Staff

OPERATING STAFF

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 over 50 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; and Play It Again Sam 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.

Priscilla Lynn, Marketing/Development Director

Priscilla Lynn, Marketing/Development Director

Priscilla Lynn – Marketing/Development Director  -

Priscilla was a VI resident for 11 years prior, took a 14 year hiatus to live in Connecticut, and has recently returned to St. Thomas.  She has been a consultant for nearly 30 years, providing public relations, marketing, special events, and business development services to clients from start-up to mega-corporations.  She is an avid volunteer, lover of the arts, mother, grandmom, and a big fan of the anything that involves the sun, surf, sand, the azure Caribbean seas and scenic vistas.                                                                

Sandy Symken, Bookkeeper

Sandy Symken, Bookkeeper

Matthew Hamilton-Kraft - Grant Writer

Matthew Hamilton-Kraft - Grant Writer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bonnie Erb – Chair

Gloria Gumbs – Past President

Rob Kunkel – Treasurer

Julie Najawicz – At Large

B. Greg Miller – At Large  

Karen Guariloff – Student Representative                                                  

                                               

 

                                                                                          Sandy Symkens, Bookkeeper

                                                                                          Sandy Symkens, Bookkeeper