Committee (left to right) Jeff Book, Sabrina Lotz, Varvara Pomoni, Cher Chislett, Mike Riepl
Jeff Book – Chairman
I’ve been a member of FEST since 2007, having joined in an attempt to re-live my college theatre experiences (where being penny-less and starving prevented pursuing that BA degree in Theatre). Over the last few years, I have acted in several one-act and full length plays, have been the stage manager for several productions, have organized our FEATS Competition participations and have stage managed or directed for FEATS entries. My credits as a director include among others, “A Time for Farewells”, “The Worker”, “Dial M for Murder” and “And Then There Were None”. I am honored and consider it a great priviledge to be serving as FEST Chairman since 2010.
Mike Riepl – Vice Chairman
I came to theatre somewhat by accident. When I arrived in Germany more than 25 years ago, it was simply a good way of getting to know other English speaking people. To my surprise however, not only did I find that I took to it quickly, but I had huge fun acting. Not long after that I had my first roles on stage, among others: Peter in “Zoo Story” and even a lead role, Tom in “The Glass Menagerie”. Since those early days I have performed with a variety of other English Theatre groups in the Rhein-Main area, including FEST. I have been on stage in over 20 productions and have also taken to writing for theatre. My involvement with FEST over the past 5 or 6 years has included many highlights, but seeing my own plays performed and even winning a prize at FEATS in 2012 for the best original script has been absolutely thrilling! Becoming Vice-Chair of the group may appear mundane in comparison, but it is a way in which I can pay back the immense trust invested in me in the past, by influencing and shaping the future of the group.
Varvara Pomoni – Treasurer & Membership Secretary
I have been a member of FEST since January 2016 and I was very fortunate to be involved in the 2016 productions of “Our Country’s Good” and “And Then There Were None”. During this time, I learned a lot and I met wonderful people that are willing to put in a lot of time and effort for this theatre group. I appreciate the team spirit and the willingness to provide opportunities for native and non-native English speakers to develop their skills. My interest in the Arts started from the age of three by taking ballet classes and for the next 15 years, ballet and other dance forms were my main focus. I discovered theatre improvisation in 2011 through TLS Frankfurt and since then I have taken many improvisation classes. The last two years, I have performed monthly with the improv group ‘The Sidekicks’ . In 2016, I studied the Meisner Technique and I am currently taking the Future Performers modules at the LOFT Frankfurt. I have a degree in Economics and I work in Finance, so volunteering as Treasurer seemed a quite logical step. I am honored to be part of this committee and I am looking forward to the next exciting months!
I joined FEST in 2011 to lend support as director’s assistant to the production of The Heiress. It was then that I discovered my passion behind the scenes in hair, make-up and costumes. I love to support FEST’s talented directors and can often be found ‘on book’ at rehearsals. I became a FEST Committee member in 2014 so that I could offer support not only behind the scenes during productions but to contribute behind the scenes of the club as well. I am the club’s secretary now and dedicated to the vision and mission of FEST. I have been involved in almost every production in some way since 2011, including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Bedroom Farce, The Worker (performed at FEATS), Dial M for Murder and most recently And Then There Were None.
Sabrina Lotz – Ordinary Member
I’ve been involved in theatre for 14 years now, working on and off stage in a variety of amateur and professional productions. Starting off as a sound technician for the Chaincourt Theatre Company, I quickly realized that there were many different areas in a theatre production for me to explore. And so I went through the departments (set, props, costumes, poster design, stage management etc.), acquiring new skills along the way and occasionally popping up on stage for the extra thrill. I love the variety of tasks and the challenges that come with them. As a member of the committee, I’d like to make sure FEST is a place for people to explore all aspects of theatre in a friendly and supportive environment, where they can try different paths and maybe even discover hidden talents, but most of all enjoy the magic of theatre together!