A fresh collaborative of performing and visual artists, Torrent Theatre aims to provoke discussion and initiate change for the better using theatre as a medium to scrutinize the status quo and challenge the behaviors and expectations of our society. Combining network, opportunity, innovation and ambition, our theatre initiative seeks to collectively pursue our craft while making waves in the tide pools that exist within our community.
Operating out of the greater New York City area, Torrent Theatre was founded by Albright College alumni Sheldon Carpenter and Ilyssa DePonte in January of 2015 and made their sold-out NYC debut with Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty in September of the same year. Torrent has recently been described as "a ray of light in the future of theatre."
Sheldon received his BA in Theatre and Arts Administration from Albright College. He has worked on numerous projects including Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty and The Shape of Things, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, Keith Huff's A Steady Rain and a whole host of short plays! Sheldon was the production intern for the Sprout network, one of cable's favorite preschool programming networks, and was an advocate for music education in Berks County through his service as the administrative assistant of the Reading Musical Foundation. He recently served as the Administrative Intern for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation in Midtown Manhattan and currently resides in Northern New Jersey where he presides as the Artistic Director for Torrent Theatre.
Ilyssa DePonte is an actress, singer, improviser, producer, designer, (and basically anything else you can add an -er to) living and working in the greater New York City area. New York credits inclide: Reasons To Be Pretty (Steph), The Callback at 54 Below, So You Think You Can Belt, Bound For Broadway, and The Cranky Cabaret among others.
Jenny is a designer, producer, and your biggest fan. She has worked in development theatre workshops, music videos and documentary productions. She is honored to be supporting the craft of the Torrent community.