Bios of Principals

heslopbwpartialChris Heslop, composer, graduated with honors from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is an alumnus of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop in New York City under the direction of Grammy winners Jim McNeely and Michael Abene. He is active as a performer and educator for the Berks Jazz Festival. He has arranged and/or composed for the Reading Pops Orchestra, Dave Stahl Big Band, Rob Stoneback Big Band with Bill Watrous, Gerald Veasley and HeadsUp Superband, CTA with Danny Seraphine, BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra, Kutztown University Jazz Studies, Ringgold Band, and Dave Kline. He has composed shows for the Yocum Institute for Arts and Reading Theater Project, including two operas. He leads several unique ensembles in Southeast Pennsylvania and elsewhere.


pochanAndrew Pochan, director/writer, studied filmmaking at Robert Morris University. He graduated with a BFA in 2011. Following that he studied abroad in Finland and Dubai, UAE with Abbas Kiarostami. He has worked on horror features Don’t Look and The Harvesting, as well as shorts A Perfect You and American Standard. He is co-creator and director of the Amazing Berks web series. He has worked in television local news stations, and with QVC.  Stage credits include set design with Reading Theater Project’s staging of Speakeasy, Marriage Expo, Snow Sin and Trash, Importance of Being Earnest, and Dead of Winter; and also with Yocum Institute’s The Bear Prince Jazz opera and Metamorphosis Acting Company’s Beethoven Revealed. He has acted in Marriage Expo and the Quick and Dirty Improv group with Reading Theater Project.


suelangeSue Lange, producer/writer, began in filmmaking as an intern with Tracy Schott of Schott productions doing commercial work. Her first producing credit was a trailer for the ReadingFilmFEST created specifically for and screened in local theaters. Prior to that she produced three CDs of her own music with the band, Crabby Lady. She has worked for twenty years in print production as the online digital products manager for the Communications Society of IEEE. She released her first short film, A Perfect You, in early 2016. From there she continues to build her team of actors and crew personnel with the Amazing Berks web series co-created with Andrew Pochan. She is the resident playwright for Reading Theater Project.


schottTracy Schott, MS, MSW, Executive Producer, is a writer, director, producer and founder of Schott Productions.  She has created hundreds of projects including short films (Location, Location), television commercials, live events, a reality TV program (Emmy Nominated Dream Weddings) and web content for her clients. In 2015, she completed her first feature documentary, Finding Jenn’s Voice, an award winning film that examines intimate partner homicide. In addition to her production work, Tracy is a sought after speaker, and the director of ReadingFilmFEST.


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Hackenberg, director of photography, is known for his work on Chasing Amy (1997), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Woodsman (2004), and Equity (2016).