Jason Slavick is a director/writer who founded the LAB after directing in Boston for a decade. Originally from a little farm town in New Jersey, Jason has been in Cambridge for… a long while. Though his training was directing Shakespeare, Jason got hooked by the magic of puppetry, dance, masks, music, and the joy of physical bodies moving in space. Aside from making theatre, he’s constantly cooking, so every LAB company dinner is an adventure. Jason loves playing with other people and skirting just along the edge of trouble. And deep down he’s actually a dog – a lab (no pun intended).
Rachel Wiese, like the actress, also happens to be an actress, but she prefers the gender neutral ‘actor’ or the broader description, ‘theatre artist’. She’s a little scared of mirrors in dark basements at night. She loves poetry, travelling, and lemon flavored everything. As a theatre artist, Rachel focused on devised and immersive theatre in New York and then in Austin before apparating near Boston almost two years ago. She’s been working with the LAB since her arrival, and joined the company after the November premier of ‘Who Would Be King’. Rachel is originally from Arkansas, but she has never seen an ivory-billed woodpecker. Not yet anyway.
Originally from Stony Brook, New York, Jesse moved to Boston when he was 11 and has been there ever since. Jesse joined Liars & Believers in 2015 with Who Would Be King, after getting his BFA in acting from BU. Jesse continues to want to make theatre because he feels it can prove to inspire a positive change, openness, and awareness in his community. Jesse is also a teacher at the Boston Ballet, where he teaches as part of the Adaptive Dance, City Dance, and ECI on Location programs. If you stick around after a production he may show you a move or two. Jesse also eats pasta for basically every meal (something he will continue to do for another 20 years), has DJed over 40 Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and is an avid pick-up basketball player. If you’re ever in need of a little one-on-one give him a ring.
Rachel Hock was the first company member to join Liars & Believers, scheming over falafel with Jason, her high school drama teacher (while she was in college.) A native of Newton, MA, she earned a BA in English from the University of Rochester and returned to Boston. Rachel’s greatest wish is to find pirate treasure. She is afraid of whales. (They’re so big!!) Her cat Jaws makes her heart sing. Her goal with the LAB is to make theater-going a communal experience.
Glen is a native of the Central Rockies in Colorado. In 2010 he found himself landing in Boston with two bags and expecting to stay only a month. Flash forward to 2014 and Who Would Be King – his single most challenging and rewarding theatrical experience to date. He needed to continue to make this type of theatre. The type of theatre that challenges the artist and the audience. The type of theatre that encourages empathy and helps people better understand themselves and the world around them. One of the greatest performances he ever saw was the original Steppenwolf production of August: Osage County on Broadway. When he grows up, he wants to own a Vineyard on the Western slope of Colorado.
Rebecca Lehrhoff-Joy was not born a meer-lama, for there is no such thing as a meer-lama. But if there was, believe me, she would have been born as one. Rebecca, however, was born a small human in Boston, educated in Saratoga Springs, and again in Boulder, and finally brought herself to Somerville, MA where she resides with her husband and their fluffy orange cat named Albus Dumblemeow. Dancing Butoh in a deconstructed hoop skirt in the show Interference was her first foray with LAB. The best dream she ever had involved a small, nameless, purple dragon whose presence would allow her to jump-bounce-fly. Each time she had the dream she could jump-bounce-fly higher and farther until she no longer needed the small, nameless purple dragon’s assistance. (Insert metaphor for growing up here.) A production she saw of Marat-Sade at the A.R.T. in 2002 helped to solidify her desire to create and perform theater. It was not the main characters that inspired her, but the ensemble of inmates who deftly climbed, hung and contorted within the walls of a cage on stage. Since then physical, ensemble-created shows have been the name of her game. The other name of her game is Celebrity; she really likes playing Celebrity.
In 2014, the American Repertory Theater gave Liars & Believers an Institute dramaturg: Amanda Faye Martin. She came for the first workshop of Who Would Be King, and stayed for Jason’s hummus. Amanda is originally from California, but she’s worked in Chicago, New York, Dublin, Moscow, Ohio, New Hampshire, and toured nationwide. She wants to make theatre because she thinks it’s the weirdest, most magical, and difficult conglomeration of story-telling mechanisms, and has the unique ability to bring people together. But her worst nightmare is that she will realize she is secretly a con artist who tricked everybody into thinking she knows what she’s doing. The most inspiring show she ever saw was King Lear in Moscow, and if she were an animal, she would be an unspecified mountain cat.
Dr. Jonathan Garlick DDS, PhD
Patricia Bourke, M.S.
Ahron Herring, MBA
Vice-President and Clerk
Liars & Believers is a member of StageSource, ArtsBoston, and the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston. We’re also an UP Designated company, committed to making our work accessible to as many people as possible. Find out more about UP here.