Why Tantrum East?
When three or more lemurs form a group they are called a Conspiracy of lemurs. A group of owls forms a Parliament, salamanders a Maelstrom and crabs a Consortium. When three or more Bobcats group together they are called a Tantrum.
When twelve MFA students in the School of Theatre from Ohio University (whose mascot is Rufus the Bobcat) discovered this fact they took to calling themselves The Tantrum. The nick-name reflected not only their school pride and their close personal bond, but also the emotional vulnerability that an intense graduate training program builds. Sometimes Tantrums are inevitable.
Fast forward 4 years to when Ohio University founded a professional theatre in southeast Ohio with the name, wait for it, the Tantrum Theater. While the original Tantrum was flattered by the shout-out, a couple of us wanted something a little closer to where we now call home on the east coast. Enter, Tantrum East. Founded by two members of that original Tantrum, we’re dedicated to bringing new work and new voices to the NYC entertainment scene with a particular focus on artists coming out of Ohio University. We hope you’ll join us for our next show!
Born and raised in Minnesota, Lisa Bol is an actress/ producer/ entry level director based out of NYC. She received her MFA in acting from Ohio University and her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Lisa is the co-founder of Tantrum East. You can find more about her on her website.
Thomas Daniels is a director, producer and actor based in NYC. Originally from Northern Virginia, he earned his BFA in Theatre from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and subsequently his MFA in Acting at Ohio University. He is the co-founder of Tantrum East. You can find more about him on his website.