The Fire Circle as Inspiration:
In every human culture the Fire Circle was the heart of community life. It was a place for friends and families to gather and to share their day. It was a place to discuss and debate important issues for the community. It was a place for travelers to tell exotic stories. It was a place of sacred ritual and celebration. In its raw and primitive form, the fire circle was the original space for artistic expression and performance. The fire circle is our inspiration because we aim to create supportive communities where everyone is allowed a turn to share their thoughts and to be at the center of focus.
Rush Cosgrove, Ph.D.
Rush is an educational architect whose passion is to make education fun and empowering. He believes that learning about ourselves and the world around us is the way that we figure out how to feel happy, safe, triumphant, and fulfilled. After tremendous educational opportunities at the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and Sonoma State University (SSU), Rush studied educational principles, educational science, and the art of instruction at the Universities of Oxford (M.Sc.) and Cambridge (M.A., Ph.D.). Rush fell in love with theater at the SRJC when he met Matt, Brett, and Kevin in 2003. He was the President of the SRJC theater club in 2005, and has performed at the SRJC, SSU, Main Stage West, Oxford University Dramatic Society, and most recently as Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Pegasus Theater). Rush is most excited about using theater and improv as a way of investigating and giving creative life to our individual emotional and intellectual experiences.
Matt is an improv comedian, actor, director, and educator who has been making people laugh in Sonoma County for over 10 years. Matt is a graduate of the Meisner Technique Studio of San Francisco and has studied improv, melodrama and commedia techniques with IO West, Second City, and veteran members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. He has been performing around the Bay Area for over a decade doing live theater, film and commercial work. In 2010 he began instructing improv workshops and classes and has been regularly performing with various comedy troupes.
Kevin is an actor/director/writer/educator from Sonoma County. He received his BFA from Cornish College of the arts in Seattle with a focus on Original Works. As an actor he has worked with Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory, ACT Theater, Taproot Theater, Seattle Children's Theater, Annex Theater, Theater Schmeater, Wooden O, as well as many local theaters in Sonoma County. His short play Spider in the Mouth was published in the Seattle Play Series compilation of plays called The Green Lake Collection. Kevin has directed many plays for Cornish College of the Arts as well as Narrow Way Stage, and is a certified member of The Society of American Fight Directors. As an educator he has worked as a behavior specialist for special needs children in Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond WA. He has been fortunate enough to create and perform theater with the fabulously talented group of artists here in Fire Circle Theater.
Associated Teaching Artists
Freddie Lambert is an actor and educator from Sonoma County who has been a part of the Theater community since 2006. He attended the Santa Rosa Junior College where obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in both History and Theater Arts. After 10 years on stage, Freddie found time to go back to school to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State with a Major in History and a minor in Theater Arts. He is an advocate for youth who has volunteered for programs such as CYO Basketball and Lokahi Outrigger Canoe Club where he served on the board of directors as a voice for keiki (kids). He is excited to bring his knowledge to the Community and the Fire Circle team.
Board of Directors
John has taught and directed in Kenya, India, China, Scotland and Guatemala where he founded El Sitio Players. He has acted and directed at Main Stage West, 6th Street Playhouse, Spreckles and Cinnabar over the 20 years he has lived in Sonoma. He has a PhD in Theatre from the University of Colorado and wrote Grappling with Atrocity: Guatemalan Theatre in the 1990s. He has been directing and teaching acting at Santa Rosa Jr. College close to twenty years and still loves it. His favorite passion these days is writing musicals with other artists and musicians. He is thrilled to help out SRJC alums with their inspired vision of Fire Circle Theater!
David is a Bay Area arts journalist and playwright best known locally for his work with the North Bay Bohemian and Petaluma Argus-Courier. He writes for the Pacific Sun, Marin Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Strings Magazine, Ukulele Magazine and others, and is a past member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, and a founding member of the Marquee Theater Journalists Association. As a playwright, he’s won awards for his writing of “Wretch Like Me,” which has had runs at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Scotland. His other plays include ‘Pinky,” “Polar Bears,” and “Mary Shelley’s Body,” the latter adapted from his novella of the same name, published in the 2016 anthology ‘Eternal Frankenstein.” His fiction writing has appeared in a number of publications, and his original story, “Questions and Answers,” appeared in 2017’s award-nominated anthology “Tales From a Talking Board.” David’s next play, “Drumming With Anubis,” will have its world premiere at Left Edge Theater in June of 2019. He is currently at work on a play about a robot and her therapist.
Brett is a Sonoma County born actress and educator. She moved to New York in 2010 to attend the Circle in the Square Theater Conservatory. Since then she has appeared in numerous productions, including Before the Fall (NYC Strawberry Theater Festival) The Lower Depths (Joyseekers Theater) and The Cherry Orchard (Circle in the Square). As a teaching artist Brett has worked in the NYC Public School system in Circle in the Square’s PS 11 Playwriting Residency. Brett currently teaches at SAY, which won the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Though perhaps, most importantly, Brett began her journey right here in Sonoma county, working as a dance teacher for the Santa Rosa Players Summer Theater Camp. Brett is thrilled to be teaming with this group of gifted and generous artists and cant wait to bring the knowledge she has gathered in New York over this last near decade back home to her community here in Sonoma County.