Strange Sun Theater was founded by Jessica Bashline and Evan Mueller in 2013 with the mission to create theater and tell stories that illuminate our humanity through a shared experience of the magic of theater.
The Vision of Strange Sun Theater:
Theater is magic in its most basic form, with the power to reveal the complex difficulties and unexpected joys of all our lives.
We believe the dialogue among artist, audience and community, shared in the spirit of simplicity and truth, has the power to evoke this magic.
We are compelled to call upon the magic of theater by bringing the finest theater artists together with dynamic audiences to focus this strange sun upon our shared humanity, releasing us from the ordinary, igniting within us, the power of possibility.
Our Founding Board of Directors: Gary Bernstein, Suzanne Fine, Sotirios Keros MD, DiAna Pisarri & Brie Turoff
Jessica Bashline | Executive Artistic Director & Co-founder
In addition to her work with Strange Sun, Jessica is a director, playwright and teacher. Jessica teachesActing in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University, She also serves as an Artistic Consultant on the development of new arts spaces, her current project is The Sheen Center on Bleecker Street.. Before that she served as the Artistic Director of Wingspan Arts, an arts education company in New York City for 6 years. Selected Acting NYC and Regional: Twelfth Night, Into the Woods, Dark of the Moon, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors. Selected Directing NYC- (new work): The Improbability of Modern Day Mastodons, Closer Than You Think, The Drowning Girls, Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love, The Alley, Love(d) in 4 shorts, Quilt: A Musical Celebration (reworking). Other Directing Credits: Ragtime, Merrily We Roll Along, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelfth Night
Evan Mueller | Strange Sun Consulting Artist & Co-Founder
Evan Mueller is a professional actor and director who has been seen on stage and screen both regionally and in New York City. Evan is a resident company member of New York’s Artful Conspirators, the Sweet William Collective, and is also a company member of Amphibian Stage Productions, based in Fort Worth, Texas. As a playwright, Evan’s play Hot Season has been developed by several New York independent theaters; it received its first public presentation in April of 2004 at the ArcLight Theater in New York City. As a director, Evan has worked with Miss Witherspoon, Nocturne, Dolores, Romeo & Julie, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The First Day of School, Animals Out of Paper, and a series of short films for the Arts Council of Forth Worth called “For the Love,” about the financial struggles of a regional theater in difficult economic times.
Board of Directors
Gary Bernstein, Suzanne Fine, Sotirios Keros MD, DiAna Pisarri, Brie Turoff & Dean Starker