ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/RESIDENT PRODUCER
Natalia Duncan Macker
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Natalia joined Off Square as a transplant from Los Angeles. Her career as a performer began at a young age when she traveled extensively across the United States and abroad dancing with a professional children's dance company. In Los Angeles, Natalia apprenticed under Marjo-Riikka Makela in the Michael Chekhov Technique at Chekhov Studio International. In addition to her work with Off Square, Natalia is an associate producer with Firefly: Theatre and Films, a bicoastal company producing theatre and film, and a local elected official, serving as Vice-Chair of the Teton County Board of Commissioners.
Selected stage and film credits include; Mayella in To Kill a Mockingbird, Serita in Charlie's War (Christabel Productions), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nina in The SeagullI, Carter in Uncommon Women and Others, and Meredith in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream. At Off Square, she has appeared several times in Thin Air Shakespeare, including as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.
Producing credits outside Off Square include: Caught (Firefly Theatre & Films), Completeness by Itamar Moses (Firefly Theatre & Films), Stage Matters?! (Firefly Theatre and Films in association with TCG), Unscreened (Firefly Theatre and Films), The Seagull (CSI), and DIRT (Firefly Theatre and Films). She graduated cum laude in theatre from Yale University and is a graduate of the Michael Howard Studios Summer Conservatory in New York. She was awarded a Performing Arts Fellowship by the Wyoming Arts Council in 2013.
Clare Payne Symmons
Clare Payne Symmons grew up attending theatre. Her love of Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival prompted her to focus her academics on Renaissance drama through college. A long and varied career in nonprofit management and consulting culminated with her bringing her experience to Off Square Theatre Company as its Executive Director in 2013. In addition to exercising her lifelong passion for theatre, she occasionally gets to dabble in costuming, fulfilling another obsession of hers, fashion!
RESIDENT GYPSY/ ARTIST TAMER
Nanci Turner Steveson
Nanci Turner Steveson grew up in Connecticut, England and Texas with a book in one hand, the reins of a pony in the other. She is a published author (HarperCollins) of literature for middle-grade readers, a lifelong equestrian, a lover of wildflowers, mountains and children — especially those who love to read.
Nanci grew up in a large family that was heavily involved in both opera and theater. When her own children were grown, she ditched her business-suit job on the East Coast, packed her truck and trailer with her horse, her dog, and a mysterious antique box given to her by a ghost, and moved 2020 miles by herself to live in a historic, meadow cabin in the shadow of the Tetons. Nanci continues to write books for young people, and is grateful to use both sides of her brain working as Stage Manager and Office Manager for Off Square Theatre Company.
Lauren is a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned an Honors Thesis in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing. Lauren’s passion for theatre began as one of several vacuum cleaners in an ODC/Dance production of The Velveteen Rabbit in Visalia, California. Her training includes programs with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, British American Drama Academy, and the American Theatre Wing. Prior to living in Jackson, she worked in administration, development, programming and production in New York and Philadelphia at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Roundabout Theatre Company, Keen Company, and Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Locally, she has worked at Center for the Arts, Grand Teton Music Festival, and pARTners, and has performed with First Folio, Off Square, and Riot Act.
YOUTH MUSICAL & SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR
A member of AEA, Nicole's theatre experience in performance and direction extends nation wide. After performing as Rose Crabtree in Petticoat Rules, pianist and arranger Keith Phillips encouraged her to pursue a jazz path and the two have become one of the most acclaimed musical duos in the community. She is a featured singer with Keith Phillips, Pam Drews Phillips, The Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, The Craig Larson Trio, The David Halliday Quintet, and the Joe Muscolino Band.
An advocate for education and the arts, Nicole is a certified teacher in theatre and education and coaches privately. Former students have earned scholarships in theatre at USC, BU, William and Mary, Fordham, Williams College, and NYU. Previously, Nicole taught Theatre at Park City High School for four years. Nicole is also the Program Advisor for the non-profit organization Boundless- Opportunities for Children in Arts and Athletics in Jackson Hole.