Melli Bond is the co-founder and Creative Director of Park Theatre, an award winning off West End theatre located in Finsbury Park, London. After Melli graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Hull she worked full time as an actress. Some of her theatre highlights include: These Shining Lives (Park Theatre), Romantic Comedy starring Tom Conti (number one tour of the UK) and Misconceptions (Hong Hong Arts Centre), radio plays include: Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money and the award winning Trying (BBC). She is very excited to be part of co-founding and launching BERKO STAGE. Melli proudly sits on the board of trustees for Creative Islington – a networking initiative in Islington for professional creatives as well as local schools and organisations who want to connect with the arts. Melli continues to regularly act and performs voice work for films, commercials, tv and video games.
Matt Rippy is a displaced Texan living in Berkhamsted. Rippy was a long serving member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and directed and performed with them in the West End and Broadway as well as various tours around the globe. Sometimes Rippy gets to act like a real actor in the movies. He acted like a sportscaster guy in Eddie the Eagle, a mean guy in Monuments Men and a blink-and-u-miss-him in Rogue One. He also acted on TV as the real Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood and acted on top of Billie Piper in Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Rippy knows one day he must grow up and act like a proper adult, but until then he’ll just act like he knows what he is doing.
BerkoStage is also supported by many dedicated volunteers from the local area. We couldn’t do it without them. Many thanks!