Where Are They Now?

 

Mat Bussler continues his passion for theatre production and now works as the Operations Manager at the Drama Studio in Springfield, MA.  The Drama Studio is one of a handful of after-school acting conservatories in the United States where a young actor can intensively study and advance through a theatre curriculum before he or she is 18. He teaches acting to kids and teens, directs multiple plays a year, and does most of the sound design for the Studio's busy season. He also runs the Drama Studio's Touring Show program, which visits Springfield area elementary schools enabling thousands of children a year to see quality theatre, many for the very first time. He occasionally gets to perform at the Drama Studio, recently playing Belarius in William Shakespeare's Cymbeline, and Captain Crewe in Sara Crewe: A Little Princess which was performed at CityStage's 500-seat Blake Theater in downtown Springfield.  During the summer months Mat works at Camp Kinderland, a summer camp in the Berkshires that was founded in 1923 by Jewish activists as a retreat for their children from the tenements of NYC.  The camp focuses on social justice and progressive values in a picturesque rural setting.

Mat Bussler - Founding Member

Member from 2006-2008

Chloe Demrovsky's experience co-founding State of Play developed into a passion for nonprofit management. She now runs a global nonprofit institute that helps organizations prepare for and recover from disasters and serves on the adjunct faculty at NYU. She has made media appearances on Bloomberg TV and been interviewed and published  by mainstream media as an expert in disaster preparedness and has served as a consulting expert to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the European Commission. She has participated in on-site briefings for the United States Congress, the IMF, the Federal Reserve, and the New York Stock Exchange as well as for visiting international groups. She has presented at dozens of events on four continents, recently on a public-private partnerships panel at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland and an impact investing panel at the University of San Diego’s Leadership for Peace and Prosperity Conference. Her independent work focuses on private sector solutions for poverty alleviation and social inclusion, but she also makes time to produce or direct an arts event whenever she can including the recent Dance for Nepal.  She has conducted field research in India and Kenya. She holds a M.S. from NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and a B.A. from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  She speaks French, Spanish, and conversational Serbian.

Chloe Demrovksy - Founding Member

Member from 2006-2010

Rebecca Jones credits her time producing for State of Play Productions with helping her find her voice and her passion: using market-driven solutions to enable vulnerable populations to access better opportunities. She left SOP to earn her Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. After that, she worked as the Social Enterprises Program Manager for Nuru Kenya, an international non-governmental organization. She currently resides in Los Angeles as a Partner and Divisional Sales Associate for Kopernik Global Investors, an investment management firm with a focus on global equities. She is also on the Steering Committee of LA+Acumen, the local chapter of the international nonprofit that helped pioneer Impact Investing.

Rebecca Jones - Founding Member

Member from 2006-2010

Christiane Seidel  serves on State of Play's Board of Advisors offering support with Marketing. She is a New York based actress who survived four seasons on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as Sigrid Mueller, nanny-turned-wife to Michael Shannon’s Nelson van Alden. She recently played the female leads in two feature films. The Southern noir thriller The Hollow alongside James Callis and William Sadler, produced by Academy-nominated producer Lisa Bruce and the German comedy Schmidts Katze. NY Theatre includes plays and readings at Circle in the Square, Playwrights Horizons, Dixon Place, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Kraine Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre. Christiane is fluent in English, German, and Danish. (www.ChristianeSeidel.com)

Christiane Seidel - Board Member

Member from 2009-2013

Jill Soller-Mihlek currently lives in Brooklyn, and can be found making art on people’s heads at one of the borough’s most renowned hair salons. Finding it impossible to leave the stage completely, she scratches the itch to perform by occasionally guest-starring in her wife’s band, TV. Jill also writes a blog (coolestmomsever.tumblr.com) detailing the long and winding road to queer parenthood-which she continues to navigate. Since leaving the theatre life, she’s pleased to have finally got that full sleeve of tattoos that she’d always dreamed of.

Jill Soller-Mihlek - Founding Member

Member from 2006-2008

Loren Vandegrift serves on State of Play's Board of Advisors offering support with Graphic Design and Web Development. He has migrated west to Los Angeles since his years as a State of Play member but flies to the east coast monthly where he continues to run his east coast-based technology consulting company. In LA, he's beginning to dip his toes into the world of improv and hopes to satisfy that acting itch that never quite goes away. His acting training has paid off in countless ways in his new career from public speaking engagements to putting on the right character in a conference room. State of Play was a life changing experience for him and he always plans to stay involved in the company in spirit and in the flesh as much as possible.  

Loren Vandegrift - Board &

Founding Member

Member from 2006-2010