Guy Gsell, President and Chief Executive Producer
Heading up the team at Field Station: Dinosaurs is Guy Gsell. An adventurer, teacher and life- long dinosaur lover, Guy has produced educationally themed theater, live events, and exhibits in a career that spans thirty years and three continents. As the Founding Director of Discovery Times Square in Manhattan, Guy created sold-out workshops and ancillary programming for the famous “King Tut” exhibit as well as “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” and “daVinci’s Workshop”. He was a Producer at the 2011 World Science Festival and, for six years, Managing Director of the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey where he launched one of the State’s top theater education programs. He spent twelve seasons touring the world’s theaters and classrooms with the renowned Paper Bag Players, America’s foremost theater company for children. He has taught at the high school and college level, acted off-Broadway, written two plays, appeared on Jeopardy!, and appeared at some of New Jersey’s legendary music venues as a singer-songwriter. At the Field Station, Guy is finally able to combine his serious dinosaur obsession with his love for family entertainment, hands-on teaching and working with children.
Lisa Fardella, Park Manager
Lisa comes to the Field Station after spending most of her career in the non-profit theater business. Lisa was a member of the Two River Theater Company staff from its inaugural season in 1995 until 2007. In her initial role as Office Assistant, she created the framework for all administrative departments and honed her expertise as an Audience Services Specialist. She also served as the company's ADA Coordinator. Under her leadership, Two River Theater Company became a statewide leader in Services for Clients with Disabilities, resulting in grant awards from the New Jersey Arts Access Task Force. Lisa received the 2003 New Jersey Theater Alliance Applause Award for her dedication and commitment to NJ Theaters.
Following her tenure at Two River Theater Company, Lisa became the Director of Operations at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan. Lisa oversaw the daily operations of the 550-seat theater as well as the staff and volunteers. In addition, she was the ADA Coordinator and established an ASL interpretive program so visitors with hearing impairments were able to experience live theater.
Lisa is the co-founder and serves on the Board of Trustees for the German Shepherd Rescue of New Jersey and is an active volunteer with Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary. She has served on the Board of the Cultural Access Network of NJ, 180 Turning Lives Around, and was a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team for her local Police Departments. Lisa was also on the Board of Trustees for Garden State German Shepherd Rescue.
Lisa attended Montclair State University and Berkeley School of Business in Woodbridge, NJ.
Chris Palmieri, Lead Puppeteer
Chris is excited to be serving as lead puppeteer at the Field Station and joining them for his third season! Chris' work as a puppeteer and puppet builder has been seen all through out the NYC area and the country most recently in Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live! (Gables Grove Prod/Mill's Entertainment) and Dante's Inferno (the Brick Theater) as well as working with The Toy Museum of NY, Puppetry Arts of NY. Chris has also worked as an actor and writer on various projects.
"Jumpin' Jamie" Theurich, Dinosaur Troubadour
Jamie has been playing high energy family friendly music for twelve years with local band The O>MATICS (where he earned the nickname Jumpin' Jamie!). With the band he has been featured on The Price Is Right and is one of the stars of a comic book based on the band's adventures. As a kid's music artist he has brought his original "kindie rock" to festivals, libraries, museums, schools, and parties in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for people of all ages to enjoy! Before joining Field Station: Dinosaurs he worked in the music business for eight years with indie show promoter and label Jersey Shows and Danimal Records producing over a thousand shows and music festivals throughout NJ, PA, NY, and DE.
Andy Hall, Scenic Design and Art Direction
From his work with Broadway directors such as Maria Aitken and Michael Mayer, to his recent work on the Leonardo's Workshop show at Discovery Times Square, Andy has had a varied and active lifer as a designer. Currently he runs the scenic design department at SUNY Purchase where he teaches Design and Rendering. Andy has an MFA from NYU. A New Jersey local, he is thrilled to be involved in this exciting new project: Field Station: Dinosaurs!