Mother Road Theatre Company currently comprises of a core of eleven highly trained, imaginatively creative and supremely motivated individuals. Collectively as dramatists, they share more than 250 years of experience in all aspects of theatrical production, including performing, directing and design.
Morse Bicknell has a B.A. in Theater with a Minor in Music and a B.A. in Philosophy/English from the University of New Mexico. Past endeavors include a stint in the US Army as a linguist, three years as an EMT and paramedic, and work as a professional musician.
Morse is delighted and honored to be a member of Mother Road Theatre Company. He is thrilled to work side by side with some of the best actors, directors and designers around, and looks forward to many more exciting artistic adventures with “The Muthas!”
Member of Actor’s Equity and SAG.
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Vic was born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada, where he began his theatre and acting career over 25 years ago. He received his BFA in Acting and Directing from Southern Utah University (Home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival) and then continued on to receive is MFA in Acting from Florida State University Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.
Vic has been a staple in the Albuquerque Theatre and Film scene since he moved to town in 2001. His firs role in town was MR. Blonde in a stage adaptation of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs at the Vortex Theatre. Vic has played many roles and directed over a dozen plays since then. Vic, being a founding member of the Mother Road Theatre Company, has found his home. Acting, Directing, Designing, and Producing are just a few of the jobs Vic enjoys on a regular basis at MRTC but acting is and always will be his first love.
Vic has also pulled together a very solid Film and TV resume in the last 11 years. Acting in over 20 Films and 7 TV shows he is on the A list for regional and local casting directors. Vic has had the opportunity to work with some of the best actors in the business, Cuba Gooding JR., Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken and many more. Most recently his credits include a recurring role in the new A&E series Longmire, and a supporting role in the feature western Sweetwater, staring Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isacs and slew of other great actors.
Teaching the craft of acting is also one of Vic’s pleasures. He is currently teaching the Advanced Scene Study class at Sole Acting Academy here in Albuquerque. “There is nothing like teaching your craft to make you a master at it.”
Vic would like the Albuquerque audiences to keep supporting the Theatre and Film scene here in New Mexico.
Christopher Gonzales was born and raised here in New Mexico. Growing up most of his life here in Albuquerque he was first introduced to theatre in high school when he took Drama 1 his sophomore year with Susan McCosker teaching the class. He fell in love with the art and never looked back since.
He obtained his B.F.A in Acting from the formerly known College of Santa Fe and has been working with Mother Road since the first Prebut. He was asked to become an official Mutha in 2009. He has had a lot of fun thus far and looks forward to future adventures with his theatre family.
Kristín began her career path in the performing arts by attending the University of Massachusetts in 1988 as a theatre major. She transferred to the University of New Mexico in 1990, where she continued her studies. In 1993 she was among 3 undergraduate students chosen to travel to New York City and perform in the premiere of Kestutis Nakas’ JACK RUBY SLIPPERS at the Ohio Theatre in Manhattan. She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts in 1994. A year after graduation, she moved to Budapest, Hungary, where she joined the English Theatre Company as an actor in 1996. In 1998, she took over as co-executive producer/artistic director. In this capacity, she not only performed, but also secured reputable venues, technical staff, and promoted the shows. She also helped to maintain and create new funding sources with major international corporate sponsors such as Andersen Consulting, Clifford Chance, Moquet Borde Dieux, and Healey and Baker, among others.
Moving back to the states in the early summer of 2000, she traveled up to Minneapolis, MN and Winnipeg, Canada to perform in their fringe festivals with a group of Albuquerque actors. Not long after, she joined forces with Tricklock Company. She first acted as director for the international tour of their original play, In Between in the fall of 2000. In January 2001 she became a resident member of Tricklock Company. In 2002, she, along with 3 other Tricklock cast members, was invited to perform Crave, by Sarah Kane at the Prague Quadrennial, one of Europe’s largest international theatre festivals. During her tenure with Tricklock, Kristín was not only an actor, but fully participated in the creation of original shows, such as THE GLORIOUS AND BLOODTHIRSTY BILLY THE KID. She was one of the producers of the Revolutions International Theatre Festival for its first four years, and a trainer, producer and director for The Manoa Project, Tricklock’s teen outreach program. Other aspects of the company’s success she was involved in included finding and maintaining sponsorships, tour manager, foreign guest artist liaison, and donor relations. Throughout this time she took master classes with internationally renowned artists such as Daniel Stein (Dell Arte School, California), Gardzienice Theatre Company (Poland) and Mariana Sadowska (Ukraine).
Kristín left Tricklock Company in the fall of 2004 to pursue new adventures in theatre. She has since performed in several productions with Fusion Theatre Company at The Cell and now very happily calls Mother Road Theatre Company her home. Other non-theatrical endeavors of Kristín’s include film and commercial work, and being a member of the training and organizational learning team of a non-profit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. She is also the vice-president of a company that lends training support to law enforcement agencies and mental health entities in crisis intervention and crisis negotiation in NM, CO, and MN.
Originally from Oxford, England, Pip Lustgarten moved to New Mexico in 2001. She acted throughout her entire childhood, beginning with devising plays for school assemblies in which she specialized in playing baddies, and culminating with taking Theatre Studies A-level at Oxford College of Further Education. Pip reconnected with theatre as an adult upon moving to the U.S., appearing in a number of Albuquerque productions and workshopping at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and with the Techtonic Theater Project. She first came aboard the Mutha ship in 2011′s The Memory of Water (portraying the unhinged Catherine) then joined the company as Production Manager in early 2012.
Pip brings a background in the nonprofit sphere to her behind-the-scenes work for Mother Road, and hopes that experience will help contribute to this nonprofit organization’s continued expansion. She was a volunteer social worker in Chile, has been employed by the NM Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty and Dismas House NM, and has been a contracted grantwriter, fundraiser, and event organizer. She served on the Board of Directors for the NM Coalition and was Board President for AMP Concerts.
Pip holds a Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese, Spanish and Latin-American Studies from King’s College, University of London, and also speaks French. She is currently studying for her Master of Arts in American Studies at the University of NM, specializing in topical song. When not studying or galavanting around a stage, she works as an independent contractor and a legislative aide.
Pip loves her Muthas and is sincerely honored to be part of this incredibly talented and dedicated group of professionals.
Originally from the East Coast, Jessica received her B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis on Acting & Directing from SUNY Oswego. While in school, she performed in 14 main-stage productions including Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Ivy in Bare: A Pop Opera, Kate in She Stoops to Conquer, Frenchy in Grease and Marcy Park in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In the summer of 2011, she studied in Oxford, England at the British American Dramatic Academy. In Albuquerque she has performed as Anna Snitkina in the Adobe Theatre production of The Jewel in the Manuscript, Sneep in Mother Road’s Pirates! and Sylvia in Sylvia at the Desert Rose Playhouse. Jessica is an instructor for SOL Acting Academy teaching 3-16 year olds. When she is not doing theatre, she is the Marketing Director for RDA Design Group. www.JessicaQuindlen.com
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Member of Actor’s Equity and SAG.
Tom Schuch, a New Mexico native, sees in the birth of the Mother Road Theatre Company a necessary and exciting artistic collaboration with an eclectic group of accomplished theatrical artists and a vision of an on-going entrepreneurial adventure.
He sees this gathering of artists in many ways to be prophetic, but also its essence and mission to be truly genuine. What brought Tom to this group is simple. He is one of the members, like the others, brought together for one purpose—-to produce and create great theatre. He brings to this tribe a life of experience spanning not only years of acting and producing theatre and educational programs but also a thorough background in business. From the first time he stepped on the boards in junior high to his current position with MRTC, Tom has dedicated his life to the pursuit of entrepreneurial enterprise and artistic excellence.
Tom has appeared in numerous films including BLOOD (THINNER THAN WATER) written and directed by Alan Arkin, $5 A DAY with Christopher Walken, MALL COP, DOUBTING THOMAS, the television series IN PLAIN SIGHT & WILDFIRE, a variety of national commercials and more than 60 plays. Tom began his training at the University of Washington, a national leader in theater training, and over the years studied at the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Improv Workshop in Los Angeles and helped found the performance groups SURELY YOU JEST Comedy Improv Troupe and SHAKESPEARE-ON-THE-HALFSHELL.
Finally, while working along side the MRTC founders to create a vibrant theatre company, he served as a three-term president of the NM Branch of Screen Actors Guild, and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Through his company, Spoli Productions International, LLC, Tom performs and produces his international tour of the one-man show EINSTEIN: A STAGE PORTRAIT by Willard Simms, produces Alan Arkin’s workshop Crossing the Chasm from Theatre to Life: A Forum in Improvisation, and is launching an online performing arts magazine, Spoli Arts Beat, in the fall of 2010.
* Member Actors’ Equity Association
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A confirmed army brat, Julia Thudium has been an actress since age 11, performing at Army bases across the United States. She has honed her skills through a variety of mediums, from tumbling to improvisation, from combat to clowning. The last occurring with the famous RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS, which she joined in 1989 as a member of the famous Clown Alley after graduating with 2 BFA’s: a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and a Bachelor of “Fun” Arts at the RBB&B Clown College in Venice, Florida.
After a 2 year stint riding the rails with the circus, Julia headed for Chicago where she performed all over the Chicagoland and Regional Midwest, earning her Actors Equity card as well as her Screen Actors Guild membership in 1992. It was in Chicago where Julia branched out from performing, to working with Playwrights to develop scripts, and learning the art of Directing from some of Chicago’s finest directing talents. She also collaborated with modern dancers and choreographers, culminating in a yearly program of original material crossing the boundaries of theatre performance and dance to create THE CITY SIDESHOW.
Her ability to imagine and invent spectacle led her to a job offer in NYC, where she became a producer and learned to apply the art of Theatre to the Science of Communication through large staged events and business theatre. She worked for several production companies focused on the corporate world, all while improv’ing her way around the greater NYC area. In 1999 she decided to “head for the hills” literally, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico as a freelance producer. Since then her work has taken her all over the world, producing corporate events for many of this country’s top Fortune 100 companies. She recently incorporated, and is now doing business as Thudium, Inc.
Since moving to Albuquerque she has also been active in the Theatre and Film scene, performing both onstage and in front of the camera. Bringing together her artistic abilities with her skills as a producer, she is the “Chief Instigator” of The Mother Road Theatre Company, dedicated to promoting the arts in New Mexico through education and high standards of performance.