John Perovich earned his B.A. in Communications: Radio/TV/Film from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, in 2004. While at Rowan, John primarily worked on tv and film by day and participated in the theatre program at night, often performing in main stage and studio productions.
After Rowan, John attended New York University and earned his M.A. in Educational Theatre for Colleges & Communities in 2006. While attending NYU, John instructed after school programs for K-5 in drama and musical theatre. After NYU, John returned home to southern New Jersey and began working on an after school program with Learning Stages, an educational theatre company in Pitman, New Jersey. John instructed ClassACT, an after school program that worked with K-12 students on theatre skills development through the creation of original works.
John began working at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, in 2007, in their residential life program. While at Stockton, John oversaw residential life programming and also served as an adjunct instructor for playwriting, acting, and dramatic literature for the School of Arts & Humanities.
In 2013, John was accepted into Arizona State University’s M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing program. John focused on playwriting and screenwriting at ASU. He also instructed or assisted in the instruction of theatre and film courses for the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre. John graduated in May 2016. John currently serves as the head of performing arts and instructor of the theatre and film departments at Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, AZ.
John’s plays have been featured in festivals with the Kennedy Center, Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. John’s plays have also been produced locally at Arizona State University, Brelby Theatre Company, and B3 Productions. John is the Founding Artistic Director of Now & Then Creative Company. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Associate Artistic Director
Ashley Naftule is a writer, performance artist and native-born Phoenician. He co-created Space 55’s “Hollis’s Traveling Treehouse” series, and is the coordinator behind the theater’s “7 Minutes in Heaven” and “9 Muses” shows. He’s acted in “Night of the Chicken 3”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “King Lear”, “Dragons Harder” & “Monsters, Mutants & Other Tales of Love”. He’s been published in Four Chambers Press and the Phoenix New Times, he organizes the Trunk Space’s annual H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Party and won 3rd place in FilmBar’s 2014 Air Sex championship. He also does all the chalk artwork at Space 55.
Originally from Cave Creek, AZ, Cody Goulder continues to work in any and all avenues of theatre. Goulder has earned a B.A. from Whittier College and holds and M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University. Goulder was a founding member/Literary Manager of the new works theatre company, Fresh Baked Theatre Company, stationed out of Hollywood, CA. While in Los Angeles, Goulder worked in various areas of theatre (acting, technical design, dramaturgy, playwriting, directing) for companies such as Kingsman Shakespeare, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Porters of Hellsgate, Redondo Beach Civil Light Opera, Whittier College, and Los Angeles Unified School District. Since moving back to AZ in 2010, Goulder continues such work, having served in a variety of roles for such companies as Phoenix Theatre, Black Theatre Troupe, Space 55, Childsplay, Rising Youth Theatre, Teatro Bravo, Brelby Theatre Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Mesa Encore Theatre, and Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival. Cody is the Associate Artistic Director for Now & Then Creative Company.
Dennis Frederick started his involvement with Space 55 in 2011 after seeing a show rekindled his love of theatre and performance. He has since grown to work behind the scenes as Technical Director but enjoys getting to play on stage as well. Some recent credits include Dr. Bendo in the recurring series Captain Jack’s Space Attack, Ed Huddle in Dragons Harder: The Dark Matter and the voice of Father Time in Resolutions. Dennis is also a member of the Space 55 Writer’s Group and has written and performed in various solo performance pieces and skits for the 7 Minutes series, Down-Lo Solo and Heyre Be Dragons. He derives a great deal of pleasure seeing any artistic vision come to fruition and is elated to call Space 55 his home base of operations.
Megan is an actor, director, and singer who has found many opportunities to grow as an artist at Space 55 since 2015. Some performances at Space 55 include Fran in The Power of Punctuation, Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the solo performer in Medea Redux, and Danny in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Megan also had her directorial debut with Duck Variations at Space 55. Other favorite acting roles include the titular roles in Agnes of God and Sylvia with Compass Players and the solo performer in The Masque of the Red Death at Poefest with Arizona Curriculum Theater, Inc. She is a Phoenix native and enjoys creating costumes and building special props in addition to acting.