Battle Damage Theater is a collective of theatrical artists focused on developing and producing original, reimagined, and adapted theatrical works grounded in the science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres.
Since the 19th century, novelists such as Verne, Wells, Shelley, Lovecraft, Asimov, and Phillip K. Dick have proven that the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror can not only produce entertaining narratives, but also create rich environments to question our values, beliefs, and behavior both as individuals and as a society. Television and film have embraced these genres for the same reason. Shows such as The Twilight Zone, Star Trek,and Battlestar Galactica have tackled every issue from civil rights, gender issues, and euthanasia to cloning, slavery, chemical dependence and genocide on a weekly basis. Film has of course been producing thought provoking movies in these genres since Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Matrix, and District 9 are just a few films that have put society under the microscope while looking to the stars. Yet, science-fiction and horror are all noticeably absent from the stage.
Our vision is to make the genres of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror recognized sources of legitimate theatrical narratives by producing thought provoking original, re-imagined, and adapted works grounded in the science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres. We believe these genres to be the perfect vehicle for exploring the human condition as well as a great source of entertainment.
Christian Clarke is the founder and Artistic Director of Battle Damage Theater. He is a native New Yorker who studied theatrical design at Manhattan Community College and Brooklyn College with a focus on scenic, prop, and costume design and fabrication. He currently works as a carpenter at The Players Theatre. An avid fan of science fiction, horror and fantasy, Chris belongs to a number of science fiction costuming groups and enjoys competing in cosplay costume contests with his wife, Shannah, at Sci-Fi conventions on the East Coast. Chris founded Battle Damage Theater to stage science fiction and horror productions in New York to better represent his interests on stage. Aside from being the Artistic Director he also contributes to scenic and costume designs. He directed the company’s first piece “The Masque of the Red Death”, an adaption of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, winning first place in the 2017 SPF !Boo Festival.
His recent work includes scenic design for "The Little Mermaid" (The Players Theatre) and "The Taming of the Shrew" (City College) as well as scenic fabrication of "A Christmas Carol", "Frankenstein", and "Driving Miss Daisy" at the Players Theater. Chris was the prop fabricator for several shows at the Stella Adler Acting Studio and also worked as the scene shop manager at Manhattan Community College, working on numerous productions including "Measure for Measure", "Almost Maine", "DNA" and "The Arsonists".
Shannon Kavanagh is a designer born and raised in New York. She studied Theatrical Design at Brooklyn College where she earned her BFA and worked as a student scenic and lighting designer. Exposure and immersion in stories such as Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings at a young age cultivated in her a passion for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Also, early in her youth, she was introduced to the wonderful world of the theatre and the joys of making art. Originally a fine artist with specialties in acrylic paint, colored pencil, and charcoal, she enjoys the chance to bring all her interests, skills and talents together with Battle Damage Theater. When she is not working with Battle Damage, she is a freelance scenic designer and props artisan. She also enjoys painting and writing in her spare time. Her recent designs include Masque of the Red Death (Battle Damage), Cereals (The Flea), Deconstruction (Storm Theatre).
Albona Bogdanovic NYC: Sound Designer and Makeup Artist. Has experience in field recording, producing her own sound effects, and producing short music clips. As a makeup artist she specializes in special effects horror makeup as well as theatrical beauty makeup.
Susan Rosello Born and raised in the Bronx, Susan is a native New Yorker with a love for all things highly caffeinated. She obtained her BA in Theatre from SUNY Potsdam where she cultivated her love for SFX makeup and costume design. Her designs include Frankenstein The Musical (Victory Theatrical at The Players Theatre), Almost Maine (BMCC), True Believers (Web Series), and Ragtime (SUNY Potsdam). Susan is also the Costume, SFX and Aesthetics Coordinator for VDO+ an Indie Video Production company based in NYC. She enjoys creating ghouls of all kind.
Robert Pompa is the composer for Battle Damage Theater. With over 10 years in music, Robert is well versed in a vast array of instruments and styles and composes music ranging from heavy metal to orchestral chamber. Robert also has many years experience as a recording engineer and producer and creates all of the music of Battle Damage's productions in his home studio. Robert has experience with sound design as well with credits on Retro Production's "Appeal to the Woman of the House". His love for science fiction intertwines with his love for video games as he would likely list Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu as larger influences than most mainstream acts. His most recent Composition was "The Masque of the Red Death".
Kimberly Flores was born and raised in New York. She studied at City College and received her BA from their Theater program. She is a passionate artist focusing on writing, acting and directing. At a young age her interest in fantasy and science fiction began to grow as she constantly read books and watched movies that opened her mind to many new worlds. She has recently started working on a Horror Anthology Web Series that she plans to put on Youtube. Stay tuned.
Ann Cooley is a New York City based director and choreographer with an extensive background in dance, devised work, commercial musical theatre, and plays both in development and existing. Her breadth of theatrical experience as a performer and now a director - choreographer continue to take her on new adventures, exploring diverse disciplines and theatrical constructs in truth seeking entertainment - across multiple disciplines. As an accomplished teacher Ann freely shares her experiences with aspiring artists and collaborators, remaining an earnest student in practice. Now on the other side of a diverse performance career, which included 14 seasons with The Radio City Rockettes, commercial work, associate and assistant to many prominent artists, New York theatre and multiple tours in the US and ASIA, Ann naturally transitioned into direction and choreography full time. She has a B.A. in Theatre Directing, summa cum laude - from The City College of New York where she resides in Washington Heights with her husband and favorite playwright Columbia MFA candidate Gordon Penn, Ella Fitzgerald and Malala their tortoise shell kitties. Direction and Choreographic Highlights: Victor/Victoria (Nat.Tour), The Producers (Costal Carolina Arts), The Music Man (Arkansas Shakespere), Bee Hive (Arrow Rock Lyceum), The Will Rogers Follies, (National Tour, Pioneer Theatre, Music Circus, Arrow Rock starring David Lutken, Merry Go Round, The Barn - starring Tom Wopat) Peter Pan & Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre By The Sea), White Christmas, Damn Yankees, The Today Show, USO, Leading Ladies, Menhattans (Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center), Radio City Rockettes. Plays: The Meth in Method, I Don't Know, John Patrick Shanley’s The Big Funk (Choreo. Nylon Fusion, NYC), Cowboy Cut (T. Schreiber Studio, NYC,) Gordon Penn's Into the Zone and Disarm (Columbia University), The Arsonists, Fairy Tale Project (City University of New York). Devised: Baby Steps, My Man, The Future Freaks Me Out, Protest (Cherry Lane NYC), Boo Festival - original scored adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death (Award winning). Creative Associate/Supervising: The Producers (National Tour), Gypsy & Forum (Sacramento), How To Succeed, (Encores), Annie Get Your Gun (Goodspeed Opera), Ragtime (Kennedy Center - Broadway), Singin’ in the Rain & 42nd St. (Korea), Chicago, Shine On (Good Housekeeping), Chix 6! (Nederlander backed Workshop). Up next - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Off - Broadway, the Mandarin adaptation of Into the Zone in Shanghai China and a new play by Gordon Penn Trigger Warning at The Signature Theatre in New York City.