Who We Are
In 2014 Gotta Van Productions, Inc. was founded in Sarasota, FL by Ann Morrison, Blake Walton with David A. Coyle after being welcomed by the largest Solo Festival in the world, the United Solo Festival in NYC.
Now known as SaraSolo Productions, Inc. we are an independent, nonprofit theater company dedicated to the development and presentation of solo performances and new small-cast plays that illuminate the human condition especially of those who are “other than."
We believe in affordable theater, that supports diversity, collaboration, and the transformative power of intimate theater for both artists and audiences. We are open to the possibilities of theater in both traditional and non-traditional spaces and frameworks such as Festivals, Fringe Theater, Film and the Internet.
Ann Morrison, Artistic Director & Blake Walton, Managing Director
John Secor, Marketing Director
Maren Ericsson, Company Manager
Steve Patmagrian, Technical Director
SaraSolo Productions, Inc.
Board of Directors
Jan Docking, President
Edward Scully, Secretary
Patty Snyder-Atkins, Treasurer
Rod Rawlings, Chairman
David A. Coyle, Co-Founder, President Emeritus
Natalie Grundum, Board of Directors Emeritus
Carole Kleinberg, Board of Directors Emeritus
Alan Brasington, Board of Directors Emeritus
Gotta Van Productions, Inc.
dba SaraSolo Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 3102, Sarasota FL 34230
Board of Directors, President Jan Docking
Gotta Van Productions, Inc. is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state (1-800-HELP-FLA) or from the website: www.freshfromflorida.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of each contribution is received by Gotta Van Productions, Inc. Registration #CH-41957
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Ann is an award-winning actress, writer, teacher and director for over 40 years. As an actress she starred on Broadway in Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along directed by Harold Prince (1982 Theatre World Award), and in LoveMusik (2007); London's West End in Peg; Off-Broadway in the musical Goblin Market (Drama Desk Award Nom.) and was an original cast member of Forbidden Broadway. Nationally, she has starred in Sondheim on Sondheim, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Oliver! Sunset Boulevard, On A Clear Day, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Good News, Embarrassments, Anyone Can Whistle, plus many many more. Locally she starred in Noel & Gertie, Shadowlands, Ruthless! I Do, I Do! with Blake Walton. The quintessential solo artist, Ann has performed cabaret in major venues across the country, most recently at Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC. She won a Best Actress Award for her solo play Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway in the United Solo Festival in NYC, and appeared there again with her solo play Word Painting: Soliloquies Around an Easel. Directing credits include both her solo play Trevor's Fire starring Blake Walton and his solo play Leading Men at the United Solo Festival; large musicals The Secret Garden, Merrily We Roll Along, On A Clear Day, Smoke On the Mountain as well as many plays and revues. Four of Ann's solo plays are published. She is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope, a musical theatre workshop for persons with developmental disabilities. She can be heard on original cast recordings and studio recordings such as Merrily We Roll Along, Peg, Goblin Market, Good News, I remember Mama, Lady Be Good, Sing Before Breakfast, and The Road to Ruin. She is the recipient of several HANDY, SAMMY, and SARASOTA MAGAZINE Awards as well as the JOHN RINGLING TOWERS AWARD. Ann plays herself in the 2017 documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened. wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Morrison
Co-Founder and Managing Director
An award-winning actor, director, playwright, and teacher, Blake studied with Sanford Meisner and William Esper at the Neighborhood Playhouse School in NYC. In New York he played Mark in the original, now historic, production of Doric Wilson’s The West Street Gang and a dozen other original productions Off Broadway. His first play Eb & Flo (co-written with Amy Whitman) was produced at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. He traveled throughout FL, GA, AL, SC, and NC with FST’s first “Write-A-Play” Workshop introducing play writing to nearly 20,000 middle and high school students culminating in the Edward Albee Young Playwrights Festival. Blake helped develop the original PLAYERS PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL housed on Main Street in Sarasota and became the Director of Acting and Musical Theater. He created a curriculum for students aged 5-80 years, encouraged other artists to teach and present workshops, taught acting and playwriting for teens and adults, and developed a summer musical theater camp for teens at the Players Theater. His workshop “That’s My Story And I’m Sticking To It”, encourages others to write solo plays based on life stories. He wrote and performed his first solo play Leading Men (2013 United Solo Festival Award “Best Premiere”) after performing Ann Morrison’s Trevor’s Fire (2012 United Solo Festival Award “Best Premiere”) in the United Solo Festival in NYC. Directing credits include many large musicals and plays including: his play The Better Man (Chain Fest NY, Awards: "Best Ensemble" "Best Supporting Actress", Noms: "Best Play", "Best Director"); many solo plays including: Ann Morrison in Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway and Word Painting; Heather Massie in Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr. Locally as an actor he has appeared at FST, Theater Works Sarasota, The Golden Apple, The Players (as a Guest Artist) and Tampa Bay at American Stage, Central Stage and the Gorilla Theater. He has been honored with the SAMMY for Best Actor, Sarasota Magazine Best Actor /Musical, several HANDY Nominations, and 2 Best Premiere Awards from the United Solo Festival in New York.
Previously, John has served as marketing and communications director for Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT), marketing director for the Key West Film Festival, festival producer for the Sarasota Film Festival, and festival manager for the Provincetown International Film Festival. John served as chief technical officer for Mpact Magic, an online reputation management company in New York, and as senior vice president of the Americas for 5 Fifteen, Inc., which provides software systems and consultancy services to the publishing industry. John is Executive Producer for the documentary short RETURNING.
Maren is a Sarasota native and during her high school years she was a part of the Booker High Visual Performing Arts program, as well as a member of the Sarasota Youth Opera, which she continued to support as a member of their educational staff when she was in college. She was a dwarf in The Hobbit and a choir boy in Tosca, as well as a number of other productions. Maren has participated in a number of productions of Shakespeare, in which she had the honor of playing Richard III in Henry VI Part 3 and Volumnia in Coriolanus. Last year she was a part of the 2018 Tampa International Fringe Festival as Macbeth in Weyward Sisters which won Best in Fringe as well as Tech’s Choice Award. Maren went to school for English and Theatre at Warren Wilson College where she worked both in the theater office and backstage in multiple forms for a dozen productions over two years, including as Stage Manager for The Importance of Being Earnest. This past year she was the Operations Assistant and Assistant Stage Manager for the 2018 SaraSolo Festival.
Janice E. Docking
President, Board of Directors
Jan has been a resident of Sarasota for 45 years having a stellar career in finance and human resources, most recently with the City of Sarasota. She brings many years of expertise in Board Work for nonprofit organizations, including serving on the Board of the Directors of Key Chorale for 14 years. While there she contributed in many areas, including development, event planning, marketing, and community outreach. She has had a lifelong love of the arts and has been involved in community theater productions on stage and/or backstage in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Anna Maria Island and local dinner theaters. Some of her favorite roles are Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Jenny Lind in Barnum. She was a soprano section leader and sings in the choir at St. Boniface Church. Jan is also a participant in the SaraSolo pilot education program SOLOSYNERGY.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Ed's work life began in finance. After making a switch into the printing industry he gained experience in all areas of that business including design, production and binding, eventually working with a wide variety of magazine publishers including Newsweek, American Girl Scout, and Camera 35. In a career switch, after moving from New Hampshire, he worked for the Boston Public Library, helping patrons solve their library problems.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Harmon has been teaching and working in the field of arts management his entire professional career. His full-time teaching positions include Columbia College Chicago and the University of Hartford. He recently retired as the Director of the Arts Management Program at the University of New Orleans. He has directed arts councils in Evanston and Decatur, Illinois and has been a producer, presenter, and arts manager in Illinois, New Jersey, and California. Harmon served as academic head of the University of New Orleans Prague Summer Seminars for seven years.
Board of Directors
Carol earned her B.S. from Cornell University and M.ED from NYU in Educational Theater. After an early career in children's theater and then film production, she was partner and Creative Director at NYC ad agencies managing accounts such as Barclays Bank, DeBeers Diamonds and T. Rowe Price. After producing and marketing educational videos she joined educational media giant Scholastic Corporation, and while there won several AD Age awards. Stints as General Manager and VP Marketing for Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin and McGraw-Hill followed. "Retiring" from educational publishing, Carol became Marketing Director for Algonquin Regional Theater in NJ. Currently she is President of Wolf Executive Search, recruiting talent for top Ed Tech publishers nationwide. Carol has been a Board Member of Zilker Theatre in Austin and has served on Marketing Committees for Austin Library, Austin Lyric Opera and West Coast Theatre.