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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, a producer for Hole Dance Films, a program of Dancers' Workshop, and a performer with Contemporary Dance Wyoming.
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, Meredith in Five Women Wearing the Same DressI, and Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream.
Producing credits outside Off Square include; 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 is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA membership candidate. She was awarded a Performing Arts Fellowship by the Wyoming Arts Council in 2013.
Clare Payne Symmons
Clare Payne Symmons is a consultant focused on strategic solutions for nonprofits and businesses. In addition to working with clients, she teaches courses in planning, governance, and fundraising through Central Wyoming College and the local community foundations. She has served several stints as interim director for local nonprofits as well.
Symmons has 25 years experience in nonprofit management and governance. She has worked in the arts, social services and healthcare, and has served on several boards. Symmons was Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole from 1996-2005, where she staffed the creation of Old Bill's Fun Run, a collaborative fundraising event which continues to raise over $7 million for local charities annually. Clare graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1984. She enjoys traveling and cooking. She lives in Jackson with her husband and two dogs.
RESIDENT GYPSY/ ARTIST TAMER
Nanci Turner Steveson
Nanci Turner Steveson is the author of Swing Sideways, a 2018 Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award nominee; Georgia Rules; and the upcoming Lizzie Flying Solo about a recently homeless girl who loves a pony she can’t have.
Nanci is blessed with Peter Pan Adventure Syndrome. When her children were grown, she 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 where she writes books for middle grade kids, and works as a stage manager for Off Square Theatre Company in Jackson.
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.
ASSOCIATE/ INTERNATIONAL NOMAD
Nicole Palomba is a Jackson native with an international taste in performance, technique, and production. After graduating JHHS in 2006, Nicole attended Chapman University outside Los Angeles on a performing arts scholarship where she received a BFA in Theatre Performance. She has performed on stage, screen, radio, and taught drama, drama therapy, and behavior intervention with students aged 5-65 with all ranges of experience in Los Angeles, Denver, Ghana, London, and Jackson Hole. Nicole graduated with distinction with an International Master's Degree in Acting from London's East 15 Acting School, a Top 5 Acting Conservatory in the UK in July 2017.
Selected favorite roles include Anna Akhmatova in Futurists, Julia Standing in Night Watch, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Mae Hudson in the devised Fairytales of New York, and Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard.
In addition to being an actor and theatre educator, Nicole is a seasoned theatre and events producer, and founder of 15 Degrees Production Company in London.