Theatre Prometheus is a not-for-profit company of directors, designers, actors, writers, and other theater artists based in Washington, D.C. Producing both classic and contemporary works, we share a goal of exploring and promoting women-focused, diverse narratives. We believe in the power of local theater and are committed to providing opportunities to local artists, creating productions both by and for the communities we live in.
Theatre Prometheus was founded in 2013 by a group of local artists, including Joanna Cross and current Artistic Director Tracey Erbacher.
In July of 2016, the Share Fund at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region awarded Theatre Prometheus with a grant in support of our 2016 season. In September of the same year, the Awesome Foundation awarded us a grant for the production of [gay] Cymbeline.
"The direction, acting, performance style, and stage arts...are utterly beguiling."
-DCMetroArts on [gay] Cymbeline
TRACEY ERBACHER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Founding member and artistic director Tracey Erbacher has a passion for fierce, feminist theater, including re-imaginings of classic texts and the development of new work. Credits with Theatre Prometheus include Twelfth Night (2014), The Second Coming of Joan of Arc (2015 Capital Fringe Festival), [all lady] Macbeth (2016), [gay] Cymbeline (2017), and Abortion Road Trip (upcoming, 2017 Capital Fringe Festival). She has worked with many DC theaters, including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and NuSass productions.
Tracey trained at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Drama. At the Experimental Theater of Vassar College, she directed one of the nation's first productions of Caridad Svich's adaptation of Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits.
NATALIE THIELEN HELPER, MANAGING & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Natalie Thielen Helper is an arts manager specializing in grant writing for nonprofit museums and theaters. She studied English and creative writing at Kenyon College, and has a Master's in Arts Management from American University. Natalie's passion is for art that "disturbs the comfortable and comforts the disturbed." She has worked with Theatre Prometheus since 2016.
LAUREN PATTON, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Lauren Patton is an actor, director and the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Prometheus. Lauren has been part of Theatre Prometheus since the summer of 2014. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to work with a number of Washington, D.C. companies in a variety of roles. She directed Theatre Prometheus’ Capital Fringe 2016 Production of Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids, which received widespread praise. Lauren starred in Theatre Prometheus' production of Abortion Road Trip, which won Best Comedy at Capital Fringe 2017. Lauren looks forward to the company’s upcoming projects.
Lauren is a graduate of New Orleans' Loyola University, where she earned a dual degree in Theatre Arts and Mass Communications (Class of 2014, B.A.). Lauren also studied Screen Acting at Richmond University in London, England.
ARON SPELLANE, PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATE
Aron Spellane is a theatre artist, musician, and educator in the DC area, and has been a member of the Theatre Prometheus team since 2016. He has worked with several local companies, including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Theatre Lab, Britches and Hose, and NuSass. Aron holds a B.A. in Theatre from Macalester College.
CAITLIN PARTRIDGE, LITERARY DIRECTOR
Caitlin Partridge is an actor and the Literary Director of Theatre Prometheus. Caitlin has been a member of Prometheus since 2014, when she appeared in its inaugural production of Twelfth Night as Viola. She has since appeared onstage in [all-lady[ Macbeth and [gay] Cymbeline (for which she also served as dramaturge). In addition to her literary and dramaturgical work for Prometheus, she has acted with a number of companies on the East Coast, including LiveArtDC, Boston Theater Company, Naked Theater Company, the O'Neill Theater Center, Underground Railway Theater, and Shakespeare & Company. She is passionate about theater education and has toured and led in-school workshops for Shakespeare Now!, a New England-based Shakespeare education company.
Caitlin received her B.A. in Theater Arts and History from Brandeis University and has trained at Shakespeare & Company, the National Theater Institute, and the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
CECELIA CIZEK, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
Cecelia is a Maryland native with a strong passion for theatre and the arts, starting with her first dance class at the age of three. She moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating in International Business and Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park. She now works in Corporate and Foundation Partnerships at The American Association of University Women (AAUW), a non-profit working to advance equity for all women and girls. Additionally, Cecelia is a strong advocate for animal rights and wildlife conservation and one day hopes to work for and support the amazing species of this world.
Cecelia is excited to ignite her love for the arts and her educational background with Theatre Prometheus as their Financial Director.
RACHEL MESSBAUER, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Rachel Messbauer is an actor and the Communications Director of Theatre Prometheus. A recent graduate from Vassar College, Rachel has done work with commedia dell'arte, site-specific and outdoor theater, theater in repertory, and gender-bent roles, and has studied and performed in London with the British American Drama Academy. While she has a particularly extensive background in the performance of Shakespeare and the works of other classical playwrights, she also has a deep passion for the creation and development of new works. Rachel joined Theatre Prometheus in 2016 and assistant directed their production of [gay] Cymbeline in early 2017. She also acted in Theatre Prometheus' award-winning production of Abortion Road Trip. For more about Rachel, visit rachelmessbauer.wixsite.com/actor
RENAE ERICHSEN-TEAL, COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
Renae Erichsen-Teal is an actor and singer based in the DC Metro area and the Communications Associate for Theatre Prometheus. Renae has worked both onstage and off in the non-profit world since her graduation from Christopher Newport University in 2014 with both a B.S. in Acting and a B.M. in Vocal Performance. Her recent performance credits with Theatre Prometheus include Abortion Road Trip and [gay] Cymbeline. Previous development and communications experience includes working as the Development & Marketing Coordinator at the In Series: Opera & More and as the Development & Communications Coordinator at My Sister's Place. For more information about Renae, visit her website at www.renaeerichsen.com
ERIC MCMORRIS, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Eric McMorris is a technician and designer with a penchant for pulling sets out of thin air. He has been with Prometheus since 2014, when he designed for Twelfth Night and took on the role of Technical Director. His design credits with Prometheus include The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, [all lady] Macbeth, and [gay] Cymbeline. Eric has also worked with companies including WSC Avant Bard, Brave Spirits Theatre, and Nu Sass Productions, for whom he is also Technical Director, and has assisted at Studio Theatre and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He currently works as a staff carpenter at Studio Theatre, and freelances as a carpenter and electrician all around the DMV.
Eric started out as the Technical Director for the Susan Stein Shiva Theater at Vassar College, where he earned his BA in Drama and received the Molly Thatcher Kazan Memorial Prize for Distinction in the Theater Arts.
YANNICK GODTS, RESIDENT DESIGNER
Yannick Godts has been with Theatre Prometheus since the beginning and has designed scenery and lighting for Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and [gay] Cymbeline, as well as graphics for most of the company's productions. He is the lighting supervisor for Pilobolus Dance Theater and spends most of his time touring with them around the country and the world. When not on the road, he lives in DC, where he makes art and builds things. He is originally from Rochester, New York and/or Belgium.
SOPHIE HERREID, PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATE
Sophie Herreid is a playwright, dancer/choreographer, and educator from Rhode Island. Sophie moved to D.C. after graduating from Smith College in 2017 with a B.A. in Classics. They discovered Theatre Prometheus through the 2017 OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival, where their play Reaction won the Crowd Choice Award in OutWrite's Queer One-Page Play contest. Sophie's first position at Theatre Prometheus was Assistant Stage Manager for Soldier Poet, and they have since continued to work with the company in administrative and artistic capacities.
Sophie's roots of dance, choreography, and storytelling started with JUMP! Dance Company and Mary Paula Hunter; they expanded to playwriting, acting, and directing at Smith College. Sophie is also a digital media artist with aspirations of lighting and sound design.