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Meet the company of Translations:

Carey CahoonCarey Cahoon (Bridget) was seen last season with tKAPOW in The Christians as the Pastor’s Wife and in Living in Exile as Briseis, for which she won the 2017 NH Theatre Award for Best Actress. She also won the 2017 NH Theatre Award for Best Actress as Queen Marguerite in Exit the King, and in 2014 for her roles in tKAPOW's 3-person Macbeth. Other favorite roles include Sarah Goodwin in Time Stands Still, Cassandra in Agamemnon, Julie in Miss Julie, Hedda Tesman in Hedda Gabler, Jessie in ‘night, Mother, and the Pilot in Grounded. Carey has also performed and directed with Glass Dove Productions, Boston Playwright’s Platform, Stage One Productions, the Palace Theatre, and the Anselmian Abbey Players. She holds a BA in Classics from St. Anselm College, and trained at the Atlantic Acting School, Shakespeare & Company, and with SITI Company.

Emma CahoonEmma Cahoon (Sarah) is excited to making another on-stage appearance with tKAPOW. Emma is a junior in high school with theater, choral and instrumental training from Pinkerton Academy. She is highly involved in the Pinkerton Players, the school’s drama club, and has performed on stage with them in many shows, including Anything Goes (Charity), The Laramie Project (Various), Seussical the Musical (Dancer), and more. She has also performed and trained with multiple companies including tKAPOW, making debut in The Burial at Thebes. In addition to acting, Emma has been dancing for 12 years and currently studies at the New Hampshire Academie of Dance. Lastly, she would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and love.

Andrew CodispotiAndrew Codispoti (Manus) is an actor, director, playwright, & poet. Other work in NH: artistic director, Advice To The Players (2016-17); frequent collaborations with Seven Stages Shakespeare (Portsmouth), Barnstormers (Tamworth), New Art Theatre (Manchester). His poems & plays are available at




Peter JosephsonPeter Josephson (Hugh) is entering his ninth season as a member of the tKAPOW company. An accomplished actor and director, he has won two New Hampshire Theatre Awards for his roles in Penelope and Exit the King (both with tKAPOW).  He has performed with the New Hampshire Theatre Project, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and the Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, and has appeared in numerous productions with tKAPOW, including Agamemnon, A Dream Play, Macbeth, Buried Child, Stupid F#cking Bird, and The Christians. He trains regularly with the International Michael Chekhov Association and tKAPOW, and teaches acting workshops on the Seacoast and in the Manchester area.

Emily KarelEmily Karel (Maire) is thrilled to be back with tKAPOW in Translations.  Emily is a proud tKAPOW company member and was last seen with tKAPOW as Lisa Simpson in Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, Frances in Melancholy Play, Queen Marie in Exit the King, and Nina in Stupid F#cking Bird. She has studied acting for theatre, TV, and film in New York and Los Angles, and is a graduate of Shakespeare and Company’s Winter Intensive and Conservatory programs. Emily would like to thank Matt, the fantastic cast and crew, Irene and Aimee for all their indispensable help with dialect, and of course, her wonderful boyfriend, Jimmy.

Mark MarshallMark Marshall (Doalty) is excited to be returning to the tKAPOW stage after a long hiatus.  Previous credits include Stupid F#cking Bird (Dev), Burial At Thebes (Haeman) and Uma Vida Imaginaria (Man).  He welcomes the opportunity to take the stage once more, and to absolutely butcher a Donegal dialect. When not on the stage (which is most of the time), Mark appears in short films created by Wax Idiotical Films, a film company he started with his friend 10 years ago.  He resides in Portsmouth with his girlfriend, Elise and their perfect princess of a cat Purrlock Holmes.

Christopher SavageChristopher Savage (Captain Lancey) was born in Rhode Island, raised in New Hampshire, and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After wandering the country for a bit, he settled back in New Hampshire and has been acting and directing in the seacoast area for over twenty years. Past favorite roles include - but are not limited to: George in the Sharp Dressed Men series, Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive, Cody in Best Enemies, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, the title role in 'the Scottish play', Dr. Shocker in Gay Bride of Frankenstein, Lloyd in Noises Off, and Louis in Isles in the Moon.


Jimmy StewartJimmy Stewart (Captain Yolland) was last seen with theatre KAPOW as Sam/Scratchy in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Frank in Melancholy Play: a chamber musical, and the Guard in Exit the King. He is forever thankful to theatre KAPOW for introducing him to Brian Friel and this wonderful, poigniant play, Translations. It is not an overstatement  to say that he has fallen in love with this small slice of Donegal this team has created. Getting to fall in love on stage has been an exhilarating experience.

Paul Strand

Paul Strand (JImmy Jack) is thrilled to be making his stage debut with tKAPOW. It’s like being asked to sit with the cool kids in the high school cafeteria. He has most recently appeared at Hackmatack Theater in Berwick, Maine in All Shook Up and The Bridges of Madison County. He has performed on most all the stages in the seacoast area, favorite roles include Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Weston in Curse of the Starving Class.


Swen WibergSven Wiberg (Owen) is excited to be performing for the first time with theatre KAPOW. He has previously performed as Agamemnon in The Trojan Women, and Max Haliday in Dial M for Murder, Alan Strang in Equus, Chad Walker in Small Engine Repair, and Jumpy Malachi in Happy Days: A New Musical. He went to Wheaton College, where he majored in theater as part of a double major.




Aimee BlesingAimee Blesing (Dialect Coach) is a Certified Trainer of Lessac Kinesensic voice and body training.  She is a professional actor, director and voice and movement trainer, currently serving as Senior Lecturer in Acting and Directing in the University of New Hampshire's Department of Theatre and Dance. Aimee has been coaching accents and dialects for productions for over 10 years.  Shows Aimee has worked on as vocal and/or dialect coach include, at UNH, Spoon River Anthology, Memory of Water, Old Times, Our Town, The Crucible, Shrek the Musical; Billy Elliot at the Palace Theatre, Manchester; Arcadia for Glass Dove Productions; Long Day's Journey into Night for Threshold Stage Company; Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, Oleanna and A Midsummer Night's Dream for theatre.unmasked; Shadow Boxing for The Groundswell Division (Australia); Leaves of Glass for Red Stitch Actors Theatre (Australia) and for Sandringham Secondary College, The Exonerated and The Crucible (Australia).

Matt CahoonMatt Cahoon (Director) is a tKAPOW co-founder and has directed many productions for the company including: Agamemnon, A Dream Play, Buried Child, Time Stands Still and the February 2014 production of Penelope which won three NH Theatre Awards including Best Director. Matt directed Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Israel Potter at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. He currently serves on the boards of the Arts Presenters of Northern New England and the Greater Derry Arts Council. Matt’s theatre training includes work with Double Edge Theatre Company, SITI Company, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and Range of Motion Arts. In 2013, Matt attended the International Symposium for Directors at LaMaMa Umbria in Spoleto, Italy. As his “day job” Matt serves as the Director of Cultural Programming at Pinkerton Academy. In 2011, Matt was named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” program.  

Tayva Young (Lighting Designer) discovered the joy of bringing stories to life with light more than 20 years ago. After pursuing this joy across the country she finally landed back on the East Coast, then took a hiatus from theatre and began to raise a family. It is here that she met a wonderfully talented theatric family and began to join them in the art of storytelling on stage. Now in her 5th season with tKAPOW, she is excited to be working alongside them once again as they bring to life stories of humanity. Tayva won the 2015 NH Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for her work on tKAPOW’s Time Stands Still.

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