Vernal & Sere began in 2016 when five friends felt a strong impulse to create work in Atlanta that challenges and shakes the city's (and country's) tendency toward kitchen-sink realism, tradition, and decorum in its theatre. It almost began in a living room with ten seats, but that would not have met demand for long as the company quickly gained a cult following during the 2016 presidential election, when their production of Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever felt suddenly prescient as it loudly and enthusiastically sounded the alarms at our country's erosion of reason.
Ever since, we've been raising "badass, obstreperous, antisocial, pestiferous, brutalitarian, loudmouthed and chaotic bloody hell" with every passing production.
Co-Founder / Actor / Engineer / Development
Kathrine Barnes is an actor, a former dancer, and an ensemble fanatic who has trained at NYU, LAMDA and the Festival Ballet of Providence. VST productions: Mac Wellman’s Sincerity Forever (Furball One), Sawyer Estes’s Medea Unborn (Nurse), Lisa D’Amour’s Anna Bella Eema (Anna Bella Eema / Three), Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis (Woman), and Mickle Maher’s Spirits to Enforce (Cecily Grey / The Page / Prospero). She is heavily involved in the Atlanta film industry, but hopes to die onstage at age 125. She is currently leading development on Vernal & Sere's upcoming production of UBU.
Erin Boswell graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Immediately after graduating, Erin traveled to the Catskills to join the Todd Mountain Theatre Project to workshop award-winning playwright Len Jenkin's play, Jonah, which later premiered at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Much of Erin’s focus in training was spent in movement training and devising, which would later help shape the physical work with Vernal & Sere's productions. Erin recently completed the advanced intensive with SITI Company, the internationally recognized theatre company founded by Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart. With Vernal & Sere: Judy in Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever, Medea in Sawyer Estes's Medea Unborn, Anna Bella in Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eema, Woman in Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis. She was also the vocal coach for Vernal & Sere Theatre's most recent production of Spirits to Enforce by Mickle Maher. Erin most recently was seen playing Mama Ubu in VST's production of UBU, where she also worked as vocal coach and movement director.
Co-Founder / Actor / Movement / Voice
Co-Founder / Director / Playwright
Sawyer Estes co-founded Vernal & Sere Theatre in 2016. Since then, he has been heavily involved as a writer, director, and guiding dramaturgical voice on all five of their productions. In 2017, his original play Medea Unborn became the company’s first and only world-premiere to date, while he served as director for the company on such productions as Sincerity Forever, Anna Bella Eema, and 4.48 Psychosis—all of these shows enjoyed rave reviews from audiences. Sawyer has a BFA from the University of Houston where he benefitted from the mentorship of Edward Albee and Mark Medoff. Sawyer recently wrote and directed UBU, adapted from Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. He works in specialty coffee during the days. He has two and one-thirds cats at home.
Co-Founder / Director / Actor / Movement
Originally from Reno, Nevada, Erin O'Connor has been immersed in theatre since she was fifteen. She moved to Durango, Colorado to further her training in acting, directing, and producing at Fort Lewis College. After graduating, Erin began working professionally as both a director, actor, circus performer, and teaching artist. In 2016, she moved to Atlanta with the hopes of starting a theatre company that would combine her passion for movement and storytelling. Shortly after arriving, Erin joined forces with four other artists to create Vernal & Sere, a company that continues to expand her knowledge of playwriting, movement, and what it means to be alive. With Vernal & Sere: Molly in Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever, Woman in Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis. Erin O'Connor has also served as director for Vernal & Sere's productions of Medea Unborn by Sawyer Estes, Anna Bella Eema by Lisa D'Amour, and Spirits to Enforce by Mickle Maher. She recently performed and lead movement direction with UBU.
Co-Founder / Designer / Actor
Lindsey Sharpless graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville with a BA in Theatre, where she focused on stage management and lighting design. After graduating, Lindsey worked professionally as a stage manager until 2016 when she co-founded Vernal & Sere Theatre, where she now acts as producing partner, lighting designer, and performer. With Vernal & Sere (Lighting Design: Sincerity Forever by Mac Wellman, Medea Unborn by Sawyer Estes, Anna Bella Eema by Lisa D'Amour, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Spritis to Enforce by Mickle Maher). Lindsey made her professional stage debut as Irene in Vernal & Sere's production of Anna Bella Eema. She most recently put her skills to use on stage and off as both an actor and designer in Vernal & Sere's production of UBU.