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 and professor who divides her time between Boston and New York City. Quinn is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, heading the acting and directing program at the University Massachusetts Boston. She has previously taught at Boston University and Clemson University and regularly presents workshops of her original Method for a New Millennium acting technique throughout the US and internationally. As an actor, she recently appeared in New York City with The Assembly Theatre Collective in Seagullmachine at the CSV Flamboyan Theatre in SoHo; Off Broadway at the Clurman Theatre in "Tattoo You", winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival; Gloucester Stage Company’s world-premiere adaptation of An Ideal Husband, gender-bending as both Lady Chiltern and Lord Caversham; Company One/Phoenix Artists New England premiere of Christmas Belles; American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) world-premiere of The Communist Dracula Pageant; Warehouse Theatre's Frankie & Johnny in the Clare de Lune. She appeared in numerous productions during her six year residency at the award-winning Los Angeles-based company, Theatre Unlimited, earning VTL Artistic Director Achievement awards for acting in Seven Keys to Baldpate, Move Over Mrs. Markham, and Keys to the Kingdom. She has appeared in television and film, such as Fame LA (MGM/Fox television series), The Fighter, RIPD, and lead roles in independent films, commercials and voiceovers. Her directing credits include productions at SLAMBoston for Company One at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Centre Stage, and Chicago’s Chopin Theatre where she premiered her devised production Sincerely: an ensemble-developed performance based on real letters, headlining the 2006 Around the Coyote Theatre Festival. Recent devised productions include Wit? Or Without You! (2010), a text-based exploration of Dorothy Parker’s short stories and The Cult of Aphrodite (2008), which focused on a beauty-obsessed society via Greek myths and characters. At University Massachusetts Boston she directed Urinetown (2013); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2012); Hedda (2011); The Shape of Things (2009). She received her BFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Paulette Goddard Scholarship Recipient), studied at the NY Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and received her MFA from Boston University's School of Theatre Arts. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA).
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