The Festival Team
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.
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.
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.
Anya Kopischke, Media Coordinator
Anya Kopischke is Door County raised, NYC-based multi-media artist with a passion for interdisciplinary work within the performing arts, video arts, music, puppetry, circus arts, and comedy. She has worked as a technician for New York Theatre Workshop, Abrons Arts Center, Lumberyard, and Bard Summerscape, a video editor for AMERICAN REALNESS, The Wooster Group, and PurpleThrone Corporation, and a performance photographer for the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and Third Avenue Playhouse. Her photographs have been featured in Bard Papers and The New York Times. She has written and performed for Steel Bridge Song Fest, Dark Songs, PechaKucha, Redwing Blackbird, FEST, 12 pt. Theatre Festival, Am I Write Ladies, and The Bechdel Group. Anya is a member of the New Georges and is recent graduate of Bard College where she was a student of Theater & Performance.
Emma Webster, Artist Liaison
Emma Webster is a director and theatre-maker based in New York. She specializes in dance theatre and new plays. Her work has appeared in several theaters and festivals, including Am I Write Ladies?, 12 Point Theatre Festival, FEST, Northern Stage, and the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. She currently works at New York Theatre Workshop and Scholten Japanese Art. Emma is a recent graduate of Bard College, studying theatre and performance.
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.