA), Covington (KY), and on the road.

Erika Kate MacDonald, Co-Founder

Erika Kate MacDonaldErika Kate wrote and performed Pack of Others’ flagship show FLUID (2007), named to Curve Magazine's "Top Ten Hottest Plays," as well as Tap Me on the Shoulder (2012), which earned her the Orlando Fringe Critics' Choice Award for "Best Female Performance." Her two prior self-produced solo shows were Voting Rites:  An Exploration of New Hampshire Women’s Attitudes Towards Voting (2004), an interview-based piece, and Go <imperative> (2003), a set of traveling character studies. 

She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and studied Theatre at Yale University.  For seven years she taught yoga professionally in communities all over Brooklyn and built puppets at The Puppet Kitchen in Manhattan's Lower East Side, then she moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where she played in the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble and was a core member of Movement Lab, a collaboratively-led artists' working group.  While in Massachusetts, she attended E|MERGE, an interdisciplinary artist residency at Earthdance (2012), and received project grants from the Northampton (2012), Amherst (2013), and Easthampton (2013) Cultural Councils. 

She now makes her home in Covington, Kentucky, which her partner in life and art, Paul Strickland, describes as "a small city off the coast of Cincinnati."  They have appeared together onstage at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati in Andy's House of [blank] (2015), and Serials! (2015, 2016), and on the road across the U.S. and Canada in Tales Too Tall for Trailers (2015) and 13 Dead Dreams of "Eugene" (2016).  In addition, Erika is a shadow puppetry designer and director, most recently with a production of "Carnival of the Animals" for Madcap Puppets.  She is currently touring with her latest solo show, Evacuated!

Other, as in, please check one: __ Hetero / __ Homo / __ Other.  As in, the white girl speaking Indonesian.

Sophie Nimmannit, Co-Founder

Under the umbrella term "theatermaker," Sophie performs, directs, does drag, & builds masks & puppets for the live stage. She received her BA in theater at Yale, and has trained in mask, clown, Suzuki and other forms of physical theater. As a member of the International Theatre Collective, she performed in Seattle, Boulder, St. Louis and Canadian Fringe Festivals. In 2006, she toured with Denver's LIDA Project and performed her solo show "Arachne" at the 2006 Boulder Fringe. In New York City, she has performed with the South Wing (AOI!" Japan Society, P.S.122) and Blessed Unrest (Machinal).  In 2011, she appeared in the premiere of Mac Wellman's 3 2's or AFAR. She is a joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. Other: Always checks that Other/Mix/Mixed Race box, the final option. Notoriously cast as the animal, foreigner, man, non-speaking role.


 





 

John Leo

John Leo is a performer, teacher and director. He has studied theatrical dance at Bard College and is a graduate of the Dell ‘Arte School of Physical Theatre. He has studied with Clown masters: Ronlin Foreman, Sue Morrison and Ricardo Puchetti. For the past seven years he had been landlocked in the quirky little town of Juneau, Alaska creating clown, opera, drag and contact improvisation with Perseverance Theatre, Kitschy Yum-Yum Burlesque and Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre (Best of San Francisco Fringe 2003). Mr. Leo has toured his work throughout Mexico, Canada, Alaska and the ‘Lower 48’ and has received funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation. He is psyched to be living in the Truly Wild city of New York.

Erika Kate Macdonald

Erika Kate wrote and performed Pack of Others’ flagship show FLUID (2007), named to Curve Magazine's "Top Ten Hottest Plays," as well as Tap Me on the Shoulder (2012), which earned her the Orlando Fringe Critics' Choice Award for "Best Female Performance." Her two prior self-produced solo shows were Voting Rites:  An Exploration of New Hampshire Women’s Attitudes Towards Voting (2004), an interview-based piece, and Go <imperative> (2003), a set of traveling character studies.

She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and studied Theatre at Yale University.  For seven years she taught yoga professionally in communities all over Brooklyn and built puppets at The Puppet Kitchen in Manhattan's Lower East Side, then she moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where she played in the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble and was a core member of Movement Lab, a collaboratively-led artists' working group.  While in Massachusetts, she attended E|MERGE, an interdisciplinary artist residency at Earthdance (2012), and received project grants from the Northampton (2012), Amherst (2013), and Easthampton (2013) Cultural Councils.

She now makes her home in Covington, Kentucky, which her partner in life and art, Paul Strickland, describes as "a small city off the coast of Cincinnati."  They have appeared together onstage at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati in Andy's House of [blank] (2015), and Serials! (2015, 2016), and on the road across the U.S. and Canada in Tales Too Tall for Trailers (2015) and 13 Dead Dreams of "Eugene" (2016).  In addition, Erika is a shadow puppetry designer and director, most recently with a production of "Carnival of the Animals" for Madcap Puppets.  She is currently touring with her latest solo show, Evacuated!

Other: As in, please check one: __ Hetero / __ Homo / __ Other. As in, the white girl speaking Indonesian.

Sophie Nimmannit

Under the umbrella term "theatermaker," Sophie performs, directs, does drag, & builds masks & puppets for the live stage. Her own projects include her solo show "Arachne" (2006 Boulder Fringe), directing FLUID, and co-creating The Only Cabaret in NYC, VOTE DEBS!, and Peg-ass-us.

In New York City, she has performed with the South Wing at HERE Arts Center, PS 122 and the Japan Society, (AOI!, The Gospel According to Jack Vitrolo, and Secret Rendezvous), as well as with East Third Ensemble, Aeolian Theater, Lone Wolf Tribe and The Nerve Tank. She has toured with the International Theatre Collective (Seattle, Boulder, St. Louis and Canadian Fringe Festivals) and Denver's LIDA Project (Austin, Atlanta, London, UK). In 2010, she appeared in Friend's Enemy, created collaboratively with Seattle's Nebunele Theatre. She received her BA in theater at Yale, and has trained in mask, clown, Suzuki and other forms of physical theater.

Other: Always checks that Other/Mix/Mixed Race box, the final option. Notoriously cast as the animal, foreigner, man, non-speaking role.

Michelle Elsammak

Michelle is the only official shoe princess ever to have lived in the state of New Hampshire probably stemming from her roots as a true Jersey girl born and raised! She now kicks it in Manhattan, working in the glitzy world of high Finance by day and now the seedy underworld of theatre at night, leaving little time for sleep. Being a mix herself and another member of People Who Check the "Other" Box, she likes to mix it up in the kitchen and on the dance floor any chance she gets.

Other: Being fluent in Mandarin and French allows her to navigate all types of farmers markets and food markets with the greatest of ease and the best deals from the merchants suffering from shock when she replies in their native tongue.




Jonathan Farmer

Jonathan Farmer is an actor/writer/director and photographer living in the hipster haven of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is a founding member of High Fidelity Theater, and a staff member Andy's Summer Playhouse, where he will direct "Pinocchio/Frankenstein" this summer. As a musician, he performs with the Obscuras and Second Percussion. Farmer received his BFA in Acting from Syracuse University.

Role in FLUID: Dramaturg

John Leo

John Leo is a performer, teacher and director. He has studied theatrical dance at Bard College and is a graduate of the Dell ‘Arte School of Physical Theatre. He has studied with Clown masters: Ronlin Foreman, Sue Morrison and Ricardo Puchetti. For the past seven years he had been landlocked in the quirky little town of Juneau, Alaska creating clown, opera, drag and contact improvisation with Perseverance Theatre, Kitschy Yum-Yum Burlesque and Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre (Best of San Francisco Fringe 2003). Mr. Leo has toured his work throughout Mexico, Canada, Alaska and the ‘Lower 48’ and has received funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation. He is psyched to be living in the Truly Wild city of New York.

Brian Pickett

Brian left his home in Jersey first for the shores of Philadelpia, eventually landing in Brooklyn. If he had it his way, he'd be a folk musician in the spirit of Joe Hill or Woody Guthrie. But as it happens, Brian is a theatre artist and educator, earning his keep teaching kids while trying to find new and radical ways to create and use theatre as means to affect change. He sits on the steering committee of THAW (Theaters Against War) and is a member of the Emergency Broadcast Artists and PEP (the Palestine/Israel Education Project.)

Other: Likes to ride his bike in the snow. Believes in a life after capitalism.