Joseph Travers, Artistic Director Joe has worked in the the professional theater and on film for nearly forty years as an actor, singer, musician, director, playwright, composer and fight director. As an actor, his work has been seen Off- Broadway inThe Witch (directed by Benjamin Zemach), regionally in A Walk in the Woods, and on tour in The Comedy of Errors. He wrote and directed the recreation of a 19th century pistol duel in A Matter of Honor at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, and along with co-creator Rod Kinter, wrote, directed and fight directed the critically acclaimed Duellists: The Forgotten Champions at Theatre Ten-Ten. Directing credits include Pericles, As You Like It and The Cure at Troy at Quest Players, The Pied Piper at American Theatre for Actors, and Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale for the New York Renaissance Festival. As a playwright, Joe's scripts for The Proxy, Within These Garden Walls and Sanctuary (The Bayard Trilogy) won the 2014 Alumni Playwrighting award from his alma-mater, SUNY Albany, where they also received their first performances. His other plays include Ave Imperator, The Heirloom and Brian of the Ramparts. An experienced composer, Joe created the music for several Quest Players’ productions, as well as title song for the dance piece By Cedar Creek (choreography by Barbara Brandt). He has performed a selection of the songs of John Dowland for An Evening of Music and Dance, and has performed music for productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology and Moliere's Scapin. As a theatrical fight director, his work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Regional theaters, on National Tours, and internationally. He was nominated for a 2019 Broadway World Best Choreography award for his work creating the climactic mutiny scene for Robin and Clark’s musical adaptation of Treasure Island. On film, his work as a stunt coordinator and sword master can be seen in The Depths, Know Fear and Tower of Silence. As the founder and Artistic Director of Quest Players, Joe has programmed and directed both the podcast installments and live performances for the company's American Voices dramatic reading series, and his Shakespeare adaptations All Is Fair, Part 1 and All Is Fair, Part 2 were the inaugural productions of Quest Players' first in-person season. He is continuously thrilled by the opportunity to work with such wonderfully talented performers and designers to bring words, ideas, stories and characters to life.
Hannah Sloat , Associate Artistic Director Hannah is a New York City based actress, director and playwright. As an actress, she was a member of the Original Broadway production of War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater. She originated the role of Julie in the world premiere of Michael Weller’s Jericho. She played Vanda in Venus in Fur with NC Stage in Asheville, NC. She has a deep affection for Shakespeare, having performed in productions including Henry IV parts 1 & 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Macbeth, As You Like It, and The Tempest. Other New York theater work includes The Glory of Living, for which she was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role. She served as assistant director for Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and Camus’ The Misunderstanding with Alex Lippard for his company Friendly Fire, and for Smith Street Stage on Richard III and The Frankenstein Project. Her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women received a workshop and staged reading with Smith Street Stage. With Quest Players, she has performed in both podcast installments and live performances of American Voices, andwas Assistant Director for All Is Fair, Part 1, and Co-Director for All Is Fair, Part 2 during Quest’s inaugural season. She is proud to join the company as Associate Artistic Director and looks forward to exploring big questions through great stories with the QP community.