Chair: Jane Easton
This is Jane’s second season back in the chair though previously she also held the post from 2001-2004. She was the society’s treasurer for 10 years and she can usually be found somewhere front or back-stage on most GEDS productions. She has stage managed over 30 shows for the society and been involved in lighting almost as many. When she isn’t back-stage she can often be found at the box office or running the bar, she was however seen on stage some years ago as Rita, the blond bombshell girlfriend of Billy Liar.
Jane was instrumental in bringing the Festival of European Amateur Theatrical Societies (FEATS) to Geneva for the first time in 1999, was the organising chairman then as well as when GEDS hosted the festival again in 2011. After retiring from gainful employment, she joined the staff at Theatre In English, the ticket office for GEDS and GAOS shows, is now their current chairman and coordinates ticket sales for many GEDS productions.
Vice Chair: Charles Slovenski
Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 (Judy Lee Award for Playwriting). Charles studied theatre with several companies in Philadelphia and in the Master’s program at the University of Oregon. Performed for regional theatres in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon and California during 1976 to 1986. Acted principal roles in over 34 major Geneva productions. For GEDS, he has directed My Irish Pal (author), Blithe Spirit/Noel Coward, Fallen Angels/Noel Coward, The Glass Menagerie/Tennessee Williams, God of Carnage/Yasmina Reza, The Little Foxes/Lillian Hellman, Dancing At Lughnasa/Brian Friel, Relative Values/Noel Coward, and Disgraced/Ayad Akhtar. Won the Swiss Proscenium Prize in Berne, Switzerland, and Best Original Script at FEATS in 2005 in Hamburg, Germany. He finally realized his dream of finishing the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2018, and crossed the finish line of his 17th full Ironman in Vichy, France in August 2019.
Treasurer: John Newsome
John has been elected as GEDS Treasurer for the next 18 months. He has been a member of the society for more than 30 years, usually involved in backstage activities, lighting over 36 of the society’s productions and helped building sets for all of the shows in the last 10 years.
This is his first time on the GEDS Committee. He is also webmaster for Theatre in English (and retired TiE Treasurer).
Secretary: Tim Hancox
Tim has been around the Geneva amateur theatre scene since his schooldays, first playreading as Richard Coeur de Lion in The Lion in Winter, a role later reprised in GEDS’ stage production in 1989, an elegant event in Holy Trinity Church (mere theatres not being available at that time). How interesting to unpack the London hampers of costumes and discover that we were renting many of those used for the earlier film. Tim continued to delude himself with monarchical grandeur as Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons and as Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus. He has also filled most roles backstage at one time or another, and directed many shows for GEDS (and the now-defunct Little Theater of Geneva). Favourites? Not really: Tim reckons you get tunnel vision on whatever you are currently directing, and enjoy it to the full. Highlights? The time the Royal Shakespeare Company brought The Winter’s Tale to Geneva in collaboration with GEDS and needed walk-ons.
Publicity Coordinator: Tamaam Madi-Nassar
Settled in Geneva since 1992, Tamaam joined GEDS only in 2014, but jumped in the deep end. Tamaam has appeared onstage as Lenny in Crimes of the Heart (2016) and as The Boss in Of Mice and Men (2017), in addition to having performed in numerous playreadings, notably as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, la Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Felicity in Relative Values. She has also been active backstage as assistant director to Christopher Bailey for Of Mice and Men; stage manager of Geneva's Got Talent (2016); assistant stage manager to Jane Easton for Caught in the Net (2015); and has had a few stints as front of house manager. In spring 2018, Tamaam ventured for the first time into film as Production Manager and Co-Casting Director of the short independent film, Lycan.
Since November 2016, Tamaam has served on committee as Publicity Coordinator.
Events Coordinator: Lance Newhart
Following his stage debut as Slim in GEDS 2017 production Of Mice And Men, Lance will be seen on the GEDS stage again in the 2018 production of Frankenstein. He joined GEDS in 2016, taking part in a number of playreadings and volunteering in a number of roles, including front of house duties. Lance is now serving on the GEDS Committee as Events Coordinator and helping with cultural partnerships. Working in the media for a number of years, he has a background in journalism and is currently the Head of Special Events at EBU / Eurovision, managing the teams deployed for News Operations and breaking news throughout the world. When not working, Lance enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, scuba diving and exploring all seven continents. He is originally from Pennsylvania, USA and has now lived most of his life in Europe.
Playreadings Coordinator: Christina Vasala Kokkinaki
Technical Manager: Nathalie Stump
I have been a member of GEDS for 30 years and on the technical team for 21 years and on the committee for many of those.Not having the word memory or acting skills to go on stage, I do my theatre back stage which is most satisfying as we techies know that no play can be done without us. I have the reputation of being able to find,borrow,source or make almost anything from body parts,sash windows,jewellery,fake documents and even sardines, I am very priveledged to be a Chipendale chipette and represent the technical crew on committee.
Membership Secretary: Karen Robotham
Karen joined GEDS in 2014 and appeared in the play reading for newcomers, Relative Values, as Moxie. She was also briefly seen in GEDS Writes in 2015. Previous acting experience: none (apart from a school play in 7th grade, playing the princess in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Swineherd. She suspects she got the role for being a reasonably good student rather for her good looks!) She really enjoyed doing Front of House at the Coppet theatre the last three years. An excellent way to meet people – and help the Society!
Keen to be more involved with GEDS, learn more about theatre productions and meeting as many members as possible, she is delighted to be Membership Secretary on the 2018/2019 Committee! As she has never done a job like this before, she suspects you may occasionally have to be patient with her.
Publicity Assistant: John Ward
Webmaster (Off-Committee): Viki Lazar
Viki arrived in Geneva in 2010 and joined GEDS in May 2011 via No Holds Bard, an evening of Shakespeare scenes performed atop barstools. She worked her way up through playreadings to the GEDS stage where she has appeared several times, most recently in Dancing at Lughnasa (Chris, March 2015). She also has arranged playreadings for GEDS, and directed the main stage production Baby with the Bathwater (March 2014). Viki joined the Committee in April 2013 as a member of the Publicity and Productions Sub-committees. After three years on Committee, she is helping out off-committee as webmaster. Please send any queries her way! When Viki isn’t working for GEDS, she works at a private philanthropic foundation in a joint programmatic-administrative role. And when she’s not working for them, either, she’s playing with her improv troupe, the Renegade Saints.