Nicola Emerich – Founder/Artistic Producer

Nicola 'Nikki' Emerich, Founder & Artistic Producer

Nicola 'Nikki' Emerich, Founder & Artistic Producer

Caribbean roots began for Nicola – known to most as ‘Nikki,’ in 1988, when she and her young family left New York and moved to St. Thomas, intending to stay just two years.  While in New York, Nikki was the Assistant Producer for Sardi’s Restaurant “Murder on Broadway” dinner-theater. At the same time, she also joined New York’s Ensemble Studio Theater as a freelance producer.  Prior to New York, Nikki founded Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska, establishing it as a leading regional theater. While there, she produced the show ‘YUPIK ANTIGINE,’ which traveled to La Mama, E.T.C. in New York, and the Theater of Nations in Nancy, France.  An accomplished actor, Nikki’s credits include:  Off Broadway in THE RIVER, performed extensively in TOTAL ECLIPSE; Arena Stage, New Playwright’s Theater; Studio Theater; Alaska Rep.’ the Kennedy Center Theater Lab. In addition, she performed across several other platforms, including radio (reader’s theater) film, and video.  In 1980, Nikki co-produced the original play, PRACTICE, moving it from Washington, D.C.’s New Playwright’s Theater to Off Broadway, Perry Street Theater.  In 1991, Nikki was one of four founders of Pistarckle Theater. Today, 28 years and 153 productions later, Nikki remains very proud of the Pistarckle Theater staff, Resident Director, the Youth Education Program, and the body of work continuously produced and presented.                          

Frank Bartolucci, Resident Director

Frank Bartolucci, Resident Director

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 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 Jacque Brel…Feiffer’s People and created an original musical revue of composer Stephen Schwartz 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.

Matthew Hamilton-Kraft, Grant Writer

Matthew Hamilton-Kraft, Grant Writer

Matthew Hamilton-Kraft, Grant Writer

Matthew Hamilton-Kraft joined Pistarckle's team in January, 2017. Matt has a long history in theater as a writer, actor, director, teacher and administrator. He also has over 15 years of Non-Profit management, program and grant development. 

Matt is a seven-time produced playwright and Kennedy Center/ACTF New Playwright Award Winner.  He appeared on stage in over 35 professional roles from 1998 to 2006 before retiring from the theater to raise a family and pursue a career in teaching, coaching and anti-poverty work. 

As a administrator, Matt has been successful in winning several million dollars in federal, state and corporate grants and was highlighted on the federal level for a number of innovative program designs including integration of Art's education to improve outcomes in anti poverty programs such as Head Start and Runaway Homeless Youth Programs. 

Matt returned to the stage for the first time in 2017 at Pistarckle, appearing in "Play It Again Sam." He also completed his first new original play in over 10 years, 'Alternative Facts,' which was presented - and well-received by audiences - as the 2017-18 Season Premiere in November 2017.

Matt is thrilled to be combining all of his prior experiences to help Pistarckle Theater as a grant writer and artist.


Bonnie Erb – President

Rob Kunkel – Secretary 

Kyza A. Callwood - At Large

Rita Christmas - At Large

Frank Jackson - At Large