The Festival Team

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Eric Simonson, Founder

Simonson, a Wisconsin native and part-time Door County resident, has a rich and varied career, including writing, directing and acting in Broadway plays, and directing for opera, film and television. He has been nominated for a Tony, an Emmy and an Oscar, winning the Oscar for his documentary film “A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin.” He is an ensemble member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and has developed television shows for HBO, STARZ, USA, FX, History Channel and NatGeo networks.

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Alan Kopischke, Producer

Alan Kopischke is an actor and arts consultant with a long career in new play development and producing collaborative arts events. As an actor, he won a Dramalogue Award and performed with the American Conservatory Theatre, Steppenwolf, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Organic, Peninsula Players and Victory Gardens, in addition to film and television appearances including “Walker, Texas Ranger.” He has produced play reading series for American Conservatory Theatre and Peninsula Players and produced The Big Read Door County.


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Sue Cremin, Festival Coordinator

Sue is a theater, television and film actress with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has guest starred/recurred on such shows as "Grey's Anatomy", "NCIS", "The Good Wife", "Nurse Jackie", "Monk" and "The Shield". Her films include "Killing Reagan", "Homeland", "The Good War" and the Sundance hit "The Tao of Steve". She was in the award winning one woman short "We Know You Have a Choice". She has performed lead roles in world premieres at Mark Taper Forum, The Kirk Douglas, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Cherry Lane Theatre, MCC and many more. 



Evie King is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism. Working for Richmond’s local NPR station, Ms. King’s audio pieces have been featured on local and national airwaves. Ms. King has had print pieces published on AP News, the Washington Post, and a range of local publications in the Virginia area. She has just completed a year long marketing internship with the Richmond Symphony, and looks forward to earning her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in costume design starting Fall 2019. 



Brandon Bogenschutz is a Door County native currently based in New York City, where he works as an actor, writer, and comedian. After graduating in 2016 from UW-Stevens Point with a BFA in Acting, he lived and worked abroad while writing poetry and drama. Now, as it’s his third year with DKAF, he’s grateful to have had a more formative role in making what is sure to be a great 2019 season.


Robert Simonson, Mixologist

Robert Simonson writes about cocktails, spirits, bars and bartenders for The New York Times. He is the author of the books “The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail” and “A Proper Drink,” the first-ever history of the cocktail renaissance, and “Three-Ingredient Cocktails,” which was nominated for a 2018 James Beard Award. He was a major contributor to “The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails.” His writing have appeared in Imbibe, Whiskey Advocate, Eater, Food & Wine, Saveur, Lucky Peach and Punch, where he is a contributing editor. His line of custom Old-Fashioned glass was recently released by Cocktail Kingdom. He lives in Brooklyn.