Artistic Director: Boomie Pendersen
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 an 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 most recently August: Osage County) 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 the two youngest 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.show less
Resident Playwright 2024: Tanya K (AKA Miss K)
As a teen, she penned obits and nuptials for the Payson Chronicle, a Utah weekly
publication. Tanya K toured the western states as a singer/guitarist in a road band,
leading to a decade immersed in Nashville, TN’s songwriter community, before
relocating to Virginia.
As faculty at Phoenix University, Manwill facilitates academic writing courses. She
holds a MA in English Literature from Tennessee State University, a traditionally
African American institute of learning; and was enrolled at Marshall University,
Huntington, W.VA. as a music composition major.
Tanya K writes character driven drama, inspired by first-hand and shared
experience, with an intent to support conversation, and community through
storytelling. During her sojourn as Hamner Theater’s Playwright in Residence, Miss
K plans to focus on works that embody Crozet, VA’s unique past and present, as
well as sister community, Charlottesville, and Appalachian region.
Periwinkle Patch: a bi-racial, generational love story (circa 1980’s) set against the
closing of the Greenwood Factory in Newtown, VA, will be staged (summer 2024).
Strange Fish, a comedie: the life and times of a local transgender florist and Crozet
icon will be offered (winter 2024).
During the COVID shutdown, Miss K contributed to New Town Project, a theatrical
exploration of a now-vanished black Virginia community through drama and music
via Zoom. And a presentation, 44 th Comparative Drama Conference, hosted by Rollins College, Orlando, FL. Roundtable: Performing Newtown: A multifaceted perspective into collaborative historiography.
WHAT DO WE CALL HIM?
Rock and Roll Sunday School: The Musical
She, her, hers; he, him, his; they, their, theirs…
in development TK Manwill/John Owen
A little fun never kilt no one…
Reading: TBA 2024
MAMMA DEAN’S REQUIEM
She just forgot to remember… (short)
Reading: LiveArts Lab 2024
Reading: Hamner Theater Newtown Project 2018-2022
LAME DUCK (short comedy)
Reading: LiveArts Lab 2022
SHE’S MY WIFE (short comedy)
Reading: LiveArts Lab 2022
THE STOOP (short comedy)
Staged: Locally Sourced at LiveArts 2021
DIVORCE DOGS/CUSTODY CATS
Readings: VSPI, LiveArts Lab 2021
BEAR CREEK RUNOFF
Readings: VSPI, 2018-2020
STRANGE FISH, a comedie with music
Reading: LiveArts NWOF (New Works on Fire) 2018
PAINT CAN DIARIES
Reading: VSPI 2016-2017
Resident Playwright 2020-2023