4th Wall Theatre, Inc.
Theatre on the Edge
Bloomfield, New Jersey

Kate Swan

Artistic Director

For 4th Wall, Kate Swan has directed and/or choreographed 16 shows including Ragtime in Concert, It Shoulda Been You, Big Fish, and The Last Five Years. As a director and choreographer, Kate has worked extensively across the US in such theatres as Fireside Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Seacoast Repertory, Lyric Stage (Texas), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Surflight Theatre, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Wings Theatre in Manhattan, and Skyline Theatre Company. 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 Rider University, 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.

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.

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 It Shoulda Been You, 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.