Poet Laureate, critically acclaimed writer, award winning actress Myriam Cyr co-founded the Black Box Lab in 2014, an organization that specialized in developing new works. Since 2014 she has developed 20 new plays. In 2018 she co-founded PUNCTUATE4, a production company devoted to developing new works and bringing art to socio-economically diverse communities. Their first project, Saltonstall: One Man’s Stand Against the Salem Witch Trials will be produced in the fall of 2018. Cyr is currently developing, among others, NPR and former editor in chief for the Atlantic Jack Beatty’s The Battle Not Begun, Munich 1938, Paul Saba’s No Victors No Vanquished and Lorraine Liscio’s City of Ladies. She directed Simon Says at the Linda Redgrave Theater in New York to critical acclaim. (NYT called it “Thrilling”) I Am Antigone (Theater for the New City in Last year’s Dream Up Festival). Her book, Letters of a Portuguese Nun, was named book of the Month for the Guardian and translated into 8 languages. She was nominated best director by Broadway World for her production of Mary Poppins. Myriam was a member of Steven Berkoff’s company at the Royal National Theatre under Richard Eyre and played ‘Salome’ opposite Al Pacino. She is currently producing Hedda Gabler for Universal Studios in a screenplay adaptation by Oscar and Tony award winner Christopher Hampton and developing The Confession based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Beverly Lewis, book by Martha Bolton and Myriam Cyr, lyrics and music by Wally Nason for Blue Gates Musical in Nashville Tennessee. She will be directing Moving Bodies, La Marquise du Châtelet and Voltaire’s Laws of Attraction for this year’s Dream Up Festival at the Theater for the New City.
Patricia P. Jamison Producer, Communications, Casting Director
Patricia Peterson Jamison began her thespian life as a child in the attic of her home, known as The Maple Street Players. From New Jersey to Vermont, Montreal, Switzerland, and Boston, she was constantly involved in theatre and music.
In between dramatic ventures, Patricia obtained her undergraduate degrees in Switzerland (where she studied under Pascal Franchot Tone) and at McGill University in Montreal, and her Masters at the University of Vermont. Her early career saw her as the Director of a large Student Services office at an elite New England college. She went on to consult for many years for The College Board and numerous colleges and universities throughout the country.
Patricia came back to theater in 2011 after a many year hiatus to raise her 5 children. Since, then, she has been following in her Mother’s footsteps, with favorite roles of “Lotte” in Castle Hill’s Lettice and Lovage, [EMACT DASH Best Supporting Actress Nominee], for Stage284: “Zoltana Karpathy” in My Fair Lady, “Miss Bennett in An Unexpected Guest, “Winifred Banks” in the magically inventive Mary Poppins , “Abby Brewster” in Arsenic and Old Lace, “Marmee” in Little Women and “Mother Abbess” in Sound of Music. She had also participated in several Black Box Lab projects onstage. In the Boston area, she’s loved doing “Nettie Fowler” in Carousel with FUDGE Theater Company, “Reverend Mother” in Nunsense and “Aunt March” in Little Women for Wakefield Repertory Theater. She portrayed “Abigail Adams” two years in a row in 1776 for MaMu Productions. Patricia can also be seen in HBO’s ‘Olive Kitteridge’ and ‘Black Mass’, but live theater is her favorite!
Patricia also ran the Cultural Enrichment programs for a regional school district in Massachusetts for years. She was a Founding Member of Stage284 and Co-Founder of Black Box Lab at Stage284. Patricia and her husband have owned several businesses, many with an emphasis on leadership development, educational consulting, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and fundraising, among others. They currently are partners in several successful, award-winning restaurants in Boston.
Patricia has been a soloist for many years at a number of concert venues and churches in New England. After decades on stage and behind the microphone, she has also taken on the production side of theatrical events. Whether helping to Produce theatrical shows, fundraising events, or serving as Casting Director, the organizational tasks and coordination provide new and rewarding challenges. She lives in Topsfield with her husband, 3 black rescue labs, and occasional returns of adult children and grandchildren.
Linda Menzies, Media & PR Specialist
Linda Menzies is a communications and marketing professional with a successful track record writing for TV, radio, newspapers, national magazines and a wide variety of digital and social media platforms. She has developed effective marketing campaigns for clients in the real estate, auction, antiques and arts marketplaces that include national and international placements on The Today Show, CBS news, CNN, People magazine, NPR and the New York Times. She has been recognized with a New England Emmy and a New England Newspaper & Press Award among others.
A graduate of Emerson College, she has worked with a multitude of regional theater companies including Moonlight Productions, The Black Box Lab at Stage 284, and Titanic Theatre Co. She can be found behind the scenes or managing the front house, lending her expertise and an extra pair of hands wherever needed.
As giving back to the community is a life priority, she has served as a Boxford Library Trustee and on the Board of Greater Lawrence Family Services. Currently, she is the treasurer of Urban Bridges in Haverhill and a trustee of The Buttonwoods Museum.
Cat Stramer, Creative Manager
Cat Stramer has over 20 years experience in multiple arenas that contribute to our leadership team here at the PUNCTUATE4. Her company was built through her background in interior design, architecture, branding, graphic and scenic design. With degrees in architecture, graphic, and interior design, Cat's work here takes her around the country and partnering internationally. Her creativity can be seen, not only in the work she does with her own company, but in set and costume design, as well as graphic and branding design for numerous arts companies in the area.
Regionally, she has worked with Footlight Players, Arts After Hours, Longwood Players, Stage284 and Lexington Players. She is a Founder of both Stage 284 and Black Box Lab at Stage284, while serving on the Board of the Community House of Hamilton for 10 years. In her volunteer capacity, Cat has always preferred to work behind the scenes, lending her insights and work ethic to all the essentials that get a production mounted.