Creative Team

FINAL BREATH


RONALD P. SMOLIN
Director, Author

While involved with acting and directing in high school, college and community productions, Mr Smolin makes his professional debut as playwright and director with Final Breath, a play about the very essence of existence as viewed by a character who cannot come to terms with the apparent absolute finality of his life. Mr Smolin is president of Coronet Books Inc. and Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc., book publishing and importing firms located in Philadelphia. He also heads the development-stage company, Fat Hat Films Inc., as well as Fat Hat Productions, with plans to produce new works for theatre and film. He is the former editor of the Directory of High-Technology Corporations and co-author of the $25,000 Challenge, a trivia book. He has also worked in public information capacities for the Newark, NJ, War on Poverty Program and the New York City Human Resources Administration. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University.

DANIEL BOYLEN
Set Designer

Mr Boylen is a professor at Temple University's theatre department, specializing in scene and lighting design. He holds a MFA from University of Wisconsin at Madison and an AB Degree in English literature and history from Yale University. He studied Anglo-Irish literature at University College Dublin before committing to a career in theatre. Mr. Boylen has designed extensively for university and regional theatre including Goodspeed Opera House, McCarter Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pennsylvania Ballet, GeVa, The Whole Theater, Arden, American Music Theatre Festival, InterAct, and New Freedom Theater. Most recent productions include Coyote on a Fence at the Arden, Hidden Sky at the Prince Music Theater, Missing Link for InterAct, and Life is a Dream at Temple. He has recently developed an active interest in directing.

TED GONTARSKI
Lighting Design & Sound Engineering

Ted's long and varied career has embraced several of his loves: broadcasting, industrial photography, voiceover announcing and technical theater. He produced and directed for television stations in his native Boston as well as in his adopted home, Philadelphia. His voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials and industrial videos. He's provided photographic imagery for advertising agencies and corporations throughout the Delaware Valley. But his passion has always been the theater. He's designed lighting and/or sound for professional, industrial, institutional and community productions from New England to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His clients have included North Shore Music Theater, Monmouth Conservatory Opera Workshop, Berkshire Theater Festival, Media Theater, Town & Country Players, Horizon Dance Alliance and the US Mint, to name just a few. Although accustomed to larger venues, Ted is intrigued by this new work presented in such intimate surroundings. Here, with perhaps greater nuance, can the elements of light and sound enhance the efforts of playwright and actor.

JOHN PATRICK HUNT
Assistant Director

John is the lead product support engineer at the Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia. He has an honors degree in the humanities from York University, where he was a member of the Belle and Masque Theatrical Society in Toronto, Ontario. He has also studied graduate education in writing at the University of Pennsylvania. John is an avid supporter of the theatrical and creative arts in Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York. He is currently pursuing a master of liberal arts at Temple University.





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