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KEITH GARSSON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Keith formed Primal Forces in 2014 in order to offer more alternative fare to sophisticated theater goers starting with the first post-Broadway production of David Mamet’s The Anarchist (Silver Palm Winner) and followed by directing Sunset Baby (Silver Palm Winner) and Lanford Wilson’s Redwood Curtain.

His production of Sex with Strangers won the New Times Best Play of 2016 followed by the New Times Best Actress award for his subsequent production of The Devil’s Music both directed by Genie Croft. His other directing ventures include the Silver Palm Winner Reborning and the premiere of S moke. An avid jazz pianist, Keith has performed in cabarets in New York City such as Don’t Tell Mama and the Citicorp Center.

GAIL SHANK

GENERAL MANAGER/TREASURER

Gail Shank  Gail was involved with the Cuillo Centre For The Arts since its inception on Clematis Street and is please to have been an integral part of the theatre’s success. In addition she ran the box office at Broward Stage Door for 15 years. She joined Primal Forces at its beginning serving as General Manager for all of its productions including The Anarchist, Sunset Baby, Redwood Curtain, Sex with Strangers, Reborning, The Devil’s Music, Smoke, Mystery of Love & Sex and Cuddles.

GENIE CROFT

DIRECTOR

At Arts Garage, Genie directed the Southeastern premiere of The Mystery of Love & Sex, Sex with Strangers (New Times Theater Award, best play) and an original production of The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (Silver Palm Winner. Genie was the Artistic Director, president, and founding member of the multi-Carbonnell nominated Women’s Theater Project, and directed all of their main stage productions, as well as originating a number of staged readings, including the festival series, Girl Play. Among her numerous directing credits are several world and Southeastern premieres, such as: The Anastasia Trials, Necessary Targets, Hold Please, If We Are Women, Bold Girls, Memory House, Sister Cities, Shiloh Rules, Jar the Floor, Playhouse Creatures, The Year of Magical Thinking, Speaking Elephant, Sunday on the Rocks, Bridge and Tunnel and Eclipsed. At the Willow Theater she also directed Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Sylvia and Everyday Rapture.

JAMIE COOPER

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Jamie has been actively working as a production manager in South Florida for over twenty years.  Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, she came to Florida to attend the University of Miami where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Education.  Jamie has served as production manager and technical director for numerous musicals and revues for corporate events including Motorola, Hewlett Packard, The Florida Sterling Awards, and The Nevada Governor’s Council.  Some of her theatre credits include The Devil’s Music, Sex With Strangers, La Cage Aux Folles, Zero Hour, The Life, Jim Bailey as Barbra Streisand, The Kid From Brooklyn, and Groucho starring Gabe Kaplan.  She recently has worked as the production manager and lighting designer for Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Jamie has also served as tour director / company manager for over 30 Florida touring productions and worked extensively as a choreographer and lighting designer all over the world