Escape Artists is an international collaborative theatre company formed in 2011 by Jane Bergeron and Carrie Ann Quinn.
Jane Bergeron is a professional actor, director and theatre educator and currently heads the Theatre Studies program on the Sydney campus of the University of Notre Dame, Australia (UNDA), where she teaches courses in both the theory and practice of acting and directing, and stages annual productions of devised and text-based theatre. She is the 2012 recipient of the UNDA Vice Chancellor's Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning. She received her undergraduate theatre training from the University of London in her native England, and her MFA from Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts. Prior to moving to Australia in 2005, she lived and worked as a theatre artist and educator in the US for over twenty years, performing such roles as Eliza (My Fair Lady), Maggie (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Viola (Twelfth Night), and the title role in Tony Kushner’s one-woman tour-de-force, Homebody. Most recently, she performed the role of Anne Askew, a Tudor gentlewoman, who was tortured and burnt at the stake in the world premiere production of On the Borderline at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London’s off-west end. From 1993-2002 she served as artistic director of Vintage Repertory Company in Portland, Maine. As resident company at the Oak Street Theatre, Vintage Rep staged four seasons of critically acclaimed productions of modern and contemporary American and European plays, two of which were American premieres. Professional directing credits include plays by Chekhov, Pinter, Albee, Moliere, Mamet and Orton, as well as original stage adaptations of works by Shakespeare, Chekhov and Dylan Thomas. Since 2006, creative research interests have revolved around developing original ensemble-devised performance work that explores issues related to living in our contemporary world. Recent devised productions include Where did it Go? (2008); Fractured (2009); Clockwise (2009); and Dead Letters (2010). She has conducted numerous master classes internationally for both student and professional actors, as well as theatre making workshops for drama teachers at seminars and conferences both in Sydney and abroad. She is currently exploring the value of actor training as an interdisciplinary tool to train collaborative lawyers and other professionals through improvisational theatre, storytelling and role-playing.
Carrie Ann Quinn is a professional actor, director, producer/writer and professor who divides her time between Boston and New York City. As a playwright and producer, she has developed numerous plays and scripts based on historical research, with emphasis in feminist history. She has received two Healey Grants, a Boston Playwrights’ Blackbox Fellowship, a KoFest Guest Artist Residency and Coyote Arts Festival Residency; A co-founder of the international theatre co, Escape Artists, Quinn co-wrote, dramaturged, devised, and performed in Possessions, a play based on the 17th c Mancini Sisters, which premiered internationally in Sydney, Australia (US premiere at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) which received rave reviews in the Sydney papers. The play is currently being adapted into a pilot and television series. Quinn's latest script project, Wild Women, is based on true women from the wild west during the gold rush. NYC theatre credits: The Tank; Clurman Theatre; CSV Flamboyan; New Ohio Theatre; Strasberg Theatre. Regional: American Repertory Theater; Gloucester Stage; Huntington BU Theatre, Studio 210; Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; Chopin Theatre; Warehouse Theatre; Center Stage SC; Whitmore-Lindley Theatre; Theatre Unlimited; Celebration Theatre. TV/Film: Defending Jacob, Chappaquiddick, The Fighter, Company Men, Fame LA, Standing By, and numerous independent films. Previously she taught at Clemson University and Boston University. As a professor, Quinn presents A Method for a New Millennium Acting Technique throughout the US and internationally in Europe and Australia, most recently at IUGTE in Liebnitz, Austria and University Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. In 2019 and 2017 she received the Kennedy Center & National Partners of American Theatre (NAPAT) Classical Acting Mentor Award (Northeast Region) presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Two of her UMB acting students won the National Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Awards for the Northeast Region two years in a row (2017 & 2018) the highest honor in the student acting awards from the Kennedy Center, and in 2019 and 2017 two other UMB acting students won the Best Classical Acting Scene Award. MFA, Theatre Ed in Acting & Teaching Fellowship, Boston University School of Theatre; BFA, Drama (Honors) – New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Founder's Day Scholar & Paulette Goddard Scholar, double-major Politics and minor, Women's Studies. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
Carrie Ann Quinn
As Anne Askew in On the Borderline
As Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband
As Agafya in Marriage
As Twink in Christmas Belles
Quinn & Bergeron
Traveling actresses while rehearsing Possessions in NYC