Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is proud to present the world premiere of THR3E ZISTERS by Baltimore-based playwright Lola Pierson, conceived of and directed by Yury Urnov of Russia. Three Zisters is an amalgamation of a modern adaption of Chekhov's Three Sisters, a literal translation of the original Russian text, and dramatic criticism of Chekhov's work. The piece explores the innate conflict between performing classic texts and the changing roles of gender and performance in contemporary culture.  Oh, and the sisters are zombies. 

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Yury Urnov (Conceptual artist and Director) Born in Moscow, Russia, Yury graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Art (GITIS) in 2000, and has directed over 40 productions in his home country, Europe, and Africa. He was one of the first to discover and direct plays by the generation of post-Soviet playwrights, who are now internationally recognized as the leaders of the New Russian Drama movement. Yury translated plays of Martin McDonagh, Sarah Ruhl, and Edward Albee into Russian, as well as a number of contemporary Russian plays into English. Since 2002, he has worked closely with the Center for International Theater Development (dir. Philip Arnoult) on a number of Russia – US cultural projects. In 2009-2011 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Towson University, MD. His recent directing credits in the US include Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, Marie Antoinette and You for Me for You at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in DC, which Yury is a member of.  

Lola Pierson (Playwright) Baltimore native Lola B. Pierson is a playwright, writer, and director. She is the co-artistic director of The Acme Corporation and the creator of Baltimore's Ten Minute Play Festival. Lola holds a B.A. in Human Rights and Playwriting from Bard College and a MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University. She has been awarded "Best New Playwright" by the Baltimore City Paper and her production of Beckett's Play won "Best Production of the Year." Most recently she is the recent recipient of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's Ruby Award for Literary Arts and the Baltimore City Paper's "Best of Baltimore" for her production of Peter Handke's Kaspar. During the day Lola works very happily alongside the wonderful people at Figure 53.

Jay Byrd (Tusenbach)  was born into the entertainment business, as the son of a fundamentalist preacher, but he didn’t really find a voice until running away to New York City to write plays then becoming part of an old time country gospel duo called Y’all, donning a “lucky green dress” for the part. Half a life again later, Jay Byrd wound up back in Austin, performing improv, which led to his first scripted role in Gnap! Theater’s 69 Love Scenes. Since then, Jay Byrd has had the pleasure of working with Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Rude Mechs, Rubber Rep and Paper Chairs, among others, as well as several kids shows at the Scottish Rite Theater. Also, he performed a one-woman show, Pat Hazell’s A Kodachrome Christmas. Theater is therapy, and Jay’s solo show is proof of that; Diana Ross’ 12-Inch Cock: Shameless Re-Visions of a Fucked-Up Childhood will be produced by SVT in November 2015.

Zac Crofford (Vershinin)  is an actor, puppeteer, theater technician, designer, and general roustabout.  He has worked extensively in Austin, and he can be seen regularly with any number of companies including Trouble Puppet, Salvage Vanguard and The Exchange Artists. You may have seen him last year in a number of places, portraying murderous farmhands in Zilker Park, murderous puppets with Trouble Puppet, and a non-murderous, lecherous, Shakespearian, belching uncle.  Other places too, with varying degrees of murderosity. In addition to his work onstage, Zac is involved with a number of organizations who strive to foster support for theater in Austin, including the Austin Scenic Co-op and the B. Iden Payne Awards Council.  Thanks for supporting what we do.


Ia Enstera (Set Design)  has been designing sets and costumes for theatre and film since the mid-1990s, and has been a part of some estimated 90 productions thus far. You may have seen some of her previous set designs with Salvage Vanguard, St.Edwards University, Breaking String Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, Hidden Room, Austin Shakespeare, Texas State Opera, Capital T Productions, Zach Scott, and Sky Candy. She has been nominated for numerous design awards by the B.Iden Payne Committee, and has been the recipient of five of them. She was also awarded the Austin Critics’ Table Award for Scenic Design for eight of the shows in 2011-2012. Ia would like to thank Stacy, Elias, and their four furry family members for keeping her grounded and (somewhat) sane.

Robert Fisher (Sound Design) is a sound designer, musician, and performance artist with Rude Mechs as well as Creative Director of Audio Art & Science, a company specializing in voice production for professional entertainment and commercial products.  Robert is a company member of Hyde Park Theatre and Audio Lead for the children’s theatre program, Kid’s Acting.  At SVT, Robert was the Technical Sound Designer for Pinkolandia and a sound designer/musician/performer for From The Pig Pile.

Alejandra Gracia (Assistant Stage Manager/ Props Master and Blood effects) is a freelance stage manager living it up in ATX! She has worked with several companies in Austin, including Mary Moody Northen Theatre, Merlin Works, SXSW, Fusebox Festival, Austin Film Festival, Detour FilmProduction, The Vortex with Gale Theatre, and now, finally, SVT. Alé graduated from the theatre management program at St. Edward’s University. She would like to thank her family and also her best friend Andrew Hatcher for getting her this gig! She’s really put all her blood, guts and a part of her brain into this production... 

Noel Gaulin (Soleny)  is very grateful to play with Yuri and Salvage Vanguard. He recently performed in 'The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll' with Trouble Puppet. Noel is an Austin Critics' Table Award winner for his performances in 'An Accidental Death of An Anarchist', 'The Bear', and 'Vodka, Fucking, and Television'. He is currently performing in 'The Six Seasons' with Glass Half Full Theatre. He is a member of Rude Mechs and Paper Chairs.




Natalie George (Lighting Design)  is a designer, producer, and artist based in Austin, TX.  She is the founder and Executive Producer of Natalie George Productions, an award winning lighting designer, and is Manager/Producer for Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby) and her show Wake Up Your Weird. After studying technical theater at St. Edward’s University, Natalie worked as a freelance stage manager for theatrical productions and designed lights for corporate events and stage performances throughout the city of Austin. Since 2005 she has also been the resident lighting designer for the Nation Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in CT. She has also served as the Production Manager for numerous other Austin organizations including Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, Frontera Fest and Physical Plant Theatre, and has held Staff positions at St. Edward’s University as well as The Blue Theatre. In 2009 she left the University to serve as the Producing Director of Fusebox. Producing credits include the short film, The Runner, which was selected by the Austin Film Festival to be screened in 2011 and new plays Sad, Sad, Sad and spacestation1985

Jessica Gilzow (Costume Design)  started working with SVT when blood effects were needed for Mud in 2007 and then again during Hamilton Township. Since then she has become a company member of SVT and has designed costumes for them several times over the years. Some of her costumes were seen in Iphigenia (A Rave Fable)Heddatron, A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits, Pinkolandia, and AM I WHITE. She has enjoyed working with all of the amazing artists, past and present, that have been a part of SVT productions.

Heather Hanna (Olga)  is the mother of two amazing boys. This is Heather's third show with Salvage Vanguard Theater.  She has been an actor in Austin for ten years and served as the Salvage Vanguard Business Manager from 2009- 2014.  She is currently a company member with the Rude Mechanicals and has worked with them on Cherrywood, Have You Ever Been Assassinated, Decameron, the Method Gun, and most recently at the Lincoln Center with Stop Hitting Yourself. She would like to thank her incredibly supportive husband.  His support makes it possible for her to be both an actor and a mother.

Andrew Ashley Hatcher (Stage Manager/ Props Master)  is the “Intern Extraordinaire” for Salvage Vanguard Theater, his first home for theater in Austin. He is a stage manager, graphic designer and aspiring director. Andrew is a graduate of the Theatre Management program at St. Edward's University, where he also served as design chief of Hilltop Views, and assistant to the Music Department and School of Humanities. Theater credits include numerous shows with SVT, Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Fusebox Festival, Texas Performing Arts, Breaking String Theater, Austin Playhouse, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, Transit Theatre Troupe and the Music Department at St. Edward’s University. He'd like to thank his mom and his wonderful theater family here in Austin. "You guys are great! This party is great!" 

Jenny Larson (Irina)  is the Producing Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT), where she works as a director, actor, and educator. Jenny began working with SVT as a literary intern in 2001, and has now held the position of producing artistic director since 2008. Jenny co-created and costarred with Hannah Kenah in the original piece Guest by Courtesy which toured to Eastern Europe in November of 2013. Jenny has also worked with several of Austin's leading performing arts companies including Rude Mechanicals on their piece I’ve Never Been So Happy, Rubber Rep on Biography of Physical Sensations, Trouble Puppet Theater Frankenstien, Zach Scott Theater Laramie Project and Lemonade Tous Les Jours, and Austin Playhouse Age of Arousal and Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Robert Matney (Andrei)  is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Production, which recently produced the ground-breaking interactive performance, "Deus Ex Machina." Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, a multi-award-winning stage and voice actor and director, and a web technologist with Polycot Associates. Most recently, Robert played Sebastian Topflyte in Invisible, Inc. and Duke Humphrey in Rose Rage (both for Hidden Room Theatre), Piero in Big Love for Shrewd Productions, the title role in Uncle Vanya for Breaking String Theater, and Pompey in Measure For Measure for Austin Shakespeare. You can battle Robert’s voice as Doctor Psycho in the video game DC Universe Online. Robert was a speaker or presenter at South By Southwest Interactive 2013, 2012 and 2011, as well as Fusebox Festival 2011.

Caroline Reck (Masha)   is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Glass Half Full Theatre, known for their “Pixar-esque” visual storytelling through innovative puppetry forms and detailed physical theatre narratives. The newest Glass Half Full Theatre project, a comedy entitled Simple Sundries, opens February 27th at in the SVT mainstage.  Caroline is a graduate of the Lecoq school for physical theatre and mime and has performed with Trouble Puppet, The Rude Mechanicals, Physical Plant, Paper Chairs, and Ballet Austin.  Her first child, with papa/ partner/fellow puppeteer Connor Hopkins, is due in April.