http://www.4thwalltheatre.org/
4th Wall Theatre, Inc.
Theatre on the Edge
Bloomfield, New Jersey
MEET THE BOARD

Kate Swan

Artistic Director

For 4th Wall, Kate Swan has directed Big Fish, Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years, Hands on a HardbodyAvenue Q, Sunday in the Park with GeorgeNext to NormalThe Spitfire Grill, A Man of No Importance, The Wild Party, and Sweeney Todd in Concert. As a director and choreographer, Kate has worked extensively across the US in such theatres as Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Fireside Theatre, Seacoast Repertory, Lyric Stage (Texas), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Surflight Theatre, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Wings Theatre in Manhattan, and Skyline Theatre Company, where she also serves as a board member. As a performer, Kate appeared in the original Broadway company and 1st National tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast; she became Associate Choreographer for all official Disney productions of the show worldwide through 2008, setting companies in Mexico City, Seoul, Sao Paulo, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has taught musical theatre dance and musical theatre history at the high school and college levels, including at Purdue University and Muhlenberg College. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Jasmine Pai

Board Member

Jasmine Pai joined 4th Wall after designing the scenery for The Fourth Wall/The Real Inspector Hound. She has been freelancing in and around New Jersey and New York since her graduation from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Theatrical Design. She has worked extensively at local universities and high schools as well as regional theatre companies such as Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken and Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck. She currently teaches, directs, and designs at Trinity School in Manhattan. 

Nik Marmo

Board Member

Nik has been involved with a variety of theatres in northern New Jersey, having designed lights for The Barn, MOC Musical Theatre and 4th Wall. He is the Technical Director for a private school in Morris County.

Julie Galorenzo

Board Member

​Julie is a NJ native and has performed in just about every theater in north Jersey theater throughout her life... over 125 productions. A graduate of the prestigious acting program at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, Julie was seen in the 1st NY revival of Violet, the York Theatre Company, Gallery Players, Kraine Theater, The Connelly Theater, Mint Theater, New York Fringe Festival, Lynn Redgrave Theater, and Manhattan Repertory Theater. She is also honored to be in a small pool of actors who have originated roles in two different productions at the New York Musical Theater Festival.
Julie has performed in 4th Wall's productions of Songs for a New World, Hands on a Hardbody, Lucky Stiff, and She Loves Me in Concert. In addition to performing, Julie has been an active in other aspects of the theater community. She most recently served for three years as the Secretary and Vice President of Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn, NJ, where she also produced and costumed several productions. Julie also is the owner of a private theater arts coaching business and Theater Arts Conservatory, specializing in group musical theater classes. 

Gwen Ricks-Spencer

Executive Director

Gwen Ricks-Spencer has been the Executive Director of 4th Wall since 2005. She is a founding member of the company and has been involved with all aspects of the group including: producing, directing, performing, coordination with our Education wing and everything in between. She received a Bachelors degree in Theatre and Government from Smith College (emphasis: Performance and Light Design) and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (emphasis: Performance). She has worked professionally as a performer with the Billie Holiday Theatre and Negro Ensemble Companies in New York, 12 Miles West and The PaperMill Playhouse in NJ, Michigan Ensemble Theatre, The Attic Theatre in Detroit, and Karamu House in Cleveland Ohio. An avid arts supporter, she has served as a Board Member for the Newark Community School of the Arts, 12 Miles West Theatre, the Essex County Arts Council, and the Montclair Operetta Club. She also served on the Essex County Arts Funding Review Committee. Ricks-Spencer is an Associate Director in Communications for a Big 4 accounting firm.

Martha Thalheimer

Business Manager

Martha Thalheimer brings over 30 years experience in theatre to 4th Wall. She has served as the resident stage manager since joining the company in 2005 and handles all aspects of production including coordinator with the arts center. Thalheimer spent many years at the Montclair Operetta Club working in box office, scene construction, costumes, props, lighting and stage management. She fully understands both sides of theatre: the creative as well as the business. She is an Account Executive for a local NJ insurance agency handling business clients insurance needs and holds a BS in pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Science.

Kathi Iannacone

Board Member

Kathi Iannacone has been a part of the 4th Wall mission from its inception in 1996 as a founding member, and has served in capacities ranging from board president to production manager to performer. She brings over 25 years theatrical experience to the organization and has served on the Board of Trustees for Mt. St. Dominic Academy, AWNY Member (Advertising Women of New York), IRTS (International Radio and Television Society), and Vice-Chair of Parish Council at St. Malachy’s – The Actor’s Chapel in NYC. She graduated cum laude from Villanova Univ. with a B.A. in Communication Arts. When not producing or performing, Iannacone lives in NYC and is cast "professionally" in her biggest role, as a Senior Account Executive for the United Stations Radio Networks where she has worked for ten years and has been in the Radio Industry for 25+ years (WNEW-FM, MJI Broadcasting, WKTU-FM, WNBC-AM)