Staff

OPERATING STAFF

Jada M. Lark-Executive Director

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Jada, relocated to the St. Thomas from Chicago, IL and has always had a love for entertainment from an early age. While adjusting to ‘Island Life’, she attended a few productions at Pistarckle Theater, which reignited her love for acting. She auditioned for Raisin in the Sun and the rest became history. Jada is well known on St. Thomas for many of her acting and singing roles which include: Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago, Sister Act and The Color Purple to name a few. Ms. Lark, who has a background in Marketing Communications, years of business experience and extensive knowledge in theater performance, was tapped earlier this year to succeed Nicola ‘Nikki’ Emerich, Founder and Artistic Producer of Pistarckle for the past 28 years. As Nicola’s successor, Jada has enthusiastically stepped into her new role as Executive Director and is excited to lead Pistarckle into a new journey. “It’s really an honor to be the new face of Pistarckle Theater!” she states,” I look forward to continuing to build on the legacy Nikki started as well as incorporating new ideas to enhance what the Theater already has to offer.” Jada is a staunch advocate for service to community. She has been a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for over 30 years and is the President of the local Chapter, Omega Upsilon Zeta. She is also a member and past president of the St. Thomas East End Lions Club, Smith Bay Community Action Foundation, Inc., serves the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community as an American Sign Language Interpreter, and is the proud mother of two sons: Tourice and Te’Quare who reside in Illinois.

 

Frank Bartolucci – Resident Director

Mr. Bartolucci has directed 60 plays for Pistarckle Theater since 2003  as a freelance and Resident Director. A few of the musicals include A Little Shop of Horrors, The All-Night Strut, Rent, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hair, Cabaret, Chicago, Rock Of Ages, and Sister Act and a few of the plays were: American Buffalo, Red, Proof, Venus in Fur, A Steady Rain, Love Letters, Play It Again Sam, and The Color Purple. He received his Theater training at SUNY Geneseo.  Upon Graduation, he co-founded The Portable Players, a professional touring company producing Jacques Brel…Feiffer’s People and created an original musical revue of composer Stephen Schwartz’s work: Magic To Do (renamed Day by Day).  He has worked on several major motion pictures, most notably Home For The Holidays, directed by Jodi Foster, and Boys, starring Winona Ryder.  Mr. Bartolucci was Executive Director of the St. John based Epiphany Theater Company.  In 2003, he created A State of Grace Productions, Inc., producing and directing Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Old Mill Playhouse.

 

Rosalyn Rossignol-Project Manager

Rosalyn is a former Professor of English who recently abandoned her academic career in order to pursue her passion for theater. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of North Carolina and is the author of three books, most recently My Ghost Has a Name: Memoir of a Murder (2018). One of her major areas of specialization in her doctoral program was Drama of the English Renaissance, and she has been a longtime supporter of theater in general, but especially of Pistarckle Theater, where she also serves as lighting technician and light board operator.

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Board Members:

  • Bonnie Erb - President

  • Rob Kunkel - Secretary

  • Kyza Callwood - Treasurer

  • Rita Christmas- Member

  • Frank Jackson - Member