Kevin Broccoli was born and raised in Rhode Island. He founded Epic Theatre Company in 2006 as an independent production company in 2005 while still in college, and began producing full seasons six years later. As an actor, he’s performed at various theaters in and around Rhode Island, including in productions such as Buyer and Cellar, Wolf Hall, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. As a writer, his work has been performed all over the country, including at the New York Fringe Festival. His play James Franco and Me: An Unauthorized Satire was the subject of national media coverage, and he’s won multiple New Work awards, including for his plays American Drag and Marshall.
You can find more of his original work at www.TheKevinBroccoliBlog.blogspot.com. Kevin currently holds the Guinness World Record for Most Monologues Performed in a 24 Hour Period.
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In addition to serving as Executive Director of Epic Theatre Company, Megan Ruggiero is also the Production Manager of the Glass Horse Project (New Bedford, MA). She has acted and directed at several other local theatres, including The Players – Barker Playhouse (Providence, RI) and The Community Players (Pawtucket, RI). Megan performed at New York Fringe Festival as James Franco in James Franco and Me: An Unauthorized Satire in 2018. Other favorite roles include: Eurydice (Eurydice), Shelby (Steel Magnolias), Glory (Almost, Maine), and The Eagle (American Drag). Megan’s background also includes house management work with the Cutler Majestic Theatre and Paramount Center (Boston, MA) and formation of the Colby-Sawyer College Players (New London, NH), who just celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2019. By day, Megan works as a Licensing Manager for Kids2, a baby toy and gear company based in Atlanta. She is a proud dog mom and D&D aficionado.
Associate Artistic Director
Angelique Dina is currently a senior at Rhode Island College where she is a McNair scholar pursuing a major in Africana Studies and a double minor in Anthropology and Theatre. She is the Associate Artistic Director of Epic Theatre Company in Cranston, Rhode Island and is a New England-based actor, performing at regional theatres such as Trinity Repertory Company, and calls Epic her home. Angelique is a museum enthusiast and activist.
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Director of Production
Samantha Gaus has been with Epic since its second season, in a myriad of company jobs. Having been in local theatre all her life, she works around Rhode Island as a Photographer, Stage Manager, Producer, and Actress (key roles include Horse #2, a Jewish cow, and a talking goose). Favorite Epic shows include, but are not limited to, The Revolutionists, American Strippers, Paint, Red Speedo, and Alice in Wonderland. Working for a company that always allows thinking outside the box and collaboration has been the true passion of her time. In her life outside theatre, she sells beer for Mayflower Brewing Company, responsible for creative collaborations and all sales in RI, CT, and NY. She lives in Providence with her loving boyfriend and three wacky cats. It’s also possible she is just three muppets in a trench coat.
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Lauren Katherine Pothier received a BA in Musical Theatre in 2018. While in college, she worked in the costume studio for three years, continuing for one year after graduating as a shop assistant. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration from JWU, expected to finish in 2021. Lauren has been performing since a young age, and though she is a singer and actress first, she also loves to stage manage and work on costumes. She made her directorial debut here at Epic Theatre Company with Paint, which she co-directed with Epic’s Artistic Director Kevin Broccoli. She was seen on the Epic stage in both of the Aaron Blanck specials and in American Drag, where she originated the role of Ares. Lauren is a private voice teacher and performance coach, working with students of all ages around Rhode Island, and she is also the Vocal Director of the JWU Players, the student-led theatre group at Johnson and Wales University. She is passionate about social justice issues and is very involved in her community politically, organizing protests and rallies and attending as many as she can.
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Director of Marketing & Communications
Caitlin Howle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Arts in Composition and Rhetoric from Rhode Island College. She has worked in the arts for some time, with previous work including digital marketing at Trinity Repertory Company. While she has always juggled many hats, Caitlin’s current “day-job” is as an adjunct instructor teaching writing and arts marketing at Higher Education institutions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
In addition to teaching, Caitlin is a published journalist and creative writer and owns her own consulting business working with historians, podcasters, and arts organizations on their digital marketing.
Caitlin is an avid traveler with 41 states and five countries under her belt and spends her time engrossed in words, media, and with her pug, Winston.
She defines herself as an Oxford comma enthusiast.
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Kerry Giorgi has worked with Epic since its very first season, appearing in over a dozen productions, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, American Strippers, and Wolf Hall. She has been a communications consultant for Epic, and helped launch its digital programming series. Kerry works as a Development Assistant for Amos House in Providence, Rhode Island.
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