Boomie Pedersen (artistic and managing director) was born and raised in New York City and was for many years a professional-track scholarship student with the Joffrey Ballet. She gave up the dance to attend Princeton University, where she eventually majored in English and Theater and won the Frances LeMoyne Paige Prize at graduation for both theater and dance. She spent 10 years on and off in Tokyo, Japan, where she did professional voice-over work, ran Tokyo Theater for Children, was actor, director and board member for Tokyo International Players and wrote several commissioned pieces for Earth Day and other special events. She also taught English at several Tokyo colleges and worked with a group using drama to teach language skills, as well as doing a stint at Temple University as a theater teacher. Next came a brief 18 months in Los Angeles, where she was involved in the Asian Theater Lab and acted in the premiere performance of Widescreen Version of the World by Han Ong, as well as working with the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival.
When she relocated to Charlottesville in 1995, Boomie became involved at Live Arts both as an actor (Scrooge, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Assassins, Edward the II, Copenhagen, Noises Off, Old Times) and a director (Three Tall Women, Buried Child, Play About the Baby, The Underpants, Glengarry Glen Ross). She also worked with the Nelson County Drama Foundation and mounted an outdoor production of Earl Hamner’s The Conflict at Mountain Cove Vineyard in 1998 and 1999. She has worked with Offstage Theater, Four County Players, Piedmont Virginia Community College, UVA’s Drama Department, Heritage Rep and Wintergreen Performing Arts. She taught theater at Renaissance School in Charlottesville for four years, served as an adjunct theater teacher at the Governor’s School in Fishersville and was adjunct professor of Acting and Directing at Randolph College in Lynchburg.
Boomie lives in Crozet with three of her six children, a husband/theater collaborator and several cats and dogs. She founded the Hamner Theater with Peter Coy in 2005 and has directed and produced several dozen productions there. She served as Artistic Director for the Earl Hamner Playwrights Conference (now the Virginia Playwrights & Screenwriters Initiative) in 2006 and 2007 and continues in that capacity for the Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative. She recently saw her long-time vision of theater collaboration come to fruition with the founding of the Central Virginia Theatre Alliance (CVTA) of which the Hamner is a founding member.
Peter Coy (playwright in residence) has worked in the theater for 35 years in New York, Washington, and elsewhere in the U.S. as a director, a producer, a playwright, and a stage manager. He has directed more than thirty productions, everything from Tennessee Williams to an opera/drama adaptation of Sophocles to improvisational evenings to experimental musicals to Shakespeare and Brecht. He has written 22 full-length plays including: A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY (Charter Theatre, Washington, DC. – recipient of 2000 Helen Hayes Award for The Outstanding New Play), POE AND ALL THAT JAZZ and BUILDING A BOAT (Charter Theater), THE WILDMAN (Theatre at Lime Kiln, Lexington, VA), AN ISLAND OF NO LAND AT ALL (Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC), BREAK IN (Windowpane Theater, NYC), IMAGINARY LETTERS: MOZART REMEMBERED (WINTERGREEN PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL).
When not engaged in theater, Coy has worked farming cotton and peanuts in southwest Georgia, also as a legal assistant in adoption cases, a high school and college instructor, a fund raiser, a newsletter publisher, an organizer of international conferences on aviation economics and maritime law, a real estate manager, and a deck hand on sailboats. He has for as long as he can remember loved trees and Irish music and watching the constellations. He lives on Hickory Creek Road with Mary Coy and their son Liam. Oona, Morgan, and Eamon have grown up and are off on their own.