Staff and Board
Inis Nua Staff
Tom Reing, Artistic Director
Jessica Simkins, General Manager
Claire Moyer, Literary Manager; Associate Director
Katie Reing, Graphic Designer
Tom Reing, Founder and Artistic Director, has made a career directing Irish and UK theatre in Philadelphia. With Inis Nua, he has presented eight American premieres, as well as twelve Philadelphia premieres. Apart from Inis Nua, Tom has directed Eugene O’Brien’s Eden (Brat) and Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney (Amaryllis). An accomplished educator, Reing has worked for the Abbey Theatre in Education and for Rainbow Arts in Belfast. He is the recipient of an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, a MidAtlantic Arts Fellowship and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.
Jessica Simkins, General Manager. Jessica studied performance theatre and arts management at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and received her MFA in stage management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jessica was first introduced to Inis Nua when she stage managed Made In China (2009) and Gagarin Way (2010). In the summer of 2010, she took on the new position of general manager for Inis Nua. Jessica continues to work as a professional stage manager and production manager at various theatres in the Philadelphia area.
Claire Moyer, Literary Manager; Associate Director. Claire is a Philadelphia-based director, dramaturg, and teaching artist. For Inis Nua she was the dramaturg on Long Live the Little Knife and has directed The Letter of Last Resort. She will be directing Spine by Clara Brennan for the 2015-2016 Season. In Philadelphia Claire has directed for the PYP New Voices Festival, Drexel Players, Fringe in the Market, and Assistant Directed for The Wilma, InterAct, and Revolution Shakespeare. Claire previously lived in the UK where she worked with aya theatre company, devised Penelope, who really cried (White Bear) and Dark and Bright (On the Verge Festival), and directed the world premiere of Davey Anderson’s Scavengers which toured England and Scotland and traveled to the Beijing University Theatre Festival. She earned her BA from Drew University, trained as an actor at LAMDA, and holds an MA in Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Katie Reing, Graphic Designer. Katie has been the Inis Nua photographer since 2008 and has designed our print materials and website since 2010. Katie has also done photography for Amaryllis Theatre Company, The N Crowd, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. Katie earned her MA in English and Publishing at Rosemont College, and has worked as a production editor for both medical publishers and business-to-business publishers in the greater Philadelphia area.
Inis Nua Board
Enid Reid Whyte
Michael Athay joined the board of directors in 2011, bringing experience in non-profit board governance to our growing company. Michael has been an Inis Nua fan since he saw the first Trad at the Live Arts Festival in 2007: “Trad made me want to see more, and after Made In China and Gagarin Way, I was hooked by Inis Nua’s quite particular sensibility—and by its commitment to tough, funny, often edgy plays that take a risk and invariably get inside you.” Michael is an attorney in the City’s Law Department, where he leads the technology law and contract practices.
Leonard Kelly has been a supporter of Inis Nua since its inception and joined our board in 2009: “being a board member of Inis Nua is a great experience in part because it bridges my work as an educator and theatre-maker. The whole company is dedicated to excellence and growth, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.” Len earned his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and has served as a director and voice/dialect coach to numerous area companies—including Vagabond Acting Troupe, Curio Theatre Company and Plays and Players—as well as several local colleges, including West Chester University, where he teaches acting, voice and contemporary theatre studies.
Tom Reing is the Artistic Director of Inis Nua Theatre Company.
Sonya Peterson has been an enthusiastic patron of numerous Philadelphia theatre companies over many years. She was introduced to Inis Nua Theatre when she saw Trad at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2007 with her good friend Anne O’Donnell. Sonya has since attended all Inis Nua productions and readings and been an active volunteer with the company. In 2011, she officially brought her business experience and community arts passion to Inis Nua by accepting a seat on the Board of Directors: “I am learning what happens behind the scenes to bring a play to the community. I hoped the experience would be interesting and rewarding, and it is. The delightful surprise is the sheer joy of it all!” Sonya lives in South Jersey and is the Sr. QA Analyst with NxStage Medical, Inc.
Anne Vogelmann has loved theater since she was a teenager and been an Anglophile even longer. Sharing theatre experiences with her mother and sister in London, Philadelphia and New York has been a constant part of her life. When she saw the Inis Nua production of Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2006, she thought Tom Reing was doing something very special: “I was simply stunned by my first Inis Nua show. Although I had seen British and Irish theatre in Philadelphia before, this was the first time that I really experienced it here.” In 2007, she signed on as a producer for Trad, Inis Nua’s Live Arts entry, and offered her full support to Tom to expand the company: supplying a multi-year grant, joining the board, and volunteering wherever where needed. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), Anne is a retired book designer and life-long resident of the Philadelphia area.